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Journal Articles Journal of Crystal Growth Year : 1998

Aqueous solution epitaxy of CdS layers on CuInSe2


Epitaxial CdS thin films have been deposited from an aqueous ammonia solution containing cadmium ions and thiourea as precursors on single crystalline CuInSe2 films prepared by MBE on Si(1 1 1) and GaAs(1 0 0) substrates. The structure and quality of the films were investigated by RHEED, glancing angle XRD and HRTEM in cross-section. The films are cubic on (1 0 0) substrates, and mixed cubic and hexagonal on (1 1 1) substrates due to the presence of stacking faults parallel to the substrate. The growth is under surface kinetic control with an activation energy of 85 kJ mol−1. Epitaxy improves with increasing temperature and an epitaxial transition temperature at approx. 60°C is demonstrated in the selected experimental conditions. The epitaxy is very sensitive to the preparation of the surface. Beneficial effects of in situ or ex situ chemical etching are found. Similarities between aqueous solution and vapor-phase chemical depositions are pointed out.

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hal-04326731 , version 1 (06-12-2023)



M.J Furlong, Michel Froment, Marie Claude Bernard, Robert Cortès, A.N Tiwari, et al.. Aqueous solution epitaxy of CdS layers on CuInSe2. Journal of Crystal Growth, 1998, 193 (1-2), pp.114-122. ⟨10.1016/S0022-0248(98)00503-X⟩. ⟨hal-04326731⟩
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