Characterization of CdTe nanoparticles fabricated by

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Characterization of CdTe nanoparticles fabricated by pulsed electronbeam deposition technique at different ablation parameters

Enrique Jackson, Chase Cox, Roberto S. Aga, Jr.

*

, Akira Ueda, Richard Mu and W.E.

Collins

Department of Physics, Fisk University, 1000 17 th

Ave N, Nashville TN, 37208, USA

CdTe, which has a band gap of 1.56 eV, is a front runner photovoltaic material because it has already attained efficiencies above 16 %. CdTe nanoparticle is a good candidate for the development of organic/nanocrystal composite active layer and also for sensitization of wide band gap semiconductors. We employ pulsed electron-beam deposition (PED) technique to fabricate CdTe nanoparticles. Despite of its unique features, PED is not yet a well explored technique in the fabrication of semiconductor nanostructures. Its system cost is cheaper and it can be used for a wider range of materials as compared to pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In this work, we investigate using AFM the effect of background gas pressure (

P

) and charging potential (

U

) on the particle shape, size, and particle density of the CdTe nanoparticles deposited on silicon. We also measure the optical absorbance of CdTe films on glass deposited at different

P

and

U

and correlate the results with particle size and distribution obtained from AFM characterization. Our results may provide useful insight on the application of PED for fabricating semiconductor nanoparticles.

This research is being supported in part by DoD, NREL, NSF and NASA.

* corresponding author e-mail: raga@fisk.edu

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