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Morphology and Crystallinity of ZnS Nanocolumns Prepared by Glancing Angle Deposition

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ZnS films with different morphologies and nanometer structures were fabricated via high vacuum electron beam deposition by changing the oblique angle α between the incoming particle flux and the substrate normal. The morphology and crystallinity of ZnS nanocrystalline films prepared on the substrates at α = 0° and 80° were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction. These experimental results show that the ZnS nanocolumn structure was formed at the situation of α = 80°. The incidence angle also strongly influenced the crystallinity of thin films. The most intensive diffraction peaks changed from (220) to (111) when the incidence angle was set to 0° and 80°. The dynamic growth process of ZnS films at α = 0° and 80° has been analyzed by shadow effect and atomic surface diffusion. The transmittance spectra of the ZnS thin films prepared at different oblique angles were measured, and the transmissivity of ZnS nanocolumn thin films was enhanced compared with ZnS thin films prepared by normal deposition in the visible light range.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2010-03-01

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