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Impact of Pb Doping on the Optical and Electrical Properties of ZnO Nanowires

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In this letter, effect of Pb-doping on the electrical and optical properties of the as grown ZnO nanowires (NWs) have been investigated. The microstructural investigations show that the Pb-dopant substituted into wurtzite ZnO nanowires without forming any secondary phase. The amount of contents and valence state of Pb ions has been investigated through energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray photospectroscopy. The doped nanowires show a remarkable reduction of 15.3 nm (127.4 meV) in the optical band gap, while an increase amount of deep-level defects transition in visible luminescence. Furthermore, the reduction in the band gap and the presence of deep-level defects induces strong effect in the electrical resistivity of doped NWs, which makes their potential for the fabrication of nanodevices. The possible growth mechanism is also briefly discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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