Photoconducting Properties of a Unit Nanostructure of ZnO Assembled Between Microelectrodes
Abstract:The photoconducting properties of a unit microflower of zinc oxide are investigated as a function of wavelength from UV to IR region at constant illumination intensity. Synthesized flowers were trapped in 2 μm gap, between pre-prepared gold microelectrodes, using AC dielectrophoresis. Photocur-rent drastically increases upon illumination in the UV region, whereas it gradually reduces when irradiated in visible and IR region. Higher photoconductivity in UV region is correlated to band to band transition upon illumination. In visible region, deep level transitions are expected which intern exhibits comparatively low photocurrent. Photoconduction in IR region is only due to the adsorbed surface oxygen species. This investigation suggests the potential application of ZnO nanostructures for various optoelectronic device applications.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2012
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