Magnetic properties of inkjet printed Fe-doped ZnO thin films
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Magnetic properties in semiconductors show dependences on the substance itself (the doped element and the matrix), the states (e.g., bulk, nanoparticles, or film) and the preparation methods, which attract huge interest for both functional applications and fundamental science. As a widespread used semiconductor, ZnO and Fe-doped ZnO thin films were prepared via calcination of the as-prepared acetates precursor films printed by inkjet technique. Their room temperature (RT) magnetic properties were investigated to obtain the insight into the origin of RT ferromagnetism (FM). It was found that the grain size of the films was reduced by Fe-doping. For ~30 nm thick films, the saturation magnetization (MS) of 10 at.% Fe-doped ZnO (3.8 emu/g) is 4 times higher than that of pure ZnO thin film (0.9 emu/g) prepared with the same route. We attribute the enhancement to: (i) the introduction of Fe atoms with unpaired 3d electrons which contribute to magnetism; and (ii) the Fe-doping increase the defect in the lattice structure of the ZnO matrix. The effects of calcination temperature on RTFM of 10 at.% Fe-doped thin films were studied, and the temperature dependent MS was observed. The RTFM depended on film thickness as well, which shows an initial increase and then decrease with the maximum MS of 4.44 emu/g obtained from the ~45 nm 10 at.% Fe-doped ZnO film. Possible reasons for the observed phenomena were discussed.
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-102018DiVA: diva2:550341
QS 20122012-09-062012-09-062012-09-07Bibliographically approved