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Coatings 2016, 6(4), 43; doi:10.3390/coatings6040043

Translation Effects in Fluorine Doped Tin Oxide Thin Film Properties by Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapour Deposition

Materials and Physics Research Centre, The University of Salford, M5 4WT Salford, UK
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Received: 13 September 2016 / Revised: 29 September 2016 / Accepted: 8 October 2016 / Published: 12 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chemical Vapor Deposition)
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Abstract

In this work, the impact of translation rates in fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) thin films using atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) were studied. We demonstrated that by adjusting the translation speeds of the susceptor, the growth rates of the FTO films varied and hence many of the film properties were modified. X-ray powder diffraction showed an increased preferred orientation along the (200) plane at higher translation rates, although with no actual change in the particle sizes. A reduction in dopant level resulted in decreased particle sizes and a much greater degree of (200) preferred orientation. For low dopant concentration levels, atomic force microscope (AFM) studies showed a reduction in roughness (and lower optical haze) with increased translation rate and decreased growth rates. Electrical measurements concluded that the resistivity, carrier concentration, and mobility of films were dependent on the level of fluorine dopant, the translation rate and hence the growth rates of the deposited films. View Full-Text
Keywords: chemical vapour deposition; translation speeds; texture coefficient; surface roughness; resistivity chemical vapour deposition; translation speeds; texture coefficient; surface roughness; resistivity
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Afzaal, M.; Yates, H.M.; Hodgkinson, J.L. Translation Effects in Fluorine Doped Tin Oxide Thin Film Properties by Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapour Deposition. Coatings 2016, 6, 43.

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