Special Issue "CdTe and Related Compounds: New Emerging Functionalities, Technologies and Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Photonics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Jan Franc
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Charles University, Prague Praha, Czech Republic
Interests: preparation of CdZnTe substrates and gamma ray detectors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

CdTe and related compounds have so far achieved a number of various excellent commercial applications. Among them, cadmium telluride thin film solar cells are the leading industrial thin film solar cell technology, with recently achieved power conversion efficiency in excess of 22% at low costs per KWp. CdZnTe and CdTe bulk crystals are materials of choice for the detection of hard X-ray and gamma rays used in medical imaging, nonproliferation, radiation safety, materials diagnostics, and other fields. CdTe quantum dots are widely applied as biosensors.

Despite being an enormous commercial success, research on CdTe and related compounds properties is far from over, including materials, fabrication processes, and devices. Within this context, this Special Issue welcomes submissions on topics below:

  • Materials and fabrication processes—novel CdTe-based materials and hybrids, as 1D, 2D nanostructures, thin films, and bulk crystals, or organic/inorganic hybrid materials;
  • Physics of CdTe-based structures—focused on fundamental electrical, optical, and mechanical properties, 1D-3D defects, charge transport, contacts, and interfaces;
  • Devices and  device structures—device reliability, stability, modeling, and simulation;
  • Breakthroughs in fundamental physics—spin-polarized charge transport, CdTe/HgTe quantum wells as topological insulators, and other emerging topics.

Prof. Jan Franc
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • CdTe
  • photovoltaics
  • radiation detectors
  • biosensors
  • quantum structures
  • hybrid materials

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Spectral Dependence of the Photoplastic Effect in CdZnTe and CdZnTeSe
Materials 2021, 14(6), 1465; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14061465 - 17 Mar 2021
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We studied the spectral dependence of the Vickers microhardness HV0.025 of CdZnTe and CdZnTeSe samples upon illumination and found out that it increases over the entire applied spectral range of 1540–750 nm. We also found out that the photoconductivity and microhardness are correlated. [...] Read more.
We studied the spectral dependence of the Vickers microhardness HV0.025 of CdZnTe and CdZnTeSe samples upon illumination and found out that it increases over the entire applied spectral range of 1540–750 nm. We also found out that the photoconductivity and microhardness are correlated. We observed changes in the correlation diagram (change of slope and an abrupt change of HV0.025 at several wavelengths of the illuminating light). Based on measurements of the relative changes of the space charge upon illumination using the Pockels effect, we suggest that the observed spectral dependence of positive photoplastic effect in CdZnTe and CdZnTeSe can be explained by the trapping of photoinduced electrons and holes, which affects the motion of the partial dislocations. The underlying physical explanation relies on the assumption that reconstructed bonds break before dislocation glide. Full article
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Polarization of Magnetoplasmons in Grating Metamaterials Based on CdTe/CdMgTe Quantum Wells
Materials 2020, 13(8), 1811; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13081811 - 11 Apr 2020
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Grating metamaterials were fabricated with electron beam lithography on CdTe/CdMgTe modulation doped structures with two non-interacting quantum wells. Two types of samples were studied: with etched gratings and with gratings formed by deposition of Au stripes. The polarization properties at THz frequencies of [...] Read more.
Grating metamaterials were fabricated with electron beam lithography on CdTe/CdMgTe modulation doped structures with two non-interacting quantum wells. Two types of samples were studied: with etched gratings and with gratings formed by deposition of Au stripes. The polarization properties at THz frequencies of the gratings were determined at room temperature. It was shown that Au gratings formed a linear polarizer, while etched gratings did not polarize THz radiation. Transmission of circularly polarized THz radiation at low temperatures through a sample with no grating showed a strongly circularly polarized cyclotron resonance transition. Transmission of this radiation through a sample with an etched grating showed a magnetoplasmon transition that was almost perfectly linearly polarized. We concluded that magnetoplasmons in metamaterials with etched gratings are linearly polarized excitations, possibly with a small contribution of a circular component. This work opens the possibility of the detailed study of the polarization of magnetoplasmons, which has not been explored in the past. Full article
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