Area-selective ZnO thin film deposition on variable microgap electrodes and their impact on UV sensing
Qazi Muhammad, Humayun
Muhammad Kashif, Muhammad Faroow
Uda, Hashim, Prof. Dr.
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ZnO thin films were deposited on patterned gold electrodes using the sol-gel spin coating technique. Conventional photolithography process was used to obtain the variable microgaps of 30 and 43 μm in butterfly topology by using zero-gap chrome mask.The structural, morphological, and electrical properties of the deposited thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and Keithley SourceMeter, respectively. The current-voltage (I-V) characterization was performed to investigate the effect ofUVlight on the fabricated devices.The ZnO fabricated sensors showed a photo to dark current (Iph/Id) ratios of 6.26 for 30 μm and 5.28 for 43μm gap electrodes spacing, respectively. Dynamic responses of both fabricated sensors were observed till 1V with good reproducibility. At the applied voltage of 1V, the response time was observed to be 4.817s and 3.704 s while the recovery time was observed to be 0.3738 s and 0.2891 s for 30 and 43 μm gaps, respectively.The signal detection at low operating voltages suggested that the fabricated sensors could be used for miniaturized devices with low power consumption.