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Chin. Phys. B, 2016, Vol. 25(6): 066106    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/25/6/066106
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Comparative study on beryllium and magnesium as a co-doping element for ZnO:N

Yu-Quan Su(苏宇泉)1, Ming-Ming Chen(陈明明)2,3, Long-Xing Su(苏龙兴)1, Yuan Zhu(祝渊)1, Zi-Kang Tang(汤子康)1,3
1 School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China;
2 Faculty of Science, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China;
3 Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Abstract  

Stable nitrogen doping is an important issue in p-type ZnO research for device applications. In this paper, beryllium and magnesium are systematically compared as a dopant in ZnO to reveal their nitrogen-stabilizing ability. Secondary ion mass spectrum shows that Be and Mg can both enhance the stability of nitrogen in ZnO while Be has a better performance. Zn 2p and O 1s electron binding energies change in both MgZnO and BeZnO thin films. Donor-acceptor luminescence is observed in the BeZnO samples. We conclude that Be is a better co-doping element than Mg for p-type ZnO:N.

Keywords:  III-V and II-VI semiconductors      defects and impurities      photoluminescence      properties and materials      x-ray photoelectron  
Received:  07 January 2016      Revised:  06 February 2016      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  61.72.uj (III-V and II-VI semiconductors)  
  68.55.Ln (Defects and impurities: doping, implantation, distribution, concentration, etc.)  
  78.55.-m (Photoluminescence, properties and materials)  
  82.80.Pv (Electron spectroscopy (X-ray photoelectron (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), etc.))  
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Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB302000), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51232009 and 51202299), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 11lgpy16), the Natural Science Foundation for Jiangsu Provincial Higher Education, Institutions of China (Grant No. 15KJB510005), and the Talent Fund of Jiangsu University, China (Grant No. 15JDG042).

Corresponding Authors:  Yuan Zhu     E-mail:  zhuy9@mail.sysu.edu.cn

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Yu-Quan Su(苏宇泉), Ming-Ming Chen(陈明明), Long-Xing Su(苏龙兴), Yuan Zhu(祝渊), Zi-Kang Tang(汤子康) Comparative study on beryllium and magnesium as a co-doping element for ZnO:N 2016 Chin. Phys. B 25 066106

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