MCATM Seminar: Chris McConville, RMIT University & University of Warwick "Unusual Electronic Structure of Transparent Conducting Oxide Semiconductors"

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17 February 2017 at 11:00 am – 17 February 2017 at 12:00 pm
G30 New Horizons Centre
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Abstract: Oxide semiconductors have become of great technological interest and importance in recent years with opportunities to improve both the existing materials and their potential device applications. This is particularly true for a sub-group of materials that display both optical transparency and high electrical conductivity, the so-called transparent conducting oxides (TCO’s).

The fact that some of these materials, such indium tin oxide (ITO) have been around for many years and seen significant industrial use as transparent conductors in a relatively low quality form, has perhaps contributed to the belated recognition of using these materials as semiconductors in their own right. Here, examples from the surface and bulk electronic properties of several epitaxially grown oxide semiconductors (In2O3, CdO and ZnO) will be discussed along with the effects of modifying their surfaces by controlled adsorption.

The valence band density of states and the surface electronic properties of these TCO’s have been studied using high-resolution synchrotron radiation angle-resolved photoemission (SR-ARPES) and core-level photoemission spectroscopy with hard x-rays (HAXPES), both at the Diamond Light Source, and these data are compared with theoretical DFT band structure calculations. A common property of these oxide semiconductors is the presence of a significant electron accumulation layer at the surface.

While this is similar to that found at the surfaces of materials such as InN and In-rich InGaN, it is in marked contrast to the electron depletion typically observed at the surfaces of conventional III-V, II-VI and Group IV semiconductor materials. More unusual still is the quantized nature of this surface 2D electron gas. The origins of this phenomenon will be discussed in terms of the band structure and intrinsic properties of these materials.

About the speaker: Prof. McConville received his PhD in Physics from the University of Warwick. Prior to his appointment as Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Warwick, he was working as a Principal Scientific Office at QinetiQ, formally Royal Signals & Radar Establishment. Between 2011 and 2015,  he was appointed Director of the Science City Research Alliance, a strategic research partnership between the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham with a specific remit to work with businesses across the region. He is currently Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation at RMIT University.

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