Role of silver doping in oxygen incorporation of oxide thin film

Kumar, D. ; Oktyabrsky, S. ; Kalyanaraman, R. ; Narayan, J. ; Apte, P. R. ; Pinto, R. ; Manoharan, S. S. ; Hegde, M. S. ; Ogale, S. B. ; Adhi, K. P. (1997) Role of silver doping in oxygen incorporation of oxide thin film Materials Science and Engineering: B, 45 (1-3). pp. 55-58. ISSN 0921-5107

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A distinctive characteristic of silver in oxygen incorporation of oxide thin films during pulsed laser ablation has been discovered. Optical emission spectroscopy studies of laser-induced plume of Ag-target indicates the presence of AgO species whose concentration increases with an increase in oxygen partial pressure. The formation of AgO in laser-plume has been found to be very useful for the realization of high temperature superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) and giant magnetoresistive La0.7MnO 3-δ (LMO) thin films with dramatically superior quality if the target materials contained a small amount of silver. The improvement in the quality of these films is brought about by the supply of atomic oxygen to oxide lattices during their formation. This becomes possible due to the fact that Ag, after it is ablated with other constituent materials in the target, gets moderately oxidized in an oxygen atmosphere and the oxidized species dissociate back into Ag and nascent O at the substrate surface. The nascent oxygen is very highly reactive and is easily assimilated into the lattice of these compounds.

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Keywords:Silver Doping; Oxide Thin Films; Oxygen Incorporation; Pulsed Laser Ablation
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