T K Maity
Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science
Volume 31 Issue 6 November 2008 pp 841-846 Thin Films and Nanomatter
Gamma radiation induced changes in the optical and electrical properties of tellurium dioxide (TeO2) thin films, prepared by thermal evaporation, have been studied in detail. The optical characterization of the as-deposited thin films and that of the thin films exposed to various levels of gamma radiation dose clearly show that the optical bandgap decreases with increase in the gamma radiation dose up to a certain dose. At gamma radiation doses above this value, however, the optical bandgap has been found to increase. On the other hand, the current vs voltage plots for the as-deposited thin films and those for the thin films exposed to various levels of gamma radiation dose show that the current increases with the gamma radiation dose up to a certain dose and that the value of this particular dose depends upon the thickness of the film. The current has, however, been found to decrease with further increase in gamma radiation dose. The observed changes in both the optical and electrical properties indicate that TeO2 thin films can be used as the real time gamma radiation dosimeter up to a certain dose, a quantity that depends upon the thickness of the film.
Volume 34 Issue 1 February 2011 pp 61-69
We have studied in detail the gamma radiation induced changes in the electrical properties of the (TeO2)0.9 (In2O3)0.1 thin films of different thicknesses, prepared by thermal evaporation in vacuum. The current–voltage characteristics for the as-deposited and exposed thin films were analysed to obtain current versus dose plots at different applied voltages. These plots clearly show that the current increases quite linearly with the radiation dose over a wide range and that the range of doses is higher for the thicker films. Beyond certain dose (a quantity dependent on the film thickness), however, the current has been observed to decrease. In order to understand the dose dependence of the current, we analysed the optical absorption spectra for the as-deposited and exposed thin films to obtain the dose dependences of the optical bandgap and energy width of band tails of the localized states. The increase of the current with the gamma radiation dose may be attributed partly to the healing effect and partly to the lowering of the optical bandgap. Attempts are on to understand the decrease in the current at higher doses. Employing dose dependence of the current, some real-time gamma radiation dosimeters have been prepared, which have been found to possess sensitivity in the range 5–55 𝜇Gy/𝜇A/cm2. These values are far superior to any presently available real-time gamma radiation dosimeter.
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