Effect of the Corona Discharge on ZnTe Film


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The effect of corona electric field on the surface of Pr-doped ZnTe thin film was studied. The device which can produce the high-voltage corona electric field is developed and used. The V-A characteristics of positive and negative corona discharge between the adjacent needle plates were measured. Whether positive or negative corona discharge, the corona discharge current of the plate is increased with the applied voltage increasing; the voltage range of negative corona discharge is wider than that of the positive corona discharge, meanwhile under the same applied voltage, the negative corona discharge current is bigger, not only its curve is smooth, but also its discharge is stable. The thermal effect of electric field is small. The electric field strength is 7.0 kV•cm-1. By atomic force microscope, it is found that the size of particles becomes large and uniform, and the surface becomes rough with electric field treatment. The measurement results reveal that the average radius of particles is 108.70nm before the effect and 227.27nm after the effect. By UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, it is found that a strong optical absorption peak appears at the region of 220 - 250nm with electric field treatment. This means that the stronger light absorption peak turn out a blue shift under the effect of electric field. The phenomenon of the blue shift proves that the high-voltage corona electric field has an impact on the band gap of the film. The voltage range of the negative corona discharge is wide and stable. The thermal effect produced by the high-voltage corona electric field on the sample is very small, so usually it can be ignored. The high-voltage corona electric field can change the surface morphology of some films, makes the current density of the sample location increase in a small cross section. The negative high-voltage corona discharge should well be used to research in biophysics such as the transgenic plants. High-voltage corona discharge mutagenesis has become a new physical mutation technique. Introduction



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 314-316)

Edited by:

Jian Gao






N. Ri and G. R. Li, "Effect of the Corona Discharge on ZnTe Film", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 314-316, pp. 171-175, 2011

Online since:

August 2011





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