Semiconducting YBCO Thin Films for Uncooled Terahertz Imagers
The terahertz domain (500 GHz - 5 THz) has been object of unceasing research activities, due to the wide range of conceivable applications in these fields. This study focuses on the development of semiconducting YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) thin films to be used as sensitive elements on future uncooled terahertz imagers working on a thermal principle. YBCO thin films have been hollow-cathode sputtered on MgO single-crystals under different conditions. Electrical and structural characterizations have then been carried out. The resistivity of the thin films and the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) have been determined. X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy analyses have then been performed. If compared with materials currently used as sensing element in commercial near-infrared imagers, electrical characterization shows values of the TCR comparable to amorphous silicon and almost two times better than VOx-compounds.
António Torres Marques, António Fernando Silva, António Paulo Monteiro Baptista, Carlos Sá, Fernando Jorge Lino Alves, Luís Filipe Malheiros and Manuel Vieira
M. Longhin et al., "Semiconducting YBCO Thin Films for Uncooled Terahertz Imagers", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 587-588, pp. 273-277, 2008