Effective photoabsorption and band-structural engineering in CuxO/NiO interfacial photosensor for improved ultraviolet response

Walilou Buremoh, Saheed A. Adewinbi*, Lukman O. Animasahun, Vusani M. Maphiri, Omar H. Abd-Elkader, Haekyonug Kim

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Abstract

Energy bands modulations in thin films heterostructure has offered exceptional leads towards the development of photosensing material. In this work, nanostructured metal oxides interfacial electrode structure has been employed to fabricate a highly sensitive ultraviolet (UV) sensor with high responsivity and detectivity. A unique, simple and cost-effective electrodeposition approach was adopted for the growth of the film samples. The interfacial structural effect and optical energy band modulations on the photo-electronic structure and UV detector performance of the structure have been examined. The films had fair transmissions of the visible light spectrum with CuxO dominance in the resulting bilayer structure and a high absorption peak in the ultraviolet (UV) region. The energy band gap redshifted towards the bilayer structure from 3.74 to 2.67 eV. Charge carriers trapping through surface recombination has been found to reduce from the assistance of ohmic contact formation of the heterostructure. The bilayer film-based photodetector demonstrated enhanced performance with photodetectivity (1.6⨯1011 Jones at 0.068 mWcm−2 power density), attributable to the existence of lower recombination state in the structure, according to the UV sensing study. The study showed that tailoring dissimilar metal oxide semiconducting films to the bilayer (CuxO/NiO) structure can provide excellent UV photodetector performance over single-layer of NiO and CuxO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number416069
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Volume685
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Copper oxide
  • Electrodeposition
  • Heterostructure
  • I–V characteristics
  • Nickel oxide
  • Photodetector

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