Growth of MoO3 Films by RF Magnetron Sputtering: Studies on the Structural, Optical, and Electrochromic Properties

S. Subbarayudu, V. Madhavi, S. Uthanna
2013 ISRN Condensed Matter Physics  
Molybdenum oxide (MoO3) films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates held at temperature 473 K by RF magnetron sputtering of molybdenum target at various oxygen partial pressures in the range 8×10-5–8×10-4 mbar. The deposited MoO3 films were characterized for their chemical composition, crystallographic structure, surface morphology, chemical binding configuration, and optical properties. The films formed at oxygen partial pressure of 4×10-4 mbar were nearly stoichiometric and
more » ... lline MoO3 with crystallite size of 27 nm. The Fourier transform infrared spectrum of the films formed at 4×10-4 mbar exhibited the characteristics vibrational bands of MoO3. The optical band gap of the films increased from 3.11 to 3.28 eV, and the refractive index increased from 2.04 to 2.16 with the increase of oxygen partial pressure from 8×10-5 to 8×10-4 mbar, respectively. The electrochromic performance of MoO3 films formed on ITO coated glass substrates was studied and achieved the optical modulation of about 13% with color efficiency of about 20 cm2/C.
doi:10.1155/2013/806374 fatcat:jxntmv2sffclreyyqb6b5ik7jq