Origin of the slow photoresponse in an individual sol-gel synthesized ZnO nanowire

Seung Eon Ahn, Hyun Jin Ji, Kanghyun Kim, Gyu Tae Kim, Chang Hyun Bae, Seung Min Park, Yong Kwan Kim, Jeong Sook Ha

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Photocurrent of a single ZnO nanowire synthesized by a sol-gel route was investigated. In vacuum, the dark current was bigger but the photoresponse was slower than that in air, attributed to the release of the available charge carriers by the desorption of water molecules and the decrease of the exchange rates of molecular ions. Under the steady radiation of the ultraviolet light (λ=325 nm), a gradual decrease of the photocurrent was noticeable, which can be explained in terms of the annihilation of the carriers by the replacement of hydroxyl groups (OH-) by O2-, resulting in the decrease of charge carriers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153106
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by Grant Nos. M10503000187-05M0300-18710 from Korea Ministry of Science and Technology, R01-2005-000-10648-0 and R01-2006-000-10396-0 from Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, and KRF-2004-005-C00068 from Korea Research Foundation.

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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