Thermal neutrons effect on improvement of electrical properties at CIGS thin film derived by sol-gel dip coating technique

Matur U. C., Baydoğan N.

Optical Materials, vol.134, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 134
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.optmat.2022.113110
  • Journal Name: Optical Materials
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Communication Abstracts, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC
  • Keywords: CIGS, Neutrons, Sol-gel, Tangential beam tube, TRIGA Mark-II
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 Elsevier B.V.The thermal neutron effect on the copper indium gallium (di)selenide thin film synthesized by the sol-gel dip-coating technique has explained the novel use of this film under extreme conditions (such as neutron irradiation fields). The thin film samples were treated by using the reactor neutrons to obtain the optimum neutron treatment for the determination of the variations in the structural characteristics. The gamma filter system has provided the evaluation of the high thermal neutron flux effect on the thin film samples by using the tangential beam tube of ITU TRIGA Mark–II reactor. The influence of the neutron effect on the electrical and optical features was explained by the rise of selenium amount in the thin film. The neutron-treated thin film samples (at 50 at. % Se) had a significant effect on the lowest electrical resistivity depending on the increase of the film density. The equivalent gamma dose of the neutron-treated thin film was determined as a 0.024 Gy dose level for neutron irradiation. The neutron treatment was significant to evaluate the decrease in the sheet resistivity of the thin film at this dose level. The neutron dose has led to a slight decrease in the optical band gap as the result of the thermal and epithermal neutrons' effects on the thin film.