Abstract

High-quality cerium-doped β-Ga2O3 (Ga2O3:Ce) thin films could be achieved on (0001)α-Al2O3 substrates using a pulsed-laser deposition method. The impact of dopant contents concentration on crystal structure, optical absorption, photoluminescence, and photoelectric properties has been intensively studied. X-ray diffraction analysis results have shown that Ga2O3:Ce films are highly (2¯01) oriented, and the lattice spacing of the (4¯02) planes is sensitive to the Ce doping level. The prepared Ga2O3:Ce films show a sharp absorption edge at about 250 nm, meaning a high transparency to deep ultraviolet (DUV) light. The photoluminescence results revealed that the emissions were in the violet–blue–green region, which are associated with the donor–acceptor transitions with the Ce3+ and oxygen vacancies related defects. A simple DUV photodetector device with a metal–semiconductor–metal structure has also been fabricated based on Ga2O3:Ce thin film. A distinct DUV photoresponse was obtained, suggesting a potential application in DUV photodetector devices.

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