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One-step synthesis of PbSe-ZnSe composite thin film

Seishi Abe

Author Affiliations

Research Institute for Electric and Magnetic Materials, Sendai 982-0807, Japan

Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:324  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-324

Published: 12 April 2011


This study investigates the preparation of PbSe-ZnSe composite thin films by simultaneous hot-wall deposition (HWD) from multiple resources. The XRD result reveals that the solubility limit of Pb in ZnSe is quite narrow, less than 1 mol%, with obvious phase-separation in the composite thin films. A nanoscale elemental mapping of the film containing 5 mol% PbSe indicates that isolated PbSe nanocrystals are dispersed in the ZnSe matrix. The optical absorption edge of the composite thin films shifts toward the low-photon-energy region as the PbSe content increases. The use of a phase-separating PbSe-ZnSe system and HWD techniques enables simple production of the composite package.