Influence of high energy electron beam treatment on fluorine doped ZnO (FZO) nanostructures and its role in modifying structural, optical, morphological and nonlinear optical properties was studied. FZO nanostructures were grown with different fluorine concentration using an air assisted chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The prepared nanostructures were treated with 8 MeV electron beam line at pre-determined dosages (5 kGy. 10 kGy, 15 kGy and 20 kGy). Compositional and chemical state analysis of FZO films were analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The XPS analysis conveys that the percentage area ratio of O 1s core level spectra which attributes to oxygen vacancy defects are reduced from 28.9% to 13.7% which endorses a fact that e-beam treatment suppresses the generation of oxygen related defects. The glancing angle X-ray diffraction (GAXRD) study confirms that the deposited films exhibit a single phase which point towards the higher order structural stability and phase purity of FZO nanostructures in intense radiation environment. The ambient temperature PL spectra show quenching of radiative defect centers upon electron beam irradiation which infers that non radiative recombination predominates the radiative recombination in the nanostructures upon e-beam treatment. Open aperture Z-scan analysis shows a magnitude of nonlinear absorption coefficient β eff in the order of 10 −1 esu. Enhanced third harmonic generation signal (THG) shown by the films due to photoexcitation and relaxation process endorses the credibility of the grown films for application as UV light emitters.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering