Impact of thickness and heat treatment on some physical properties of thin Cu2SnS3 films

  • Iqbal S. Naji
Keywords: Cu2SnS3, flash thermal evaporation, X-ray, AFM, SEM.


Copper tin sulfide (Cu2SnS3) thin films have been grown on glass
substrate with different thicknesses (500, 750 and 1000) nm by flash
thermal evaporation method after prepare its alloy from their
elements with high purity. The as-deposited films were annealed at
473 K for 1h. Compositional analysis was done using Energy
dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The microstructure of CTS powder
examined by SEM and found that the large crystal grains are shown
clearly in images. XRD investigation revealed that the alloy was
polycrystalline nature and has cubic structure with preferred
orientation along (111) plane, while as deposited films of different
thickness have amorphous structure and converted to polycrystalline
with annealing temperature for high thickness. AFM measurements
showed that the grain size of the films was increasing by annealing.
The ultraviolet- visible absorption spectrum measurement indicated
that the films have a direct energy band gap. Eg decrease with
thickness and increase with annealing.