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CO Gas Sensor Based on E-Beam Evaporated ZnO, MgZnO, and CdZnO Thin Films: A Comparative Study

Authors: Deepak Punetha and Saurabh Kumar Pandey

Abstract: This paper 1 reports a comparative study of electron beam evaporated ZnO, MgZnO, and CdZnO thin film based-gas sensor. At room temperature (RT), these semi-conductive thin films were deposited on Si/SiO2 substrate and an interdigitated pattern of chromium electrode deposited on these films. Device properties, such as structural, optical, and electrical, have been reported and analyzed. The sensors have been tested at different operating temperatures. At 250 °C, the sensor shows the best response for CdZnO thin films. We have obtained sensor response 4.86 with response time 15 sec for 100-PPM carbon mono oxide (CO) gas concentration for CdZnO thin film. Based on experimental results, Cd-doped ZnO has been found most suitable among these semiconducting metal oxides, when used as a CO gas sensor. A correlation between structural, optical, and electrical properties with these thin films has also been established.

Published in : IEEE Sensor Journal