An n-CdO/p-Si heterojunction is fabricated by the deposition of a thin cadmium-oxide film with n-type conductivity onto a polished polycrystalline p-Si wafer by the spray-pyrolysis technique. The I-V characteristics of the heterostructure are measured at different temperatures. It is established that the current through the investigated heterostructure at the forward bias 3kT/e < V < 0.5 V is formed by tunneling-recombination processes with the participation of surface states at the CdO/Si interface and at V > 0.5 V, by tunneling through the space-charge region. The dominant mechanisms of current transport at reverse bias are the Frenkel-Pull emission and tunneling with the participation of energy levels formed by surface states.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics