Thermochromic VO2 thin films on ITO-coated glass substrates for broadband high absorption at infra-red frequencies

Bharathi Rajeswaran, Jitendra K. Pradhan, S. Anantha Ramakrishna, Arun M. Umarji

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Thin films of vanadium dioxide (VO2) are deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO), stainless steel (SS), and glass substrates using chemical vapour deposition. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements confirmed the single phase nature of the VO2, which showed a phase transition from a low conducting state at low temperature(<68 °C) to a high conducting state at high temperature (>68 °C). This was confirmed by electrical conductance and infra-red reflectance measurements. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to measure the charge states of vanadium species. The optical constants of VO2 were determined using visible and near-infra red(NIR) reflectivity and show that the VO2 film on ITO has a lowered plasma frequency compared with VO2 on glass substrates. The thin films of VO2 enable a broadband of ultra-high absorption at mid-wave infra-red frequencies due to a Fabry-Pérot (F-P) like resonance due to the dielectric properties of ITO, SS, or glass. The tunability of this absorption band via VO2 thickness and the switchability by temperature makes the system attractive for absorptive coatings with controllable emissivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number163107
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - 28 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The funding from the DST, India under the project no. DST/SJF/PSA-01/2011–2012 is gratefully acknowledged. J.K.P. thanks University Grants Commission, India, for a fellowship. B.R. would like to acknowledge the facilities provided by the Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science to carry out XPS, Raman, and electrical characterization measurements. We would like to thank Mr. Inyalot Jude Tadeo for helping us to carry out the high temperature Raman spectroscopy measurements.

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