Crystallization of II-VI semiconductor compounds forming long microcrystalline linear assemblies

Marcelino Becerril*, Óscar Portillo-Moreno, Rosendo Lozada-Moráles, Rafael Ramírez-Bon, Ramón Ochoa-Landín, Feliciano Sánchez-Sinencio, Jaime Santoyo-Salazar, Orlando Zelaya-Angel

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In this work we report the formation of long microcrystalline linear self-assemblies observed during the thin film growth of several II-VI compounds. Polycrystalline CdTe, CdS, CdCO3, and nanocrystalline CdTe:Al thin films were prepared on glass substrates by different deposition techniques. In order to observe these crystalline formations in the polycrystalline materials, the thin film growth was suspended before the grains reached to form a continuous layer. The chains of semiconductor crystals were observed among many isolated and randomly distributed grains. Since CdTe, CdTe:Al, CdS and CdCO 3 are not ferroelectric and/or ferromagnetic materials, the relevant problem would be to explain what is the mechanism through which the grains are held together to form linear chains. It is well known that some nanocrystalline materials form rods and wires by means of electrostatic forces. This occurs in polar semiconductors, where it is assumed that the attraction forces between surface polar faces of the small crystals are the responsible for the chains formation. Since there are not too many mechanisms responsible for the attraction we assume that a dipolar interaction is the force that originates the formation of chain-like grain clusters. The study of this property can be useful for the understanding of nucleation processes in the growth of semiconductor thin films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-503
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • 6182.Fk
  • 81.10.-h
  • 81.10.jt.
  • Grain-chains
  • Growth processes
  • II-VI compounds
  • PACS 61.72.uj
  • Semiconductors


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