Chemical deposition and characterization of thorium-alloyed lead sulfide thin films

Moshiel Biton, Assaf Shamir, Michael Shandalov, Neta Arad-Vosk, Amir Sa'Ar, Eyal Yahel, Yuval Golan

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We present a chemical bath deposition process for alloying PbS thin films with 232Th, a stable isotope of thorium, to provide a model system for radiation damage studies. Variation of deposition parameters such as temperature, reagent concentrations and time allows controlling the properties of the resulting films. Small amounts of incorporated thorium (0.5%) strongly affected the surface topography and the orientation of the films and slowed down the growth rate. The Th appears to be incorporated as substitutional ions in the PbS lattice.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalThin Solid Films
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2014


  • Chemical bath deposition
  • Lead chalcogenide alloys
  • Optical properties
  • Structural characterization

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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