Characteristic difference between ITO/ZrCu and ITO/Ag bi-layer films as transparent electrodes deposited on PET substrate

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-243
Journal / PublicationApplied Surface Science
Issue number1
Online published8 Jul 2010
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


The metallic-glass film of ZrCu layer deposited by co-sputtering was utilized as the metallic layer in the bi-layer structure transparent conductive electrode of ITO/ZrCu (IZC) deposited on the PET substrate using magnetron sputtering at room temperature. In addition, the pure Ag metal layer was applied in the same structure of transparent conductive film, ITO/Ag, in comparison with the IZC film. The ZrCu layer could form a continuous and smooth film in thickness lower than 6 nm, compared with the island structure of pure Ag layer of the same thickness. The 30 nm ITO/3 nm ZrCu films could show the optical transmittance of 73% at 550 nm wavelength. The 30 nm ITO/12 nm ZrCu films could show the better sheet resistance of 20 Ω/sq, but it was still worse than that of the ITO/Ag films. It was suggested that an alloy system with lower resistivity and negative mixing heat between atoms might be another way to form a continuous layer in thickness lower than 6 nm for metal film.

Research Area(s)

  • Ag, Bi-layer, Cu-Zr, Metallic-glass film, TCO