Interface stability problem towards the end of THM growth of cadmium zinc telluride crystals

Ünal M., Balbaşi Ö. B. , Genç A. M. , Parlak M., Turan R.

Journal of Crystal Growth, vol.584, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 584
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2022.126576
  • Journal Name: Journal of Crystal Growth
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Keywords: A1. Crystal structure, A1. Interfaces, A2. Traveling heater method, B1. Cadmium compounds, B2. Semiconducting II–VI materials, B3. Radiation detectors


© 2022 Elsevier B.V.Growth of CdZnTe crystals by Travelling Heater Method (THM) is widely investigated by different groups. Interface shape and stability are critical parameters for the successful growth of high-quality CZT crystals. Even though interface stability could be achieved for a significant portion of the CZT ingot, the situation towards the end of the growth is not well studied and understood. In this study, interface stability and the change of crystal quality towards the end of the growth are examined. The change of the interface shape and formation of large Te inclusions are observed. Moreover, towards the end of the growth, phase separation and formation of a new zinc-based phase are detected with a needle-like structure. The decrease of crystal quality and evolution of the CZT ingot towards the end of the growth are summarized.