Applied Surface Science, Vol.336, 138-142, 2015
Thermoelectric properties of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition
We report on the pulsed laser deposition of p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 thin films onto fused silica substrates by ablation of dense targets of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 with an excess of 1 wt% Te. We investigated the effect of film thickness, substrate temperature and post-annealing duration on the thermoelectric properties of the films. Our results show that the best power factor (2780 mu W/K(2)m at 300K) is obtained for films grown at room temperature and then post-annealed in vacuum at 300 degrees C for 16 h. This is among the highest power factor values reported for Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 films grown on fused silica substrates. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.