Applied Surface Science, Vol.252, No.18, 6313-6322, 2006
Etching of mercuric iodide in cation iodide solutions
The surface properties of mercuric iodide after etching in various cation iodide solutions have been investigated in terms of dissolution rate, morphology, electrical properties and reaction with water vapour. No significant differences have been observed in the etching rates. However, dissolution of HgI2 in NH4I, NaI, KI or RbI leaves the surface more or less covered with a residual iodo mercurate compound whose electrical properties and stability with regard to humidity may noticeably influence the behaviour of mercuric iodide devices. The smallest effect has been observed for etching in NaI. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.