Electrical properties of cerium fluoride thin films

Arun Kumar Dorai, S. Selvasekarapandian, Nithya Hellar, Sakunthala Ayyasamy, Hema Muthusamy

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Thin films of ionic conductors have low internal resistance. Hence, it could be used as an electrolyte material in sensors to operate at ambient temperatures. Cerium fluoride, a unipolar fluoride ion conductor, has got a different application in electrochemical sensor. In the present work, cerium fluoride thin films have been prepared by physical vapor deposition method and their electrical properties are studied. X-ray diffraction studies reveal the polycrystalline nature of the prepared thin films and the structure of the material. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images show grain-like structures. Conductivity analysis of the thin films has been studied by ac impedance analysis and the maximum conductivity value is found to be 1.04 × 10-6 S cm-1. The impedance spectra emphasize intergranular conduction in the prepared thin films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-486
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerium fluoride
  • Conductivity
  • Electrical properties
  • Oxygen sensor
  • Thin film

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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