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Texture, Stress, and Microstructure
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 494537, 7 pages
Research Article

The Influence of Deposition Conditions on Structural Properties of PbI2

1Material Research Unit, Department of Applied Sciences, University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
2Ministry of Science and Technology, Iraq

Received 17 July 2009; Revised 11 November 2009; Accepted 24 November 2009

Academic Editor: Hahn Choo

Copyright © 2009 Ali M. Mousa and Natheer J. Al-rubaie. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effect of deposition environment conditions on the electrical and structural properties of deposited PbI2 layers were studied. The layers were deposited from solution under dark and room light illumination with and without applying magnetic field. XRD, electrical, and photo-electrical properties were measured at room temperature. An increase in the grain size versus the platelet area was noticed.The electrical properties revealed a dependence on deposition conditions. Dark conductivity increases from 1.7×1010 to 5×109 (Ωcm)-1 when deposition was carried out in darkness. A gain factor (the ratio between photoconductivity and dark conductivity) of (23) was obtained. The results indicate that the increase in electrical conductivity is mainly due to the plane 001, where the average number of grain boundaries in this plane sharply decreases when deposition takes place in darkness. On the other hand, the increase in photoconductivity could be due to the decrease in the recombination of free carriers along the grain boundaries.