Programme for Research-Development-Innovation on Space Technology and Advanced Research – STAR
(Agentia Spatiala Romana)

Short description of the project

Semiconductor oxide materials exhibit an exceptional potential for application in future generation of ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors, various types of sensors and solar cells, which are investigated for research and development of specific space applications.  

The project aims at the examination, understanding and description of the radiation response of widely investigated types of materials, through a combination of experimental, theoretical, and modeling methods. The radiation effects in thin films and nanostructured arrays of ZnO will be characterized by high resolution microscopy and spectroscopy methods and the results will be analyzed in connection with the electrical and optical properties of the materials. The assessment of radiation induced defects will be endeavored from atomic scale investigation by first-principles quantum mechanical calculations to macroscopic scale by numerical simulation of the thermal, mechanical, electrical and coupled electro-thermo-mechanical behavior of the materials. The project will contribute to the development of semiconductor technologies and materials for prospective radiation-hardened electronics.