ZnO is an attractive wide band gap semiconductor with large exciton binding energy, high refractive index, high biocompatibility and diversety of nanostructure shapes which makes it suitable for many applications in the optoelectronic devices, optical sensors, and biosensors. We study the effect of hydrogen plasma treatment of the nominally undoped ZnO thin film deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering of Zn target in the gas mixture of argon and oxygen plasma. The SEM images show that the crystal size increases with film thickness. We confirm, that the electrical conductivity significantly increases after hydrogen plasma treatment by 4 orders of magnitude. Moreover, the increase of the infrared optical absorption, related to free carrier concentration, was detected below the optical absorption edge by the photothermal deflection spectroscopy.Keywords: ZnO, reactive magnetron sputtering, hydrogen plasma treatment.
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