Few materials have been identified as high-performance transparent conductors in the visible regime (400–700 nm). Even fewer conductors are known to be transparent in ultraviolet (UV) spectrum, especially at wavelengths below 320 nm. Doped wide-bandgap semiconductors employed currently as UV transparent conductors have insufficient electrical conductivities, posing a significant challenge for achieving low resistance electrodes. Here, we propose SrNbO3 as an alternative transparent conductor material with excellent performance not only in the visible, but also in the UV spectrum. The high transparency to UV light originates from energetic isolation of the conduction band, which shifts the absorption edge into the UV regime. The standard figure of merit measured for SrNbO3 in the UV spectral range of 260–320 nm is on par with indium tin oxide in the visible, making SrNbO3 an ideal electrode material in high-performance UV light emitting diodes relevant in sanitation application, food packaging, UV photochemotherapy, and biomolecule sensing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy