P1.0.10 Evidence of a surface effect of UV light on WO3 thick-film gas sensors

A. Giberti, V. Guidi & C. Malag├╣
The electrical conductance of a tungsten trioxide (WO3) thick-film gas sensors under UV illumination has been investigated. Measurements have been performed in two different environments: in pure nitrogen and in dry synthetic air. The effect of light on the electrical behavior has then been evaluated and interpreted. In particular, the observed increase in conductance after illumination of the surface is expected to be due to interband electronic transitions, since the bandgap of the material is...