The electrical properties of titanium dioxide thin films have been stabilised by cerium doping. These films have a high permittivity between 35 to 45 and withstand 650°C. Multilayer TiO2:Ce/CeO2 insulators have been fabricated. The breakdown voltage is increased by a factor 10 with a modest decrease in the permittivity (30 – 35 instead of 35 – 45).
Electroluminescent devices (ELDs) with a classical ZnS:Mn phosphor have been prepared using TiO2:Ce as the first insulator and a TiO2:Ce/CeO2 multilayer as the second insulator. Compared with a standard ELD based on Y2O3 insulators, devices with the new insulators show a significant decrease of the threshold voltage along with a notable increase of the brightness. An important increase is also achieved in the total device efficiency which is maintained over a large range of brightness and transferred charge. Consequences of rapid thermal annealing and conventional thermal treatments on device performance have also been investigated.