Electronic transport mechanism in amorphous tetrahedrally-coordinated carbon films

J. P. Sullivan, T. A. Friedmann, R. G. Dunn, Ellen Stechel, P. A. Schultz, M. P. Siegal, N. Missert

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Abstract

The electronic transport mechanism is tetrahedrally-coordinated amorphous carbon was investigated using measurements of stress relaxation, thermal evolution of electrical conductivity, and temperature-dependent conductivity measurements. Stress relaxation measurements were used to determine the change in 3-fold coordinated carbon concentration, and the electrical conductivity was correlated to this change. It was found that the conductivity was exponentially proportional to the change in 3-fold concentration, indicating a tunneling or hopping transport mechanism. It was also found that the activation energy for transport decreased with increasing anneal temperature. The decrease in activation energy was responsible for the observed increase in electrical conductivity. A model is described wherein the transport in this material is described by thermally activated conduction along 3-fold linkages or chains with variable range and variable orientation hopping. Thermal annealing leads to chain ripening and a reduction in the activation energy for transport.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
PublisherMRS
Pages97-102
Number of pages6
Volume498
Publication statusPublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Symposium - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 1 1997Dec 4 1997

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OtherProceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Symposium
CityBoston, MA, USA
Period12/1/9712/4/97

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Carbon films
Activation energy
Stress relaxation
Amorphous carbon
Carbon
Annealing
Temperature
Electric Conductivity
Hot Temperature

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Sullivan, J. P., Friedmann, T. A., Dunn, R. G., Stechel, E., Schultz, P. A., Siegal, M. P., & Missert, N. (1997). Electronic transport mechanism in amorphous tetrahedrally-coordinated carbon films. In Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings (Vol. 498, pp. 97-102). MRS.

Electronic transport mechanism in amorphous tetrahedrally-coordinated carbon films. / Sullivan, J. P.; Friedmann, T. A.; Dunn, R. G.; Stechel, Ellen; Schultz, P. A.; Siegal, M. P.; Missert, N.

Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings. Vol. 498 MRS, 1997. p. 97-102.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sullivan, JP, Friedmann, TA, Dunn, RG, Stechel, E, Schultz, PA, Siegal, MP & Missert, N 1997, Electronic transport mechanism in amorphous tetrahedrally-coordinated carbon films. in Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings. vol. 498, MRS, pp. 97-102, Proceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Symposium, Boston, MA, USA, 12/1/97.
Sullivan JP, Friedmann TA, Dunn RG, Stechel E, Schultz PA, Siegal MP et al. Electronic transport mechanism in amorphous tetrahedrally-coordinated carbon films. In Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings. Vol. 498. MRS. 1997. p. 97-102
Sullivan, J. P. ; Friedmann, T. A. ; Dunn, R. G. ; Stechel, Ellen ; Schultz, P. A. ; Siegal, M. P. ; Missert, N. / Electronic transport mechanism in amorphous tetrahedrally-coordinated carbon films. Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings. Vol. 498 MRS, 1997. pp. 97-102
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