Quasi-reversible point defect relaxation in amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O thin films by in situ electrical measurements

Alexander U. Adler, Ted C. Yeh, D. Bruce Buchholz, Robert P.H. Chang, Thomas O. Mason

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Quasi-reversible oxygen exchange/point defect relaxation in an amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O thin film was monitored by in situ electrical property measurements (conductivity, Seebeck coefficient) at 200 °C subjected to abrupt changes in oxygen partial pressure (p O 2). By subtracting the long-term background decay from the conductivity curves, time-independent conductivity values were obtained at each p O 2. From these values, a log-log Brouwer plot of conductivity vs. p O 2 of approximately -1/2 was obtained, which may indicate co-elimination (filling) of neutral and charged oxygen vacancies. This work demonstrates that Brouwer analysis can be applied to the study of defect structure in amorphous oxide thin films.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122103
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 2013


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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