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A Survey of Conducton Mechanisms in Very Thin Films

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1 Author(s)
Bashara, N.M. ; Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

This survey deals with conduction mechanisms in thin films, both metals and dielectrics, in the thickness range between 10-6and 10-5cm and generally under 2-3 x 10-6cm. Conduction in metals with an island structure is discussed in terms of a thermally-activated process based on a model suggested by Frenkel. The model makes it possible to interpret the behavior qualitatively. Dielectrics exhibit a tunneling-like behavior and/or a Schottky-like behavior depending on thickness and temperature. Anomolous effects such as the negative resistance sandwich structure and gap structures with low work functions are also discussed.

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Component Parts, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Mar 1964

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