Dresden 2009 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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TT: Fachverband Tiefe Temperaturen

TT 15: Correlated Electrons: Metal-Insulator Transition 2

TT 15.6: Vortrag

Dienstag, 24. März 2009, 11:00–11:15, HSZ 301

Metal-insulator transition in polymer surfaces modified by low-energy ion irradiation — •Yuri Koval, Irina Lazareva, and Paul Müller — Department für Physik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

The surface of several polymers like polyimide, PMMA, or PET was graphitized by low-energy (0.15-1.5 keV) ion irradiation at different temperatures (150-700 K). Due to the small penetration depth of ions the thickness of conducting layers is substantially less than 10 nm. Depending on the energy of ions and the temperature of irradiation the sheet conductance can be changed from 1011 S to 104 S. We show that with increase of the sample conductance the electric transport changes from variable range hopping to semi-metallic type.

Semi-metallic behavior was observed for samples with sheet conductances higher than the quantum conductance g. For samples with lower sheet conductance an exponential law σ=σ0exp(-(T0/T)x) typical for variable range hopping transport was found. For samples with a power x=0.5 we have found a correlation between σ0 and T0 in the form σ000exp(T0/T*)0.5 with σ00 equal to the quantum conductance g. Analyzing the low temperature current-voltage characteristics, a similar correlation between the pre-exponential factor and the numerator in the exponent j=j0exp(-(E0/E)0.5) was observed, where j is the current density and E is the electric field.

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