9-13 July 2012
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Thermally activated charge transport in printed silicon networks

Presented by Mr. BATSIRAI MAGUNJE on 10 Jul 2012 from 17:30 to 19:30
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster Session
Track: Track F - Applied Physics

Abstract

The uniqueness of charge transport in printed silicon nanoparticle networks is fully described. The charge transport is characterised by hopping and percolation. The activation energies for conduction were determined from variable temperature conductance measurements over a temperature range of 15K to 345K. Silicon printed from milled nanoparticles showed different activation energies from devices printed from silicon nanoparticles produced by chemical vapour synthesis. The activation energies for charge transport correlate with the morphology and arrangement of particles constituting the networks. The effective area of contact between particles and clusters is demonstrated to be the limiting factor for charge transport. The printed silicon displays a negative temperature coefficient of resistance which can be explained in terms of carrier excitation over interface barriers as confirmed by variable temperature Hall effect experiments. The importance of this understanding is demonstrated in the use of printed silicon as negative temperature coefficient temperature sensors.

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Level

PhD

Supervisor

Prof. D.T. Britton

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