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Transport properties of conducting amorphous carbon-Poly(vinyl chloride) composite

Shekhar, S and Prasad, V and Subramanyam, SV (2006) Transport properties of conducting amorphous carbon-Poly(vinyl chloride) composite. In: Carbon, 44 (2). pp. 334-340.

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The dc electrical conductivity of composites of poly(vinyl chloride) filled with amorphous carbon (a-C) flakes has been studied from room temperature to 1.2 K. The dc conductivity shows percolative behavior and as a function of a-C content, follows the scaling law $\sigma\alpha(p-p_c)^t$ where $p_c$ is percolation threshold and t the critical exponent with values 0.0165 and 3.1, respectively. The value of t shows evidence for non-universal value of critical exponent. In the temperature range 1.2 K to 50 K–60 K all the samples show the thermal fluctuation induced tunneling of the charge carriers through the insulating layer of polymer separating amorphous carbon aggregates. At high temperatures the differential thermal expansion of PVC and amorphous carbon plays a crucial role in conduction mechanism that leads to positive temperature coefficient of resistivity near to room temperature.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Carbon composites;Pyrolysis;X-ray diffraction;Transport properties;Amorphous carbon
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Shashank Shekhar -
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/8361

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