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Photoconductivity studies on bulk As-Te-In glasses

Manikandan, N and Sharmila, BH and Asokan, S (2005) Photoconductivity studies on bulk As-Te-In glasses. In: Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 81 (6). pp. 1313-1316.


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Photocurrent measurements have been undertaken on bulk $As_{40}Te_{60-x}In_{x}$ glasses of different compositions. It has been found that the photocurrent increases with illumination, which can probably be understood on the basis of the large dielectric constant of these materials and also due to the presence of a larger number of positive defect states. Further, the composition dependence of the conductivity activation energy and the photosensitivity exhibit a maximum at x = 12.5 ((r) = 2.65) and a minimum at x = 15 ((r)= 2.70). Earlier investigations on As-Te-In glasses, such as high-pressure resistivity behavior, electrical switching, etc., have identified the compositions x = 12.5 and x = 15 as the rigidity percolation threshold (RPT) and the chemical threshold (CT) respectively. Based on this, the maximum and the minimum seen in activation energy and photosensitivity of $As_{40}Te_{60-x}In_{x}$ glasses at x = 12.5 and x = 15 can be attributed to RPT and CT respectively.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3810

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