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Conductance fluctuations in free-standing hydrogenated amorphous silicon nanoparticles
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Paper Abstract

Measurements of the electronic current fluctuations of free-standing hydrogenated amorphous silicon nanoparticles are described. The nanoparticles are synthesized by high-density plasma chemical vapor deposition and are deposited onto conducting substrates. An insulating matrix, either silicon oxide or silicon nitride is then grown in order to electrically isolate the particles. Electronic measurements are performed in this transverse geometry, and underneath a top electrode of area 1mm x 1mm are typically 10,000 nanoparticles with an average diameter of 150 nm in parallel. The spectral density of the current fluctuations in the a-Si:H nanoparticles is well described by a 1/f frequency dependence for frequency f, as in the case of bulk a-Si:H films. The variation of the correlation coefficients with frequency octave separation of the noise power fluctuations in bulk a-Si:H films indicates serial interactions between fluctuators. In contrast, the octave separation dependence of the correlation coefficients for the nanoparticles are very well described by an ensemble of fluctuators whose amplitudes are independently modulated in parallel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5843, Fluctuations and Noise in Materials II, (23 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.609498
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas James Belich, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Zhe Shen, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Charlie P. Blackwell, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Stephen A. Campbell, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
James Kakalios, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5843:
Fluctuations and Noise in Materials II
Peter Svedlindh; Dragana Popovic; Michael B. Weissman, Editor(s)

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