Nature of Dielectric Properties, Electric Modulus and AC Electrical Conductivity of Nanocrystalline ZnIn2Se4 Thin Films

G.F.Salem ; M.M. El-Nahass ; A.A. Attia ; H.A.M. Ali ; M.I. Ismail 


© 2018 The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society The structural characteristics of thermally deposited ZnIn 2 Se 4 thin films were indexed utilizing x-ray diffraction as well as scanning electron microscopy techniques. Dielectric properties, electric modulus and AC electrical conductivity of ZnIn 2 Se 4 thin films were examined in the frequency range from 42 Hz to 10 6 Hz. The capacitance, conductance and impedance were measured at different temperatures. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss decrease with an increase in frequency. The maximum barrier height was determined from the analysis of the dielectric loss depending on the Giuntini model. The real part of the electric modulus revealed a constant maximum value at higher frequencies and the imaginary part of the electric modulus was characterized by the appearance of dielectric relaxation peaks. The AC electrical conductivity obeyed the Jonscher universal power law. Correlated barrier hopping model was the appropriate mechanism for AC conduction in ZnIn 2 Se 4 thin films. Estimation of the density of states at the Fermi level and activation energy, for AC conduction, was carried out based on the temperature dependence of AC electrical conductivity.

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Keywords Nanocrystalline ZnIn2Se4, dielectric properties, electric modulus, electrical conductivity
Issue Date 21-Feb-2018
Journal Journal of Electronic Materials 
DOI 10.1007/s11664-018-6126-8

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