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Investigation of the Evolution of Conduction Mechanism in Metal on Transparent Conductive Oxides Thin Film System

Abstract This thesis discusses the evolution of conduction mechanism in the silver (Ag) on zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film system with respect to the Ag morphology. As a plausible substitute for indium tin oxide (ITO), TCO/Metal/TCO (TMT) structure has received a lot of attentions as a prospective ITO substitute due to its low resistivity and desirable transmittance. However, the detailed conduction mechanism is not fully understood. In an attempt to investigate the conduction mechanism of the ZnO/Ag/ZnO thin film system with respect to the Ag microstructure, the top ZnO layer is removed, which offers a better view of Ag morphology by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). With 2 nm thick Ag layer, it is seen that the Ag forms discrete islands with sm... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Zhang, Shengke (Author) / Alford, Terry L (Advisor) / Schroder, Dieter K (Committee member) / Tasooji, Amaneh (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Materials Science / Electrical engineering / Engineering / Conduction mechanism / EMFP / Silver / TCO / Thin film / ZnO
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 90 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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