Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 13, pp 4534–4540 | Cite as

Studies on ac response of zinc oxide pellets

  • P. P. SahayEmail author
  • S. Tewari
  • R. K. Nath
  • S. Jha
  • M. Shamsuddin


The ac responses of the ZnO pellets have been studied by ac measurements (impedance, capacitance and phase angle) over the temperature range 300–435 K. The ac conductivity of the ZnO pellets is observed to be proportional to ωs, where ω is the angular frequency and the exponent s is a temperature- and frequency-dependent parameter. Based on the existing theories of ac conduction, it has been concluded that for low frequency region (20 Hz–2 kHz), the dominant conduction mechanism in the ZnO pellets is multihopping at all temperatures, whereas for high frequency region (500 kHz–2 MHz), the small polaron tunneling model is the dominant mechanism in the pellets. Activation energies for ac conduction processes are estimated to be in the range of 0.028–0.277 eV which are found to vary with the frequency of the ac signal. These results are found to be consistent with the hopping model. The ac capacitance and the dielectric loss tangent are found to be dependent on both frequency and temperature. Such dependences have been explained taking into account the equivalent circuit model comprising a frequency-independent capacitive element in parallel with a temperature-dependent resistive element, both in series with a low value resistance. Impedance spectroscopy studies show single semicircular arcs in the complex impedance spectra at all temperatures in the range 300–435 K, with their centres lying below the real axis at a particular angle of depression indicating a multirelaxation behaviour in the pellets.


Zinc Oxide Equivalent Circuit Model Dielectric Loss Tangent CoPc Zinc Phthalocyanine 



One of the authors (PPS) is grateful to Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, for providing INSA Visiting Fellowship under which a part of the present investigation has been carried out at Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. P. Sahay
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • S. Tewari
    • 1
  • R. K. Nath
    • 1
  • S. Jha
    • 3
  • M. Shamsuddin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNational Institute of TechnologySilcharIndia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsMotilal Nehru National Institute of TechnologyAllahabadIndia
  3. 3.Department of Metallurgical EngineeringBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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