Investigation of the electrical properties of metallic nanoclusters

  • Naser QamhiehEmail author
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Palladium nanoclusters were prepared by magnetron sputtering and inert gas condensation technique and deposited between two gold electrodes. We have investigated the current-voltage characteristics at temperatures between 45 and 300 K. The conduction-voltage profile allows calculating the number of potential barriers, n electrons have to cross while conducting through a percolation path. n is found to increase with decreasing temperature. The observed temperature dependence of the conductance is Arrhenius-like above 140 K, with activation energy much smaller than the calculated Coulomb blockade energy. It suggests that some of the nanoclusters are fused together. At temperatures below 140 K the conductance-temperature data was fitted with Efros-Shklovskii model for conduction where variable range hopping is dominating the electron transport mechanism. The presence of variable range hopping may interpret the increase of n with decreasing temperature.


Bias Voltage Magnetron Sputtering Coulomb Blockade Main Chamber Percolation Path 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUnited Arab Emirates UniversityAl AinUnited Arab Emirates

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