A Caltech Library Service

Electron transport mechanisms in thin insulating films

Mead, C. A. (1962) Electron transport mechanisms in thin insulating films. Physical Review, 128 (5). pp. 2088-2093. ISSN 0031-899X. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.128.2088.

See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


Tests have been performed on a number of Ta-Ta2O5-Au diodes of various thicknesses over a range of temperatures to determine the mechanism of current flow. The mechanism proposed for the current flow is field ionization of trap-type states at low temperatures and thermal ionization of these states at high temperatures and thermal ionization of these states at high temperature. High-temperature voltage-current data and low-temperature comparisons between forward and reverse characteristics agree well with the bulk-limited hypothesis and are in striking disagreement with barrier mechanisms. A discontinuity in the oxide properties is noted at a thickness of approximately 500 Å. High-temperature measurements at applied voltages less than the difference in the metal work functions yield an Ohmic characteristic with an activation energy of approximately 0.1 eV, consistent with an impurity conduction process but not with a barrier process.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Additional Information:©1962 The American Physical Society. Received 12 July 1962; revised 10 September 1962. The work was supported in part by the Office of Naval Research under Contract Nonr-220(42) and also by generous equipment grants from the International Telephone and Telegraph Company and the General Electric Company. The author is indebted to H.M. Simpson who fabricated most of the diodes used in these experiments. Thanks are also due R. Stratton, A. Rose, C. Wilts, and H. Sommers, for helpful discussions and criticisms.
Issue or Number:5
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:MEApr62
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:7497
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:28 Feb 2007
Last Modified:08 Nov 2021 20:43

Repository Staff Only: item control page