Silver-island films deposited on a substrate above its softening temperature

Manjunatha Pattabi, M. S.Murali Sastry, V. Sivaramakrishnan

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In this paper we report the results of investigations carried out on the electrical properties of silver-island films deposited onto polymethylmethacrylate-coated substrates heated to 423 K, well above the softening temperature of the polymer. For films with initial resistances less than 4.1 M/-, a sharp fall in resistance was observed which may be due to the formation of a close-packed subsurface structure. This fall in resistance occurred after a time interval of 180 s following deposition. For films with initial resistance greater than 4.1 M/-, the resistance increased enormously, marking this resistance range as a possible transition region. A film deposited at room temperature and heated behaved similarly to the silver-island films on glass substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9959-9962
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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