1.3 μm photoluminescence of Ge/GaAs multi-quantum-well structure
Aleshkin, V. Y., Dubinov, A. A., Kudryavtsev, K. E., Rumyantsev, V. V., Tonkikh, A. A., Zakharov, N. D., Zvonkov, B. N.
Journal of Applied Physics 115 (4), pp 043512/1-4 (2014)
Direct optical mapping of anisotropic stresses in nanowires using transverse optical phonon splitting
Balois, M. V., Hayazawa, N., Tarun, A., Kawata, S., Reiche, M., Moutanabbir, O.
Nano Letters 14 (7), pp 3793-3798 (2014)
Pseudo shunts interfering lock-in thermography investigations of solar cells: Characterization and prevention
Bauer, J., Wägele, L. A., Gase, K., Breitenstein, O.
IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 4 (6), pp 1429-1432 (2014)
Biomimetic magnetite formation: From biocombinatorial approaches to mineralization effects
Baumgartner, J., Carillo, M., Eckes, K. M., Werner, P., Faivre, D.
Langmuir 30 , pp 2129-2136 (2014)
Sub-band level-assisted photoconduction in epitaxial BiFeO3 films
Bhatnagar, A., Kim, Y. H., Hesse, D., Alexe, M.
Applied Physics Letters 105 (12), pp 122905/1-4 (2014)
abstractSub-band level assisted conduction mechanisms are well known in the field of semiconducting materials. In this work, we explicitly show the validity of such a mechanism in the multiferrroic material BiFeO3 (BFO). Our study is based on two different systems of epitaxial thin films of BFO, relaxed and strained. By analyzing the spectral distribution of the photoresponse from both the systems, the role of the sub-band levels in the photoconductive phenomena becomes evident. Additionally, the influence of epitaxial strain on the trapping activity of these levels is also observed. A model is proposed by taking into account the reversal of the role of a sub-band gap level, i.e., from a trapping to a ground state.
Persistent photoconductivity in strained epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films
Bhatnagar, A., Kim, Y. H., Hesse, D., Alexe, M.
Nano Letters 14 , pp 5224-5228 (2014)
Preparation of nanowire specimens for laser-assisted atom probe tomography
Blumtritt, H., Isheim, D., Senz, S., Seidman, D. N., Moutanabbir, O.
Nanotechnology 25 (43), pp 435704/1-7 (2014)
An alternative one-diode model for illuminated solar cells
Energy Procedia 55 , pp 30-37 (2014)
An alternative one-diode model for illuminated solar cells
IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 4 (3), pp 899-905 (2014)
Photoluminescence image evaluation of solar cells based on implied voltage distribution
Breitenstein, O., Höffler, H., Haunschild, J.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 128 , pp 296-299 (2014)
abstractAll previous methods for quantitatively evaluating photoluminescence (PL) images of solar cells assumed a laterally constant short circuit current density Jsc. Moreover, they had to subtract a Jsc PL image from all other PL images for considering the diffusion-limited carriers. Here a more realistic PL evaluation method is introduced, which is based on a recently published alternative model of the illuminated solar cell. In this model an analytic expression is derived by considering the illuminated current as a diffusion process between bulk and the pn-junction and linking the implied voltage in the bulk with the local pn-junction voltage under illumination. This model does not assume a laterally constant Jsc but a constant light absorption rate, and it leads to a prediction of the Jsc distribution solely based on PL imaging results. Moreover, it regards the shadowing of the cell by the busbars and grid lines. This model is applied to the quantitative evaluation of PL images of an industrial multicrystalline silicon solar cell. The resulting series resistance and saturation current density images are compared with that of an established PL evaluation method, and the resulting distribution of Jsc is compared with LBIC results. The results of the new method appear slightly more realistic than that of the old one, since they consider the inhomogeneity of Jsc.
Comment on "Evaluation of the spatial distribution of series and shunt resistance of a solar cell using dark lock-in thermography", J. Appl. Phys. 115, 034901 (2014)
Breitenstein, O., Rißland, S.
Journal of Applied Physics 116 , pp 046101/1-2 (2014)
Localization and characterization of annealing-induced shunts in Ni-plated monocrystalline silicon solar cells
Büchler, A., Kluska, S., Kasemann, M., Breitwieser, M., Kwapil, W., Hähnel, A., Blumtritt, H., Hopman, S., Glatthaar, M.
Physica Status Solidi RRL 8 (5), pp 385-389 (2014)
Tuning, inhibiting and restoring the enzyme mimetic activities of Pt-apoferritin
Carmona, U., Zhang, L., Münchgesang, W., Pippel, E., Knez, M.
Chemical Communications 50 , pp 701-703 (2014)
abstractA selective and specific inhibition of the catalase mimetic activity but not SOD-like activity of Pt-apoferritin can be achieved through the choice of the inhibitor. The recovery of activity using a reducing agent was explored and proven to successfully restore the surface-chemistry of NPs.
Thickness-dependent cation order and disorder in PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition
Chopra, A., Birajdar, B. I., Berger, A., Alexe, M., Hesse, D.
New Journal of Physics 16 , pp 013059/1-14 (2014)
abstractWe report on thickness-dependent cation ordering and ferroelectric properties of (001)-oriented epitaxial PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on SrTiO3 (001) and Si (001) substrates. The PST film thickness was varied from 30 to 200 nm. Only films thicker than 40 nm reveal (partial) cation ordering, which increases with thickness as confirmed by the appearance and intensity of superstructure reflections in x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. In accordance with the two-state thermodynamic model, temperature-dependent dielectric constant investigations showed the presence of two kinds of phase transitions belonging to the normal ferroelectric and the relaxor state, respectively, both being present in the PST films. The influence of cation ordering on the phase transition and ferroelectric properties is discussed in detail.
Piezoelectric non-linearity in PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 thin films
Chopra, A., Kim, Y. S., Alexe, M., Hesse, D.
Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 75 , pp 1229-1233 (2014)
abstractEpitaxial (001)-oriented PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition. Local piezoelectric investigations performed by piezoelectric force microscopy show a dual slope for the piezoelectric coefficient. A piezoelectric coefficient of 3 pm/V was observed at voltages up to 0.8 V. However, at voltages above 0.8 V, there is a steep increase in piezoelectric coefficient mounting to 23.2 pm/V. This nonlinear piezoelectric response was observed to be irreversible in nature. In order to better understand this nonlinear behavior, voltage dependent dielectric constant measurements were performed. These confirmed that the piezoelectric non-linearity is indeed a manifestation of a dielectric non-linearity. In contrast to classical ferroelectric systems, the observed dielectric non-linearity in this relaxor material cannot be explained by the Rayleigh model. Thus the dielectric non-linearity in the PST films is tentatively explained as a manifestation of a percolation of the polar nano regions.
Epitaxial ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 thin films on La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 bottom electrode
Chopra, A., Panda, E., Kim, Y., Arredondo, M., Hesse, D.
Journal of Electroceramics 32 , pp 404-408 (2014)
Effect of implantation temperature on the H-induced microstructural damage in AlN
Dadwal, U., Kumar, P., Moutanabbir, O., Reiche, M., Singh, R.
Journal of Alloys and Compounds 588 , pp 300-304 (2014)
abstractA detailed physical investigation of the H-induced microstructural damage in (0001) AlN epitaxial layers at various implantation temperatures is presented. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy revealed that in the case of samples implanted at 300 °C, extended defects (nanocracks) were formed only within ∼ 50 nm region situated below the H-concentration peak in the damage band of width ∼ 280 nm compared with lower implantation temperatures. This implantation temperature-dependent behavior of the microstructural damage decides the morphology of the top buckled surface. Various favorable conditions for the buckling of H-implanted surface in the form of large area exfoliation are proposed based on the present study.
Nanoscale Bi2FeO6−x precipitates in BiFeO3 thin films: A metastable Aurivillius phase
Deniz, H., Bhatnagar, A., Pippel, E., Hillebrand, R., Hähnel, A., Alexe, M., Hesse, D.
Journal of Materials Science 49 , pp 6952-6960 (2014)
abstractWe report the observation of nano-scale precipitates corresponding to a new structure not displayed by the phase diagram of bismuth iron oxide. BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films grown on terbium scandate and strontium titanate substrates by pulsed laser deposition were investigated using high-resolution transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Precipitate-like structures with a so far unknown metastable phase of bismuth, iron, and oxygen were observed in these films. They consist of well- ordered Bi2O2 layers, as they are known from bismuth oxide layered compounds. They have a pseudo-ortho-rhombic structure with a single perovskite-like unit (FeO6) sandwiched between Bi2O2 layers, similar to the Aurivillius phase Bi2WO6, with a chemical composition of the precipitates of Bi2FeO6−x. The structure of the new phase with its lattice constants was elucidated and the band gap of the precipitates was determined by electron energy loss spectroscopy. The results point to promising future applications for this new phase in the field of electronics, if it might be grown phase pure as an epitaxial thin film.
Anisotropic magnetoresistance in an antiferromagnetic semiconductor
Fina, I., Marti, X., Yi, D., Liu, J., Chu, J. H., Rayan-Serrao, C., Suresha, S., Shick, A. B., Zelezný, J., Jungwirth, T., Fontcuberta, J., Ramesh, R.
Nature Communications 4 , pp 4671-4677 (2014)
Ultrafast switching of hard X-rays
Gaal, P., Schick, D., Herzog, M., Bojahr, A., Shayduk, R., Goldshteyn, J., Leitenberger, W., Vrejoiu, I., Khakhulin, D., Wulff, M., Bargheer, M.
Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 21 , pp 380-385 (2014)
Micro-Raman study on the softening and stiffening of phonons in rutile titanium dioxide film: Competing effects of structural defects, crystallite size, and lattice strain
Gautam, S. K., Singh, F., Sulania, I., Singh, R. G., Kulriya, P. K., Pippel, E.
Journal of Applied Physics 115 (14), pp 143504/1-5 (2014)
Multiferroic iron oxide thin films at room-temperature
Gich, M., Fina, I., Morelli, A., Sanchez, F., Alexe, M., Gazquez, J., Fontcuberta, J., Roig, A.
Advanced Materials 26 , pp 4645-4652 (2014)
The influence of a Te-depleted surface on the thermoelectric transport properties of Bi2Te3 nanowires
Hamdou, B., Beckstedt, A., Kimling, J., Dorn, A., Akinsinde, L., Bäßler, S., Pippel, E., Nielsch, K.
Nanotechnology 25 , pp 365401/1-7 (2014)
Interfacial intermixing in SrRuO3/Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 epitaxial superlattices: A HAADF-STEM study
Hillebrand, R., Pippel, E., Vrejoiu, I., Hesse, D.
Physica Status Solidi A 211 (3), pp 536-542 (2014)
abstractWe quantitatively interpret HAADF-STEM images of SrRuO3/ Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (SRO/PCMO) superlattices. The images were taken in a probe-corrected (cs= 0) FEI microscope at 300 kV. The specimen thickness is estimated by comparing experimental and simulated Z-contrast ratios. The intermixing at the interfaces is different for the growth of SRO on PCMO and that of PCMO on SRO. In addition, the thermal stability of SRO/PCMO superlattices is studied by HAADF-STEM, based on a series of annealing experiments.
Distinct electronic structure of the electrolyte gate-induced conducting phase in vanadium dioxide revealed by high-energy photoelectron spectroscopy
Karel, J., Viol Barbosa, C. E., Kiss, J., Jeong, J., Aetukuri, N., Samant, M. G., Kozina, X., Ikenaga, E., Fecher, G. H., Felser, C., Parkin, S. S. P.
ACS Nano 8 (6), pp 5784-5789 (2014)
Origins of domain wall pinning in ferroelectric nanocapacitors
Kim, Y., Han, H., Vrejoiu, I., Lee, W., Hesse, D., Alexe, M.
Nano Convergence 1 , pp 24/1-6 (2014)
abstractWe have investigated domain wall pinning and its origins in ferroelectric nanocapacitors using piezoresponse force microscopy. Domain wall pinning of two different types was observed in the nanocapacitors. The first type of pinning originates from local point defects similar to previous reports. The second one originates from immobile local defects in the place of pristine domains. In both cases, pinning and de-pinning processes were observed without significant domain wall bowing. The results can be helpful to understand domain wall motion and improve the reliability of nanoscale ferroelectric memory devices.
Microstructure of highly strained BiFeO3 thin films: Transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy loss spectroscopy studies
Kim, Y. H., Bhatnagar, A., Pippel, E., Alexe, M., Hesse, D.
Journal of Applied Physics 115 (4), pp 043526/1-8 (2014)
abstractMicrostructure and electronic structure of highly strained bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) thin films grown on lanthanum aluminate substrates are studied using high-resolution transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopies and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Monoclinic and tetragonal phases were observed in films grown at different temperatures, and a mix of both phases was detected in a film grown at intermediate temperature. In this film, a smooth transition of the microstructure was found between the monoclinic and the tetragonal phases. A considerable increase in the c-axis parameters was observed in both phases compared with the rhombohedral bulk phase. The off-center displacement of iron (Fe) ions was increased in the monoclinic phase as compared with the tetragonal phase. EEL spectra show different electronic structures in the monoclinic and the tetragonal phases. These experimental observations are well consistent with the results of theoretical first-principle calculations performed.
Charge carrier transport along grain boundaries in silicon
Kittler, M., Reiche, M., Krause, H.-M.
Solid State Phenomena 205-206 , pp 293-298 (2014)
abstractThe influence of GBs contained in the channel of MOS-FETs - fabricated in thin SOI layers - is demonstrated. The drain current measured at room temperature increases about 50 times for nFETs and about 10 times for pFETs, respectively, as compared to reference devices. The observations might be interpreted as a strong increase of the mobility of charge carriers. Moreover, the observed stepwise changes of the drain current at 5 K may point to Coulomb blockades.
Crystallite-growth, phase transition, magnetic properties, and sintering behaviour of nano-CuFe2O4 powders prepared by a combustion-like process
Köferstein, R., Walther, T., Hesse, D., Ebbinghaus, S. G.
Journal of Solid State Chemistry 213 , pp 57-64 (2014)
abstractThe synthesis of nano-crystalline CuFe2O4 powders by a combustion-like process is described herein. Phase formation and evolution of the crystallite size during the decomposition process of a (CuFe2) precursor gel were monitored up to 1000 °C. Phase-pure nano-sized CuFe2O4 powders were obtained after reaction at 750 °C for 2 h resulting in a crystallite size of 36 nm, which increases to 96 nm after calcining at 1000 °C. The activation energy of the crystallite growth process was calculated as 389 kJ mol−1. The tetragonal cubic phase transition occurs between 402 and 419 °C and the enthalpy change (∆H) was found to range between 1020 and 1229 J mol−1 depending on the calcination temperature. The optical band gap depends on the calcination temperature and was found between 2.03 and 1.89 eV. The shrinkage and sintering behaviour of compacted powders were examined. Dense ceramic bodies can be obtained either after conventional sintering at 950 °C or after a two-step sintering process at 800 °C. Magnetic measurements of both powders and corresponding ceramic bodies show that the saturation magnetization rises with increasing calcination-/sintering temperature up to 49.1 emu g−11 (2.1 mB fu−11), whereas the coercivity and remanence values decrease.
Epitaxial growth of ultra-thin NbN films on AlxGa1−xN buffer-layers
Krause, S., Meledin, D., Desmaris, V., Pavolotsky, A., Belitsky, V., Rudzinski, M., Pippel, E.
Superconductor Science and Technology 27 (6), pp 065009/1-7 (2014)
Molecular dynamics of poly(cis-1,4-isoprene) in 1- and 2-dimensional confinement
In: Dynamics in Geometrical Confinement, pp 95-127 (Ed.) Kremer, F.,Springer, 2014
Dynamics of modification of Ni/n-GaN Schottky barrier diodes irradiated at low temperature by 200 MeV Ag14+ ions
Kumar, A., Kumar, T., Hähnel, A., Kanjilal, D., Singh, R.
Applied Physics Letters 104 (3), pp 033507/1-4 (2014)
Potential-induced degradation (PID): Introduction of a novel test approach and explanation of increased depletion region recombination
Lausch, D., Naumann, V., Breitenstein, O., Bauer, J., Graff, A., Bagdahn, J., Hagendorf, C.
IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 4 (3), pp 834-840 (2014)
Sodium outdiffusion from stacking faults as root cause for the recovery process of potential-induced degradation (PID)
Lausch, D., Naumann, V., Graff, A., Hähnel, A., Breitenstein, O., Hagendorf, C., Bagdahn, J.
Energy Procedia 55 , pp 486-493 (2014)
Spintronic functionality of BiFeO3 domain walls
Lee, J. H., Fina, I., Marti, X., Kim, Y. H., Hesse, D., Alexe, M.
Advanced Materials 26 , pp 7078-7082 (2014)
In situ raman spectroscopic study of Al-infiltrated spider dragline silk under tensile deformation
Lee, S.-M., Pippel, E., Moutanabbir, O., Kim, J.-H., Lee, H.-J., Knez, M.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 6 , pp 16827-16834 (2014)
Crossover of conduction mechanism in Sr2IrO4 epitaxial thin films
Lu, C., Quindeau, A., Deniz, H., Preziosi, D., Hesse, D., Alexe, M.
Applied Physics Letters 105 (8), pp 082407/1-5 (2014)
abstractHigh quality epitaxial Sr2IrO4 thin films with various thicknesses (9-300 nm) have been grown on SrTiO3 (001) substrates and their electric transport properties have been investigated. All samples showed the expected insulating behavior with a strong resistivity dependence on film thickness, which can be as large as three orders of magnitude at low temperature. A close examination of the transport data revealed interesting crossover behaviors for the conduction mechanism upon variation of thickness and temperature. While Mott variable range hopping (VRH) dominated the transport for films thinner than 85 nm, high temperature (>200 K) thermal activation behavior was observed for films with large thickness ( ≥ 85 nm), which was followed by a crossover from Mott to Efros-Shklovskii (ES) VRH in the low temperature range. This low temperature crossover from Mott to ES VRH indicates the presence of a Coulomb gap ( ∼ 3 meV). Our results demonstrate the competing and tunable conduction in Sr2IrO4 thin films, which in turn would be helpful for understanding the insulating nature related to strong spin-orbital-coupling of the 5d iridates.
Room-temperature antiferromagnetic memory resistor
Marti, X., Fina, I., Frontera, C., Liu, J., Wadley, P., He, Q., Paull, R. J., Clarkson, J. D., Kudrnovsky, J., Turek, I., Kunes, J., Yi, D., Chu, J.-H., Nelson, C. T., You, L., Arenholz, E., Salahuddin, S., Fontcuberta, J., Jungwirth, T., Ramesh, R.
Nature Materials 13 , pp 367-374 (2014)
abstractThe bistability of ordered spin states in ferromagnets provides the basis for magnetic memory functionality. The latest generation of magnetic random access memories rely on an efficient approach in which magnetic fields are replaced by electrical means for writing and reading the information in ferromagnets. This concept may eventually reduce the sensitivity of ferromagnets to magnetic field perturbations to being a weakness for data retention and the ferromagnetic stray fields to an obstacle for high-density memory integration. Here we report a room-temperature bistable antiferromagnetic (AFM) memory that produces negligible stray fields and is insensitive to strong magnetic fields. We use a resistor made of a FeRh AFM, which orders ferromagnetically roughly 100 K above room temperature, and therefore allows us to set different collective directions for the Fe moments by applied magnetic field. On cooling to room temperature, AFM order sets in with the direction of the AFM moments predetermined by the field and moment direction in the high-temperature ferromagnetic state. For electrical reading, we use an AFM analogue of the anisotropic magnetoresistance. Our microscopic theory modelling confirms that this archetypical spintronic effect, discovered more than 150 years ago in ferromagnets, is also present in AFMs. Our work demonstrates the feasibility of fabricating room-temperature spintronic memories with AFMs, which in turn expands the base of available magnetic materials for devices with properties that cannot be achieved with ferromagnets.
Localization and characterisation of ferritin in Demospongiae: A possible role on spiculogenesis
Natalio, F., Wiese, S., Friedrich, N., Werner, P., Tahir, M. N.
Marine Drugs 12 (8), pp 4659-4676 (2014)
abstractIron, as inorganic ion or as oxide, is widely used by biological systems in a myriad of biological functions (e.g., enzymatic, gene activation and/or regulation). In particular, marine organisms containing silica structures-diatoms and sponges-grow preferentially in the presence of iron. Using primary sponge cell culture from S. domuncula-primmorphs-as an in vitro model to study the Demospongiae spiculogenesis, we found the presence of agglomerates 50 nm in diameter exclusively inside sponge specialized cells called sclerocytes. A clear phase/material separation is observed between the agglomerates and the initial stages of intracellular spicule formation. STEM-HRTEM-EDX analysis of the agglomerates (30-100 nm) showed that they are composed of pseudohexagonal nanoparticles between 5 and 15 nm in size, displaying lattice parameters corresponding to hematite (Fe2O3) and mixed iron oxide phases typically attributed to ferritin. Further analysis, using western blotting, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), sequence alignment analysis, immunostaining and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), of mature spicule filaments confirm the presence of ferritin within these organic structures. We suggest that S. domuncula can be classified as a dual biomineralizating organism, i.e., within the same cellular structure two distinct biomineralizing
processes can occur as a result of the same cellular/metabolic function, spiculogenesis.
Explanation of potential-induced degradation of the shunting type by Na decoration of stacking faults in Si solar cells
Naumann, V., Lausch, D., Hähnel, A., Bauer, J., Breitenstein, O., Graff, A., Werner, M., Swatek, S., Großer, S., Bagdahn, J., Hagendorf, C.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 120 , pp 383-389 (2014)
Yield and leakage currents of large area lattice matched InP/InGaAs heterostructures
Olsson, A., Aierken, A., Jussila, H., Bauer, J., Oksanen, J., Breitenstein, O., Lipsanen, H., Tulkki, J.
Journal of Applied Physics 116 (8), pp 083105/1-6 (2014)
Hierarchically structured ZnO/petal hybrid composites with tuned optoelectronic and mechanical properties
Park, C., So, H.-M., Jeong, H. J., Jeong, M. S., Pippel, E., Chang, W. S., Lee, S.-M.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 6 , pp 16243-16248 (2014)
Tailoring the interfacial magnetic anisotropy in multiferroic field-effect devices
Preziosi, D., Fina, I., Pippel, E., Hesse, D., Marti, X., Bern, F., Ziese, M., Alexe, M.
Physical Review B 90 (12), pp 125155/1-6 (2014)
abstractFerroelectric field-effect devices based on perovskite oxide materials offer a new possibility to exploit emergent interfacial effects such as the electrostatic modification of the transport and magnetic properties of strongly correlated materials and to prove the magneto-electric coupling at the interface between the two different ferroic materials. Here we report on the reversible modulation of the interfacial magnetic and magnetotransport properties of La0.825Sr0.175MnO3 thin films induced by switching the ferroelectric polarization of a top PbZr0.2Ti0.8O3 layer. Anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) measurements were performed applying a magnetic field H in a plane perpendicular to the current density. By rotating H from the out-of-plane towards the in-plane direction, upon the ferroelectric polarization switching, a modulation of the normalized AMR amplitude was achieved. The dynamical electrostatic coupling at the interface of the two oxides is responsible for a reconstruction of the Mn 3deg orbitals which in turn affects the surface magnetic anisotropy of the magneto-electric system. The present work might have a broader impact, including in the field of multiferroic tunnel junctions, due to a better understanding of the coupling at the interface of the two ferroic oxides where the influence of the polarization on the magnetic degree of freedom is accomplished.
Programmable ferroelectric tunnel memristor
Quindeau, A., Hesse, D., Alexe, M.
Frontiers in Physics 2 (7), pp 1-5 (2014)
abstractWe report a programmable analog memristor based on genuine electronic resistive switching combining ferroelectric switching and electron tunneling. The tunnel current through an 8 unit cell thick epitaxial Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 film sandwiched between La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and cobalt electrodes obeys the Kolmogorov-Avrami-Ishibashi model for bidimensional growth with a characteristic switching time in the order of 10-7 s. The analytical description of switching kinetics allows us to develop a characteristic transfer function that has only one parameter viz. the characteristic switching time and fully predicts the resistive states of this type of memristor.
On the electronic properties of a single dislocation
Reiche, M., Kittler, M., Erfurth, W., Pippel, E., Sklarek, K., Blumtritt, H., Hähnel, A., Uebensee, H.
Journal of Applied Physics 115 (19), pp 194303/1-6 (2014)
Carrier transport on dislocations in silicon
Reiche, M., Kittler, M., Krause, H.-M., Uebensee, H.
AIP Conference Proceedings 1583 , pp 33-36 (2014)
Single-electron transitions in one-dimensional native nanostructures
Reiche, M., Kittler, M., Schmelz, M., Stolz, R., Pippel, E., Uebensee, H., Kermann, M., Ortlepp, T.
Journal of Physics C 568 (5), pp 052024 (2014)
Trap-assisted tunneling on extended defects in tunnel field-effect transistors
Reiche, M., Kittler, M., Uebensee, H., Krause, M., Pippel, E.
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 53 (4S), pp 04EC03/1-6 (2014)
Single dislocations as nanostructure devices: Physics and applications
Reiche, M., Kittler, M., Uebensee, H., Pippel, E., Erfurth, W.
ECS Transactions 64 (11), pp 267-281 (2014)
Dislocations as native nanostructures - electronic properties
Reiche, M., Kittler, M., Uebensee, H., Pippel, E., Hopfe, S.
Advanced Nano Research 2 , pp 1-14 (2014)
Low rate deep level transient spectroscopy - a powerful tool for defect characterization in wide bandgap semiconductors
Schmidt, F., v. Wenckstern, H., Breitenstein, O., Pickenhain, R., Grundmann, M.
Solid State Electronics 92 , pp 40-46 (2014)
abstractWe present an overview of implementation and application of low rate Deep-Level Transient Spectroscopy (LR-DLTS). In conventional DLTS the sensitivity of the capacitance meter must be chosen so low that the whole capacitance drift range between lowest and highest temperature can be measured. In LR-DLTS the bridge is automatically balanced (capacitance and conductivity) after each measured transient. Thus, the highest available sensitivity still avoiding an overload can be used. With LR-DLTS it is now possible to extend the rate windows to the mHz range while preserving highest possible sensitivity. This allows the detection of energetically close levels and levels with large thermal activation energy. Also low emission rates in optical DLTS can be detected this way.
Nanocrystalline calcitic lens arrays fabricated by self-assembly followed by amorphous-to-crystalline phase transformation
Schmidt, I., Lee, K., Zolotoyabko, E., Werner, P., Shim, T. S., Oh, Y.-K., Fratzl, P., Wagermaier, W.
ACS NANO 8 (9), pp 9233-9238 (2014)
abstractNatural calcium carbonate-based nanocomposites often have superior physical properties and provide a comprehensive source for bioinspired synthetic materials. Here we present thermodynamically stable, transparent CaCO3 microlens arrays (MLA) produced by transforming an amorphous CaCO3 phase into nanocrystalline calcite. We analyze the structure and properties of crystallized MLA by X-ray scattering, transmitted and polarized light microscopy, and electron microscopy and find that MLA are crystallized in spherulite-like patterns without changing the shape of the microlens. The key finding is that nanocrystallinity of the calcite formed diminishes structural anisotropy on the wavelength scale and results in greatly reduced birefringent effects. The remnant preferred orientation of the optical axes of calcite crystals in the plane of the microlens arrays leads to some directionality of optical properties, which may be beneficial for technical applications.
Nanospectroscopic imaging of twinning superlattices in an individual GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell nanowire
Senichev, A. V., Talalaev, V. G., Shtrom, I., Blumtritt, H., Cirlin, G., Schilling, J., Lienau, C., Werner, P.
ACS Photonics 1 (11), pp 1099-1106 (2014)
Improved local efficiency imaging via photoluminescence for silicon solar cells
Shen, C., Green, M. A., Breitenstein, O., Trupke, T., Zhang, M., Kampwerth, H.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 123 , pp 41-46 (2014)
abstractWe present an improved method that uses photoluminescence images to calculate the spatially-resolved efficiency in addition to other performance parameters of silicon solar cells. This new method is simpler than our previously-presented two-diode method, using only one diode with a variable ideality factor. Experimental results show that the simplified method is more tolerant of very large variations in local series resistance, a characteristic commonly seen in silicon cells. Using dark lock-in thermography techniques, we quantitatively verify the efficiency images produced by our improved method.
Grain boundary characterization in multicrystalline silicon using joint EBSD, EBIC, and atom probe tomography
Stoffers, A., Cojocaru-Mirédin, O., Breitenstein, O., Seifert, W., Zaefferer, S., Raabe, D.
Proceedings 40th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC), pp 42-46 Denver, USA (2014)
Effect of nanobridges on the emission spectra of a quantum dot-quantum well tunneling pair
Talalaev, V. G., Cirlin, G. E., Goraye, L. I., Novikov, B. V., Labzovskaya, M. E., Tomm, J. W., Werner, P., Fuhrmann, B., Schilling, J., Racec, P. N.
Semiconductors 48 (9), pp 1178-1184 (2014)
Defects related to Sb-mediated Ge quantum dots
Tonkikh, A. A., Rangel-Kuoppa, V.-T., Zakharov, N. D., Werner, P.
Solid State Phenomena 205-206 , pp 497-501 (2014)
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