Logarithmic behavior of the conductivity of electron-beam deposited granular Pt C nanowires

L. Rotkina, S. Oh, J. N. Eckstein, S. V. Rotkin

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We found that granular Pt C composite nanowires have a logarithmic temperature dependence of conductivity in a wide range of temperatures. The logarithmic dependence can be explained by Coulomb interaction between Pt grains in a conductive carbon matrix. We stress the difference of the conductivity mechanism in the composite nanogranular material and known mechanisms in bulk metals/semiconductors and low-dimensional systems, including logarithmic dependence in systems with two-dimensional weak localization. Our observations show that local voltage fluctuations between grains result in the log(T) dependence for the samples with high conductivity (annealed nanowires), while the samples with low conductivity (as fabricated nanowires) appear to be insulators with a Coulomb gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number233407
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 15 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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