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Field-dependent changeover from current-to voltage-limiting characteristics by non-linear n-type BaTiO3 ceramics

Ravi, V and Kutty, TRN (1993) Field-dependent changeover from current-to voltage-limiting characteristics by non-linear n-type BaTiO3 ceramics. In: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 4 (1). pp. 67-73.

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Abstract

Non-linear resistors having current-limiting capabilities at lower field strengths, and voltage-limiting characteristics (varistors) at higher field strengths, were prepared from sintered polycrystalline ceramics of (Ba0.6Sr0.4)(Ti0.97Zr0.03)O3+0.3 at % La, and reannealed after painting with low-melting mixtures of Bi2O3 + PbO +B2O3. These types of non-linear characteristics were found to depend upon the non-uniform diffusion of lead and the consequent distribution of Curie points (T c) in these perovskites, resulting in diffuse phase transitions. Tunnelling of electrons across the asymmetric barrier at tetragonak-cubic interfaces changes to tunnelling across the symmetric barrier as the cubic phase is fully stabilized through Joule heating at high field strengths. Therefore the current-limiting characteristics switch over to voltage-limiting behaviour because tunnelling to acceptor-type mid-bandgap states gives way to band-to-band tunnelling.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2011 05:31
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2011 05:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/35474

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