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Title: Defects and persistent conductivity in SrTiO{sub 3}

Strontium titanate (SrTiO{sub 3}) is often used as a substrate for oxide thin films such as high-temperature superconductors. It has the perovskite structure and an indirect band gap of 3.25 eV. Our prior work showed that hydrogen impurities form a defect complex that contains two hydrogen atoms. The complex was tentatively attributed to a passivated strontium vacancy. Alternatively, it could be a partially passivated titanium vacancy. In order to create titanium vacancies, we annealed samples in an evacuated ampoule with SrO powder. These samples show unexpected behavior. After illuminating with sub-gap light, the free-electron concentration increases significantly. After the light is turned off, the high conductivity persists at room temperature. We attribute persistent photoconductivity (PPC) to the excitation of an electron from a vacancy into the conduction band, with a low recapture rate.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2814 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22263708
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1583; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: ICDS-2013: 27. international conference on defects in semiconductors, Bologna (Italy), 21-26 Jul 2013; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ANNEALING; DEFECTS; HIGH-TC SUPERCONDUCTORS; HYDROGEN; PEROVSKITE; PHOTOCONDUCTIVITY; STRONTIUM OXIDES; STRONTIUM TITANATES; SUBSTRATES; THIN FILMS; TITANIUM; VACANCIES