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Title:Thermodynamics of disordered carbon(1-x)copper(x) and silicon(1-x)gold(x) near the metal-insulator transition
Author(s):La Madrid, Marissa Alisangco
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Mochel, J.M.
Department / Program:Physics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physics, Condensed Matter
Abstract:Measurements of the electron-phonon relaxation time are carried out, using both a direct and indirect method, in three dimensional films of C$\sb{1-x}$Cu$\sb x$ and Si$\sb{1-x}$Au$\sb x$ in the temperature range 0.3K-4K. The electron-phonon resistance and thermal boundary resistance are also measured.
The directly measured relaxation times for C$\sb{1-x}$Cu$\sb x$ can agree with theoretical predictions if a longitudinal sound speed similar to that of graphite and a longitudinal to transverse speed ratio similar to that of silicate glasses are used. The results for the Si$\sb{1-x}$Au$\sb x$ only qualitatively agree with theory. The measured thermal resistances are in reasonable agreement with other experiments.
Comparison of the direct and indirect measurements of the relaxation times reveal that the specific heat coefficient $\gamma$ behaves approximately like $T\sp{-.6}$ in C$\sb{1-x}$Cu$\sb x$ below 1K, in qualitative agreement with current theories describing the behavior of disordered, interacting electrons near the metal-insulator transition.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 La Madrid, Marissa Alisangco
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9026238
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9026238

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