Electrical behavior of silver particulate films deposited on 8 MeV electron beam irradiated softened polystyrene substrates

Manjunatha Pattabi, S. C. Gurumurthy, Ganesh Sanjeev, A. B. Gaikwad

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Results of the investigations carried out on the electrical behavior of silver particulate films deposited on electron beam irradiated polystyrene (PS) coated substrates held at a temperature of 455 K in a vacuum of 8 × 10 -6 torr at a constant deposition rate of 0.4 nm/s are reported. It is known that when metals are evaporated on to softened polymer substrates, subsurface particulate structures are formed whose morphology is dependent on deposition parameters. Further, it was shown that the morphology is dependent on polymer-metal interaction. The present work demonstrates that the polymer-metal interaction can be brought about in inert polymers like PS by electron irradiation. The results indicate that the films deposited on PS irradiated to a dose of 20 and 25 kGy gives rise to smaller clusters with smaller inter-cluster separation, better suited for sensor applications. The induced polymer-metal interaction is attributed to the creation of free radicals due to the 8 MeV electron irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 08-2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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