Giant dielectric constant dominated by Maxwell–Wagner relaxation in Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminates synthesized by atomic layer deposition

Wei Li; Auciello, Orlando; Premnath, Ramesh N.; Kabius, Bernd
April 2010
Applied Physics Letters;4/19/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 16, p162907
Academic Journal
Nanolaminates consisting of Al2O3 and TiO2 oxide sublayers were synthesized by using atomic layer deposition to produce individual layers with atomic scale thickness control. The sublayer thicknesses were kept constant for each multilayer structure, and were changed from 50 to 0.2 nm for a series of different samples. Giant dielectric constant (∼1000) was observed when the sublayer thickness is less than 0.5 nm, which is significantly larger than that of Al2O3 and TiO2 dielectrics. Detailed investigation revealed that the observed giant dielectric constant is originated from the Maxwell–Wagner type dielectric relaxation.


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