Anomalous electrical conduction and negative temperature coefficient of resistance in nanostructured gold resistive switching films.

M Mirigliano, S Radice, Andrea Falqui, Alberto Casu, F Cavaliere, P Milani

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We report the observation of non-metallic electrical conduction, resistive switching, and a negative temperature coefficient of resistance in nanostructured gold films above the electrical percolation and in strong-coupling regime, from room down to cryogenic temperatures (24 K). Nanostructured continuous gold films are assembled by supersonic cluster beam deposition of Au aggregates formed in the gas phase. The structure of the cluster-assembled films is characterized by an extremely high density of randomly oriented crystalline nanodomains, separated by grain boundaries and with a large number of lattice defects. Our data indicates that space charge limited conduction and Coulomb blockade are at the origin of the anomalous electrical behavior. The high density of extended defects and grain boundaries causes the localization of conduction electrons over the entire investigated temperature range.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 13 2020

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