Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 6, Number 3, June 1999
|Page(s)||257 - 262|
|Published online||15 June 1999|
Electrical properties of K2ZnCl4 crystals pure and doped with Co2+ ions between 300 and 500 K
Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 22 March 1999
Accepted: 22 March 1999
Published online: 15 June 1999
The dielectric constant ε and the electrical conductivity σ were measured of crystalline plates cut perpendicular to the a-, b-, and c-axes from K2ZnCl4 (KZC) crystals, pure and doped with Co2+ ions, in the temperature range from 300 to 500 K. A pronounced broad peaks exists at the commensurate-incommensurate phase transition temperature (Tc1). A thermal hysteresis of about 10 K is observed for the transition during heating and cooling processes. The J-E characteristics along the crystallographic axes were measured below and above Tc1. Conductivity anomalies were observed at Tc1. The results of electrical conductivity temperature measurements were analyzed and the activation energies of conduction at different temperature regions have been evaluated. The mechanism of the electrical conduction of the various phases and the anomaly at the transition point was discussed.
PACS: 64.70.Rh – Commensurate-incommensurate transitions / 77.22.-d – Dielectric properties of solids and liquids
© EDP Sciences, 1999
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