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Home  >  Journal list  >  MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS  >  Vol.47  No.11 (2006)  >  pp.2696-2700

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Influence of Interface Structure on Schottky Barrier Heights of α-Al2O3(0001)/Ni(111) interfaces: A First-Principles Study

Siqi Shi1), Shingo Tanaka1) and Masanori Kohyama1)
1) Materials Science Research Group, Research Institute for Ubiquitous Energy Devices, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

The Schottky barrier heights (SBH) for α-Al2O3(0001)/Ni(111) interfaces have been examined using the first-principles pseudopotential method, and compared with our previous results of Al2O3(0001)/Cu(111) interfaces. Configurations with different rigid-body translations parallel to the interface for both the O-terminated and Al-terminated interfaces are examined to clarify the influence of the microscopic interfacial structure on the SBH. The averaged p-type value of the O-terminated interfaces is smaller than that of the Al-terminated interfaces, similar to the Al2O3/Cu interfaces, although the variation within each type of interface stoichiometry is also substantial. This indicates that the SBH depends on both the interface stoichiometry and the configuration, in contradiction with the conventional models, which can be explained by the different interface dipole associated with the charge transfer and configuration of each interface.

first-principles pseudopotential method, metal-oxide interfaces, Schottky barrier

Received: May 23, 2006
Accepted: June 21, 2006 , Published online: November 15, 2006
Copyright (c) 2006 The Japan Institute of Metals



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