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Selfconsistent electrical charging in insulators


A Monte Carlo program based on acoustic and optical phonon scattering as well as on impact ionisation of valence band electrons has advantages in description of very low energy electron scattering (in eV and meV regions) and is aimed especially to wide gap dielectrics and insulators. Thus, the rapid relaxation and the ballistic transport of excited electrons within the conduction band of a wide gap insulator occurs over femtoseconds. The field-dependent transport and trapping parameters allow us to model the selfconsistent charge transport and charging-up of SiO2 thin layers as well as bulk Al2O3 samples during electron bombardment. The resulting distributions of currents, charges and electric fields within these samples explain, e.g. the phenomena of field-enhanced and field-blocked secondary electron emission. In order to prove the accessible quantity of the surface charging-up potential we have chosen the X-ray bremsstrahlung (BS) spectra, i.e. the shift of the short wavelength threshold due to the negative surface potential V0 and respective retarding of the incident electron beam. This effect is demonstrated for a 3 mm bulk Al2O3 sample and E0 = 30 keV electron beam irradiation resulting in a huge negative surface potential of V0exp = -17 kV.



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emse-00505847 , version 1 (26-07-2010)



Hans-Joachim Fitting, Xavier Meyza, Christelle Guerret-Piecourt, Cédric Dutriez, Matthieu Touzin, et al.. Selfconsistent electrical charging in insulators. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2005, 25 (12), pp.2799-2803. ⟨10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2005.03.143⟩. ⟨emse-00505847⟩
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