Abstract

We find that layered materials composed of various oxides of cations with s2 electronic configuration, XY2O4, X = in or Sc, Y = Ga, Zn, Al, Cd and/or Mg, exhibit isotropic electron effective mass which can be obtained via averaging over those of the corresponding single-cation oxide constituents. This effect is due to a hybrid nature of the conduction band formed from the s-states of all cations and the oxygen p-states. Moreover, the observed insensitivity of the electron effective mass to the oxygen coordination and to the distortions in the cation-oxygen chains suggests that a similar behavior can be expected in the technologically important amorphous state. These findings significantly broaden the range of materials as efficient transparent conductor hosts.

Department(s)

Physics

Keywords and Phrases

Averaging; Electron Effective Mass

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

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© 2007 Institute of Physics - IOP Publishing, All rights reserved.

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