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Ageing in granular aluminium insulating thin films

By Julien Delahaye and Thierry Grenet


We present a new set of electrical field effect measurements on granular aluminium insulating thin films. We have explored how the conductance relaxations induced by gate voltage changes depend on the age of the system, namely the time elapsed since its quench at low temperature. A clear age dependence of the relaxations is seen, qualitatively similar to ageing effects seen in other well studied glassy systems such as spin glasses or polymers. We explain how our results differ from the previous ones obtained with different protocols in indium oxide and granular aluminium thin films. Our experimental findings bring new information on the dynamics of the system and put new constraints on the theoretical models that may explain slow conductance relaxations in disordered insulators.Comment: 4 pages, 13th Transport in interacting disordered systems (TIDS13) conference, 31.08.2009 - 05.09.2009, Rackeve, Hungar

Topics: Condensed Matter - Disordered Systems and Neural Networks
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1002/andp.200910379
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