Depolarization current characteristics of solution grown pure ethyl cellulose (EC) films of about 20µm thickness have been studied as a function of electrode materials at constant poling field (5 × 104 V/cm) and poling temperature 40°C. Thermally stimulated current (TSC) thermograms of EC consists of two well resolved peaks (located at 60°C and 140°C) for Al-Al system, which are attributed to the deorientation of strongly attached ethoxy groups of glycosidal units and diffusion of space charges either at electrodes or due to their thermal release at higher temperatures from the defect levels. For dissimilar electrode combinations (Al-Ag/Cu/Au/Sn/Pb), an indication of peak of lower magnitude at around (50–70°C) alongwith a higher temperature peak (140–155°C), have been observed. TSC parameters are found to change with the choice of electrode material. The dependence of dark current at 40°C in metal-ethyl cellulose-metal systems on applied voltage in the range (2·0–5·0) × 104V/cm has also been studied. The results of current-voltage measurement on EC have been interpreted to show that the Schottky-Richardson mechanism is the controlling transport mechanism. Zero field current density extrapolated fromI-E1/2 plots are found to vary with metal work function.
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