Diamondlike Amorphous Carbon Research

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Professor Ingram is interested in the structure and electronic properties of diamond like amorphous carbon (DLC), which has important applications for coatings, but possibly also for electronic applcations. Unlike its major competing material a-Si:H, certain forms of DLC have a nearly state-free optical gap without hydrogenation. Professor Drabold is working on the microstructure of DLC, especially the hydrogen-free variant tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C). Work on doping and transport is also in progress.

One goal is to understand the nature of doping in the material, and possibly eventually to fabricate solar photovoltaic cells.
Associated Faculty: Drabold, Ingram

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