Ion implantation of normally insulating polymers offers an alternative to depositing conjugated organics onto plastic films to make electronic circuits. We used a 50 keV nitrogen ion beam to mix a thin 10 nm SnSb alloy film into the subsurface of polyetheretherketone and report the low temperature properties of this material. We observed metallic behavior, and the onset of superconductivity below 3 K. There are strong indications that the superconductivity does not result from a residual thin film of alloy, but instead from a network of alloy grains coupled via a weakly conducting, ion-beam carbonized polymer matrix.
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Micolich, A. P., E. Tavenner, B. J. Powell, A. R. Hamilton, M. T. Curry, R. E. Giedd, and P. Meredith. "Superconductivity in metal-mixed ion-implanted polymer films." Applied physics letters 89, no. 15 (2006): 152503.
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