The temperature dependence of the dc conductivity for polyamide-imide films, implanted with 50 keV As ions to different fluences, has been studied. Our high-resolution data reveal a two-component conductivity that depends on both one-dimensional variable range hopping (VRH) and three-dimensional VRH. For low fluence levels (5×1015 ions/cm2), the one-dimensional VRH is dominant while at higher fluences (1×10 17 ions/cm2), the three-dimensional VRH dominates. These materials become highly disordered and form hard carbon materials along the ion track. The conductivity may be explained by 1D VRH along the ion track at low fluences while at higher fluences, regions of carbon rich material form three-dimensional structures where 3D VRH exists. This rather simple model and its composite conductivity can explain the exact curvature of the temperature dependent conductivity, while single VRH models and percolation models cannot.


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Journal of Applied Physics