Segregated tunneling-percolation model for transport nonuniversality

We propose a theory of the origin of transport nonuniversality in disordered insulating-conducting compounds based on the interplay between microstructure and tunneling processes between metallic grains dispersed in the insulating host. We show that if the metallic phase is arranged in quasi- one-dimensional chains of conducting grains, then the distribution function of the chain conductivities g has a power-law divergence for g-->0, leading to nonuniversal values of the transport critical exponent t. We evaluate the critical exponent t by Monte Carlo calculations on a cubic lattice, and show that our model can describe universal as well nonuniversal behaviors of transport depending on the value of few microstructural parameters. Such a segregated tunneling-percolation model can describe the microstructure of a quite vast class of materials known as thick-film resistors, which display universal or nonuniversal values of t depending on the composition.


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Physical Review B, 68, 024207
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2003
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Suite du modèle, avec nonuniversalité de transport. Dernier article strictement théorique avant les résultats expérimentaux de Sonia.
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