Date of Award

Fall 1969

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Jaskolski, S. V.

Second Advisor

Seitz, Martin A.

Third Advisor

Lade, R. W.

Abstract

Reproducible current saturation and current oscillations in piezoelectric semiconducing single crystal UHP Zinc Oxide over the temperature range from 300°K to 77°K has been experimentally observed. Through the concept of electron-acoustic wave interactions in piezoelectric ZnO, theoretical verification of the experimentally observed phenomena is presented . A new concept is introduced which predicts whether or not a particular crystal of ZnO will generate current instabilities at room temperature.

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