The electron dephasing processes in two-dimensional homogeneous and inhomogeneous indium tin oxide thin films have been investigated in a wide temperature range 0.3-90 K. We found that the small-energy-transfer electron-electron (e-e) scattering process dominated the dephasing from a few kelvins to several tens of kelvins. At higher temperatures, a crossover to the large-energy-transfer e-e scattering process was observed. Below about 1 to 2 K, the dephasing time τ • revealed a very weak temperature dependence, which intriguingly scaled approximately with the inverse of the electron diffusion constant D, i.e., τ •(T 0.3K) 1/D. Theoretical implications of our results are discussed. The reason why the electron-phonon relaxation rate is negligibly weak in this low-carrier- concentration material is presented.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 5 Mar 2012|