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Diffusion, Silicon diodes


We propose that the Meyer-Neldel rule (MNR) arises naturally for a quantity where both an intrinsic process as well as a process involving impurities contribute. The strength of the latter depends solely on the density of the impurities. This leads to a spread in the apparent activation energy of the measured quantity and the observation of the MNR, even though the intrinsic processes have fixed activation energies. A consequence of the MNR is the occurrence of a temperature T[sub MN] where a measured parameter is independent of the activation energy. For the system studied, the MNR does not accurately predict the results at temperatures larger than T[sub MN]. Our model for the MNR is supported by experimental data and it also can explain the inverse MNR for low activation energies.


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