Conductivity of transparency

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In physics the conductivity of transparency describes the combination of the sheet resistance and the transparency and utilizes the properties of graphene as the reference.


The properties of electroconductive and transparent materials can be described by the sheet resistance and the transparency (at 550 nm). The conductivity of transparency was introduced on the basis of graphene to compare different materials without the use of two independent parameters.[1]

Conductivity of Transparency[edit]

 : conductivity of transparency based on graphene;  : absorption coefficient of graphene;  : sheet resistance of the sample;  : intensity of light after absorption;  : intensity of light before absorption.


The absorption of a single graphene layer was published in 2008. So graphene absorbs 2.3% of white light.[2] Hence, assuming that the ideal inter-layer distance of two graphene sheets is , as in graphite, one can calculate the absorption coefficient of graphene according to the Bouguer-Lambert law to .

Applied Bouguer-Lambert law:

The outcome of this is the general formula to determine the conductivity of transparency of arbitrary electroconductive and transparent materials, utilizing graphene as the reference:

Formula to determine the Conductivity of Transparency[edit]

So, to determine the conductivity of transparency it is necessary to measure the transmission (at 550 nm) and the sheet resistance of the sample. The sheet resistance can be obtained by four-point probe measurement (Sheet resistance, Van der Pauw method). Contrary to the electrical conductivity it is not necessary to determine the thickness of the sample, because graphene is utilized as the reference by using the transparency.


Materials I (%) (Ω) (S/cm) references
graphene 97.7 6000 4975 Blake et al.[3]
graphene oxide 96 Becerril et al.[4]
reduced graphene oxide 87 50 Eda et al.[5]
nanographene (1100 °C) 56 1600 749 Wang et al.[6]
graphene (CVD) 90 350 Li et al.[7]
SWCNTs 70 30 Wu et al.[8]
ITO 77 100 Sigma–Aldrich catalog no. 639281 [9]


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  9. ^ Sigma–Aldrich catalog no. 639281|