Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

M.W. Russell, D.L. Humphrey, N.F. Six

Degree Program

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Degree Type

Master of Science


The reported usage of the palladium-silver alloy films as resistors in the electronics industry has been in encapsulated form. By mounting the resistor inside vacuum electron devices, there is the possibility of eliminating the encapsulation. A literature search has revealed no reported efforts of experiments with unencapsulated resistors and certainly no reports of the palladium-silver alloy resistor in vacuum tubes or other high vacuum environments. Therefore, the research reported in this thesis will concentrate on the environmental effects on resistivity of palladium-silver alloy films in high vacuum.


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