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Nanoprobe Mechanical and Piezoelectric Characterization of ScxAl1-xN(0001) Thin Films
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3277-1945
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2837-3656
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2015 (English)In: Physica Status Solidi (a) applications and materials science, ISSN 1862-6300, E-ISSN 1862-6319, Vol. 212, no 3, 666-673 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Nanoindentation with in-situ electrical characterization was used to characterize piezoelectric scandium aluminum nitride (ScxAl1-xN) thin films with Sc contents up to x=0.3. The films were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering using Al2O3 substrates with TiN seed layer/bottom electrodes at a substrate temperature of 400 °C. X-ray diffraction shows c-axis oriented wurtzite ScxAl1-xN, where the crystal quality decreases with increasing x. Piezoresponse force microscopy in mapping mode shows a single piezoelectric polarization phase in all samples. The hardness and decreases from 17 GPa in AlN to 11 GPa in Sc0.3Al0.7N, while reduced elastic modulus decreases from 265 GPa to 224 GPa, respectively. Both direct and converse piezoelectric measurements are demonstrated by first applying the load and generating the voltage and later by applying the voltage and measuring film displacement using a conductive boron doped nanoindenter tip. The Sc0.2Al0.8N films exhibit an increase in generated voltage by 15% in comparison to AlN and a correspondingly larger displacement upon applied voltage, comparable to results obtained by double beam interferometry and piezoresponse force microscopy.

 

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John Wiley & Sons, 2015. Vol. 212, no 3, 666-673 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103830DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201431634ISI: 000351530800029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103830DiVA: diva2:691883
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1. Metastable ScAlN and YAlN Thin Films Grown by Reactive Magnetron Sputter Epitaxy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metastable ScAlN and YAlN Thin Films Grown by Reactive Magnetron Sputter Epitaxy
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Metastable ScxAl1-xN and YxAl1-xN thin films were deposited in an ultra high vacuum system using reactive magnetron sputter epitaxy from elemental Al, Sc, and Y targets in Ar/N2 gas mixture. Their structural, electrical, optical, mechanical, and piezoelectrical properties were investigated by using the transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, spectroscopic ellipsometry, I-V and C-V measurements, nanoindentation, and two different techniques for piezoelectric characterization: piezoresponse force microscopy and double beam interferometry.

Compared to AlN, improved electromechanical coupling and increase in piezoelectric response was found in ScxAl1-xN/TiN/Al2O3 structures with Sc content up to x=0.2. Decreasing the growth temperature down to 400 °C improved the microstructure and crystalline quality of the material. Microstructure of the films had a stronger influence on piezoelectric properties than the crystalline quality, which affected the leakage currents. When x was increased from x=0 to x=0.3, the hardness and reduced Young’s modulus Er showed a decrease from 17 GPa to 11 GPa, and 265 GPa down to 224 GPa, respectively. In ScxAl1-xN/InyAl1-yN superlattices, ScxAl1-xN layers negative lattice mismatched to In-rich InyAl1-yN were found to be stable at higher Sc concentration (x=0.4) than lattice-matched or positive lattice mismatched layers, confirmed by first principle (ab initio) calculations using density-functional formalism.

Al-rich YxAl1-xN thin films were synthesized and reported for the first time. Formation of solid solution was observed up to x=0.22 and an increase in growth temperature up to 900°C improved the crystalline quality of the YxAl1-xN films. The band gap of YxAl1-xN decreased from 6.2 eV for AlN down to 4.5 eV (x=0.22) and was shown to follow Vegard’s rule. Refractive indices and extinction coefficients were also determined. Lattice constants of wurtzite YxAl1-xN measured experimentally are in good agreement with theoretical predictions obtained through ab initio calculations. The mixing enthalpy

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. 64 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1564
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103832 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-103832 (DOI)978-91-7519-434-9 (ISBN)
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2014-02-21, Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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