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Surface morphology and stress analysis of piezoelectric strontium-doped lead zirconate titanate thin films
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Paper Abstract

Strontium-doped lead zirconate titanate (PSZT) is a piezoelectric ceramic with relatively high values of piezoelectric coefficients. Perovskite oriented PSZT thin films are also reported to exhibit a variety of other properties including ferroelectricity and pyroelectricity. This paper reports on a study of the surface morphology and resulting stress of PSZT thin films, deposited under a variety of RF magnetron sputtering conditions. The study compares PSZT thin films deposited on metal (gold and platinum) coated silicon wafers. The surface morphology of the deposited PSZT thin films was studied using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Grain size and average surface roughness measurements were used to study the quality of the films. The thin film stress was determined using the changes in the radius of curvature of the sample due to an added layer of thin film, and by applying Stoney's equation to relate the stress to the radius of curvature. The variations in the level of stress for different thermodynamic conditions during RF magnetron sputter deposition are also reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6415, Micro- and Nanotechnology: Materials, Processes, Packaging, and Systems III, 64150J (20 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.695941
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Sharath Sriram, RMIT Univ. (Australia)
Madhu Bhaskaran, RMIT Univ. (Australia)
Anthony S. Holland, RMIT Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6415:
Micro- and Nanotechnology: Materials, Processes, Packaging, and Systems III
Jung-Chih Chiao; Andrew S. Dzurak; Chennupati Jagadish; David Victor Thiel, Editor(s)

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