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Fabrication and properties of SmFe2-PZT magnetoelectric thin films
Author(s): Ioanna Giouroudi; Mohammed Alnassar; Juergen Kosel
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Paper Abstract

Magnetoelectric (ME) thin film composites are attracting a continually increasing interest due to their unique features and potential applications in multifunctional microdevices and integrated units such as sensors, actuators and energy harvesting modules. By combining piezoelectric and highly magnetostrictive thin films, the potentialities of these materials increase. In this paper we report the fabrication of SmFe2 and PZT thin films and the investigation of their properties. First of all, a ~ 400 nm thin SmFe film was deposited on top of Si/SiO2 substrate by magnetron sputter deposition. Afterwards, a 140 nm Pt bottom electrode was sputtered on top of the SmFe film forming a bottom electrode. Spin coating was employed for the deposition of the 150 nm thin PZT layer. A PZT solution with 10 %Pb excess was utilized for this fabrication step. Finally, circular Pt top electrodes were sputtered as top electrodes. This paper focuses on the microstructure of the individual films characterized by X-Ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A piezoelectric evaluation system, aixPES, with TF2000E analyzer component was used for the electric hysteresis measurements of PZT thin films and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) was employed for the magnetic characterization of the SmFe. The developed thin films and the fabricated double layer SmFe-PZT exhibit both good ferromagnetic and piezoelectric responses which predict a promising ME composite structure. The quantitative chemical composition of the samples was confirmed by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX).

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8763, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VI, 87630G (17 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016769
Show Author Affiliations
Ioanna Giouroudi, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
Mohammed Alnassar, King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Juergen Kosel, King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8763:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VI
Ulrich Schmid; José Luis Sánchez de Rojas Aldavero; Monika Leester-Schaedel, Editor(s)

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