Effective Piezoelectric Activity Of Zinc-Oxide Films Grown By Radiofrequency Planar Magnetron Sputtering

Wacogne, Bruno and Roe, M.P. and Pattinson, T.J. and Pannell, Christopher N. (1995) Effective Piezoelectric Activity Of Zinc-Oxide Films Grown By Radiofrequency Planar Magnetron Sputtering. Applied Physics Letters, 67 (12). pp. 1674-1676. ISSN 0003-6951. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We present a study of the effective piezoelectric activity of;thin ZnO films produced by radio-frequency (rf) planar magnetron sputtering. The energetic plasma particles which bombard the substrate in the above deposition system increase the substrate temperature, thus causing a gradual variation in film structure during the beginning of the him growth. As a result, a precursor layer is formed which consists of small randomly oriented crystallites, exhibiting poor piezoelectric activity. Hence, the film thickness responsible for piezoelectric activity is generally less than the physical thickness of the him and is adjacent to a layer having different acoustic impedance. This leads to an increase in the resonant frequency of the film. For example, a film designed to have a half-wave resonance at 288 MHz, was found to be resonant at 332 MHz. The poorly structured initial layer meant in this typical case that only 87% of this him volume exhibited piezoelectric activity. Investigations based on the substrate temperature, the optical losses, scanning electron microscope imaging, and if electrical behavior are presented in this letter.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: I.T. Ekpo
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2009 12:28
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 14:10
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