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  1. Interaction of water with faceted NiO(1 1 1) surface tuned by films thickness

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    Liu, Lixia; Wang, Shuai; Liu, Shuming; Guo, Qinlin; Guo, Jiandong

    2018-01-01

    The interaction of water with the polar surface of NiO(1 1 1) films has been investigated using various in situ surface analytical techniques, as well as ex situ scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The {1 0 0} facets are formed on NiO(1 1 1) films upon annealing. The boundary between {1 0 0} facet and bare (1 1 1) face and the corner on the facet can facilitate dissociation of water. The total boundary length and the number of corner sites vary with film thickness. The dissociated hydroxyls are thermally stable up to 700 K on the thinner films. Consequently the activity of water dissociation can be tuned by adjusting the film thickness.

  2. Thickness and structure of the water film deposited from vapour on calcite surfaces

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    Bohr, Jakob; Wogelius, Roy A.; Morris, Peter M.

    2010-01-01

    Synchrotron X-ray reflectivity (SXR) was used to measure the thickness of the water film that adsorbs on a {10¯14} cleavage surface of calcite (CaCO3) in a sample chamber where relative humidity could be controlled within the range from......Synchrotron X-ray reflectivity (SXR) was used to measure the thickness of the water film that adsorbs on a {10¯14} cleavage surface of calcite (CaCO3) in a sample chamber where relative humidity could be controlled within the range from...

  3. Modulation of ZnO film thickness and formation of water-hyacinth nanostructure

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    Gunasekaran, Ezhilarasan; Shankar, Prabakaran; Mani, Ganesh Kumar; Bosco Balaguru Rayappan, John

    2014-08-01

    The influence of precursor medium was investigated on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of spray pyrolysis deposited nanostructured ZnO thin films. Three batches of ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrates using three different solvents (water, water-ethanol [ratio of 1:1] and ethanol) based precursor solution of zinc nitrate hexahydrate. The substrate temperature was fixed at 523 K. The variation in film thickness from 150 to 875 nm was observed as the effect of changing solvent medium. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data confirmed the formation of polycrystalline ZnO thin films with hexagonal wurtzite crystallite structure and the estimated crystallite size was found to be ranging from 31 to 55 nm. Scanning electron micrographs revealed the formation of water-hyacinth shaped nanostructures when water-ethanol mixture was used as the solvent medium. Interestingly, UV-vis spectrophotometer revealed the formation of ZnO film with twin optical band gap of 3.15 eV and 3.56 eV when ethanol was used as the solvent medium. The modulation of film thickness and grain size by solvent medium has strongly influenced the electrical conductivity of ZnO thin films. The homogenous nano-spherical grains with uniform grain boundaries showed a good response towards 100 ppm of ammonia at room temperature.

  4. Thickness control in electrophoretic deposition of WO{sub 3} nanofiber thin films for solar water splitting

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    Fang, Yuanxing; Lee, Wei Cheat; Canciani, Giacomo E.; Draper, Thomas C.; Al-Bawi, Zainab F. [Department of Chemistry, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QJ (United Kingdom); Bedi, Jasbir S. [School of Public Health & Zoonoses, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana 141004 Punjab (India); Perry, Christopher C. [Division of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350 (United States); Chen, Qiao, E-mail: qiao.chen@sussex.ac.uk [Department of Chemistry, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QJ (United Kingdom)

    2015-12-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel method combining electrospinning and electrophoretic deposition was established for the creation of nanostructured semiconductor thin films. • The created thin films displayed a high chemical stability with a controllable thickness. • The PEC water splitting performance of the thin films was optimized by fine-tuning the thickness of the films. • A maximum photoconversion efficiency was achieved by 18 μm nanofibrous thin films. - Abstract: Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of ground electrospun WO{sub 3} nanofibers was applied to create photoanodes with controlled morphology for the application of photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The correlations between deposition parameters and film thicknesses were investigated with theoretical models to precisely control the morphology of the nanostructured porous thin film. The photoconversion efficiency was further optimized as a function of film thickness. A maximum photoconversion efficiency of 0.924% from electrospun WO{sub 3} nanofibers that EPD deposited on a substrate was achieved at a film thickness of 18 μm.

  5. Lonsdaleite Films with Nanometer Thickness.

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    Kvashnin, Alexander G; Sorokin, Pavel B

    2014-02-06

    We investigate the properties of potentially the stiffest quasi-2-D films with lonsdaleite structure. Using a combination of ab initio and empirical potential approaches, we analyze the elastic properties of lonsdaleite films in both elastic and inelastic regimes and compare them with graphene and diamond films. We review possible fabrication methods of lonsdaleite films using the pure nanoscale "bottom-up" paradigm: by connecting carbon layers in multilayered graphene. We propose the realization of this method in two ways: by applying direct pressure and by using the recently proposed chemically induced phase transition. For both cases, we construct the phase diagrams depending on temperature, pressure, and film thickness. Finally, we consider the electronic properties of lonsdaleite films and establish the nonlinear dependence of the band gap on the films' thicknesses and their lower effective masses in comparison with bulk crystal.

  6. Rubber friction on ice: investigation of frictional heating and melt water film thickness

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    Parkanyi, Tamas

    2016-01-01

    Friction on ice is important for many different fields such as winter sports and vehicle traction. In vehicle handling, maximising the friction coefficient between tyres and the ice surface is key to safety. The friction coefficient between tyre rubber and ice has been observed to be as high as unity at low temperatures and as little as 0.05 close to the ice melting temperature. The observed low friction is due to thin water films generated through frictional heating. Little is known about th...

  7. The spontaneous puncture of thick liquid films

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    Néel, Baptiste; Villermaux, Emmanuel

    2016-11-01

    We call thick those films for which the disjoining pressure is ineffective. Water films with thickness h in the 1-10 μm range are thick, but it is also known that, paradoxically, they nucleate holes spontaneously. We have uncovered a mechanism solving the paradox. Most natural films are dirty to some extent, and we show that if a spot of dissolved substance lowers locally the surface tension of the liquid, the corresponding Marangoni stress may lead to a self-sustained instability triggering film rupture. When deposited with size a, the spot dissipates by molecular diffusion (coefficient D) along the film in a time a2 / D . Before doing so, the surface tension gradient Δσ / a between the spot center (tension σ - Δσ) and the rest of the film (tension σ) induces an inhomogeneous outward interstitial flow which digs the spot, and reinforces the tension gradient. Hence the instability, which occurs within a timescale τ √{ ρa2 h / Δσ } , with ρ the liquid density. When the Péclet number Pe =a2 / Dτ is small, diffusion regularizes the film, which remains flat: clean films don't break, while for Pe > 1 , the film punctures. This new scenario will be illustrated by several experiments.

  8. Simultaneous measurement of film thickness, temperature, and mass fraction of urea-water-solutions by multi-wavelength laser absorption spectroscopy

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    Yang, Huinan; Shi, Jianwei; Su, Mingxu; Wu, Wei; Cai, Xiaoshu

    2017-05-01

    Quantitative analysis for thickness, temperature, and mass fraction of liquid film is extremely crucial to the relevant industrial processes, but these parameters cannot be determined simultaneously by conventional measurement techniques. In the present work, a novel measurement method based on laser absorption spectroscopy was developed to measure the film temperature, thickness, and mass fraction of urea-water-solutions simultaneously by combining three wavelengths, 1420 nm, 1488 nm, and 1531 nm. Moreover, measurement accuracy of this method was validated by a calibration tool which provided liquid film with known film thickness, temperature, and mass fraction, respectively. It revealed that the deviation between the measured and known parameters with the developed method was 0.86%, 4.58%, and 3.85%, respectively.

  9. Film thickness determination by grazing incidence diffraction

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    Battiston, G. A.; Gerbasi, R. [CNR, Padua (Italy). Istituto di Chimica e Tecnologie Inorganiche e dei Materiali Avanzati

    1996-09-01

    Thin films deposited via MOCVD (Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition) are layers in the thickness range of a few manometers to about ten micrometers. An understanding of the physics and chemistry of films is necessary for a better comprehension of the phenomena involved in the film deposition procedure and its optimisation. Together with the crystalline phase a parameter that must be determined is the thickness of the layer. In this work the authors present a method for the measurement of the film thickness. This procedure, based on diffraction intensity absorption of the X-rays, both incident and diffracted in passing through the layers, resulted quite simple, rapid and non-destructive.

  10. Effect of geometry on hydrodynamic film thickness

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    Brewe, D. E.; Hamrock, B. J.; Taylor, C. M.

    1978-01-01

    The influence of geometry on the isothermal hydrodynamic film separating two rigid solids was investigated. Pressure-viscosity effects were not considered. The minimum film thickness is derived for fully flooded conjunctions by using the Reynolds boundary conditions. It was found that the minimum film thickness had the same speed, viscosity, and load dependence as Kapitza's classical solution. However, the incorporation of Reynolds boundary conditions resulted in an additional geometry effect. Solutions using the parabolic film approximation are compared with those using the exact expression for the film in the analysis. Contour plots are shown that indicate in detail the pressure developed between the solids.

  11. Paradoxical Long-Timespan Opening of the Hole in Self-Supported Water Films of Nanometer Thickness.

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    Barkay, Z; Bormashenko, E

    2017-05-16

    The opening of holes in self-supported thin (nanoscaled) water films has been investigated in situ with the environmental scanning electron microscope. The opening of a hole occurs within a two-stage process. In the first stage, the rim surrounding a hole is formed, resembling the process that is observed under the puncturing of soap bubbles. In the second stage, the exponential growth of the hole is observed, with a characteristic time of a dozen seconds. We explain the exponential kinetics of hole growth by the balance between inertia (gravity) and viscous dissipation. The kinetics of opening a microscaled hole is governed by the processes taking place in the nanothick bulk of the self-supported liquid film. Nanoparticles provide markers for the visualization of the processes occurring in self-supported thin nanoscale liquid films.

  12. Thick Film Temperature Sensors Using Standard Pastes

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    Janoska, I.; Haskard, M. R.

    1986-01-01

    Standard thick film resistor pastes exhibit changes in their electrical characteristics when printed on top of dielectric layers. Of particular interest is the inherent change in their temperature coefficient of resistance. Simple temperature sensors were formed by deliberately printing thick film resistor pastes on top of larger area dielectric layers. Temperature tests carried out on these devices have shown that by selecting the correct paste combination and resistor aspect ratio ...

  13. Thickness dependent properties of magnetic ultrathin films

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    Cong, Bach Thanh [Faculty of Physics, Hanoi University of Science, VNU, 334 Nguyen Trai, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Thao, Pham Huong, E-mail: hthao82@gmail.com [Faculty of Physics, Hanoi University of Science, VNU, 334 Nguyen Trai, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Faculty of Physics, Hue College of Education, 32 Le Loi, Thua Thien Hue (Viet Nam)

    2013-10-01

    The dependence of magnetic properties on the thickness of few-layer thin films is investigated at finite temperature using the functional integral method for solving the Heisenberg spin model. The temperature dependence of the ultra-thin film's magnetization and Curie temperature are calculated in terms of the mean field theory and of the Gaussian spin fluctuation approximations. It has been shown that both Curie temperature and temperature interval, where the magnetization is non-zero, are strongly reduced with the thickness reduction by using the spin fluctuation approximations in comparison with the mean field results. Curie temperature dependence on the film thickness calculated numerically well agrees with the experimental data for Ni/Cu(1 0 0) and Ni/Cu(1 1 1) ultrathin films.

  14. Thickness of residual wetting film in liquid-liquid displacement.

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    Beresnev, Igor; Gaul, William; Vigil, R Dennis

    2011-08-01

    Core-annular flow is common in nature, representing, for example, how streams of oil, surrounded by water, move in petroleum reservoirs. Oil, typically a nonwetting fluid, tends to occupy the middle (core) part of a channel, while water forms a surrounding wall-wetting film. What is the thickness of the wetting film? A classic theory has been in existence for nearly 50 years offering a solution, although in a controversial manner, for moving gas bubbles. On the other hand, an acceptable, experimentally verified theory for a body of one liquid flowing in another has not been available. Here we develop a hydrodynamic, testable theory providing an explicit relationship between the thickness of the wetting film and fluid properties for a blob of one fluid moving in another, with neither phase being gas. In its relationship to the capillary number Ca, the thickness of the film is predicted to be proportional to Ca2 at lower Ca and to level off at a constant value of ∼20% the channel radius at higher Ca. The thickness of the film is deduced to be approximately unaffected by the viscosity ratio of the fluids. We have conducted our own laboratory experiments and compiled experimental data from other studies, all of which are mutually consistent and confirm the salient features of the theory. At the same time, the classic law, originally deduced for films surrounding moving gas bubbles but often believed to hold for liquids as well, fails to explain the observations.

  15. Thickness Dependent on Photocatalytic Activity of Hematite Thin Films

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    Chen, Yen-Hua; Tu, Kuo-Jui

    2012-01-01

    Hematite (Fe2O3) thin films with different thicknesses are fabricated by the rf magnetron sputtering deposition. The effects of film thicknesses on the photocatalytic activity of hematite films have been investigated. Hematite films possess a polycrystalline hexagonal structure, and the band gap decreases with an increase of film thickness. Moreover, all hematite films exhibit good photocatalytic ability under visible-light irradiation; the photocatalytic activity of hematite films increases ...

  16. Flow fields in soap films: Relating viscosity and film thickness.

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    Prasad, V; Weeks, Eric R

    2009-08-01

    We follow the diffusive motion of colloidal particles in soap films with varying h / d, where h is the thickness of the film and d is the diameter of the particles. The hydrodynamics of these films are determined by looking at the correlated motion of pairs of particles as a function of separation R. The Trapeznikov approximation [A. A. Trapeznikov, (Butterworths, London, 1957), p. 242] is used to model soap films as an effective two-dimensional (2D) fluid in contact with bulk air phases. The flow fields determined from correlated particle motions show excellent agreement with what is expected for the theory of 2D fluids for all our films where 0.6 films (h / d > 7 + or - 3) . Our results indicate that three-dimensional effects become important for these thicker films, despite the flow fields still having a 2D character.

  17. Percolation effect in thick film superconductors

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    Sali, R.; Harsanyi, G. [Technical Univ. of Budapest (Hungary)

    1994-12-31

    A thick film superconductor paste has been developed to study the properties of granulated superconductor materials, to observe the percolation effect and to confirm the theory of the conducting mechanism in the superconducting thick films. This paste was also applied to make a superconducting planar transformer. Due to high T{sub c} and advantageous current density properties the base of the paste was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO system. For contacts a conventional Ag/Pt paste was used. The critical temperature of the samples were between 110 K and 115 K depending on the printed layer thickness. The critical current density at the boiling temperature of the liquid He- was between 200-300 A/cm{sup 2}. The R(T) and V(I) functions were measured with different parameters. The results of the measurements have confirmed the theory of conducting mechanism in the material. The percolation structure model has been built and described. As an application, a superconducting planar thick film transformer was planned and produced. Ten windings of the transformer were printed on one side of the alumina substrate and one winding was printed on the other side. The coupling between the two sides was possible through the substrate. The samples did not need special drying and firing parameters. After the preparation, the properties of the transformer were measured. The efficiency and the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed.

  18. Thickness fluctuations in turbulent soap films.

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    Greffier, O; Amarouchene, Y; Kellay, H

    2002-05-13

    Rapidly flowing soap films provide a simple and attractive system to study two-dimensional hydrodynamics and turbulence. By measuring the rapid fluctuations of the thickness of the film in the turbulent regime, we find that the statistics of these fluctuations closely resemble those of a passive scalar field in a turbulent flow. The scalar spectra are well described by Kolmogorov-like scaling while the high-order moments show clear deviations from regular scaling just like dye or temperature fluctuations in 3D turbulent flows.

  19. Properties of conductive thick-film inks

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    Holtze, R. F.

    1972-01-01

    Ten different conductive inks used in the fabrication of thick-film circuits were evaluated for their physical and handling properties. Viscosity, solid contents, and spectrographic analysis of the unfired inks were determined. Inks were screened on ceramic substrates and fired for varying times at specified temperatures. Selected substrates were given additional firings to simulate the heat exposure received if thick-film resistors were to be added to the same substrate. Data are presented covering the (1) printing characteristics, (2) solderability using Sn-63 and also a 4 percent silver solder, (3) leach resistance, (4) solder adhesion, and (5) wire bonding properties. Results obtained using different firing schedules were compared. A comparison was made between the various inks showing general results obtained for each ink. The changes in firing time or the application of a simulated resistor firing had little effect on the properties of most inks.

  20. High performance PZT thick film actuators using in plane polarisation

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    Ernst, Dörthe; Bramlage, Bernhard; Gebhardt, Sylvia; Schönecker, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Piezoceramic thick films offer the possibility of integrated functional components in planar design. They can be applied as sensors, actuators, ultrasonic transducers, transformers and generators. Typically, piezoceramic thick films are excited through the film thickness. In contrast, in-plane mode of excitation will be beneficial especially for actuator applications. The use of interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) enables in-plane excitation of piezoceramic thick films. Actuator performance of c...

  1. Oxygen Sensing Properties of the WO3 Thick Films

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    R. S. KHADAYATE

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents oxygen gas sensing properties of WO3 thick films. In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing method. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The oxygen gas sensing properties of these thick films were investigated at different operating temperatures and oxygen gas concentrations. The WO3 thick films exhibit excellent oxygen sensing properties with a maximum sensitivity of ~ 35.75 % at 350 oC in air atmosphere with fast response and recovery time.

  2. Modelling and Realization of a Water-Gated Field Effect Transistor (WG-FET) Using 16-nm-Thick Mono-Si Film.

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    Sonmez, Bedri Gurkan; Ertop, Ozan; Mutlu, Senol

    2017-09-22

    We introduced a novel water-gated field effect transistor (WG-FET) which uses 16-nm-thick mono-Si film as active layer. WG-FET devices use electrical double layer (EDL) as gate insulator and operate under 1 V without causing any electrochemical reactions. Performance parameters based on voltage distribution on EDL are extracted and current-voltage relations are modelled. Both probe- and planar-gate WG-FETs with insulated and uninsulated source-drain electrodes are simulated, fabricated and tested. Best on/off ratios are measured for probe-gate devices as 23,000 A/A and 85,000 A/A with insulated and uninsulated source-drain electrodes, respectively. Planar-gate devices with source-drain insulation had inferior on/off ratio of 1,100 A/A with 600 μm gate distance and it decreased to 45 A/A when gate distance is increased to 3000 μm. Without source-drain electrode insulation, proper transistor operation is not obtained with planar-gate devices. All measurement results were in agreement with theoretical models. WG-FET is a promising device platform for microfluidic applications where sensors and read-out circuits can be integrated at transistor level.

  3. Multiple High Voltage Pulse Stressing of Polymer Thick Film Resistors

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    Busi Rambabu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to study high voltage interactions in polymer thick film resistors, namely, polyvinyl chloride- (PVC- graphite thick film resistors, and their applications in universal trimming of these resistors. High voltages in the form of impulses for various pulse durations and with different amplitudes have been applied to polymer thick film resistors and we observed the variation of resistance of these resistors with high voltages. It has been found that the resistance of polymer thick film resistors decreases in the case of higher resistivity materials and the resistance of polymer thick film resistor increases in the case of lower resistivity materials when high voltage impulses are applied to them. It has been also found that multiple high voltage pulse (MHVP stressing can be used to trim the polymer thick film resistors either upwards or downwards.

  4. Multiplexed Holographic Optical Data Storage In Thick Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Timucin, Dogan A.; Gary, Charles K.; Ozcan, Meric; Smithey, Daniel T.; Crew, Marshall

    1998-01-01

    The optical data storage capacity of photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films is investigated by means of theoretical calculations, numerical simulations, and experimental measurements on sequential recording of angularly multiplexed diffraction gratings inside a thick D85N BR film.

  5. The Effect of Thickness of Aluminium Films on Optical Reflectance

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    Robert Lugolole

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In Uganda and Africa at large, up to 90% of the total energy used for food preparation and water pasteurization is from fossil fuels particularly firewood and kerosene which pollute the environment, yet there is abundant solar energy throughout the year, which could also be used. Uganda is abundantly rich in clay minerals such as ball clay, kaolin, feldspar, and quartz from which ceramic substrates were developed. Aluminium films of different thicknesses were deposited on different substrates in the diffusion pump microprocessor vacuum coater (Edwards AUTO 306. The optical reflectance of the aluminium films was obtained using a spectrophotometer (SolidSpec-3700/DUV-UV-VIS-NIR at various wave lengths. The analysis of the results of the study revealed that the optical reflectance of the aluminium films was above 50% and increased with increasing film thickness and wavelength. Thus, this method can be used to produce reflector systems in the technology of solar cooking and other appliances which use solar energy.

  6. Screen printed nanosized ZnO thick film

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    It was then dried under IR radiation. The thickness of the film was measured to be 30 µm using a film thickness monitoring gauge (Hanatek 8010). 2.2 Optical studies. The ZnO colloids were characterized by optical absorp- tion measurements using spectrophotometer JascoV-570. (UV/Vis/IR). Fluorescence studies at ...

  7. Advantages of PZT thick film for MEMS sensors

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Lou-Moller, R.; Hansen, K.

    2010-01-01

    For all MEMS devices a high coupling between the mechanical and electrical domain is desired. Figures of merit describing the coupling are important for comparing different piezoelectric materials. The existing figures of merit are discussed and a new figure of merit is introduced for a fair...... comparison of piezoelectric thin and thick films based MEMS devices, as cantilevers, beams, bridges and membranes. Simple analytical modeling is used to define the new figure of merit. The relevant figure of merits is compared for the piezoelectric material of interest for MEMS applications: ZnO, AIN, PZT...... thin film and PZT thick film. It is shown that MEMS sensors with the PZT thick film TF2100 from InSensor A/S have potential for significant higher voltage sensitivities compared to PZT thin film base MEMS sensors when the total thickness of the MEMS cantilever, beam, bridge or membrane is high...

  8. Screen-printed piezoceramic thick films for miniaturised devices

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    Lou-Moeller, R.; Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Thamdrup, Lasse Højlund

    2007-01-01

    The development towards smaller devices with more functions integrated calls for new and improved manufacturing processes. The screen-printing process is quite well suited for miniaturised and integrated devices, since thick films can be produced in this manner without the need for further...... machining. On the other hand, the process of screen printing thick films involves potential problems of thermal matching and chemical compatibility at the processing temperatures between the functional film, the substrate and the electrodes. As an example of such a miniaturised device, a MEMS accelerometer...... based on PZT thick film will be presented. The design and process flow of this accelerometer has been optimised by means of finite element modelling (FEMLAB (c)). Consequently it has proved possible to eliminate post-processing steps after the screen printing of the PZT thick film....

  9. Magic thickness of Bi films on the Si(111) surfac

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    Saito, Mineo; Takahisa, Ohno; Miyazaki, Tsuyoshi

    2004-03-01

    Stable films having specific layer thickness, which is called magic layer thickness, were reported for some metal films on Si(111). The 2D growth is achieved at this thickness; as a result, very flat films are grown. This behavior observed in low temperatures was attributed to the quantum size effect, which originates from the electron confinement in the film thickness direction. Recently the magic layer thickness was observed even at room temperature for Bi films on Si (111) surface, which raises a question as to what is the origin of this prominent stability. To answer this question, we perform first-principle calculation based on the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. We first study 012 Bi film on Si (111) surface. The calculation on the energy difference between the N and N-1 layers shows that the films with even-number layer heights are stable at room temperature. In even-number layer films, each of two layers are found to be bonded. It is concluded that this pairing structure is the origin of the stability at room temperature. Therefore the magic thickness is not due to the quantum size effect. This research was done in "Frontier Simulation Software for Industrial Science" project supported by IT program of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

  10. Barium titanate thick films prepared by screen printing technique

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    Mirjana M. Vijatović

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The barium titanate (BaTiO3 thick films were prepared by screen printing technique using powders obtained by soft chemical route, modified Pechini process. Three different barium titanate powders were prepared: i pure, ii doped with lanthanum and iii doped with antimony. Pastes for screen printing were prepared using previously obtained powders. The thick films were deposited onto Al2O3 substrates and fired at 850°C together with electrode material (silver/palladium in the moving belt furnace in the air atmosphere. Measurements of thickness and roughness of barium titanate thick films were performed. The electrical properties of thick films such as dielectric constant, dielectric losses, Curie temperature, hysteresis loop were reported. The influence of different factors on electrical properties values was analyzed.

  11. Self-assembled film thickness determination by focused ion beam

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    Dejeu, J. [Institut UTINAM, UMR 6213 CNRS-UFC - equipe Materiaux et Surfaces Structures, Universite de Franche-Comte, UFR Sciences et Techniques, 16 route de Gray - 25030 Besancon Cedex (France)], E-mail: jerome.dejeu@univ-fcomte.fr; Salut, R. [Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174 CNRS-UFC-UTBM-ENSMM, Centrale MIMENTO, Universite de Franche-Comte, 32 avenue de l' Observatoire - 25044 Besancon Cedex (France); Spajer, M. [Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174 CNRS-UFC-UTBM-ENSMM, Centrale MIMENTO, Universite de Franche-Comte, 32 avenue de l' Observatoire - 25044 Besancon Cedex (France); Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174 CNRS-UFC-UTBM-ENSMM, Departement d' Optique, Universite de Franche-Comte, UFR Sciences et Techniques, 16 route de Gray - 25030 Besancon Cedex (France); Membrey, F.; Foissy, A. [Institut UTINAM, UMR 6213 CNRS-UFC - equipe Materiaux et Surfaces Structures, Universite de Franche-Comte, UFR Sciences et Techniques, 16 route de Gray - 25030 Besancon Cedex (France); Charraut, D. [Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174 CNRS-UFC-UTBM-ENSMM, Departement d' Optique, Universite de Franche-Comte, UFR Sciences et Techniques, 16 route de Gray - 25030 Besancon Cedex (France)

    2008-06-30

    The thickness evolution of multilayer film is investigated by focused ion beam (FIB) in the domain of polymer multilayers. This method, currently used in the modification and the characterization of integrated circuits, proves it is possible to determine the polymer film thickness. Sample cutting and its observation of the cross-section are performed in the FIB without leaving the vacuum chamber. Two main conclusions can be drawn: (1) the roughness of the film increases with the number of layer deposit, (2) the film growth changes from nonlinear (called exponential) to linear beyond 300 nm (70 layers)

  12. Critical thickness for the agglomeration of thin metal films

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    Boragno, C.; Buatier de Mongeot, F.; Felici, R.; Robinson, I.K.; (U Genova); (ESRF); (UCL)

    2009-09-15

    A thin metal film can exist in a metastable state with respect to breaking into small clusters. In this paper we report on grazing incidence small-angle x-ray scattering studies carried out in situ during the annealing of thin Ni films, between 2 and 10 nm thick, deposited on an amorphous SiO{sub 2} substrate. Our results show the presence of two different regimes which depend on the initial film thickness. For thicknesses less than 5 nm the annealing results in the formation of small, compact clusters on top of a residual Ni wetting layer. For thicknesses greater than 5 nm the film breaks into large, well-separated clusters and the substrate shows an uncovered clean surface.

  13. Improved thick film semiconductor/solar cell contacts

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    Ross, B.

    1979-01-01

    The postulated concept of low-temperature all-metal thick film electrodes is discussed. It is noted that the mechanical and metallurgical properties of the electrodes are excellent, but electrical parameters remain to be optimized.

  14. Thickness effect on the fracture and delamination of titanium films

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    Cordill, M.J., E-mail: megan.cordill@oeaw.ac.at [Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austrian Academy of Science and the Department of Materials Physics, Montanuniversität Leoben, Jahnstrasse 12, 8700 Leoben (Austria); Taylor, A.A. [Physics Department, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Laboratory for Mechanics and Nanostructures, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland)

    2015-08-31

    Titanium adhesion layers are a common component of many coated products; they play a particularly important role in promoting the adhesion of Cu and Au conduction lines to polymer substrates for flexible electronic circuitry. In this work a full microstructural and mechanical characterization is performed on Ti layers of three different thicknesses—8, 12 and 50 nm—deposited onto polyimide. Observed differences in the mechanical behavior of the coatings were found to relate to the changing chemistry and grain size of the coatings. In particular, the observation, using transmission electron microscopy, that the two thinner coatings were comprised of 50% or less metallic Ti illustrates the potential pitfalls of altering something so simple as the coating thickness. - Highlights: • Crack behavior changes with film thickness despite film adhesion staying constant. • Ti–PI interlayer and TiO{sub x} surface layer thicknesses do not change with film thickness. • Film and interface characterization provides understanding of mechanical properties.

  15. Advances in Thick Film Conductors for Microwave Integrated Circuits

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    Wilson, Larry K.; Rich, Debbie D.; Rich, Phil W.; R. Wayne Johnson

    1980-01-01

    New conductor pastes have made possible great improvements in the loss characteristics of thick film microwave integrated circuits. This paper presents data on the microwave characteristics of transmission structures made from newly developed copper, silver and gold conductor pastes on alumina and garnet substrates. The resistivity and microstructure for each conductor material was examined for correlation with microwave properties. These data show that thick film circuits can give excellent ...

  16. Thermal transport across a substrate-thin-film interface: effects of film thickness and surface roughness.

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    Liang, Zhi; Sasikumar, Kiran; Keblinski, Pawel

    2014-08-08

    Using molecular dynamics simulations and a model AlN-GaN interface, we demonstrate that the interfacial thermal resistance R(K) (Kapitza resistance) between a substrate and thin film depends on the thickness of the film and the film surface roughness when the phonon mean free path is larger than film thickness. In particular, when the film (external) surface is atomistically smooth, phonons transmitted from the substrate can travel ballistically in the thin film, be scattered specularly at the surface, and return to the substrate without energy transfer. If the external surface scatters phonons diffusely, which is characteristic of rough surfaces, R(K) is independent of film thickness and is the same as R(K) that characterizes smooth surfaces in the limit of large film thickness. At interfaces where phonon transmission coefficients are low, the thickness dependence is greatly diminished regardless of the nature of surface scattering. The film thickness dependence of R(K) is analogous to the well-known fact of lateral thermal conductivity thickness dependence in thin films. The difference is that phonon-boundary scattering lowers the in-plane thermal transport in thin films, but it facilitates thermal transport from the substrate to the thin film.

  17. Effects of thickness on electronic structure of titanium thin films

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    Effects of thickness on the electronic structure of e-beam evaporated thin titanium films were studied using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) technique at titanium 2,3 edge in total electron yield (TEY) mode and transmission yield mode. Thickness dependence of 2,3 branching ratio (BR) of titanium was ...

  18. Sputtering of Thick Deuterium Films by KeV Electrons

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    Thestrup Nielsen, Birgitte; Svendsen, Winnie Edith; Schou, Jørgen

    1994-01-01

    Sputtering of thick films of solid deuterium up to several μm by keV electrons is reported for the first time. The sputtering yield increases within a narrow range of thicknesses around 1.6 μm by about 2 orders of magnitude for 1.5 keV electrons. A similar behavior has not been observed for ion...

  19. Triaxial MEMS accelerometer with screen printed PZT thick film

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Almind, Ninia Sejersen; Brodersen, Simon Hedegaard

    2010-01-01

    Piezoelectric thick films have increasing interest due to the potential high sensitivity and actuation force for MEMS sensors and actuators. The screen printing technique is a promising deposition technique for realizing piezoelectric thick films in the thickness range from 10-100 mu m. In this w...... and the first mode resonance frequency is 11 kHz. A Finite Element Method (FEM) model is used to validate the measured sensitivity and resonance frequency. Good agreement between the model and the measurements is seen....

  20. RF magnetron sputtering of thick film amorphous beryllium

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    Burt, R.J.; Meyer, S.F.; Hsieh, E.J.

    1979-09-19

    Thick film coatings of beryllium, needed for the low-Z ablator layer in proposed laser fusion targets, have been prepared using high rate magnetron rf sputtering. The requirements for these Be coatings include thicknesses from 5 to 50 ..mu..m, complete freedom from surface defects, and an average surface roughness of 100 nm or less. We have sputtered very smooth, dense, thick Be films with surface roughness less than 100 nm. X-ray diffraction analysis of impurity doped films indicates an amorphous-like structure. Impurity stabilized amorphous Be with smooth surfaces is reported on both cooled copper and higher temperature glass substrates. The sputtering parameters (substrate temperature, deposition rate, argon pressure, and impurity gas levels) affecting surface roughness and film structure are discussed in terms of SEM, AES, and x-ray diffraction results.

  1. Glue Film Thickness Measurements by Spectral Reflectance

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    B. R. Marshall

    2010-09-20

    Spectral reflectance was used to determine the thickness of thin glue layers in a study of the effect of the glue on radiance and reflectance measurements of shocked-tin substrates attached to lithium fluoride windows. Measurements based on profilometry of the components were found to be inaccurate due to flatness variations and deformation of the tin substrate under pressure during the gluing process. The accuracy of the spectral reflectance measurements were estimated to be ±0.5 μm, which was sufficient to demonstrate a convincing correlation between glue thickness and shock-generated light.

  2. Inline hyperspectral thickness determination of thin films using neural networks

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    Tremmel, Anton J.; Weiss, Roman; Schardt, Michael; Koch, Alexander W.

    2017-04-01

    Combining reflectometry and hyperspectral imaging allows mapping of thin film thickness. Therefore, layer thickness is calculated by comparing a dataset of simulated spectra with the measured data. Utilizing the maximum frame rate of the hyperspectral imager, the pixel wise spectra comparing procedure cannot be performed using a standard computer due to the processing load. In this work, a method using neural networks for calculating layer thickness is presented. By the use of the nonlinear equation as result of a trained neural network, thickness data can be determined with a measurement rate matching the maximum frame rate of the hyperspectral imager.

  3. Water depth penetration film test

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    Lockwood, H. E.; Perry, L.; Sauer, G. E.; Lamar, N. T.

    1974-01-01

    As part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Earth Resources Program, a comparative and controlled evaluation of nine film-filter combinations was completed to establish the relative effectiveness in recording water subsurface detail if exposed from an aerial platform over a typical water body. The films tested, with one exception, were those which prior was suggested had potential. These included an experimental 2-layer positive color film, a 2-layer (minus blue layer) film, a normal 3-layer color film, a panchromatic black-and-white film, and a black-and-white infrared film. Selective filtration was used with all films.

  4. Effect of film thickness on properties of electrodeposited Ni-Co films

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    Karpuz, Ali, E-mail: alikarpuz@bau.edu.tr [Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, Balikesir University, Balikesir (Turkey); Kockar, Hakan [Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, Balikesir University, Balikesir (Turkey); Alper, Mursel [Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, Uludag University, Bursa (Turkey)

    2012-04-01

    A series of Ni-Co films with different thicknesses was produced by using the electrodeposition technique and their microstructural, magnetic and magnetotransport properties were investigated. The X-ray (XRD) diffraction measurements showed that the films have the face centered cubic structure and the preferential orientations of the films were in the order of (1 1 1), (2 2 0) and (2 2 0) for the films with 1, 2 and 4 {mu}m thicknesses, respectively. The magnetic measurements revealed that the coercivity decreased from 52 Oe to 37 Oe due to the regular transition of preferential orientation from (1 1 1) to (2 2 0) with increasing film thickness. The study demonstrated that magnetic properties of the films changed according to the microstructural properties. Magnetoresistance investigations exhibited that all films have anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR).

  5. High-throughput characterization of film thickness in thin film materials libraries by digital holographic microscopy.

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    Lai, Yiu Wai; Krause, Michael; Savan, Alan; Thienhaus, Sigurd; Koukourakis, Nektarios; Hofmann, Martin R; Ludwig, Alfred

    2011-10-01

    A high-throughput characterization technique based on digital holography for mapping film thickness in thin-film materials libraries was developed. Digital holographic microscopy is used for fully automatic measurements of the thickness of patterned films with nanometer resolution. The method has several significant advantages over conventional stylus profilometry: it is contactless and fast, substrate bending is compensated, and the experimental setup is simple. Patterned films prepared by different combinatorial thin-film approaches were characterized to investigate and demonstrate this method. The results show that this technique is valuable for the quick, reliable and high-throughput determination of the film thickness distribution in combinatorial materials research. Importantly, it can also be applied to thin films that have been structured by shadow masking.

  6. Optical Thin Film Thickness Measurement for the Single Atom Microscope

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    Nelson, Courtney; Frisbie, Dustin; Singh, Jaideep; Spinlab Team

    2017-09-01

    The Single Atom Microscope Project proposes an efficient, selective, and sensitive method to measure the 1022Ne+24 He ->1225 Mg + n reaction. This rare nuclear reaction is a source of neutrons for heavy element development through the slow neutron capture process. This method embeds Magnesium atoms in a solid neon film. The Magnesium atoms exhibit a shifted fluorescence spectrum allowing for the detection of individual fluorescence photons against the excitation light background. Currently, Ytterbium is used in place of Magnesium-25 because it has been more thoroughly studied than Magnesium and we expect it to have a brighter signal. To identify the signal emitted from the Ytterbium atoms, we need to quantify the amount of signal and background per atom in the neon film. We need to know the film thickness to find the number of atoms in the film to determine the amount of light emitted per atom. In preparation for the neon film measurement, I constructed an experiment to advance the understanding of what is required to optically measure a thin film by using a cover glass slide in place of the thin film. This preliminary experiment has determined a measurement method for finding the thickness of a neon thin film on a sapphire substrate. This work is supported by Michigan State University, U.S. National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1654610, and U.S. NSF REU.

  7. Effects of particle size distribution in thick film conductors

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    Vest, R. W.

    1983-01-01

    Studies of particle size distribution in thick film conductors are discussed. The distribution of particle sizes does have an effect on fired film density but the effect is not always positive. A proper distribution of sizes is necessary, and while the theoretical models can serve as guides to selecting this proper distribution, improved densities can be achieved by empirical variations from the predictions of the models.

  8. MEMS-based thick film PZT vibrational energy harvester

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    Lei, Anders; Xu, Ruichao; Thyssen, Anders

    2011-01-01

    We present a MEMS-based unimorph silicon/PZT thick film vibrational energy harvester with an integrated proof mass. We have developed a process that allows fabrication of high performance silicon based energy harvesters with a yield higher than 90%. The process comprises a KOH etch using...... a mechanical front side protection of an SOI wafer with screen printed PZT thick film. The fabricated harvester device produces 14.0 μW with an optimal resistive load of 100 kΩ from 1g (g=9.81 m s-2) input acceleration at its resonant frequency of 235 Hz....

  9. Fabrication of BIT thick films patterned by proton beam writing

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    Yamaguchi, Masaki; Watanabe, Kazuki; Nishikawa, Hiroyuki; Masuda, Yoichiro

    2017-07-01

    In this study, we fabricated thick films with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) added to bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12) to form a lead-free ferroelectric material. We examined the direct patterning of these materials by using proton-beam irradiation. When 50% PVP was added to the organic source solution, the c-axis orientation was promoted and cracks were suppressed due to stress relaxation. In addition, a dot and an arbitrary-shape micro-pattern were formed on bismuth-titanate thick film by micromachining using a proton beam.

  10. Thin dielectric film thickness determination by advanced transmission electron microscopy

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    Diebold, A.C.; Foran, B.; Kisielowski, C.; Muller, D.; Pennycook, S.; Principe, E.; Stemmer, S.

    2003-09-01

    High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM) has been used as the ultimate method of thickness measurement for thin films. The appearance of phase contrast interference patterns in HR-TEM images has long been confused as the appearance of a crystal lattice by non-specialists. Relatively easy to interpret crystal lattice images are now directly observed with the introduction of annular dark field detectors for scanning TEM (STEM). With the recent development of reliable lattice image processing software that creates crystal structure images from phase contrast data, HR-TEM can also provide crystal lattice images. The resolution of both methods was steadily improved reaching now into the sub Angstrom region. Improvements in electron lens and image analysis software are increasing the spatial resolution of both methods. Optimum resolution for STEM requires that the probe beam be highly localized. In STEM, beam localization is enhanced by selection of the correct aperture. When STEM measurement is done using a highly localized probe beam, HR-TEM and STEM measurement of the thickness of silicon oxynitride films agree within experimental error. In this paper, the optimum conditions for HR-TEM and STEM measurement are discussed along with a method for repeatable film thickness determination. The impact of sample thickness is also discussed. The key result in this paper is the proposal of a reproducible method for film thickness determination.

  11. Substrate Deformation Curvatures Due to Film Mismatch Strain for Spatially Varying Substrate and Film Thicknesses (Preprint)

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    2017-04-13

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2017-0338 SUBSTRATE DEFORMATION CURVATURES DUE TO FILM MISMATCH STRAIN FOR SPATIALLY VARYING SUBSTRATE AND FILM ...22 July 2013 – 13 March 2017 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE SUBSTRATE DEFORMATION CURVATURES DUE TO FILM MISMATCH STRAIN FOR SPATIALLY VARYING SUBSTRATE...AND FILM THICKNESSES (PREPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER IN-HOUSE 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 1) Craig P

  12. Relaxation in Thin Polymer Films Mapped across the Film Thickness by Astigmatic Single-Molecule Imaging

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    Oba, Tatsuya

    2012-06-19

    We have studied relaxation processes in thin supported films of poly(methyl acrylate) at the temperature corresponding to 13 K above the glass transition by monitoring the reorientation of single perylenediimide molecules doped into the films. The axial position of the dye molecules across the thickness of the film was determined with a resolution of 12 nm by analyzing astigmatic fluorescence images. The average relaxation times of the rotating molecules do not depend on the overall thickness of the film between 20 and 110 nm. The relaxation times also do not show any dependence on the axial position within the films for the film thickness between 70 and 110 nm. In addition to the rotating molecules we observed a fraction of spatially diffusing molecules and completely immobile molecules. These molecules indicate the presence of thin (<5 nm) high-mobility surface layer and low-mobility layer at the interface with the substrate. (Figure presented) © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  13. Influence of cement film thickness on the retention of implant-retained crowns.

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    Mehl, Christian; Harder, Sönke; Steiner, Martin; Vollrath, Oliver; Kern, Matthias

    2013-12-01

    The main goal of this study was to establish a new, high precision procedure to evaluate the influence of cement film thickness on the retention of cemented implant-retained crowns. Ninety-six tapered titanium abutments (6° taper, 4.3 mm diameter, Camlog) were shortened to 4 mm. Computer-aided design was used to design the crowns, and selective laser sintering, using a cobalt-chromium alloy, was used to produce the crowns. This method used a focused high-energy laser beam to fuse a localized region of metal powder to build up the crowns gradually. Before cementing, preset cement film thicknesses of 15, 50, 80, or 110 μm were established. Glass ionomer, polycarboxylate, or resin cements were used for cementation. After 3 days storage in demineralized water, the retention of the crowns was measured in tension using a universal testing machine. The cement film thicknesses could be achieved with a high level of precision. Interactions between the factors cement and cement film thickness could be found (p ≤ 0.001). For all cements, crown retention decreased significantly between a cement film thickness of 15 and 50 μm (p ≤ 0.001). At 15 μm cement film thickness, the resin cement was the most retentive cement, followed by the polycarboxylate and then the glass ionomer cement (p ≤ 0.05). The results suggest that cement film thickness has an influence on the retentive strength of cemented implant-retained crowns. © 2013 by the American College of Prosthodontists.

  14. MEMS Accelerometer with Screen Printed Piezoelectric Thick Film

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Lau-Moeller, R.; Bove, T.

    2006-01-01

    A bulk-micromachined piezoelectric MEMS accelerometer with screen printed piezoelectric Pb(ZrxTil )O3(PZT) thick film (TF) as the sensing material has been fabricated and characterized. The accelerometer has a four beam structure with a central seismic mass (3600x3600x500 pm3) and a total chip size...

  15. Thickness effect on properties of titanium film deposited by dc ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 36; Issue 5. Thickness effect on properties of titanium film deposited by d.c. magnetron sputtering and electron beam evaporation techniques. Nishat Arshi Junqing Lu Chan Gyu Lee Jae Hong Yoon Bon Heun Koo Faheem Ahmed. Volume 36 Issue 5 October 2013 pp ...

  16. Shearing Nanometer-Thick Confined Hydrocarbon Films: Friction and Adhesion

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    Sivebæk, I. M.; Persson, B. N. J.

    2016-01-01

    We present molecular dynamics (MD) friction and adhesion calculations for nanometer-thick confined hydrocarbon films with molecular lengths 20, 100 and 1400 carbon atoms. We study the dependency of the frictional shear stress on the confining pressure and sliding speed. We present results...

  17. Screen printed thick film based pMUT arrays

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    Hedegaard, Tobias; Pedersen, T; Thomsen, Erik Vilain

    2008-01-01

    This article reports on the fabrication and characterization of lambda-pitched piezoelectric micromachined ultrasound transducer (pMUT) arrays fabricated using a unique process combining conventional silicon technology and low cost screen printing of thick film PZT. The pMUTs are designed as 8...

  18. A sensitive magnetic field sensor using BPSCCO thick film

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    A highly sensitive magnetic sensor operating at liquid nitrogen temperature and based on BPSCCO screen-printed thick film, is reported. The sensor resistance for an applied magnetic field of 100 × 10–4T(100 gauss) exhibits an increase by 360% of its value in zero field at 77.4 K. The performance of the sensor in presence ...

  19. Film Thickness and Friction Relationship in Grease Lubricated Rough Contacts

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    David Gonçalves

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The relationship between the film generation and the coefficient of friction in grease lubricated contacts was investigated. Ball-on-disc tests were performed under different operating conditions: entrainment speed, lubricant temperature and surface roughness. The tests were performed with fully formulated greases and their base oils. The greases were formulated with different thickener types and also different base oils natures and viscosities. Film thickness measurements were performed in ball-on-glass disc tests, and Stribeck curves were measured in ball-on-steel disc tests with discs of different roughness. The role of the thickener and the base oil nature/viscosity on the film thickness and coefficient of friction was addressed and the greases’ performance was compared based on their formulation.

  20. Film-thickness dependence of structure formation in ultra-thin polymer blend films

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    Gutmann, J S; Stamm, M

    2002-01-01

    We investigated the film-thickness dependence of structure formation in ultra-thin polymer blend films prepared from solution. As a model system we used binary blends of statistical poly(styrene-co-p-bromostyrene) copolymers of different degrees of bromination. Ultra-thin-film samples differing in miscibility and film thickness were prepared via spin coating of common toluene solutions onto silicon (100) substrates. The resulting morphologies were investigated with scanning force microscopy, reflectometry and grazing-incidence scattering techniques using both X-rays and neutrons in order to obtain a picture of the sample structure at and below the sample surface. (orig.)

  1. Influence of substrate and film thickness on polymer LIPSS formation

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    Cui, Jing; Nogales, Aurora; Ezquerra, Tiberio A. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (IEM-CSIC), Serrano 121, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Rebollar, Esther, E-mail: e.rebollar@csic.es [Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano (IQFR-CSIC), Serrano 119, Madrid 28006 (Spain)

    2017-02-01

    Highlights: • The estimation of temperature upon pulse accumulation shows that a small positive offset is caused by each individual pulse. • Number of pulses needed for LIPSS formation in PS thin films depends on polymer thickness. • Thermal conductivity and diffusivity of supporting substrate influence the onset for LIPSS formation and their quality. • Quality of LIPSS is affected by the substrate optical properties. - Abstract: Here we focus on the influence of both, substrate and film thickness on polymer Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) formation in polymer films. For this aim a morphological description of ripples structures generated on spin-coated polystyrene (PS) films by a linearly polarized laser beam with a wavelength of 266 nm is presented. The influence of different parameters on the quality and characteristics of the formed laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) was investigated. We found that well-ordered LIPSS are formed either on PS films thinner than 200 nm or thicker than 400 nm supported on silicon substrates as well as on thicker free standing films. However less-ordered ripples are formed on silicon supported films with intermediate thicknesses in the range of 200–380 nm. The effect of the thermal and optical properties of the substrate on the quality of LIPSS was analyzed. Differences observed in the fluence and number of pulses needed for the onset of surface morphological modifications is explained considering two main effects which are: (1) The temperature increase on polymer surface induced by the action of cumulative laser irradiation and (2) The differences in thermal conductivity between the polymer and the substrate which strongly affect the heat dissipation generated by irradiation.

  2. Effects of high temperature and film thicknesses on the texture evolution in Ag thin films

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    Eshaghi, F.; Zolanvari, A.

    2017-04-01

    In situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction techniques were used to study the effect of high temperatures (up to 600°C) on the texture evolution in silver thin films. Ag thin films with different thicknesses of 40, 80, 120 and 160nm were sputtered on the Si(100) substrates at room temperature. Then, microstructure of thin films was determined using X-ray diffraction. To investigate the influence of temperature on the texture development in the Ag thin films with different thicknesses, (111), (200) and (220) pole figures were evaluated and orientation distribution functions were calculated. Minimizing the total energy of the system which is affected by competition between surface and elastic strain energy was a key factor in the as-deposited and post annealed thin films. Since sputtering depositions was performed at room temperature and at the same thermodynamic conditions, the competition growth caused the formation of the {122} fiber texture in as-deposited Ag thin films. It was significantly observed that the post annealed Ag thin films showed {111} fiber texture varied with the thickness of thin films. Increasing thin film thickness from 40nm to 160nm led to decreasing the intensity of the {111} fiber texture.

  3. Thickness Dependence Magnetization in Laser Ablated Ni-Cu-Zn Ferrite Nanostructured Thin Films.

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    Raghavender, A T; Hong, Nguyen Hoa; Lee, Kyu Joon; Jung, Myung-Hwa

    2016-01-01

    Ni₀.₅Cu₀.₃Zn₀.₂Fe₂O₄ thin films with thickness ranging from 25 nm to 500 nm were grown on Si substrate using pulsed laser deposition technique and their structural and magnetic properties were investigated. From the atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis, it is observed that the film roughness (Ra) depends strongly on the thickness of the fabricated film. The magnetizations of the thin films were found to decrease when the film thickness increases. The thinner films showed a larger magnetization than the thick films. All the films showed a blocking temperature indicating their superparamagnetic behavior.

  4. Measurements of interfacial film thickness for immiscible liquid liquid slug/droplet flows

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    Qiu, Huihe; Wang, Xishi; Hong, Fangjun

    2005-06-01

    A novel method for measuring the interfacial liquid film thickness between immiscible liquids of a slug/droplet in a micropipe is proposed. This method is capable of measuring an oil slug/droplet in water with the relative refractive index (m) between the immiscible liquids very close to one in a capillary tube. Unlike the measurement configuration for an air slug in water, an optical oriental for optimizing the refracted fringes pattern by the liquid-liquid interface is introduced. Measurements of film thicknesses of a kerosene oil droplet/slug in a water wetted capillary tube (m > 1) and a water droplet/slug in a kerosene oil wetted capillary tube (m diagnostic method is easy to implement and it will have great potential for immiscible liquid flow research in microfluidic channels.

  5. Dynamic water vapour sorption in gluten and starch films

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    Oliver, L.; Meinders, M.B.J.

    2011-01-01

    Water sorption of gluten and wheat starch films as a function of water activity was studied using gravimetric step-change sorption experiments. Films of different thicknesses were used with the aim to vary the characteristic diffusion time and to get insights in the contribution of the polymer-chain

  6. Engine bearing oil film thickness measurement and oil rheologh

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    Cryvoff, S.A.; Spearot, J.A.; Bates, T.W.

    1990-01-01

    An American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Task Force was formed in 1984 to: (1) establish a series of reference oils, (2) measure the minimum bearing oil film thicknesses provided by the oils in fired engine, and (3) interpret the results in terms of oil rheological properties. Minimum oil film thickness (MOFT) measurement and analysis techniques using a capacitance method were developed. At steady-state operating conditions, laboratories evaluated a matrix of eighteen monograde and multigrade oils, blended with four widely-used viscosity index improves (VIIs). Analyses showed increasingly better correlations between MOFTs and viscosities of both single grade and multigrade oils as temperatures and shear rates used to calculate viscosities more-closely approximated in-bearing conditions.

  7. Analysis of thickness of a hydrophobic fluoropolymer film based on electrowetting.

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    Ko, Hyojin; Phan, Minh Dinh; Khatua, Dibyendu; Jung, Chan-Hee; Choi, Jae-Hak; Kwon, Oh-Sun; Shin, Kwanwoo

    2013-07-01

    The electrowetting of water drops on a dielectric fluoropolymer film was studied experimentally. The dependence of the contact angles of the water drops on the applied voltage has been well explained in the low-voltage limit by using the classical Young-Lippmann theory. With this theory, the thicknesses of films coated on glass substrates by using a spin-coater were obtained indirectly by fitting the contact angle data and were confirmed by using X-ray reflectometry. The two sets of results showed a good agreement. In addition, we confirmed that the contact angle saturation at high voltage were consistent with Peykov's model.

  8. Tape casting and partial melting of Bi-2212 thick films

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    Buhl, D.; Lang, T.; Heeb, B. [Nichtmetallische Werkstoffe, Zuerich (Switzerland)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    To produce Bi-2212 thick films with high critical current densities tape casting and partial melting is a promising fabrication method. Bi-2212 powder and organic additives were mixed into a slurry and tape casted onto glass by the doctor blade tape casting process. The films were cut from the green tape and partially molten on Ag foils during heat treatment. We obtained almost single-phase and well-textured films over the whole thickness of 20 {mu}m. The orientation of the (a,b)-plane of the grains were parallel to the substrate with a misalignment of less than 6{degrees}. At 77K/OT a critical current density of 15`000 A/cm{sup 2} was reached in films of the dimension 1cm x 2cm x 20{mu}m (1{mu}V/cm criterion, resistively measured). At 4K/OT the highest value was 350`000 A/cm{sup 2} (1nV/cm criterion, magnetically measured).

  9. Ethanol gas sensing properties of Al2 O3 -doped ZnO thick film ...

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    Abstract. The characterization and ethanol gas sensing properties of pure and doped ZnO thick films were investigated. Thick films of pure zinc oxide were prepared by the screen printing technique. Pure zinc oxide was almost insensitive to ethanol. Thick films of Al2O3 (1 wt%) doped ZnO were observed to be highly ...

  10. Film thickness of mechanically worked lubricating grease at very low speeds

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    Cen, H.; Lugt, Pieter Martin; Morales-Espejel, G.E.

    2014-01-01

    Several different types of commercially available greases, aged in a roll stability tester, have been tested in a ball-on-disc machine where the film thickness was measured using the interferometry method. The grease film thickness at very low speed is thicker than the base oil film thickness due to

  11. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy thickness measurements of films thinner than ablation rate

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    Nishijima, D.; Doerner, R. P.; Hollmann, E. M.; Miyamoto, M.

    2017-10-01

    A new laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique is proposed to measure the thickness of films thinner than the ablation rate. The film thickness dependence of the signal intensity is used as a calibration curve. It is demonstrated that calibration curves are successfully made for thin W films and (Fe, Cr, Ni) mixed-material films produced in a magnetron sputtering device.

  12. Thick film fabrication of aluminum nitride microcircuits. Final report

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    Perdieu, L.H.

    1994-03-01

    A new substrate material, aluminum nitride (AlN), and 11 new thick film inks were analyzed to determine their chemical compatibility, their electrical properties, their mechanical properties, and their overall suitability for use in the manufacturing of high-power microcircuits with efficient thermal properties. Because high-power chips emit a great deal of heat in a small surface area, a new substrate material was needed to dissipate that heat faster than the substrate material currently in use. Overall, the new materials were found to be acceptable for accomplishing this purpose.

  13. Thick film magnetic nanoparticulate composites and method of manufacture thereof

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    Ma, Xinqing (Inventor); Zhang, Yide (Inventor); Ge, Shihui (Inventor); Zhang, Zongtao (Inventor); Yan, Dajing (Inventor); Xiao, Danny T. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Thick film magnetic/insulating nanocomposite materials, with significantly reduced core loss, and their manufacture are described. The insulator coated magnetic nanocomposite comprises one or more magnetic components, and an insulating component. The magnetic component comprises nanometer scale particles (about 1 to about 100 nanometers) coated by a thin-layered insulating phase. While the intergrain interaction between the immediate neighboring magnetic nanoparticles separated by the insulating phase provides the desired soft magnetic properties, the insulating material provides high resistivity, which reduces eddy current loss.

  14. Nanotribological characterization of molecularly thick lubricant films for applications to MEMS/NEMS by AFM.

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    Liu, Huiwen; Bhushan, Bharat

    2003-01-01

    Molecularly thick perfluoropolyether (PFPE) films are considered to be good protective films for micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) to reduce stiction, friction, and improve their durability. Understanding the nanotribological performance and mechanisms of these films are quite important for efficient lubrication for MEMS/NEMS devices. These devices are used in various operating environments and their effect on friction, adhesion and durability needs to be clarified. For this purpose, mobile and chemically bonded PFPE films were deposited by dip coating technique. The friction and adhesion properties of these films were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The effect of rest time, velocity, relative humidity, and temperature on nanotribological properties of these films was studied. Durability of these films was also measured by repeated cycling tests. The adhesion, friction mechanisms of PFPE at molecular scale, and the mechanisms of the effect of operating environment and durability are subject of this paper. This study found that adsorption of water, formation of meniscus and its change during sliding, viscosity, and surface chemistry properties play a big role on the friction, adhesion, and durability of the lubricant films.

  15. Film thickness of resin cements used with adhesive systems.

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    Zahra, Vivian N; Abate, Pablo F; Macchi, Ricardo L

    2008-01-01

    The final film thickness of a resin adhesive and a resin cement could be affected by previous polymerization of the adhesive systems on dentin surfaces. The aim of this work was to evaluate changes in the film thickness of dual resin based cements with their adhesives as a function of polymerization of the latter on dentin surfaces. The materials used were: RelyX ARC (R) + Single Bond (SB) and Variolink base (VB) and high (HV) or low (LV) viscosity catalyst + Syntac Classic (S) or Excite DSC (E); 56 human dentin discs and 56 composite resin discs (Z250). Dentin disc surfaces were treated with 35% phosphoric acid (except for S) and the adhesive system was either polymerized or not polymerized. A 0.05 ml increment of cement mixture was placed on the dentin disc and covered with the resin disc. A 25 N load was applied for ten minutes and then, the combined thickness was measured with a digital micrometer. Sample size (n) was 4 for each cement or condition. A two-way analysis of variance was performed with a level of significance of p adhesive layer, were: R+SB: 16.50 (2.64) and 17.00 (1.41); VB+S: 21.75 (5.37) and 62.25 (0.95); VB LV+S: 24.50 (3.87) and 72.75 (1.89); VB HV+S: 28.75 (8.46) and 93.00 (53.63); VB+E: 31.75 (8.38) and 42.75 (4.34); VB LV+E: 47.75 (2.50) and 45.75 (3.20); VB HV+E: 49.25 (25.50) and 45.75 (2.75). Significant differences (p cements and polymerization condition as well as for the interaction between them. Instructions regarding polymerization of the adhesive layer must be followed when adhesive systems are used in combination with dual polymerized resin based cements. Otherwise, final film thickness of the adhesive and the resin cement could be affected.

  16. Influence of Liquid Petroleum Gas on the Electrical Parameters of the WO3 Thick Film

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    R. S. KHADAYATE

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing technology. These films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Influence of LPG on the electrical properties of the prepared WO3 thick film is reported. It was observed that the slope of the Arrhenius curves of the WO3 thick film decreased as the medium changed from pure air to 100 ppm LPG in air. From I-V characteristics, it was observed that the WO3 thick film exhibit highest sensitivity to 50 ppm LPG in air at 400oC.

  17. Effect of thickness on optoelectrical properties of Mo-doped indium oxide films

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    Gupta, R.K. [Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science, Missouri State University, 901 South National Avenue, Kemper Hall, Springfield, MO 65897 (United States)], E-mail: ramguptamsu@gmail.com; Ghosh, K. [Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science, Missouri State University, 901 South National Avenue, Kemper Hall, Springfield, MO 65897 (United States); Patel, R. [Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65806 (United States); Kahol, P.K. [Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science, Missouri State University, 901 South National Avenue, Kemper Hall, Springfield, MO 65897 (United States)

    2008-12-30

    Molybdenum-doped indium oxide films of various thicknesses were deposited on quartz substrate by pulsed laser deposition technique. The effect of thickness on structural, optical, and electrical properties was studied. X-ray diffraction studied revealed that all the films are highly oriented along (2 2 2) direction. It is observed that film crystallinity increases with thickness. These films are highly transparent (82-96%) in visible region. Atomic force microscopy analysis shows that the films are very smooth with root mean square surface roughness of 0.95 nm for 10 nm thick film. It is observed that resistivity of the films decreases from 1.05 x 10{sup -4} {omega} cm to 6.06 x 10{sup -5} {omega} cm, while mobility increases from 172 cm{sup 2}/Vs to 263 cm{sup 2}/Vs with increases in film thickness from 10 nm to 125 nm, respectively.

  18. Ethanol vapour sensing properties of screen printed WO3 thick films

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    This paper presents ethanol vapour sensing properties of WO3 thick films. In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing method. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ethanol vapour sensing properties of these ...

  19. Effect of preheating on the film thickness of contemporary composite restorative materials

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    Dimitrios Dionysopoulos

    2014-12-01

    Conclusion: The film thickness of the composites tested is material dependent. The thickness of the preheated conventional composites is significantly lower than those at room temperature. The conventional composites provide film thickness values greater than those of the flowable composites regardless of preheating temperature.

  20. DETERMINATION OF LIQUID FILM THICKNESS FOLLOWING DRAINING OF CONTACTORS, VESSELS, AND PIPES IN THE MCU PROCESS

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    Poirier, M; Fernando Fondeur, F; Samuel Fink, S

    2006-06-06

    The Department of Energy (DOE) identified the caustic side solvent extraction (CSSX) process as the preferred technology to remove cesium from radioactive waste solutions at the Savannah River Site (SRS). As a result, Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC) began designing and building a Modular CSSX Unit (MCU) in the SRS tank farm to process liquid waste for an interim period until the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) begins operations. Both the solvent and the strip effluent streams could contain high concentrations of cesium which must be removed from the contactors, process tanks, and piping prior to performing contactor maintenance. When these vessels are drained, thin films or drops will remain on the equipment walls. Following draining, the vessels will be flushed with water and drained to remove the flush water. The draining reduces the cesium concentration in the vessels by reducing the volume of cesium-containing material. The flushing, and subsequent draining, reduces the cesium in the vessels by diluting the cesium that remains in the film or drops on the vessel walls. MCU personnel requested that Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) researchers conduct a literature search to identify models to calculate the thickness of the liquid films remaining in the contactors, process tanks, and piping following draining of salt solution, solvent, and strip solution. The conclusions from this work are: (1) The predicted film thickness of the strip effluent is 0.010 mm on vertical walls, 0.57 mm on horizontal walls and 0.081 mm in horizontal pipes. (2) The predicted film thickness of the salt solution is 0.015 mm on vertical walls, 0.74 mm on horizontal walls, and 0.106 mm in horizontal pipes. (3) The predicted film thickness of the solvent is 0.022 mm on vertical walls, 0.91 mm on horizontal walls, and 0.13 mm in horizontal pipes. (4) The calculated film volume following draining is: (a) Salt solution receipt tank--1.6 gallons; (b) Salt solution feed

  1. Charge transport in films of Geobacter sulfurreducens on graphite electrodes as a function of film thickness

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    Jana, Partha Sarathi

    2014-01-01

    Harnessing, and understanding the mechanisms of growth and activity of, biofilms of electroactive bacteria (EAB) on solid electrodes is of increasing interest, for application to microbial fuel and electrolysis cells. Microbial electrochemical cell technology can be used to generate electricity, or higher value chemicals, from organic waste. The capability of biofilms of electroactive bacteria to transfer electrons to solid anodes is a key feature of this emerging technology, yet the electron transfer mechanism is not fully characterized as yet. Acetate oxidation current generated from biofilms of an EAB, Geobacter sulfurreducens, on graphite electrodes as a function of time does not correlate with film thickness. Values of film thickness, and the number and local concentration of electrically connected redox sites within Geobacter sulfurreducens biofilms as well as a charge transport diffusion co-efficient for the biofilm can be estimated from non-turnover voltammetry. The thicker biofilms, of 50 ± 9 μm, display higher charge transport diffusion co-efficient than that in thinner films, as increased film porosity of these films improves ion transport, required to maintain electro-neutrality upon electrolysis. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  2. Thickness dependence of optoelectrical properties of tungsten-doped indium oxide films

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    Gupta, R.K., E-mail: ramguptamsu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65897 (United States); Ghosh, K.; Kahol, P.K. [Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65897 (United States)

    2009-08-15

    Pulsed laser deposition technique is used for deposition of tungsten-doped indium oxide films. The effect of film thickness on structural, optical and electrical properties was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, and electrical measurements. X-ray diffraction study reveals that all the films are highly crystalline and oriented along (2 2 2) direction and the film crystallinity increases with increase in film thickness. Atomic force microscopy analysis shows that these films are very smooth with root mean square surface roughness of {approx}1.0 nm. Bandgap energy of the films depends on thickness and varies from 3.71 eV to 3.94 eV. It is observed that resistivity of the films decreases with thickness, while mobility increases.

  3. Effect of Thickener Particle Geometry and Concentration on the Grease EHL Film Thickness at Medium Speeds

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    Cyriac, F.; Lugt, Pieter Martin; Bosman, Rob; Padberg, Clemens J.; Venner, Cornelis H.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this paper was to understand the parameters influencing the grease film thickness in a rolling elastohydrodynamically lubricated contact under fully flooded conditions at medium speeds. Film thickness measurements were taken under pure rolling for six commercial greases and their bled oils. The grease film thickness was found to be higher than corresponding bled oil, suggesting the presence of thickener in the contact. No rheological properties (characterized by steady and dynamic ...

  4. CO2 Selective Potentiometric Sensor in Thick-film Technology

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    Ralf Moos

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A potentiometric sensor device based on screen-printed Nasicon films was investigated. In order to transfer the promising sensor concept of an open sodium titanate reference to thick film technology, “sodium-rich” and “sodium-poor” formulations were compared. While the “sodium-rich” composition was found to react with the ion conducting Nasicon during thermal treatment, the “sodium-poor” reference mixture was identified as an appropriate reference composition. Screen-printed sensor devices were prepared and tested with respect to CO2 response, reproducibility, and cross-interference of oxygen. Excellent agreement with the theory was observed. With the integration of a screen-printed heater, sensor elements were operated actively heated in a cold gas stream.

  5. Development of thickness measurement program for transparent conducting oxide thin films

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    Mitsugi, Fumiaki; Matsuoka, Aya; Umeda, Yoshihiro; Ikegami, Tomoaki; ミツギ, フミアキ; マツオカ, アヤ; ウメダ, ヨシヒロ; イケガミ, トモアキ; 光木, 文秋; 松岡, 綾; 梅田, 佳宏; 池上, 知顯

    2010-01-01

    The gallium doped zinc oxide has been one of the candidates for the transparent conducting oxide thin film electrode. It is not suitable to use a conventional light interference method to measure the thickness of the gallium doped zinc oxide thin film because the refractive index and extinction coefficient of the thin film is unknown during the optimization of the deposition conditions. In this paper, we report on the details of the film thickness program which uses the measured optical and e...

  6. Design of instantaneous liquid film thickness measurement system for conductive or non-conductive fluid with high viscosity

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    Yongxin Yu

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, a new capacitive sensor with a dielectric film coating was designed to measure the thickness of the liquid film on a flat surface. The measured medium can be conductive or non-conductive fluid with high viscosity such as silicone oil, syrup, CMC solution and melt. With the dielectric film coating, the defects caused by the humidity in a capacitor can be avoided completely. With a excitation frequency 0-20kHz, the static permittivity of capacitive sensor is obtained and stable when small thicknesses are monitored within the frequency of 0-3kHz. Based on the measurement principle, an experimental system was designed and verified including calibration and actual measurement for different liquid film thickness. Experimental results showed that the sensitivity, the resolution, repeatability and linear range of the capacitive sensor are satisfied to the liquid film thickness measurement. Finally, the capacitive measuring system was successfully applied to the water, silicone oil and syrup film thickness measurement.

  7. Thick-film acoustic emission sensors for use in structurally integrated condition-monitoring applications.

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    Pickwell, Andrew J; Dorey, Robert A; Mba, David

    2011-09-01

    Monitoring the condition of complex engineering structures is an important aspect of modern engineering, eliminating unnecessary work and enabling planned maintenance, preventing failure. Acoustic emissions (AE) testing is one method of implementing continuous nondestructive structural health monitoring. A novel thick-film (17.6 μm) AE sensor is presented. Lead zirconate titanate thick films were fabricated using a powder/sol composite ink deposition technique and mechanically patterned to form a discrete thick-film piezoelectric AE sensor. The thick-film sensor was benchmarked against a commercial AE device and was found to exhibit comparable responses to simulated acoustic emissions.

  8. Surface morphologies and quality of thick liquid phase epitaxial garnet films for magneto-optic devices

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    Hibiya, Taketoshi

    1983-06-01

    Surface morphologies of thick Gd : YIG garnet films grown by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) are found to be classified into three types: "mirror", "striation" and "swirl". "Mirror" appears when films are grown at low temperature or when the film thickness is small. "Striation", which takes over the striation of the substrates, appears when the growth temperature or film thickness is medium. "Swirl" appears when the growth temperature is high or the film thickness is large. When "swirl" takes place, flux is included into the thick films. A mechanism for the morphological change with increase in film thickness is shown. An increase in half-width of the X-ray rocking curve with an increase in film thickness is found for the {111} films. This can be attributed to the generation of {110} and {211} facets which have larger lattice constants than the {111} and to crystallinity degradation due to flux inclusion. The {110} or the slightly misoriented {110} substrate is recommended to be employed so as to obtain inclusion-free thick films.

  9. Superstable Ultrathin Water Film Confined in a Hydrophilized Carbon Nanotube.

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    Tomo, Yoko; Askounis, Alexandros; Ikuta, Tatsuya; Takata, Yasuyuki; Sefiane, Khellil; Takahashi, Koji

    2018-02-13

    Fluids confined in a nanoscale space behave differently than in the bulk due to strong interactions between fluid molecules and solid atoms. Here, we observed water confined inside "open" hydrophilized carbon nanotubes (CNT), with diameter of tens of nanometers, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A 1-7 nm water film adhering to most of the inner wall surface was observed and remained stable in the high vacuum (order of 10 -5 Pa) of the TEM. The superstability of this film was attributed to a combination of curvature, nanoroughness, and confinement resulting in a lower vapor pressure for water and hence inhibiting its vaporization. Occasional, suspended ultrathin water film with thickness of 3-20 nm were found and remained stable inside the CNT. This film thickness is 1 order of magnitude smaller than the critical film thickness (about 40 nm) reported by the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory and previous experimental investigations. The stability of the suspended ultrathin water film is attributed to the additional molecular interactions due to the extended water meniscus, which balances the rest of the disjoining pressures.

  10. Thickness dependent residual stress in sputtered AlN thin films

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    Pobedinskas, Paulius, E-mail: paulius.pobedinskas@uhasselt.be [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); Bolsee, Jean-Christophe; Dexters, Wim [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); Ruttens, Bart [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); IMOMEC, IMEC vzw, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); Mortet, Vincent [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); IMOMEC, IMEC vzw, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); LAAS, CNRS-Universite de Toulouse, 7 av. du Colonel Roche, F-31077 Toulouse (France); D' Haen, Jan; Manca, Jean V. [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); IMOMEC, IMEC vzw, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); Haenen, Ken, E-mail: ken.haenen@uhasselt.be [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); IMOMEC, IMEC vzw, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium)

    2012-11-01

    Thin aluminum nitride (AlN) films of different thickness are deposited by DC-pulsed magnetron sputtering under identical conditions on sapphire (0001) and silicon (100) substrates. An investigation of the residual stress, morphology and structural properties is carried out. The thickness of the films covers the range from 17 nm to 3.9 {mu}m. A higher compressive residual stress is measured for the thinner films and the presence of a stress gradient is proven. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show that all AlN films are achieved with perfect c-axis orientation perpendicular to the film surface and that the films are biaxially strained. XRD rocking curves reveal that AlN films on sapphire are highly oriented for all film thicknesses, whereas AlN film growth on silicon starts highly disoriented and the film quality improves with film thickness. Surface analysis by atomic force microscopy shows a continuous film roughening and decrease of grain boundary density with increasing film thickness.

  11. Organic solar cells with submicron-thick polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction films

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    Lee, Seungsoo; Nam, Sungho; Kim, Hwajeong; Kim, Youngkyoo

    2010-09-01

    We report the viability of organic solar cells with submicron-thick bulk heterojunction films, which were fabricated by mixing poly(3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester at a solid concentration of 90 mg/ml. To elucidate the physics behind the thick film solar cells, optical transmittance and electrical characteristics were compared for film thicknesses between 520 and 1000 nm. Results showed that the device (520 nm thick film; efficiency=3.68%) exhibited similar performance to that of a control device (170 nm thick). A decreasing device performance was measured for much thicker films (efficiency=0.34% for the 1000 nm thick device).

  12. In situ measurement method for film thickness using transparency resin sheet with low refractive index under wet condition on chemical mechanical polishing

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    Oniki, Takahiro; Khajornrungruang, Panart; Suzuki, Keisuke

    2017-07-01

    We suggest that a transparency resin sheet with low refractive index can be applied to the measurement of a silicon dioxide (SiO2) film on a silicon wafer under wet condition for a film thickness measurement system on chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). By adjusting the refractive indices of the resin sheet and water, stable measurements of the SiO2 film can be expected, irrespective of slurry film thickness fluctuation because it has robustness against the slurry film. This result indicates that the transparency resin sheet with low refractive index is a useful for monitoring system of CMP.

  13. Effects of film thickness on scintillation characteristics of columnar CsI:Tl films exposed to high gamma radiation doses

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    Shinde, Seema; Singh, S. G.; Sen, S.; Gadkari, S. C.

    2016-02-01

    Oriented columnar films of Tl doped CsI (CsI:Tl) of varying thicknesses from 50 μm to 1000 μm have been deposited on silica glass substrates by a thermal evaporation technique. The SEM micrographs confirmed the columnar structure of the film while the powder X-ray diffraction pattern recorded for the films revealed a preferred orientation of the grown columns along the direction. Effects of high energy gamma exposure up to 1000 Gy on luminescence properties of the films were investigated. Results of radio-luminescence, photo-luminescence and scintillation studies on the films are compared with those of a CsI:Tl single crystal with similar thickness. A possible correlation between the film thicknesses and radiation damage in films has been observed.

  14. Effects of film thickness on scintillation characteristics of columnar CsI:Tl films exposed to high gamma radiation doses

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    Shinde, Seema; Singh, S.G.; Sen, S.; Gadkari, S.C., E-mail: gadkari@barc.gov.in

    2016-02-21

    Oriented columnar films of Tl doped CsI (CsI:Tl) of varying thicknesses from 50 µm to 1000 µm have been deposited on silica glass substrates by a thermal evaporation technique. The SEM micrographs confirmed the columnar structure of the film while the powder X-ray diffraction pattern recorded for the films revealed a preferred orientation of the grown columns along the <200> direction. Effects of high energy gamma exposure up to 1000 Gy on luminescence properties of the films were investigated. Results of radio-luminescence, photo-luminescence and scintillation studies on the films are compared with those of a CsI:Tl single crystal with similar thickness. A possible correlation between the film thicknesses and radiation damage in films has been observed. - Highlights: • CsI:Tl films of different thicknesses deposited for γ and α detection. • Pulse-height spectra found to degrade with increasing thickness. • Radiation damage is found more in films than single crystal of comparable thickness. • Detection efficiency increases for γ while it is invariant for α beyond 50 µm.

  15. Influence of Thickness on Ethanol Sensing Characteristics of Doctor-bladed Thick Film from Flame-made ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Liewhiran, Chaikarn; Phanichphant, Sukon

    2007-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were produced by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) using zinc naphthenate as a precursor dissolved in toluene/acetonitrile (80/20 vol%). The particle properties were analyzed by XRD, BET, and HR-TEM. The sensing films were produced by mixing the particles into an organic paste composed of terpineol and ethyl cellulose as a vehicle binder and were fabricated by doctor-blade technique with various thicknesses (5, 10, 15 μm). The morphology of the sensing films was analyzed by SEM and EDS analyses. The gas sensing characteristics to ethanol (25-250 ppm) were evaluated as a function of film thickness at 400°C in dry air. The relationship between thickness and ethanol sensing characteristics of ZnO thick film on Al2O3 substrate interdigitated with Au electrodes were investigated. The effects of film thickness, as well as the cracking phenomenon, though, many cracks were observed for thicker sensing films. Crack widths increased with increasing film thickness. The film thickness, cracking and ethanol concentration have significant effect on the sensing characteristics. The sensing characteristics with various thicknesses were compared, showing the tendency of the sensitivity to ethanol decreased with increasing film thickness and response time. The relationship between gas sensing properties and film thickness was discussed on the basis of diffusively and reactivity of the gases inside the oxide films. The thinnest sensing film (5 μm) showed the highest sensitivity and the fastest response time (within seconds).

  16. Existence of thickness threshold for crystal growth rate of ascorbic acid from its thin solution film

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    Yamazaki, Yoshihiro; Yoshino, Hiroki; Kikuchi, Mitsunobu; Kashiwase, Sakiko

    2017-06-01

    Growth rate of ascorbic acid crystal domains from its aqueous solution film depends on the film thickness. Existence of a thickness threshold is experimentally confirmed below which growth rate becomes quite low and is considered to almost stop. This threshold is one of the essential factors for the dynamical transition between uniform and rhythmic growth modes.

  17. On the film thickness of grease-lubricated contacts at low speed

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    Cen, H.; Lugt, Pieter Martin; Morales-Espejel, G.E.

    2014-01-01

    The contribution of the thickener to the thickness of the lubricating film in grease-lubricated contacts is investigated. Four different types of greases were tested in a ball/spherical roller-on-disc machine, where the film thickness was measured using the interferometry method, varying the

  18. Effect of Thickener Particle Geometry and Concentration on the Grease EHL Film Thickness at Medium Speeds

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    Cyriac, F.; Lugt, Pieter Martin; Bosman, Rob; Padberg, Clemens J.; Venner, Cornelis H.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this paper was to understand the parameters influencing the grease film thickness in a rolling elastohydrodynamically lubricated contact under fully flooded conditions at medium speeds. Film thickness measurements were taken under pure rolling for six commercial greases and their bled

  19. Effect of microstructure and rheology on the grease EHL film thickness at medium speeds

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    Cyriac, F.; Lugt, P. M.; Bosman, R.; Padberg, C. J.; Venner, C. H.

    2016-01-01

    In this study the parameters influencing the film thickness of six greases in a rolling elastohydrodynamically lubricated contact under fully flooded conditions are analyzed. The grease film thickness was found to be higher than their corresponding bled oil suggesting the presence of thickener in

  20. Investigation of Top/Bottom electrode and Diffusion Barrier Layer for PZT Thick Film MEMS Sensors

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Pedersen, Thomas; Thomsen, Erik Vilain

    2008-01-01

    Top and bottom electrodes for screen printed piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate, Pb(ZrxTi1 - x)O3 (PZT) thick film are investigated with respect to future MEMS devices. Down to 100 nm thick E-beam evaporated Al and Pt films are patterned as top electrodes on the PZT using a lift-off process...

  1. Surface Interaction of Nanoscale Water Film with SDS from Computational Simulation and Film Thermodynamics

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    Tiefeng Peng

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Foam systems have been attracting extensive attention due to their importance in a variety of applications, e.g., in the cleaning industry, and in bubble flotation. In the context of flotation chemistry, flotation performance is strongly affected by bubble coalescence, which in turn relies significantly on the surface forces upon the liquid film between bubbles. Conventionally, unusual short-range strongly repulsive surface interactions for Newton black films (NBF between two interfaces with thickness of less than 5 nm were not able to be incorporated into the available classical Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO theory. The non-DLVO interaction would increase exponentially with the decrease of film thickness, as it plays a crucial role in determining liquid film stability. However, its mechanism and origin are still unclear. In the present work, we investigate the surface interaction of free-standing sodium dodecyl-sulfate (SDS nanoscale black films in terms of disjoining pressure using the molecular simulation method. The aqueous nanoscale film, consisting of a water coating with SDS surfactants, and with disjoining pressure and film tension of SDS-NBF as a function of film thickness, were quantitatively determined by a post-processing technique derived from film thermodynamics.

  2. Thickness- and temperature-dependent magnetodynamic properties of yttrium iron garnet thin films

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    Haidar, M., E-mail: mohammad.haidar@Physics.gu.se; Ranjbar, M.; Balinsky, M.; Dumas, R. K. [Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, 41296 Gothenburg (Sweden); Khartsev, S. [Department of Integrated Devices and Circuits, School of ICT, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 16440 Kista (Sweden); Åkerman, J. [Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, 41296 Gothenburg (Sweden); Materials Physics, School of ICT, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 16440 Kista (Sweden)

    2015-05-07

    The magnetodynamical properties of nanometer-thick yttrium iron garnet films are studied using ferromagnetic resonance as a function of temperature. The films were grown on gadolinium gallium garnet substrates by pulsed laser deposition. First, we found that the damping coefficient increases as the temperature increases for different film thicknesses. Second, we found two different dependencies of the damping on film thickness: at room temperature, the damping coefficient increases as the film thickness decreases, while at T = 8 K, we find the damping to depend only weakly on the thickness. We attribute this behavior to an enhancement of the relaxation of the magnetization by impurities or defects at the surfaces.

  3. Quantum transition and decoherence of levitating polaron on helium film thickness under an electromagnetic field

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    Kenfack, S. C.; Fotue, A. J.; Fobasso, M. F. C.; Djomou, J.-R. D.; Tiotsop, M.; Ngouana, K. S. L.; Fai, L. C.

    2017-12-01

    We have studied the transition probability and decoherence time of levitating polaron in helium film thickness. By using a variational method of Pekar type, the ground and the first excited states of polaron are calculated above the liquid-helium film placed on the polar substrate. It is shown that the polaron transits from the ground to the excited state in the presence of an external electromagnetic field in the plane. We have seen that, in the helium film, the effects of the magnetic and electric fields on the polaron are opposite. It is also shown that the energy, transition probability and decoherence time of the polaron depend sensitively on the helium film thickness. We found that decoherence time decreases as a function of increasing electron-phonon coupling strength and the helium film thickness. It is seen that the film thickness can be considered as a new confinement in our system and can be adjusted in order to reduce decoherence.

  4. Effect of Firing Temperature on Humidity Sensing Properties of SnO2 Thick Film Resistor

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    R. Y. Borse

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Thick films of SnO2 were prepared using standard screen printing technique. The films were dried and fired at different temperatures. Tin-oxide is an n-type wide band gap semiconductor, whose resistance is described as a function of relative humidity. An increasing firing temperature on SnO2 film increases the sensitivity to humidity. The parameters such as sensitivity, response times and hysteresis of the SnO2 film sensors have been evaluated. The thick films were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDAX and grain size, composition of elements, relative phases are obtained.

  5. Effect of thickness and temperature of copper phthalocyanine films on their properties

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    Alieva Kh. S.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The research has shown that copper phthalocyanine films, having a set of unique properties, can be successfully used as gas-sensitive coating of resistive structures. The thickness of the film, in contrast to its temperature, is not the determining factor for high sensitivity. Low operating temperature of structures with copper phthalocyanine films allows to exploit them in economy mode.

  6. Structural and Phase Transformations in Water-Vapour-Plasma-Treated Hydrophilic TiO 2 Films

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    L. Pranevicius; M. Urbonavicius; S. Tuckute; K. Gedvilas; T. Rajackas; L. L. Pranevicius; D. Milcius

    2012-01-01

      We have investigated structural and phase transformations in water-vapor-plasma-treated 200-300 nm thick Ti films, maintained at room temperature, by injecting water vapor into radio frequency (RF...

  7. Effects of Loading Frequency and Film Thickness on the Mechanical Behavior of Nanoscale TiN Film

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    Liu, Jin-na; Xu, Bin-shi; Wang, Hai-dou; Cui, Xiu-fang; Jin, Guo; Xing, Zhi-guo

    2017-09-01

    The mechanical properties of a nanoscale-thickness film material determine its reliability and service life. To achieve quantitative detection of film material mechanical performance based on nanoscale mechanical testing methods and to explore the influence of loading frequency of the cycle load on the fatigue test, a TiN film was prepared on monocrystalline silicon by magnetron sputtering. The microstructure of the nanoscale-thickness film material was characterized by using scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The residual stress distribution of the thin film was obtained by using an electronic film stress tester. The hardness values and the fatigue behavior were measured by using a nanomechanical tester. Combined with finite element simulation, the paper analyzed the influence of the film thickness and loading frequency on the deformation, as well as the equivalent stress and strain. The results showed that the TiN film was a typical face-centered cubic structure with a large amount of amorphous. The residual compressive stress decreased gradually with increasing thin film thickness, and the influence of the substrate on the elastic modulus and hardness was also reduced. A greater load frequency would accelerate the dynamic fatigue damage that occurs in TiN films.

  8. In-plane polarized PZT thick film actuators by screen printing technology

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    Ernst, D; Bramlage, B.; Gebhardt, S.

    2012-01-01

    Screen printed PZT thick films offer distinct advantages in MEMS applications. The net shaped low profile devices enable small packaging space and a very good adhesion to the substrate material. At Fraunhofer IKTS a standard technology for producing dense PZT thick films based on a soft PZT material is available. Previously the established mode of excitation was through-thickness. To increase cantilever performance we applied interdigitated electrodes to realize in-plane polarization of PZT t...

  9. Thickness and Growth Temperature Dependence of Structure and Magnetism in FePt Thin Films

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    Toney, Michael F

    2003-06-17

    We describe structural and magnetic measurements of polycrystalline, L1{sub 0} chemical-ordered Fe(55-60)Pt(45-40) films as a function of film thickness (from 3 to 13 nm) and growth temperature (270-370 C). With increasing film thickness, the coercivity increases from about 1 kOe up to 11 kOe (growth at 400 C), while for increasing growth temperature, the coercivity grows from 0.2 to 6 kOe for 4.3 nm thick films and 1.6 to 10 kOe for 8.5 nm thick films. There is a strong, nearly linear correlation between coercivity and the extent of L1{sub 0} chemical order. In all the films there is a mixture of L1{sub 0} and chemically disordered, fcc phases. The grain size in the L1{sub 0} phase increases with both film thickness and growth temperature (increasing chemical order), while in the fcc phase the grain size remains nearly constant and is smaller than in the L1{sub 0} phase. The films all contain twins and stacking faults. The relationship between the coercivity and the film structure is discussed and we give a possible mechanism for the lack of chemical order in the very thin films (lack of nucleation sites for the L1{sub 0} phase).

  10. Intrinsic flux pinning mechanisms in different thickness MgB2 films

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    C. Yang

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available MgB2 films in four thickness (60 nm, 200nm, 600nm and 1μm have been fabricated by hybrid physical–chemical vapor deposition technique (HPCVD. By measuring the magnetization hysteresis loops and the resistivity, we have obtained the transport and magnetic properties of the four films. After that, the pinning mechanisms in them were discussed. Comparing the pinning behaviors in these ultrathin films, thin films and thick films, it was found that there exist different pinning types in MgB2 films of different thickness. In combination with the study of the surface morphology, cross-section and XRD results, we concluded that MgB2 films had different growth modes in different growth stages. For thin films, films grew along c axis, and grain boundaries acted as surface pinning. While for thick films, films grew along c axis at first, and then changed to a-b axis growth. As a result, the a-b axis grains acted as strong volume pinning.

  11. Correlation of Gear Surface Fatigue Lives to Lambda Ratio (Specific Film Thickness)

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    Krantz, Timothy Lewis

    2013-01-01

    The effect of the lubrication regime on gear performance has been recognized, qualitatively, for decades. Often the lubrication regime is characterized by the specific film thickness being the ratio of lubricant film thickness to the composite surface roughness. Three studies done at NASA to investigate gearing pitting life are revisited in this work. All tests were done at a common load. In one study, ground gears were tested using a variety of lubricants that included a range of viscosities, and therefore the gears operated with differing film thicknesses. In a second and third study, the performance of gears with ground teeth and superfinished teeth were assessed. Thicker oil films provided longer lives as did improved surface finish. These datasets were combined into a common dataset using the concept of specific film thickness. This unique dataset of more 258 tests provides gear designers with some qualitative information to make gear design decisions.

  12. Determination of refractive index, thickness, and the optical losses of thin films from prism-film coupling measurements.

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    Cardin, Julien; Leduc, Dominique

    2008-03-01

    We present a method of analysis of prism-film coupler spectroscopy based on the use of transfer matrix and genetic algorithm, which allows the simultaneous determination of refractive index, thickness, and optical losses of the measured layer.

  13. Effect of Temperature on Film Thickness of Two Types of Commonly used Luting Cements.

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    Kumar, M Praveen; Priyadarshini, Reddy; Kumar, Yasangi M; Priya, K Shanthi; Chunchuvyshnavi, Chunchuvyshnavi; Yerrapragada, Harika

    2017-12-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of temperature change on film thickness of both types of cements. Totally, 60 samples were prepared with 10 in each subgroup, thus comprising 30 in each group. Materials tested were glass ionomer cement (GIC) type I and zinc phosphate type I. Samples were manipulated with manufacturer's instructions and tested according to American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines. The mean values of film thickness were recorded for both groups I and II. In intragroup comparison of group 1, subgroup III (26.560 ± 0.489 urn) was found to have the highest film thickness followed by subgroup II (24.182 ± 0.576 urn) and the lowest in subgroup I (20.209 ± 0.493 urn). In intragroup comparison of group II, the film thickness recorded in subgroup III (25.215 ± 0.661 urn) was the highest followed by subgroup II (21.471 ± 0.771 urn) and the least in subgroup I (17.951 ± 0.654 urn; p film thickness than group I (23.650 ± 0.271). The results were found to be statistically significant (p film thickness. Zinc phosphate has less film thickness than GIC. Zinc phosphate should be preferred over GIC in clinical practice, and more stress should be given in mechanical preparation of crowns for better retentive quality of prosthesis.

  14. The research of device for measuring film thickness of intelligent coating machine

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    Wang Wanjun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ion beam sputtering machine uses computer to real time monitor the change of film thickness in the preparation process of soft X ray multilayer element fabrication. It solves the problems of uneven film thickness and too thick film thickness and so on, which exist in the original preparation process. The high-precision quartz crystal converts film thickness measurement into frequency measurement. The equal precision frequency meter based on FPGA measures the frequency. It can reduce the signal delay and interference signal of discrete components, accordingly improving the accuracy of measurement. Then it sents the count value to the host computer through the single chip microcomputer serial port. It calculates and displays the value by the GUI of LabVIEW. The experimental results show that, the relative measurement error can be decreased to 1/10, i.e., the measurement accuracy can be improved by more than ten times.

  15. The Thickness Distribution of Oxidation Film on Tapered Pipe Surface in Dieless Drawing

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    Fang Qin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The thickness distribution of oxidation film on the surface of AISI304 stainless steel tapered pipe, its influence factors, and the effect of metal matrix deformation on oxidation behavior during dieless drawing were studied in this paper. The results showed that oxidation rate was affected strongly by induction heating temperature and deformation degree. The thickness distribution of oxidation film was uneven and increased from the larger diameter end to the smaller diameter end along the axial direction of tapered pipe. When induction heating temperature raised or the distance between heat and cold sources was increased, or feed speed was decreased, oxidation rate was accelerated and oxidation film on the tapered pipe surface thickened significantly, due to massive cracks in oxidation film induced by deformation of metal matrix. The density and width of cracks in oxidation film were enlarged, and the thickness of oxidation film increased with the increase in deformation degree.

  16. Influence of Thickness on Ethanol Sensing Characteristics of Doctor-bladed Thick Film from Flame-made ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Sukon Phanichphant

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanoparticles were produced by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP using zincnaphthenate as a precursor dissolved in toluene/acetonitrile (80/20 vol%. The particleproperties were analyzed by XRD, BET, and HR-TEM. The sensing films were produced bymixing the particles into an organic paste composed of terpineol and ethyl cellulose as avehicle binder and were fabricated by doctor-blade technique with various thicknesses (5,10, 15 μm. The morphology of the sensing films was analyzed by SEM and EDS analyses.The gas sensing characteristics to ethanol (25-250 ppm were evaluated as a function of filmthickness at 400°C in dry air. The relationship between thickness and ethanol sensingcharacteristics of ZnO thick film on Al2O3 substrate interdigitated with Au electrodes wereinvestigated. The effects of film thickness, as well as the cracking phenomenon, though,many cracks were observed for thicker sensing films. Crack widths increased withincreasing film thickness. The film thickness, cracking and ethanol concentration havesignificant effect on the sensing characteristics. The sensing characteristics with variousthicknesses were compared, showing the tendency of the sensitivity to ethanol decreasedwith increasing film thickness and response time. The relationship between gas sensingproperties and film thickness was discussed on the basis of diffusively and reactivity of thegases inside the oxide films. The thinnest sensing film (5 μm showed the highest sensitivityand the fastest response time (within seconds.

  17. Dependence of equilibrium stacking fault width on thickness of Cu thin films: A molecular dynamics study

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    Rohith, P.; Sainath, G.; Choudhary, B. K.

    2017-05-01

    In face centered cubic systems, due to decrease in energy all perfect dislocations dissociates into two Shockley partials separated by stacking fault width. The stacking fault width, which influences the deformation behavior depends on many factors such as composition, stacking fault energy, temperature, surface energy and applied stress. Additionally in thin films, thickness also influences the stacking fault width of dissociated dislocations. In this paper, we investigate the effect of thin film thickness on stacking fault width in Cu using molecular dynamics simulations. The results indicate that with increase in film thickness from 1.25 nm to 11 nm, the stacking fault width increases from 1.6 nm to 3.12 nm. A bi-linear behavior has been observed. Above 11 nm thickness, the width of stacking fault has attained a saturation at higher thickness. This thickness dependent dissociation has been explained using the concept of image dislocations and associated image forces.

  18. Thickness dependent magnetic transitions in pristine MgO and ZnO sputtered thin films

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    Mukes Kapilashrami

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available We report a systematic study of the thickness dependency of room temperature ferromagnetism in pristine MgO (~100–500 nm and ZnO (~100–1000 nm thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering technique under the respective identical controlled optimum oxygen ambience. As far as we know this is the first such report on ferromagnetic pure MgO thin films, a result which should be of significance in understanding the functional aspects of magnetic tunnelling characteristics in devices using MgO dielectrics. From the magnetic characterization we observe a distinct variation in the saturation magnetization (MS with increasing film thickness. In the case of MgO thin films MS values vary in the range 0.04–1.58 emu/g (i.e. 0.0012–0.046 μB/unit cell with increasing film thickness showing the highest MS value for the 170 nm thick film. Above this thickness MS is found to decrease and eventually above 420 nm the films show a paramagnetic behaviour followed by the well known diamagnetic property for the bulk (>500 nm. It is obvious that since initially the MS values increase with thickness, there has to be a maximum before the films become diamagnetic at some finite thickness. We also note that the MS values observed for MgO are the highest (more than twice the value observed for ZnO to be reported for such a defect induced ferromagnetism in a pristine oxide. The origin of ferromagnetic order in both the oxides appears to arise from the respective cat-ion vacancies. The discovery of film thickness dependent ferromagnetic order should be very useful in developing multifunctional devices based on the technologically important materials MgO and ZnO.

  19. Miniaturized, Planar Ion-selective Electrodes Fabricated by Means of Thick-film Technology

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    Robert Koncki

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Various planar technologies are employed for developing solid-state sensorshaving low cost, small size and high reproducibility; thin- and thick-film technologies aremost suitable for such productions. Screen-printing is especially suitable due to itssimplicity, low-cost, high reproducibility and efficiency in large-scale production. Thistechnology enables the deposition of a thick layer and allows precise pattern control.Moreover, this is a highly economic technology, saving large amounts of the used inks. Inthe course of repetitions of the film-deposition procedure there is no waste of material dueto additivity of this thick-film technology. Finally, the thick films can be easily and quicklydeposited on inexpensive substrates. In this contribution, thick-film ion-selective electrodesbased on ionophores as well as crystalline ion-selective materials dedicated forpotentiometric measurements are demonstrated. Analytical parameters of these sensors arecomparable with those reported for conventional potentiometric electrodes. All mentionedthick-film strip electrodes have been totally fabricated in only one, fully automated thick-film technology, without any additional manual, chemical or electrochemical steps. In allcases simple, inexpensive, commercially available materials, i.e. flexible, plastic substratesand easily cured polymer-based pastes were used.

  20. Thickness dependence of performance parameters in organic thin film transistors with thin pentacene films fabricated with top contact structures

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    Lee, Myung-Won; Song, Chung-Kun [Dong-A University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-07-15

    We investigated the dependences of the mobility, the threshold voltage, and the drain saturation voltage on the pentacene thin film thickness in organic thin film transistors(OTFTs) with top contact structures. The dependences were quite different from those for OTFTs with thick pentacene layers. The mobility exhibited a peak value at a certain pentacene thickness. While the threshold voltage steadily decreased with increasing thickness, The origin of the mobility degradation below the peak value was found to be gaps at the grain boundaries which were filled by pentacene molecules as the thickness increased. The gaps also seemed to be the cause of the large threshold voltage in the thin pentacene case. The optimum pentacene thickness was found out to 500 A evaporated at 0.052 A/sec, producing a mobility of 0.42 cm{sup 2}/V{center_dot}sec.

  1. Measurement and analysis of thickness change in the curing and drying processes of polyimide films

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    Kook, H.J.; Kim, D.J. [Sung Kyun Kwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-05-01

    The thickness change of semirigid polyimide, pyromellitic dianhydride-4,4`-oxydianiline (PMDA-ODA), films during the curing and drying processes was monitored using laser interferometer system and the effects of scanning rate and pre-baking time on it were analyzed. The variation of imidization extent in the curing process for different temperature scanning rates was investigated using Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy. As the pre-baking time increased, the initial film thickness in the curing process decreased significantly. As the temperature scanning rate increased, the temperatures at which the variation of film thickness and imidization extent started and completed increased. The values of film thickness were higher for higher scanning rates at the same temperatures in the curing process. The thermal expansion coefficient of cured polyimide film was determined from measurement of the temperature dependence of film thickness. In the drying process of swelled polyimide films, the temperature dependence of solvent diffusion coefficient was determined from the curve fitting of the theoretical time dependent fractional solvent mass residue in the film to the experimental results obtained at varying temperatures,with the extraction of the activation energy from it.

  2. Influence of film thickness and In-doping on physical properties of CdS thin films

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    Butt, Sajid, E-mail: sajidarif@hotmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Thermal Transport Laboratory, School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Shah, Nazar Abbas [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Nazir, Adnan [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, I-16163 Genova (Italy); Ali, Zulfiqar [Optics Laboratories, P. O. Box 1021, Islamabad (Pakistan); Maqsood, Asghri [CESET, Center for Emerging Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2014-02-25

    Highlights: • Fabrication of polycrystalline CdS thin films by Close Spaced Sublimation technique. • The direct band gap of 2.44 eV and the electrical resistivity in the order of 10{sup 6}–10{sup 8} Ω cm was measured. • Resistivity was reduced to the order of 10{sup –2}–10{sup 1} Ω m by the thermally diffusion of indium into CdS films. -- Abstract: Polycrystalline CdS thin films were deposited on glass substrates by close spaced sublimation technique. Samples of various thicknesses, ranging from 250 to 940 nm were obtained. The optical and electrical properties of pure CdS thin films were studied as a function of film thickness. The resistivity of as-deposited CdS films was in the order of 10{sup 6}–10{sup 8} Ω cm, depending upon the film thickness. In the high temperature region, carriers are transported over the grain boundaries by thermionic emission. Resistivity was reduced to the order of 10{sup −2}–10{sup 1} Ω cm by the thermally diffusion of indium into CdS films, without changing the type of carriers. The annealing temperature dependence of structural, optical and electrical properties of In-doped CdS films showed that the samples annealed at 350 °C and 400 °C exhibited better results.

  3. Magnetic anisotropy and its thickness dependence for NiFe alloy films electrodeposited on polycrystalline Cu substrates

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    Kockar, Hakan [Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, Balikesir University, 10100 Balikesir (Turkey)]. E-mail: hkockar@balikesir.edu.tr; Alper, Mursel [Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, Uludag University, Goeruekle, 16059 Bursa (Turkey); Kuru, Hilal [Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, Balikesir University, 10100 Balikesir (Turkey); Meydan, Turgut [Wolfson Center for Magnetic Technology, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff (United Kingdom)

    2006-09-15

    The thickness dependence of magnetic properties of NiFe alloys electrodeposited on polycrystalline copper substrates has been investigated. In order to see how the film thickness affects their properties, the films with various thicknesses were deposited by keeping the cathode potential at -1.5V vs. the saturated calomel reference electrode (SCE). Magnetic measurements show that the magnetic properties are very sensitive to the film thicknesses and, the easy axis of all films is in the film plane. The results showed that the 1 and 2{mu}m thick NiFe films are anisotropic and the degree of their anisotropy depends on film thickness whereas those deposited at the thickness of 3{mu}m show an isotropic magnetic behaviour. It is also found that the increase of the nickel content when increasing their thickness results in an increase in the coercivity values.

  4. A wrinkling-based method for investigating glassy polymer film relaxation as a function of film thickness and temperature

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    Chung, Jun Young; Douglas, Jack F.; Stafford, Christopher M.

    2017-10-01

    We investigate the relaxation dynamics of thin polymer films at temperatures below the bulk glass transition Tg by first compressing polystyrene films supported on a polydimethylsiloxane substrate to create wrinkling patterns and then observing the slow relaxation of the wrinkled films back to their final equilibrium flat state by small angle light scattering. As with recent relaxation measurements on thin glassy films reported by Fakhraai and co-workers, we find the relaxation time of our wrinkled films to be strongly dependent on film thickness below an onset thickness on the order of 100 nm. By varying the temperature between room temperature and Tg (≈100 °C), we find that the relaxation time follows an Arrhenius-type temperature dependence to a good approximation at all film thicknesses investigated, where both the activation energy and the relaxation time pre-factor depend appreciably on film thickness. The wrinkling relaxation curves tend to cross at a common temperature somewhat below Tg, indicating an entropy-enthalpy compensation relation between the activation free energy parameters. This compensation effect has also been observed recently in simulated supported polymer films in the high temperature Arrhenius relaxation regime rather than the glassy state. In addition, we find that the film stress relaxation function, as well as the height of the wrinkle ridges, follows a stretched exponential time dependence and the short-time effective Young's modulus derived from our modeling decreases sigmoidally with increasing temperature—both characteristic features of glassy materials. The relatively facile nature of the wrinkling-based measurements in comparison to other film relaxation measurements makes our method attractive for practical materials development, as well as fundamental studies of glass formation.

  5. Thickness Influence on In Vitro Biocompatibility of Titanium Nitride Thin Films Synthesized by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Liviu Duta

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a study on the biocompatibility vs. thickness in the case of titanium nitride (TiN films synthesized on 410 medical grade stainless steel substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The films were grown in a nitrogen atmosphere, and their in vitro cytotoxicity was assessed according to ISO 10993-5 [1]. Extensive physical-chemical analyses have been carried out on the deposited structures with various thicknesses in order to explain the differences in biological behavior: profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, X-ray diffraction and surface energy measurements. XPS revealed the presence of titanium oxynitride beside TiN in amounts that vary with the film thickness. The cytocompatibility of films seems to be influenced by their TiN surface content. The thinner films seem to be more suitable for medical applications, due to the combined high values of bonding strength and superior cytocompatibility.

  6. Structural, transport and microwave properties of 123/sapphire films: Thickness effect

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    Predtechensky, MR.; Smal, A.N.; Varlamov, Y.D. [Institute of Thermophysics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    The effect of thickness and growth conditions on the structure and microwave properties has been investigated for the 123/sapphire films. It has been shown that in the conditions of epitaxial growth and Al atoms do not diffuse from substrate into the film and the films with thickness up to 100nm exhibit the excellent DC properties. The increase of thickness of GdBaCuO films causes the formation of extended line-mesh defects and the increase of the surface resistance (R{sub S}). The low value of surface resistance R{sub S}(75GHz,77K)=20 mOhm has been obtained for the two layer YBaCuO/CdBaCuO/sapphire films.

  7. Structural, transport and microwave properties of 123/sapphire films: Thickness effect

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    Predtechensky, M. R.; Smal, A. N.; Varlamov, Yu. D.; Vatnik, S. M.; Tukhto, O. M.; Vasileva, I. G.

    1995-01-01

    The effect of thickness and growth conditions on the structure and microwave properties has been investigated for the 123/sapphire films. It has been shown that in the conditions of epitaxial growth the Al atoms do not diffuse from substrate into the film and the films with thickness up to 100 nm exhibit the excellent direct current (DC) properties. The increase of thickness of GdBaCuO films causes the formation of extended line-mesh defects and the increase of the surface resistance (R(sub S)). The low value of surface resistance R(sub S)(75 GHz, 77K) = 20 mOhm has been obtained for the two layer YBaCuO/CdBaCuO/sapphire films.

  8. Planar Zeolite Film-Based Potentiometric Gas Sensors Manufactured by a Combined Thick-Film and Electroplating Technique

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    Marr, Isabella; Reiß, Sebastian; Hagen, Gunter; Moos, Ralf

    2011-01-01

    Zeolites are promising materials in the field of gas sensors. In this technology-oriented paper, a planar setup for potentiometric hydrocarbon and hydrogen gas sensors using zeolites as ionic sodium conductors is presented, in which the Pt-loaded Na-ZSM-5 zeolite is applied using a thick-film technique between two interdigitated gold electrodes and one of them is selectively covered for the first time by an electroplated chromium oxide film. The influence of the sensor temperature, the type of hydrocarbons, the zeolite film thickness, and the chromium oxide film thickness is investigated. The influence of the zeolite on the sensor response is briefly discussed in the light of studies dealing with zeolites as selectivity-enhancing cover layers. PMID:22164042

  9. Electron Tunneling and Hopping Possibilites in RuO2 Thick Films

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    Halder, N. C.

    1983-01-01

    It is proposed in this paper that the temperature coefficient of resistivity (TCR) in thick film resistors arises from (i) the usual particle-to-particle conduction, (ii) electron tunneling, and (iii) the phononassisted hopping. Equations for activation energies are derived for the temperature minimum of the resistance with and without hopping. New equations for TCR are suggested. Some extensive calculations of TCR and activation energy have been made for RuO2 thick film resistors, the result...

  10. Enhancing critical current in YBCO thick films: Substrate decoration and quasi-superlattice approach

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    Sarkar, A.; Mikheenko, P.; Dang, V.S.; Abell, J.S. [School of Metallurgy and Materials, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B152TT (United Kingdom); Crisan, A., E-mail: I.A.Crisan@bham.ac.u [School of Metallurgy and Materials, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B152TT (United Kingdom); National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest 077125 (Romania)

    2009-10-15

    For power applications of superconducting films, the critical current density (J{sub c}) and the thickness of the film (d) should be as high as possible. Since J{sub c} decreases with both thickness and magnetic field, artificial pinning centres in addition to natural ones are required to keep J{sub c} high. The earliest cost-effective method used for introducing artificial pinning centres was the so-called substrate decoration, i.e., growing nano-scale islands (nano-dots) of certain materials on the substrate prior to the deposition of the superconducting thin film. Later on another version of this approach proved to be successful: building up a layered distribution of a second phase using a multilayer deposition (quasi-superlattices). Several materials have been used for the creation of artificial pinning centres. Here we report on the artificial pinning centres induced in YBCO thick films by substrate decoration and quasi-superlattice approaches using nano-dots of Pd and non-superconducting YBCO. The cross-sectional AFM images show evidence of c-axis correlated columnar defects. These defects significantly contribute to the pinning of magnetic flux and increase critical current in the films. We observed an important shift of the position of the maximum in the thickness dependence of J{sub c}(B) towards higher thicknesses compared with pure YBCO films by both approaches. A high J{sub c}(B) in our quite thick films provides a very high total critical current per cm of the film width. Critical current as high as 800 A/cm width was achieved in a 2.4 mum thick quasi-superlattice film with non-superconducting YBCO nano-dots.

  11. Investigation of thickness effects on the dielectric constant barium strontium titanate thin films

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    Grattan, L J

    2002-01-01

    The collapse in dielectric constant at small thickness commonly observed in ferroelectric thin films was measured and investigated in barium strontium titanate (Ba sub 0 sub . sub 5 Sr sub 0 sub . sub 5 TiO sub 3). The possible mechanisms responsible for this effect are reviewed. Functional measurements were performed on BST thin films, of 7.5 to 950 nm, by incorporating them into capacitor structures with bottom electrodes of strontium ruthenate (SRO) and thermally- evaporated Au top electrodes. A discussion on thin film growth considerations, optimal PLD conditions and the measurement techniques employed in the project is presented. The experimentally determined dielectric constant - thickness profile was fitted using the series capacitor model assuming low dielectric constant interfacial layers in series with the bulk. Consideration of the case where the combined 'dead layer' thickness was close to the total BST thickness revealed that, for this system, the total 'dead layer' thickness had to be less than ...

  12. Study of lead free ferroelectrics using overlay technique on thick film microstrip ring resonator

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    Shridhar N. Mathad

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The lead free ferroelectrics, strontium barium niobates, were synthesized via the low cost solid state reaction method and their fritless thick films were fabricated by screen printing technique on alumina substrate. The X band response (complex permittivity at very high frequencies of Ag thick film microstrip ring resonator perturbed with strontium barium niobates (SrxBa1-xNb2O6 in form of bulk and thick film was measured. A new approach for determination of complex permittivity (ε′ and ε′′ in the frequency range 8–12 GHz, using perturbation of Ag thick film microstrip ring resonator (MSRR, was applied for both bulk and thick film of strontium barium niobates (SrxBa1-xNb2O6. The microwave conductivity of the bulk and thick film lie in the range from 1.779 S/cm to 2.874 S/cm and 1.364 S/cm to 2.296 S/cm, respectively. The penetration depth of microwave in strontium barium niobates is also reported.

  13. Temperature- and thickness-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films

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    Ao Zhimin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The mechanical properties of polymer ultrathin films are usually different from those of their counterparts in bulk. Understanding the effect of thickness on the mechanical properties of these films is crucial for their applications. However, it is a great challenge to measure their elastic modulus experimentally with in situ heating. In this study, a thermodynamic model for temperature- (T and thickness (h-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films Ef(T,h is developed with verification by the reported experimental data on polystyrene (PS thin films. For the PS thin films on a passivated substrate, Ef(T,h decreases with the decreasing film thickness, when h is less than 60 nm at ambient temperature. However, the onset thickness (h*, at which thickness Ef(T,h deviates from the bulk value, can be modulated by T. h* becomes larger at higher T because of the depression of the quenching depth, which determines the thickness of the surface layer δ.

  14. Angular multiplexing holograms of four images recorded on photopolymer films with recording-film-thickness-dependent holographic characteristics

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    Osabe, Keiichi; Kawai, Kotaro

    2017-03-01

    In this study, angular multiplexing hologram recording photopolymer films were studied experimentally. The films contained acrylamide as a monomer, eosin Y as a sensitizer, and triethanolamine as a promoter in a polyvinyl alcohol matrix. In order to determine the appropriate thickness of the photopolymer films for angular multiplexing, photopolymer films with thicknesses of 29-503 μm were exposed to two intersecting beams of a YVO laser at a wavelength of 532 nm to form a holographic grating with a spatial frequency of 653 line/mm. The diffraction efficiencies as a function of the incident angle of reconstruction were measured. A narrow angular bandwidth and high diffraction efficiency are required for angular multiplexing; hence, we define the Q value, which is the diffraction efficiency divided by half the bandwidth. The Q value of the films depended on the thickness of the films, and was calculated based on the measured diffraction efficiencies. The Q value of a 297-μm-thick film was the highest of the all films. Therefore, the angular multiplexing experiments were conducted using 300-μm-thick films. In the angular multiplexing experiments, the object beam transmitted by a square aperture was focused by a Fourier transform lens and interfered with a reference beam. The maximum order of angular multiplexing was four. The signal intensity that corresponds to the squared-aperture transmission and the noise intensity that corresponds to transmission without the square aperture were measured. The signal intensities decreased as the order of angular multiplexing increased, and the noise intensities were not dependent on the order of angular multiplexing.

  15. In situ measurement of humidity induced changes in the refractive index and thickness of polyethylene glycol thin films

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    Bilen, Bukem; Skarlatos, Yani; Aktas, Gulen; Inci, M. Naci; Dispinar, Tugba; Kose, M. Merve; Sanyal, Amitav

    2008-11-01

    Humidity induced changes in the refractive index and thickness of polyethylene glycol (PEG) thin films are in situ determined by optical waveguide spectroscopy. PEG brushes are covalently attached to the surface of a thin gold film on a borosilicate crown glass (BK7) using a grafting-from chemical synthesis technique. The measurements are carried out in an attenuated total internal reflection setup. At low humidity levels, both the refractive index and the thickness change gradually due to swelling of the PEG thin films upon water intake. At around 80% relative humidity, a steep decrease in the refractive index and a steep increase in the thickness are observed as a result of a phase change from a semicrystalline state to a physical gel state. The hydrogenation of PEG films causes a less pronounced phase change from a semicrystalline state to a gel state. Due to fewer ether oxygen atoms available for the water molecules to make hydrogen bonding, the polymer has a more stable structure than before and the phase change is observed to shift to higher humidity levels. It is discussed that such a humidity induced change in the index of refraction can be utilized in constructing of a PEG based humidity sensor.

  16. Plasmonic extinction in gold nanoparticle-polymer films as film thickness and nanoparticle separation decrease below resonant wavelength

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    Dunklin, Jeremy R.; Bodinger, Carter; Forcherio, Gregory T.; Keith Roper, D.

    2017-01-01

    Plasmonic nanoparticles embedded in polymer films enhance optoelectronic properties of photovoltaics, sensors, and interconnects. This work examined optical extinction of polymer films containing randomly dispersed gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with negligible Rayleigh scattering cross-sections at particle separations and film thicknesses less than (sub-) to greater than (super-) the localized surface plasmon resonant (LSPR) wavelength, λLSPR. Optical extinction followed opposite trends in sub- and superwavelength films on a per nanoparticle basis. In ˜70-nm-thick polyvinylpyrrolidone films containing 16 nm AuNP, measured resonant extinction per particle decreased as particle separation decreased from ˜130 to 76 nm, consistent with trends from Maxwell Garnett effective medium theory and coupled dipole approximation. In ˜1-mm-thick polydimethylsiloxane films containing 16-nm AuNP, resonant extinction per particle plateaued at particle separations ≥λLSPR, then increased as particle separation radius decreased from ˜514 to 408 nm. Contributions from isolated particles, interparticle interactions and heterogeneities in sub- and super-λLSPR films containing AuNP at sub-λLSPR separations were examined. Characterizing optoplasmonics of thin polymer films embedded with plasmonic NP supports rational development of optoelectronic, biomedical, and catalytic activity using these nanocomposites.

  17. Correlation of thickness and magnetization in LCMO film

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    insulator transition (M–I) and the ferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic ... LCMO thin films were grown epitaxially on (00l) LAO (lanthanum aluminate) substrates by pulsed laser deposition from a stoichiometric target. The KrF excimer laser that was.

  18. Hydrophobic switching nature of methylcellulose ultra-thin films: thickness and annealing effects

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    Innis-Samson, Vallerie Ann; Sakurai, Kenji, E-mail: sakurai@yuhgiri.nims.go.jp [University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8577 (Japan)

    2011-11-02

    We have studied the thermosensitive property of methylcellulose (MC) thin films supported on Si substrate by static sessile drop contact angle measurements, and their surface properties and thin film structure by x-ray reflectivity (XRR) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. From the static sessile drop contact angle measurements, the MC thin films showed the characteristic hydrophilic-to-hydrophobic transition at {approx}70 {sup 0}C, which is the lower critical solution temperature of the bulk solution volume phase separation transition. For films with thickness d {<=} R{sub g}, the onset of such a transition is affected by the film thickness while very thick films, d >> R{sub g}, yielded higher contact angles. Annealing the MC thin films with thicknesses {approx}200 A (near the radius of gyration, R{sub g}, of the polymer) below the bulk glass transition temperature (T{sub g} {approx} 195 deg. C) would not change the hydrophobic switch nature of the film but annealing 'at' and above the bulk T{sub g} would change its surface property. From surface topography images by AFM, there were no significant changes in either the roughness or the film texture before and after annealing. With XRR data, we were able to determine that such changes in the surface properties are highly correlated to the film thickness changes after the annealing process. This study, we believe, is the first to examine the thermal annealing affects on the thermal response function of a thermoresponsive polymer and is important for researching how to tailor the hydrophobic switching property of MC thin films for future sensing applications. (paper)

  19. Quantifying Local Thickness and Composition in Thin Films of Organic Photovoltaic Blends by Raman Scattering

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    Rodríguez-Martínez, Xabier

    2017-07-06

    We report a methodology based on Raman spectroscopy that enables the non-invasive and fast quantitative determination of local thickness and composition in thin films (from few monolayers to hundreds of nm) of one or more components. We apply our methodology to blends of organic conjugated materials relevant in the field of organic photovoltaics. As a first step, we exploit the transfer-matrix formalism to describe the Raman process in thin films including reabsorption and interference effects of the incoming and scattered electric fields. This allows determining the effective solid-state Raman cross-section of each material by studying the dependence of the Raman intensity on film thickness. These effective cross sections are then used to estimate the local thickness and composition in a series of polymer:fullerene blends. We find that the model is accurate within ±10 nm in thickness and ±5 vol% in composition provided that (i) the film thickness is kept below the thickness corresponding to the first maximum of the calculated Raman intensity oscillation; (ii) the materials making up the blend show close enough effective Raman cross-sections; and (iii) the degree of order attained by the conjugated polymer in the blend is similar to that achieved when cast alone. Our methodology opens the possibility to make quantitative maps of composition and thickness over large areas (from microns to centimetres squared) with diffraction-limited resolution and in any multi-component system based thin film technology.

  20. The effect of TiO2 thin film thickness on self-cleaning glass properties

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    Mufti, Nandang; Laila, Ifa K. R.; Hartatiek; Fuad, Abdulloh

    2017-05-01

    TiO2 is one of semiconductor materials which are widely used as photocatalyst in the form of a thin film. The TiO2 thin film is prepared by using the spin coating sol-gel method. The researcher prepared TiO2 thin film with 3 coating variations and X-Ray Diffraction characterization, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, Electron Microscopy Scanning, and examined its hydrophilic and anti-fogging properties. The result of X-Ray Diffraction showed that the phase formed is the anatase on 101crystal field. The Electron Microscopy Scanning images showed that TiO2 thin films had a homogeneous surface with the particle sizes as big as 235 nm, 179 nm, and 137 nm. The thickness of each thin film was 2.06μm, 3.33μm, and 5.20μm. The characterization of UV-Vis Spectrophotometer showed that the greatest absorption to the wavelength of visible light was in the thin film’s thickness of 3 coatings with the band-gap determined by using 3.30 eV, 3.33 eV, and 3.33 eV Plot Tuoc. These results indicated that the rate of absorption would be increased by increasing the thickness of film. The increasing thickness of the thin film makes the film hydrophilic able to be used as an anti-fogging substance.

  1. Investigation of Top/bottom Electrode and Diffusion Barrier Layer for PZT thick film MEMS Sensors

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    Pedersen, Thomas; Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Lou-Møller, R.

    2007-01-01

    In this work screen printed piezoelectric Ferroperm PZ26 lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thick film is used for two MEMS devices. A test structure is used to investigate several aspects regarding bottom and top electrodes. 450 nm ZrO2 thin film is found to be an insufficient diffusion barrier layer...

  2. Effects of film thickness and magnetism on the electronic structure of MnO films

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    Kundu, Asish K.; Barman, Sukanta; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2017-11-01

    We investigate the influence of film thickness and magnetism on the electronic structure of a strongly correlated prototypical system, MnO(001) films epitaxially grown on Ag(001), using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. XPS measurements have confirmed the MnO stoichiometry as well as the layer-by-layer growth mode of the films, while the ARPES measurements have confirmed the high structural quality of the films by the observation of clear band dispersions devoid of any sample charging effects. For lower coverage films, finite-size effects/reduced correlation effects are observed, while from 3 ML coverages, bulklike band structures are formed. Detailed band mapping along Γ ¯-X ¯ and Γ ¯-M ¯ directions reveal a relative dispersion between Mn-derived eg and t2 g states up to 1.2 eV, in contrast to previous ARPES results where maximum relative dispersions of ±0.1 eV were reported, while our results excellently match with the theoretically predicted dispersions. By comparing with theoretical results we show the hybridization between O 2 p with the Mn eg states giving rise to the observed dispersions resulting from the highly dispersive nature of the O 2 p bands. Furthermore, we show that during the paramagnetic (PM) to antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition, the valence band gets narrower with an enhancement of the e5g peak intensity, along with the widening of the energy gap by 200 meV. Theoretically, Terakura et al. had predicted the possibility of a similar outcome due to the decrease of the effective d d hopping between the oppositely magnetized cations during the PM to AFM-II transition because of the d d σ type interaction, yet the experimental verification was absent in the literature. We believe that the exact same mechanism as predicted by Terakura et al. is responsible for the changes seen in the electronic structure during magnetic phase transition and argue that a similar trend can be

  3. A molecular dynamics study on thin film liquid boiling characteristics under rapid linear boundary heating: Effect of liquid film thickness

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    Rabbi, Kazi Fazle; Tamim, Saiful Islam; Faisal, A. H. M.; Mukut, K. M.; Hasan, Mohammad Nasim

    2017-06-01

    This study is a molecular dynamics investigation of phase change phenomena i.e. boiling of thin liquid films subjected to rapid linear heating at the boundary. The purpose of this study is to understand the phase change heat transfer phenomena at nano scale level. In the simulation, a thin film of liquid argon over a platinum surface has been considered. The simulation domain herein is a three-phase system consisting of liquid and vapor argon atoms placed over a platinum wall. Initially the whole system is brought to an equilibrium state at 90 K and then the temperature of the bottom wall is increased to a higher temperature (250K) within a finite time interval. Four different liquid argon film thicknesses have been considered (3 nm, 4 nm, 5 nm and 6 nm) in this study. The boundary heating rate (40×109 K/s) is kept constant in all these cases. Variation in system temperature, pressure, net evaporation number, spatial number density of the argon region with time for different film thickness have been demonstrated and analyzed. The present study indicates that the pattern of phase transition may be significantly different (i.e. evaporation or explosive boiling) depending on the liquid film thickness. Among the four cases considered in the present study, explosive boiling has been observed only for the liquid films of 5nm and 6nm thickness, while for the other cases, evaporation take place.

  4. Spacer Thickness-Dependent Electron Transport Performance of Titanium Dioxide Thick Film for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Reda E. El-Shater

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A titanium dioxide (P25 film was deposited by cast coating as conductive photoelectrode and subsequently immersed in dye solution (N719 to fabricate the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. A plastic spacer was used as a separation and sealant layer between the photoanode and the counter electrode. The effect of the thickness of this spacer on the transfer of electrons in the liquid electrolyte of the DSSCs was studied by means of both IV curves and electrochemical impedance. Using a spacer thickness range of 20 μm to 50 μm, efficiency ranges from 3.73% to 7.22%. The highest efficiency of 7.22% was obtained with an optimal spacer thickness of 40 μm.

  5. Micro-particle manipulation by single beam acoustic tweezers based on hydrothermal PZT thick film

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    Benpeng Zhu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Single-beam acoustic tweezers (SBAT, used in laboratory-on-a-chip (LOC device has promising implications for an individual micro-particle contactless manipulation. In this study, a freestanding hydrothermal PZT thick film with excellent piezoelectric property (d33 = 270pC/N and kt = 0.51 was employed for SBAT applications and a press-focusing technology was introduced. The obtained SBAT, acting at an operational frequency of 50MHz, a low f-number (∼0.9, demonstrated the capability to trap and manipulate a micro-particle sized 10μm in the distilled water. These results suggest that such a device has great potential as a manipulator for a wide range of biomedical and chemical science applications.

  6. Micro-particle manipulation by single beam acoustic tweezers based on hydrothermal PZT thick film

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    Zhu, Benpeng, E-mail: benpengzhu@hust.edu.cn [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Xu, Jiong; Yang, Xiaofei [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Li, Ying; Lee, Changyang; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K. Kirk [Department of Biomedical Engineering and NIH Transducer Resource Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-1111 (United States); Wang, Tian; Xiong, Ke [Department of Physics and Key Laboratory of Acoustic and Photonic Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Shiiba, Michihisa; Takeuchi, Shinichi [Medical Engineering Course, Graduate School of Engineering, Toin University of Yokohama, Yokohama 225-8501 (Japan)

    2016-03-15

    Single-beam acoustic tweezers (SBAT), used in laboratory-on-a-chip (LOC) device has promising implications for an individual micro-particle contactless manipulation. In this study, a freestanding hydrothermal PZT thick film with excellent piezoelectric property (d{sub 33} = 270 pC/N and k{sub t} = 0.51) was employed for SBAT applications and a press-focusing technology was introduced. The obtained SBAT, acting at an operational frequency of 50 MHz, a low f-number (∼0.9), demonstrated the capability to trap and manipulate a micro-particle sized 10μm in the distilled water. These results suggest that such a device has great potential as a manipulator for a wide range of biomedical and chemical science applications.

  7. Ceramic thick film humidity sensor based on MgTiO{sub 3} + LiF

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    Kassas, Ahmad, E-mail: a.kassas.mcema@ul.edu.lb [Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Materials, Catalysis, Environment and Analytical Methods (MCEMA), Faculty of Sciences and Doctoral School of Sciences and Technology (EDST), Lebanese University, Hariri Campus, Hadath, Beirut (Lebanon); Laboratoire Universitaire des Sciences Appliquées de Cherbourg (LUSAC), 50130 Cherbourg-Octeville (France); Bernard, Jérôme; Lelièvre, Céline; Besq, Anthony; Guhel, Yannick; Houivet, David; Boudart, Bertrand [Laboratoire Universitaire des Sciences Appliquées de Cherbourg (LUSAC), 50130 Cherbourg-Octeville (France); Lakiss, Hassan [Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Materials, Catalysis, Environment and Analytical Methods (MCEMA), Faculty of Sciences and Doctoral School of Sciences and Technology (EDST), Lebanese University, Hariri Campus, Hadath, Beirut (Lebanon); Faculty of Engineering, Section III, Hariri Campus, Hadath, Beirut (Lebanon); Hamieh, Tayssir [Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Materials, Catalysis, Environment and Analytical Methods (MCEMA), Faculty of Sciences and Doctoral School of Sciences and Technology (EDST), Lebanese University, Hariri Campus, Hadath, Beirut (Lebanon)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The fabricated sensor based on MgTiO{sub 3} + LiF materials used the spin coating technology. • The response time is 70 s to detect variation between 5 and 95% relative humidity. • The addition of Scleroglucan controls the viscosity and decreases the roughness of thick film surface. • This humidity sensor is a promising, low-cost, high-quality, reliable ceramic films, that is highly sensitive to humidity. - Abstract: The feasibility of humidity sensor, consisting of a thick layer of MgTiO{sub 3}/LiF materials on alumina substrate, was studied. The thermal analysis TGA-DTGA and dilatometric analysis worked out to confirm the sintering temperature. An experimental plan was applied to describe the effects of different parameters in the development of the thick film sensor. Structural and microstructural characterizations of the developed thick film were made. Rheological study with different amounts of a thickener (scleroglucan “sclg”), showing the behavior variation, as a function of sclg weight % was illustrated and rapprochement with the results of thickness variation as a function of angular velocity applied in the spin coater. The electrical and dielectric measurements confirmed the sensitivity of the elaborated thick film against moisture, along with low response time.

  8. Thickness Measurement of V2O5 Nanometric Thin Films Using a Portable XRF

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    Fabio Lopes

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanometric thin films have always been chiefly used for decoration; however they are now being widely used as the basis of high technology. Among the various physical qualities that characterize them, the thickness strongly influences their properties. Thus, a new procedure is hereby proposed and developed for determining the thickness of V2O5 nanometric thin films deposited on the glass surface using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (PXRF equipment and the attenuation of the radiation intensity Kα of calcium present in the glass. It is shown through the present paper that the radiation intensity of calcium Kα rays is proportional to film thickness in nanometric films of vanadium deposited on the glass surface.

  9. Effect of a bell-shaped cover in spin coating process on final film thickness

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    Pannek, M.; Dunkel, T.; Schubert, D.W. [GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht (Germany)

    2001-04-01

    Thin polymer films can be prepared by spin coating with thicknesses ranging from nanometers to micrometers. The film thickness is controlled by concentration of the polymer solution, molar mass of the polymer and spinning speed. The patented GYRSET system for spin coating applications provides a fundamental modification. The bell-shaped cover minimizes air turbulences inside the process chamber; therefore, better uniformity of the layer is produced. This leads to highly reproducible results, uniform coverage, and reliable and uniform material application, in particular at lower spin speeds. We focus on the question how does the GYRSET system change the final film thickness. In particular, we have investigated modifications of the existing spin coat equation for solutions of polystyrene dissolved in toluene using the GYRSET system. In addition, we compare homogeneity of films prepared by open spin coating and GYRSET systems. (orig.)

  10. Atomistic simulations of wetting properties and water films on hydrophilic surfaces

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    Kanduč, Matej; Netz, Roland R.

    2017-04-01

    We use molecular simulations to investigate the wetting behavior of water at flat polar surfaces. Introducing a computational procedure based on thermodynamic integration methods, we determine the equilibrium water film thickness on the surface at given vapor density as well as the corresponding change of the surface free energy. The wetting film is relevant on polar surfaces near the wetting transition and significantly alters the surface contact angle. For thin films, the surface free energy change increases linearly with the thickness, as predicted by simple thermodynamic arguments. For thick films we observe deviations from linearity, which we rationalize by the formation of hydrogen bonds between water molecules in the film. Our approach provides an efficient and accurate technique to calculate the wetting properties of surface layers, which we verify by simulating water droplets on the surfaces.

  11. Superconducting properties and chemical composition of NbTiN thin films with different thickness

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    Zhang, L.; Peng, W.; You, L. X.; Wang, Z., E-mail: zwang@mail.sim.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2015-09-21

    In this research, we systematically investigated the superconducting properties and chemical composition of NbTiN thin films prepared on single-crystal MgO substrates. The NbTiN thin films with different thicknesses (4–100 nm) were deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering at ambient temperature. We measured and analyzed the crystal structure and thickness dependence of the chemical composition using X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy depth profiles. The films exhibited excellent superconducting properties, with a high superconducting critical temperature of 10.1 K, low resistivity (ρ{sub 20} = 93 μΩ cm), and residual resistivity ratio of 1.12 achieved for 4-nm-thick ultrathin NbTiN films prepared at the deposition current of 2.4 A. The stoichiometry and electrical properties of the films varied gradually between the initial and upper layers. A minimum ρ{sub 20} of 78 μΩ cm and a maximum residual resistivity ratio of 1.15 were observed for 12-nm-thick films, which significantly differ from the properties of NbN films with the same NaCl structure.

  12. Development of a thick film PZT foil sensor for use in structural health monitoring applications.

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    Pickwell, Andrew J; Dorey, Robert A; Mba, David

    2013-02-01

    Acoustic emission (AE) monitoring is a technique of growing interest in the field of nondestructive testing (NDT). The use of AE devices to monitor the health of structural components is currently limited by the cost of AE equipment, which prohibits the permanent placement of AE devices on structures for the purposes of continuous monitoring and the monitoring of areas with limited access. Micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) can provide solutions to these problems. We present the manufacture of a 4.4-μm-thick lead zirconate titanate (PZT) film on a 110-μm-thick titanium foil substrate for use as an AE sensor. The thick-film sensor is benchmarked against commercially available AE sensors in static and dynamic monitoring applications. The thick-film AE device is found to perform well in the detection of AE in static applications. A low signal-to-noise ratio is found to prohibit the detection of AE in a dynamic application.

  13. Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) measurement of thin-film thickness in the nanometre range.

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    Procop, M; Radtke, M; Krumrey, M; Hasche, K; Schädlich, S; Frank, W

    2002-10-01

    The thickness of thin films of platinum and nickel on fused silica and silicon substrates has been determined by EPMA using the commercial software STRATAGEM for calculation of film thickness. Film thickness ranged in the order 10 nm. An attempt was made to estimate the confidence range of the method by comparison with results from other methods of analysis. The data show that in addition to the uncertainty of the spectral intensity measurement and the complicated fitting routine, systematic deviation caused by the underlying model should be added. The scattering in the results from other methods does not enable specification of a range of uncertainty, but deviations from the real thickness are estimated to be less than 20%.

  14. Thickness dependent electronic structure of ultra-thin tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films

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    Soin, Navneet [Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey BT37 0QB (United Kingdom); Roy, Susanta Sinha, E-mail: sinharoy@ualberta.ca [Micro and Nano-Scale Transport Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, T6G 2G8 (Canada); Ray, Sekhar Chandra [School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Private bag 3, Wits 2050, Johannesburg (South Africa); Lemoine, Patrick; Rahman, Md. Anisur; Maguire, Paul D. [Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey BT37 0QB (United Kingdom); Mitra, Sushanta K. [Micro and Nano-Scale Transport Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, T6G 2G8 (Canada); McLaughlin, James A. [Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey BT37 0QB (United Kingdom)

    2012-01-31

    Microstructural properties of ultrathin (1-10 nm) tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films are investigated by Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The CK-edge NEXAFS spectra of 1 nm ta-C films provided evidence of surface defects (C-H bonds) which rapidly diminish with increasing film thickness. A critical thickness for stabilization of largely sp{sup 3} matrix structure distorted by sp{sup 2} sites is observed via the change of {pi}*C=C peak behavior. Meanwhile, an increase in the film thickness promotes an enhancement in sp{sup 3} content, the film roughness remains nearly constant as probed by spectroscopic techniques and AFM, respectively. The effect of thickness on local bonding states of ultrathin ta-C films proves to be the limiting factor for their potential use in magnetic and optical storage devices. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc deposited ultra-thin ta-C films (1-10 nm thick). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CK-edge NEXAFS provides evidence of surface defects (C-H bonds). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Concentration of C-H surface defects decreases with increasing thickness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {pi}*{sub C=C} behavior suggestive of rise and fall of sp{sup 2} bonding configuration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Critical thickness required for stability of sp{sup 3} distorted sp{sup 2} structures.

  15. Measurement of thickness and composition of a solvent film on a bubble.

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    Tarkan, H M; Gélinas, S; Finch, J A

    2006-05-15

    Solvent-coated air bubbles in the air-assisted solvent extraction (AASX) process achieve the dual role of high solvent specific surface area and ease of phase separation. The properties and thickness of the solvent film control the process. As an approach to the study, the layer interferometry (in the UV-vis region) and FT-IR spectroscopy were used to measure the time dependent thickness and chemical composition, respectively, of a film formed by blowing an air bubble in kerosene-based solvents. The film was stabilized by the presence of 1.5 ppm silicone oil, as employed in AASX. The film appears to comprise two layers; an outer layer of almost constant thickness and an inner layer which decreased in thickness with time. The latter is considered relevant to AASX. Generally, the initial thickness was approximately 3 microm which decreased over several minutes to a final rupture thickness of 500 nm. The initial thickness is of the order determined indirectly. The chemical composition of the layer did not change with time.

  16. Effect of Film Thickness on Postharvest Ripening and Quality ...

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    Upon transfer to normal atmosphere, fruits previously held in MAP ripened normally with the changes for fruits previously in 0.08mm bags being slower. These results indicate that when all other parameters are held constant, a thicker film is more effective in retarding ripening processes and extending fruit shelf life, thereby ...

  17. Surface and thickness measurement of a transparent film using wavelength scanning interferometry.

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    Gao, Feng; Muhamedsalih, Hussam; Jiang, Xiangqian

    2012-09-10

    A wavelength scanning interferometer for measuring the surface and thickness of a transparent film has been studied. A halogen light source combined with an acousto-optic tuneable filter is used to generate a sequence of filtered light in a Linnik interferometer, which leads to a sequence of interferograms captured by a CCD camera. When a transparent thin film is measured, the reflection signals from both the top and bottom surfaces of the film will interfere with the reference signal. At the same time, the multiple reflection signals between the two film surfaces will also interfere with each other. Effective separation of the interference signals from each other is the key to achieving a successful measurement. By performing a frequency-domain analysis, these interference signals can be separated. An optimized Fourier transform method is used in the analysis. Measurements of the top and bottom surface finishes of the film, as well as the film thickness map, have been achieved. The film needs to be more than 3 µm in optical path length, and must transparent with no absorption of light. The film's refractive index needs to be known as a function of wavelength. In this paper, the theoretical analysis and simulation study of wavelength scanning interferometry for transparent film measurement is discussed. Experiments on thin film layers of Parylene N coated on a glass slide surface are studied and analyzed. Comparison study results with other contact and non-contact methods are also presented.

  18. Preparation and spectroscopic analysis of zinc oxide nanorod thin films of different thicknesses

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    Mia Nasrul Haque

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide thin films with different thicknesses were prepared on microscopic glass slides by sol-gel spin coating method, then hydrothermal process was applied to produce zinc oxide nanorod arrays. The nanorod thin films were characterized by various spectroscopic methods of analysis. From the images of field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM, it was observed that for the film thickness up to 200 nm the formed nanorods with wurtzite hexagonal structure were uniformly distributed over the entire surface substrate. From X-ray diffraction analysis it was revealed that the thin films had good polycrystalline nature with highly preferred c-axis orientation along (0 0 2 plane. The optical characterization done by UV-Vis spectrometer showed that all the films had high transparency of 83 % to 96 % in the visible region and sharp cut off at ultraviolet region of electromagnetic spectrum. The band gap of the films decreased as their thickness increased. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS showed the presence of zinc and oxygen elements in the films and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR revealed the chemical composition of ZnO in the film.

  19. Impact of thickness on microscopic and macroscopic properties of Fe-Te-Se superconductor thin films

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    N. Zhang

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A series of iron based Fe-Te-Se superconductor thin films depositing on 0.7wt% Nb-doped SrTiO3 at substrate temperatures in the 250°C -450°C range by pulsed laser ablation of a constituents well defined precursor FeTe0.55Se0.55 target sample. We study the possible growth mechanism and its influence on the superconductor properties. Experimental results indicate the superconductive and non-superconductive properties are modulated only by the thickness of the thin films through the temperature range. The films appear as superconductor whenever the thickness is above a critical value ∼30nm and comes to be non-superconductor below this value. Relative ratios of Fe to (Te+Se in the films retained Fe/(Te+Se1 for non-superconductor no matter what the film growth temperature was. The effect of film growth temperature takes only the role of modulating the ratio of Te/Se and improving crystallinity of the systems. According to the experimental results we propose a sandglass film growth mechanism in which the interfacial effect evokes to form a Fe rich area at the interface and Se or Te starts off a consecutive filling up process of chalcogenide elements defect sides, the process is significant before the film thickness reaches at ∼30nm.

  20. Film Thickness Prediction in an Annular Two-Phase Flow around C-shaped Bend

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    P.M. Tkaczyk

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A finite volume method-based CFD model has been developed in the commercial code Star CD to simulate the annular gas-liquid flow through pipes and bends. The liquid film is solved explicitly by means of a modified Volume of Fluid (VOF method. The droplets are traced using a Lagrangian technique. The film to droplets (entrainment and droplets to film (stick, bounce, spread and splash interactions are taken into account using sub-models to complement the VOF model. A good agreement is found between the computed film thickness value and those cited in the literature.

  1. Effect of Nanotube Film Thickness on the Performance of Nanotube-Silicon Hybrid Solar Cells

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    Daniel D. Tune

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The results of measurements on solar cells made from randomly aligned thin films of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs on n-type monocrystalline silicon are presented. The films are made by vacuum filtration from aqueous TritonX-100 suspensions of large diameter arc-discharge SWCNTs. The dependence of the solar cell performance on the thickness of the SWCNT film is shown in detail, as is the variation in performance due to doping of the SWCNT film with SOCl2.

  2. Influence of nickel thickness on the properties of ITO/Ni/ITO thin films

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    Park, J.H.; Chae, J.H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Ulsan University, San 29, Mugeo-Dong, Nam-Gu, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Daeil [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Ulsan University, San 29, Mugeo-Dong, Nam-Gu, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: dkim84@ulsan.ac.kr

    2009-06-10

    ITO single-layer and ITO/Ni/ITO (INI) multilayer films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on unheated polycarbonate (PC) substrates. The influence of the Ni interlayer on the structural and optoelectrical properties of the film composite was investigated by keeping the thickness of ITO and INI films at 100 and 50/5/45 nm, respectively. Deposited ITO and INI films had an optical transmittance at a wavelength of 550 nm of 84% and 73% by discounting the PC substrate, respectively, while INI films exhibited a resistivity 10 times lower than that of ITO films (3.2 x 10{sup -4} {omega} cm vs. 3.0 x 10{sup -3} {omega} cm, respectively). XRD diffraction patterns demonstrated that the deposited ITO films had In{sub 2}O{sub 3} diffraction peaks at (1 0 0) and (2 2 2). In contrast, INI films did not have any diffraction peaks. Surface morphology also appeared to influence the Ni interlayer. Specifically, INI films exhibited a lower root mean square (RMS) roughness of 0.5 nm compared with ITO films, which had RMS roughness of 2.1 nm. The figure of merit reached a maximum of 1.3 x 10{sup -3} {omega}{sup -1} for INI films which is greater than that of ITO films (0.5 x 10{sup -3} {omega}{sup -1})

  3. Thickness dependence of structural, electrical and optical behaviour of undoped ZnO thin films

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    Bouderbala, M.; Hamzaoui, S. [Laboratoire de Microscopie Electronique et des Sciences des Materiaux, Departement de Physique, USTO, B.P. 1505, El-Mnaouer, 31000 Oran (Algeria); Amrani, B. [Department of Physics, Centre Universitaire de Mascara, Mascara 29000 (Algeria)], E-mail: abouhalouane@yahoo.fr; Reshak, Ali H. [Institute of Physical Biology-South Bohemia University, Institute of System Biology and Ecology-Academy of Sciences, Nove Hrady 37333 (Czech Republic); Adnane, M.; Sahraoui, T.; Zerdali, M. [Laboratoire de Microscopie Electronique et des Sciences des Materiaux, Departement de Physique, USTO, B.P. 1505, El-Mnaouer, 31000 Oran (Algeria)

    2008-09-01

    Undoped ZnO thin films of different thicknesses were prepared by r.f. sputtering in order to study the thickness effect upon their structural, morphological, electrical and optical properties. The results suggest that the film thickness seems to have no clear effect upon the orientation of the grains growth. Indeed, the analysis with X-ray diffraction show that the grains were always oriented according to the c(0 0 2)-axis perpendicular to substrate surface whatever the thickness is. However, the grain size was influenced enough by this parameter. An increase in the grain size versus the thickness was noted. For the electrical properties, measurements revealed behaviour very dependent upon thickness. The resistivity decreased from 25 to 1.5x10{sup -3} {omega} cm and the mobility increased from 2 to 37 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} when the thickness increased from 70 to 1800 nm while the carrier concentration seems to be less affected by the film thickness and varied slightly remaining around 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3}. Nevertheless, a tendency to a decrease was noticed. This behaviour in electrical properties was explained by the crystallinity and the grain size evolution. The optical measurements showed that all the samples have a strong transmission higher than 80% in the visible range. A slight shift of the absorption edge towards the large wavelengths was observed as the thickness increased. This result shows that the band gap is slightly decreases from 3.37 to 3.32 eV with the film thickness vary from 0.32 to 0.88 {mu}m.

  4. A correlation between engine oil rheology and oil film thickness in engine journal bearings

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    Bates, T.W.; Williamson, B.; Spearot, J.A.; Murphy, C.K.

    1986-01-01

    Oil film thickness measurements made in the front main bearing of an operating 3.8 L, V-6 engine were compared with rheological measurements made on a series of commercial and experimental oil blends. High-temperature, high-shear-rate viscosity measurements correlated with the film thicknesses of all single-grade and many multigrade oils. However, the film thicknesses provided by some multigrade oils were larger than could be accounted for by their high-temperature, high-shear-rate viscosities alone. Although the pressure-viscosity coefficients of some of the oils were significantly different from those of the majority of oils tested, they were not oils which produced unusual film thicknesses. As a consequence, correcting oil viscosities for the estimated pressures acting within the bearing was unsuccessful in improving the correlations. The correlations were improved, however, by accounting for the elastic properties of the multigrade oils. Measurements of oil relaxation times at high temperatures and shear rates showed large differences in elastic properties among the test oils. A good correlation (R/sup 2/ = 0.73) was obtained from a multiple linear regression of film thickness as a function of both high-temperature, high-shear-rate viscosities and relaxation times.

  5. Modelling and optimization of film thickness variation for plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition processes

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    Waddell, Ewan; Gibson, Des; Lin, Li; Fu, Xiuhua

    2011-09-01

    This paper describes a method for modelling film thickness variation across the deposition area within plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) processes. The model enables identification and optimization of film thickness uniformity sensitivities to electrode configuration, temperature, deposition system design and gas flow distribution. PECVD deposition utilizes a co-planar 300mm diameter electrodes with separate RF power matching to each electrode. The system has capability to adjust electrode separation and electrode temperature as parameters to optimize uniformity. Vacuum is achieved using dry pumping with real time control of butterfly valve position for active pressure control. Comparison between theory and experiment is provided for PECVD of diamond-like-carbon (DLC) deposition onto flat and curved substrate geometries. The process utilizes butane reactive feedstock with an argon carrier gas. Radiofrequency plasma is used. Deposited film thickness sensitivities to electrode geometry, plasma power density, pressure and gas flow distribution are demonstrated. Use of modelling to optimise film thickness uniformity is demonstrated. Results show DLC uniformity of 0.30% over a 200 mm flat zone diameter within overall electrode diameter of 300mm. Thickness uniformity of 0.75% is demonstrated over a 200mm diameter for a non-conformal substrate geometry. Use of the modelling method for PECVD using metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) feedstock is demonstrated, specifically for deposition of silica films using metal-organic tetraethoxy-silane. Excellent agreement between experimental and theory is demonstrated for conformal and non-conformal geometries. The model is used to explore scalability of PECVD processes and trade-off against film thickness uniformity. Application to MEMS, optical coatings and thin film photovoltaics is discussed.

  6. Thickness, morphology, and optoelectronic characteristics of pristine and surfactant-modified DNA thin films

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    Arasu, Velu; Reddy Dugasani, Sreekantha; Son, Junyoung; Gnapareddy, Bramaramba; Jeon, Sohee; Jeong, Jun-Ho; Park, Sung Ha

    2017-10-01

    Although the preparation of DNA thin films with well-defined thicknesses controlled by simple physical parameters is crucial for constructing efficient, stable, and reliable DNA-based optoelectronic devices and sensors, it has not been comprehensively studied yet. Here, we construct DNA and surfactant-modified DNA thin films by drop-casting and spin-coating techniques. The DNA thin films formed with different control parameters, such as drop-volume and spin-speed at given DNA concentrations, exhibit characteristic thickness, surface roughness, surface potential, and absorbance, which are measured by a field emission scanning electron microscope, a surface profilometer, an ellipsometer, an atomic force microscope, a Kelvin probe force microscope, and an UV-visible spectroscope. From the observations, we realized that thickness significantly affects the physical properties of DNA thin films. This comprehensive study of thickness-dependent characteristics of DNA and surfactant-modified DNA thin films provides insight into the choice of fabrication techniques in order for the DNA thin films to have desired physical characteristics in further applications, such as optoelectronic devices and sensors.

  7. Spatial and temporal film thickness measurement of a soap bubble based on large lateral shearing displacement interferometry.

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    Lv, Wei; Zhou, Huaichun; Lou, Chun; Zhu, Jinrong

    2012-12-20

    The film thickness of a hanging soap bubble has been studied along its gravitational orientation after its birth and before its bursting using large lateral shearing displacement interferometry, with a theoretical error of less than 0.325λ. The results show that the spatial distribution of the film thickness could be approximated with an exponential model in all captured frames, especially in the lower half of the soap bubble. Before its bursting, a special zone, where the water layer has drained out while the surfactant solution layer remains, will occur at the top of the soap bubble and gradually expand toward the bottom. Moreover, the simulated fringe patterns based on the computed values match well with the experimentally observed ones.

  8. WS{sub 2} nanotube formation by sulphurization: Effect of precursor tungsten film thickness and stress

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    Ng, Sheung Mei; Wong, Hon Fai; Wong, Wang Cheung; Tan, Choon Kiat; Choi, Sin Yuk; Mak, Chee Leung; Li, Gui Jun [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Dong, Qing Chen [MOE Key Laboratory for Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials and Research Center of Advanced Materials Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, 79 Yingze West Street, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Leung, Chi Wah, E-mail: dennis.leung@polyu.edu.hk [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong)

    2016-09-15

    Transition metal dichalcogenides can exhibit as 2-dimensional layers, 1-dimensional nanotubes or 0-dimensional quantum dot structures. In general, dichalcogenide nanotubes are grown under stringent conditions, using high growth temperatures with tedious processes. Here, we report the controlled formation of tungsten disulphide (WS{sub 2}) nanostructures by manipulating the precursor film thickness, followed by a direct sulphurization process. WS{sub 2} nanotubes were formed by ultra-thin tungsten precursor films, while particle-like WS{sub 2} were obtained from thicker tungsten films under identical sulphurization conditions. To elucidate the origin of WS{sub 2} nanostructure formation, micron-sized tungsten film tracks were prepared, and such patterned films were found to suppress the growth of WS{sub 2} nanotubes. We attribute the suppression of nanotube formation to the relieving of film stress in patterned precursor films. - Highlights: • WS{sub 2} were obtained by sulphurization of sputtered tungsten films on Si substrates. • Resultant WS{sub 2} nanostructure morphology was dependent on precursor film thickness. • Patterning into micro-size W tracks suppressed the formation of nanotubes. • Stress relaxation was attributed as controlling factor for WS{sub 2} structure formation.

  9. Investigation of top electrode for PZT thick films based MEMS sensors

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Pedersen, Thomas; Kristiansen, Paw T.

    2010-01-01

    influence on the conductance of the top electrode influencing the optimal top electrode thickness. A 100 nm thick top electrode on the PZT thick film with a surface roughness of 273 nm has a 4.5 times higher resistance compared to a similar wire on a planar SiO2 surface which has a surface roughness of less......In this work processing of screen printed piezoelectric PZT thick films on silicon substrates is investigated for use in future MEMS devices. E-beam evaporated Al and Pt are patterned on PZT as a top electrode using a lift-off process with a line width down to 3 mu m. Three test structures are used...... to investigate the optimal thickness of the top electrode, the degradation of the piezoelectric properties of the PZT film in absence of a diffusion barrier layer and finally how to fabricate electrical interconnects down the edge of the PZT thick film. The roughness of the PZT is found to have a strong...

  10. Terahertz ultrathin film thickness sensor below λ/90 based on metamaterial.

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    Chen, Meng; Fan, Fei; Shen, Si; Wang, Xianghui; Chang, Shengjiang

    2016-08-10

    The film thickness sensing based on metamaterial is investigated in the terahertz (THz) region. We fabricated the metamaterial sensor, and demonstrated its resonance by using the THz time-domain spectroscopy system. The results show that the resonant dip redshifts as the film thickness increases, which achieves reliable film sensing in the THz band. Its sensitivity is larger than 9.4 GHz/μm with a film thinner than λ/90. Meanwhile, the sensing mechanism is revealed by the simulation of near-field resonance distribution, which shows that the resonant intensity is stronger when the field is closer to the interface between the metamaterial surface and polyvinyl alcohol film. Therefore, the nonlinear type of the sensing sensitivity in our experiment can be well explained, and a higher sensitive sensing can be obtained when the film thickness is smaller. This simple and flexible method can realize the ultrathin film sensing in the THz region, and has application potential in the real-time monitoring of sample quality.

  11. Formulation and Characterization of Cu Doped ZnO Thick Films as LPG Gas Sensor

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    A. V. PATIL

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Thick films of pure and various concentrations (1 wt. %, 3 wt. %, 5 wt. %, 7 wt. % and 10 wt. % of Cu-doped ZnO were prepared on alumina substrates using a screen printing technique. These films were fired at a temperature of 700ºC for two hours in an air atmosphere. Morphological, compositional and structural properties of the samples were obtained using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDAX and X-ray diffraction techniques respectively. The LPG gas sensing properties of these thick films were investigated at different operating temperatures and LPG gas concentrations. The surface resistance of thick films decreases when exposed to LPG gas. The Cu doped films show significant sensitivity to LPG gas than pure ZnO film. 5 wt. % Cu-doped ZnO film was found to be more sensitive (87.3 % to LPG gas exposed at 300 oC than other doping concentrations with fast response and recovery time.

  12. Preparation of self-supporting Au thin films on perforated substrate by releasing from water-soluble sacrificial layer

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    Miyamoto, Yu; Fujii, Yuma; Yamano, Masafumi; Harigai, Toru; Suda, Yoshiyuki; Takikawa, Hirofumi; Kawano, Takeshi; Nishiuchi, Mamiko; Sakaki, Hironao; Kondo, Kiminori

    2016-07-01

    A self-supporting thin film is useful as a target material for laser-driven ion acceleration experiments. In this study, 100-nm-thick sputtered gold (Au) thin films were released from substrates using water-soluble sacrificial layers, and the released films were subsequently scooped up on perforated substrates. Au thin films were deposited by DC plasma sputtering on the sacrificial layers. In the releasing test, sodium chloride (NaCl) was shown to be most suitable as a sacrificial layer for Au thin films. In addition, sputtered Au thin films with thicknesses of 50 and 150 nm were deposited onto NaCl sacrificial layers, released on water, and scooped up on perforated substrates. Self-supporting Au thin films were obtained for all film thicknesses, but wrinkles and cracks appeared in the 50 nm film.

  13. Effect of cell thickness on the electrical and optical properties of thin film silicon solar cell

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    Zaki, A. A.; El-Amin, A. A.

    2017-12-01

    In this work Electrical and optical properties of silicon thin films with different thickness were measured. The thickness of the Si films varied from 100 to 800 μm. The optical properties of the cell were studied at different thickness. A maximum achievable current density (MACD) generated by a planar solar cell, was measured for different values of the cell thickness which was performed by using photovoltaic (PV) optics method. It was found that reducing the values of the cell thickness improves the open-circuit voltage (VOC) and the fill factor (FF) of the solar cell. The optical properties were measured for thin film Si (TF-Si) at different thickness by using the double beam UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer in the wavelength range of 300-2000 nm. Some of optical parameters such as refractive index with dispersion relation, the dispersion energy, the oscillator energy, optical band gap energy were calculated by using the spectra for the TF-Si with different thickness.

  14. Sputtering of thin and intermediately thick films of solid deuterium by keV electrons

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    Svendsen, Winnie Edith; Thestrup Nielsen, Birgitte; Schou, Jørgen

    1995-01-01

    Sputtering of films of solid deuterium by keV electrons was studied in a cryogenic set-up. The sputtering yield shows a minimum yield of about 4 D2/electron for 1.5 and 2 keV electrons at a thickness slightly larger than the average projected range of the electrons. We suggest that the yield arou...... the minimum represents the value closest to a bulk-yield induced by electron bombardment. It may also include contributions from the mechanisms that enhance the yield for thin and very thick films.......Sputtering of films of solid deuterium by keV electrons was studied in a cryogenic set-up. The sputtering yield shows a minimum yield of about 4 D2/electron for 1.5 and 2 keV electrons at a thickness slightly larger than the average projected range of the electrons. We suggest that the yield around...

  15. Critical heat flux enhancement regarding to the thickness of graphene films under pool boiling

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    Kim, Jin Man; Park, Hyun Sun [Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Park, Youngjae; Kim, Hyungdae [Kyung Hee Univ., Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dong Eok [Kyungpook Nat. Univ., Sangju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Moo Hwan [Korea Inst. of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, Ho Seon [Incheon Nat. Univ., Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    The large thermal conductivity of the graphene films inhibits the formation of hot spots, thereby increasing the CHF. An infrared high-speed visualization showed graphene effect on boiling characteristics during operation. The graphene-coated heater showed an increase in BHT and CHF. As the thickness of the graphene films increased, the CHF also increased up to an asymptotic limit when the graphene layer was approximately 150 nm thick. The increased BHT was explained by the slight decrease in the wettability and the folded edges of the RGO flakes, which led to a decrease in the diameter of the departing bubbles, a larger bubble generation frequency, and an increase in the areal density of the bubble nucleation sites. The increase in the CHF was explained by considering the thermal activity of the graphene films, and the dependence thereof on the thickness and thermal properties of the layer, which was calculated based on high-speed IR visualization data.

  16. Nondestructive measurement of homoepitaxially grown GaN film thickness with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

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    Horikiri, Fumimasa; Narita, Yoshinobu; Yoshida, Takehiro

    2017-12-01

    In vertical devices containing GaN homoepitaxial layers on GaN substrates, the layer thickness is a key parameter that needs to be clarified before starting the device process. We applied Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) to a homoepitaxially grown GaN film that consisted of an n‑-GaN layer. The estimated film thickness from the FT-IR spectrum agreed well with the results of cross-sectional scanning electron microscope cathodoluminescence images. This is the first report of nondestructive film thickness measurements for homoepitaxially grown GaN and indicates the applicability of FT-IR to the nondestructive inspection of vertical GaN power devices.

  17. Multifunctional thick-film structures based on spinel ceramics for environment sensors

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    Vakiv, M.; Hadzaman, I.; Klym, H.; Shpotyuk, O.; Brunner, M.

    2011-04-01

    Temperature sensitive thick films based on spinel-type NiMn2O4-CuMn2O4-MnCo2O4 manganites with p- and p+-types of electrical conductivity and their multilayer p+-p structures were studied. These thick-film elements possess good electrophysical characteristics before and after long-term ageing test at 170 °C. It is shown that degradation processes connected with diffusion of metallic Ag into film grain boundaries occur in one-layer p-and p+-conductive films. Some part of the p+-p structures were of high stability, the relative electrical drift being no more than 1 %.

  18. Interference-aided spectrum fitting method for accurately film thickness determination

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    Liu, Xingxing; Xia, Hui; Zhang, Xutao; Ji, Ruonan; Li, Tianxin; Lu, Wei

    2016-01-01

    A new approach was proposed to accurately determine the thickness of film, especially for ultra-thin film, through spectrum fitting with the assistance of interference layer. The determination limit can reach even less than 1 nm. Its accuracy is far better than traditional methods. This determination method is verified by experiments and the determination limit is at least 3.5 nm compared with the results of AFM. Furthermore, double-interference-aided spectra fitting method is proposed to reduce the requirements of determination instruments, which allow one to determine the film thickness with a low precision common spectrometer and largely lower the cost. It is a very high precision determination method for on-site and in-situ applications, especially for ultra-thin films.

  19. Effect of film thickness on NO2 gas sensing properties of sprayed orthorhombic nanocrystalline V2O5 thin films

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    Mane, A. A.; Moholkar, A. V.

    2017-09-01

    The nanocrystalline V2O5 thin films with different thicknesses have been grown onto the glass substrates using chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) deposition method. The XRD study shows that the films exhibit an orthorhombic crystal structure. The narrow scan X-ray photoelectron spectrum of V-2p core level doublet gives the binding energy difference of 7.3 eV, indicating that the V5+ oxidation state of vanadium. The FE-SEM micrographs show the formation of nanorods-like morphology. The AFM micrographs show the high surface area to volume ratio of nanocrystalline V2O5 thin films. The optical study gives the band gap energy values of 2.41 eV, 2.44 eV, 2.47 eV and 2.38 eV for V2O5 thin films deposited with the thicknesses of 423 nm, 559 nm, 694 nm and 730 nm, respectively. The V2O5 film of thickness 559 nm shows the NO2 gas response of 41% for 100 ppm concentration at operating temperature of 200 °C with response and recovery times of 20 s and 150 s, respectively. Further, it shows the rapid response and reproducibility towards 10 ppm NO2 gas concentration at 200 °C. Finally, NO2 gas sensing mechanism based on chemisorption process is discussed.

  20. Laser drilling of vias in dielectric for high density multilayer LSHI thick film circuits

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    Cocca, T.; Dakesian, S.

    1977-01-01

    A design analysis of a high density multilevel thick film digital microcircuit used for large scale integration is presented. The circuit employs 4 mil lines, 4 mil spaces and requires 4 mil diameter vias. Present screened and fired thick film technology is limited on a production basis to 16 mil square vias. A process whereby 4 mil diameter vias can be fabricated in production using laser technology was described along with a process to produce 4 mil diameter vias for conductor patterns which have 4 mil lines and 4 mil spacings.

  1. Thickness dependent exchange bias in martensitic epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films

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    Anna Behler

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A thickness dependent exchange bias in the low temperature martensitic state of epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films is found. The effect can be retained down to very small thicknesses. For a Ni50Mn32Sn18 thin film, which does not undergo a martensitic transformation, no exchange bias is observed. Our results suggest that a significant interplay between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic regions, which is the origin for exchange bias, is only present in the martensite. The finding is supported by ab initio calculations showing that the antiferromagnetic order is stabilized in the phase.

  2. Thickness dependent exchange bias in martensitic epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films

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    Behler, Anna [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, P.O. Box 27 01 16, 01171 Dresden (Germany); Department of Physics, Institute for Solid State Physics, Dresden University of Technology, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Teichert, Niclas; Auge, Alexander; Hütten, Andreas [Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, 33501 Bielefeld (Germany); Dutta, Biswanath; Hickel, Tilmann [Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung, 40237 Düsseldorf (Germany); Waske, Anja [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, P.O. Box 27 01 16, 01171 Dresden (Germany); Eckert, Jürgen [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, P.O. Box 27 01 16, 01171 Dresden (Germany); Institute of Materials Science, Dresden University of Technology, 01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2013-12-15

    A thickness dependent exchange bias in the low temperature martensitic state of epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films is found. The effect can be retained down to very small thicknesses. For a Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 32}Sn{sub 18} thin film, which does not undergo a martensitic transformation, no exchange bias is observed. Our results suggest that a significant interplay between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic regions, which is the origin for exchange bias, is only present in the martensite. The finding is supported by ab initio calculations showing that the antiferromagnetic order is stabilized in the phase.

  3. Thickness dependent exchange bias in martensitic epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films

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    Behler, Anna; Teichert, Niclas; Dutta, Biswanath; Waske, Anja; Hickel, Tilmann; Auge, Alexander; Hütten, Andreas; Eckert, Jürgen

    2013-12-01

    A thickness dependent exchange bias in the low temperature martensitic state of epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films is found. The effect can be retained down to very small thicknesses. For a Ni50Mn32Sn18 thin film, which does not undergo a martensitic transformation, no exchange bias is observed. Our results suggest that a significant interplay between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic regions, which is the origin for exchange bias, is only present in the martensite. The finding is supported by ab initio calculations showing that the antiferromagnetic order is stabilized in the phase.

  4. The Effect of Thickness of Silver Thin Film on Structural and Optical Properties of Porous Silicon

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    Cetinel, A.; Ozdogan, M.; Utlu, G.; Artunc, N.; Sahin, G.; Tarhan, E.

    In this study, porous silicon (PS) samples were prepared on n-type silicon (100) wafers by electrochemical etching method, varying the current density from 20 to 100mA/cm2 and keeping constant HF concentration (10%) and etching time of 15min. Then, Ag thin films, which have 10, 50 and 100nm film thicknesses, were deposited on PS layers by using thermal evaporation to investigate the influence of Ag film thickness on structural and optical properties of PS. The structural and optical properties of PS and Ag deposited PS layers have been investigated by XRD, FE-SEM, Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. FE-SEM XRD and Raman analyzes indicate that average pore size and porosity of PS layers increase with the increasing current density. Further, Ag nanoparticles have embedded in pore channel. PL measurement reveals that higher porosity of PS would be better to form the Ag-PS nano-composite material leading to stronger PL band. The PL spectra of PS and Ag-PS samples indicate that PL bands show blue shift with increasing current density and film thickness. Consequently, it has been found that the structural and optical properties of PS depend on current density and Ag film thickness individually.

  5. Thickness dependence of structural and optical properties of cadmium iodide thin films

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    Yahia, I.S. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha (Saudi Arabia); Centre of Nanotechnology, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Shapaan, M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Al-Azahar University, Cairo (Egypt); Ismail, Yasser A.M.; Aboraia, A.M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Al-Azahar University, Assiut 71542 (Egypt); Shaaban, E.R., E-mail: esamramadan2008@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Al-Azahar University, Assiut 71542 (Egypt)

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • Different thicknesses of CdI{sub 2} films were prepared. • Both crystallite size and microstrain of the films has been determined. • The room temperature reflectance and transmittance data are analyzed. • The refractive index and energy gap are determined. - Abstract: Structural and optical properties as a function of film thickness have been studied for the thermally evaporated cadmium iodide (CdI{sub 2}) films. According to XRD structure, the thickness of investigated films extends from 272 to 696 nm, showing hexagonal structure and good c-axis alignment normal to glass substrate plane. Both of crystallite size and lattice strain have been determined in terms of Voight method of the main peak. The optical constants, refractive index (n), and extinction coefficient (k) have been determined using envelope method. The optical absorption data indicates an allowed direct inter – band transition near the absorption edge with an optical energy gap that decreases continuously from 3.572 to 3.767 eV. Both of optical constants and energy gap show thickness dependence that can be explained in terms of structure parameters, crystallite size, and lattice strain.

  6. Synthesis of thick diamond films by direct current hot-cathode plasma chemical vapour deposition

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    Jin Zeng Sun; Bai Yi Zhen; Lu Xian Yi

    2002-01-01

    The method of direct current hot-cathode plasma chemical vapour deposition has been established. A long-time stable glow discharge at large discharge current and high gas pressure has been achieved by using a hot cathode in the temperature range from 1100 degree C to 1500 degree C and non-symmetrical configuration of the poles, in which the diameter of the cathode is larger than that of anode. High-quality thick diamond films, with a diameter of 40-50 mm and thickness of 0.5-4.2 mm, have been synthesized by this method. Transparent thick diamond films were grown over a range of growth rates between 5-10 mu m/h. Most of the thick diamond films have thermal conductivities of 10-12 W/K centre dot cm. The thick diamond films with high thermal conductivity can be used as a heat sink of semiconducting laser diode array and as a heat spreading and isolation substrate of multichip modules. The performance can be obviously improved

  7. Effect of Layer and Film Thickness and Temperature on the Mechanical Property of Micro- and Nano-Layered PC/PMMA Films Subjected to Thermal Aging

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    Ahmed Abdel-Mohti

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Multilayered polymer films with biomimicking, layered structures have unique microstructures and many potential applications. However, a major limitation of polymer films is the deterioration of mechanical properties in working environments. To facilitate the design and development of multilayered polymer films, the impact of thermal aging on the mechanical behavior of micro- and nano-layered polymer films has been investigated experimentally. The composition of the polymer films that have been studied is 50 vol% polycarbonate (PC and 50 vol% poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA. The current study focuses on the effect of film and layer thickness and temperature on the mechanical properties of the materials subjected to thermal aging. To study the effect of film and layer thickness, films with the same thickness, but various layer thicknesses, and films with the same layer thickness, but various film thicknesses, were thermally aged at 100 °C in a constant temperature oven for up to six weeks. The results show that as the layer thickness decreases to 31 nm, the film has a higher stiffness and strength, and the trend of the mechanical properties is relatively stable over aging. The ductility of all of the films decreases with aging time. To study the effect of temperature, the films with 4,096 layers (31 nm thick for each layer were aged at 100 °C, 115 °C and 125 °C for up to four weeks. While the 100 °C aging results in a slight increase of the stiffness and strength of the films, the higher aging temperature caused a decrease of the stiffness and strength of the films. The ductility decreases with the aging time for all of the temperatures. The films become more brittle for higher aging temperatures.

  8. Image processing techniques for measuring non-uniform film thickness profiles

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    Nitta, S.V.; Liu, An-Hong; Plawsky, J.L.; Wayner, P.C. Jr. [Rensselaer Polytechnique Institute, Troy, NY (United States)

    1996-12-31

    The long term objective of this research program is to determine the fluid flow and drying characteristics of thin liquid/solid films using image processing techniques such as Image Analyzing Interferometry (IAI) and Image Scanning Ellipsometry (ISE). The primary purpose of this paper is to present experimental data on the effectiveness of IAI and ISE to measure nonuniform film thickness profiles. Steady-state, non-isothermal profiles of evaporating films were measured using IAI. Transient thickness profiles of a draining film were measured using ISE. The two techniques are then compared and contrasted. The ISE can be used to measure transient as well as steady-state profiles of films with thickness ranging from 1 nm to > 20 {mu}m, whereas IAI can be used to directly measure Steady-state and transient profiles of only films thicker than about 100 nm. An evaluation of the reflected intensity can be used to extend the use of the IAI below 100 nm.

  9. Smoothness improvement of micrometer- and submicrometer-thick nanocrystalline diamond films produced by MWPECVD

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    Cicala, G., E-mail: grazia.cicala@ba.imip.cnr.it [CNR-IMIP (Italy); Magaletti, V. [ALTA S.p.A. (Italy); Senesi, G. S. [CNR-IMIP (Italy); Tamborra, M. [CNR-IPCF c/o Dipartimento di Chimica, University of Bari (Italy)

    2013-04-15

    Thick (around 3 {mu}m) and thin (48-310 nm) nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films have been produced from Ar-rich CH{sub 4}/Ar/H{sub 2} (1/89/10 %) and H{sub 2}-rich CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2} (1/99 %) microwave plasmas, respectively. The deposition rate and the nucleation enhancement have been monitored in situ and in real time by pyrometric and laser reflectance interferometry for micrometer- and nanometer-thick films. For thick films, an improvement of the NCD films' smoothness has been obtained by a buffer layer between the films and the treated Si substrate. For thin films, a combinatorial approach, i.e., a treatment of the Si substrate in a suspension of mixed diamond powders of 250 nm and 40-60 {mu}m, has been utilized. The present experimental results show that the buffer layer procedure allows good preservation of the surface of the treated Si substrate and the combinatorial approach promotes effectively the seeding of the Si surface.

  10. BAF(2) POST-DEPOSITION REACTION PROCESS FOR THICK YBCO FILMS.

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    SUENAGA,M.; SOLOVYOV,V.F.; WU,L.; WIESMANN,H.J.; ZHU,Y.

    2001-07-12

    The basic processes of the so-called BaF{sub 2} process for the formation of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, YBCO, films as well as its advantages over the in situ formation processes are discussed in the previous chapter. The process and the properties of YBCO films by this process were also nicely described in earlier articles by R. Feenstra, et al. Here, we will discuss two pertinent subjects related to fabrication of technologically viable YBCO conductors using this process. These are (1) the growth of thick (>> 1 {micro}m) c-axis-oriented YBCO films and (2) their growth rates. Before the detail discussions of these subjects are given, we first briefly discuss what geometrical structure a YBCO-coated conductor should be. Then, we will provide examples of simple arguments for how thick the YBCO films and how fast their growth rates need to be. Then, the discussions in the following two sections are devoted to: (1) the present understanding of the nucleation and the growth process for YBCO, and why it is so difficult to grow thick c-axis-oriented films (> 3 {micro}m), and (2) our present understanding of the YBCO growth-limiting mechanism and methods to increase the growth rates. The values of critical-current densities J{sub c} in these films are of primary importance for the applications,. and the above two subjects are intimately related to the control of J{sub c} of the films. In general, the lower the temperatures of the YBCO formation are the higher the values of J{sub c} of the films. Thus, the present discussion is limited to those films which are reacted at {approx}735 C. This is the lowest temperature at which c-axis-oriented YBCO films (1-3 {micro}m thick) are comfortably grown. It is also well known that the non-c-axis oriented YBCO platelets are extremely detrimental to the values of J{sub c} such that their effects on J{sub c} dwarf essentially all of other microstructural effects which control J{sub c}. Hence, the discussion given below is mainly

  11. Variation of structure and magnetic properties with thickness of thin Co59Fe26Ni15 films

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    Chechenin, NG; van Voorthuysen, EHD; De Hosson, JTM; Boerma, DO

    2005-01-01

    Variations of phase composition and magnetic properties of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Co-Fe-Ni films with film thickness in the range of 50-500 nm were analyzed. The samples were magnetically soft with coercivity in the range H-c = 2-20 Oe and uni axial magnetic anisotropy up to H-k = 20 Oe. It was found that H-c decreases and H-k increases with increasing film thickness. The BCC phase dominates at small film thickness up to about 80 nm and the FCC phase increases when the film growths ...

  12. Thin Water Films at Multifaceted Hematite Particle Surfaces.

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    Boily, Jean-François; Yeşilbaş, Merve; Uddin, Munshi Md Musleh; Baiqing, Lu; Trushkina, Yulia; Salazar-Alvarez, Germàn

    2015-12-08

    Mineral surfaces exposed to moist air stabilize nanometer- to micrometer-thick water films. This study resolves the nature of thin water film formation at multifaceted hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanoparticle surfaces with crystallographic faces resolved by selected area electron diffraction. Dynamic vapor adsorption (DVA) in the 0-19 Torr range at 298 K showed that these particles stabilize water films consisting of up to 4-5 monolayers. Modeling of these data predicts water loadings in terms of an "adsorption regime" (up to 16 H2O/nm(2)) involving direct water binding to hematite surface sites, and of a "condensation regime" (up to 34 H2O/nm(2)) involving water binding to hematite-bound water nanoclusters. Vibration spectroscopy identified the predominant hematite surface hydroxo groups (-OH, μ-OH, μ3-OH) through which first layer water molecules formed hydrogen bonds, as well as surface iron sites directly coordinating water molecules (i.e., as geminal η-(OH2)2 sites). Chemometric analyses of the vibration spectra also revealed a strong correspondence in the response of hematite surface hydroxo groups to DVA-derived water loadings. These findings point to a near-saturation of the hydrogen-bonding environment of surface hydroxo groups at a partial water vapor pressure of ∼8 Torr (∼40% relative humidity). Classical molecular dynamics (MD) resolved the interfacial water structures and hydrogen bonding populations at five representative crystallographic faces expressed in these nanoparticles. Simulations of single oriented slabs underscored the individual roles of all (hydro)oxo groups in donating and accepting hydrogen bonds with first layer water in the "adsorption regime". These analyses pointed to the preponderance of hydrogen bond-donating -OH groups in the stabilization of thin water films. Contributions of μ-OH and μ3-OH groups are secondary, yet remain essential in the stabilization of thin water films. MD simulations also helped resolve crystallographic

  13. Critical Thickness for Itinerant Ferromagnetism in Ultrathin Films of SrRuO_3

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    Xia, Jing

    2010-04-05

    Ultrathin films of the itinerant ferromagnet SrRuO{sub 3} were studied using transport and magneto-optic polar Kerr effect. We find that below 4 monolayers the films become insulating and their magnetic character changes as they loose their simple ferromagnetic behavior. We observe a strong reduction in the magnetic moment which for 3 monolayers and below lies in the plane of the film. Exchange-bias behavior is observed below the critical thickness, and may point to induced antiferromagnetism in contact with ferromagnetic regions.

  14. Determining the refractive index and thickness of thin films from prism coupler measurements

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    Kirsch, S. T.

    1981-01-01

    A simple method of determining thin film parameters from mode indices measured using a prism coupler is described. The problem is reduced to doing two least squares straight line fits through measured mode indices vs effective mode number. The slope and y intercept of the line are simply related to the thickness and refractive index of film, respectively. The approach takes into account the correlation between as well as the uncertainty in the individual measurements from all sources of error to give precise error tolerances on the best fit values. Due to the precision of the tolerances, anisotropic films can be identified and characterized.

  15. Performances of screen-printing silver thick films: Rheology, morphology, mechanical and electronic properties

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    Jiang, Jung-Shiun; Liang, Jau-En; Yi, Han-Liou [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Chia Yi 621, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Shu-Hua [China Steel Corporation, Kaohsiung City 806, Taiwan, ROC (China); Hua, Chi-Chung, E-mail: chmcch@ccu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Chia Yi 621, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2016-06-15

    Numerous recent applications with inorganic solar cells and energy storage electrodes make use of silver pastes through processes like screen-printing to fabricate fine conductive lines for electron conducting purpose. To date, however, there have been few studies that systematically revealed the properties of the silver paste in relation to the mechanical and electronic performances of screen-printing thick films. In this work, the rheological properties of a series of model silver pastes made of silver powders of varying size (0.9, 1.3, and 1.5 μm) and shape (irregular and spherical) were explored, and the results were systematically correlated with the morphological feature (scanning electron microscopy, SEM) and mechanical (peeling test) and electronic (transmission line method, TLM) performances of screen-printing dried or sintered thick films. We provided evidence of generally intimate correlations between the powder dispersion state in silver pastes—which is shown to be well captured by the rheological protocols employed herein—and the performances of screen-printing thick films. Overall, this study suggests the powder dispersion state and the associated phase behavior of a paste sample can significantly impact not only the morphological and electronic but also mechanical performances of screen-printing thick films, and, in future perspectives, a proper combination of silver powders of different sizes and even shapes could help reconcile quality and stability of an optimum silver paste. - Highlights: • Powder dispersion correlates well with screen-printing thick film performances. • Rheological fingerprints can be utilized to fathom the powder dispersion state. • Good polymer-powder interactions in the paste ensure good powder dispersion. • Time-dependent gel-like viscoelastic features are found with optimum silver pastes. • The size and shape of functional powder affect the dispersion and film performances.

  16. Thick Er-doped silica films sintered using CO2 laser for scintillation applications

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    Lei, Jincheng; Trofimov, Artem A.; Chen, Jie; Chen, Zhaoxi; Hong, Yuzhe; Yuan, Lei; Zhu, Wenge; Zhang, Qi; Jacobsohn, Luiz G.; Peng, Fei; Bordia, Rajendra K.; Xiao, Hai

    2017-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrated the fabrication of crack-free luminescent Er-doped silica coatings sintered using a CO2 laser. The silica sol-gel precursor with controllable rheology was developed using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDS). Luminescence activation was achieved through doping with Er ions. Coatings sintered at 1100 °C presented green photoluminescence at ∼550 nm and strong radioluminescence as well. After dip-coating, crack-free Er-doped silica thin films were obtained using a CO2 laser. Films sintered by laser had similar microstructure as the films sintered in a furnace. However, laser sintering extended the thickness range for making crack free sintered films. Using laser sintering, the thickness of crack-free silica films could be extended to above 1 μm, which is important for scintillation and optical waveguide applications. In order to understand the cracking control mechanism, a finite element (FEM) model was developed to analyze the stress distribution within the laser-sintered thin film. The model showed that the localized nature of sintering by laser heating allows for constrained sintering stress relaxation by the softer surrounding region of the film, effectively suppressing cracking.

  17. Gas Sensing Properties of Pure and Cr Activated WO3 Thick Film Resistors

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    V. B. GAIKWAD

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Thick films of WO3 (Tungsten Oxide were prepared by screen-printing techniques. The surfaces of the films were modified by dipping them into an aqueous solution of Chromium Oxide (CrO3 for different intervals of time, followed by firing at 550 oC for 30 min. The gas sensing performance of the pure and Cr2O3-modified films was tested for various gases at different temperatures. The unmodified films showed response to H2S, ethanol and cigar smoke. However Cr2O3- modified films suppresses gas sensing response to all gases except H2S. The surface modification, using dipping process, altered the adsorbate-adsorbent interactions, which gave the specific selectivity and enhanced sensitivity to H2S gas. The gas response, selectivity, thermal stability and recovery time of the sensor were measured and presented. The role played by surface chromium species to improve gas sensing performance is discussed.

  18. Ellipsometric and reflectometric characterization of thin films exhibiting thickness non-uniformity and boundary roughness

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    Ohlídal, Ivan; Franta, Daniel; Nečas, David

    2017-11-01

    In this paper epitaxial ZnSe thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy onto GaAs single crystal substrates exhibiting two defects, i.e. boundary roughness and thickness non-uniformity, are optically characterized using a combination of spectroscopic ellipsometry and near-normal spectroscopic reflectometry. The influence of boundary roughness is included into optical quantity formulae by the combination of the scalar diffraction theory and Rayleigh-Rice theory. Very thin overalyers modelled by rough thin films with identically rough boundaries are taken into account on the upper boundaries of the ZnSe thin films. Two approximations are used to express the local reflection coefficient of the rough ZnSe thin films covered with the overlayers within combination of both the theories. Thickness non-uniformity is incorporated by means of averaging the elements of the unnormalized Mueller matrices. The universal dispersion model of the optical constants of the ZnSe thin films based on parametrization of the joint density of electronic states is used. The spectral dependencies of the optical constants of the ZnSe thin films are determined within the wide spectral range (0.12-8.7 eV). Moreover, the mean thickness of the ZnSe thin films and thickness of overlayers are determined together with the other structural parameters characterizing the defects. The values of roughness parameters, determined by the optical method, are verified by a comparison with results achieved by atomic force microscopy. It is also shown that the approximations of the local reflection coefficient presented are usable for processing the experimental data.

  19. Thickness and optical constants calculation for chalcogenide-alkali metal Se80Te8(NaCl)12 thin film

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    Abd-Elrahman, M. I.; Abu-Sehly, A. A.; Bakier, Y. M.; Hafiz, M. M.

    2017-09-01

    Chalcogenide-alkali metal semiconducting thin films of four different thicknesses of Se80Te8(NaCl)12 are deposited from bulk by thermal evaporation technique. The crystallinity of the film improves with increasing of thickness as indicated by the recorded X-ray diffraction patterns. The transmission and reflection spectra are measured in the wavelength range of the incident photons from 250 to 2500 nm. The thickness and optical constants of the films are calculated based on Swanepeol method using the interference patterns appeared in the transmission spectra. It is found that the films have absorption mechanism which is an indirect allowed transition. The effect of the film thickness on the refractive index and the high-frequency dielectric constant are studied. With increasing the film thickness, both the absorption coefficient and high-frequency dielectric constant increase while the single-oscillator energy, optical band gap and extinction coefficient decrease.

  20. Thickness determination of large-area films of yttria-stabilized zirconia produced by pulsed laser deposition

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    Pryds, N.; Christensen, Bo Toftmann; Bilde-Sørensen, Jørgen

    2006-01-01

    Films of yuria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) on a polished silicon substrate of diameter up to 125 mm have been produced in a large-area pulsed laser deposition (PLD) setup under typical PLD conditions. The film thickness over the full film area has been determined by energy-dispersive Xray spectrome......Films of yuria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) on a polished silicon substrate of diameter up to 125 mm have been produced in a large-area pulsed laser deposition (PLD) setup under typical PLD conditions. The film thickness over the full film area has been determined by energy-dispersive Xray...

  1. Full-field optical thickness profilometry of semitransparent thin films with transmission densitometry

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    Johnson, Jay; Harris, Tequila

    2010-05-20

    A novel bidirectional thickness profilometer based on transmission densitometry was designed to measure the localized thickness of semitransparent films on a dynamic manufacturing line. The densitometer model shows that, for materials with extinction coefficients between 0.3 and 2.9 D/mm, 100-500 {mu}m measurements can be recorded with less than {+-}5% error at more than 10,000 locations in real time. As a demonstration application, the thickness profiles of 75 mmx100 mm regions of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) were determined by converting the optical density of the sample to thickness with the Beer-Lambert law. The PEM extinction coefficient was determined to be 1.4 D/mm, with an average thickness error of 4.7%.

  2. Gas sensing properties of Cu and Cr activated BST thick films

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    H2S gas sensing properties of BST ((Ba0.67Sr0.33)TiO3) thick films are reported here for the first time. BST ceramic powder was prepared by mechanochemical ... of activators on H2S gas sensing were discussed. The sensitivity, selectivity, stability, response and recovery time of the sensor were measured and presented.

  3. Mems-based pzt/pzt bimorph thick film vibration energy harvester

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    Xu, Ruichao; Lei, Anders; Dahl-Petersen, Christian

    2011-01-01

    We describe fabrication and characterization of a significantly improved version of a MEMS-based PZT/PZT thick film bimorph vibration energy harvester with an integrated silicon proof mass. The main advantage of bimorph vibration energy harvesters is that strain energy is not lost in mechanical...

  4. Measurement of oil film thickness and friction force on a guide shoe bearing

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    Vølund, Anders

    2002-01-01

    An experimental program was carried out in order to reveal oil film thickness, and friction force of the guide shoe bearing of a large two stroke marine diesel engine. The experiment was conducted on a full size engine located at the research facility at MAN B&W Diesel A/S. The experiment...

  5. Laser-printed/structured thick-film electrodes for Li-ion microbatteries

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    Kim, Heungsoo; Sutto, Thomas E.; Proell, Johannes; Kohler, Robert; Pfleging, Wilhelm; Piqué, Alberto

    2014-03-01

    Laser induced forward transfer (LIFT) process was used to print thick-film electrodes (LiCoO2 cathode and carbon anode) and solid-state polymer membranes for Li-ion microbatteries. Their electrochemical behaviors were characterized by cyclic voltammograms, capacity measurement and cycling performance. Microbatteries based on these laser-printed thick-film electrodes showed significantly higher discharge capacities than those made by sputter-deposited thin film techniques. This enhanced performance is attributed to the high surface area porous structure of the laser-printed electrodes that allows improved diffusion of the Li-ions across the 100 μm-thick electrodes without a significant internal resistance. In addition, a laser structuring process was used to prepare three-dimensional microstructures on the laserprinted thick-film electrodes to further improve battery performance by increasing the active surface area. These results indicate that the laser processing techniques are a viable approach for developing Li-ion microbatteries in microelectronic devices. This paper will show examples of Li-ion microbatteries fabricated with various polymer separators and structured electrodes using a combination of LIFT and excimer laser structuring processes.

  6. Control-monitoring systems of environment temperature and humidity based on oxyspinel thick films

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    Vakiv N. M.

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The possibility to use planar-type multilayer thick-film structures based on manganite CuxNi1–x–yCo2yMn2–yO4 and aluminate MgAl2O4 spinel oxide ceramics as integrated temperature-humidity sensors for environmental control-monitoring systems is analysed.

  7. Effects of lubricant compressibility on the film thickness in EHL line and circular contacts

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    Venner, Cornelis H.; Bos, J.; Bos, J.

    1994-01-01

    As a first step towards generalized (non-closed-form coefficients in Reynolds' equation) lubricant behaviour, this paper describes the incorporation of the Jacobson and Vinet density pressure equation in a multilevel solver for the pressure and the film thickness in an EHL contact. However, the use

  8. CO Responses of Sensors Based on Cerium Oxide Thick Films Prepared from Clustered Spherical Nanoparticles

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    Woosuck Shin

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Various types of CO sensors based on cerium oxide (ceria have been reported recently. It has also been reported that the response speed of CO sensors fabricated from porous ceria thick films comprising nanoparticles is extremely high. However, the response value of such sensors is not suitably high. In this study, we investigated methods of improving the response values of CO sensors based on ceria and prepared gas sensors from core-shell ceria polymer hybrid nanoparticles. These hybrid nanoparticles have been reported to have a unique structure: The core consists of a cluster of ceria crystallites several nanometers in size. We compared the characteristics of the sensors based on thick films prepared from core-shell nanoparticles with those of sensors based on thick films prepared from conventionally used precipitated nanoparticles. The sensors prepared from the core-shell nanoparticles exhibited a resistance that was ten times greater than that of the sensors prepared from the precipitated nanoparticles. The response values of the gas sensors based on the core-shell nanoparticles also was higher than that of the sensors based on the precipitated nanoparticles. Finally, improvements in sensor response were also noticed after the addition of Au nanoparticles to the thick films used to fabricate the two types of sensors.

  9. Microstructural Studies of Ni-P Thick Film Resistor Temperature Sensors

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    Barbara Holodnik

    1986-01-01

    Full Text Available Thick Ni-P films have been widely investigated at our Institute. This article tends to visualize by use of various microscopic methods how the growth and sintering of individual conducting grains, results in the formation of nickel dendrites responsible for the metallic character of electrical conduction.

  10. Effect of Ni Doping on Gas Sensing Performance of ZnO Thick Film Resistor

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    M. K. DEORE

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available This work investigates the use of ZnO-NiO as a H2S metal oxide thick film gas sensor. To find the optimum ratio of NiO to ZnO, two compositions were prepared using different molecular percentages and prepared as a thick film paste. These pastes were then screen-printed onto glass substrates with suitable binder. The final composition of each film was determined using SEM analysis. The films were used to detect CO, CL2, ethanol, Amonia and H2S. For each composition tested, the highest responses where displayed for H2S gas. The Thick film having composition of equal molar ZnO and NiO shows the highest response at operating temp. 350 0C for 100 ppm level. The gas response, selectivity, response and recovery time of the sensor were measured and presented. The role played by NiO species is to improve the gas sensing performance is discussed.

  11. Systems Issues Pertaining to Holographic Optical Data Storage in Thick Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Timucin, Dogan A.; Gary, Charles K.; Oezcan, Meric; Smithey, Daniel T.; Crew, Marshall; Lau, Sonie (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    The optical data storage capacity and raw bit-error-rate achievable with thick photochromic bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films are investigated for sequential recording and read- out of angularly- and shift-multiplexed digital holograms inside a thick blue-membrane D85N BR film. We address the determination of an exposure schedule that produces equal diffraction efficiencies among each of the multiplexed holograms. This exposure schedule is determined by numerical simulations of the holographic recording process within the BR material, and maximizes the total grating strength. We also experimentally measure the shift selectivity and compare the results to theoretical predictions. Finally, we evaluate the bit-error-rate of a single hologram, and of multiple holograms stored within the film.

  12. Measurement of oil film thickness for application to elastomeric Stirling engine rod seals

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    Krauter, A. I.

    1981-01-01

    The rod seal in the Stirling engine has the function of separating high pressure gas from low or ambient pressure oil. An experimental apparatus was designed to measure the oil film thickness distribution for an elastomeric seal in a reciprocating application. Tests were conducted on commercial elastomeric seals having a 76 mm rod and a 3.8 mm axial width. Test conditions included 70 and 90 seal durometers, a sliding velocity of 0.8 m/sec, and a zero pressure gradient across the seal. An acrylic cylinder and a typical synthetic base automotive lubricant were used. The experimental results showed that the effect of seal hardness on the oil film thickness is considerable. A comparison between analytical and experimental oil film profiles for an elastomeric seal during relatively high speed reciprocating motion showed an overall qualitative agreement.

  13. Method for rapid, controllable growth and thickness, of epitaxial silicon films

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    Wang, Qi [Littleton, CO; Stradins, Paul [Golden, CO; Teplin, Charles [Boulder, CO; Branz, Howard M [Boulder, CO

    2009-10-13

    A method of producing epitaxial silicon films on a c-Si wafer substrate using hot wire chemical vapor deposition by controlling the rate of silicon deposition in a temperature range that spans the transition from a monohydride to a hydrogen free silicon surface in a vacuum, to obtain phase-pure epitaxial silicon film of increased thickness is disclosed. The method includes placing a c-Si substrate in a HWCVD reactor chamber. The method also includes supplying a gas containing silicon at a sufficient rate into the reaction chamber to interact with the substrate to deposit a layer containing silicon thereon at a predefined growth rate to obtain phase-pure epitaxial silicon film of increased thickness.

  14. Developing a theoretical relationship between electrical resistivity, temperature, and film thickness for conductors.

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    Lacy, Fred

    2011-12-22

    Experimental evidence has made it clear that the size of an object can have an effect on its properties. The electrical resistivity of a thin film will become larger as the thickness of that film decreases in size. Furthermore, the electrical resistivity will also increase as the temperature increases. To help understand these relationships, a model is presented, and equations are obtained to help understand the mechanisms responsible for these properties and to give insight into the underlying physics between these parameters. Comparisons are made between experimental data and values generated from the theoretical equations derived from the model. All of this analysis provides validation for the theoretical model. Therefore, since the model is accurate, it provides insight into the underlying physics that relates electrical resistivity to temperature and film thickness. PACS: 73.61.At; 73.50.Bk; 72.15.Eb; 72.10.d; 63.20.kd.

  15. Fabrication of 5-20 nm thick β-W films

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    Avyaya J. Narasimham

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available A technique to fabricate 5 to 20 nm thick sputter deposited β W films on SiO2 and Si substrates is presented. This is achieved by growing tungsten on a 5 nm SiO2 layer or in an oxygen controlled environment by flowing 2 sccm of O2 during deposition. Resistivity, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and reflectivity studies were performed to determine the phase and thickness of tungsten films. These results demonstrate a technique to grow this film on bare Si or a SiO2 substrate, which can enable growth on the bottom of a write unit in a non-volatile spin logic device.

  16. Experimental Comparison of the Behavior between Base Oil and Grease Starvation Based on Inlet Film Thickness

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    D. Kostal

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the experimental study of an elastohydrodynamic contact under conditions of insufficient lubricant supply. Starvation level of this type of the contact may be experimentally determined based on the position of the meniscus, but this way can't determine all levels of starvation. Consequent development in the field of tribology achieved theoretical model that can determine all levels of starvation by dependency on the thickness of the lubricant film entering the contact, but it is difficult for experimental verification. The main goal of this work is an experimental study and description of the behavior of the elastohydrodynamic contact with controlled thickness of the lubricant film at the contact input. Contact was lubricated by the base oil and the grease and compared. Results were surprising because the only differences between oil and grease were observed for more viscous lubricants at thicker film layer entering to the contact.

  17. Tailoring the magnetic properties of Ni81Fe19 thin films by varying their thickness

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    Alburquenque, Daniela; Pérez-Erices, Lizardo; Pereira, Alejandro; Escrig, Juan

    2017-11-01

    Ni81Fe19Oy thin films with different thicknesses were obtained by atomic layer deposition. After a thermal reduction process, Ni81Fe19Oy films were converted to their strong Ni81Fe19 ferromagnetic phase, usually known as Permalloy. The different thicknesses were obtained by considering 500, 1000, 1500 and 2000 supercycles, which are defined as a cycle of NiCp2/O3 followed by another cycle of FeCp2/O3. The samples were characterized before and after the thermal reduction process with respect to their crystallinity, morphology and magnetism. In particular, the thermally reduced samples exhibit holes whose sizes increase significantly as the thickness of the samples also increases, affecting their magnetic behaviour. As Permalloy is widely used in many applications, its synthesis through atomic layer deposition is expected to introduce comparative advantages over other synthesis processes, opening up new possibilities for nanoelectronic devices.

  18. On the Correlation of Specific Film Thickness and Gear Pitting Life

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    Krantz, Timothy L.

    2015-01-01

    The effect of the lubrication regime on gear performance has been recognized, qualitatively, for decades. Often the lubrication regime is characterized by the specific film thickness defined as the ratio of lubricant film thickness to the composite surface roughness. It can be difficult to combine results of studies to create a cohesive and comprehensive dataset. In this work gear surface fatigue lives for a wide range of specific film values were studied using tests done with common rigs, speeds, lubricant temperatures, and test procedures. This study includes previously reported data, results of an additional 50 tests, and detailed information from lab notes and tested gears. The dataset comprised 258 tests covering specific film values (0.47 to 5.2). The experimentally determined surface fatigue lives, quantified as 10-percent life estimates, ranged from 8.7 to 86.8 million cycles. The trend is one of increasing life for increasing specific film. The trend is nonlinear. The observed trends were found to be in good agreement with data and recommended practice for gears and bearings. The results obtained will perhaps allow for the specific film parameter to be used with more confidence and precision to assess gear surface fatigue for purpose of design, rating, and technology development.

  19. Water clustering on nanostructured iron oxide films

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    Merte, Lindsay Richard; Bechstein, Ralf; Peng, G.

    2014-01-01

    , but it is not well-understood how these hydroxyl groups and their distribution on a surface affect the molecular-scale structure at the interface. Here we report a study of water clustering on a moire-structured iron oxide thin film with a controlled density of hydroxyl groups. While large amorphous monolayer...... islands form on the bare film, the hydroxylated iron oxide film acts as a hydrophilic nanotemplate, causing the formation of a regular array of ice-like hexameric nanoclusters. The formation of this ordered phase is localized at the nanometre scale; with increasing water coverage, ordered and amorphous...

  20. Thickness dependencies of structural and magnetic properties of cubic and tetragonal Heusler alloy bilayer films

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    Ranjbar, R.; Suzuki, K. Z.; Sugihara, A.; Ando, Y.; Miyazaki, T.; Mizukami, S.

    2017-07-01

    The thickness dependencies of the structural and magnetic properties for bilayers of cubic Co-based Heusler alloys (CCHAs: Co2FeAl (CFA), Co2FeSi (CFS), Co2MnAl (CMA), and Co2MnSi (CMS)) and D022-MnGa were investigated. Epitaxy of the B2 structure of CCHAs on a MnGa film was achieved; the smallest thickness with the B2 structure was found for 3-nm-thick CMS and CFS. The interfacial exchange coupling (Jex) was antiferromagnetic (AFM) for all of the CCHAs/MnGa bilayers except for unannealed CFA/MnGa samples. A critical thickness (tcrit) at which perpendicular magnetization appears of approximately 4-10 nm for the CMA/MnGa and CMS/MnGa bilayers was observed, whereas this thickness was 1-3 nm for the CFA/MnGa and CFS/MnGa films. The critical thickness for different CCHAs materials is discussed in terms of saturation magnetization (Ms) and the Jex .

  1. Indium-Nitrogen Codoped Zinc Oxide Thin Film Deposited by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis on n-(111 Si Substrate: The Effect of Film Thickness

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    Cheng-Chang Yu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Indium-nitrogen codoped zinc oxide (INZO thin films were fabricated by spray pyrolysis deposition technique on n-(111 Si substrate with different film thicknesses at 450°C using a precursor containing zinc acetate, ammonium acetate, and indium nitrate with 1 : 3 : 0.05 at.% concentration. The morphology and structure studies were carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The grain size of the films increased when increasing the film thickness. From XRD spectra, polycrystalline ZnO structure can be observed and the preferred orientation behavior varied from (002 to (101 as the film thickness increased. The concentration and mobility were investigated by Hall effect measurement. the p-type films with a hole mobility around 3 cm2V−1s−1 and hole concentration around 3×1019 cm−3 can be achieved with film thickness less than 385 nm. The n-type conduction with concentration 1×1020 cm−3 is observed for film with thickness 1089 nm. The defect states were characterized by photoluminescence. With temperature-dependent conductivity analysis, acceptor state with activation energy 0.139 eV dominate the p type conduction for thin INZO film. And the Zn-related shallow donors with activation energy 0.029 eV dominate the n-type conduction for the thick INZO film.

  2. In-situ and elementally resolved determination of the thickness uniformity of multi-ply films by confocal micro XRF.

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    Peng, Song; Liu, Zhiguo; Sun, Tianxi; Wang, Guangfu; Ma, Yongzhong; Ding, Xunliang

    2014-08-01

    Confocal micro X-ray fluorescence (CM-XRF) with quasi-monochromatic excitation based on polycapillary X-ray optics was used to measure the thickness of multi-ply films. The relative errors of measuring an Fe film with a thickness of 16.3 μm and a Cu film with a thickness of 24.5 μm were 7.3% and 0.4%, respectively. The non-destructive and in-situ measurement of the thickness and uniformity of multi-ply films of Cu, Fe and Ni on a silicon surface was performed. CM-XRF was convenient in in-situ and elementally resolved analysis of the thickness of multi-ply films without a cumbersome theoretical correction model. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Refractive index measurements of films with biaxial symmetry. 2. Determination of film thickness and refractive indices using polarized transmission spectra in the transparent wavelength range.

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    Diao, Jie; Hess, Dennis W

    2005-07-07

    A technique is formulated to determine both thickness and refractive indices of free-standing films with biaxial symmetry from polarized transmission spectra. The films must be transparent and show little dispersion in refractive indices in the wavelength range where the transmission spectra are collected. Methods are proposed to correct the errors caused by imperfect polarization of incident radiation and thickness variation across the sampling area. Anisotropic refractive indices and thickness of poly(biphenyl dianhydride-p-phenylenediamine) films which exhibit uniaxial optical anisotropy are determined from polarized transmission spectra. The refractive index and thickness values compare well to those obtained from waveguide prism coupler and profilometer measurements.

  4. Quartz Microbalance Study of 400-angstrom Thick Films near the lambda Point

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    Chan, Moses H. W.

    2003-01-01

    In a recent measurement we observed the thinning of an adsorbed helium film induced by the confinement of critical fluctuations a few millikelvin below the lambda point. A capacitor set-up was used to measure this Casimir effect. In this poster we will present our measurement of an adsorbed helium film of 400 angstroms near the lambda point with a quartz microbalance. For films this thick, we must take into account the non-linear dynamics of the shear waves in the fluid. In spite of the added complications, we were able to confirm the thinning of the film due to the Casimir effect and the onset of the superfluid transition. In addition, we observe a sharp anomaly at the bulk lambda point, most likely related to critical dissipation of the first sound. This work is carried out in collaboration with Rafael Garcia, Stephen Jordon and John Lazzaretti. This work is funded by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research under grant.

  5. Thickness-dependent piezoelectric behaviour and dielectric properties of lanthanum modified BiFeO3 thin films

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    Glenda Biasotto

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 (BLFO thin films were deposited on Pt(111/Ti/SiO2 /Si substrates by the soft chemical method. Films with thicknesses ranging from 140 to 280 nm were grown on platinum coated silicon substrates at 500°C for 2 hours. The X-ray diffraction analysis of BLFO films evidenced a hexagonal structure over the entire thickness range investigated. The grain size of the film changes as the number of the layers increases, indicating thickness dependence. It is found that the piezoelectric response is strongly influenced by the film thickness. It is shown that the properties of BiFeO3 thin films, such as lattice parameter, dielectric permittivity, piezoeletric coefficient etc., are functions of misfit strains.

  6. Versatile Wafer-Scale Technique for the Formation of Ultrasmooth and Thickness-Controlled Graphene Oxide Films Based on Very Large Flakes.

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    Azevedo, Joël; Campidelli, Stéphane; He, Delong; Cornut, Renaud; Bertucchi, Michael; Sorgues, Sébastien; Benattar, Jean-Jacques; Colbeau-Justin, Christophe; Derycke, Vincent

    2015-09-30

    We present a new strategy to form thickness-adjusted and ultrasmooth films of very large and unwrinkled graphene oxide (GO) flakes through the transfer of both hemispherical and vertical water films stabilized by surfactants. With its versatility in terms of substrate type (including flexible organic substrates) and in terms of flake density (from isolated flakes to continuous and multilayer films), this wafer-scale assembly technique is adapted to a broad range of experiments involving GO and rGO (reduced graphene oxide). We illustrate its use through the evaluation of transparent rGO electrodes.

  7. Tuning the Anisotropy of In-Plane Thermal Conduction in Thin Films by Modulating Thickness

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    Zeng, Yuqiang; Marconnet, Amy

    2018-01-01

    Anisotropy in thermal conductivity is promising for directing the heat-flow pathways in modern applications including thermal management of electronic devices. While some materials, like graphite, have strong anisotropy when comparing the in-plane thermal conductivity to cross-plane thermal conductivity, few naturally occurring materials have significant anisotropy within the in-plane directions, with an anisotropy ratio of ˜3 in few-layer black phosphorus being among the highest. In this Letter, we propose to control the thermal-conduction anisotropy by periodically modulating the thickness of thin films. Specifically, we model the thermal conduction in silicon-based thickness-modulated films using full three-dimensional simulations based on the phonon frequency-dependent Boltzmann transport equation. Our simulations demonstrate that phonon scattering with appropriately sized and shaped thickness-modulation features leads to a significant anisotropy in thermal conduction. In the diffusive regime, the same types of features lead to relatively low anisotropy (as calculated using the conventional heat diffusion equation). Thus, the enhanced thermal-conduction anisotropy with small features comes from the phonon scattering and size effects. Modulating the thickness of the thin films allows tuning the thermal-anisotropy ratio across an order of magnitude. Moreover, the proposed structures can be fabricated with currently available silicon-based nanofabrication techniques, without the need for exotic or expensive materials.

  8. The Effect of Film Thickness and TiO2 Content on Film Formation from PS/ TiO2 Nanocomposites Prepared by Dip-Coating Method

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    M. Selin Sunay; Onder Pekcan; Saziye Ugur

    2012-01-01

    ...) was used for studying film formation from TiO2 covered nanosized polystyrene (PS) latex particles (320 nm). The effects of film thickness and TiO2 content on the film formation and structure properties of PS/TiO2 composites were studied...

  9. Effect of Aging Time and Film Thickness on the Photoelectrochemical Properties of TiO2 Sol-Gel Photoanodes

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    D. Regonini

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This work has focused on the investigation of a non-aqueous based sol-gel process to produce TiO2 based photoelectrodes for solar water splitting. In particular, the effect of the aging time of the sol and TiO2 film thickness on the photoelectrochemical properties of the photoanodes has been investigated. In order to achieve optimal performances (i.e., photocurrent density up to 570 µA/cm2 and IPCE of 26% at 300 nm, the sol needs to be aged for 3 to 6 h, before being dip-coated to produce the photoanodes. The importance of the aging time can also be appreciated from the optical properties of the TiO2 films; the absorbance threshold of the sol-gel aged for 3–6 h is slightly shifted towards longer wavelenghts in comparison to 0 h aging. Aging is necessary to build up a well-interconnected sol-gel network which finally leads to a photoelectrode with optimized light absorption and electron collection properties. This is also confirmed by the higher IPCE signal of aged photoelectrodes, especially below 340 nm. Among thicknesses considered, there is no apparent significant difference in the photoresponse (photocurrent density and IPCE of the TiO2 sol-gel films.

  10. The method of controlling the thickness of the deposited film on the basis of the surface plasmon resonance effect

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    Komlev, A. E.; Dyukin, R. V.; Shutova, E. S.

    2017-07-01

    New method, based on surface plasmon resonance, for thickness control of thin films deposition in vacuum is offered by authors. This method allows to determine with high accuracy thickness of nanoscale optical coatings. Numerical simulation of surface plasmon resonance conditions in Kretchman geometry and it’s frequency changes during deposition of different thickness Ta2O5 films are presented. Modeling was given in WinSpall program.

  11. Effects of Thickness, Pulse Duration, and Size of Strip Electrode on Ferroelectric Electron Emission of Lead Zirconate Titanate Films

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    Yaseen, Muhammad; Ren, Wei; Chen, Xiaofeng; Feng, Yujun; Shi, Peng; Wu, Xiaoqing

    2017-11-01

    Sol-gel-derived lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin-film emitters with thickness up to 9.8 μm have been prepared on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si wafer via chemical solution deposition with/without polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) modification, and the relationship between the film thickness and electron emission investigated. Notable electron emission was observed on application of a trigger voltage of 120 V for PZT film with thickness of 1.1 μm. Increasing the film thickness decreased the threshold field to initiate electron emission for non-PVP-modified films. In contrast, the electron emission behavior of PVP-modified films did not show significant dependence on film thickness, probably due to their porous structure. The emission current increased with decreasing strip width and space between strips. Furthermore, it was observed that increasing the duration of the applied pulse increased the magnitude of the emission current. The stray field on the PZT film thickness was also calculated and found to increase with increasing ferroelectric sample thickness. The PZT emitters were found to be fatigue free up to 105 emission cycles. Saturated emission current of around 25 mA to 30 mA was achieved for the electrode pattern used in this work.

  12. Orientation and thickness dependence of magnetization at the interfacesof highly spin-polarized manganite thin films

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    Chopdekar, Rajesh V.; Arenholz, Elke; Suzuki, Y.

    2008-08-18

    We have probed the nature of magnetism at the surface of (001), (110) and (111)-oriented La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} thin films. The spin polarization of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} thin films is not intrinsically suppressed at all surfaces and interfaces but is highly sensitive to both the epitaxial strain state as well as the substrate orientation. Through the use of soft x-ray spectroscopy, the magnetic properties of (001), (110) and (111)-oriented La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interfaces have been investigated and compared to bulk magnetometry and resistivity measurements. The magnetization of (110) and (111)-oriented La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interfaces are more bulk-like as a function of thickness whereas the magnetization at the (001)-oriented La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interface is suppressed significantly below a layer thickness of 20 nm. Such findings are correlated with the biaxial strain state of the La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} films; for a given film thickness it is the tetragonal distortion of (001) La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} that severely impacts the magnetization, whereas the trigonal distortion for (111)-oriented films and monoclinic distortion for (110)-oriented films have less of an impact. These observations provide evidence that surface magnetization and thus spin polarization depends strongly on the crystal surface orientation as well as epitaxial strain.

  13. Photometer for monitoring the thickness of inkjet printed films for organic electronic and sensor applications

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    Im, Jisun; Sengupta, Sandip K.; Whitten, James E.

    2010-03-01

    Inkjet printed organic thin films are being used for a variety of electronic and sensor applications with advantages that include ease of fabrication and reproducibility. Construction and use of a low-cost photometer based on a light-emitting diode (LED) light source and a photodiode detector are described. The photometer attaches to the exit of the printer with the transparent substrate onto which the film is printed passing between the LED and photodiode. By measuring the output voltage of the detector, the transmittance and absorbance of the inkjet printed film can be calculated in real-time. Since absorbance is linearly proportional to thickness in the Beer-Lambert regime, the thickness of the film may be monitored and controlled by varying the number of passes through the printer. Use of the photometer is demonstrated for inkjet printed films of monolayer-protected colloidal gold nanoparticles that function as chemical vapor sensors. The photometer may find applications in both research and quality control related to the manufacture of organic electronic devices and sensors and enables "feedback-controlled" inkjet printing.

  14. Photometer for monitoring the thickness of inkjet printed films for organic electronic and sensor applications.

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    Im, Jisun; Sengupta, Sandip K; Whitten, James E

    2010-03-01

    Inkjet printed organic thin films are being used for a variety of electronic and sensor applications with advantages that include ease of fabrication and reproducibility. Construction and use of a low-cost photometer based on a light-emitting diode (LED) light source and a photodiode detector are described. The photometer attaches to the exit of the printer with the transparent substrate onto which the film is printed passing between the LED and photodiode. By measuring the output voltage of the detector, the transmittance and absorbance of the inkjet printed film can be calculated in real-time. Since absorbance is linearly proportional to thickness in the Beer-Lambert regime, the thickness of the film may be monitored and controlled by varying the number of passes through the printer. Use of the photometer is demonstrated for inkjet printed films of monolayer-protected colloidal gold nanoparticles that function as chemical vapor sensors. The photometer may find applications in both research and quality control related to the manufacture of organic electronic devices and sensors and enables "feedback-controlled" inkjet printing.

  15. Enhancing Performance of Large-Area Organic Solar Cells with Thick Film via Ternary Strategy.

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    Zhang, Jianqi; Zhao, Yifan; Fang, Jin; Yuan, Liu; Xia, Benzheng; Wang, Guodong; Wang, Zaiyu; Zhang, Yajie; Ma, Wei; Yan, Wei; Su, Wenming; Wei, Zhixiang

    2017-06-01

    Large-scale fabrication of organic solar cells requires an active layer with high thickness tolerability and the use of environment-friendly solvents. Thick films with high-performance can be achieved via a ternary strategy studied herein. The ternary system consists of one polymer donor, one small molecule donor, and one fullerene acceptor. The small molecule enhances the crystallinity and face-on orientation of the active layer, leading to improved thickness tolerability compared with that of a polymer-fullerene binary system. An active layer with 270 nm thickness exhibits an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 10.78%, while the PCE is less than 8% with such thick film for binary system. Furthermore, large-area devices are successfully fabricated using polyethylene terephthalate (PET)/Silver gride or indium tin oxide (ITO)-based transparent flexible substrates. The product shows a high PCE of 8.28% with an area of 1.25 cm 2 for a single cell and 5.18% for a 20 cm 2 module. This study demonstrates that ternary organic solar cells exhibit great potential for large-scale fabrication and future applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Thick soi films by rapid thermal processing for high voltage integrated circuits

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    Dilhac, J.M.; Cornibert, L.; Charitat, G.; Nolhier, N.; Zerrouk, D.; Ganibal, C.

    1997-05-01

    A structure for electrical insulation of control devices used in high voltage integrated circuits, is presented, combining junction and dielectric insulation for vertical and lateral insulation respectively. The insulation performances are first theoretically assessed to estimate the required oxide thickness; then, a method for creating the buried oxide layer is presented and experimentally verified; the method consists in re-crystallizing thick polysilicon films by Lateral Epitaxial Growth over Oxide (LEGO) in order to fabricate substrates with localized SOI (silicon on insulator) layers, and avoids any horizontal thermal gradient in the solid phase and therefore produces less defects, while allowing the formation of much thicker films than in any other melt-based technique

  17. Neutron methods for the direct determination of the magnetic induction in thick films

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    Kozhevnikov, S.V., E-mail: kozhevn@nf.jinr.ru [Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Ott, F. [CEA, IRAMIS, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); CNRS, IRAMIS, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Radu, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Albert-Einstein Strasse 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    We review different neutron methods which allow extracting directly the value of the magnetic induction in thick films: Larmor precession, Zeeman spatial beam-splitting and neutron spin resonance. Resulting parameters obtained by the neutron methods and standard magnetometry technique are presented and compared. The possibilities and specificities of the neutron methods are discussed. - Highlights: • We present neutron methods for investigations of the thick magnetic films. • It is the methods for the direct determination of the magnetic induction. • Magnetic induction in bulk, at single interface and in a single domain. • It is Larmor precession, Zeeman spatial beam-splitting and neutron spin resonance. • These methods are complementary to polarized neutron reflectometry.

  18. Evaluation of Cadmium-Free Thick Film Materials on Alumina Substrates

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    L. H. Perdieu

    2009-09-01

    A new cadmium-free material system was successfully evaluated for the fabrication of thick film hybrid microcircuits at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T). The characterization involved screen printing, drying and firing two groups of resistor networks which were made using the current material system and the cadmium-free material system. Electrical, environmental and adhesion tests were performed on both groups to determine the more suitable material system. Additionally, untrimmed test coupons were evaluated to further characterize the new materials. The cadmiumfree material system did as well or better than the current material system. Therefore, the new cadmium-free material system was approved for use on production thick film product.

  19. Chemical Vapor Identification by Plasma Treated Thick Film Tin Oxide Gas Sensor Array and Pattern Recognition

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    J. K. Srivastava

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Present study deals the class recognition potential of a four element plasma treated thick film tin oxide gas sensor array exposed with volatile organic compounds (VOCs. Methanol, Ethanol and Acetone are selected as target VOCs and exposed on sensor array at different concentration in range from 100-1000 ppm. Sensor array consist of four tin oxide sensors doped with 1-4 % PbO concentrations were fabricated by thick film technology and then treated with oxygen plasma for 5-10 minute durations. Sensor signal is analyzed by principal component analysis (PCA for visual classification of VOCs. Further output of PCA is used as input for classification of VOCs by four pattern classification techniques as: linear discriminant analysis (LDA, k-nearest neighbor (KNN, back propagation neural network (BPNN and support vector machine (SVM. All the four classifier results 100 % correct classification rate of VOCs by response analysis of sensor array treated with plasma for 5 minute.

  20. Harnessing Photovoltage: Effects of Film Thickness, TiO2 Nanoparticle Size, MgO and Surface Capping with DSCs.

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    Cheema, Hammad; Delcamp, Jared H

    2017-01-25

    High photovoltage dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) offer an exceptional opportunity to power electrocatalysts for the production of hydrogen from water and the reduction of CO2 to usable fuels with a relatively cost-effective, low-toxicity solar cell. Competitive recombination pathways such as electron transfer from TiO2 films to the redox shuttle or oxidized dye must be minimized to achieve the maximum possible photovoltage (Voc) from DSC devices. A high Voc of 882 mV was achieved with the iodide/triiodide redox shuttle and a ruthenium NCS-ligated dye, HD-2-mono, by utilizing a combined approach of (1) modulating the TiO2 surface area through film thickness and nanoparticle size selection, (2) addition of a MgO insulating layer, and (3) capping available TiO2 film surface sites post film sensitization with an F-SAM (fluorinated self-assembled monolayer) treatment. The exceptional Voc of 882 mV observed is the highest achieved for the popular NCS containing ruthenium sensitizers with >5% PCE and compares favorably to the 769 mV value observed under common device preparation conditions.

  1. Electrohydrodynamic jet printing of PZT thick film micro-scale structures

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    Wang, D; Zhu, X.; Liang, J.; Ren, T.; Zha, W.; Dong,W.; Rocks, SA; Dorey, RA; Xu, Z; Wang, X

    2015-01-01

    © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This paper reports the use of a printing technique, called electrohydrodynamic jet printing, for producing PZT thick film micro-scale structures without additional material removing processes. The PZT powder was ball-milled and the effect of milling time on the particle size was examined. This ball-milling process can significantly reduce the PZT particle size and help to prepare stable composite slurry suitable for the E-Jet printing. The PZT micro-scale structures with ...

  2. [Determination of film thickness, component and content based on glass surface by using XRF spectrometry].

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    Mei, Yan; Ma, Mi-Xia; Nie, Zuo-Ren

    2013-12-01

    Film thickness, component and content based on glass surface were determined by using XRF technic, measure condition and instrument work condition in every layer were set and adjusted for the best measure effect for every element. Background fundamental parameter (BG-FP) method was built up. Measure results with this method were consistent with the actual preparation course and the method could fit to production application.

  3. Characterization of Thick and Thin Film SiCN for Pressure Sensing at High Temperatures

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    Rama B. Bhat

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Pressure measurement in high temperature environments is important in many applications to provide valuable information for performance studies. Information on pressure patterns is highly desirable for improving performance, condition monitoring and accurate prediction of the remaining life of systems that operate in extremely high temperature environments, such as gas turbine engines. A number of technologies have been recently investigated, however these technologies target specific applications and they are limited by the maximum operating temperature. Thick and thin films of SiCN can withstand high temperatures. SiCN is a polymer-derived ceramic with liquid phase polymer as its starting material. This provides the advantage that it can be molded to any shape. CERASET™ also yields itself for photolithography, with the addition of photo initiator 2, 2-Dimethoxy-2-phenyl-acetophenone (DMPA, thereby enabling photolithographical patterning of the pre-ceramic polymer using UV lithography. SiCN fabrication includes thermosetting, crosslinking and pyrolysis. The technology is still under investigation for stability and improved performance. This work presents the preparation of SiCN films to be used as the body of a sensor for pressure measurements in high temperature environments. The sensor employs the phenomenon of drag effect. The pressure sensor consists of a slender sensitive element and a thick blocking element. The dimensions and thickness of the films depend on the intended application of the sensors. Fabrication methods of SiCN ceramics both as thin (about 40–60 µm and thick (about 2–3 mm films for high temperature applications are discussed. In addition, the influence of thermosetting and annealing processes on mechanical properties is investigated.

  4. Leakage current characteristics of thick cubic boron nitride films deposited on titanium

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    Kawamoto, S.; Nakakuma, T.; Teii, K.; Matsumoto, S.

    2017-12-01

    Thick cubic and sp2-bonded boron nitride (cBN and sp2BN) films are deposited on Ti substrates by plasma jet enhanced chemical vapor deposition using the chemistry of fluorine, and their direct current-voltage characteristics are studied for Ni-BN-Ti capacitor structures. The resistivity of the cBN film measured at room temperature is of the order of 108 Ωcm, which is three to four orders of magnitude lower than that of the sp2BN film. At high electric fields, Frenkel-Poole emission dominates the conduction of the sp2BN film, while thermionic emission is better able to describe the conduction of the cBN film at temperatures up to 473 K. A lower leakage current indicates lower densities of carriers and trap sites associated with defects, suggesting that a higher-quality cBN film with higher crystallinity and stoichiometry is potentially promising as an ultrahard dielectric material in high temperature condition.

  5. Study of micron-thick MgB{sub 2} films on niobium substrates

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    Zhuang Chenggang; Yao Dan; Li Fen; Zhang Kaicheng; Feng Qingrong; Gan Zizhao [School of Physics and State Key Laboratory for Artificial Microstructure and Mesoscopic Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2007-03-15

    1 {mu}m thick polycrystalline MgB{sub 2} films have been grown on commercial niobium sheets using the hybrid physical-chemical vapour deposition technique (HPCVD). Their zero-resistance transition temperature T{sub c}{sup 0} ranges from 38 to 39 K and the transition temperature width {delta}T{sub c} is about 0.1-0.2 K. The films are composed of regular plate-shaped MgB{sub 2} crystallites and have lattice constants about the bulk values. Some diffusion regions were observed at the interface between the film and the substrate by a line scanning spectra of energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) on the cross section, which might enhance the adhesion of the coated layer to the substrate. The critical current densities, J{sub c}, of these films, calculated by the Bean model, are greater than 5 x 10{sup 6} A cm{sup -2} at 10 K in zero field. Although tiny cracks in the film were created by bending the sample on a curved surface with a radius of 1.4 mm, however, T{sub c}{sup 0} of the bent film was not affected and remained about 39 K, which indicates that the sample has a certain ductibility.

  6. Self-assembled artificial pinning centres in thick YBCO superconducting films

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    Mikheenko, P; Abell, J S; Sarkar, A; Dang, V S; Kechik, M M Awang; Tanner, J L; Crisan, A [School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Paturi, P; Huhtinen, H [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, FI-20014 University of Turku (Finland); Babu, N Hari; Cardwell, D A, E-mail: p.mikheenko@bham.ac.u [Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)

    2010-06-01

    Strong, artificial pinning centres are required in superconducting films of large thickness for power applications in high magnetic fields. One of the methods for the introduction of pinning centres in such films is substrate decoration, i.e., growing nanoscale islands of certain materials on the substrate prior to the deposition of the superconducting film. Two other methods are building up a layered distribution of a second phase and homogeneous incorporation of second phase inclusions from a compositional target. In this paper, we compare the effectiveness of these methods in terms of the type of the self-assembly of nanoparticles. The comparison is made over a large set of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} films of thickness up to 6.6 {mu}m deposited with Au, Ag, Pd, LaNiO{sub 3}, PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, YBCO, BaZrO{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}Ba{sub 4}CuWO{sub y} nanoparticles. It is found that substrate-decoration self-assembly is able to provide higher critical current in low magnetic field than the incorporation of homogeneous second phase in the sample microstructure. By specific modification of substrate decoration we achieved the self-field critical current per centimetre of width of 896 A/cm at 77.3 K and 1620 A/cm at 65 K in a film of thickness of 4.8 {mu}m.

  7. Effects of high voltage pulse trimming on structural properties of thick-film resistors

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    Stanimirović Zdravko

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, compact and reliable electronic devices including up-to-date ceramic micro-electro-mechanical systems require thick-film resistors with significantly reduced dimensions and stable and precise resistance values. For that reason, instead of standard laser trimming method, high voltage pulse trimming of thick-film resistors is being introduced. This method allows controlled and reliable resistance adjustment regardless of resistor position or dimensions and without the presence of cuts. However, it causes irreversible structural changes in the pseudorandom network formed during sintering causing the changes in conducting mechanisms. In this paper results of the experimental investigation of high voltage pulse trimming of thick-film resistors are presented. Obtained results are analyzed and correlations between resistance and low-frequency noise changes and changes in conducting mechanisms in resistors due to high voltage pulse trimming are observed. Sources of measured fluctuations are identified and it is shown that this type of trimming is a valid alternative trimming method to the dominant laser trimming. [Project of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Grant no. III44003 and III45007

  8. A reliable control system for measurement on film thickness in copper chemical mechanical planarization system.

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    Li, Hongkai; Qu, Zilian; Zhao, Qian; Tian, Fangxin; Zhao, Dewen; Meng, Yonggang; Lu, Xinchun

    2013-12-01

    In recent years, a variety of film thickness measurement techniques for copper chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) are subsequently proposed. In this paper, the eddy-current technique is used. In the control system of the CMP tool developed in the State Key Laboratory of Tribology, there are in situ module and off-line module for measurement subsystem. The in situ module can get the thickness of copper film on wafer surface in real time, and accurately judge when the CMP process should stop. This is called end-point detection. The off-line module is used for multi-points measurement after CMP process, in order to know the thickness of remained copper film. The whole control system is structured with two levels, and the physical connection between the upper and the lower is achieved by the industrial Ethernet. The process flow includes calibration and measurement, and there are different algorithms for two modules. In the process of software development, C++ is chosen as the programming language, in combination with Qt OpenSource to design two modules' GUI and OPC technology to implement the communication between the two levels. In addition, the drawing function is developed relying on Matlab, enriching the software functions of the off-line module. The result shows that the control system is running stably after repeated tests and practical operations for a long time.

  9. A reliable control system for measurement on film thickness in copper chemical mechanical planarization system

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    Li, Hongkai; Qu, Zilian; Zhao, Qian; Tian, Fangxin; Zhao, Dewen; Meng, Yonggang; Lu, Xinchun

    2013-12-01

    In recent years, a variety of film thickness measurement techniques for copper chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) are subsequently proposed. In this paper, the eddy-current technique is used. In the control system of the CMP tool developed in the State Key Laboratory of Tribology, there are in situ module and off-line module for measurement subsystem. The in situ module can get the thickness of copper film on wafer surface in real time, and accurately judge when the CMP process should stop. This is called end-point detection. The off-line module is used for multi-points measurement after CMP process, in order to know the thickness of remained copper film. The whole control system is structured with two levels, and the physical connection between the upper and the lower is achieved by the industrial Ethernet. The process flow includes calibration and measurement, and there are different algorithms for two modules. In the process of software development, C++ is chosen as the programming language, in combination with Qt OpenSource to design two modules' GUI and OPC technology to implement the communication between the two levels. In addition, the drawing function is developed relying on Matlab, enriching the software functions of the off-line module. The result shows that the control system is running stably after repeated tests and practical operations for a long time.

  10. Effect of film thickness on structural and mechanical properties of AlCrN nanocompoite thin films deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Prakash, Ravi; Kaur, Davinder, E-mail: dkaurfph@iitr.ac.in [Functional Nanomaterial Research lab, Department of Physics and Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee-247667, Uttarakhand (India)

    2016-05-06

    In this study, the influence of film thickness on the structural, surface morphology and mechanical properties of Aluminum chromium nitride (AlCrN) thin films has been successfully investigated. The AlCrN thin films were deposited on silicon (100) substrate using dc magnetron reactive co-sputtering at substrate temperature 400° C. The structural, surface morphology and mechanical properties were studied using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and nanoindentation techniques respectively. The thickness of these thin films was controlled by varying the deposition time therefore increase in deposition time led to increase in film thickness. X-ray diffraction pattern of AlCrN thin films with different deposition time shows the presence of (100) and (200) orientations. The crystallite size varies in the range from 12.5 nm to 36.3 nm with the film thickness due to surface energy minimization with the higher film thickness. The hardness pattern of these AlCrN thin films follows Hall-Petch relation. The highest hardness 23.08 Gpa and young modulus 215.31 Gpa were achieved at lowest grain size of 12.5 nm.

  11. Thickness effect on the structure, grain size, and local piezoresponse of self-polarized lead lanthanum zirconate titanate thin films

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    Melo, M.; Araújo, E. B., E-mail: eudes@dfq.feis.unesp.br [Departamento de Física e Química, Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, UNESP—Univ. Estadual Paulista, 15385-000 Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil); Shvartsman, V. V. [Institute for Materials Science, University Duisburg-Essen, 45141 Essen (Germany); Shur, V. Ya. [Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kholkin, A. L. [Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Department of Physics and CICECO—Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)

    2016-08-07

    Polycrystalline lanthanum lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) thin films were deposited on Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates to study the effects of the thickness and grain size on their structural and piezoresponse properties at nanoscale. Thinner PLZT films show a slight (100)-orientation tendency that tends to random orientation for the thicker film, while microstrain and crystallite size increases almost linearly with increasing thickness. Piezoresponse force microscopy and autocorrelation function technique were used to demonstrate the existence of local self-polarization effect and to study the thickness dependence of correlation length. The obtained results ruled out the bulk mechanisms and suggest that Schottky barriers near the film-substrate are likely responsible for a build-in electric field in the films. Larger correlation length evidence that this build-in field increases the number of coexisting polarization directions in larger grains leading to an alignment of macrodomains in thinner films.

  12. Fabrication of Large-Grain Thick Polycrystalline Silicon Thin Films via Aluminum-Induced Crystallization for Application in Solar Cells

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    Hsiao-Yeh Chu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The fabrication of large-grain 1.25 μm thick polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si films via two-stage aluminum-induced crystallization (AIC for application in thin-film solar cells is reported. The induced 250 nm thick poly-Si film in the first stage is used as the seed layer for the crystallization of a 1 μm thick amorphous silicon (a-Si film in the second stage. The annealing temperatures in the two stages are both 500°C. The effect of annealing time (15, 30, 60, and 120 minutes in the second stage on the crystallization of a-Si film is investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. XRD and Raman results confirm that the induced poly-Si films are induced by the proposed process.

  13. YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-. delta. thick films on alumina substrates

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    Bailey, A.; Sealey, K.; Puzzer, T.; Russell, G.J.; Taylor, K.N.R. (School of Physics, Univ. of New South Wales, Kensington (Australia))

    1992-02-01

    To attempt to solve the important technological problem of developing techniques for the growth of thick film YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} layers on polycrystalline Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates, we investigated a number of different barrier layer systems. In general these do not provide high current capacity structures; however, by the use of silver doping and sapphire substrates, critical current densities of 200 A cm{sup -2} were obtained. While this is more than an order of magnitude less than comparable films on yttrium-stabilized zirconia, it represents a significant step towards the fabrication of films on the technologically more attractive substrate material. (orig.).

  14. MEH-PPV film thickness influenced fluorescent quenching of tip-coated plastic optical fiber sensors

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    Yusufu, A. M.; Noor, A. S. M.; Tamchek, N.; Abidin, Z. Z.

    2017-12-01

    The performance of plastic optical fiber sensors in detecting nitro aromatic explosives 1,4-dinitrobenzene (DNB) have been investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy and analyzed by using fluorescence quenching technique. The plastic optical fiber utilized is 90 degrees cut tip and dip-coated with conjugated polymer MEH-PPV poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] thin films for detection conjugants. The thicknesses of the MEH-PPV coating were varied to improvise the sensitivity whilst slowly reducing the fluorescence intensity. It was shown that fluorescence intensity from thinner film decreased by (82% in 40 s) in the presence of DNB signifying an improvement of 28% reduction with time 13 s less than that of the thicker film.

  15. Thickness-Dependent Properties of YBCO Films Grown on GZO/CLO-Buffered NiW Substrates

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    Malmivirta, M.; Huhtinen, H.; Yue, Zhao

    2017-01-01

    To study the role of novel Gd2Zr2O7/Ce0.9La0.1O2 buffer layer structure on a biaxially textured NiW substrate, a set of YBa2Cu3O7−δ (YBCO) films with different thicknesses were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Interface imperfections as well as thickness-dependent structural properties...... were observed in the YBCO thin films. The structure is also reflected into the improved superconducting properties with the highest critical current densities in films with intermediate thicknesses. Therefore,it can be concluded that the existing buffer layers need more optimization before they can...

  16. Cholesterol monohydrate nucleation in ultrathin films on water

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    Rapaport, H.; Kuzmenko, I.; Lafont, S.

    2001-01-01

    The growth of a cholesterol crystalline phase, three molecular layers thick at the air-water interface, was monitored by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and x-ray reflectivity. Upon compression, a cholesterol film transforms from a monolayer of trigonal symmetry and low crystallinity...... to the triclinic 3-D crystal structure of cholesterol . H(2)O. By comparison, the cholesterol derivative stigmasterol transforms, upon compression, directly into a crystalline trilayer in the rectangular lattice. These results may contribute to an understanding of the onset of cholesterol crystallization...

  17. Fully-printed high-performance organic thin-film transistors and circuitry on one-micron-thick polymer films

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    Fukuda, Kenjiro; Takeda, Yasunori; Yoshimura, Yudai; Shiwaku, Rei; Tran, Lam Truc; Sekine, Tomohito; Mizukami, Makoto; Kumaki, Daisuke; Tokito, Shizuo

    2014-06-01

    Thin, ultra-flexible devices that can be manufactured in a process that covers a large area will be essential to realizing low-cost, wearable electronic applications including foldable displays and medical sensors. The printing technology will be instrumental in fabricating these novel electronic devices and circuits; however, attaining fully printed devices on ultra-flexible films in large areas has typically been a challenge. Here we report on fully printed organic thin-film transistor devices and circuits fabricated on 1-μm-thick parylene-C films with high field-effect mobility (1.0 cm2 V-1 s-1) and fast operating speeds (about 1 ms) at low operating voltages. The devices were extremely light (2 g m-2) and exhibited excellent mechanical stability. The devices remained operational even under 50% compressive strain without significant changes in their performance. These results represent significant progress in the fabrication of fully printed organic thin-film transistor devices and circuits for use in unobtrusive electronic applications such as wearable sensors.

  18. Structural Properties Characterized by the Film Thickness and Annealing Temperature for La2O3 Films Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Wang, Xing; Liu, Hongxia; Zhao, Lu; Fei, Chenxi; Feng, Xingyao; Chen, Shupeng; Wang, Yongte

    2017-03-01

    La2O3 films were grown on Si substrates by atomic layer deposition technique with different thickness. Crystallization characteristics of the La2O3 films were analyzed by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction after post-deposition rapid thermal annealing treatments at several annealing temperatures. It was found that the crystallization behaviors of the La2O3 films are affected by the film thickness and annealing temperatures as a relationship with the diffusion of Si substrate. Compared with the amorphous La2O3 films, the crystallized films were observed to be more unstable due to the hygroscopicity of La2O3. Besides, the impacts of crystallization characteristics on the bandgap and refractive index of the La2O3 films were also investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry, respectively.

  19. Optimization of TiO2 thin film thickness for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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    Al-Bat’hi, S. A. M.; Ahmed, N.; Othman, R.; Othman, M.

    2018-01-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) rely on the absorption of photons by the dye molecules which are transported to the conduction band of the TiO2 electrode. The microstructure, energy gap and the absorption spectra of the TiO2 electrodes highly affects the efficiency of the cell. In this paper, the absorption spectra and energy gap has been studied by varying the thickness of the TiO2 paste. Nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films were deposited on ITO glass substrate with three different thickness (4.54μm, 7.12μm and 12.3μm) by using doctor blade method. After deposition all the samples were sintered at 450°C after deposition to enhance the particle bonding and for achieving better adhesion. The samples were characterized by UV-VIS spectra for determining the absorption spectra and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) for investigating the thickness and the surface morphology. Fabricating the electrodes with different thickness showed significant changes in the energy gap and from the results it can be concluded that the energy gap increases with the increased thickness. The highest energy gap of 2.25ev and absorption 3.791 was achieved by 12.3μm thick sample. The absorption spectra also shows better absorption throughout the whole visible light range but the SEM images suggests that 12.3μm thick sample shows cracks all over the deposited region which will cause current leakage when the cell is assembled. Therefore, the optimum result was achieved by 7.12μm thick sample providing 1.9 ev energy gap and 3.91 absorption peak.

  20. Approximately 800-nm-Thick Pinhole-Free Perovskite Films via Facile Solvent Retarding Process for Efficient Planar Solar Cells.

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    Yuan, Zhongcheng; Yang, Yingguo; Wu, Zhongwei; Bai, Sai; Xu, Weidong; Song, Tao; Gao, Xingyu; Gao, Feng; Sun, Baoquan

    2016-12-21

    Device performance of organometal halide perovskite solar cells significantly depends on the quality and thickness of perovskite absorber films. However, conventional deposition methods often generate pinholes within ∼300 nm-thick perovskite films, which are detrimental to the large area device manufacture. Here we demonstrated a simple solvent retarding process to deposit uniform pinhole free perovskite films with thicknesses up to ∼800 nm. Solvent evaporation during the retarding process facilitated the components separation in the mixed halide perovskite precursors, and hence the final films exhibited pinhole free morphology and large grain sizes. In addition, the increased precursor concentration after solvent-retarding process led to thick perovskite films. Based on the uniform and thick perovskite films prepared by this convenient process, a champion device efficiency up to 16.8% was achieved. We believe that this simple deposition procedure for high quality perovskite films around micrometer thickness has a great potential in the application of large area perovskite solar cells and other optoelectronic devices.

  1. Structural, optical and ac electrical characterization of CBD synthesized NiO thin films: Influence of thickness

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    Das, M. R.; Mukherjee, A.; Mitra, P.

    2017-09-01

    We have studied the electrical conductivity, dielectric relaxation mechanism and impedance spectroscopy characteristics of nickel oxide (NiO) thin films synthesized by chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. Thickness dependent structural, optical and ac electrical characterization has been carried out and deposition time was varied to control the thickness. The material has been characterized using X-ray diffraction and UV-VIS spectrophotometer. Impedance spectroscopy analysis confirmed enhancement of ac conductivity and dielectric constant for films deposited with higher deposition time. Decrease of grain size in thicker films were confirmed from XRD analysis and activation energy of the material for electrical charge hopping process was increased with thickness of the film. Decrease in band gap in thicker films were observed which could be associated with creation of additional energy levels in the band gap of the material. Cole-Cole plot shows contribution of both grain and grain boundary towards total resistance and capacitance. The overall resistance was found to decrease from 14.6 × 105 Ω for 30 min deposited film ( 120 nm thick) to 2.42 × 105 Ω for 120 min deposited film ( 307 nm thick). Activation energy value to electrical conduction process evaluated from conductivity data was found to decrease with thickness. Identical result was obtained from relaxation time approach suggesting hopping mechanism of charge carriers.

  2. Ferrimagnetic Tb-Fe Alloy Thin Films: Composition and Thickness Dependence of Magnetic Properties and All-Optical Switching

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    Birgit eHebler

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Ferrimagnetic rare earth - transition metal Tb-Fe alloy thin films exhibit a variety of different magnetic properties, which depends strongly on composition and temperature. In this study, first the influence of the film thickness (5 - 85 nm on the sample magnetic properties was investigated in a wide composition range between 15 at.% and 38 at.% of Tb. From our results, we find that the compensation point, remanent magnetization, and magnetic anisotropy of the Tb-Fe films depend not only on the composition but also on the thickness of the magnetic film up to a critical thickness of about 20-30 nm. Beyond this critical thickness, only slight changes in magnetic properties are observed. This behavior can be attributed to a growth-induced modification of the microstructure of the amorphous films, which affects the short range order. As a result, a more collinear alignment of the distributed magnetic moments of Tb along the out-of-plane direction with film thickness is obtained. This increasing contribution of the Tb sublattice magnetization to the total sample magnetization is equivalent to a sample becoming richer in Tb and can be referred to as an effective composition. Furthermore, the possibility of all-optical switching, where the magnetization orientation of Tb-Fe can be reversed solely by circularly polarized laser pulses, was analyzed for a broad range of compositions and film thicknesses and correlated to the underlying magnetic properties.

  3. Nanostructured MgTiO{sub 3} thick films obtained by electrophoretic deposition from nanopowders prepared by solar PVD

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    Apostol, Irina [S.C. IPEE Amiral Trading Impex S.A., 115300 Curtea de Arges (Romania); Mahajan, Amit [Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-093 Aveiro (Portugal); Monty, Claude J.A. [CNRS-PROMES Laboratory, 66120 Font Romeu Odeillo (France); Venkata Saravanan, K., E-mail: venketvs@cutn.ac.in [Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-093 Aveiro (Portugal); Department of Physics, School of Basic and Applied Science, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur 61010 (India)

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Obtaining nano-crystalline magnesium titanium oxide powders by solar physical vapor deposition (SPVD) process. And using these nano-powders to obtain thick films on conducting substrates by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). • SPVD is a core innovative, original and environmentally friendly process to prepare nano-materials in a powder form. • Sintered thick films exhibited dielectric constant, ε{sub r} ∼18.3 and dielectric loss, tan δ ∼0.0012 at 1 MHz, which is comparable to the values reported earlier. • New contributions to the pool of information on the preparation of nano-structured MgTiO{sub 3} thick films at low temperatures. • A considerable decrease in synthesis temperature of pure MgTiO{sub 3} thick film was observed by the combination of SPVD and EPD. - Abstract: A novel combination of solar physical vapor deposition (SPVD) and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) that was developed to grow MgTiO{sub 3} nanostructured thick films is presented. Obtaining nanostructured MgTiO{sub 3} thick films, which can replace bulk ceramic components, a major trend in electronic industry, is the main objective of this work. The advantage of SPVD is direct synthesis of nanopowders, while EPD is simple, fast and inexpensive technique for preparing thick films. SPVD technique was developed at CNRS-PROMES Laboratory, Odeillo-Font Romeu, France, while the EPD was performed at University of Aveiro – DeMAC/CICECO, Portugal. The nanopowders with an average crystallite size of about 30 nm prepared by SPVD were dispersed in 50 ml of acetone in basic media with addition of triethanolamine. The obtained well-dispersed and stable suspensions were used for carrying out EPD on 25 μm thick platinum foils. After deposition, films with thickness of about 22–25 μm were sintered in air for 15 min at 800, 900 and 1000 °C. The structural and microstructural characterization of the sintered thick films was carried out using XRD and SEM, respectively. The

  4. Thickness dependence of magnetic surface anisotropy in ultrathin amorphous films (abstract)

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    Hicken, R. J.; Rado, G. T.; Xiao, Gang; Chien, C. L.

    1990-05-01

    In searching for a possible dependence of magnetic surface anisotropy on film thickness, the magnetic surface anisotropy constant Ks of compositionally modulated amorphous Fe70B30-Ag films1 was measured by means of a method2 involving the dependence of the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) fields on the magnetic layer thickness 2L. The ratio of the Ag to the Fe70B30 thickness was 3 to 1 while 2L ranged from 1.6 to 90 Å. Measurements were made with the applied static magnetic field parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the sample, at both X- and K-band frequencies for at least 14 values of 2L in each case. The results of magnetization measurements, made by SQUID magnetometry, have already been reported.1 Using the measured values of the thin-film magnetization and the aforementioned method, the value of Ks has been determined over the entire range of 2L. The results are consistent with a constant value of Ks for 2L>16.5 Å, while Ks is found to decrease monotonically as 2L is reduced from 16.5 to 1.6 Å. A similar decrease of Ks is found even if the bulk value rather than the thin-film values of the magnetization is used throughout. In addition, the value of Ks has been deduced for 2L=4.1, 6.7, 10.2, and 16.7 Å, from the original SQUID data. These values are in good agreement with those determined by the FMR method.

  5. Fast deposition of thick diamond-like carbon films by ion-beam technique

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    Liao, Bin; Yu, Jingjing; Wang, Yudong; Bian, Baoan; Jiang, Qili; Luo, Jun; Zhang, Xu; Wu, Xianying; Ying, Minju

    2017-08-01

    A diamond-like carbon film doped with TiC nanocrystallites (TiC-DLC) with a thickness of 35.8 μm was successfully prepared on a stainless steel substrate by employing a combination of metal vapor vacuum arc and filtered cathode vacuum arc techniques. A maximum deposition rate of 0.25 μm/min was achieved for TiC-DLC films. The structure and properties of the TiC-DLC films were systematically analyzed using different methods such as transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and friction and wear tests. The results indicated that typical a-C:H films containing nano-sized TiC grains were deposited which exhibit improved mechanical properties such as high cohesive strength, Vickers hardness, and capacity against high temperature. Parameter windows for C2H2 flow rate and solenoid current were also provided for the deposition of TiC-DLC films to meet the requirements for using the material for specific commercial applications.

  6. The Effects of Two Thick Film Deposition Methods on Tin Dioxide Gas Sensor Performance

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    Smitesh D. Bakrania

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available This work demonstrates the variability in performance between SnO2 thick film gas sensors prepared using two types of film deposition methods. SnO2 powders were deposited on sensor platforms with and without the use of binders. Three commonly utilized binder recipes were investigated, and a new binder-less deposition procedure was developed and characterized. The binder recipes yielded sensors with poor film uniformity and poor structural integrity, compared to the binder-less deposition method. Sensor performance at a fixed operating temperature of 330 ºC for the different film deposition methods was evaluated by exposure to 500 ppm of the target gas carbon monoxide. A consequence of the poor film structure, large variability and poor signal properties were observed with the sensors fabricated using binders. Specifically, the sensors created using the binder recipes yielded sensor responses that varied widely (e.g., S = 5 – 20, often with hysteresis in the sensor signal. Repeatable and high quality performance was observed for the sensors prepared using the binder-less dispersion-drop method with good sensor response upon exposure to 500 ppm CO (S = 4.0 at an operating temperature of 330 ºC, low standard deviation to the sensor response (±0.35 and no signal hysteresis.

  7. The effects of two thick film deposition methods on tin dioxide gas sensor performance.

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    Bakrania, Smitesh D; Wooldridge, Margaret S

    2009-01-01

    This work demonstrates the variability in performance between SnO(2) thick film gas sensors prepared using two types of film deposition methods. SnO(2) powders were deposited on sensor platforms with and without the use of binders. Three commonly utilized binder recipes were investigated, and a new binder-less deposition procedure was developed and characterized. The binder recipes yielded sensors with poor film uniformity and poor structural integrity, compared to the binder-less deposition method. Sensor performance at a fixed operating temperature of 330 °C for the different film deposition methods was evaluated by exposure to 500 ppm of the target gas carbon monoxide. A consequence of the poor film structure, large variability and poor signal properties were observed with the sensors fabricated using binders. Specifically, the sensors created using the binder recipes yielded sensor responses that varied widely (e.g., S = 5 - 20), often with hysteresis in the sensor signal. Repeatable and high quality performance was observed for the sensors prepared using the binder-less dispersion-drop method with good sensor response upon exposure to 500 ppm CO (S = 4.0) at an operating temperature of 330 °C, low standard deviation to the sensor response (±0.35) and no signal hysteresis.

  8. Stoichiometry and thickness dependence of superconducting properties of niobium nitride thin films

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    Beebe, Melissa R., E-mail: mrbeebe@email.wm.edu; Beringer, Douglas B.; Burton, Matthew C.; Yang, Kaida; Lukaszew, R. Alejandra [Department of Physics, The College of William & Mary, Small Hall, 300 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 (United States)

    2016-03-15

    The current technology used in linear particle accelerators is based on superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities fabricated from bulk niobium (Nb), which have smaller surface resistance and therefore dissipate less energy than traditional nonsuperconducting copper cavities. Using bulk Nb for the cavities has several advantages, which are discussed elsewhere; however, such SRF cavities have a material-dependent accelerating gradient limit. In order to overcome this fundamental limit, a multilayered coating has been proposed using layers of insulating and superconducting material applied to the interior surface of the cavity. The key to this multilayered model is to use superconducting thin films to exploit the potential field enhancement when these films are thinner than their London penetration depth. Such field enhancement has been demonstrated in MgB{sub 2} thin films; here, the authors consider films of another type-II superconductor, niobium nitride (NbN). The authors present their work correlating stoichiometry and superconducting properties in NbN thin films and discuss the thickness dependence of their superconducting properties, which is important for their potential use in the proposed multilayer structure. While there are some previous studies on the relationship between stoichiometry and critical temperature T{sub C}, the authors are the first to report on the correlation between stoichiometry and the lower critical field H{sub C1}.

  9. Resin impregnation of cellulose nanofibril films facilitated by water swelling

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    Yan Qing; Ronald Sabo; Zhiyong Cai; Yiqiang Wu

    2013-01-01

    Flexible composite films were produced by impregnating aqueous phenol formaldehyde (PF) resin into water-swollen cellulose nanofibril (CNF) films. CNF films were prepared using a pressurized filtration method in combination with freeze drying. The freeze-dried films were swollen with water then impregnated with PF resin by soaking in aqueous resin solutions of varying...

  10. Processing parameters for ZnO-based thick film varistors obtained by screen printing

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    de la Rubia, M. A.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Thick film varistors based on the ZnO-Bi2O3-Sb2O3 system have been prepared by screen printing on dense alumina substrates. Different processing parameters like the paste viscosity, burn out and sintering cycles, green and sintered thickness, have been studied to improve the processing of ZnO-based thick film varistors. Starting powders were pre-treated in two different ways in order to control both the Bi-rich liquid phase formation and the excessive volatilization of Bi2O3 during sintering due to the high area/volume ratio of the thick films. Significant changes have been observed in the electrical properties related to the different firing schedule and selection of the starting powders.

    Se han preparado varistores basados en el sistema ZnO-Bi2O3-Sb2O3 en forma de lámina gruesa sobre sustratos de alúmina densa. Diferentes parámetros del procesamiento como la viscosidad de la pasta, los ciclos de calcinación y sinterización y el espesor en verde y sinterizado han sido estudiados para mejorar el procesamiento de los varistores basados en ZnO preparados en forma de lámina gruesa. Los polvos de partida fueron pretratados de dos formas diferentes con el objetivo de controlar la formación de la fase líquida rica en bismuto y la excesiva volatilización de Bi2O3 durante la sinterización debida a la alta relación área-volumen de las láminas gruesas. Se han observado cambios significativos en las propiedades eléctricas relacionadas con los diferentes ciclos de calcinado y con la selección de los polvos de partida.

  11. Electrical and Gas Sensing Properties of SnO2 Thick Film Resistors Prepared by Screen-printing Method

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    R. Y. BORSE

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Thick films of tin-oxide (SnO2 were deposited on alumina substrates employing screen-printing technique. The films were dried and fired at 680 0C for 30 minutes. The variation of D.C. resistance of thick films was measured in air as well as in H2S gas atmosphere as a function of temperature. The SnO2 films exhibit semiconducting behaviour. The SnO2 thick films studied were also showing decrease in resistance with increase of concentration of H2S gas. The film resistors showed the highest sensitivity to H2S gas at 350 0C. The XRD studies of the thick film indicate the presence of different phases of SnO2. The elemental analysis was confirmed by EDX spectra. The surface morphological study of the films was analyzed by SEM. The microstructure of the films was porous resulting from loosely interconnected small crystallites. The parameters such as grain size, activation energy, sensitivity and response time were described.

  12. Ultra-High Resolution Thin Film Thickness Delineation Using Reflection Phase-Sensitive Acoustic Microscopy

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    Mohamed, E. A.; Kamanyi, A.; von Buttlar, M.; Wannemacher, R.; Hillmann, K.; Ngwa, W.; Grill, W.

    The acoustic phase and magnitude data of a planar homogenous sample of smoothly varying thickness deposited on a glass substrate can best be represented by a polar plot. In this work, the method is extended to achieve topographical mapping of thin films with a height resolution beyond the diffraction limit of optical confocal microscopy. The radial dependence of the polar graph describes the regression of the magnitude of the reflected signal due to the attenuation. The later increases with the gradual increase of the thickness and is additionally influenced by interference effects. The angular dependence of the polar plot reveals the rotation of the phase angle of the signal due to reflection from different thicknesses of the sample. Model calculations are employed, and input values are varied until an optimum agreement with the measurement data points is achieved and the primary acoustic properties (speed of longitudinally polarized ultrasound, mechanical density of the sample and the attenuation within the material) are obtained. The model manifests the variation of the magnitude and phase of the reflected signal due to variation in thickness. After optimum adjustment of the model parameters, the thickness corresponding to each measured value of the reflectivity is obtained.

  13. High-Tc Superconducting Thick-Film Spiral Magnet: Development and Characterization of a Single Spiral Module

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    McGinnis, W

    1997-01-01

    The objective of this project was to make characterized and numerically model prototype modules of a new type of superconducting electromagnet based on stacked spirals of superconducting thick films...

  14. The roles of buffer layer thickness on the properties of the ZnO epitaxial films

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    Tang, Kun, E-mail: ktang@nju.edu.cn [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Huang, Shimin [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Gu, Shulin, E-mail: slgu@nju.edu.cn [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Zhu, Shunming [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Ye, Jiandong [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Nanjing University Institute of Optoelectronics at Yangzhou, Yangzhou 225009 (China); Xu, Zhonghua; Zheng, Youdou [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China)

    2016-12-01

    Highlights: • The growth mechanism has been revealed for the ZnO buffers with different thickness. • The surface morphology has been determined as the key factor to affect the epitaxial growth. • The relation between the hexagonal pits from buffers and epi-films has been established. • The hexagonal pits formed in the epi-films have been attributed to the V-shaped defects inheriting from the dislocations in the buffers. • The structural and electrical properties of the V-defects have been presented and analyzed. - Abstract: In this article, the authors have investigated the optimization of the buffer thickness for obtaining high-quality ZnO epi-films on sapphire substrates. The growth mechanism of the buffers with different thickness has been clearly revealed, including the initial nucleation and vertical growth, the subsequent lateral growth with small grain coalescence, and the final vertical growth along the existing larger grains. Overall, the quality of the buffer improves with increasing thickness except the deformed surface morphology. However, by a full-scale evaluation of the properties for the epi-layers, the quality of the epi-film is briefly determined by the surface morphology of the buffer, rather than the structural, optical, or electrical properties of it. The best quality epi-layer has been grown on the buffer with a smooth surface and well-coalescent grains. Meanwhile, due to the huge lattice mismatch between sapphire and ZnO, dislocations are inevitably formed during the growth of buffers. More importantly, as the film grows thicker, the dislocations may attracting other smaller dislocations and defects to reduce the total line energy and thus result in the formation of V-shape defects, which are connected with the bottom of the threading dislocations in the buffers. The V-defects appear as deep and large hexagonal pits from top view and they may act as electron traps which would affect the free carrier concentration of the epi-layers.

  15. Thickness Influence onIn VitroBiocompatibility of Titanium Nitride Thin Films Synthesized by Pulsed Laser Deposition.

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    Duta, Liviu; Stan, George E; Popa, Adrian C; Husanu, Marius A; Moga, Sorin; Socol, Marcela; Zgura, Irina; Miculescu, Florin; Urzica, Iuliana; Popescu, Andrei C; Mihailescu, Ion N

    2016-01-13

    We report a study on the biocompatibility vs. thickness in the case of titanium nitride (TiN) films synthesized on 410 medical grade stainless steel substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The films were grown in a nitrogen atmosphere, and their in vitro cytotoxicity was assessed according to ISO 10993-5 [1]. Extensive physical-chemical analyses have been carried out on the deposited structures with various thicknesses in order to explain the differences in biological behavior: profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction and surface energy measurements. XPS revealed the presence of titanium oxynitride beside TiN in amounts that vary with the film thickness. The cytocompatibility of films seems to be influenced by their TiN surface content. The thinner films seem to be more suitable for medical applications, due to the combined high values of bonding strength and superior cytocompatibility.

  16. Fe-Si-Cr/PTFE magnetic composite thick films on polyethylene terephthalate sheets for near field communications by aerosol deposition.

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    Kim, Hyung-Jun; Nam, Song-Min; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2014-10-01

    Thick film growth of Fe-Si-Cr/poly-tetra-fluoro-ethylene (PTFE) composite films on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheets was investigated by aerosol deposition (AD) as a magnetic absorber for near field communication. The Fe-Si-Cr flakes were crushed to micro flakes smaller than 1 μm after the deposition, and formed dense microstructure on the PET sheets. The Fe-Si-Cr/PTFE composite thick films using 0.2 wt.% PTFE starting powder showed dense and uniform microstructure compared to the 0.5 wt.% film. The real relative permeability /' and the imaginary permeability μ" of Fe-Si-Cr/PTFE composite thick films using the 0.2 wt.% PTFE starting powder were 13.1 and 2.9 at 13.56 MHz, respectively. In the case of 0.5 wt.%, μ' and μ" respectively decreased to 7.4 and 1.0 at 13.56 MHz caused by adding PTFE.

  17. Influence of magnetic field and ferromagnetic film thickness on domain pattern transfer in multiferroic heterostructures

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    López González, Diego; Casiraghi, Arianna; Kronast, Florian; Franke, Kévin J. A.; van Dijken, Sebastiaan

    2017-11-01

    We report on domain pattern transfer from a ferroelectric BaTiO3 substrate to a CoFeB wedge film with a thickness of up to 150 nm. Strain coupling to domains in BaTiO3 induces a regular modulation of uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in CoFeB via an inverse magnetostriction effect. As a result, the domain structures of the CoFeB wedge film and BaTiO3 substrate correlate fully and straight ferroelectric domain boundaries in BaTiO3 pin magnetic domain walls in CoFeB. We use X-ray photoemission electron microscopy and magneto-optical Kerr effect microscopy to characterize the spin structure of the pinned domain walls. In a rotating magnetic field, abrupt and reversible transitions between two domain wall types occur, namely, narrow walls where the magnetization vectors align head-to-tail and much broader walls with alternating head-to-head and tail-to-tail magnetization configurations. We characterize variations of the domain wall spin structure as a function of magnetic field strength and CoFeB film thickness and compare the experimental results with micromagnetic simulations.

  18. Thickness dependence of the electrical and thermoelectric properties of co-evaporated Sb2Te3 films

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    Shen, Haishan; Lee, Suhyeon; Kang, Jun-gu; Eom, Tae-Yil; Lee, Hoojeong; Han, Seungwoo

    2018-01-01

    P-type antimony telluride (Sb2Te3) films of various thicknesses (1-, 6-, 10-, and 16-μm) were deposited on an oxidized Si (100) substrate at 250 °C by effusion cell co-evaporation. Microstructural analysis using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the grains of the films grew in a mode in which recrystallization was prevalent and grain growth subdued, in contrast to typical film growth, which is often characterized by grain growth. The resultant microstructure exhibited narrow columnar grains, the preferred orientation of which changed with film growth thickness from (1010) with the 1-μm films to (015) for the 6- and 10-μm films, and finally (110) for the 16-μm films. Carrier mobility and the overall thermoelectric properties of the Sb2Te3 films were affected significantly by changes in the film microstructure; this was attributed to the strong anisotropy of Sb2Te3 regarding electrical conductivity. The highest power factor of 3.3 mW/mK2 was observed for the 1-μm-thick Sb2Te3 film.

  19. Structural and Phase Transformations in Water-Vapour-Plasma-Treated Hydrophilic TiO2 Films

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    L. Pranevicius

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated structural and phase transformations in water-vapor-plasma-treated 200–300 nm thick Ti films, maintained at room temperature, by injecting water vapor into radio frequency (RF plasma at different processing powers. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM combined with optical microscopy and surface nanotopography analysis were used to view tracks of adsorbed water layers and to detect bulges or blisters appeared on the surface of treated samples. Rough surfaces with different size of holes (5–20 μm through the entire film thickness have been observed. X-ray diffraction results show that the oxidation rate of Ti film drastically increases in the presence of an adsorbed water on the hydrophilic layer. It is assumed that the defining factor which controls oxidation kinetics is the hydroxyl radicals formation.

  20. Effect of thickness on the microstructural, optoelectronic and morphological properties of electron beam evaporated ZnTe films

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    Balu, A.R.; Nagarethinam, V.S.; Thayumanavan, A. [Department of Physics, A.V.V.M Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Thanjavur (India); Department of Physics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630003 (India); Murali, K.R.; Sanjeeviraja, C. [Electrochemical Materials Science Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006 (India); Department of Physics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630003 (India); Jayachandran, M., E-mail: mjayam54@yahoo.co [Electrochemical Materials Science Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006 (India); Department of Physics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630003 (India)

    2010-07-23

    ZnTe films of different thicknesses were deposited on glass substrates at a substrate temperature of 300 {sup o}C. The thickness of the films varied in the range of 110-320 nm. The films exhibited cubic structure with preferential orientation in the (1 1 1) direction. A very high value of absorption co-efficient (10{sup 4} cm{sup -1}) is observed. Band gap values in the range between 2.23 and 2.38 eV are observed when the film thickness was varied between 320 and 110 nm, respectively. The refractive index values are found to vary between 2.68 and 2.90 for the films of different thicknesses. It has been observed that the conductivity increases continuously with temperature as well as with thickness. Laser Raman spectra showed the presence of peaks at 206.8 and 411.2 cm{sup -1}corresponding to the first order and second order LO phonon of monophase ZnTe films. PL analysis confirmed the formation of monophase ZnTe films with nano grains.

  1. Ply Thickness Fiber Glass on Windmill Drive Salt Water Pump

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    Sifa, Agus; Badruzzaman; Suwandi, Dedi

    2016-04-01

    Factors management of salt-making processes need to be considered selection of the location and the season is very important to support the efforts of salting. Windmills owned by the farmers are still using wood materials are made each year it is not effectively done and the shape of windmills made not in accordance with the requirements without considering the wind speed and the pumping speed control influenced by the weight and size of windmill, it affects the productivity of salt. to optimize the function of windmills on pumping salt water by change the material blade on the wheel by using a material composite, composite or fiberglass are used for blades on windmills made of a material a mixture of Epoxy-Resin and Matrix E-Glass. The mechanical characteristics of the power of his blade one of determining the materials used and the thickness of the blade, which needed a strong and lightweight. The calculation result thick fiberglass with a composition of 60% fiber and 40% epoxy, at a wind speedof area salt fields 9 m/s, the drag force that occurs at 11,56 kg, then the calculation result by 0,19 mm thick with a layer of 10, the total thickness of 1,9 mm, with a density of 1760 kg/m3, mechanical character of elongated elastic modulus of 46200 MPa, modulus of transverse elasticity of 10309,6 MPa, shear modulus of 3719 MPa and Poisson ratio of 0,31, then the calculation using the finite element ABAQUS obtained critical point at the confluence of the blade to the value of Von Mises tension was happening 1,158e9 MPa maximum and minimum 2,123e5 MPa, for a maximum value of displacement occurred condition at the tip of the blade. The performance test results windmills at a wind speed of 5,5 m/s wind power shows that occur 402,42 watts and power turbines produced 44,21 watt, and TSR 0,095 and the value Cp of 0,1, test results windmill in salt fields in the beginning rotation windmill lighter, able to move above wind speed of 5.5 m/s.

  2. Method for determining the optical constants of thin dielectric films with variable thickness using only their shrunk reflection spectra

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    Ruiz-Perez, J.J. [Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada, San Fernando, Cadiz (Spain); Gonzalez-Leal, J.M.; Marquez, E. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cadiz, Puerto Real, Cadiz (Spain)]. E-mail: emilio.marquez@uca.es; Minkov, D.A. [Research Institute for Fracture Technology, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

    2001-08-21

    Thickness inhomogeneities in thin films have a large influence on their optical transmission and reflection spectra. If not taken into account, this may lead to rather large calculated values for the absorption coefficient or the erroneous presence of an absorption-band tail, as well as to significant errors in the calculated values of the refractive index and the film thickness. The effect of thickness variation on the optical reflection spectrum of a thin dielectric film covering a thick non-absorbing substrate, is analysed in detail in this paper, and analytical expressions are presented for such a reflection spectrum and its upper and lower envelopes. A method is suggested for determining the refractive index n({lambda}) and the extinction coefficient k({lambda}), as well as the average thickness and the thickness variation, of a thin dielectric film with variable thickness, by using only the two envelopes of the corresponding shrunk reflection spectrum. This method is used for the geometrical and optical characterization of thermally-evaporated amorphous chalcogenide films, deposited on glass substrates. (author)

  3. High-mobility three-atom-thick semiconducting films with wafer-scale homogeneity.

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    Kang, Kibum; Xie, Saien; Huang, Lujie; Han, Yimo; Huang, Pinshane Y; Mak, Kin Fai; Kim, Cheol-Joo; Muller, David; Park, Jiwoong

    2015-04-30

    The large-scale growth of semiconducting thin films forms the basis of modern electronics and optoelectronics. A decrease in film thickness to the ultimate limit of the atomic, sub-nanometre length scale, a difficult limit for traditional semiconductors (such as Si and GaAs), would bring wide benefits for applications in ultrathin and flexible electronics, photovoltaics and display technology. For this, transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), which can form stable three-atom-thick monolayers, provide ideal semiconducting materials with high electrical carrier mobility, and their large-scale growth on insulating substrates would enable the batch fabrication of atomically thin high-performance transistors and photodetectors on a technologically relevant scale without film transfer. In addition, their unique electronic band structures provide novel ways of enhancing the functionalities of such devices, including the large excitonic effect, bandgap modulation, indirect-to-direct bandgap transition, piezoelectricity and valleytronics. However, the large-scale growth of monolayer TMD films with spatial homogeneity and high electrical performance remains an unsolved challenge. Here we report the preparation of high-mobility 4-inch wafer-scale films of monolayer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) and tungsten disulphide, grown directly on insulating SiO2 substrates, with excellent spatial homogeneity over the entire films. They are grown with a newly developed, metal-organic chemical vapour deposition technique, and show high electrical performance, including an electron mobility of 30 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature and 114 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at 90 K for MoS2, with little dependence on position or channel length. With the use of these films we successfully demonstrate the wafer-scale batch fabrication of high-performance monolayer MoS2 field-effect transistors with a 99% device yield and the multi-level fabrication of vertically stacked transistor devices for three

  4. Water Clustering on Nanostructured Iron Oxide Films

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    Merte, L. R.; Bechstein, Ralf; Peng, Guowen; Rieboldt, Felix; Farberow, Carrie A.; Zeuthen, Helene; Knudsen, Jan; Laegsgaard, E.; Wendt, Stefen; Mavrikakis, Manos; Besenbacher, Fleming

    2014-06-30

    The adhesion of water to solid surfaces is characterized by the tendency to balance competing molecule–molecule and molecule–surface interactions. Hydroxyl groups form strong hydrogen bonds to water molecules and are known to substantially influence the wetting behaviour of oxide surfaces, but it is not well-understood how these hydroxyl groups and their distribution on a surface affect the molecular-scale structure at the interface. Here we report a study of water clustering on a moire´-structured iron oxide thin film with a controlled density of hydroxyl groups. While large amorphous monolayer islands form on the are film, the hydroxylated iron oxide film acts as a hydrophilic nanotemplate, causing the formation of a regular array of ice-like hexameric nanoclusters. The formation of this ordered phase is localized at the nanometre scale; with increasing water coverage, ordered and amorphous water are found to coexist at adjacent hydroxylated and hydroxyl-free domains of the moire´ structure.

  5. Water clustering on nanostructured iron oxide films

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    Merte, Lindsay R.; Bechstein, Ralf; Peng, Guowen; Rieboldt, Felix; Farberow, Carrie A.; Zeuthen, Helene; Knudsen, Jan; Lægsgaard, Erik; Wendt, Stefan; Mavrikakis, Manos; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2014-06-01

    The adhesion of water to solid surfaces is characterized by the tendency to balance competing molecule-molecule and molecule-surface interactions. Hydroxyl groups form strong hydrogen bonds to water molecules and are known to substantially influence the wetting behaviour of oxide surfaces, but it is not well-understood how these hydroxyl groups and their distribution on a surface affect the molecular-scale structure at the interface. Here we report a study of water clustering on a moiré-structured iron oxide thin film with a controlled density of hydroxyl groups. While large amorphous monolayer islands form on the bare film, the hydroxylated iron oxide film acts as a hydrophilic nanotemplate, causing the formation of a regular array of ice-like hexameric nanoclusters. The formation of this ordered phase is localized at the nanometre scale; with increasing water coverage, ordered and amorphous water are found to coexist at adjacent hydroxylated and hydroxyl-free domains of the moiré structure.

  6. Impedance of nanometer thickness ferromagnetic Co40Fe40B20 films

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    Lo Chi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Nanocrystalline Co40Fe40B20 films, with film thickness t f = 100 nm, were deposited on glass substrates by the magnetron sputtering method at room temperature. During the film deposition period, a dc magnetic field, h = 40 Oe, was applied to introduce an easy axis for each film sample: one with h||L and the other with h||w, where L and w are the length and width of the film. Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR, ultrahigh frequency impedance (IM, dc electrical resistivity (ρ, and magnetic hysteresis loops (MHL of these films were studied. From the MHL and r measurements, we obtain saturation magnetization 4πMs = 15.5 kG, anisotropy field H k = 0.031 kG, and r = 168 mW.cm. From FMR, we can determine the Kittel mode ferromagnetic resonance (FMR-K frequency f FMRK = 1,963 MHz. In the h||L case, IM spectra show the quasi-Kittel-mode ferromagnetic resonance (QFMR-K at f 0 and the Walker-mode ferromagnetic resonance (FMR-W at fn , where n = 1, 2, 3, and 4. In the h||w case, IM spectra show QFMR-K at F 0 and FMR-W at Fn . We find that f 0 and F 0 are shifted from f FMRK, respectively, and fn = Fn . The in-plane spin-wave resonances are responsible for those relative shifts. PACS No. 76.50.+q; 84.37.+q; 75.70.-i

  7. 100-nm thick single-phase wurtzite BAlN films with boron contents over 10%

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    Li, Xiaohang

    2017-01-11

    Growing thicker BAlN films while maintaining single-phase wurtzite structure and boron content over 10% has been challenging. In this study, we report on the growth of 100 nm-thick single-phase wurtzite BAlN films with boron contents up to 14.4% by MOCVD. Flow-modulated epitaxy was employed to increase diffusion length of group-III atoms and reduce parasitic reactions between the metalorganics and NH3. A large growth efficiency of ∼2000 μm mol−1 was achieved as a result. Small B/III ratios up to 17% in conjunction with high temperatures up to 1010 °C were utilized to prevent formation of the cubic phase and maintain wurtzite structure.

  8. Coupling effects in bilayer thick metal films perforated with rectangular nanohole arrays

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    Li Yuan

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The coupling effects in bilayer thick metal (silver films perforated with rectangular nanohole arrays are investigated using the finite-difference time-domain technique. Many interesting light phenomena are observed as the distance between the metal rectangular nanohole arrays varies. Coupling effects are found to play very important roles on the optical and electronic properties of bilayer metal rectangular nanohole arrays: antisymmetric coupling between surface plasmon polaritons near the top and bottom film plane, and antisymmetric coupling between localized surface plasmon resonances near the two long sides of the rectangular hole, are probably excited in each layer of bilayer metal rectangular nanohole arrays; antisymmetric and symmetric magnetic coupling probably occur between the metal rectangular nanohole arrays.

  9. Alignment of muscle precursor cells on the vertical edges of thick carbon nanotube films

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    Holt, Ian, E-mail: ian.holt@rjah.nhs.uk [Wolfson Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disease, RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG (United Kingdom); Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG (United Kingdom); Gestmann, Ingo, E-mail: Ingo.Gestmann@fei.com [FEI Europe B.V., Achtseweg Noord 5, 5651 Eindhoven (Netherlands); Wright, Andrew C., E-mail: a.wright@glyndwr.ac.uk [Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, Glyndwr University, Plas Coch, Mold Rd, Wrexham LL11 2AW (United Kingdom)

    2013-10-15

    The development of scaffolds and templates is an essential aspect of tissue engineering. We show that thick (> 0.5 mm) vertically aligned carbon nanotube films, made by chemical vapour deposition, can be used as biocompatible substrates for the directional alignment of mouse muscle cells where the cells grow on the exposed sides of the films. Ultra high resolution scanning electron microscopy reveals that the films themselves consist mostly of small diameter (10 nm) multi-wall carbon nanotubes of wavy morphology with some single wall carbon nanotubes. Our findings show that for this alignment to occur the nanotubes must be in pristine condition. Mechanical wiping of the films to create directional alignment is detrimental to directional bioactivity. Larger areas for study have been formed from a composite of multiply stacked narrow strips of nanotubes wipe-transferred onto elastomer supports. These composite substrates appear to show a useful degree of alignment of the cells. Highlights: • Highly oriented muscle precursor cells grown on edges of carbon nanotube pads • Mechanical treatment of nanotube pads highly deleterious to cell growth on edges • Larger areas created from wipe-transfer of narrow strips of nanotubes onto elastomer supports • Very high resolution SEM reveals clues to aligned cell growth.

  10. Effect on Ethanol Gas Sensing Performance of Cu Addition to TiO2 Thick Films

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    C. G. DIGHAVKAR

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The preparation, characterization and gas sensing properties of Cu loaded thick films with TiO2 semiconductor oxides have been investigated. These films of oxides were obtained by loading various concentrations (1 wt. %, 3 wt. %, 5 wt. %, 7 wt. % and 10 wt. % of Cu in TiO2 on alumina substrate by using screen printing technique. Pure TiO2 was observed to be insensitive to ethanol gas. However, TiO2 film loaded with 10 wt. % Cu was observed to be highly sensitive to ethanol gas. The sample was observed to be oxygen deficient. The Ethanol gas sensing studies were carried out on a static gas sensing system under normal laboratory conditions. D.C. Resistance of TiO2 films were measured by half-bridge method in an atmosphere at different temperatures. The crucial gas response was found to ethanol gas at 300 0C and no cross response was observed to other hazardous and polluting gases. The effects of loading concentration on the gas sensitivity, selectivity, response and recovery of the sensor in the presence of ethanol gas were studied and discussed.

  11. Alcohol vapor sensing by cadmium-doped zinc oxide thick films based chemical sensor

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    Zargar, R. A.; Arora, M.; Chackrabarti, S.; Ahmad, S.; Kumar, J.; Hafiz, A. K.

    2016-04-01

    Cadmium-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles were derived by simple chemical co-precipitation route using zinc acetate dihydrate and cadmium acetate dihydrate as precursor materials. The thick films were casted from chemical co-precipitation route prepared nanoparticles by economic facile screen printing method. The structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the film were characterized relevant to alcohol vapor sensing application by powder XRD, SEM, UV-VIS and DC conductivity techniques. The response and sensitivity of alcohol (ethanol) vapor sensor are obtained from the recovery curves at optimum working temperature range from 20∘C to 50∘C. The result shows that maximum sensitivity of the sensor is observed at 25∘C operating temperature. On varying alcohol vapor concentration, minor variation in resistance has been observed. The sensing mechanism of sensor has been described in terms of physical adsorption and chemical absorption of alcohol vapors on cadmium-doped zinc oxide film surface and inside film lattice network through weak hydrogen bonding, respectively.

  12. Ferroelectric polymer-ceramic composite thick films for energy storage applications

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    Singh, Paritosh; Borkar, Hitesh; Singh, B. P.; Singh, V. N.; Kumar, Ashok

    2014-08-01

    We have successfully fabricated large area free standing polyvinylidene fluoride -Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PVDF-PZT) ferroelectric polymer-ceramic composite (wt% 80-20, respectively) thick films with an average diameter (d) ˜0.1 meter and thickness (t) ˜50 μm. Inclusion of PZT in PVDF matrix significantly enhanced dielectric constant (from 10 to 25 at 5 kHz) and energy storage capacity (from 11 to 14 J/cm3, using polarization loops), respectively, and almost similar leakage current and mechanical strength. Microstructural analysis revealed the presence of α and β crystalline phases and homogeneous distribution of PZT crystals in PVDF matrix. It was also found that apart from the microcrystals, well defined naturally developed PZT nanocrystals were embedded in PVDF matrix. The observed energy density indicates immense potential in PVDF-PZT composites for possible applications as green energy and power density electronic elements.

  13. Thick optical films for the conduction of optical and infrared radiation

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    Bain, C.N.; Gordon, B.A.; Knasel, T.M.; Malinowski, R.L.

    1981-01-01

    Experimental results are presented for the characteristics of thick optical films, which can be used to direct and conduct optical and IR radiation, for the case of light concentration onto solar cells. Incident light is trapped within a thin, flat sheet of transparent material by a diffuse selective surface on the back of the transparent layer, and so directed that total internal reflection occurs, with some of the captured light finding its way back to the photovoltaic cells attached to the back of the layer. A Monte Carlo computer model is used to analyze this system, whose achievable gain depends on layer thickness, trapping material refraction index, and solar cell shape and size. Results indicate that gains of a factor of two in power output are obtainable for the case of sparsely-packed solar cell arrays and lower factors for more densely-packed arrays.

  14. Artificial pinning in thick YBCO films: Pinning potential and c-axis correlation

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    Crisan, Adrian, E-mail: I.A.Crisan@bgham.ac.u [School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT Birmingham (United Kingdom); National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Mikheenko, Pavlo; Sarkar, Asis; Dang, Van Son; Awang Kechik, Mohammed M.; Abell, John S. [School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT Birmingham (United Kingdom); Paturi, Petriina; Huhtinen, Hannu [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 (Finland)

    2010-10-01

    We have introduced artificial pinning centres in thick (>1 {mu}m) YBCO films grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition using substrate decoration, quasi-multilayers, and target doping approaches. We have found that the frequency dependence of critical current density is consistent with a logarithmic dependence of pinning potential on current density. For most of materials used as nano-dots, artificially-induced pinning centres have a larger potential than natural ones. From angle-dependent in-field transport measurements and from Transmission Electron Microscopy we have found evidence of c-axis correlated pinning centres.

  15. Deep Impact Delta II Launch Vehicle Cracked Thick Film Coating on Electronic Packages Technical Consultation Report

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    Cameron, Kenneth D.; Kichak, Robert A.; Piascik, Robert S.; Leidecker, Henning W.; Wilson, Timmy R.

    2009-01-01

    The Deep Impact spacecraft was launched on a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) on January 12, 2005. Prior to the launch, the Director of the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OS&MA) requested the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) lead a team to render an independent opinion on the rationale for flight and the risk code assignments for the hazard of cracked Thick Film Assemblies (TFAs) in the E-packages of the Delta II launch vehicle for the Deep Impact Mission. The results of the evaluation are contained in this report.

  16. Preparation and characterization of Cu and Zn modified nickel manganite NTC powders and thick film thermistors

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    Aleksic, O.S. [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, 11000 Beograd (Serbia); Nikolic, M.V., E-mail: mariav@rcub.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, 11000 Beograd (Serbia); Lukovic, M.D.; Nikolic, N. [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, 11000 Beograd (Serbia); Radojcic, B.M. [Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Belgrade, 11000 Beograd (Serbia); Radovanovic, M. [Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad (Serbia); Djuric, Z. [Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, 11000 Beograd (Serbia); Mitric, M. [The ' Vinca' Institute of Nuclear Science, Laboratory for Theoretical Physics of Condensed Matter, University of Belgrade (Serbia); Nikolic, P.M. [Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, 11000 Beograd (Serbia)

    2013-02-20

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Simple ball milling/thermal treatment procedure of starting oxide powders. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good thermistor characteristics (thermal constant, activation energy). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low resistivity drift obtained for Zn and Cu modified nickel manganite thermistors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Candidates for temperature and heat loss sensor applications. - Abstract: A simple ball milling/thermal treatment procedure was applied to obtain fine thermistor powders. Three different powder compositions were analyzed-Cu{sub 0.2}Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 1.0}Mn{sub 1.3}O{sub 4}, Cu{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 1.0}Mn{sub 1.25}O{sub 4} and Cu{sub 0.4}Ni{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 2.1}O{sub 4}. XRD analysis showed that all three powder compositions had a cubic spinel structure. Correlation between the sintering temperature, structure and resulting electrical properties was analyzed on bulk samples. Thick film pastes were composed and segmented thick film thermistors were screen printed on alumina, dried and fired. SEM analysis revealed a typical dendrite structure with small grains and a developed surface area. Thick film sheet resistance was measured on a test matrix and the resistance decreased with increasing Cu content. The temperature dependence of sample resistance was measured in a climatic chamber enabling calculation of the material constant and activation energy. Aging of the obtained segmented thermistors was analyzed and the resistivity drift was 0.23% for the Cu{sub 0.2}Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 1.0}Mn{sub 1.3}O{sub 4} NTC thick film thermistor confirming greater stability of thermistors containing Zn and Cu that in combination with the determined good thermistor characteristics make them good candidates for temperature and heat loss sensor applications.

  17. A low-cost photovoltaic cell process based on thick film techniques

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    Mardesich, N.; Pepe, A.; Bunyan, S.; Edwards, B.; Olson, C.

    1980-01-01

    The low-cost, easily automated processing for solar cell fabrication being developed at Spectrolab for the DOE LSA program is described. These processes include plasma-etching, spray-on diffusion sources and antireflective coating, thick film metallization, aluminum back contacts, laser scribing and ultrasonic soldering. The process sequence has been shown to produce solar cells having 15% conversion efficiency at AM1 which meet the cell fabrication budget required for the DOE 1986 cost goal of $0.70 per peak watt in 1980.

  18. Thickness dependent anisotropies in ultrathin amorphous Co 80B 20/Ag multilayer films

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    Hicken, R. J.; Rado, G. T.

    1992-02-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) was used to study the anisotropies present in Co 80B 20/Ag multilayer films. The magnetic surface anisotropy constant KS was observed to have a constant negative value (favouring an in-plane orientation of the magnetization) for a Co 80B 20 layer thickness 2 L > 20 Å, but then to decrease in magnitude for 2 L < 20 Å. We propose that this behaviour can be accounted for by a magnetostrictive surface anisotropy mechanism. A large deposition induced in-plane volume anisotropy was also observed.

  19. The effect of zinc thickness on corrosion film breakdown of Colombian galvanized steel

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    Sandoval-Amador, A.; E Torres Ramirez, J.; Cabrales-Villamizar, P. A.; Laverde Cataño, D.; Y Peña-Ballesteros, D.

    2017-12-01

    This work studies the corrosion behaviour of Colombian galvanized steel in solutions of chloride and sulphate ions. The effect of the thickness and exposure time on the film’s breakdown susceptibility and protectiveness of the corrosion products were studied using potentiodynamic polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The corrosion products were analysed using SEM-EDS and XRD. The samples with a higher thickness level in the zinc film (Z180) have the lowest corrosion rate. In this case, one of the products that was formed by the chemical reactions that occurred was Zinc hydroxide, which exhibits a passive behaviour as observed in the Pourbaix curves of the obtained potentials and in how the different Ph levels of the solutions worked. The sheets with the highest thickness (Z180) had the best performance, since at the end of the study they showed the least amount of damage on the surface of the zinc layer. This is because the thickness of the zinc layer favours the formation of simonkolleite, which is the corrosion product that protects the material under the conditions of the study.

  20. ALD grown nanostructured ZnO thin films: Effect of substrate temperature on thickness and energy band gap

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    Javed Iqbal

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured ZnO thin films with high transparency have been grown on glass substrate by atomic layer deposition at various temperatures ranging from 100 °C to 300 °C. Efforts have been made to observe the effect of substrate temperature on the thickness of the deposited thin films and its consequences on the energy band gap. A remarkably high growth rate of 0.56 nm per cycle at a substrate temperature of 200 °C for ZnO thin films have been achieved. This is the maximum growth rate for ALD deposited ZnO thin films ever reported so far to the best of our knowledge. The studies of field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry patterns confirm the deposition of uniform and high quality nanosturtured ZnO thin films which have a polycrystalline nature with preferential orientation along (100 plane. The thickness of the films deposited at different substrate temperatures was measured by ellipsometry and surface profiling system while the UV–visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy studies have been used to evaluate the optical properties of the respective thin films. It has been observed that the thickness of the thin film depends on the substrate temperatures which ultimately affect the optical and structural parameters of the thin films.

  1. Calculation of Oil Film Thickness from Damping Coefficients for a Piston Ring in an Internal Combustion Engine

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    Christiansen, Jens; Klit, Peder; Vølund, Anders

    2007-01-01

    W. Lund pointed out in lecture notes that the dynamic damping coefficients of the bearing could be used to find the shaft orbit for dynamically loaded bearings. In the present paper this method is further developed and utilized to determine the dynamic behavior of a piston ring in a combustion...... engine. The basic idea is to use the fluid film damping coefficients to estimate the film thickness variation for a piston ring under cyclic varying load. Reynolds Equation is solved for a piston ring and the oil film thickness is determined. In this analysis hydrodynamic lubrication is assumed...

  2. Plasma silicon oxide films on garnet substrates: measurement of their thickness and refractive index by the prism coupling technique.

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    Hou, T W; Mogab, C J

    1981-09-15

    The prism coupling technique has been used to measure the refractive index and thickness of plasma silicon oxide films deposited on garnet substrates. The film thickness is also measured with a mechanical stylus (Talystep) for comparison. A linearly polarized He-Ne laser at 632.8-nm wavelength or a He-Cd laser at 441.6-nm wavelength is used as the light source in the prism coupler. The use of the He-Ne laser is demonstrated to result in a fluctuation in the detector output due to light interference in the substrate. The He-Cd laser is shown to be superior because the substrate is sufficiently absorbing that interference is eliminated. It also permits thickness measurements on thinner films. The agreement between thickness measurements by the prism coupler and the mechanical stylus is within +/-0.015 microm for films of 0.4 microm or thicker and +/-0.010 microm for thinner films. The error in thickness measurement caused by an error in refractive index assumed or in determining the coupling angles for films thinner than 0.30 microm is also estimated.

  3. Determining thickness and refractive index from free-standing ultra-thin polymer films with spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Hilfiker, James N.; Stadermann, Michael; Sun, Jianing; Tiwald, Tom; Hale, Jeffrey S.; Miller, Philip E.; Aracne-Ruddle, Chantel

    2017-11-01

    It is a well-known challenge to determine refractive index (n) from ultra-thin films where the thickness is less than about 10 nm [1,2]. We discovered an interesting exception to this issue while characterizing spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) data from isotropic, free-standing polymer films. Ellipsometry analysis shows that both thickness and refractive index can be independently determined for free-standing films as thin as 5 nm. Simulations further confirm an orthogonal separation between thickness and index effects on the experimental SE data. Effects of angle of incidence and wavelength on the data and sensitivity are discussed. While others have demonstrated methods to determine refractive index from ultra-thin films [3,4], our analysis provides the first results to demonstrate high-sensitivity to the refractive index from ultra-thin layers.

  4. Improvement of Flame-made ZnO Nanoparticulate Thick Film Morphology for Ethanol Sensing

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    Liewhiran, Chaikarn; Phanichphantandast, Sukon

    2007-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were produced by flame spray pyrolysis using zinc naphthenate as a precursor dissolved in toluene/acetonitrile (80/20 vol%). The particles properties were analyzed by XRD, BET. The ZnO particle size and morphology was observed by SEM and HR-TEM revealing spheroidal, hexagonal, and rod-like morphologies. The crystallite sizes of ZnO spheroidal and hexagonal particles ranged from 10-20 nm. ZnO nanorods were ranged from 10-20 nm in width and 20-50 nm in length. Sensing films were produced by mixing the nanoparticles into an organic paste composed of terpineol and ethyl cellulose as a vehicle binder. The paste was doctor-bladed onto Al2O3 substrates interdigitated with Au electrodes. The morphology of the sensing films was analyzed by optical microscopy and SEM analysis. Cracking of the sensing films during annealing process was improved by varying the heating conditions. The gas sensing of ethanol (25-250 ppm) was studied at 400 °C in dry air containing SiC as the fluidized particles. The oxidation of ethanol on the surface of the semiconductor was confirmed by mass spectroscopy (MS). The effect of micro-cracks was quantitatively accounted for as a provider of extra exposed edges. The sensitivity decreased notably with increasing crack of sensing films. It can be observed that crack widths were reduced with decreasing heating rates. Crack-free of thick (5 μm) ZnO films evidently showed higher sensor signal and faster response times (within seconds) than cracked sensor. The sensor signal increased and the response time decreased with increasing ethanol concentration.

  5. Improvement of Flame-made ZnO Nanoparticulate Thick Film Morphology for Ethanol Sensing

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    Sukon Phanichphant

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanoparticles were produced by flame spray pyrolysis using zinc naphthenate as a precursor dissolved in toluene/acetonitrile (80/20 vol%. The particles properties were analyzed by XRD, BET. The ZnO particle size and morphology was observed by SEM and HR-TEM revealing spheroidal, hexagonal, and rod-like morphologies. The crystallite sizes of ZnO spheroidal and hexagonal particles ranged from 10-20 nm. ZnO nanorods were ranged from 10-20 nm in width and 20-50 nm in length. Sensing films were produced by mixing the nanoparticles into an organic paste composed of terpineol and ethyl cellulose as a vehicle binder. The paste was doctor-bladed onto Al2O3 substrates interdigitated with Au electrodes. The morphology of the sensing films was analyzed by optical microscopy and SEM analysis. Cracking of the sensing films during annealing process was improved by varying the heating conditions. The gas sensing of ethanol (25-250 ppm was studied at 400 °C in dry air containing SiC as the fluidized particles. The oxidation of ethanol on the surface of the semiconductor was confirmed by mass spectroscopy (MS. The effect of micro-cracks was quantitatively accounted for as a provider of extra exposed edges. The sensitivity decreased notably with increasing crack of sensing films. It can be observed that crack widths were reduced with decreasing heating rates. Crack-free of thick (5 μm ZnO films evidently showed higher sensor signal and faster response times (within seconds than cracked sensor. The sensor signal increased and the response time decreased with increasing ethanol concentration.

  6. Measurement of Oil Film Thickness between Bush and Blade in Swing Type Refrigerant Compressor

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    Tanaka, Shinji; Zuo, Siyang; Hikam, Achmad; Toyama, Toshiyuki

    A swing type refrigerant compressor was developed in order to overcome problems related to lubrication of a rotary compressor. However, the lubrication condition of the swing compressor has not been measured quantitatively yet. This paper describes an application of an eddy current displacement sensor to measure oil film thickness of a sliding part between a suction side bush and a blade in the swing compressor, and examined lubrication condition of the sliding part and a motion of the bush against the blade under some operating conditions. The results indicate that the sliding part between the suction side bush and the blade forms a wedge shape in shaft angle from 0° to 180° and forms a negative wedge shape in shaft angle from 180° to 360°. In addition, the results show that the oil film thickness on an upper edge side of the bush and a slope angle of the bush against the blade decrease with an increase of discharge pressure and increase with an increase of operating frequency of the compressor.

  7. Thick-film force, slip and temperature sensors for a prosthetic hand

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    Cranny, A.; Cotton, D. P. J.; Chappell, P. H.; Beeby, S. P.; White, N. M.

    2005-04-01

    Thick-film static and dynamic force sensors have been investigated for their suitability to measure the grip forces exerted upon an object held by a prosthetic hand, and to detect and correspondingly react to the possible slip of a gripped item. The static force sensors exploit the piezoresistive characteristics of commercially available thick-film pastes whilst the dynamic slip sensors utilize the piezoelectric behaviour of proprietary PZT (lead zirconate titanate) pastes. The sensors are located upon stainless steel cantilever type structures that will be placed at the fingertips of each digit of the prosthetic hand. Temperature sensors are also included to provide temperature compensation for the force sensors and to prevent accidental thermal damage to the prosthesis. Results have shown that the static force sensor is capable of measuring fingertip forces in excess of 100 N, with an electrical half-bridge configuration sensitivity approaching 10 µV V-1 N-1 (with scope for improvement) and maximum hysteresis below 4% of full scale, depending on the manner in which the cantilever sensor array is attached to the finger. Failure in the bonding mechanism that secures the PZT layer to the stainless steel cantilever meant that the proposed dynamic force sensor could not be evaluated. However, investigations using the same sensor design fabricated on an alumina substrate have shown the potential of the PZT dynamic force sensor to measure the vibration and hence potentially operate as a slip sensor.

  8. The effect of film thickness on Curie temperature distribution and magnetization reversal mechanism for granular L10 FePt films

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    Papusoi, C.; Jain, S.; Admana, R.; Ozdol, B.; Ophus, C.; Desai, M.; Acharya, R.

    2017-07-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of granular L10 FePt films are investigated as a function of film thickness in the range 3-11 nm. Scanning transmission electron microscopy observations indicate an increasing contribution of in-plane variants to the L10 FePt crystalline structure with increasing film thickness, which may explain the noticed degradation of the perpendicular anisotropy. The temperature dependence of coercivity suggests a progressive deviation of the magnetization reversal mechanism from coherent rotations with increasing film thickness above ~6 nm, corresponding to a domain-wall width. The anisotropy field distribution (, {σ{{H\\text{K}}}} ) is estimated using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of AC transverse susceptibility (ACTS). The average anisotropy field displays a similar temperature dependence to (M S)1.1, where M S is the film saturation magnetization, consistent with the theoretical predictions for L10 FePt. The Curie temperature distribution (, {σ{{T\\text{C}}}} ) is evaluated using two methods: fast (ns) thermal erasure (ThEr) of remanent magnetization and MC modeling of the temperature dependence of AC susceptibility (ACS). The {σ{{T\\text{C}}}} values evaluated by the two methods are in agreement, indicating an increase of {σ{{T\\text{C}}}} in the range 2-6% with decreasing film thickness. The observed increase of in the range 620-680 K with increasing film thickness is explained using the finite-size scaling law with the critical exponent set to the theoretical value for L10 FePt. A general procedure to extract and {σ{{T\\text{C}}}} using MC modeling of ACS, essentially independent of the magnetization reversal mechanism, is proposed. MC simulations of ACS confirm the deviation of the magnetization reversal mechanism from coherent rotations with increasing film thickness above ~6 nm.

  9. Thickness dependence of dispersion parameters of the MoO{sub x} thin films prepared using the vacuum evaporation technique

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    Akın, Ümmühan, E-mail: uakin@selcuk.edu.tr; Şafak, Haluk

    2015-10-25

    The optical behaviors of molybdenum oxide thin films are highly important due to their widespread applications. In the present paper, the effect of thickness on the structure, morphology and optical properties of molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) thin films prepared on Corning glass substrates using thermal evaporation technique was studied. The structure and morphology of films were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively, while their optical properties were investigated by UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometry in the spectral range from 300 to 2500 nm. It was observed that whole films have amorphous structure and also they showed rather high transmittance values reached nearly up to 90%. Absorption analysis showed two types of electronic transitions; both direct and indirect interband transition energy values of films decrease from 4.47 to 3.45 eV and from 3.00 to 2.75 eV, respectively, with increasing the film thickness, while the width of the localized states tail increases with thickness. This decrease in the band gap value can be attributed to the rising oxygen-ion vacancy densities with the thickness. The refractive indices of films were calculated from Sellmeier coefficients determined by nonlinear curve fitting method based on the measured transmittance spectral data. The dispersion of the refractive index was discussed in terms of the Wemple-DiDomenico single-oscillator model. The dispersion parameters such as average oscillator energy, E{sub o}, the dispersion energy, E{sub d}, and static refractive index n{sub o} were evaluated and they found to vary significantly with the film thickness. - Highlights: • MoO{sub x} thin films with different thickness were prepared using the vacuum evaporation technique. • The variation of fundamental absorption edge with the film thickness was determined. • A detailed dispersion analysis based on the Wemple-DiDomenico model was performed. • The dependence of all

  10. Effects of film thickness on the linear and nonlinear refractive index of p-type SnO films deposited by e-beam evaporation process

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    El-Gendy, Y. A.

    2017-12-01

    Tin monoxide (SnO) films of different thickness have been deposited onto glass substrates at vacuum pressure of ∼ 8 × 10-6 mbar using an e-beam evaporation system. A hot probe test revealed that the deposited films showed p-type conduction. The structure characterization and phase purity of the deposited films was confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The optical transmission and reflection spectra of the deposited films recorded in the wavelength range 190-2500 nm were used to calculate the optical constants employing the Murmann's exact equations. The refractive index dispersion was adequately described by the well-known effective-single-oscillator model proposed by Wemple-DiDomenico, whereby the dispersion parameters were calculated. The nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear optical susceptibility of the deposited films were successfully evaluated using the Miller empirical relations. The lattice dielectric constant and the carrier concentration to the effective mass ratio were also calculated as a function of film thickness using the Spitzer and Fan model. The variation of the optical band gap of the deposited films as a function of film thickness was also presented.

  11. Quality estimation of thick-film resistor terminations based on electrical parameters extraction

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    Kiełbasiński, Konrad; Jakubowska, Małgorzata; Kalenik, Jerzy; Młożniak, Anna

    2008-01-01

    The RoHS and WEEE regulation forced the large investigations for environmental friendly materials in electronic. The Lead and cadmium which was the significant component of resistors and conductors used in thick-film technology have to be replaced. Quick and precise measurement techniques need to be elaborated to maintain consumer's demand. Usually the test samples with the conductive and resistive layers were used for electrical parameters measurements. The layer thickness measurements and mean value of resistance allowed calculating the sheet resistance. Such a method of measurement have very serious disadvantage. The calculated mean value can be significantly affected by resistors terminations, especially if silver conductor is used, which is known as an easily migrating material. The solution was known and involved preparing and printing samples with the reference terminations. Silver platinum and silver palladium conductors are less susceptible to migration, therefore they were used in previous investigations. The reference terminations improves the precision of calculating sheet resistance, however they enlarges the number of measurements and its influence could still be significant. The authors proposed completely new method of sheet resistance calculation. Such a calculated value called True Sheet Resistance do not depend on the phenomena taking place at the termination, The second evaluated value called Offset indicates the influence of the terminations on measured resistance, and also termination quality. Its value is correlated with the diffusion rate at the interface between conductive film and resistive film at the termination. The usability of this method was proven by performing multiple firing test. One kind of resistive layer was printed on different kinds of conductive layers. The samples were fired sequently and measured. Then the old method of resistor properties evaluation was compared to the new one.

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of Co−Ti substituted barium hexaferrite thick films

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    Verma, Samiksha; Pandey, O.P. [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University Patiala, 147004, Punjab (India); Paesano, Andrea [Departamento de Física, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo, 5790, Maringá (Brazil); Sharma, Puneet, E-mail: puneet.sharma@thapar.edu [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University Patiala, 147004, Punjab (India)

    2016-09-05

    Co−Ti substituted M-type barium hexaferrite BaFe{sub 12-2x}Co{sub x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 19} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) thick films were prepared by screen printing method. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of single phase BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BaM). The preferential site occupation of Co{sup 2+} and Ti{sup 4+} ion for Fe{sup 3+} ion at five different crystallographic sites (12k, 4f{sub 1}, 4f{sub 2}, 2a, and 2b) was measured by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The analyses showed Co−Ti ions preferentially occupy 2b and 4f{sub 2} sites which were responsible for drastic decrease in magnetocrystalline anisotropy field (H{sub a}). Magnetization (M) value found to be higher for x = 0.5. The coercivity (H{sub c}) dropped dramatically, recording a reduction of about 95% at x = 1.0, attributed to decreased in H{sub a}. SEM micrographs of Co−Ti substituted films revealed hexagonal grain structure. The magnetic properties of Co−Ti substituted BaM, suggests a possible candidate for microwave applications. - Highlights: • Single phase Co−Ti substituted BaM thick films are prepared from screen printing method. • The effect of Co−Ti substitution on structural and magnetic properties is studied. • Mössbauer spectroscopy illustrate, Co−Ti ions are preferentially occupy 2b and 4f{sub 2} sites. • Drastic decrease in magnetocrystalline anisotropy (H{sub a}) and (H{sub c}) is observed.

  13. In situ Raman spectroscopy of topological insulator BiTe films with varying thickness

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    Wang, C.; Zhu, X.; Nilsson, Louis

    2013-01-01

    Topological insulators (TIs) are a new state of quantum matter with a band gap in bulk and conducting surface states. In this work, the Raman spectra of topological insulator Bi2Te3 films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) have been measured by an in situ ultrahigh vacuum (UHV)-MBE-Raman sp...... effects and symmetry breaking. In addition, an obvious change was observed at 3 QL when a Dirac cone formed. These results offer some new information about the novel quantum states of TIs.......Topological insulators (TIs) are a new state of quantum matter with a band gap in bulk and conducting surface states. In this work, the Raman spectra of topological insulator Bi2Te3 films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) have been measured by an in situ ultrahigh vacuum (UHV......)-MBE-Raman spectroscopy system. When the thickness of Bi2Te3 films decreases from 40 quintuple-layers (QL) to 1 QL, the spectral characteristics of some Raman modes appearing in bulk Bi2Te3 vary and a new vibrational mode appears, which has not been reported in previous studies and might be related to quantum size...

  14. Numerical study of heat and mass transfer of ammonia-water in falling film evaporator

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    Bu, Xianbiao; Ma, Weibin; Huang, Yuanfeng

    2012-05-01

    To investigate the performance of the heat and mass transfer of ammonia water during the process of falling film evaporation in vertical tube evaporator, a mathematical model of evaporation process was developed and solved based on stream function. Then an experimental study of falling film evaporation was carried out in order to validate the mathematical model. A series of parameters, such as velocity, film thickness and concentration, etc., were obtained from the mathematical model. The calculated results show that the average velocity and the film thickness change sharp at the entrance region when x 100 mm. The film thickness depends largely on the flow rate of solution. It is observed that the heating power and mass flow of solution significantly affect the concentration difference between the inlet and outlet of evaporation tube. The calculated results reveal that the tube length has a significant impact on the amounts of ammonia vapor evaporated. It is suggested that the roll-worked enhanced tube should be used in order to decrease the concentration gradient in the film thickness direction and enhance the heat and mass transfer rate. Furthermore, the experimental and calculated results indicate that the inlet solution concentration has a great influence on the heat exchange capacity, the amounts of ammonia vapor evaporated and the evaporation pressure.

  15. Optical properties of thickness-controlled MoS2 thin films studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Li, Dahai; Song, Xiongfei; Xu, Jiping; Wang, Ziyi; Zhang, Rongjun; Zhou, Peng; Zhang, Hao; Huang, Renzhong; Wang, Songyou; Zheng, Yuxiang; Zhang, David Wei; Chen, Liangyao

    2017-11-01

    As a promising candidate for applications in future electronic and optoelectronic devices, MoS2 has been a research focus in recent years. Therefore, investigating its optical properties is of practical significance. Here we synthesized different MoS2 thin films with quantitatively controlled thickness and sizable thickness variation, which is vital to find out the thickness-dependent regularity. Afterwards, several characterization methods, including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL), optical absorption spectra, and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), were systematically performed to character the optical properties of as-grown samples. Accurate dielectric constants of MoS2 are obtained by fitting SE data using point-by-point method, and precise energies of interband transitions are directly extracted from the Lorentz dispersion model. We assign these energies to different interband electronic transitions between the valence bands and conduction bands in the Brillouin zone. In addition, the intrinsic physical mechanisms existing in observed phenomena are discussed in details. Results derived from this work are reliable and provide a better understanding of MoS2, which can be expected to help people fully employ its potential for wider applications.

  16. Thickness controlled sol-gel silica films for plasmonic bio-sensing devices

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    Figus, Cristiana, E-mail: cristiana.figus@dsf.unica.it; Quochi, Francesco, E-mail: cristiana.figus@dsf.unica.it; Artizzu, Flavia, E-mail: cristiana.figus@dsf.unica.it; Saba, Michele, E-mail: cristiana.figus@dsf.unica.it; Marongiu, Daniela, E-mail: cristiana.figus@dsf.unica.it; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni [Dipartimento di Fisica - University of Cagliari, S.P. Km 0.7, I-09042 Monserrato (Canada) (Italy); Floris, Francesco; Marabelli, Franco; Patrini, Maddalena; Fornasari, Lucia [Dipartimento di Fisica - University of Pavia, Via Agostino Bassi 6, I-27100 Pavia (PV) (Italy); Pellacani, Paola; Valsesia, Andrea [Plasmore S.r.l. -Via Grazia Deledda 4, I-21020 Ranco (Vatican City State, Holy See) (Italy)

    2014-10-21

    Plasmonics has recently received considerable interest due to its potentiality in many fields as well as in nanobio-technology applications. In this regard, various strategies are required for modifying the surfaces of plasmonic nanostructures and to control their optical properties in view of interesting application such as bio-sensing, We report a simple method for depositing silica layers of controlled thickness on planar plasmonic structures. Tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was used as silica precursor. The control of the silica layer thickness was obtained by optimizing the sol-gel method and dip-coating technique, in particular by properly tuning different parameters such as pH, solvent concentration, and withdrawal speed. The resulting films were characterized via atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier-transform (FT) spectroscopy, and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). Furthermore, by performing the analysis of surface plasmon resonances before and after the coating of the nanostructures, it was observed that the position of the resonance structures could be properly shifted by finely controlling the silica layer thickness. The effect of silica coating was assessed also in view of sensing applications, due to important advantages, such as surface protection of the plasmonic structure.

  17. Evaluation of EBT-2 model GAFCHROMIC film performance in water.

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    Aldelaijan, Saad; Devic, Slobodan; Mohammed, Huriyyah; Tomic, Nada; Liang, Li-Heng; DeBlois, Francois; Seuntjens, Jan

    2010-07-01

    The authors present results of the measurements on the impact of radiochromic film immersion in water. The impact of film piece size, initial optical density, postimmersion waiting time prior to scanning, and the time film was kept in water has been investigated. The authors also investigated the pathways of water penetration into the film during the film immersion in water. To study the impact of water immersion on change in optical density, the authors used various sizes of the latest EBT-2 model GAFCHROMICTM film: 2 x 2, 4 x 4, and 8 x 8 in.2. In addition, to test any existing dependence of the film's optical density on water diffusion, the authors used two sets of films: Unexposed (0 Gy) and film pieces exposed to a dose of 3 Gy. Times that film pieces were left in water ranged from 30 min to 24 h, and once the film was permanently removed from water, the authors also studied the impact of the scanning time (deltat) that ranged from 0 (films scanned right after removal from water) to 72 h postimmersion. While the penetration depth can reach as much as 9 mm around the edges of the EBT-2 GAFCHROMIC film, the anticipated dose error due to the change in optical density due to the water immersion appears to be negligible for the short immersions of the order of 30 min. However, as the immersion time increases, the anticipated dose error may reach 22 cGy on a 2 x 2 in.2 piece of film, which corresponds to 7% dose error at 3 Gy of measured dose. In this work, the authors report on an undoubted impact of radiochromic film immersion in water on the measured change in optical density, which may lead to systematic errors in dose measurements if the film is kept in water for longer periods of time. The magnitude of the impact depends on many parameters: Size of the film piece, initial optical density, postimmersion waiting time prior to scanning (defined by the current radiochromic film dosimetry protocol in. place), and the time film was kept in water. The authors also

  18. Effect of thickness and cold substrate on transport properties of thermally evaporated CdTe thin films

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    El-Mongy, A.Abd; Hashem, H.M.; Ramadan, A.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Helwan, Cairo (Egypt)

    2005-08-01

    The correlation between the structural characteristics (stoichiometry and crystallite size) of CdTe films and their electronic transport properties were the aims of the present study to bring attention to the dual importance of grain size and conversion of the semiconductivity type with changing film thickness. Two main parameters were considered: the substrate temperature and film thickness. Transport properties were influenced by grain boundaries as well as by native doping. Optical measurements showed two main direct transitions at energies: E{sub 1} {approx}1.55 eV (fundamental gap) and E{sub 2}{approx}2.49 eV (due to valence band splitting). Both transitions were found to be thickness dependent with a marked change at a film thickness of about 300 nm. In the case of low substrate temperature, the scaling relation between resistivity and grain size showed a deviation from linear behavior at a size of 20 nm and the transmission coefficient is reduced. Also, the deposition on cold substrate enhanced both dark and photoconductivity for films of thickness {>=}300 nm. It is also proved that the carrier transport was affected by the transmission coef-ficient for carriers to pass a single grain boundary as well as the number of grain boundaries per mean free path. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Thickness-Dependent Order-to-Order Transitions of Bolaform-like Giant Surfactant in Thin Films

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    Hsu, Chih-Hao; Yue, Kan; Wang, Jing; Dong, Xue-Hui; Xia, Yanfeng; Jiang, Zhang [X-ray; Thomas, Edwin L. [Department; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2017-09-07

    Controlling self-assembled nanostructures in thin films allows the bottom-up fabrication of ordered nanoscale patterns. Here we report the unique thickness-dependent phase behavior in thin films of a bolaform-like giant surfactant, which consists of butyl- and hydroxyl-functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (BPOSS and DPOSS) cages telechelically located at the chain ends of a polystyrene (PS) chain with 28 repeating monomers on average. In the bulk, BPOSS-PS28-DPOSS forms a double gyroid (DG) phase. Both grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy techniques are combined to elucidate the thin film structures. Interestingly, films with thicknesses thinner than 200 nm exhibit an irreversible phase transition from hexagonal perforated layer (HPL) to compressed hexagonally packed cylinders (c-HEX) at 130 °C, while films with thickness larger than 200 nm show an irreversible transition from HPL to DG at 200 °C. The thickness-controlled transition pathway suggests possibilities to obtain diverse patterns via thin film self-assembly.

  20. Effects of Nitrogen Gas Flow and Film Thickness on Electric Properties of TiN Thin Film Deposited at Room Temperature

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    Wu, Jingbo; Murakami, Ri Ichi; Kondo, Masaharu

    In this study, TiN thin film was deposited onto a glass substrate by the inclined opposite target type DC magnetron sputtering method with the good electric characteristics. The coating of TiN thin film was carried out onto substrate at the temperature of 303 K. The effects of nitrogen gas flow and film thickness on transparency, electric resistivity and electromagnetic wave shielding effectiveness of TiN thin films were discussed. The experimental results obtained were summarized as follows: (1) The TiN thin film deposited at the room temperature showed very low electric resistivity of 8.8×10-5Ω.cm. The TiN film showed the crystal structure when the depositing time was over 20 min. (2) When the film thickness of TiN was very thin, the TiN thin film was transparent for the visible light. The electric resistivity decreased with increasing the deposition time. (3) The electric resistivity and the transparency of TiN thin film depended greatly on the nitrogen gas flow.

  1. Fabrication and Properties of Bulk and Thick Film YTTRIUM(1) BARIUM(2) COPPER(3) OXYGEN(7-DELTA) Superconductors

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    Bailey, Andrew

    Many of the applications envisaged for the new high critical temperature cuprate superconductors require the ability to produce high quality material in layers of 1-100mum thickness which can be used as prepared, or after patterning into discrete forms. Among the possible applications in the foreseeable future are EMI/EMC shielding, pcb interconnects, inductances, stripline, mixers and resonators. Consequently it is important to establish methods of 'thick film' manufacture which provide the versatility necessary for the wide range of uses. During the course of this research, a variety of processing methods have been studied in an attempt to optimize the important film parameters of density, adhesion, strength and good stable superconducting characteristics. Details will be given of substrate-layer interaction for the various substrates that were studied, which included alumina, sapphire, single crystal (100)MgO and yttria stabilised zirconia together with a number of methods of substrate passivation. To date, the most successful substrate for Y_1Ba_2Cu_3O_{7-delta } thick film production has been yttria stabilised zirconia. This thesis will discuss the results of investigations, using yttria stabilised zirconia substrates, which have identified satisfactory means of obtaining superconducting layers with T_{c} = 91.5K and J_{c~ }3000 Acm^{-2} in zero applied magnetic field. At the time of writing, this value of critical current density remains the highest reported value for Y_1Ba_2Cu _3O_{7-delta} thick films. These high quality thick films were then used in a study of conduction mechanisms and the results are interpreted in terms of flux pinning and thermodynamic fluctuation theory. These results highlighted the complex nature of the conduction process in these new ceramics, which is dominated by the weak-link intergranular contacts. Finally, details are given of Josephson characteristics that were observed in variable thickness microbridges patterned into the

  2. SnO2 epitaxial films with varying thickness on c-sapphire: Structure evolution and optical band gap modulation

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    Zhang, Mi; Xu, Maji; Li, Mingkai; Zhang, Qingfeng; Lu, Yinmei; Chen, Jingwen; Li, Ming; Dai, Jiangnan; Chen, Changqing; He, Yunbin

    2017-11-01

    A series of a-plane SnO2 films with thickness between 2.5 nm and 1436 nm were grown epitaxially on c-sapphire by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), to allow a detailed probe into the structure evolution and optical band gap modulation of SnO2 with growing thickness. All films exhibit excellent out-of-plane ordering (lowest (200) rocking-curve half width ∼0.01°) with an orientation of SnO2(100) || Al2O3(0001), while three equivalent domains that are rotated by 120° with one another coexist in-plane with SnO2[010] || Al2O3 [11-20]. Initially the SnO2(100) film assumes a two-dimensional (2D) layer-by-layer growth mode with atomically smooth surface (minimum root-mean-square roughness of 0.183 nm), and endures compressive strain along both c and a axes as well as mild tensile strain along the b-axis. With increasing thickness, transition from the 2D to 3D island growth mode takes place, leading to formation of various defects to allow relief of the stress and thus relaxation of the film towards bulk SnO2. More interestingly, with increasing thickness from nm to μm, the SnO2 films present a non-monotonic V-shaped variation in the optical band gap energy. While the band gap of SnO2 films thinner than 6.1 nm increases rapidly with decreasing film thickness due to the quantum size effect, the band gap of thicker SnO2 films broadens almost linearly with increasing film thickness up to 374 nm, as a result of the strain effect. The present work sheds light on future design of SnO2 films with desired band gap for particular applications by thickness control and strain engineering.

  3. Enhanced selectivity of boron doped diamond electrodes for the detection of dopamine and ascorbic acid by increasing the film thickness

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    Qi, Yao; Long, Hangyu; Ma, Li; Wei, Quiping; Li, Site; Yu, Zhiming; Hu, Jingyuan; Liu, Peizhi; Wang, Yijia; Meng, Lingcong

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, boron doped diamond (BDD) with different thickness were prepared by hot filament chemical vapor deposition. The performance of BDD electrodes for detecting dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectra reveal the grain size increases and the film quality improves with the increase of film thickness. Electrochemical test show that the transfer coefficient in [Fe3 (CN) 6]3-/4- redox system increases with the increase of the film thickness. The results of selectivity and sensitivity for DA mixed with AA detection show that 8h-BDD and 12h-BDD electrodes possess well selective separated oxidation peaks of DA and AA, and the 12h-BDD electrode exhibits optimal sensitivity until the DA concentration drops to 1 μ M.

  4. Thickness Dependence of Magnetic Anisotropy: An Investigation of the Magnetic Microstructure in Co/Au(111) Films

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    Oepen, Hans Peter

    1998-03-01

    The thickness driven spin reorientation in Co/Au(111) films has been investigated by means of the scanning electron microscope with polarization analysis (SEMPA). The magnetic microstructure of vertically magnetized films reveals the influence of the magneto-static energy. Domains are formed and the domain size collapses within a very small thickness range. Further thickness increase causes the magnetization to flip into the film plane. It turns out that the spin reorientation is controlled by higher order magnetic anisotropies. The transition proceeds via a state of coexisting phases which becomes evident from two boundaries appearing between the two phases with vertical and in-plane magnetization, respectively. A procedure is proposed that allows the determination of first and second order interface anisotropies.

  5. Influence of the organic film thickness on the second order distributed feedback resonator properties of an organic semiconductor laser

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    Bencheikh, F.; Sandanayaka, A. S. D.; Matsushima, T.; Ribierre, J. C.; Adachi, C.

    2017-06-01

    We report on the cavity numerical characterization of a second order one-dimensional distributed feedback organic laser. The gain medium containing 6 wt. % of 4,4'-bis[(N-carbazole)styryl]biphenyl) in a 4,4'-bis[9-dicarbazolyl]-2,2'-biphenyl) host is vacuum deposited to form an organic thin film on a SiO2 grating. The influence of the organic film thickness on the properties of the resonant cavity is investigated through numerical calculations of both the confinement factor Γ and the Q-factor. The Q-factor is obtained using two methods, one by calculating the eigenmodes of the resonant cavity and the other by calculating the reflection spectrum. It was found that while the Γ increases with the organic film thickness, the Q-factor shows a non-monotonic function with a maximum value for a thickness of 200 nm.

  6. Generation of Bessel Surface Plasmon Polaritons in a Finite-Thickness Metal Film

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    S. N. Kurilkina

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A theory of generation of low- and high-index Bessel surface plasmon polaritons and their superposition in a metal film of a finite thickness is developed. Correct analytical expressions are obtained for the field of two families of Bessel surface plasmon polariton modes formed inside and outside the metal layer. The intensity distribution near the boundary of the layer has been calculated and analyzed. A scheme for the experimental realization of a superposition of Bessel surface plasmon polaritons is suggested. Our study demonstrates that it is feasible to use the superposition of Bessel surface plasmon polaritons as a virtual tip for near-field optical microscopy with a nanoscale resolution.

  7. Fabrication and characterization of MEMS-based PZT/PZT bimorph thick film vibration energy harvesters

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    Xu, Ruichao; Lei, Anders; Dahl-Petersen, Christian

    2012-01-01

    We describe the fabrication and characterization of a significantly improved version of a microelectromechanical system-based PZT/PZT thick film bimorph vibration energy harvester with an integrated silicon proof mass; the harvester is fabricated in a fully monolithic process. The main advantage...... of bimorph vibration energy harvesters is that strain energy is not lost in mechanical support materials since only Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (PZT) is strained; as a result, the effective system coupling coefficient is increased, and thus a potential for significantly higher output power is released. In addition, when...... the two layers are connected in series, the output voltage is increased, and as a result the relative power loss in the necessary rectifying circuit is reduced. We describe an improved process scheme for the energy harvester, which resulted in a robust fabrication process with a record high fabrication...

  8. Piezoelectric and Magnetoelectric Thick Films for Fabricating Power Sources in Wireless Sensor Nodes

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    Jong-Jin Choi

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available In this manuscript, we review the progress made in the synthesis of thick film-based piezoelectric and magnetoelectric structures for harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations and magnetic field. Piezoelectric compositions in the system Pb(Zr,TiO3–Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3O3 (PZNT have shown promise for providing enhanced efficiency due to higher energy density and thus form the base of transducers designed for capturing the mechanical energy. Laminate structures of PZNT with magnetostrictive ferrite materials provide large magnitudes of magnetoelectric coupling and are being targeted to capture the stray magnetic field energy. We analyze the models used to predict the performance of the energy harvesters and present a full system description.

  9. Protocols for printing thick film ceramic libraries using the London University Search Instrument (LUSI).

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    Chen, L; Zhang, Y; Yang, S; Evans, J R G

    2007-07-01

    Thick film combinatorial libraries can be prepared by mixing ceramic suspensions using stepper-driven syringes to control ink-jet-printing nozzles, but a more tolerant and efficient method has been devised using a simplification of the same equipment. By simplifying the printing sequence and using direct deposition from the stepper syringes, the time committed to a repetitive sequence of priming and cleaning the ink-jet printer nozzles is reduced. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) open ended tubes and commercial pipette tips are used as the printing nozzles. Calibration and corrections for the method are described. This method opens up the possibility for making ceramic libraries more rapidly with much simpler and less expensive equipment.

  10. Development of economical improved thick film solar cell contact. Final report, September 1978-April 1979

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    Ross, B.

    1979-04-01

    The potential for economy and efficiency has been demonstrated for the thick film metallization process using screen printing for solar cell electrodes. However, process reliability and materials economy remain deficient. It is believed that these deficiencies can be removed by the use of ink formulations designed specifically for silicon solar cells, departing from ceramic technology tradition and utilizing all metal systems. The objectives of this investigation are as follows: 1) eliminate the glass frit which has been the conventional liquid phase sintering medium and adhesive for metallization inks; 2) provide an appropriate metal which can serve as the liquid phase sintering medium; 3) find a chemical constituent which effectively removes the native oxide from the silicon during the firing step, which can be made part of the ink, and which either becomes fugitive or remains an inert part of the matured metallization; and 4) maintain cognizance of the cost objectives of the LSA Project in selecting materials and processes. Progress is reported. (WHK)

  11. Ab initio analytical model of light transmission through a cylindrical subwavelength hole in an optically thick film

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    Bordo, Vladimir

    2011-01-01

    The rigorous analytical theory of light transmission through a cylindrical hole of arbitrary diameter in an optically thick film is developed. The approach is based on the introduction of fictitious surface currents at both hole openings and both film surfaces. The solution of Maxwell’s equations...... obeying the boundary conditions at all interfaces is obtained in the form of the Fourier integral over the axial-wave-vector component. The exact integral equation which determines the field-amplitude Fourier transforms is derived. The general approach is simplified in the case of an elongated hole, where...... the film thickness considerably exceeds the hole diameter. It is emphasized that a specific pole corresponding to excitation of surface plasmon polaritons does not appear in the analysis. The theory is illustrated by the calculation of light transmission through a subwavelength hole in an Ag film....

  12. In vitro analysis of the cement film thickness of two endodontic sealers in the apical region

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    Garcia Lucas da Fonseca

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives : The objective of the present study was to evaluate in vitro film thickness of two endodontic sealers containing epoxy-resin and zinc-oxide-eugenol, respectively in the apical region of the root canal system. Materials and Methods : A total of 20 palatine roots of the first maxillary molars were submitted to instrumentation up to a #40 file by the step-back technique and irrigated with 2 ml of NaOCl after each change of file. The roots were divided at random into two groups of 10 elements; one group was sealed with the Sealer 26® cement and the other one with the EndoFill® cement using the classical technique. The roots were abraded in the apical region until exposure of the filling and cut crosswise at 3 mm to obtain samples. The samples were analyzed by optic microscopy with 40X magnification. The images obtained were recorded using the Adobe Premiere 5.1® software and submitted to morphometric analysis using an integration grid that permitted the quantification of the area filled with the sealer or gutta-percha, and eventual empty spaces. Results : Statistical analysis of the data (Kruskal-Wallis test, P < 0.05 revealed no significant differences between the epoxy-resin-based cement Sealer 26® (47.85% and the zinc- oxide- eugenol-based cement EndoFill® (54.16%. Conclusion : We conclude that the two sealers tested showed a similar behavior regarding the cement film thickness in the apical region.

  13. Investigation of the correlation between dielectric function, thickness and morphology of nano-granular ZnO very thin films

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    Gilliot, Mickaël, E-mail: mickael.gilliot@univ-reims.fr [Laboratoire d' Ingénierie et Sciences des Matériaux, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France); Hadjadj, Aomar [Laboratoire d' Ingénierie et Sciences des Matériaux, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France); Martin, Jérôme [Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Université de Technologie de Troyes (France)

    2015-12-31

    Thin nano-granular ZnO layers were prepared using a sol–gel synthesis and spin-coating deposition process with a thickness ranging between 20 and 120 nm. The complex dielectric function (ϵ) of the ZnO film was determined from spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements. Up to a critical thickness close to 60 nm, the magnitude of both the real and the imaginary parts of ϵ rapidly increases and then slowly tends to values closer to the bulk ZnO material. This trend suggests a drastic change in the film porosity at both sides of this critical thickness, due to the pre-heating and post-crystallization processes, as confirmed by additional characterization of the structure and the morphology of the ZnO films. - Highlights: • c-Axis oriented ZnO thin films were grown with different morphological states. • The morphology and structures are controlled by controlling the thickness. • The optical properties are correlated to morphological evolution. • Two growth behaviors and property evolutions are identified around a critical thickness.

  14. Industrial application of sintered thick-film bulk photoconductive switching devices

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    Howson, P. A.; Miller, Rodney; Zhang, Y.

    1995-01-01

    A disadvantage of photoconductors, based on polycrystalline layers, is that when high electric fields are applied complex processes occur which are believed to be associated with thermal quenching of photoconductivity and inconsistencies in the physical properties of the layer, which lead to the formation of high electric field domains and subsequent 'hot spotting'. These effects have previously severely limited the ability of the material to cope with high electric fields and current densities. The authors have developed a process based on thick film technology, to produce sintered polycrystalline layers of solid solutions of CdSe, CdS and Cd.Te, which suppresses the formation of these high electric field domains, thus allowing the materials to be operated close to their practical electric field strengths. The photoconductivity, practical electric field strengths, time and temperature response of this materials is described. This material can be scaled to produce films ranging from a few square millimeters to several square meters in area. Thus making possible the industrial production of low cost bulk photoconductive switches, based on this form of the material, which will be capable of switching kA from kV sources.

  15. Energy trapping of thickness-extensional modes in thin film bulk acoustic wave filters

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    Zinan Zhao

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the thickness-extensional vibration of a rectangular piezoelectric thin film bulk acoustic wave filter with two pairs of electrodes symmetrically deposited on the center of the zinc oxide film. The two-dimensional scalar differential equations which were first derived to describe in-plane vibration distribution by Tiersten and Stevens are employed. The Ritz method with trigonometric functions as basis functions is used based on a variational formulation developed in our previous paper. Free vibration resonant frequencies and corresponding modes are obtained. The modes may separate into symmetric and antisymmetric ones for such a structurally symmetric filter. Trapped modes with vibrations mainly under the driving electrodes are exhibited. The six corner-type regions of the filter neglected by Tiersten and Stevens for an approximation are taken into account in our analysis. Results show that their approximation can lead to an inaccuracy on the order of dozens of ppm for the fundamental mode, which is quite significant in filter operation and application.

  16. Study on sodium water glass-based anti-reflective film and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Huang, Q.Z. [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Shi, J.F., E-mail: shijf@ms.giec.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China); Wang, L.L.; Li, Y.J.; Zhong, L.W. [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China); Xu, G., E-mail: xugang@ms.giec.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China)

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, anti-reflective (AR) films are prepared from sodium water glass with a simple dip-coating method. The effects of SiO{sub 2}/Na{sub 2}O molar ratio, concentration of water glass, and withdrawal speed on the anti-reflection performance of the AR films are systematically studied. The optimized AR film is further applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The optical properties and surface morphology of AR films are analyzed by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscope, and atomic force microscope. Transmittance of the glass coated with sodium water glass-based AR film is increased by 3.2% when the SiO{sub 2}/Na{sub 2}O molar ratio, concentration, and withdrawal speed equal to 3.8, 5 wt%, and 80 mm/min, respectively. Under this condition, the thickness of the AR film is 127 nm and the AR film has obvious porous structure. In addition, the power conversion efficiency of DSC coated by AR film is increased from 7.92% to 8.24%, compared with the DSC without AR film. - Highlights: • Anti-reflective films are prepared from sodium water glass. • Transmittance of anti-reflective film is increased by 3.2%. • Efficiency of dye-sensitized cell is improved by anti-reflective film.

  17. Thickness dependence of Electron Energy Loss Spectra (EELS) of MoS2 films

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    Xue, Feng; Yan, Xinxu; Wang, Zhe; Wang, Hui; Pan, Xiaoqing; Wu, Ruqian

    Band structures and optical properties of monolayer, bilayer, and bulk MoS2 are studied using the GW approximation in conjunction with the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE). The calculated electron energy loss spectra (EELS) of these systems show peak structures that depend on the thickness. In particular, the pronounced peak near 3 eV moves to lower energy with the increasing of film thickness. Through analysis of transition matrices and density of states, we attribute this peak shift to modifications of the band structures through the weak interlayer van der Waals interaction. Comparison between theory and experiment are made to reveal the physical insights and to provide guidance for the utilization of novel two-dimensional materials. Work at Fudan was supported by the Chinese National Science Foundation (Grant No. 11474056) and National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2015CB921400). Work at UCI was supported by DOE-BES (Grant No. DE-FG02-05ER46237).

  18. Investigation of the fabrication parameters of thick film metal oxide-polymer pH electrodes

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    Gac, A

    2002-01-01

    This thesis describes a study into the development of an optimum material and fabrication process for the production of thick film pH electrodes. These devices consist of low cost, miniature and rugged pH sensors formed by screen printing a metal oxide bearing paste onto a high temperature (approx 850 deg C) fired metal back contact supported on a standard alumina substrate. The pH sensitive metal oxide layer must be fabricated at relatively low temperatures (<300 deg C) in order to maintain the pH sensitivity of the layer and hence requires the use of a suitably stable low temperature curing binder. Bespoke fabricated inks are derived from a Taguchi style factorial experimental plans in which, different binder types, curing temperatures, hydration level and percentage mixtures of different metal oxides and layer thicknesses were investigated. The pH responses of 18 printed electrodes per batch were assessed in buffer solutions with respect to a commercial reference electrode forming a complete potentiomet...

  19. Thickness-dependent coherent phonon frequency in ultrathin FeSe/SrTiO3 films

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    Yang, Shuolong [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Sobota, Jonathan A. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Leuenberger, Dominik [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Kemper, Alexander F. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Lee, James J. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Schmitt, Felix T. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Li, Wei [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Moore, Rob G. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Kirchmann, Patrick S. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Shen, Zhi -Xun [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Ultrathin FeSe films grown on SrTiO3 substrates are a recent milestone in atomic material engineering due to their important role in understanding unconventional superconductivity in Fe-based materials. By using femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we study phonon frequencies in ultrathin FeSe/SrTiO3 films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. After optical excitation, we observe periodic modulations of the photoelectron spectrum as a function of pump–probe delay for 1-unit-cell, 3-unit-cell, and 60-unit-cell thick FeSe films. The frequencies of the coherent intensity oscillations increase from 5.00 ± 0.02 to 5.25 ± 0.02 THz with increasing film thickness. By comparing with previous works, we attribute this mode to the Se A1g phonon. The dominant mechanism for the phonon softening in 1-unit-cell thick FeSe films is a substrate-induced lattice strain. Results demonstrate an abrupt phonon renormalization due to a lattice mismatch between the ultrathin film and the substrate.

  20. Influence of total film thickness on high-frequency magnetic properties of the [FeCoSiN/SiN{sub x}]{sub n} multilayer thin films

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    Liu, X.L. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Fujian Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Wang, L.S., E-mail: wangls@xmu.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Fujian Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Xu, R.; Luo, Q.; Xu, L.; Yuan, B.B.; Zou, C.Y. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Fujian Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Wang, J.B. [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Peng, D.L., E-mail: dlpeng@xmu.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Fujian Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China)

    2015-01-15

    [FeCoSiN/SiN{sub x}]{sub n} multilayer thin films with different number of layers were fabricated by alternating magnetron sputtering at room temperature with no external magnetic field applied on substrates. A well-defined laminated structure consisting of 7 nm FeCoSiN magnetic layer and 2 nm SiN{sub x} insulating layer was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The static magnetic hysteresis loops of the [FeCoSiN/SiN{sub x}]{sub n} multilayer thin films measured by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) presented an obvious in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. The dynamic magnetic performance of the [FeCoSiN/SiN{sub x}]{sub n} multilayer films was studied by vector network analyzer and LLG equation. The results indicated that the total film thickness has slightly impact on the high-frequency magnetic performance of the multilayer thin films. When the total thickness of the [FeCoSiN/SiN{sub x}]{sub n} multilayer thin films increased to micron level, they could still maintain encouraging high-frequency magnetic properties and electrical property: the ferromagnetic resonance frequency f{sub r}=3.74 GHz, real permeability µ′=93.73, and electrical resistivity ρ=196 µΩ cm. - Highlights: • The [FeCoSiN/SiN{sub x}]{sub n} multilayer thin films were prepared by magnetron sputtering. • The influence of total film thickness on high-frequency properties was studied. • The multilayer thin films exhibited excellent high-frequency properties.

  1. Molecular dynamics simulations of ultrathin water film confined between flat diamond plates

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    A.V. Khomenko

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Molecular dynamics simulations of ultrathin water film confined between atomically flat rigid diamond plates are described. Films with thickness of one and two molecular diameters are concerned and TIP4P model is used for water molecules. Dynamical and equilibrium characteristics of the system for different values of the external load and shear force are investigated. An increase of the external load causes the transition of the film to a solidlike state. This is manifested in a decrease of the diffusion constant and in the ordering of the liquid molecules into quasidiscrete layers. For two-layer film under high loads, the molecules also become ordered parallel to the surfaces. Time dependencies of the friction force and the changes of its average value with the load are obtained. In general, the behaviour of the studied model is consistent with the experimental results obtained for simple liquids with spherical molecules.

  2. Thickness Dependent Nanostructural, Morphological, Optical and Impedometric Analyses of Zinc Oxide-Gold Hybrids: Nanoparticle to Thin Film.

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    Veeradasan Perumal

    Full Text Available The creation of an appropriate thin film is important for the development of novel sensing surfaces, which will ultimately enhance the properties and output of high-performance sensors. In this study, we have fabricated and characterized zinc oxide (ZnO thin films on silicon substrates, which were hybridized with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs to obtain ZnO-Aux (x = 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 nm hybrid structures with different thicknesses. Nanoscale imaging by field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed increasing film uniformity and coverage with the Au deposition thickness. Transmission electron microscopy analysis indicated that the AuNPs exhibit an increasing average diameter (5-10 nm. The face center cubic Au were found to co-exist with wurtzite ZnO nanostructure. Atomic force microscopy observations revealed that as the Au content increased, the overall crystallite size increased, which was supported by X-ray diffraction measurements. The structural characterizations indicated that the Au on the ZnO crystal lattice exists without any impurities in a preferred orientation (002. When the ZnO thickness increased from 10 to 40 nm, transmittance and an optical bandgap value decreased. Interestingly, with 50 nm thickness, the band gap value was increased, which might be due to the Burstein-Moss effect. Photoluminescence studies revealed that the overall structural defect (green emission improved significantly as the Au deposition increased. The impedance measurements shows a decreasing value of impedance arc with increasing Au thicknesses (0 to 40 nm. In contrast, the 50 nm AuNP impedance arc shows an increased value compared to lower sputtering thicknesses, which indicated the presence of larger sized AuNPs that form a continuous film, and its ohmic characteristics changed to rectifying characteristics. This improved hybrid thin film (ZnO/Au is suitable for a wide range of sensing applications.

  3. Thickness Dependent Nanostructural, Morphological, Optical and Impedometric Analyses of Zinc Oxide-Gold Hybrids: Nanoparticle to Thin Film

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    Perumal, Veeradasan; Hashim, Uda; Gopinath, Subash C. B.; Haarindraprasad, R.; Liu, Wei-Wen; Poopalan, P.; Balakrishnan, S. R.; Thivina, V.; Ruslinda, A. R.

    2015-01-01

    The creation of an appropriate thin film is important for the development of novel sensing surfaces, which will ultimately enhance the properties and output of high-performance sensors. In this study, we have fabricated and characterized zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films on silicon substrates, which were hybridized with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to obtain ZnO-Aux (x = 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 nm) hybrid structures with different thicknesses. Nanoscale imaging by field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed increasing film uniformity and coverage with the Au deposition thickness. Transmission electron microscopy analysis indicated that the AuNPs exhibit an increasing average diameter (5–10 nm). The face center cubic Au were found to co-exist with wurtzite ZnO nanostructure. Atomic force microscopy observations revealed that as the Au content increased, the overall crystallite size increased, which was supported by X-ray diffraction measurements. The structural characterizations indicated that the Au on the ZnO crystal lattice exists without any impurities in a preferred orientation (002). When the ZnO thickness increased from 10 to 40 nm, transmittance and an optical bandgap value decreased. Interestingly, with 50 nm thickness, the band gap value was increased, which might be due to the Burstein-Moss effect. Photoluminescence studies revealed that the overall structural defect (green emission) improved significantly as the Au deposition increased. The impedance measurements shows a decreasing value of impedance arc with increasing Au thicknesses (0 to 40 nm). In contrast, the 50 nm AuNP impedance arc shows an increased value compared to lower sputtering thicknesses, which indicated the presence of larger sized AuNPs that form a continuous film, and its ohmic characteristics changed to rectifying characteristics. This improved hybrid thin film (ZnO/Au) is suitable for a wide range of sensing applications. PMID:26694656

  4. Thickness Dependent Nanostructural, Morphological, Optical and Impedometric Analyses of Zinc Oxide-Gold Hybrids: Nanoparticle to Thin Film.

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    Perumal, Veeradasan; Hashim, Uda; Gopinath, Subash C B; Haarindraprasad, R; Liu, Wei-Wen; Poopalan, P; Balakrishnan, S R; Thivina, V; Ruslinda, A R

    2015-01-01

    The creation of an appropriate thin film is important for the development of novel sensing surfaces, which will ultimately enhance the properties and output of high-performance sensors. In this study, we have fabricated and characterized zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films on silicon substrates, which were hybridized with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to obtain ZnO-Aux (x = 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 nm) hybrid structures with different thicknesses. Nanoscale imaging by field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed increasing film uniformity and coverage with the Au deposition thickness. Transmission electron microscopy analysis indicated that the AuNPs exhibit an increasing average diameter (5-10 nm). The face center cubic Au were found to co-exist with wurtzite ZnO nanostructure. Atomic force microscopy observations revealed that as the Au content increased, the overall crystallite size increased, which was supported by X-ray diffraction measurements. The structural characterizations indicated that the Au on the ZnO crystal lattice exists without any impurities in a preferred orientation (002). When the ZnO thickness increased from 10 to 40 nm, transmittance and an optical bandgap value decreased. Interestingly, with 50 nm thickness, the band gap value was increased, which might be due to the Burstein-Moss effect. Photoluminescence studies revealed that the overall structural defect (green emission) improved significantly as the Au deposition increased. The impedance measurements shows a decreasing value of impedance arc with increasing Au thicknesses (0 to 40 nm). In contrast, the 50 nm AuNP impedance arc shows an increased value compared to lower sputtering thicknesses, which indicated the presence of larger sized AuNPs that form a continuous film, and its ohmic characteristics changed to rectifying characteristics. This improved hybrid thin film (ZnO/Au) is suitable for a wide range of sensing applications.

  5. Ultra-low thermal conductivity on Si/Au multilayer films with metal layer thickness below 8 nm

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    Hu, Yangsen; Hu, Zhiyu

    2017-10-01

    Nanoscale heat conduction with ultra-low thermal conductivity across metal-nonmetal Si/Au multilayer films has been investigated. Si/Au multilayer films with different Au thickness were prepared by magetron sputtering, of which the multilayer structures were confirmed by grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). Moreover, the cross-plane thermal conductivities of the films deposition were investigated by a differential 3ω method at room temperature. It is possible that we can control thermal transport across multilayer films by constructing ultrathin Au layers. The reduced thermal conductivity (∼0.6 Wm-1K-1) of multilayer films with Au thickness of 1 nm is ∼50% of that with Au thickness above 8 nm and 42% of amorphous Si film (1.44 Wm-1K-1). The result is attributed to the low contribution of phonons to the overall thermal conductivity in ultrathin Au layer (below 8 nm), leading to a relatively high film thermal resistances compare to thicker Au layer due to strong electron-phonon coupling at metal-nonmetal interfaces. Meanwhile, experimental results show excellent agreement with two temperature model over 8 nm but not below 8 nm. It can be found that conventional thermal conducitvity models fail to explain the observed thermal conducitvity tendency as a function of intercalating metal layer thickness. Accordingly, a revised two temperature model (TTM) has been proposed, which shows well agreement with experimental results. The results provide us with more insight about the thermal transport mechanism of the heterogeneous multilayer system, and would give more instruction for next-generation thermoelectric material development.

  6. Structure and electrical properties of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ferroelectric thick films derived from a polymer modified sol-gel method.

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    Ji, Hongfen; Ren, Wei; Wang, Lingyan; Shi, Peng; Chen, Xiaofeng; Wu, Xiaoqing; Yao, Xi; Lau, Sien-Ting; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, K Kirk

    2011-10-01

    Lead-free NaBi(0.5)TiO(3) (NBT) ferroelectric thick films were prepared by a poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) modified sol-gel method. The NBT thick films annealed from 500°C to 750°C exhibit a perovskite structure. The relationship between annealing temperature, thickness, and electrical properties of the thick films has been investigated. The dielectric constants and remnant polarizations of the thick films increase with annealing temperature. The electrical properties of the NBT films show strong thickness dependence. As thickness increases from 1.0 to 4.8 μm, the dielectric constant of the NBT films increases from 620 to 848, whereas the dielectric loss is nearly independent of the thickness. The remnant polarization of the NBT thick films also increases with increasing thickness. The leakage current density first decreases and then increases with film thickness.

  7. Effect of thickness on surface morphology, optical and humidity sensing properties of RF magnetron sputtered CCTO thin films

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    Ahmadipour, Mohsen [Structural Materials Niche Area, School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); Ain, Mohd Fadzil [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); Ahmad, Zainal Arifin, E-mail: srzainal@usm.my [Structural Materials Niche Area, School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia)

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • CCTO thin film was synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering successfully. • Increase in thickness lead to increase in grain size and decrease in band gap. • Short response times and recovery times of lead CCTO humidity sensor. • Sensor could detect humidity range (30–90%). - Abstract: In this study, calcium copper titanate (CCTO) thin films were deposited on ITO substrates successfully by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method in argon atmosphere. The CCTO thin films present a polycrystalline, uniform and porous structure. The surface morphology, optical and humidity sensing properties of the synthesized CCTO thin films have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), UV–vis spectrophotometer and current-voltage (I–V) analysis. XRD and AFM confirmed that the intensity of peaks and pore size of CCTO thin films were enhanced by increasing the thin films. Tauc plot method was adopted to estimate the optical band gaps. The surface structure and energy band gaps of the deposited films were affected by film thickness. Energy band gap of the layers were 3.76 eV, 3.68 eV and 3.5 eV for 200 nm, 400 nm, and 600 nm CCTO thin films layer, respectively. The humidity sensing properties were measured by using direct current (DC) analysis method. The response times were 12 s, 22 s, and 35 s while the recovery times were 500 s, 600 s, and 650 s for 200 nm, 400 nm, and 600 nm CCTO thin films, respectively at humidity range of 30–90% relative humidity (RH).

  8. Thickness dependence of the conductivity of thin films (La,Sr)FeO3 deposited on MgO single crystal

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    Mosleh, Majid; Pryds, Nini; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2007-01-01

    is less than the value of the bulk material. The apparent conductivity versus temperature shows a maximum at a certain temperature (T-max). This characteristic temperature (T-max) decreases as the film thickness increases and reaches the value for bulk for thicker films. All of the samples show the same......Thin films of La0.6Sr0.4FeO3-delta of different thicknesses have been deposited on single crystal MgO substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The deposited films are characterized by XRD before and after annealing, by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphological characterization...... and by the Van der Pauw (VDP) technique for determination of the conductivity. The temperature dependence of the conductivity in air for samples of different thickness has been investigated. The electrical conductivity of the films increases with increasing film thickness but the conductivity of all films...

  9. Atomistic scale nanoscratching behavior of monocrystalline Cu influenced by water film in CMP process

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    Shi, Junqin; Chen, Juan; Fang, Liang; Sun, Kun; Sun, Jiapeng; Han, Jing

    2018-03-01

    The effect of water film on the nanoscratching behavior of monocrystalline Cu was studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The results indicate that the friction force acting on abrasive particle increases due to the resistance of water film accumulating ahead of particle, but the water film with lubrication decreases friction force acting on Cu surface. The accumulation of water molecules around particle causes the anisotropy of ridge and the surface damage around the groove, and the water molecules remaining in the groove lead to the non-regular groove structure. The dislocation evolution displays the re-organization of the dislocation network in the nanoscratching process. The evaluation of removal efficiency shows the number of removed Cu atoms decreases with water film thickness. It is considered that an appropriate rather than a high removal efficiency should be adopted to evaluate the polishing process in real (chemical mechanical polishing) CMP. These results are helpful to reveal the polishing mechanism under the effect of water film from physical perspective, which benefits the development of ultra-precision manufacture and miniaturized components, as well as the innovation of CMP technology.

  10. Thickness-dependent electron mobility of single and few-layer MoS2 thin-film transistors

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    Ji Heon Kim

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the dependence of electron mobility on the thickness of MoS2 nanosheets by fabricating bottom-gate single and few-layer MoS2 thin-film transistors with SiO2 gate dielectrics and Au electrodes. All the fabricated MoS2 transistors showed on/off-current ratio of ∼107 and saturated output characteristics without high-k capping layers. As the MoS2 thickness increased from 1 to 6 layers, the field-effect mobility of the fabricated MoS2 transistors increased from ∼10 to ∼18 cm2V−1s−1. The increased subthreshold swing of the fabricated transistors with MoS2 thickness suggests that the increase of MoS2 mobility with thickness may be related to the dependence of the contact resistance and the dielectric constant of MoS2 layer on its thickness.

  11. Synthesis and Evaluation of Thick Films of Electrochemically Deposited Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 Thermoelectric Materials

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    Trung, Nguyen Huu; Sakamoto, Kei; Toan, Nguyen Van; Ono, Takahito

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents the results of the synthesis and evaluation of thick thermoelectric films that may be used for such applications as thermoelectric power generators. Two types of electrochemical deposition methods, constant and pulsed deposition with improved techniques for both N-type bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) and P-type antimony telluride (Sb2Te3), are performed and compared. As a result, highly oriented Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 thick films with a bulk-like structure are successfully synthesized with high Seebeck coefficients and low electrical resistivities. Six hundred-micrometer-thick Bi2Te3 and 500-µm-thick Sb2Te3 films are obtained. The Seebeck coefficients for the Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 films are −150 ± 20 and 170 ± 20 µV/K, respectively. Additionally, the electrical resistivity for the Bi2Te3 is 15 ± 5 µΩm and is 25 ± 5 µΩm for the Sb2Te3. The power factors of each thermoelectric material can reach 15 × 10−4 W/mK2 for Bi2Te3 and 11.2 × 10−4 W/mK2 for Sb2Te3. PMID:28772511

  12. Synthesis and Evaluation of Thick Films of Electrochemically Deposited Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 Thermoelectric Materials

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    Nguyen Huu Trung

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of the synthesis and evaluation of thick thermoelectric films that may be used for such applications as thermoelectric power generators. Two types of electrochemical deposition methods, constant and pulsed deposition with improved techniques for both N-type bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3 and P-type antimony telluride (Sb2Te3, are performed and compared. As a result, highly oriented Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 thick films with a bulk-like structure are successfully synthesized with high Seebeck coefficients and low electrical resistivities. Six hundred-micrometer-thick Bi2Te3 and 500-µm-thick Sb2Te3 films are obtained. The Seebeck coefficients for the Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 films are −150 ± 20 and 170 ± 20 µV/K, respectively. Additionally, the electrical resistivity for the Bi2Te3 is 15 ± 5 µΩm and is 25 ± 5 µΩm for the Sb2Te3. The power factors of each thermoelectric material can reach 15 × 10−4 W/mK2 for Bi2Te3 and 11.2 × 10−4 W/mK2 for Sb2Te3.

  13. Characterization of Films with Thickness Less than 10 nm by Sensitivity-Enhanced Atomic Force Acoustic Microscopy

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    Muraoka Mikio

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We present a method for characterizing ultrathin films using sensitivity-enhanced atomic force acoustic microscopy, where a concentrated-mass cantilever having a flat tip was used as a sensitive oscillator. Evaluation was aimed at 6-nm-thick and 10-nm-thick diamond-like carbon (DLC films deposited, using different methods, on a hard disk for the effective Young's modulus defined as E/(1 - ν2, where E is the Young's modulus, and ν is the Poisson's ratio. The resonant frequency of the cantilever was affected not only by the film's elasticity but also by the substrate even at an indentation depth of about 0.6 nm. The substrate effect was removed by employing a theoretical formula on the indentation of a layered half-space, together with a hard disk without DLC coating. The moduli of the 6-nm-thick and 10-nm-thick DLC films were 392 and 345 GPa, respectively. The error analysis showed the standard deviation less than 5% in the moduli.

  14. Characterization of Films with Thickness Less than 10 nm by Sensitivity-Enhanced Atomic Force Acoustic Microscopy.

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    Muraoka, Mikio; Komatsu, Shinji

    2011-12-01

    We present a method for characterizing ultrathin films using sensitivity-enhanced atomic force acoustic microscopy, where a concentrated-mass cantilever having a flat tip was used as a sensitive oscillator. Evaluation was aimed at 6-nm-thick and 10-nm-thick diamond-like carbon (DLC) films deposited, using different methods, on a hard disk for the effective Young's modulus defined as E/(1 - ν(2)), where E is the Young's modulus, and ν is the Poisson's ratio. The resonant frequency of the cantilever was affected not only by the film's elasticity but also by the substrate even at an indentation depth of about 0.6 nm. The substrate effect was removed by employing a theoretical formula on the indentation of a layered half-space, together with a hard disk without DLC coating. The moduli of the 6-nm-thick and 10-nm-thick DLC films were 392 and 345 GPa, respectively. The error analysis showed the standard deviation less than 5% in the moduli.

  15. The effect of the viscosity-pressure behaviour of lubricants on the film thickness in elastohydrodynamically lubricated line contacts

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    Schipper, Dirk J.; ten Napel, W.E.; Dowson, D.

    1998-01-01

    In this paper the influence of the viscosity-pressure relationship on the film thickness for the line contact situation is presented. The viscosity-pressure behaviour of many lubricants differs significantly from the behaviour according to Barus which is commonly used in EHL. This topic is of

  16. Zirconium titanate thin film prepared by surface sol-gel process and effects of thickness on dielectric property

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    Kim, C H

    2002-01-01

    Single phase of multicomponent oxide ZrTiO sub 4 film could be prepared through surface sol-gel route simply by coating the mixture of 100mM zirconium butoxide and titanium butoxide on Pt/Ti/SiO sub 2 /Si(100) substrate, following pyrolysis at 450 .deg. C, and annealing it at 770 .deg. C. The dielectric constant of the film was reduced as the film thickness decreased due to of the interfacial effects caused by layer/electrode and a few voids inside the multilayer. However, the dielectric property was independent of applied dc bias sweeps voltage (-2 to +2 V). The dielectric constant of bulk film, 31.9, estimated using series-connected capacitor model was independent of film thickness and frequency in the measurement range, but theoretical interfacial thickness, t sub i , was dependent on the frequency. It reached a saturated t sub i value, 6.9 A, at high frequency by extraction of some capacitance component formed at low frequency range. The dielectric constant of bulk ZrTiO sub 4 pellet-shaped material was 3...

  17. Measurement of thickness of film deposited on the plasma-facing wall in the QUEST tokamak by colorimetry

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    Wang, Z.; Hanada, K.; Yoshida, N.; Shimoji, T.; Miyamoto, M.; Oya, Y.; Zushi, H.; Idei, H.; Nakamura, K.; Fujisawa, A.; Nagashima, Y.; Hasegawa, M.; Kawasaki, S.; Higashijima, A.; Nakashima, H.; Nagata, T.; Kawaguchi, A.; Fujiwara, T.; Araki, K.; Mitarai, O.; Fukuyama, A.; Takase, Y.; Matsumoto, K.

    2017-09-01

    After several experimental campaigns in the Kyushu University Experiment with Steady-state Spherical Tokamak (QUEST), the originally stainless steel plasma-facing wall (PFW) becomes completely covered with a deposited film composed of mixture materials, such as iron, chromium, carbon, and tungsten. In this work, an innovative colorimetry-based method was developed to measure the thickness of the deposited film on the actual QUEST wall. Because the optical constants of the deposited film on the PFW were position-dependent and the extinction coefficient k1 was about 1.0-2.0, which made the probing light not penetrate through some thick deposited films, the colorimetry method developed can only provide a rough value range of thickness of the metal-containing film deposited on the actual PFW in QUEST. However, the use of colorimetry is of great benefit to large-area inspections and to radioactive materials in future fusion devices that will be strictly prohibited from being taken out of the limited area.

  18. Effect of chemical grafting parameters on the manufacture of functionalized PVOH films having controlled water solubility

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    Haas, Andreas; Schlemmer, Daniel; Grupa, Uwe; Schmid, Markus

    2017-06-01

    This study investigated the chemical grafting of a single-layer poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) film. The effect of the grafting parameters (grafting time, grafting temperature, and concentration of fatty acid chloride) on the hydrophobicity of the film surface and the film solubility were evaluated. The PVOH substrate film (cold-water soluble at 20°C) was manufactured by flat extrusion and had a thickness of 50 µm (± 5 µm). The chemical grafting was performed using the transfer method with palmitoyl chloride (C16). The solubility, surface energy, and water vapor transmission rate of the grafted films were measured. The process parameters which produced the most hydrophobic PVOH film were found to be a fatty acid concentration of 3%, a grafting time of 14 min, and a grafting temperature of 130°C. These studies involved systematic adjustment of the hydrophobicity of one side of PVOH films. The results open up opportunities for packing fluids in water soluble packaging.

  19. Integrated optical coherence tomography and reflectometry system for ocular anterior segment imaging and tear film thickness evaluation

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    Lu, Hui; Baig, Sarfaraz; Jiang, Guomin; Wang, Michael R.

    2014-06-01

    We report an integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) and reflectometry system for ophthalmology imaging. The dual-functional device provides a complementary high-resolution tear film evaluation by reflectometry and anterior segment imaging by OCT, offering a more comprehensive anterior segment examination. The imaging measurement capabilities have been demonstrated on a human eye as well as on a model eye. The minimum measured tear film thickness is 0.3 μm with measurement resolution of less than ±0.58% of film thickness yet the OCT anterior segment offers a depth resolution of 7 μm with a 45-nm bandwidth superluminescent light source at 840-nm center wavelength. The integrated system has demonstrated the capability for three-dimensional imaging in the anterior segment of the eye.

  20. Time-resolved analysis of thickness-dependent dewetting and ablation of silver films upon nanosecond laser irradiation

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    Qi, Dongfeng [Laser Thermal Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-1740 (United States); Semiconductor Photonics Research Center, Department of Physics, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Paeng, Dongwoo; Yeo, Junyeob; Kim, Eunpa; Wang, Letian; Grigoropoulos, Costas P., E-mail: cgrigoro@berkeley.edu [Laser Thermal Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-1740 (United States); Chen, Songyan [Semiconductor Photonics Research Center, Department of Physics, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China)

    2016-05-23

    Nanosecond pulsed laser dewetting and ablation of thin silver films is investigated by time-resolved imaging. Laser pulses of 532 nm wavelength and 5 ns temporal width are irradiated on silver films of different thicknesses (50 nm, 80 nm, and 350 nm). Below the ablation threshold, it is observed that the dewetting process does not conclude until 630 ns after the laser irradiation for all samples, forming droplet-like particles in the spot central region. At higher laser intensities, ablative material removal occurs in the spot center. Cylindrical rims are formed in the peripheral dewetting zone due to the solidification of transported matter at about 700 ns following the laser pulse exposure. In addition to these features, droplet fingers are superposed upon irradiation of 350-nm thick silver films with higher intensity.

  1. Directional solidification of YBaCuO thick films deposited by screen printing on Ag and Ag-Pd tapes

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    Piñol, S.; Najib, M.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.; Xuriguera, H.; Segarra, M.

    2002-08-01

    Textured tapes of Ag{1 1 0} and polycrystalline tapes of Ag-Pd(0.5-12.5%) alloys have been prepared by cold rolling as possible substrates for deposition of high critical current density YBCO films. The Ag{1 1 0} texture with some twins was promoted by recrystallization after cold rolling from ingots prepared by melting and solidification of Ag powders. Nevertheless, no textured tapes were obtained by cold rolling from Ag-Pd alloys with Pd>0.5%. YBCO thick films (10-30 μm) were deposited on the metallic tapes by screen printing using organic inks. Biaxially textured superconducting thick films were observed on the Ag{1 1 0} substrates at low solidification rates. Nevertheless, uniaxial texture with some biaxial colonies of YBCO grains were found on Ag-Pd alloys when the superconducting phase was solidified at high rate.

  2. Thermoelectric Mixed Thick-/Thin Film Microgenerators Based on Constantan/Silver

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    Mirosław Gierczak

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the design, manufacturing and characterization of newly developed mixed thick-/thin film thermoelectric microgenerators based on magnetron sputtered constantan (copper-nickel alloy and screen-printed silver layers. The thermoelectric microgenerator consists of sixteen thermocouples made on a 34.2 × 27.5 × 0.25 mm3 alumina substrate. One of thermocouple arms was made of magnetron-sputtered constantan (Cu-Ni alloy, the second was a Ag-based screen-printed film. The length of each thermocouple arm was equal to 27 mm, and their width 0.3 mm. The distance between the arms was equal to 0.3 mm. In the first step, a pattern mask with thermocouples was designed and fabricated. Then, a constantan layer was magnetron sputtered over the whole substrate, and a photolithography process was used to prepare the first thermocouple arms. The second arms were screen-printed onto the substrate using a low-temperature silver paste (Heraeus C8829A or ElectroScience Laboratories ESL 599-E. To avoid oxidation of constantan, they were fired in a belt furnace in a nitrogen atmosphere at 550/450 °C peak firing temperature. Thermoelectric and electrical measurements were performed using the self-made measuring system. Two pyrometers included into the system were used for temperature measurement of hot and cold junctions. The estimated Seebeck coefficient, α was from the range 35 − 41 µV/K, whereas the total internal resistances R were between 250 and 3200 ohms, depending on magnetron sputtering time and kind of silver ink (the resistance of a single thermocouple was between 15.5 and 200 ohms.

  3. Homogeneity analysis of high yield manufacturing process of mems-based pzt thick film vibrational energy harvesters

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    Lei, Anders; Xu, Ruichao; Pedersen, C.M.

    2011-01-01

    This work presents a high yield wafer scale fabrication of MEMS-based unimorph silicon/PZT thick film vibrational energy harvesters aimed towards vibration sources with peak frequencies in the range of a few hundred Hz. By combining KOH etching with mechanical front side protection, SOI wafer...... to accurately define the thickness of the silicon part of the harvester and a silicon compatible PZT thick film screen-printing technique, we are able to fabricate energy harvesters on wafer scale with a yield higher than 90%. The characterization of the fabricated harvesters is focused towards the full wafer....../mass-production aspect; hence the analysis of uniformity in harvested power and resonant frequency....

  4. Nanostructured SnO2 thick films for gas sensor application: analysis of structural and electronic properties

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    Miskovic, Goran; Aleksic, Obrad S.; Nikolic, Maria V.; Nicolics, Johann; Radosavljevic, Goran; Vasiljevic, Zorka Z.; Lukovic, Miloljub D.; Smetana, Walter

    2016-03-01

    This research is focused on structural and electrical characterisation of tin oxide (SnO2) applied as a thick film and investigation of its properties as gas sensitive material. Micron sized SnO2 powder was milled in an agate mill for six hours to fabricate SnO2 nanopowder, which was afterwards sieved by 325 mesh sieve and characterized by XRD and SEM. This powder was used as functional part in the production of thick film tin oxide paste containing a resin vehicle with 4 wt. % nanosize glass frits acting as permanent binder. The glass frits where additionally milled for twelve hours in the agate mills to nanosized powder and sieved by a 325 mesh sieve as well. The achieved thick film paste was screen printed on alumina and fired at 850oC peak temperature for 10 minutes in air. After the sintering process, thick film samples where characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The reflectivity was measured on the same samples by UV-VIS spectrophotometer: the band gap was determined from the slope of reflectance. After that a matrix of different interdigitated electrode structure of PdAg paste was printed and sintered using the mentioned sintering conditions. The tin oxide thick film was printed over the interdigitated electrodes as a top layer and sintered again under the same conditions. The total electrical resistance was measured as a function of the electrode spacing and temperature. A negative temperature coefficient (NTC) was identified and measured in the range from room temperature (27°C) to 180°C in a climate chamber. Finally the samples were placed into a gas reactor with NOx and CO gas and the resistance was measured in the same temperature range (27°C-200°C).

  5. Polycrystalline CdZnTe thick films for low energy x-ray: system evaluation.

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    Yuk, Sunwoo; Park, Shin-Woong; Yi, Yun

    2006-01-01

    The X-ray response of polycrystalline-CdZnTe was measured by signal-to-noise (S/N) analysis. The CdZnTe material has optimal properties in a solid-state X-ray detector, and much research has focused on single crystal CdZnTe with a small-sized, silicon readout device. However, it would be difficult to apply CdTe or CdZnTe single crystal to large area, flat panel detectors, such as those used for radiography and mammography. As an alternative of single crystal CdZnTe, we have grown thick, polycrystalline CdZnTe films of high resistivity (>5 x 10(9) Ohm cm) using the thermal evaporation method on carbon substrate. A high signal-to-noise value has a direct impact on the performance of CdZnTe X-ray detectors. Important image parameters, such as dynamic range and detective quantum efficiency, rely on the signal and noise characteristics of the system. In this paper, we analyzed the properties of the X-ray detector and obtained images of the X-ray detector using the data acquisition system. The X-ray detector used the Cd1-xZnxTe (x=0.04), which used carbon substrate and gold as the electrode. The detector design is planar and 32 mm x 10 mm in size, and it has a 1.75mm x 1mm pixel electrode size and a detector thickness of 150 microm.

  6. Determination of thicknesses of oxide films grown on titanium under argon irradiation by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Do, Ngoc-Long; Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Bérerd, Nicolas; Moncoffre, Nathalie; Gorse-Pomonti, Dominique

    2014-04-01

    In this article we present a study of the oxidation of pure titanium bulk samples under argon ion irradiation at 500 °C under rarefied air. In particular we follow the dependence of the oxide thickness as a function of the energy of argon ions. The novelty of this study consists in the range of ion energy explored, from 1 to 9 MeV. Until very recently it was commonly accepted that metal surfaces were transparent to ion beams in this low energy range (few MeV), and no surface modifications were expected. In a previous paper by the authors of this work, the formation of shallow craters in the surface of titanium was reported as a result of argon ion bombardment with energies of 2, 4 and 9 MeV under the same environmental conditions. We show here that around 3 MeV the oxide growth is unexpectedly enhanced. We think that an interplay of electronic excitations and nuclear ballistic collisions could possibly explain this enhanced oxide growth. We have used spectroscopic visible ultraviolet ellipsometry and XPS to determine the thickness of the oxide layers and characterize their optical properties. From the optical properties of the oxides we observed that for ion energies below 3-4 MeV the oxides show a dielectric-like behavior, whereas for ion energies above 3-4 MeV the oxides show a metal-like behavior. These findings indicate also that ion bombardment in this energy range may change substantially the oxygen-to-titanium ratio in the oxide films grown under irradiation leading to the formation of titanium sub-oxides.

  7. LPG and NH3 Sensing Properties of SnO2 Thick Film Resistors Prepared by Screen Printing Technique

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    A. S. GARDE

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The gas sensing behavior of SnO2 thick film resistors deposited on alumina substrates has been investigated for LPG and NH3 gas. The standard screen printing technology was used to prepare the thick films. The films were fired at optimized temperature of 780 0C for 30 minutes. The material characterization was performed by XRD, SEM, FTIR, UV and EDAX for elemental analysis. IR spectroscopy analysis at 2949.26 cm-1 showed the peak assigned to the –Sn-H vibration due to the effect of hybridization i.e. sp3 and the sharp peak at 3734.31 cm-1 assigned to –Sn-OH stretching vibration due to hydrogen bonding. The variation of D.C electrical resistance of SnO2 film samples was measured in air as well as in LPG and NH3 gas atmosphere as a function of temperature. The SnO2 film samples show negative temperature coefficient of résistance. The SnO2 film samples showed the highest sensitivity to 600 ppm of LPG at 230 0C and NH3 at 370 0C. The effect of microstructure on sensitivity, response time and recovery time of the sensor in the presence of LPG and NH3 gases were studied and discussed.

  8. Perpendicular Structure Formation of Block Copolymer Thin Films during Thermal Solvent Vapor Annealing: Solvent and Thickness Effects

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    Qiuyan Yang

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Solvent vapor annealing of block copolymer (BCP thin films can produce a range of interesting morphologies, especially when the perpendicular orientation of micro-domains with respect to the substrate plays a role. This, for instance, allows BCP thin films to serve as useful templates for nanolithography and hybrid materials preparation. However, precise control of the arising morphologies is essential, but in most cases difficult to achieve. In this work, we investigated the solvent and thickness effects on the morphology of poly(styrene-b-2 vinyl pyridine (PS-b-P2VP thin films with a film thickness range from 0.4 L0 up to 0.8 L0. Ordered perpendicular structures were achieved. One of the main merits of our work is that the phase behavior of the ultra-high molecular weight BCP thin films, which hold a 100-nm sized domain distance, can be easily monitored via current available techniques, such as scanning electron microscope (SEM, atomic force microscope (AFM, and transmission electron microscope (TEM. Systematic monitoring of the self-assembly behavior during solvent vapor annealing can thus provide an experimental guideline for the optimization of processing conditions of related BCP films systems.

  9. Influence of total film thickness on high-frequency magnetic properties of the [FeCoSiN/SiNx]n multilayer thin films

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    Liu, X. L.; Wang, L. S.; Xu, R.; Luo, Q.; Xu, L.; Yuan, B. B.; Zou, C. Y.; Wang, J. B.; Peng, D. L.

    2015-01-01

    [FeCoSiN/SiNx]n multilayer thin films with different number of layers were fabricated by alternating magnetron sputtering at room temperature with no external magnetic field applied on substrates. A well-defined laminated structure consisting of 7 nm FeCoSiN magnetic layer and 2 nm SiNx insulating layer was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The static magnetic hysteresis loops of the [FeCoSiN/SiNx]n multilayer thin films measured by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) presented an obvious in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. The dynamic magnetic performance of the [FeCoSiN/SiNx]n multilayer films was studied by vector network analyzer and LLG equation. The results indicated that the total film thickness has slightly impact on the high-frequency magnetic performance of the multilayer thin films. When the total thickness of the [FeCoSiN/SiNx]n multilayer thin films increased to micron level, they could still maintain encouraging high-frequency magnetic properties and electrical property: the ferromagnetic resonance frequency fr=3.74 GHz, real permeability μ‧=93.73, and electrical resistivity ρ=196 μΩ cm.

  10. Obtenção de filmes espessos de seleneto de cobre sobre carbono vítreo, ouro, titânio e cobre Obtaining copper selenide thick films on vitreous carbon, gold, titanium and copper

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    Adriano César Rabelo

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Copper selenide (berzelianite films were prepared on the title substrates using the chemical bath deposition technique (CBD. Film composition was determined by energy dispersion of x-rays. The kinetics of film growth is parabolic and film adherence limits the film thickness. On titanium, copper selenide forms islands that do not completely cover the surface, unless the substrate is prepared with a tin oxide layer; film composition also depends on the titanium oxide layer. On vitreous carbon, CBD and mechanical immobilization techniques lead to films with similar resistances for the electron transfer across the film/substrate interface. On gold, composition studies revealed that film composition is always the same if the pH is in the range from 8 to 12, in contrast to films prepared by an ion-ion combination route. On copper, a new procedure for obtaining copper selenide films as thick as 5 µm has been developed.

  11. Film thickness measurement with high spatial and temporal resolution planar capacitive sensing in oil-water pipe flow = Medida da espessura de filme usando sensor capacitivo de alta resolução espacial e temporal para escoamentos óleo-água em tubos

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    Adriana Bonilla Riaño

    2015-01-01

    Resumo: Neste trabalho, é apresentado o desenvolvimento de uma nova técnica para a medição da espessura do filme de água com alta resolução espacial e temporal em escoamento óleo-água. É proposto o uso de um sistema de medição de capacitância elétrica para medir filmes finos de água na proximidade da parede do tubo. O sistema conta com um sensor planar e foi necessário determinar a melhor geometria via simulações baseadas no Método de Elementos Finitos (FEM) para o caso de escoamento óleo-águ...

  12. Crossover from negative to positive magnetoresistance in superconductor/ferromagnet composites thick films

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    Paredes, O. [Centro de Materiales, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Narino, Ciudad Universitaria Torobajo, Pasto (Colombia); Baca, E. [Grupo de Ingenieria de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad del Valle, A.A. 25360 Cali (Colombia); Fuchs, D. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, P.O. Box 3640, Karlsruhe (Germany); Moran, O., E-mail: omoranc@unal.edu.c [Laboratorio de Materiales Ceramicos y Vitreos, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellin, A.A. 568 Medellin (Colombia)

    2010-11-15

    Thick films of ((Bi, Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}){sub 0.95}/(LaSr{sub 0.7}Mn{sub 0.3}O{sub 3}){sub 0.05} [(Bi-2223){sub 0.95}(LSMO){sub 0.05}] composites were fabricated on (0 0 1)-oriented LaAlO{sub 3} substrates by a simple melting-quenching-annealing method and their structural, morphological and magnetoelectrical properties carefully studied. Analysis of the X-ray diffraction patterns suggested a highly oriented growth along the c-axis of LSMO. This preferred orientation, with the crystal c-axis being perpendicular to the plane of the substrate, was considered to be indicative of a textured growth mode. Electrical and magnetic measurements showed the presence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in the composite at temperatures above room temperature and below T{approx}50 K, respectively. A clear crossover from negative to positive magnetoresistance was observed at {approx}80 K in a magnetic field as strong as 5 T.

  13. Thick film processing of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x

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    Wells, J J

    2000-01-01

    texture in the substrates used. A J sub c of approx 10 sup 4 Acm sup - sup 2 77K, 0T, was obtained with a precursor solution of 0.00375 mol/dm sup 3. The current carrying length scale was measured to be approx 1 mm showing there is good connectivity between the 1-2 mu m diameter grains. A route for producing textured silver substrates, and two techniques for producing YBCO thick films have been studied with a view to demonstrating an economical route for the fabrication of long lengths of YBCO tape. Silver ingots cold rolled to a deformation of 98 % and recrystallised at 800 deg C for 24 hours gave a left brace 110 right brace texture with a FWHM in phi of approx 20deg. These were used as substrates for the epitaxial growth of YBCO by both a low pO sub 2 melt processing technique and an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique. The low pO sub 2 melt processing technique enabled the melting point of YBCO to be lowered to 945 degC at a pO sub 2 of 5x10 sup - sup 3 atm such that the YBCO could be resolidified from t...

  14. Predicting the steady state thickness of passive films in order to prevent degradations of implant

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    Geringer, Jean; Macdonald, Digby D

    2014-01-01

    Some implants have approximately a lifetime of 15 years. The femoral stem, for example, should be made of 316L/316LN stainless steel. Fretting corrosion, friction under small displacements, should occur during human gait, due to repeated loadings and un-loadings, between stainless steel and bone for instance. Some experimental investigations of fretting corrosion have been practiced. As well known, metallic alloys and especially stainless steels are covered with a passive film that prevents from the corrosion and degradation. This passive layer of few nanometers, at ambient temperature, is the key of our civilization according to some authors. This work is dedicated to predict the passive layer thicknesses of stainless steel under fretting corrosion with a specific emphasis on the role of proteins. The model is based on the Point Defect Model (micro scale) and an update of the model on the friction process (micro-macro scale). Genetic algorithm was used for finding solution of the problem. The major results a...

  15. Can cement film thickness influence bond strength and fracture resistance of fiber reinforced composite posts?

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    Penelas, Alice Gonçalves; Piedade, Valery Martins; Borges, Ana Carolina Oliveira da Silva; Poskus, Laiza Tatiana; da Silva, Eduardo Moreira; Guimarães, José Guilherme Antunes

    2016-05-01

    This study compared the influence of cement film thickness (CFT) on bond strength (BS) and fracture resistance (FR) of fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) posts to root canal. One hundred bovine incisors were used for BS and FR analysis (n = 10) and distributed into five experimental groups according to FRC post diameters (WhitePost DC no. 0.5, no. 1, no. 2, no. 3, no. 4), leading to five different CFTs. The canals were prepared using drill no. 4 provided by the post manufacturer and irrigated with 2.5% NaOCl. After conditioning (24% H2O2/5 min) and silanization, posts were cemented with resin cement. BS was evaluated using push-out test and FR using the compression test at 45°. A stereomicroscope was used to measure CFT and to analyze failure pattern. BS data were subjected to two-way ANOVA and Scheffé test for contrast (α = 0.05); FR data were subjected to one-way ANOVA. BS was significantly affected by CFT, as the most well-adapted post achieved the highest values (p post well adapted to the root canal results in higher BS values. Different CFTs did not influence the FR of teeth restored with FRC posts. The results indicate that post retention is improved when a well-adapted post is used, although this has not been critical to fracture resistance.

  16. Noise Properties Of Thick-Film Conducting Lines For Integrated Inductors

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    Stadler Adam Witold

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Studies of noise properties of thick-film conducting lines from Au or PdAg conductive pastes on LTCC or alumina substrates are reported. Experiments have been carried out at the room temperature on samples prepared in the form of meanders by traditional screen-printing or laser-shaping technique. Due to a low resistance of the devices under test (DUTs, low-frequency noise spectra have been measured for the dc-biased samples arranged in a bridge configuration, transformer-coupled to a low-noise amplifier. The detailed analysis of noise sources in the signal path and its transfer function, including the transformer, has been carried out, and a procedure for measurement setup self-calibration has been described. The 1/f noise component originating from resistance fluctuations has been found to be dominant in all DUTs. The analysis of experimental data leads to the conclusion that noise is produced in the bends of meanders rather than in their straight segments. It occurs that noise of Au-based laser-shaped lines is significantly smaller than screen-printed ones. PdAg lines have been found more resistive but simultaneously less noisy than Au-based lines.

  17. Exploring electronic structure of one-atom thick polycrystalline graphene films: A nano angle resolved photoemission study

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    Avila, José; Razado, Ivy; Lorcy, Stéphane; Fleurier, Romain; Pichonat, Emmanuelle; Vignaud, Dominique; Wallart, Xavier; Asensio, María C.

    2013-01-01

    The ability to produce large, continuous and defect free films of graphene is presently a major challenge for multiple applications. Even though the scalability of graphene films is closely associated to a manifest polycrystalline character, only a few numbers of experiments have explored so far the electronic structure down to single graphene grains. Here we report a high resolution angle and lateral resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (nano-ARPES) study of one-atom thick graphene films on thin copper foils synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. Our results show the robustness of the Dirac relativistic-like electronic spectrum as a function of the size, shape and orientation of the single-crystal pristine grains in the graphene films investigated. Moreover, by mapping grain by grain the electronic dynamics of this unique Dirac system, we show that the single-grain gap-size is 80% smaller than the multi-grain gap recently reported by classical ARPES. PMID:23942471

  18. Microstructure and thermoelectric properties of screen-printed thick-films of misfit-layered cobalt oxides with Ag addition

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    Van Nong, Ngo; Samson, Alfred Junio; Pryds, Nini

    2012-01-01

    Thermoelectric properties of thick (~60 μm) films prepared by a screen-printing technique using p-type misfit-layered cobalt oxide Ca3Co4O9+δ with Ag addition have been studied. The screen-printed films were sintered in air at various temperatures ranging from 973 K to 1223 K. After each sinterin...... was improved by about 67% (to 0.3 mW/m K2) for film with proper silver (Ag) metallic inclusions as compared with 0.18 mW/m K2 for pure Ca3Co4O9+δ film under the same sintering condition of 1223 K for 2 h in air....

  19. Influence of thickness and annealing on linear and nonlinear optical properties of manganese (III) chloride tetraphenyl porphine (MnTPPCl) organic thin films

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    Alharbi, S. R.; Darwish, A. A. A.; Al Garni, S. E.; ElSaeedy, H. I.; Abd El-Rahman, K. F.

    2016-09-01

    Thin films of manganese (III) chloride 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphine (MnTPPCl) with different film thickness were deposited by an evaporation technique. Some optical constants were calculated for these films at a thickness of 110, 220 and 330 nm and annealing temperature of 373 and 437 K. IR spectrum demonstrating that the thermal evaporation method is a good one to acquire undissociated and stoichiometric MnTPPCl films. Our perceptions demonstrate that the mechanism of the optical absorption obeys with the indirect transition. It was found that the energy gap, Eg, affected by the film thickness and annealing. Dispersion of the refractive index is described using single oscillator model. Dispersion parameters are calculated as a function of the film thickness and annealing temperature. In addition, the third-order nonlinear susceptibility, χ(3), and the nonlinear refractive index, n2, were calculated.

  20. Film Thickness Formation in Nanoscale due to Effects of Elastohydrodynamic, Electrostatic and Surface force of Solvation and Van der Waals

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    M.F. Abd Al-Samieh

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism of oil film with a thickness in the nanoscale is discussed in this paper. A polar lubricant of propylene carbonate is used as the intervening liquid between contiguous bodies in concentrated contacts. A pressure caused by the hydrodynamic viscous action in addition to double layer electrostatic force, Van der Waals inter-molecular forces, and solvation pressure due to inter-surface forces is considered in calculating the ultrathin lubricating films. The numerical solution has been carried out, using the Newton-Raphson iteration technique, applied for the convergence of the hydrodynamic pressure. The results show that, at separations beyond about five molecular diameters of the intervening liquid, the formation of a lubricant film thickness is governed by combined effects of viscous action and surface force of an attractive Van der Waals force and a repulsive double layer force. At smaller separations below about five molecular diameters of the intervening liquid, the effect of solvation force is dominant in determining the oil film thickness

  1. Influence of layer thickness on the structure and the magnetic properties of Co/Pd epitaxial multilayer films

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    Tobari, Kousuke, E-mail: tobari@futamoto.elect.chuo-u.ac.jp [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551 (Japan); Ohtake, Mitsuru; Nagano, Katsumasa; Futamoto, Masaaki [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551 (Japan)

    2012-03-15

    Co/Pd epitaxial multilayer films were prepared on Pd(111){sub fcc} underlayers hetero-epitaxially grown on MgO(111){sub B1} single-crystal substrates at room temperature by ultra-high vacuum RF magnetron sputtering. In-situ reflection high energy electron diffraction shows that the in-plane lattice spacing of Co on Pd layer gradually decreases with increasing the Co layer thickness, whereas that of Pd on Co layer remains unchanged during the Pd layer formation. The CoPd alloy phase formation is observed around the Co/Pd interface. The atomic mixing is enhanced for thinner Co and Pd layers in multilayer structure. With decreasing the Co and the Pd layer thicknesses and increasing the repetition number of Co/Pd multilayer film, stronger perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is observed. The relationships between the film structure and the magnetic properties are discussed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Epitaxial Co/Pd multilayer films are prepared on Pd(111){sub fcc} underlayers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lattice strain in Co layer and CoPd-alloy formation are noted around the interface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic property dependence on layer thickness is reported.

  2. Impact of polymer film thickness and cavity size on polymer flow during embossing : towards process design rules for nanoimprint lithography.

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    Schunk, Peter Randall; King, William P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Sun, Amy Cha-Tien; Rowland, Harry D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA)

    2006-08-01

    This paper presents continuum simulations of polymer flow during nanoimprint lithography (NIL). The simulations capture the underlying physics of polymer flow from the nanometer to millimeter length scale and examine geometry and thermophysical process quantities affecting cavity filling. Variations in embossing tool geometry and polymer film thickness during viscous flow distinguish different flow driving mechanisms. Three parameters can predict polymer deformation mode: cavity width to polymer thickness ratio, polymer supply ratio, and Capillary number. The ratio of cavity width to initial polymer film thickness determines vertically or laterally dominant deformation. The ratio of indenter width to residual film thickness measures polymer supply beneath the indenter which determines Stokes or squeeze flow. The local geometry ratios can predict a fill time based on laminar flow between plates, Stokes flow, or squeeze flow. Characteristic NIL capillary number based on geometry-dependent fill time distinguishes between capillary or viscous driven flows. The three parameters predict filling modes observed in published studies of NIL deformation over nanometer to millimeter length scales. The work seeks to establish process design rules for NIL and to provide tools for the rational design of NIL master templates, resist polymers, and process parameters.

  3. Fracture Resistance of Lithium Disilicate Ceramics Bonded to Enamel or Dentin Using Different Resin Cement Types and Film Thicknesses.

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    Rojpaibool, Thitithorn; Leevailoj, Chalermpol

    2017-02-01

    To investigate the influence of cement film thickness, cement type, and substrate (enamel or dentin) on ceramic fracture resistance. One hundred extracted human third molars were polished to obtain 50 enamel and 50 dentin specimens. The specimens were cemented to 1-mm-thick lithium disilicate ceramic plates with different cement film thicknesses (100 and 300 μm) using metal strips as spacers. The cements used were etch-and-rinse (RelyX Ultimate) and self-adhesive (RelyX U200) resin cements. Compressive load was applied on the ceramic plates using a universal testing machine, and fracture loads were recorded in Newtons (N). Statistical analysis was performed by multiple regression (p dentin resulted in lower MFL than with enamel (p dentin resulted in lower fracture loads than bonding to enamel. Reduced resin film thickness could reduce lithium disilicate restoration fracture. Etch-and-rinse resin cements are recommended for cementing on either enamel or dentin, compared with self-adhesive resin cement, for improved fracture resistance. © 2015 by the American College of Prosthodontists.

  4. Thickness dependence of microwave magnetic properties in electrodeposited Fe-Co soft magnetic films with in-plane anisotropy

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    Yang, Xu; Wei, Jian-Qiang; Li, Xing-Hua; Gong, Lu-Qian; Wang, Tao; Li, Fa-Shen

    2012-02-01

    In this work, the thickness effect of Fe 52Co 48 soft magnetic films with in-plane anisotropy on static and microwave magnetic properties was investigated. The hysteresis loop results indicated that the static in-plane uniaxial anisotropy field increased from almost 0-60 Oe with increasing film thickness from 100 to 540 nm and well-defined in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy can be obtained as the thickness reached 540 nm or larger. Based on Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation, the microwave complex permeability spectra were analyzed and well fitted. The LLG curve-fitting results indicated that the initial permeability increased from 106 to 142 and the resonant frequency was shifted from 4.95 to 4.29 GHz as the film thickness was varied from 540 to 1500 nm. Moreover, it was found that there was a discrepancy between the static and the dynamically determined anisotropy field, which can be explained by introducing an additional effective isotropic ripple field. The decreased ripple field was suggested to result in a significant decrease of damping coefficient from 0.109 to 0.038.

  5. Thickness dependence of microwave magnetic properties in electrodeposited Fe-Co soft magnetic films with in-plane anisotropy

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    Yang Xu; Wei Jianqiang; Li Xinghua; Gong Luqian [Institute of Applied Magnetics, Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang Tao, E-mail: wtao@lzu.edu.cn [Institute of Applied Magnetics, Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Li Fashen [Institute of Applied Magnetics, Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2012-02-01

    In this work, the thickness effect of Fe{sub 52}Co{sub 48} soft magnetic films with in-plane anisotropy on static and microwave magnetic properties was investigated. The hysteresis loop results indicated that the static in-plane uniaxial anisotropy field increased from almost 0-60 Oe with increasing film thickness from 100 to 540 nm and well-defined in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy can be obtained as the thickness reached 540 nm or larger. Based on Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation, the microwave complex permeability spectra were analyzed and well fitted. The LLG curve-fitting results indicated that the initial permeability increased from 106 to 142 and the resonant frequency was shifted from 4.95 to 4.29 GHz as the film thickness was varied from 540 to 1500 nm. Moreover, it was found that there was a discrepancy between the static and the dynamically determined anisotropy field, which can be explained by introducing an additional effective isotropic ripple field. The decreased ripple field was suggested to result in a significant decrease of damping coefficient from 0.109 to 0.038.

  6. Enhanced selectivity of boron doped diamond electrodes for the detection of dopamine and ascorbic acid by increasing the film thickness

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    Qi, Yao; Long, Hangyu [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Ma, Li, E-mail: marycsupm@csu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Wei, Quiping, E-mail: qiupwei@csu.edu.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Li, Site [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Yu, Zhiming [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Hu, Jingyuan [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Liu, Peizhi [Key laboratory of interface science and engineering in advanced materials, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024,PR China (China); Wang, Yijia [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Meng, Lingcong [Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2016-12-30

    Highlights: • BDD electrodes with different thickness have been fabricated. • BDD electrodes are used for simultaneous detection of DA and AA. • Anodic pretreatment enhance the separation of DA and AA oxidation peak potential. • Thicker BDD electrode show better performance for DA detection coexisting with AA. - Abstract: In this paper, boron doped diamond (BDD) with different thickness were prepared by hot filament chemical vapor deposition. The performance of BDD electrodes for detecting dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectra reveal the grain size increases and the film quality improves with the increase of film thickness. Electrochemical test show that the transfer coefficient in [Fe{sub 3} (CN) {sub 6}]{sup 3−/4−} redox system increases with the increase of the film thickness. The results of selectivity and sensitivity for DA mixed with AA detection show that 8h-BDD and 12h-BDD electrodes possess well selective separated oxidation peaks of DA and AA, and the 12h-BDD electrode exhibits optimal sensitivity until the DA concentration drops to 1 μ M.

  7. Effect of substrates and thickness on optical properties in atomic layer deposition grown ZnO thin films

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    Pal, Dipayan; Singhal, Jaya; Mathur, Aakash; Singh, Ajaib; Dutta, Surjendu; Zollner, Stefan; Chattopadhyay, Sudeshna

    2017-11-01

    Atomic Layer Deposition technique was used to grow high quality, very low roughness, crystalline, Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films on silicon (Si) and fused quartz (SiO2) substrates to study the optical properties. Spectroscopic ellipsometry results of ZnO/Si system, staggered type-II quantum well, demonstrate that there is a significant drop in the magnitudes of both the real and imaginary parts of complex dielectric constants and in near-band gap absorption along with a blue shift of the absorption edge with decreasing film thickness at and below ∼20 nm. Conversely, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy of ZnO/SiO2, thin type-I quantum well, consisting of a narrower-band gap semiconductor grown on a wider-band gap (insulator) substrate, shows the similar thickness dependent blue-shift of the absorption edge but with an increase in the magnitude of near-band gap absorption with decreasing film thickness. Thickness dependent blue shift, energy vs. 1/d2, in two different systems, ZnO/Si and ZnO/SiO2, show a difference in their slopes. The observed phenomena can be consistently explained by the corresponding exciton (or carrier/s) deconfinement and confinement effects at the ZnO/Si and ZnO/SiO2 interface respectively, where Tanguy-Elliott amplitude pre-factor plays the key role through the electron-hole overlap factor at the interface.

  8. Improving water sensitivity in acrylic films using surfmers.

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    Aramendia, Esteban; Barandiaran, María J; Grade, Joe; Blease, Trevor; Asua, José M

    2005-02-15

    The water sensitivity of films obtained from high solids content acrylic latexes was investigated, with special focus on the role of the surfactant used in the synthesis step. The performance of films obtained from latexes stabilized by nonionic surfmers was compared to that of the acrylic latexes stabilized with conventional nonionic and anionic surfactants. It was seen that the latexes stabilized with reactive surfactants exhibited a remarkably better resistance to both water permeability and water vapor permeability and therefore enlarged the durability of the films. Atomic force microscopy images suggested that the defects created by surfactant migration in the latexes stabilized with conventional surfactants promoted the permeation of water by capillarity.

  9. Pore-scale analysis of the minimum liquid film thickness around elongated bubbles in confined gas-liquid flows

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    Magnini, M.; Beisel, A. M.; Ferrari, A.; Thome, J. R.

    2017-11-01

    The fluid mechanics of elongated bubbles in confined gas-liquid flows in micro-geometries is important in pore-scale flow processes for enhanced oil recovery and mobilization of colloids in unsaturated soil. The efficiency of such processes is traditionally related to the thickness of the liquid film trapped between the elongated bubble and the pore's wall, which is assumed constant. However, the surface of long bubbles presents undulations in the vicinity of the rear meniscus, which may significantly decrease the local thickness of the liquid film, thus impacting the process of interest. This study presents a systematic analysis of these undulations and the minimum film thickness induced in the range Ca = 0.001- 0.5 and Re = 0.1- 2000 . Pore-scale Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed with a self-improved version of the opensource solver ESI OpenFOAM which is based on a Volume of Fluid method to track the gas-liquid interface. A lubrication model based on the extension of the classical axisymmetric Bretherton theory is utilized to better understand the CFD results. The profiles of the rear meniscus of the bubble obtained with the lubrication model agree fairly well with those extracted from the CFD simulations. This study shows that the Weber number of the flow, We = Ca Re , is the parameter that best describes the dynamics of the interfacial waves. When We 0.1, a larger number of wave crests becomes evident on the surface of the rear meniscus of the bubble. The liquid film thickness at the crests of the undulations thins considerably as the Reynolds number is increased, down to less than 60% of the value measured in the flat film region. This may significantly influence important environmental processes, such as the detachment and mobilization of micron-sized pollutants and pathogenic micro-organisms adhering at the pore's wall in unsaturated soil.

  10. Thickness Dependence of Optoelectrical Properties of Mo-Doped In2O3 Films Deposited on Polyethersulfone Substrates by Ion-Beam-Assisted Evaporation

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    Chin-Chiuan Kuo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Indium molybdenum oxide (IMO films were deposited onto the polyethersulfone (PES substrates by ion-beam-assisted evaporation (IBAE deposition at low temperature in this study. The effects of film thickness on their optical and electrical properties were investigated. The results show that the deposited IMO films exhibit a preferred orientation of B(222. The electrical resistivity of the deposited film initially reduces then subsequently increases with film thickness. The IMO film with the lowest resistivity of 7.61 × 10−4 ohm-cm has been achieved when the film thickness is 120 nm. It exhibits a satisfactory surface roughness pv of 8.75 nm and an average visible transmittance of 78.7%.

  11. Evaluation of the effect of porosity and substrate on the piezoelectric behaviour of thick-film PZT elements

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    Gwirc, S N [Instituto Nacional de TecnologIa Industrial, Electronica e Informatica, CC 157, B1650WAB San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Negreira, C A [Instituto de Fisica, Laboratorio de Acustica Ultrasonora, Facultad de Ciencias, Igua 4225, 11400 Montevideo (Uruguay)

    2006-10-07

    This work presents a method to establish the elastic and piezoelectric constants of a thick film screen printed PZT composite over an alumina substrate. The calculus procedure uses as input data the parameters from the bulk material because it is basically the same component of which the thick film paste is manufactured. We also need to know frequencies of resonance and anti-resonance as well as the permittivity and density of the film in a poled disc sample. This method takes into account three factors: the additional components such as the glass frit, porosity of the film caused by the low temperature sinter process and the film clamping to the substrate. Each one of these factors reduces the piezoelectric efficiency by a different amount and, consequently, the measured values of the constants. The results obtained in this way are compared with experimental measurements of the effective piezoelectric charge constant d{sub 33} and permittivity with good agreement. Small discrepancies could be explained mainly due to lack of homogeneity in glass as well as in pore distribution.

  12. Thickness-Dependent Permanent Magnet Properties of Zr2Co_{11} Thin Films Grown on Si with Pt Underlayer

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    Yüzüak, Gizem Durak; Yüzüak, Ercüment; Teichert, Niclas; Hütten, Andreas; Elerman, Yalçın

    2017-05-01

    Zr-Co is one of the essential magnetic materials due to its interesting magnetic and structural properties. In this work, we studied the magnetic and structural properties of Zr2Co_{11} thin films of different thicknesses grown on Si substrate with Pt underlayer. The structural properties and chemical composition of the Zr2Co_{11} films were investigated by X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, and atomic force microscopy-magnetic force microscopy measurements. The saturation magnetization, M( H) characteristic, and Henkel plots of the Zr-Co films were obtained by vibrating-sample magnetometry. The results show that H_{ {c}} and (BH)_{\\max } were enhanced with decreasing layer thickness of Zr-Co. For 10-nm Zr2Co_{11} with 20-nm Pt underlayer thin film, we observed coercive field of 2 kOe with energy product of 0.7 MGOe. Our results may be valuable for use of Zr2Co_{11} thin films in nanomagnet applications.

  13. Spreading of oil films on water in the surface tension regime

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    Camp, D.W.

    1985-01-01

    Surface tension forces will cause an oil to spread over water if the tension of the oil film (the summed surface and interfacial tensions for bulk oil films, or the equilibrium spreading tension for monomolecular films) is less than the surface tension of water. For oil films spreading in a 40 cm long channel, measurements are made of leading edge position and lateral profiles of film thickness, velocity, and tension as a function of time. Measurements of the tension profiles, important for evaluating proposed theories, is made possible by the development of a new technique based on the Wilhelmy method. The oils studied were silicones, fatty acids and alcohols, and mixtures of surfactants in otherwise nonspreading oils. The single-component oils show an acceleration zone connecting a slow-moving inner region with a fast-moving leading monolayer. The dependence of film tension on film thickness for spreading single-component oils often differs from that at equilibrium. The mixtures show a bulk oil film configuration which extends to the leading edge and have velocity profiles which increase smoothly. The theoretical framework, similarity transformation, and asymptotic solutions of Foda and Cox for single-component oils were shown to be valid. An analysis of spreading surfactant-oil mixtures is developed which allows them to be treated under this framework. An easily-used semi-empirical model is proposed which allows them to be treated under this framework. An easily-used semi-empirical model is proposed which allows accurate prediction of detailed spreading behavior for any spreading oil.

  14. Diffraction of picosecond bulk longitudinal and shear waves in micron thick films. Application to their nondestructive evaluation.

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    Audoin, B; Perton, M; Chigarev, N; Rossignol, C

    2008-11-01

    In this paper, acute focusing of the laser pump beam ( approximately 0.5 microm) on the sample surface allows picosecond acoustic diffraction in thin metallic films. The resulting wavefronts propagate at a group velocity which differs from phase velocities in anisotropic films. Waveforms have been experimentally recorded in a gold layer (2.1 microm thick) for several distances between pump and probe on the sample surface. A specified signal processing based on a Synthetic Focalization Technique allows analyzing the space repartition of the acoustic wave vectors for both longitudinal and shear waves. Stiffness coefficients of the gold layer are then identified from wave arrival times.

  15. Quantitative thickness measurement of polarity-inverted piezoelectric thin-film layer by scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy

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    Odagawa, Hiroyuki; Terada, Koshiro; Tanaka, Yohei; Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Yanagitani, Takahiko; Cho, Yasuo

    2017-10-01

    A quantitative measurement method for a polarity-inverted layer in ferroelectric or piezoelectric thin film is proposed. It is performed nondestructively by scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (SNDM). In SNDM, linear and nonlinear dielectric constants are measured using a probe that converts the variation of capacitance related to these constants into the variation of electrical oscillation frequency. In this paper, we describe a principle for determining the layer thickness and some calculation results of the output signal, which are related to the radius of the probe tip and the thickness of the inverted layer. Moreover, we derive an equation that represents the relationship between the output signal and the oscillation frequency of the probe and explain how to determine the thickness from the measured frequency. Experimental results in Sc-doped AlN piezoelectric thin films that have a polarity-inverted layer with a thickness of 1.5 µm fabricated by radio frequency magnetron sputtering showed a fairly good value of 1.38 µm for the thickness of the polarity-inverted layer.

  16. Interfacial water thickness at inorganic nanoconstructs and biomolecules: Size matters

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    Cardellini, Annalisa; Fasano, Matteo; Chiavazzo, Eliodoro; Asinari, Pietro, E-mail: pietro.asinari@polito.it

    2016-04-29

    Water molecules in the proximity of solid nanostructures influence both the overall properties of liquid and the structure and functionality of solid particles. The study of water dynamics at solid–liquid interfaces has strong implications in energy, environmental and biomedical fields. This article focuses on the hydration layer properties in the proximity of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and biomolecules (proteins, polypeptides and amino acids). Here we show a quantitative relation between the solid surface extension and the characteristic length of water nanolayer (δ), which is confined at solid–liquid interfaces. Specifically, the size dependence is attributed to the limited superposition of nonbonded interactions in case of small molecules. These results may facilitate the design of novel energy or biomedical colloidal nanosuspensions, and a more fundamental understanding of biomolecular processes influenced by nanoscale water dynamics. - Highlights: • Properties of the water hydration layer are investigated. • New relation between extension of solid size and hydration layer established. • Possible impact on rational design of nanosuspensions.

  17. Study of β-phase development in spin-coated PVDF thick films

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    Development of β -phase is dependent on film stretching and crystallization temperature. Therefore, to study the development of β -phase in films, stretching is achieved by spinning and crystallization temperature is adjusted by means of baking. PVDF films are characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ...

  18. Disjoining pressure isotherms of water-in-bitumen emulsion films.

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    Taylor, Shawn D; Czarnecki, Jan; Masliyah, Jacob

    2002-08-01

    In the oil sands industry, undesirable water-in-oil emulsions are often formed during the bitumen recovery process where water is used to liberate bitumen from sand grains. Nearly all of the water is removed except for a small percentage (approximately 1 to 2%), which remains in the solvent-diluted bitumen as micrometer-sized droplets. Knowledge of the colloidal forces that stabilized these water droplets would help to increase our understanding of how these emulsions are stabilized. In this study, the thin liquid film-pressure balance technique has been used to measure isotherms of disjoining pressure in water/toluene-diluted bitumen/water films at five different toluene-bitumen mass ratios. Even though a broad range of mass ratios was studied, only two isotherms are obtained, indicating a possible change in the molecular orientation of surfactant molecules at the bitumen/water interfaces. At low toluene-bitumen mass ratios, the film stability appears to be due to a strong, short-range steric repulsion created by a surfactant bilayer. Similar isotherms were obtained for water/toluene-diluted asphaltene/water films, indicating that the surface active material at the interface probably originated from the asphaltene fraction of the bitumen. However, unlike the bitumen films, films of toluene-diluted asphaltenes often formed very rigid interfaces similar to the "protective skin" described by other researcher.

  19. Multilayered ordered mesoporous platinum/titania composite films: does the photocatalytic activity benefit from the film thickness?

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    Ismail, A. A.; Bahnemann, D.; Rathouský, Jiří; Yarovyi, V.; Wark, M.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 21 (2011), s. 7802-7810 ISSN 0959-9428 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : titanium dioxide films * TiO2 thin films * sol-gel method Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.968, year: 2011

  20. Remote query measurement of pressure, fluid-flow velocity, and humidity using magnetoelastic thick-film sensors

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    Grimes, C. A.; Kouzoudis, D.

    2000-01-01

    Free-standing magnetoelastic thick-film sensors have a characteristic resonant frequency that can be determined by monitoring the magnetic flux emitted from the sensor in response to a time varying magnetic field. This property allows the sensors to be monitored remotely without the use of direct physical connections, such as wires, enabling measurement of environmental parameters from within sealed, opaque containers. In this work, we report on application of magnetoelastic sensors to measurement of atmospheric pressure, fluid-flow velocity, temperature, and mass load. Mass loading effects are demonstrated by fabrication of a remote query humidity sensor, made by coating the magnetoelastic thick film with a thin layer of solgel deposited Al2O3 that reversibly changes mass in response to humidity. c2000 Elsevier Science S.A. All rights reserved.

  1. Three-dimensional radiochromic film dosimetry for volumetric modulated arc therapy using a spiral water phantom.

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    Tanooka, Masao; Doi, Hiroshi; Miura, Hideharu; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Niwa, Yasue; Takada, Yasuhiro; Fujiwara, Masayuki; Sakai, Toshiyuki; Sakamoto, Kiyoshi; Kamikonya, Norihiko; Hirota, Shozo

    2013-11-01

    We validated 3D radiochromic film dosimetry for volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) using a newly developed spiral water phantom. The phantom consists of a main body and an insert box, each of which has an acrylic wall thickness of 3 mm and is filled with water. The insert box includes a spiral film box used for dose-distribution measurement, and a film holder for positioning a radiochromic film. The film holder has two parallel walls whose facing inner surfaces are equipped with spiral grooves in a mirrored configuration. The film is inserted into the spiral grooves by its side edges and runs along them to be positioned on a spiral plane. Dose calculation was performed by applying clinical VMAT plans to the spiral water phantom using a commercial Monte Carlo-based treatment-planning system, Monaco, whereas dose was measured by delivering the VMAT beams to the phantom. The calculated dose distributions were resampled on the spiral plane, and the dose distributions recorded on the film were scanned. Comparisons between the calculated and measured dose distributions yielded an average gamma-index pass rate of 87.0% (range, 91.2-84.6%) in nine prostate VMAT plans under 3 mm/3% criteria with a dose-calculation grid size of 2 mm. The pass rates were increased beyond 90% (average, 91.1%; range, 90.1-92.0%) when the dose-calculation grid size was decreased to 1 mm. We have confirmed that 3D radiochromic film dosimetry using the spiral water phantom is a simple and cost-effective approach to VMAT dose verification.

  2. Water-Based Peeling of Thin Hydrophobic Films

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    Khodaparast, Sepideh; Boulogne, François; Poulard, Christophe; Stone, Howard A.

    2017-10-01

    Inks of permanent markers and waterproof cosmetics create elastic thin films upon application on a surface. Such adhesive materials are deliberately designed to exhibit water-repellent behavior. Therefore, patterns made up of these inks become resistant to moisture and cannot be cleaned by water after drying. However, we show that sufficiently slow dipping of such elastic films, which are adhered to a substrate, into a bath of pure water allows for complete removal of the hydrophobic coatings. Upon dipping, the air-water interface in the bath forms a contact line on the substrate, which exerts a capillary-induced peeling force at the edge of the hydrophobic thin film. We highlight that this capillary peeling process is more effective at lower velocities of the air-liquid interface and lower viscosities. Capillary peeling not only removes such thin films from the substrate but also transfers them flawlessly onto the air-water interface.

  3. Controlling the Performance of P-type Cu2O/SnO Bilayer Thin-Film Transistors by Adjusting the Thickness of the Copper Oxide Layer

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    Al-Jawhari, Hala A.

    2014-11-11

    The effect of copper oxide layer thickness on the performance of Cu2O/SnO bilayer thin-film transistors was investigated. By using sputtered Cu2O films produced at an oxygen partial pressure, Opp, of 10% as the upper layer and 3% Opp SnO films as the lower layer we built a matrix of bottom-gate Cu2O/SnO bilayer thin-film transistors of different thickness. We found that the thickness of the Cu2O layer is of major importance in oxidation of the SnO layer underneath. The thicker the Cu2O layer, the more the underlying SnO layer is oxidized, and, hence, the more transistor mobility is enhanced at a specific temperature. Both device performance and the annealing temperature required could be adjusted by controlling the thickness of each layer of Cu2O/SnO bilayer thin-film transistors.

  4. The formation of photoresist film with thicknesses from 0.7 microns to 100 microns on surfaces with considerable relief by spray coating on the heated substrate

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    Romashkin, Alexey V.; Levin, Denis D.; Rozanov, Roman Yu.; Nevolin, Vladimir K.

    2016-12-01

    The principle of the formation of thin and thick photoresist films on surfaces with considerable relief by the aerosol deposition using ultra low flow was investigated. It was shown that the change in the photoresist blend composition of solution is required with decreasing film thickness less than 1 micron to achieve a roughness of less than 150 nm. And the film at least 0.7 microns thickness can be formed and have the uniform film thickness as on the walls and on horizontal surfaces on the substrate with grooves obtained by etching liquid. It is shown that even with a film thickness of 10 microns vertical walls may be partially cover the of the photoresist and unfilled plasma-chemical etching grooves with vertical walls, whose width not exceeding 10 microns. To determine the uniformity of film thickness atomic force microscopy was used. And it was shown that up to 2 microns of film thickness spectroscopic methods with the analysis of the fluorescent signal intensity for positive photoresists is possible to use too.

  5. Simultaneous determination of the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film utilizing vibrating doubly clamped micro-/nanobeams

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    Stachiv, Ivo, E-mail: stachiv@fzu.cz [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic); Kuo, Chih-Yun [Tzu-Chi University, Hualian City, Hualian, Taiwan (China); Fang, Te-Hua [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Mortet, Vincent [Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic)

    2016-04-15

    Measurement of ultrathin film thickness and its basic properties can be highly challenging and time consuming due to necessity of using several very sophisticated devices. Here, we report an easy accessible resonant based method capable to simultaneously determinate the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film coated on doubly clamped micro-/nanobeam. We show that a general dependency of the resonant frequencies on the axial load is also valid for in-plane vibrations, and the one depends only on the considered vibrational mode. As a result, we found that the film elastic modulus, density and thickness can be evaluated from two measured in-plane and out-plane fundamental resonant frequencies of micro-/nanobeam with and without film under different prestress forces. Whereas, the residual stress can be determined from two out-plane (in-plane) measured consecutive resonant frequencies of beam with film under different prestress forces without necessity of knowing film and substrate properties and dimensions. Moreover, we also reveal that the common uncertainties in force (and thickness) determination have a negligible (and minor) impact on the determined film properties. The application potential of the present method is illustrated on the beam made of silicon and SiO{sub 2} with deposited 20 nm thick AlN and 40 nm thick Au thin films, respectively.

  6. Simultaneous determination of the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film utilizing vibrating doubly clamped micro-/nanobeams

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    Ivo Stachiv

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Measurement of ultrathin film thickness and its basic properties can be highly challenging and time consuming due to necessity of using several very sophisticated devices. Here, we report an easy accessible resonant based method capable to simultaneously determinate the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film coated on doubly clamped micro-/nanobeam. We show that a general dependency of the resonant frequencies on the axial load is also valid for in-plane vibrations, and the one depends only on the considered vibrational mode. As a result, we found that the film elastic modulus, density and thickness can be evaluated from two measured in-plane and out-plane fundamental resonant frequencies of micro-/nanobeam with and without film under different prestress forces. Whereas, the residual stress can be determined from two out-plane (in-plane measured consecutive resonant frequencies of beam with film under different prestress forces without necessity of knowing film and substrate properties and dimensions. Moreover, we also reveal that the common uncertainties in force (and thickness determination have a negligible (and minor impact on the determined film properties. The application potential of the present method is illustrated on the beam made of silicon and SiO2 with deposited 20 nm thick AlN and 40 nm thick Au thin films, respectively.

  7. Simultaneous determination of the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film utilizing vibrating doubly clamped micro-/nanobeams

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    Stachiv, Ivo; Kuo, Chih-Yun; Fang, Te-Hua; Mortet, Vincent

    2016-04-01

    Measurement of ultrathin film thickness and its basic properties can be highly challenging and time consuming due to necessity of using several very sophisticated devices. Here, we report an easy accessible resonant based method capable to simultaneously determinate the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film coated on doubly clamped micro-/nanobeam. We show that a general dependency of the resonant frequencies on the axial load is also valid for in-plane vibrations, and the one depends only on the considered vibrational mode. As a result, we found that the film elastic modulus, density and thickness can be evaluated from two measured in-plane and out-plane fundamental resonant frequencies of micro-/nanobeam with and without film under different prestress forces. Whereas, the residual stress can be determined from two out-plane (in-plane) measured consecutive resonant frequencies of beam with film under different prestress forces without necessity of knowing film and substrate properties and dimensions. Moreover, we also reveal that the common uncertainties in force (and thickness) determination have a negligible (and minor) impact on the determined film properties. The application potential of the present method is illustrated on the beam made of silicon and SiO2 with deposited 20 nm thick AlN and 40 nm thick Au thin films, respectively.

  8. A new low-cost, thick-film metallization transfer process onto PDMS using a sacrificial copper seed

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    Hilbich, Daniel; Khosla, Ajit; Shannon, Lesley; Gray, Bonnie L.

    2014-04-01

    We present a new low cost microfabrication technology that utilizes a sacrificial conductive paint transfer method to realize thick film copper microstructures that are embedded in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). This process has reduced fabrication complexity and cost compared to existing metal-on-PDMS techniques, which enables large scale rapid prototyping of designs using minimal laboratory equipment. This technology differs from others in its use of a conductive copper paint seed layer and a unique transfer process that results in copper microstuctures embedded in PDMS. By embedding microstructures flush with PDMS surface, rather than fabricating the microstructures on the substrate surface, we produce a metallization layer that adheres to PDMS without the need for surface modifications. The fabrication process begins with the deposition of the seed layer onto a flexible substrate via airbrushing. A dry film photoresist layer is laminated on top and patterned using standard techniques. Electroplated copper is grown on the seed layer through the photoresist mask and transferred to PDMS through a unique baking procedure. This baking transfer process releases the electroplated copper from the seed layer, permanently embedding it into the cured PDMS without cracking or otherwise deforming it. We have performed initial characterizations of the copper microstructures in terms of feature size, film thickness, surface roughness, resistivity, and reliability under flexing. Initial results show that we can achieve films 25-75 micrometers in thickness, with reliable feature sizes down to 100 micrometers and a film resistivity of approximately 7.15 micro-Ω-cm. Process variants and future work are discussed, as well as large scale adaptations and rapid prototyping. Finally, we outline the potential uses of this technology in flexible electronics, particularly in high power applications.

  9. Characterisation of cellulose films regenerated from acetone/water coagulants.

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    Geng, Hongjuan; Yuan, Zaiwu; Fan, Qingrui; Dai, Xiaonan; Zhao, Yue; Wang, Zhaojiang; Qin, Menghua

    2014-02-15

    A precooled aqueous solution of 7 wt% NaOH/12 wt% urea was used to dissolve cellulose up to a concentration of 2 wt%, which was then coagulated in an acetone/water mixture to regenerate cellulose film. The volume ratio of acetone to water (φ) had a dominant influence on film dimensional stability, film-forming ability, micromorphology, and mechanical strength. The film regenerated at φ=2.0 showed excellent performance in both dimensional stability and film-forming ability. Compared to that from pure acetone, the cellulose film from the acetone/water mixture with φ=2.0 was more densely interwoven, since the cellulosic fibrils formed during regeneration had pores with smaller average diameter. The alkali capsulated in the film during film formation could be released at quite a slow rate into the surrounding aqueous solution. The regenerated cellulose film with adjustable structure and properties may have potential applications in drug release and ultra filtration. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of BaFe12-xAlxO19 hexaferrite thick films

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    Mahadevan, Santhoshkumar; Pahwa, Chhavi; Narang, Sukhleen Bindra; Sharma, Puneet

    2017-11-01

    BaFe12-xAlxO19 (0 ≤ x 0 ≤ 2.5) powders and thick films were prepared by solid state synthesis method and screen printing technique respectively. X-ray diffraction confirmed the single phase without any impurity phase. Bond length calculation from FTIR spectra suggested the occupation of Al3+ ions at octahedral and tetrahedral sites. Magnetic measurements showed that coercivity (Hc), saturation magnetization (Ms) and anisotropic field (Ha) strongly depends on the substitution amount. As compared to the powder, substituted thick films possess higher Hc despite its larger grain size. M-T measurement showed a decrease in Curie temperature from ∼497 °C (x = 0.0) to ∼437 °C (x = 2.0). High dielectric constant (εr) and low losses (tan δ) were observed in Al3+ substituted samples. However, εr decrease and tan δ increase with temperature. Scanning electron micrographs showed that Al3+ substitution promotes hexagonal shaped grains in sintered thick films. Complex permeability behavior in X-band frequency is also investigated and found to be less in Al-substituted samples. Reflection losses are increased with Al3+ substitution and found maximum (-47 dB at 9.3 GHz) for x = 1.5.

  11. Experimental and numerical investigation of auto-oscillations in circular YIG films and dependence of their frequency upon the thickness of the film.

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    Piskun, N. Y.; Peterman, D. W.; Wigen, P. E.

    1996-11-01

    In recent years, high-power ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) experiments with thin circular yttrium-iron-garnet (YIG) films producing fingerlike regions of auto-oscillations as a function of excitation power, static field[1] and temperature[2] have been reported. These fingers are associated with the magnetostatic modes found in the low-power FMR spectra and are characterized by their onset power and frequency (1-10MHz). This work contains the first observations of the thickness depenence of the onset frequency of the fingers depends on the thickness of the film. It has been found that the onset auto-oscillations frequencies decrease with decreasing thickness. It has also been noticed that the magneto-static modes are more narrowly spaced for thinner films. These results indicate that the magneto-static mode spacing determines the auto-oscillation frequency very strongly. The typical values of first finger frequencies were in the range of 1.4 - 3.6 MHz and those of second finger were in the range of 2.7 - 6.4 MHz . Numerical results, based on a microscopic Hamiltonian are in good agreement (within 10% for first finger) with the experimental data. 1. D.W. Peterman, P.J.Shields and P. Wigen, J. Appl. Phys., 73, 10 (1993). 2. P.J.Shields, K.D. Ball and P. Wigen, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 1043 (1992)

  12. Surface and Interface Properties of 10–12 Unit Cells Thick Sputter Deposited Epitaxial CeO2 Films

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    L. V. Saraf

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Ultrathin and continuous epitaxial films with relaxed lattice strain can potentially maintain more of its bulk physical and chemical properties and are useful as buffer layers. We study surface, interface, and microstructural properties of ultrathin (∼10–12 unit cells thick epitaxial ceria films grown on single crystal YSZ substrates. The out-of -plane and in-plane lattice parameters indicate relaxation in the continuous film due to misfit dislocations seen by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM and substrate roughness of ∼1-2 unit cells, confirmed by atomic force microscopy and HRTEM. A combination of secondary sputtering, lattice mismatch, substrate roughness, and surface reduction creating secondary phase was likely the cause of surface roughness which should be reduced to a minimum level for effective use of it as buffer layers.

  13. Wire Frame Holds Water-Soap Film in Space

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    2003-01-01

    Expedition 6 astronaut Dr. Don Pettit photographed a cube shaped wire frame supporting a thin film made from a water-soap solution during his Saturday Morning Science aboard the International Space Station's (ISS) Destiny Laboratory. Food coloring was added to several faces to observe the effects of diffusion within the film.

  14. Wet/dry film thickness measurement of paint by absorption spectroscopy with acousto-optic tunable filter spectrometer

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    Sinha, Pranay G.; Xiong, Xiangchun; Jin, Feng; Trivedi, Sudhir; Prasad, Narashima S.

    2005-08-01

    Controlling/monitoring the thickness of applied paint in real time is important to many situations including painting ship and submarine hulls in dry docks for maintaining health of ships and submarines against the harshness of the sea, in automobile and aerospace industries, and in a variety of other industries as a control sensor that plays significant role in product quality, process control, and cost control. Insufficient thickness results to inadequate protection while overspray leads to waste and pollution of the environment. A rugged instrumentation for the real time non-contact accurate measurement of wet and dry paint film thickness measurement will be immensely valuable. As paint is applied with several layers of the same or different type, thickness of each newly sprayed wet layer is of most interest, but measurement on dry paint is also useful. In this study, we use acousto-optic tunable filter-based near infrared spectrometer to obtain the absorption spectrum of layers of paint sprayed on sand blasted steel surface and thus measure the thickness of coating under both wet and dry situations. NIR spectra are obtained from 1100 to 2300 nm on four sample of different thickness of paint up to 127 micron. Partial least squares model built with the spectra shows good correlation with standard error of prediction within ~ 0.7 micron. Results indicate that the spectra also respond to the amount of organic solvent in the wet paint and can be used to monitor the degree of dryness of the paint in real time.

  15. Characterization by Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy of the Phase Composition at Interfaces in Thick Films of Polymer Blends

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    Sandro Lattante

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM has been used as a fast, user-friendly, and noninvasive tool for characterizing the phase composition differences at the substrate and air interfaces in thick films of polymer blends. A clearly different phase composition at the blend/glass interface and at the blend/air interface has been detected. We show that PCBM preferentially accumulates at the glass/blend interface, while P3HT preferentially accumulates at the blend/air interface, by comparing the integrated signal intensity of the luminescence coming from both interfaces. Our results demonstrate that CLSM can be used conveniently for the fast identification of a preferential phase segregation at interfaces in polymer blends. This is useful in the research field on devices (like sensors or planar waveguides that are based on very thick layers (thickness higher than 1 μm.

  16. Effect of film thickness and filler properties on sulphuric acid permeation in various commercially available epoxy mortar coatings.

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    Valix, M; Mineyama, H; Chen, C; Cheung, W H; Shi, J; Bustamante, H

    2011-01-01

    The performance of various commercially available epoxy mortar coatings was compared by measuring their sulphuric acid diffusivity. Apparent diffusivities, which were measured gravimetrically, were found to be dependent on coating tortuosity. In composite materials like epoxy mortars, the tortuosity was determined by filler properties and polymer alignment. Tortuosity was found to depend on the filler size, their dispersion, filler aspect ratio and concentration. The order and greater alignment of polymer aggregates, which characterises thinner coatings effects higher tortuosity and thus lower permeabilities. The result is that sulphuric acid diffusivities were observed to increase with coating thickness, which challenges the notion that greater coating thicknesses provide greater protection or environmental barrier. The effect of film thickness and filler properties observed in this study has significant implications to the current selection of coatings and sewer protection.

  17. High Refractive Organic–Inorganic Hybrid Films Prepared by Low Water Sol-Gel and UV-Irradiation Processes

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    Hsiao-Yuan Ma

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Organic-inorganic hybrid sols (Ti–O–Si precursor were first synthesized by the sol-gel method at low addition of water, and were then employed to prepare a highly refractive hybrid optical film. This film was obtained by blending the Ti–O–Si precursor with 2-phenylphenoxyethyl acrylate (OPPEA to perform photo-polymerization by ultraviolet (UV irradiation. Results show that the film transparency of poly(Ti–O–Si precursor-co-OPPEA film is higher than that of a pure poly(Ti–O–Si precursor film, and that this poly(Ti–O–Si precursor-co-OPPEA hybrid film exhibits a high transparency of ~93.7% coupled with a high refractive index (n of 1.83 corresponding to a thickness of 2.59 μm.

  18. Effect of pre-crystallization on the preparation of thick Bi-YIG films by the metal–organic decomposition method

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    Galstyan, Ogsen; Lee, Hanju; Lee, Sujin; Yoo, Nayun; Park, Jongwon [Department of Physics and Basic Science Institute for Cell Damage Control, Sogang University, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); Babajanyan, Arsen [Department of Radiophysics, Yerevan State University, A. Manoogian 1, Yerevan 0025 (Armenia); Friedman, Barry [Department of Physics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341 (United States); Lee, Kiejin, E-mail: klee@sogang.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Basic Science Institute for Cell Damage Control, Sogang University, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-01

    Bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet films with a thickness of about 0.8–1.2 μm were fabricated on glass substrates by using a metal–organic decomposition method. We observed that thick samples fabricated by intermediate short time sintering (pre-crystallization process) showed enhanced magneto-optical properties, good crystallinity, and high saturation magnetization. For the sample prepared with the pre-crystallization process the Faraday rotation angle was measured to be −3.75°/μm which was larger compared to the thick film prepared without pre-crystallization. The lattice constant and the grain size of the film were about 12.45 Å and 43.8 nm, respectively. - Highlights: • The preparation process of Bi-YIG thick films on glass substrate was investigated. • The pre-crystallization step is crucial to achieve high quality Bi-YIG thick films. • Faraday rotation angle of the pre-crystallized thick film was −3.75°/μm. • Prepared films showed in-plane magnetic anisotropy.

  19. Wood chip mulch thickness effects on soil water, soil temperature, weed growth, and landscape plant growth

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    Wood chip mulches are used in landscapes to reduce soil water evaporation and competition from weeds. A study was conducted over a three-year period to determine soil water content at various depths under four wood chip mulch treatments and to evaluate the effects of wood chip thickness on growth of...

  20. Influence of water layer thickness on hard tissue ablation with pulsed CO2 laser.

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    Zhang, Xianzeng; Zhan, Zhenlin; Liu, Haishan; Zhao, Haibin; Xie, Shusen; Ye, Qing

    2012-03-01

    The theory of hard tissue ablation reported for IR lasers is based on a process of thermomechanical interaction, which is explained by the absorption of the radiation in the water component of the tissue. The microexplosion of the water is the cause of tissue fragments being blasted from hard tissue. The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of the interdependence of water layer thickness and incident radiant exposure on ablation performance. A total of 282 specimens of bovine shank bone were irradiated with a pulse CO(2) laser. Irradiation was carried out in groups: without a water layer and with a static water layer of thickness ranging from 0.2 to 1.2 mm. Each group was subdivided into five subgroups for different radiant exposures ranging from 18 to 84 J/cm(2), respectively. The incision geometry, surface morphology, and microstructure of the cut walls as well as thermal injury were examined as a function of the water layer thickness at different radiant exposures. Our results demonstrate that the additional water layer is actually a mediator of laser-tissue interaction. There exists a critical thickness of water layer for a given radiant exposure, at which the additional water layer plays multiple roles, not only acting as a cleaner to produce a clean cut but also as a coolant to prevent bone heating and reduce thermal injury, but also helping to improve the regularity of the cut shape, smooth the cut surface, and enhance ablation rate and efficiency. The results suggest that desired ablation results depend on optimal selection of both water layer thickness and radiant exposure. © 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

  1. Magnetic resonance studies of the Mg acceptor in thick free-standing and thin-film GaN

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    Zvanut, Mary Ellen

    Mg, the only effective p-type dopant for the nitrides, substitutes for Ga and forms an acceptor with a defect level of about 0.16 eV. The magnetic resonance of such a center should be highly anisotropic, yet early work employing both optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopies revealed a defect with a nearly isotropic g-tensor. The results were attributed to crystal fields caused by compensation and/or strain typical of the heteroepitaxially grown films. The theory was supported by observation of the expected highly anisotropic ODMR signature in homoepitaxially grown films in which dislocation-induced non-uniform strain and compensation are reduced. The talk will review EPR measurements of thin films and describe new work which takes advantage of the recently available thick free-standing GaN:Mg substrates grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) and high nitrogen pressure solution growth (HNPS). Interestingly, the films and HVPE substrates exhibit characteristically different types of EPR signals, and no EPR response could be induced in the HNPS substrates, with or without illumination. In the heteroepitaxial films, a curious angular dependent line-shape is observed in addition to the nearly isotropic g-tensor characteristic of the Mg-related acceptor. On the other hand, the free-standing HVPE crystals reveal a clear signature of a highly anisotropic shallow acceptor center. Comparison with SIMS measurements implies a direct relation to the Mg impurity, and frequency-dependent EPR studies demonstrate the influence of the anisotropic crystal fields. Overall, the measurements of the thick free-standing crystals show that the Mg acceptor is strongly affected by the local environment. The ODMR was performed by Evan Glaser, NRL and the free-standing Mg-doped HVPE crystals were grown by Jacob Leach, Kyma Tech. The work at UAB is supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-1308446.

  2. Water-insoluble Silk Films with Silk I Structure

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    Lu, Q.; Hu, X; Wang, X; Kluge, J; Lu, S; Cebe, P; Kaplan, D

    2010-01-01

    Water-insoluble regenerated silk materials are normally produced by increasing the {beta}-sheet content (silk II). In the present study water-insoluble silk films were prepared by controlling the very slow drying of Bombyx mori silk solutions, resulting in the formation of stable films with a predominant silk I instead of silk II structure. Wide angle X-ray scattering indicated that the silk films stabilized by slow drying were mainly composed of silk I rather than silk II, while water- and methanol-annealed silk films had a higher silk II content. The silk films prepared by slow drying had a globule-like structure at the core surrounded by nano-filaments. The core region was composed of silk I and silk II, surrounded by hydrophilic nano-filaments containing random turns and {alpha}-helix secondary structures. The insoluble silk films prepared by slow drying had unique thermal, mechanical and degradative properties. Differential scanning calorimetry results revealed that silk I crystals had stable thermal properties up to 250 C, without crystallization above the T{sub g}, but degraded at lower temperatures than silk II structure. Compared with water- and methanol-annealed films the films prepared by slow drying had better mechanical ductility and were more rapidly enzymatically degraded, reflecting the differences in secondary structure achieved via differences in post processing of the cast silk films. Importantly, the silk I structure, a key intermediate secondary structure for the formation of mechanically robust natural silk fibers, was successfully generated by the present approach of very slow drying, mimicking the natural process. The results also point to a new mode of generating new types of silk biomaterials with enhanced mechanical properties and increased degradation rates, while maintaining water insolubility, along with a low {beta}-sheet content.

  3. Design and Fabrication of Low Cost Thick Film pH Sensor using Silver Chlorinated Reference Electrodes with Integrated Temperature Sensor

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    Wiranto Goib

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the design and fabrication of thick film pH sensor, in which the reference electrode has been formed by chlorination of Ag using FeCl3. The process was aimed to replace Ag/AgCl paste commonly used as reference electrodes. Fabricated using thick film screen printing technology on Al2O3 substrate, the pH sensor showed a measured sensitivity of -52.97, -53.17 and -53.68 mV/pH at 25°C, 45°C, and 65°C, respectively. The measured values were close to the theoretical Nernstian slope of -59 mV/pH 25°C.The sensor was also designed with an integrated Ruthenium based temperature sensor for future temperature compensation. The measured resistance temperature characteristics showed a linear reasponse over the range of 25 – 80°C. This miniaturised planar sensor should find wide application, especially in field water quality monitoring, replacing their glass type counterparts.

  4. Effect of Film Thickness and Physical Aging on “Intrinsic” Gas Permeation Properties of Microporous Ethanoanthracene-Based Polyimides

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    Ma, Xiaohua

    2018-01-31

    Two ethanoanthracene-based dianhydrides, 9,10-dimethylethanoanthracene-2,3,6,7-tetracarboxylic anhydride (EA-DA) and its more flexible dibenzodioxane-containing derivative (EAD-DA), were synthesized from the same starting material, 9,10-dimethyl-ethanoanthracene-2,3,6,7-tetraol, and used for the preparation of bicyclic intrinsically microporous polyimides (PIM-PIs) by one-pot polycondensation reaction with 3,3′-dimethylnaphthidine (DMN). The resulting organosoluble polyimides, EA-DMN and EAD-DMN, were thermally stable up to 300 °C and had good mechanical properties with tensile strength of 55 and 63 MPa and elongation at break of 15 and 30%, respectively. EA-DMN and EAD-DMN polyimides displayed Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface areas of 720 and 800 m2 g–1, respectively. Fresh films showed promising gas separation performance with very high gas permeabilities and moderate gas-pair selectivities, which were both strongly dependent on film thickness. The results obtained in this study shed more light on the relative importance of film thickness and physical aging on faster attainment of the “intrinsic” gas transport properties of high free volume PIM-PIs.

  5. Analytical Solutions of Heat Transfer and Film Thickness with Slip Condition Effect in Thin-Film Evaporation for Two-Phase Flow in Microchannel

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    Ahmed Jassim Shkarah

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Physical and mathematical model has been developed to predict the two-phase flow and heat transfer in a microchannel with evaporative heat transfer. Sample solutions to the model were obtained for both analytical analysis and numerical analysis. It is assumed that the capillary pressure is neglected (Morris, 2003. Results are provided for liquid film thickness, total heat flux, and evaporating heat flux distribution. In addition to the sample calculations that were used to illustrate the transport characteristics, computations based on the current model were performed to generate results for comparisons with the analytical results of Wang et al. (2008 and Wayner Jr. et al. (1976. The calculated results from the current model match closely with those of analytical results of Wang et al. (2008 and Wayner Jr. et al. (1976. This work will lead to a better understanding of heat transfer and fluid flow occurring in the evaporating film region and develop an analytical equation for evaporating liquid film thickness.

  6. Simultaneous determination of the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film utilizing vibrating doubly clamped micro-/nanobeams

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    Ivo Stachiv; Chih-Yun Kuo; Te-Hua Fang; Vincent Mortet

    2016-01-01

    Measurement of ultrathin film thickness and its basic properties can be highly challenging and time consuming due to necessity of using several very sophisticated devices. Here, we report an easy accessible resonant based method capable to simultaneously determinate the residual stress, elastic modulus, density and thickness of ultrathin film coated on doubly clamped micro-/nanobeam. We show that a general dependency of the resonant frequencies on the axial load is also valid for in-plane vib...

  7. Effect of the thickness reduction on the structural, surface and magnetic properties of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Aragón, Fermin F.H., E-mail: fherrera@fis.unb.br [Núcleo de Física Aplicada, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF 70910-900 (Brazil); Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, CDTN, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Ardisson, José D. [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, CDTN, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Aquino, Juan C.R. [Núcleo de Física Aplicada, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF 70910-900 (Brazil); Gonzalez, Ismael; Macedo, Waldemar A.A. [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, CDTN, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Coaquira, José A.H.; Mantilla, John; Silva, Sebastião W. da; Morais, Paulo C. [Núcleo de Física Aplicada, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF 70910-900 (Brazil)

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    Hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) polycrystalline thin films of different thicknesses were produced by thermal oxidation in air atmosphere from Fe metallic thin-films deposited by radio frequency (RF) sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirm the formation of hematite phase in all samples and indicate that the mean grain size decreases as the film thickness becomes thinner. Conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) spectra at room temperature show magnetic splitting (six line patterns). It is determined that the resonance peaks become broader and asymmetric as the film thickness decreases. This finding was associated with the structural disorder introduced by the thickness reduction. Magnetization as a function of the magnetic field curve obtained at 300 K shows the presence of a weak-ferromagnetic contribution, which was assigned to the large density of decompensated spins at the films surface. From the magnetization vs. temperature curves it has been determined that the Morin transition temperature (T{sub M}) is shifted from ~ 240 K to ~ 196 K, meanwhile it becomes more broadened as the film thickness decreases. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements show the presence of Fe{sup 2+} ions coexisting with Fe{sup 3+} ions whose population increases as the film becomes thinner. The density of chemisorbed oxygen increases as the film thickness is reduced in agreement with the results obtained from the other measurements in this work. - Highlights: • Hematite thin films with different thickness were deposited by RF sputtering technique. • X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of hematite phase in all samples. • Hysteresis curve at 300 K shows the presence of a weak-ferromagnetic phase. • XPS show the presence of Fe{sup 2+} ions coexisting with Fe{sup 3+} ions.

  8. Chloride accelerated test: influence of silica fume, water/binder ratio and concrete cover thickness

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    Full Text Available In developed countries like the UK, France, Italy and Germany, it is estimated that spending on maintenance and repair is practically the same as investment in new constructions. Therefore, this paper aims to study different ways of interfering in the corrosion kinetic using an accelerated corrosion test - CAIM, that simulates the chloride attack. The three variables are: concrete cover thickness, use of silica fume and the water/binder ratio. It was found, by analysis of variance of the weight loss of the steel bars and chloride content in the concrete cover thickness, there is significant influence of the three variables. Also, the results indicate that the addition of silica fume is the path to improve the corrosion protection of low water/binder ratio concretes (like 0.4 and elevation of the concrete cover thickness is the most effective solution to increase protection of high water/binder ratio concrete (above 0.5.

  9. Thickness dependence of electro-optical properties of WO{sub 3} films as an electrochromic functional material for energy-efficient applications

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    Esmail, Ayat; Hashem, Hany; Soltan, Soltan; Hammam, Mahmoud; Ramadan, Ahmed [Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Helwan University, Cairo (Egypt)

    2017-01-15

    WO{sub 3} films of different thicknesses (100, 200, and 300 nm) were prepared by two vacuum physical vapor deposition (PVD) methods (thermal evaporation and an electron gun). Electrophysical measurements (cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry) were carried out using a potentiostat in an electrochromic cell (liquid device) that consists of a substrate coated with double layers of F: SnO{sub 2} and WO{sub 3} served as working electrodes. X-ray diffraction showed an amorphous structure for all the deposited WO{sub 3} thin films. While the transmission in the bleached state does not change and it is close to the as-deposited state, it is slightly less at larger thickness. The cyclic voltammogram was more open (more current flow) for thicker films due to the less dense structure with many channels. Also, the coloration efficiency was higher at low thickness. The response time was of the order of seconds and decreased for coloration, while it increased for the bleaching process as the film thickness increases. According to the proposed figure of merit, the electrochromic performance deteriorates as the WO{sub 3} film thickness decreases. However, the thickness is more effective in the case of an electron gun. Generally, continuous films but thinner than 200 nm, are recommended for deposition methods. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  10. Synthesis of 8YSZ-LSGM Composite Thick Film Ceramics for Solid Electrolyte From Nanopowder Utilizing Local Zircon Prepared Using Sol Gel Process

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    Syarif, Dani Gustaman; Soepriyanto, Syoni; Ismunandar, Korda, Akhmad

    2010-10-01

    Thick film ceramics of 8% mol Y2O3 doped-ZrO2 (8YSZ)-La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.2Mg0.8O3 (LSGM) composite for solid electrolyte have been synthesized from nanopowder. Concentration of LSGM was 0 and 10% weight. A paste for the thick films was made from 8YSZ nanopowder prepared using sol gel method and LSGM powder prepared by solid state reaction. Precursors for the 8YSZ nanopowder preparation were ZrOCl2ṡ8H2O derived from local zircon as byproduct of Tin processing at Bangka Island using caustic fussion method, and Y(NO3)3. The thick films were produced by screen printing technique on alumina substrates. The films were sintered at 1500° C for 2 hours in air. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data showed that the nanopowder of 8YSZ was well produced with broad peaks. The particle size of the 8YSZ powder was about 12 nm as calculated using Debye Scherrer method. The thick films of 8YSZ and 8YSZ-LSGM (90:10 in weight %) composite could be produced, however, the films still contain voids. The ionic conductance of the YSZ-10LSGM films was smaller than that of the YSZ films.

  11. Colorimetric gas detection by the varying thickness of a thin film of ultrasmall PTSA-coated TiO2 nanoparticles on a Si substrate

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    Urmas Joost

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Colorimetric gas sensing is demonstrated by thin films based on ultrasmall TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs on Si substrates. The NPs are bound into the film by p-toluenesulfonic acid (PTSA and the film is made to absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs. Since the color of the sensing element depends on the interference of reflected light from the surface of the film and from the film/silicon substrate interface, colorimetric detection is possible by the varying thickness of the NP-based film. Indeed, VOC absorption causes significant swelling of the film. Thus, the optical path length is increased, interference wavelengths are shifted and the refractive index of the film is decreased. This causes a change of color of the sensor element visible by the naked eye. The color response is rapid and changes reversibly within seconds of exposure. The sensing element is extremely simple and cheap, and can be fabricated by common coating processes.

  12. Colorimetric gas detection by the varying thickness of a thin film of ultrasmall PTSA-coated TiO2 nanoparticles on a Si substrate.

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    Joost, Urmas; Šutka, Andris; Visnapuu, Meeri; Tamm, Aile; Lembinen, Meeri; Antsov, Mikk; Utt, Kathriin; Smits, Krisjanis; Nõmmiste, Ergo; Kisand, Vambola

    2017-01-01

    Colorimetric gas sensing is demonstrated by thin films based on ultrasmall TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on Si substrates. The NPs are bound into the film by p-toluenesulfonic acid (PTSA) and the film is made to absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Since the color of the sensing element depends on the interference of reflected light from the surface of the film and from the film/silicon substrate interface, colorimetric detection is possible by the varying thickness of the NP-based film. Indeed, VOC absorption causes significant swelling of the film. Thus, the optical path length is increased, interference wavelengths are shifted and the refractive index of the film is decreased. This causes a change of color of the sensor element visible by the naked eye. The color response is rapid and changes reversibly within seconds of exposure. The sensing element is extremely simple and cheap, and can be fabricated by common coating processes.

  13. Laser-induced surface recrystallization of polycrystalline PbI2 thick films for X-ray detector application

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    Sun, Hui; Zhao, Beijun; Zhu, Xinghua; Zhu, Shifu; Yang, Dingyu; Wangyang, Peihua; Gao, Xiuyin

    2018-01-01

    In this work, laser-induced surface recrystallization process was developed to improve the surface properties and device performance of the polycrystalline PbI2 thick films prepared by using close space vapor deposition method. A continuous polycrystalline PbI2 recrystallized layer with a better mechanical strength and reflectivity improved from 2% to 4%-6% was obtained by this recrystallization process for the films with mechanical pretreatment. Other polytypes is absent in the recrystallized layer with the 2H-polytype remaining before and after treatment and obtaining improved electrical and X-ray photoelectric response performance. The pretreatment such as mechanical cutting/polishing and hydrogenation is necessary to lower the non-wetting crystallization behavior during the recrystallization process due to the rough surface state and oxygen contamination.

  14. In vitro biocompatibility and electrical stability of thick-film platinum/gold alloy electrodes printed on alumina

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    Carnicer-Lombarte, Alejandro; Lancashire, Henry T.; Vanhoestenberghe, Anne

    2017-06-01

    Objective. High-density electrode arrays are a powerful tool in both clinical neuroscience and basic research. However, current manufacturing techniques require the use of specialised techniques and equipment, which are available to few labs. We have developed a high-density electrode array with customisable design, manufactured using simple printing techniques and with commercially available materials. Approach. Electrode arrays were manufactured by thick-film printing a platinum-gold alloy (Pt/Au) and an insulating dielectric on 96% alumina ceramic plates. Arrays were conditioned in serum and serum-free conditions, with and without 1 kHz, 200 µA, charge balanced stimulation for up to 21 d. Array biocompatibility was assessed using an extract assay and a PC-12 cell contact assay. Electrode impedance, charge storage capacity and charge injection capacity were before and after array conditioning. Main results. The manufactured Pt/Au electrodes have a highly porous surface and exhibit electrical properties comparable to arrays manufactured using alternative techniques. Materials used in array manufacture were found to be non-toxic to L929 fibroblasts by extract assay, and neuronal-like PC-12 cells adhered and extended neurites on the array surfaces. Arrays remained functional after long-term delivery of electrical pulses while exposed to protein-rich environments. Charge storage capacities and charge injection capacities increased following stimulation accounted for by an increase in surface index (real surface area) observed by vertical scanning interferometry. Further, we observed accumulation of proteins at the electrode sites following conditioning in the presence of serum. Significance. This study demonstrates the in vitro biocompatibility of commercially available thick-film printing materials. The printing technique is both simple and versatile, with layouts readily modified to produce customized electrode arrays. Thick-film electrode arrays are an

  15. Optoelectronic Properties and Structural Characterization of GaN Thick Films on Different Substrates through Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Wei-Kai Wang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Approximately 4-μm-thick GaN epitaxial films were directly grown onto a GaN/sapphire template, sapphire, Si(111, and Si(100 substrates by high-temperature pulsed laser deposition (PLD. The influence of the substrate type on the crystalline quality, surface morphology, microstructure, and stress states was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, photoluminescence (PL, atomic force microscopy (AFM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. Raman scattering spectral analysis showed a compressive film stress of −0.468 GPa for the GaN/sapphire template, whereas the GaN films on sapphire, Si(111, and Si(100 exhibited a tensile stress of 0.21, 0.177, and 0.081 GPa, respectively. Comparative analysis indicated the growth of very close to stress-free GaN on the Si(100 substrate due to the highly directional energetic precursor migration on the substrate’s surface and the release of stress in the nucleation of GaN films during growth by the high-temperature (1000 °C operation of PLD. Moreover, TEM images revealed that no significant GaN meltback (Ga–Si etching process was found in the GaN/Si sample surface. These results indicate that PLD has great potential for developing stress-free GaN templates on different substrates and using them for further application in optoelectronic devices.

  16. The interaction of CsCl with films of solid water

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    Borodin, A; Krischok, S; Kempter, V

    2003-01-01

    The interaction of CsCl molecules with films of solid water (three layers thick, typically), deposited on a tungsten crystal at 130 K, was studied. Metastable impact electron spectroscopy (MIES) and UPS(HeI) were applied to study the emission from Cl3p and Cs5p and the highest occupied states 1b sub 1 , 3a sub 1 and 1b sub 2 of molecular water. Below a critical stoichiometry of about CsCl centre dot nH sub 2 O with n=6 the UPS spectra are quite similar to those from chlorides solvated in liquid water in as much as the relative positions and intensities of the water and salt features are concerned; very little emission from the ionization of Cl3p and Cs5p is observed with MIES. We conclude that the CsCl molecules become solvated in the water film. As long as n>6, the water spectrum remains characteristic for condensed water; at n6, water molecules not involved directly into the hydration of the salt molecules desorb around 140 K. Around 160 K all water has disappeared from the surface. Above this temperature o...

  17. Polycrystalline Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films on r-plane sapphire: Effect of film thickness on strain and dielectric properties

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    Fardin, E. A.; Holland, A. S.; Ghorbani, K.; Akdogan, E. K.; Simon, W. K.; Safari, A.; Wang, J. Y.

    2006-10-01

    Polycrystalline Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) films grown on r-plane sapphire exhibit strong variation of in-plane strain over the thickness range of 25-400nm. At a critical thickness of ˜200nm, the films are strain relieved; in thinner films, the strain is tensile, while compressive strain was observed in the 400nm film. Microwave properties of the films were measured from 1to20GHz by the interdigital capacitor method. A capacitance tunability of 64% was observed in the 200nm film, while thinner films showed improved Q factor. These results demonstrate the possibility of incorporating frequency agile BST-based devices into the silicon on sapphire process.

  18. properties of films obtained from the polysaccharide derived from ...

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    The films obtained from Detarium microcarpium gum were compared in some aspects with gelatin films of equal thickness. Detarium film compared favourably with gelatin as a film former. Unplasticised and plasticised Detarium film absorbed less water than gelatin film, an advantage that could be of immense importance in ...

  19. Critical role of suspension media in electrophoretic deposition: the example of low loss dielectric BaNd2Ti5O14 thick films.

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    Vilarinho, Paula M; Fu, Zhi; Wu, Aiying; Kingon, Angus I

    2013-02-14

    The importance of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is well recognized for thick film technology, but unfortunately there is no universal suspension medium for the EPD of oxides. Thus, the selection of the medium, the stability of the suspensions, and the control of the particle potentials, critical for a good deposition, need to be established for each new material being processed by EPD. In this article, we investigate the key parameters, studying the electrochemistry of BaNd(2)Ti(5)O(14) (BNT) suspensions, and establish relationships between suspension media, EPD process conditions, microstructure of the deposits, and resulting electrical properties of the BNT films. Suspension stability of water, ethanol, acetic acid, and acetone-based media was analyzed in terms of zeta potential, particle size distribution, UV transmittance, and inductively coupled plasma spectrometry. The highest absolute zeta potential values determined for acetone with I(2) and acetic acid media are in good agreement with the high stability, small and narrow particle size distribution, and low UV light transmittance measured for these suspensions. Very high quality thick deposits were consequently achieved. However, it was demonstrated that aging of the acetic acid-based suspension have serious negative effects on the EPD process for BNT materials, including leaching of the metallic elements with a consequent modification of the material stoichiometry, change of the conductivity of the suspension, and degradation of the films microstructure. These facts severely restrict the use of acetic acid. Our results clearly indicate that, besides the stability of the suspension, the electrochemistry and aging behavior are key aspects for the EPD of functional oxides. Our systematic approach could be viewed as providing a set of guidelines for the development of EPD of other oxides.

  20. Predicting steady-state temperature, life, skid, and film thickness in a greased preloaded hybrid ball bearing

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    Poplawski, J.V. [J.V. Poplawski and Associates, Bethlehem, PA (United States); Atwell, D.R.; Lubas, M.J.; Odessky, V. [General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT (United States)]|[General Dynamics Corp., Avenel, NJ (United States)

    1996-04-01

    This paper describes the use of the SHABERTH computer program supplemented with experimental temperature and skid data to quantify steady-state bearing operation. Parametric studies on ball diameter and number, contact angle, curvature, grease type, and preload are presented with their influence on contact stress, fatigue life, skid load, film thickness, and inner and outer race temperatures. These results are compared for a steel versus hybrid bearing set in a DB and DFSL mounting. The method presented can be applied to the design of other steel and hybrid ball thrust bearing systems.

  1. Luminescent Oxygen Gas Sensors Based on Nanometer-Thick Hybrid Films of Iridium Complexes and Clay Minerals

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    Hisako Sato

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of Ir(III complexes in photo-responsive molecular devices for oxygen gas sensing is reviewed. Attention is focused on the immobilization of Ir(III complexes in organic or inorganic host materials such as polymers, silica and clays in order to enhance robustness and reliability. Our recent works on constructing nanometer-thick films comprised of cyclometalated cationic Ir(III complexes and clay minerals are described. The achievement of multi-emitting properties in response to oxygen pressure is demonstrated.

  2. In situ imaging of nano-droplet condensation and coalescence on thin water films.

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    Barkay, Zahava

    2014-04-01

    Two related aspects of nano-droplet condensation and droplets coalescence are studied for droplets on self-supported thin water films. The experiments are conducted in the environmental scanning electron microscope using wet scanning transmission electron microscopy. Favorable condensation sites are examined and in-situ position-controlled condensation experiments are conducted. The interaction among condensed multi-droplets as well as between a single droplet and the underneath nano-thick water film are dynamically examined with 10nm lateral resolution. The droplet round shape is reshaped to flat-like facets in-between droplets of 30-230 nm separation. Dynamic imaging of a few minutes duration shows a delayed coalescence effect, being explained by increased droplet-droplet electrostatic interaction relative to van der Waals interaction.

  3. Water sorption and water permeability properties of edible film made from potato peel waste

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    Siti Hajar OTHMAN

    Full Text Available Abstract The water sorption and permeability properties of edible film produced from potato peel waste was investigated under different levels of relative humidity (23, 33, 43, 57, 75% RH and temperatures (5, 30, 50 °C. The water sorption behaviour and isotherms of the film were investigated by fitting water sorption data to the Peleg model and the Guggenheim, Anderson de Boer model (GAB model. The amount of moisture content, time required for the moisture content of the film to reach equilibrium, water sorption rate, and water sorption capacity increased when the relative humidity increased. The effect of temperature on moisture content, water sorption rate, water sorption capacity, and monolayer moisture content is complex and related to the water activity as well as the moisture content. Based on R2 and RMSE values, the Peleg and GAB models were respectively determined as excellent models to predict the water sorption properties of the films, thus supporting the reliability of water sorption behaviour prediction. The water vapour transmission rate and water vapour permeability increased with an increase in relative humidity and temperature. The sorption and permeability properties of the film are worth investigation since the final application of the film as food packaging is ultimately dependent on these behaviours.

  4. Dewetting acrylic polymer films with water/propylene carbonate/surfactant mixtures - implications for cultural heritage conservation.

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    Baglioni, M; Montis, C; Brandi, F; Guaragnone, T; Meazzini, I; Baglioni, P; Berti, D

    2017-09-13

    The removal of hydrophobic polymer films from surfaces is one of the top priorities of modern conservation science. Nanostructured fluids containing water, good solvents for polymers, either immiscible or partially miscible with water, and surfactants have been used in the last decade to achieve controlled removal. The dewetting of the polymer film is often an essential step to achieve efficient removal; however, the role of the surfactant throughout the process is yet to be fully understood. We report on the dewetting of a methacrylate/acrylate copolymer film induced by a ternary mixture of water, propylene carbonate (PC) and C 9-11 E 6 , a nonionic alcohol ethoxylate surfactant. The fluid microstructure was characterised through small angle X-ray scattering and the interactions between the film and water, water/PC and water/PC/C 9-11 E 6 , were monitored through confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM) and analised both from a thermodynamic and a kinetic point of view. The presence of a surfactant is a prerequisite to induce dewetting of μm-thick films at room temperature, but it is not a thermodynamic driver. The amphiphile lowers the interfacial energy between the phases and favors the loss of adhesion of the polymer on glass, decreasing, in turn, the activation energy barrier, which can be overcome by the thermal fluctuations of polymer film stability, initiating the dewetting process.

  5. Hall devices based on transfer print of CVD graphene onto 75 μm-thick PVC film via lamination

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    Inkaya, Ugur; Oral, Ahmet

    Having high mobility even for low density of charge carriers and large tensile strength, graphene is a favorable material for the fabrication of flexible Hall sensors. Laminating graphene obtained on 20 μm-thick Cu foil via atmospheric-pressure CVD with 75 μm-thick PVC film, we developed a simple and low-cost scheme for manufacturing graphene-based flexible Hall devices, without resorting to metallization techniques such as evaporation or sputtering. Instead of these techniques, electrical contacts are provided by the pieces of copper foils preserved during the chemical etching with an aqueous solution of ferric chloride. By using this scheme, we manufactured 95 μm-thick flexible Hall sensors with resistances and Hall coefficients of the order of 1 k Ω and 100 Ω/T. Moreover, we made Hall devices by iterating our manufacture scheme multiple times, thereby forming few- or multi-layer graphene and hence we were able to both observe the dependence of the characteristics of the Hall sensors upon the number of graphene layers and characterize the resulting graphene structures. The fabrication and the characterization of the 95 μm-thick flexible Hall sensors, and the characterization of the multi-layer graphene will be presented.

  6. Optical Constants and Band Gap Evolution with Phase Transition in Sub-20-nm-Thick TiO2 Films Prepared by ALD.

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    Shi, Yue-Jie; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Zheng, Hua; Li, Da-Hai; Wei, Wei; Chen, Xin; Sun, Yan; Wei, Yan-Feng; Lu, Hong-Liang; Dai, Ning; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2017-12-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) ultrathin films with different thicknesses below 20 nm were grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on silicon substrates at 300 °C. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were operated to investigate the effect of thickness on the optical properties of ultrathin films in the spectra range from 200 to 1000 nm with Forouhi-Bloomer (F-B) dispersion relation. It has been found that the refractive index and extinction coefficient of the investigated TiO2 ultrathin film increase while the band gap of TiO2 ultrathin film decreases monotonically with an increase in film thickness. Furthermore, with the purpose of studying the temperature dependence of optical properties of TiO2 ultrathin film, the samples were annealed at temperature from 400 to 900 °C in N2 atmosphere. The crystalline structure of deposited and annealed films was deduced by SE and supported by X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was revealed that the anatase TiO2 film started to transform into rutile phase when the annealing temperature was up to 800 °C. In this paper, a constructive and effective method of monitoring the phase transition in ultrathin films by SE has been proposed when the phase transition is not so obvious analyzed by XRD.

  7. Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of Crystalline and Photoactive Ultrathin Hematite Films for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Steier, Ludmilla; Luo, Jingshan; Schreier, Marcel; Mayer, Matthew T; Sajavaara, Timo; Grätzel, Michael

    2015-12-22

    We developed a low-temperature atomic layer deposition route to deposit phase pure and crystalline hematite (α-Fe2O3) films at 230 °C without the need for postannealing. Homogenous and conformal deposition with good aspect ratio coverage was demonstrated on a nanostructured substrate and analyzed by transmission electron microscopy. These as-deposited α-Fe2O3 films were investigated as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation and found to be highly photoactive. Combined with a TiO2 underlayer and a low-cost Ni(OH)2 catalyst, hematite films of less than 10 nm in thickness reached photocurrent densities of 0.3 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V vs RHE and a photocurrent onset potential of less than 0.9 V vs RHE, previously unseen for films this thin and without high temperature annealing. In a thickness-dependent photoelectrochemical analysis, we identified a hematite thickness of only 10 nm to yield the highest internal quantum efficiency when using a suitable underlayer such as TiO2 that induces doping of the hematite film and reduces electron/hole recombination at the back contact. We find that, at high bias potentials, photocurrent density and quantum efficiency proportionally increase with light absorption in films thinner than 10 nm and are limited by the space charge layer width in thicker films. Thus, we propose to apply hematite films of 10 nm in thickness for future developments on suitable nanostructured conductive scaffolds that can now be extended to organic scaffolds due to our low-temperature process.

  8. The spatial thickness distribution of metal films produced by large area pulsed laser deposition

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    Pryds, Nini; Schou, Jørgen; Linderoth, Søren

    2007-01-01

    Thin films of metals have been deposited in the large-area Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) Facility at Riso National Laboratory. Thin films of Ag and Ni were deposited with laser pulses from an excimer laser at 248 nm with a rectangular beam spot at a fluence of 10 J/cm(2) on glass substrates of 127...... mm diameter positioned 80 turn from the target in vacuum. We have explored the distribution of deposited material on a stationary substrate from a fixed point of impact on the target relative to the substrate. In all cases the angular distribution of the deposited metal layers shows a distinct "flip...... utilized in an algorithm for production of films over large areas. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  9. Holographic interferometry of oil films and droplets in water with a single-beam mirror-type scheme.

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    Kukhtarev, Nickolai; Kukhtareva, Tatiana; Gallegos, Sonia C

    2011-03-01

    Application of single-beam reflective laser optical interferometry for oil films and droplets in water detection and characterization is discussed. Oil films can be detected by the appearance of characteristic interference patterns. Analytical expressions describing intensity distribution in these interference patterns allow determination of oil film thickness, size of oil droplets, and distance to the oil film from the observation plane. Results from these analyses indicate that oil spill aging and breakup can be monitored in real time by analyzing time-dependent holographic fringe patterns. Interferometric methods of oil spill detection and characterization can be automated using digital holography with three-dimensional reconstruction of the time-changing oil spill topography. In this effort, the interferometric methods were applied to samples from Chevron oil and British Petroleum MC252 oil obtained during the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  10. Strain-Induced Water Dissociation on Supported Ultrathin Oxide Films

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    Song, Zhenjun; Xu, Hu

    2015-01-01

    Controlling the dissociation of single water molecule on an insulating surface plays a crucial role in many catalytic reactions. In this Letter, we have identified the enhanced chemical reactivity of ultrathin MgO(100) films deposited on Mo(100) substrate that causes water dissociation. We reveal that the ability to split water on insulating surface closely depends on the lattice mismatch between ultrathin films and the underlying substrate, and substrate-induced in-plane tensile strain dramatically results in water dissociation on MgO(100). Three dissociative adsorption configurations of water with lower energy are predicted, and the structural transition going from molecular form to dissociative form is almost barrierless. Our results provide an effective avenue to achieve water dissociation at the single-molecule level and shed light on how to tune the chemical reactions of insulating surfaces by choosing the suitable substrates.

  11. Spray pyrolysis-deposited nanoengineered TiO2 thick films for ultra-high areal and volumetric capacity lithium ion battery applications

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    Haridas, Anupriya K.; Gangaja, Binitha; Srikrishnarka, Pillalamarri; Unni, Gautam E.; Nair, A. Sreekumaran; Nair, Shantikumar V.; Santhanagopalan, Dhamodaran

    2017-03-01

    Energy storage technologies are sensitively dependent on electrode film quality, thickness and process scalability. In Li-ion batteries, using additive-free titania (TiO2) as electrodes, we sought to show the potential of spray pyrolysis-deposited nanoengineered films with thicknesses up to 135 μm exhibiting ultra-high areal capacities. Detailed electron microscopic characterization indicated that the achieved thick films are composed of highly crystalline anatase TiO2 particles with sizes on the order of 10-12 nm and porous as well. A 135 μm thick film yielded ultra-high areal and volumetric capacities of 3.7 mAh cm-2 and 274 mAh cm-3, respectively, at 1C rate. Also the present work recorded high Coulombic efficiency and good cycling stability. The best previously achieved capacities for additive-free TiO2 films have been less than 0.25 mAh cm-2 and With additives, best reported areal capacity in the literature has been 2.5 mAh cm-2 at 1C rate, but only with electrode thickness as high as 1400 μm. Formation of through-the-thickness percolation of Ti3+ conductive network upon lithiation contributed substantially for the superior performance. Spray pyrolysis deposition of nanoparticulate TiO2 electrodes have the potential to yield volumetric capacities an order of magnitude higher than the other processes previously reported without sacrificing performance and process scalability.

  12. Aerosol optical thickness and spatial variability along coastal and offshore waters of the eastern Arabian Sea

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    Menon, H.B.; Sangekar, N.; Lotliker, A.; Moorthy, K.K.; Vethamony, P.

    Data from the ocean-colour monitor (OCM) on board the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite P4 were used to analyse the spatial and temporal distribution of aerosol optical thickness (AOT) over the coastal and offshore waters of the eastern Arabian Sea...

  13. Aerosol optical thickness retrieval over land and water using SCIAMACHY/GOME data

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    Kusmierczyk-Michulec, J.; Leeuw, G. de

    2005-01-01

    An algorithm for the retrieval of the aerosol optical thickness over land and over water from SCIAMACHY (SCanning Imaging Absorption SpectroMeter for Atmospheric ChartographY) is presented. Because calibrated data are not yet available for the SCIAMACHY channels used by the algorithm, the concepts

  14. Plasticity of skin water permeability and skin thickness in the amphibious mangrove rivulus Kryptolebias marmoratus.

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    Heffell, Quentin; Turko, Andy J; Wright, Patricia A

    2017-09-22

    The skin of amphibious fishes is a multipurpose organ, important for gas and ion exchange and nitrogen excretion when fish are out of water (emersed). We tested the hypothesis that skin permeability is altered to maintain water balance through changes in water permeability and skin thickness during salinity acclimation and/or when fish emerse, using the euryhaline, amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus as a model. We first recorded the behaviour of fish out of water to determine which part of the cutaneous surface was in contact with the substrate. Fish spent about 70% of their time on their ventral surface when out of water. Osmotic permeability of the skin was assessed in fish acclimated to 0.3 or 45‰ using 3H2O fluxes in an in vitro micro-Ussing chamber setup. In freshwater-acclimated fish, 3H2O influx across the skin was significantly higher compared to hypersaline-acclimated fish, with no significant changes in efflux. Prolonged emersion (7 days) resulted in an increase in skin 3H2O influx, but not efflux in fish acclimated to a moist 45‰ substrate. In a separate experiment, dorsal epidermal skin thickness increased while the ventral dermis thickness decreased in fish emersed for over a week. However, there was no link between regional skin thickness and water flux in our experiments. Taken together, these findings suggest that K. marmoratus alter skin permeability to maximize water uptake while emersed in hypersaline conditions, adjustments that probably help them survive months of emersion during the dry season when drinking to replace water loss is not possible.

  15. Thickness-dependent magnetic and electrical transport properties of epitaxial La0.7Sr0.3CoO3 films

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    Binzhi Li

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The thickness-dependent magnetic and electrical transport properties of nearly strain-free La0.7Sr0.3CoO3 (LSCO films grown on (001-oriented (LaAlO30.3 (Sr2AlTaO60.7 substrates were systematically studied. A crossover from ferromagnetic/metallic to non-magnetic/insulating behavior occurs at a critical thickness (∼8 nm that is significantly smaller than LSCO films under larger strains in reported literature. X-ray absorption measurements revealed that the difference of functional properties at reduced film thicknesses was accompanied by changes in the valence state of Co ions at the film/substrate interface.

  16. The variation of the enhanced photoluminescence efficiency of Y2O3:Eu3+ films with the thickness to the photonic crystal layer.

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    Ko, Ki-Young; Lee, Young Kwang; Park, Hoo Keun; Kim, Yoon-Chang; Do, Young Rag

    2008-04-14

    This study examined the effects of the thickness of Y(2)O(3):Eu(3+) phosphor films on quartz substrates coated with two-dimensional (2D) SiO(2) square-lattice nanorod photonic crystal layers (PCL) at identical heights on their extraction and absorption efficiency. The photoluminescence (PL) efficiency enhancement ratio decreased exponentially with increasing Y(2)O(3):Eu(3+) film thickness. The 2D PCL-assisted Y(2)O(3):Eu(3+) film with a thickness (t) = 400 nm showed enhancement in the upward and downward PL emission by factors of 6.2 and 8.6, respectively, with respect to those of a conventional flat film. This observation was attributed to diffraction scattering of the excitation and emission light.

  17. Thick pure palladium film with varied crystal structure electroless deposited from choline chloride–palladium chloride solution without the addition of reductant

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    Wang, Yurong; Li, Wei; Wang, Wenchang [School of Petrochemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Fine Petrochemicals of Jiangsu Province, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Mitsuzak, Naotoshi [Qualtec Co., Ltd, Osaka 590-0906 (Japan); Bao, Weiliang [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hanghzou 310058 (China); Chen, Zhidong, E-mail: chen13775646759@hotmail.com [School of Petrochemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Fine Petrochemicals of Jiangsu Province, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Material Surface Technology, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China)

    2015-07-01

    Immersion deposition procedure was applied to achieve thick pure palladium films with thickness up to about 3 μm from choline chloride (ChCl)–palladium chloride (PdCl{sub 2}) aqueous solution without addition of reductant at 60 °C. Using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope, it was confirmed that Pd films with different crystal orientations and morphology were obtained just by varying the immersion time, and Pd (111) crystal orientation predominated over other crystal orientations during the initial deposition procedure, while (220) conquered (111) about 45 min later. ChCl performing as a reductant facilitated the growth of thick Pd film free of reductant. The immersion deposition of Pd followed the mechanism of replacement reaction accompanying with autocatalyzed reaction and autocatalyzed reaction predominating over replacement reaction. The results revealed that Pd films prepared from ChCl–PdCl{sub 2} solution had excellent properties on solderability and corrosion resistance. - Highlights: • Thick pure Pd film was obtained from ChCl–PdCl{sub 2} aqueous solution without reductant. • Different crystal orientations and morphology of Pd films were achieved. • Immersion time determined the morphology of Pd films. • The mechanism of sustained deposition of Pd on Ni–P surface was deduced.

  18. THE THICKNESS DEPENDENCE OF OXYGEN PERMEABILITY IN SOL-GEL DERIVED CGO-COFE2O4 THIN FILMS ON POROUS CERAMIC SUBSTRATES: A SPUTTERED BLOCKING LAYER FOR THICKNESS CONTROL

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    Brinkman, K

    2009-01-08

    Mixed conductive oxides are a topic of interest for applications in oxygen separation membranes as well as use in producing hydrogen fuel through the partial oxidation of methane. The oxygen flux through the membrane is governed both by the oxygen ionic conductivity as well as the material's electronic conductivity; composite membranes like Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}} (CGO)-CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) use gadolinium doped ceria oxides as the ionic conducting material combined with cobalt iron spinel which serves as the electronic conductor. In this study we employ {approx} 50 nm sputtered CeO{sub 2} layers on the surface of porous CGO ceramic substrates which serve as solution 'blocking' layers during the thin film fabrication process facilitating the control of film thickness. Films with thickness of {approx} 2 and 4 microns were prepared by depositing 40 and 95 separate sol-gel layers respectively. Oxygen flux measurements indicated that the permeation increased with decreasing membrane thickness; thin film membrane with thickness on the micron level showed flux values an order of magnitude greater (0.03 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2} s) at 800 C as compared to 1mm thick bulk ceramic membranes (0.003 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2}).

  19. Pulsed-N2 assisted growth of 5-20 nm thick β-W films

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    Avyaya J. Narasimham

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available A technique to deposit 5-20 nm thick β-phase W using a 2-second periodic pulse of 1 sccm-N2 gas on Si(001 and SiN(5 nm/Si(001 substrates is reported. Resistivity, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray reflectivity were utilized to determine phase, bonding and thickness, respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns were utilized to determine the crystal structure, lattice constant and crystal size using the LeBail method. The flow rate of Nitrogen gas (continuous vs. pulsing had significant impact upon the crystallinity and formation of β-phase W.

  20. In situ measurements of thickness changes and mechanical stress upon gasochromic switching of thin MoOx films

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    Okumu, J.; Koerfer, F.; Salinga, C.; Wuttig, M.

    2004-06-01

    Thin films of MoOx coated with platinum as a catalyst were prepared by dc magnetron sputtering from a molybdenum target in an oxygen and argon atmosphere. The films were colored and bleached by exposure to diluted hydrogen gas and air, respectively. In situ measurements of x-ray reflectance and substrate curvature were performed during switching cycles. Upon hydrogen exposure a remarkable thickness decrease of 11% and a density increase of 6.5% are observed by x-ray reflectance measurements. Corresponding changes in optical transmittance and mechanical stress up to several hundreds of MPa are also observed. These changes are not fully reversible as revealed by measurements of multiple switching cycles. Both the change of thickness and density, as well as the change of optical transmittance and mechanical stress can be explained by the existence of a mixed phase of edge and corner sharing MoO3 octahedra whereupon the first coloration the ratio between edge and corner sharing octahedra is changed.

  1. Influence of Thickness and Interface on the Low-Temperature Enhancement of the Spin Seebeck Effect in YIG Films

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    Er-Jia Guo

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The temperature-dependent longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE in heavy metal (HM/Y_{3}Fe_{5}O_{12} (YIG hybrid structures is investigated as a function of YIG film thickness, magnetic field strength, and different HM detection materials. The LSSE signal shows a large enhancement with reductions in temperature, leading to a pronounced peak at low temperatures. We find that the LSSE peak temperature strongly depends on the film thickness as well as on the magnetic field. Our result can be well explained in the framework of magnon-driven LSSE by taking into account the temperature-dependent effective propagation length of thermally excited magnons in the bulk of the material. We further demonstrate that the LSSE peak is significantly shifted by changing the interface coupling to an adjacent detection layer, revealing a more complex behavior beyond the currently discussed bulk effect. By direct microscopic imaging of the interface, we correlate the observed temperature dependence with the interface structure between the YIG and the adjacent metal layer. Our results highlight the role of interface effects on the temperature-dependent LSSE in HM/YIG system, suggesting that the temperature-dependent spin current transparency strikingly relies on the interface conditions.

  2. Study of Room Temperature H2S Gas Sensing Behavior of CuO-modified BSST Thick Film Resistors

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    H. M. Baviskar

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Thick films of (Ba0.1Sr0.9(Sn0.5Ti0.5O3 referred as BSST, were prepared by screen-printing technique. The preparation, characterization and gas sensing properties of pure and CuO-BSST mixed oxide semiconductors have been investigated. The mixed oxides were obtained by dipping the pure BSST thick films into 0.01 M aqueous solution of CuCl2, for different intervals of time. Pure BSST was observed to be less sensitive to H2S gas. However, mixed oxides of CuO and BSST were observed to be highly sensitive to H2S gas. Upon exposure to H2S gas, the barrier height of CuO-BSST intergranular regions decreases markedly due to the chemical transformation of CuO into well conducting CuS leading to a drastic decrease in resistance. The crucial gas response was found to H2S gas at room temperature and no cross sensitivity was observed to other hazardous and polluting gases. The effects of microstructure and doping concentration on the gas response, selectivity, response and recovery of the sensor in the presence of H2S gas were studied and discussed.

  3. Residual Stress and Fracture of PECVD Thick Oxide Films for Power MEMS Structures and Devices

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    2007-06-01

    temperatures below what is required for recrystallization (Volkert 1993; Thum and Cook 2002, 2004; Chen et al 2003). For PECVD SiO,, films, both stress...physical vapor deposited (PVD) materials (such as AIOx), and low-k silsesquioxane-based materials ( Thum and Cook 2002). 6.2. Experimental Details

  4. Verification of thickness and surface roughness of a thin film transparent coating

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    Mohaghegh, Kamran; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Pranov, H.

    2013-01-01

    Thin film coatings are extremely interesting for industries, where there is a need to protect a highly accurate surface which has tight dimensional tolerances. The topic is important both in the production of new metallic tools and repair applications. In both applications it is vital to have...

  5. Effect of heat and film thickness on a photoinduced phase transition in azobenzene liquid crystalline polyesters

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    Sanchez, C; Alcala, R; Hvilsted, Søren

    2003-01-01

    . Optical absorption measurements show that azobenzene aggregates present in one of the polymers are broken down in the photoinduced phase transition. The birefringence induced with low power 488 nm light in films before and after undergoing that photoinduced phase transition has also been studied...

  6. Solid-state dewetting of single- and bilayer Au-W thin films: Unraveling the role of individual layer thickness, stacking sequence and oxidation on morphology evolution

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    A. Herz

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Self-assembly of ultrathin Au, W, and Au-W bilayer thin films is investigated using a rapid thermal annealing technique in an inert ambient. The solid-state dewetting of Au films is briefly revisited in order to emphasize the role of initial film thickness. W films deposited onto SiO2 evolve into needle-like nanocrystals rather than forming particle-like agglomerates upon annealing at elevated temperatures. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that such nanocrystals actually consist of tungsten (VI oxide (WO3 which is related to an anisotropic oxide crystal growth out of the thin film. The evolution of W films is highly sensitive to the presence of any residual oxygen. Combination of both the dewetting of Au and the oxide crystal growth of WO3 is realized by using various bilayer film configurations of the immiscible Au and W. At low temperature, Au dewetting is initiated while oxide crystal growth is still suppressed. Depending on the stacking sequence of the Au-W bilayer thin film, W acts either as a substrate or as a passivation layer for the dewetting of Au. Being the ground layer, W changes the wettability of Au which clearly modifies its initial state for the dewetting. Being the top layer, W prevents Au from dewetting regardless of Au film thickness. Moreover, regular pattern formation of Au-WO3 nanoparticles is observed at high temperature demonstrating how bilayer thin film dewetting can create unique nanostructure arrangements.

  7. Two strategies by epiphytic orchids for maintaining water balance: thick cuticles in leaves and water storage in pseudobulbs.

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    Yang, Shi-Jian; Sun, Mei; Yang, Qiu-Yun; Ma, Ren-Yi; Zhang, Jiao-Lin; Zhang, Shi-Bao

    2016-01-01

    Epiphytes are an important component of tropical and subtropical flora, and serve vital ecological functions in forest hydrology and nutrient fluxes. However, they often encounter water deficits because there is no direct contact between their roots and the soil. The strategies employed by epiphytes for maintaining water balance in relatively water-limited habitats are not completely understood. In the present study, we investigated the anatomical traits, water loss rates, and physiology of leaves and pseudobulbs of four Dendrobium species with different pseudobulb morphologies to understand the roles of leaf and pseudobulb in maintaining water balance of epiphytic orchids. Our results showed that two species (D. chrysotoxum and D. officinale), with lower rates of water loss, have thicker leaves and upper cuticles, but lower epidermal thickness and leaf dry mass per area. In contrast, the other two species (D. chrysanthum and D. crystallinum) with thinner cuticles and higher rates of water loss, have less tissue density and greater saturated water contents in their pseudobulbs. Therefore, our results indicate that these latter two species may resist drought by storing water in the pseudobulbs to compensate for their thin cuticles and rapid water loss through the leaves. Under the same laboratory conditions, excised pseudobulbs with attached leaves had lower rates of water loss when compared with samples comprising only excised leaves. This implies that epiphytic orchids utilize two different strategies for sustaining water balance: thick cuticles to conserve water in leaves and water storage in pseudobulbs. Our results also show that Dendrobium species with thin cuticles tend to have pseudobulbs with high water storage capacity that compensates for their faster rates of water loss. These outcomes contribute to our understanding of the adaptive water-use strategies in Dendrobium species, which is beneficial for the conservation and cultivation of epiphytic orchids

  8. Thickness and temperature dependence of electrical properties of Bi2(Te0.1Se0.9)3 thin films

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    Damodara Das, V.; Selvaraj, S.

    1999-08-01

    Thin films of different thicknesses have been vacuum deposited onto clean glass plates held at room temperature using the flash evaporation technique in a vacuum of 2×10-5 Torr. The structural characterization of the bulk and the thin films was carried out using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction techniques. Electrical resistance and thermoelectric power of the films were measured in the same vacuum of 2×10-5 Torr in the temperature range 300-450 K. The conduction activation energy of the films was calculated using the electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power data of the films. The thickness dependence of the activation energy observed is attributed to the polycrystalline nature of the films. Grain growth and reorientation of the grains take place during the annealing process. The thickness dependence of electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power of the films are explained by the effective mean free path model [C. R. Tellier, Thin Solid Films 51, 311 (1978)]. The important physical parameters like mean free path, Fermi energy, power index of the energy dependant expression for the mean free path, the hypothetical bulk resistivity and the thermoelectric power have been calculated by the combined analysis of electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power. The electron-phonon scattering mechanism is found to be dominant in the material.

  9. Isothermal dehydration of thin films of water and sugar solutions

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    Heyd, R. [Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, University of Orleans and CNRS, rue de la Férollerie 1B, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2 (France); Rampino, A. [Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, University of Orleans and CNRS, rue de la Férollerie 1B, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2 (France); Laboratory of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Trieste, Via Giorgieri 1, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Bellich, B.; Elisei, E. [Laboratory of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Trieste, Via Giorgieri 1, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Cesàro, A. [Laboratory of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Trieste, Via Giorgieri 1, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Area Science Park, I-34149 Trieste (Italy); Saboungi, M.-L. [Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, University of Orleans and CNRS, rue de la Férollerie 1B, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2 (France); Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux, et de Cosmochimie (IMPMC), Sorbonne Univ-UPMC, Univ Paris 06, UMR CNRS 7590, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, IRD UMR 206, 4 Place Jussieu, F-75005 Paris (France)

    2014-03-28

    The process of quasi-isothermal dehydration of thin films of pure water and aqueous sugar solutions is investigated with a dual experimental and theoretical approach. A nanoporous paper disk with a homogeneous internal structure was used as a substrate. This experimental set-up makes it possible to gather thermodynamic data under well-defined conditions, develop a numerical model, and extract needed information about the dehydration process, in particular the water activity. It is found that the temperature evolution of the pure water film is not strictly isothermal during the drying process, possibly due to the influence of water diffusion through the cellulose web of the substrate. The role of sugar is clearly detectable and its influence on the dehydration process can be identified. At the end of the drying process, trehalose molecules slow down the diffusion of water molecules through the substrate in a more pronounced way than do the glucose molecules.

  10. Nanostructured ZrO2 Thick Film Resistors as H2-Gas Sensors Operable at Room Temperature

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    K. M. GARADKAR

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured ZrO2 powder was synthesized by microwave assisted sol-gel method. The material was characterized by XRD and SEM techniques. X-Ray diffraction studies confirm that a combination of tetragonal and monoclinic zirconia nanoparticles is obtained by using microwave-assisted method. The nanopowder was calcined at an optimized temperature of 400 °C for 3 h. The prepared powder had crystalline size about 25 nm. Thick films of synthesized ZrO2 powder were prepared by screen printing technique. The gas sensing performances of these films for various gases were tested. Films showed highest response to H2 (50 ppm gas at room temperature with poor responses to others (1000 ppm. The quick response and fast recovery are the main features of this sensor. The effects of microstructure, operating temperature and gas concentration on the gas response, selectivity, response time and recovery time of the sensor in the presence of H2 gas and others were studied and discussed.

  11. Molecular-scale tribology of amorphous carbon coatings: effects of film thickness, adhesion, and long-range interactions.

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    Gao, G T; Mikulski, Paul T; Harrison, Judith A

    2002-06-19

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations have been conducted to investigate the atomic-scale friction and wear when hydrogen-terminated diamond (111) counterfaces are in sliding contact with diamond (111) surfaces coated with amorphous, hydrogen-free carbon films. Two films, with approximately the same ratio of sp(3)-to-sp(2) carbon, but different thicknesses, have been examined. Both systems give a similar average friction in the load range examined. Above a critical load, a series of tribochemical reactions occur resulting in a significant restructuring of the film. This restructuring is analogous to the "run-in" observed in macroscopic friction experiments and reduces the friction. The contribution of adhesion between the probe (counterface) and the sample to friction was examined by varying the saturation of the counterface. Decreasing the degree of counterface saturation, by reducing the hydrogen termination, increases the friction. Finally, the contribution of long-range interactions to friction was examined by using two potential energy functions that differ only in their long-range forces to examine friction in the same system.

  12. Experimental method and preliminary studies of the passive containment water film evaporation mass transfer

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    Li, Cheng [State Nuclear Power Technology Research, Beijing (China). Development Center; State Nuclear Power Research Institute, Beijing (China); Yang, Lin; Zhao, Wei; Zhou, Shan; Du, Wangfang; Gao, Zhan; Li, Honegsen [State Nuclear Power Technology Research, Beijing (China). Development Center

    2017-05-15

    For larger containments and higher operation parameters, characteristics of the outside cooling of the PCCS are very important for the analysis on the containment integrity. A preliminary analysis was made and a four-step experimental method was used to numerically analyze the falling water film evaporation for the advanced passive containment. Then, the water flow stability along the outside wall of the containment was studied. The results fit well with those correlations without airflow when the air velocity is less than 5.0 m/s. However, when the air velocity is larger than 5.0 m/s, the influence of the air velocity on the water film will appear and the mean water film thickness will be thicker. Based on the prototype operation parameters, experimental studies were carried and the results were compared with the Dittus-Boelter correlation within the operation ranges. A modification factor was proposed for the conservative application of this correlation for nuclear safety analysis.

  13. Co{sub 100−x}Fe{sub x} magnetic thick films prepared by electrodeposition

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    Aguirre, M. del C., E-mail: carmenaguirre@famaf.unc.edu.ar [Instituto de Física Enrique Gaviola-Conicet-Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba (Argentina); Farías, E. [Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba (Argentina); Abraham, J.; Urreta, S.E. [Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba (Argentina)

    2015-04-05

    Highlights: • Low iron containing films are compact, with rounded, relatively uniform surfaces. • Larger Fe contents exhibit nanowall networks covering the surface. • Coercivity in the out of plane configuration is larger than in the easy axis direction. • Co-rich films nucleate and grow by a 3DP diffusion controlled mechanism. • For equiatomic Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} films, nucleation tends to become instantaneous. - Abstract: Co–Fe films are grown onto plane pre-treated Cu foils; the effects of the alloy composition on the morphology and the crystal texture of the electrodeposited films and their anisotropic magnetic hysteresis properties are explored. Nucleation and crystallization mechanisms in these Co-rich layers are also investigated with pulse-reverse plating techniques, using the first cathodic pulse current–time transients. In the diffusion controlled regime the deposition mechanism is found to involve progressive nucleation with three-dimensional (3D) growth, except for the equiatomic Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} solution where nucleation tends to become instantaneous. The different morphologies and size scales observed are described and correlated with coercivity. The films are electrodeposited onto electrochemically pre-treated Cu substrates from feeds of nominal Fe/Co mol ratios between 0/100 and 50/50. The composition of the deposited layers, as determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, are quite close to the nominal values. Cyclic voltammetry determinations exhibit only a single reduction process on the cathode, indicating that a unique (Co{sub 100−x}Fe{sub x}) phase grows. Depending on composition and on the substrate pre-treatment, these layers exhibit textures with features of different sizes. X ray diffraction patterns indicate that the nanostructures with Fe contents above 20 at.% crystallize in a body-centered cubic cell, while samples with Fe contents below this value are fcc. Regarding the effect of composition on the

  14. Water vapor adsorption isotherms of agar-based nanocomposite films.

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    Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2011-10-01

    Adsorption isotherms of agar and agar/clay nanocomposite films prepared with different types of nanoclays, that is, a natural montmorillonite (Cloisite Na(+) ) and 2 organically modified montmorillonites (Cloisite 30B and Cloisite 20A), were determined at 3 different temperatures (10, 25, and 40 °C). The water vapor adsorption behavior of the nanocomposite films was found to be greatly influenced with the type of clay. The Guggenheim-Anderson-de Boer (GAB) isotherm model parameters were estimated by using both polynomial regression and nonlinear regression methods and it was found that the GAB model fitted adequately for describing experimental adsorption isotherm data for the film samples. The monolayer moisture content (m(o) ) of the film samples was also greatly affected by the type of nanoclay used, that is, m(o) of nanocomposite films was significantly lower than that of the neat agar film. Nanocomposite films prepared with hydrophobic nanoclays (Cloisite 30B and Cloisite 20A) exhibited lower m(o) values than those prepared with hydrophilic nanoclay (Cloisite Na(+) ). © 2011 Institute of Food Technologists®

  15. Synthesis of the Thickness Profile of the Waveguide Layer of the Thin Film Generalized Waveguide Luneburg Lens

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    Ayryan E.A.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A local variation in the thickness of the waveguide layer of integrated optics waveguide causes a local decrease of phase velocity, and hence bending of rays and of the wave front. The relationship of the waveguide layer thickness profile h (y, z with the distribution of the effective refractive index of the waveguide β (y, z is described in terms of a particular model of waveguide solutions of the Maxwell equations. In the model of comparison waveguides the support of the thickness irregularity of the waveguide layer Δh coincides with the support of inhomogeneity of the effective refractive index Δβ. A more adequate but more cumbersome model of the adiabatic waveguide modes allows them to mismatch supp Δh ⊃ supp Δβ. In this paper, we solve the problem of the Δh reconstruction on the base of given Δβ of the thin film generalized waveguide Luneburg lens in a model of adiabatic waveguide modes. The solution is found in the form of a linear combination of Gaussian exponential functions and in the form of a cubic spline for the cylindrically symmetric Δh (r and in the form of a cubic spline for Δβ (r.

  16. Facile synthesis of thick films of poly(methyl methacrylate), poly(styrene), and poly(vinyl pyridine) from Au surfaces.

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    Saha, Sampa; Bruening, Merlin L; Baker, Gregory L

    2011-08-01

    Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) is commonly used to grow polymer brushes from Au surfaces, but the resulting film thicknesses are usually significantly less than with ATRP from SiO(2) substrates. On Au, growth of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blocks from poly(tert-butyl acrylate) brushes occurs more rapidly than growth of PMMA from initiator monolayers, suggesting that the disparity between growth rates from Au and SiO(2) stems from the Au surface. Radical quenching by electron transfer from Au is probably not the termination mechanism because polymerization from thin, cross-linked initiators gives film thicknesses that are essentially the same as the thicknesses of films grown from SiO(2) under the same polymerization conditions. However, this result is consistent with termination through desorption of thiols from noncross-linked films, and reaction of these thiols with growing polymer chains. The enhanced stability of cross-linked initiators allows ATRP at temperatures up to ∼100 °C and enables the growth of thick films of PMMA (350 nm), polystyrene (120 nm) and poly(vinyl pyridine) (200 nm) from Au surfaces in 1 h. At temperatures >100 °C, the polymer brush layers delaminate as large area films.

  17. Effect of thickness on structural, corrosion and mechanical properties of a thin ZrN film deposited by medium frequency (MF) reactive sputtering

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    Kavitha, Ayyalu; Kannan, Raman [Anna Univ., Dindigul (India). Dept. of Physics; Loganathan, Subramani [Titan Industries, Hosur, Tamilnadu (India). Ion Plating Dept.

    2016-07-01

    Zirconium nitride (ZrN) thin films were prepared on stainless steel (SS) substrates by medium frequency (MF) reactive sputtering with gas ion source (GIS) by varying the deposition time and obtained thickness (t{sub ZrN}) in the range of 1.25 to 3.24 μm. The effect of thickness on the structural and microstructural properties was studied using XRD and AFM. XRD characterization revealed that the texture of the ZrN thin films changes as a function of thickness. Both, the (111) and (200) peak, appear initially and (111) becomes more intense with increasing t{sub ZrN}. AFM imaging revealed that the ZrN thin film coated with t{sub ZrN} ∼ 3.24 μm shows larger grains that are uniformly distributed over the surface. An average hardness value of 19.79 GPa was observed for ZrN thin films having t{sub ZrN} ∼ 3.24 μm. The ZrN thin films having t{sub ZrN} ∼ 3.24 μm exhibits better adhesion strength up to 20 N. The electrochemical polarization studies indicated that the ZrN thin film having larger thickness shows improved corrosion resistance compared to SS in 3.5 % NaCl solution.

  18. Magnetic properties of L1{sub 0}-Mn{sub 57}Ga{sub 43}/Co bilayer films with different Co thicknesses

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    Ranjbar, R., E-mail: reza_ranjbar83@mlab.apph.tohoku.ac.jp [WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University 980-8577 Sendai (Japan); Department of Applied Physics, Tohoku University, 980-8579 Sendai (Japan); Mizukami, S., E-mail: mizukami@wpi-aimr.tohoku.ac.jp [WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University 980-8577 Sendai (Japan); Ando, Y. [Department of Applied Physics, Tohoku University, 980-8579 Sendai (Japan); Kubota, T.; Ma, Q.L.; Zhang, X.M.; Miyazaki, T. [WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University 980-8577 Sendai (Japan)

    2013-11-15

    In order to investigate the interlayer exchange coupling between L1{sub 0}-MnGa and Co bilayer films, we carried out Magneto Optical Kerr Effect (MOKE) measurement and magnetization measurement by VSM for L1{sub 0}-Mn{sub 57}Ga{sub 43} (30 nm)/Co (0–20 nm) bilayer films without annealing and with annealing at 350 °C. The Co thickness dependence of the MOKE signal is explained simply by adding Mn–Ga and Co MOKE signals for the unannealed samples, but not for the annealed samples. We found an inverted Kerr hysteresis curve for the annealed bilayer film with 20 nm Co thickness. This result indicates the antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling between the Mn–Ga and Co layers. - Highlights: • The influence of Co thickness and annealing on the magnetic properties of L1{sub 0}-Mn{sub 57}Ga{sub 43} (30 nm)/Co (0–20 nm) bilayer films have been studied. • The Kerr rotation angles measured at 0 and 20 kOe for annealed samples are smaller than those for unannealed samples. • The Kerr hysteresis curve for the annealed bilayer film with 20 nm Co thickness exhibits an inverted curve. • These results show that antiferromagnetic exchange coupling between MnGa and Co films.

  19. Observation of thickness dependence of magnetic surface anisotropy in ultrathin amorphous films

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    Hicken, R. J.; Rado, G. T.; Xiao, Gang; Chien, C. L.

    1990-04-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and SQUID magnetometry measurements have been made on multilayers of amorphous Fe70B30/Ag. The dependence of the magnetic surface anisotropy constant Ks on the magnetic layer thickness 2L has been determined in the range 1.6 Å16.5 Å, but decreases monotonically towards zero as 2L decreases from 16.5 Å towards zero. The FMR results can be well described by a theory developed for ultrathin amorphous ferromagnetic layers.

  20. Volumetric shrinkage and film thickness of cementation materials for veneers: An in vitro 3D microcomputed tomography analysis.

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    Sampaio, Camila S; Barbosa, João Malta; Cáceres, Eduardo; Rigo, Lindiane C; Coelho, Paulo G; Bonfante, Estevam A; Hirata, Ronaldo

    2017-06-01

    Few studies have investigated the volumetric polymerization shrinkage and film thickness of the different cementation techniques used to cement veneers. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the volumetric polymerization shrinkage (VS) and film thickness (FT) of various cementation techniques through 3-dimensional (3D) microcomputed tomography (μCT). Forty-eight artificial plastic maxillary central incisors with standard preparations for veneers were provided by a mannequin manufacturer (P-Oclusal) and used as testing models with the manufacturer's plastic veneers. They were divided into 8 groups (n=6): RelyX Veneer + Scotchbond Universal (RV+SBU); Variolink Esthetic LC+Adhese Universal (VE+ADU); Filtek Supreme Ultra Flowable + Scotchbond Universal (FF+SBU); IPS Empress Direct Flow + Adhese Universal (IEF+ADU); Filtek Supreme Ultra Universal + Scotchbond Universal (FS+SBU); IPS Empress Direct + Adhese Universal (IED+ADU); Preheated Filtek Supreme Ultra Universal + Scotchbond Universal (PHF+SBU); and Preheated IPS Empress Direct + Adhese Universal (PHI+ADU). Specimens were scanned before and after polymerization using a μCT apparatus (mCT 40; Scanco Medical AG), and the resulting files were imported and analyzed with 3D rendering software to calculate the VS and FT. Collected data from both the VS and FT were submitted to 1-way ANOVA (α=.05). VE+ADU had the lowest volumetric shrinkage (1.03%), which was not significantly different from RV+SBU, FF+SBU or IEF+ADU (P>.05). The highest volumetric shrinkage was observed for FS+SBU (2.44%), which was not significantly different from RV+SBU, IED+ADU, PHF+SBU, or PHI+ADU (P>.05). Group RV+SBU did not differ statistically from the remaining groups (P>.05). Film thickness evaluation revealed the lowest values for RV+SBU, VE+ADU, FF+SBU, and IEF+ADU, with an average between groups of 0.17 mm; these groups were significantly different from FS+SBU, IED+ADU, PHF+SBU, and PHI+ADU (P>.05), with an average

  1. An experimental study on the characteristics of wind-driven surface water film flows by using a multi-transducer ultrasonic pulse-echo technique

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    Liu, Yang; Chen, Wen-Li; Bond, Leonard J.; Hu, Hui

    2017-01-01

    An experimental study was conducted to investigate the characteristics of surface water film flows driven by boundary layer winds over a test plate in order to elucidate the underlying physics pertinent to dynamic water runback processes over ice accreting surfaces of aircraft wings. A multi-transducer ultrasonic pulse-echo (MTUPE) technique was developed and applied to achieve non-intrusive measurements of water film thickness as a function of time and space to quantify the transient behaviors of wind-driven surface water film flows. The effects of key controlling parameters, including freestream velocity of the airflow and flow rate of the water film, on the dynamics of the surface water runback process were examined in great details based on the quantitative MTUPE measurements. While the thickness of the wind-driven surface water film was found to decrease rapidly with the increasing airflow velocity, various surface wave structures were also found to be generated at the air/water interface as the surface water runs back. The evolution of the surface wave structures, in the terms of wave shape, frequency and propagation velocity of the surface waves, and instability modes (i.e., well-organized 2-D waves vs. 3-D complex irregular waves), was found to change significantly as the airflow velocity increases. Such temporally synchronized and spatially resolved measurements are believed to be very helpful to elucidate the underlying physics for improved understanding of the dynamics of water runback process pertinent to aircraft icing phenomena.

  2. Properties of amphiphilic oligonucleotide films at the air/water interface and after film transfer

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    Keller, R.; Kwak, M.; de Vries, J. W.; Sawaryn, C.; Wang, J.; Anaya, M.; Muellen, K.; Butt, H. -J.; Herrmann, A.; Berger, R.; Müllen, K.

    2013-01-01

    The self-assembly of amphiphilic hybrid materials containing an oligonucleotide sequence at the air/water interface was investigated by means of pressure-molecular area (Pi-A) isotherms. In addition, films were transferred onto solid substrates and imaged using scanning force microscopy. We used

  3. Effect of BST film thickness on the performance of tunable interdigital capacitors grown by MBE

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    Meyers, Cedric J. G.; Freeze, Christopher R.; Stemmer, Susanne; York, Robert A.

    2017-12-01

    Voltage-tunable, interdigital capacitors (IDCs) were fabricated on Ba0.29Sr0.71TiO3 grown by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). In this growth technique, we utilize the metal-organic precursor titanium tetraisopropoxide rather than solid-source Ti as with conventional MBE. Two samples of varying BaxSr(1-x)TiO3 (BST) thicknesses were fabricated and analyzed. High-quality, epitaxial Pt electrodes were deposited by sputtering from a high-purity Pt target at 825 °C. The Pt electrodes were patterned and etched by argon ion milling, passivated with reactively sputtered SiO2, and then metallized with lift-off Ti/Au. The fabricated devices consisted of two-port IDCs embedded in ground-signal-ground, coplanar waveguide (CPW) transmission lines to enable radio-frequency (RF) probing. The sample included open and thru de-embedding structures to remove pad and CPW parasitic impedances. Two-port RF scattering (S) parameters were measured from 100 MHz to 40 GHz while DC bias was stepped from 0 V to 100 V. The IDCs exhibit a high zero-bias radio-frequency (RF) quality factor (Q) approaching 200 at 1 GHz and better than 2.3:1 capacitance tuning for the 300-nm-thick sample. Differences in the Q(V) and C(V) response with varying thicknesses indicate that unknown higher order material phenomena are contributing to the loss and tuning characteristics of the material.

  4. ARTICLE Thickness Impacts of Vacancy Defects in Epitaxial La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 Thin Films Using Slow Positron Beam

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    Liu, Jian-dang; Cheng, Bin; Du, Huai-jiang; Ye, Bang-jiao

    2010-12-01

    Thickness effects of thin La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) films on (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 substrates were examined by a slow positron beam technique. Doppler-broadening line shape parameter S was measured as a function of thickness and differnt annealing conditions. Results reveal there could be more than one mechanism to induce vacancy-like defects. It was found that strain-induced defects mainly influence the S value of the in situ oxygen-ambience annealing LSMO thin films and the strain could vanish still faster along with the increase of thickness, and the oxygen-deficient induced defects mainly affect the S value of post-annealing LSMO films.

  5. In vivo sweat film layer thickness measured with Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Jonathan, E

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available the added advantage of supporting near-real time or video rate imaging speed. Consequently, FD-OCT supports assessment of tissue structure as well as near-real time imaging of functioning small organs in tissue [16–19]. The focus of this paper is direct... accurate measurement of SFL thickness as a diagnostic parameter of sweat intensity while near-real time imaging of the responsible small organs, namely sweat glands, sweat ducts and sweat pores is also of interest. 2. Experimental 2.1. Apparatus OCT...

  6. Detection of Benzo[a]pyrene in water using a wavelength-interrogated SPR sensor coated with Teflon AF2400 film

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    Gong, Xiaoqing; Wang, Li; Wan, Xiumei; Lu, Dan-feng; Qi, Zhi-mei

    2017-02-01

    A wavelength-interrogated surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor overlaid with a Teflon AF2400 film was prepared for rapid and sensitive detection of Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) in water. The thickness of the Teflon AF 2400 film is much larger than the penetration depth of plasmon field, making the SPR sensor insensitive to refractive index (RI) of bulk solution and particle adsorption on the film surface. The sensor is only responsive to changes in RI of the Teflon film. The Teflon AF 2400 film is highly hydrophobic, enabling to effectively absorb nonpolar BaP molecules in water. Since BaP is a high-RI (n = 1.887) compound, its enrichment in the Teflon film can result in a considerable increase of the film RI. Consequently, the SPR sensor operating in the visible-near infrared reflection (NIR) wavelength range can be used to detect very low concentration of BaP in water. According to the simulation results, the thickness of the Teflon film should exceed 1000 nm to eliminate the SPR sensitivity to RI of bulk solution. The experimental results indicate that the resonance-wavelength shift (ΔλR) of the SPR sensor linearly increases with increasing the BaP concentration from C = 20 nmol·L-1 up to 100 nmol·L-1. ΔλR is about 0.9 nm at C = 20 nmol·L-1, which is very close to the minimum ΔλR detectable with the CCD spectrometer used. The resonance wavelength stabilized 6 seconds after the sample injection, indicating that the diffusion of BaP molecules in the Teflon film is quite quick, which is attributable to the nanoporous structure of the Teflon film. It is anticipated that the sensitivity of SPR sensor to BaP and its detection limit can be further improved by optimization of the thickness of the Teflon film.

  7. Effect of the interface glass on electrical performance of screen printed Ag thick-film contacts of Si solar cells

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    Zhang Yaping [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Yang Yunxia, E-mail: yangyunxia@ecust.edu.c [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Zheng Jianhua; Chen Guorong [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Cheng Chen; Hwang, James C.M.; Ooi, Boon S. [Center for Optical Technology, Department of Eelectrical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA 18015 (United States); Kovalskiy, Andriy [International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA 18015 (United States); Jain, Himanshu, E-mail: h.jain@lehigh.ed [International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA 18015 (United States)

    2010-10-01

    Glasses with compositions (40 - x)PbO--xZnO--60(B{sub 2}O{sub 3}--SiO{sub 2}) (x = 5, 10, 15, 20) have been prepared. Substitution of ZnO for PbO increased glass bandgap (E{sub g}) and crystallization ability greatly. Crystalline phases of bulk glasses after rapid thermal processing (RTP) were identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Transmission line model (TLM) was employed to measure the electrical performance of Ag electrodes screen printed on polycrystalline Si substrates using Ag thick-film pastes and by RTP. The conductivity ({sigma}) decreased while specific contact resistance ({rho}{sub c}) was not monotonic varied with increasing ZnO content. The correlation between electrical performance and glass barrier formed on the Ag gridline and Si emitter interface has been investigated.

  8. Thickness dependence of anomalous Nernst coefficient and longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in ferromagnetic NixFe100-x films.

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    Kannan, Harsha; Fan, Xin; Celik, Halise; Han, Xiufeng; Xiao, John Q

    2017-07-21

    Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) measured for metallic ferromagnetic thin films in commonly used longitudinal configuration contains the contribution from anomalous Nernst effect (ANE). The ANE is considered to arise from the bulk of the ferromagnet (FM) and the proximity-induced FM boundary layer. We fabricate a FM alloy with zero Nernst coefficient to mitigate the ANE contamination of SSE and insert a thin layer of Cu to separate the heavy metal (HM) from the FM to avoid the proximity contribution. These modifications to the experiment should permit complete isolation of SSE from ANE in the longitudinal configuration. However, further thickness dependence studies and careful analysis of the results revealed, ANE contribution of the isolated FM alloy is twofold, surface and bulk. Both surface and bulk contributions, whose magnitudes are comparable to that of the SSE, can be modified by the neighboring layer. Hence surface contribution to the ANE in FM metals is an important effect that needs to be considered.

  9. Influence of film thickness and annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films on Si (1 0 0) substrates grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Tian, Ji-Li; Zhang, Hua-Yu; Wang, Gui-Gen; Wang, Xin-Zhong; Sun, Rui; Jin, Lei; Han, Jie-Cai

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, ZnO thin films with different thicknesses grown on Si (1 0 0) substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) method were annealed in nitrogen at the temperatures ranging from 200 to 900 °C. The influences of film thickness and annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO films were systematically investigated by XRD, SEM and RT-PL. All the ALD-ZnO thin films show polycrystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure and a high preferential c-axis orientation. The results show that the crystallinity quality and luminescence performance are both improved by increasing the film thickness. In addition, the loss of oxygen which results in the formation of oxygen vacancies (VO) is the main reason for the green emission dominating visible band of annealed ZnO thin films. The visible band is dominated by different kinds of defects including oxygen vacancies (VO and VO+), and interstitial oxygen (IO) with increasing annealing temperature. High-quality ZnO thin films with good luminescence performance can be obtained for the films annealed at 800 °C in nitrogen.

  10. Film Thickness Estimation for the Oil Applied to the Inner Surface of Slim Tubes

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    Jozef Svetlík

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the approximation of the results of experimental measurement of coating of the inner surface of slim pipes with special oil, using a dispersion oil fraction. The reason for such treatment of the inner surface of the tubes is the anti-corrosion protection or various other requirements. The oil manufacturer prescribes the minimum required layer to guarantee the anti-corrosion protection parameters. Therefore, it is advisable to know the most exact coating parameters for different pipe diameters. The measured results give us an assumption of how much oil is sufficient to coat the inside of a pipe. The main idea lies in the correct estimation of coefficients in the three-parameter exponential dependence. For the initial estimates, Nelder–Mead’s minimization method was used. The condition for meeting the lower estimate of the minimum thickness of the oil layer was determined. Following graphic processing of minimization of individual pipe diameters, in some cases, the coefficients were adjusted manually. The result is that the oil thickness depends on the distance of the investigated point from the beginning of the tube, or on the point of entry of the dispersion oil fraction.

  11. ZrO2 Layer Thickness Dependent Electrical and Dielectric Properties of BST/ZrO2/BST Multilayer Thin Films

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    Sahoo, S. K.; Misra, D.; Agrawal, D. C.; Mohapatra, Y. N.

    2011-01-01

    Recently, high K materials play an important role in microelectronic devices such as capacitors, memory devices, and microwave devices. Now a days ferroelectric barium strontium titanate [Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}TiO{sub 3}, (BST)] thin film is being actively investigated for applications in dynamic random access memories (DRAM), field effect transistor (FET), and tunable devices because of its properties such as high dielectric constant, low leakage current, low dielectric loss, and high dielectric breakdown strength. Several approaches have been used to optimize the dielectric and electrical properties of BST thin films such as doping, graded compositions, and multilayer structures. We have found that inserting a ZrO{sub 2} layer in between two BST layers results in a significant reduction in dielectric constant, loss tangent, and leakage current in the multilayer thin films. Also it is shown that the properties of multilayer structure are found to depend strongly on the sublayer thicknesses. In this work the effect of ZrO{sub 2} layer thickness on the dielectric, ferroelectric as well as electrical properties of BST/ZrO{sub 2}/BST multilayer structure is studied. The multilayer Ba{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2}/Ba{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3} film is deposited by a sol-gel process on the platinized Si substrate. The thickness of the middle ZrO{sub 2} layer is varied while keeping the top and bottom BST layer thickness as fixed. It is observed that the dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent, and leakage current of the multilayer films reduce with the increase of ZrO{sub 2} layer thickness and hence suitable for memory device applications. The ferroelectric properties of the multilayer film also decrease with the ZrO{sub 2} layer thickness.

  12. Dynamic processes in soap films.

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    Mysels, K J

    1968-07-01

    Some relations between the two main types of thin liquid films, the water-in-air "soap" films and the invert oil-in-water "lipid" films, are outlined, and several dynamic aspects of film behavior are illustrated and briefly reviewed with reference to more complete treatments. These dynamic processes are important in both types of films, but are easier to study in soap films. The topics include the difference between rigid and mobile films and their interconversion; the origin and measurement of film elasticity; the effect of rate of formation upon film thickness, and the evidence against the existence of thick rigid water layers at the surface; and the kinetics of drainage and the role played in it by viscous flow, marginal regeneration, and intermolecular forces.

  13. Optimization of a 0.69PZT-0.31PZNN thick film by controlling slurry viscosity and tape-casting blade height

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    Song, Daniel; Woo, Min Sik; Ahn, Jung Hwan; Sung, Tae Hyun; Kim, Kyoung Bum

    2014-12-01

    We investigated how the viscosities of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate/lead zirconate nickel niobate (PZT-PZNN) slurry samples affect the laminated-film densities based on various conditions of degassing time for 0, 30, and 60 min. PZT-PZNN slurries with different viscosities were tape casted into green sheets by adjusting the comma blade height to 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 μm. As a result the slurry viscosity linearly increased with increasing slurry degassing time, and the thickness of the green sheet increased with increasing comma blade height. The density and the dielectric properties of piezoelectric ceramic films with the same thicknesses, but composed of different numbers of layers, were compared. The laminated-film density and the dielectric property d33 × g33 increased with decreasing number of laminated layers. However, when the viscosity of the slurry was too high (degassing time > 60 min) and the comma blade height was too high (comma blade height > 300 μm), the tape-casted green sheet was too thick to have enough time to dry. By controlling the slurry viscosity by adjusting the degassing time and the comma blade height, we were able to optimize the thickness of the green sheet in a tape-casting. The optimal green sheet thickness was < 70 μm, and the number of sheets laminated should be minimized to increase the film's density and dielectric constant.

  14. Evaluation of CP sil 8 film thickness for the capillary GC analysis of methyl mercury

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    Petersen, Jens Højslev; Drabæk, Iver

    1992-01-01

    Different commercially available CP-Sil 8 CB capillary columns have been tested with a mixed standard containing methyl mercury chloride, ethyl mercury chloride and a stable nonpolar chlorinated hydrocarbon. The aim of the study was to see whether the columns tested could be used without special...... pretreatments and precautions for the determination of organo-mercury compounds. The GC conditions in these determinations where similar to those conditions used for the determination of chlorinated pesticides. The best peak shapes where found using a normal packed column injector, modified with a commercially...... available insert for on-column injections on wide bore columns, and a 5.35 mum thick stationary phase. It was concluded that this CP Sil 8 CB column gave good results although minor interactions between the organo-mercury compounds and the column could be seen....

  15. Atom-Thick Interlayer Made of CVD-Grown Graphene Film on Separator for Advanced Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Du, Zhenzhen; Guo, Chengkun; Wang, Linjun; Hu, Ajuan; Jin, Song; Zhang, Taiming; Jin, Hongchang; Qi, Zhikai; Xin, Sen; Kong, Xianghua; Guo, Yu-Guo; Ji, Hengxing; Wan, Li-Jun

    2017-12-20

    Lithium-sulfur batteries are widely seen as a promising next-generation energy-storage system owing to their ultrahigh energy density. Although extensive research efforts have tackled poor cycling performance and self-discharge, battery stability has been improved at the expense of energy density. We have developed an interlayer consisting of two-layer chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown graphene supported by a conventional polypropylene (PP) separator. Unlike interlayers made of discrete nano-/microstructures that increase the thickness and weight of the separator, the CVD-graphene is an intact film with an area of 5 × 60 cm2 and has a thickness of ∼0.6 nm and areal density of ∼0.15 μg cm-2, which are negligible to those of the PP separator. The CVD-graphene on PP separator is the thinnest and lightest interlayer to date and is able to suppress the shuttling of polysulfides and enhance the utilization of sulfur, leading to concurrently improved specific capacity, rate capability, and cycle stability and suppressed self-discharge when assembled with cathodes consisting of different sulfur/carbon composites and electrolytes either with or without LiNO3 additive.

  16. High performance bimorph piezoelectric MEMS harvester via bulk PZT thick films on thin beryllium-bronze substrate

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    Yi, Zhiran; Yang, Bin; Li, Guimiao; Liu, Jingquan; Chen, Xiang; Wang, Xiaolin; Yang, Chunsheng

    2017-07-01

    This letter presents a high performance bimorph piezoelectric MEMS harvester with bulk PZT thick films on both sides of a flexible thin beryllium-bronze substrate via bonding and thinning technologies. The upper and lower PZT layers are thinned down to about 53 μm and 76 μm, respectively, and a commercial beryllium bronze with the thickness of about 50 μm is used as the substrate. The effective volume of this device is 30.6 mm3. The harvester with a tungsten proof mass generated the close-circuit peak-to-peak voltage of 53.1 V, the output power of 0.979 mW, and the power density of 31.99 mW/cm3 with the matching load resistance of 360 kΩ at the applied acceleration amplitude of 3.5 g and the applied frequency of 77.2 Hz. Meanwhile, in order to evaluate the stability, the device was measured continuously under applied acceleration amplitudes of 1.0 g and 3.5 g for one hour and demonstrated a good stability. Then, the harvester was utilized to light up LEDs and about twenty-one serial LEDs were lighted up at resonance under an applied acceleration amplitude of 3.0 g.

  17. Thickness oscillations of the transport properties in n-type Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} topological insulator thin films

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    Rogacheva, E.I., E-mail: rogacheva@kpi.kharkov.ua [National Technical University “Kharkov Polytechnic Institute”, 21 Frunze Street, Kharkov 61002 (Ukraine); Budnik, A.V.; Sipatov, A.Yu.; Nashchekina, O.N. [National Technical University “Kharkov Polytechnic Institute”, 21 Frunze Street, Kharkov 61002 (Ukraine); Fedorov, A.G. [Institute for Single Crystals of NAS of Ukraine, 60 Lenin Prospect, Kharkov 61001 (Ukraine); Dresselhaus, M.S.; Tang, S. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States)

    2015-11-02

    The dependences of the electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and Hall coefficient on the thickness (d = 20–155 nm) of the n-type thin films grown on the glass substrates by the thermal evaporation in vacuum of the n-type Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} topological insulator crystals have been measured. It has been established that these dependences have an oscillatory character with a substantial amplitude. The obtained results are interpreted in terms of quantum size effects, taking into account the peculiar properties of the surface layers of the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} films connected with the topological insulator nature of the bismuth telluride. - Highlights: • The thickness dependences of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films kinetic coefficients were obtained. • The dependences have oscillatory character with a substantial undamped amplitude. • The oscillation period increases with decreasing film thickness. • The oscillations are attributed to electron confinement in the film growth direction. • It is suggested that topological surface layer affects quantum processes in films.

  18. Effect of film thickness and viscoelasticity on separability of vapour classes by wavelet and principal component analyses of polymer-coated surface acoustic wave sensor transients

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    Singh, Prashant; Yadava, R. D. S.

    2011-02-01

    The transient response of a polymer-coated surface acoustic wave (SAW) vapour sensor depends on partitioning and diffusion of vapour species into the polymer in conjunction with its thickness and viscoelastic properties. The shapes of transient signals carry information about vapour identities due to specificity of the partition coefficient and the diffusion coefficient. The analysis of transient signals therefore offers a simpler approach for vapour identification in comparison to conventional electronic nose systems that employ a broadly selective sensor array. The transient response-based methods are however not developed to a similar level of maturity as their sensor array counterparts. The main reason for this is associated with complex signal generation kinetics and polymer viscoelasticity. The latter is independent of vapour identities (assuming low concentrations) but influences sensor response through nonlinear dependences on polymer thickness and viscoelastic coefficients. In this paper, we endeavour to find out whether viscoelasticity and its manifestation through thickness dependences could be turned into an advantage for transient-based vapour identification. Using an established SAW sensor model with additive noise we analyse sensor transients by wavelet decomposition and principal component analysis (PCA) for various combinations of polymer thickness, viscoelastic storage and loss moduli and noise level. We calculate vapour class separability measures defined on the basis of scatter matrices of principal components of wavelet coefficients to determine the discrimination ability of sensor transients for various combinations of film thickness and viscoelastic parameters. The simulation experiments are performed by considering a polyisobutylene-coated SAW oscillator sensor under exposure to seven volatile organic compounds (chloroform, chlorobenzene, o-dichlorobenzene, n-heptane, toluene, n-hexane and n-octane). The film thicknesses are varied from thin

  19. Thickness dependence of magnetic properties and giant magneto-impedance effect in amorphous Co{sub 73}Si{sub 12}B{sub 15} thin films prepared by Dual-Ion beam assisted deposition

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    Zhang, Yu [School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); BISSE/BUAA-SPNEE joint Laboratory Magnetism and Sperconducting technology on Spacecraft, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Wang, San-sheng, E-mail: wangssh@buaa.edu.cn [School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); BISSE/BUAA-SPNEE joint Laboratory Magnetism and Sperconducting technology on Spacecraft, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Hu, Teng [School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); He, Tong-fu [School of Instrumentation Science and Opto-electronics Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Chen, Zi-yu [School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Yi, Zhong; Meng, Li-Fei [Science and Technology on Reliability and Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Beijing Institute of Spacecraft Environment Engineering, Beijing 100094 (China); BISSE/BUAA-SPNEE joint Laboratory Magnetism and Sperconducting technology on Spacecraft, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China)

    2017-03-15

    Dual-Ion Beam Assisted Deposition is a suitable method for the preparation of giant magneto-impedance (GMI) materials. In this paper, Co{sub 73}Si{sub 12}B{sub 15} thin films with different thicknesses were prepared by Dual-Ion Beam Assisted Deposition, and the influences of film thickness on magnetic properties and GMI effect were investigated. It was found that the asymmetric magnetic hysteresis loop in the prepared Co{sub 73}Si{sub 12}B{sub 15} thin films occurs at ambient temperature, and the shift behavior of hysteresis loop associated with film thickness. With the film thickness increasing, the values of shift field and coercive field and other parameters such as remanence and shift ratio appeared complex variation. At a certain frequency, the large GMI effect is only observed in some films, which have good magnetic properties including low coercivity, low remanence ratio and high shift ratio. The results indicated that the thickness dependence of magnetic properties nonlinearly determined the GMI effect in Co{sub 73}Si{sub 12}B{sub 15} thin films. - Highlights: • The relationship between film thickness and ΔZ/Z, ΔR/R, ΔX/X ratio of CoSiB film exhibits a complex behavior as the film thickness increases from 1.33 to 7.34 µm. The maximum value of GMI ratio is observed when the film thickness was 1.56, 2.48, 3.81 or 7.34 µm. • With the increase of film thickness, the peak frequency shifts to lower frequency, but does not decrease following the t-power law. • The above thickness phenomenon is due to the different magnetic properties of thin films. • The Dual-Ion Beam Assisted Deposition is introduced to prepare the GMI materials.

  20. Thin Water and Ice Films at Mineral Surfaces

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    Yeşilbaş, Merve; Boily, Jean-François

    2016-04-01

    Mineral-water and ice interactions play important roles in atmospheric cloud formation. They also affect soil biogeochemistry as well as outer-space processes. In this study, thin water and ice films formed on minerals of varied bulk and surface structure, shape, size and surface roughness were probed by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and by Dynamic Vapor Adsorption (DVA). Measurements on several types of iron (oxyhydr)oxides, phyllosilicates, orthosilicates, tectosilicates as well as Arizona Test Dust (ATD) and Icelandic volcanic ash constrained our understanding of the molecular-level nature of mineral surface-water and ice interactions. DVA experiments showed that particle size is the key feature controlling water loadings at 25 ° C. Under this condition, nano-sized particles stabilized the equivalence of no more than ˜6 monolayers of water at the near saturation of water vapor while sub-micron sized particles stabilized several thousand layers. This result can be explained by the greater ability of larger sized particles at driving water condensation reactions. Cryogenic FTIR measurements at -10 and -50 ° C revealed that most minerals acquired the thin ice films with similar hydrogen bonding environments as those formed at room temperature.[1,2] These thin ice films have weaker hydrogen bond environments than hexagonal ice (νOH ≈ 3130 cm-1), a result seen by FTIR through predominant O-H stretching modes at νOH ≈ 3408-3425 cm-1. The water bending region (˜1630 cm-1) also reveals that most thin ice films are rather supercooled forms of water. Only the materials with greatest levels of heterogeneity, namely ATD and volcanic ash, stabilized solid forms of water reminiscent to hexagonal ice. This work thus constrains further our understanding of how interfacial ice is stabilized at mineral surfaces, and opens possibilities for future studies focused on atmospheric gas uptake on mineral- water and ice admixtures. [1] Song, X. and Boily, J