Nyakiti, Luke; Chaudhari, Jharna; Kenik, Edward A; Lu, Peng; Edgar, J H
In the present study, the type and densities of defects in AlN crystals grown on 6H-SiC seeds by the sublimation-recombination method were assessed. The positions of the defects in AlN were first identified by defect selective etching (DSE) in molten NaOH-KOH at 400 C for 2 minutes. Etching produced pits of three different sizes: 1.77 m, 2.35 m , and 2.86 m. The etch pits were either aligned together forming a sub-grain boundary or randomly distributed. The smaller etch pits were either isolated or associated with larger etch pits. After preparing crosssections of the pits by the focused ion beam (FIB) technique, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed to determine which dislocation type (edge, mixed or screw) produced a specific etch pit sizes. Preliminary TEM bright field and dark field study using different zone axes and diffraction vectors indicates an edge dislocation with a Burgers vector 1/3 is associated with the smallest etch pit size.
Trunek, Andrew J.; Neudeck, Philip G.; Spry, David J.; Powell, J. Anothny
This paper presents the first detailed observations of unique surface morphologies of 3C-Sic films grown on 4W6H-SIC mesas by the step-free surface heteroepitaxy technique. The top surfaces of 3C-Sic films were extensively studied by optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) as both film thickness (i.e,, growth time) and growth temperature (i.e., terrace nucleation rate) were varied following complete coverage of each 4W6H mesa by an initial 3C-Sic film. Almost all surface steps observed by AFM were 0.25 nm, the height of a single Si-C bilayer. However, strikingly different step patterns were observed, suggesting that radically different processes dominate the nucleation of new 3C-Sic bilayers on top of existing 3C-Sic film surfaces.
Ponchak, George E.; Schwartz, Zachary D.; Jordan, Jennifer L.; Downey, Alan N.; Neudeck, Philip G.
High temperature wireless sensors that operate at 500 C are required for aircraft engine monitoring and performance improvement These sensors would replace currently used hard-wired sensors and lead to a substantial reduction in mass. However, even if the sensor output data is transmitted wirelessly to a receiver in the cooler part of the engine, and the associated cables are eliminated, DC power cables are still required to operate the sensors and power the wireless circuits. To solve this problem, NASA is developing a rectenna, a circuit that receives RF power and converts it to DC power. The rectenna would be integrated with the wireless sensor, and the RF transmitter that powers the rectenna would be located in the cooler part of the engine. In this way, no cables to or from the sensors are required. Rectennas haw been demonstrated at ambient room temperature, but to date, no high temperature rectennas haw been reported. In this paper, we report the first rectenna designed for 2.45 GHz operation at 500 C. The circuit consists of a microstrip dipole antenna, a stripline impedance matching circuit, and a stripline low pass filter to prevent transmission of higher harmonics created by the rectifying diode fabricated on an Alumina substrate. The rectifying diode is the gate to source junction of a 6H Sic MESFET and the capacitor and load resistor are chip elements that are each bonded to the Alumina substrate. Each element and the hybrid, rectenna circuit haw been characterized through 500 C.