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  1. Evidence for improvement of critical current by Ag in YBaCuO-Ag thick films

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    Dwir, B.; Kellett, B.; Mieville, L.; Pavuna, D.

    1991-04-01

    The evidence is reported for enhancement of critical current density J(c) in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thick films with the addition of Ag, which is correlated with improvements in structural properties. An improvement of 50 percent in J(c) (up to about 500 A/sq cm at T = 4.2 K) was obtained in films made from YBCO + 60 wt pct Ag powder, fabricated by the spin-on technique on (100) SrTiO3, which is correlated with improvements in structure. The resulting films are 10 microns thick, uniform, partially textured, and show good adherence. The critical temperature Tc is improved by the addition of Ag, and a reduction in the density of microcracks and in the amount of secondary phases in the sintered films was observed. Normal-state resistivity is reduced by almost three orders of magnitude, making these films potentially useful for electronic applications in interconnects and novel hybrid circuits.

  2. Structural, morphological and optical properties of Ag-AgO thin films with the effect of increasing film thickness and annealing temperature

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    Pal, Anil Kumar; Bharathi Mohan, D.

    2015-10-01

    Ag films of thickness ranging from 5 to 60 nm were deposited by thermal evaporation technique followed by air annealing process with temperature varying from 50 to 250 °C. Morphological properties such as particle size, shape, surface roughness and number particles density were studied by atomic force microscope (AFM). The structural transition from quasi-amorphous to nanocrystalline to crystalline upon increasing film thickness and annealing temperature were studied. Ag films with smallest particle size and surface roughness were achieved up to film thickness of 7 nm. The possibility of surface oxidation of Ag on both as deposited and annealed films was studied through Raman mapping by using confocal Raman spectroscopy. Ag film was X-ray amorphous even after annealing process up to the film thickness of 7 nm and above which the crystallinity reached maximum at 250 °C. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) with a symmetric line shape due to dipole-dipole interactions was found to be very strong for film thickness of 5 nm at 100 °C, attributed to the formation of smaller Ag NPs size of ∼22 nm with least size distribution and higher particles number density of ∼1625 μm-2 in a self-organized fashion. With an increase of film thickness and annealing temperature, an asymmetric broad absorption arose due to increase in damping of collective electron oscillation on bulky NPs. Theoretical absorption spectra were simulated using extended Maxwell garnet method showing a decent agreement with experimental data. The real and imaginary parts of dielectric constants were determined and plotted for different film thicknesses of as deposited Ag films. Even though the film is oxidized at the surface level, it still can be used for plasmonic sensor applications however the film thickness should be approximately 7 nm for the enhanced result.

  3. Effect of thickness and Ti interlayers on stresses and texture transformations in thin Ag films during thermal cycling

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    Baker, Shefford P.; Saha, Krishanu; Shu, Jonathan B.

    2013-11-04

    The driving forces for the (111) to (100) texture transformation often observed during annealing of thin face-centered cubic metal films were investigated. Thin passivated silver films were produced with and without Ti adhesion layers. Stresses were measured in situ during heating to induce the texture transformation, and the texture was characterized using x-ray diffraction. Sufficiently thin films did not transform and sufficiently thick films transformed fully. Intermediate thickness films transformed to an extent dependent on thickness, leading to stable mixed textures. In the prevailing thermodynamic model, texture transformation is attributed to minimization of strain and interface energies. However, calculations using the measured stresses, known elastic constants, and estimated interface energies in this model reveal that the stresses are not sufficient to cause the texture transformation and, furthermore, that variations in interface energy cannot lead to the observed behavior. The results suggest that neither the interface energy nor the stress plays decisive roles in the texture transformation.

  4. Effect of glass frit chemistry on the physical and electrical properties of thick-film Ag contacts for silicon solar cells

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    Hilali, Mohamed M.; Sridharan, Srinivasan; Khadilkar, Chandra; Shaikh, Aziz; Rohatgi, Ajeet; Kim, Steve

    2006-11-01

    The aim of this study is to understand the effect of the glass frit chemistry used in thick-film Ag pastes on the electrical performance of the silicon solar cell. The study focuses on the physical behavior of the glass frit during heat treatment as well as the resulting Ag-Si contact interface structure. We observe that the glass frit transition temperature (Tg) and softening characteristics play a critical role in the contact interface structure. The glass transition temperature also significantly influences the contact ohmicity of the thick-film metal grid. A high glass frit transition temperature generally results in thinner glass regions between the Ag bulk of the grid and the Si emitter. It was found that a glass frit (with high Tg) that crystallizes fast during the firing cycle after etching the silicon nitride and Si emitter results in smaller Ag crystallite precipitation at the contact interface. This results in smaller junction leakage current density (Jo2) and higher open-circuit voltage (Voc). Using high Tg pastes (with the appropriate Ag powder size), greater than 0.78 fill factors and >17.4% efficiency were achieved on 4 cm2 untextured single crystal Si solar cells with 100 Ω/sq emitters.

  5. Thick film hydrogen sensor

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    Hoffheins, Barbara S.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1995-01-01

    A thick film hydrogen sensor element includes an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having deposited thereon a thick film metallization forming at least two resistors. The metallization is a sintered composition of Pd and a sinterable binder such as glass frit. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors.

  6. Thick film hydrogen sensor

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    Hoffheins, B.S.; Lauf, R.J.

    1995-09-19

    A thick film hydrogen sensor element includes an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having deposited thereon a thick film metallization forming at least two resistors. The metallization is a sintered composition of Pd and a sinterable binder such as glass frit. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors. 8 figs.

  7. Thick Film Interference.

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    Trefil, James

    1983-01-01

    Discusses why interference effects cannot be seen with a thick film, starting with a review of the origin of interference patterns in thin films. Considers properties of materials in films, properties of the light source, and the nature of light. (JN)

  8. Low temperature processing of single domain YBa 2Cu 3O y thick films from Y 2O 3 fabrics on Ag-Pd alloy substrates

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    Reddy, E. S.; Goodilin, E. A.; Tarka, M.; Zeisberger, M.; Schmitz, G. J.

    2002-08-01

    Single domain YBa 2Cu 3O y (Y123) thick films (∼100 μm) were fabricated on untextured Ag12 wt.%Pd alloy substrates from Y 2O 3 cloths by an infiltration and growth process. The process involves the infiltration of Y 2O 3 cloths placed on metallic substrates by barium cuprates and copper oxide liquids at 970 °C. The infiltrated Y 2O 3 cloth is subsequently transformed into single domain Y123 during a slow cooling schedule in the presence of a c-axis oriented Nd123 seed crystal placed at the top center of the fabric. The solidification window for single domain growth is lowered to 970-950 °C using liquid phases containing up 10 wt.% Ag and small amounts of BaF 2.

  9. System for measuring film thickness

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    Batishko, Charles R.; Kirihara, Leslie J.; Peters, Timothy J.; Rasmussen, Donald E.

    1990-01-01

    A system for determining the thicknesses of thin films of materials exhibiting fluorescence in response to exposure to excitation energy from a suitable source of such energy. A section of film is illuminated with a fixed level of excitation energy from a source such as an argon ion laser emitting blue-green light. The amount of fluorescent light produced by the film over a limited area within the section so illuminated is then measured using a detector such as a photomultiplier tube. Since the amount of fluorescent light produced is a function of the thicknesses of thin films, the thickness of a specific film can be determined by comparing the intensity of fluorescent light produced by this film with the intensity of light produced by similar films of known thicknesses in response to the same amount of excitation energy. The preferred embodiment of the invention uses fiber optic probes in measuring the thicknesses of oil films on the operational components of machinery which are ordinarily obscured from view.

  10. Applications of film thickness equations

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    Hamrock, B. J.; Dowson, D.

    1983-01-01

    A number of applications of elastohydrodynamic film thickness expressions were considered. The motion of a steel ball over steel surfaces presenting varying degrees of conformity was examined. The equation for minimum film thickness in elliptical conjunctions under elastohydrodynamic conditions was applied to roller and ball bearings. An involute gear was also introduced, it was again found that the elliptical conjunction expression yielded a conservative estimate of the minimum film thickness. Continuously variable-speed drives like the Perbury gear, which present truly elliptical elastohydrodynamic conjunctions, are favored increasingly in mobile and static machinery. A representative elastohydrodynamic condition for this class of machinery is considered for power transmission equipment. The possibility of elastohydrodynamic films of water or oil forming between locomotive wheels and rails is examined. The important subject of traction on the railways is attracting considerable attention in various countries at the present time. The final example of a synovial joint introduced the equation developed for isoviscous-elastic regimes of lubrication.

  11. Influence of Ag thickness on structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnS/Ag/ZnS multilayers prepared by ion beam assisted deposition

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    Leng Jian; Yu Zhinong; Xue Wei; Zhang Ting; Jiang Yurong; Zhang Jie; Zhang Dongpu

    2010-10-15

    The structural, optical, and electrical characteristics of zinc sulfide (ZnS)/Ag/ZnS (ZAZ) multilayer films prepared by ion beam assisted deposition on k9 glass have been investigated as a function of Ag layer thickness. The characteristics of ZAZ multilayer are significantly improved up insertion of optimal Ag thickness between ZnS layers. The results show that due to bombardment of Ar ion beam, distinct Ag islands evolve into continuous Ag films at a thin Ag thickness of about 4 nm. The thinner Ag film as a thickness of 2 nm leads to high sheet resistance and low transmittance for the interface scattering induced by the Ag islands or noncontinuous films; and when the Ag thickness is over 4 nm, the ZAZ multilayer exhibits a remarkably reduced sheet resistance between 7-80 {Omega}/sq for the increase in carrier concentration and mobility of Ag layer, and a high transmittance over 90% for the interference phenomena of multilayers and low absorption and surface scattering of Ag layer. The ZAZ multilayer with 14 nm Ag film has a figure of merit up to 6.32x10{sup -2} {Omega}{sup -1}, an average transmittance over 92% and a sheet resistance of 7.1 {Omega}/sq. The results suggest that ZAZ film has better optoelectrical properties than conditional indium tin oxide single layer.

  12. LTCC Thick Film Process Characterization

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    Girardi, M. A.; Peterson, K. A.; Vianco, P. T.

    2016-05-01

    Low temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) technology has proven itself in military/space electronics, wireless communication, microsystems, medical and automotive electronics, and sensors. The use of LTCC for high frequency applications is appealing due to its low losses, design flexibility and packaging and integration capability. Moreover, we summarize the LTCC thick film process including some unconventional process steps such as feature machining in the unfired state and thin film definition of outer layer conductors. The LTCC thick film process was characterized to optimize process yields by focusing on these factors: 1) Print location, 2) Print thickness, 3) Drying of tapes and panels,more » 4) Shrinkage upon firing, and 5) Via topography. Statistical methods were used to analyze critical process and product characteristics in the determination towards that optimization goal.« less

  13. Percolation effect in thick film superconductors

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    Sali, R.; Harsanyi, G.

    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.

  14. Chemically-inactive interfaces in thin film Ag/AgI systems for resistive switching memories

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    Cho, Deok-Yong; Tappertzhofen, Stefan; Waser, Rainer; Valov, Ilia

    2013-01-01

    AgI nanoionics-based resistive switching memories were studied in respect to chemical stability of the Ag/AgI interface using x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The apparent dissolution of Ag films of thickness below some tens of nanometers and the loss of electrode/electrolyte contact was critically addressed. The results evidently show that there are no chemical interactions at the interface despite the high ionic mobility of Ag ions. Simulation results further show that Ag metal clusters can form in the AgI layer with intermediate-range order at least up to next-next nearest neighbors, suggesting that Ag can permeate into the AgI only in an aggregated form of metal crystallite. PMID:23378904

  15. Luminescent and structural properties of ZnO-Ag films

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    Khomchenko, V. S. Kushnirenko, V. I. Papusha, V. P.; Savin, A. K.; Lytvyn, O. S.

    2010-05-15

    ZnO-Ag thin films were prepared by a two-stage method on glass and sapphire substrates. Ag doping was carried out by a method of close space sublimation at atmospheric pressure. The film thickness is varied from 0.6 to 7 {mu}m. The structural and radiative properties were explored by X-ray diffraction technique, atomic force microscopy, photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy. The influence of the fabricating conditions on the properties of ZnO-Ag films is studied. It is found that the Ag doping modifies the crystalline structure of the films and promotes the oriented growth of monocrystalline blocks with the size of 500-2000 nm in the [0002] direction. Improvement of the crystalline quality correlates with the change of the radiative characteristics of the films. The origin of emission centers is discussed.

  16. Dependence of film tension on the thickness of smectic films.

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    Jaquet, R; Schneider, F

    2003-02-01

    The film tension tau of free standing S(A) films has been measured for films with thicknesses between 2 and 150 layers. There is a clear increase of tau with the thickness for very thin films and a nonlinear slower increase for high thickness. The nonlinearity depends on the amount of liquid crystal accessible to the meniscus of the film during the drawing process. Several models are discussed that describe these effects. PMID:12636700

  17. Vacuum casting of thick polymeric films

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    Cuddihy, E. F.; Moacanin, J.

    1979-01-01

    Bubble formation and layering, which often plague vacuum-evaporated films, are prevented by properly regulating process parameters. Vacuum casting may be applicable to forming thick films of other polymer/solvent solutions.

  18. Effect of substrate temperature and film thickness on the characteristics of silver thin films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Mashaiekhy, Jahanbakhsh; Shafieizadeh, Zahra; Nahidi, Hossein

    2012-11-01

    Silver (Ag) films were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering deposition at different substrate temperatures (25-450 °C) and film thicknesses (100-800 nm) and their morphological, optical, electrical and structural properties were investigated. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to study the surface topography of the thin films. The grain size as well as surface roughness of the films is strongly dependent on the temperature and the film thickness. X-ray diffraction experiments showed the intensity enhancement by increasing substrate temperature, also by increasing film thickness. The optical properties were determined by means of spectrophotometric analysis. It is found that the optical reflection is not affected significantly with substrate temperature and film thickness. The electrical resistivities of films were determined by four-point probe measurements. The experimental results indicate that the films with higher thickness and deposition temperature have the lowest resistivity.

  19. Microstructure development and interface studies in thick film conductor systems

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    Nagesh, V. K.

    1980-03-01

    A thick film conductor system which used acid treated (.01N HCl) lead borosilicate glass particles with chemically coated metal (silver) film was developed. Using only 40 wt percent metal (silver), sheet resistivities as low as 45 milliohms/sq were obtained. Microstructure was studied. Effect on the acid treatment of the glass particles prior to the metal coating was analyzed. X-ray photoelectron spectra studies showed preferential leaching of lead and boron from the surface of the glass. Good bonding between silver film and the glass was attributed to the oxidation of silver in the presence of oxygen and H+ ions on the glass surface (from acid treatment) and subsequent diffusion of Ag+ into the glass to form a continuous chemical interface. A model to predict sheet resistivities of the new thick film conductors was developed.

  20. Herringbone and triangular patterns of dislocations in Ag, Au, and AgAu alloy films on Ru(0001).

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    Thayer, Gayle Echo; de la Figuera, Juan; Bartelt, Norman Charles; Carter, C. Barrington; Hwang, R. Q.; Thurmer, Konrad; Ling, W. L.; Hamilton, John C.; McCarty, Kevin F.

    2008-10-01

    We have studied the dislocation structures that occur in films of Ag, Au, and Ag{sub 0.5}Au{sub 0.5} alloy on a Ru(0001) substrate. Monolayer (ML) films form herringbone phases while films two or more layers thick contain triangular patterns of dislocations. We use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) to determine how the film composition affects the structure and periodicity of these ordered structures. One layer of Ag forms two different herringbone phases depending on the exact Ag coverage and temperature. Low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) establishes that a reversible, first-order phase transition occurs between these two phases at a certain temperature. We critically compare our 1 ML Ag structures to conflicting results from an X-ray scattering study [H. Zajonz et al., Phys. Rev. B 67 (2003) 155417]. Unlike Ag, the herringbone phases of Au and AgAu alloy are independent of the exact film coverage. For two layer films in all three systems, none of the dislocations in the triangular networks thread into the second film layer. In all three systems, the in-plane atomic spacing of the second film layer is nearly the same as in the bulk. Film composition does, however, affect the details of the two layer structures. Ag and Au films form interconnected networks of dislocations, which we refer to as 'trigons.' In 2 ML AgAu alloy, the dislocations form a different triangular network that shares features of both trigon and moire structures. Yet another well-ordered structure, with square symmetry, forms at the boundaries of translational trigon domains in 2 ML Ag films but not in Au films.

  1. Observation of second spin reorientation transition within ultrathin region in Fe films on Ag(001) surface

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    Khim, T.-Y.; Shin, M.; Lee, H. E-mail: jhp@postech.ac.kr; Park, B.-G.; Park, J.-H. E-mail: jhp@postech.ac.kr

    2014-06-21

    We acquired direct measurements for in-plane and perpendicular-to-plane magnetic moments of Fe films using an x-ray magnetic circular dichroism technique with increase of the Fe thickness (up to 40 Å) on the Ag(001) surface. Epitaxial Fe/Ag(001) films were grown in situ with the thickness varying from 2 Å to 40 Å, and the magnetic anisotropy was carefully investigated as a function of the film thickness. We found re-entrance of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy of the Fe film in ultrathin region. The results manifest that the epitaxial Fe/Ag(001) film undergoes two distinct spin reorientation transitions from in-plane to out-of-plane at the film thickness t ≈ 9 Å and back to in-plane at t ≈ 18 Å as t increases.

  2. Structural, morphological, electrical, and optical properties of silver thin films of varying thickness deposited on cupric oxide

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    Hajakbari, Fatemeh; Shafieinejad, Farzaneh

    2016-03-01

    In this investigation, silver (Ag) films of varying thickness (25-100 nm) were grown on cupric oxide (CuO) on silicon and quartz. The CuO preparation was carried out by the thermal oxidation annealing of copper (Cu) thin films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering. The physical properties of the prepared films were studied by different techniques. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) analysis indicated that the Ag film thickness was about 25-100 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that by increasing Ag thickness, the film crystallinity was improved. Also, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results demonstrated that the surface morphology and the grain size were affected by the Ag film thickness. Furthermore, the electrical resistivity of films determined by four-point probe measurements versus the Ag film thickness was discussed. A reduction in the optical band gap energy of CuO is observed from 1.51 to 1.42 eV with an increase in Ag film thickness to 40 nm in Ag/CuO films.

  3. Thick crystalline films on foreign substrates

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    Smith, Henry I.; Atwater, Harry A.; Geis, Michael W.

    1986-01-01

    To achieve a uniform texture, large crystalline grains or, in some cases, a single crystalline orientation in a thick (>1 .mu.m) film on a foreign substrate, the film is formed so as to be thin (<1 .mu.m) in a certain section. Zone-melting recrystallization is initiated in the thin section and then extended into the thick section. The method may employ planar constriction patterns of orientation filter patterns.

  4. Thick crystalline films on foreign substrates

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    Smith, H.I.; Atwater, H.A.; Geis, M.W.

    1986-03-18

    To achieve a uniform texture, large crystalline grains or, in some cases, a single crystalline orientation in a thick (>1 [mu]m) film on a foreign substrate, the film is formed so as to be thin (<1 [mu]m) in a certain section. Zone-melting recrystallization is initiated in the thin section and then extended into the thick section. The method may employ planar constriction patterns of orientation filter patterns. 2 figs.

  5. Iodization of rf sputter induced disordered Ag thin films reveals volume plasmon-exciton 'transition'

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    Bharathi Mohan, D.; Sunandana, C. S.

    2006-09-15

    Quasiamorphous Ag films of thicknesses ranging from 5 to 30 nm were prepared using rf magnetron sputtering technique and their controlled iodization was carried out for selected durations in the range of 15 min-60 h at room temperature. As deposited Ag and iodized films were characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM), and optical absorption techniques. From XRD, {gamma} and {beta}+{gamma} (mixed) phases of AgI nanoparticles have been observed for 5-10 and 20-30 nm thick films, respectively. Lattice parameters (a and c) and average strain ({epsilon}) were calculated versus iodization time for {gamma} and {beta}-AgI nanoparticles. Uniform and nonuniform spherically shaped AgI nanoparticles ({approx}20-130 nm) are realized through AFM for 5-10 and 20-30 nm thick films. Optical absorption shows volume plasmons (classified as PR1) for short duration iodization, which ''decay'' upon further iodization to convert to Z{sub 1,2} and Z{sub 3} excitons at 420 and 330 nm, respectively, in the manner of a metal-semiconductor/dielectric phase transition. Ag 'colloidal' particles (classified as PR2) are formed for 5-10 nm thick films and thereby control the {gamma} phase--a significant and applicable effect attributed to critical film thickness. With increasing thickness, a surface strain field lifting the degeneracy of the valence band results in Z{sub 1,2} and Z{sub 3} exciton formation at room temperature. Blueshift in the exciton absorption with decreasing film thickness implies the progressive quantum confinement due to decrease in the particle size. A thickness induced phase transition from {gamma}-AgI to {beta}-AgI is discussed by means of x-ray diffraction and optical absorption studies.

  6. Normal Incidence Spectrophotometer Film Thickness Measurement Tool

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    Manning, S. A.

    1983-05-01

    The Normal Incidence Spectrophotometer (NIS) Measurement Tool is used to automatically measure the thickness of transparent films on silicon wafers. Under the control of an IBM. System 7 computer, both, wafer handling and the thickness measurement are performed. automatically. Wafers are transported through the tool on a covered airtrack, and after posi-tioning in a vacuum, chuck, are moved under the measurement head to pre-programmed measurement sites. Reflectivity data from the wafer surface, as a function of wavelength, is used by a software algorithm to calculate film, thickness. This tool is used on advanced manufacturing lines at IBM in both. East Fishkill, N.Y. and Burlington, Vt.

  7. Ellipsometric measurement of liquid film thickness

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    Chang, Ki Joon; Frazier, D. O.

    1989-01-01

    The immediate objective of this research is to measure liquid film thickness from the two equilibrium phases of a monotectic system in order to estimate the film pressure of each phase. Thus liquid film thicknesses on the inside walls of the prism cell above the liquid level have been measured elliposmetrically for the monotectic system of succinonitrile and water. The thickness varies with temperature and composition of each plane. The preliminary results from both layers at 60 deg angle of incidence show nearly uniform thickness from about 21 to 23 C. The thickness increases with temperature but near 30 C the film appears foggy and scatters the laser beam. As the temperature of the cell is raised beyond room temperature it becomes increasingly difficult to equalize the temperature inside and outside the cell. The fogging may also be an indication that solution, not pure water, is adsorbed onto the substrate. Nevertheless, preliminary results suggest that ellipsometric measurement is feasible and necessary to measure more accurately and rapidly the film thickness and to improve thermal control of the prism walls.

  8. Preparation and investigation of nano-thick FTO/Ag/FTO multilayer transparent electrodes with high figure of merit.

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    Yu, Shihui; Li, Lingxia; Lyu, Xiaosong; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-01-01

    In order to improve the conductivity of the single-layered nano-thick F doped SnO2 (FTO) thin films, an Ag mid-layer is embedded between the FTO layers. In our work, the effects of mid-layer Ag and top FTO layer on the structural, electrical and optical properties of FTO/Ag/FTO multilayered composite structures deposited on quartz glass substrates by magnetron sputtering at 100 °C have been investigated. As the thickness of Ag mid-layer increases, the resistivity decreases. As the top FTO layer thickness increases, the resistivity increases. The highest value of figure of merit φTC is 7.8 × 10(-2 ) Ω(-1) for the FTO (20 nm)/Ag (7 nm)/FTO (30 nm) multilayers, while the average optical transmittance is 95.5% in the visible range of wavelengths and the resistivity is 8.8 × 10(-5 ) Ω·cm. In addition, we also describe the influence of Ag and top FTO layer thickness on structural, electrical and optical properties of the nano-thick FTO (20 nm)/Ag/FTO multilayers and the mechanism of the changes of electrical and optical properties at different Ag and top FTO layer thicknesses.

  9. Preparation and investigation of nano-thick FTO/Ag/FTO multilayer transparent electrodes with high figure of merit

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    Yu, Shihui; Li, Lingxia; Lyu, Xiaosong; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-01-01

    In order to improve the conductivity of the single–layered nano-thick F doped SnO2 (FTO) thin films, an Ag mid–layer is embedded between the FTO layers. In our work, the effects of mid–layer Ag and top FTO layer on the structural, electrical and optical properties of FTO/Ag/FTO multilayered composite structures deposited on quartz glass substrates by magnetron sputtering at 100 °C have been investigated. As the thickness of Ag mid–layer increases, the resistivity decreases. As the top FTO layer thickness increases, the resistivity increases. The highest value of figure of merit φTC is 7.8 × 10−2 Ω−1 for the FTO (20 nm)/Ag (7 nm)/FTO (30 nm) multilayers, while the average optical transmittance is 95.5% in the visible range of wavelengths and the resistivity is 8.8 × 10−5 Ω·cm. In addition, we also describe the influence of Ag and top FTO layer thickness on structural, electrical and optical properties of the nano-thick FTO (20 nm)/Ag/FTO multilayers and the mechanism of the changes of electrical and optical properties at different Ag and top FTO layer thicknesses. PMID:26833398

  10. Quantum stabilities and growth modes of thin metal films: Unsupported and NiAl-supported Ag(1 1 0) and Ag(1 0 0)

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    Han, Yong; Evans, J. W.; Liu, Da-Jiang

    2008-07-01

    We present density functional theory (DFT) analyses of the stability of Ag thin films versus film thicknesses for various surface orientations. We include benchmark results for freestanding films, but consider in detail Ag(1 1 0) films supported on a NiAl(1 1 0) substrate, and Ag(1 0 0) films supported on a NiAl(1 0 0) substrate. The supported films exhibit an almost perfect lattice-match between film and substrate surface unit cells, so one can assess film stability in the absence of significant lateral mismatch strain. We also provide a characterization of film growth modes for these NiAl-supported Ag films based on DFT results for the relevant energetics.

  11. Aluminum oxide film thickness and emittance

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    Thomas, J.K.; Ondrejcin, R.S.

    1991-11-01

    Aluminum reactor components which are not actively cooled could be subjected to high temperatures due to gamma heating after the core coolant level dropped during the ECS phase of a hypothetical LOCA event. Radiative heat transfer is the dominant heat transfer process in this scenario and therefore the emittance of these components is of interest. Of particular interest are the safety rod thimbles and Mark 60B blanket assemblies; for the K Reactor, these components have been exposed to low temperature (< 55{degrees}C) moderator for about a year. The average moderator temperature was assumed to be 30{degrees}C. The Al oxide film thickness at this temperature, after one year of exposure, is predicted to be 6.4 {mu}m {plus minus} 10%; insensitive to exposure time. Dehydration of the film during the gamma heating accident would result in a film thickness of 6.0 {mu}m {plus minus} 11%. Total hemispherical emittance is predicted to be 0.69 at 96{degrees}C, decreasing to 0.45 at 600{degrees}C. Some phenomena which would tend to yield thicker oxide films in the reactor environment relative to those obtained under experimental conditions were neglected and the predicted film thickness values are therefore conservative. The emittance values predicted for a given film thickness are also conservative. The conservativisms inherent in the predicted emittance are particularly relevant for uncertainty analysis of temperatures generated using these values.

  12. Aluminum oxide film thickness and emittance

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    Thomas, J.K.; Ondrejcin, R.S.

    1991-11-01

    Aluminum reactor components which are not actively cooled could be subjected to high temperatures due to gamma heating after the core coolant level dropped during the ECS phase of a hypothetical LOCA event. Radiative heat transfer is the dominant heat transfer process in this scenario and therefore the emittance of these components is of interest. Of particular interest are the safety rod thimbles and Mark 60B blanket assemblies; for the K Reactor, these components have been exposed to low temperature (< 55{degrees}C) moderator for about a year. The average moderator temperature was assumed to be 30{degrees}C. The Al oxide film thickness at this temperature, after one year of exposure, is predicted to be 6.4 {mu}m {plus_minus} 10%; insensitive to exposure time. Dehydration of the film during the gamma heating accident would result in a film thickness of 6.0 {mu}m {plus_minus} 11%. Total hemispherical emittance is predicted to be 0.69 at 96{degrees}C, decreasing to 0.45 at 600{degrees}C. Some phenomena which would tend to yield thicker oxide films in the reactor environment relative to those obtained under experimental conditions were neglected and the predicted film thickness values are therefore conservative. The emittance values predicted for a given film thickness are also conservative. The conservativisms inherent in the predicted emittance are particularly relevant for uncertainty analysis of temperatures generated using these values.

  13. Fractal structure formation from Ag nanoparticle films on insulating substrates.

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    Tang, Jing; Li, Zhiyong; Xia, Qiangfei; Williams, R Stanley

    2009-07-01

    Two dimensional (2D) fractal structures were observed to form from fairly uniform Ag island films (equivalent mass thicknesses of 1.5 and 5 nm) on insulating silicon dioxide surfaces (thermally grown silicon oxide on Si or quartz) upon immersion in deionized water. This result is distinctly different from the previously observed three-dimensional (3D) growth of faceted Ag nanocrystals on conductive surfaces (ITO and graphite) as the result of an electrochemical Ostwald ripening process, which also occurs on native oxide covered silicon surfaces as reported here. The fractal structures formed by diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) of Ag species on the insulating surfaces. We present the experimental observation of this phenomenon and discuss some possible mechanisms for the DLA formation. PMID:19496573

  14. In-situ spectro-microscopy on organic films: Mn-Phthalocyanine on Ag(100)

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    Al-Mahboob A.; Vescovo, E.; Sadowski, J.T.

    2013-08-18

    Metal phthalocyanines are attracting significant attention, owing to their potential for applications in chemical sensors, solar cells and organic magnets. As the electronic properties of molecular films are determined by their crystallinity and molecular packing, the optimization of film quality is important for improving the performance of organic devices. Here, we present the results of in situ low-energy electron microscopy / photoemission electron microscopy (LEEM/PEEM) studies of incorporation-limited growth [1] of manganese-phthalocyanine (MnPc) on Ag(100) surfaces. MnPc thin films were grown on both, bulk Ag(100) surface and thin Ag(100)/Fe(100) films, where substrate spin-polarized electronic states can be modified through tuning the thickness of the Ag film [2]. We also discuss the electronic structure and magnetic ordering in MnPc thin films, investigated by angle- and spin-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

  15. Lateral Interactions in Monolayer Thick Mercury Films

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    Kime, Yolanda Jan

    An understanding of lateral adatom-adatom interactions is often an important part of understanding electronic structure and adsorption energetics in monolayer thick films. In this dissertation I use angle-resolved photoemission and thermal desorption spectroscopies to explore the relationship between the adatom-adatom interaction and other characteristics of the adlayer, such as electronic structure, defects, or coexistent structural phases in the adlayer. Since Hg binds weakly to many substrates, the lateral interactions are often a major contribution to the dynamics of the overlayer. Hg adlayer systems are thus ideal for probing lateral interactions. The electronic structures of Hg adlayers on Ag(100), Cu(100), and Cu_3Au(100) are studied with angle-resolved ultraviolet photoemission. The Hg atomic 5d_{5/2} electronic band is observed to split into two levels following adsorption onto some surfaces. The energetic splitting of the Hg 5d_{5/2} level is found to be directly correlated to the adlayer homogeneous strain energy. The existence of the split off level also depends on the order or disorder of the Hg adlayer. The energetics of Hg adsorption on Cu(100) are probed using thermal desorption spectroscopy. Two different ordered adlayer structures are observed for Hg adsorption on Cu(100) at 200 K. Under some adsorption conditions and over a range of exposures, the two phases are seen to coexist on the surface prior to the thermal desorption process. A phase transition from the more dense to the less dense phase is observed to occur during the thermal desorption process. Inherent differences in defect densities are responsible for the observed differences between lateral interactions measured previously with equilibrium (atom beam scattering) and as measured by the non-equilibrium (thermal desorption) technique reported here. Theoretical and experimental evidence for an indirect through-metal interaction between adatoms is also discussed. Although through

  16. Thickness and microstructure effects in the optical and electrical properties of silver thin films

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    Ding, Guowen Clavero, César; Schweigert, Daniel; Le, Minh

    2015-11-15

    The optical and electrical response of metal thin films approaching thicknesses in the range of the electron mean free path is highly affected by electronic scattering with the interfaces and defects. Here, we present a theoretical and experimental study on how thickness and microstructure affect the properties of Ag thin films. We are able to successfully model the electrical resistivity and IR optical response using a thickness dependent electronic scattering time. Remarkably, the product of electronic scattering time and resistivity remains constant regardless of the thickness (τx ρ = C), with a value of 59 ± 2 μΩ cm ⋅ fs for Ag films in the investigated range from 3 to 74 nm. Our findings enable us to develop a theoretically framework that allows calculating the optical response of metal thin films in the IR by using their measured thickness and resistivity. An excellent agreement is found between experimental measurements and predicted values. This study also shows the theoretical lower limit for emissivity in Ag thin films according to their microstructure and thickness. Application of the model presented here will allow rapid characterization of the IR optical response of metal thin films, with important application in a broad spectrum of fundamental and industrial applications, including optical coatings, low-emissivity windows and semiconductor industry.

  17. Ferroelectric domain of epitaxial AgNbO3 thin film

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    Ahn, Yoonho; Seo, Jeongdae; Lee, Kwang Jo; Son, Jong Yeog

    2016-03-01

    We investigated ferroelectric properties of silver niobate (AgNbO3) thin film grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition. The AgNbO3 thin film exhibited room temperature ferroelectricity with a large remanent polarization of about 31 μC/cm2 (2Pr~62 μC/cm2) and fast switching behavior within 120 ns. Triangular grains of AgNbO3 thin film were observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) study revealed that the AgNbO3 thin film had mosaic-like ferroelectric domain structure. In comparison with PbTiO3 thin films, domain size of the AgNbO3 thin films was smaller than that of PbTiO3 thin films. Based on Landau, Lifshitz, and Kittel (LLK) scaling law of the domain size versus film thickness curves, it is inferred that AgNbO3 thin films have slightly lower domain wall energy than that of PbTiO3 thin films.

  18. Polarization-sensitive photocurrent in the resistive Ag/Pd films

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    Saushin, A. S.; Zonov, R. G.; Mikheev, K. G.; Shamshetdinov, R. R.; Mikheev, G. M.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the observation of helicity dependent photocurrent of the 20 μm thick silver-palladium (Ag/Pd) films manufactured by the thick-film technology. The transverse photocurrent is observed at oblique incidence of laser radiation with different wavelengths in the spectral range of 266 - 2100 nm. At the wavelength range of 532 - 2100 nm the polarity of the transverse photocurrent is positive (negative) for the left- (right-) circular polarized beam. We show that action of high temperature on the films in vacuum results in the decrease of longitudinal photocurrent due to the reduction of PdO content. The photon drag effect is suggested to be the origin of the polarization-sensitive photocurrent in the Ag/Pd films. The obtained results show that the Ag/Pd resistive films may be of interest for polarization- sensitive measurements.

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

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    Buhl, D.; Lang, TH.; Heeb, B.; Gauckler, L. J.

    1995-01-01

    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 microns. The orientation of the (a,b)-plane of the grains was parallel to the substrate with a misalignment of less than 6 deg. At 77 K/0T a critical current density of 15, 000 A/sq cm was reached in films of the dimension 1 cm x 2 cm x 20 microns (1 micron V/cm criterion, resistively measured). At 4 K/0T the highest value was 350,000 A/sq cm (1 nV/cm criterion, magnetically measured).

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

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    Buhl, D.; Lang, T.; Heeb, B.

    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).

  1. Metallic oxide switches using thick film technology

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    Patel, D. N.; Williams, L., Jr.

    1974-01-01

    Metallic oxide thick film switches were processed on alumina substrates using thick film technology. Vanadium pentoxide in powder form was mixed with other oxides e.g., barium, strontium copper and glass frit, ground to a fine powder. Pastes and screen printable inks were made using commercial conductive vehicles and appropriate thinners. Some switching devices were processed by conventional screen printing and firing of the inks and commercial cermet conductor terminals on 96% alumina substrates while others were made by applying small beads or dots of the pastes between platinum wires. Static, and dynamic volt-ampere, and pulse tests indicate that the switching and self-oscillatory characteristics of these devices could make them useful in memory element, oscillator, and automatic control applications.

  2. 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.

  3. Pressureless Bonding Using Sputtered Ag Thin Films

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    Oh, Chulmin; Nagao, Shijo; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2014-12-01

    To improve the performance and reliability of power electronic devices, particularly those built around next-generation wide-bandgap semiconductors such as SiC and GaN, the bonding method used for packaging must change from soldering to solderless technology. Because traditional solders are problematic in the harsh operating conditions expected for emerging high-temperature power devices, we propose a new bonding method in this paper, namely a pressureless, low-temperature bonding process in air, using abnormal grain growth on sputtered Ag thin films to realize extremely high temperature resistance. To investigate the mechanisms of this bonding process, we characterized the microstructural changes in the Ag films over various bonding temperatures and times. We measured the bonding properties of the specimens by a die-shear strength test, as well as by x-ray diffraction measurements of the residual stress in the Ag films to show how the microstructural developments were essential to the bonding technology. Sound bonds with high die strength can be achieved only with abnormal grain growth at optimum bonding temperature and time. Pressureless bonding allows for production of reliable high-temperature power devices for a wide variety of industrial, energy, and environmental applications.

  4. Residual Stress Analysis in Thick Uranium Films

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    Hodge, A M; Foreman, R J; Gallegos, G F

    2004-12-06

    Residual stress analysis was performed on thick, 1.0 to 25 {micro}m, depleted Uranium (DU) films deposited on an Al substrate by magnetron sputtering. Two distinct characterization techniques were used to measure substrate curvature before and after deposition. Stress evaluation was performed using the Benabdi/Roche equation, which is based on beam theory of a bi-layer material. The residual stress evolution was studied as a function of coating thickness and applied negative bias voltage (0-300V). The stresses developed were always compressive; however, increasing the coating thickness and applying a bias voltage presented a trend towards more tensile stresses and thus an overall reduction of residual stresses.

  5. Properties of MgB2 films deposited on single crystal Ag layers

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    Liu, Z. H.; Wei, Y. K.; Zhang, C.; Feng, Q. R.; Ma, P.; Wang, Y.

    2014-04-01

    We have recently developed a method to deposit MgB2 thin films on single crystal Ag layers, and found that thin Ag layers reduced the the superconductivity of MgB2 not much, which may be a possible material to fabricate MgB2 SNS Josephson junctions. The single crystal Ag layers were deposited on (0 0 0 1) SiC substrates, and then the MgB2 thin films were deposited on the Ag layers. All the measurements included the XRD, M-T and M-H curves. The transition temperature of MgB2 films decreases from 39 K to 37 K, while the thickness of Ag layers grows from 0 to 20 nm, and the critical current density at 4.2 K decreases from 1.76 MA/cm2 to 1.24 MA/cm2, too.

  6. 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, Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Surface Activity (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≤h/d≤14.3 , with the 2D shear viscosity matching that predicted by Trapeznikov. However, the parameters of these flow fields change markedly for thick films (h/d>7±3) . Our results indicate that three-dimensional effects become important for these thicker films, despite the flow fields still having a 2D character.

  7. Formation of Flexible and Transparent Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide/Ag/Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Multilayer Film

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    Kim, Jun Ho; Kim, Da-Som; Kim, Sun-Kyung; Yoo, Young-Zo; Lee, Jeong Hwan; Kim, Sang-Woo; Seong, Tae-Yeon

    2016-08-01

    In this study, the electrical, optical, and bending characteristics of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO)/Ag/IGZO (39 nm/19 nm/39 nm) multilayer films deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate at room temperature were investigated and compared with those of Sn-doped indium oxide (ITO) (100 nm thick) films. At 500 nm the ITO film transmitted 91.3% and the IGZO/Ag/IGZO multilayer film transmitted 88.8%. The calculated transmittance spectrum of the multilayer film was similar to the experimental result. The ITO film and IGZO/Ag/IGZO multilayer film, respectively, showed carrier concentrations of 1.79 × 1020 and 7.68 × 1021 cm-3 and mobilities of 27.18 cm2/V s and 18.17 cm2/V s. The ITO film had a sheet resistance of 134.9 Ω/sq and the IGZO/Ag/IGZO multilayer film one of 5.09 Ω/sq. Haacke's figure of merit (FOM) was calculated to be 1.94 × 10-3 for the ITO film and 45.02 × 10-3 Ω-1 for the IGZO/Ag/IGZO multilayer film. The resistance change of 100 nm-thick ITO film was unstable even after five cycles, while that of the IGZO/Ag/IGZO film was constant up to 1000 cycles.

  8. Thermal durability of AZO/Ag(Al)/AZO transparent conductive films

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    Sugimoto, Yukiko; Igarashi, Kanae; Shirasaki, Shinya; Kikuchi, Akihiko

    2016-04-01

    Effects of Al doping on surface morphology, sheet resistance, optical transmission spectra, and thermal durability of a thin Ag layer and AZO/Ag/AZO dielectric/metal/dielectric (DMD) transparent conductive films (TCFs) were investigated. The 1.7 at. % Al doping suppressed the initial island growth of a thin Ag layer and the plasmon resonant absorption dip in the optical transmission spectra. The threshold thickness of percolation conductivity was reduced from 9-10 (pure Al layer) to 5-6 nm (1.7 at. % Al-doped Ag layer). Al doping in the Ag layer improved the thermal durability of AZO/Ag/AZO-DMD TCFs. The threshold temperature for Ag void formation increased from 400 °C (DMD with pure Ag layer) to 600 °C (DMD with a 10.5 at. % Al-doped Ag layer). The optimum annealing temperature increased from 300 °C (DMD with a pure Ag layer) to 500 °C (DMD with a 10.5 at. % Al-doped Ag layer). Maximum figures of merit (FOM) were 0.5 × 10-2 and 1.1 × 10-2 Ω-1 for the DMD with a pure Ag layer and that with a 10.5 at. % Al-doped Ag layer, respectively.

  9. Method for preparing a thick film conductor

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    Nagesh, Voddarahalli K.; Fulrath, deceased, Richard M.

    1978-01-01

    A method for preparing a thick film conductor which comprises providing surface active glass particles, mixing the surface active glass particles with a thermally decomposable organometallic compound, for example, a silver resinate, and then decomposing the organometallic compound by heating, thereby chemically depositing metal on the glass particles. The glass particle mixture is applied to a suitable substrate either before or after the organometallic compound is thermally decomposed. The resulting system is then fired in an oxidizing atmosphere, providing a microstructure of glass particles substantially uniformly coated with metal.

  10. New materials for thick-film electronics

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    Hoffheins, B. S.; Lauf, R. J.

    1990-08-01

    Certain ceramic compounds such as rare-earth perovskites and transition-metal diborides that exhibit metallic conductivity are readily available or can be easily synthesized. Some are stable in air firing temperatures typical of hybrid-circuit processing. The work described is part of an exploratory program to determine whether these materials can be used as low-cost alternatives to precious metals for thick-film conductor and low-resistor inks or as substitutes for copper in nitrogen-fireable compositions.

  11. Laser-nanostructured Ag films as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Henley, S.J.; Carey, J.D.; Silva, S.R.P.

    2006-02-20

    Pulsed-laser (248 nm) irradiation of Ag thin films was employed to produce nanostructured Ag/SiO{sub 2} substrates. By tailoring the laser fluence, it was possible to controllably adjust the mean diameter of the resultant near-spherical Ag droplets. Thin films of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) were subsequently deposited onto the nanostructured substrates. Visible Raman measurements were performed on the ta-C films, where it was observed that the intensity of the Raman signal was increased by nearly two orders of magnitude, when compared with ta-C films grown on nonstructured substrates. The use of laser annealing as a method of preparing substrates, at low macroscopic temperatures, for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy on subnanometer-thick films is discussed.

  12. SPR sensitivity of silver nanorods in CsBr-Ag nanocomposite thin films

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    Lovkush; Ravikant, Chhaya; Arun, P.; Kumar, Kuldeep

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the optical and morphological properties of CsBr-Ag complex thin films deposited by thermal evaporation on glass substrate. By varying the thickness of the film with fixed mass ratio of cesium bromide and silver, we observed a broad absorption peak in the visible region from 350 to 450 nm corresponding to the transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (SPR) mode. Red shift is observed, with varying film thickness, in SPR peak position corresponding to longitudinal mode with no significant change in transverse mode due to variation in the aspect ratio of the silver nano crystalline grains. Scanning electron microscope and EDX revealed the formation of silver nanorods in film samples. Such, stable and tunable CsBr-Ag films can be used in optical filters.

  13. Thickness Dependence of Infrared Reflection Absorption in Vacuum-Deposited Thin Film of Polyvinylidene Fluoride

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    Maki, Kunisuke; Terashima, Hidenobu; Kikuma, Kazuhiro

    1990-06-01

    Reflection absorption intensities for p-polarized infrared rays are shown as a function of thickness (d) of vacuum-deposited films of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), which were deposited on Ag-covered mica substrates held at 25°C. Each absorption due to α-type polycrystalline film at 1412, 1215, 1185, 1150, 1070, 875 and 615 cm-1 increases linearly with increasing d. Some structural relaxation during the growth of PVDF film is discussed for interpretation of the result that absorption at 1215, 1185 and 875 cm-1 is not observed and the peak height at 882 cm-1 is seen clearly for films at d<15 nm.

  14. Fiber-optic ammonia sensor using Ag/SnO(2) thin films: optimization of thickness of SnO(2) film using electric field distribution and reaction factor.

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    Pathak, Anisha; Mishra, Satyendra K; Gupta, Banshi D

    2015-10-10

    A highly sensitive ammonia gas sensor exploiting the gas sensing characteristics of tin oxide (SnO2) has been reported. The methodology of the sensor is based on the phenomenon of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) with a fiber-optic probe consisting of coatings of silver as a plasmonic material and SnO2 as the sensing layer. The sensing principle relies on the change in refractive index of SnO2 upon its reaction with ammonia gas. The capability of the sensor has been tested for a 10 to 100 ppm concentration range of ammonia gas. To enhance the sensitivity, probes with different thicknesses of SnO2 have been fabricated and characterized for ammonia sensing. It has been found that at a particular thickness the sensitivity is highest. The reason for the highest sensitivity at a particular thickness has been evinced theoretically. The electromagnetic field distribution for the multilayer structure of the probe reveals the enhancement of the evanescent field at the tin oxide-ammonia gas interface, which in turn manifests the highest shift in resonance wavelength at a particular thickness. The selectivity of the probe has been tested for various gases, and it has been found to be most accurate for the sensing of ammonia. A sensor utilizing optical fiber, the SPR technique, and metal oxide as sensing element combines the advantages of a miniaturized probe, online monitoring, and remote sensing on one hand and stability, high sensitivity and selectivity, ruggedness, and low cost on the other. PMID:26479808

  15. Positive-ion emission from a-AgI films

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    Pong, W.; Lam, W.; Tong, A.; Brandt, D.

    1981-03-01

    Positive-ion emission from evaporated films of AgI was observed when the films were heated to temperatures above 160 /sup 0/C. A slow sublimation of AgI was also found to occur with the ion emission when the temperature was sufficiently high. The activation energy for positive-ion emission from the surface of a-AgI is estimated to be 1.7 eV.

  16. Integrated thick-film nanostructures based on spinel ceramics.

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    Klym, Halyna; Hadzaman, Ivan; Shpotyuk, Oleh; Brunner, Michael

    2014-03-26

    Integrated temperature-humidity-sensitive thick-film structures based on spinel-type semiconducting ceramics of different chemical compositions and magnesium aluminate ceramics were prepared and studied. It is shown that temperature-sensitive thick-film structures possess good electrophysical characteristics in the region from 298 to 358 K. The change of electrical resistance in integrated thick-film structures is 1 order, but these elements are stable in time and can be successfully used for sensor applications.

  17. Scalable Thick-Film Magnetics: Nano Structured Scalable Thick-Film Magnetics

    SciTech Connect

    2011-01-01

    ADEPT Project: Magnetic components are typically the largest components in a power converter. To date, however, researchers haven't found an effective way to reduce their size without negatively impacting their performance. And, reducing the size of the converter's other components isn't usually an option because shrinking them can also diminish the effectiveness of the magnetic components. GE is developing smaller magnetic components for power converters that maintain high performance levels. The company is building smaller components with magnetic films. These films are created using the condensation of a vaporized form of the magnetic material. It's a purely physical process that involves no chemical reactions, so the film composition is uniform. This process makes it possible to create a millimeter-thick film deposition over a wide surface area fairly quickly, which would save on manufacturing costs. In fact, GE can produce 1-10 millimeter-thick films in hours. The magnetic components that GE is developing for this project could be used in a variety of applications, including solar inverters, electric vehicles, and lighting.

  18. Annealing effect of ultrathin Ag films on Ni/Pt(111)

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    Su, C.W.; Yo, H.Y.; Chen, Y.J.; Shern, C.S.

    2005-06-15

    The epitaxial growth and alloy formation of Ag-capped layer on Ni/Pt(111) surface were investigated using Auger electron spectroscopy, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, and low-energy electron diffraction. The growth of Ag on one ML Ni/Pt(111) transforms from layer-by-layer mode into three-dimensional island mode after the growth of one atomic monolayer of Ag. The starting temperature for the alloy formation of Ni-Pt is dependent of the thickness of Ni films. The interface compositions after the high-temperature annealing were studied with the depth-profile analysis of Ar ion sputtering.

  19. SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES: Ag/PEPC/NiPc/ZnO/Ag thin film capacitive and resistive humidity sensors

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    Karimov, Kh. S.; Yew Cheong, Kuan; Saleem, M.; Murtaza, Imran; Farooq, M.; Fauzi Mohd Noor, Ahmad

    2010-05-01

    A thin film of blended poly-N-epoxypropylcarbazole (PEPC) (25 wt.%), nickel phthalocyanine (NiPc) (50 wt.%) and ZnO nano-powder (25 wt.%) in benzene (5 wt.%) was spin-coated on a glass substrate with silver electrodes to produce a surface-type Ag/PEPC/NiPc/ZnO/Ag capacitive and resistive sensor. Sensors with two different PEPC/NiPc/ZnO film thicknesses (330 and 400 nm) were fabricated and compared. The effects of humidity on capacitance and resistance of the Ag/PEPC/NiPc/ZnO/Ag sensors were investigated at two frequencies of the applied voltage: 120 Hz and 1 kHz. It was observed that at 120 Hz under humidity of up to 95% RH the capacitance of the sensors increased by 540 times and resistance decreased by 450 times with respect to humidity conditions of 50% RH. It was found that the sensor with a thinner semiconducting film (330 nm) was more sensitive than the sensor with a thicker film (400 nm). The sensitivity was improved when the sensor was used at a lower frequency as compared with a high frequency. It is assumed that the humidity response of the sensors is associated with absorption of water vapors and doping of water molecules in the semiconductor blend layer. This had been proven by simulation of the capacitance-humidity relationship.

  20. Incommensurate growth of Co thin film on close-packed Ag(111) surface

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    Barman, Sukanta; Menon, Krishna Kumar S. R.

    2016-05-01

    Growth of ultrathin Co layers on close-packed Ag(111)were investigated by means of Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Angle-resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy(ARPES) techniques. The close-packed hexagonal face of Co(0001), exhibits a lattice misfit about 13% with Ag(111) surface which manipulates the growth to be incommensurate up to a certain thickness. The strain field causes aperiodic height undulation in the sub-angstrom regime of the film which was confirmed by p(1 × 1) LEED pattern along with a 6-fold moiré reconstruction pattern in the lower film thickness (up to ˜2ML). The evolution of the LEED pattern was studied with increasing film coverage. Lattice strain was measured with respect to the relative positions of these double spots as a functionof film thickness. Almost a constant strain (˜13%) in the full range of film thickness explains the moiré pattern formation in order to stabilize the incommensurate growth. For higher film coverages, an epitaxial well-ordered commensurate growth was observed. Core level and valance band electronic structures of these films were studied by XPS and ARPES techniques.

  1. Raman scattering enhanced within the plasmonic gap between an isolated Ag triangular nanoplate and Ag film

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    Li, Kuanguo; Jiang, Kang; Zhang, Lan; Wang, Yong; Mao, Lei; Zeng, Jie; Lu, Yonghua; Wang, Pei

    2016-04-01

    Enhanced electromagnetic field in the tiny gaps between metallic nanostructures holds great promise in optical applications. Herein, we report novel out-of-plane nanogaps composed of micrometer-sized Ag triangular nanoplates (AgTN) on Ag films. Notably, the new coupled plasmonic structure can dramatically enhance the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) by visible laser excitation, although the micrometer-sized AgTN has localized plasmon resonance at infrared wavelength. This enhancement is derived from the gap plasmon polariton between the AgTN and Ag film, which is excited via the antenna effect of the corner and edge of the AgTN. Systematic SERS studies indicated that the plasmon enhancement was on the order of corner > edge > face. These results were further verified by theoretical simulations. Our device paves the way for rational design of sensitive SERS substrates by judiciously choosing appropriate nanoparticles and optimizing the gap distance.

  2. Sputtered Ag thin films with modified morphologies: Influence on wetting property

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    Dutheil, P.; Thomann, A. L.; Lecas, T.; Brault, P.; Vayer, M.

    2015-08-01

    Silver thin films with thickness ranging from 3 nm to 33 nm were sputter deposited onto silicon wafers and tungsten layers. Those W layers were previously synthesized in the same DC magnetron sputter deposition system with various experimental conditions (argon pressure, target to substrate distance) in order to stabilize different surface morphologies. SEM observations and AFM images showed that the growth mode of Ag films is similar on Si substrates and on the smoothest W layers, whereas it is modified for rough W layers made of sharp grains. The effect of the W layer morphology on Ag film growth was clearly evidenced when the deposition took place at high temperature. It is seen that performing the deposition onto substrates of various morphologies allows tailoring the wetting property of the Ag deposit.

  3. Mechanism for Limiting Thickness of Thin Oxide Films on Aluminum

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    Baran, Jakub D.; Grönbeck, Henrik; Hellman, Anders

    2014-04-01

    A first-principles account of the observed limiting thickness of oxide films formed on aluminum during oxidizing conditions is presented. The results uncover enhanced bonding of oxygen to thin alumina films in contact with metallic aluminum that stems from charge transfer between a reconstructed oxide-metal interface and the adsorbed molecules. The first-principles results are compared with the traditional Cabrera-Mott (CM) model, which is a classical continuum model. Within the CM model, charged surface oxygen species and metal ions generate a (Mott) potential that drives oxidation. An apparent limiting thickness is observed as the oxidation rate decreases rapidly with film growth. The present results support experimental estimates of the Mott potential and film thicknesses. In contrast to the CM model, however, the calculations reveal a real limiting thickness that originates from a diminishing oxygen adsorption energy beyond a certain oxide film thickness.

  4. Anomalous thickness and dopant effects on photochemical deposition of Ag on epitaxial TiO{sub 2}(110)/Nb:TiO{sub 2}(110) heterostructures

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    Abe, T.; Ohsawa, T.; Katayama, M.; Koinuma, H.; Matsumoto, Y.

    2007-08-06

    The authors have found anomalous thickness and dopant effects on photochemical deposition of Ag on the epitaxial heterostructures of TiO{sub 2}(110) and V:TiO{sub 2}(110)/Nb:TiO{sub 2}(110). The photodeposition of Ag on TiO{sub 2}(110)/Nb:TiO{sub 2}(110) is limited to a specific film thickness region of about 5 nm and the V doping is found to enhance the photoactivity, irrespective of the film thickness, on V:TiO{sub 2}(110)/Nb:TiO{sub 2}(110). They have also found that the film thickness for maximum photoactivity depends on the wavelength of the irradiated light.

  5. Noise properties of Pb/Cd-free thick film resistors

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    Witold Stadler, Adam; Kolek, Andrzej; Zawiślak, Zbigniew; Mleczko, Krzysztof; Jakubowska, Małgorzata; Rafał Kiełbasiński, Konrad; Młożniak, Anna

    2010-07-01

    Low-frequency noise spectroscopy has been used to examine noise properties of Pb/Cd-free RuO2- and CaRuO3-based thick films screen printed on alumina substrates. Experiments were performed in the temperature range 77-300 K and the frequency range 0.5-5000 Hz with multiterminal devices. The measured noise has been recognized as resistance noise that consists of background 1/f noise and components generated by several thermally activated noise sources (TANSs) of different activation energies. The total noise has been composed of the contributions generated in the resistive layer and in the resistive/conductive layers interface. These noise sources are non-uniformly distributed in the resistor volume. Noise intensity of new-resistive layers has been described by the noise parameter Cbulk. Pb/Cd-free layers turned out to be noisier than their Pb-containing counterparts; however, the removal of Pb and Cd from resistive composition is hardly responsible for the increase in the noise. In the case of RuO2 layers noise increases most likely due to larger grain size of RuO2 powder used to prepare resistive pastes. Information on the quality of the resistive-to-conductive layers interface occurred to be stored in the values of noise parameter Cint. Pb/Cd-free RuO2-based resistive pastes form well-behaved interfaces with various Ag-based conductive pastes. In contrast, CaRuO3-based paste forms bad contacts with AgPd terminations because the density of TANSs increases in the interface area.

  6. 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.

  7. Morphology and grain structure evolution during epitaxial growth of Ag films on native-oxide-covered Si surface

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    Hur, Tae-Bong; Kim, Hong Koo; Perello, David; Yun, Minhee; Kulovits, Andreas; Wiezorek, Joerg

    2008-05-15

    Epitaxial nanocrystalline Ag films were grown on initially native-oxide-covered Si(001) substrates using radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. Mechanisms of grain growth and morphology evolution were investigated. An epitaxially oriented Ag layer ({approx}5 nm thick) formed on the oxide-desorbed Si surface during the initial growth phase. After a period of growth instability, characterized as kinetic roughening, grain growth stagnation, and increase of step-edge density, a layer of nanocrystalline Ag grains with a uniform size distribution appeared on the quasi-two-dimensional layer. This hierarchical process of film formation is attributed to the dynamic interplay between incoming energetic Ag particles and native oxide. The cyclic interaction (desorption and migration) of the oxide with the growing Ag film is found to play a crucial role in the characteristic evolution of grain growth and morphology change involving an interval of grain growth stagnation.

  8. Surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence in amorphous silicon carbide films by adjusting Ag island film sizes

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    Yu, Wei; Wang, Xin-Zhan; Dai, Wan-Lei; Lu, Wan-Bing; Liu, Yu-Mei; Fu, Guang-Sheng

    2013-05-01

    Ag island films with different sizes are deposited on hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (α-SiC:H) films, and the influences of Ag island films on the optical properties of the α-SiC:H films are investigated. Atomic force microscope images show that Ag nanoislands are formed after Ag coating, and the size of the Ag islands increases with increasing Ag deposition time. The extinction spectra indicate that two resonance absorption peaks which correspond to out-of-plane and in-plane surface plasmon modes of the Ag island films are obtained, and the resonance peak shifts toward longer wavelength with increasing Ag island size. The photoluminescence (PL) enhancement or quenching depends on the size of Ag islands, and PL enhancement by 1.6 times on the main PL band is obtained when the sputtering time is 10 min. Analyses show that the influence of surface plasmons on the PL of α-SiC:H is determined by the competition between the scattering and absorption of Ag islands, and PL enhancement is obtained when scattering is the main interaction between the Ag islands and incident light.

  9. Integrated thick-film nanostructures based on spinel ceramics

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Integrated temperature-humidity-sensitive thick-film structures based on spinel-type semiconducting ceramics of different chemical compositions and magnesium aluminate ceramics were prepared and studied. It is shown that temperature-sensitive thick-film structures possess good electrophysical characteristics in the region from 298 to 358 K. The change of electrical resistance in integrated thick-film structures is 1 order, but these elements are stable in time and can be successfully used for sensor applications. PMID:24670141

  10. Physical properties of antimony-doped tin oxide thick films

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    Kaneko, H.; Miyake, K.

    1982-05-01

    The physical properties of Sb-doped SnO2 thick films, prepared by a repeating chemical spray deposition method, have been investigated. The films 1000-14 000-Å thick were deposited on fused quartz, borosilicate glass, and soda lime glass substrates at 600 °C using an aqueous solution of a mixture of SnCl4 and SbCl3. The films prepared by the method are homogeneous, and the electrical resistivity of the films on fused quartz and borosilicate glass substrates were found to be independent of the film thickness, and are 9.5×10-4 Ω cm, and 8.6×10-4 Ω cm, respectively. The resistivity of the films thicker than 4000 Å on soda lime glass substrates is almost constant, and is 1.8×10-3 Ω cm, although a large increase in the resistivity of the thinner films was observed. The optical band gap of the films on fused quartz and borosilicate glass substrates is also independent of the film thickness, and is almost the same: 3.75 eV. But the band gap of the films on soda lime glass substrates depends on the film thickness, and increases from 2.85 to 3.08 eV with increasing thickness from 2250 to 13 000 Å. The Hall mobility and carrier concentration of the films were also measured. The results of x-ray diffraction analysis and observations by SEM are described.

  11. Liquid film thickness measurement by two-line TDLAS

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    Yang, Huinan; Chen, Jun; Cai, Xiaoshu; Greszik, Daniel; Dreier, Thomas; Schulz, Christof

    2014-04-01

    A fiber-based two-line tunable diode-laser absorption sensor with two near-infrared (NIR) distributed-feedback (DFB) diode lasers at ˜1.4 μm was used for non-intrusive time-resolved liquid water film thickness measurement. When probing the liquid film at two different wavelengths with significantly different absorption cross-sections, the additional signal losses due to surface fowling, reflection and beam steering can be eliminated. In this work, the evaporation process of a liquid film on transparent quartz plate was tracked and large fluctuations of film thickness were found at the end of the evaporation.

  12. Liquid film thickness measurement by two-line TDLAS

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    Yang, Huinan; Chen, Jun; Cai, Xiaoshu; Greszik, Daniel; Dreier, Thomas; Schulz, Christof

    2014-04-11

    A fiber-based two-line tunable diode-laser absorption sensor with two near-infrared (NIR) distributed-feedback (DFB) diode lasers at ∼1.4 μm was used for non-intrusive time-resolved liquid water film thickness measurement. When probing the liquid film at two different wavelengths with significantly different absorption cross-sections, the additional signal losses due to surface fowling, reflection and beam steering can be eliminated. In this work, the evaporation process of a liquid film on transparent quartz plate was tracked and large fluctuations of film thickness were found at the end of the evaporation.

  13. Absolute Measurements of Radiation Damage in Nanometer Thick Films

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    Alizadeh, Elahe; Sanche, Léon

    2013-01-01

    We address the problem of absolute measurements of radiation damage in films of nanometer thicknesses. Thin films of DNA (~ 2–160nm) are deposited onto glass substrates and irradiated with varying doses of 1.5 keV X-rays under dry N2 at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. For each different thickness, the damage is assessed by measuring the loss of the supercoiled configuration as a function of incident photon fluence. From the exposure curves, the G-values are deduced, assuming that X-ray photons interacting with DNA, deposit all of their energy in the film. The results show that the G-value (i.e., damage per unit of deposited energy) increases with film thickness and reaches a plateau at 30±5 nm. This thickness dependence provides a correction factor to estimate the actual G-value for films with thicknesses below 30nm thickness. Thus, the absolute values of damage can be compared with that of films of any thickness under different experimental conditions. PMID:22562941

  14. Modeling parameter extraction for DNQ-novolak thick film resists

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    Henderson, Clifford L.; Scheer, Steven A.; Tsiartas, Pavlos C.; Rathsack, Benjamen M.; Sagan, John P.; Dammel, Ralph R.; Erdmann, Andreas; Willson, C. Grant

    1998-06-01

    Optical lithography with special thick film DNQ-novolac photoresists have been practiced for many years to fabricate microstructures that require feature heights ranging from several to hundreds of microns such as thin film magnetic heads. It is common in these thick film photoresist systems to observe interesting non-uniform profiles with narrow regions near the top surface of the film that transition into broader and more concave shapes near the bottom of the resist profile. A number of explanations have been proposed for these various observations including the formation of `dry skins' at the resist surface and the presence of solvent gradients in the film which serve to modify the local development rate of the photoresist. There have been few detailed experimental studies of the development behavior of thick films resists. This has been due to part to the difficulty in studying these films with conventional dissolution rate monitors (DRMs). In general, this lack of experimental data along with other factors has made simulation and modeling of thick film resist performance difficult. As applications such as thin film head manufacturing drive to smaller features with higher aspect ratios, the need for accurate thick film simulation capability continues to grow. A new multi-wavelength DRM tool has been constructed and used in conjunction with a resist bleaching tool and rigorous parameter extraction techniques to establish exposure and development parameters for two thick film resists, AZTM 4330-RS and AZTM 9200. Simulations based on these parameters show good agreement to resist profiles for these two resists.

  15. Evenly distributed thin-film Ag coating on stainless plate by tricomponent Ag/silicate/PU with antimicrobial and biocompatible properties.

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    Huang, Yi-Hsiu; Chen, Mark Hung-Chih; Lee, Bing-Heng; Hsieh, Kuo-Huang; Tu, Yuan-Kun; Lin, Jiang-Jen; Chang, Chih-Hao

    2014-11-26

    A tricomponent nanohybrid dispersion in water comprising silver nanoparticles (AgNP), nanometer-thick silicate platelets (NSP), and water-based polyurethane (PU) was developed for surface coating on orthopedic metal plates. The previously developed AgNP-on-NSP nanohybrid was homogeneously blended into a selected waterborne PU dispersion at varied weight ratios from 1/0.1 to 1/10 (w/w). PU was used to adhere the Ag nanohybrid to the metal surface. The resultant dispersions were analyzed and found to contain AgNP 2-18 nm in diameter and characterized by using UV absorption and TEM micrograph. The subsequent coating of AgNP/NSP-PU dispersion generated a film of 1.5 μm thickness on the metal plate surface, further characterized by an energy dispersive spectroscope (EDS) to show the homogeneous distribution of Ag, Si, and C elements on the metal plates. The surface antimicrobial efficacy was proven for the coating composition of AgNP/NSP to PU ranging from 1/1 to 1/5 by weight ratio but irrelevant to the thickness of the coated materials. The metal plate coated with the high Ag content at 1/1 (w/w) ratio was shown to have very low cytotoxicity toward the contacted mammal fibroblasts. Overall, the optimized tricomponent Ag/silicate/PU in water dispersion from 1/2 to 1/3 (w/w) could generate a stable film on a metal surface exhibiting both antimicrobial and biocompatible properties. The facile coating technique of the AgNP/NSP in waterborne PU is proven to be viable for fabricating infection- and cytotoxicity-free medical devices.

  16. Effect of thermal processing on silver thin films of varying thickness deposited on zinc oxide and indium tin oxide

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    Sivaramakrishnan, K.; Ngo, A. T.; Alford, T. L.; Iyer, S.

    2009-03-15

    Silver films of varying thicknesses (25, 45, and 60 nm) were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) on silicon and zinc oxide (ZnO) on silicon. The films were annealed in vacuum for 1 h at different temperatures (300-650 deg. C). Four-point-probe measurements were used to determine the resistivity of the films. All films showed an abrupt change in resistivity beyond an onset temperature that varied with thickness. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry measurements revealed agglomeration of the Ag films upon annealing as being responsible for the resistivity change. X-ray pole figure analysis determined that the annealed films took on a preferential <111> texturing; however, the degree of texturing was significantly higher in Ag/ZnO/Si than in Ag/ITO/Si samples. This observation was accounted for by interface energy minimization. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements revealed an increasing surface roughness of the annealed films with temperature. The resistivity behavior was explained by the counterbalancing effects of increasing crystallinity and surface roughness. Average surface roughness obtained from the AFM measurements were also used to model the agglomeration of Ag based on Ostwald ripening theory.

  17. Critical thickness for the agglomeration of thin metal films

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    Boragno, C.; Buatier de Mongeot, F.; Felici, R.; Robinson, I.K.

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Microfluidic devices with thick-film electrochemical detection

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    Wang, Joseph; Tian, Baomin; Sahlin, Eskil

    2005-04-12

    An apparatus for conducting a microfluidic process and analysis, including at least one elongated microfluidic channel, fluidic transport means for transport of fluids through the microfluidic channel, and at least one thick-film electrode in fluidic connection with the outlet end of the microfluidic channel. The present invention includes an integrated on-chip combination reaction, separation and thick-film electrochemical detection microsystem, for use in detection of a wide range of analytes, and methods for the use thereof.

  20. Thick, low-stress films, and coated substrates formed therefrom

    DOEpatents

    Henager, Jr., Charles H.; Knoll, Robert W.

    1991-01-01

    Stress-induced deformation, and the damage resulting therefrom, increases with film thickness. The overcoming of excessive stress by the use of the film material of the present invention, permits the formation of thick films that are necessary for certain of the above described applications. The most likely use for the subject film materials, other than their specialized views as an optical film, is for microelectronic packaging of components on silicon substrates. In general, the subject Si-Al-O-N films have excellent adherence to the underlying substrate, a high degree of hardness and durability, and are excellent insulators. Prior art elevated temperature deposition processes cannot meet the microelectronic packaging temperature formation constraints. The process of the present invention is conducted under non-elevated temperature conditions, typically 500# C. or less.

  1. 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

    2014-08-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations and a model AlN-GaN interface, we demonstrate that the interfacial thermal resistance RK (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, RK is independent of film thickness and is the same as RK 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 RK 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.

  2. Method of measuring the thickness of radioactive thin films

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    Alger, D. L.; Steinberg, R.; Makinen, M. D.

    1974-01-01

    Thickness monitor consists of proportional X-ray counter coupled to pulse counting system, copper filter over face of counter, rotatable collimator containing radioactive source, and rotatable shutter. Monitor can be used as integral part of neutron generator. It has been used to measure titanium tritide film thicknesses from 0.1 to 30 micrometers.

  3. Critical current behavior of Ag-coated YBa2Cu3O(7-x) thin films

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    Ono, R. H.; Beall, J. A.; Harvey, T. E.; Reintsema, C. D.; Johansson, M.

    1991-03-01

    The authors studied the behavior of high-quality YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (YBCO) thin films with Ag overlayers. The authors chose to study Ag in detail because of its widespread use as contact metallization and because of their earlier studies of proximity effects in YBCO. The details of transport critical current measurements are presented. It is shown that the Ag coatings can reduce normal state resistance while not degrading the critical current density. The key technological result is that the various thicknesses of Ag that were used did not reduce Jc or Jc(H). Critical current densities in excess of 106 A/sq cm have been achieved at temperatures greater than 76 K. An unusual effect was seen in Jc(H) when the field was oriented perpendicular to the c axis of the film. The Jc at 1 T was higher in samples with 10-nm coatings of Ag than in similar uncoated samples. It was also shown that the composite resistance of Ag-YBCO bilayers can be much lower than the resistance of uncoated YBCO.

  4. Effect of Temperature Gradient on Thick Film Selective Emitter Emittance

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    Chubb, Donald L.; Good, Brian S.; Clark, Eric B.; Chen, Zheng

    1997-01-01

    A temperature gradient across a thick (greater than or equal to .1 mm) film selective emitter will produce a significant reduction in the spectral emittance from the no temperature gradient case. Thick film selective emitters of rare earth doped host materials such as yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) are examples where temperature gradient effects are important. In this paper a model is developed for the spectral emittance assuming a linear temperature gradient across the film. Results of the model indicate that temperature gradients will result in reductions the order of 20% or more in the spectral emittance.

  5. 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.

  6. Effect of Grazing Angle Cross-Ion Irradiation on Ag Thin Films

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    Kumar, Manish; Jangid, Teena; Panchal, Vandana; Kumar, Praveen; Pathak, Abhishek

    2016-10-01

    Apart from the spherical shape, control over other shapes is a technical challenge in synthesis approaches of nanostructures. Here, we studied the effect of grazing angle cross-irradiation Ag thin films for the nanostructures evolution from a top-down approach. Ag thin films of different thicknesses were deposited on Si (100) and glass substrates by electron beam evaporation system and subsequently irradiated at grazing angle ions by 80 keV Ar+ in two steps (to induce effectively a cross-ion irradiation). Pristine films exhibited dense and uniform distribution of Ag nanoparticles with their characteristic surface plasmon resonance-induced absorption peak around 420 nm. When the film surfaces were treated with cross-grazing angle irradiation of Ar ions with varying effective fluences from 0.5 × 1017 ions/cm2 to 2.0 × 1017 ions/cm2, it was found that fluence values governed the competition of sputtering and sputter re-deposition of Ag. As a result, lower irradiation fluence favoured the formation of cone-like nanostructures, whereas high fluence values demonstrated dominant sputtering. Fluence-dependent modification of surface features was studied through the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and the Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Theoretical justifications for the underlying mechanisms are presented to justify the experimental results.

  7. Physically Measuring Thickness of Thin Films via Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Acosta, Guillermo; Allred, D.; Davis, R.; Webb, Nick

    2002-03-01

    In our research of thin films, we invest a great deal of time and energy in characterizing our films physical and optical properties. We have found that it is imperative to have the ability to determine, with confidence, the thickness of our films when we try to describe a materials optical performance, especially true for work in the extreme ultraviolet. Unfortunately, weve learned this is not as simple a task as it would seem. Methods that are optical in nature that determine how thick a film is are less effective for very thin films (typically our films are 25-150 A thick). We would much rather be able to use an AFM to physically measure a films thickness. After much trial and tribulation, we are happy to report the method we have developed. Our technique involves using a rigidly supported, stainless steel razor blade to mask the substrate during deposition, leaving a distinct, abrupt edge when removed. The device is named the Abruptor.

  8. Superconductivity of YBCO Thick Films Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Kim, Youngha; Lee, Kyong H.; Sung, Tae-Hyun; Han, Sang-Chul; Han, Young-Hee; Jeong, Nyeon-Ho; No, Kwangsoo

    2007-10-01

    YBa2Cu3O x (YBCO) superconducting thick films have been fabricated on Cu substrates, using a simple screen-printing method from Cu-free powders (Y2O3 and BaCO3). However, such films have poor superconducting properties such as critical current density ( J c) due to the low film density. In this work, we investigate the effect of uniaxial c-axis pressure on the superconducting properties of these YBCO films using a spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. The film screen-printed on Cu substrates was heat-treated at 850°C for 5 min in vacuum varying the pressure (15, 30, and 45 MPa). To form a superconducting YBCO phase, the film was reheat-treated at 930°C for 30 s in air followed by oxygen annealing at 450°C for 1 h. For heat-treatments performed under pressure, lower film porosity was obtained, and a higher crack density was also observed compared to films prepared without pressure. The densification of the YBCO thick films using the SPS technique was very effective in improving the superconducting properties of the films.

  9. Development of the nitride film thickness standard (NFTS)

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    Durga Pal, Prabha

    1998-07-01

    The semiconductor industry has been demanding film thickness reference material for films other than thermally grown silicon dioxide for sometime. To meet this challenge, Nitride Film Thickness Standard (NFTS) has been developed in four nominal thickness values, 20.0 nm, 90.0 nm, 120.0 nm and 200.0 nm. These are silicon nitride (Si3N4) films on silicon crystal substrate. Work is underway to develop a 9.0 nm standard. Thin nitride films are particularly needed for calibration of the thickness of nitride layers in capacitors and isolation masks for LOCOS (local oxidation of silicon). The reference material is certified for derived film thickness. The study consists of measurements made on four different sets of wafers that included patterned and unpatterned wafers. The measurements made on these wafer sets were used for answering issues related to film stability and cleaning. The stability study includes the search for a cleaning process that will restore a prior surface condition. On two sets of wafers two different types of cleaning procedures were used. Results indicate that a sulfuric acidmegasonic clean will etch the nitride film while an isopropyl alcohol clean followed by a deionized water rinse can be used over and over again. The third set of wafers was never cleaned and measurements were made on these over a period of two years. The last set of wafers is patterned. These are cleaned prior to measurement. Results show that LPCVD silicon nitride films are stable and can be used with confidence over a long period of time for calibrating optical metrology instruments.

  10. Thermoelectric Power-Generation Characteristics of PEDOT:PSS Thin-Film Devices with Different Thicknesses on Polyimide Substrates

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    Anno, Hiroaki; Nishinaka, Takahiko; Hokazono, Masahiro; Oshima, Nobuaki; Toshima, Naoki

    2015-06-01

    We fabricated cast films of complexes of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) and polystyrene sulfonic acid (PEDOT:PSS) at various thicknesses, t = 3-20 μm, on flexible polyimide substrates, and studied their thermoelectric properties. We also fabricated in-plane film devices consisting of five couples of PEDOT:PSS and Ag electrodes, measuring their output power characteristics as a function of film thickness. The Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity of a PEDOT:PSS film with a thickness of ˜20 μm on a polyimide substrate were ˜15 μV/K and 500 S/cm, respectively, near room temperature. As the film thickness decreased from ˜10 μm to 3 μm, the electrical conductivity increased remarkably to 1200 S/cm, while the Seebeck coefficient remained almost constant with film thickness. The maximum electric power for an in-plane PEDOT:PSS film device with a thickness of 10 μm was 1.3 μW at Δ T = 100 K. Its open-circuit voltage was 7.3 mV, and its internal resistance was 11 Ω. The measured power-generation characteristics of the film device agreed with values estimated from the dependence of thermoelectric properties on film thickness for PEDOT:PSS films on polyimide substrates. Assuming single PEDOT:PSS legs, defined as the direction of heat transport, we estimated the expected electrical power density at Δ T = 100 K as ˜650 μW/cm2 for a film thickness t = 10 μm, and 1400 μW/cm2 for t = 3 μm.

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

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    Mikheenko, P.; Abell, J. S.; Sarkar, A.; Dang, V. S.; Awang Kechik, M. M.; Tanner, J. L.; Paturi, P.; Huhtinen, H.; Babu, N. Hari; Cardwell, D. A.; Crisan, A.

    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 YBa2Cu3O7 films of thickness up to 6.6 μm deposited with Au, Ag, Pd, LaNiO3, PrBa2Cu3O7, YBCO, BaZrO3 and Gd2Ba4CuWOy 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 μm.

  12. Changes in the temperature-dependent specific volume of supported polystyrene films with film thickness.

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    Huang, Xinru; Roth, Connie B

    2016-06-21

    Recent studies have measured or predicted thickness-dependent shifts in density or specific volume of polymer films as a possible means of understanding changes in the glass transition temperature Tg(h) with decreasing film thickness with some experimental works claiming unrealistically large (25%-30%) increases in film density with decreasing thickness. Here we use ellipsometry to measure the temperature-dependent index of refraction of polystyrene (PS) films supported on silicon and investigate the validity of the commonly used Lorentz-Lorenz equation for inferring changes in density or specific volume from very thin films. We find that the density (specific volume) of these supported PS films does not vary by more than ±0.4% of the bulk value for film thicknesses above 30 nm, and that the small variations we do observe are uncorrelated with any free volume explanation for the Tg(h) decrease exhibited by these films. We conclude that the derivation of the Lorentz-Lorenz equation becomes invalid for very thin films as the film thickness approaches ∼20 nm, and that reports of large density changes greater than ±1% of bulk for films thinner than this likely suffer from breakdown in the validity of this equation or in the difficulties associated with accurately measuring the index of refraction of such thin films. For larger film thicknesses, we do observed small variations in the effective specific volume of the films of 0.4 ± 0.2%, outside of our experimental error. These shifts occur simultaneously in both the liquid and glassy regimes uniformly together starting at film thicknesses less than ∼120 nm but appear to be uncorrelated with Tg(h) decreases; possible causes for these variations are discussed.

  13. Changes in the temperature-dependent specific volume of supported polystyrene films with film thickness

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    Huang, Xinru; Roth, Connie B.

    2016-06-01

    Recent studies have measured or predicted thickness-dependent shifts in density or specific volume of polymer films as a possible means of understanding changes in the glass transition temperature Tg(h) with decreasing film thickness with some experimental works claiming unrealistically large (25%-30%) increases in film density with decreasing thickness. Here we use ellipsometry to measure the temperature-dependent index of refraction of polystyrene (PS) films supported on silicon and investigate the validity of the commonly used Lorentz-Lorenz equation for inferring changes in density or specific volume from very thin films. We find that the density (specific volume) of these supported PS films does not vary by more than ±0.4% of the bulk value for film thicknesses above 30 nm, and that the small variations we do observe are uncorrelated with any free volume explanation for the Tg(h) decrease exhibited by these films. We conclude that the derivation of the Lorentz-Lorenz equation becomes invalid for very thin films as the film thickness approaches ˜20 nm, and that reports of large density changes greater than ±1% of bulk for films thinner than this likely suffer from breakdown in the validity of this equation or in the difficulties associated with accurately measuring the index of refraction of such thin films. For larger film thicknesses, we do observed small variations in the effective specific volume of the films of 0.4 ± 0.2%, outside of our experimental error. These shifts occur simultaneously in both the liquid and glassy regimes uniformly together starting at film thicknesses less than ˜120 nm but appear to be uncorrelated with Tg(h) decreases; possible causes for these variations are discussed.

  14. Changes in the temperature-dependent specific volume of supported polystyrene films with film thickness.

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    Huang, Xinru; Roth, Connie B

    2016-06-21

    Recent studies have measured or predicted thickness-dependent shifts in density or specific volume of polymer films as a possible means of understanding changes in the glass transition temperature Tg(h) with decreasing film thickness with some experimental works claiming unrealistically large (25%-30%) increases in film density with decreasing thickness. Here we use ellipsometry to measure the temperature-dependent index of refraction of polystyrene (PS) films supported on silicon and investigate the validity of the commonly used Lorentz-Lorenz equation for inferring changes in density or specific volume from very thin films. We find that the density (specific volume) of these supported PS films does not vary by more than ±0.4% of the bulk value for film thicknesses above 30 nm, and that the small variations we do observe are uncorrelated with any free volume explanation for the Tg(h) decrease exhibited by these films. We conclude that the derivation of the Lorentz-Lorenz equation becomes invalid for very thin films as the film thickness approaches ∼20 nm, and that reports of large density changes greater than ±1% of bulk for films thinner than this likely suffer from breakdown in the validity of this equation or in the difficulties associated with accurately measuring the index of refraction of such thin films. For larger film thicknesses, we do observed small variations in the effective specific volume of the films of 0.4 ± 0.2%, outside of our experimental error. These shifts occur simultaneously in both the liquid and glassy regimes uniformly together starting at film thicknesses less than ∼120 nm but appear to be uncorrelated with Tg(h) decreases; possible causes for these variations are discussed. PMID:27334190

  15. Characterization of Ag nanostructures fabricated by laser-induced dewetting of thin films

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    Nikov, Ru. G.; Nedyalkov, N. N.; Atanasov, P. A.; Hirsch, D.; Rauschenbach, B.; Grochowska, K.; Sliwinski, G.

    2016-06-01

    The paper presents results on laser nanostructuring of Ag thin films. The thin films are deposited on glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition technology. The as fabricated films are then annealed by nanosecond laser pulses delivered by Nd:YAG laser system operated at λ = 355 nm. The film modification is studied as a function of the film thickness and the parameters of the laser irradiation as pulse number and laser fluence. In order to estimate the influence of the environment on the characteristics of the fabricated structures the Ag films are annealed in different surrounding media: water, air and vacuum. It is found that at certain conditions the laser treatment may lead to decomposition of the films into a monolayer of nanoparticles with narrow size distribution. The optical properties of the fabricated nanostructures are investigated on the basis of transmission spectra taken by optical spectrometer. In the measured spectra plasmon resonance band is observed as its shape and position vary depending on the processing conditions. The fabricated structures are covered with Rhodamine 6G and tested as active substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).

  16. Suitable Thicknesses of Base Metal and Interlayer, and Evolution of Phases for Ag/Sn/Ag Transient liquid-phase Joints Used for Power Die Attachment

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    Li, J. F.; Agyakwa, P. A.; Johnson, C. M.

    2014-04-01

    Real Si insulated gate bipolar transistors with conventional Ni/Ag metallization and dummy Si chips with thickened Ni/Ag metallization have both been bonded, at 250°C for 0 min, 40 min, and 640 min, to Ag foil electroplated with 2.7 µm and 6.8 µm thick Sn as an interlayer. On the basis of characterization of the microstructure of the resulting joints, suitable thicknesses are suggested for the Ag base metal and the Sn interlayer for Ag/Sn/Ag transient liquid-phase (TLP) joints used for power die attachment. The diffusivities of Ag and Sn in the ξAg phase were also obtained. In combination with the kinetic constants of Ag3Sn growth and diffusivities of Ag and Sn in Ag reported in the literature, the diffusivities of Ag and Sn in the ξAg phase were also used to simulate and predict diffusion-controlled growth and evolution of the phases in Ag/Sn/Ag TLP joints during extended bonding and in service.

  17. Influence of film thickness on laser ablation threshold of transparent conducting oxide thin-films

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    Rung, S.; Christiansen, A.; Hellmann, R.

    2014-06-01

    We report on a comprehensive study of the laser ablation threshold of transparent conductive oxide thin films. The ablation threshold is determined for both indium tin oxide and gallium zinc oxide as a function of film thickness and for different laser wavelengths. By using a pulsed diode pumped solid state laser at 1064 nm, 532 nm, 355 nm and 266 nm, respectively, the relationship between optical absorption length and film thickness is studied. We find that the ablation threshold decreases with increasing film thickness in a regime where the absorption length is larger than the film thickness. In turn, the ablation threshold increases in case the absorption length is smaller than the film thickness. In particular, we observe a minimum of the ablation threshold in a region where the film thickness is comparable to the absorption length. To the best of our knowledge, this behaviour previously predicted for thin metal films, has been unreported for all three regimes in case of transparent conductive oxides, yet. For industrial laser scribing processes, these results imply that the efficiency can be optimized by using a laser where the optical absorption length is close to the film thickness.

  18. Optical coherence tomography as film thickness measurement technique

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    Manallah, Aissa; Bouafia, Mohamed; Meguellati, Said

    2015-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful optical method, noninvasive and noncontact diagnostic method. Although it is usually used for medical examinations, particularly in ocular exploration; it can also be used in optical metrology as measure technique. In this work, we use OCT to measure thicknesses of films. In OCT, depth profiles are constructed by measuring the time delay of back reflected light by interferometry measurements. Frequency in k-space is proportional to optical path difference. Then the reflectivity profile is obtained by a Fourier transformation, and the difference between two successive peaks of the resulting spectrum gives the film thickness. Several films, food-type, of different thicknesses were investigated and the results were very accurate.

  19. Thick-film materials for silicon photovoltaic cell manufacture

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    Field, M. B.

    1977-01-01

    Thick film technology is applicable to three areas of silicon solar cell fabrication; metallization, junction formation, and coating for protection of screened ohmic contacts, particularly wrap around contacts, interconnection and environmental protection. Both material and process parameters were investigated. Printed ohmic contacts on n- and p-type silicon are very sensitive to the processing parameters of firing time, temperature, and atmosphere. Wrap around contacts are easily achieved by first printing and firing a dielectric over the edge and subsequently applying a low firing temperature conductor. Interconnection of cells into arrays can be achieved by printing and cofiring thick film metal pastes, soldering, or with heat curing conductive epoxies on low cost substrates. Printed (thick) film vitreous protection coatings do not yet offer sufficient optical uniformity and transparency for use on silicon. A sprayed, heat curable SiO2 based resin shows promise of providing both optical matching and environmental protection.

  20. X-ray irradiation-induced changes in (PVA-PEG-Ag) polymer nanocomposites films

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    Nouh, S. A.; Benthami, K.; Abutalib, M. M.

    2016-02-01

    The effects of X-ray irradiation on the structural, thermal and optical properties of polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol-silver (PVA-PEG-Ag) nanocomposites have been investigated. The samples of nanocomposites were prepared by adding Ag nanoparticles with 5 wt% to the (PVA-PEG) blend. The films of 0.05 mm thickness were prepared by the casting method. These films were irradiated with X-ray doses ranging from 20 to 200 kGy. The resultant effect of X-ray irradiation on the structural properties of PVA-PEG-Ag has been investigated using X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Also, thermal property studies were carried out using thermogravimetric analysis. Further, the transmission of the PVA-PEG-Ag samples and any color changes were studied. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements showed that the crosslinking is the dominant mechanism at the dose range 50-200 kGy. This led to a more compact structure of PVA-PEG-Ag samples, which resulted in an improvement in its thermal stability with an increase in the activation energy of thermal decomposition. Moreover, the color intensity ΔE was greatly increased with an increase in the dose, and was accompanied by a significant increase in the yellow color component.

  1. TiInZnO/Ag/TiInZnO multilayer films for transparent conducting electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Ho-Hyeong; Kim, Eun-Mi; Lee, Kyung-Ju; Park, Jae-Young; Lee, Yu-Ri; Shin, Dong-Chan; Hwang, Tae-Jin; Heo, Gi-Seok

    2014-03-01

    Ti-In-Zn-O (TIZO) and TIZO/Ag/TIZO multilayer transparent films were prepared at room temperature on glass substrates using an RF/DC magnetron sputtering system. The optical and electrical properties of the multilayer structures were examined according to the thickness of each TIZO/Ag/TIZO layer. A transparent and conductive film with a sheet resistance of 11.1 Ω/□ and a transmittance of 86.9% at 550 nm (94.2%, normalized to the glass substrate) was obtained at a TIZO/Ag/TIZO thickness of 100/8/42 nm. The TIZO and TIZO/Ag/TIZO multilayer films exhibited higher mechanical resistances against an increasing load of external scratches than the indium tin oxide (ITO) film. Overall, the properties of the TIZO/Ag/TIZO multilayer films were comparable or superior to those of the ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer. The deposited TIZO/Ag/TIZO multilayer films were used in the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) as the transparent electrode. The TIZO/Ag/TIZO multilayer-based DSSCs exhibited a short circuit photocurrent density of 9.4 mA/cm2, a photocurrent of 613 mV, and an overall cell efficiency of 3.1% at a light intensity of one sun.

  2. Systematic Surface Phase Transition of Ag Thin Films by Iodine Functionalization at Room Temperature: Evolution of Optoelectronic and Texture Properties.

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    Bashouti, Muhammad Y; Talebi, Razieh; Kassar, Thaer; Nahal, Arashmid; Ristein, Jürgen; Unruh, Tobias; Christiansen, Silke H

    2016-01-01

    We show a simple room temperature surface functionalization approach using iodine vapour to control a surface phase transition from cubic silver (Ag) of thin films into wurtzite silver-iodid (β-AgI) films. A combination of surface characterization techniques (optical, electronical and structural characterization) reveal distinct physical properties of the new surface phase. We discuss the AgI thin film formation dynamics and related transformation of physical properties by determining the work-function, dielectric constant and pyroelectric behavior together with morphological and structural thin film properties such as layer thickness, grain structure and texture formation. Notable results are: (i) a remarkable increase of the work-function (by 0.9 eV) of the Ag thin layer after short a iodine exposure time (≤60 s), with simultaneous increase of the thin film transparency (by two orders of magnitude), (ii) pinning of the Fermi level at the valance band maximum upon iodine functionalization, (iii) 84% of all crystallites grain were aligned as a result of the evolution of an internal electric field. Realizing a nano-scale layer stack composed of a dielectric AgI layer on top of a metallic thin Ag layer with such a simple method has some technological implications e.g. to realize optical elements such as planar optical waveguides. PMID:26899434

  3. Systematic Surface Phase Transition of Ag Thin Films by Iodine Functionalization at Room Temperature: Evolution of Optoelectronic and Texture Properties

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    Bashouti, Muhammad Y.; Talebi, Razieh; Kassar, Thaer; Nahal, Arashmid; Ristein, Jürgen; Unruh, Tobias; Christiansen, Silke H.

    2016-01-01

    We show a simple room temperature surface functionalization approach using iodine vapour to control a surface phase transition from cubic silver (Ag) of thin films into wurtzite silver-iodid (β-AgI) films. A combination of surface characterization techniques (optical, electronical and structural characterization) reveal distinct physical properties of the new surface phase. We discuss the AgI thin film formation dynamics and related transformation of physical properties by determining the work-function, dielectric constant and pyroelectric behavior together with morphological and structural thin film properties such as layer thickness, grain structure and texture formation. Notable results are: (i) a remarkable increase of the work-function (by 0.9 eV) of the Ag thin layer after short a iodine exposure time (≤60 s), with simultaneous increase of the thin film transparency (by two orders of magnitude), (ii) pinning of the Fermi level at the valance band maximum upon iodine functionalization, (iii) 84% of all crystallites grain were aligned as a result of the evolution of an internal electric field. Realizing a nano-scale layer stack composed of a dielectric AgI layer on top of a metallic thin Ag layer with such a simple method has some technological implications e.g. to realize optical elements such as planar optical waveguides. PMID:26899434

  4. Systematic Surface Phase Transition of Ag Thin Films by Iodine Functionalization at Room Temperature: Evolution of Optoelectronic and Texture Properties

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    Bashouti, Muhammad Y.; Talebi, Razieh; Kassar, Thaer; Nahal, Arashmid; Ristein, Jürgen; Unruh, Tobias; Christiansen, Silke H.

    2016-02-01

    We show a simple room temperature surface functionalization approach using iodine vapour to control a surface phase transition from cubic silver (Ag) of thin films into wurtzite silver-iodid (β-AgI) films. A combination of surface characterization techniques (optical, electronical and structural characterization) reveal distinct physical properties of the new surface phase. We discuss the AgI thin film formation dynamics and related transformation of physical properties by determining the work-function, dielectric constant and pyroelectric behavior together with morphological and structural thin film properties such as layer thickness, grain structure and texture formation. Notable results are: (i) a remarkable increase of the work-function (by 0.9 eV) of the Ag thin layer after short a iodine exposure time (≤60 s), with simultaneous increase of the thin film transparency (by two orders of magnitude), (ii) pinning of the Fermi level at the valance band maximum upon iodine functionalization, (iii) 84% of all crystallites grain were aligned as a result of the evolution of an internal electric field. Realizing a nano-scale layer stack composed of a dielectric AgI layer on top of a metallic thin Ag layer with such a simple method has some technological implications e.g. to realize optical elements such as planar optical waveguides.

  5. Process for manufacture of thick film hydrogen sensors

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    Perdieu, Louisa H.

    2000-09-09

    A thick film process for producing hydrogen sensors capable of sensing down to a one percent concentration of hydrogen in carrier gasses such as argon, nitrogen, and air. The sensor is also suitable to detect hydrogen gas while immersed in transformer oil. The sensor includes a palladium resistance network thick film printed on a substrate, a portion of which network is coated with a protective hydrogen barrier. The process utilizes a sequence of printing of the requisite materials on a non-conductive substrate with firing temperatures at each step which are less than or equal to the temperature at the previous step.

  6. Turbulence in Flowing Soap Films: Velocity, Vorticity, and Thickness Fields

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    Rivera, M.; Vorobieff, P.; Ecke, R.E.

    1998-08-01

    We report experimental measurements of the velocity, vorticity, and thickness fields of turbulent flowing soap films using a modified particle-image velocimetry technique. These data yield the turbulent energy and enstrophy of the two-dimensional flows with microscale Reynolds numbers of about 100 and demonstrate the effects of compressibility arising from variations in film thickness. Despite the compressibility of the flow, real-space correlations of velocity, vorticity, and enstrophy flux are consistent with theoretical predictions for two-dimensional turbulence. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society }

  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. Thin Dielectric Film Thickness Determination by Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy

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

    2003-12-01

    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 nonspecialists. 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 has been steadily improved reaching now into the sub-Ångstrom 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 article, 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 article is the proposal of a reproducible method for film thickness determination.

  9. Film thickness frequency distribution of different vehicles determines sunscreen efficacy

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    Sohn, Myriam; Hêche, Adeline; Herzog, Bernd; Imanidis, Georgios

    2014-11-01

    Sun protection factor (SPF) frequently differs between sunscreens containing the same composition of ultraviolet (UV) filters that primarily define sunscreen efficacy. We tested the hypothesis that the thickness frequency distribution of the sunscreen film is also responsible for and can explain the divergence in the measured SPF. For this, we developed a method to measure film thickness from the difference of topography before and after application of 2 mg/cm2 of sunscreen on pig ear epidermal membrane. The influence of five vehicle formulations and of application pressure and spreading time on mean thickness (S), S to median ratio, and SPF in vitro was investigated. The vehicle had a significant impact, low vehicle viscosity resulting in a smaller S, larger S to median ratio, and lower SPF in vitro than high viscosity; continuous oil phase produced the largest S and SPF values. A long spreading time reduced S and SPF and increased application pressure reduced SPF. There was a positive correlation between S and SPF in vitro, underlining the relevance of film thickness for interpreting UV protection differences of formulations with the same filter composition. This work demonstrated a strong influence of vehicle and application conditions on sunscreen efficacy arising from differences in film thickness distribution.

  10. Film thickness frequency distribution of different vehicles determines sunscreen efficacy.

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    Sohn, Myriam; Hêche, Adeline; Herzog, Bernd; Imanidis, Georgios

    2014-11-01

    Sun protection factor (SPF) frequently differs between sunscreens containing the same composition of ultraviolet (UV) filters that primarily define sunscreen efficacy. We tested the hypothesis that the thickness frequency distribution of the sunscreen film is also responsible for and can explain the divergence in the measured SPF. For this, we developed a method to measure film thickness from the difference of topography before and after application of of sunscreen on pig ear epidermal membrane. The influence of five vehicle formulations and of application pressure and spreading time on mean thickness ( ), to median ratio, and SPF in vitro was investigated. The vehicle had a significant impact, low vehicle viscosity resulting in a smaller , larger to median ratio, and lower SPF in vitro than high viscosity; continuous oil phase produced the largest and SPF values. A long spreading time reduced and SPF and increased application pressure reduced SPF. There was a positive correlation between and SPF in vitro, underlining the relevance of film thickness for interpreting UV protection differences of formulations with the same filter composition. This work demonstrated a strong influence of vehicle and application conditions on sunscreen efficacy arising from differences in film thickness distribution.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  12. Simulation of thick film PZT actuators with interdigitated electrodes

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    Zaki, Mohanad M.; Zähringer, Sandy; Schwesinger, Norbert

    2013-05-01

    This paper deals with the simulation of membrane actuators based on thick film piezoelectric ceramics with interdigitated electrodes using the finite element method. A modified piezoelectric coupling matrix is introduced to account for the piezoelectric non-linearity due to poling and actuation at high electric fields. Electrodes were fabricated on top of 250 μm thick PZT substrates which were characterized. The experimental data verified the simulation results and proved the necessity of the modified coupling matrix.

  13. Measuring Thicknesses Of Vacuum-Deposited Organic Thin Films

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    David, Carey E.

    1996-01-01

    Method of measuring thickness of thin organic liquid film deposited in vacuum involves use of quartz-crystal monitor (QCM) calibrated by use of witness plate that has, in turn, calibrated by measurement of absorption of infrared light in deposited material. Present procedure somewhat tedious, but once calibration accomplished, thicknesses of organic liquid deposits monitored in real time and in situ by use of QCM.

  14. Nanostructured Ag(4)O(4) films with enhanced antibacterial activity.

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    Dellasega, D; Facibeni, A; Di Fonzo, F; Bogana, M; Polissi, A; Conti, C; Ducati, C; Casari, C S; Li Bassi, A; Bottani, C E

    2008-11-26

    Ag(4)O(4) (i.e. silver(I)-silver(III) oxide) thin films with tailored structure and morphology at the nanoscale have been grown by reactive pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in an oxygen-containing atmosphere and they are shown to exhibit a very strong antibacterial activity towards Gram-negative bacteria (E. coli) and to completely inhibit the growth of Gram-positive bacteria (S. aureus). The formation of this particular high-valence silver oxide is explained in terms of the reactions occurring during the expansion of the ablated species in the reactive atmosphere, leading to the formation of low-stability Ag-O dimers and atomic oxygen, providing reactive species at the substrate where the film grows. PLD is shown to allow control of the structure (i.e. crystallinity and grain size) and of the morphology of the films, from compact and columnar to foam-like, thus allowing the deposition of nanocrystalline films with increased porosity and surface area. The antibacterial action towards E. coli is demonstrated and is shown to be superior to that of nanostructured Ag-based medical products. This can be related to the release of Ag ions with high oxidation number, which are known to be very reactive towards bacteria, and to the peculiar morphology at the nanoscale resulting in a large effective surface area.

  15. Electroplated thick-film cobalt platinum permanent magnets

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    Oniku, Ololade D.; Qi, Bin; Arnold, David P.

    2016-10-01

    The material and magnetic properties of multi-micron-thick (up to 6 μm) L10 CoPt magnetic films electroplated onto silicon substrates are investigated as candidate materials for integration in silicon-based microsystems. The influence of various process conditions on the structure and magnetic properties of electroplated CoPt thick-films is studied in order to better understand the complex process/structure/property relationships associated with the electroplated films. Process variables studied here include different seed layers, electroplating current densities (ranging from 25-200 mA/cm2), deposition times (up to 60 min), and post-deposition annealing times and temperatures. Analyses include film morphology, film thickness, composition, surface roughness, grain size, phase volume fractions, and L10 ordering parameter. Key correlations are found relating process and structure variations to the extrinsic magnetic properties (remanence, coercivity, squareness, and energy product). Strong hard magnetic properties (Br ~0.8 T, Hci ~800 kA/m, squareness close to 0.9, and BHmax of 100 kJ/m3) are obtained for films deposited on Si/TiN/Ti/Cu at current densities of 100 mA/cm2, pH of 7, and subsequently annealed at 675 °C for 30 min.

  16. Film Thickness Modeling on Spray Cooling without Boiling

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    Guo, Y. X.; Jia, J. Y.; Zhou, S. R.

    2010-03-01

    Spray cooling appears a safer approach and more promising for electronics cooling applications. It also has been exhibited to be an effective method to dissipating high heat flux with low coolant mass flux at low wall superheats. Although lots of experiments have been performed by different researchers, theoretical understandings of spray cooling are still limited due to the intrinsic complexity of involved mechanisms. The film shape and film thickness are two important parameters. Most of the researchers considered the film to be a plane during their study, while some others did not think so. Nevertheless, everyone knows that the film has much effect on the cooling performance of a spray system. The main purpose of this paper is to open up new grounds for theoretical research on the film of spray cooling. Considering velocity slip boundary condition, simple models of the thickness of the liquid film were established, based on the continuity, momentum and energy governing equations. It shows that the film could be either a plane or some other shape, such as paraboloid liked, depends on the velocity distribution of the spray.

  17. Effect of mesh patterning with UV pulsed-laser on optical and electrical properties of ZnO/Ag-Ti thin films

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    Kao, K. S.; Cheng, D. L.; Chang, S. H.; Hsieh, P. T.; Chin, H. S.; Lin, H. K.

    2010-10-01

    In this study, the ZnO/Ag-Ti structure for transparence conducting oxide (TCO) is investigated by optimizing the thickness of the Ag-Ti alloy and ZnO layers. The Ag-Ti thin film is deposited by DC magnetron sputtering and its thicknesses is well controlled. The ZnO thin film is prepared by sol-gel method using zinc acetate as cation source, 2-methoxiethanol as solvent and monoethanolamine as solution stabilizer. The ZnO film deposition is performed by spin-coating technique and dried at 150 °C on Corning 1737 glass. Due to the conductivity of ZnO/Ag-Ti is dominated by Ag-Ti, the sheet resistance of ZnO/Ag-Ti decrease dramatically as the thickness of Ag-Ti layer increases. However, the transmittances of ZnO/Ag-Ti become unacceptable for TCO application after the thickness of Ag-Ti layer beyond 6 nm. The as-deposited ZnO/Ag-Ti structure has the optical transmittance of 83% @ 500 nm and the low resistivity of 1.2 × 10 -5 Ω-cm. Furthermore, for improving the optical and electrical properties of ZnO/Ag-Ti, the thermal treatment using laser is adopted. Experimental results indicate that the transmittance of ZnO/Ag-Ti is improved from 83% to 89% @ 500 nm with resistivity of 1.02 × 10 -5 Ω-cm after laser drilling. The optical spectrum, the resistance, and the morphology of the ZnO/Ag-Ti will be reported in the study.

  18. Liquid-liquid interface assisted synthesis of size- and thickness-controlled Ag nanoplates

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    Jin Mingshang; Kuang Qin; Han Xiguang; Xie Shuifen; Xie Zhaoxiong; Zheng Lansun

    2010-06-15

    Here we proposed a synthetic method of high-purity Ag nanoplates by the reduction of aqueous Ag{sup +} ions at the aqueous-organic interface with the reductant ferrocene. We demonstrated that the as-prepared Ag nanoplates can be widely tunable from 600 nm to 7 {mu}m in size and from 10 to 35 nm in thickness, simply by adjusting the component of organic phase. To our knowledge, there are few methods to tailor the size and the thickness of metal nanoplates in such a large range although many efforts have been made aiming to realize it. Our proposed synthetic strategy is rapid, template-free, seed-less, and high-yield, and could be applied to synthesize analogous two-dimensional nanostructures of other noble metals, such as Pt, Au, and Pd. - Graphical abstract: High-purity Ag nanoplates were synthesized by the reduction of aqueous Ag{sup +} ions at the aqueous-organic interface with the reductant ferrocene, the size and thickness of which were widely tunable.

  19. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering from Ag nanoparticles formed by visible laser irradiation of thermally annealed AgO{sub x} thin films

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    Fujimaki, Makoto; Awazu, Koichi; Tominaga, Junji; Iwanabe, Yasuhiko

    2006-10-01

    Visible laser irradiation of AgO{sub x} thin films forms Ag nanoparticles, which then results in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The efficiency of this Ag nanoparticle formation strongly depends on the properties of the AgO{sub x} thin films. Thermal annealing causes changes in physical properties such as deoxidization of the films and aggregation of Ag atoms in the films. In the present research, the effects of the changes induced by thermal annealing on SERS efficiency were examined. It was found that AgO{sub x} thin films annealed at 300 deg. C for 5 min in a N{sub 2} atmosphere were suitable for the formation of Ag nanoparticles effective for SERS, while films that were not annealed were not. From these results, it was deduced that the Ag aggregation resulting from thermal annealing in AgO{sub x} thin films promotes the Ag nanoparticle formation.

  20. Depositing Adherent Ag Films On Ti Films On Alumina

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    Honecy, Frank S.

    1995-01-01

    Report discusses cleaning of ceramic (principally, alumina) substrates in preparation for sputter deposition of titanium intermediate films on substrates followed by sputter deposition of outer silver films. Principal intended application, substrates sliding parts in advanced high-temperature heat engines, and outer silver films serve as solid lubricants: lubricating properties described in "Solid Lubricant for Alumina" (LEW-15495).

  1. Determination of thin hydrodynamic lubricating film thickness using dichromatic interferometry.

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    Guo, L; Wong, P L; Guo, F; Liu, H C

    2014-09-10

    This paper introduces the application of dichromatic interferometry for the study of hydrodynamic lubrication. In conventional methods, two beams with different colors are projected consecutively on a static object. By contrast, the current method deals with hydrodynamic lubricated contacts under running conditions and two lasers with different colors are projected simultaneously to form interference images. Dichromatic interferometry incorporates the advantages of monochromatic and chromatic interferometry, which are widely used in lubrication research. This new approach was evaluated statically and dynamically by measuring the inclination of static wedge films and the thickness of the hydrodynamic lubricating film under running conditions, respectively. Results show that dichromatic interferometry can facilitate real-time determination of lubricating film thickness and is well suited for the study of transient or dynamic lubricating problems. PMID:25321689

  2. Ultimate photovoltage in perovskite oxide heterostructures with critical film thickness

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    Wang Cong; Jin Kuijuan; Zhao Ruiqiang; Lu Huibin; Guo Haizhong; Ge Chen; He Meng; Wang Can; Yang Guozhen

    2011-05-02

    One order larger photovoltage is obtained with critical thicknesses of La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} films in both kinds of heterostructures of La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} (0.8 wt % Nb-doped) and La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3}/Si fabricated at various oxygen pressures. Our self-consistent calculation reveals that the critical thickness of the La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} film with the ultimate value of photovoltage is just the thickness of the depletion layer of La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} in both heterojunctions, respectively.

  3. A dry method to synthesize dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures utilizing CdSe quantum dots and Ag thin films.

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    Hu, Lian; Zhang, Bingpo; Xu, Tianning; Li, Ruifeng; Wu, Huizhen

    2015-01-01

    Dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures are synthesized in a dry environment by UV irradiating the hybrids composed of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and silver (Ag). UV irradiation on CdSe QDs induces a photooxidation effect on the QD surface and leads to the formation of SeO2 components. Then SeO2 reacts with the Ag atoms in either Ag film or QD layer to produce the Ag2Se. The growth mechanism of Ag2Se dendrites on solid Ag films is explored and explained by a diffusion limited aggregation model in which the QD layer provides enough freedom for Ag2Se motion. Since the oxidation of the CdSe QDs is the critical step for the Ag2Se dendrites formation this dry chemical interaction between QDs and Ag film can be applied in the study of the QD surface chemical properties. With this dry synthesis method, the Ag2Se dendrites can also be facilely formed at the designed area on Ag substrates. PMID:25483981

  4. A dry method to synthesize dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures utilizing CdSe quantum dots and Ag thin films

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    Hu, Lian; Zhang, Bingpo; Xu, Tianning; Li, Ruifeng; Wu, Huizhen

    2015-01-01

    Dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures are synthesized in a dry environment by UV irradiating the hybrids composed of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and silver (Ag). UV irradiation on CdSe QDs induces a photooxidation effect on the QD surface and leads to the formation of SeO2 components. Then SeO2 reacts with the Ag atoms in either Ag film or QD layer to produce the Ag2Se. The growth mechanism of Ag2Se dendrites on solid Ag films is explored and explained by a diffusion limited aggregation model in which the QD layer provides enough freedom for Ag2Se motion. Since the oxidation of the CdSe QDs is the critical step for the Ag2Se dendrites formation this dry chemical interaction between QDs and Ag film can be applied in the study of the QD surface chemical properties. With this dry synthesis method, the Ag2Se dendrites can also be facilely formed at the designed area on Ag substrates.

  5. Film thickness measurements on five fluid formulations by the mercury squeeze film capacitance technique

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    Jones, W. R., Jr.; Johnson, R. L.; Hyslop, I.; Day, R.

    1976-01-01

    The thinning characteristics of five fluids were studied by measuring film thickness as a function of time. The mercury squeeze film capacitance technique was used. All tests were performed at room temperature. The synthetic hydrocarbon plus a nematic liquid crystal, N-(p-methoxybenzylidene)-p-butylaniline, thinned according to a Newtonian model and retained its bulk viscosity. The synthetic hydrocarbon plus a phosphonate antiwear additive and the synthetic hydrocarbon plus n-hexadecanol produced residual thick films. The synthetic hydrocarbon base fluids and the synthetic hydrocarbon plus a paraffinic resin displayed viscosity increases during thinning, but no residual films were formed.

  6. Growth of ultrathin vanadium oxide films on Ag(100)

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    Nakamura, Takuya; Sugizaki, Yuichi; Ishida, Shuhei; Edamoto, Kazuyuki; Ozawa, Kenichi

    2016-07-01

    Vanadium oxide films were grown on Ag(100) by vanadium deposition in O2 and subsequent annealing at 450 °C. It was found that at least three types of ordered V oxide films, which showed (1 × 1), hexagonal, and (4 × 1) LEED patterns, were formed on Ag(100) depending on the O2 pressure during deposition and conditions during postannealing. The films with the hexagonal and (1 × 1) periodicities were characterized by photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) analysis. The film with the (1 × 1) periodicity was ascribed to a VO(100) film. On the other hand, the film with the hexagonal periodicity was found to be composed of V2O3, and the analysis of the LEED pattern revealed that the lattice parameter of the hexagonal lattice is 0.50 nm, which is very close to that of corundum V2O3(0001) (0.495 nm).

  7. Effect of film thickness and particle size on cracking stresses in drying latex films.

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    Yow, Huai Nyin; Goikoetxea, Monika; Goehring, Lucas; Routh, Alexander F

    2010-12-15

    The stress at which latex films crack during drying was investigated using beam bending. Two systems were investigated: (i) poly(methyl methacrylate/butyl acrylate) particles cast as thin films to examine the effect of film thickness on cracking film stress and (ii) polystyrene particles dried as drops to investigate the effect of particle size. Results indicated an inverse relationship between film thickness and film stress, whilst film stress was shown to be independent of the original particle size. These outcomes were in good agreement with Tirumkudulu and Russel's theoretical analysis [M.S. Tirumkudulu and W.B. Russel, Langmuir 21 (2005) 4938], albeit the measured stress values were almost twice the theoretical estimation.

  8. Improved resolution of thick film resist: effect of development technique

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    Sensu, Yoshihisa; Sekiguchi, Atsushi; Miyake, Yasuhiro

    2002-07-01

    In view of the fact that little analysis of the mechanism for the achievement of high resolution or a high aspect ratio in the thick-film resist process has been performed, we study development properties with respect to differences between the development methods employed for pattern formation using thick-film resist. This study identifies the most effective development method for thick-film resist and reports the mechanism of development. For this investigation, we use a development rate measurement system, a mask aligner, and lithography simulator to examine the dipping development method, the step puddle development method, the vibration development method, and the reverse development method. We employ a thick-film positive resist composed of diazo-naphthoquinone (DNQ) and Novolak resin, which is coated on a silicon substrate to a thickness of 24 micrometers . After pre-baking, the coated substrate is placed in a vacuum dessicator to remove water, followed by immersion in deionized water for a fixed period. A mask pattern is transferred to the resist coated substrate with a Mask Aligner Q4000 made by Quintel Corporation, and then the rate of development is measured. A laser microscope analysis of the result indicates that the step puddle development method gives the highest pattern resolution and sharpness, followed by the vibration development method, the dipping development method, and lastly the reverse development method. The mechanisms of the development are studied by comparing the development contrast and the energy of activation involved in each development method, and by conducting resist pattern simulations. The results indicate that the factors responsible for retarding the progression of the development process and causing a degradation of pattern profile and resolution are development inhibition due to N2 released from inside the resist during the development process, and due to products that are dissolved in the development solution.

  9. Thickness dependent electronic structure and morphology of rubrene thin films on metal, semiconductor, and dielectric substrates

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    Sinha, Sumona; Mukherjee, M.

    2013-08-01

    The evolution of the electronic structure and morphology of rubrene thin films on noble-metal, semiconductor and dielectric substrates have been investigated as a function of thickness of deposited films by using photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The clean polycrystalline Au and Ag were used as noble-metals, whereas, H passivated and SiO2 coated Si (100) were used as semiconductors and dielectric substrates. Discussion and comparison on interface dipole, energy level alignment, and surface morphology for the four cases are presented. The formation of dipole at metallic interfaces is found to occur due to push back effect. S parameter obtained from the variation of barrier height with the change of work function of the contacting metal indicates moderately weak interaction between rubrene and the metal substrates. The thickness dependent energy level alignment of the physisorbed rubrene films on different substrates is explained by a dielectric model in terms of electrostatic screening of photo-holes or photoemission final state relaxation energy. Films on all the substrates are found to grow following Stranski-Krastnov type growth mode and are more ordered at higher coverage.

  10. Effect of wettability on surface morphologies and optical properties of Ag thin films grown on glass and polymer substrates by thermal evaporation

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    Lv, Jing

    2013-05-01

    A series of Ag films with different thicknesses were deposited on BK-7 glass, PET and PC substrates under identical conditions by thermal evaporation. The effect of the wettability on the morphology and optical properties of Ag/glass and Ag/polymer films was studied by atomic force microscopy and spectrophotometry. The experimental results show that the wettability of Ag grains with polymer is stronger than with glass, which results in the aggregation of bigger grains in initial layer. During deposition the interaction of interlayer plays an important role for the formation of the surface morphology. The strong wettability activates the nonlinear optical properties of Ag grains grown on polymer substrates, which result in the strong absorbance in short wavelength. The effect of the bare substrate on the transmittance of Ag films is more obvious than the reflectance. With the increasing of the thickness, the effect of the wettability on the morphology and optical properties of Ag films decline. In this experiment when the thickness is above 50 nm, the effect almost vanished.

  11. Properties of micrometer-thick plasma-polymerized tetrafluoroethylene films

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    Butler, M.A.; Buss, R.J.; Galuska, A. )

    1991-08-15

    Several physical properties of thin plasma-polymerized films have been measured using a new fiber-optic-based technique. Films of plasma-polymerized tetrafluoroethylene (PPTFE) deposited on the end of an optical fiber form an optical cavity, the reflectivity of which is very sensitive to the film thickness. The fiber is used as an {ital in} {ital situ} monitor of the deposition rate in the plasma and, after removal from the plasma, the mechanical properties of the film can be measured. With this measurement technique the thermal expansion of the film normal to its surface as well as the swelling of the film when exposed to an array of organic solvents have been determined. A significantly smaller thermal-expansion coefficient and larger degree of swelling are observed relative to bulk PTFE. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements show that the fluorocarbon chains are highly branched and have a fluorine-to-carbon ratio of 1.45. These results suggest that the plasma-polymerized films are not crystalline and are heavily cross linked.

  12. Effects of alkali treatments on Ag nanowire transparent conductive films

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    Kim, Sunho; Kang, Jun-gu; Eom, Tae-yil; Moon, Bongjin; Lee, Hoo-Jeong

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we employ various alkali materials (alkali metals with different base strengths, and ammonia gas and solution) to improve the conductivity of silver nanowire (Ag NW)-networked films. The alkali treatment appears to remove the surface oxide and improve the conductivity. When applied with TiO2 nanoparticles, the treatment appears more effective as the alkalis gather around wire junctions and help them weld to each other via heat emitted from the reduction reaction. The ammonia solution treatment is found to be quick and aggressive, damaging the wires severely in the case of excessive treatment. On the other hand, the ammonia gas treatment seems much less aggressive and does not damage the wires even after a long exposure. The results of this study highlight the effectiveness of the alkali treatment in improving of the conductivity of Ag NW-networked transparent conductive films.

  13. Chemical vapor deposition reactor. [providing uniform film thickness

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    Chern, S. S.; Maserjian, J. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    An improved chemical vapor deposition reactor is characterized by a vapor deposition chamber configured to substantially eliminate non-uniformities in films deposited on substrates by control of gas flow and removing gas phase reaction materials from the chamber. Uniformity in the thickness of films is produced by having reactive gases injected through multiple jets which are placed at uniformally distributed locations. Gas phase reaction materials are removed through an exhaust chimney which is positioned above the centrally located, heated pad or platform on which substrates are placed. A baffle is situated above the heated platform below the mouth of the chimney to prevent downdraft dispersion and scattering of gas phase reactant materials.

  14. Thin soap films are quasi-2D fluids and thick soap films are not

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    Vivek, Skanda; Weeks, Eric R.

    2012-11-01

    We use microrheology to measure the 2D (interfacial) viscosity of soap films. Microrheology uses the diffusive motion of tracer particles suspended in the soap film to infer the viscosity. Our particles are colloids of diameter d = 0 . 5 μm. We measure the interfacial viscosity of soap films ranging in thickness from h = 0 . 5 μm to 2.0 μm. The thickness of these films is measured using the infrared absorbance of the water based soap films, based on a previous setup [X. L. Wu, R. Levine, M. A. Rutgers, H. Kellay, W.I. Goldburg, Rev. Sci. Inst. 72, 2467 (2001)]. From the knowledge of the film thickness and the viscosity of the fluid used to make the film, we can infer the interfacial viscosity due to the surfactant layers at the film/air interfaces. Consistent results are found for thin films (h / d < 3) whereas for thicker films inconsistent and unphysical results are found indicating 3D effects begin to play a role. The transition from 2D to 3D properties as a function of h / d is sharp.

  15. In situ fabrication of AgI films on various substrates

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    Zheng, Z. Liu, A.R.; Wang, S.M.; Huang, B.J.; Ma, X.M.; Zhao, H.X.; Li, D.P.; Zhang, L.Z.

    2008-08-04

    A facile solution-phase chemical route is developed to directly construct silver iodide (AgI) films/crystals on various substrates including silver foil, silicon wafer and glass, etc. The resulting AgI films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The AgI films with different morphologies can be obtained by controlling the reaction parameters. This method is a simple and fast way for in situ deposition of AgI crystals/films on different substrates. These films may be applied in chemical sensing systems and solid-state batteries as solid electrolytes.

  16. Spoof-like plasmonic behavior of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition grown Ag thin films

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    Prokes, S. M.; Glembocki, O. J.; Cleveland, Erin; Caldwell, Josh D.; Foos, Edward; Niinistoe, Jaakko; Ritala, Mikko

    2012-01-30

    The plasmonic behavior of Ag thin films produced by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) has been investigated. We show that as-deposited flat PEALD Ag films exhibit unexpected plasmonic properties, and the plasmonic enhancement can differ markedly, depending on the microstructure of the Ag film. Electromagnetic field simulations indicate that this plasmonic behavior is due to air gaps that are an inherent property of the mosaic-like microstructure of the PEALD-grown Ag film, suggesting that this is a metamaterial with behavior very similar to what would be expected in spoof plasmonics where gaps are fabricated in films to create plasmonic-like resonances.

  17. Discrete component bonding and thick film materials study

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    Kinser, D. L.

    1975-01-01

    The results are summarized of an investigation of discrete component bonding reliability and a fundamental study of new thick film resistor materials. The component bonding study examined several types of solder bonded components with some processing variable studies to determine their influence upon bonding reliability. The bonding reliability was assessed using the thermal cycle: 15 minutes at room temperature, 15 minutes at +125 C 15 minutes at room temperature, and 15 minutes at -55 C. The thick film resistor materials examined were of the transition metal oxide-phosphate glass family with several elemental metal additions of the same transition metal. These studies were conducted by preparing a paste of the subject composition, printing, drying, and firing using both air and reducing atmospheres. The resulting resistors were examined for adherence, resistance, thermal coefficient of resistance, and voltage coefficient of resistance.

  18. Texture characterization of high T sub c thick films

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    Biondo, A.C.; Kallend, J.S.; Poeppel, R.B.; Lanagan, M.T. ); Schofield, T.C. )

    1990-06-01

    The anisotropic properties which exist in all high-{Tc} compounds make it necessary to characterize the preferred orientation (or texture) of crystals which results from various processing methods. Once a suitable preferred orientation is achieved, a significant increase in performance is anticipated. In this study, thick films ({approximately}80 {mu}m) of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) on silver substrates were characterized by pole figure techniques to obtain an Orientation Distribution Function (ODF). 6 refs., 5 figs.

  19. Ice-Accretion Scaling Using Water-Film Thickness Parameters

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    Anderson, David N.; Feo, Alejandro

    2003-01-01

    Studies were performed at INTA in Spain to determine water-film thickness on a stagnation-point probe inserted in a simulated cloud. The measurements were correlated with non-dimensional parameters describing the flow and the cloud conditions. Icing scaling tests in the NASA Glenn Icing Research Tunnel were then conducted using the Ruff scaling method with the scale velocity found by matching scale and reference values of either the INTA non-dimensional water-film thickness or a Weber number based on that film thickness. For comparison, tests were also performed using the constant drop-size Weber number and the average-velocity methods. The reference and scale models were both aluminum, 61-cm-span, NACA 0012 airfoil sections at 0 deg. AOA. The reference had a 53-cm-chord and the scale, 27 cm (1/2 size). Both models were mounted vertically in the center of the IRT test section. Tests covered a freezing fraction range of 0.28 to 1.0. Rime ice (n = 1.0) tests showed the consistency of the IRT calibration over a range of velocities. At a freezing fraction of 0.76, there was no significant difference in the scale ice shapes produced by the different methods. For freezing fractions of 0.40, 0.52 and 0.61, somewhat better agreement with the reference horn angles was typically achieved with the average-velocity and constant-film thickness methods than when either of the two Weber numbers was matched to the reference value. At a freezing fraction of 0.28, the four methods were judged equal in providing simulations of the reference shape.

  20. Development of Thick-Film Thermoelectric Microcoolers Using Electrochemical Deposition

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    Fleurial, J.-P.; Borshchevsky, A.; Ryan, M. A.; Phillips, W. M.; Snyder, J. G.; Caillat, T.; Kolawa, E. A.; Herman, J. A.; Mueller, P.; Nicolet, M.

    2000-01-01

    Advanced thermoelectric microdevices integrated into thermal management packages and low power, electrical source systems are of interest for a variety of space and terrestrial applications. By shrinking the size of the thermoelements, or legs, of these devices, it becomes possible to handle much higher heat fluxes, as well as operate at much lower currents and higher voltages that are more compatible with electronic components. The miniaturization of state-of-the-art thermoelectric module technology based on Bi2Te3 alloys is limited due to mechanical and manufacturing constraints for both leg dimensions (100-200 gm thick minimum) and the number of legs (100-200 legs maximum). We are investigating the development of novel microdevices combining high thermal conductivity substrate materials such as diamond, thin film metallization and patterning technology, and electrochemical deposition of thick thermoelectric films. It is anticipated that thermoelectric microcoolers with thousands of thermocouples and capable of pumping more than 200 W/sq cm over a 30 to 60 K temperature difference can be fabricated. In this paper, we report on our progress in developing an electrochemical deposition process for obtaining 10-50 microns thick films of Bi2Te3 and its solid solutions. Results presented here indicate that good quality n-type Bi2Te3, n-type Bi2Te(2.95)Se(0.05) and p-type Bi(0.5)Sb(1.5)Te3 thick films can be deposited by this technique. Some details about the fabrication of the miniature thermoelements are also described.

  1. Surfactant micelles containing solubilized oil decrease foam film thickness stability.

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    Lee, Jongju; Nikolov, Alex; Wasan, Darsh

    2014-02-01

    Many practical applications involving three-phase foams (aqueous foams containing oil) commonly employ surfactants at several times their critical micelle concentration (CMC); in these applications, the oil can exist in two forms: (1) oil drops or macroemulsions and (2) oil solubilized within the micelles. We have recently observed that in the case of aqueous foams stabilized with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and n-dodecane as an oil, the oil drops did not alter the foam stability but the solubilized oil (swollen micelles) greatly influenced the foam's stability. In order to explain the effect of oil solubilized in the surfactant micelles on foam stability, we studied the stability of a single foam film containing swollen micelles of SDS using reflected light microinterferometry. The film thinning occurs in stepwise manner (stratification). In addition, we obtained data for the film-meniscus contact angle versus film thickness (corresponding to the different number of micellar layers) and used it to calculate the film structural energy isotherm. The results of this study showed that the structural energy stabilization barrier decreased in the presence of swollen micelles in the film, thereby decreasing the foam stability. These results provide a better understanding of the role of oil solubilized by the micelles in affecting foam stability. PMID:24267325

  2. Effect of Substrates on Film Hardness Measurements of Nanometer Thick Amorphous Carbon Films

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    Akasaka, Hiroki; Ito, Hiroki; Nakano, Masayuki; Ohshio, Shigeo; Saitoh, Hidetoshi

    Amorphous carbon film (a-C:H) applications, such as hard disks, require films with nanometer thicknesses. In an indentation test, the obtained hardness values of these films are affected by substrates. On the indentation tests, we studied the effect of substrate hardness on films less than 200 nm in thickness. a-C:H and Si doped a-C:H (a-C:Si:H) films were deposited by electron cyclotron resonance plasma chemical vapor deposition onto aluminum (Al) and silicon (Si) substrates. The film thicknesses were approximately 140 nm. The hardnesses of the a-C:H film and substrates were obtained using a high-resolution indentation tester (pico-dentor) with a Vickers tip whose depth resolution was 0.04 nm. Maximum indentation loads were varied from 0.01 to 0.5 mN. The Martens hardnesses of films on the Al and Si substrates were 600 and 7000 N/mm2, respectively. On the a-C:Si:H film deposited on the Al substrate, the hardnesses increased from 1600 to 3900 N/mm2 with decreasing indentation load. The hardnesses of the films deposited on the Si substrate decreased from 5300 to 3500 N/mm2 when the maximum indentation loads were reduced. The effect of the substrates increased with the maximum load increasing. From these findings, the actual hardness value was determined to be 3600 N/mm2. These results indicate that the high-resolution indentation test achieved hardness estimations for nanometer-thick films with certain hardnesses.

  3. Desorption of Ag from Grain Boundaries in Ag Film on Br and H-Passivated Si(111) Surfaces

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    Roy, Anupam; Batabyal, R.; Mahato, J. C.; Dev, B. N.; Sundaravel, B.

    2011-07-15

    Growth of Ag film on Br- and H-passivated Si(111) surfaces was examined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) techniques. The phenomenon of thermal grooving was observed after annealing at higher temperatures. Hierarchical desorption of Ag from the grain boundaries produce a fractal structure of Ag-depleted regions. Hierarchical desorption may be used for nanopatterning of the layer.

  4. Influence of the Film Thickness on the Crystallization of Poly(e-Caprolactone) Ultrathin Films, a Real Time AFM Study.

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    Mareau, Vincent H.; Prud'Homme, Robert E.

    2004-03-01

    Whereas spherulitic crystallization in thick polymer films has been extensively studied (kinetics and morphology), the understanding of the influence of the film thickness on the crystallization process in ultrathin films is still incomplete. In a previous study (Mareau, V.H.; Prud'homme, R.E. Macromolecules 2002, 36, 675), radial growth rates measured during isothermal crystallization of poly(e-caprolactone)/poly(vinyl chloride) (PCL/PVC) blends thin films (between 1000 and 100 nm) were found to decrease with the film thickness. However, no variation was observed in this range of thicknesses for pure PCL. In this work, ultrathin (less than 100 nm) spin-coated PCL films were isothermally crystallized and observed by AFM. Crystallizations were performed at low supercooling and isolated flat-on lamellae with a truncated lozenge shape were observed. Growth rates decrease for film thicknesses below 30 nm, along with distinct morphological modifications, and non-linear growth are observed in 5 nm thick films.

  5. Effect of YBa2Cu3O7-δ film thickness on the dielectric properties of Ba0.1Sr0.9TiO3 in Ag /Ba0.1Sr0.9TiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ/LaAlO3 multilayer structures

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    Zhu, Xiaohong; Peng, Wei; Li, Jie; Chen, Yingfei; Tian, Haiyan; Xu, Xiaoping; Zheng, Dongning

    2005-01-01

    Ferroelectric and superconductor bilayers of Ba0.1Sr0.9TiO3 (BSTO)/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO), with different YBCO film thicknesses, have been fabricated in situ by pulsed-laser deposition on 1.2° vicinal LaAlO3 substrates. The dielectric properties of BSTO thin films were measured with a parallel-plate capacitor configuration in the temperature range of 77-300K. We observed a strong dependence of the dielectric properties of BSTO thin films on the thickness of the YBCO layer. As the YBCO-film thickness increases, the temperature of the dielectric permittivity maximum of BSTO thin films shifts to higher values, and the leakage current and dielectric loss increase drastically, while the dielectric constant and dielectric tunability decrease remarkably. The results are explained in terms of the transformation in the growth mode of the YBCO layer from two-dimensional step flow to three-dimensional island that leads to significant deterioration in the dielectric properties of BSTO thin films. We propose that improved dielectric properties could be obtained by reasonably manipulating the growth mode of the YBCO layer in the multilayer structures.

  6. Barkhausen noise in variable thickness amorphous finemet films

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    Puppin, Ezio; Pinotti, Ermanno; Brenna, Massimiliano

    2007-03-15

    We measured the statistical properties of Barkhausen noise in finemet films with nominal composition Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 22.5}B{sub 4} and variable thickness between 25 and 1000 nm. Films have been sputtered on glass substrates and their structure is amorphous. The critical exponents of the power-law distributions for the jumps amplitude show a remarkable stability over the whole thickness range, whereas the other macroscopic magnetic properties undergo strong variations. The value of the critical exponent is about 0.8 between 50 and 500 nm with a small increase up to 1.0 at 1000 nm. These values are similar to those observed with the same experimental technique in other two-dimensional (2D) systems, but definitely smaller with respect to the values observed in truly three-dimensional (3D) systems. Our data therefore indicate that, in the investigated thickness range, the behavior remains typical of 2D systems. The small increase of the critical exponent at 1000 nm might be an indication of a starting transition toward a 3D behavior.

  7. Characterization of the Ag/YBa2Cu3O(7-x) contact in thin films

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    Jia, Q. X.; Anderson, W. A.; Zheng, J. P.; Zhu, Y. Z.; Patel, S.

    1990-12-01

    Ag contacts to very thin superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films were prepared by thermal evaporation. The nature of the Ag/YBa2Cu3O(7-x) contact during thermal treatment was in situ investigated by a combination of three- and four-terminal resistance measurements. The experimental results suggested that the interaction between Ag and the YBa2Cu3O(7-x) film began at a temperature of around 370 C. The lack of reproducibility in forming a low-resistance contact to very thin YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films and the high probability of degrading the film quality after thermal treatment of the contact might be due to the excess Ag doping in YBa2Cu3O(7-x). Ag island formation, as revealed by SEM after thermal treatment of the contact, is a limitation of Ag for use as a good contact electrode for very thin superconducting films.

  8. Microstructure and tribological properties of NbN-Ag composite films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ju, Hongbo; Xu, Junhua

    2015-11-01

    Recently, the chameleon thin films were developed with the purpose of adjusting their chemistry at self-mating interfaces in response to environmental changes at a wide temperature range. However, very few studies have focused on what state the lubricious noble metal exists in the films and the tribological properties at room temperature (RT). Composite NbN-Ag films with various Ag content (Ag/(Nb + Ag)) were deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering to investigate the crystal structure, mechanical and tribological properties. A combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses showed that face-centered cubic (fcc) NbN, hexagonal close-packed (hcp) NbN and fcc silver coexisted in NbN-Ag films. The incorporation of soft Ag into NbN matrix led to the hardness decrease from 29.6 GPa at 0 at.% Ag to 11.3 GPa at 19.9 at.% Ag. Tribological properties of NbN-Ag films performed using dry pin-on-disc wear tests against Al2O3 depended on Ag content to a large extent. The average friction coefficient and wear rate of NbN-Ag films decreased as Ag content increased from 4.0 to 9.2 at.%. With a further increase of Ag content, the average friction coefficient further decreased, while the wear rate increased gradually. The optimal Ag content was found to be 9.2-13.5 at.%, which showed low average friction coefficient values of 0.46-0.40 and wear rate values of 1.1 × 10-8 to 1.7 × 10-8 mm3/(mm N). 3D Profiler and Raman spectroscopy measurements revealed that the lubricant tribo-film AgNbO3 detected on the surface of the wear tracks could lead to the friction coefficient curve stay constant and decrease the average friction coefficients. The decrease of wear rate was mainly attributed to the lubricant tribo-film AgNbO3 as Ag content increased from 4.0 to 9.2 at.%; with a further increase in Ag content, the wear rate increased with increasing Ag content in NbN-Ag films because a

  9. Structural and electronic properties of V2O3 ultrathin film on Ag(001): LEED and photoemission study

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

    2016-05-01

    V2O3 ultrathin films were grown on Ag(001) substrate by reactive evaporation of vanadium (V) metal in presence of oxygen and their structural and electronic properties were studied by Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-ray Photo Electron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopic (ARPES) techniques, respectively. On top of square symmetry substrate Ag(001), hexagonal surface of V2O3 (0001) is stabilized in the form of two domain structure, rotated by 30°(or 90°)to each other, has been observed by LEED. Rather than epitaxial flat monolayer, formation of well-ordered V2O3 (0001) island has been confirmed from the LEED and the Photoemission Spectroscopic (PES) study. Stoichiometry of the grown film was confirmed by the XPS study. Evolution of valance band electronic structure of V2O3 (0001) surface has been studied as a function of film thickness by ARPES.

  10. Auto-calibration of ultrasonic lubricant-film thickness measurements

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    Reddyhoff, T.; Dwyer-Joyce, R. S.; Zhang, J.; Drinkwater, B. W.

    2008-04-01

    The measurement of oil film thickness in a lubricated component is essential information for performance monitoring and design. It is well established that such measurements can be made ultrasonically if the lubricant film is modelled as a collection of small springs. The ultrasonic method requires that component faces are separated and a reference reflection recorded in order to obtain a reflection coefficient value from which film thickness is calculated. The novel and practically useful approach put forward in this paper and validated experimentally allows reflection coefficient measurement without the requirement for a reference. This involves simultaneously measuring the amplitude and phase of an ultrasonic pulse reflected from a layer. Provided that the acoustic properties of the substrate are known, the theoretical relationship between the two can be fitted to the data in order to yield reflection coefficient amplitude and phase for an infinitely thick layer. This is equivalent to measuring a reference signal directly, but importantly does not require the materials to be separated. The further valuable aspect of this approach, which is demonstrated experimentally, is its ability to be used as a self-calibrating routine, inherently compensating for temperature effects. This is due to the relationship between the amplitude and phase being unaffected by changes in temperature which cause unwanted changes to the incident pulse. Finally, error analysis is performed showing how the accuracy of the results can be optimized. A finding of particular significance is the strong dependence of the accuracy of the technique on the amplitude of reflection coefficient input data used. This places some limitations on the applicability of the technique.

  11. Film thickness for different regimes of fluid-film lubrication. [elliptical contacts

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    Hamrock, B. J.; Dowson, D.

    1983-01-01

    Mathematical formulas are presented which express the dimensionless minimum film thickness for the four lubrication regimes found in elliptical contacts: isoviscous-rigid regime; piezoviscous-rigid regime; isoviscous-elastic regime; and piezoviscous-elastic regime. The relative importance of pressure on elastic distortion and lubricant viscosity is the factor that distinguishes these regimes for a given conjunction geometry. In addition, these equations were used to develop maps of the lubrication regimes by plotting film thickness contours on a log-log grid of the dimensionless viscosity and elasticity parameters for three values of the ellipticity parameter. These results present a complete theoretical film thickness parameter solution for elliptical constants in the four lubrication regimes. The results are particularly useful in initial investigations of many practical lubrication problems involving elliptical conjunctions.

  12. Method for making thick and/or thin film

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    Pham, Ai Quoc; Glass, Robert S.

    2004-11-02

    A method to make thick or thin films a very low cost. The method is generally similar to the conventional tape casting techniques while being more flexible and versatile. The invention involves preparing a slip (solution) of desired material and including solvents such as ethanol and an appropriate dispersant to prevent agglomeration. The slip is then sprayed on a substrate to be coated using an atomizer which spreads the slip in a fine mist. Upon hitting the substrate, the solvent evaporates, leaving a green tape containing the powder and other additives, whereafter the tape may be punctured, cut, and heated for the desired application. The tape thickness can vary from about 1 .mu.m upward.

  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. 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.

  15. Residual stress measurement and microstructural characterization of thick beryllium films

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    Detor, A; Wang, M; Hodge, A M; Chason, E; Walton, C; Hamza, A V; Xu, H; Nikroo, A

    2008-02-11

    Beryllium films are synthesized by a magnetron sputtering technique incorporating in-situ residual stress measurement. Monitoring the stress evolution in real time provides quantitative through-thickness information on the effects of various processing parameters, including sputtering gas pressure and substrate biasing. Specimens produced over a wide range of stress states are characterized via transmission and scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy, in order to correlate the stress data with microstructure. A columnar grain structure is observed for all specimens, and surface morphology is found to be strongly dependent on processing conditions. Analytical models of stress generation are reviewed and discussed in terms of the observed microstructure.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Varying Concentrations of Ag-doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Hachlica, Justin; Wadie-Ibrahim, Patrick; Sahiner, M. Alper

    Silver doped ZnO is a promising compound for photovoltaic solar cell use. Doping this compound with varying amounts of silver will theoretically make this type of thin film more efficient by reducing the overall resistance and increasing the voltage and current output. The extent of this promise is being tested experimentally, by analysis of both the electrical and the surface roughness properties of the cells. Ag-doped Zinc Oxide is deposited by method of Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) onto Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) coated Glass. Annealing effects were also observed by varying the temperature at which the annealing occurred after synthesis of the sample. Thickness is confirmed by use of Ellipsometery. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) measurements confirmed a ZnO crystal structure on the thin films. The active dopant carrier concentrations were determined using a Hall Effect Measuring System. Finally, the photovoltaic properties of the film are recorded by using a Keithley Source Meter. The structural characterization and electrical results of the effect of Ag doping on ZnO will then be discussed.

  17. Optical and structural properties of Cr and Ag thin films deposited on glass substrate

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    Rauf, A.; Ahmed, K.; Nasim, F.; Khan, A. N.; Gul, A.

    2016-08-01

    Most of the rotating or noting patterns are being developed by using silver plating through chemical coating. Silver layers deteriorate with the passage of time and become less reflective while undergo through cleaning process due to its softness and the results become unpredictable. In this paper an alternate method for development of above mentioned pattern has been demonstrated. Chromium (Cr) and Silver (Ag) thin films of 200nm and 160nm thick respectively have been realized using electron beam evaporation (PVD technique) on quartz substrate. Structural analysis has been carried out by XRD and SEM while optical transmission/reflection has been studied using spectrophotometer. XRD analysis shows that Ag coated thin films exhibit FCC structure while Cr coated thin films reveals a BCC structure. SEM analysis shows almost smooth and uniform surfaces in both cases. After passing through high and low temperature cycles it was found that the results of pattern structures developed by chromium coating were more reliable than obtained through silver platting process.

  18. Reduced temperature-dependent thermal conductivity of magnetite thin films by controlling film thickness

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    Park, No-Won; Lee, Won-Yong; Kim, Jin-A.; Song, Kyungjun; Lim, Hyuneui; Kim, Wan-Doo; Yoon, Soon-Gil; Lee, Sang-Kwon

    2014-02-01

    We report on the out-of-plane thermal conductivities of epitaxial Fe3O4 thin films with thicknesses of 100, 300, and 400 nm, prepared using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on SiO2/Si substrates. The four-point probe three-omega (3- ω) method was used for thermal conductivity measurements of the Fe3O4 thin films in the temperature range of 20 to 300 K. By measuring the temperature-dependent thermal characteristics of the Fe3O4 thin films, we realized that their thermal conductivities significantly decreased with decreasing grain size and thickness of the films. The out-of-plane thermal conductivities of the Fe3O4 films were found to be in the range of 0.52 to 3.51 W/m · K at 300 K. For 100-nm film, we found that the thermal conductivity was as low as approximately 0.52 W/m · K, which was 1.7 to 11.5 order of magnitude lower than the thermal conductivity of bulk material at 300 K. Furthermore, we calculated the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity of these Fe3O4 films using a simple theoretical Callaway model for comparison with the experimental data. We found that the Callaway model predictions agree reasonably with the experimental data. We then noticed that the thin film-based oxide materials could be efficient thermoelectric materials to achieve high performance in thermoelectric devices.

  19. Nitrogen dioxide sensing properties of sprayed tungsten oxide thin film sensor: Effect of film thickness.

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    Ganbavle, V V; Mohite, S V; Agawane, G L; Kim, J H; Rajpure, K Y

    2015-08-01

    We report a study on effect of film thickness on NO2 sensing properties of sprayed WO3 thin films. WO3 thin films varying in thicknesses are deposited onto the glass substrates by simple spray pyrolysis technique by varying the volume of spray solution.Thin film gas sensors are characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and photoluminescence (PL) techniques to study their physical properties. Film having thickness 745nm has shown highest gas response of 97% with 12 and 412s response and recovery times, respectively towards 100ppm NO2 concentration. Gas response of 20% is observed towards 10ppm NO2 at 200°C operating temperature. Sensitivity of the optimal sensor is 0.83%/ppm when operating at 200°C with 10ppm lower detection limit. The response of the sensor is reproducible and WO3 films are highly selective towards NO2 in presence of mist of various interfering gases viz. H2S, NH3, LPG, CO and SO2. PMID:25898119

  20. Photocurrent enhancement of chemically synthesized Ag nanoparticle-embedded BiFeO3 thin films

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    Maruyama, Rika; Sakamoto, Wataru; Yuitoo, Isamu; Takeuchi, Teruaki; Hayashi, Koichiro; Yogo, Toshinobu

    2016-10-01

    BiFeO3 and Ag nanoparticle-embedded BiFeO3 thin films were prepared on Pt/TiO x /SiO2/Si and MgO(100) substrates using colloidal silver and BiFeO3 metal-organic precursor solutions. Colloidal silver solution was prepared by a chemical reductive method using NaBH4 as a reductant. The prepared Ag nanoparticles exhibited characteristic optical absorption properties based on their surface plasmon resonance related to particle size. The synthesized BiFeO3 and Ag nanoparticle/BiFeO3 thin films demonstrated rapid on/off responses of photocurrent to visible light. The Ag nanoparticle-incorporated BiFeO3 film exhibited a 2-4-fold higher photocurrent than the BiFeO3 film. Optical and ferroelectric properties did not change markedly even when Ag nanoparticles were embedded in the BiFeO3 thin film within the quantities of this study. Furthermore, in the Ag nanoparticle/BiFeO3 composite structure, Ag nanoparticles were introduced in the near-metallic state with maintained their nanometer size. In the Ag nanoparticle-embedded BiFeO3 film, photoinduced charge separation and transport of photoexcited carriers were enhanced by the surface plasmon effect of nanosized Ag particles as well as the internal bias electric field existed in the narrow-bandgap BiFeO3 thin film.

  1. Antibacterial activity of microstructured Ag/Au sacrificial anode thin films.

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    Köller, Manfred; Sengstock, Christina; Motemani, Yahya; Khare, Chinmay; Buenconsejo, Pio J S; Geukes, Jonathan; Schildhauer, Thomas A; Ludwig, Alfred

    2015-01-01

    Ten different Ag dot arrays (16 to 625 microstructured dots per square mm) were fabricated on a continuous Au thin film and for comparison also on Ti film by sputter deposition and photolithographic patterning. To analyze the antibacterial activity of these microstructured films Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were placed onto the array surfaces and cultivated overnight. To analyze the viability of planktonic as well as surface adherent bacteria, the applied bacterial fluid was subsequently aspirated, plated on blood agar plates and adherent bacteria were detected by fluorescence microscopy. A particular antibacterial effect towards both bacterial strains was induced by Ag dot arrays on fabricated Au thin film (sacrificial anode system for Ag), due to the release of Ag ions from dissolution of Ag dots in contrast to Ag dot arrays fabricated on the Ti thin films (non-sacrificial anode system for Ag) which remained intact to the original dot shape. The required number of Ag dots on gold film to achieve complete bactericidal effects for both bacterial strains was seven times lower than that observed with Ag dot arrays on Ti film.

  2. Na+ and Li+ NASICON Superionic Conductors Thick Films

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    Perthuis, H.; Velasco, G.; Colomban, Ph.

    1984-05-01

    For microionic applications, superionic conductors have been elaborated in the form of thick films, using silk-screen printable powders. Na3Zr2Si2PO12, Na3.1Zr1.55Si2.3P0.7O11 and Li0.8Zr1.8Ta0.2(PO4)3 compositions are synthesized by a sol-gel process involving hydrolysis-polycondensation reactions of metal-organic alcoholic solutions. A thermal treatment (600°C-800°C) allows to obtain very fine particles (<1 μm) with the pure NASICON phase. Inks are prepared with these powders, an organic binder, volatile fluidifying agents and mineralizers. The layers, about 50 μm in thickness, are achieved by successive deposits and sinterings (950°C-1050°C) onto alumina substrates. Films conductivity is determined by the complex impedance method. Values measured at 300°C (Na+: σ˜10-2 Ω-1cm-1, EA{=}0.25 eV, Li+: σ˜5 10-4 Ω-1cm-1, EA{=}0.5 eV) reach those obtained with well-densified ceramics. An anisotropic behaviour related to microstructure is pointed out.

  3. Adsorbate Effects on Film Evolution: Homoepitaxy on Ag(100)

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    Layson, A. R.; Thiel, P. A.

    2000-03-01

    We report the effects of various gases on the nucleation, and subsequent coarsening, of Ag islands on Ag(100). Both of these processes-nucleation and coarsening-are ultimately controlled by atomic-scale diffusional processes, and have been studied extensively for the clean surface [1]. Comparative study of these processes with and without background gases provides indirect evidence regarding their effect on atomic-scale diffusional processes. These UHV experiments were performed using High-Resolution Low Energy Electron Diffraction. Submonolayer films of Ag were deposited, with the sample held at 180 K and simultaneously exposed to the gas of choice, while subsequent coarsening was monitored after evacuation of the gas. Spot profile analysis shows the nucleation of islands is unaffected in the presence of oxygen, but the rate of subsequent coarsening is enhanced. Conversely, the presence of water vapor during deposition results in a decrease in the initial island density (indicating enhanced mobility), but shows no affect on subsequent coarsening. Exposure to CO had no effect on either nucleation density or coarsening. [1] P.A. Thiel and J.W. Evans, J. Phys. Chem. B 104 (2000) Feb.24

  4. Structure and bonding in photodiffused amorphous Ag-GeSe/sub 2/ thin films

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    Fischer-Colbrie, A.; Bienenstock, A.; Fuoss, P.H.; Marcus, M.A.

    1988-12-15

    Grazing-incidence x-ray scattering (GIXS) techniques have been used to study the local and intermediate-range order in photodiffused amorphous Ag-GeSe/sub 2/ thin films and a variety of Ag-Ge-Se alloys. Using synchrotron-radiation sources, the GIXS technique can be used in conjunction with radial-distribution-function analysis, differential anomalous x-ray scattering, and differential distribution-function analysis to study the structure of very thin amorphous films. With these techniques, we have determined that the local atomic structure of Ag-GeSe/sub 2/ films satisfies a model where Se-Ag dative bonds are formed, one Se-Ag covalent bond is formed for each Ag atom added (below a critical composition), and Ge-Ge bonds are created as Ag is added. This last result significantly modifies the intermediate-range order in this system.

  5. The influence of electron confinement, quantum size effects, and film morphology on the dispersion and the damping of plasmonic modes in Ag and Au thin films

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    Politano, Antonio; Chiarello, Gennaro

    2015-05-01

    Plasmons are collective longitudinal modes of charge fluctuation in metal samples excited by an external electric field. Surface plasmons (SPs) are waves that propagate along the surface of a conductor. SPs find applications in magneto-optic data storage, optics, microscopy, and catalysis. The investigation of SPs in silver and gold is relevant as these materials are extensively used in plasmonics. The theoretical approach for calculating plasmon modes in noble metals is complicated by the existence of localized d electrons near the Fermi level. Nevertheless, recent calculations based on linear response theory and time-dependent local density approximation adequately describe the dispersion and damping of SPs in noble metals. Furthermore, in thin films the electronic response is influenced by electron quantum confinement. Confined electrons modify the dynamical screening processes at the film/substrate interface by introducing novel properties with potential applications. The presence of quantum well states in the Ag and Au overlayer affects both the dispersion relation of SP frequency and the damping processes of the SP. Recent calculations indicate the emergence of acoustic surface plasmons (ASP) in Ag thin films exhibiting quantum well states. The slope of the dispersion of ASP decreases with film thickness. High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) is the main experimental technique for investigating collective electronic excitations, with adequate resolution in both the energy and momentum domains to investigate surface modes. Herein we review on recent progress of research on collective electronic excitations in Ag and Au films deposited on single-crystal substrates.

  6. Changes in the structure and tribological property of Ag film by LEO space environment exposure

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    Gao, Xiaoming; Hu, Ming; Sun, Jiayi; Fu, Yanlong; Yang, Jun; Weng, Lijun; Liu, Weimin

    2014-11-01

    Ag films, deposited by arc ion plating, had been exposed for 43.5 h in real low earth orbit (LEO) space environment by a space environment exposure device (SEED) aboard the China Shenzhou-7 manned spaceship. The structure, morphology, composition and tribological property of the Ag films after the space environment exposure (SEE) were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) and ball-on-disk tribometer, respectively. Depth XPS and XRD analysis revealed that after the SEE, the surface layer of Ag films was partially oxidized to Ag2O, the cracking and flaking phenomena could be observed from the film surface by FESEM, and so the Ag films lose its metallic shine and became gray. As a result, the tribological performance was deteriorated and the high/unstable friction was obtained.

  7. Research on the measurement of thin film thickness based on phaseshift interferometry

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    Shi, Yi-lei; Su, Jun-hong; Yang, Li-hong; Xu, Jun-qi

    2009-05-01

    Only by solving the problem of accurate measurement of thin film thickness, will it be possible to solve the problem of thin film preparation. A novel measurement method of thin film thickness based on phase-shift interferometry is presented in the paper. Taking advantage of Twyman-Green interferometer, the multi-frame interferogram measured the thin film can be obtained by receiving the interference fringes of thin film by means of CCD and using digital acquisition card to collect interferogram and with the help of computer control PZT driver and modulation piezoelectric regulator to promote reference mirror uniformly-spaced movement. After the gained interferogram were disposed of phase unwrapped, 3D wavefront containing the information of thin film thickness can be obtained. According to the characteristics between the thin film thickness and the unwrapping phase, taking advantage of the overlapping 4-frame average algorithm, corresponding relationships between the quantification phase information and thin film thickness of each point has been established to realize the thin film thickness accurate measurement. The results show that this method has the advantage of non-contact, the high accuracy, not only has testified the feasibility of film thickness measurement with phase-shift interferometry, but also has further ensured research and optimization of the thin film preparation technics. The PV and RMS value of the measured thin film thickness are 0.162μm and 0.043μm respectively.

  8. Influence of colorant and film thickness on thermal aging characteristics of oxo-biodegradable plastic bags

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    Leuterio, Giselle Lou D.; Pajarito, Bryan B.; Domingo, Carla Marie C.; Lim, Anna Patricia G.

    2016-05-01

    Functional, lightweight, strong and cheap plastic bags incorporated with pro-oxidants undergo accelerated degradation under exposure to heat and oxygen. This work investigated the effect of colorant and film thickness on thermal aging characteristics of commercial oxo-biodegradable plastic bag films at 70 °C. Degradation is monitored through changes in infrared absorption, weight, and tensile properties of thermally aged films. The presence of carbonyl band in infrared spectrum after 672 h of thermal aging supports the degradation behavior of exposed films. Results show that incorporation of colorant and increasing thickness exhibit low maximum weight uptake. Titanium dioxide as white colorant in films lowers the susceptibility of films to oxygen uptake but enhances physical degradation. Higher amount of pro-oxidant loading also contributes to faster degradation. Opaque films are characterized by low tensile strength and high elastic modulus. Decreasing the thickness contributes to lower tensile strength of films. Thermally aged films with colorant and low thickness promote enhanced degradation.

  9. Dependence of thermoelectric properties of lead salt thin films on film thickness

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    Rogacheva, E. I.; Tavrina, T. V.; Grigorov, S. N.; Nashchekina, O. N.; Nasedkin, K. A.; Vekhov, Ye. O.; Sipatov, A. Yu.; Volubnev, V. V.; Cronin, S. B.; Rabin, O.; Dresselhaus, M. S.

    2002-03-01

    The dependence of the thermoelectric properties of thin film lead salts (PbTe, PbSe, and PbS) grown on (001)KCl substrates was investigated as a function of film thickness d with and without a protective cap layer of 30 nm thick EuS. The differences in behavior between the various members of this lead salt family are discussed regarding the various thermoelectric parameters (electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, Hall coefficient, carrier mobility and power factor). Effects relating to oxidation, island formation, percolation, carrier sign inversion, lattice mismatch and non-monotonic and oscillatory thickness dependences of the thermoelectric parameters, are discussed. What can be learned by studying a family of compounds is emphasized.

  10. Relation between molecule ionization energy, film thickness and morphology of two indandione derivatives thin films

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    Grzibovskis, Raitis; Vembris, Aivars; Pudzs, Kaspars

    2016-08-01

    Nowadays most organic devices consist of thin (below 100 nm) layers. Information about the morphology and energy levels of thin films at such thickness is essential for the high efficiency devices. In this work we have investigated thin films of 2-(4-[N,N-dimethylamino]-benzylidene)-indene-1,3-dione (DMABI) and 2-(4-(bis(2-(trityloxy)ethyl)amino)benzylidene)-2H-indene-1,3-dione (DMABI-6Ph). DMABI-6Ph is the same DMABI molecule with attached bulky groups which assist formation of amorphous films from solutions. Polycrystalline structure was obtained for the DMABI thin films prepared by thermal evaporation in vacuum and amorphous structure for the DMABI-6Ph films prepared by spin-coating method. Images taken by SEM showed separate crystals or islands at the thickness of the samples below 100 nm. The ionization energy of the studied compounds was determined using photoemission yield spectroscopy. A vacuum level shift of 0.40 eV was observed when ITO electrode was covered with the thin film of the organic compound. Despite of the same active part of the investigated molecules the ITO/DMABI interface is blocking electrons while ITO/DMABI-6Ph interface is blocking holes.

  11. A 10-GHz film-thickness-mode cavity optomechanical resonator

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    Han, Xu; Fong, King Y.; Tang, Hong X.

    2015-04-01

    We report on the advance of chip-scale cavity optomechanical resonators to beyond 10 GHz by exploiting the fundamental acoustic thickness mode of an aluminum nitride micro-disk. By engineering the mechanical anchor to minimize the acoustic loss, a quality factor of 1830 and hence a frequency-quality factor product of 1.9 × 1013 Hz are achieved in ambient air at room temperature. Actuated by strong piezo-electric force, the micro-disk resonator shows an excellent electro-optomechanical transduction efficiency. Our detailed analysis of the electro-optomechanical coupling allows identification and full quantification of various acoustic modes spanning from super-high to X-band microwave frequencies measured in the thin film resonator.

  12. Development of metal oxide impregnated stilbite thick film ethanol sensor

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    Mahabole, M. P.; Lakhane, M. A.; Choudhari, A. L.; Khairnar, R. S.

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents the study of the sensing efficiency of Titanium oxide/ Stilbite and Copper oxide /Stilbite composites towards detection of hazardous pollutants like ethanol. Stilbite based composites are prepared by physically mixing zeolite with metal oxides namely TiO2 and CuO with weight ratios of 25:75, 50:50 and 75:25. The resulting sensor materials are characterized by X-ray diffraction and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy techniques. Composite sensors are fabricated in the form of thick film by using screen printing technique. The effect of metal oxide concentration on various ethanol sensing parameters such as operating temperature, maximum uptake capacity and response/recovery time are investigated. The results indicate that metal oxide impregnated stilbite composites have great potential as low temperature ethanol sensor.

  13. Magnetic Probe Construction using Thick-film Technology

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    Takahashi, H.; Sakakibara, S.; Kubota, Y.; and Yamada, H.

    2001-02-02

    Thick-film technology has been successfully adapted for the design and fabrication of magnetic probes of a new type suitable for use in the simultaneous ultra-high vacuum and high-temperature environment of a nuclear fusion device. The maximum usable temperature is expected to be around 900 degrees C. This new probe has a specific sensitivity (coupling area per unit volume) an order of magnitude higher than a conventional coil. The new probe in one implementation is capable of simultaneously measuring magnetic field in three orthogonal directions about a single spatial point and in two frequency ranges. Low-frequency coils have a measured coupling area of 296-323 cm squared and a frequency response of about 300 kHz. High-frequency coils have a design coupling area of 12-15 cm squared.

  14. Nonlinear optical characterization of the Ag nanoparticles doped in polyvinyl alcohol films

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    Ghanipour, Mahshad; Dorranian, Davoud

    2015-06-01

    The effect of silver nanoparticles doped in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) on the nonlinear optical properties of composite films is studied experimentally. Samples are PVA films of 0.14 mm thickness doped with different concentrations of silver nanoparticles. Nonlinear optical properties of doped polymer films are studied experimentally employing Z-scan techniques. Experiments are performed using the second harmonic of a continuous Nd-Yag laser beam at 532 nm wavelength and 45 mW power. The effect of nonlinear refractive index of samples is obtained by measuring the profile of propagated beam through the samples and their nonlinear refractive index is found to be negative. The nonlinear absorption coefficient is calculated using open aperture Z-scan data while its nonlinear refractive index is measured using the closed aperture Z-scan data, leads to measuring the third order susceptibility |χ(3)|. Real and imaginary parts of the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility |χ(3)| are decrease with increasing the concentration of Ag nanoparticles in the films. The values of thermo-optic coefficient are determined at different concentrations of silver nanoparticles for samples.

  15. Conductive and transparent multilayer films for low-temperature TiO2/Ag/SiO2 electrodes by E-beam evaporation with IAD

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Conductive and transparent multilayer thin films consisting of three alternating layers (TiO2/Ag/SiO2, TAS) have been fabricated for applications as transparent conducting oxides. Metal oxide and metal layers were prepared by electron-beam evaporation with ion-assisted deposition, and the optical and electrical properties of the resulting films as well as their energy bounding characteristics and microstructures were carefully investigated. The optical properties of the obtained TAS material were compared with those of well-known transparent metal oxide glasses such as ZnO/Ag/ZnO, TiO2/Ag/TiO2, ZnO/Cu/ZnO, and ZnO/Al/ZnO. The weathering resistance of the TAS film was improved by using a protective SiO2 film as the uppermost layer. The transmittance spectra and sheet resistance of the material were carefully measured and analyzed as a function of the layer thickness. By properly adjusting the thickness of the metal and dielectric films, a low sheet resistance of 6.5 ohm/sq and a high average transmittance of over 89% in the 400 to 700 nm wavelength regions were achieved. We found that the Ag layer played a significant role in determining the optical and electrical properties of this film. PMID:24433437

  16. Reduced temperature-dependent thermal conductivity of magnetite thin films by controlling film thickness

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    2014-01-01

    We report on the out-of-plane thermal conductivities of epitaxial Fe3O4 thin films with thicknesses of 100, 300, and 400 nm, prepared using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on SiO2/Si substrates. The four-point probe three-omega (3-ω) method was used for thermal conductivity measurements of the Fe3O4 thin films in the temperature range of 20 to 300 K. By measuring the temperature-dependent thermal characteristics of the Fe3O4 thin films, we realized that their thermal conductivities significantly decreased with decreasing grain size and thickness of the films. The out-of-plane thermal conductivities of the Fe3O4 films were found to be in the range of 0.52 to 3.51 W/m · K at 300 K. For 100-nm film, we found that the thermal conductivity was as low as approximately 0.52 W/m · K, which was 1.7 to 11.5 order of magnitude lower than the thermal conductivity of bulk material at 300 K. Furthermore, we calculated the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity of these Fe3O4 films using a simple theoretical Callaway model for comparison with the experimental data. We found that the Callaway model predictions agree reasonably with the experimental data. We then noticed that the thin film-based oxide materials could be efficient thermoelectric materials to achieve high performance in thermoelectric devices. PMID:24571956

  17. High-[Tc] superconducting magnets based on thick film arrangements

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    Kirschner, I.; Zsolt, G.; Karman, T.; Porjesz, T. . Dept. for Low Temperature Physics); Leppaevuori, S.; Uusimaeki, A. . Microelectronics Lab.); Lukacs, P. )

    1993-11-01

    On the basis of the authors' earlier idea on magnetic feeding, high-[Tc] superconducting magnets can be built consisting of Y-Ba-Cu-O or Bi(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thick films. Critical current densities of the samples prepared by an oxalate route are between 7,000 and 23,000 A/cm[sup 2] at helium temperatures depending on the details of the preparation. The self-magnetic field of the individual layer rings are 0.5--1.7 mT which can produce field strength of the magnets of 55 178 mT, corresponding to the experimental critical currents. If the specimens of oxide-nitrate reactions can provide critical current densities of 5,000--15,000 A/cm[sup 2] at nitrogen temperatures they lead to the number of ampere-turns of 550--22,500 A/cm and magnetic field intensity of 69 mT--2.82 T. Since the applicable techniques of the film preparation are very flexible concerning the shape and size of the products, magnetic field profiles of different character can be obtained for various purposes.

  18. Linear magnetoresistance in Ag2+δSe thin films

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    von Kreutzbruck, M.; Lembke, G.; Mogwitz, B.; Korte, C.; Janek, J.

    2009-01-01

    In the nonstoichiometric low-temperature phase of silver selenide a very small silver excess within the semiconducting silver selenide matrix in the order of 0.01% is sufficient to generate a linear magnetoresistance (LMR) of more than 300% at 5 T, which does not saturate at fields up to 60 T. Different theoretical models have been proposed to explain this unusual magnetoresistance (MR) behavior, among them a random resistor network consisting of four-terminal resistor units. According to this model the LMR and the crossover field from linear to quadratic behavior are primarily controlled by both the spatial distribution of the charge-carrier mobility and its average value, being essentially functions of the local and average compositions. Here we report measurements on silver-rich thin AgxSe films with a thickness between 20 nm and 2μm , which show an increasing average mobility in conjunction with an enhanced MR for increasing film thickness. We found a linear scaling between the size of the transverse LMR and the crossover field, as predicted by the theory. For films thinner than about 100 nm the MR with field directed in the sample plane shows a breakdown of the LMR, revealing the physical length scale of the inhomegeneities in thin AgxSe devices.

  19. In vivo tear film thickness measurement and tear film dynamics visualization using spectral domain optical coherence tomography.

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    Aranha Dos Santos, Valentin; Schmetterer, Leopold; Gröschl, Martin; Garhofer, Gerhard; Schmidl, Doreen; Kucera, Martin; Unterhuber, Angelika; Hermand, Jean-Pierre; Werkmeister, René M

    2015-08-10

    Dry eye syndrome is a highly prevalent disease of the ocular surface characterized by an instability of the tear film. Traditional methods used for the evaluation of tear film stability are invasive or show limited repeatability. Here we propose a new non-invasive fully automated approach to measure tear film thickness based on spectral domain optical coherence tomography and on an efficient delay estimator. Silicon wafer phantom were used to validate the thickness measurement. The technique was applied in vivo in healthy subjects. Series of tear film thickness maps were generated, allowing for the visualization of tear film dynamics. Our results show that the in vivo central tear film thickness measurements are precise and repeatable with a coefficient of variation of about 0.65% and that repeatable tear film dynamics can be observed. The presented approach could be used in clinical setting to study patients with dry eye disease and monitor their treatments.

  20. 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.

  1. Elastohydrodynamic film thickness formula based on X-ray measurements with a synthetic paraffinic oil

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    Loewenthal, S. H.; Parker, R. J.; Zaretsky, E. V.

    1973-01-01

    An empirical elastohydrodynamic film thickness formula for heavily loaded contacts based upon X-ray film thickness measurements made with a synthetic paraffinic oil is presented. The deduced relation was found to adequately reflect the high load dependence exhibited by the measured minimum film thickness data at high Hertizian contact stresses, that is, above 1.04 x 10 to the ninth N/sq m (150,000 psi). Comparisons were made with the numerical results from a theoretical isothermal film thickness formula. The effects of changes in contact geometry, material, and lubricant properties on the form of the empirical model are also discussed.

  2. Non-linear dynamics of inlet film thickness during unsteady rolling process

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    Fu, Kuo; Zang, Yong; Gao, Zhiying; Qin, Qin; Wu, Diping

    2016-05-01

    The inlet film thickness directly affects film and stress distribution of rolling interfaces. Unsteady factors, such as unsteady back tension, may disturb the inlet film thickness. However, the current models of unsteady inlet film thickness lack unsteady disturbance factors and do not take surface topography into consideration. In this paper, based on the hydrodynamic analysis of inlet zone an unsteady rolling film model which concerns the direction of surface topography is built up. Considering the small fluctuation of inlet angle, absolute reduction, reduction ratio, inlet strip thickness and roll radius as the input variables and the fluctuation of inlet film thickness as the output variable, the non-linear relationship between the input and output is discussed. The discussion results show that there is 180° phase difference between the inlet film thickness and the input variables, such as the fluctuant absolute reduction, the fluctuant reduction ratio and non-uniform inlet strip thickness, but there is no phase difference between unsteady roll radius and the output. The inlet angle, the steady roll radius and the direction of surface topography have significant influence on the fluctuant amplitude of unsteady inlet film thickness. This study proposes an analysis method for unsteady inlet film thickness which takes surface topography and new disturbance factors into consideration.

  3. Potentiometric RuO2-Ta2O5 pH sensors fabricated using thick film and LTCC technologies.

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    Manjakkal, Libu; Zaraska, Krzysztof; Cvejin, Katarina; Kulawik, Jan; Szwagierczak, Dorota

    2016-01-15

    The paper reports on the preparation, properties and application of potentiometric pH sensors with thick film RuO2-Ta2O5 sensing electrode and Ag/AgCl/KCl reference electrode screen printed on an alumina substrate. Furthermore, it presents fabrication procedure and characterization of a new miniaturized pH sensor on LTCC (low temperature cofired ceramics) substrate, destined for wireless monitoring. The crystal structure, phase and elemental composition, and microstructure of the films were investigated by X-ray diffractometry, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Potentiometric characterization was performed in a wide pH range of 2-12 for different storage conditions and pH loops. The advantages of the proposed thick film pH sensors are: (a) low cost and easy fabrication, (b) excellent sensitivity close to the Nernstian response (56mV/pH) in the wide pH range, (c) fast response, (d) long lifetime, (e) good reproducibility, (f) low hysteresis and drift effects, and (g) low cross-sensitivity towards Li(+), Na(+) and K(+) as interfering ions. The applicability of the sensors for pH measurement of river, tap and distilled water, and some drinks was also tested.

  4. Potentiometric RuO2-Ta2O5 pH sensors fabricated using thick film and LTCC technologies.

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    Manjakkal, Libu; Zaraska, Krzysztof; Cvejin, Katarina; Kulawik, Jan; Szwagierczak, Dorota

    2016-01-15

    The paper reports on the preparation, properties and application of potentiometric pH sensors with thick film RuO2-Ta2O5 sensing electrode and Ag/AgCl/KCl reference electrode screen printed on an alumina substrate. Furthermore, it presents fabrication procedure and characterization of a new miniaturized pH sensor on LTCC (low temperature cofired ceramics) substrate, destined for wireless monitoring. The crystal structure, phase and elemental composition, and microstructure of the films were investigated by X-ray diffractometry, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Potentiometric characterization was performed in a wide pH range of 2-12 for different storage conditions and pH loops. The advantages of the proposed thick film pH sensors are: (a) low cost and easy fabrication, (b) excellent sensitivity close to the Nernstian response (56mV/pH) in the wide pH range, (c) fast response, (d) long lifetime, (e) good reproducibility, (f) low hysteresis and drift effects, and (g) low cross-sensitivity towards Li(+), Na(+) and K(+) as interfering ions. The applicability of the sensors for pH measurement of river, tap and distilled water, and some drinks was also tested. PMID:26592601

  5. 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).

  6. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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    Chalana, S. R.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.; Ganesan, V.

    2015-10-15

    Silver incorporated zinc sulfide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of silver incorporation on the structural, optical and luminescence properties is analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD analysis presents hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. A reduction of crystallinity of the films is observed due to Ag incorporation. The Raman spectral analysis confirms the reduction of crystallinity and increase of strain due to the Ag incorporation. AFM analysis reveals a rough surface morphology for the undoped film and Ag incorporation makes the films uniform, dense and smooth. A blue shift of band gap energy with increase in Ag incorporation is observed due to quantum confinement effect. An absorption band (450-650 nm region) due to surface plasmon resonance of the Ag clusters present in the ZnS matrix is observed for the samples with higher Ag incorporation. The complex dielectric constant, loss factor and distribution of volume and surface energy loss of the ZnS thin films are calculated. Laser photoluminescence measurements gives an intense bluish green emission from the ZnS films and a quenching of the PL emission is observed which can be due to the metal plasmonic absorption and non-radiative energy transfer due to Ag incorporation.

  7. Direct nano-scale patterning of Ag films using hard X-ray induced oxidation.

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    Kim, Jae Myung; Lee, Su Yong; Kang, Hyon Chol; Noh, Do Young

    2015-01-01

    The morphological change of silver nano-particles (AgNPs) exposed to an intense synchrotron X-ray beam was investigated for the purpose of direct nano-scale patterning of metal thin films. AgNPs irradiated by hard X-rays in oxygen ambient were oxidized and migrated out of the illuminated region. The observed X-ray induced oxidation was utilized to fabricate nano-scale metal line patterns using sectioned WSi2/Si multilayers as masks. Lines with a width as small as 21 nm were successfully fabricated on Ag films on silicon nitride. Au/Ag nano-lines were also fabricated using the proposed method.

  8. Fast and long-acting antibacterial properties of chitosan-Ag/polyvinylpyrrolidone nanocomposite films.

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    Wang, Bai-Liang; Liu, Xiang-Sheng; Ji, Ying; Ren, Ke-Feng; Ji, Jian

    2012-09-01

    Infection associated with medical devices is one of the most frequent complications of modern medical biomaterials. Preparation of antibacterial films on the medical devices is a great challenge owing to bactericidal efficiency, long acting and biocompatibility. In this study, silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) doped chitosan/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) films were successfully prepared by dip coating method. The nanocomposite films with spherical Ag NPs (diameters in 10-50 nm) were stable after being immersed in PBS for 35 days. Through regulating the concentration of AgNO3, the nanocomposite films showed good cell compatibility. The nanocomposite films could eliminate 100% Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538) and Escherichia coli (ATCC 8739) in 5 min and had favorable long-acting antibacterial property. The increase of PVP amount obviously enhanced anti-adhesion activity of the nanocomposite film. Such nanocomposite films can be expected to have good potential in biomaterials applications.

  9. Method and system for producing sputtered thin films with sub-angstrom thickness uniformity or custom thickness gradients

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    Folta, James A.; Montcalm, Claude; Walton, Christopher

    2003-01-01

    A method and system for producing a thin film with highly uniform (or highly accurate custom graded) thickness on a flat or graded substrate (such as concave or convex optics), by sweeping the substrate across a vapor deposition source with controlled (and generally, time-varying) velocity. In preferred embodiments, the method includes the steps of measuring the source flux distribution (using a test piece that is held stationary while exposed to the source), calculating a set of predicted film thickness profiles, each film thickness profile assuming the measured flux distribution and a different one of a set of sweep velocity modulation recipes, and determining from the predicted film thickness profiles a sweep velocity modulation recipe which is adequate to achieve a predetermined thickness profile. Aspects of the invention include a practical method of accurately measuring source flux distribution, and a computer-implemented method employing a graphical user interface to facilitate convenient selection of an optimal or nearly optimal sweep velocity modulation recipe to achieve a desired thickness profile on a substrate. Preferably, the computer implements an algorithm in which many sweep velocity function parameters (for example, the speed at which each substrate spins about its center as it sweeps across the source) can be varied or set to zero.

  10. On-Line Measurement of Lubricant Film Thickness Using Ultrasonic Reflection Coefficients

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    Drinkwater, B.W.; Dwyer-Joyce, R.S.; Harper, P.

    2004-02-26

    The ultrasonic reflectivity of a lubricant layer between two solid bodies depends on the ultrasonic frequency, the acoustic properties of the liquid and solid, and the layer thickness. In this paper, ultrasonic reflectivity measurements are used as a method for determining the thickness of lubricating films in bearing systems. An ultrasonic transducer is positioned on the outside of a bearing shell such that the wave is focused on the lubricant film layer. For a particular lubricant film the reflected pulse is processed to give a reflection coefficient spectrum. The lubricant film thickness is then obtained from either the layer stiffness or the resonant frequency. The method has been validated using static fluid wedges and the elastohydrodynamic film formed between a ball sliding on a flat. Film thickness values in the range 50-500 nm were recorded which agreed well with theoretical film formation predictions.

  11. YBa2Cu3O7-δ - ag Sputtered Thin Films on MgO (100) and LaAlO3 (100) Biased and Unbiased Substrates

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    Moshfegh, A. Z.; Akhavan, O.; Salamati, H.; Kameli, P.; Akhavan, M.

    2000-09-01

    In this investigation, we have deposited YBa2Cu3O7-δ - Ag thin films on various biased and unbiased substrates, including MgO (100), LaAlO3 (100) and Si (111), using a single stoichiometric composite target of YBa2Cu3O7-δ with 10 wt.% Ag content, applying DC sputtering technique. The growth parameters are varied as following: sputtering gas pressure PAr = 100 - 300 mtorr, sputtering power P = 30 - 80 W, substrate bias voltage Vb= 0 - 220 V and film thickness t = 500 - 5000 Å. An optimum bias voltage of Vb= - 100 V was obtained under our experimental conditions. The post annealed (930°C for 1 hr in O2 environment) films exhibit superconducting state with Tc (onset) of about 40 K for biased (on - axis), and 86 K for unbiased (off- axis) post annealed (800 ° C, 3 hr) films grown over both MgO(100) and LaAlO3 (100) substrates. According to our SEM analysis, Ag particles are uniformly distributed in the annealed films with average grain size of about 0.3 μm located mostly at the grain boundaries. PIXE compositional analysis of the deposited films indicates deficiency of Cu and Ba for unannealed and Cu rich concentration for the annealed YBCO - Ag films grown over unbiased LaAlO3 (100) substrate.

  12. Characterization of radiative recombination in Ag(In,Ga)Se2 thin films by photoluminescence

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    Zhang, X. F.; Liu, J.; Liu, G. F.

    2016-06-01

    A detailed analysis of the radiative recombination processes in Ag(InGa)Se2 thin films grown by a three-stage method was carried out by photoluminescence. The temperature and excitation dependence of the photoluminescence spectra was used to identify the recombination types and determine the ionization energy of the defects in the films. Significant differences were observed between the spectra of the Ag-rich and Ag-poor samples. The Ag-rich films were dominated by two emission peaks of donor acceptor pairs (DAPs). The DAP at lower energy level is attributed to recombination of donor level 13.8 meV (Agi) with acceptor level 70.3 meV (AgIn), while the one at high energy level is assigned to recombination of donor level 18.5 meV (Agi) with acceptor level 108.9 (AgSe). When Ag/III atomic ratio was near 2.00, a phonon related-structure began to appear, which is attributed to the phonon replica of the high energy level DAP. In the case of Ag-poor AIGS samples, the dominant broad asymmetric peaks of AIGS films with different Ag/III atomic ratios were related to potential fluctuation at low temperature, and the compensation level decreased with increasing Ag/III atomic ratio. The emission line was assigned to recombination of donor level 12.7 meV (Agi) with acceptor level 175 meV ( AgGa 2). When the excitation power and temperature were increased, new free-bound and DAP emission lines began to appear. The free-bound was assigned to the transition from the conduction band to an acceptor level of 80 meV (AgIn). The DAP was assigned to recombination of donor level 20 meV (VSe) with acceptor level 145 meV (AgGa).

  13. Performance improvement of TiO2/Ag/TiO2 multilayer transparent conducting electrode films for application on photodetectors

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    Zhu, Meng-Qi; Jin, Han-Dong; Bi, Peng-Qing; Zong, Fu-Jian; Ma, Jin; Hao, Xiao-Tao

    2016-03-01

    TiO2/Ag/TiO2 (TAT) multilayer transparent conducting electrodes were deposited onto glass substrates by room temperature sputtering. The impact of Ag sputtering current on the film morphology, and the optical and electrical properties were discussed. The increase in the sputtering current led to a more continuous Ag middle layer. As the Ag middle layer became continuous, the TAT electrodes had lower sheet resistance and higher transmittance. In addition, an optimized TAT electrode with a figure of merit of 15.97× {{10}-2}{{Ω }-1} was obtained at an Ag thickness of 16 nm and a sputtering current of 0.48 A. Finally, organic photodetectors were also fabricated based on TAT electrodes and the performance is comparable to reference devices with commercially purchased Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) electrodes.

  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.

    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 <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.

  15. Effect of Ag nanoparticle concentration on the electrical and ferroelectric properties of Ag/P(VDF-TrFE) composite films

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    Paik, Haemin; Choi, Yoon-Young; Hong, Seungbum; No, Kwangsoo

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the effect of the Ag nanoparticles on the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Ag/poly(vinylidenefluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) composite films. We found that the remanent polarization and direct piezoelectric coefficient increased up to 12.14 μC/cm2 and 20.23 pC/N when the Ag concentration increased up to 0.005 volume percent (v%) and decreased down to 9.38 μC/cm2 and 13.45 pC/N when it increased up to 0.01 v%. Further increase in Ag concentration resulted in precipitation of Ag phase and significant leakage current that hindered any meaningful measurement of the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. 46% increase of the remanent polarization value and 27% increase of the direct piezoelectric coefficient were observed in the film with the 0.005 v% of the Ag nanoparticles added without significant changes to the crystalline structure confirmed by both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) experiments. These enhancements of both the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties are attributed to the increase in the effective electric field induced by the reduction in the effective volume of P(VDF-TrFE) that results in more aligned dipoles. PMID:26336795

  16. Effect of Ag nanoparticle concentration on the electrical and ferroelectric properties of Ag/P(VDF-TrFE) composite films

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    Paik, Haemin; Choi, Yoon -Young; Hong, Seungbum; No, Kwangsoo

    2015-09-04

    We investigated the effect of the Ag nanoparticles on the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Ag/poly(vinylidenefluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) composite films. We found that the remanent polarization and direct piezoelectric coefficient increased up to 12.14 μC/cm2 and 20.23 pC/N when the Ag concentration increased up to 0.005 volume percent (v%) and decreased down to 9.38 μC/cm2 and 13.45 pC/N when it increased up to 0.01 v%. Further increase in Ag concentration resulted in precipitation of Ag phase and significant leakage current that hindered any meaningful measurement of the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. 46% increase of the remanent polarization value and 27% increasemore » of the direct piezoelectric coefficient were observed in the film with the 0.005 v% of the Ag nanoparticles added without significant changes to the crystalline structure confirmed by both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) experiments. The enhancements of both the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties are attributed to the increase in the effective electric field induced by the reduction in the effective volume of P(VDF-TrFE) that results in more aligned dipoles.« less

  17. Effect of Ag nanoparticle concentration on the electrical and ferroelectric properties of Ag/P(VDF-TrFE) composite films

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    Paik, Haemin; Choi, Yoon -Young; Hong, Seungbum; No, Kwangsoo

    2015-09-04

    We investigated the effect of the Ag nanoparticles on the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Ag/poly(vinylidenefluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) composite films. We found that the remanent polarization and direct piezoelectric coefficient increased up to 12.14 μC/cm2 and 20.23 pC/N when the Ag concentration increased up to 0.005 volume percent (v%) and decreased down to 9.38 μC/cm2 and 13.45 pC/N when it increased up to 0.01 v%. Further increase in Ag concentration resulted in precipitation of Ag phase and significant leakage current that hindered any meaningful measurement of the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. 46% increase of the remanent polarization value and 27% increase of the direct piezoelectric coefficient were observed in the film with the 0.005 v% of the Ag nanoparticles added without significant changes to the crystalline structure confirmed by both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) experiments. The enhancements of both the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties are attributed to the increase in the effective electric field induced by the reduction in the effective volume of P(VDF-TrFE) that results in more aligned dipoles.

  18. Effect of adatom surface diffusivity on microstructure and intrinsic stress evolutions during Ag film growth

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    Flötotto, D.; Wang, Z. M.; Jeurgens, L. P. H.; Bischoff, E.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2012-08-01

    The effect of the adatom surface diffusivity on the evolution of the microstructure and the intrinsic stress of thin metal films was investigated for the case of growth of polycrystalline Ag films on amorphous SiO2 (a-SiO2) and amorphous Ge (a-Ge) substrates, with high and low Ag adatom surface diffusivity, respectively. The surface diffusivity of the deposited Ag adatoms on the a-Ge substrate is suppressed also after coalescence of Ag islands due to the continuous (re)segregation of Ge at the surface of the growing film as evidenced by in-situ XPS. An assessment could be made of the role of adatom surface diffusivity on the microstructural development and the intrinsic stress evolution during film growth. As demonstrated by ex-situ TEM and ex-situ XRD, the Ag films grown on the a-SiO2 and a-Ge substrates possess strikingly different microstructures in terms of grain shape, grain size, and crystallographic texture. Nevertheless, the real-time in-situ stress measurements revealed a compressive → tensile → compressive stress evolution for the developing Ag films on both types of substrates, however on different time scales and with stress-component values of largely different magnitudes. It was concluded that (i) the microstructural development of metallic thin films is predominated by the surface diffusivity of the adatoms and (ii) the intrinsic stress evolution is largely controlled by the developing microstructure and the grain-boundary diffusivity.

  19. Thickness Measurement, Rate Control And Automation In Thin Film Coating Technology

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    Pulker, H. K.

    1983-11-01

    There are many processes known for fabricating thin films/1, 2.Among them the group of physical vapor deposition processes comprising evaporation, sputtering and ion plating has received special attention.Especially evaporation but also the other PVD techniques are widely used to deposit various single and multilayer coatings for optical and electrical thin film applications/3,4/.A large number of parameters is important in obtaining the required film properties in a reproducible manner when depositing thin films by such processes.Amongst the many are the film thickness, the condensation rate,the substrate temperature,as well as the qualitative and the quantitative composition of the residual gas of primary importance.First of all the film thickness is a dimension which enters in practically all equations used to characterize a thin film. However,when discussing film thickness,definitions are required since there one has to distinguish between various types of thicknesses e.g.geometrical thickness,mass thickness and optical thickness.The geometrical thickness,often also called physical thickness,is defined as the step height between the substrate surface and the film surface.This step height multiplied by the refractive index of the film is termed the optical thickness and is expressed generally in integer multiples of fractional parts of a desired wavelength.The mass thickness finally is defined as the film mass per unit area obtained by weighing.Knowing the density and the optical data of a thin film its mass thickness can be converted into the corresponding geometrical as well as optical thickness.However,with ultrathin films ranging between a few and several atomic or molecular "layers"the concept of a film thickness may become senseless since often no closed film exists of such minor deposits.Although film thickness is a length,the measurement of it can,obviously,not be accomplished with conventional methods for length determinations but requires special

  20. Au@Ag Core-Shell Nanocubes with Finely Tuned and Well-Controlled Sizes, Shell Thicknesses, and Optical Properties

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    Ma, Yanyun; Li, Weiyang; Cho, Eun Chul; Li, Zhiyuan; Yu, Taekyung; Zeng, Jie; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Xia, Younan

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a facile method for generating Au@Ag core-shell nanocubes with edge lengths controllable in the range of 13.4 to 50 nm. The synthesis involved the use of single-crystal, spherical Au nanocrystals of 11 nm in size as the seeds in an aqueous system, with ascorbic acid serving as the reductant and cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC) as the capping agent. The thickness of the Ag shells could be finely tuned from 1.2 to 20 nm by varying the ratio of AgNO3 precursor to Au seeds. We also investigated the growth mechanism by examining the effects of seeds (capped by CTAC or CTAB) and capping agent (CTAC vs. CTAB) on both size and shape of the resultant core-shell nanocrystals. Our results clearly indicate that CTAC worked much better than CTAB as a capping agent in both the syntheses of Au seeds and Au@Ag core-shell nanocubes. We further studied the localized surface plasmon resonance properties of the Au@Ag nanocubes as a function of the Ag shell thickness. By comparing with the extinction spectra obtained from theoretical calculations, we derived a critical value around 3 nm for the shell thickness at which the plasmon excitation of the Au cores would be completely screened by the Ag shells. Moreover, these Au@Ag core-shell nanocubes could be converted into Au-based hollow nanostructures containing the original Au seeds in the interiors through a galvanic replacement reaction. PMID:20964400

  1. Effect of thickness on electrical properties of SILAR deposited SnS thin films

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    Akaltun, Yunus; Astam, Aykut; Cerhan, Asena; ćayir, Tuba

    2016-03-01

    Tin sulfide (SnS) thin films of different thickness were prepared on glass substrates by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method at room temperature using tin (II) chloride and sodium sulfide aqueous solutions. The thicknesses of the films were determined using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements and found to be 47.2, 65.8, 111.0, and 128.7nm for 20, 25, 30 and 35 deposition cycles respectively. The electrical properties of the films were investigated using d.c. two-point probe method at room temperature and the results showed that the resistivity was found to decrease with increasing film thickness.

  2. Dependence of Thermal Conductivity on Thickness in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Films.

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    Lee, Kyung-Min; Shrestha, Ramesh; Dangol, Ashesh; Chang, Won Seok; Coker, Zachary; Choi, Tae-Youl

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we report experimentally dependence of thermal conductivity on thickness of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) thin films; the measurements are based on the micropipette thermal sensor technique. Accurate and well resolved measurements of thermal conductivity made by the micropipette sensor showed a correlated behavior of thickness and thermal conductivity of CNT films that thermal conductivity decreased as thickness increased. The thickness dependence is explained by reduction of mean free path (MFP), which is induced by more intertubular junctions in more dense-packed carbon nanotube (CNT) networks; the thicker SWCNT films were revealed to have higher density. PMID:27398564

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

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    Haidar, M. Ranjbar, M.; Balinsky, M.; Dumas, R. K.; Khartsev, S.; Åkerman, J.

    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.

  4. Thick-film MEMS thermoelectric sensor fabricated using a thermally assisted lift-off process

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    Jia, Yuan; Cai, Haogang; Lin, Qiao

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents a thick-film microelectromechanical systems thermoelectric sensor fabricated by a low-temperature thermally assisted lift-off process. During the process, thick metal or semiconductor films experience controlled breakup due to thermal reflow of the underlying lithographically defined photoresist patterns, thereby facilitating the sacrificial removal of the photoresist. This enables rapid and reliable patterning of thick films that can otherwise be difficult to achieve by conventional processes. Experimental results with a sensor consisting of a 60-junction thick-film antimony-bismuth thermopile demonstrate an electric conductivity of 5.44×106 S/m and a Seebeck coefficient of 114 μV/K per junction, which are comparable to those obtained from bulk materials. Thus, the thick-film sensor can potentially allow low-noise, high-efficiency thermoelectric measurements.

  5. Application of the Ultrasonic Oil Film Thickness Measurement System in Bearing Chambers

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    Zhong, Chong; Hu, Jian-ping; Liu, Zhen-xia; Lu, Ya-guo; Hao, Yu-ya

    2014-06-01

    The oil film thickness in aero-engine bearing chamber influences the heat transfer capacity of the bearing chamber wall, so measuring oil film thickness accuspeedly is essential to the design and thermal analysis of lubricating oil system. In this paper, software and hardware of an ultrasonic measurement system based on pulse echo technique, which measures the oil film thickness in bearing chamber, are established. The hardware system mainly consists of signal acquisition card, probe, delay block and the corresponding cables. Functions as measurement parameter setup, real-time display of measured waveforms, post-processing and so on are included in the measurement software. Finally, the oil film thickness of the wall is measured with the measurement system developed. Signal quality of the dynamic measurement is analyzed. Comparison and analysis of different oil film thickness under different rotation rates are conducted.

  6. Structural, magnetic and transport properties of Co2FeAl Heusler films with varying thickness

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    Wang, Xiaotian; Li, Yueqing; Du, Yin; Dai, Xuefang; Liu, Guodong; Liu, Enke; Liu, Zhongyuan; Wang, Wenhong; Wu, Guangheng

    2014-08-01

    We report on a systematic study of the structural, magnetic properties and the anomalous Hall effect, in the Heusler alloy Co2FeAl (CFA) epitaxial films on MgO (001), as a function of film thickness. It was found that the epitaxial CFA films show a highly ordered B2 structure with an in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. The electrical transport properties reveal that the lattice and magnon scattering contributions to the longitudinal resistivity. Independent on the thickness of films, the anomalous Hall resistivity of CFA films is found to be dominated by skew scattering only. Moreover, the anomalous Hall resistivity shows weakly temperature dependent behavior, and its absolute value increases as the thickness decreases. We attribute this temperature insensitivity in the anomalous Hall resistivity to the weak temperature dependent of tunneling spin-polarization in the CFA films, while the thickness dependence behavior is likely due to the increasing significance of interface or free surface electronic states.

  7. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy.

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-05-14

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films. PMID:23798771

  8. Evolution of properties of epitaxial bismuth iron garnet films with increasing thickness

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    Kahl, S.; Grishin, A. M.

    2004-07-01

    Bismuth iron garnet (BIG) films of thicknesses from 470 to 2560 nm were prepared by pulsed laser deposition under identical deposition conditions. All films are epitaxial, bismuth deficient, and show rms surface roughnesses between 15 and 40 nm. X-ray coherence lengths decrease with increasing film thickness. Films below approximately 1 μm are free of cracks, thicker films possess a network of cracks. From fits of optical transmission spectra, real and imaginary parts of the refractive indices were found for wavelengths from 500 to 850 nm. The effects of thin film interference and surface roughness were included. With these data as input information, each of our experimental Faraday rotation spectra was described by a single diamagnetic line in visible light. The measured spectra could be reproduced and parameters of the magneto-optical transition were obtained. We observed a broadening of the transition with increasing film thickness and a red shift of the center frequency. This corresponds to our experimental observation that the wavelength of maximum Faraday rotation for BIG films in visible light shifts to longer wavelengths by almost 40 nm for a 2560-nm-thick film as compared to a 470-nm-thick film. As BIG is not thermodynamically stable, aging is a crucial question. We found that careful annealing in oxygen below the deposition temperature increases the angle of Faraday rotation, while film properties deteriorate during long annealing times at the deposition temperature.

  9. Structural and Critical Behaviors of Ag Rough Films Deposited on Liquid Substrates

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    Ye, Gao-xiang; Feng, Chun-mu; Zhang, Qi-rui; Ge, Hong-liang; Zhang, Xuan-jia

    1996-10-01

    A new Ag rough film system, deposited on silicone oil surfaces by rf-magnetron sputtering method, has been fabricated. The chrysanthemum-like surface morphology at micron length scale is observed. It is proposed that the anomalous critical behavior mainly results from the relative shift between the Ag atom clusters and the substrate. The discussion of the deposition mechanism is also presented.

  10. Ag Nanodots Emitters Embedded in a Nanocrystalline Thin Film Deposited on Crystalline Si Solar Cells.

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    Park, Seungil; Ryu, Sel Gi; Ji, HyungYong; Kim, Myeong Jun; Peck, Jong Hyeon; Kim, Keunjoo

    2016-06-01

    We fabricated crystalline Si solar cells with the inclusion of various Ag nanodots into the additional emitters of nanocrystallite Si thin films. The fabricated process was carried out on the emitter surface of p-n junction for the textured p-type wafer. The Ag thin films were deposited on emitter surfaces and annealed at various temperatures. The amorphous Si layers were also deposited on the Ag annealed surfaces by hot-wire chemical vapor deposition and then the deposited layers were doped by the second n-type doping process to form an additional emitter. From the characterization, both the Ag nanodots and the deposited amorphous Si thin films strongly reduce photo-reflectances in a spectral region between 200-400 nm. After embedding Ag nanodots in nanocrystallite Si thin films, a conversion efficiency of the sample with added emitter was achieved to 15.1%, which is higher than the 14.1% of the reference sample and the 14.7% of the de-posited sample with a-Si:H thin film after the Ag annealing process. The additional nanocrystallite emitter on crystalline Si with Ag nanodots enhances cell properties. PMID:27427665

  11. Reactive Sputter Deposition of WO3/Ag/WO3 Film for Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)-Free Electrochromic Devices.

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    Yin, Yi; Lan, Changyong; Guo, Huayang; Li, Chun

    2016-02-17

    Functioning both as electrochromic (EC) and transparent-conductive (TC) coatings, WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) trilayer film shows promising potential application for ITO-free electrochromic devices. Reports on thermal-evaporated WAW films revealed that these bifunctional WAW films have distinct EC characteristics; however, their poor adhesive property leads to rapid degradation of coloring-bleaching cycling. Here, we show that WAW film with improved EC durability can be prepared by reactive sputtering using metal targets. We find that, by introducing an ultrathin tungsten (W) sacrificial layer before the deposition of external WO3, the oxidation of silver, which leads to film insulation and apparent optical haze, can be effectively avoided. We also find that the luminous transmittance and sheet resistance were sensitive to the thicknesses of tungsten and silver layers. The optimized structure for TC coating was obtained to be WO3 (45 nm)/Ag (10 nm)/W (2 nm)/WO3 (45 nm) with a sheet resistance of 16.3 Ω/□ and a luminous transmittance of 73.7%. Such film exhibits compelling EC performance with decent luminous transmittance modulation ΔTlum of 29.5%, fast switching time (6.6 s for coloring and 15.9 s for bleaching time), and long-term cycling stability (2000 cycles) with an applied potential of ±1.2 V. Thicker external WO3 layer (45/10/2/100 nm) leads to larger modulation with maximum ΔTlum of 46.4%, but at the cost of significantly increasing the sheet resistance. The strategy of introducing ultrathin metal sacrificial layer to avoid silver oxidation could be extended to fabricating other oxide-Ag-oxide transparent electrodes via low-cost reactive sputtering. PMID:26726834

  12. Improved optical and electrical properties of 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} irradiated 3 wt% 'Li' doped MoO{sub 3} thin film

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    Kovendhan, M.; Mohan, R.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Venkateswaran, C.; Sambasivam, S.; Singh, J. P.; Asokan, K.

    2013-02-05

    The lithium (3 wt%) doped MoO{sub 3} thin film was prepared by spray deposition onto ITO substrate at 325 Degree-Sign C. The film of thickness 577 nm was irradiated with 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} ion beams at a fluence of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. The XRD pattern confirmed that the pristine film is polycrystalline with orthorhombic symmetry. Upon irradiation, the film turned amorphous. The sharp Raman peak in pristine film at 993 cm{sup -1} is due to the terminal oxygen of {alpha}-MoO{sub 3} phase. Optical transparency of the film increased upon irradiation. Large red shift was observed in both direct and indirect band gaps. Electrical transport property study shows that the carrier concentration increased by one order for the irradiated film.

  13. Film Thickness and Flow Properties of Resin-Based Cements at Different Temperatures

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    Bagheri, R

    2013-01-01

    Statement of Problem: For a luting agent to allow complete seating of prosthetic restorations, it must obtain an appropriate flow rate maintaining a minimum film thickness. The performance of recently introduced luting agents in this regard has not been evaluated. Purpose: To measure and compare the film thickness and flow properties of seven resin-containing luting cements at different temperatures (37°C, 25°C and10°C). Material and Methods: Specimens were prepared from five resin luting cements; seT (SDI), Panavia F (Kuraray), Varioloink II (Ivoclar), Maxcem (Kerr), Nexus2 (Kerr) and two resin-modified glass-ionomer luting cements (RM-GICs); GC Fuji Plus (GC Corporation), and RelyX Luting 2 (3 M/ESPE). The film thickness and flow rate of each cement (n=15) was determined using the test described in ISO at three different temperatures. Results: There was a linear correlation between film thickness and flow rate for most of the materials. Cooling increased fluidity of almost all materials while the effect of temperature on film thickness was material dependent. At 37°C, all products revealed a film thickness of less than 25µm except for GC Fuji Plus. At 25°C, all cements produced a film thickness of less than 27 µm except for seT. At 10°C, apart from seT and Rely X Luting 2, the remaining cements showed a film thickness smaller than 20 µm. Conclusion: Cooling increased fluidity of almost all materials, however. the film thickness did not exceed 35 µm in either condition, in spite of the lowest film thickness being demonstrated at the lowest temperature. PMID:24724120

  14. Influences of film thickness on the structural, electrical and optical properties of CuAlO2 thin films

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    Dong, Guobo; Zhang, Ming; Wang, Mei; Li, Yingzi; Gao, Fangyuan; Yan, Hui; Diao, Xungang

    2014-07-01

    CuAlO2 films with different thickness were prepared by the radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique. The structural, electrical and optical properties of CuAlO2 were studied by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, UV-Vis double-beam spectrophotometer and Hall measurements. The results indicate that the single phase hexagonal CuAlO2 is formed and the average grain size of CuAlO2 films increases with increasing film thickness. The results also exhibit that the lowering of bandgap and the increase of electrical conductivity of CuAlO2 films with the increase of their thickness, which are attributed to the improvement of the grain size and the anisotropic electrical property. According to the electrical and optical properties, the biggest figure of merit is achieved for the CuAlO2 film with the appropriate thickness of 165 nm.

  15. Structure and laser-fabrication mechanisms of microcones on silver films of variable thickness

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    Danilov, P. A.; Zayarny, D. A.; Ionin, A. A.; Kudryashov, S. I.; Nguyen, T. T. H.; Rudenko, A. A.; Saraeva, I. N.; Kuchmizhak, A. A.; Vitrik, O. B.; Kulchin, Yu. N.

    2016-04-01

    Submicron dimensions, nanoscale crystalline structure, and fabrication mechanisms of microcones on silver films of variable (50-380 nm) thickness deposited onto glass substrates by single strongly focused femtosecond laser pulses of different fluences are experimentally studied using scanning electron microscopy. Fabrication mechanisms for nanoholes and microcones are discussed for films of the different thickness, as well as the extraordinary shapes of their constituent nanocrystallites, strongly elongated along the melt flow direction in thin films.

  16. The mechanism of Ag top layer on the coercivity enhancement of FePt thin films

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    Zhao, Z.L.; Ding, J.; Yi, J.B.; Chen, J.S.; Zeng, J.H.; Wang, J.P.

    2005-05-15

    The magnetic properties of the FePt thin films with a Ag top layer prepared by magnetron sputtering have been studied. With 4 nm Ag layer deposited right after the deposition of FePt layer, the ordering temperature of the L1{sub 0} FePt phase decreased to 350 deg. C or below. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate that Ag has diffused into the FePt layer when Ag was deposited at 350 deg. C, while Ag remains on the top of the FePt when Ag was deposited at room temperature. The Ag top layer deposited at 350 deg. C was also found to protect the FePt layer from oxidation.

  17. Measuring the Thickness and Elastic Properties of Electroactive Thin-Film Polymers Using Platewave Dispersion Data

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Lih, Shyh-Shiuh; El-Azab, A.; Mal, Ajit K.

    1996-01-01

    Electroactive thin-film polymers are candidate sensors and actuators materials. They are also finding significant potential in muscle mechanisms and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In these applications, polymer thin films of thickness varying between 20 and 300 micrometers are utilized. The authors are currently studying the potential use of platewave dispersion curve measurements as an effective gauging tool for electroactive thin-film polymers.

  18. Thickness Dependence of Properties of ITO Films Deposited on PET Substrates.

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    Kim, Seon Tae; Kim, Tae Gyu; Cho, Hyun; Yoon, Su Jong; Kim, Hye Sung; Kim, Jin Kon

    2016-02-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) films with various thicknesses from 104 nm to 513 nm were prepared onto polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates by using r.f. magnetron sputtering without intentionally heating the substrates. The structural, optical, and electrical properties of ITO films were investigated as a function of film thickness. It was found that the amorphous nature of the ITO film was dominant below the thickness of about 200 nm but the degree of the crystallinity increased with an increasing thickness above the thickness of about 250 nm, resulting in the increase of carrier concentration and therefore reducing the electrical resistivity from 5.1 x 10(-3) to 9.4 x 10(-4) omega x cm. The average transmittance (400-800 nm) of the ITO deposited PET substrates decreased as the film thickness was increasing and was above 80% for the thickness below 315 nm. The results show that the improvement of the film crystallinity with the film thickness contributes to the increase of the carrier concentration and the enhancement of the electrical conductivity. PMID:27433686

  19. Preparation of vanadium oxide thin films modified with Ag using a hybrid deposition configuration

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    Gonzalez-Zavala, F.; Escobar-Alarcón, L.; Solís-Casados, D. A.; Rivera-Rodríguez, C.; Basurto, R.; Haro-Poniatowski, E.

    2016-04-01

    The application of a hybrid deposition configuration, formed by the interaction of a laser ablation plasma with a flux of atomic vapor, to deposit vanadium oxide thin films modified with different amounts of silver, is reported. The effect of the amount of Ag incorporated in the films on their structural, morphological, compositional and optical properties was studied. The obtained results reveal that films with variable Ag content from 11.7 to 24.6 at.% were obtained. Depending on the silver content, the samples show very different surface morphologies. Optical characterization indicates the presence of nanostructures of Ag. Thin films containing silver exhibit better photocatalytic performances than unmodified V2O5 films. Raman spectra reveal that as the silver content is increased, the signals associated with V2O5 disappear and new modes attributed mainly to silver vanadates appear suggesting the formation of ternary compounds.

  20. Study of Ag transport in Cr2N0.61-7Ag nanocomposite thin film due to thermal exposition

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    Bílek, P.; Jurči, P.; Podgornik, B.; Jenko, D.; Hudáková, M.; Kusý, M.

    2015-12-01

    Cr2N0.61-7Ag nanocomposite coatings were deposited on substrates made of Cr-V ledeburitic tool steel Vanadis 6 using reactive magnetron sputtering at a deposition temperature of 500 °C. Investigations of as-deposited films and annealing experiments in closed-air atmosphere at temperatures of 300, 400 and 500 °C and the durations up to 24 h, followed by quantitative scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction revealed that the films were composed of Cr2N0.61 matrix and individual silver agglomerates located along columnar crystals of the matrix. The maximal size of Ag-agglomerates was 80 nm. The surface population density of silver agglomerates increased with prolonging the annealing time up to 2 h and then decreased. The increase was more pronounced at lower annealing temperatures. This behaviour was referred to the competition between three phenomena, namely the transport of detached Ag atoms to the free surface, formation of oxide layer on the surface and sublimation of silver from the surface. At lower temperatures and/or shorter annealing times, the Ag-transport to the free surface was determined to be prevalent, thus, an increase in population density of silver agglomerates was determined. On the other hand, for higher temperatures and/or longer annealing times the population density of Ag-agglomerates rather decreased due to retarding effect of thicker oxide layer and sublimation of silver.

  1. Ag- and Cu-doped multifunctional bioactive nanostructured TiCaPCON films

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    Shtansky, D. V.; Batenina, I. V.; Kiryukhantsev-Korneev, Ph. V.; Sheveyko, A. N.; Kuptsov, K. A.; Zhitnyak, I. Y.; Anisimova, N. Yu.; Gloushankova, N. A.

    2013-11-01

    A key property of multicomponent bioactive nanostructured Ti(C,N)-based films doped with Ca, P, and O (TiCaPCON) that can be improved further is their antibacterial effect that should be achieved without compromising the implant bioactivity and biocompatibility. The present work is focused on the study of structure, chemical, mechanical, tribological, and biological properties of Ag- and Cu-doped TiCaPCON films. The films with Ag (0.4-4 at.%) and Cu (13 at.%) contents were obtained by simultaneous sputtering of a TiC0.5-Ca3(PO4)2 target and either an Ag or a Cu target. The film structure was studied using X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and Raman-shift and IR spectroscopy. The films were characterized in terms of their hardness, elastic modulus, dynamic impact resistance, friction coefficient and wear rate (both in air and normal saline), surface wettability, electrochemical behavior and Ag or Cu ion release in normal saline. Particular attention was paid to the influence of inorganic bactericides (Ag and Cu ions) on the bactericidal activity against unicellular yeast fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae and gram-positive bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, as well as on the attachment, spreading, actin cytoskeleton organization, focal adhesions, and early stages of osteoblastic cell differentiation. The obtained results show that the Ag-doped films are more suitable for the protection of metallic surfaces against bacterial infection compared with their Cu-doped counterpart. In particular, an excellent combination of mechanical, tribological, and biological properties makes Ag-doped TiCaPCON film with 1.2 at.% of Ag very attractive material for bioengineering and modification of load-bearing metal implant surfaces.

  2. Co-doping effects of Gd and Ag on YBCO films derived by metalorganic deposition

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    Sun, Meijuan; Liu, Zhiyong; Bai, Chuanyi; Guo, Yanqun; Lu, Yuming; Fan, Feng; Cai, Chuanbing

    2015-12-01

    Y1-xGdxBa2Cu3O7-δ-Ag (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) thin films were prepared on oxide buffered Hastelloy substrates by low fluorine metalorganic depostion (MOD) process. The effects of co-doping of Ag and Gd on the microstructures and superconducting properties of YBCO thin films are investigated with respect to improvement on texture and superconducting performance in case of optimized doping content. It is found that optimum addition of Ag and Gd may lead to better c-axis orientation, superior surface microstructure and finally give rise to much improvement of superconducting performance.

  3. Characterization of Thin Film Dissolution in Water with in Situ Monitoring of Film Thickness Using Reflectometry.

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    Yersak, Alexander S; Lewis, Ryan J; Tran, Jenny; Lee, Yung C

    2016-07-13

    Reflectometry was implemented as an in situ thickness measurement technique for rapid characterization of the dissolution dynamics of thin film protective barriers in elevated water temperatures above 100 °C. Using this technique, multiple types of coatings were simultaneously evaluated in days rather than years. This technique enabled the uninterrupted characterization of dissolution rates for different coating deposition temperatures, postdeposition annealing conditions, and locations on the coating surfaces. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) SiO2 and wet thermally grown SiO2 (wtg-SiO2) thin films were demonstrated to be dissolution-predictable barriers for the protection of metals such as copper. A ∼49% reduction in dissolution rate was achieved for ALD SiO2 films by increasing the deposition temperatures from 150 to 300 °C. ALD SiO2 deposited at 300 °C and followed by annealing in an inert N2 environment at 1065 °C resulted in a further ∼51% reduction in dissolution rate compared with the nonannealed sample. ALD SiO2 dissolution rates were thus lowered to values of wtg-SiO2 in water by the combination of increasing the deposition temperature and postdeposition annealing. Thin metal films, such as copper, without a SiO2 barrier corroded at an expected ∼1-2 nm/day rate when immersed in room temperature water. This measurement technique can be applied to any optically transparent coating. PMID:27308723

  4. Optical properties of Ag nanoparticle-polymer composite film based on two-dimensional Au nanoparticle array film

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    2014-01-01

    The nanocomposite polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) films containing Ag nanoparticles and Rhodamine 6G are prepared on the two-dimensional distinctive continuous ultrathin gold nanofilms. We investigate the optical properties and the fluorescence properties of silver nanoparticles-PVP polymer composite films influenced by Ag nanoparticles and Au nanoparticles. Absorption spectral analysis suggests that the prominently light absorption in Ag nanowire/PVP and Ag nanowire/PVP/Au film arises from the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The enhanced fluorescence is observed in the presence of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm, which is attributed to the excitation of surface plasmon polariton resonance of Ag nanowire and Au nanofilm. The gold nanofilm is proven to be very effective fluorescence resonance energy transfer donors. The fabricated novel structure, gold ultrathin continuous nanofilm, possesses high surface plasmon resonance properties and prominent fluorescence enhancement effect. Therefore, the ultrathin continuous gold nanofilm is an active substrate on nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence. PMID:24685186

  5. Tuning the SERS Response with Ag-Au Nanoparticle-Embedded Polymer Thin Film Substrates.

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    Rao, V Kesava; Radhakrishnan, T P

    2015-06-17

    Development of facile routes to the fabrication of thin film substrates with tunable surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) efficiency and identification of the optimal conditions for maximizing the enhancement factor (EF) are significant in terms of both fundamental and application aspects of SERS. In the present work, polymer thin films with embedded bimetallic nanoparticles of Ag-Au are fabricated by a simple two-stage protocol. Ag nanoparticles are formed in the first stage, by the in situ reduction of silver nitrate by the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) film through mild thermal annealing, without any additional reducing agent. In the second stage, aqueous solutions of chloroauric acid spread on the Ag-PVA thin film under ambient conditions, lead to the galvanic displacement of Ag by Au in situ inside the film, and the formation of Ag-Au particles. Evolution of the morphology of the bimetallic nanoparticles into hollow cage structures and the distribution of Au on the nanoparticles are revealed through electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) extinction of the nanocomposite thin film evolves with the Ag-Au composition; theoretical simulation of the extinction spectra provides insight into the observed trends. The Ag-Au-PVA thin films are found to be efficient substrates for SERS. The EF follows the variation of the LSPR extinction vis-à-vis the excitation laser wavelength, but with an offset, and the maximum SERS effect is obtained at very low Au content; experiments with Rhodamine 6G showed EFs on the order of 10(8) and a limit of detection of 0.6 pmol. The present study describes a facile and simple fabrication of a nanocomposite thin film that can be conveniently deployed in SERS investigations, and the utility of the bimetallic system to tune and maximize the EF.

  6. Layer-by-layer fabrication of AgCl-PANI hybrid nanocomposite films for electronic tongues.

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    Manzoli, Alexandra; Shimizu, Flavio M; Mercante, Luiza A; Paris, Elaine C; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Correa, Daniel S; Mattoso, Luiz H C

    2014-11-28

    The fabrication of nanostructured films with tailored properties is essential for many applications, particularly with materials such as polyaniline (PANI) whose electrical characteristics may be easily tuned. In this study we report the one-step synthesis of AgCl-PANI nanocomposites that could form layer-by-layer (LbL) films with poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) and be used for electronic tongues (e-tongues). The first AgCl-PANI layer was adsorbed on a quartz substrate according to a nucleation-and-growth mechanism explained using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) model, revealing a 3D film growth confirmed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements for the AgCl-PANI/PSS LbL films. In contrast to conventional PANI-containing films, the AgCl-PANI/PSS LbL films deposited on interdigitated electrodes exhibited electrical resistance that was practically unaffected by changes in pH from 4 to 9, and therefore these films can be used in e-tongues for both acidic and basic media. With a sensor array made of AgCl-PANI/PSS LbL films with different numbers of bilayers, we demonstrated the suitability of the AgCl-PANI nanocomposite for an e-tongue capable of clearly discriminating the basic tastes from salt, acid and umami solutions. Significantly, the hybrid AgCl-PANI nanocomposite is promising for any application in which PANI de-doping at high pH is to be avoided.

  7. Effect of thickness on nonlinear absorption properties of graphite oxide thin films

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    Sreeja, V. G.; Cheruvalathu, Ajina; Reshmi, R.; Anila, E. I.; Thomas, Sheenu; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2016-10-01

    We report the thickness dependent structural, linear and nonlinear optical properties of graphite oxide (GO) thin films synthesized by spin coating method. We observed that the structural, linear and nonlinear optical properties can be tuned by the film thickness in GO. The nonlinear absorption studies by open aperture z scan technique exhibited a saturable absorption. The nonlinear absorption coefficient and saturation intensity varies with film thickness which is attributed to increased localized defect states in the energy band gap. Our results emphasize relatively large thickness dependent optical nonlinearity of GO thin films and its potential for optical pulse generation, exploring the way to GO based nonlinear applications in Q switched mode locking laser systems. All the coated GO films were characterized by X-Ray diffraction method (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Photoluminescence (PL) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM) measurements.

  8. 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.

  9. Thickness-dependent fracture behaviour of flexible ZnO : Al thin films

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    Mohanty, Bhaskar Chandra; Choi, Hong Rak; Muk Choi, Yong; Cho, Yong Soo

    2011-01-01

    The effects of thickness on flexibility and crack initiation in ZnO : Al thin films sputter-deposited on polyethersulfone substrates have been investigated. With an increase in thickness, root-mean-square roughness and average crystallite size increase linearly. It is found that the higher the thickness, the lower is the strain required to initiate cracks in the film. The thinnest film (~240 nm) exhibits a crack-initiating critical strain of 0.96% and a saturated crack density of 0.10 µm-1. A critical energy release rate of 68.5 J m-2 and a mode I fracture toughness of 3.2 MPa m0.5 are estimated for the films. These parameters are found to exhibit a linear dependence on film thickness.

  10. Non-contacting Measurement of Oil Film Thickness Between Loaded Metallic Gear Teeth

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    Cox, Daniel B.; Ceccio, Steven L.; Dowling, David R.

    2013-11-01

    The mechanical power transmission efficiency of gears is depends on the lubrication condition between gear teeth. While the lubrication levels can be generally predicted, an effective in-situ non-contacting measurement of oil film thicknesses between loaded metallic gear teeth has proved elusive. This study explores a novel oil film thickness measurement technique based on optical fluence, the light energy transmitted between loaded gear teeth. A gear testing apparatus that allowed independent control of gear rotation rate, load torque, and oil flow was designed and built. Film thickness measurements made with 5-inch-pitch-diameter 60-tooth spur gears ranged from 0.3 to 10.2 mil. These results are compared with film thickness measurements made in an earlier investigation (MacConochie and Cameron, 1960), as well as with predictions from two film thickness models: a simple two-dimensional squeezed oil film and the industry-accepted model as described by the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA 925, 2003). In each case, the measured film thicknesses were larger than the predicted thicknesses, though these discrepancies might be attributed to the specifics the experiments and to challenges associated with calibrating the fluence measurements. [Sponsored by General Electric].

  11. Fabrication of large diffractive optical elements in thick film on a concave lens surface

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    Xie, Yongjun; Lu, Zhenwu; Li, Fengyou

    2003-05-01

    We demonstrate experimentally the technique of fabricating large diffractive optical elements (DOEs) in thick film on a concave lens surface (mirrors) with precise alignment by using the strategy of double exposure. We adopt the method of double exposure to overcome the difficulty of processing thick photoresist on a large curved substrate. A uniform thick film with arbitrary thickness on a concave lens can be obtained with this technique. We fabricate a large concentric circular grating with a 10-im period on a concave lens surface in film with a thickness of 2.0 im after development. It is believed that this technique can also be used to fabricate larger DOEs in thicker film on the concave or convex lens surface with precise alignment. There are other potential applications of this technique, such as fabrication of micro-optoelectromechanical systems (MOEMS) or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and fabrication of microlens arrays on a large concave lens surface or convex lens surface with precise alignment.

  12. Patterned PPy Polymer and PPy/Ag Nanocomposites Thin Films by Photo-DLICVD

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    Manole, C. C.; Maury, F.; Demetrescu, I.

    This work deals with the deposition of both undoped (insulator) and extrinsically Ag-doped (conductive) polypyrrole (PPy) coatings by an original Photo-DLICVD process. The uniform and conformal coverage of PPy thin films on both Si(100) wafer and liquid micro-droplets forming blisters is investigated. A self-ordered surface patterning of the blisters is achieved and discussed in relation with the substrate nature. By changing the precursor chemistry in this CVD process, conductive PPy/Ag nanocomposite films are grown. First evidence for conductive behavior of these Ag-doped PPy coatings was found. The Ag nanoparticles (NPs) reveal 1D assembly at the ledges of crystal-like facets of micron size nanocomposite particles leading to more complex arrangements of the metal NPs in the hybrid PPy/Ag coatings.

  13. High-throughput measurement of polymer film thickness using optical dyes

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    Grunlan, Jaime C.; Mehrabi, Ali R.; Ly, Tien

    2005-01-01

    Optical dyes were added to polymer solutions in an effort to create a technique for high-throughput screening of dry polymer film thickness. Arrays of polystyrene films, cast from a toluene solution, containing methyl red or solvent green were used to demonstrate the feasibility of this technique. Measurements of the peak visible absorbance of each film were converted to thickness using the Beer-Lambert relationship. These absorbance-based thickness calculations agreed within 10% of thickness measured using a micrometer for polystyrene films that were 10-50 µm. At these thicknesses it is believed that the absorbance values are actually more accurate. At least for this solvent-based system, thickness was shown to be accurately measured in a high-throughput manner that could potentially be applied to other equivalent systems. Similar water-based films made with poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) dyed with malachite green oxalate or congo red did not show the same level of agreement with the micrometer measurements. Extensive phase separation between polymer and dye resulted in inflated absorbance values and calculated thickness that was often more than 25% greater than that measured with the micrometer. Only at thicknesses below 15 µm could reasonable accuracy be achieved for the water-based films.

  14. Thickness dependence of the dielectric properties of thermally evaporated Sb2Te3 thin films

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    Ulutas, K.; Deger, D.; Yakut, S.

    2013-03-01

    Sb2Te3 thin films of different thickness (23 - 350 nm) were prepared by thermal evaporation technique. The thickness dependence of the ac conductivity and dielectric properties of the Sb2Te3 films have been investigated in the frequency range 10 Hz- 100 kHz and within the temperature range 293-373K. Both the dielectric constant epsilon1 and dielectric loss factor epsilon2 were found to depend on frequency, temperature and film thickness. The frequency and temperature dependence of ac conductivity (σac(ω)) has also been determined. The ac conductivity of our samples satisfies the well known ac power law; i.e., σac(ω) propto ωs where s<1 and independent of the film thickness. The temperature dependence of ac conductivity and parameter s is reasonably well interpreted by the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model. The activation energies were evaluated for various thicknesses. The temperature coefficient of the capacitance (TCC) and permitivity (TCP) were determined as a function of the film thickness. The microstructure of the samples were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). This results are discussed on the base of the differences in their morphologies and thicknesses. The tendency for amorphization of the crystalline phases becomes evident as the film thickness increases.

  15. Realistic reflectance spectrum of thin films covering a transparent optically thick substrate

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    Cesaria, M. Caricato, A. P.; Martino, M.

    2014-07-21

    A spectrophotometric strategy is presented and discussed for calculating realistically the reflectance spectrum of an absorbing film deposited over a thick transparent or semi-transparent substrate. The developed route exploits simple mathematics, has wide range of applicability (high-to-weak absorption regions and thick-to-ultrathin films), rules out numerical and curve-fitting procedures as well as model-functions, inherently accounts for the non-measurable contribution of the film-substrate interface as well as substrate backside, and describes the film reflectance spectrum as determined by the experimental situation (deposition approach and parameters). The reliability of the method is tested on films of a well-known material (indium tin oxide) by deliberately changing film thickness and structural quality through doping. Results are found consistent with usual information yielded by reflectance, its inherent relationship with scattering processes and contributions to the measured total reflectance.

  16. Evaluation of feasibility of measuring EHD film thickness associated with cryogenic fluids

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    Kannel, J. W.; Merriman, T. L.; Stockwell, R. D.; Dufrane, K. F.

    1983-08-01

    The feasibility of measuring elastohydrodynamic (EHD) films as formed with a cryogenic (LN2) fluid is evaluated. Modifications were made to an existing twin disk EHD apparatus to allow for disk lubrication with liquid nitrogen. This disk apparatus is equipped with an X-ray system for measuring the thickness of any lubricant film that is formed between the disks. Several film thickness experiments were conducted with the apparatus which indicate that good lubrication films are filmed with LN2. In addition to the film thickness studies, failure analyses of three bearings were conducted. The HPOTP turbine end bearings had experienced axial loads of 36,000 to 44,000 N (8,000 to 10,000 lb). High continuous radial loads were also experienced, which were most likely caused by thermal growth of the inner race. The resulting high internal loads caused race spalling and ball wear to occur.

  17. Change in Tear Film Lipid Layer Thickness, Corneal Thickness, Volume and Topography after Superficial Cauterization for Conjunctivochalasis

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    Chan, Tommy C. Y.; Ye, Cong; Ng, Paul KF; Li, Emmy Y. M.; Yuen, Hunter K. L.; Jhanji, Vishal

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated the change in tear film lipid layer thickness, corneal thickness, volume and topography after superficial cauterization of symptomatic conjunctivochalasis. Bilateral superficial conjunctival cauterization was performed in 36 eyes of 18 patients with symptomatic conjunctivochalasis. The mean age of patients (12 males, 6 females) was 68.6 ± 10.9 years (range: 44–83 years). Preoperatively, 28 eyes (77.8%) had grade 1 conjunctivochalasis, and 8 eyes (22.2%) had grade 2 conjunctivochalasis. At 1 month postoperatively, the severity of conjunctivochalasis decreased significantly (p < 0.001) and 29 eyes (80.6%) had grade 0 conjunctivochalasis whereas 7 eyes (19.4%) had grade 1 conjunctivochalasis. The mean Ocular Surface Disease Index score decreased from 31.5 ± 15.2 preoperatively to 21.5 ± 14.2 at the end of 1 month postoperatively (p = 0.001). There was a statistically significant increase in mean tear film lipid layer thickness 1 month after the surgery (49.6 ± 16.1 nm vs 62.6 ± 21.6 nm; p < 0.001). The central corneal thickness, thinnest corneal thickness and corneal volume decreased significantly postoperatively (p < 0.001). Our study showed that superficial conjunctival cauterization is an effective technique for management of conjunctivochalasis in the short term. An increase in tear film lipid layer thickness along with a decrease in corneal thickness and volume were observed after surgical correction of conjunctivochalasis. PMID:26184418

  18. Change in Tear Film Lipid Layer Thickness, Corneal Thickness, Volume and Topography after Superficial Cauterization for Conjunctivochalasis.

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    Chan, Tommy C Y; Ye, Cong; Ng, Paul K F; Li, Emmy Y M; Yuen, Hunter K L; Jhanji, Vishal

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated the change in tear film lipid layer thickness, corneal thickness, volume and topography after superficial cauterization of symptomatic conjunctivochalasis. Bilateral superficial conjunctival cauterization was performed in 36 eyes of 18 patients with symptomatic conjunctivochalasis. The mean age of patients (12 males, 6 females) was 68.6 ± 10.9 years (range: 44-83 years). Preoperatively, 28 eyes (77.8%) had grade 1 conjunctivochalasis, and 8 eyes (22.2%) had grade 2 conjunctivochalasis. At 1 month postoperatively, the severity of conjunctivochalasis decreased significantly (p < 0.001) and 29 eyes (80.6%) had grade 0 conjunctivochalasis whereas 7 eyes (19.4%) had grade 1 conjunctivochalasis. The mean Ocular Surface Disease Index score decreased from 31.5 ± 15.2 preoperatively to 21.5 ± 14.2 at the end of 1 month postoperatively (p = 0.001). There was a statistically significant increase in mean tear film lipid layer thickness 1 month after the surgery (49.6 ± 16.1 nm vs 62.6 ± 21.6 nm; p < 0.001). The central corneal thickness, thinnest corneal thickness and corneal volume decreased significantly postoperatively (p < 0.001). Our study showed that superficial conjunctival cauterization is an effective technique for management of conjunctivochalasis in the short term. An increase in tear film lipid layer thickness along with a decrease in corneal thickness and volume were observed after surgical correction of conjunctivochalasis. PMID:26184418

  19. Electronic properties and bonding characteristics of AlN:Ag thin film nanocomposites

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    Lekka, Ch. E.; Patsalas, P.; Komninou, Ph.; Evangelakis, G. A.

    2011-03-01

    We present theoretical and experimental results on the bonding and structural characteristics of AlN:Ag thin film nanocomposites obtained by means of density functional theory (DFT) computations, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) observations, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. From the theoretical calculations it was determined that the presence of the Ag substitutional of N or Al atoms affects the electronic density of states (EDOS) of the resulting systems. In particular, occupied energy states are introduced (between others) that lie within the energy gap of the AlN matrix due to Ag-d, Al-p (accompanied with a charge transfer from Al to Ag), Ag-p, and N-p hybridizations, respectively. The effect is predicted to be even more pronounced in the case of Ag nanoparticle inclusions affecting the EDOS of the composite system. These predictions were verified by the HRTEM images that gave unequivocal evidence for the presence and stability of Ag nanoparticles in the AlN matrix. In addition, the AES data suggested a metal-metal (Ag-Al) bonding preference, while the XRD patterns revealed that the atomic Ag dispersions in the AlN thin films results in a small elongation of the Wurtzite lattice, which is in agreement with the DFT predictions. These results may useful in tailoring the electronic response of AlN-based systems and the design of devices for various opto-electronic applications.

  20. Preparation of sensitive and recyclable porous Ag/TiO2 composite films for SERS detection

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    Zhang, Zhengyi; Yu, Jiajie; Yang, Jingying; Lv, Xiang; Wang, Tianhe

    2015-12-01

    Porous Ag/TiO2 composite films were prepared by spin coating of titania on normal glass slides and subsequent photochemical deposition of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The films were characterized by XRD and FESEM to reveal micro structural and morphological differences between films obtained under varied conditions. The SERS properties of these films were investigated using aqueous crystal violet (CV) as probe molecules. The results indicate that the content of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and photo-reduction time had significant influences on both the microstructure and SERS performance of Ag/TiO2 films. The highest SERS sensitivity that allowed as low as 10-10 M aqueous CV to be detected, was achieved with the PEG/(C4H9O)4Ti molar ratio being 0.08% and with 30 min of UV irradiation. With this film a linear relationship was established through experiment between SERS intensity and CV concentration from 10-10 to 10-5 M, which could be used as a calibration curve for CV concentration measurement. In addition, the film could be reused as a SERS substrate for up to four times without significantly losing SERS sensitivity if a simple regeneration was followed. It is visualized that the Ag/TiO2 film on glass has potentials for being developed into a practical SERS substrate with high sensitivity and good reusability.

  1. Mechanical properties of Pb-free solder alloys on thick film hybrid microcircuits

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    Hernandez, C.L.; Vianco, P.T.; Rejent, J.A.; Hosking, F.M.

    1998-03-10

    The technology drivers of the electronics industry continue to be systems miniaturization and reliability, in addition to addressing a variety of important environmental issues. Although the Sn-Pb eutectic alloy is widely used as a joining material in the electronics industry, it has drawn environmental concern due to its Pb content. The solder acts both as an electrical and mechanical connection within the different packaging levels in an electronic device. New Pb-free solders are being developed at Sandia National Laboratories. The alloys are based on the Sn-Ag alloy, having Bi and Au additions. Prototype hybrid microcircuit (HMC) test vehicles have been assembled to evaluate Pb-free solders for Au-Pt-Pd thick film soldering. The test components consist of a variety of dummy chip capacitors and leadless ceramic chip carriers (LCCC`s). The mechanical properties of the joints were evaluated. The reflow profiles and the solid state intermetallic formation reaction will also be presented. Improved solder joint manufacturability and increased fatigue resistance solder alloys are the goals of these materials.

  2. The role of Ag in the pulsed laser growth of YBCO thin films

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    Kalyanaraman, R.; Oktyabrsky, S.; Narayan, J.

    1999-05-01

    We have studied systematically the role of silver in improving microstructure and properties of Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films. We have more than doubled the grain size to nearly 1.8 μm and reduced processing temperatures by incorporating Ag in the YBCO films, which is accomplished by using a composite target containing 15% by weight of Ag. These films show approximately four times higher Jc than the best films obtained on MgO(001) substrates deposited from stoichiometric Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ targets. Study of the silver content in the film as a function of the deposition temperature shows clearly a decreasing concentration with increasing temperature and a segregation of the Ag to the surface. The increased oxygen content in the films is also observed at lower processing temperatures, providing strong support for the efficient oxygenation of YBCO via the presence of silver. A qualitative model suggests that the formation of silver oxide, rapid surface diffusion of Ag on MgO surfaces, and the nonreactivity of Ag with YBCO are the key aspects to the improvement in microstructure. The possibility of extending these ideas to the growth of oxides is also discussed, along with the fabrication of in-situ superconducting-metal junctions with 3D geometries.

  3. The preparation and characterization of nanoparticle Ag-SiO2 composite films with super low refractive index

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    Sun, Yu-Long; Wang, Jian; Li, Shou-Yi; He, Xin; Wang, Cheng-Wei

    2014-09-01

    The spin coating technique is used to prepare the porous Ag-SiO2 composite films, and the subsequent annealing process makes the nanoparticle Ag-SiO2 composite films formed. As the increase of the annealing temperature from 300 °C to 500 °C, the size of Ag-SiO2 composite nanoparticles gradually decreases. The SEM, TEM and XRD measurements of Ag-SiO2 composite films indicate that the single crystal metal nanoparticles are uniformly embedded into the SiO2 particles, forming Ag-SiO2 composite nanoparticles. The SPR absorption spectra of the Ag-SiO2 composite films show the content of metal Ag increases with the increase of annealing temperature, but when the annealing temperature increases to 500 °C, the SPR absorption is not observed on the absorption spectra although the total absorption of Ag-SiO2 composite films is enhanced. Furthermore, the optical constants of Ag-SiO2 composite films have been determined based on the measurement of ellipsometric parameters. It is more important the refractive index lower than 1 is obtained after annealing process of Ag-SiO2 composite films under 300 and 400 °C, but the extinction coefficient is low, which makes the film have low absorption.

  4. Ptychographic Imaging of Branched Colloidal Nanocrystals Embedded in Free-Standing Thick Polystyrene Films

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    De Caro, Liberato; Altamura, Davide; Arciniegas, Milena; Siliqi, Dritan; Kim, Mee R.; Sibillano, Teresa; Manna, Liberato; Giannini, Cinzia

    2016-01-01

    Research on composite materials is facing, among others, the challenging task of incorporating nanocrystals, and their superstructures, in polymer matrices. Electron microscopy can typically image nanometre-scale structures embedded in thin polymer films, but not in films that are micron size thick. Here, X-ray Ptychography was used to visualize, with a resolution of a few tens of nanometers, how CdSe/CdS octapod-shaped nanocrystals self-assemble in polystyrene films of 24 ± 4 μm, providing a unique means for non-destructive investigation of nanoparticles distribution and organization in thick polymer films. PMID:26775682

  5. Ptychographic Imaging of Branched Colloidal Nanocrystals Embedded in Free-Standing Thick Polystyrene Films

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    de Caro, Liberato; Altamura, Davide; Arciniegas, Milena; Siliqi, Dritan; Kim, Mee R.; Sibillano, Teresa; Manna, Liberato; Giannini, Cinzia

    2016-01-01

    Research on composite materials is facing, among others, the challenging task of incorporating nanocrystals, and their superstructures, in polymer matrices. Electron microscopy can typically image nanometre-scale structures embedded in thin polymer films, but not in films that are micron size thick. Here, X-ray Ptychography was used to visualize, with a resolution of a few tens of nanometers, how CdSe/CdS octapod-shaped nanocrystals self-assemble in polystyrene films of 24 ± 4 μm, providing a unique means for non-destructive investigation of nanoparticles distribution and organization in thick polymer films.

  6. In vivo tear film thickness measurement and tear film dynamics visualization using spectral domain OCT and an efficient delay estimator

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    Aranha dos Santos, Valentin; Schmetterer, Leopold; Gröschl, Martin; Garhofer, Gerhard; Werkmeister, René M.

    2016-03-01

    Dry eye syndrome is a highly prevalent disease of the ocular surface characterized by an instability of the tear film. Traditional methods used for the evaluation of tear film stability are invasive or show limited repeatability. Here we propose a new noninvasive approach to measure tear film thickness using an efficient delay estimator and ultrahigh resolution spectral domain OCT. Silicon wafer phantoms with layers of known thickness and group index were used to validate the estimator-based thickness measurement. A theoretical analysis of the fundamental limit of the precision of the estimator is presented and the analytical expression of the Cramér-Rao lower bound (CRLB), which is the minimum variance that may be achieved by any unbiased estimator, is derived. The performance of the estimator against noise was investigated using simulations. We found that the proposed estimator reaches the CRLB associated with the OCT amplitude signal. The technique was applied in vivo in healthy subjects and dry eye patients. Series of tear film thickness maps were generated, allowing for the visualization of tear film dynamics. Our results show that the central tear film thickness precisely measured in vivo with a coefficient of variation of about 0.65% and that repeatable tear film dynamics can be observed. The presented method has the potential of being an alternative to breakup time measurements (BUT) and could be used in clinical setting to study patients with dry eye disease and monitor their treatments.

  7. Influence of the preparation method on the As-Se-AgI thin films behaviour

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    Hineva, T.; Petkova, T.; Petkov, P.; Mikli, V.; Socol, G.; Mihailescu, C. N.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2008-05-01

    Bulk glasses of the (As2Se3)1-x (AgI)x and (AsSe)1-x(AgI)x systems, where x = 5, 10, 15 up to 35 mol.% have been prepared by the melt-quenched technique. The thin films have been deposited by means of vacuum thermal evaporation (VTE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The XRD investigation reveals a generally amorphous structure; small peaks are only observed in the samples with the highest AgI. The film compositions have been determined by EDS (energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis). WDS (wavelength dispersive spectroscopy) studies have shown that the films do not contain oxygen within the accuracy of the method (1 %). The films are dense with smooth surface as revealed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  8. Tribological properties of Ag/Ti films on Al2O3 ceramic substrates

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    Dellacorte, Christopher; Pepper, Stephen V.; Honecy, Frank S.

    1991-01-01

    Ag solid lubricant films, with a thin Ti interlayer for enhanced adhesion, were sputter deposited on Al2O3 substrate disks to reduce friction and wear. The dual Ag/Ti films were tested at room temperature in a pin-on-disk tribometer sliding against bare, uncoated Al2O3 pins under a 4.9 N load at a sliding velocity of 1 m/s. The Ag/Ti films reduced the friction coefficient by 50 percent to about 0.41 compared to unlubricated baseline specimens. Pin wear was reduced by a factor of 140 and disk wear was reduced by a factor of 2.5 compared to the baseline. These films retain their good tribological properties including adhesion after heat treatments at 850 C and thus may be able to lubricate over a wide temperature range. This lubrication technique is applicable to space lubrication, advanced heat engines, and advanced transportation systems.

  9. Preparation of AgInS{sub 2} chalcopyrite thin films by chemical spray pyrolysis

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    Ortega-Lopez, M.; Vigil-Galan, O.; Cruz Gandarilla, F.; Solorza-Feria, O

    2003-01-01

    AgInS{sub 2} thin films were prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique using a water/ethanol solution containing silver acetate, indium chloride and thiourea. We reported our results on the characterization of tetragonal AgInS{sub 2} (chalcopyrite type) films, which were grown from indium deficient spraying solution. The films displayed a n-type conductivity with room temperature resistivities in the range between 10{sup 3} and 10{sup 4} {omega} cm. The absorption spectra of sprayed films revealed two direct band-gaps with characteristic energies around 1.87 and 2.01 eV, which are in good agreement with the reported energy values for interband transitions from the split p-like valence band to the s-like conduction band in tetragonal AgInS{sub 2} single crystals.

  10. Speciation and Lability of Ag-, AgCl- and Ag2S-Nanoparticles in Soil Determined by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films

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    Long-term speciation and lability of silver (Ag-), silver chloride (AgCl-) and silver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2S-NPs) in soil were studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and newly developed "nano" Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) devices. These nano-D...

  11. Systematic experimental study of pure shear type dielectric elastomer membranes with different electrode and film thicknesses

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    Hodgins, M.; Seelecke, S.

    2016-09-01

    An approach to reduce the voltage required for dielectric elastomer actuators is to reduce film thickness. However, if the electrode thickness is not similarly reduced, the electrode’s mechanical behavior can increasingly and negatively impact the overall actuator behavior. This effect is yet to be studied and quantified for pure shear type specimens; a type recommended in a recent DE standardization journal publication. Therefore, in this work, using pure shear specimens, a comparative study of membrane actuators of different film thickness (20, 50 and 100 μm) is performed. Electrodes of different thicknesses are screen printed and tested in a uniaxial test device. The stiffening effect due to the solid-state electrodes is demonstrated by performing force-elongation tests for specimens with and without electrodes. Additionally the importance of thin electrodes (relative to film thickness) was demonstrated through a number of electromechanical tests. Isotonic tests revealed a lower electro-mechanical sensitivity for the 20 μm film when compared with the 50 and 100 μm films. This was attributed to the relatively thick electrodes. Best actuation results were achieved when the total electrode thickness was at least 15x thinner than the dielectric membrane thickness.

  12. Effect of thermal annealing on the phase evolution of silver tungstate in Ag/WO₃ films.

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    Bose, R Jolly; Sreedharan, R Sreeja; Krishnan, R Resmi; Reddy, V R; Gupta, Mukul; Ganesan, V; Sudheer, S K; Pillai, V P Mahadevan

    2015-06-15

    Silver/tungsten oxide multi-layer films are deposited over quartz substrates by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the films are annealed at temperatures 200, 400 and 600°C. The effect of thermal annealing on the phase evolution of silver tungstate phase in Ag/WO3 films is studied extensively using techniques like X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman analysis, atomic force microscopy and photoluminescence studies. The XRD pattern of the as-deposited film shows only the peaks of cubic phase of silver. The film annealed at 200°C shows the presence of XRD peaks corresponding to orthorhombic phase of Ag2WO4 and peaks corresponding to cubic phase of silver with reduced intensity. It is found that, as annealing temperature increases, the volume fraction of Ag decreases and that of Ag2WO4 phase increases and becomes highest at a temperature of 400°C. When the temperature increases beyond 400°C, the volume fraction of Ag2WO4 decreases, due to its decomposition into silver and oxygen deficient phase Ag2W4O13. The micro-Raman spectra of the annealed films show the characteristic bands of tungstate phase which is in agreement with XRD analysis. The surface morphology of the films studied by atomic force microscopy reveals that the particle size and r.m.s roughness are highest for the sample annealed at 400°C. In the photoluminescence study, the films with silver tungstate phase show an emission peak in blue region centered around the wavelength 441 nm (excitation wavelength 256 nm).

  13. Monolithic Pellets, Composites and Thick Films of Hydroxyapatite: Correlation of Mechanical Properties with Microstructure.

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    Wang, Pauchiu Either

    Hydroxyapatite Ca_{10}(PO _4)_6(OH)_2 (abbreviated as HA) has great biocompatibility. Poor mechanical properties of HA implants and decomposition of HA during processing are the major obstacles for widespread uses of HA. In the present thesis we have attempted to understand the sintering behavior of monolithic HA and metal-reinforced HA-matrix composites, and the mechanism of formation of HA coating in the solutions at the normal temperature. The powders of two calcium phosphates, namely hydroxyapatite and dicalcium phosphate (DCP: chemical formula Ca_2P_2O_7), were sintered at various temperatures and in various environments. The density, flexural strength and knoop hardness of both phosphates sintered in air for 4 h initially increased with the sintering temperature, reaching maxima at around 1000-1150 ^circC, and then decreased due to decomposition. To reduce dehydroxylation, HA powder was sintered in moisture at various temperatures up to 1350^circ C and X-ray diffraction study did not indicate any decomposition at the highest sintering temperature. It is seen that dehydroxylation did not hinder sintering, but decomposition obstructed sintering of both HA and DCP. Ductile-phase reinforcement of hydroxyapatite was achieved by addition of silver particulates (5-30 vol.%) in HA powder compacts. A composite made by sintering 10 vol.% Ag and balance HA at 1200^circ C for 1 h in air had flexural strength of 75 +/- 7 MPa, which was almost double that of pure HA sintered under an identical condition. Silver in the composite melted during sintering, but due to poor wetting, did not spread in between HA particles. The increase in the flexural strength of the composites was thought to be due to crack-bridging and crack-arrest by silver inclusions. Thick films (several μm) of hydroxyapatite were deposited on silicon single crystal placed in close proximity to a plate of apatite- and wollastonite -containing glass and dipped into a simulated body fluid (SBF) at 36^circ

  14. Wavy film flows down an inclined plane: perturbation theory and general evolution equation for the film thickness.

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    Frenkel, A L; Indireshkumar, K

    1999-10-01

    Wavy film flow of incompressible Newtonian fluid down an inclined plane is considered. The question is posed as to the parametric conditions under which the description of evolution can be approximately reduced for all time to a single evolution equation for the film thickness. An unconventional perturbation approach yields the most general evolution equation and least restrictive conditions on its validity. The advantages of this equation for analytical and numerical studies of three-dimensional waves in inclined films are pointed out.

  15. Transparent conductive PVP/AgNWs films for flexible organic light emitting diodes by spraying method

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    Hu, Jun-tao; Mei, Wen-juan; Ye, Kang-li; Wei, Qing-qing; Hu, Sheng

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a simple spraying method is used to prepare the transparent conductive films (TCFs) based on Ag nanowires (AgNWs). Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is introduced to modify the interface of substrate. The transmittance and bending performance are improved by optimizing the number of spraying times and the solution concentration and controlling the annealing time. The spraying times of 20, the concentration of 2 mg/mL and the annealing time of 10 min are chosen to fabricate the PVP/AgNWs films. The transmittance of PVP/AgNWs films is 53.4%—67.9% at 380—780 nm, and the sheet resistance is 30 Ω/□ which is equivalent to that of commercial indium tin oxide (ITO). During cyclic bending tests to 500 cycles with bending radius of 5 mm, the changes of resistivity are negligible. The performance of PVP/AgNW transparent electrodes has little change after being exposed to the normal environment for 1 000 h. The adhesion to polymeric substrate and the ability to endure bending stress in AgNWs network films are both significantly improved by introducing PVP. Spraying method makes AgNWs form a stratified structure on large-area polymer substrates, and the vacuum annealing method is used to weld the AgNWs together at junctions and substrates, which can improve the electrical conductivity. The experimental results indicate that PVP/AgNW transparent electrodes can be used as transparent conductive electrodes in flexible organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).

  16. Thickness dependent ferromagnetism in thermally decomposed NiO thin films

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    Ravikumar, Patta; Kisan, Bhagaban; Perumal, Alagarsamy

    2016-11-01

    We report the effects of film thickness, annealing temperature and annealing environments on thermal decomposition behavior and resulting magnetic properties of NiO (t=50-300 nm) thin films. All the NiO films were prepared directly on thermally oxidized Si at ambient temperature using magnetron sputtering technique and post annealed at different temperatures (TA) under vacuum and oxygen atmospheres. As-deposited films exhibit face centered cubic structure with large lattice constant due to strain induced during sputtering process. With increasing TA, the lattice constant decreases due to the release of strain and thickness dependent thermal decomposition reaction of NiO into Ni has been observed for the NiO films annealed at 500 °C under vacuum condition. As a result, the antiferromagnetic nature of the as-deposited NiO films transforms into ferromagnetic one with dominant thickness dependent ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. In addition, the existence of both Ni and NiO phases in the annealed NiO films shows noticeable exchange bias under field cooling condition. The behavior of thermal decomposition was not observed for the NiO films annealed under oxygen condition which results in no detectable change in the magnetic properties. The observed results are discussed on the basis of thickness dependent thermal decomposition in NiO films with increasing TA and changing annealing conditions.

  17. Amorphous Indium Selenide Thin Films Prepared by RF Sputtering: Thickness-Induced Characteristics.

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    Han, Myoung Yoo; Park, Yong Seob; Kim, Nam-Hoon

    2016-05-01

    The influence of indium composition, controlled by changing the film thickness, on the optical and electrical properties of amorphous indium selenide thin films was studied for the application of these materials as Cd-free buffer layers in CI(G)S solar cells. Indium selenide thin films were prepared using RF magnetron sputtering method. The indium composition of the amorphous indium selenide thin films was varied from 94.56 to 49.72 at% by increasing the film thickness from 30 to 70 nm. With a decrease in film thickness, the optical transmittance increased from 87.63% to 96.03% and Eg decreased from 3.048 to 2.875 eV. Carrier concentration and resistivity showed excellent values of ≥1015 cm(-3) and ≤ 10(4) Ω x cm, respectively. The conductivity type of the amorphous indium selenide thin films could be controlled by changing the film-thickness-induced amount of In. These results indicate the possibility of tuning the properties of amorphous indium selenide thin films by changing their composition for use as an alternate buffer layer material in CI(G)S solar cells.

  18. Thickness dependence of Jc (0) in MgB2 films

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    Chen, Yiling; Yang, Can; Jia, Chunyan; Feng, Qingrong; Gan, Zizhao

    2016-06-01

    MgB2 superconducting films, whose thicknesses range from 10 nm to 8 μm, have been fabricated on SiC substrates by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) method. It is the first time that the Tc and the Jc of MgB2 films are studied on such a large scale. It is found that with the increasing of thickness, Tc elevates first and then keeps roughly stable except for some slight fluctuations, while Jc (5 K, 0 T) experiences a sharp increase followed by a relatively slow fall. The maximum Jc (5 K, 0 T) = 2.3 × 108 A cm-2 is obtained for 100 nm films, which is the experimental evidence for preparing high-quality MgB2 films by HPCVD method. Thus, this work may provide guidance on choosing the suitable thickness for applications. Meanwhile, the films prepared by us cover ultrathin films, thin films and thick films, so the study on them will bring a comprehensive understanding of MgB2 films.

  19. Amorphous Indium Selenide Thin Films Prepared by RF Sputtering: Thickness-Induced Characteristics.

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    Han, Myoung Yoo; Park, Yong Seob; Kim, Nam-Hoon

    2016-05-01

    The influence of indium composition, controlled by changing the film thickness, on the optical and electrical properties of amorphous indium selenide thin films was studied for the application of these materials as Cd-free buffer layers in CI(G)S solar cells. Indium selenide thin films were prepared using RF magnetron sputtering method. The indium composition of the amorphous indium selenide thin films was varied from 94.56 to 49.72 at% by increasing the film thickness from 30 to 70 nm. With a decrease in film thickness, the optical transmittance increased from 87.63% to 96.03% and Eg decreased from 3.048 to 2.875 eV. Carrier concentration and resistivity showed excellent values of ≥1015 cm(-3) and ≤ 10(4) Ω x cm, respectively. The conductivity type of the amorphous indium selenide thin films could be controlled by changing the film-thickness-induced amount of In. These results indicate the possibility of tuning the properties of amorphous indium selenide thin films by changing their composition for use as an alternate buffer layer material in CI(G)S solar cells. PMID:27483886

  20. Effects of artificially produced defects on film thickness distribution in sliding EHD point contacts

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    Cusano, C.; Wedeven, L. D.

    1981-01-01

    The effects of artificially produced dents and grooves on the elastohydrodynamic (EHD) film thickness profile in a sliding point contact were investigated by means of optical interferometry. The defects, formed on the surface of a highly polished ball, were held stationary at various locations within and in the vicinity of the contact region while the disk was rotating. It is shown that the defects, having a geometry similar to what can be expected in practice, can dramatically change the film thickness which exists when no defects are present in or near the contact. This change in film thickness is mainly a function of the position of the defects in the inlet region, the geometry of the defects, the orientation of the defects in the case of grooves, and the depth of the defect relative to the central film thickness.

  1. Differential laser trigonometry for measuring the oil film thickness on water

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    Lü, Qieni; Lu, Lin; Ge, Baozhen; Wu, Di; Wu, Hao

    2012-06-01

    A differential laser trigonometry method is presented for measurement of the oil film thickness on a water surface. The thickness of an oil film can be obtained with two off-plane displacements to a benchmark plane obtained by the imaging spot displacement and the configuration parameter of the imaging system subtracted. The method has been tested in the laboratory via the examination of diesel oil and petroleum films. An experimental system setup has been developed, by which the maximum measurable thickness is 12 mm and the average measurement error is 6.05 µm. The results show that the method presented is feasible, and applicable to dynamic online measurement of oil film thickness of oil spills on the sea surface.

  2. Brine film thicknesses on mica surfaces under geologic CO2 sequestration conditions and controlled capillary pressures

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    Kim, Tae Wook; Tokunaga, Tetsu K.; Bargar, John R.; Latimer, Matthew J.; Webb, Samuel M.

    2013-08-01

    Brine films remaining on mineral surfaces in deep reservoirs during CO2 sequestration are expected to influence multiphase flow, diffusion, and reactions, but little is known about their behavior. Using synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (XRF), we measured thicknesses of KCsI2 brine films on two difference roughness mica surfaces under conditions representative of geological CO2 sequestration (7.8 MPa and 40°C) to understand the influences of mineral surface roughness and capillary potential. Brine thicknesses measured on the Mica 1 (smooth) and Mica 2 (rough) mica surfaces ranged from 23 to 8 nm and 491 to 412 nm, respectively, over the small range of tested capillary potentials (0.18-3.7 kPa). Within these potentials, brine film thicknesses on mica were governed by surface roughness and only weakly influenced by capillary potentials. In comparing drainage and rewetting isotherms, some film thickness hysteresis was observed, possibly indicative of changes in mica wettability.

  3. Film thickness measurement for spiral groove and Rayleigh step lift pad self-acting face seals

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    Dirusso, E.

    1982-01-01

    One Rayleigh step lift pad and three spiral groove self-acting face seal configurations were tested to measure film thickness and frictional torque as a function of shaft speed. The seals were tested at a constant face load of 73 N (16.4 lb) with ambient air at room temperature and atmospheric pressure as the fluid medium. The test speed range was from 7000 to 17,000 rpm. The measured film thickness was compared with theoretical data from mathematical models. The mathematical models overpredicted the measured film thickness at the lower speeds of the test speed range and underpredicted the measured film thickness at the higher speeds of the test speed range.

  4. Mechanical, tribological, and biocompatibility properties of ZrN-Ag nanocomposite films.

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    Kertzman, Z; Marchal, J; Suarez, M; Staia, M H; Filip, P; Kohli, P; Aouadi, S M

    2008-03-15

    Nanocomposite films of ZrN-Ag were produced by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering, and their structural, chemical, mechanical, tribological, haemocompatibility, and antibacterial properties were studied as a function of film composition. The films formed a dense and homogeneous microstructure whereby nanocrystals of Ag are distributed evenly throughout the ZrN matrix. For small additions of silver, the hardness was found to increase, whereas the elastic modulus was found to decrease drastically. In the process of optimizing the deposition conditions, three kinds of coatings were prepared on 316 L surgical steel and tested by accelerated electrochemical polarization tests in order to detect the influence of Ag and the value of the bias potential on the corrosion performance of the system. Films produced under the optimum deposition conditions were, subsequently, deposited on medical grade Ti-Al-V and worn against ball-bearing steel using a ball-on-disk tribotester in bovine serum and were found to have superior tribological properties compared with single-phase ZrN coatings. The haemocompatibility of the films was assessed by investigating the adsorption of human serum albumin and fibrinogen on samples with different phase compositions. Quantification of the protein adsorption was carried out using spectroscopic ellipsometry, which confirmed the haemocompatibility of the films. Antibiotic activity of the films was quantified by incubating the films in bacterial cultures, namely, Staphylococcus epidermis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli. Films with a silver content > 10% exhibited superior antibacterial activity compared with the uncoated samples. PMID:17685406

  5. A method for measuring the thickness of transparent oil film on water surface using laser trigonometry

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    Qieni, Lü; Baozhen, Ge; Wenda, Yao; Yimo, Zhang

    2011-01-01

    We present a method for measurement of thickness of transparent oil film on water surface based on laser trigonometry. With an oblique incident mode of single-point laser triangulation ranging system, laser light is incident on the upper and lower surfaces of the oil film being measured and an ellipse light spot is formed on the upper and lower surfaces of the oil film. The two light spots are imaged on an image plane CCD by an imaging lens and the image spot is formed and stored in a computer. The thickness of oil film being measured can be obtained by displacement of the image spot and the configuration parameter of the imaging system. The experiment is conducted using edible peanut oil and diesel oil. The research results show that the method presented in this paper is feasible and applicable to dynamic on-line measurement of oil film thickness of oil spill on sea surface.

  6. Highly Laminated Soft Magnetic Electroplated CoNiFe Thick Films

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    Kim, J; Kim, M; Herrault, F; Park, J; Allen, MG

    2013-01-01

    The fabrication and characterization of highly laminated (similar to 40 layers), thick (similar to 40 mu m) films of magnetically soft cobalt-nickel-iron are presented. Thick film fabrication is based on automated sequential electrodeposition of alternating CoNiFe and copper layers, followed by selective copper removal. The film, comprised tens of 1 mu m thick laminations, exhibits saturation flux density of 1.8 T and coercivity of approximately 1.3 Oe. High-frequency film characterization took place in a 36-turn test inductor, which demonstrated constant inductance of 1.6 mu H up to 10 MHz, indicating suppressed eddy-current loss. Quality factor exceeding 40 at 1 MHz, surpassing the performance of similarly fabricated Permalloy (Ni80Fe20) 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. Thickness-dependent metal-insulator transition in epitaxial SrRuO3 ultrathin films

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    Shen, Xuan; Qiu, Xiangbiao; Su, Dong; Zhou, Shengqiang; Li, Aidong; Wu, Di

    2015-01-06

    Transport characteristics of ultrathin SrRuO₃ films, deposited epitaxially on TiO₂-terminated SrTiO₃ (001) single-crystal substrates, were studied as a function of film thickness. Evolution from a metallic to an insulating behavior is observed as the film thickness decreases from 20 to 4 unit cells. In films thicker than 4 unit cells, the transport behavior obeys the Drude low temperature conductivity with quantum corrections, which can be attributed to weak localization. Fitting the data with 2-dimensional localization model indicates that electron-phonon collisions are the main inelastic relaxation mechanism. In the film of 4 unit cells in thickness, the transport behavior follows variablemore » range hopping model, indicating a strongly localized state. As a result, magnetoresistance measurements reveal a likely magnetic anisotropy with the magnetic easy axis along the out-of-plane direction.« less

  9. Moderate repetition rate ultra-intense laser targets and optics using variable thickness liquid crystal films

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    Poole, P. L.; Willis, C.; Cochran, G. E.; Hanna, R. T.; Andereck, C. D.; Schumacher, D. W.

    2016-10-01

    Liquid crystal films are variable thickness, planar targets for ultra-intense laser matter experiments such as ion acceleration. Their target qualities also make them ideal for high-power laser optics such as plasma mirrors and waveplates. By controlling parameters of film formation, thickness can be varied on-demand from 10 nm to above 50 μm, enabling real-time optimization of laser interactions. Presented here are results using a device that draws films from a bulk liquid crystal source volume with any thickness in the aforementioned range. Films form within 2 μm of the same location each time, well within the Rayleigh range of even tight F / # systems, thus removing the necessity for realignment between shots. The repetition rate of the device exceeds 0.1 Hz for sub-100 nm films, facilitating higher repetition rate operation of modern laser facilities.

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

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    Predtechensky, MR.; Smal, A.N.; Varlamov, Y.D.

    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.

  11. Preliminary indications of water film distribution and thickness on an airfoil in a water spray

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    Hastings, E. C., Jr.; Weinstein, L. M.

    1984-01-01

    A sensor for measuring water film thickness is evaluated. The test is conducted in a small flow apparatus with a 1 ft chord model wing in a water spray. Photographic and visual observations are made of the upper wing surface and film thickness is measured on the upper and lower wing surfaces. The performance of the sensor appears highly satisfactory, and where valid comparisons can be made, repeatable results are obtained.

  12. 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.; Crisan, A.

    2009-10-01

    For power applications of superconducting films, the critical current density ( J c) and the thickness of the film ( d) should be as high as possible. Since J c decreases with both thickness and magnetic field, artificial pinning centres in addition to natural ones are required to keep J 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 c( B) towards higher thicknesses compared with pure YBCO films by both approaches. A high J 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 μm thick quasi-superlattice film with non-superconducting YBCO nano-dots.

  13. Plasmonic enhanced optical characteristics of Ag nanostructured ZnO thin films

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    Sarkar, Arijit; Gogurla, Narendar; Shivakiran Bhaktha, B. N.; Ray, Samit K.

    2016-04-01

    We have demonstrated the enhanced photoluminescence and photoconducting characteristics of plasmonic Ag–ZnO films due to the light scattering effect from Ag nanoislands. Ag nanoislands have been prepared on ITO-coated glass substrates by thermal evaporation followed by annealing. Plasmonic Ag–ZnO films have been fabricated by depositing ZnO over Ag nanoislands by sol–gel process. The band-edge emission of ZnO is enhanced for 170 nm sized Ag nanoislands in ZnO as compared to pure ZnO. The defect emission is also found to be quenched simultaneously for plasmonic Ag–ZnO films. The enhancement and quenching of photoluminescence at different wavelengths for Ag–ZnO films can be well understood from the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoislands. The Ag–ZnO M–S–M photoconductor device showed a tenfold increment in photocurrent and faster photoresponse as compared to the control ZnO device. The enhancement in photoresponse of the device is due to the increased photon absorption in ZnO films via scattering of the incident illumination.

  14. Canted stripe phase evolution due to a spin reorientation transition in Fe films grown on Ag(001) vicinal surface

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    Dąbrowski, M.; Cinal, M.; Przybylski, M.; Chen, G.; N'Diaye, A. T.; Schmid, A. K.; Kirschner, J.

    2016-02-01

    The evolution of the domain structure with the thickness of bcc Fe films deposited on the Ag(116) vicinal surface is studied by spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy. We show that a spin reorientation transition proceeds via two mechanisms: continuous rotation of magnetization within the vertical plane perpendicular to the steps and discontinuous reorientation of the in-plane component of magnetization, leading to splitting of the domains. In contrast to previously investigated systems with stripe domains, we reveal that in the case of a vicinal ferromagnetic surface, the domain width increases while changing the orientation of the magnetization from a canted out-of-plane state into an in-plane state. A theoretical model developed in this work successfully describes the domain structure behavior observed in our experiments and can be equally applied to other ferromagnetic films grown on vicinal surfaces.

  15. Enhanced Jc's of YBa2Cu3O7 - x-Ag ex situ annealed coevaporated films on LaAlO3 (100) substrates

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    Clausen, T.; Ejrnæs, M.; Olesen, M.; Hilger, K.; Skov, J. L.; Bodin, P.; Kühle, A.; Chorkendorff, I.

    1994-10-01

    A 5× increase of the critical current density (Jc) at 77 K was obtained by coating a coevaporated 500 nm thick Y, BaF2, Cu film with 50 nm Ag prior to the ex situ annealing. Jc increased from 0.2 for uncoated samples to 1 MA/cm2 for the Ag-coated sample without severely affecting the zero resistance transition temperature (Tc0). Scanning electron microscopy showed that the surface morphology was improved and that the normally observed trellislike structure was greatly reduced. By combining electron microscopy and sputter assisted Auger analysis it was found that the Ag nucleated in droplets on the surface of the superconductor with only small amounts of Ag in the superconductor matrix. X-ray diffraction confirmed that the Ag-coated film was highly c-axis oriented. The increase in Jc is believed to be due to the improved surface properties of the superconductor, indicating that a larger amount of the film is c-axis oriented or that the single-crystalline grains are larger.

  16. Thickness Effect on Properties of Sprayed In2S3 Films for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Bouguila, N.; Kraini, M.; Halidou, I.; Lacaze, E.; Bouchriha, H.; Bouzouita, H.

    2016-01-01

    Indium sulfide (In2S3) films have been deposited on soda-lime glass substrates using a spray technique (CSP). Indium chloride and thiourea were used as precursors at a molar ratio of S:In = 2. The substrate temperature was fixed at 340°C. The effect of film thickness on the structural, morphological and optical properties of the as-deposited films has been studied. These films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optical absorption spectroscopy. As-prepared samples were polycrystalline with a cubic structure and (400) as preferential orientation. Their grain size increased from 35 nm to 41 nm with increasing thickness whereas the dislocation density and microstrain of the films decreased with the increase of thickness. Both SEM and AFM images showed that the films were homogenous with an increase of the surface roughness with the increase of thickness. The optical transmittance of the films decreased from 80% to 20% in the visible and infrared regions when the thickness was increased from 0.78 μm to 6.09 μm. The optical band gap E g was found to be in the range of 2.75-2.19 eV and showed a decrease with film thickness. Based on the measured optical constants (n and k), a Wemple-Didomenico model was used to determine the values of single oscillator energy ( E 0), dispersion energy ( E d), optical band gap ( E g) and high frequency dielectric constant ( \\varepsilon_{∞} ). In addition, these films exhibited n-type conductivity and were highly resistive. These results confirm that In2S3 thin films are a promising alternative as a buffer-layer material for CuInGa(S,Se)2-based solar cells.

  17. Flexible transparent conducting composite films using a monolithically embedded AgNW electrode with robust performance stability

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    Im, Hyeon-Gyun; Jin, Jungho; Ko, Ji-Hoon; Lee, Jaemin; Lee, Jung-Yong; Bae, Byeong-Soo

    2013-12-01

    We report on the performance of an all-in-one flexible hybrid conducting film employing a monolithically embedded AgNW transparent electrode and a high-performance glass-fabric reinforced composite substrate (AgNW-GFRHybrimer film). Specifically, we perform in-depth investigations on the stability of the AgNW-GFRHybrimer film against heat, thermal oxidation, and wet chemicals to demonstrate the potential of the hybrid conducting film as a robust electrode platform for thin-film optoelectronic devices. With the ease of large-area processability, smooth surface topography, and robust performance stability, the AgNW-GFRHybrimer film can be a promising platform for high-performance optoelectronic devices.We report on the performance of an all-in-one flexible hybrid conducting film employing a monolithically embedded AgNW transparent electrode and a high-performance glass-fabric reinforced composite substrate (AgNW-GFRHybrimer film). Specifically, we perform in-depth investigations on the stability of the AgNW-GFRHybrimer film against heat, thermal oxidation, and wet chemicals to demonstrate the potential of the hybrid conducting film as a robust electrode platform for thin-film optoelectronic devices. With the ease of large-area processability, smooth surface topography, and robust performance stability, the AgNW-GFRHybrimer film can be a promising platform for high-performance optoelectronic devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Further characteristics of AgNW-GFRHybrimer films and thermal oxidation of AgNW on glass. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr05348b

  18. Film thickness measurement techniques applied to micro-scale two-phase flow systems

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    Tibirica, Cristiano Bigonha; do Nascimento, Francisco Julio; Ribatski, Gherhardt

    2010-05-15

    Recently semi-empirical models to estimate flow boiling heat transfer coefficient, saturated CHF and pressure drop in micro-scale channels have been proposed. Most of the models were developed based on elongated bubbles and annular flows in the view of the fact that these flow patterns are predominant in smaller channels. In these models, the liquid film thickness plays an important role and such a fact emphasizes that the accurate measurement of the liquid film thickness is a key point to validate them. On the other hand, several techniques have been successfully applied to measure liquid film thicknesses during condensation and evaporation under macro-scale conditions. However, although this subject has been targeted by several leading laboratories around the world, it seems that there is no conclusive result describing a successful technique capable of measuring dynamic liquid film thickness during evaporation inside micro-scale round channels. This work presents a comprehensive literature review of the methods used to measure liquid film thickness in macro- and micro-scale systems. The methods are described and the main difficulties related to their use in micro-scale systems are identified. Based on this discussion, the most promising methods to measure dynamic liquid film thickness in micro-scale channels are identified. (author)

  19. Preparation of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Thick Films with Ni Electrodes by Screen Printing

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    Sakai, Yuichi; Kakuda, Tatsunori; Futakuchi, Tomoaki; Adachi, Masatoshi

    2010-09-01

    The effects of doping MgO into (Ba0.6Sr0.4)TiO3 (BST) fired under a reducing atmosphere were investigated in order to prepare BST thick films with Ni electrodes by the screen-printing method. MgO-doped BST thick films fired under a reducing atmosphere showed insulation resistance. Grain growth in the thick films was advanced by MgO doping. The dielectric constant near TC of the bulk ceramics and thick films increased with increasing MgO concentration up to 2 and 10 mol %, respectively. Mg ion substitution to the B-site was also observed up to these concentrations. The tunability and tan δ of thick films with MgO concentrations of 2 and 4 mol % at an electric field of 10 V/µm were approximately 77 and 0.3%, respectively. It is expected that thick films prepared by screen printing will be applicable to tunable devices with Ni electrodes.

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

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    2011-01-01

    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. PMID:21711747

  1. Fabrication and characterization of piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducers with thick composite PZT films.

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    Wang, Zhihong; Zhu, Weiguang; Zhu, Hong; Miao, Jianmin; Chao, Chen; Zhao, Changlei; Tan, Ooi Kiang

    2005-12-01

    Ferroelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) has been a growing area of research in past decades, in which ferroelectric films are combined with silicon technology for a variety of applications, such as piezo-electric micromachined ultrasonic transducers (pMUTs), which represent a new approach to ultrasound detection and generation. For ultrasound-radiating applications, thicker PZT films are preferred because generative force and response speed of the diaphragm-type transducers increase with increasing film thickness. However, integration of 4- to 20-microm thick PZT films on silicon wafer, either the deposition or the patterning, is still a bottleneck in the micromachining process. This paper reports on a diaphragm-type pMUT. A composite coating technique based on chemical solution deposition and high-energy ball milled powder has been used to fabricate thick PZT films. Micromachining of the pMUTs using such thick films has been investigated. The fabricated pMUT with crack-free PZT films up to 7-microm thick was evaluated as an ultrasonic transmitter. The generated sound pressure level of up to 120 dB indicates that the fabricated pMUT has very good ultrasound-radiating performance and, therefore, can be used to compose pMUT arrays for generating ultrasound beam with high directivity in numerous applications. The pMUT arrays also have been demonstrated. PMID:16463494

  2. Super-resolved thickness maps of thin film phantoms and in vivo visualization of tear film lipid layer using OCT

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    dos Santos, Valentin Aranha; Schmetterer, Leopold; Triggs, Graham J.; Leitgeb, Rainer A.; Gröschl, Martin; Messner, Alina; Schmidl, Doreen; Garhofer, Gerhard; Aschinger, Gerold; Werkmeister, René M.

    2016-01-01

    In optical coherence tomography (OCT), the axial resolution is directly linked to the coherence length of the employed light source. It is currently unclear if OCT allows measuring thicknesses below its axial resolution value. To investigate spectral-domain OCT imaging in the super-resolution regime, we derived a signal model and compared it with the experiment. Several island thin film samples of known refractive indices and thicknesses in the range 46 – 163 nm were fabricated and imaged. Reference thickness measurements were performed using a commercial atomic force microscope. In vivo measurements of the tear film were performed in 4 healthy subjects. Our results show that quantitative super-resolved thickness measurement can be performed using OCT. In addition, we report repeatable tear film lipid layer visualization. Our results provide a novel interpretation of the OCT axial resolution limit and open a perspective to deeper extraction of the information hidden in the coherence volume. PMID:27446696

  3. Processing of thick-film dielectrics compatible with thin-film superconductors for analog signal processing devices

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    Wong, S. C.; Anderson, A. C.; Rudman, D. A.

    1989-03-01

    The authors demonstrate the feasibility of integrating thick-film dielectrics with thin-film superconductors in the fabrication of signal processing devices. Thin films of Nb and NbN are deposited by RF sputtering and patterned photolithographically. Thick film dielectrics can be spun on to a controlled thickness of 10 to 25 microns, which is an optimum range for high-density, low-loss microwave delay lines. After an organic-binder burnout step at 450 C in air, the ceramic dielectrics are sintered onto the NbN thin films at 850 C in vacuum. The transition temperature of the NbN changes from 15 K as sputtered to 9 K after sintering, but superconductivity is preserved by the presence of thin-film MgO and SiO2 barrier layers. Lumped-element resonators, in which the inductor and the capacitor electrodes are made of NbN and the dielectric of thick-film ceramic, have been successfully fabricated for measuring the dielectric properties of the ceramics at 4.2 K and 10 MHz. Preliminary results indicate a dielectric constant of 6-8 and tan delta of 0.01.

  4. Atomic force microscopy of AgBr crystals and adsorbed gelatin films

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    Haugstad, G.; Gladfelter, W.L.; Keyes, M.P.; Weberg, E.B.

    1993-06-01

    Atomic force microscopy of the (111) surface of macroscopic AgBr crystals revealed steps ranging in height from two atomic layers up to 10 nm, lying predominantly along the (110) and (112) families of crystal directions. Rods of elemental Ag, formed via photoreduction, were observed along the (110) family of directions. Images of adsorbed gelatin films revealed circular pores with diameters of order 10-100 nm, extending to the AgBr surface. The length of deposition time, the pH and concentration of the gelatin solution, and the presence of steps on the AgBr surface were observed to affect the size, number, and location of pores in the gelatin films. 12 refs., 7 figs.

  5. Influence of Ag doping concentration on structural and optical properties of CdS thin film

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    Kumar, Pragati; Saxena, Nupur; Gupta, Vinay; Agarwal, Avinash

    2015-05-15

    This work shows the influence of Ag concentration on structural properties of pulsed laser deposited nanocrystalline CdS thin film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies confirm the dopant concentration in CdS films and atomic concentration of elements. XPS studies show that the samples are slightly sulfur deficient. GAXRD scan reveals the structural phase transformation from cubic to hexagonal phase of CdS without appearance of any phase of CdO, Ag{sub 2}O or Ag{sub 2}S suggesting the substitutional doping of Ag ions. Photoluminescence studies illustrate that emission intensity increases with increase in dopant concentration upto 5% and then decreases for higher dopant concentration.

  6. Thick, low-stress films, and coated substrates formed therefrom, and methods for making same

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    Henager, Jr., Charles H.; Knoll, Robert W.

    1992-01-01

    Stress-induced deformation, and the damage resulting therefrom, increases with film thickness. The overcoming of excessive stress by the use of the Si-Al-N film material of the present invention, permits the formation of thick films that are necessary for certain of the above described applications. The most likely use for the subject film materials, other than their specialized views as an optical film, is for microelectronic packaging of components on silicon substrates. In general, the subject films have excellent adherence to the underlying substrate, a high degree of hardness and durability, and are excellent insulators. Prior art elevated temperature deposition processes cannot meet the microelectronic packaging temperature formation constraints. The process of the present invention is conducted under non-elevated temperature conditions, typically 500.degree. C. or less.

  7. Optimal Shell Thickness of Metal@Insulator Nanoparticles for Net Enhancement of Photogenerated Polarons in P3HT Films.

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    Goh, Wei-Peng; Williams, Evan L; Yang, Ren-Bin; Koh, Wee-Shing; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Ooi, Zi-En

    2016-02-01

    Embedding metal nanoparticles in the active layer of organic solar cells has been explored as a route for improving charge carrier generation, with localized field enhancement as a proposed mechanism. However, embedded metal nanoparticles can also act as charge recombination sites. To suppress such recombination, the metal nanoparticles are commonly coated with a thin insulating shell. At the same time, this insulating shell limits the extent that the localized enhanced electric field influences charge generation in the organic medium. It is presumed that there is an optimal thickness which maximizes field enhancement effects while suppressing recombination. Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) was used to deposit Al2O3 layers of different thicknesses onto silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), in a thin film of P3HT. Photoinduced absorption (PIA) spectroscopy was used to study the dependence of the photogenerated P3HT(+) polaron population on the Al2O3 thickness. The optimal thickness was found to be 3-5 nm. This knowledge can be further applied in the design of metal nanoparticle-enhanced solar cells.

  8. A spectroscopic ellispometric study of the tunability of the optical constants and thickness of GeO{sub x} films with swift heavy ions

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    Vijayarangamuthu, K.; Singh, Chaman; Rath, Shyama; Kabiraj, D.

    2011-09-15

    Sub-stoichiometric GeO{sub x} films were fabricated by electron-beam evaporation method. The films were irradiated with 100 MeV Ag{sup 7+} ions at fluences between 1 x 10{sup 12} and 1 x 10{sup 14} ions-cm{sup -2}. Spectroscopic ellipsometric measurements were performed in air at room temperature. The values of the layer thickness and refractive index were extracted from ellipsometry using a multilayer analysis and the Tauc Lorentz model. The refractive index (at 633 nm) of the as-deposited GeO{sub x} film was estimated to be 1.860 and decreased to 1.823 for films irradiated at an ion fluence of 1 x 10{sup 14} ions-cm{sup -2}. The thickness of the films also decreased after irradiation and is due to a sputtering induced by the ion beam. The change in the refractive index with ion fluence is attributed to a stoichiometric change and structural transformation represented by GeO{sub x}{yields} Ge + GeO{sub y} (y > x) occurring due to a thermal spike induced by ion irradiation. Swift heavy ions thus provide a scope for modulating the refractive index of GeO{sub x} films. The thickness and stoichiometric changes are supported by Rutherford backscattering measurements.

  9. Chemical and phase distributions in a multilayered organic matter-Ag nanoparticle thin film system

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    Michel, F. M.; Levard, C.; Wang, Y.; Choi, Y.; Eng, P.; Brown, G. E.

    2010-12-01

    Rapid development of nanotechnologies raises concern regarding the environmental impact of nanoparticles on ecosystems. Among the types of nanoparticles currently in production, metallic silver is the most widely used in nanotechnology (1). Synthetic Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are most often used for their antimicrobial and antifungal properties that are, in part, explained by the release of highly toxic Ag+ species (2). While such properties are desirable in certain applied cases, the release of Ag-NPs and soluble Ag+ species to the environment is expected to impact biota as well as soil and water quality (3). With the production of Ag-NPs projected to increase (1), the amount of Ag-NPs that will be released to the environment through waste streams is also likely to increase. As such, a deeper understanding of the fundamental processes associated with Ag-NPs toxicity and reactivity is needed to evaluate their impact on the environment. We have studied the interaction during aging of poly-acrylic acid (PAA) and Ag-NPs with average particle sizes of 20 ±5 nm. The sample studied was composed of thin films of PAA and Ag-NPs deposited on a Si-wafer support. PAA served as a model compound and a simplified surrogate for exopolysaccharide, an organic substance produced through metabolic activity by most microorganisms. We applied a novel combination of long-period x-ray standing wave fluorescence yield (XSW-FY) spectroscopy, grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction (GI-XRD), and XRD-based standing wave profiles (XSW-XRD) to obtain chemical- and phase-specific information on this sample. After 24 hours, we observed the formation of AgCl(s) in the PAA film of the sample, which suggests oxidation and dissolution of a portion of the Ag-NPs during aging, resulting in the release of Ag+. In addition, we see partitioning of Cl and Br, both present initially in the PAA, to the intact Ag-NPs thin film. To our knowledge, this is the first application of this suite of techniques to this

  10. Ag-TiO2 nanoparticle codoped SiO2 films on ZrO2 barrier-coated glass substrates with antibacterial activity in ambient condition.

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    Mukhopadhyay, Anindita; Basak, Sujit; Das, Jugal Kishore; Medda, Samar Kumar; Chattopadhyay, Krishnananda; De, Goutam

    2010-09-01

    Anatase TiO2 and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) codoped SiO2 films were prepared by the sol-gel method. Proportionate amounts of 3-(glycidoxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (GLYMO), tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and 3-(methacryloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (MEMO) derived inorganic-organic silica sol, commercially available dispersed anatase TiO2 NPs, and AgNO3 were used to prepare the sols. The films were prepared on ZrO2 (cubic) precoated soda-lime glass substrates by a single-dipping technique and heat-treated at 450 °C in air and H2/Ar atmosphere to obtain hard, relatively porous, and transparent coatings of thickness>600 nm. The ZrO2 barrier layer was previously applied on soda-lime glass to restrict the diffusion of Ag into the substrate. The Ag-TiO2 NPs incorporated SiO2 films were intense yellow in color and found to be fairly stable at ambient condition for several days under fluorescent light. These films show a considerable growth inhibition on contact with the gram negative bacteria E. coli.

  11. Thickness dependent wetting properties and surface free energy of HfO2 thin films

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    Zenkin, Sergei; Belosludtsev, Alexandr; Kos, Šimon; Čerstvý, Radomír; Haviar, Stanislav; Netrvalová, Marie

    2016-06-01

    We show here that intrinsic hydrophobicity of HfO2 thin films can be easily tuned by the variation of film thickness. We used the reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering for preparation of high-quality HfO2 films with smooth topography and well-controlled thickness. Results show a strong dependence of wetting properties on the thickness of the film in the range of 50-250 nm due to the dominance of the electrostatic Lifshitz-van der Waals component of the surface free energy. We have found the water droplet contact angle ranging from ≈120° for the thickness of 50 nm to ≈100° for the thickness of 2300 nm. At the same time the surface free energy grows from ≈25 mJ/m2 for the thickness of 50 nm to ≈33 mJ/m2 for the thickness of 2300 nm. We propose two explanations for the observed thickness dependence of the wetting properties: influence of the non-dominant texture and/or non-monotonic size dependence of the particle surface energy.

  12. Properties of cathodic arc deposited high-temperature superconducting composite thin films on Ag substrates

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    Chae, M. S.; Simnad, M. T.; Maple, M. B.; Anders, S.; Anders, A.; Brown, I. G.

    1996-02-01

    High temperature superconducting composite thin films on Ag substrates were prepared by cathodic arc deposition of alloy precursors. The deposition technique employed a cathode comprised of a precursor alloy for the vacuum arc plasma source. The precursor alloy was prepared by multiple arc-melting of mixed metallic constituents of the high-temperature superconducting material Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O y (Bi2212) and 50 wt.% of Ag. The presence of silver in the precursor alloy film was expected to allow accommodation of the lattice and thermal expansion mismatch between the oxidized film and the silver substrate. The as-deposited film could be formed to practically any desirable shape before being subjected to heat treatments. Following deposition, controlled oxidation of the precursor alloy thin film on the Ag substrate was performed to produce the superconducting composite on the silver substrate. After the heat treatment, the composite film consisted of Bi2212 highly c-axis oriented normal to the Ag substrate.

  13. Seeded growth of robust SERS-active 2D Au@Ag nanoparticulate films

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    Baker, Gary A; Dai, Sheng; Hagaman, Edward {Ed} W; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Zhu, Haoguo; Bao, Lili

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate herein a novel and versatile solution-based methodology for fabricating self-organized two-dimensional (2D) Au nanoparticle arrays on glass using in situ nucleation at an aminosilane monolayer followed by seeded, electroless growth; subsequent deposition of Ag produced Au{at}Ag core-shell nanoparticulate films which proved highly promising as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) platforms.

  14. Surface plasmon resonances of Ag-Au alloy nanoparticle films grown by sequential pulsed laser deposition at different compositions and temperatures

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    Verma, Shweta Rao, B. T.; Detty, A. P.; Kukreja, L. M.; Ganesan, V.; Phase, D. M.; Rai, S. K.; Bose, A.; Joshi, S. C.

    2015-04-07

    We studied localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPR) at different compositions, substrate temperatures, and mass thicknesses of Ag-Au alloy nanoparticle films grown by sequential pulsed laser deposition. The LSPRs were pronounced at all compositions of the films grown at high substrate temperature of about 300 °C as compared to those grown at room temperature. The alloy formation and composition of the films were determined using X-ray photoelectron and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Films' mass thickness and compositional uniformity along the thickness were determined using X-ray reflectometry and secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopic analysis revealed the formation of densely packed nanoparticles of increasing size with the number of laser ablation pulses. The LSPR wavelength red shifted with increasing either Au percentage or film mass thickness and corresponding LSPR tuning was obtained in the range of 450 to 690 nm. The alloy dielectric functions obtained from three different models were compared and the optical responses of the nanoparticle films were calculated from modified Yamaguchi effective medium theory. The tuning of LSPR was found to be due to combined effect of change in intrinsic and extrinsic parameters mainly the composition, morphology, particle-particle, and particle-substrate interactions.

  15. Physicochemical controls on absorbed water film thickness in unsaturated geological media

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    Tokunaga, T.

    2011-06-14

    Adsorbed water films commonly coat mineral surfaces in unsaturated soils and rocks, reducing flow and transport rates. Therefore, it is important to understand how adsorbed film thickness depends on matric potential, surface chemistry, and solution chemistry. Here, the problem of adsorbed water film thickness is examined through combining capillary scaling with the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory. Novel aspects of this analysis include determining capillary influences on film thicknesses, and incorporating solution chemistry-dependent electrostatic potential at air-water interfaces. Capillary analysis of monodisperse packings of spherical grains provided estimated ranges of matric potentials where adsorbed films are stable, and showed that pendular rings within drained porous media retain most of the 'residual' water except under very low matric potentials. Within drained pores, capillary contributions to thinning of adsorbed films on spherical grains are shown to be small, such that DLVO calculations for flat surfaces are suitable approximations. Hamaker constants of common soil minerals were obtained to determine ranges of the dispersion component to matric potential-dependent film thickness. The pressure component associated with electrical double layer forces was estimated using the compression and linear superposition approximations. The pH-dependent electrical double layer pressure component is the dominant contribution to film thicknesses at intermediate values of matric potential, especially in lower ionic strength solutions (< 10 mol m{sup -3}) on surfaces with higher magnitude electrostatic potentials (more negative than - 50 mV). Adsorbed water films are predicted to usually range in thickness from 1 to 20 nm in drained pores and fractures of unsaturated environments.

  16. Physicochemical controls on adsorbed water film thickness in unsaturated geological media

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    Tokunaga, Tetsu K.

    2011-08-01

    Adsorbed water films commonly coat mineral surfaces in unsaturated soils and rocks, reducing flow and transport rates. Therefore, it is important to understand how adsorbed film thickness depends on matric potential, surface chemistry, and solution chemistry. Here the problem of adsorbed water film thickness is examined by combining capillary scaling with the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory. Novel aspects of this analysis include determining capillary influences on film thicknesses and incorporating solution chemistry-dependent electrostatic potential at air-water interfaces. Capillary analysis of monodisperse packings of spherical grains provided estimated ranges of matric potentials where adsorbed films are stable and showed that pendular rings within drained porous media retain most of the "residual" water except under very low matric potentials. Within drained pores, capillary contributions to thinning of adsorbed films on spherical grains are shown to be small, such that DLVO calculations for flat surfaces are suitable approximations. Hamaker constants of common soil minerals were obtained to determine ranges of the dispersion component to matric potential-dependent film thickness. The pressure component associated with electrical double-layer forces was estimated using the compression and linear superposition approximations. The pH-dependent electrical double-layer pressure component is the dominant contribution to film thicknesses at intermediate values of matric potential, especially in lower ionic strength solutions (<10 mol m-3) on surfaces with higher-magnitude electrostatic potentials (more negative than ≈-50 mV). Adsorbed water films are predicted to usually range in thickness from ≈1 to 20 nm in drained pores and fractures of unsaturated environments.

  17. Ag nanoparticle dispersed PbTiO3 percolative composite thin film with high permittivity

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    Wang, Zongrong; Hu, Tao; Tang, Liwen; Ma, Ning; Song, Chenlu; Han, Gaorong; Weng, Wenjian; Du, Piyi

    2008-12-01

    Ag nanoparticle dispersed PbTiO3 percolative composite thin films were prepared in situ by sol-gel method using Pb(NO3)2, Ti(C4H9O)4, and AgNO3 as raw materials and lactic acid along with citric acid as complexing agent. The size of the Ag nanoparticles measured by ultraviolet-visible spectra is about 3nm. The percolation effect occurs in composite thin films. The composite exhibits relatively high dielectric constant which is about five times higher than that of PbTiO3 thin film and comparatively low dielectric loss comparable to pure PbTiO3 system. It is highly attractive in application of high quality dielectric devices and miniaturization.

  18. Enhanced resistive switching effect in Ag nanoparticle embedded BaTiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Au, K.; Wang, Juan; Bao, Z. Y.; Dai, J. Y.; Gao, X. S.; Liu, J. M.

    2013-07-14

    Ag nanoparticle (NP) embedded BaTiO{sub 3} (BTO) thin films on SrRuO{sub 3}-coated SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrates are prepared by the integrated nanocluster beam deposition and laser-molecular beam epitaxy. Enhanced resistive switching, up to an ON/OFF ration of 10{sup 4}, has been achieved at low switching voltage (less than 1 V) without a forming voltage. These characteristics make such nanocomposite film very promising for application of low voltage non-volatile random access memory. The enhanced resistive switching effect may be attributed to the charge storage effect of the Ag nanoparticles and easy formation of Ag filament inside the BTO film.

  19. Tuning the Stoichiometry of Ag2S Thin Films for Resistive Switching Applications.

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    Dias, C; Proenca, M P; Fernandes, L; Tavares, P B; Vilarinho, R; Moreira, J Agostinho; Araújo, J P; Ventura, J

    2016-03-01

    In this work silver-rich and sulfur-rich silver sulfide (Ag2S) thin films were fabricated using a diversified set of experimental methods, namely ion beam deposition and atmosphere- and solution-based sulfurizations. The composition of the Ag2S thin films was studied using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. We found that it strongly depends on the fabrication conditions, such as sulfurization time and temperature. These conditions, in turn, affect the electrical characteristics of the thin films, namely the resistivity and resistive switching. We were able to control the Ag2S stoichiometry and infer its dependence on the fabrication parameters for all the followed methods.

  20. Thickness dependence of structure and piezoelectric properties at nanoscale of polycrystalline lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Araújo, E. B.; Lima, E. C.; Bdikin, I. K.; Kholkin, A. L.

    2013-05-01

    Lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr0.50Ti0.50)O3 (PZT) thin films were deposited by a polymeric chemical method on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates to understand the mechanisms of phase transformations and the effect of film thickness on the structure, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties in these films. PZT films pyrolyzed at temperatures higher than 350 °C present a coexistence of pyrochlore and perovskite phases, while only perovskite phase grows in films pyrolyzed at temperatures lower than 300 °C. For pyrochlore-free PZT thin films, a small (100)-orientation tendency near the film-substrate interface was observed. Finally, we demonstrate the existence of a self-polarization effect in the studied PZT thin films. The increase of self-polarization with the film thickness increasing from 200 nm to 710 nm suggests that Schottky barriers and/or mechanical coupling near the film-substrate interface are not primarily responsible for the observed self-polarization effect in our films.

  1. Surface-segregated Si and Ge ultrathin films formed by Ag-induced layer exchange process

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    Kurosawa, Masashi; Ohta, Akio; Araidai, Masaaki; Zaima, Shigeaki

    2016-08-01

    We have developed a new method of growing Si or Ge ultrathin films on a Ag(111) surface by using a Ag-induced layer exchange (ALEX) process toward the creation of 2D honeycomb sheets of Si and Ge, known as silicene and germanene, respectively. In the present paper, we clarify ALEX features, specifically the surface segregation of Si (or Ge) atoms from the underlying substrate, focusing on the annealing temperature and time. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses demonstrate that surface-segregated Si (or Ge) exists on the Ag surfaces after the epitaxial growth of the Ag layer on Si(111) [or Ge(111)] substrates; the amount of segregated Si (or Ge) can be controlled by a subsequent annealing. Also, we find that the segregation of an ultrathin Si or Ge layer proceeds at an interface between Ag and the AlO x capping layer.

  2. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beam irradiation effects on spray deposited 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 thin film

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    Kovendhan, M.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Sendilkumar, A.; Asokan, K.; Venkateswaran, C.; Mohan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Lithium 5 wt% doped V2O5 thin film was deposited onto ITO substrate by spray pyrolysis technique. The substrate temperature was kept at 450 °C. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beams at a fluence of 5×1012 ions/cm2 was irradiated on 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 film of thickness 1367 nm. The XRD pattern confirms that the pristine film is non stoichiometry with orthorhombic structure and upon irradiation the crystallinity decreased and an obvious textured growth along (020) plane is induced. Raman peak observed at 917 cm-1 is due to oxygen deficiency. Upon irradiation, the optical transparency and band gap of the film decreased. Electrical transport property study shows that the resistivity increased by one order for the irradiated film.

  3. Properties of Cu-doped ZnO films by RF sputtering method: Thickness dependence

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    Sung, Nark-Eon; Lee, Ik-Jae; Thakur, Anup; Chae, Keun Hwa; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Lee, Han-Koo

    2012-10-15

    We present results concerning the thickness dependence of structural, morphological and optical properties of the Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films deposited on glass substrates using radio frequency (RF) sputtering method. The microstructure and the chemical state of oxygen, copper and zinc in ZnO and Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films were investigated by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The results indicate that Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films are the wurtzite structure with strong c-axis orientation. Crystallinity of the films is closely related to the film thickness. With increasing film thickness, there are more surface (mainly nanopores) defects existing in the Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films and surface roughness increases. XRD and XPS data show that the valence state of copper in the Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films is Cu{sup 2+}. The transparency of all films is more than 85% in the visible region.

  4. Resistive switching in a few nanometers thick tantalum oxide film formed by a metal oxidation

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    Ohno, Takeo; Samukawa, Seiji

    2015-04-27

    Resistive switching in a Cu/Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt structure that consisted of a few nanometer-thick Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} film was demonstrated. The Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} film with thicknesses of 2–5 nm was formed with a combination of Ta metal film deposition and neutral oxygen particle irradiation at room temperature. The device exhibited a bipolar resistive switching with a threshold voltage of 0.2 V and multilevel switching operation.

  5. Terahertz paintmeter for noncontact monitoring of thickness and drying progress in paint film.

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    Yasui, Takeshi; Yasuda, Takashi; Sawanaka, Ken-ichi; Araki, Tsutomu

    2005-11-10

    We propose a paintmeter for noncontact and remote monitoring of the thickness and drying progress of a paint film based on the time-of-flight measurement of the echo signal of a terahertz (THz) electromagnetic pulse. The proposed method is effectively applied to two-dimensional mapping of the painting thickness distribution for single-layer and multilayer paint films. Furthermore, adequate parameters for the drying progress are extracted from the THz pulse-echo signal and effectively applied to monitor the wet-to-dry transformation. The THz paintmeter can be a powerful tool for quality control of the paint film on the in-process monitoring of car body painting.

  6. Terahertz paintmeter for noncontact monitoring of thickness and drying progress in paint film

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    Yasui, Takeshi; Yasuda, Takashi; Sawanaka, Ken-Ichi; Araki, Tsutomu

    2005-11-01

    We propose a paintmeter for noncontact and remote monitoring of the thickness and drying progress of a paint film based on the time-of-flight measurement of the echo signal of a terahertz (THz) electromagnetic pulse. The proposed method is effectively applied to two-dimensional mapping of the painting thickness distribution for single-layer and multilayer paint films. Furthermore, adequate parameters for the drying progress are extracted from the THz pulse-echo signal and effectively applied to monitor the wet-to-dry transformation. The THz paintmeter can be a powerful tool for quality control of the paint film on the in-process monitoring of car body painting.

  7. Relationships between processing temperature and microstructure in isothermal melt processed Bi-2212 thick films

    SciTech Connect

    Holesinger, T.G.; Phillips, D.S.; Willis, J.O.; Peterson, D.E.

    1995-05-01

    The microstructure and phase assemblage of isothermal melt processed (IMP) Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} (Bi-2212) thick films have been evaluated. Results from compositional analysis and phase identification indicate that the characteristics of the partial melt greatly influence the microstructural and chemical development of the thick films. The highest critical current densities were obtained in films processed below 800{degrees}C where the partial melt uniformly coats the substrate without excessive phase segregation.

  8. Analytical model of the time variation of liquid film thickness under saturation pool boiling bubbles

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    Yajima, Takeshi; Yabe, Akira; Takahashi, Katsuyuki; Maki, Hiroshi

    1999-07-01

    Zuber's and Katto's models have been proposed for explaining the mechanism of burnout heat flux. But these are static models, and do not account for the EHD (Electro-hydrodynamical) effects. The authors therefore determined the dynamic burnout heat flux mechanisms by measuring the EHD enhancement effect and by measuring the time-dependent thickness of the thin liquid film under pool boiling bubbles. They found that the time variation of the liquid film thickness is controlled by the surface tension around the edge of the bubbles and by the repeated supply and discharge of liquid from the thin liquid film region under the bubbles.

  9. Tuning thermoelectricity in a Bi2Se3 topological insulator via varied film thickness

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    Guo, Minghua; Wang, Zhenyu; Xu, Yong; Huang, Huaqing; Zang, Yunyi; Liu, Chang; Duan, Wenhui; Gan, Zhongxue; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; He, Ke; et al

    2016-01-12

    We report thermoelectric transport studies on Bi2Se3 topological insulator thin films with varied thickness grown by molecular beam epitaxy. We find that the Seebeck coefficient and thermoelectric power factor decrease systematically with the reduction of film thickness. These experimental observations can be explained quantitatively by theoretical calculations based on realistic electronic band structure of the Bi2Se3 thin films. Lastly, this work illustrates the crucial role played by the topological surface states on the thermoelectric transport of topological insulators, and sheds new light on further improvement of their thermoelectric performance.

  10. Quartz crystal microbalance sample stage for in situ characterization of thickness and surface morphology of spin coated polymer films

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    Rao Nanxia; Xie Xin; Wielizcka, David; Zhu Daming

    2006-11-15

    A miniature spin coating stage is developed for in situ characterization of the thickness and the surface morphology of spin coated polymer films using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and atomic force microscopy. The spin coated polystyrene films deposited on gold surfaces from solutions using the stage were found to be uniform; the thickness of the films varied linearly with the polystyrene concentration in solution. The film thickness determined by the QCM agree with that from ellipsometry measurements.

  11. Evaluation of EHD film thickness for cryogenic fluids

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    Merriman, T. L.; Kannel, J. W.

    1985-01-01

    Some aerospace rocket engine applications require that bearings operate at high speeds with cryogenic rocket fuel as the only liquid lubricant. Analyses and field data on these bearings indicate that life would be limited to a few minutes if they operated unlubricated. The extent to which cryogenic fluids are capable of generating elastohydrodynamic films is, therefore, an area of concern and is investigated in this paper. Results from experimental and analytical work at the authors' laboratories indicate sufficient films are not generated to lubricate the bearing reliably. This conclusion is supported by experimental data and analysis which show liquid nitrogen, the cryogenic fluid tested, to be isoviscous.

  12. Optical spectroscopy of sputtered nanometer-thick yttrium iron garnet films

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    Jakubisova-Liskova, Eva Visnovsky, Stefan; Chang, Houchen; Wu, Mingzhong

    2015-05-07

    Nanometer (nm)-thick yttrium iron garnet (Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}, YIG) films present interest for spintronics. This work employs spectral ellipsometry and magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) spectra to characterize nm-thick YIG films grown on single-crystal Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} substrates by magnetron sputtering. The thickness (t) of the films ranges between 10 nm and 40 nm. Independent on t, the polar MOKE hysteresis loops saturate in the field of about 1.8 kOe, consistent with the saturation magnetization in bulk YIG (4πM{sub s} ≈ 1.75 kG). The MOKE spectrum measured at photon energies between 1.3 eV and 4.5 eV on the 38-nm-thick film agrees with that measured on single-crystal YIG bulk materials. The MOKE spectrum of the 12-nm-thick film still preserves the structure of the bulk YIG but its amplitude at lower photon energies is modified due to the fact that the radiation penetration depth exceeds 20 nm. The t dependence of the MOKE amplitude is consistent with MOKE calculations. The results indicate that the films are stoichiometric, strain free, without Fe{sup 2+}, and preserve bulk YIG properties down to t ≈ 10 nm.

  13. Thickness and UV irradiation effects on the gas sensing properties of Te thin films

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    Manouchehrian, M.; Larijani, M.M.; Elahi, S.M.

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Tellurium thin films were prepared by thermal evaporation technique. • Tellurium thin films showed excellent gas-sensing properties to H{sub 2}S at room temperature. • Tellurium showed a remarkably enhanced response to H{sub 2}S gas under UV irradiation. • The reason of the enhanced response by UV irradiation was discussed. - Abstract: In this research, tellurium thin films were investigated for use as hydrogen sulfide gas sensors. To this end, a tellurium thin film has been deposited on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates by thermal evaporation, and the influence of thickness on the sensitivity of the tellurium thin film for measuring H{sub 2}S gas is studied. XRD patterns indicate that as the thickness increases, the crystallization improves. Observing the images obtained by SEM, it is seen that the grain size increases as the thickness increases. Studying the effect of thickness on H{sub 2}S gas measurement, it became obvious that as the thickness increases, the sensitivity decreases and the response and recovery times increase. To improve the response and recovery times of the tellurium thin film for measuring H{sub 2}S gas, the influence of UV radiation while measuring H{sub 2}S gas was also investigated. The results indicate that the response and recovery times strongly decrease using UV radiation.

  14. Simultaneous sensing of film thickness and temperature using an InSb Hall element

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    Yuji, Jun-ichiro; Ueda, Tohru

    2016-04-01

    This paper describes a unique sensing method to apply an InSb Hall element that enables simultaneous sensing device to detect thickness of insulating film on an iron plate and temperature. We made a trial thickness-temperature sensor consists of an InSb Hall element and a small permanent magnet. Here, the film thickness is detected by the variation in distance between the Hall element with the magnet and the iron plate. The temperature characteristic of an InSb Hall element depends on the drive circuit to generate the Hall voltage. Therefore, the Hall element is driven using a constant voltage source and a constant current source by time-division to obtain two kinds of Hall output voltages. Two output Hall voltages driven by two kinds of bias circuits are measured in the film thickness range from 0 to 500 μm, and for a temperature range of -10 to 70 °C. The inverse response surfaces that are used to identify the thickness of insulating film and temperature are formulated using experimental results. The results obtained show that it is possible to detect film thickness and temperature by obtaining two kinds of Hall voltages.

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

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    Kassas, Ahmad; Bernard, Jérôme; Lelièvre, Céline; Besq, Anthony; Guhel, Yannick; Houivet, David; Boudart, Bertrand; Lakiss, Hassan; Hamieh, Tayssir

    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.

  16. Electrically Conductive Thick Film Made from Silver Alkylcarbamates

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    Liu, Jianguo; Li, Xiangyou; Wang, Xiaoye; Zeng, Xiaoyan

    2010-10-01

    A homogeneous electrically conductive silver paste without solid or particle phase was developed using silver alkylcarbamates [(C n H2 n-1NHCOO)2Ag, n ≤ 4] as the precursor of the functional phase. The silver alkylcarbamates were light insensitive and had a low decomposition temperature (below 200°C). The paste was a non-Newtonian fluid with viscosity significantly depending on the content of the thickening agent ethyl cellulose. Array patterns with a resolution of 20 μm were obtained using this paste by a micropen direct-writing method. After the paste with about 48 wt.% silver methylcarbamate [(CH3NHCOO)2Ag] precursor was sintered at 180°C for 15 min, an electrically conductive network consisting of more than 95 wt.% silver was formed, and was found to have a volume electrical resistivity on the order of 10-5 Ω cm and a sheet electrical resistivity on the order of 10-2-10-3 Ω/□. The cohesion strength within the sintered paste and the adhesion strength between the sintered paste layer and the alumina ceramic substrate were tested according to test method B of the American Society for Testing and Materials standard D3359-08. None of the sintered paste layer was detached under the test conditions, and the cohesion and adhesion strengths met the highest grade according to the standard.

  17. Investigation of magnetic properties in thick CoFeB alloy films for controllable anisotropy

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    Wang, Ke; Huang, Ya; Chen, Ruofei; Xu, Zhan

    2016-02-01

    CoFeB alloy material has attracted interest for its wide uses in magnetic memory devices and sensors. We investigate magnetic properties of thick Co40Fe40B20 films in the thickness range from 10 to 100 nm sandwiched by MgO and Ta layers. Strong in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy is revealed in the as-deposited amorphous films by angular dependent magnetic measurements, and the growth-induced anisotropy is found to strongly depend on the film thickness. A fourfold cubic magnetic anisotropy develops with annealing, as a result of improved crystalline structure in films confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements. The observed magnetic properties can be explained by the superposition of the uniaxial and additional cubic magnetic anisotropy, tuned by annealing temperature.

  18. Growth of BaTiO3-PVDF composite thick films by using aerosol deposition

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    Cho, Sung Hwan; Yoon, Young Joon

    2016-01-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3)-polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite thick films were grown by using aerosol deposition at room temperature with BaTiO3 and PVDF powders. To produce a uniform composition in ceramic and polymer composite films, which show a substantial difference in specific gravity, we used PVDF-coated BaTiO3 powders as the starting materials. An examination of the microstructure confirmed that the BaTiO3 were well distributed in the PVDF matrix in the form of a 0 - 3 compound. The crystallite size in the BaTiO3-PVDF composite thick films was 5 ˜ 50 times higher than that in pure BaTiO3 thick films. PVDF plays a role in suppressing the fragmentation of BaTiO3 powder during the aerosol deposition process and in controlling the relative permittivity.

  19. Thickness dependent fatigue life at microcrack nucleation for metal thin films on flexible substrates

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    Sun, X. J.; Wang, C. C.; Zhang, J.; Liu, G.; Zhang, G. J.; Ding, X. D.; Zhang, G. P.; Sun, J.

    2008-10-01

    For polymer-supported metal thin films used in flexible electronics, the definition of the fatigue lifetime at microcrack nucleation (FLMN) should be more physically meaningful than all the previous definitions at structural instability. In this paper, the FLMN of Cu films (with thickness from 100 nm to 3.75 µm) as well as Al thin films (from 80 to 800 nm) was experimentally characterized at different strain ranges and different thicknesses by using a simple electrical resistance measurement (ERM). A significant thickness dependence was revealed for the FLMN and a similar Coffin-Manson fatigue relationship observed commonly in bulk materials was found to be still operative in both the films. Microstructural analyses were carried out to verify the feasibility of ERM correspondingly.

  20. The variability residual stresses of thick superconductor films during orthorhombic to tetragonal transformation

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    Wu, W.; Danyluk, S.; Lanagan, M.T.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1992-04-01

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} thick films have been deposited by spray pyrolysis of a sol-gel on 10 cm diameter polycrystalline MgO wafers. The film thickness was built up in layers of approximately 1 {mu}m thick. The in-plane residual stresses were measured by an optical interferometry (shadow moire) method as a function of film structure. In-plane residual stress maps over the area of the wafer have been obtained. The average stress of the 5 {mu}m orthorhombic phase was 0.84 GPa. As the film transforms from the orthorhombic to the tetragonal structure, the tensile stresses decreased by 0.5 GPa.

  1. The variability residual stresses of thick superconductor films during orthorhombic to tetragonal transformation

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    Wu, W.; Danyluk, S. . Dept. of Civil Engineering, Mechanics, and Metallurgy); Lanagan, M.T.; Poeppel, R.B. )

    1992-01-01

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} thick films have been deposited by spray pyrolysis of a sol-gel on 10 cm diameter polycrystalline MgO wafers. The film thickness was built up in layers of approximately 1 {mu}m thick. The in-plane residual stresses were measured by an optical interferometry (shadow moire) method as a function of film structure. In-plane residual stress maps over the area of the wafer have been obtained. The average stress of the 5 {mu}m orthorhombic phase was 0.84 GPa. As the film transforms from the orthorhombic to the tetragonal structure, the tensile stresses decreased by 0.5 GPa.

  2. Formation of nanodots and enhancement of thermoelectric power induced by ion irradiation in PbTe:Ag composite thin films

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    Bala, Manju; Meena, Ramcharan; Gupta, Srashti; Pannu, Compesh; Tripathi, Tripurari S.; Varma, Shikha; Tripathi, Surya K.; Asokan, K.; Avasthi, Devesh K.

    2016-07-01

    Present study demonstrates an enhancement in thermoelectric power of 10% Ag doped PbTe (PbTe:Ag) thin films when irradiated with 200 keV Ar ion. X-ray diffraction showed an increase in crystallinity for both PbTe and PbTe:10Ag nano-composite films after Ar ion irradiation due to annealing of defects in the grain boundaries. The preferential sputtering of Pb and Te ions in comparison to Ag ions resulted in the formation of nano-dots. This was further confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Such an enhancement in thermoelectric power of irradiated PbTe:10Ag films in comparison to pristine PbTe:10Ag film is attributed to the decrease in charge carrier concentration that takes part in the transport process via restricting the tunneling of carriers through the wider potential barrier formed at the interface of nano-dots.

  3. Evaluation of first crystallization in amorphous Ag-added Ag5.5In6.5Sb59Te29 thin films

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    Song, Ki-Ho; Seo, Jae-Hee; Kim, Jun-Hyong; Lee, Hyun-Yong

    2009-12-01

    In this article, several experimental results were reported for the evaluation of the first crystallization speed (v1st) on the nanosecond time scale as well as the material characteristics of the Ag-added Ag-In-Sb-Te films. The (Ag)x(Ag5.5In6.5Sb59Te29)1-x (x=0, 0.1, and 0.2) films were prepared by thermal evaporation and their phase transformation from an amorphous state to a hexagonal structure via a stable fcc structure was confirmed using x-ray diffraction. Some differences were measured in the optical transmittance (TOP) and absorption between the amorphous and crystalline films in the wavelength (λ) range of 800-3000 nm using an UV-visible-IR spectrophotometer. The v1st values, evaluated using nanopulse reflection response, slightly improved with an increase in the Ag content. For example, the nucleation time/average growth time ratio for the Ag5.5In6.5Sb59Te29 and Ag0.2(Ag5.5In6.5Sb59Te29)0.8 films were approximately 170 ns/70 ns and 110 ns/60 ns, respectively, for an illumination power of 7 mW.

  4. 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.

  5. Self-Poling of BiFeO3 Thick Films.

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    Khomyakova, Evgeniya; Sadl, Matej; Ursic, Hana; Daniels, John; Malic, Barbara; Bencan, Andreja; Damjanovic, Dragan; Rojac, Tadej

    2016-08-01

    Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) is difficult to pole because of the combination of its high coercive field and high electrical conductivity. This problem is particularly pronounced in thick films. The poling, however, must be performed to achieve a large macroscopic piezoelectric response. This study presents evidence of a prominent and reproducible self-poling effect in few-tens-of-micrometer-thick BiFeO3 films. Direct and converse piezoelectric measurements confirmed that the as-sintered BiFeO3 thick films yield d33 values of up to ∼20 pC/N. It was observed that a significant self-poling effect only appears in cases when the films are heated and cooled through the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition (Curie temperature TC ∼ 820 °C). These self-poled films exhibit a microstructure with randomly oriented columnar grains. The presence of a compressive strain gradient across the film thickness cooled from above the TC was experimentally confirmed and is suggested to be responsible for the self-poling effect. Finally, the macroscopic d33 response of the self-poled BiFeO3 film was characterized as a function of the driving-field frequency and amplitude.

  6. Self-Poling of BiFeO3 Thick Films.

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    Khomyakova, Evgeniya; Sadl, Matej; Ursic, Hana; Daniels, John; Malic, Barbara; Bencan, Andreja; Damjanovic, Dragan; Rojac, Tadej

    2016-08-01

    Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) is difficult to pole because of the combination of its high coercive field and high electrical conductivity. This problem is particularly pronounced in thick films. The poling, however, must be performed to achieve a large macroscopic piezoelectric response. This study presents evidence of a prominent and reproducible self-poling effect in few-tens-of-micrometer-thick BiFeO3 films. Direct and converse piezoelectric measurements confirmed that the as-sintered BiFeO3 thick films yield d33 values of up to ∼20 pC/N. It was observed that a significant self-poling effect only appears in cases when the films are heated and cooled through the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition (Curie temperature TC ∼ 820 °C). These self-poled films exhibit a microstructure with randomly oriented columnar grains. The presence of a compressive strain gradient across the film thickness cooled from above the TC was experimentally confirmed and is suggested to be responsible for the self-poling effect. Finally, the macroscopic d33 response of the self-poled BiFeO3 film was characterized as a function of the driving-field frequency and amplitude. PMID:27388568

  7. 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.

    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.

  8. Structural and optical studies on AgSbSe{sub 2} thin films

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    Asokan, T. Namitha; Urmila, K. S.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-01-28

    AgSbSe{sub 2} semiconducting thin films are successfully deposited using reactive evaporation technique at a substrate temperature of 398K. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline in nature. The structural parameters such as average particle size, dislocation density, and number of crystallites per unit have been evaluated. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to study the topographic characteristics of the film including the grain size and surface roughness. The silver antimony selenide thin films have high absorption coefficient of about 10{sup 5} cm{sup −1} and it has an indirect band gap of 0.64eV.

  9. 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.

  10. Fabrication and Characterization of PZT Thick Films for Sensing and Actuation

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    Jang, Ling-Sheng; Kuo, Kuo-Ching

    2007-01-01

    Lead Zirconate Titanate oxide (PZT) thick films with thicknesses of up to 10 mm were developed using a modified sol-gel technique. Usually, the film thickness is less than 1 mm by conventional sol-gel processing, while the electrical charge accumulation which reveals the direct effect of piezoelectricity is proportional to the film thickness and therefore restricted. Two approaches were adopted to conventional sol-gel processing – precursor concentration modulation and rapid thermal annealing. A 10 μm thick film was successfully fabricated by coating 16 times via this technique. The thickness of each coating layer was about 0.6 mm and the morphology of the film was dense with a crack-free area as large as 16 mm2. In addition, the structure, surface morphology and physical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrical performance. The dielectric constant and hysteresis loops were measured as electric characteristics. This study investigates the actuation and sensing performance of the vibrating structures with the piezoelectric thick film. The actuation tests demonstrated that a 4 mm × 4 mm × 6.5 mm PZT film drove a 40 mm × 7 mm × 0.5 mm silicon beam as an actuator. Additionally, it generated an electrical signal of 60 mVpp as a sensor, while vibration was input by a shaker. The frequencies of the first two modes of the beam were compared with the theoretical values obtained by Euler-Bernoulli beam theory. The linearity of the actuation and sensing tests were also examined.

  11. Effects of Ag addition on FePt L1{sub 0} ordering transition: A direct observation of ordering transition and Ag segregation in FePtAg alloy films

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    Wang, Lei; Yu, Youxing; Gao, Tenghua

    2015-12-21

    FePt and (FePt){sub 91.2}Ag{sub 8.8} alloy films were deposited by magnetron sputtering. The average coercivity of (FePt){sub 91.2}Ag{sub 8.8} films reaches 8.51 × 10{sup 5} A/m, which is 0.63 × 10{sup 5} A/m higher than that of the corresponding FePt films. Ag addition effectively promotes the FePt L1{sub 0} ordering transition at a relatively low annealing temperature of 400 °C. The promotion mechanism was investigated by using in situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and ex situ X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS). The concurrence of ordering transition and Ag segregation in FePtAg alloy films was first observed by using in situ heating HRTEM. The time-resolved evolution reveals more details on the role of Ag addition in FePt low-temperature ordering. Ex situ XAFS results further confirm that Ag replaces Fe sites in the as-deposited films and segregates from FePt-Ag solid solution phase through annealing at elevated temperatures. The segregation of Ag atoms leaves vacancies in the grain. The vacancy formation is believed to accelerate the diffusion of Fe and Pt atoms, which is critical for the L1{sub 0} ordering transition.

  12. Two-step flash light sintering process for crack-free inkjet-printed Ag films

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    Park, Sung-Hyeon; Jang, Shin; Lee, Dong-Jun; Oh, Jehoon; Kim, Hak-Sung

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, a two-step flash light sintering process for inkjet-printed Ag films is investigated with the aim of improving the quality of sintered Ag films. The flash light sintering process is divided into two steps: a preheating step and a main sintering step. The preheating step is used to remove the organic binder without abrupt vaporization. The main sintering step is used to complete the necking connections among the silver nanoparticles and achieve high electrical conductivity. The process minimizes the damage on the polymer substrate and the interface between the sintered Ag film and polymer substrate. The electrical conductivity is calculated by measuring the resistance and cross-sectional area with an LCR meter and 3D optical profiler, respectively. It is found that the resistivity of the optimal flash light-sintered Ag films (36.32 nΩ m), which is 228.86% of that of bulk silver, is lower than that of thermally sintered ones (40.84 nΩ m). Additionally, the polyimide film used as the substrate is preserved with the inkjet-printed pattern shape during the flash light sintering process without delamination or defects.

  13. Effect of different surfactants and thicknesses on electrodeposited films of bismuth telluride and its thermoelectric performance

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    Kulsi, Chiranjit; Mitra, Mousumi; Kargupta, Kajari; Ganguly, Saibal; Banerjee, Dipali; Goswami, Shyamaprosad

    2015-10-01

    Thin films of bismuth telluride using various surfactants such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) have been electrochemically deposited. The influence of different surfactants on crystal orientation and morphology was investigated and correlated with the thermoelectric performance of the electrodeposited films. Since thickness affects the thermoelectric performance compared to the surfactant, thickness- dependent thermoelectric performance has also been investigated. The carrier mobilities of the films obtained are significantly enhanced due to improved surface morphology using different surfactants. Between the two surfactants, films with SDS exhibited the higher value of thermoelectric power, power factor, and figure of merit, which is due to the effect of micelle formation. The XRD pattern of all the films, which are electrodeposited without surfactant or using SDS and PVP, showed preferred crystal orientation along the (018) direction. The roles of organic molecules in the development of nanoparticles with improved thermoelectric properties have been investigated.

  14. Thick polymer-stabilized liquid crystal films for microwave phase control

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Kuki, Takao; Nomoto, Toshihiro; Tsuchiya, Yuzuru; Utsumi, Yozo

    2001-05-01

    This article describes the use of thick polymer-stabilized liquid crystal films in a new design for microwave variable phase shifters. A fine μm-order sized polymer network was formed in a 100-μm-thick liquid crystal film, using a photopolymerization-induced phase-separation method to stabilize the molecular alignment of the liquid crystal. Measurement of the electro-optic properties of the liquid crystal film revealed that the relaxation response time of the liquid crystal alignment was drastically decreased by doping the polymer at a concentration of several wt %. A new variable phase shifter composed of a microstrip transmission line (length: 193 mm, width: 200 μm) was also fabricated by using the liquid crystal film as the dielectric material. This device exhibited a microwave phase shift of -80° at a frequency of 20 GHz, when a drive voltage of 70Vrms was applied vertically to the liquid crystal film.

  15. Influence of underneath pentacene thickness on performance of p-n heterojunction organic thin film transistors

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    Zhou, Jianlin; Jiang, Yuyu; Wang, Zhen; Hu, Shengdong; Gan, Ping; Shen, Xiaoqing

    2016-02-01

    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with heterojunction semiconducting layers composed of p-type pentacene and n-type fluorinated copper phthalocyanine (F16CuPc) have been fabricated. The influence of pentacene film thickness on performance of transistors is carefully investigated. It has been found that, with the increase of pentacene film thickness, the electron mobility increases at first and then decreases intensely. But the shift of VT is opposite comparing with electron mobility. The performance improvement can be attributed to the increase of free electron carriers by band bending at the pentacene/F16CuPc interface, and better F16CuPc film quality grown upon pentacene. Comparing with island growth-mode, layer-by-layer growth-mode of pentacene facilitates the growth of the upper F16CuPc film.

  16. Improved gas sensing and dielectric properties of Fe doped hydroxyapatite thick films: Effect of molar concentrations

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    Mene, Ravindra U.; Mahabole, Megha P.; Mohite, K.C.; Khairnar, Rajendra S.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • We report improved gas sensing and dielectric characteristics of Fe ion exchanged HAp films. • Fe doped HAp film shows maximum gas response at relatively lower temperature. • Response and gas uptake capacity of sensors is improved for appropriate amount of Fe ions in HAp matrix. • Fe-HAp films exhibit remarkable improvement in dielectric properties compared to pure HAp. • Fe doped HAp films show significant improvement in gas sensing as well as in dielectric properties. - Abstract: In the present work Fe doped hydroxyapatite (Fe-HAp) thick films has been successfully utilized to improve the gas sensing as well as its dielectric properties. Initially, HAp nano powder is synthesized by chemical precipitation process and later on Fe ions are doped in HAp by ion exchange process. Structural and morphological modifications are observed by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis. The sensing parameters such as operating temperature, response/recovery time and gas uptake capacity are experimentally determined. The Fe-HAp (0.05 M) film shows improved CO and CO{sub 2} gas sensing capacity at lower operating temperature compared to pure HAp. Moreover, variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss for pure and Fe-HAp thick films are studied as a function of frequency in the range of 10 Hz–1 MHz. The study reveals that Fe doped HAp thick films improve the sensing and dielectric characteristics as compared to pure HAp.

  17. Structural and electronic properties of polar MnO ultrathin film grown on Ag(111)

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

    2016-05-01

    Surface electronic structure of ultrathin polar MnO film was studied by Low-energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) and Photoemission Spectroscopic (PES) techniques. Epitaxial monolayer to facet formation with increasing film thickness has been observed by LEED. Our LEED result shows p(2x2) surface reconstruction along with facet formation, stabilize the polar MnO(111) surface. The core levels and the valence band electronic structure of MnO films have been studied as a function of film thickness using X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy techniques.

  18. Mechanism of coercivity enhancement by Ag addition in FePt-C granular films for heat assisted magnetic recording media

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    Varaprasad, B. S. D. Ch. S.; Takahashi, Y. K. Wang, J.; Hono, K.; Ina, T.; Nakamura, T.; Ueno, W.; Nitta, K.; Uruga, T.

    2014-06-02

    We investigated the Ag distribution in a FePtAg-C granular film that is under consideration for a heat assisted magnetic recording medium by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray absorption fine structure. Ag is rejected from the core of FePt grains during the deposition, forming Ag-enriched shell surrounding L1{sub 0}-ordered FePt grains. Since Ag has no solubility in both Fe and Pt, the rejection of Ag induces atomic diffusions thereby enhancing the kinetics of the L1{sub 0}-order in the FePt grains.

  19. Unusual Contact-Line Dynamics of Thick Films and Drops

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    Veretennikov, Igor; Agarwal, Abhishek; Indeikina, Alexandra; Chang, Hsueh-Chia

    1999-01-01

    We report several novel phenomena In contact-line and fingering dynamics of macroscopic spinning drops and gravity-driven films with dimensions larger than the capillary length. It is shown through experimental and theoretical analysis that such macroscopic films can exhibit various interfacial shapes, including multi valued ones, near the contact line due to a balance between the external body forces with capillarity. This rich variety of front shapes couples with the usual capillary, viscous, and intermolecular forces at the contact line to produce a rich and unexpected spectrum of contact-line dynamics. A single finger develops when part of the front becomes multivalued on a partially wetting macroscopic spinning drop in contrast to a different mechanism for microscopic drops of completely wetting fluids. Contrary to general expectation, we observe that, at high viscosity and low frequencies of rotation, the speed of a glycerine finger increases with increasing viscosity. Completely wetting Dow Corning 200 Fluid spreads faster over a dry inclined plane than a prewetted one. The presence of a thin prewetted film suppresses fingering both for gravity-driven flow and for spin coating. We analyze some of these unique phenomena in detail and offer qualitative physical explanations for the others.

  20. Enhanced film thickness for Néel wall in soft magnetic film by introducing strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy

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    Xu, Fei; Wang, Tao; Ma, Tianyong; Wang, Ying; Zhu, Shimeng; Li, Fashen

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the magnetic domain walls in a single-layer soft magnetic film with strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy. The soft magnetic film is composed of a highly c-axis-oriented hcp-Co81Ir19 alloy with strong negative magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The domain structure of the soft Co81Ir19 films with thickness ranging from 50–230 nm in a demagnetization state was observed through magnetic force microscopy and Lorentz transmission electron microscopy. Results reveal that the critical transition thickness at which the domain wall changes from Néel type to Bloch type is about 138 nm, which is much larger than the critical value of traditional Fe- and Co-based soft magnetic films with negligible magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Theoretical calculation was also performed and the calculated result agrees well with experimental data. PMID:26821614

  1. Formation and properties of hyaluronan/nano Ag and hyaluronan-lecithin/nano Ag films.

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    Khachatryan, Gohar; Khachatryan, Karen; Grzyb, Jacek; Fiedorowicz, Maciej

    2016-10-20

    A facile and environmentally friendly method of the preparation of silver nanoparticles embedded in hyaluronan (Hyal/Ag) and hyaluronan-lecithin (Hyal-L/Ag) matrix was developed. Thin, elastic foils were prepared from gels by an in situ synthesis of Ag in an aqueous solution of sodium hyaluronate (Hyal), using aq. d-(+)-xylose solution as a reducing agent. The gels were applied to a clean, smooth, defatted Teflon surface and left for drying in the air. The dry foils were stored in a closed container. UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra confirmed formation of about 10nm ball-shaped Ag nanoparticles situated within the polysaccharide template. Thermal properties of the composites were characterized involving differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric (TGA) analyses, whereas molecular weights of polysaccharide chains of the matrix were estimated with the size exclusion chromatography coupled with multiangle laser light scattering and refractometric detectors (HPSEC-MALLS-RI). An increase in the molecular weight of the hyaluronate after generation of Ag nanoparticles was observed. The foils showed specific properties. The study confirmed that silver nanoparticles can be successfully prepared with environmentally friendly method, using hyaluronan as a stabilizing template. Hyaluronan and hyaluronan-lecithin matrices provide nanocrystals uniform in size and shape. The composites demonstrated a bacteriostatic activity. PMID:27474588

  2. High loading of nanostructured ceramics in polymer composite thick films by aerosol deposition

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    2012-01-01

    Low temperature fabrication of Al2O3-polyimide composite substrates was carried out by an aerosol deposition process using a mixture of Al2O3 and polyimide starting powders. The microstructures and dielectric properties of the composite thick films in relation to their Al2O3 contents were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. As a result, the crystallite size of α-Al2O3 calculated from Scherrer's formula was increased from 26 to 52 nm as the polyimide ratio in the starting powders increased from 4 to 12 vol.% due to the crushing of the Al2O3 powder being reduced by the shock-absorbing effect of the polyimide powder. The Al2O3-polyimide composite thick films showed a high loss tangent with a large frequency dependence when a mixed powder of 12 vol.% polyimide was used due to the nonuniform microstructure with a rough surface. The Al2O3-polyimide composite thick films showed uniform composite structures with a low loss tangent of less than 0.01 at 1 MHz and a high Al2O3 content of more than 75 vol.% when a mixed powder of 8 vol.% polyimide was used. Moreover, the Al2O3-polyimide composite thick films had extremely high Al2O3 contents of 95 vol.% and showed a dense microstructure close to that of the Al2O3 thick films when a mixed powder of 4 vol.% polyimide was used. PMID:22283973

  3. Thermal Conductivity Measurement of Xe-Implanted Uranium Dioxide Thick Films using Multilayer Laser Flash Analysis

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    Nelson, Andrew T.

    2012-08-30

    The Fuel Cycle Research and Development program's Advanced Fuels campaign is currently pursuing use of ion beam assisted deposition to produce uranium dioxide thick films containing xenon in various morphologies. To date, this technique has provided materials of interest for validation of predictive fuel performance codes and to provide insight into the behavior of xenon and other fission gasses under extreme conditions. In addition to the structural data provided by such thick films, it may be possible to couple these materials with multilayer laser flash analysis in order to measure the impact of xenon on thermal transport in uranium dioxide. A number of substrate materials (single crystal silicon carbide, molybdenum, and quartz) containing uranium dioxide films ranging from one to eight microns in thickness were evaluated using multilayer laser flash analysis in order to provide recommendations on the most promising substrates and geometries for further investigation. In general, the uranium dioxide films grown to date using ion beam assisted deposition were all found too thin for accurate measurement. Of the substrates tested, molybdenum performed the best and looks to be the best candidate for further development. Results obtained within this study suggest that the technique does possess the necessary resolution for measurement of uranium dioxide thick films, provided the films are grown in excess of fifty microns. This requirement is congruent with the material needs when viewed from a fundamental standpoint, as this length scale of material is required to adequately sample grain boundaries and possible second phases present in ceramic nuclear fuel.

  4. The distribution of Ag in Ag-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin film prepared by dual-beam pulsed-laser deposition

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    Zhou, W. Z.; Chua, D. H. C.; Xu, S. Y.; Ong, C. K.; Feng, Y. P.; Osipowicz, T.; Chen, M. S.

    1999-06-01

    The Ag distribution in Ag-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films fabricated by dual-beam pulsed-laser deposition on SrTiO3 (100) substrates has been studied by Auger electron spectroscopy, microproton-induced x-ray emission, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. All the results consistently show that Ag aggregated in the bar-like structures observed in the film. These bars are aligned along the a-b-axis or at 45° to the a-b-axis of the YBCO thin film. The main body of the long bars aligned with the a-b-axes of the film was found to be a combination of metallic Ag with other precipitates of YBCO film that may grow from the substrate surface to the YBCO film surface. There were other precipitates aggregating as well at the surface of these bars, such as oxides of Cu and Ba. The short bars that aligned along 45° to the a-b-axes of the film were found to be deficient in Ag but rich in Cu, Ba and O, which could be oxide precipitates of YBCO. The growth mechanisms of the two types of bars seem quite different.

  5. Chemically deposited In2S3-Ag2S layers to obtain AgInS2 thin films by thermal annealing

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    Lugo, S.; Peña, Y.; Calixto-Rodriguez, M.; López-Mata, C.; Ramón, M. L.; Gómez, I.; Acosta, A.

    2012-12-01

    AgInS2 thin films were obtained by the annealing of chemical bath deposited In2S3-Ag2S layers at 400 °C in N2 for 1 h. According to the XRD and EDX results the chalcopyrite structure of AgInS2 has been obtained. These films have an optical band gap, Eg, of 1.86 eV and an electrical conductivity value of 1.2 × 10-3 (Ω cm)-1.

  6. Factors affecting the top ring oil film thickness at top center

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    Myers, J.E.

    1989-01-01

    An investigation into factors influencing top-ring oil film thickness at TDC, in a diesel engine, was carried out using capacitance probes and surface thermocouples installed in the liner. The instrumentation proved both robust and sensitive. The capacitance gauges were capable of measuring the oil film thicknesses required, on the order of several {mu}m, and also detected breakdown of the oil film and metal-to-metal contact. Significant, consistent differences in the film thickness around the cylinder were detected. The thermocouples showed that for this engine, the top ring unexpectedly cools the wall for a short time near TDC. Generally, the thermocouple data was more repeatable than the film thickness measurements, but did not seem to provide as much insight into the oil film phenomena. Because of lack of reproducibility, two different data acquisition techniques were used. Acquiring consecutive cycles, for a short period of time, provided a high resolution snapshot of the process, however, this was not sufficient to characterize it. Taking non-consecutive cycles, over a longer period of time, provided much more knowledge about the long term trends in the data. Changes in oil and operating parameters of large enough magnitude were detectable. For example: (1) the compression stroke always showed a thinner film than the exhaust stroke, and (2) when the cylinder walls were wet by fuel, the film thickness dropped dramatically. The effect of the mechanical condition of the engine was found to be very significant; an under-sized piston was fund to cause much metal-to-metal contact between the ring and liner, whereas a properly fitted piston showed practically none.

  7. One step 'dip' and 'use' Ag nanostructured thin films for ultrahigh sensitive SERS Detection.

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    Rajkumar, Kanakaraj; Jayram, Naidu Dhanpal; Mangalaraj, Devanesan; Rajendra Kumar, Ramasamy Thangavelu

    2016-11-01

    A simple one step galvanic displacement method which involves dipping of the silicon substrate in the AgNO3/HF solution and using it for SERS application without any further process is demonstrated. The size and shape of the Ag nanoparticles changes as the deposition time is increased. Initially the shape of the particles was nearly spherical and as it grows, becomes oblong and then coalesce to form a discontinuous film with vertically grown hierarchical Ag nanostructures. The sizes of the deposited particles were in the ranges from 30nm to a discontinuous film. It also demonstrated a highly sensitive chemical detection by surface-enhanced Raman scattering of rhodamine 6G dye, down to 10(-16)M concentration. Prepared samples were able to detect lower concentrations of Melamine. Discontinuous thin films with hierarchical Ag nanostructures were obtained for 5min Ag deposition. The formation of Hot spots between the discontinuous islands and also along the hierarchical structures is responsible for the high SERS enhancement. This simple one step, fast, non-lithographic and cost effective method can be applied for various label free detection of analytes of importance.

  8. One step 'dip' and 'use' Ag nanostructured thin films for ultrahigh sensitive SERS Detection.

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    Rajkumar, Kanakaraj; Jayram, Naidu Dhanpal; Mangalaraj, Devanesan; Rajendra Kumar, Ramasamy Thangavelu

    2016-11-01

    A simple one step galvanic displacement method which involves dipping of the silicon substrate in the AgNO3/HF solution and using it for SERS application without any further process is demonstrated. The size and shape of the Ag nanoparticles changes as the deposition time is increased. Initially the shape of the particles was nearly spherical and as it grows, becomes oblong and then coalesce to form a discontinuous film with vertically grown hierarchical Ag nanostructures. The sizes of the deposited particles were in the ranges from 30nm to a discontinuous film. It also demonstrated a highly sensitive chemical detection by surface-enhanced Raman scattering of rhodamine 6G dye, down to 10(-16)M concentration. Prepared samples were able to detect lower concentrations of Melamine. Discontinuous thin films with hierarchical Ag nanostructures were obtained for 5min Ag deposition. The formation of Hot spots between the discontinuous islands and also along the hierarchical structures is responsible for the high SERS enhancement. This simple one step, fast, non-lithographic and cost effective method can be applied for various label free detection of analytes of importance. PMID:27524085

  9. Fabrication of flexible superhydrophobic films by lift-up soft-lithography and decoration with Ag nanoparticles

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    Yao, Tongjie; Wang, Chuanxi; Lin, Quan; Li, Xiao; Chen, Xiaolu; Wu, Jie; Zhang, Junhu; Yu, Kui; Yang, Bai

    2009-02-01

    Superhydrophobic films with excellent flexibility have been fabricated by combining the lift-up soft-lithography technique and chemical reduction of [Ag(NH3)2]+ ions to Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on the surface of silica spheres which are patterned on the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images reveal the presence of raspberry-like hierarchical structures on the PDMS films. The influence of the amount of Ag NPs and the size of the silica spheres on the wettability of the soft films is investigated carefully. Because PDMS films are elastomeric materials, our superhydrophobic films offer great flexibility. The resulting films can be easily transferred from one substrate surface to another without destroying their superhydrophobicity. These flexible and superhydrophobic films can be used repeatedly to satisfy a wide range of applications.

  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. PMID:27534497

  11. 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.

  12. Thickness Dependence of Electrical and Structural Properties of Tensile Strained Calcium Manganese Oxide Thin Films

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    Hart, Cacie; Warecki, Zoey; Chaudhry, Adeel; Ferrone, Natalie; Houston, David; Lawson, Bridget; Yong, Grace; Kolagani, Rajeswari

    We have investigated the properties of CaMnO3-δ thin films epitaxially grown by pulsed laser deposition on lattice mismatched substrates, (100)LaAlO3 and (100)SrTiO3 , leading to a tensile strain of ~4 % and 1.5 % respectively. For our films these substrates, thickness dependence of the properties is characteristically different from what has been previously observed in thin films of hole-doped manganites. We observe that the resistivity decreases significantly as the film thickness decreases. The decrease in resistivity is more pronounced in the films on (100)SrTiO3 with the larger lattice mismatch, the resistivity of the thinnest films being about 3 orders of magnitude lower than the of bulk CaMnO3. Thickness dependence of the lattice constants also show deviations from the behavior expected from strain relaxation. These results suggest a coupling between tensile strain and oxygen deficiency consistent with predictions from models based on density functional theory calculations. Our results are relevant for potential catalytic applications of CaMnO3-δ thin films. NSF Grant ECCS112856 and Seed Funding from the School of Emerging Technologies.

  13. Enhanced photocatalysis by coupling of anatase TiO2 film to triangular Ag nanoparticle island.

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    Xu, Jinxia; Xiao, Xiangheng; Ren, Feng; Wu, Wei; Dai, Zhigao; Cai, Guangxu; Zhang, Shaofeng; Zhou, Juan; Mei, Fei; Jiang, Changzhong

    2012-01-01

    In order to overcome the low utilization ratio of solar light and high electron-hole pair recombination rate of TiO2, the triangular Ag nanoparticle island is covered on the surface of the TiO2 thin film. Enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of the Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite system is observed. The increase of electron-hole pair generation is caused by the enhanced near-field amplitudes of localized surface plasmon of the Ag nanoparticles. The efficiently suppressed recombination of electron-hole pair caused by the metal-semiconductor contact can also enhance the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 film. PMID:22548875

  14. Enhanced photocatalysis by coupling of anatase TiO2 film to triangular Ag nanoparticle island

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    In order to overcome the low utilization ratio of solar light and high electron-hole pair recombination rate of TiO2, the triangular Ag nanoparticle island is covered on the surface of the TiO2 thin film. Enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of the Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite system is observed. The increase of electron-hole pair generation is caused by the enhanced near-field amplitudes of localized surface plasmon of the Ag nanoparticles. The efficiently suppressed recombination of electron-hole pair caused by the metal-semiconductor contact can also enhance the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 film. PMID:22548875

  15. Electrical switching in sol-gel derived Ag -SiO2 nanocomposite thin films

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    Sarkar, D. K.; Cloutier, F.; El Khakani, M. A.

    2005-04-01

    The sol-gel technique has been used to produce Ag -SiO2 nanocomposite thin films consisting of silver nanoparticles embedded in a SiO2 matrix. The size of the silver nanoparticles is of about (4±0.2)nm when the firing temperature is in the (500-700°C ) range, as determined from ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy analysis. The increase of the firing temperature beyond 300°C, was found to lead to an outer diffusion of Ag toward the surface. As a consequence the surface atomic concentration of Ag is found to increase from 1.3% to 12% for the as-dried (at 120°C) and for those further fired at 600°C, respectively. On the other hand, it is shown that the electrical behavior of these Ag -SiO2 nanocomposite films can drastically change from highly insulating to conducting depending on the firing temperature used. In the intermediate firing temperature (300-400°C) range, the films were found to exhibit a reversible switching behavior with a resistivity transition of about 7 orders of magnitude between the insulating (OFF) and the conducting (ON) state. Such an electrical switching could be explained by a change in the predominant conduction mechanism of the films.

  16. Synthesis of antibacterial film CTS/PVP/TiO2/Ag for drinking water system.

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    Zhang, Liang; Bai, Xue; Tian, Hua; Zhong, Lvling; Ma, Cailian; Zhou, Yuanzhen; Chen, Shuangli; Li, Dongliang

    2012-08-01

    A CTS/PVP/TiO2/Ag functional film was prepared as an antibacterial composite used in storing drinking water. The orthogonal experiment showed that the optimal conditions for preparing membranes with best antibacterial activity and tensile strength are c(AgNO3)=0.08%, c(TiO2)=0.20%, c(CTS)=2.25%, and c(PVP)=3.00%. The FT-IR spectrum implies that hydrogen bands are formed between acetyl in PVP and hydroxyl in CTS molecule, and -NH and -OH of CTS have some interactions with sliver nano-particles (nano-Ags) which were reduced in situ. The SEM images show that the TiO2 particles are displayed on the surface and embedded in the film. And nano-Ags are further proved through XRD and SEM images. The DSC curves show that the film has a favorable compatibility and heat stability. In application study, it is proved that this film has sustainable antibacterial activity and is safe in use.

  17. Wavy film flows down an inclined plane: Perturbation theory and general evolution equation for the film thickness

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    Frenkel, A.L.; Indireshkumar, K.

    1999-10-01

    Wavy film flow of incompressible Newtonian fluid down an inclined plane is considered. The question is posed as to the parametric conditions under which the description of evolution can be approximately reduced for all time to a single evolution equation for the film thickness. An unconventional perturbation approach yields the most general evolution equation and least restrictive conditions on its validity. The advantages of this equation for analytical and numerical studies of three-dimensional waves in inclined films are pointed out. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Adsorbed films of three-patch colloids: Continuous and discontinuous transitions between thick and thin films

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    Dias, C. S.; Araújo, N. A. M.; Telo da Gama, M. M.

    2014-09-01

    We investigate numerically the role of spatial arrangement of the patches on the irreversible adsorption of patchy colloids on a substrate. We consider spherical three-patch colloids and study the dependence of the kinetics on the opening angle between patches. We show that growth is suppressed below and above minimum and maximum opening angles, revealing two absorbing phase transitions between thick and thin film regimes. While the transition at the minimum angle is continuous, in the directed percolation class, that at the maximum angle is clearly discontinuous. For intermediate values of the opening angle, a rough colloidal network in the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class grows indefinitely. The nature of the transitions was analyzed in detail by considering bond flexibility, defined as the dispersion of the angle between the bond and the center of the patch. For the range of flexibilities considered we always observe two phase transitions. However, the range of opening angles where growth is sustained increases with flexibility. At a tricritical flexibility, the discontinuous transition becomes continuous. The practical implications of our findings and the relation to other nonequilibrium transitions are discussed.

  19. Adsorbed films of three-patch colloids: continuous and discontinuous transitions between thick and thin films.

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    Dias, C S; Araújo, N A M; Telo da Gama, M M

    2014-09-01

    We investigate numerically the role of spatial arrangement of the patches on the irreversible adsorption of patchy colloids on a substrate. We consider spherical three-patch colloids and study the dependence of the kinetics on the opening angle between patches. We show that growth is suppressed below and above minimum and maximum opening angles, revealing two absorbing phase transitions between thick and thin film regimes. While the transition at the minimum angle is continuous, in the directed percolation class, that at the maximum angle is clearly discontinuous. For intermediate values of the opening angle, a rough colloidal network in the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class grows indefinitely. The nature of the transitions was analyzed in detail by considering bond flexibility, defined as the dispersion of the angle between the bond and the center of the patch. For the range of flexibilities considered we always observe two phase transitions. However, the range of opening angles where growth is sustained increases with flexibility. At a tricritical flexibility, the discontinuous transition becomes continuous. The practical implications of our findings and the relation to other nonequilibrium transitions are discussed.

  20. Temperature effect on the mechanical properties of gold nano films with different thickness

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    Birleanu, C.; Pustan, M.; Merie, V.; Müller, R.; Voicu, R.; Baracu, A.; Craciun, S.

    2016-08-01

    The microelectronic industry has been growing rapidly over the past 10-20 years, as has its reliance on thin-film deposition techniques for components manufacturing. As modern devices generate quite a bit of heat and peak temperatures can reach over 100°C, there is a need to provide adequate cooling for a device to stay operable. A series of chrome gold films with various thicknesses were prepared on silicon substrate. The structural and surface morphology, adhesion, friction, Young's modulus and hardness of this thin film were studied for three different thicknesses under temperature variations between 20 to 100°C. The variation of the film thickness and temperature affects the structure, surface and mechanical properties of Cr/Au thin films. Obviously these thermal cycles are unavoidable and eventually lead to thermal fatigue damage and device failure. Consequently, the knowledge of mechanical properties of thin films at elevated temperatures is required for proper chip design and reliability assessments. Elastic modulus and hardness are two important mechanical properties of the thin-film structural materials used in microelectromechanical systems. The mechanical properties of electroplated chrome-gold thin film are found to be highly dependent on the manufacturing process and also of the thin film thickness. On the other hand it is important to find the effect of temperature on these properties. Investigated samples are made of thin layers of chromium and gold with differences in thickness. The three levels of nominal thicknesses of Au films are: 100, 300 and 500 nm. In order to obtain the relations between surface pattern/surface chemistry and nanotribological properties and adhesive behaviors of the films were evaluated with a noise- and vibration-isolated and environment-controlled XE 70-AFM from Park Systems, using the contact mode. The tests were performed at temperatures between 10°C - 100°C and at a relative humidity RH of 40%. Each measurement was

  1. Enhanced ethanol selectivity of flame-spray-made Au/ZnO thick films.

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    Kruefu, V; Wisitsoraat, A; Phanichphant, S

    2014-10-01

    Sensing characteristics of the spin-coated Au/ZnO nanoparticles thick films with different Au concentrations have been studied for various gases, namely, CO, SO2, ethanol and acetone. The influence on a dynamic range of Au concentration on ethanol response (0.005-0.1 vol.%) of thick film sensor elements was studied at the operating temperatures ranging from 300 to 400 degrees C in the presence of dry air. The optimum Au concentration was found to be 0.5 mol%. 0.5 mol% Au exhibited an optimum ethanol response of 5.0 x 10(2) and a short response time (10 s) for ethanol concentration of 0.1 vol.% at 400 degrees C. Plausible mechanisms explaining the enhanced ethanol selectivity by thick films of Au/ZnO are discussed. PMID:25942863

  2. Josephson junction and dc SQUID made from superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O thick film

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    Lin, A.Z.; Li, H.Q.; Tang, L.; Liu, F.W.

    1989-03-01

    YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ thick films were fabricated by the method of screen printing. A zero resistance state was achieved at 90K. The highest critical current density was about 150 A/cm/sup 2/ at 77K. Bridge type Josephson junction and dc SQUID were fabricated from thick films and operated at 77K. The induced steps produced by the ac Josephson effect were observed on the I-V curve when microwave radiation is applied to the junction. The clear periodic patterns of dc SQUID is observable at 77K. Environmental protection and the stability of thick films and devices were discussed.

  3. Micro-Machined High-Frequency (80 MHz) PZT Thick Film Linear Arrays

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    Zhou, Qifa; Wu, Dawei; Liu, Changgeng; Zhu, Benpeng; Djuth, Frank; Shung, K. Kirk

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the development of a micro-machined high-frequency linear array using PZT piezoelectric thick films. The linear array has 32 elements with an element width of 24 μm and an element length of 4 mm. Array elements were fabricated by deep reactive ion etching of PZT thick films, which were prepared from spin-coating of PZT solgel composite. Detailed fabrication processes, especially PZT thick film etching conditions and a novel transferring-and-etching method, are presented and discussed. Array designs were evaluated by simulation. Experimental measurements show that the array had a center frequency of 80 MHz and a fractional bandwidth (−6 dB) of 60%. An insertion loss of −41 dB and adjacent element crosstalk of −21 dB were found at the center frequency. PMID:20889407

  4. Thickness dependent optical and electrical properties of CdSe thin films

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    Purohit, A.; Chander, S.; Nehra, S. P.; Lal, C.; Dhaka, M. S.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of thickness on the optical and electrical properties of CdSe thin films is investigated in this paper. The films of thickness 445 nm, 631 nm and 810 nm were deposited on glass and ITO coated glass substrates using thermal evaporation technique. The deposited thin films were thermally annealed in air atmosphere at temperature 100°C and were subjected to UV-Vis spectrophotometer and source meter for optical and electrical analysis respectively. The absorption coefficient is observed to increase with photon energy and found maximum in higher photon energy region. The extinction coefficient and refractive index are also calculated. The electrical analysis shows that the electrical resistivity is observed to be decreased with thickness.

  5. (100)-Textured KNN-based thick film with enhanced piezoelectric property for intravascular ultrasound imaging

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    Zhu, Benpeng; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Ma, Teng; Yang, Xiaofei; Li, Yongxiang; Shung, K. Kirk; Zhou, Qifa

    2015-01-01

    Using tape-casting technology, 35 μm free-standing (100)-textured Li doped KNN (KNLN) thick film was prepared by employing NaNbO3 (NN) as template. It exhibited similar piezoelectric behavior to lead containing materials: a longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of ∼150 pm/V and an electromechanical coupling coefficient (kt) of 0.44. Based on this thick film, a 52 MHz side-looking miniature transducer with a bandwidth of 61.5% at −6 dB was built for Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging. In comparison with 40 MHz PMN-PT single crystal transducer, the rabbit aorta image had better resolution and higher noise-to-signal ratio, indicating that lead-free (100)-textured KNLN thick film may be suitable for IVUS (>50 MHz) imaging. PMID:25991874

  6. (100)-Textured KNN-based thick film with enhanced piezoelectric property for intravascular ultrasound imaging

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    Zhu, Benpeng; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Ma, Teng; Yang, Xiaofei; Li, Yongxiang; Shung, K. Kirk; Zhou, Qifa

    2015-04-01

    Using tape-casting technology, 35 μm free-standing (100)-textured Li doped KNN (KNLN) thick film was prepared by employing NaNbO3 (NN) as template. It exhibited similar piezoelectric behavior to lead containing materials: a longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of ˜150 pm/V and an electromechanical coupling coefficient (kt) of 0.44. Based on this thick film, a 52 MHz side-looking miniature transducer with a bandwidth of 61.5% at -6 dB was built for Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging. In comparison with 40 MHz PMN-PT single crystal transducer, the rabbit aorta image had better resolution and higher noise-to-signal ratio, indicating that lead-free (100)-textured KNLN thick film may be suitable for IVUS (>50 MHz) imaging.

  7. Synthesis of Ag-TiO2 composite nano thin film for antimicrobial application.

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    Yu, Binyu; Leung, Kar Man; Guo, Qiuquan; Lau, Woon Ming; Yang, Jun

    2011-03-18

    TiO2 photocatalysts have been found to kill cancer cells, bacteria and viruses under mild UV illumination, which offers numerous potential applications. On the other hand, Ag has long been proved as a good antibacterial material as well. The advantage of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite is to expand the nanomaterial's antibacterial function to a broader range of working conditions. In this study neat TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 composite nanofilms were successfully prepared on silicon wafer via the sol-gel method by the spin-coating technique. The as-prepared composite Ag-TiO2 and TiO2 films with different silver content were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the topologies, microstructures and chemical compositions, respectively. It was found that the silver nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and strongly attached to the mesoporous TiO2 matrix. The morphology of the composite film could be controlled by simply tuning the molar ratio of the silver nitrate aqueous solution. XPS results confirmed that the Ag was in the Ag(0) state. The antimicrobial effect of the synthesized nanofilms was carried out against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli ATCC 29425) by using an 8 W UV lamp with a constant relative intensity of 0.6 mW cm(-2) and in the dark respectively. The synthesized Ag-TiO2 thin films showed enhanced bactericidal activities compared to the neat TiO2 nanofilm both in the dark and under UV illumination.

  8. Plasmonic coupling of SiO{sub 2}-Ag 'post-cap' nanostructures and silver film for surface enhanced Raman scattering

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    Wu, Hsin-Yu; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2011-04-11

    We demonstrate a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate consisting of SiO{sub 2}-Ag''post-cap'' nanostructures with an underlying silver film fabricated by the glancing angle deposition technique. Electromagnetic simulations predict that SERS enhancement is strongly polarization-dependent, consistent with experimental measurements. Optimized coupling between Ag cap nanoparticles and the underlying silver film can be achieved by controlling the thickness of SiO{sub 2} post sandwiched between them to significantly enhance local electric-field intensity and to increase the density of electromagnetic hot spots. A maximum SERS enhancement factor of 2.38x10{sup 9} within the hot spot region is demonstrated, providing sufficient sensitivity for many important applications.

  9. Deposition of Pd–Ag thin film membranes on ceramic supports for hydrogen purification/separation

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    Pereira, A.I.; Pérez, P.; Rodrigues, S.C.; Mendes, A.; Madeira, L.M.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Thin film Pd–Ag membranes have been produced for hydrogen selectivity. • Magnetron sputtering yields Pd–Ag compact films for atomic H diffusion. • The thin film Pd–Ag membranes yielded a selectivity of α (H{sub 2}/N{sub 2}) = 10. - Abstract: Pd–Ag based membranes supported on porous α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (doped with yttria-stabilized zirconia) were studied for hydrogen selective separation. Magnetron sputtering technique was employed for the synthesis of thin film membranes. The hydrogen permeation flux is affected by the membrane columnar structure, which is formed during deposition. From scanning electron microscopy analysis, it was observed that different sputtering deposition pressures lead to distinct columnar structure growth. X-ray diffraction patterns provided evidence of a Pd–Ag solid solution with an average crystallite domain size of 21 nm, whose preferential growth can be altered by the deposition pressure. The gas-permeation results have shown that the Pd–Ag membrane supported on porous α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is selective toward H{sub 2}. For optimized membrane synthesis conditions, the permeance toward N{sub 2} is 0.076 × 10{sup −6} mol m{sup −2} s{sup −1} Pa{sup −1} at room temperature, whereas for a pressure difference of 300 kPa the H{sub 2}-flux is of the order of ca. 0.21 mol m{sup −2} s{sup −1}, which corresponds to a permeance of 0.71 × 10{sup −6} mol m{sup −2} s{sup −1} Pa{sup −1}, yielding a selectivity of α (H{sub 2}/N{sub 2}) = 10. These findings suggest that the membrane has a reasonable capacity to selectively permeate this gas.

  10. Discrete thin-film thickness-modulated designs: spacing of all possible stopbands.

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    Perilloux, B E

    1999-05-01

    The spectral spacing of multiple, high-reflectance stopbands is determined analytically for discrete thin-film layer-thickness-modulated designs. Discrete, sinusoidal modulation of layer thickness produces unique multilayer designs for fundamental modulation frequencies within the range 0 < f(m)Thickness-modulated designs typically have several high-reflectance stopbands at spectral frequencies that are a function of modulation frequency. All stopbands were verified by the trace of the characteristic matrix for each thickness-modulated design. A universal stopband equation is presented that predicts the relative spectral spacing of all possible stopbands for thickness-modulated designs. Two harmonic components of thickness-modulated designs are defined. The spectral performance (stopband position) is shown graphically for modulation amplitudes 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, and 0 < f(m)

  11. Speciation and lability of Ag-, AgCl-, and Ag2S-nanoparticles in soil determined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and diffusive gradients in thin films.

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    Sekine, R; Brunetti, G; Donner, E; Khaksar, M; Vasilev, K; Jämting, Å K; Scheckel, K G; Kappen, P; Zhang, H; Lombi, E

    2015-01-20

    Long-term speciation and lability of silver (Ag-), silver chloride (AgCl-), and silver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2S-NPs) in soil were studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and newly developed “nano” Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) devices. These nano-DGT devices were designed specifically to avoid confounding effects when measuring element lability in the presence of nanoparticles. The aging profile and stabilities of the three nanoparticles and AgNO3 (ionic Ag) in soil were examined at three different soil pH values over a period of up to 7 months. Transformation of ionic Ag, Ag-NP and AgCl-NPs were dependent on pH. AgCl formation and persistence was observed under acidic conditions, whereas sulfur-bound forms of Ag dominated in neutral to alkaline soils. Ag2S-NPs were found to be very stable under all conditions tested and remained sulfur bound after 7 months of incubation. Ag lability was characteristically low in soils containing Ag2S-NPs. Other forms of Ag were linked to higher DGT-determined lability, and this varied as a function of aging and related speciation changes as determined by XAS. These results clearly indicate that Ag2S-NPs, which are the most environmentally relevant form of Ag that enter soils, are chemically stable and have profoundly low Ag lability over extended periods. This may minimize the long-term risks of Ag toxicity in the soil environment. PMID:25436975

  12. Measurement of the Temperature Coefficient of Resistance in Metallic Films with Nano-thickness

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    Oliva, A. I.; Lugo, J. M.

    2016-03-01

    The temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) values of gold and aluminum films deposited on glass substrates were obtained in the range of thickness from 20 nm to 200 nm at 298 K and atmospheric pressure conditions. Applying an electrical current and measuring simultaneously the corresponding changes of voltage (i.e., electrical resistance), and the change of temperature on the thin films, the TCR value was estimated. The measured TCR values show a decrement with the film thickness reduction, and their values are approximately 13.0 % lower than their corresponding bulk values mainly for thinner films. A comparison with previously reported cooper TCR values and the values estimated with the Tellier-Tosser model show good agreement with differences of about 5.0 % between them.

  13. Effects of catalyst film thickness on plasma-enhanced carbon nanotube growth

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    Hofmann, S.; Cantoro, M.; Kleinsorge, B.; Casiraghi, C.; Parvez, A.; Robertson, J.; Ducati, C.

    2005-08-01

    A systematic study is presented of the influence of catalyst film thickness on carbon nanostructures grown by plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition from acetylene and ammonia mixtures. We show that reducing the Fe/Co catalyst film thickness below 3 nm causes a transition from larger diameter (>40 nm), bamboolike carbon nanofibers to small diameter ({approx}5 nm) multiwalled nanotubes with two to five walls. This is accompanied by a more than 50 times faster growth rate and a faster catalyst poisoning. Thin Ni catalyst films only trigger such a growth transition when pretreated with an ammonia plasma. We observe a limited correlation between this growth transition and the coarsening of the catalyst film before deposition. For a growth temperature of {<=}550 deg. C, all catalysts showed mainly a tip growth regime and a similar activity on untreated silicon, oxidized silicon, and silicon nitride support.

  14. Thick film oxidation of copper in an electroplated MEMS process

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    Lazarus, N.; Meyer, C. D.; Bedair, S. S.; Song, X.; Boteler, L. M.; Kierzewski, I. M.

    2013-06-01

    Copper forms a porous oxide, allowing the formation of oxide layers up to tens of microns thick to be created at modest processing temperatures. In this work, the controlled oxidation of copper is employed within an all-metal electroplating process to create electrically insulating, structural posts and beams. This capability could eliminate the additional dielectric deposition and patterning steps that are often needed during the construction of sensors, waveguides, and other microfabricated devices. In this paper, copper oxidation rates for thermal and plasma-assisted growth methods are characterized. Time control of the oxide growth enables larger copper structures to remain conductive while smaller copper posts are fully oxidized. The concept is demonstrated using the controlled oxidation of a copper layer between two nickel layers to fabricate nickel inductors having both copper electrical vias and copper oxide support pillars. Nickel was utilized in this demonstration for its resistance against low temperature oxidation and interdiffusion with copper.

  15. Some limitations in applying classical EHD film-thickness formulae to a high-speed bearing

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    Coy, J. J.; Zaretsky, E. V.

    1980-01-01

    Elastohydrodynamic film thickness was measured for a 20 mm ball bearing using the capacitance technique. The bearing was thrust loaded to 90, 448, and 778 N. The corresponding maximum stresses on the inner race were 1.28, 2.09, and 2.45 GPa. Test speeds ranged from 400 to 14,000 rpm. Film thickness measurements were taken with four different lubricants: (1) synthetic paraffinic; (2) synthetic paraffinic with additives; (3) neopentylpolyol (tetra) ester; and (4) synthetic cycloaliphatic hydrocarbon traction fluid. The test bearing was mist lubricated. Test temperatures were 300, 338, and 393 K. The measured results were compared to theoretical predictions and are presented.

  16. 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.

  17. Fast approach for calculating film thicknesses and pressures in elastohydrodynamically lubricated contacts at high loads

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    Houpert, L. G.; Hamrock, B. J.

    1985-01-01

    The film thicknesses and pressures in elastohydrodynamically lubricated contacts have been calculated for a line contact by using an improved version of Okamura's approach. The new approach allows for lubricant compressibility, the use of Roelands' viscosity, a general mesh (nonconstant step), and accurate calculations of the elastic deformation. The new approach is described, and the effects on film thickness, pressure, and pressure spike of each of the improvements are discussed. Successful runs have been obtained at high pressure (to 4.8 GPa) with low CPU times.

  18. Evaluation of the EHL Film Thickness and Extreme Pressure Additives on Gear Surface Fatigue Life

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    Townsend, Dennis P.; Shimski, John

    1994-01-01

    Surface pitting fatigue life tests were conducted with seven lubricants, using AISI 9310 spur gears. The test lubricants can be classified as synthetic polyol-esters with various viscosities and additive packages. The lubricant with a viscosity that provided a specific film thickness greater than one and with an additive package produced gear surface fatigue lives that were 8.6 times that for lubricants with a viscosity that provided specific film thickness less than one. Lubricants with the same viscosity and similar additive packages gave equivalent gear surface fatigue lives.

  19. Formation of Thick Dense Yttrium Iron Garnet Films Using Aerosol Deposition.

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    Johnson, Scooter D; Glaser, Evan R; Kub, Fritz J; Eddy, Charles R

    2015-05-15

    Aerosol deposition (AD) is a thick-film deposition process that can produce layers up to several hundred micrometers thick with densities greater than 95% of the bulk. The primary advantage of AD is that the deposition takes place entirely at ambient temperature; thereby enabling film growth in material systems with disparate melting temperatures. This report describes in detail the processing steps for preparing the powder and for performing AD using the custom-built system. Representative characterization results are presented from scanning electron microscopy, profilometry, and ferromagnetic resonance for films grown in this system. As a representative overview of the capabilities of the system, focus is given to a sample produced following the described protocol and system setup. Results indicate that this system can successfully deposit 11 µm thick yttrium iron garnet films that are  > 90% of the bulk density during a single 5 min deposition run. A discussion of methods to afford better control of the aerosol and particle selection for improved thickness and roughness variations in the film is provided.

  20. Dynamic response of film thickness in spiral-groove face seals

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    Dirusso, E.

    1985-01-01

    Tests were performed on an inward- and an outward-pumping spiral-groove face seal to experimentally determine the film thickness response to seal seat motions and to gain insight into the effect of secondary seal friction on film thickness behavior. Film thickness, seal seat axial motion, seal frictional torque, and film axial load were recorded as functions of time. The experiments revealed that for sinusoidal axial oscillations of the seal seat, the primary ring followed the seal seat motion very well. For a skewed seal seat, however, the primary ring did not follow the seal seat motion, and load-carrying capacity was degraded. Secondary seal friction was varied over a wide range to determine its effect on film thickness dynamics. The seals were tested with ambient air at room temperature and atmospheric pressure as the fluid medium. The test speed ranged from 7000 to 20,000 rpm. Seal tangential velocity ranged from 34 to 98 m/sec (113 to 323 ft/sec).

  1. Measurements of liquid film thickness, concentration, and temperature of aqueous urea solution by NIR absorption spectroscopy

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    Pan, R.; Jeffries, J. B.; Dreier, T.; Schulz, C.

    2016-01-01

    A multi-wavelength near-infrared (NIR) diode laser absorption sensor has been developed and demonstrated for real-time monitoring of the thickness, solute concentration, and temperature of thin films of urea-water solutions. The sensor monitors the transmittance of three near-infrared diode lasers through the thin liquid film. Film thickness, urea mass fraction, and liquid temperature were determined from measured transmittance ratios of suitable combinations of lasers. Available laser wavelengths were selected depending on the variation of the NIR absorption spectrum of the solution with temperature and solute concentration. The spectral database was measured by a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer in the range 5500-8000 cm-1 for urea solutions between 5 and 40 wt% and temperatures between 298 and 338 K. A prototype sensor was constructed, and the sensor concept was first validated with measurements using a calibration cell providing liquid layers of variable thickness (200-1500 µm), urea mass fraction (5-40 wt%) and temperature (298-318 K). Temporal variations of film thickness and urea concentration were captured during the constant-temperature evaporation of a liquid film deposited on an optically polished heated quartz flat.

  2. Amorphization of biperiodic domain structures in quasi-uniaxial magnetic films with a critical thickness

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    Arzamastseva, G. V.; Evtikhov, M. G.; Lisovskiĭ, F. V.; Mansvetova, E. G.; Temiryazeva, M. P.

    2008-08-01

    The behavior of biperiodic stripe domain structures in quasi-uniaxial magnetic films with a near-critical thickness is studied by scanning magnetic force microscopy and magnetooptical diffraction. In these films, antiphase and hybrid biperiodic domain structures are found to be absent, and the phase transitions between monoperiodic and in-phase biperiodic domain structures are shown to proceed through two-dimensional domain arrays that are amorphized in the arrangement of near-surface distortions in the domain-wall profile.

  3. Thick adherent dielectric films on plastic substrates and method for depositing same

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    Wickboldt, Paul; Ellingboe, Albert R.; Theiss, Steven D.; Smith, Patrick M.

    2002-01-01

    Thick adherent dielectric films deposited on plastic substrates for use as a thermal barrier layer to protect the plastic substrates from high temperatures which, for example, occur during laser annealing of layers subsequently deposited on the dielectric films. It is desirable that the barrier layer has properties including: a thickness of 1 .mu.m or greater, adheres to a plastic substrate, does not lift-off when cycled in temperature, has few or no cracks and does not crack when subjected to bending, resistant to lift-off when submersed in fluids, electrically insulating and preferably transparent. The thick barrier layer may be composed, for example, of a variety of dielectrics and certain metal oxides, and may be deposited on a variety of plastic substrates by various known deposition techniques. The key to the method of forming the thick barrier layer on the plastic substrate is maintaining the substrate cool during deposition of the barrier layer. Cooling of the substrate maybe accomplished by the use of a cooling chuck on which the plastic substrate is positioned, and by directing cooling gas, such as He, Ar and N.sub.2, between the plastic substrate and the cooling chucks. Thick adherent dielectric films up to about 5 .mu.m have been deposited on plastic substrates which include the above-referenced properties, and which enable the plastic substrates to withstand laser processing temperatures applied to materials deposited on the dielectric films.

  4. Diode laser-based standoff absorption measurement of water film thickness in retro-reflection

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    Pan, R.; Brocksieper, C.; Jeffries, J. B.; Dreier, T.; Schulz, C.

    2016-09-01

    A dual-wavelength diode laser-based absorption sensor for standoff point measurements of water film thickness on an opaque surface is presented. The sensor consists of a diode laser source, a foil as backscattering target, and off-axis paraboloids for collecting the fraction of the laser radiation transmitted through the liquid layer via retro-reflection. Laser wavelengths in the near infrared at 1412 and 1353 nm are used where the temperature dependence of the liquid water absorption cross section is known. The lasers are fiber coupled and the detection of the retro-reflected light was accomplished through a multimode fiber and a single photodiode using time-division multiplexing. The water film thickness at a given temperature was determined from measured transmittance ratios at the two laser wavelengths. The sensor concept was first validated with measurement using a temperature-controlled calibration cell providing liquid layers of variable and known thickness between 100 and 1000 µm. Subsequently, the sensor was demonstrated successfully during recording the time-varying thickness of evaporating water films at fixed temperatures. The film thickness was recorded as a function of time at three temperatures down to 50 µm.

  5. The influences of roughness on film thickness measurements by Mueller matrix ellipsometry

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    Ramsey, David A.; Ludema, Kenneth C.

    1994-09-01

    The accuracy of measurement of the thickness of uniform thin films on solid substrates by null ellipsometry is severely limited when the substrate is rough. It is impossible to separate these two effects experimentally with the null ellipsometer, and there is no theoretical basis or generally used model available to separate these effects. Thus, a dual rotating-compensator Mueller matrix ellipsometer has been constructed to carry out film thickness measurements on rough substrates. Measurements were made on a set of specially prepared specimens of 8630 steel, roughened by grit blasting with aluminum oxide. Grit sizes and blasting pressures were varied to produce 11 different roughness values ranging from 0.01 to 1.295 μm Ra, as measured with a stylus tracer device. Upon each of the 11 roughness groups, films of magnesium fluoride were overlaid to thicknesses of 89, 180, 254, and 315 nm. One set of specimens was left uncoated. Experimental results for film thickness measurements on rough surfaces matched the ideal (for smooth surfaces) form well for roughnesses up to 0.13 μm Ra, at most angles of incidence. For rougher specimens, significant deviations in results were observed for all but the largest angles of incidence. The nonideal data were attributed to the cross-polarization effects of surface geometry, and apparent depolarization. The resolution of thickness measurements was 1 nm for polished specimens, and decreased continuously to 10 nm for the roughest specimens examined.

  6. Surface functionalization by fine ultraviolet-patterning of nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films

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    Lu, Renguo; Zhang, Hedong; Komada, Suguru; Mitsuya, Yasunaga; Fukuzawa, Kenji; Itoh, Shintaro

    2014-11-01

    For micro/nanoscale devices, surface functionalization is essential to achieve function and performance superior to those that originate from the inherent bulk material properties. As a method of surface functionalization, we dip-coated nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films onto solid surfaces and then patterned the lubricant films with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation through a photomask. Surface topography, adhesion, and friction measurements demonstrated that the patterned films feature a concave-convex thickness distribution with thicker lubricant in the irradiated regions and a functional distribution with lower adhesion and friction in the irradiated convex regions. The pattern linewidth ranged from 100 to as fine as 0.5 μm. The surface functionalization effect of UV-patterning was investigated by measuring the water contact angles, surface energies, friction forces, and depletion of the patterned, as-dipped, and full UV-irradiated lubricant films. The full UV-irradiated lubricant film was hydrophobic with a water contact angle of 102.1°, and had lower surface energy, friction, and depletion than the as-dipped film, which was hydrophilic with a water contact angle of 80.7°. This demonstrates that UV irradiation substantially improves the surface and tribological properties of the nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films. The UV-patterned lubricant films exhibited superior surface and tribological properties than the as-dipped film. The water contact angle increased and the surface energy, friction, and depletion decreased as the pattern linewidth decreased. In particular, the 0.5-μm patterned lubricant film even showed a larger water contact angle and lower friction and depletion than the full UV-irradiated film. These indicate that UV-patterning of nanometer-thick lubricant films with a minimized linewidth has a better surface functionalization effect than full UV irradiation. Enhancement of the surface functionalization effect may be attributed to a

  7. Characterization and mechanical properties investigation of TiN-Ag films onto Ti-6Al-4V

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    Du, Dongxing; Liu, Daoxin; Zhang, Xiaohua; Tang, Jingang; Xiang, Dinggen

    2016-03-01

    To investigate their effect on fretting fatigue (FF) resistance of a Ti-6Al-4V alloy, hard solid lubricating composite films of TiN with varying silver contents (TiN-Ag) were deposited on a Ti-6Al-4V alloy using ion-assisted magnetron sputtering. The surface morphology and structure were analyzed by atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The hardness, bonding strength, and toughness of films were tested using a micro-hardness tester, scratch tester, and a repeated press-press test system that was manufactured in-house, respectively. The FF resistance of TiN-Ag composite films was studied using self-developed devices. The results show that the FF resistance of a titanium alloy can be improved by TiN-Ag composite films, which were fabricated using hard TiN coating doped with soft Ag. The FF life of Ag0.5, Ag2, Ag5, Ag10 and Ag20 composite films is 2.41, 3.18, 3.20, 2.94 and 2.87 times as great as that of the titanium alloy, respectively. This is because the composite films have the better toughness, friction lubrication, and high bonding strength. When the atomic fraction of Ag changes from 2% to 5%, the FF resistance of the composite films shows the best performance. This is attributed to the surface integrity of the composite film is sufficiently fine to prevent the initiation and early propagation of FF cracks.

  8. Dielectric response of fully and partially depleted ferroelectric thin films and inversion of the thickness effect

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    Misirlioglu, I. B.; Yildiz, M.

    2013-03-01

    We study the effect of full and partial depletion on the dielectric response characteristics of ferroelectric thin films with impurities via a computational approach. Using a thermodynamic approach along with the fundamental equations for semiconductors, we show that films with partial depletion display unique features and an enhanced dielectric response compared with those fully depleted. We find that the capacitance peak at switching can be significantly suppressed in the case of high impurity densities (>1025 m-3) with relatively low ionization energy, of the order of 0.5 eV. For conserved number of species in films, electromigration of ionized impurities at room temperature is negligible and has nearly no effect on the dielectric response. In films with high impurity density, the dielectric response at zero bias is enhanced with respect to charge-free films or those with relatively low impurity density (<1024 m-3). We demonstrate that partially depleted films should be expected to exhibit peculiar capacitance-voltage characteristics at low and high bias and that the thickness effect probed in experiments in ferroelectric thin films could be entirely inverted in thin films with depletion charges where a higher dielectric response can be measured in thicker films. Therefore, depletion charge densities in ferroelectric thin films should be estimated before size-effect-related studies. Finally, we noted that these findings are in good qualitative agreement with dielectric measurements carried out on PbZrxTi1-xO3.

  9. Thickness effect on the structural and electrical properties of poly-SiGe films

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    Asafa, T.B.; Witvrouw, A.; Schneider, D.; Moussa, A.; Tabet, N.; Said, S.A.M.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Stress and Young's modulus of poly-SiGe film are linked to the grain columnar structure. • The above properties remain unchanged for poly-SiGe films thicker than 40 nm. • The point of transition is close to the electron mean free path for SiGe. • Both the resistivity and Hall mobility follow a similar trend. - Abstract: As lateral dimensions of electromechanical devices are scaled down to length scales comparable to electron mean free paths, the influence of thickness effect on their properties becomes sine qua non. This paper presents a detailed study of thickness effect on the Young's modulus, residual stress, resistivity and Hall mobility of ultrathin poly-Si{sub 11}Ge{sub 89} films deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition. The Young's moduli for the films thicker than ∼40 nm are close to the bulk value (135 GPa) while those of the thinner films are much lower. The reduction in resistivity and subsequent improved Hall mobility as thickness increases are discussed in light of surface morphology which is evident from atomic microscopy images. The near constant values of Young's modulus, resistivity and Hall mobility for the films thicker than ∼40 nm are attributed to the columnar grain structure as confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy images.

  10. 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.

    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.

  11. Influence of Thickness on the Electrical Transport Properties of Exfoliated Bi2Te3 Ultrathin Films.

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    Mo, D L; Wang, W B; Cai, Q

    2016-12-01

    In this work, the mechanical exfoliation method has been utilized to fabricate Bi2Te3 ultrathin films. The thickness of the ultrathin films is revealed to be several tens of nanometers. Weak antilocalization effects and Shubnikov de Haas oscillations have been observed in the magneto-transport measurements on individual films with different thickness, and the two-dimensional surface conduction plays a dominant role. The Fermi level is found to be 81 meV above the Dirac point, and the carrier mobility can reach ~6030 cm(2)/(Vs) for the 10-nm film. When the film thickness decreases from 30 to 10 nm, the Fermi level will move 8 meV far from the bulk valence band. The coefficient α in the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka equation is shown to be ~0.5, manifesting that only the bottom surface of the Bi2Te3 ultrathin films takes part in transport conductions. These will pave the way for understanding thoroughly the surface transport properties of topological insulators. PMID:27484860

  12. Effect of starvation on film thickness and traction under elastohydrodynamic rolling and sliding conditions

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    Wedeven, L. D.

    1975-01-01

    Traction measurements under starved elastohydrodynamic conditions were obtained for a point-contact geometry. Simultaneous measurements of the film thickness and the location of the inlet lubricant boundary were made. Optical interferometry was used to measure film thickness. The thickness of a starved film for combined rolling and sliding conditions varies with the location of the inlet boundary in the same way as previously found for pure rolling conditions. When the fluid velocity distribution is calculated in the inlet region by a Reynolds lubrication analysis, backflow is seen to occur over a portion of the inlet region. Backflow is essential for the establishment of a flooded condition. The location of certain fluid velocity conditions within the inlet region, as suggested in the literature, does not adequately describe the onset of starvation. For the same slide-roll ratio a starved film was observed to possess greater traction than a flooded film. Traction measurements under starved conditions were also compared with those under flooded conditions for equivalent shear rates in the Hertzian region. When the shear rates within the Hertzian region were low and the film was severely starved, the measured tractions were lower than expected. This may be due to large shear stresses developed by the large pressure gradients that are generated in the inlet region when it is severely starved.

  13. Influence of Thickness on the Electrical Transport Properties of Exfoliated Bi2Te3 Ultrathin Films

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    Mo, D. L.; Wang, W. B.; Cai, Q.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, the mechanical exfoliation method has been utilized to fabricate Bi2Te3 ultrathin films. The thickness of the ultrathin films is revealed to be several tens of nanometers. Weak antilocalization effects and Shubnikov de Haas oscillations have been observed in the magneto-transport measurements on individual films with different thickness, and the two-dimensional surface conduction plays a dominant role. The Fermi level is found to be 81 meV above the Dirac point, and the carrier mobility can reach ~6030 cm2/(Vs) for the 10-nm film. When the film thickness decreases from 30 to 10 nm, the Fermi level will move 8 meV far from the bulk valence band. The coefficient α in the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka equation is shown to be ~0.5, manifesting that only the bottom surface of the Bi2Te3 ultrathin films takes part in transport conductions. These will pave the way for understanding thoroughly the surface transport properties of topological insulators.

  14. Effect of ZnTe and CdZnTe Alloys at the Back Contact of 1-μm-Thick CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Amin, Nowshad; Yamada, Akira; Konagai, Makoto

    2002-05-01

    N2-doped ZnTe was introduced onto 1-μm-thick CdTe absorbers in order to reduce the carrier recombination at the back contact of CdS/CdTe/C/Ag configuration solar cells. ZnTe films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs and Corning glass substrates to investigate the characteristics of the films. Epitaxial growth of ZnTe was realized on GaAs substrates and a hole concentration of 8 × 1018 cm-3 with a resistivity of 0.045 Ω \\cdotcm was achieved as a result of nitrogen doping. In contrast, polycrystalline ZnTe films were grown on Corning glass and CdTe thin films. Dark and photoconductivity of ZnTe films increased to 1.43 × 10-5 S/cm and 1.41 × 10-4 S/cm, respectively, while the Zn to Te ratio was decreased to 0.25 during MBE growth. These ZnTe films with different thicknesses were inserted into close-spaced sublimation (CSS)-grown 1-μm-thick CdTe solar cells. A conversion efficiency of 8.31% (Voc: 0.74 V, Jsc: 22.98 mA/cm2, FF: 0.49, area: 0.5 cm2) was achieved for a 0.2-μm-thick ZnTe layer with a cell configuration of CdS/CdTe/ZnTe/Cu-doped-C/Ag. Furthermore, to overcome the problem of possible recombination loss in the interface layer of CdTe and ZnTe, the intermediate ternary CdZnTe is investigated. The compositional factor in Cd1-xZnxTe:N alloy is varied and the dependence of the conductivity is evaluated. For instance, Cd0.5Zn0.5Te:N, with dark and photoconductivity of 2.13 × 10-6 and 2.9 × 10-5 S/cm, respectively, is inserted at the back contact of a 1-μm-thick CdTe solar cell. A conversion efficiency of 7.46% (Voc: 0.68 V, Jsc: 22.60 mA/cm2, FF: 0.49, area: 0.086 cm2) was achieved as the primary result for a 0.2-μm-thick Cd0.5Zn0.5Te:N layer with the cell configuration of CdS/CdTe/Cd0.5Zn0.5Te:N/Au.

  15. Role of thermal processes in dewetting of epitaxial Ag(111) film on Si(111)

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    Sanders, Charlotte E.; Zhang, Chendong D.; Kellogg, Gary L.; Shih, Chih-Kang

    2014-08-01

    Epitaxially grown silver (Ag) film on silicon (Si) is an optimal plasmonic device platform, but its technological utility has been limited by its tendency to dewet rapidly under ambient conditions (standard temperature and pressure). The mechanisms driving this dewetting have not heretofore been determined. In our study, scanning probe microscopy and low-energy electron microscopy are used to compare the morphological evolution of epitaxial Ag(111)/Si(111) under ambient conditions with that of similarly prepared films heated under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. Furthermore, dewetting is seen to be initiated with the formation of pinholes, which might function to relieve strain in the film.more » We find that in the UHV environment, dewetting is determined by thermal processes, and while under ambient conditions, thermal processes are not required. Finally, we conclude that dewetting in ambient conditions is triggered by some chemical process, most likely oxidation.« less

  16. Role of thermal processes in dewetting of epitaxial Ag(111) film on Si(111)

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    Sanders, Charlotte E.; Zhang, Chendong D.; Kellogg, Gary L.; Shih, Chih-Kang

    2014-08-01

    Epitaxially grown silver (Ag) film on silicon (Si) is an optimal plasmonic device platform, but its technological utility has been limited by its tendency to dewet rapidly under ambient conditions (standard temperature and pressure). The mechanisms driving this dewetting have not heretofore been determined. In our study, scanning probe microscopy and low-energy electron microscopy are used to compare the morphological evolution of epitaxial Ag(111)/Si(111) under ambient conditions with that of similarly prepared films heated under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. Furthermore, dewetting is seen to be initiated with the formation of pinholes, which might function to relieve strain in the film. We find that in the UHV environment, dewetting is determined by thermal processes, and while under ambient conditions, thermal processes are not required. Finally, we conclude that dewetting in ambient conditions is triggered by some chemical process, most likely oxidation.

  17. In situ method for real time measurement of dielectric film thickness in plasmas

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    Jang, Sung-Ho; Kim, Gun-Ho; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2010-01-15

    An in situ thickness measurement method of dielectric films (dual frequency method) was developed, and the thicknesses were measured in an inductively coupled plasma. This method uses a small ac bias voltage with two frequencies for thickness measurement. The dielectric thickness is obtained from measuring the amplitudes of the two frequency ac currents through a sensor, as well as using an equivalent circuit model describing impedance of the dielectric film and the plasma sheath. In the experiment, the thicknesses of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film could be accurately measured in real time. To check the measurement reliability, the dual frequency method was compared with reflection spectrophotometry as a technique for optical thickness diagnostics. It was found that the dual frequency method agrees closely with reflection spectrophotometry at various rf powers and pressures. In addition, this method is very simple and can be installed anywhere in plasma reactors, in contrast with optical methods; therefore, it is expected to be applied to in situ surface diagnostics for various processing plasmas.

  18. Effective medium analysis of thermally evaporated Ag nanoparticle films for plasmonic enhancement in organic solar cell

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    Haidari, Gholamhosain; Hajimahmoodzadeh, Morteza; Fallah, Hamid Reza; Varnamkhasti, Mohsen Ghasemi

    2015-09-01

    Films of silver nanoparticles have optical properties that are useful for applications such as plasmonic light trapping in solar cells. We report on the simple fabrication of Ag nanoparticle films via thermal evaporation, with and without subsequent annealing. These films result in a random array of particles of various shapes and sizes. The modeling of such a vast collection of particles is still beyond reach of the modern computers. We show that it is possible to represent the silver island films by the Bergman effective mediums with the same optical properties. The effective medium method provides us with deep insight about the shape, the size and the distribution of nanoparticles. The far field simulations of solar cells, in which the silver island film is replaced with an effective medium layer, show a reduction in the absorption of active layer. Besides, the near field simulations based on finite-difference time-domain technique demonstrate that the near field effects on active layer absorption are negligible and this method highlights the importance of nanoparticles shapes. The PCPDTBT:PCBM solar cells with embedded silver island films are fabricated, and it is found that their performances show the similar trend. This insight can be used for the optical analysis of thermally evaporated Ag nanoparticle films for the improvement of organic solar cells.

  19. Development of X-Shape Filtered Arc Deposition Apparatus for Thick ta-C Film Coating

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    Hikokasa, Hiroki; Iwasaki, Yasuhiro; Takikawa, Hirofumi; Sakakibara, Tateki; Hasegawa, Hiroshi; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    Novel X-shape filtered arc deposition (X-FAD) apparatus is specially designed and newly developed for thick hydrogen-free tetrahedral amorphous-carbon (ta-C) film coating on superhard alloy (or cemented carbide) substrate. The apparatus has a graphite cathode for deposition of hydrogen-free diamond-like carbon (DLC; ta-C and amorphous carbon: a-C) film and a chromium (Cr) cathode for deposition of Cr layer. The filter duct shapes a composed form of a T-shape filter (T-FAD) for DLC film and a crank-shape filter (Crank FAD) for Cr film. Both carbon plasma beam and Cr plasma beam finally pass through a common plasma duct and scanner part, and go forward to the substrate. It is known that the adhesion of ta-C film to the superhard alloy is not good and the employment of binding interlayer between ta-C film and superhard alloy is one of the solutions. In this paper, using X-FAD, thick ta-C film was prepared on the superhard alloy. Principal results were as follows. (1) Crank FAD remarkably worked to prepare droplet-free Cr film. (2) Cr single layer did not work as appropriate biding interlayer between superhard alloy and ta-C. (3) Multi interlayer composed of Cr, a-C, and functionally graded DLC (a-C to ta-C), worked as a good biding interlayer for ta-C film on superhard alloy with thickness of more than 1 μm.

  20. Preparation of an agar-silver nanoparticles (A-AgNp) film for increasing the shelf-life of fruits.

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    Gudadhe, Janhavi A; Yadav, Alka; Gade, Aniket; Marcato, Priscyla D; Durán, Nelson; Rai, Mahendra

    2014-12-01

    Preparation of protective coating possessing antimicrobial properties is present day need as they increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. In the present study, preparation of agar-silver nanoparticle film for increasing the shelf life of fruits is reported. Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) biosynthesised using an extract of Ocimum sanctum leaves, were mixed with agar-agar to prepare an agar-silver nanoparticles (A-AgNp) film. This film was surface-coated over the fruits, Citrus aurantifolium (Thornless lime) and Pyrus malus (Apple), and evaluated for the determination of antimicrobial activity of A-AgNp films using disc diffusion method, weight loss and shelf life of fruits. This study demonstrates that these A-AgNp films possess antimicrobial activity and also increase the shelf life of fruits. PMID:25429496

  1. Characterization of Failed Surface of Ti and Imidex (PI) Film for Different Inter-layer Thicknesses of Ti Film

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    Lubna, Nusrat; Chaudhury, Zariff; Newaz, Golam

    2012-09-01

    For miniaturized biomedical devices, laser joining of dissimilar materials offers excellent potential to make precise joints. An important system for consideration is titanium (Ti) coated glass joined with biocompatible imidex polyimide (PI). Metallic Ti with various thicknesses was deposited on top of pyrex 7740 borosilicate glass by using DC-magnetron sputtering deposition method. Effect of bond strength between Ti coated glass and imidex polyimide (PI), due to thickness variation of sputtered Ti coating was studied. Three different Ti inter-layer thicknesses were considered, 50, 200, and 400 nm. Tests results indicated that the thinner film produced lower shear strength and higher thickness produced higher shear strength. It has been observed that thicker film (200 and 400 nm) enhanced considerably the bond strength with enhancing the film roughness as well. Higher roughness resulted in more contact area at the interface, results higher number of chemical bonds and increased mechanical interlocking; which in turn increase the laser joint strength. For stronger bond with higher thickness, mixed mode failure was observed which included cohesive failure of polymer, interface failure of Ti/glass and failure on the glass itself. On the other hand, for weak bond with thinner film, mostly interface failure was observed for this system of Ti coated glass/imidex. For thicker film, chemical bond of Ti-C and Ti-O were observed. The role of both surface characteristics and chemical bonding for laser joints were investigated by using advanced techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy.

  2. Percolation effect in thick film superconductors: Using a Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO based paste to prepare a superconducting planar transformer

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    Sali, Robert; Harsanyi, Gabor

    1995-01-01

    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 the T(sub c) and advantageous current density properties the base of the past was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCu) 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/sq cm. 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 ans the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed.

  3. Percolation effect in thick film superconductors: Using a Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO based paste to prepare a superconducting planar transformer

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    Sali, Robert; Harsanyi, Gabor

    1995-04-01

    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 the T(sub c) and advantageous current density properties the base of the past was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCu) 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/sq cm. 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 ans the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed.

  4. Direct observation of Ag filament growth and unconventional SET-RESET operation in GeTe amorphous films

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    Imanishi, Yusuke; Kida, Shimon; Nakaoka, Toshihiro

    2016-07-01

    We report on the direct observation of Ag filament growth and a peculiar resistance switching in amorphous GeTe films with a lateral electrode geometry. The Ag filament growth was monitored by in-situ optical microscopy. The resistance switching was studied in three electrode pairs, Ag-Ag, Pt-Ag, and Pt-Ag/Pt (Ag electrode covered with Pt). In all the three electrode pairs, similar dendritic Ag filaments were clearly observed growing along both directions from one electrode to the other, according to the applied bias polarity. However, the SET and RESET processes are quite different. The Ag-Ag pair produces a unipolar clockwise switching. The Pt-Ag pair shows a bipolar counter-clockwise switching, as predicted in the basic electrochemical metallization theory, but the observed switching polarity is exactly opposite to the basic theory prediction. The Pt-Ag/Pt pair produces a unipolar counter-clockwise switching. The peculiar SET/RESET processes are explained on the basis of strong Ag diffusion into GeTe matrix resulting in an asymmetric effective electrode pair. The findings suggest that the SET/RESET processes are controlled by the amount of Ag and the electrode geometry.

  5. Core–shell Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of different silica shell thicknesses: Preparation and their effects on photoluminescence of lanthanide complexes

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    Kang, Jie; Li, Yuan; Chen, Yingnan; Wang, Ailing; Yue, Bin; Qu, Yanrong; Zhao, Yongliang; Chu, Haibin

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of different silica shell thicknesses were prepared via the Stöber process. • Sm and Dy complexes with benzoate, 1,10-phenanthroline and 2,2′-bipyridine were synthesized. • The complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} composites show stronger luminescent intensities than pure complexes. • The luminescent intensities of the composites strongly depend on the SiO{sub 2} shell thickness. - Abstract: Three kinds of almost spherical core–shell Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of different silica shell thicknesses (10, 25 and 80 nm) were prepared via the Stöber process. The Ag core nanoparticles were prepared by reducing silver nitrate with sodium citrate. The size, morphology and structure of core–shell Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy. Subsequently, eight kinds of lanthanide complexes with benzoate, 1,10-phenanthroline and 2,2′-bipyridine were synthesized. The composition of the lanthanide complexes was characterized by elemental analysis, IR and UV spectra. Finally, lanthanide complexes were attached to the surface of Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles to form lanthanide-complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites. The results show that the complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites display much stronger luminescence intensities than the lanthanide complexes. Furthermore, the luminescence intensities of the lanthanide-complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites with SiO{sub 2} shell thickness of 25 nm are stronger than those of the nanocomposites with SiO{sub 2} shell thickness of 10 and 80 nm.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Thickness-Dependent Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of In2O3 Films Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis Technique

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    Khan, M. A. Majeed; Khan, Wasi

    2016-08-01

    In this work, nanostructured In2O3 thin films with thickness in the range of 40-160 nm were deposited on glass substrates by the chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The microstructural, surface morphology and optical properties were investigated as a function of film thickness through x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements. The x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the deposited films were polycrystalline in nature with a cubic structure having (222) as preferred orientation. The morphological analyses of the samples exhibited uniform and smooth surface of the films with systematical increments in the surface roughness with increasing film thickness. The grain size increased from 9 nm to 13 nm with increasing film thickness. Raman spectroscopy has been employed to study the crystalline quality and the structural disorder of the films. A blue-shift in the energy band gap ( E g) from 3.74 eV to 3.98 eV was observed with the increase of film thickness. Moreover, photoluminescence peaks of the In2O3 films appeared at 443 nm and 527 nm for all films. The thickness had a substantial influence on the microstructural and optical properties as well as on the luminescence intensity of the films. The strategy presented here indicates that the prepared films could be suitable candidates for optoelectronic device applications.

  9. Pre-corneal tear film thickness in humans measured with a novel technique

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    Azartash, Kaveh; Kwan, Justin; Paugh, Jerry R.; Nguyen, Andrew Loc; Jester, James V.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this work was to gather preliminary data in normals and dry eye subjects, using a new, non-invasive imaging platform to measure the thickness of pre-corneal tear film. Methods Human subjects were screened for dry eye and classified as dry or normal. Tear film thickness over the inferior paracentral cornea was measured using laser illumination and a complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) camera. A previously developed mathematical model was used to calculate the thickness of the tear film by applying the principle of spatial auto-correlation function (ACF). Results Mean tear film thickness values (±SD) were 3.05 μm (0.20) and 2.48 μm (0.32) on the initial visit for normals (n=18) and dry eye subjects (n=22), respectively, and were significantly different (p<0.001, 2-sample t-test). Repeatability was good between visit 1 and 2 for normals (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC]=0.935) and dry eye subjects (ICC=0.950). Tear film thickness increased above baseline for the dry eye subjects following viscous drop instillation and remained significantly elevated for up to approximately 32 min (n=20; p<0.05 until 32 min; general linear mixed model and Dunnett’s tests). Conclusions This technique for imaging the ocular surface appears to provide tear thickness values in agreement with other non-invasive methods. Moreover, the technique can differentiate between normal and dry eye patient types. PMID:21527997

  10. Effect of film thickness on the magneto-structural properties of ion beam sputtered transition metal–metalloid FeCoNbB/Si (100) alloy thin films

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    Gupta, Pooja; Tripathi, Yagyanidhi; Kumar, Dileep; Rai, S. K.; Gupta, Mukul; Reddy, V. R.; Svec, Peter

    2016-08-01

    The structure and magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered transition metal–metalloid FeCoNbB/Si(100) alloy thin film have been studied as a function of film thickness using complementary techniques of x-ray reflectivity (XRR), grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, and magneto optical Kerr effect. Thicknesses of the films range from ∼200 to 1500 Å. The coercivity of all the films ranges between 4 and 14 Oe, which suggests soft magnetic nature of FeCoNbB/Si thin films. Films with thickness up to 800 Å are amorphous in nature and are found to possess uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in the film plane, although no magnetic field was applied during deposition. The presence of the two fold symmetry in such amorphous thin films may be attributed to quenched-in stresses developed during deposition. Upon increasing the film thickness to ∼1200 Å and above, the structure of FeCoNbB films transforms from amorphous to partially nanocrystalline structure and has bcc-FeCo nanocrystalline phase dispersed in remaining amorphous matrix. The crystalline volume fraction (cvf) of the films is found to be proportional to the film thickness. Azimuthal angle dependence of remanence confirms the presence of in-plane four-fold anisotropy (FFA) in the crystalline film with cvf ∼75%. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurement using area detector suggests random orientation of crystallites and thus clearly establishes that FFA is not related to texture/cubic symmetry in such polycrystalline thin films. As supported by asymmetric Bragg diffraction measurements, the origin of FFA in such partially crystalline thin film is ascribed to the additional compressive stresses developed in the film upon crystallization. Results indicate that promising soft magnetic properties in such films can be optimized by controlling the film thickness. The revelation of controllable and tunable anisotropy suggests that FeCoNbB thin films can have potential application in electromagnetic applications.

  11. Variable Thickness Liquid Crystal Films for High Repetition Rate Laser Applications

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    Poole, Patrick; Willis, Christopher; Cochran, Ginevra; Hanna, Randall; Andereck, C. David; Schumacher, Douglass

    2015-05-01

    The presentation of a clean target or target substrate at high repetition rates is of importance to a number of photoelectron spectroscopy and free electron laser applications, often in high vacuum environments. Additionally, high intensity laser facilities are approaching the 10 Hz shot rate at petawatt powers, but are currently unable to insert targets at these rates. We have developed liquid crystal films to address this need for high rep rate targets while preserving the planar geometry advantageous to many applications. The molecular ordering of liquid crystal is variable with temperature and can be manipulated to form a layered thin film. In this way temperature and volume control can be used to vary film thickness in vacuo and on-demand between 10 nm and over 10 μm. These techniques were previously applied to a single-shot ion acceleration experiment in, where target thickness critically determines the physics of the acceleration. Here we present an automatic film formation device that utilizes a linear sliding rail to form liquid crystal films within the aforementioned range at rates up to 0.1 Hz. The design ensures film formation location within 2 μm RMS, well within the Rayleigh range of even short f-number systems. Details of liquid crystal films and this target formation device will be shown as well as recent experimental data from the Scarlet laser facility at OSU. This work was supported by DARPA through a grant from AMRDEC.

  12. Raman spectroscopy and microstructure of the pulsed laser-treated silver-anatase thick film

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    Joya, Yasir F.; Joya, K. S.; Bashir, S.; Anwar, A. W.; Rafique, M. S.; Ahmed, Riaz

    2015-09-01

    The present research describes the effect of laser pulses on crystalline titanium dioxide thick film with self-adsorbed silver ions. Anatase film of up to 4 µm thickness was deposited on ITO glass by doctor-blading technique. The film was heated at 450 °C for 60 min and cooled before immersion in silver nitrate aqueous solution. After drying, films were subjected to nanosecond pulses of the excimer laser, and their structural, microstructural and optical properties were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and EDX analysis revealed the formation of silver nanoparticles (SNPs) dispersed in the anatase matrix. There was no significant change in the anatase structure as revealed by Raman spectroscopy. The intensity of Raman signals from pristine anatase film was increased after the laser treatment of silver ions on the film. This observation is associated with the phenomenon of localized surface plasmon resonance conferred by the crystalline SNPs. The results obtained by the UV-visible spectroscopy also support the role of SNPs to enhance the photoabsorption of the anatase film in the visible region.

  13. Analysis of water film thickness on contact lens by reflectometry technique

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    Wang, Michael R.; Lu, Hui; Wang, Jianhua; Shen, Meixiao

    2011-03-01

    We report the use of optical reflectometry technique for evaluation of water film on contact lens. The water film can be measured through the spectral dependent reflectance evaluation, which is carried out by illuminating the contact lens with a white light and collecting the returning light with an optical fiber coupled to a spectrometer. Water film thinning process has been observed on different soft contact lenses and minimum measurable thickness is about 0.85 μm. The measurement is fast and accurate. The water film measurement can be valuable for contact lens design to improve its hydrophilic properties. The technique can be extended for the study of tear film dynamics in an eye.

  14. Preparation and transport properties of high-Tc superconducting thick films

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    Aponte, J. M.; Octavio, M.

    1989-08-01

    We have prepared thick films of high Tc superconductors on a variety of substrates: SrTiO3, BeO, Zr(Ca)O2, alumina, and sapphire. The powder of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ compound is mixed with an organic solvent and painted on the substrates. The films are then dried and fired. We have studied the effect of the substrate and of the firing temperature on the superconducting properties of the films. We found an optimum firing temperature of 990 °C. The films prepared are superconducting with Tc (R=0) as high as 82 K. We discuss the shape of the resistance-versus-temperature curves as well as the temperature dependence of the critical currents of these films.

  15. Liquid/Liquid interfacial fabrication of thermosensitive and catalytically active Ag nanoparticle-doped block copolymer composite foam films.

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    Liu, Mei; Wang, Qian; Geng, Yuanyuan; Wang, Changwei; Lee, Yong-Ill; Hao, Jingcheng; Liu, Hong-Guo

    2014-09-01

    An aqueous solution of AgNO3 (upper phase) and a DMF/CHCl3 solution of polystyrene-b-poly(acryl acid)-b-polystyrene (PS-b-PAA-b-PS) or PS-b-PAA-b-PS/1,6-diaminohexane (DAH) (lower phase) constituted a planar liquid/liquid interface. The lower phase gradually transformed to a water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion via spontaneous emulsification due to the "ouzo effect". Polymer molecules, DAH molecules, and Ag(+) ions assembled into microcapsules around emulsion droplets that adsorbed at the planar liquid/liquid interface, resulting in formation of a foam film. DAH acted as a cross-linker during this process. Transmission electron microscopic observations indicated that Ag nanoclusters that were generated through reduction of Ag(+) ions by DMF were homogeneously dispersed in the walls of the foam structure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic investigations revealed that Ag(I) and Ag(0) coexisted in the film, and Ag(I) transformed to Ag(0) after further treatment. The film formed without DAH was not stable, while the film formed with DAH was very stable due to intermolecular attraction between PAA and DAH and formation of amides, as revealed by FTIR spectra. The film formed with DAH exhibited high and durable catalytic activity for hydrogenation of nitro compounds and, very interestingly, exhibited thermoresponsive catalytic behavior.

  16. Interface stress development in the Cu/Ag nanostructured multilayered film during the tensile deformation

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    Su, R.; Nie, Z. H.; Zhang, Q. H.; Li, X. J.; Li, L. E-mail: ydwang@mail.neu.edu.cn; Zhou, X. T.; Wang, Y. D. E-mail: ydwang@mail.neu.edu.cn; Wu, Y. D.; Hui, X. D.; Wang, M. G.

    2014-12-01

    Cu/Ag nanostructured multilayered films (NMFs) with different stacking sequences were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction during the tensile deformations for interface stress study. The lattice strains were carefully traced and the stress partition, which usually occurs in the multiphase bulk metallic materials during plastic deformations, was first quantitatively analyzed in the NMFs here. The interface stress of the Cu/Ag NMFs was carefully analyzed during the tensile deformation and the results revealed that the interface stress was along the loading direction and exhibited three-stage evolution. This tensile interface stress has a detrimental effect on the deformation, leading to the early fracture of the NMFs.

  17. 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%.

  18. CO responses of sensors based on cerium oxide thick films prepared from clustered spherical nanoparticles.

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    Izu, Noriya; Matsubara, Ichiro; Itoh, Toshio; Akamatsu, Takafumi; Shin, Woosuck

    2013-01-01

    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. PMID:23529123

  19. Computerized J-H loop tracer for soft magnetic thick films in the audio frequency range

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    Loizos, G.; Niarchos, D.

    2014-07-01

    A computerized J-H loop tracer for soft magnetic thick films in the audio frequency range is described. It is a system built on a PXI platform combining PXI modules for control signal generation and data acquisition. The physiscal signals are digitized and the respective data strems are processed, presented and recorded in LabVIEW 7.0.

  20. CO responses of sensors based on cerium oxide thick films prepared from clustered spherical nanoparticles.

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    Izu, Noriya; Matsubara, Ichiro; Itoh, Toshio; Akamatsu, Takafumi; Shin, Woosuck

    2013-03-08

    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.

  1. A study on photocatalytic activity of micro-arc oxidation TiO2 films and Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films

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    Xiang, N.; Song, R. G.; Xiang, B.; Li, H.; Wang, Z. X.; Wang, C.

    2015-08-01

    First, micro-arc oxidation (MAO) TiO2 films have been prepared on pure titanium in a phosphate-based electrolyte, and then the Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films have been fabricated by Ag+ impregnation in this paper. The microstructure and composition of MAO-TiO2 films and Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films have been studied by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The photocatalytic activity of both films was evaluated by photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution as a model pollutant under sunlight irradiation simulation with homemade ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of MAO-TiO2 films increased with increasing the applied voltage and concentration in a certain scope. The morphology of Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films were of significantly difference and superior photocatalytic activity compared to the MAO-TiO2 film. Also, Ag+ impregnation was able to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of MAO-TiO2 film.

  2. Growth of NaCl on thin epitaxial KCl films on Ag(100) studied by SPA-LEED

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    Marquardt, Christian; Paulheim, Alexander; Sokolowski, Moritz

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the growth of NaCl on thin (100)-oriented films of KCl by spot profile analysis of low energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED). The underlying question of this investigation was how the system accommodates to the misfit of - 10% between the NaCl and KCl lattices. The KCl films (3 atomic layers thick) were epitaxially grown on a Ag(100) single crystal. We studied the heteroepitaxial growth of NaCl on KCl at 300 K and at 500 K, respectively. At 300 K, the first NaCl monolayer (ML) grows pseudomorphically on the KCl film. From the second layer onward, the NaCl lattice relaxes. The NaCl multilayers roughen, and a small rotational disorder (± 4°) of the NaCl domains is observed. The roughening results from the formation of multilayer islands of limited lateral size due to the misfit to the pseudomorphic first NaCl layer. At a growth temperature of 500 K, no pseudomorphic NaCl layer forms, instead relaxed multilayer island growth of NaCl is observed from the first layer onward. Similarly to the growth at 300 K, we find NaCl multilayer islands of limited lateral size. For both temperatures, we explain this growth behavior by the misfit that makes the adsorption sites at the island edges of the first relaxed NaCl layer less favorable for larger islands, promoting nucleation of multilayer islands.

  3. Thickness effect on magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Co/Pd(111) films: A density functional study

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    Jekal, Soyoung; Rhim, S. H. E-mail: schong@ulsan.ac.kr; Kwon, Oryong; Hong, Soon Cheol E-mail: schong@ulsan.ac.kr

    2015-05-07

    In this study, we carried out first-principles calculations on magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of Co/Pd thin films by adopting two different systems of (i) n-Co/3-Pd and (ii) n-Pd/3-Co. In one system, we vary the thickness of Co layer, fixing the thickness of the Pd layer to 3-monolayers, and in the other system vice versa. MCA is mainly governed by the surface and interface Co atoms, while contributions from other Co atoms are smaller. MCA energy (E{sub MCA}) of the Co/Pd thin film shows oscillatory behavior with the thickness of the Co layer, but is insensitive to the thickness of the Pd layer. In particular, the n-Co/3-Pd films of n = 2, 4, and 6 exhibit strong perpendicular MCA of about 1 meV. Our results suggest that controlling the thickness of the Co layer in Co/Pd (111) is crucial in achieving strong perpendicular MCA.

  4. Method and system using power modulation and velocity modulation producing sputtered thin films with sub-angstrom thickness uniformity or custom thickness gradients

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    Montcalm, Claude; Folta, James Allen; Walton, Christopher Charles

    2003-12-23

    A method and system for determining a source flux modulation recipe for achieving a selected thickness profile of a film to be deposited (e.g., with highly uniform or highly accurate custom graded thickness) over a flat or curved substrate (such as concave or convex optics) by exposing the substrate to a vapor deposition source operated with time-varying flux distribution as a function of time. Preferably, the source is operated with time-varying power applied thereto during each sweep of the substrate to achieve the time-varying flux distribution as a function of time. Preferably, the method includes the steps of measuring the source flux distribution (using a test piece held stationary while exposed to the source with the source operated at each of a number of different applied power levels), calculating a set of predicted film thickness profiles, each film thickness profile assuming the measured flux distribution and a different one of a set of source flux modulation recipes, and determining from the predicted film thickness profiles a source flux modulation recipe which is adequate to achieve a predetermined thickness profile. Aspects of the invention include a computer-implemented method employing a graphical user interface to facilitate convenient selection of an optimal or nearly optimal source flux modulation recipe to achieve a desired thickness profile on a substrate. The method enables precise modulation of the deposition flux to which a substrate is exposed to provide a desired coating thickness distribution.

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

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    Wang, Qi; Stradins, Paul; Teplin, Charles; Branz, Howard M.

    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.

  6. 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.

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

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    Narasimham, Avyaya J.; Medikonda, Manasa; Matsubayashi, Akitomo; Khare, Prasanna; Chong, Hyuncher; Matyi, Richard J.; Diebold, Alain; LaBella, Vincent P.

    2014-11-15

    A technique to fabricate 5 to 20 nm thick sputter deposited β W films on SiO{sub 2} and Si substrates is presented. This is achieved by growing tungsten on a 5 nm SiO{sub 2} layer or in an oxygen controlled environment by flowing 2 sccm of O{sub 2} 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 SiO{sub 2} substrate, which can enable growth on the bottom of a write unit in a non-volatile spin logic device.

  8. 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.

  9. Hard X-rays for processing hybrid organic-inorganic thick films.

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    Jiang, Yu; Carboni, Davide; Pinna, Alessandra; Marmiroli, Benedetta; Malfatti, Luca; Innocenzi, Plinio

    2016-01-01

    Hard X-rays, deriving from a synchrotron light source, have been used as an effective tool for processing hybrid organic-inorganic films and thick coatings up to several micrometres. These coatings could be directly modified, in terms of composition and properties, by controlled exposure to X-rays. The physico-chemical properties of the coatings, such as hardness, refractive index and fluorescence, can be properly tuned using the interaction of hard X-rays with the sol-gel hybrid films. The changes in the microstructure have been correlated especially with the modification of the optical and the mechanical properties. A relationship between the degradation rate of the organic groups and the rise of fluorescence from the hybrid material has been observed; nanoindentation analysis of the coatings as a function of the X-ray doses has shown a not linear dependence between thickness and film hardness.

  10. Cellular-foam polypropylene ferroelectrets with increased film thickness and reduced resonance frequency

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    Sborikas, Martynas; Wegener, Michael

    2013-12-01

    Ferroelectrets are piezoelectric materials suitable for acoustic applications such as airborne ultrasonic transducers. Typical ferroelectrets exhibit resonance frequencies in the high kHz to low MHz range. In order to decrease the transducer resonance frequencies to the low kHz range, processes such as gas-diffusion expansion and electric charging were adjusted to cellular films which are initially twice as thick as in earlier studies. The demonstrated film expansion and electric charging lead to mechanically soft cellular structures which show high piezoelectric activities with coefficients up to 130 pC/N. Due to the simultaneously increased film thicknesses, the resonance frequencies are lowered down to about 233 kHz.

  11. Tensile and fatigue behaviors of printed Ag thin films on flexible substrates

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    Sim, Gi-Dong; Won, Sejeong; Lee, Soon-Bok

    2012-11-05

    Flexible electronics using nanoparticle (NP) printing has been highlighted as a key technology enabling eco-friendly, low-cost, and large-area fabrication. For NP-based printing to be used as a successive alternative to photolithography and vacuum deposition, stretchability and long term reliability must be considered. This paper reports the stretchability and fatigue behavior of 100 nm thick NP-based silver thin films printed on polyethylene-terephthalate substrate and compares it to films deposited by electron-beam evaporation. NP-based films show stretchability and fatigue life comparable to evaporated films with intergranular fracture as the dominant failure mechanism.

  12. Particle-Film Plasmons on Periodic Silver Film over Nanosphere (AgFON): A Hybrid Plasmonic Nanoarchitecture for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Lee, Jiwon; Zhang, Qianpeng; Park, Seungyoung; Choe, Ayoung; Fan, Zhiyong; Ko, Hyunhyub

    2016-01-13

    Plasmonic systems based on particle-film plasmonic couplings have recently attracted great attention because of the significantly enhanced electric field at the particle-film gaps. Here, we introduce a hybrid plasmonic architecture utilizing combined plasmonic effects of particle-film gap plasmons and silver film over nanosphere (AgFON) substrates. When gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are assembled on AgFON substrates with controllable particle-film gap distances, the AuNP-AgFON system supports multiple plasmonic couplings from interparticle, particle-film, and crevice gaps, resulting in a huge surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) effect. We show that the periodicity of AgFON substrates and the particle-film gaps greatly affects the surface plasmon resonances, and thus, the SERS effects due to the interplay between multiple plasmonic couplings. The optimally designed AuNP-AgFON substrate shows a SERS enhancement of 233 times compared to the bare AgFON substrate. The ultrasensitive SERS sensing capability is also demonstrated by detecting glutathione, a neurochemical molecule that is an important antioxidant, down to the 10 pM level.

  13. Analysis of variance on thickness and electrical conductivity measurements of carbon nanotube thin films

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    Li, Min-Yang; Yang, Mingchia; Vargas, Emily; Neff, Kyle; Vanli, Arda; Liang, Richard

    2016-09-01

    One of the major challenges towards controlling the transfer of electrical and mechanical properties of nanotubes into nanocomposites is the lack of adequate measurement systems to quantify the variations in bulk properties while the nanotubes were used as the reinforcement material. In this study, we conducted one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) on thickness and conductivity measurements. By analyzing the data collected from both experienced and inexperienced operators, we found some operation details users might overlook that resulted in variations, since conductivity measurements of CNT thin films are very sensitive to thickness measurements. In addition, we demonstrated how issues in measurements damaged samples and limited the number of replications resulting in large variations in the electrical conductivity measurement results. Based on this study, we proposed a faster, more reliable approach to measure the thickness of CNT thin films that operators can follow to make these measurement processes less dependent on operator skills.

  14. Real-time dielectric-film thickness measurement system for plasma processing chamber wall monitoring.

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    Kim, Jin-Yong; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2015-12-01

    An in-situ real-time processing chamber wall monitoring system was developed. In order to measure the thickness of the dielectric film, two frequencies of small sinusoidal voltage (∼1 V) signals were applied to an electrically floated planar type probe, which is positioned at chamber wall surface, and the amplitudes of the currents and the phase differences between the voltage and current were measured. By using an equivalent sheath circuit model including a sheath capacitance, the dielectric thickness can be obtained. Experiments were performed in various plasma condition, and reliable dielectric film thickness was obtained regardless of the plasma properties. In addition, availability in commercial chamber for plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition was verified. This study is expected to contribute to the control of etching and deposition processes and optimization of periodic maintenance in semiconductor manufacturing process.

  15. High rate epitaxy of silicon thick films by medium pressure plasma chemical vapor deposition

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    Kambara, M.; Yagi, H.; Sawayanagi, M.; Yoshida, T.

    2006-04-01

    Homoepitaxial silicon thick films have been produced by medium pressure plasma chemical vapor deposition at rates as fast as 60 nm/s and at a temperature of around 700 °C, with a silane gas partial pressure of 4 mTorr. The continuous transition of the film structures from agglomerated to faceted columnar and to epitaxial planar structure was observed with an increase in the plasma power. The calorimetric analysis during deposition has also confirmed that the thermal boundary layer thickness between the plasma and substrate reduced with the increasing power and became comparable to the mean free path of the vapors when epitaxy was achieved at high rates. In addition, the rate for epitaxial growth was observed to increase linearly with silane gas partial pressure. These potentially indicate that less coagulated silicon atom clusters formed in the reduced boundary thickness have contributed effectively to the high rate epitaxial growth.

  16. Effect of strain, thickness, and local surface environment on electron transport properties of oxygen-terminated copper thin films

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    Sanchez-Soares, Alfonso; Jones, Sarah L. T.; Plombon, John J.; Kaushik, Ananth P.; Nagle, Roger E.; Clarke, James S.; Greer, James C.

    2016-10-01

    Electron transport is studied in surface oxidized single-crystal copper thin films with a thickness of up to 5.6 nm by applying density functional theory and density functional tight binding methods to determine electron transport properties within the ballistic regime. The variation of the electron transmission as a function of film thickness as well as the different contributions to the overall electron transmission as a function of depth into the the films is examined. Transmission at the oxidized copper film surfaces is found to be universally low. Films with thickness greater than 2.7 nm exhibit a similar behavior in local transmission per unit area with depth from the film surface; transmission per unit area initially increases rapidly and then plateaus at a depth of approximately 0.35-0.5 nm away from the surface, dependent on surface facet. Unstrained films tend to exhibit a higher transmission per unit area than corresponding films under tensile strain.

  17. Novel method for the measurement of liquid film thickness during fuel spray impingement on surfaces.

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    Henkel, S; Beyrau, F; Hardalupas, Y; Taylor, A M K P

    2016-02-01

    This paper describes the development and application of a novel optical technique for the measurement of liquid film thickness formed on surfaces during the impingement of automotive fuel sprays. The technique makes use of the change of the light scattering characteristics of a metal surface with known roughness, when liquid is deposited. Important advantages of the technique over previously established methods are the ability to measure the time-dependent spatial distribution of the liquid film without a need to add a fluorescent tracer to the liquid, while the measurement principle is not influenced by changes of the pressure and temperature of the liquid or the surrounding gas phase. Also, there is no need for non-fluorescing surrogate fuels. However, an in situ calibration of the dependence of signal intensity on liquid film thickness is required. The developed method can be applied to measure the time-dependent and two-dimensional distribution of the liquid fuel film thickness on the piston or the liner of gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. The applicability of this technique was evaluated with impinging sprays of several linear alkanes and alcohols with different thermo-physical properties. The surface temperature of the impingement plate was controlled to simulate the range of piston surface temperatures inside a GDI engine. Two sets of liquid film thickness measurements were obtained. During the first set, the surface temperature of the plate was kept constant, while the spray of different fuels interacted with the surface. In the second set, the plate temperature was adjusted to match the boiling temperature of each fuel. In this way, the influence of the surface temperature on the liquid film created by the spray of different fuels and their evaporation characteristics could be demonstrated. PMID:26906828

  18. Novel method for the measurement of liquid film thickness during fuel spray impingement on surfaces.

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    Henkel, S; Beyrau, F; Hardalupas, Y; Taylor, A M K P

    2016-02-01

    This paper describes the development and application of a novel optical technique for the measurement of liquid film thickness formed on surfaces during the impingement of automotive fuel sprays. The technique makes use of the change of the light scattering characteristics of a metal surface with known roughness, when liquid is deposited. Important advantages of the technique over previously established methods are the ability to measure the time-dependent spatial distribution of the liquid film without a need to add a fluorescent tracer to the liquid, while the measurement principle is not influenced by changes of the pressure and temperature of the liquid or the surrounding gas phase. Also, there is no need for non-fluorescing surrogate fuels. However, an in situ calibration of the dependence of signal intensity on liquid film thickness is required. The developed method can be applied to measure the time-dependent and two-dimensional distribution of the liquid fuel film thickness on the piston or the liner of gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. The applicability of this technique was evaluated with impinging sprays of several linear alkanes and alcohols with different thermo-physical properties. The surface temperature of the impingement plate was controlled to simulate the range of piston surface temperatures inside a GDI engine. Two sets of liquid film thickness measurements were obtained. During the first set, the surface temperature of the plate was kept constant, while the spray of different fuels interacted with the surface. In the second set, the plate temperature was adjusted to match the boiling temperature of each fuel. In this way, the influence of the surface temperature on the liquid film created by the spray of different fuels and their evaporation characteristics could be demonstrated.

  19. 500 V/200 A fault current limiter modules made of large-area MOD-YBa2Cu3O7 thin films with high-resistivity Au-Ag alloy shunt layers

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    Yamasaki, H.; Arai, K.; Kaiho, K.; Nakagawa, Y.; Sohma, M.; Kondo, W.; Yamaguchi, I.; Matsui, H.; Kumagai, T.; Natori, N.; Higuchi, N.

    2009-12-01

    We developed 500 Vrms/ 200 Arms superconducting thin-film fault current limiter (FCL) modules that can withstand high electric fields (E>30 Vrms cm-1) by using large-area YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) thin films with high-resistivity Au-Ag alloy shunt layers. Au-Ag alloy films about 60 nm thick were sputter-deposited on YBCO/CeO2/sapphire films (2.7 cm × 20 cm) prepared using a fluorine-free MOD method. Each 20 cm long Au-Ag/YBCO film was then divided into three segments (each ~5.7 cm long) by four Ag electrodes deposited on the Au-Ag layer, resulting in an effective length of 17 cm. The 500 V/200 A FCL modules were then fabricated by first connecting two of the segmented films in parallel using Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 superconducting tapes and then connecting in parallel an external resistor and a capacitor for each segment to protect the Au-Ag/YBCO film from hot spots. Switching tests using a short-circuit generator revealed that all the modules carried a superconducting ac current of >=237 Arms and that modules prepared with YBCO films having a relatively homogeneous critical current Ic distribution successfully withstood >=515 Vrms for five cycles without any damage. These results demonstrate that (a) the FCL modules fabricated here successfully achieved the rated current of 200 Arms and rated voltage of 500 Vrms and (b) total area of the YBCO films on sapphire substrates required for the 500 V/200 A (100 kV A) module was less than one-third that for conventional thin-film FCL modules that use gold shunt layers, leading to the significantly reduced cost of thin-film FCLs. Film damage due to hot spots depended on the difference in Ic between the two parallel-connected films and on the inhomogeneity of the Ic distribution in the film, and is most probably due to nonlinear current flows at the moment of quenching that cause local overheating.

  20. Photoluminescence of SrS:Cu,Ag and SrS 1- xSe x:Cu,Ag thin films

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    Poelman, D.; Wauters, D.; Van Meirhaeghe, R. L.; Cardon, F.

    2000-01-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of SrS:Cu,Ag and SrS 1- xSe x:Cu,Ag thin films has been investigated. The influence of rapid thermal annealing conditions and Cu dopant concentration on the PL intensity has been studied. The PL emission spectrum was measured as a function of both Cu concentration and temperature. An unexpected PL intensity peak was observed around a temperature of 54 K.

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

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    Krantz, Timothy Lewis

    2014-01-01

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. A computer solution for the dynamic load, lubricant film thickness, and surface temperatures in spiral-bevel gears

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    Chao, H. C.; Baxter, M.; Cheng, H. S.

    1983-01-01

    A computer method for determining the dynamic load between spiral bevel pinion and gear teeth contact along the path of contact is described. The dynamic load analysis governs both the surface temperature and film thickness. Computer methods for determining the surface temperature, and film thickness are presented along with results obtained for a pair of typical spiral bevel gears.

  4. Thickness-dependent photocatalytic performance of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating

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    Wu, Chung-Yi; Lee, Yuan-Ling; Lo, Yu-Shiu; Lin, Chen-Jui; Wu, Chien-Hou

    2013-09-01

    TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films on soda lime glass have been prepared by sol-gel spin coating. The thin films were characterized for surface morphology, crystal structure, chemical composition, thickness, and transparency by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ellipsometry, and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The films prepared by titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) as the precursor under pH of 3.5 ± 0.5 and with calcination temperature of 450 ̊C for 3 h exhibited superior homogeneous aggregation, good optical transparency, superhydrophilicity, and reliable thickness. The effect of film thickness on the photocatalytic degradation of acid yellow 17 was investigated under UV irradiation. The photocatalytic activity was strongly correlated with the number of coatings and followed Langmuir-type kinetics. Under the same film thickness, TiO2 thin films prepared by 0.1 M TTIP exhibited more efficient photocatalytic activity than those prepared by 0.3 M TTIP. For thin films prepared by 0.1 M TTIP, the maximum specific photocatalytic activity occurred at 5 coatings with thickness of 93 ± 1 nm. A model was proposed to rationalize the dependence of the film thickness on the photocatalytic activity, which predicts the existence of an optimum film thickness.

  5. Enhanced thermal stability under DC electrical conductivity retention and visible light activity of Ag/TiO₂@polyaniline nanocomposite film.

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    Ansari, Mohd Omaish; Khan, Mohammad Mansoob; Ansari, Sajid Ali; Raju, Kati; Lee, Jintae; Cho, Moo Hwan

    2014-06-11

    The development of organic-inorganic photoactive materials has resulted in significant advancements in heterogeneous visible light photocatalysis. This paper reports the synthesis of visible light-active Ag/TiO2@Pani nanocomposite film via a simple biogenic-chemical route. Electrically conducting Ag/TiO2@Pani nanocomposites were prepared by incorporating Ag/TiO2 in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone solution of polyaniline (Pani), followed by the preparation of Ag/TiO2@Pani nanocomposite film using solution casting technique. The synthesized Ag/TiO2@Pani nanocomposite was confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The Ag/TiO2@Pani nanocomposite film showed superior activity towards the photodegradation of methylene blue under visible light compared to Pani film, even after repeated use. Studies on the thermoelectrical behavior by DC electrical conductivity retention under cyclic aging techniques showed that the Ag/TiO2@Pani nanocomposite film possessed a high combination of electrical conductivity and thermal stability. Because of its better thermoelectric performance and photodegradation properties, such materials might be a suitable advancement in the field of smart materials in near future.

  6. An experimental evaluation of the Hamrock and Dowson minimum film thickness equation for fully flooded EHD point contacts

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    Koye, K. A.; Winer, W. O.

    1980-08-01

    Fifty-seven measurements of the minimum lubricant film separating the elastohydrodynamically lubricated point contact of a steel crowned roller and a flat sapphire disk were made by an optical interferometry technique. The data collected were used to evaluate the Hamrock and Dowson minimum EHD film thickness model over a practical range of contact ellipticity ratio where the major axis of the contact ellipse is aligned both parallel and perpendicular to the direction of motion. A statistical analysis of the measured film thickness data showed that on the average the experimental data averaged 30 percent greater film thickness than the Hamrock and Dowson model predicts.

  7. 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.

  8. Design of Highly Photofunctional Porous Polymer Films with Controlled Thickness and Prominent Microporosity

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    Gu, Cheng; Huang, Ning; Wu, Yang; Xu, Hong; Jiang, Donglin

    2015-01-01

    Porous organic polymers allow the integration of various π-units into robust porous π-networks, but they are usually synthesized as unprocessable solids with poor light-emitting performance as a result of aggregation-related excitation dissipation. Herein, we report a general strategy for the synthesis of highly emissive photofunctional porous polymer films on the basis of a complementary scheme for the structural design of aggregation-induced-emissive π-systems. We developed a high-throughput and facile method for the direct synthesis of large-area porous thin films at the liquid–electrode interface. The approach enables the preparation of microporous films within only a few seconds or minutes and allows precise control over their thickness with sub-nanometer precision. By virtue of rapid photoinduced electron transfer, the thin films can detect explosives with enhanced sensitivity to low parts-per-million levels in a selective manner. PMID:26234636

  9. 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.

  10. Molecular organization in freely suspended nano-thick 8CB smectic films. An atomistic simulation.

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    Palermo, Mattia Felice; Muccioli, Luca; Zannoni, Claudio

    2015-10-21

    We present an atomistic molecular dynamics simulation of freely suspended films of the smectic liquid crystal 8CB formed by nl = 2, 3,…,10, 20 theoretical monolayers, determining their orientational and positional order as a function of the film thickness. We find that films are always composed by bilayers of antiparallel molecules, and that in the case of odd nl, the system prefers to self-assemble in (nl + 1)/2 bilayers, with an increase of surface tension with respect to even nl samples. We also show that external layers have higher positional and orientational order, and that upon heating the disordering of the system proceeds from the inside, with the central layers progressively losing their smectic character, while the external ones are more resistant to temperature changes and keep the film from breaking.

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

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    Holt, Ian; Gestmann, Ingo; Wright, Andrew C

    2013-10-01

    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.

  12. Room temperature synthesis and optical studies on Ag and Au mixed nanocomposite polyvinylpyrrolidone polymer films.

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    Udayabhaskar, R; Mangalaraja, R V; Manikandan, D; Arjunan, V; Karthikeyan, B

    2012-12-01

    Optical properties of silver, gold and bimetallic (Au:Ag) nanocomposite polymer films which are prepared by chemical method have been reported. The experimental data was correlated with the theoretical calculations using Mie theory. We adopt small change in the theoretical calculations of bimetallic/mixed particle nanocomposite and the theory agrees well with the experimental data. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was used as reducing and capping agent. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) study reveals the presence of different functional groups, the possible mechanism that leads to the formation of nanoparticles by using PVP alone as reducing agent. Optical absorption spectra of Ag and Au nanocomposite polymers show a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band around 430 and 532 nm, respectively. Thermal annealing effect on the prepared samples at 60 °C for different time durations result in shift of SPR band maximum and varies the full width at half maximum (FWHM). Absorption spectra of Au:Ag bimetallic films show bands at 412 and 547 nm confirms the presence of Ag and Au nanoparticles in the composite.

  13. Surface electronic structure of polar NiO thin film grown on Ag(111)

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    Das, Jayanta; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2015-06-01

    The growth and structure of NiO thin films on top of Ag(111) substrate were studied where the formation of faceted surface was confirmed by Low Energy Electron Diffraction. The electronic structure of polar NiO(111) surface has been probed using photoemission techniques. The core energy levels and the valence band electronic structure were excited by x-ray and ultraviolet photons respectively. The modifications in physical structure and valence band electronic structure of the film under vacuum annealing have also been enlightened.

  14. Electrical and photoconductivity studies on AgSbSe2 thin films

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    Namitha Asokan, T.; Urmila, K. S.; Pradeep, B.

    2015-02-01

    Silver antimony selenide thin films have been deposited on ultrasonically cleaned glass substrate at a vacuum of 10-5 torr using reactive evaporation technique. The preparative parameters like substrate temperature and incident fluxes have been properly controlled in order to get highly reproducible compound films. The polycrystalline nature of the sample is confirmed using XRD. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the temperature has also been studied. The prepared AgSbSe2 samples show p-type conductivity. The samples show a little photoresponse.

  15. Surface electronic structure of polar NiO thin film grown on Ag(111)

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    Das, Jayanta; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2015-06-24

    The growth and structure of NiO thin films on top of Ag(111) substrate were studied where the formation of faceted surface was confirmed by Low Energy Electron Diffraction. The electronic structure of polar NiO(111) surface has been probed using photoemission techniques. The core energy levels and the valence band electronic structure were excited by x-ray and ultraviolet photons respectively. The modifications in physical structure and valence band electronic structure of the film under vacuum annealing have also been enlightened.

  16. Thickness dependence of the preferred orientation of Mn-Zn ferrite thin films deposited by ion-beam sputtering

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    Cho, Hae Seok; Kim, Hyeong Joon

    1995-07-01

    The thickness dependence of the preferred orientation of the Cu or Ti added Mn-Zn ferrite thin films deposited on SiO2(1000 Å)/Si(100) at 350 °C by ion-beam sputtering was investigated. A mosaic target, consisting of a single-crystal (110) Mn-Zn ferrite with a metal strip on it, was employed as the target. The (hhh) preferred orientation, formed at the initial growth stage, of the Cu added Mn-Zn ferrite film changed to the (h00) preferred orientation with increasing film thickness, while the initially formed (h00) preferred orientation of the Ti added one was enhanced with increasing film thickness. Such different behaviors were discussed in terms of the surface energy and the preferred growth orientation of the ferrite film. The thickness dependence of magnetic properties of the ferrite films was also investigated.

  17. Superhydrophobic Ag decorated ZnO nanostructured thin film as effective surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates

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    Jayram, Naidu Dhanpal; Sonia, S.; Poongodi, S.; Kumar, P. Suresh; Masuda, Yoshitake; Mangalaraj, D.; Ponpandian, N.; Viswanathan, C.

    2015-11-01

    The present work is an attempt to overcome the challenges in the fabrication of super hydrophobic silver decorated zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructure thin films via thermal evaporation process. The ZnO nanowire thin films are prepared without any surface modification and show super hydrophobic nature with a contact angle of 163°. Silver is further deposited onto the ZnO nanowire to obtain nanoworm morphology. Silver decorated ZnO (Ag@ZnO) thin films are used as substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) studies. The formation of randomly arranged nanowire and silver decorated nanoworm structure is confirmed using FESEM, HR-TEM and AFM analysis. Crystallinity and existence of Ag on ZnO are confirmed using XRD and XPS studies. A detailed growth mechanism is discussed for the formation of the nanowires from nanobeads based on various deposition times. The prepared SERS substrate reveals a reproducible enhancement of 3.082 × 107 M for Rhodamine 6G dye (R6G) for 10-10 molar concentration per liter. A higher order of SERS spectra is obtained for a contact angle of 155°. Thus the obtained thin films show the superhydrophobic nature with a highly enhanced Raman spectrum and act as SERS substrates. The present nanoworm morphology shows a new pathway for the construction of semiconductor thin films for plasmonic studies and challenges the orderly arranged ZnO nanorods, wires and other nano structure substrates used in SERS studies.

  18. Using dislocations to probe surface reconstruction in thick freely suspended liquid crystalline films

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    Collett, J. A.; Martinez Zambrano, Daniel

    2015-10-01

    Surface interactions can cause freely suspended thin liquid crystalline films to form phases different from the bulk material, but it is not known what happens at the surface of thick films. Edge dislocations can be used as a marker for the boundary between the bulk center and the reconstructed surface. We use noncontact mode atomic force microscopy to determine the depth of edge dislocations below the surface of freely suspended thick films of 4-n -heptyloxybenzylidene-4-n -heptylaniline (7O.7) in the crystalline B phase. Here, 3.0 ±0.1 nm high steps are found with a width that varies with temperature between 56 and 59 ∘C. Using a strain model for the profile of liquid crystalline layers above an edge dislocation to estimate the depth of the dislocation, we find that the number of reconstructed surface layers increases from 4 to 50 layers as the temperature decreases from 59 to 56 ∘C . This trend tracks the behavior of the phase boundary in the thickness dependent phase diagram of freely suspended films of 7O.7, suggesting that the surface may be reconstructed into a smectic F region.

  19. Thickness-dependent quantum oscillations in Cd3As2 thin films

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    Cheng, Peihong; Zhang, Cheng; Liu, Yanwen; Yuan, Xiang; Song, Fengqi; Sun, Qingqing; Zhou, Peng; Zhang, David Wei; Xiu, Faxian

    2016-08-01

    Cd3As2 is a new kind of three-dimensional (3D) Dirac semimetal with extraordinary carrier mobility, which can be viewed as ‘3D graphene’. Theory predicts that Cd3As2 can be driven into a quantum spin Hall insulator with a sizeable band gap by reducing dimensionality. In this letter, we report the systematic growth of undoped Cd3As2 thin films with the thickness of 50 ˜ 900 nm by molecular beam epitaxy. The magneto-transport study on these single-crystalline films shows a high mobility in the range of 3.8 ˜ 9.1 × 103 cm2 · V-1 · s-1 and a relative low electron concentration of 1 ˜ 8 × 1017 cm-3. Significantly, a thickness-induced semimetal-to-semiconductor transition was observed. In contrast with what is expected in the bulk counterpart, the 50 nm-thick Cd3As2 film exhibits semiconducting characteristics, witnessing an emerged bandgap opening when the dimensionality is reduced. Finally, the analyses on the temperature- and angular-dependence of magneto-resistance and Shubnikov-de Hass oscillations reveal a non-trivial to trivial Berry’s phase transition that is in connection with the reduced dimensionality. Our results demonstrate that the Cd3As2 thin films with unique electronic structure and high mobility hold promise for Dirac semimetal device applications.

  20. Thin and Thick Films Materials Based Interconnection Technology for 500 C Operation

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    Chen, Liang-Yu; Hunter, Gary W.; Neudeck, Philip G.

    2000-01-01

    Precious metal based thick-film material was used for printed wires, wire bond pads, test lead-attach, and conductive die-attach for high temperature (up to 500 C and beyond) chip level packaging. A SiC Shottky diode with a thin-film coated backside was attached to a ceramic substrate using precious metal based thick-film material as the electrically conductive bonding layer. After a 500-hour soak test in atmospheric oxygen, these basic interconnection elements, including attached test diode survived both electrically and mechanically. The electrical resistance of these interconnections (including thick-film printed wire/pad, bonded wire, and test lead attach) were low and stable at both room and elevated temperatures. The electrical resistance of the die-attach interface estimated by I-V characterization of the attached diode, during and after high temperature heat treatment, remained desirably low over the course of a 500-hour anneal. Further durability testing of this high temperature interconnection technology is also discussed.

  1. Interface effects in nanometer-thick yttrium iron garnet films studied by magneto-optical spectroscopy

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    Jakubisova, Eva Liskova; Visnovsky, Stefan; Chang, Houchen; Wu, Mingzhong

    2016-02-01

    The properties of nanometer-thick yttrium iron garnet (YIG) films are strongly influenced by interfaces. This work employs spectral ellipsometry (SE) and magneto-optic polar Kerr rotation (PKR) to characterize YIG films with thickness, t, from 6 nm to 30 nm grown on Gd3Ga5O12 (GGG) substrates oriented parallel to (111) plane. The films display a surface roughness of 0.35 nm or lower. The analysis of the SE data at the photon energies of 1 eV < E < 6.5 eV provided the t and permittivity values. The PKR at 1.3 eV < E < 4.5 eV is reasonably explained with the optical model for the YIG film/GGG substrate system. Even better agreement is achieved by assuming a 1.07-nm-thick layer sandwiched between YIG and GGG that has Fe3+ sublattice magnetization opposite to that in the YIG volume. This suggests the existence of antiferromagnetic coupling between the Gd3+ and tetrahedral Fe3+.

  2. Thickness-independent transport channels in topological insulator Bi(2)Se(3) thin films.

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    Bansal, Namrata; Kim, Yong Seung; Brahlek, Matthew; Edrey, Eliav; Oh, Seongshik

    2012-09-14

    With high quality topological insulator Bi(2)Se(3) thin films, we report thickness-independent transport properties over wide thickness ranges. Conductance remained nominally constant as the sample thickness changed from 256 to ∼8  QL (where QL refers to quintuple layer, 1  QL≈1  nm). Two surface channels of very different behaviors were identified. The sheet carrier density of one channel remained constant at ∼3.0×10(13)  cm(-2) down to 2 QL, while the other, which exhibited quantum oscillations, remained constant at ∼8×10(12)  cm(-2) only down to ∼8  QL. The weak antilocalization parameters also exhibited similar thickness independence. These two channels are most consistent with the topological surface states and the surface accumulation layers, respectively.

  3. Optical absorption characteristics of polycrystalline AgGaSe2 thin films

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    Bhuiyan, M. R. A.; Firoz Hasan, S. M.

    2006-12-01

    Silver gallium di-selenide (AgGaSe2) composite thin films have been formed onto ultrasonically and chemically cleaned glass substrates by in situ thermal annealing of the stack of successively evaporated individual elemental layers in vacuum. The structural properties of the films were ascertained by the x-ray diffraction method. The diffractogram indicated that these films were polycrystalline in nature having tetragonal structure with lattice parameters, a ap 6.00 Å and c ap 10.92 Å and average grain dimension 40 nm. The optical properties and atomic compositions of the films have been determined by UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometry (photon wavelength ranging between 300 and 2500 nm) and energy dispersive analysis of x-ray, respectively. The typical optical absorption characteristic of the films has been critically analysed. The optical absorption coefficients vary from 103 to 105 cm-1 in the measured wavelength range of photons. The films have more than one type of fundamental electronic transitions. Direct allowed and direct forbidden transitions vary from 1.628 to 1.748 eV and 2.077 to 2.193 eV, respectively, depending on the composition of the films. The former transitions are found to have a general tendency to be symmetric around non-molecularity ΔX = 0, defined by ΔX = [(Ag/Ga)] - 1, while the latter shows no such dependence. Stoichiometric or slightly silver-deficient films show electron transition energies closer to the single crystal value. Spin-orbit splitting of the valence band becomes minimum at perfect stoichiometry.

  4. Uniform coating of thick DLC film on three-dimensional substrates

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    Nishimura, Y.; Ohkawa, R.; Oka, H.; Akamatsu, H.; Azuma, K.; Yatsuzuka, M.

    2003-05-01

    Uniform coating of the thick diamond-like carbon (DLC) on the cylindrical pipe, triangular prism and trench of aluminum alloy was studied with the hybrid processing system of plasma-based ion implantation and deposition. In this system, the RF pulse for plasma generation was applied to a substrate with the high-voltage pulse for ion implantation through a joint matching network and a single electrical feed-through. The DLC film with the thickness of a few μm was prepared using the toluene gas (C 6H 5CH 3) and the negative high-voltage pulse (-10 to -20 kV, 2-4 μs and 1-4 kHz). The DLC film thickness profile estimated from the cross-sectional SEM observation was extremely uniform on the surfaces of cylindrical pipe and triangular pole. For the trench with the aspect ratio of 1, the film thickness of top surface was about 1.3 times larger than that of bottom and 1.9 times than the sidewall.

  5. Thickness determination of molecularly thin lubricant films by angle-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Pang, Chongjun; Bai, Mingwu

    2007-03-01

    An angle-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) method used to measure the thickness of molecularly thin lubricants was developed. The method was built based on an island model of patched overlayer on a flat substrate by using the photoemission signal solely from the lubricant film. Typical molecularly thin Zdol films on the CHx overcoat of unused commercial magnetic disks were measured to verify the metrology. The lubricant thickness determined by the metrology was equal to the recent result by thermostatic high vacuum atomic force microscopy. The measured deduction in the thickness of the molecularly thin lubricant films, successively irradiated by the monochromatic source operated at 14 kV/250 W, was as low as 1 Ǻ during the first irradiation hour. XPS spectra showed that no hydrocarbons, water or oxygen were adsorbed over the Zdol outer surfaces in the tested XPS conditions. The inelastic mean free path (IMFP) of C 1s in Zdol or in CHx was found to be independent of take off angle (TOA) when TOA < 40°. The IMFP of C 1s in Zdol was ˜63.5 Ǻ and the lubricant island thickness was ˜35 Ǻ.

  6. Response of thick and thin film λ/2 microstrip rejection filter to leaf moisture

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    Ghorpade, Rajesh; Puri, Vijaya

    2006-04-01

    Thick and thin film λ/2 microstrip L section rejection filters in the X and Ku bands have been used to investigate the effect of leaf moisture on their response. The results reported are in the form of a comparative study of the X and Ku band response of the rejection filters. The investigations are aimed at using the overlay technique for studying the effect of leaf moisture changes on the rejection property of the filter. The leaves investigated were Tradescantia (magenta), Pothas Scandens (green), and Acalypha (bicolored red and green). These leaves were chosen because of their differences in thickness, texture, and color or chlorophyll content. The effects in the Ku band are more dramatic than in the X band for high moisture content (fresh leaves). The results show differences in the response of the thick and thin film filters to condition of leaf overlay. The response to moisture content in the dried leaves is almost similar irrespective of type of metallization of the filter, though the thick film filter seems to be more useful in the X band since some differences between 24 hour dried and 48 hour dried leaf overlay are seen.

  7. Thick lead-free ferroelectric films with high Curie temperatures through nanocomposite-induced strain.

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    Harrington, Sophie A; Zhai, Junyi; Denev, Sava; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Wang, Haiyan; Bi, Zhenxing; Redfern, Simon A T; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Bark, Chung W; Eom, Chang-Beom; Jia, Quanxi; Vickers, Mary E; Macmanus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2011-07-03

    Ferroelectric materials are used in applications ranging from energy harvesting to high-power electronic transducers. However, industry-standard ferroelectric materials contain lead, which is toxic and environmentally unfriendly. The preferred alternative, BaTiO(3), is non-toxic and has excellent ferroelectric properties, but its Curie temperature of ∼130 °C is too low to be practical. Strain has been used to enhance the Curie temperature of BaTiO(3) (ref. 4) and SrTiO(3) (ref. 5) films, but only for thicknesses of tens of nanometres, which is not thick enough for many device applications. Here, we increase the Curie temperature of micrometre-thick films of BaTiO(3) to at least 330 °C, and the tetragonal-to-cubic structural transition temperature to beyond 800 °C, by interspersing stiff, self-assembled vertical columns of Sm(2)O(3) throughout the film thickness. The columns, which are 10 nm in diameter, strain the BaTiO(3) matrix by 2.35%, forcing it to maintain its tetragonal structure and resulting in the highest BaTiO(3) transition temperatures so far.

  8. Antibacterial property of Ag nanoparticle-impregnated N-doped titania films under visible light

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    Wong, Ming-Show; Chen, Chun-Wei; Hsieh, Chia-Chun; Hung, Shih-Che; Sun, Der-Shan; Chang, Hsin-Hou

    2015-07-01

    Photocatalysts produce free radicals upon receiving light energy; thus, they possess antibacterial properties. Silver (Ag) is an antibacterial material that disrupts bacterial physiology. Our previous study reported that the high antibacterial property of silver nanoparticles on the surfaces of visible light-responsive nitrogen-doped TiO2 photocatalysts [TiO2(N)] could be further enhanced by visible light illumination. However, the major limitation of this Ag-TiO2 composite material is its durability; the antibacterial property decreased markedly after repeated use. To overcome this limitation, we developed TiO2(N)/Ag/TiO2(N) sandwich films in which the silver is embedded between two TiO2(N) layers. Various characteristics, including silver and nitrogen amounts, were examined in the composite materials. Various analyses, including electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum and methylene blue degradation rate analyses, were performed. The antibacterial properties of the composite materials were investigated. Here we revealed that the antibacterial durability of these thin films is substantially improved in both the dark and visible light, by which bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Acinetobacter baumannii, could be efficiently eliminated. This study demonstrated a feasible approach to improve the visible-light responsiveness and durability of antibacterial materials that contain silver nanoparticles impregnated in TiO2(N) films.

  9. Antibacterial property of Ag nanoparticle-impregnated N-doped titania films under visible light

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    Wong, Ming-Show; Chen, Chun-Wei; Hsieh, Chia-Chun; Hung, Shih-Che; Sun, Der-Shan; Chang, Hsin-Hou

    2015-01-01

    Photocatalysts produce free radicals upon receiving light energy; thus, they possess antibacterial properties. Silver (Ag) is an antibacterial material that disrupts bacterial physiology. Our previous study reported that the high antibacterial property of silver nanoparticles on the surfaces of visible light-responsive nitrogen-doped TiO2 photocatalysts [TiO2(N)] could be further enhanced by visible light illumination. However, the major limitation of this Ag-TiO2 composite material is its durability; the antibacterial property decreased markedly after repeated use. To overcome this limitation, we developed TiO2(N)/Ag/TiO2(N) sandwich films in which the silver is embedded between two TiO2(N) layers. Various characteristics, including silver and nitrogen amounts, were examined in the composite materials. Various analyses, including electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ultraviolet–visible absorption spectrum and methylene blue degradation rate analyses, were performed. The antibacterial properties of the composite materials were investigated. Here we revealed that the antibacterial durability of these thin films is substantially improved in both the dark and visible light, by which bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Acinetobacter baumannii, could be efficiently eliminated. This study demonstrated a feasible approach to improve the visible-light responsiveness and durability of antibacterial materials that contain silver nanoparticles impregnated in TiO2(N) films. PMID:26156001

  10. Effect of temperature on the nano/microstructure and mechanical behavior of nanotwinned Ag films

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    Zhang, Huan; Geng, Jie; Ott, Ryan T.; Besser, Matthew F.; Kramer, Matthew J.

    2015-06-24

    In situ and ex situ annealed nanotwinned (NT) Ag thin films have been investigated by TEM and tensile testing to reveal the thermal stability of the twin boundaries, grain boundaries, dislocation densities, and their respective influence of the macroscopic yield stress. The NT Ag films synthesized by magnetron sputtering form both coherent (CTB, Σ3{111}) and incoherent (ITB, Σ3{112}) twin boundaries that are thermally stable up to 473 K (200 Celsius), i.e., no obvious changes in grain size, twin spacing, and yield stress. In situ TEM observations show the dislocations become mobile at 453 K (180 Celsius) resulting in dislocation annihilation primarily at twin and grain boundaries. Rotation of grains with low-angle grain boundaries was observed during in situ heating, resulting in the growth of columnar grains above 453 K (180 Celsius). However, no noticeable changes in the spacings of CTBs were observed during the entire in situ and ex situ annealing [up to 873 K (600 Celsius)]. The increase in grain size and concomitant decrease in yield stress following annealing at various temperatures can be described by the Hall-Petch relationship, demonstrating that grain size rather than twin spacing is most sensitive to thermal annealing and plays a dominant role in the deformation of NT Ag films.

  11. Effect of temperature on the nano/microstructure and mechanical behavior of nanotwinned Ag films

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    Zhang, Huan; Geng, Jie; Ott, Ryan T.; Besser, Matthew F.; Kramer, Matthew J.

    2015-06-24

    In situ and ex situ annealed nanotwinned (NT) Ag thin films have been investigated by TEM and tensile testing to reveal the thermal stability of the twin boundaries, grain boundaries, dislocation densities, and their respective influence of the macroscopic yield stress. The NT Ag films synthesized by magnetron sputtering form both coherent (CTB, Σ3{111}) and incoherent (ITB, Σ3{112}) twin boundaries that are thermally stable up to 473 K (200 Celsius), i.e., no obvious changes in grain size, twin spacing, and yield stress. In situ TEM observations show the dislocations become mobile at 453 K (180 Celsius) resulting in dislocation annihilationmore » primarily at twin and grain boundaries. Rotation of grains with low-angle grain boundaries was observed during in situ heating, resulting in the growth of columnar grains above 453 K (180 Celsius). However, no noticeable changes in the spacings of CTBs were observed during the entire in situ and ex situ annealing [up to 873 K (600 Celsius)]. The increase in grain size and concomitant decrease in yield stress following annealing at various temperatures can be described by the Hall-Petch relationship, demonstrating that grain size rather than twin spacing is most sensitive to thermal annealing and plays a dominant role in the deformation of NT Ag films.« less

  12. Antibacterial property of Ag nanoparticle-impregnated N-doped titania films under visible light.

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    Wong, Ming-Show; Chen, Chun-Wei; Hsieh, Chia-Chun; Hung, Shih-Che; Sun, Der-Shan; Chang, Hsin-Hou

    2015-07-09

    Photocatalysts produce free radicals upon receiving light energy; thus, they possess antibacterial properties. Silver (Ag) is an antibacterial material that disrupts bacterial physiology. Our previous study reported that the high antibacterial property of silver nanoparticles on the surfaces of visible light-responsive nitrogen-doped TiO2 photocatalysts [TiO2(N)] could be further enhanced by visible light illumination. However, the major limitation of this Ag-TiO2 composite material is its durability; the antibacterial property decreased markedly after repeated use. To overcome this limitation, we developed TiO2(N)/Ag/TiO2(N) sandwich films in which the silver is embedded between two TiO2(N) layers. Various characteristics, including silver and nitrogen amounts, were examined in the composite materials. Various analyses, including electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum and methylene blue degradation rate analyses, were performed. The antibacterial properties of the composite materials were investigated. Here we revealed that the antibacterial durability of these thin films is substantially improved in both the dark and visible light, by which bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Acinetobacter baumannii, could be efficiently eliminated. This study demonstrated a feasible approach to improve the visible-light responsiveness and durability of antibacterial materials that contain silver nanoparticles impregnated in TiO2(N) films.

  13. Investigation of plasmonic studies on morphology of deposited silver thin films having different thicknesses by soft computing methodologies-A comparative study

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    Zakaria, Rozalina; Noh, Siti Munirah Che; Petković, Dalibor; Shamshirband, Shahaboddin; Penny, Richard

    2014-09-01

    This work presents an experimental analysis on the tunable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), obtained from deposited silver (Ag) thin films of various thicknesses. Silver thin films are prepared using electron-beam deposition and undergo an annealing process at different temperatures to produce distinctive sizes of Ag metal nanoparticles (MNPs). The variability of structure sizes and shapes provides an effective means of tuning the position of the LSPR within a wide wavelength range. In this study, the polynomial and radial basis function (RBF) are applied as the kernel function of Support Vector Regression (SVR) to estimate and predict the LSPR over a broad wavelength range by a process in which the resonance spectra of silver nanoparticles differing in thickness. Instead of minimizing the observed training error, SVR_poly, SVR_rbf and SVR_lin attempt to minimize the generalization error bound to achieve generalized performance. The experimental results show an improvement in predictive accuracy and capability of generalization which can be achieved by the SVR_poly approach in compare to SVR_rbf and SVR_lin methodology. It was found the best testing errors for The SVR_poly approach.

  14. Effect of Ag addition to L1{sub 0} FePt and L1{sub 0} FePd films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Tokuoka, Y.; Seto, Y.; Kato, T.; Iwata, S.

    2014-05-07

    L1{sub 0} ordered FePt-Ag (5 nm) and FePd-Ag (5 nm) films were grown on MgO (001) substrate at temperatures of 250–400 °C by using molecular beam epitaxy method, and their crystal and surface structures, perpendicular magnetic anisotropies and Curie temperatures were investigated. In the case of FePt-Ag, Ag addition with the amount of 10–20 at. % was effective to promote L1{sub 0} ordering and granular growth, resulting in the increase of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and coercivity of the FePt-Ag films. On the other hand, in the case of FePd-Ag, Ag addition changed the surface morphology from island to continuous film associated with the reductions of its coercivity and perpendicular anisotropy. The variations of lattice constants and Curie temperature with Ag addition were significantly different between FePt-Ag and FePd-Ag. For FePd-Ag, the c and a axes lattice spacings and Curie temperature gradually changed with increasing Ag content, while they unchanged for FePt-Ag. These results suggest the possibility of the formation of FePdAg alloy in FePd-Ag, while Ag segregation in FePt-Ag.

  15. Ag2S/CdS/TiO2 Nanotube Array Films with High Photocurrent Density by Spotting Sample Method

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    Sun, Hong; Zhao, Peini; Zhang, Fanjun; Liu, Yuliang; Hao, Jingcheng

    2015-10-01

    Ag2S/CdS/TiO2 hybrid nanotube array films (Ag2S/CdS/TNTs) were prepared by selectively depositing a narrow-gap semiconductor—Ag2S (0.9 eV) quantum dots (QDs)—in the local domain of the CdS/TiO2 nanotube array films by spotting sample method (SSM). The improvement of sunlight absorption ability and photocurrent density of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube array films (TNTs) which were obtained by anodic oxidation method was realized because of modifying semiconductor QDs. The CdS/TNTs, Ag2S/TNTs, and Ag2S/CdS/TNTs fabricated by uniformly depositing the QDs into the TNTs via the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method were synthesized, respectively. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) results demonstrated that the Ag2S/CdS/TNTs prepared by SSM and other films were successfully prepared. In comparison with the four films of TNTs, CdS/TNTs, Ag2S/TNTs, and Ag2S/CdS/TNTs by SILAR, the Ag2S/CdS/TNTs prepared by SSM showed much better absorption capability and the highest photocurrent density in UV-vis range (320~800 nm). The cycles of local deposition have great influence on their photoelectric properties. The photocurrent density of Ag2S/CdS/TNTs by SSM with optimum deposition cycles of 6 was about 37 times that of TNTs without modification, demonstrating their great prospective applications in solar energy utilization fields.

  16. 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.

  17. Effect of YSZ thin film coating thickness on the strength of a ceramic substrate.

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    Teixeira, Erica C; Piascik, Jeffrey R; Stoner, Brian R; Thompson, Jeffrey Y

    2007-11-01

    Although ceramics are used for many different biomedical applications they are brittle materials that can be compromised by surface defects when under stress. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of surface modification with an yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin film coating on the strength of a machinable dental ceramic. Fifty bars (2 mm x 2 mm x 15 mm) were cut from ProCAD (Ivoclar-Vivadent) blocks. Specimens were wet-polished through 1200-grit SiC abrasive. One surface of each bar was sandblasted with 50 microm Al(2)O(3) abrasive (0.34 MPa). Specimens were further modified through the deposition of a sputtered YSZ thin film on the sandblasted surface. Different thin film thicknesses were evaluated: 1, 3, 5, and 7 microm. Depositions were performed using a radio frequency magnetron sputter system (working pressure of 15 mT, 150 degrees C, 30:1 Ar/O(2) gas ratio). Flexural strength measurements were carried out by three-point bending (span = 10 mm) in a servo-electric material testing system in DI water (37 degrees C). The results showed that the strength of porcelain significantly increased with the deposition of a 3-microm YSZ thick coating. A nonlinear relationship was observed between film thickness and strength. Strengthening of porcelain is shown through the application of a sputtered YSZ thin film. It is presumed that the strengthening mechanism is due to modification of surface flaws and/or surface residual stress by the applied thin film.

  18. Thick aluminium nitride films deposited by room-temperature sputtering for ultrasonic applications.

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    Lee, C K; Cochran, S; Abrar, A; Kirk, K J; Placido, F

    2004-04-01

    Materials in film form for electromechanical transduction have a number of potential applications in ultrasound. They are presently under investigation in flexural transducers for air-coupled ultrasound and underwater sonar operating at frequencies up to a few megahertz. At higher frequencies, they have the potential to be integrated with electronics for applications of ultrasound requiring high spatial resolution. However, a number of fabrication difficulties have arisen in studies of such films. These include the high temperatures required in many thick and thin film deposition processes, making them incompatible with other stages in transducer fabrication, and difficulties maintaining film quality when thin film--typically sub-1 microm--processes are extended to higher thicknesses. In this paper, we first outline a process which has allowed us to deposit aluminium nitride (AlN) films capable of electromechanical transduction at thicknesses up to more than 5 microm without substrate heating. As an ultrasonic transduction material, AlN has functional disadvantages, particularly a high acoustic velocity and weak electromechanical transduction. However, it also has a number of advantages relating to practicality of fabrication and functionality. These include the ability to be deposited on a variety of amorphous substrates, a very high Curie temperature, low permittivity, and low electrical and mechanical losses. Here, we present experimental results highlighting the transduction capabilities of AlN deposited on aluminium electrodes on glass and lithium niobate. We compare the results with those from standard simulation processes, highlighting the reasons for discrepancies and discussing the implications for incorporation of AlN into standard ultrasonic transducer design processes.

  19. Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties of PZT Composite Thick Films with Variable Solution to Powder Ratios

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    Wu, Dawei; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, Koping Kirk.; Bharadwaja, Srowthi N.; Zhang, Dongshe; Zheng, Haixing

    2010-01-01

    The use of PZT films in sliver-mode high-frequency ultrasonic transducers applications requires thick, dense, and crack-free films with excellent piezoelectric and dielectric properties. In this work, PZT composite solutions were used to deposit PZT films >10 μm in thickness. It was found that the functional properties depend strongly on the mass ratio of PZT sol–gel solution to PZT powder in the composite solution. Both the remanent polarization, Pr, and transverse piezoelectric coefficient, e31,f, increase with increasing proportion of the sol–gel solution in the precursor. Films prepared using a solution-to-powder mass ratio of 0.5 have a remanent polarization of 8 μC/cm2, a dielectric constant of 450 (at 1 kHz), and e31,f = −2.8 C/m2. Increasing the solution-to-powder mass ratio to 6, the films were found to have remanent polarizations as large as 37 μC/cm2, a dielectric constant of 1250 (at 1 kHz) and e31,f = −5.8 C/m2. PMID:20376196

  20. 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.

  1. Dissociative electron attachment in nanoscale ice films: Thickness and charge trapping effects

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    Simpson, W.C.; Orlando, T.M.

    1998-03-01

    The yield and kinetic energy (KE) distributions of D{sup {minus}} ions produced via dissociative electron attachment (DEA) resonances in nanoscale D{sub 2}O ice films are collected as a function of film thickness. The {sup 2}B{sub 1}, {sup 2}A{sub 1}, and {sup 2}B{sub 2} DEA resonances shift to higher energies and their D{sup {minus}} ion yields first increase and then decrease as the D{sub 2}O films thicken. The D{sup {minus}} KE distributions also shift to higher energy with increasing film thickness. We interpret the changes in the DEA yield and the D{sup {minus}} KE distributions in terms of modifications in the electronic and geometric structure of the surface of the film as it thickens. A small amount of charge build-up occurs following prolonged electron beam exposure at certain energies, which primarily affects the D{sup {minus}} KE distributions. Charge trapping measurements indicate that an enhancement in the trapping cross section occurs at energies near zero and between 6 and 10 eV. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. Effect of thickness on the structure, morphology and optical properties of sputter deposited Nb 2O 5 films

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    Lai, Fachun; Lin, Limei; Huang, Zhigao; Gai, Rongquan; Qu, Yan

    2006-12-01

    Nb 2O 5 films with the thickness ( d) ranging from 55 to 2900 nm were deposited on BK-7 substrates at room temperature by a low frequency reactive magnetron sputtering system. The structure, morphology and optical properties of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and spectrophotometer, respectively. The experimental results indicated that the thickness affects drastically the structure, morphology and optical properties of the film. There exists a critical thickness of the film, dcri =2010 nm. The structure of the film remains amorphous as d < dcri. However, it becomes crystallized as d > dcri. The root mean square of surface roughness increases with increasing thickness as d > 1080 nm. Widths and depths of the holes on film surface increase monotonously with increasing thickness, and widths of the holes are larger than 1000 nm for the crystalline films. Refractive index increases with increasing thickness as d < dcri, while it decreases with increasing thickness as d > dcri. In addition, the extinction coefficient increases with increasing thickness as d > dcri.

  3. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu2O nanorod films: the distinct role of Ag NPs in the visible light and UV region

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    Ren, Shoutian; Zhao, Guoliang; Wang, Yingying; Wang, Benyang; Wang, Qiang

    2015-03-01

    Sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu2O nanorod films were synthesized by successive electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering and the second electrodeposition. The as-synthesized composites were characterized by x-ray diffraction patterns, field emission scanning electron microscopy, low- and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and a UV-vis spectrophotometer. Their photocatalytic performance was estimated by the degradation of a methyl orange solution under UV or visible-light irradiation, respectively. In the visible region, due to localized surface plasmon resonance absorption of Ag NPs, ZnO@Ag@Cu2O showed a significantly enhanced photocatalytic performance. The enhancement factor of Ag NPs on the catalytic performance of ZnO@Ag@Cu2O was estimated as a function of the Cu2O deposition time, and the corresponding enhancement mechanism was also evaluated by the monochromatic photocatalytic experiment and discrete dipole approximation simulation. In the UV region, due to the formation of a Schottky junction (e.g. Ag/ZnO, Ag/Cu2O), a limited enhanced photocatalytic performance was also realized for ZnO@Ag@Cu2O photocatalysts.

  4. Growth, magnetism and ferromagnetic thickness gap in Fe films on the W(111) surface

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    Wu, Qiang; Zdyb, R.; Bauer, E.; Altman, M. S.

    2013-03-01

    The growth, structure, and magnetism of Fe films on the W(111) surface were investigated using low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) and diffraction (LEED), spin polarized LEEM (SPLEEM), and work function measurements. In contrast to an earlier report that Fe grows with fcc structure following initial pseudomorpic layer growth, we observe no evidence of the formation of fcc Fe over the entire thickness range studied, up to 18 monolayers (ML). Observations are instead consistent with the formation of a well-ordered, laterally (tensile) strained bcc Fe layer that gradually relaxes vertically and develops increasing disorder with increasing thickness. Ferromagnetic order appears at 6 ML, but surprisingly vanishes at 8 ML, and reappears just as suddenly at 9 ML during Fe deposition at room temperature. Ferromagnetism between 6 and 8 ML also vanishes at only 5 deg above room temperature. The magnetization direction of a monodomain structure remains constant before and after the ferromagnetic thickness gap at 8-9 ML until the formation of a multidomain structure at about 12 ML. Variations of exchange asymmetry in spin-polarized elastic electron scattering are also observed with increasing film thickness, particularly above 12 ML, that indicate changes in the spin-polarized electron band structure above the vacuum level. The evolution of magnetism and exchange asymmetry with increasing thickness and the appearance of the ferromagnetic gap are attributed to structural and morphological changes in the strained Fe layer, which eventually lead to a relaxed although highly disordered bcc Fe layer.

  5. Impact of nitrogen doping on growth and hydrogen impurity incorporation of thick nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Gu, Li-Ping; Tang, Chun-Jiu; Jiang, Xue-Fan; L. Pinto, J.

    2011-05-01

    A much larger amount of bonded hydrogen was found in thick nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films produced by only adding 0.24% N2 into 4% CH4/H2 plasma, as compared to the high quality transparent microcrystalline diamond (MCD) films, grown using the same growth parameters except for nitrogen. These experimental results clearly evidence that defect formation and impurity incorporation (for example, N and H) impeding diamond grain growth is the main formation mechanism of NCD upon nitrogen doping and strongly support the model proposed in the literature that nitrogen competes with CHx (x = 1, 2, 3) growth species for adsorption sites.

  6. Negative dependence of surface magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy on film thickness in Co33Fe67 alloy

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    Wang, De-Lai; Cui, Ming-Qi; Yang, Dong-Liang; Dong, Jun-Cai; Xu, Wei

    2016-10-01

    In this work, the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) on the surface of Fe33Co67 alloy film is extracted from x-ray magnetic linear dichroism (XMLD) experiments. The result indicates that the surface MAE value is negatively correlated with thickness. Through spectrum calculations and analysis, we find that besides the thickness effect, another principal possible cause may be the shape anisotropy resulting from the presence of interface roughness. These two factors lead to different electron structures on the fermi surface with different exchange fields, which produces different spin-orbit interaction anisotropies. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11075176 and 11375131).

  7. On the Determination of Refractive Index and Thickness of Thin Dielectric Films from Measurement of Transmittance

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    Shah, Z. H.; Ahmad, I.; Tahir, Q. A.; Khawaja, E. E.

    2012-12-01

    Refractive index and thickness of a transparent film (ZnS) on a transparent substrate (BK-7 glass) have been determined from measurement of normal incidence transmittance, using different methods. Some of the methods considered here are most widely used, as is apparent from the literature. The outcome of this study could help a researcher in selecting an appropriate method for such an application. The values of the refractive indices determined by different methods were found to be close to each other (within 0.5%). However, large (up to 4.4%) differences existed in the values of the thickness determined by different methods.

  8. Microwave sintering of Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate

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    Fujii, S.; Kawamura, S.; Maitani, M. M.; Suzuki, E.; Wada, Y.; Mochizuki, D.

    2015-12-15

    Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate were subjected to microwave sintering by use of a single-mode waveguide applicator. A two-step sintering process was employed. First, at low conductivities of the film, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum electric field and subjected to microwave irradiation. Second, when the conductivity of the film increased, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum magnetic field and again subjected to microwave irradiation. The microwave sintering process was completed within 1.5 min, which is significantly lower than the time required for the oven heating process. The resulting conductivity of the film, albeit only 30% of that of the bulk material, was seven times that of a film annealed at the same temperature in a furnace. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed that the nanoparticles underwent both grain necking and grain growth during microwave sintering. In addition, this sintering process was equivalent to the oven heating process performed at a 50 °C higher annealing temperature. An electromagnetic wave simulation and a heat transfer simulation of the microwave sintering process were performed to gain a thorough understanding of the process.

  9. Antibacterial and antifouling activities of chitosan/TiO2/Ag NPs nanocomposite films against packaged drinking water bacterial isolates.

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    Natarajan, Saravanan; Bhuvaneshwari, M; Lakshmi, D Shanthana; Mrudula, P; Chandrasekaran, N; Mukherjee, Amitava

    2016-10-01

    TiO2 and Ag NPs are widely used as antibacterial agents against many bacterial pathogens. Chitosan (polymer) itself acts as a strong antibacterial agent. Hence, chitosan/TiO2/Ag NPs incorporated nanocomposite film was prepared against packed drinking water bacterial strains. A concentration-dependent increase in the reduction of cell viability was observed in all the isolates under UV-C and dark exposure conditions. The bacteria consortium showed greater resistance against antibacterial effects of chitosan/TiO2/Ag nanocomposite as compared to single isolates. Glycocalyx test and mass assessment conclude the effective antibacterial activity by inhibiting bacterial adhesion on the film surface. The release of LDH and generation of ROS act as the predominant antibacterial mechanism induced by TiO2/Ag NPs. Surface characterization of chitosan/TiO2/Ag nanocomposite was studied by FTIR and XRD analyses and SEM analysis after interaction with the bacteria.

  10. Antibacterial and antifouling activities of chitosan/TiO2/Ag NPs nanocomposite films against packaged drinking water bacterial isolates.

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    Natarajan, Saravanan; Bhuvaneshwari, M; Lakshmi, D Shanthana; Mrudula, P; Chandrasekaran, N; Mukherjee, Amitava

    2016-10-01

    TiO2 and Ag NPs are widely used as antibacterial agents against many bacterial pathogens. Chitosan (polymer) itself acts as a strong antibacterial agent. Hence, chitosan/TiO2/Ag NPs incorporated nanocomposite film was prepared against packed drinking water bacterial strains. A concentration-dependent increase in the reduction of cell viability was observed in all the isolates under UV-C and dark exposure conditions. The bacteria consortium showed greater resistance against antibacterial effects of chitosan/TiO2/Ag nanocomposite as compared to single isolates. Glycocalyx test and mass assessment conclude the effective antibacterial activity by inhibiting bacterial adhesion on the film surface. The release of LDH and generation of ROS act as the predominant antibacterial mechanism induced by TiO2/Ag NPs. Surface characterization of chitosan/TiO2/Ag nanocomposite was studied by FTIR and XRD analyses and SEM analysis after interaction with the bacteria. PMID:27388596

  11. Ferroelectric domain inversion and its stability in lithium niobate thin film on insulator with different thicknesses

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    Shao, Guang-hao; Bai, Yu-hang; Cui, Guo-xin; Li, Chen; Qiu, Xiang-biao; Geng, De-qiang; Wu, Di; Lu, Yan-qing

    2016-07-01

    Ferroelectric domain inversion and its effect on the stability of lithium niobate thin films on insulator (LNOI) are experimentally characterized. Two sets of specimens with different thicknesses varying from submicron to microns are selected. For micron thick samples (˜28 μm), domain structures are achieved by pulsed electric field poling with electrodes patterned via photolithography. No domain structure deterioration has been observed for a month as inspected using polarizing optical microscopy and etching. As for submicron (540 nm) films, large-area domain inversion is realized by scanning a biased conductive tip in a piezoelectric force microscope. A graphic processing method is taken to evaluate the domain retention. A domain life time of 25.0 h is obtained and possible mechanisms are discussed. Our study gives a direct reference for domain structure-related applications of LNOI, including guiding wave nonlinear frequency conversion, nonlinear wavefront tailoring, electro-optic modulation, and piezoelectric devices.

  12. Chemical durability of lead-oxide-based, thick-film binder glasses

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    Mattox, D.M.; Robinson, J.H.

    1997-05-01

    Lead-oxide-bearing glasses are incompatible with aluminum nitride metallizations, and federal legislation is recommending their replacement in thick-film electronics and labeling. To evaluate alternatives, the benchmark chemical durabilities of the lead borosilicate and lead aluminate thick-film binder glasses have been determined. Aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) benefits water durability moderately, acid durability substantially, and basic durability indistinguishably. The rate of attack in water is approximately two orders of magnitude greater than for soda-lime glass. The thermal contractions of the glasses are compatible. An apparent, spontaneous phase separation in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-free glass is suppressed by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} that is included as a batch component.

  13. Oil film thickness measurement using airborne laser-induced water Raman backscatter

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    Hoge, F. E.; Swift, R. N.

    1980-01-01

    The use of laser-induced water Raman backscatter for remote thin oil film detection and thickness measurement is reported here for the first time. A 337.1-nm nitrogen laser was used to excite the 3400-cm-1 OH stretch band of natural ocean water beneath the oil slick from an altitude of 150 m. The signal strength of the 381-nm water Raman backscatter was always observed to depress when the oil was encountered and then return to its original undepressed value after complete aircraft traversal of the floating slick. After removal of background and oil fluorescence contributions, the ratio of the depressed-to-undepressed airborne water Raman signal intensities, together with laboratory measured oil extinction coefficients, is used to calculate the oil film thickness.

  14. Effect of film thickness on localized surface plasmon enhanced chemical sensor

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    Kassu, Aschalew; Farley, Carlton; Sharma, Anup; Kim, Wonkyu; Guo, Junpeng

    2014-05-01

    A highly-sensitive, reliable, simple and inexpensive chemical detection and identification platform is demonstrated. The sensing technique is based on localized surface plasmon enhanced Raman scattering measurements from gold-coated highly-ordered symmetric nanoporous ceramic membranes fabricated from anodic aluminum oxide. To investigate the effects of the thickness of the sputter-coated gold films on the sensitivity of sensor, and optimize the performance of the substrates, the geometry of the nanopores and the film thicknesses are varied in the range of 30 nm to 120 nm. To characterize the sensing technique and the detection limits, surface enhanced Raman scatterings of low concentrations of a standard chemical adsorbed on the gold coated substrates are collected and analyzed. The morphology of the proposed substrates is characterized by atomic force microscopy and the optical properties including transmittance, reflectance and absorbance of each substrate are also investigated.

  15. Correlation of elastohydrodynamic film thickness measurements for fluorocarbon type 2 ester, and polyphenyl ether lubricants

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    Loewenthal, S. H.; Parker, R. J.; Zaretsky, E. V.

    1974-01-01

    A minimum films thickness correlation applicable to heavily loaded elastohydrodynamic (EHD) contacts was formulated from experimental data obtained by an X-ray transmission technique. The correlation, based on data generated with fluorocarbon, type II ester, and polyphenyl ether lubricants, extends a previous analysis developed from data for a synthetic paraffinic oil. The resulting correlation represents the data of the four lubricants reasonably well over a large range of operating conditions. Contained within the derived relation is a factor to account for the high-load dependence displayed by the measurements beyond that which is provided for by the theory. Thermal corrections applied to a commonly used film thickness formula showed little improvement to the general disagreement that exists between theory and test. Choice of contact geometry and material are judged to have a relatively mild influence on the form of the semiempirical model.

  16. Determination of optical parameters and thickness of weakly absorbing thin films from reflectance and transmittance spectra

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    Kutavichus, Vitaly P.; Filippov, Valery V.; Huzouski, Vitali H.

    2006-07-01

    A method for determining the optical constants and the thickness of weakly absorbing thin films on substrates is proposed. In this method only the reflectance and transmittance spectra obtained at a single arbitrary angle of incidence are used, provided that the former reveals several interference extrema. The calculation procedure is based on relatively simple relations suitable for the programmed realization and does not call for the prescription of the initial values of the parameters to be determined. The method proposed is fairly accurate and allows one to uniquely solve the inverse problem of spectrophotometry. The optical constants and the thickness of an AsxSey film formed on a glass substrate have been determined by the proposed method in the visible region of the spectrum.

  17. 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.

  18. Atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition web coating with in situ monitoring of film thickness

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    Yersak, Alexander S.; Lee, Yung C.; Spencer, Joseph A.; Groner, Markus D.

    2014-01-15

    Spectral reflectometry was implemented as a method for in situ thickness monitoring in a spatial atomic layer deposition (ALD) system. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were grown on a moving polymer web substrate at 100 °C using an atmospheric pressure ALD web coating system, with film growth of 0.11–0.13 nm/cycle. The modular coating head design and the in situ monitoring allowed for the characterization and optimization of the trimethylaluminum and water precursor exposures, purge flows, and web speed. A thickness uniformity of ±2% was achieved across the web. ALD cycle times as low as 76 ms were demonstrated with a web speed of 1 m/s and a vertical gap height of 0.5 mm. This atmospheric pressure ALD system with in situ process control demonstrates the feasibility of low-cost, high throughput roll-to-roll ALD.

  19. 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

  20. Structure evolution, magnetic properties and giant magnetoresistance of granular NiFeCo-Ag films

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    Wang, Hao; Wong, S. P.; Lu, Xiang; Yan, Xin; Cheung, W. Y.; Ke, N.; Hu, Shejun; Zeng, Dechang; Liu, Zhenyi

    2000-06-01

    The structure evolution of granular (NiFeCo)xAg(1-x) (x = 9-41 at%) films was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and magnetic force microscopy. The giant magnetoresistance of the films was measured as a function of temperature between 20 and 300 K using a conventional four-point probe dc technique in the presence of a magnetic field up to 7.6 kOe. The temperature dependence of magnetization and magnetic hysteresis loops for the films were measured by a SQUID magnetometer. It was found that the optimum concentration and annealing temperature for the maximum giant magnetoresistance was associated with the crystalline structure and the magnetic domain structure of the film. A clear flat-top parabola and a significant deviation from the quadratic law expected for equal-size, non-interacting superparamagnetic particles in the magnetoresistance (Δρ/ρ) against magnetization (M/Ms) curve were observed for the 500 °C annealed (NiFeCo)20Ag80 sample in a wide field region. The curves of Δρ/ρ against M/Ms were well described by a function of the form c(M/Ms)10. This behaviour was explained by combining the characteristics of the microstructure, magnetic domain structure and magnetic properties of the sample.