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  1. Cubic SiC nano-thin films and nano-wires: high vacuum metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, surface characterization, and application tests.

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    Hyun, J S; Nam, S H; Kang, B C; Park, J H; Boo, J H

    2008-10-01

    Single-crystalline and epitaxial cubic silicon carbide (beta-SiC) nano-thin films have been deposited on Si(100) substrates at a sample temperature of approximately 900 degrees C using single source precursors by the thermal metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method. Diethylmethylsilane and 1,3-disilabutane, which contain Si and C atoms in the same molecule, were used as precursors without any carrier or bubbler gas. Upon increasing the deposition temperature from 900 to 950 degrees C, beta-SiC nano-thin films with relatively small crystals and smoother surfaces were created on Si(100) substrates. Moreover, beta-SiC nano-wires with 40 approximately 100 nm in diameter have also been grown selectively on nickel catalyzed Si(100) substrates with dichloromethylvinylsilane by the MOCVD method. The deposition temperature in this case was as low as 800 degrees C under the pressure of 5.0 x 10(-2) Torr. It is worth noting that the initial growth rates of deposited beta-SiC nano-thin films and nano-wires strongly depend on the deposition temperature rather than the time. In order to test the possibility of applications of these materials for electronic components such as field emitter, MEMS, and high-power transistor, we fabricated the nanoelectronic devices using both beta-SiC nano-wires and nano-thin films. With these preliminary application tests, it is expected that SiC nanowires can be used as field emitter and nanoelectronic high-power transistor, and application of the SiC nano-thin films to MEMS is promising as well.

  2. Surface charges and optical characteristic of colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals

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    Li, Yong; Chen, Changxin; Li, Jiang-Tao; Yang, Yun; Lin, Zhi-Ming

    2011-07-01

    Colloidal cubic silicon carbide (SiC) nanocrystals with an average diameter of 4.4 nm have been fabricated by anisotropic wet chemical etching of microsized cubic SiC powder. Fourier transform infrared spectra show that these cubic SiC nanocrystals contain carboxylic acid, SiH, CH, and CHx groups. UV/Vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy clearly indicate that water and ethanol colloidal suspensions of the as-fabricated colloidal samples exhibit strong and above band gap blue and blue-green emissions. The cubic SiC nanocrystals show different surface charges in water and ethanol solutions due to the interaction of water molecules with polar Si-terminated surfaces of cubic SiC nanocrystals. The results explain the distinctive optical characteristics of colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals in water and ethanol, and reveal that quantum confinement and surface charges play a great role in determining the optical characteristics of colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals.

  3. Surface charges and optical characteristic of colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals

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    2011-01-01

    Colloidal cubic silicon carbide (SiC) nanocrystals with an average diameter of 4.4 nm have been fabricated by anisotropic wet chemical etching of microsized cubic SiC powder. Fourier transform infrared spectra show that these cubic SiC nanocrystals contain carboxylic acid, SiH, CH, and CHx groups. UV/Vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy clearly indicate that water and ethanol colloidal suspensions of the as-fabricated colloidal samples exhibit strong and above band gap blue and blue-green emissions. The cubic SiC nanocrystals show different surface charges in water and ethanol solutions due to the interaction of water molecules with polar Si-terminated surfaces of cubic SiC nanocrystals. The results explain the distinctive optical characteristics of colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals in water and ethanol, and reveal that quantum confinement and surface charges play a great role in determining the optical characteristics of colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals. PMID:21762496

  4. Thermal Characterization of SiC Amorphous Thin Films

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    Jeong, Taehee; Zhu, Jian-Gang; Mao, Sining; Pan, Tao; Tang, Yun Jun

    2012-06-01

    The cross-plane thermal conductivity of SiC amorphous films was measured employing the transient thermoreflectance technique. The SiC films were deposited on silicon substrates by RF magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The thickness of the films was varied in the range from 100 nm to 2500 nm to analyze the size effect. The results found that the thermal conductivity of the SiC thin films is significantly smaller than that of the SiC material in bulk form. The small thermal conductivity stems from the structural disorder of the films, which was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. In addition, the contribution of the thermal boundary resistance to the thermal conductivity of the films is discussed.

  5. Excitation and recombination photodynamics in colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals

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    Fan, J. Y.; Li, H. X.; Cui, W. N.; Dai, D. J.; Chu, P. K.

    2010-11-01

    We studied the photodynamics of the different-sized colloidal cubic SiC nanocrystals in distinct polar and nonpolar solvents. The UV-visible absorption spectral study indicates that the SiC nanocrystals with an average size of 4 nm retain an indirect energy gap; whereas the smaller quantum dots about 1 nm in size exhibit discrete and sharp absorption features indicating their discrete energy levels and the result agrees well with theoretical results. The colloidal SiC nanocrystals exhibit triple-exponential photoluminescence decay with nanosecond-order lifetimes which show slight size-dependence.

  6. Atomic probe microscopy of 3C SiC films grown on 6H SiC substrates

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    Steckl, A. J.; Roth, M. D.; Powell, J. A.; Larkin, D. J.

    1993-01-01

    The surface of 3C SiC films grown on 6H SiC substrates has been studied by atomic probe microscopy in air. Atomic-scale images of the 3C SiC surface have been obtained by STM which confirm the 111 line type orientation of the cubic 3C layer grown on the 0001 plane type surface of the hexagonal 6H substrate. The nearest-neighbor atomic spacing for the 3C layer has been measured to be 3.29 +/- 0.2 A, which is within 7 percent of the bulk value. Shallow terraces in the 3C layer have been observed by STM to separate regions of very smooth growth in the vicinity of the 3C nucleation point from considerably rougher 3C surface regions. These terraces are oriented at right angles to the growth direction. Atomic force microscopy has been used to study etch pits present on the 6H substrate due to high temperature HCl cleaning prior to CVD growth of the 3C layer. The etch pits have hexagonal symmetry and vary in depth from 50 nm to 1 micron.

  7. Investigations of Ar ion irradiation effects on nanocrystalline SiC thin films

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    Craciun, V.; Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Behdad, S.; Boesl, B.; Himcinschi, C.; Makino, H.; Socol, M.; Simeone, D.

    2016-06-01

    The effects of 800 keV Ar ion irradiation on thin nanocrystalline SiC films grown on (100) Si substrates using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique were investigated. On such PLD grown films, which were very dense, flat and smooth, X-ray reflectivity, glancing incidence X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation investigations were easily performed to evaluate changes induced by irradiation on the density, surface roughness, crystalline structure, and mechanical properties. Results indicated that the SiC films retained their crystalline nature, the cubic phase partially transforming into the hexagonal phase, which had a slightly higher lattice parameter then the as-deposited films. Simulations of X-ray reflectivity curves indicated a 3% decrease of the films density after irradiation. Nanoindentation results showed a significant decrease of the hardness and Young's modulus values with respect to those measured on as-deposited films. Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations found an increase of the Csbnd C bonds and a corresponding decrease of the Sisbnd C bonds in the irradiated area, which could explain the degradation of mechanical properties.

  8. Exciton-polariton state in nanocrystalline SiC films

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    Semenov, A. V.; Lopin, A. V.

    2016-05-01

    We studied the features of optical absorption in the films of nanocrystalline SiC (nc-SiC) obtained on the sapphire substrates by the method of direct ion deposition. The optical absorption spectra of the films with a thickness less than ~500 nm contain a maximum which position and intensity depend on the structure and thickness of the nc-SiC films. The most intense peak at 2.36 eV is observed in the nc-SiC film with predominant 3C-SiC polytype structure and a thickness of 392 nm. Proposed is a resonance absorption model based on excitation of exciton polaritons in a microcavity. In the latter, under the conditions of resonance, there occurs strong interaction between photon modes of light with λph=521 nm and exciton of the 3С polytype with an excitation energy of 2.36 eV that results in the formation of polariton. A mismatch of the frequencies of photon modes of the cavity and exciton explains the dependence of the maximum of the optical absorption on the film thickness.

  9. Low pressure growth of cubic boron nitride films

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    Ong, Tiong P. (Inventor); Shing, Yuh-Han (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A method for forming thin films of cubic boron nitride on substrates at low pressures and temperatures. A substrate is first coated with polycrystalline diamond to provide a uniform surface upon which cubic boron nitride can be deposited by chemical vapor deposition. The cubic boron nitride film is useful as a substitute for diamond coatings for a variety of applications in which diamond is not suitable. any tetragonal or hexagonal boron nitride. The cubic boron nitride produced in accordance with the preceding example is particularly well-suited for use as a coating for ultra hard tool bits and abrasives, especially those intended to use in cutting or otherwise fabricating iron.

  10. Effects of Ni doping and structural defects on magnetic properties of annealed SiC films

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    Fu, Yuting; Jin, Xin; Sun, Ning; Li, Chunjing; An, Yukai; Liu, Jiwen

    2016-08-01

    Ni-doped SiC films deposited on Si (100) substrates prepared by RF-magnetron sputtering were discussed in this paper. The results show that with reference to the as-deposited as well as annealing at 800 °C. C atoms were substituted by Ni atoms in the 3Csbnd SiC lattice and Ni-related secondary phase cannot be detected. After annealing at 1200 °C, the crystal quality improved obviously while the majority of Ni atoms form the Ni2Si secondary phase. Temperature dependent on resistivity reveals that the conduction mechanism is dominated by Mott variable range hopping behavior for the Ni-doped SiC films, confirming that the carriers are localized. All the films are ferromagnetic at 300 K and annealing can evidently improve the room-temperature (RT) ferromagnetism. The bound magnetic polarons should be responsible for the RT ferromagnetism of the Ni-doped SiC films.

  11. Ultra-Low-Cost Room Temperature SiC Thin Films

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    Faur, Maria

    1997-01-01

    The research group at CSU has conducted theoretical and experimental research on 'Ultra-Low-Cost Room Temperature SiC Thin Films. The effectiveness of a ultra-low-cost room temperature thin film SiC growth technique on Silicon and Germanium substrates and structures with applications to space solar sells, ThermoPhotoVoltaic (TPV) cells and microelectronic and optoelectronic devices was investigated and the main result of this effort are summarized.

  12. Surface characteristics and corrosion behaviour of WE43 magnesium alloy coated by SiC film

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    Li, M.; Cheng, Y.; Zheng, Y. F.; Zhang, X.; Xi, T. F.; Wei, S. C.

    2012-01-01

    Amorphous SiC film has been successfully fabricated on the surface of WE43 magnesium alloy by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) technique. The microstructure and elemental composition were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), glancing angle X-ray diffraction (GAXRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The immersion test indicated that SiC film could efficiently slow down the degradation rate of WE43 alloy in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37 ± 1 °C. The indirect toxicity experiment was conducted using L929 cell line and the results showed that the extraction medium of SiC coated WE43 alloys exhibited no inhibitory effect on L929 cell growth. The in vitro hemocompatibility of the samples was investigated by hemolysis test and blood platelets adhesion test, and it was found that the hemolysis rate of the coated WE43 alloy decreased greatly, and the platelets attached on the SiC film were slightly activated with a round shape. It could be concluded that SiC film prepared by PECVD made WE43 alloy more appropriate to biomedical application.

  13. Preparation of cubic boron nitride films by RF bias sputtering

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    Tsuda, Osamu; Yamada, Yukiko; Tatebayashi, Yoshinao

    1995-07-01

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) films were successfully prepared by the phase-regulated rf bias sputtering with the aid of magnetic field. The effects of the substrate bias voltage (V{sub s}), the working gas pressure (p) and the deposition time were investigated systematically. Cubic phase was formed in the filmed deposited with V{sub s} above the threshold which depended on p. Even at p = 0.4 mTorr, cBN films were grown with V{sub s} above 100 V. The prepared cBN films had a double-layered structure which consists of an initially deposited layer of sp{sup 2} phase and a layer of cubic phase subsequently grown. The maximum growth rate of the cubic layer was estimated to be approximately 1 nm/s. Stress measurements of the cBN films were also carried out, revealing that the cBN films had compressive stress of a few GPa.

  14. Time-Domain Thermoreflectance Measurements of Thermal Transport in Amorphous SiC Thin Films

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    Daly, Brian; Hondongwa, Donald; King, Sean

    2010-03-01

    We present ultrafast optical pump-probe measurements of thermal transport in a series of amorphous SiC samples. The samples were grown on Si wafers by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition utilizing various combinations of methylsilanes and H2 and He diluent gases. The sample films were well characterized and found to have densities (1.3 -- 2.3 g cm-3) and dielectric constants (4.0 -- 7.2) that spanned a wide range of values. Prior to their measurement, the samples were coated with 40-70 nm of polycrystalline Al. The pump-probe measurements were performed at room temperature using a modelocked Ti:sapphire laser that produced sub-picosecond pulses of a few nJ. The pulses heat the Al coating, causing a transient reflectivity change. As the Al film cools into the SiC film, the reflectivity change can be measured, giving a measure of the thermal effusivity of the SiC film. We then extract values for the thermal conductivity of the SiC films and find that it varies from less than half of the thermal conductivity of amorphous SiO2 for the lower density materials to somewhat larger than amorphous SiO2 for the highest density films.

  15. Conformal Thin Film Packaging for SiC Sensor Circuits in Harsh Environments

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    Scardelletti, Maximilian C.; Karnick, David A.; Ponchak, George E.; Zorman, Christian A.

    2011-01-01

    In this investigation sputtered silicon carbide annealed at 300 C for one hour is used as a conformal thin film package. A RF magnetron sputterer was used to deposit 500 nm silicon carbide films on gold metal structures on alumina wafers. To determine the reliability and resistance to immersion in harsh environments, samples were submerged in gold etchant for 24 hours, in BOE for 24 hours, and in an O2 plasma etch for one hour. The adhesion strength of the thin film was measured by a pull test before and after the chemical immersion, which indicated that the film has an adhesion strength better than 10(exp 8) N/m2; this is similar to the adhesion of the gold layer to the alumina wafer. MIM capacitors are used to determine the dielectric constant, which is dependent on the SiC anneal temperature. Finally, to demonstrate that the SiC, conformal, thin film may be used to package RF circuits and sensors, an LC resonator circuit was fabricated and tested with and without the conformal SiC thin film packaging. The results indicate that the SiC coating adds no appreciable degradation to the circuits RF performance. Index Terms Sputter, silicon carbide, MIM capacitors, LC resonators, gold etchants, BOE, O2 plasma

  16. SiC Nanowire Film Photodetectors: A Promising Candidate Toward High Temperature Photodetectors.

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    Chong, Haining; Yang, Huijun; Yang, Weiyou; Zheng, Jinju; Shang, Minghui; Yang, Zuobao; Wei, Guodong; Gao, Fengmei

    2016-04-01

    In this study, UV photodetectors (PDs) based on SiC nanowire films have been successfully prepared by a simple and low-cost drip-coating method followed by sintering at 500 °C. The corresponding electrical characterizations clearly demonstrate that the SiC nanowire based PD devices can be regarded as a promising candidate for UV PDs. The PDs can exhibit the excellent performances of fast, high sensitivity, linearity, and stable response, which can thus achieve on-line monitoring of weak UV light. Furthermore, the SiC nanowire-based PDs enable us to fabricate detectors working under high temperature as high as 150 °C. The high photosensitivity and rapid photoresponse for the PDs can be attributed to the superior single crystalline quality of SiC nanowires and the ohmic contact between the electrodes and nanowires. PMID:27451712

  17. Effects of thermal annealing on photoluminescence of Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films

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    Chen, Yin-Yu; Chao, Der-Sheng; Tsai, Hsu-Sheng; Liang, Jenq-Horng

    2016-04-01

    The mechanisms of photoluminescence (PL) originating from Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 are still unclear and need to be clarified. Thus, the purpose of this study is to thoroughly investigate the effects of ion implantation and post-annealing temperature on microstructures and PL characteristics of the Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films. A comparative analysis was also conducted to clarify the different optical properties between the Si+ and Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films. In this study, thermally-grown SiO2 films on Si substrates were used as the matrix materials. The Si+ ions and C+ ions were separately implanted into the SiO2 films at room temperature. After ion implantation, the post-annealing treatments were carried out using the furnace annealing (FA) method at various temperatures (600-1100 °C) for 1 h in a N2 ambient. The PL characteristics of the implanted SiO2 films were analyzed using a fluorescence spectrophotometer. The results revealed that the distinct PL peaks were observed at approximately 310, 450 and 650 nm in the Si+-implanted SiO2 films, which can be attributed to the defects, the so-called oxygen deficiency centers (ODCs) and non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHCs), in the materials. In contrast to the Si+ ion implantation, the SiO2 films which were sequentially implanted with Si+ and C+ ions and annealed at 1100 °C can emit white light corresponding to the PL peaks located at around 420, 520 and 720 nm, those can be assigned to the Si-C bonding, C-C graphite-like structure (sp2), and Si nanocrystals, respectively. Moreover, a correlation between the optical properties, microstructures, and bonding configurations of the Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films was also established in this study.

  18. Nanomechanical properties of SiC films grown from C{sub 60} precursors using atomic force microscopy

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    Morse, K.; Balooch, M.; Hamza, A.V.; Belak, J.

    1994-12-01

    The mechanical properties of SiC films grown via C{sub 60} precursors were determined using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Conventional silicon nitride and modified diamond cantilever AFM tips were employed to determine the film hardness, friction coefficient, and elastic modulus. The hardness is found to be between 26 and 40 GPa by nanoindentation of the film with the diamond tip. The friction coefficient for the silicon nitride tip on the SiC film is about one third that for silicon nitride sliding on a silicon substrate. By combining nanoindentation and AFM measurements an elastic modulus of {approximately}300 GPa is estimated for these SiC films. In order to better understand the atomic scale mechanisms that determine the hardness and friction of SiC, we simulated the molecular dynamics of a diamond indenting a crystalline SiC substrate.

  19. Comparative studies of monoclinic and orthorhombic WO3 films used for hydrogen sensor fabrication on SiC crystal

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    Zuev, V. V.; Grigoriev, S. N.; Romanov, R. I.; Fominski, V. Y.; Volosova, M. A.; Demin, M. V.

    2016-09-01

    Amorphous WOx films were prepared on the SiC crystal by using two different methods, namely, reactive pulsed laser deposition (RPLD) and reactive deposition by ion sputtering (RDIS). After deposition, the WOx films were annealed in an air. The RISD film possessed a m-WO3 structure and consisted of closely packed microcrystals. Localized swelling of the films and micro-hills growth did not destroy dense crystal packing. RPLD film had layered β-WO3 structure with relatively smooth surface. Smoothness of the films were destroyed by localized swelling and the micro-openings formation was observed. Comparative study of m-WO3/SiC, Pt/m-WO3/SiC, and P-WO3/SiC samples shows that structural characteristics of the WO3 films strongly influence on the voltage/current response as well as on the rate of current growth during H2 detection at elevated temperatures.

  20. Preparation of superhydrophobic nanodiamond and cubic boron nitride films

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    Zhou, Y. B.; Liu, W. M.; Wang, P. F.; Yang, Y.; Ye, Q.; He, B.; Pan, X. J.; Zhang, W. J.; Bello, I.; Lee, S. T.; Zou, Y. S.

    2010-09-27

    Superhydrophobic surfaces were achieved on the hardest and the second hardest materials, diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN) films. Various surface nanostructures of nanocrystalline diamond (ND) and cBN films were constructed by carrying out bias-assisted reactive ion etching in hydrogen/argon plasmas; and it is shown that surface nanostructuring may enhance dramatically the hydrophobicity of ND and cBN films. Together with surface fluorination, superhydrophobic ND and cBN surfaces with a contact angle greater than 150 deg. and a sliding angle smaller than 10 deg. were demonstrated. The origin of hydrophobicity enhancement is discussed based on the Cassie model.

  1. Deposition of nanocrystalline SiC films using helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Lu, Wanbing; Yu, Wei; Ma, Luo; Wu, Liping; Fu, Guangsheng

    2008-11-01

    Hydrogenated nanocrystalline SiC films have been deposited by using helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HW-PECVD) in H2, SiH4 and CH4 gas mixtures at different RF powers. Their structural and optical properties have been investigated by Fourier transform infrared absorption (FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) transmission spectra. The results indicate that RF power has an important influence on properties of the deposited films. It is found that in a 300 °C low substrate temperature, only amorphous SiC can be deposited at the radio frequency (RF) power of lower than 400 W, while nanocrystalline SiC can be grown at the RF power of equal to or higher than 400 W. The analyses show that the high plasma density of helicon wave plasma source and the high hydrogen dilution condition are two key factors for depositing nanocrystalline SiC films at a low temperature.

  2. Characterization Of Superconducting Samples With SIC System For Thin Film Developments: Status And Recent Results

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    Phillips, H. Lawrence; Reece, Charles E.; Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie; Xiao, Binping; Eremeev, Grigory V.

    2014-02-01

    Within any thin film development program directed towards SRF accelerating structures, there is a need for an RF characterization device that can provide information about RF properties of small samples. The current installation of the RF characterization device at Jefferson Lab is Surface Impedance Characterization (SIC) system. The data acquisition environment for the system has recently been improved to allow for automated measurement, and the system has been routinely used for characterization of bulk Nb, films of Nb on Cu, MgB{sub 2}, NbTiN, Nb{sub 3}Sn films, etc. We present some of the recent results that illustrate present capabilities and limitations of the system.

  3. Crystallization of amorphous Si film by microwave annealing with SiC susceptors

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    Fong, S. C.; Wang, C. Y.; Chang, T. H.; Chin, T. S.

    2009-03-01

    Crystalline silicon film is extremely important for low-cost, high performance Si-based devices, such as thin film transistors and solar cells. This study employs an elliptical microwave applicator to process the material placing near the field maximum. It is demonstrated that microwave irradiation incorporating with SiC susceptors is able to crystallize amorphous silicon film on glass substrate at a low temperature below 600 °C in a short period of 600 s. The reasons for such a fast processing time and a low annealing temperature are not clear.

  4. Diamond deposition on polycrystalline films of cubic boron nitride

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    Friedmann, T.A.; Bernardez, L.J.; McCarty, K.F.; Klaus, E.J.; Ottesen, D.K.; Johnsen, H.A.; Clift, W.M. )

    1993-09-06

    We have grown diamond films on films of cubic boron nitride (cBN). The cBN films were grown on Si(100) substrates using ion-assisted pulsed laser deposition. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy indicated that the BN films contained [similar to]75% [ital sp][sup 3]-bonded cBN. The as-grown cBN films were inserted with no surface pretreatment (e.g., abrading or scratching) into a conventional hot filament diamond reactor. [ital In] [ital situ] Raman spectroscopy was used to confirm diamond synthesis during growth. The nucleation density of the diamond films was estimated at 1[times]10[sup 9]/cm[sup 2], equivalent to or higher than the best values for scratched silicon substrates. In addition, we found that the cBN films were etched in the diamond reactor; a film thickness [approx gt]1500 A was required to prevent total film loss before diamond nucleation occurred. The presence of cBN under the diamond was established using FTIR spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy.

  5. Effect of SiC interlayer between Ti6Al4V alloy and hydroxyapatite films.

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    Azem, Funda Ak; Birlik, Isil; Braic, Viorel; Toparli, Mustafa; Celik, Erdal; Parau, Anca; Kiss, Adrian; Titorencu, Irina; Vladescu, Alina

    2015-04-01

    Bioactive coatings are frequently used to improve the osseointegration of the metallic implants used in dentistry or orthopaedics. Among different types of bioactive coatings, hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2) is one of the most extensively used due to its chemical similarities to the components of bones and teeth. In this article, production and characterization of hydroxyapatite films deposited on Ti6Al4V alloy prepared by magnetron sputtering were reported. Besides, SiC was deposited on substrate surface to study the interlayer effect. Obtained coatings were annealed at 600 °C for 30 and 120 min in a mixed atmosphere of N2 + H2O vapours with the heating rate of 12 °C min(-1). The effects of SiC interlayer and heat treatment parameters on the structural, mechanical and corrosion properties were investigated. After heat treatment process, the crystalline hydroxyapatite was obtained. Additionally, cell viability tests were performed. The results show that the presence of the SiC interlayer contributes a decrease in surface roughness and improves the mechanical properties and corrosion performance of the hydroxyapatite coatings. Biological properties were not affected by the presence of the SiC interlayer. PMID:25934259

  6. Crystallographic texture in cubic boron nitride thin films

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    Medlin, D.L.; Friedmann, T.A.; Mirkarimi, P.B.; Cardinale, G.F.; McCarty, K.F.

    1996-04-01

    We examine the crystallographic texture exhibited by cubic boron nitride (cBN) in thin films grown by ion-assisted deposition. Our analysis indicates that the cBN is preferentially oriented such that individual crystallites have at least one [111] direction lying in the plane of the film but are otherwise randomly oriented about (1) the substrate normal and (2) the in-plane cBN [111] axis. This preferential orientation is consistent with an alignment between the cBN {l_brace}111{r_brace} planes and the basal planes of the layer of highly oriented graphitic boron nitride that forms in the initial stages of film growth. {copyright}{ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Optical properties of protocrystalline silicon/amorphous SiC multilayer films

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    Fu, Guangsheng; Ma, Luo; Lu, Wanbing; Zhang, Zicai; Yu, Wei

    2008-11-01

    Protocrystalline silicon/amorphous SiC multilayer films were fabricated by helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (HW-PECVD). Atom force microscopy, Raman scattering and optical absorption measurements were used to analyze the microstructure and optical properties of the multilayer films. Experiment analyses reveal that through inserting transient a-SiC layer into film depositing process, well-controlled pc-Si:H films have been obtained in the growth condition of the μc-Si:H. The optical gap is observed being tuned from 2.15 to 2.43 eV by varying single pc-Si:H layer thickness. Such multilayer structure should have potential application in constructing high efficiency and stable Si-based solar cells.

  8. Low-temperature transport properties of multigraphene films grown on the SiC surface by sublimation

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    Lebedev, A. A. Agrinskaya, N. V.; Lebedev, S. P.; Mynbaeva, M. G.; Petrov, V. N.; Smirnov, A. N.; Strel'chuk, A. M.; Titkov, A. N.; Shamshur, D. V.

    2011-05-15

    Multigraphene films grown by sublimation on the surface of a semi-insulating 6H-SiC substrate have been studied. It is shown that pregrowth annealing of the substrate in a quasiclosed growth cell improves the structural quality of a multigraphene film. Ohmic contacts to the film have been fabricated, and the Hall effect has been studied at low temperatures. It is found that a 2D electron gas exists in the films. It is concluded that the conductivity of the film is determined by defects existing within the graphene layer or at the interface between the graphene film and a SiC substrate.

  9. Theory and practice of SiC growth on Si and its applications to wide-gap semiconductor films

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    Kukushkin, S. A.; Osipov, A. V.

    2014-08-01

    The recent advances in epitaxial SiC films' growth on Si are overviewed. The basic classical methods currently used for SiC films' growth are discussed and their advantages and disadvantages are explored. The basic idea and the theoretical background for a new method of the synthesis of epitaxial SiC films on Si are given. It will be shown that the new method is significantly different from the classical techniques of thin-film growth where the evaporation of the atoms onto the substrate surface is exploited. The new method is based on the substitution of some atoms in the silicon matrix by the carbon atoms to form the molecules of silicon carbide. It will be shown that the following process of SiC nucleation happens gradually without destroying the crystalline structure of the silicon matrix, and the orientation of a grown film is imposed by the original crystalline structure of the silicon matrix (not only by the substrate surface as in conventional methods of film growth). A comparison of the new method with other epitaxy techniques will be given. The new method of solid-phase epitaxy based on the substitution of atoms and on the creation of dilatation dipoles solves one of the major problems in heteroepitaxy. It provides the synthesis of low-defective unstrained epitaxial films with a large difference between the lattice parameters of the film and the substrate without using any additional buffer layers. This method has another unique feature distinguishing it from the classical techniques of SiC films' growth—it allows the growing of SiC films of hexagonal polytypes. A new kind of phase transformation in solids owing to the chemical transformation of one substance into another will be described theoretically and revealed experimentally. This type of phase transformation, and the mechanism of a broad class of heterogeneous chemical reactions between gas and solid phases, will be illustrated by an example of the growth of SiC epitaxial layers due to the

  10. Raman spectroscopy study of SiC thin films prepared by PECVD for solar cell working in hard environment

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    Sasinková, Vlasta; Huran, Jozef; Kleinová, Angela; Boháček, Pavol; Arbet, Juraj; Sekáčova, Mária

    2015-09-01

    Amorphous silicon carbide films were deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technology using SiH4, CH4, H2 and NH3 gas as precursors. The concentration of elements in the films was determined by RBS and ERD analytical method. Chemical compositions were analyzed by FT-IR spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy study of the SiC films were performed by using a Raman microscope. Irradiation of samples with neutrons to fluencies A(7.9x1014 cm-2), B(5x1015 cm-2) and C(3.4x1016 cm-2) was performed at room temperature. Raman spectroscopy results of SiC films showed decreasing of Raman band feature intensity after neutron irradiation and slightly decreased with increased neutron fluencies. Raman spectra differences between types of films before and after neutron irradiation are discussed. The electrical properties of SiC films were determined by the I-V measurement at 295 K. The measured currents were greater (about two order) after irradiation than the current before irradiation for all samples and rose up with neutron fluencies.

  11. Ambient condition laser writing of graphene structures on polycrystalline SiC thin film deposited on Si wafer

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    Yue, Naili; Zhang, Yong; Tsu, Raphael

    2013-02-18

    We report laser induced local conversion of polycrystalline SiC thin-films grown on Si wafers into multi-layer graphene, a process compatible with the Si based microelectronic technologies. The conversion can be achieved using a 532 nm CW laser with as little as 10 mW power, yielding {approx}1 {mu}m graphene discs without any mask. The conversion conditions are found to vary with the crystallinity of the film. More interestingly, the internal structure of the graphene disc, probed by Raman imaging, can be tuned with varying the film and illumination parameters, resembling either the fundamental or doughnut mode of a laser beam.

  12. Low energy radiation stability of nano-crystalline cubic Zirconia films

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    Kalita, Parswajit; Ghosh, Santanu; Avasthi, Devesh K.

    2016-07-01

    The radiation stability of nano-crystalline cubic Zirconia films was investigated under 41 keV He ion irradiation. These ions were chosen to simulate alpha particles (produced during fission events) because of the similar electronic energy loss in Zirconia. The ZrO2 films, with an average grain size of 8 nm, were grown on Si (1 0 0) substrates by electron beam assisted thermal evaporation. Although the cubic structure was retained upon irradiation, a slight reduction in crystallinity in the irradiated films was detected as compared to the as-deposited film. No bulk amorphization was however observed for any of the fluences and hence these films are radiation tolerant to alpha particles.

  13. Structural analysis of cubic boron nitride films by ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy

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    Leung, K.M.; Li, H.Q.; Zou, Y.S.; Ma, K.L.; Chong, Y.M.; Ye, Q.; Zhang, W.J.; Lee, S.T.; Bello, I.

    2006-06-12

    Cubic boron nitride (BN) films with improved crystallinity are deposited by physical vapor deposition at an extremely low substrate bias (-35 V). The films are characterized by UV Raman in association with Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The influences of bias voltage and film thickness on the characterizations are investigated. UV Raman, in contrast to FTIR, is demonstrated to be a more powerful tool with high sensitivity for quantitative and/or qualitative evaluation of the phase purity and crystallinity, especially as the film thickness increases. Hexagonal BN inclusions (less than 1%), not evident in FTIR, are clearly revealed by UV Raman analysis.

  14. Effects of ambient conditions on the adhesion of cubic boron nitride films on silicon substrates

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    Cardinale, G.F.; Howitt, D.G.; Mirkarimi, P.B.; McCarty, K.F.; Klaus, E.J.; Medlin, D.L.

    1994-08-01

    Effect of environmental conditions on cubic boron nitride (cBN) film adhesion to silicon substrates was studied. cBN films were deposited onto (100)-oriented silicon substrates by ion-assisted pulsed laser deposition. Irradiating ions were mixtures of nitrogen with argon, krypton, and xenon. Under room-ambient conditions, the films delaminated in the following time order: N/Xe, N/Kr, and N/Ar. cBN films deposited using N/Xe ion-assisted deposition were exposed to four environmental conditions for several weeks: a 1-mTorr vacuum, high humidity, dry oxygen, and dry nitrogen. Films exposed to the humid environment delaminated whereas those stored under vacuum or in dry gases did not. Films stored in dry nitrogen were removed after nearly two weeks and placed in the high-humidity chamber; these films subsequently delaminated within 14 hours.

  15. Raman determination of layer stresses and strains for heterostructures and its application to the cubic SiC/Si system

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    Feng, Z. C.; Choyke, W. J.; Powell, J. A.

    1988-01-01

    A set of formulas for a generalized axial stress in diamond and zinc-blende semiconductors under axial stress is derived to calculate stress-related Raman shifts. By analyzing known Raman data on cubic SiC under hydrostatic pressures, one of the Raman-stress coefficients was obtained, and the existing elastic stiffness constants of cubic SiC were optimized. A method for calculating the stress and strain in SiC films on (100) Si is proposed. It is suggested that the stress and strain expressions and the method of the stress and strain determinations in heterostructures are quite general and may be used for other systems.

  16. Vector magneto-optical sensor based on transparent magnetic films with cubic crystallographic symmetry

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    Rogachev, A. E.; Vetoshko, P. M.; Gusev, N. A.; Kozhaev, M. A.; Prokopov, A. R.; Popov, V. V.; Dodonov, D. V.; Shumilov, A. G.; Shaposhnikov, A. N.; Berzhansky, V. N.; Zvezdin, A. K.; Belotelov, V. I.

    2016-10-01

    The concept of vector magneto-optical magnetometry is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The key element of the vector magnetometer is a transparent high Faraday activity magnetic film with a cubic crystal lattice. Magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the film leads to the three dimensional trajectory of the film magnetization when the magnetization is rotated by the control magnetic field. It makes the magnetization sensitive to all three components of the external magnetic field. This field can be found from the harmonic composition of the Faraday rotation dependence on the azimuth angle of the control magnetic field. The demonstrated vector magnetometer is promising for mapping and visualization of ultra small magnetic fields.

  17. Cluster-assembled cubic zirconia films with tunable and stable nanoscale morphology against thermal annealing

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    Borghi, F.; Sogne, E.; Lenardi, C.; Podestà, A.; Merlini, M.; Ducati, C.; Milani, P.

    2016-08-01

    Nanostructured zirconium dioxide (zirconia) films are very promising for catalysis and biotechnological applications: a precise control of the interfacial properties of the material at different length scales and, in particular, at the nanoscale, is therefore necessary. Here, we present the characterization of cluster-assembled zirconia films produced by supersonic cluster beam deposition possessing cubic structure at room temperature and controlled nanoscale morphology. We characterized the effect of thermal annealing in reducing and oxidizing conditions on the crystalline structure, grain dimensions, and topography. We highlight the mechanisms of film growth and phase transitions, which determine the observed interfacial morphological properties and their resilience against thermal treatments.

  18. CO Oxidation Prefers the Eley-Rideal or Langmuir-Hinshelwood Pathway: Monolayer vs Thin Film of SiC.

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    Sinthika, S; Vala, Surya Teja; Kawazoe, Y; Thapa, Ranjit

    2016-03-01

    Using the first-principles approach, we investigated the electronic and chemical properties of wurtzite silicon carbide (2H-SiC) monolayer and thin film structures and substantiated their catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. 2H-SiC monolayer, being planar, is quite stable and has moderate binding with O2, while CO interacts physically; thus, the Eley-Rideal (ER) mechanism prevails over the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (LH) mechanism with an easily cleared activation barrier. Contrarily, 2H-SiC thin film, which exhibits a nonplanar structure, allows moderate binding of both CO and O2 on its surface, thus favoring the LH mechanism over the ER one. Comprehending these results leads to a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms involving structural contrast. Weak overlapping between the 2p(z)(C) and 3p(z)(Si) orbitals of the SiC monolayer system has been found to be the primary reason to revert the active site toward sp(3) hybridization, during interaction with the molecules. In addition, the influences of graphite and Ag(111) substrates on the CO oxidation mechanism were also studied, and it is observed that the ER mechanism is preserved on SiC/G system, while CO oxidation on the SiC/Ag(111) system follows the LH mechanism. The calculated Sabatier activities of the SiC catalysts show that the catalysts are very efficient in catalyzing CO oxidation.

  19. CO Oxidation Prefers the Eley-Rideal or Langmuir-Hinshelwood Pathway: Monolayer vs Thin Film of SiC.

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    Sinthika, S; Vala, Surya Teja; Kawazoe, Y; Thapa, Ranjit

    2016-03-01

    Using the first-principles approach, we investigated the electronic and chemical properties of wurtzite silicon carbide (2H-SiC) monolayer and thin film structures and substantiated their catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. 2H-SiC monolayer, being planar, is quite stable and has moderate binding with O2, while CO interacts physically; thus, the Eley-Rideal (ER) mechanism prevails over the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (LH) mechanism with an easily cleared activation barrier. Contrarily, 2H-SiC thin film, which exhibits a nonplanar structure, allows moderate binding of both CO and O2 on its surface, thus favoring the LH mechanism over the ER one. Comprehending these results leads to a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms involving structural contrast. Weak overlapping between the 2p(z)(C) and 3p(z)(Si) orbitals of the SiC monolayer system has been found to be the primary reason to revert the active site toward sp(3) hybridization, during interaction with the molecules. In addition, the influences of graphite and Ag(111) substrates on the CO oxidation mechanism were also studied, and it is observed that the ER mechanism is preserved on SiC/G system, while CO oxidation on the SiC/Ag(111) system follows the LH mechanism. The calculated Sabatier activities of the SiC catalysts show that the catalysts are very efficient in catalyzing CO oxidation. PMID:26866799

  20. Role of polytypism and degree of hexagonality on the photoinduced optical second harmonic generation in SiC nanocrystalline films

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    Semenov, A.; Puziko, V.; Skorik, S.; Wojciechowski, A.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Maciąg, A.

    2015-05-01

    Photoinduced optiсal second harmonic generation was studied in nanocrystalline SiC films prepared by the method of direct ion deposition. For the studies were chosen three types of polytypes (with different degree of hexagonality) - 24R with degree hexagonality G=25, 27R-G=44, 33R with - G=36. The bicolor photoinduced treatment was performed by the wavelengths 1064nm/532 nm by 15 ns YAG:Nd laser. The efficiency of the output SHG was evaluated by ratio of the corresponding signal intensities with respect to the references and by the time delay between the SHG and the fundamental maxima. Explanation of the observed effect is given within a framework of the occurrence of the nano-trapping levels in the film crystalline interfaces.

  1. Multiple delta doping of single crystal cubic boron nitride films heteroepitaxially grown on (001)diamonds

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    Yin, H.; Ziemann, P.

    2014-06-23

    Phase pure cubic boron nitride (c-BN) films have been epitaxially grown on (001) diamond substrates at 900 °C. The n-type doping of c-BN epitaxial films relies on the sequential growth of nominally undoped (p-) and Si doped (n-) layers with well-controlled thickness (down to several nanometer range) in the concept of multiple delta doping. The existence of nominally undoped c-BN overgrowth separates the Si doped layers, preventing Si dopant segregation that was observed for continuously doped epitaxial c-BN films. This strategy allows doping of c-BN films can be scaled up to multiple numbers of doped layers through atomic level control of the interface in the future electronic devices. Enhanced electronic transport properties with higher hall mobility (10{sup 2} cm{sup 2}/V s) have been demonstrated at room temperature as compared to the normally continuously Si doped c-BN films.

  2. The synthesis, characterization, and mechanical properties of thick, ultrahard cubic boron nitride films deposited by ion-assisted sputtering

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    Mirkarimi, P.B.; Medlin, D.L.; McCarty, K.F.; Dibble, D.C.; Clift, W.M.; Knapp, J.A.; Barbour, J.C.

    1997-08-01

    Significant ion irradiation is needed during growth to synthesize cubic boron nitride (cBN) films. This results in large film stresses, which have limited cBN film thicknesses to only a few hundred nm and represents a significant barrier in the development of cBN film technology. Using a new hybrid deposition technique, we have synthesized cubic BN films up to 700 nm (0.7 {mu}m) thick. A compositional and structural analysis of the films using several standard characterization techniques confirms that relatively thick polycrystalline films with a high cBN content were synthesized. Thicker cBN films enable hardness measurements to be undertaken without major substrate effects. Nanoindentation measurements yield hardness values for the cubic BN films up to 60{endash}70 GPa, which are greater than values measured for bulk cBN. The measured elastic modulus was observed to be lower than the bulk, and this can be accounted for by an elastic deformation of the silicon substrate. The mechanical properties of the cubic BN films are discussed with reference to other ultrahard thin films such as diamond and diamondlike carbon. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Improvement of Light Extraction Efficiency in Flip-Chip Light Emitting Diodes on SiC Substrate via Transparent Haze Films with Morphology-Controlled Collapsed Alumina Nanorods.

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    Baek, Seunghwa; Kang, Gumin; Shin, Dongheok; Bae, Kyuyoung; Kim, Yong Hyun; Kim, Kyoungsik

    2016-01-13

    We demonstrate GaN-based flip-chip light emitting diodes (FC-LEDs) on SiC substrate achieving high extraction efficiency by simply attaching the optically transparent haze films consisting of collapsed alumina nanorods. Through controlled etching time of alumina nanorods, we obtain four types of films that have different morphologies with different optical transmittance and haze properties. We show that the light output power of the FC-LEDs with film, which has 95.6% transmittance and 62.7% haze, increases by 20.4% in comparison to the bare LEDs. The angular radiation pattern of the LEDs also follows the Lambertian emission pattern without deteriorating the electrical properties of the device. The improvement of light extraction is mainly attributed to the reduced total internal reflection (TIR) via efficient out-coupling of guided light from SiC substrate to air by collapsed alumina nanorod structures in the film. The high transparency of film and reduced Fresnel reflection via graded refractive index transition between the film and SiC substrate also contribute to the extraction enhancement of the device. We systematically investigate the influence of haze film's geometrical or optical properties on the extraction efficiency of FC-LEDs, and this study will provide a novel approach to enhance the performance of various optoelectronic devices.

  4. "Un-annealed and Annealed Pd Ultra-Thin Film on SiC Characterized by Scanning Probe Microscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy"

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    Lu, W. J.; Shi, D. T.; Elshot, K.; Bryant, E.; Lafate, K.; Chen, H.; Burger, A.; Collins, W. E.

    1998-01-01

    Pd/SiC has been used as a hydrogen and a hydrocarbon gas sensor operated at high temperature. UHV (Ultra High Vacuum)-Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) techniques were applied to study the relationship between the morphology and chemical compositions for Pd ultra-thin films on SiC (less than 30 angstroms) at different annealing temperatures. Pd ultra-thin film on 6H-SiC was prepared by the RF sputtering method. The morphology from UHV-STM and AFM shows that the Pd thin film was well deposited on SiC substrate, and the Pd was partially aggregated to round shaped participates at an annealing temperature of 300 C. At 400 C, the amount of surface participates decreases, and some strap shape participates appear. From XPS, Pd2Si was formed on the surface after annealing at 300 C, and all Pd reacted with SiC to form Pd2Si after annealing at 400 C. The intensity of the XPS Pd peak decreases enormously at 400 C. The Pd film diffused into SiC, and the Schottky barrier height has almost no changes. The work shows the Pd sicilides/SiC have the same electronic properties with Pd/SiC, and explains why the Pd/SiC sensor still responds to hydrogen at high operating temperatures.

  5. Adhesion of ZrN and SiC thin films on titanium and nickel alloys

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    Gruss, K.A.; James, R.D.; Davis, R.F.

    1996-12-31

    Chemically inert ceramic coatings are currently being investigated to extend the lifetime of metallic components operating in severe environments. Polycrystalline ZrN and amorphous SiC coatings were deposited by cathodic arc evaporation and by PACVD, respectively, on Titanium Grade 12 and Incoloy 825 metal substrates. The structure of the coatings was verified by SEM and XRD. Residual stress analyses were performed on the ZrN coatings via XRD using the sin{sup 2} {phi} method. Compressive stresses of 3.7 GPa and 2.5 GPa were calculated in the ZrN on the Incoloy and Titanium substrates, respectively. Studies of the interfacial chemistry via AES revealed chemically abrupt interfaces. Scratch tests were employed to assess the critical load for interfacial failure and fracture mechanisms for the various coating systems. Critical loads, characterized by a kidney-shaped crack patterns found in the scratch tracks, occurred at 12 N for ZrN on Titanium and 20 N for ZrN on Incoloy. Interfacial failure of SiC on Titanium was dominated by brittle fracture of the SiC coating at 3N loads.

  6. Recovery behavior of high purity cubic SiC polycrystals by post-irradiation annealing up to 1673 K after low temperature neutron irradiation

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    Idris, Mohd Idzat; Yamazaki, Saishun; Yoshida, Katsumi; Yano, Toyohiko

    2015-10-01

    Two kinds of high purity cubic (β) SiC polycrystals, PureBeta-SiC and CVD-SiC, were irradiated in the BR2 reactor (Belgium) up to a fluence of 2.0-2.5 × 1024 (E > 0.1 MeV) at 333-363 K. Changes in macroscopic lengths were examined by post-irradiation thermal annealing using a precision dilatometer up to 1673 K with a step-heating method. The specimen was held at each temperature step for 6 h and the change in length of the specimen was recorded during each isothermal annealing step from 373 K to 1673 K with 50 K increments. The recovery curves were analyzed with the first order model, and rate constants at each annealing step were obtained. Recovery of defects, induced by neutron irradiation in high purity β-SiC, has four stages of different activation energies. At 373-573 K, the activation energy of PureBeta-SiC and CVD-SiC was in the range of 0.17-0.24 eV and 0.12-0.14 eV; 0.002-0.04 eV and 0.006-0.04 eV at 723-923 K; 0.20-0.27 eV and 0.26-0.31 eV at 923-1223 K; and 1.37-1.38 eV and 1.26-1.29 eV at 1323-1523 K, respectively. Below ∼1223 K the recombination occurred possibly for closely positioned C and Si Frenkel pairs, and no long range migration is deemed essential. Nearly three-fourths of recovery, induced by neutron irradiation, occur by this mechanism. In addition, at 1323-1523 K, recombination of slightly separated C Frenkel pairs and more long-range migration of Si interstitials may have occurred for PureBeta-SiC and CVD-SiC specimens. Migration of both vacancies may be restricted up to ∼1523 K. Comparing to hexagonal α-SiC, high purity β-SiC recovered more quickly in the lower annealing temperature range of less than 873 K, in particular less than 573 K.

  7. Effect of hydrogen dilution on photoluminescent properties of nanocrystalline SiC films deposited by helicon wave plasma CVD

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    Yu, Wei; Du, Jie; Zhang, Li; Cui, Shuang Kui; Han, Li; Fu, Guang Sheng

    2007-11-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon carbide (nc-SiC) thin films were deposited by helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HW-PECVD) technique at different hydrogen dilution ratio (RH). The PL peak energy and intensity were systemically analyzed using photoluminescent (PL) and photoluminescent excitation (PLE) methods. As a whole, the PL intensity shows an increasing trend and the PL peak energy presents continuous blue shifts with increasing hydrogen dilution ratio. In addition, it is found that the spectra band of samples deposited at low RH are composed of two components, the high energy band comes from quantum confinement effect and the low energy band is related to radiation of surface defect. The low energy band has a decreasing trend with increasing hydrogen dilution ratio and even disappears finally at high RH. We explain dependence of PL properties in terms of the variation of film microstructure induced by hydrogen dilution during film deposition. The increasing of PL intensity and the decreasing of the low energy band can both be accounted by the microstructure improvement. The decrease of PL peak energy is related to the size decrease of SiC nanocrystals.

  8. Synthesis of cubic boron nitride films with mean ion energies of a few eV

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    Teii, Kungen; Yamao, Ryota; Yamamura, Toshifumi; Matsumoto, Seiichiro

    2007-02-01

    The lowest threshold energy of ion bombardment for cubic boron nitride (cBN) film deposition is presented. cBN films are prepared on positively biased Si (100) substrates from boron trifluoride (BF{sub 3}) gas in the high-density source region of an inductively coupled plasma with mean ion impact energies from 45 down to a few eV or less. The great decrease in the threshold ion energy is mainly attributed to specific chemical effects of fluorine as well as high ion-to-boron flux ratios. The results show evidence for the existence of a way to deposit cBN films through quasistatic chemical processes under ultralow-energy ion impact.

  9. Low-temperature synthesis of homogeneous nanocrystalline cubic silicon carbide films

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    Cheng Qijin; Xu, S.

    2007-09-01

    Silicon carbide films are fabricated by inductively coupled plasma chemical vapor deposition from feedstock gases silane and methane heavily diluted with hydrogen at a low substrate temperature of 300 deg. C. Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analyses show that homogeneous nanocrystalline cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) films can be synthesized at an appropriate silane fraction X[100%xsilane flow(SCCM)/silane+methane flow(SCCM)] in the gas mixture. The achievement of homogeneous nanocrystalline 3C-SiC films at a low substrate temperature of 300 deg. C is a synergy of a low deposition pressure (22 mTorr), high inductive rf power (2000 W), heavy dilution of feedstock gases silane and methane with hydrogen, and appropriate silane fractions X (X{<=}33%) in the gas mixture employed in our experiments.

  10. Electrochemical properties and applications of nanocrystalline, microcrystalline, and epitaxial cubic silicon carbide films.

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    Zhuang, Hao; Yang, Nianjun; Zhang, Lei; Fuchs, Regina; Jiang, Xin

    2015-05-27

    Microstructures of the materials (e.g., crystallinitiy, defects, and composition, etc.) determine their properties, which eventually lead to their diverse applications. In this contribution, the properties, especially the electrochemical properties, of cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) films have been engineered by controlling their microstructures. By manipulating the deposition conditions, nanocrystalline, microcrystalline and epitaxial (001) 3C-SiC films are obtained with varied properties. The epitaxial 3C-SiC film presents the lowest double-layer capacitance and the highest reversibility of redox probes, because of its perfect (001) orientation and high phase purity. The highest double-layer capacitance and the lowest reversibility of redox probes have been realized on the nanocrystalline 3C-SiC film. Those are ascribed to its high amount of grain boundaries, amorphous phases and large diversity in its crystal size. Based on their diverse properties, the electrochemical performances of 3C-SiC films are evaluated in two kinds of potential applications, namely an electrochemical capacitor using a nanocrystalline film and an electrochemical dopamine sensor using the epitaxial 3C-SiC film. The nanocrystalline 3C-SiC film shows not only a high double layer capacitance (43-70 μF/cm(2)) but also a long-term stability of its capacitance. The epitaxial 3C-SiC film shows a low detection limit toward dopamine, which is one to 2 orders of magnitude lower than its normal concentration in tissue. Therefore, 3C-SiC film is a novel but designable material for different emerging electrochemical applications such as energy storage, biomedical/chemical sensors, environmental pollutant detectors, and so on.

  11. Vertical alignment of liquid crystal through ion beam exposure on oxygen-doped SiC films deposited at room temperature

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    Son, Phil Kook; Park, Jeung Hun; Kim, Jae Chang; Yoon, Tae-Hoon; Rho, Soon Joon; Jeon, Back Kyun; Shin, Sung Tae; Kim, Jang Sub; Lim, Soon Kwon

    2007-09-03

    The authors report the vertical alignment of liquid crystal (LC) through the ion beam exposure on amorphous oxygen-doped SiC (SiOC) film surfaces deposited at room temperature. The optical transmittance of these films was similar to that of polyimide layers, but much higher than that of SiO{sub x} films. The light leakage of a LC cell aligned vertically on SiOC films was much lower than those of a LC cell aligned on polyimide layers or other inorganic films. They found that LC molecules align vertically on ion beam treated SiOC film when the roughness of the electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) data is high on the SiOC film surface, while they align homogeneously when the roughness of the EFM data is low.

  12. Semiconducting properties of zinc-doped cubic boron nitride thin films

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    Nose, K.; Yoshida, T.

    2007-09-15

    We have examined the electronic properties of zinc-doped cubic boron nitride (cBN) thin films prepared by sputter deposition. The electric conductivity of films deposited in pure Ar increased as the concentration of zinc dopant increased, and hole conduction was identified by the measurement of thermoelectric currents. It was also found that the conductivity increment in such films was accompanied by a linear increase in the B/(B+N) ratio. At the same time, no modification of the composition and the conductivity by incorporated zinc was observed when film growth took place in presence of nitrogen gas. The effect of the excess boron on the conductivity emerged only when films show semi-insulating behavior. These results suggest that Zn substitution for nitrogen causes high electric conductivity of cBN. The electric contact between Ti electrode and semiconducting cBN was examined by the transfer length method, and Ohmic conduction was observed in the Ti/cBN contact. The specific contact resistance was affected by the specific resistance of cBN films, and it was reduced from 10{sup 5} to 100 {omega} cm{sup 2} by increasing the concentration of incorporated Zn.

  13. Growth of SiC thin films on (100) and (111) silicon by pulsed laser deposition combined with a vacuum annealing process

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    Huang, J.; Wang, L.; Wen, J.; Wang, Y.; Lin, C.; Zetterling, C.M.; Oestling, M.

    1999-07-01

    Crystalline 3C-SiC thin films were successfully grown on (100) and (111) Si substrates by using ArF pulsed laser ablation from a SiC ceramic target combined with a vacuum annealing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were employed to study the effect of annealing on the structure of thin films deposited at 800 C. It was demonstrated that vacuum annealing could transform the amorphous SiC films into crystalline phase and that the crystallinity was strongly dependent on the annealing temperature. For the samples deposited on (100) and (111) Si, the optimum annealing temperatures were 980 and 920 C, respectively. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs exhibited different characteristic microstructure for the (100) and (111) Si cases, similar to that observed for the carbonization layer initially formed in chemical vapor deposition of SiC films on Si. This also showed the presence of the epitaxial relationship of 3C-SiC[100]//Si[100] and 3C-SiC[111]//Si[111] in the direction of growth.

  14. Molecular dynamics simulation of delamination of a stiff, body-centered-cubic crystalline film from a compliant Si substrate

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    Hale, L. M.; Zhou, X. W.; Zimmerman, J. A.; Moody, N. R.; Ballarini, R.; Gerberich, W. W.

    2009-10-01

    Compliant substrate technology offers an effective approach to grow high-quality multilayered films, of importance to microelectronics and microelectromechanical systems devices. By using a thin, soft substrate to relieve the mismatch strain of an epitaxial film, the critical thickness of misfit dislocation formation in the overlayer is effectively increased. Experiments have indicated that stiff films deposited onto Si substrates can delaminate at the interface. However, the atomic mechanisms of the deformation and the fracture of the films have not been well studied. Here, we have applied molecular dynamics simulations to study the delamination of a stiff body-centered-cubic crystalline film from a compliant Si substrate due to tensile loading. The observed mechanical behavior is shown to be relatively independent of small changes in temperature, loading rate, and system size. Fracture occurs at the interface between the two materials resulting in nearly atomically clean surfaces. Dislocations are seen to nucleate in the body-centered-cubic film prior to delamination. At higher strains, a phase change to a face centered cubic is observed within the body-centered-cubic film, facilitating extensive dislocation growth and interaction. The various defects that form prior to fracture are discussed and related to the mechanical properties of the system.

  15. Methods for growth of relatively large step-free SiC crystal surfaces

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    Neudeck, Philip G. (Inventor); Powell, J. Anthony (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A method for growing arrays of large-area device-size films of step-free (i.e., atomically flat) SiC surfaces for semiconductor electronic device applications is disclosed. This method utilizes a lateral growth process that better overcomes the effect of extended defects in the seed crystal substrate that limited the obtainable step-free area achievable by prior art processes. The step-free SiC surface is particularly suited for the heteroepitaxial growth of 3C (cubic) SiC, AlN, and GaN films used for the fabrication of both surface-sensitive devices (i.e., surface channel field effect transistors such as HEMT's and MOSFET's) as well as high-electric field devices (pn diodes and other solid-state power switching devices) that are sensitive to extended crystal defects.

  16. Nucleation and growth of cubic boron nitride films produced by ion-assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Friedmann, T.A.; Medlin, D.L.; Mirkarimi, P.B.; McCarty, K.F.; Klaus, E.J.; Boehme, D.R.; Johnsen, H.A.; Mills, M.J.; Ottesen, D.K.

    1993-12-31

    We are studying the boron nitride system using a pulsed excimer laser to ablate from hexagonal BN (cBN) targets to form cubic BN (cBN) films. We are depositing BN films on heated (25--800C) Si (100) surfaces and are using a broad-beam ion source operated with Ar and N{sub 2} source gases to produce BN films with a high percentage of sp{sup 3}-bonded cBN. In order to optimize growth and nucleation of cBN films, parametric studies of the growth parameters have been performed. The best films to date show >85% sp{sup 3}-bonded BN as determined from Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) reflection spectroscopy. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction confirm the presence of cBN in these samples. The films are polycrystalline and show grain sizes up to 30--40 mn. We find from both the FTIR and TEM analyses that the cBN content in these films evolves with growth time. Initially, the films are deposited as hBN and the cBN nucleates on this hBN underlayer. Importantly, the position of the cBN IR phonon also changes with growth time. Initially this mode appears near 1130 cm{sup {minus}1} and the position decreases with growth time to a constant value of 1085 cm{sup {minus}1}. Since in bulk cBN this IR mode appears at 1065 cm{sup {minus}1}, a large compressive stress induced by the ion bombardment is suggested. In addition, we report on the variation in cBN percentage with temperature.

  17. Cubic AlN thin film formation on quartz substrate by pulse laser deposition

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    Biju, Zheng; Wen, Hu

    2016-06-01

    Cubic AlN thin films were obtained on quartz substrate by pulse laser deposition in a nitrogen reactive atmosphere. A Nd-YAG laser with a wavelength of 1064 nm was used as the laser source. In order to study the influence of the process parameters on the deposited AlN film, the experiments were performed at various technique parameters of laser energy density from 70 to 260 J/cm2, substrate temperature from room temperature to 800 °C and nitrogen pressure from 0.1 to 50 Pa. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were applied to characterize the structure and surface morphology of the deposited AlN films. It was found that the structure of AlN films deposited in a vacuum is rocksalt under the condition of substrate temperature 600-800 °C, nitrogen pressure 10-0.1 Pa and a moderate laser energy density (190 J/cm2). The high quality AlN film exhibited good optical property. Project supported by the Yunnan Provincial Natural of Science Foundation of China (No. KKSY201251089).

  18. Surface Chemistry, Microstructure, and Tribological Properties of Cubic Boron Nitride Films

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    Watanabe, Shuichi; Wheeler, Donald R.; Abel, Phillip B.; Street, Kenneth W.; Miyoshi, Kazuhisa; Murakawa, Masao; Miyake, Shojiro

    1998-01-01

    This report deals with the surface chemistry, microstructure, bonding state, morphology, and friction and wear properties of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) films that were synthesized by magnetically enhanced plasma ion plating. Several analytical techniques - x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and surface profilometry - were used to characterize the films. Sliding friction experiments using a ball-on-disk configuration were conducted for the c-BN films in sliding contact with 440C stainless-steel balls at room temperature in ultrahigh vacuum (pressure, 10(exp -6), in ambient air, and under water lubrication. Results indicate that the boron-to-nitrogen ratio on the surface of the as-deposited c-BN film is greater than 1 and that not all the boron is present as boron nitride but a small percentage is present as an oxide. Both in air and under water lubrication, the c-BN film in sliding contact with steel showed a low wear rate, whereas a high wear rate was observed in vacuum. In air and under water lubrication, c-BN exhibited wear resistance superior to that of amorphous boron nitride, titanium nitride, and titanium carbide.

  19. Functionalization of cubic boron nitride films with rhodamine B and their fluorescent properties

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    Liu, W. M.; Zhang, H. Y.; Wang, P. F.; Ye, Q.; Yang, Y.; He, B.; Bello, I.; Lee, S. T.; Zhang, W. J.

    2011-08-01

    Fluorophore-functionalized cubic boron nitride (cBN) films grown by chemical vapor deposition were achieved by immobilizing rhodamine B isothiocyanate onto their surfaces. To perform the immobilization, the cBN substrates were modified with amino groups by photochemical reaction between hydrogen-terminated cBN surfaces and allylamine. The surface analysis of hydrogen-terminated cBN films surfaces and after functionalization with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy verified that rhodamine B was indeed attached to the cBN surfaces with covalent bonding. The rhodamine B-functionalized cBN surfaces showed significant variation in fluorescent spectra and confocal imaging upon the treatment in acidic or basic solutions.

  20. Functionalization of cubic boron nitride films with rhodamine B and their fluorescent properties

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    Liu, W. M.; Zhang, H. Y.; Wang, P. F.; Ye, Q.; Yang, Y.; He, B.; Bello, I.; Lee, S. T.; Zhang, W. J.

    2011-08-08

    Fluorophore-functionalized cubic boron nitride (cBN) films grown by chemical vapor deposition were achieved by immobilizing rhodamine B isothiocyanate onto their surfaces. To perform the immobilization, the cBN substrates were modified with amino groups by photochemical reaction between hydrogen-terminated cBN surfaces and allylamine. The surface analysis of hydrogen-terminated cBN films surfaces and after functionalization with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy verified that rhodamine B was indeed attached to the cBN surfaces with covalent bonding. The rhodamine B-functionalized cBN surfaces showed significant variation in fluorescent spectra and confocal imaging upon the treatment in acidic or basic solutions.

  1. Residual compressive stress and intensity of infrared absorption of cubic BN films prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Yang, Hang-Sheng; Jin, Pan-Pan; Xu, Ya-Bo; Li, Hai-Yang

    2014-03-01

    Theoretical and experimental investigations on the dependence of the intensity of infrared (IR) absorption of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride thin films under the residual compressive stress conditions have been performed. Our results indicate that the intensity of the IR absorption is proportional to the total degree of freedom of all the ions in the ordered regions. The reduction of interstitial Ar atom concentration, which causes the increase in the ordered regions of cubic boron nitride (cBN) crystallites, could be one cause for the increase in the intensity of IR absorption after residual compressive stress relaxation. Theoretical derivation is in good agreement with the experimental results concerning the IR absorption intensity and the Ar interstitial atom concentration in cubic boron nitride films measured by energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy. Our results also suggest that the interstitial Ar is the origin of residual compressive stress accumulation in plasma enhanced cBN film deposition.

  2. Effect of cubic phase evolution on field emission properties of boron nitride island films

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    Teii, Kungen; Yamao, Ryota; Matsumoto, Seiichiro

    2009-12-01

    Field emission performance of boron nitride (BN) island films is studied in terms of cubic phase evolution in plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Fine-grained island films with large surface roughness can be grown for initial sp{sup 2}-bonded BN and subsequent cubic BN (cBN) phases by using low-energy (approx20 eV) ion bombardment. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that the electron affinity is as low as 0.3 eV for both sp{sup 2}-bonded BN and cBN phases. The evolution of cBN islands reduces the turn-on field down to around 9 V/mum and increases the current density up to 10{sup -4} A/cm{sup 2}. The emission is facilitated by the larger field enhancement due to the larger roughness and the higher conduction of cBN islands. The potential barrier height is estimated to be about 3.4 eV for emission from the Fermi level, while it is only about 0.3 eV for 'conduction band emission'.

  3. Epitaxial Cubic Ce2O3 Films via Ce-CeO2 Interfacial Reaction.

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    Stetsovych, Vitalii; Pagliuca, Federico; Dvořák, Filip; Duchoň, Tomáš; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Aulická, Marie; Lachnitt, Jan; Schernich, Stefan; Matolínová, Iva; Veltruská, Kateřina; Skála, Tomáš; Mazur, Daniel; Mysliveček, Josef; Libuda, Jörg; Matolín, Vladimír

    2013-03-21

    Thin films of reduced ceria supported on metals are often applied as substrates in model studies of the chemical reactivity of ceria based catalysts. Of special interest are the properties of oxygen vacancies in ceria. However, thin films of ceria prepared by established methods become increasingly disordered as the concentration of vacancies increases. Here, we propose an alternative method for preparing ordered reduced ceria films based on the physical vapor deposition and interfacial reaction of Ce with CeO2 films. The method yields bulk-truncated layers of cubic c-Ce2O3. Compared to CeO2 these layers contain 25% of perfectly ordered vacancies in the surface and subsurface allowing well-defined measurements of the properties of ceria in the limit of extreme reduction. Experimentally, c-Ce2O3(111) layers are easily identified by a characteristic 4 × 4 surface reconstruction with respect to CeO2(111). In addition, c-Ce2O3 layers represent an experimental realization of a normally unstable polymorph of Ce2O3. During interfacial reaction, c-Ce2O3 nucleates on the interface between CeO2 buffer and Ce overlayer and is further stabilized most likely by the tetragonal distortion of the ceria layers on Cu. The characteristic kinetics of the metal-oxide interfacial reactions may represent a vehicle for making other metastable oxide structures experimentally available.

  4. Low threshold field emission from high-quality cubic boron nitride films

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    Teii, Kungen; Matsumoto, Seiichiro

    2012-05-01

    Field emission performance of materials with mixed sp2/sp3 phases often depends upon the phase composition at the surface. In this study, the emission performance of high-quality cubic boron nitride (cBN) films is studied in terms of phase purity. Thick cBN films consisting of micron-sized grains are prepared from boron trifluoride gas by chemical vapor deposition in a plasma jet and an inductively coupled plasma. Both the bulk and surface phase purities as well as crystallinities of cBN evaluated by visible and ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy, glancing-angle x-ray diffraction, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are the highest when the film is deposited in a plasma jet under an optimized condition. The emission turn-on field decreases with increasing the phase purity, down to around 5 V/μm for the highest cBN purity, due to the larger field enhancement, while it is higher than 14 V/μm without cBN (sp2-bonded hexagonal BN only). The results indicate that the total field enhancement for the high phase purity film is governed by the internal field amplification related to the surface coverage of more conductive cBN, rather than the external one related to the surface topology or roughness.

  5. Etching characteristics and mechanisms of SiC thin films in inductively-coupled HBr-Ar, N{sub 2}, O{sub 2} plasmas

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    Efremov, Alexander; Kang, Sungchil; Kwon, Kwang-Ho; Seok Choi, Won

    2011-11-15

    Etch characteristics and mechanisms of SiC thin films in HBr-Ar, HBr-N{sub 2}, and HBr-O{sub 2} inductively-coupled plasmas were studied using a combination of experimental and modeling methods. The etch rates of SiC thin films were measured as functions of the additive gas fraction in the range of 0-100% for Ar, N{sub 2}, and O{sub 2} at a fixed gas pressure (6 mTorr), input power (700 W), bias power (200 W), and total gas flow rate (40 sccm). The plasma chemistry was analyzed using Langmuir probe diagnostics and a global (zero-dimensional) plasma model. The good agreement between the behaviors of the SiC etch rate and the H atom flux could suggest that a chemical etch pathway is rather controlled by the gasification of carbon through the CH{sub x} or CH{sub x}Br{sub y} compounds.

  6. The Improvement of Ion Plated Ag and Au Film Adherence to Si3N4 and SiC Surfaces for Increased Tribological Performance

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    Spalvins, Talivaldis

    1998-01-01

    A modified dc-diode plating system, utilizing a metallic screen cage as a cathode and referred as SCREEN CAGE ION PLATING (SCIP), is used to deposit Ag and Au lubricating films on Si3N4 and SiC surfaces. When deposition is performed in Ar or N2, glow discharge, the surface displays poor adhesive strength (less than 5 MPa). A dramatic increase in adhesive strength (less than 80 MPa) is achieved when plating is performed in a reactive 50% 02 + 50% Ar glow discharge. The excited/ionized oxygen species (O2(+)/O(+) in the glow discharge contribute to the oxidation of the Si3N4 or SiC surfaces as determined by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XTS) depth profiling. The reactively sputter-oxidized S3N4 or SiC surfaces and the activated-oxidized-metastable Ag or Au species formed in the plasma cooperatively contribute to the increased adherence. As a result, the linear thermal expansion coefficient mismatch at the interface is reduced. These lubricating Ag and Au films under sliding conditions reduce the friction coefficient by a factor of 2-1/2 to 4.

  7. Effect of different thickness crystalline SiC buffer layers on the ordering of MgB{sub 2} films probed by extended x-ray absorption fine structure

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    Putri, W. B. K.; Tran, D. H.; Kang, B.; Lee, O. Y.; Kang, W. N.; Miyanaga, T.; Yang, D. S.

    2014-03-07

    Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy is a powerful method to investigate the local structure of thin films. Here, we have studied EXAFS of MgB{sub 2} films grown on SiC buffer layers. Crystalline SiC buffer layers with different thickness of 70, 100, and 130 nm were deposited on the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) substrates by using a pulsed laser deposition method, and then MgB{sub 2} films were grown on the SiC buffer layer by using a hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition technique. Transition temperature of MgB{sub 2} film decreased with increasing thickness of SiC buffer layer. However, the T{sub c} dropping went no farther than 100 nm-thick-SiC. This uncommon behavior of transition temperature is likely to be created from electron-phonon interaction in MgB{sub 2} films, which is believed to be related to the ordering of MgB{sub 2} atomic bonds, especially in the ordering of Mg–Mg bonds. Analysis from Mg K-edge EXAFS measurements showed interesting ordering behavior of MgB{sub 2} films. It is noticeable that the ordering of Mg–B bonds is found to decrease monotonically with the increase in SiC thickness of the MgB{sub 2} films, while the opposite happens with the ordering in Mg–Mg bonds. Based on these results, crystalline SiC buffer layers in MgB{sub 2} films seemingly have evident effects on the alteration of the local structure of the MgB{sub 2} film.

  8. The Urbach focus and optical properties of amorphous hydrogenated SiC thin films

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    Guerra, J. A.; Angulo, J. R.; Gomez, S.; Llamoza, J.; Montañez, L. M.; Tejada, A.; Töfflinger, J. A.; Winnacker, A.; Weingärtner, R.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the optical bandgap engineering of sputtered hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) thin films under different hydrogen dilution conditions during the deposition process and after post-deposition annealing treatments. The Tauc-gap and Urbach energy are calculated from ultraviolet-visible optical transmittance measurements. Additionally, the effect of the thermal annealing temperature on the hydrogen out-diffusion is assessed through infra-red absorption spectroscopy. A new model for the optical absorption of amorphous semiconductors is presented and employed to determine the bandgap as well as the Urbach energy from a single fit of the absorption coefficient. This model allowed the discrimination of the Urbach tail from the Tauc region without any external bias. Finally, the effect of the hydrogen dilution on the band-edge and the Urbach focus is discussed.

  9. Evidence for rhombohedral boron nitride in cubic boron nitride films grown by ion-assisted deposition

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    Medlin, D.L.; Friedmann, T.A.; Mirkarimi, P.B.; Mills, M.J.; McCarty, K.F. )

    1994-09-15

    We present high-resolution transmission electron-microscopic observations of the [ital sp][sup 2]-bonded material that remains with the [ital sp][sup 3]-bonded cubic boron nitride (cBN) in films grown by ion-assisted deposition. These observations show regions of [ital sp][sup 2]-bonded material that are in a three-layer stacking configuration rather than the two-layer configuration of hexagonal boron nitride. Measurement of the lattice fringe angles shows that the observed three-layer stacking is consistent with the metastable, rhombohedral structure (rBN). Significantly, rBN allows for a diffusionless pathway for cBN synthesis under high pressure, unlike the high-activation-energy route that is required to directly convert the hexagonal phase to cBN. This low-energy pathway is considered in relation to recent work in the literature indicating that ion-induced compressive stress plays a critical role in the synthesis of thin-film cBN.

  10. Direct deposition of cubic boron nitride films on tungsten carbide-cobalt.

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    Teii, Kungen; Matsumoto, Seiichiro

    2012-10-24

    Thick cubic boron nitride (cBN) films in micrometer-scale are deposited on tungsten carbide-cobalt (WC-Co) substrates without adhesion interlayers by inductively coupled plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (ICP-CVD) using the chemistry of fluorine. The residual film stress is reduced because of very low ion-impact energies (a few eV to ∼25 eV) controlled by the plasma sheath potential. Two types of substrate pretreatment are used successively; the removal of surface Co binder using an acid solution suppresses the catalytic effect of Co and triggers cBN formation, and the surface roughening using mechanical scratching and hydrogen plasma etching increases both the in-depth cBN fraction and deposition rate. The substrate surface condition is evaluated by the wettability of the probe liquids with different polarities and quantified by the apparent surface free energy calculated from the contact angle. The surface roughening enhances the compatibility in energy between the cBN and substrate, which are bridged by the interfacial sp(2)-bonded hexagonal BN buffer layer, and then, the cBN overlayer is nucleated and evolved easier.

  11. Wurtzite ZnO (001) films grown on cubic MgO (001) with bulk-like opto-electronic properties

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    Zhou Hua; Wang Huiqiong; Chen Xiaohang; Zhan Huahan; Kang Junyong; Wu Lijun; Zhu Yimei; Zhang Lihua; Kisslinger, Kim

    2011-10-03

    We report the growth of ZnO (001) wurtzite thin films with bulk-like opto-electronic properties on MgO (001) cubic substrates using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction patterns and ex situ high resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicate that the structure transition from the cubic MgO substrates to the hexagonal films involves 6 ZnO variants that have the same structure but different orientations. This work demonstrates the possibility of integrating wurtzite ZnO films and functional cubic substrates while maintaining their bulk-like properties.

  12. Interface reactions between Pd thin films and SiC by thermal annealing and SHI irradiation

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    Njoroge, E. G.; Theron, C. C.; Skuratov, V. A.; Wamwangi, D.; Hlatshwayo, T. T.; Comrie, C. M.; Malherbe, J. B.

    2016-03-01

    The solid-state reactions between Pd thin films and 6H-SiC substrates induced by thermal annealing, room temperature swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation and high temperature SHI irradiation have been investigated by in situ and real-time Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD). At room temperature, no silicides were detected to have formed in the Pd/SiC samples. Two reaction growth zones were observed in the samples annealed in situ and analysed by real time RBS. The initial reaction growth region led to formation of Pd3Si or (Pd2Si + Pd4Si) as the initial phase(s) to form at a temperature of about 450 °C. Thereafter, the reaction zone did not change until a temperature of 640 °C was attained where Pd2Si was observed to form in the reaction zone. Kinetic analysis of the initial reaction indicates very fast reaction rates of about 1.55 × 1015 at cm-2/s and the Pd silicide formed grew linear with time. SHI irradiation of the Pd/SiC samples was performed by 167 MeV Xe26+ ions at room temperature at high fluences of 1.07 × 1014 and 4 × 1014 ions/cm2 and at 400 °C at lower fluences of 5 × 1013 ions/cm2. The Pd/SiC interface was analysed by RBS and no SHI induced diffusion was observed for room temperature irradiations. The sample irradiated at 400 °C, SHI induced diffusion was observed to occur accompanied with the formation of Pd4Si, Pd9Si2 and Pd5Si phases which were identified by GIXRD analysis.

  13. Growth, nitrogen vacancy reduction and solid solution formation in cubic GaN thin films and the subsequent fabrication of superlattice structures using AlN and inn. Final report, 1 June 1986-31 December 1992

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    Davis, R.F.

    1992-12-01

    An atomic layer epitaxy deposition system configured for the growth of thin films of the III-V nitrides of A1, Ga and In has been designed, constructed and commissioned. The system allows the introduction of up to 16 gases without mixing. Self-terminating growth of crystalline GaN films has been achieved on single crystal wafers of (0001) alpha(6H)-SiC. Results of analyses via Auger spectroscopy, electron microscopy and electron diffraction are described. Deposition of AIN and GaN via gas-source MBE was also continued during this period. The principal emphasis concerned the initial stages of growth of both compounds on the substrates of (00001) alpha(6H)-SiC and (0001) sapphire, as determined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. An initial layer of silicon nitride formed on the surface of SiC prior to the deposition of either nitride. The deposition of GaN on sapphire followed the Stranski-Krastanov mode of nucleation and growth, while on SiC, characteristics of three-dimensional growth were evident. By contrast, AlN grew initially in a layer-by-layer mode. Deposition of GaN on vicinal (100) Beta-SiC during UV irradiation resulted in the formation of a new 4H polytype of this material. Deposition of BN via gas-source MBE on Cu(110) resulted in nanocrystalline cBN; films grown on (111) Cu resulted in h-BN (graphitic phase). Similar studies using Si(100) substrates also resulted in the occurrence of cBN. The occurrence of the cubic polytype was enhanced while that of h-BN was discouraged with the use of the UV light at 400-500 deg C.

  14. Current-direction dependence of the transport properties in single-crystalline face-centered-cubic cobalt films

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    Xiao, X.; Liang, J. H.; Chen, B. L.; Li, J. X.; Ding, Z.; Wu, Y. Z.; Ma, D. H.

    2015-07-28

    Face-centered-cubic cobalt films are epitaxially grown on insulating LaAlO{sub 3}(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Transport measurements are conducted in different current directions relative to the crystal axes. We find that the temperature dependent anisotropic magnetoresistance ratio strongly depends on the current direction. However, the anomalous Hall effect shows isotropic behavior independent of the current direction. Our results demonstrate the interplay between the current direction and the crystalline lattice in single-crystalline ferromagnetic films. A phenomenological analysis is presented to interpret the experimental data.

  15. Three-dimensional kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of cubic transition metal nitride thin film growth

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    Nita, F.; Mastail, C.; Abadias, G.

    2016-02-01

    A three-dimensional kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) model has been developed and used to simulate the microstructure and growth morphology of cubic transition metal nitride (TMN) thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. Results are presented for the case of stoichiometric TiN, chosen as a representative TMN prototype. The model is based on a NaCl-type rigid lattice and includes deposition and diffusion events for both N and Ti species. It is capable of reproducing voids and overhangs, as well as surface faceting. Simulations were carried out assuming a uniform flux of incoming particles approaching the surface at normal incidence. The ballistic deposition model is parametrized with an interaction parameter r0 that mimics the capture distance at which incoming particles may stick on the surface, equivalently to a surface trapping mechanism. Two diffusion models are implemented, based on the different ways to compute the site-dependent activation energy for hopping atoms. The influence of temperature (300-500 K), deposition flux (0.1-100 monolayers/s), and interaction parameter r0 (1.5-6.0 Å) on the obtained growth morphology are presented. Microstructures ranging from highly porous, [001]-oriented straight columns with smooth top surface to rough columns emerging with different crystallographic facets are reproduced, depending on kinetic restrictions, deposited energy (seemingly captured by r0), and shadowing effect. The development of facets is a direct consequence of the diffusion model which includes an intrinsic (minimum energy-based) diffusion anisotropy, although no crystallographic diffusion anisotropy was explicitly taken into account at this stage. The time-dependent morphological evolution is analyzed quantitatively to extract the growth exponent β and roughness exponent α , as indicators of kinetic roughening behavior. For dense TiN films, values of α ≈0.7 and β =0.24 are obtained in good agreement with existing experimental data. At this

  16. Study of structural properties of cubic InN films on GaAs(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy and migration enhanced epitaxy

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    Casallas-Moreno, Y. L.; Perez-Caro, M.; Gallardo-Hernandez, S.; Ramirez-Lopez, M.; Martinez-Velis, I.; Lopez-Lopez, M.; Escobosa-Echavarria, A.

    2013-06-07

    InN epitaxial films with cubic phase were grown by rf-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (RF-MBE) on GaAs(001) substrates employing two methods: migration-enhanced epitaxy (MEE) and conventional MBE technique. The films were synthesized at different growth temperatures ranging from 490 to 550 Degree-Sign C, and different In beam fluxes (BEP{sub In}) ranging from 5.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} to 9.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} Torr. We found the optimum conditions for the nucleation of the cubic phase of the InN using a buffer composed of several thin layers, according to reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns. Crystallographic analysis by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD) and RHEED confirmed the growth of c-InN by the two methods. We achieved with the MEE method a higher crystal quality and higher cubic phase purity. The ratio of cubic to hexagonal components in InN films was estimated from the ratio of the integrated X-ray diffraction intensities of the cubic (002) and hexagonal (1011) planes measured by X-ray reciprocal space mapping (RSM). For MEE samples, the cubic phase of InN increases employing higher In beam fluxes and higher growth temperatures. We have obtained a cubic purity phase of 96.4% for a film grown at 510 Degree-Sign C by MEE.

  17. Substrate surface effect on the structure of cubic BN thin films from synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction and reflection

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    Zhang, X. M.; Wen, W.; Li, X. L.; He, Q.; Zhou, X. T.

    2013-02-01

    Cubic BN (cBN) thin films prepared by mass-selected ion beam deposition technique (MSIBD) on Si substrates with different surface roughness were studied by synchrotron-based grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GI-XRD) and X-ray reflectivity (XRR) measurements. The BN films are mostly composed of two phases. One is cBN phase, the other is hexagonal BN (hBN) phase. The cubic phase content of the thin films is dependent on the roughness of their corresponding substrates. The smooth substrate surface is helpful for the nucleation of the cBN phase. cBN phase is mostly grown in the near surface region of the films and there is a hBN interlayer at the film-substrate interface. GIXRD and XRR are proved to be powerful tools for analyzing the structure of the cBN thin films.

  18. Single-crystal cubic boron nitride thin films grown by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hirama, Kazuyuki; Taniyasu, Yoshitaka; Karimoto, Shin-ichi; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2014-03-01

    We investigated the formation of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) thin films on diamond (001) and (111) substrates by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The metastable c-BN (sp3-bonded BN) phase can be epitaxially grown as a result of the interplay between competitive phase formation and selective etching. We show that a proper adjustment of acceleration voltage for N2+ and Ar+ ions is a key to selectively discriminate non-sp3 BN phases. At low acceleration voltage values, the sp2-bonded BN is dominantly formed, while at high acceleration voltages, etching dominates irrespective of the bonding characteristics of BN.

  19. Binary-collision modeling of ion-induced stress relaxation in cubic BN and amorphous C thin films

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    Abendroth, B.; Jaeger, H. U.; Moeller, W.; Bilek, M.

    2007-04-30

    It is demonstrated that ion-bombardment-induced stress release during physical vapor deposition of cubic boron nitride (cBN) and amorphous carbon (aC) films is related to collisional relocation of atoms. A model based on TRIM and molecular dynamics computer simulations is presented. Experimental results obtained using pulsed substrate bias are in good agreement with the model predictions at adequately chosen threshold energies of atomic relocation. The collisional relaxation model describes the experimental data significantly better than the widely applied thermal spike model.

  20. Thermo-Mechanical Optimization of a Gold Thick-film based SiC Die-attach Assembly using Finite Element Analysis

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    Lin, Shun-Tien; Chen, Liang-Yu

    2002-01-01

    A parametric study of the thermomechanical reliability of a Au thick-film based Sic-die- attach assembly using nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) was conducted to optimize the die-attach thermo-mechanical performance for operation at temperatures from room temperature to 500 "C. This parametric study centered on material selection, structure design and process control. The die-attach assembly is composed of a 1 mm x 1 mm S i c die attached to a ceramic substrate (either 96% aluminum oxide (A1203) or aluminum nitride (AlN)) with a gold (Au) thick-film attach layer. The effects of die-size, Au attach layer thickness, substrate material, and stress relaxing temperature on the stress/strain distribution and relative fatigue lifetime of the die-attach assembly were numerically analyzed. By comparing the calculated permanent strain in the thick-film attach layer, FEA results indicate that AlN is superior to Al2O3. Thicker Au attach layers and smaller die sizes are recommended to reduce the permanent strain in thick-film die attach layer. Thicker S i c die also reduces the stress near the (top) surface region of the die. A stress relaxing temperature close to the midpoint of the operating temperature range further reduces the maximum stress/strain, thereby improving die-attach thermo-mechanical reliability. These recommendations present guidelines to optimize the thermo-mechanical performance of the die-attach assembly and are valid for a wide range of thermal environments.

  1. Site-Specific Atomic and Electronic Structure Analysis of Epitaxial Silicon Oxynitride Thin Film on SiC(0001) by Photoelectron and Auger Electron Diffractions

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    Maejima, Naoyuki; Matsui, Fumihiko; Matsui, Hirosuke; Goto, Kentaro; Matsushita, Tomohiro; Tanaka, Satoru; Daimon, Hiroshi

    2014-04-01

    The film and interface structures of epitaxial silicon oxynitride (SiON) thin film grown on a SiC(0001) surface were investigated by photoelectron diffraction. Forward focusing peaks (FFPs) corresponding to the directions from the photoelectron emitter atom to the surrounding atoms appeared in the photoelectron intensity angular distribution (PIAD). By comparing N 1s PIAD with those of Si 2p and C 1s, we confirmed that the nitrogen atoms at SiON/SiC interface replace carbon atoms at stacking fault sites. Two kinds of oxygen atom sites exist in the previously proposed model [T. Shirasawa et al.: Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 136105 (2007)]. FFP corresponding to Si-O-Si perpendicular bonds was observed in the O 1s PIAD, while diffraction rings were observed in the KLL Auger electron intensity angular distribution (AIAD), which were attributed to the diffraction patterns from outermost oxygen sites. Furthermore, O K-edge X-ray absorption spectra combined with AIAD were analyzed. An electronic structure specific to each oxygen atom site was successfully separated.

  2. Static and dynamic magnetic properties of cubic Mn-Co-Ga Heusler films

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    Demiray, A. S. Iihama, S.; Naganuma, H.; Oogane, M.; Ando, Y.; Kubota, T.; Mizukami, S. Miyazaki, T.

    2014-05-07

    We investigated the static and dynamic magnetic properties of thin films of Mn-Co-Ga Heusler compound. Gilbert damping and exchange stiffness constants of the films were evaluated by using the ferromagnetic resonance technique in the X-band regime (f = 9.4 GHz). By analyzing the experimental spectra, magnetic parameters of the films such as the line width and the Gilbert damping were deduced, and the exchange stiffness constant was estimated from the perpendicular standing spin-wave resonance. The Gilbert damping constant was estimated to be 0.017 in a specific film composition. The exchange stiffness constant showed a linear dependence on the film composition.

  3. Laser ablation for membrane processing of AlGaN/GaN- and micro structured ferroelectric thin film MEMS and SiC pressure sensors for extreme conditions

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    Zehetner, J.; Vanko, G.; Dzuba, J.; Ryger, I.; Lalinsky, T.; Benkler, Manuel; Lucki, Michal

    2015-05-01

    AlGaN/GaN based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs), Schottky diodes and/or resistors have been presented as sensing devices for mechanical or chemical sensors operating in extreme conditions. In addition we investigate ferroelectric thin films for integration into micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS). Creation of appropriate diaphragms and/or cantilevers out of SiC is necessary for further improvement of sensing properties of such MEMS sensors. For example sensitivity of the AlGaN/GaN based MEMS pressure sensor can be modified by membrane thickness. We demonstrated that a 4H-SiC 80μm thick diaphragms can be fabricated much faster with laser ablation than by electrochemical, photochemical or reactive ion etching (RIE). We were able to verify the feasibility of this process by fabrication of micromechanical membrane structures also in bulk 3C-SiC, borosilicate glass, sapphire and Al2O3 ceramic substrates by femtosecond laser (520nm) ablation. On a 350μm thick 4H-SiC substrate we produced an array of 275μm deep and 1000μm to 3000μm of diameter blind holes without damaging the 2μm AlN layer at the back side. In addition we investigated ferroelectric thin films as they can be deposited and micro-patterned by a direct UV-lithography method after the ablation process for a specific membrane design. The risk to harm or damage the function of thin films was eliminated by that means. Some defects in the ablated membranes are also affected by the polarisation of the laser light. Ripple structures oriented perpendicular to the laser polarisation promote creation of pin holes which would perforate a thin membrane. We developed an ablation technique strongly inhibiting formation of ripples and pin poles.

  4. Surface Transfer Doping of Cubic Boron Nitride Films by MoO3 and Tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ).

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    He, Bin; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Lo, Ming-Fai; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhang, Wenjun

    2015-05-13

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) has strong potential for the applications in high-temperature and high-power electronics and deep ultraviolet devices due to its outstanding combined physical and chemical properties. P-type surface transfer doping of heteroepitaxial cBN films was achieved by employing MoO3 and tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) as the surface dopants. The surface conductivities of hydrogenated cBN films increased by 3-6 orders after the deposition of surface dopants. The photoemission spectroscopy (PES) measurements revealed the variation of electronic structures at the interface regions, which suggested that the electron transfer from cBN films to the surface dopants induced hole accumulation at the cBN surface and the increase of surface conductivity. Based on the PES results, the energy level diagrams at MoO3/cBN and F4-TCNQ/cBN interfaces were determined. The achievement provided a potential approach for fabricating cBN-based electronic devices, especially on micrometer and nanometer scales. PMID:25915092

  5. Surface Transfer Doping of Cubic Boron Nitride Films by MoO3 and Tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ).

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    He, Bin; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Lo, Ming-Fai; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhang, Wenjun

    2015-05-13

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) has strong potential for the applications in high-temperature and high-power electronics and deep ultraviolet devices due to its outstanding combined physical and chemical properties. P-type surface transfer doping of heteroepitaxial cBN films was achieved by employing MoO3 and tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) as the surface dopants. The surface conductivities of hydrogenated cBN films increased by 3-6 orders after the deposition of surface dopants. The photoemission spectroscopy (PES) measurements revealed the variation of electronic structures at the interface regions, which suggested that the electron transfer from cBN films to the surface dopants induced hole accumulation at the cBN surface and the increase of surface conductivity. Based on the PES results, the energy level diagrams at MoO3/cBN and F4-TCNQ/cBN interfaces were determined. The achievement provided a potential approach for fabricating cBN-based electronic devices, especially on micrometer and nanometer scales.

  6. Pure Cubic-Phase Hybrid Iodobismuthates AgBi2 I7 for Thin-Film Photovoltaics.

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    Kim, Younghoon; Yang, Zhenyu; Jain, Ankit; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Kim, Gi-Hwan; Liu, Min; Quan, Li Na; García de Arquer, F Pelayo; Comin, Riccardo; Fan, James Z; Sargent, Edward H

    2016-08-01

    Bismuth-based hybrid perovskites are candidates for lead-free and air-stable photovoltaics, but poor surface morphologies and a high band-gap energy have previously limited these hybrid perovskites. A new materials processing strategy to produce enhanced bismuth-based thin-film photovoltaic absorbers by incorporation of monovalent silver cations into iodobismuthates is presented. Solution-processed AgBi2 I7 thin films are prepared by spin-coating silver and bismuth precursors dissolved in n-butylamine and annealing under an N2 atmosphere. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the pure cubic structure (Fd3m) with lattice parameters of a=b=c=12.223 Å. The resultant AgBi2 I7 thin films exhibit dense and pinhole-free surface morphologies with grains ranging in size from 200-800 nm and a low band gap of 1.87 eV suitable for photovoltaic applications. Initial studies produce solar power conversion efficiencies of 1.22 % and excellent stability over at least 10 days under ambient conditions. PMID:27355567

  7. Pure Cubic-Phase Hybrid Iodobismuthates AgBi2 I7 for Thin-Film Photovoltaics.

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    Kim, Younghoon; Yang, Zhenyu; Jain, Ankit; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Kim, Gi-Hwan; Liu, Min; Quan, Li Na; García de Arquer, F Pelayo; Comin, Riccardo; Fan, James Z; Sargent, Edward H

    2016-08-01

    Bismuth-based hybrid perovskites are candidates for lead-free and air-stable photovoltaics, but poor surface morphologies and a high band-gap energy have previously limited these hybrid perovskites. A new materials processing strategy to produce enhanced bismuth-based thin-film photovoltaic absorbers by incorporation of monovalent silver cations into iodobismuthates is presented. Solution-processed AgBi2 I7 thin films are prepared by spin-coating silver and bismuth precursors dissolved in n-butylamine and annealing under an N2 atmosphere. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the pure cubic structure (Fd3m) with lattice parameters of a=b=c=12.223 Å. The resultant AgBi2 I7 thin films exhibit dense and pinhole-free surface morphologies with grains ranging in size from 200-800 nm and a low band gap of 1.87 eV suitable for photovoltaic applications. Initial studies produce solar power conversion efficiencies of 1.22 % and excellent stability over at least 10 days under ambient conditions.

  8. Single-crystal cubic boron nitride thin films grown by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hirama, Kazuyuki Taniyasu, Yoshitaka; Karimoto, Shin-ichi; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2014-03-03

    We investigated the formation of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) thin films on diamond (001) and (111) substrates by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The metastable c-BN (sp{sup 3}-bonded BN) phase can be epitaxially grown as a result of the interplay between competitive phase formation and selective etching. We show that a proper adjustment of acceleration voltage for N{sub 2}{sup +} and Ar{sup +} ions is a key to selectively discriminate non-sp{sup 3} BN phases. At low acceleration voltage values, the sp{sup 2}-bonded BN is dominantly formed, while at high acceleration voltages, etching dominates irrespective of the bonding characteristics of BN.

  9. Orientation-dependence of elastic strain energy in hexagonal and cubic boron nitride layers in energetically deposited BN films

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    Cardinale, G.F.; Medlin, D.L.; Mirkarimi, P.B.; McCarty, K.F.; Howitt, D.G.

    1997-01-01

    Using anisotropic elasticity theory, we analyze the relative thermodynamic stabilities of strained graphitic (hexagonal) BN and cubic BN (cBN) single-crystal structures for all orientations of biaxial stress and strain fields relative to the crystallographic directions. In hBN, the most thermodynamically stable orientation has the graphitic basal planes oriented roughly 45{degree} relative to either the plane of stress or strain. For cBN, the lowest-energy configuration differs for the constant stress or constant strain assumptions. Importantly, these most-stable orientations of hBN and cBN differ from those found experimentally for graphitic BN and cBN in polycrystalline BN films produced by energetic deposition processes. Therefore, the observed textures are not those that minimize elastic strain energy. We discuss possible origins other than elastic strain{endash}energy effects for the observed textures. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Vacuum Society.}

  10. Changes in characteristics of gadolinium, titanium, and erbium oxide films on the SiC surface under microwave treatment

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    Bacherikov, Yu. Yu.; Konakova, R. V.; Milenin, V. V.; Okhrimenko, O. B. Svetlichnyi, A. M.; Polyakov, V. V.

    2008-07-15

    The effect of microwaves on properties of Ti, Gd, and Er oxide films deposited on silicon carbide was studied using optical absorption and photoluminescence methods. The atomic composition of films was analyzed in relation to the microwave treatment time. It was shown that exposure to microwaves results in the appearance of an additional band in the photoluminescence spectra of the structures under study. It was shown that microwave treatment leads to an increase in the sample transmittance, which indicates an improvement in integrated characteristics of structures.

  11. Comment on Growth and characterization of epitaxial cubic boron nitride films on silicon''

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    McCarty, K.F.; Mills, M.J.; Medlin, D.L.; Friedmann, T.A. )

    1994-09-15

    We review the x-ray-diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) data that Doll [ital et] [ital al]. [Phys. Rev. B 43, 6816 (1991)] used as evidence for the epitaxial growth of cubic boron nitride (cBN) on silicon (001) surfaces. The three reported x-ray-diffraction peaks do not provide unambiguous evidence for cBN due to potential interference from the graphitelike phase of BN and from artifacts of the silicon substrate. We provide an interpretation of their HRTEM image. Our interpretation does not provide support for an epitaxial cBN/Si relationship or the presence of cBN.

  12. Tricontinuous Cubic Nanostructure and Pore Size Patterning in Mesostructured Silica Films Templated with Glycerol Monooleate.

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    Dunphy, Darren R; Garcia, Fred L; Kaehr, Bryan; Khripin, Constantine Y; Collord, Andrew D; Baca, Helen K; Tate, Michael P; Hillhouse, Hugh W; Strzalka, Joseph W; Jiang, Zhang; Wang, Jin; Brinker, C Jeffrey

    2011-04-26

    The fabrication of nanostructured films possessing tricontinuous minimal surface mesophases with well-defined framework and pore connectivity remains a difficult task. As a new route to these structures, we introduce glycerol monooleate (GMO) as a template for evaporation-induced self-assembly. As deposited, a nanostructured double gyroid phase is formed, as indicated by analysis of grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering data. Removal of GMO by UV/O(3) treatment or acid extraction induces a phase change to a nanoporous body-centered structure which we tentatively identify as based on the IW-P surface. To improve film quality, we add a co-surfactant to the GMO in a mass ratio of 1:10; when this co-surfactant is cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, we find an unusually large pore size (8-12 nm) in acid extracted films, while UV/O(3) treated films yield pores of only ca. 4 nm. Using this pore size dependence on film processing procedure, we create a simple method for patterning pore size in nanoporous films, demonstrating spatially-defined size-selective molecular adsorption.

  13. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: Growth-Parameter Spaces and Optical Properties of Cubic Boron Nitride Films on Si(001)

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    Fan, Ya-Ming; Zhang, Xing-Wang; You, Jing-Bi; Ying, Jie; Tan, Hai-Ren; Chen, Nuo-Fu

    2009-05-01

    Cubic boron nitride (c-BN) films were deposited on Si(001) substrates in an ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) system under various conditions, and the growth parameter spaces and optical properties of c-BN films have been investigated systematically. The results indicate that suitable ion bombardment is necessary for the growth of c-BN films, and a well defined parameter space can be established by using the P/a-parameter. The refractive index of BN films keeps a constant of 1.8 for the c-BN content lower than 50%, while for c-BN films with higher cubic phase the refractive index increases with the c-BN content from 1.8 at χc = 50% to 2.1 at χc = 90%. Furthermore, the relationship between n and ρ for BN films can be described by the Anderson-Schreiber equation, and the overlap field parameter γ is determined to be 2.05.

  14. Measurement of Young's modulus and residual stress of thin SiC layers for MEMS high temperature applications

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    Pabst, Oliver; Schiffer, Michael; Obermeier, Ernst; Tekin, Tolga; Lang, Klaus Dieter; Ngo, Ha-Duong

    2011-06-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is a promising material for applications in harsh environments. Standard silicon (Si) microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are limited in operating temperature to temperatures below 130 °C for electronic devices and below 600 °C for mechanical devices. Due to its large bandgap SiC enables MEMS with significantly higher operating temperatures. Furthermore, SiC exhibits high chemical stability and thermal conductivity. Young's modulus and residual stress are important mechanical properties for the design of sophisticated SiC-based MEMS devices. In particular, residual stresses are strongly dependent on the deposition conditions. Literature values for Young's modulus range from 100 to 400 GPa, and residual stresses range from 98 to 486 MPa. In this paper we present our work on investigating Young's modulus and residual stress of SiC films deposited on single crystal bulk silicon using bulge testing. This method is based on measurement of pressure-dependent membrane deflection. Polycrystalline as well as single crystal cubic silicon carbide samples are studied. For the samples tested, average Young's modulus and residual stress measured are 417 GPa and 89 MPa for polycrystalline samples. For single crystal samples, the according values are 388 GPa and 217 MPa. These results compare well with literature values.

  15. Oxidation behaviour of SiC coatings

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    Mergia, K.; Lafatzis, D.; Moutis, N.; Speliotis, T.; Apostolopoulos, G.; Cousin, F.

    2008-08-01

    Amorphous silicon carbide (SiC) films were deposited on silicon substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The films were oxidized in air in the temperature range 400-900 °C and for times from 1 to 16 h. Neutron reflectivity measurements provided information on the thickness, density and roughness of the SiC and on the formed SiO2 layers. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to determine the bond structure of the formed SiO2 and changes in the bonding of SiC after exposure at the oxidation temperature. The surface morphology of the oxidized films was characterized by atomic force microscopy measurements. The oxidation kinetics is initially fast and as the SiO2 layer is formed it slows down. The SiC consumption varies linearly with time at all oxidation temperatures. Exposure of the SiC at the oxidation temperature affects its density and to some degree its bond structure, while the formed SiO2 has density and bond structure as that formed by oxidation of Si under the same conditions.

  16. Corrosion pitting of SiC by molten salts

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    Jacobson, N. S.; Smialek, J. L.

    1986-01-01

    The corrosion of SiC by thin films of Na2CO3 and Na2SO4 at 1000 C is characterized by a severe pitting attack of the SiC substrate. A range of different Si and SiC substrates were examined to isolate the factors critical to pitting. Two types of pitting attack are identified: attack at structural discontinuities and a crater-like attack. The crater-like pits are correlated with bubble formation during oxidation of the SiC. It appears that bubbles create unprotected regions, which are susceptible to enhanced attack and, hence, pit formation.

  17. Ion-beam-induced magnetic and structural phase transformation of Ni-stabilized face-centered-cubic Fe films on Cu(100)

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    Gloss, Jonas; Shah Zaman, Sameena; Jonner, Jakub; Novotny, Zbynek; Schmid, Michael; Varga, Peter; Urbánek, Michal

    2013-12-23

    Metastable face-centered cubic (fcc) Fe/Cu(100) thin films are good candidates for ion-beam magnetic patterning due to their magnetic transformation upon ion-beam irradiation. However, pure fcc Fe films undergo spontaneous transformation when their thickness exceeds 10 ML. This limit can be extended to approximately 22 ML by deposition of Fe at increased CO background pressures. We show that much thicker films can be grown by alloying with Ni for stabilizing the fcc γ phase. The amount of Ni necessary to stabilize nonmagnetic, transformable fcc Fe films in dependence on the residual background pressure during the deposition is determined and a phase diagram revealing the transformable region is presented.

  18. Surface modification of SiC mirror by IARE method

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    Shen, Zhenfeng; Gao, Jinsong

    2011-02-01

    A method to prepare high quality SiC coating at low temperature using large aperture E-beam evaporation PVD equipment with ion assistance was developed for the surface modification of SiC mirror for space projects .This method was called Ion Assisted Reactive Evaporation (IARE). The modified SiC coating was prepared using CH4 and Si with Kaufman ion source by IARE at 300°C and it had met the requirements of applications. The SiC coating prepared by this method was amorphous. It was dense, homogeneous and easy to be polished. The surface modification of a SiC mirror was carried out using SiC coating by this method and achieved a fine surface modification effect. The surface roughness (rms) of the SiC substrate was reduced to 0.862nm, the scattering coefficient was reduced to 2.79% and the reflectance coated with Ag film was improved simultaneously after the surface modification. The effect of surface modification using SiC coating was close to that of using Si coating. It can be drawn that this technological method to preparation SiC coating for the surface modification of SiC mirror is reasonable and effective.

  19. Surface modification of SiC mirror by IARE method

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    Shen, Zhenfeng; Gao, Jinsong

    2010-10-01

    A method to prepare high quality SiC coating at low temperature using large aperture E-beam evaporation PVD equipment with ion assistance was developed for the surface modification of SiC mirror for space projects .This method was called Ion Assisted Reactive Evaporation (IARE). The modified SiC coating was prepared using CH4 and Si with Kaufman ion source by IARE at 300°C and it had met the requirements of applications. The SiC coating prepared by this method was amorphous. It was dense, homogeneous and easy to be polished. The surface modification of a SiC mirror was carried out using SiC coating by this method and achieved a fine surface modification effect. The surface roughness (rms) of the SiC substrate was reduced to 0.862nm, the scattering coefficient was reduced to 2.79% and the reflectance coated with Ag film was improved simultaneously after the surface modification. The effect of surface modification using SiC coating was close to that of using Si coating. It can be drawn that this technological method to preparation SiC coating for the surface modification of SiC mirror is reasonable and effective.

  20. Cubic nitride templates

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    Burrell, Anthony K; McCleskey, Thomas Mark; Jia, Quanxi; Mueller, Alexander H; Luo, Hongmei

    2013-04-30

    A polymer-assisted deposition process for deposition of epitaxial cubic metal nitride films and the like is presented. The process includes solutions of one or more metal precursor and soluble polymers having binding properties for the one or more metal precursor. After a coating operation, the resultant coating is heated at high temperatures under a suitable atmosphere to yield metal nitride films and the like. Such films can be used as templates for the development of high quality cubic GaN based electronic devices.

  1. The competitive growth of cubic domains in Ti(1-x)AlxN films studied by diffraction anomalous near-edge structure spectroscopy.

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    Pinot, Y; Tuilier, M-H; Pac, M-J; Rousselot, C; Thiaudière, D

    2015-11-01

    Titanium and aluminium nitride films deposited by magnetron sputtering generally grow as columnar domains made of oriented nanocrystallites with cubic or hexagonal symmetry depending on Al content, which are embedded in more disordered grain boundaries. The substitution of Al atoms for Ti in the cubic lattice of the films improves their resistance to wear and oxidation, allowing their use as protective coatings. Ti K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy, which probes both crystallized and more disordered grain boundaries, and X-ray diffraction anomalous fine structure, which is sensitive to short- and long-range order within a given crystallized domain, are carried out on a set of Ti(1-x)AlxN films deposited by magnetron sputtering on Si substrates. Attention is paid to the shape of the pre-edge region, which is sensitive to the symmetry of the site occupied by Ti atoms, either octahedral in face-centred-cubic Ti-rich (TiN, Ti0.54Al0.46N) samples or tetrahedral in hexagonal-close-packed Al-rich (Ti0.32Al0.68N) films. In order to obain information on the titanium environment in the well crystallized areas, subtraction of the smooth part of the energy-dependent structure factor for the Bragg reflections is applied to the pre-edge region of the diffraction anomalous data in order to restore their spectroscopic appearance. A flat pre-edge is related to the typical octahedral environment of Ti atoms for cubic reflections. The difference observed between pre-edge spectra associated with face-centred-cubic 200 and 111 Bragg reflections of Ti0.54Al0.46N is assigned to Ti enrichment of 111 large well ordered domains compared with the more disordered 200 ones. The sharp peak observed in the spectrum recorded from the hexagonal 002 peak of Ti0.32Al0.68N can be regarded as a standard for the pure tetrahedral Ti environment in hexagonal-close-packed nitride.

  2. Tuning the transport properties of graphene films grown by CVD on SiC(0001): Effect of in situ hydrogenation and annealing

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    Jabakhanji, B.; Michon, A.; Consejo, C.; Desrat, W.; Portail, M.; Tiberj, A.; Paillet, M.; Zahab, A.; Cheynis, F.; Lafont, F.; Schopfer, F.; Poirier, W.; Bertran, F.; Le Fèvre, P.; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.; Kazazis, D.; Escoffier, W.; Camargo, B. C.; Kopelevich, Y.; Camassel, J.; Jouault, B.

    2014-02-01

    The structural, optical, and transport properties of graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of propane under hydrogen on the Si face of SiC substrates have been investigated. We show that little changes in temperature during the growth can trigger the passivation of the SiC surface by hydrogen. Depending on the growth condition, hole or electron doping can be achieved, down to a few 1011 cm-2. When the growth temperature is high (T ≈1500-1550∘C), we obtain electron-doped graphene monolayers lying on a buffer layer. When the growth temperature is slightly lowered (T ≈1450-1500∘C), hole-doped graphene layers are obtained, lying on a hydrogen-passivated SiC surface, as confirmed by the enhancement of the mobility (of the order of 4500 cm2/Vs) and the persistence of weak localization almost up to room temperature (250 K). The high homogeneity of this graphene allows the observation of the half-integer quantum Hall effect, typical of graphene, at the centimeter scale in the best cases. The influence of the SiC steps on the transport properties is discussed.

  3. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: In situ infrared spectroscopic study of cubic boron nitride thin film delamination

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    Yang, Hang-Sheng; Zhang, Jian-Ying; Nie, An-Min; Zhang, Xiao-Bin

    2008-09-01

    This paper investigates the procedure of cubic boron nitride (cBN) thin film delamination by Fourier-transform infrared (IR) spectroscopy. It finds that the apparent IR absorption peak area near 1380 cm-1 and 1073 cm-1 attributed to the B—N stretching vibration of sp2-bonded BN and the transverse optical phonon of cBN, respectively, increased up to 195% and 175% of the original peak area after film delamination induced compressive stress relaxation. The increase of IR absorption of sp2-bonded BN is found to be non-linear and hysteretic to film delamination, which suggests that the relaxation of the turbostratic BN (tBN) layer from the compressed condition is also hysteretic to film delamination. Moreover, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopic observations revealed that cBN film delamination is possible from near the aBN(amorphous BN)/tBN interface at least for films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition.

  4. Postdeposition annealing induced transition from hexagonal Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3} to cubic PrO{sub 2} films on Si(111)

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    Weisemoeller, T.; Bertram, F.; Gevers, S.; Greuling, A.; Deiter, C.; Tobergte, H.; Neumann, M.; Wollschlaeger, J.; Giussani, A.; Schroeder, T.

    2009-06-15

    Films of hexagonal praseodymium sesquioxide (h-Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were deposited on Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy and thereafter annealed in 1 atm oxygen at different temperatures, ranging from 100 to 700 deg. C. The films of the samples annealed at 300 deg. C or more were transformed to PrO{sub 2} with B-oriented Fm3m structure, while films annealed at lower temperatures kept the hexagonal structure. The films are composed of PrO{sub 2} and PrO{sub 2-d}elta species, which coexist laterally and are tetragonally distorted due to the interaction at the interface between oxide film and Si substrate. Compared to PrO{sub 2}, PrO{sub 2-d}elta has the same cubic structure but with oxygen vacancies. The oxygen vacancies are partly ordered and increase the vertical lattice constant of the film, whereas the lateral lattice constant is almost identical for both species and on all samples. The latter lattice constant matches the lattice constant of the originally crystallized hexagonal praseodymium sesquioxide. That means that no long range reordering of the praseodymium atoms takes place during the phase transformation.

  5. Phenomenological theory of phase transitions in epitaxial BaxSr1-xTiO3 thin films on (111)-oriented cubic substrates

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    Shirokov, V. B.; Shakhovoy, R. A.; Razumnaya, A. G.; Yuzyuk, Yu. I.

    2015-07-01

    A phenomenological thermodynamic theory of BaxSr1-xTiO3 (BST-x) thin films epitaxially grown on (111)-oriented cubic substrates is developed using the Landau-Devonshire approach. The group-theoretical analysis of the low-symmetry phases was performed taking into account two order parameters: the polarization related to ionic shifts in polar zone-center F1u mode and the out-of-phase rotation of TiO6 octahedra corresponding to the R25 zone-boundary mode in the parent cubic phase P m 3 ¯ m . The eight-order thermodynamic potential for BST-x solid solutions was developed and analyzed. We constructed the "concentration-misfit strain" phase diagram for BST-x thin films at room temperature and found that polar rhombohedral R3m phase with the polarization normal to the substrate is stable for x > 0.72 and negative misfit strains, while ferroelectric monoclinic C2 and Cm phases with in-plane polarization are stable for much smaller x and positive or slightly negative misfit strains. We constructed the "temperature-misfit strain" phase diagrams for several concentrations (x = 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.4, and 0.2). Systematic changes of the phase transition lines between the paraelectric and ferroelectric phases are discussed. The phase diagrams are useful for practical applications in thin-film engineering.

  6. 3D interconnected ionic nano-channels formed in polymer films: self-organization and polymerization of thermotropic bicontinuous cubic liquid crystals.

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    Ichikawa, Takahiro; Yoshio, Masafumi; Hamasaki, Atsushi; Kagimoto, Junko; Ohno, Hiroyuki; Kato, Takashi

    2011-02-23

    Thermotropic bicontinuous cubic (Cub(bi)) liquid-crystalline (LC) compounds based on a polymerizable ammonium moiety complexed with a lithium salt have been designed to obtain lithium ion-conductive all solid polymeric films having 3D interconnected ionic channels. The monomer shows a Cub(bi) phase from -5 to 19 °C on heating. The complexes retain the ability to form the Cub(bi) LC phase. They also form hexagonal columnar (Col(h)) LC phases at temperatures higher than those of the Cub(bi) phases. The complex of the monomer and LiBF(4) at the molar ratio of 4:1 exhibits the Cub(bi) and Col(h) phases between -6 to 19 °C and 19 to 56 °C, respectively, on heating. The Cub(bi) LC structure formed by the complex has been successfully preserved by in situ photopolymerization through UV irradiation in the presence of a photoinitiator. The resultant nanostructured film is optically transparent and free-standing. The X-ray analysis of the film confirms the preservation of the self-assembled nanostructure. The polymer film with the Cub(bi) LC nanostructure exhibits higher ionic conductivities than the polymer films obtained by photopolymerization of the complex in the Col(h) and isotropic phases. It is found that the 3D interconnected ionic channels derived from the Cub(bi) phase function as efficient ion-conductive pathways.

  7. Residual compressive stress induced infrared-absorption frequency shift of hexagonal boron nitride in cubic boron nitride films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Liu, Yong; Jin, Panpan; Chen, Aili; Yang, Hangsheng; Xu, Yabo

    2012-09-01

    The effects of compressive stress on the TO phonon frequencies of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) in cubic BN (cBN) films were investigated using infrared absorption spectroscopy, showing that the B-N stretching vibration of hBN at 1380 cm-1 shifted to high wavenumbers under biaxial compressive stress with the rate 2.65 cm-1 per GPa, while the B-N-B bending vibration near 780 cm-1 shifted to low wavenumbers with the rate -3.45 cm-1/GPa. The density functional perturbation theoretical calculation was carried out to check the above phonon frequencies under stress for two typical orientations of hBN crystallite. The results are shown to be in fair agreement with the experimental data. Our results suggest that the residual compressive stress accumulated in cBN films can be evaluated from the IR peak position near 780 cm-1.

  8. X-ray diffraction study of stress relaxation in cubic boron nitride films grown with simultaneous medium-energy ion bombardment

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    Abendroth, B.; Gago, R.; Eichhorn, F.; Moeller, W.

    2004-12-13

    Relaxation of the intrinsic stress of cubic boron nitride (cBN) thin films has been studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) using synchrotron light. The stress relaxation has been attained by simultaneous medium-energy ion bombardment (2-10 keV) during magnetron sputter deposition, and was confirmed macroscopically by substrate curvature measurements. In order to investigate the stress-release mechanisms, XRD measurements were performed in in-plane and out-of-plane geometry. The analysis shows a pronounced biaxial state of compressive stress in the cBN films grown without medium-energy ion bombardment. This stress is partially released during the medium-energy ion bombardment. It is suggested that the main path for stress relaxation is the elimination of strain within the cBN grains due to annealing of interstitials.

  9. Detection of intrinsic stress in cubic boron nitride films by x-ray absorption near-edge structure: Stress relaxation mechanisms by simultaneous ion implantation during growth

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    Gago, R.; Abendroth, B.; Moeller, W.; Cerda, J. I.; Jimenez, I.

    2007-11-01

    The bonding structure of cubic boron nitride (cBN) films with different levels of intrinsic stress (1-10 GPa) has been studied from the K-shell x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). The stress level was tuned by the damage induced from simultaneous medium-energy ion implantation (1-10 keV) during growth. The films show a dominant sp{sup 3} arrangement for damage values below a certain threshold, with an appreciable sp{sup 3} to sp{sup 2} transformation taking place above this limit. Interestingly, the degree of stress in sp{sup 3} structures is reflected in the B 1s spectral line shape, which progressively converges to that of stress-free cBN powder for increasing ion damage. These results indicate that stress buildup and release occur at a microscopic level. The changes in the spectral line shape are correlated with modifications in the electronic structure due to the presence of intrinsic stress and bond distortion within the cubic network, as predicted by density functional theory calculations. Our findings reveal the potential of XANES spectroscopy to detect stress in disordered BN systems.

  10. Method for Simulating the Thickness Distribution of a Cubic Boron Nitride Film Deposited on a Curved Substrate using Ion-beam-assisted Vapor Deposition

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    Kobayashi, T.; Valizadeh, R.; Colligon, J. S.; Kanematsu, H.; Morisato, K.

    A method for simulating the thickness distribution of cubic boron nitride (cBN) films deposited on a curved substrate using ion-beam-assisted vapor deposition (IBAD) is established and discussed. The deposition conditions are (i) boron arriving rate is 3.2 Å/s, (ii) ion current density is in the range 600-1600 μA/cm2, and (iii) gas composition fed into the ion source is 36% N2 + Ar. It was found that, due to simultaneous deposition and sputtering, the boron resputtering yield (which depends on the ion incident angle during cBN deposition) estimated from experimental data was higher than that of the boron sputtering yield of the BN films with a density of 3.482 g/cm3 calculated by the TRIM code. Using the above empirical boron resputtering yield, it is estimated that in the case of static coating, cBN films would not be formed when the incident angle is more than 40°. However, with continuous waving, the distribution of film thickness improves and the results are consistent with the experimental results. This estimation also agrees with the experimental results of discrete waving deposition within an allowable margin of error

  11. SiC Technology

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    Neudeck, Philip G.

    1998-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC)-based semiconductor electronic devices and circuits are presently being developed for use in high-temperature, high-power, and/or high-radiation conditions under which conventional semiconductors cannot adequately perform. Silicon carbide's ability to function under such extreme conditions is expected to enable significant improvements to a far-ranging variety of applications and systems. These range from greatly improved high-voltage switching [1- 4] for energy savings in public electric power distribution and electric motor drives to more powerful microwave electronics for radar and communications [5-7] to sensors and controls for cleaner-burning more fuel-efficient jet aircraft and automobile engines. In the particular area of power devices, theoretical appraisals have indicated that SiC power MOSFET's and diode rectifiers would operate over higher voltage and temperature ranges, have superior switching characteristics, and yet have die sizes nearly 20 times smaller than correspondingly rated silicon-based devices [8]. However, these tremendous theoretical advantages have yet to be realized in experimental SiC devices, primarily due to the fact that SiC's relatively immature crystal growth and device fabrication technologies are not yet sufficiently developed to the degree required for reliable incorporation into most electronic systems [9]. This chapter briefly surveys the SiC semiconductor electronics technology. In particular, the differences (both good and bad) between SiC electronics technology and well-known silicon VLSI technology are highlighted. Projected performance benefits of SiC electronics are highlighted for several large-scale applications. Key crystal growth and device-fabrication issues that presently limit the performance and capability of high temperature and/or high power SiC electronics are identified.

  12. Atomistic mechanisms of strain relaxation due to ductile void growth in ultrathin films of face-centered-cubic metals

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    Gungor, M. Rauf; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2005-06-01

    A comprehensive computational analysis is reported of the atomistic mechanisms of strain relaxation and failure in free-standing Cu thin films under applied biaxial tensile strain for strain levels up to 6%. The analysis focuses on nanometer-scale-thick films with a preexisting void extending across the film thickness and the film plane oriented normal to the [111] crystallographic direction. Our computational study is based on isothermal-isostrain large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations within an embedded-atom-method parametrization for Cu. Our analysis has revealed various regimes in the film's mechanical response as the applied strain level increases. Within the considered strain range, after an elastic response at a low strain (<2%), void growth is the major strain relaxation mechanism mediated by the emission of perfect screw dislocation pairs from the void surface and subsequent dislocation propagation; as a result, a plastic zone forms around the void. Plastic deformation is accompanied by the glide motion of the dislocations emitted from the void surface, void surface morphological transitions, formation of a step pattern on the film's surfaces, dislocation jogging, vacancy generation due to gliding jogged dislocations, dislocation-vacancy interactions, vacancy pipe diffusion along dislocation cores, as well as dislocation-dislocation interactions. The increase in film surface roughness with increasing strain eventually leads to nucleation and propagation from the film surfaces of threading dislocation loops, which ultimately break up when they reach the opposite free surface of the thin film.

  13. Infrared absorption and electron spin resonance studies of nanocrystalline cubic boron nitride/amorphous hydrogenated boron nitride mixed phase thin films

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    Lin, S.H.; Brown, I.M.; Feldman, B.J.

    1996-11-01

    Both infrared absorption (IR) and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopies have been used to investigate the complicated structure of nanocrystalline cubic boron nitride/amorphous hydrogenated boron nitride thin films. The ESR spectra from this material consist of a component with a four-line hyperfine structure and/or a component with a ten-line hyperfine structure superimposed upon a broad central line. The hyperfine structures are associated with defect centers located in the nanocrystalline phase, whereas the broad line is attributed to dangling bonds in the amorphous phase. The IR spectra consist of three lines around 1,400 cm{sup {minus}1}: the lines at 1,263 and 1,505 cm{sup {minus}1} originate in a boron-poor amorphous hydrogenated boron nitride region; the line at 1,371 cm{sup {minus}1}, in a boron-rich amorphous hydrogenated boron nitride region. These results, together with previously reported electron diffraction spectra, suggest the following picture: small (2.5 nm) nanocrystallites of cubic boron nitride (about 5% of the material) are imbedded in a mixed amorphous phase. The amorphous region can be approximated by a mixture of boron-rich and boron-poor amorphous hydrogenated boron nitride.

  14. Bare and boron-doped cubic silicon carbide nanowires for electrochemical detection of nitrite sensitively

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    Yang, Tao; Zhang, Liqin; Hou, Xinmei; Chen, Junhong; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2016-01-01

    Fabrication of eletrochemical sensors based on wide bandgap compound semiconductors has attracted increasing interest in recent years. Here we report for the first time electrochemical nitrite sensors based on cubic silicon carbide (SiC) nanowires (NWs) with smooth surface and boron-doped cubic SiC NWs with fin-like structure. Multiple techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to characterize SiC and boron-doped SiC NWs. As for the electrochemical behavior of both SiC NWs electrode, the cyclic voltammetric results show that both SiC electrodes exhibit wide potential window and excellent electrocatalytic activity toward nitrite oxidation. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) determination reveals that there exists a good linear relationship between the oxidation peak current and the concentration in the range of 50–15000 μmoL L−1 (cubic SiC NWs) and 5–8000 μmoL L−1 (B-doped cubic SiC NWs) with the detection limitation of 5 and 0.5 μmoL L−1 respectively. Compared with previously reported results, both as-prepared nitrite sensors exhibit wider linear response range with comparable high sensitivity, high stability and reproducibility. PMID:27109361

  15. Bare and boron-doped cubic silicon carbide nanowires for electrochemical detection of nitrite sensitively.

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    Yang, Tao; Zhang, Liqin; Hou, Xinmei; Chen, Junhong; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2016-04-25

    Fabrication of eletrochemical sensors based on wide bandgap compound semiconductors has attracted increasing interest in recent years. Here we report for the first time electrochemical nitrite sensors based on cubic silicon carbide (SiC) nanowires (NWs) with smooth surface and boron-doped cubic SiC NWs with fin-like structure. Multiple techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to characterize SiC and boron-doped SiC NWs. As for the electrochemical behavior of both SiC NWs electrode, the cyclic voltammetric results show that both SiC electrodes exhibit wide potential window and excellent electrocatalytic activity toward nitrite oxidation. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) determination reveals that there exists a good linear relationship between the oxidation peak current and the concentration in the range of 50-15000 μmoL L(-1) (cubic SiC NWs) and 5-8000 μmoL L(-1) (B-doped cubic SiC NWs) with the detection limitation of 5 and 0.5 μmoL L(-1) respectively. Compared with previously reported results, both as-prepared nitrite sensors exhibit wider linear response range with comparable high sensitivity, high stability and reproducibility.

  16. Bare and boron-doped cubic silicon carbide nanowires for electrochemical detection of nitrite sensitively.

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    Yang, Tao; Zhang, Liqin; Hou, Xinmei; Chen, Junhong; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2016-01-01

    Fabrication of eletrochemical sensors based on wide bandgap compound semiconductors has attracted increasing interest in recent years. Here we report for the first time electrochemical nitrite sensors based on cubic silicon carbide (SiC) nanowires (NWs) with smooth surface and boron-doped cubic SiC NWs with fin-like structure. Multiple techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to characterize SiC and boron-doped SiC NWs. As for the electrochemical behavior of both SiC NWs electrode, the cyclic voltammetric results show that both SiC electrodes exhibit wide potential window and excellent electrocatalytic activity toward nitrite oxidation. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) determination reveals that there exists a good linear relationship between the oxidation peak current and the concentration in the range of 50-15000 μmoL L(-1) (cubic SiC NWs) and 5-8000 μmoL L(-1) (B-doped cubic SiC NWs) with the detection limitation of 5 and 0.5 μmoL L(-1) respectively. Compared with previously reported results, both as-prepared nitrite sensors exhibit wider linear response range with comparable high sensitivity, high stability and reproducibility. PMID:27109361

  17. Bare and boron-doped cubic silicon carbide nanowires for electrochemical detection of nitrite sensitively

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    Yang, Tao; Zhang, Liqin; Hou, Xinmei; Chen, Junhong; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2016-04-01

    Fabrication of eletrochemical sensors based on wide bandgap compound semiconductors has attracted increasing interest in recent years. Here we report for the first time electrochemical nitrite sensors based on cubic silicon carbide (SiC) nanowires (NWs) with smooth surface and boron-doped cubic SiC NWs with fin-like structure. Multiple techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to characterize SiC and boron-doped SiC NWs. As for the electrochemical behavior of both SiC NWs electrode, the cyclic voltammetric results show that both SiC electrodes exhibit wide potential window and excellent electrocatalytic activity toward nitrite oxidation. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) determination reveals that there exists a good linear relationship between the oxidation peak current and the concentration in the range of 50–15000 μmoL L‑1 (cubic SiC NWs) and 5–8000 μmoL L‑1 (B-doped cubic SiC NWs) with the detection limitation of 5 and 0.5 μmoL L‑1 respectively. Compared with previously reported results, both as-prepared nitrite sensors exhibit wider linear response range with comparable high sensitivity, high stability and reproducibility.

  18. New PLAD apparatus and fabrication of epitaxial films and junctions of functional materials: SiC, GaN, ZnO, diamond and GMR layers

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    Muto, Hachizo; Kusumori, Takeshi; Nakamura, Toshiyuki; Asano, Takashi; Hori, Takahiro

    2006-04-01

    We have developed a new pulsed laser ablation-deposition (PLAD) apparatus and techniques for fabricating films of high-temperature or functional materials, including two short-wavelength lasers: (a) a YAG 5th harmonic (213 nm) and (b) Raman-shifted lasers containing vacuum ultraviolet light; also involved are (c) a high-temperature heater with a maximum temperature of 1350 °C, (d) dual-target simultaneous ablation mechanics, and (e) hybrid PLAD using a pico-second YAG laser combined with (c) and/or (d). Using the high-T heater, hetero-epitaxial films of 3C-, 2H- and 4H-SiC have been prepared on sapphire-c. In situ p-doping for GaN epitaxial films is achieved by simultaneous ablation of GaN and Mg targets by (d) during film growth. Junctions such as pGaN (Mg-doped)-film/n-SiC(0 0 0 1) substrate and pGaN/n-Si(1 1 1) show good diode characteristics. Epitaxial films with a diamond lattice can be grown on the sapphire-c plane by hybrid PLAD (e) with a high-T heater using a 6H-SiC target. High quality epitaxial films of ZnO are grown by PLAD by introducing a low-temperature self-buffer layer; magnetization of ferromagnetic materials is enforced by overlaying on a ferromagnetic lattice plane of an anti-ferromagnetic material, showing the value of the layer-overlaying method in improving quality. The short-wavelength lasers are useful in reducing surface particles on functional films, including superconductors.

  19. Thermal expansion and thermal expansion anisotropy of SiC polytypes

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    Li, Z.; Bradt, R. C.

    1987-01-01

    The principal axial coefficients of thermal expansion for the (3C), (4H), and (6H) polytypes of SiC are considered to identify the structural role of the stacking layer sequence as it affects the thermal expansion. A general equation based on the fractions of cubic and hexagonal layer stacking is developed that expresses the principal axial thermal expansion coefficients of all of the SiC polytypes. It is then applied to address the thermal expansion anisotropy of the noncubic SiC structures.

  20. Ionic Conductivity of Mesostructured Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Thin Films with Cubic Pore Symmetry—On the Influence of Water on the Surface Oxygen Ion Transport.

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    Elm, Matthias T; Hofmann, Jonas D; Suchomski, Christian; Janek, Jürgen; Brezesinski, Torsten

    2015-06-10

    Thermally stable, ordered mesoporous thin films of 8 mol % yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were prepared by solution-phase coassembly of chloride salt precursors with an amphiphilic diblock copolymer using an evaporation-induced self-assembly process. The resulting material is of high quality and exhibits a well-defined three-dimensional network of pores averaging 24 nm in diameter after annealing at 600 °C for several hours. The wall structure is polycrystalline, with grains in the size range of 7 to 10 nm. Using impedance spectroscopy, the total electrical conductivity was measured between 200 and 500 °C under ambient atmosphere as well as in dry atmosphere for oxygen partial pressures ranging from 1 to 10(-4) bar. Similar to bulk YSZ, a constant ionic conductivity is observed over the whole oxygen partial pressure range investigated. In dry atmosphere, the sol-gel derived films have a much higher conductivity, with different activation energies for low and high temperatures. Overall, the results indicate a strong influence of the surface on the transport properties in cubic fluorite-type YSZ with high surface-to-volume ratio. A qualitative defect model which includes surface effects (annihilation of oxygen vacancies as a result of water adsorption) is proposed to explain the behavior and sensitivity of the conductivity to variations in the surrounding atmosphere. PMID:25984884

  1. Ionic Conductivity of Mesostructured Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Thin Films with Cubic Pore Symmetry—On the Influence of Water on the Surface Oxygen Ion Transport.

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    Elm, Matthias T; Hofmann, Jonas D; Suchomski, Christian; Janek, Jürgen; Brezesinski, Torsten

    2015-06-10

    Thermally stable, ordered mesoporous thin films of 8 mol % yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were prepared by solution-phase coassembly of chloride salt precursors with an amphiphilic diblock copolymer using an evaporation-induced self-assembly process. The resulting material is of high quality and exhibits a well-defined three-dimensional network of pores averaging 24 nm in diameter after annealing at 600 °C for several hours. The wall structure is polycrystalline, with grains in the size range of 7 to 10 nm. Using impedance spectroscopy, the total electrical conductivity was measured between 200 and 500 °C under ambient atmosphere as well as in dry atmosphere for oxygen partial pressures ranging from 1 to 10(-4) bar. Similar to bulk YSZ, a constant ionic conductivity is observed over the whole oxygen partial pressure range investigated. In dry atmosphere, the sol-gel derived films have a much higher conductivity, with different activation energies for low and high temperatures. Overall, the results indicate a strong influence of the surface on the transport properties in cubic fluorite-type YSZ with high surface-to-volume ratio. A qualitative defect model which includes surface effects (annihilation of oxygen vacancies as a result of water adsorption) is proposed to explain the behavior and sensitivity of the conductivity to variations in the surrounding atmosphere.

  2. Suppression of ferromagnetism and observation of quantum well states in epitaxial thin films of the cubic ruthenate BaRuO3

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    Burganov, Bulat; Paik, Hanjong; Shen, Kyle; Schlom, Darrell

    The pseudocubic perovskite ruthenates ARuO3, where A is alkaline earth metal, are correlated materials where Hund's coupling drives correlations and leads to a low coherence scale, large renormalization, and formation of local moments. The ferromagnetic BaRuO3 has an ideal cubic structure and a larger bandwidth, compared to its GdFeO3-distorted counterparts, CaRuO3 and SrRuO3. In stark contrast to SrRuO3, which is a Fermi liquid below TC, BaRuO3 exhibits critical fluctuations near TC that are enhanced under hydrostatic pressure, which suppresses the Fermi liquid coherence scale and TC and drives a crossover into non-FL regime. Here we use ARPES to characterize the momentum-resolved electronic structure of strained ultrathin BaRuO3 films grown in situ by molecular beam epitaxy. The films on STO (001) are metallic down to 2 u.c. thickness and manifest clearly defined subbands of well-defined quasiparticles which arise due to quantum confinement effects. We observe that the bands are moderately renormalized compared to bare GGA bands and discover that the ferromagnetism can be suppressed in the atomically thin limit. We discuss our results on BaRuO3 in the context of our recent ARPES studies of the other perovskite ruthenates, SrRuO3 and CaRuO3.

  3. SiC protective coating for photovoltaic retinal prosthesis

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    Lei, Xin; Kane, Sheryl; Cogan, Stuart; Lorach, Henri; Galambos, Ludwig; Huie, Philip; Mathieson, Keith; Kamins, Theodore; Harris, James; Palanker, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    Objective. To evaluate plasma-enhanced, chemically vapor deposited (PECVD) amorphous silicon carbide (α-SiC:H) as a protective coating for retinal prostheses and other implantable devices, and to study their failure mechanisms in vivo. Approach. Retinal prostheses were implanted in rats sub-retinally for up to 1 year. Degradation of implants was characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Dissolution rates of SiC, SiN x and thermal SiO2 were measured in accelerated soaking tests in saline at 87 °C. Defects in SiC films were revealed and analyzed by selectively removing the materials underneath those defects. Main results. At 87 °C SiN x dissolved at 18.3 ± 0.3 nm d‑1, while SiO2 grown at high temperature (1000 °C) dissolved at 0.104 ± 0.008 nm d‑1. SiC films demonstrated the best stability, with no quantifiable change after 112 d. Defects in thin SiC films appeared primarily over complicated topography and rough surfaces. Significance. SiC coatings demonstrating no erosion in accelerated aging test for 112 d at 87 °C, equivalent to about 10 years in vivo, can offer effective protection of the implants. Photovoltaic retinal prostheses with PECVD SiC coatings exhibited effective protection from erosion during the 4 month follow-up in vivo. The optimal thickness of SiC layers is about 560 nm, as defined by anti-reflective properties and by sufficient coverage to eliminate defects.

  4. SiC protective coating for photovoltaic retinal prosthesis

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    Lei, Xin; Kane, Sheryl; Cogan, Stuart; Lorach, Henri; Galambos, Ludwig; Huie, Philip; Mathieson, Keith; Kamins, Theodore; Harris, James; Palanker, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    Objective. To evaluate plasma-enhanced, chemically vapor deposited (PECVD) amorphous silicon carbide (α-SiC:H) as a protective coating for retinal prostheses and other implantable devices, and to study their failure mechanisms in vivo. Approach. Retinal prostheses were implanted in rats sub-retinally for up to 1 year. Degradation of implants was characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Dissolution rates of SiC, SiN x and thermal SiO2 were measured in accelerated soaking tests in saline at 87 °C. Defects in SiC films were revealed and analyzed by selectively removing the materials underneath those defects. Main results. At 87 °C SiN x dissolved at 18.3 ± 0.3 nm d-1, while SiO2 grown at high temperature (1000 °C) dissolved at 0.104 ± 0.008 nm d-1. SiC films demonstrated the best stability, with no quantifiable change after 112 d. Defects in thin SiC films appeared primarily over complicated topography and rough surfaces. Significance. SiC coatings demonstrating no erosion in accelerated aging test for 112 d at 87 °C, equivalent to about 10 years in vivo, can offer effective protection of the implants. Photovoltaic retinal prostheses with PECVD SiC coatings exhibited effective protection from erosion during the 4 month follow-up in vivo. The optimal thickness of SiC layers is about 560 nm, as defined by anti-reflective properties and by sufficient coverage to eliminate defects.

  5. Heteroepitaxial growth of cubic boron nitride films on diamond(001) substrates and their n-type doping

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    Yin, Hong

    2016-02-01

    This paper firstly introduces c-BN in general and its excellent properties that make c-BN a promising candidate competing with diamond as hard coating and as a future high temperature semiconductor material. Furthermore, this paper gives an overview of the recent advances of the different synthetic techniques towards the heteroepitaxial growth of c-BN films. In the end, it will describe the state of the art of n-type doping of these c-BN epitaxial films through which a c-BN/diamond pn diode can be anticipated.

  6. Growth of (1 1 1) and (2 0 0) orientation cubic MgZnO thin films under different oxygen flow rate by PLD method and its difference in element composition and optical absorption characteristics

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    Han, S.; Shao, Y.K.; Lu, Y.M. Cao, P.J.; Liu, W.J.; Zeng, Y.X.; Jia, F.; Zhu, D.L.

    2015-04-15

    Under different migration energy of reactive Mg, Zn and O atoms from MgZnO target at different oxygen flow rate, (2 0 0) and (1 1 1) orientations MgZnO thin films with cubic structure were fabricated on fused quartz substrate by PLD method. And MgZnO thin film possesses relatively higher Zn composition and lower Mg composition when deposited more along (1 1 1) orientation. The band gap and UV absorption characteristics of MgZnO thin film do not change completely in accordance with the Mg/Zn atom ratio of MgZnO thin films deposited at different oxygen flow rate, but influenced more by the ratio between Mg and Zn atoms that combined with O atoms in MgZnO crystal lattice and the grain boundary density of MgZnO thin films deposited at different oxygen flow rate.

  7. Cubic Polynomials.

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    Lipp, Alan

    2000-01-01

    Presents a classification of factorable cubics and shows how the associated factor graphs determine domains of disconnected branches and furnish a skeletal framework for the number and shape of the branches. Illustrates three dimensional visualization and examines level curves and spikes of surfaces. (KHR)

  8. Microstructure characterization of SiC nanowires as reinforcements in composites

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    Dong, Ronghua; Yang, Wenshu; Wu, Ping; Hussain, Murid; Xiu, Ziyang; Wu, Gaohui; Wang, Pingping

    2015-05-15

    SiC nanowires have been rarely investigated or explored along their axial direction by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Here we report the investigation of the cross-section microstructure of SiC nanowires by embedding them into Al matrix. Morphology of SiC nanowires was cylindrical with smooth surface or bamboo shape. Cubic (3C-SiC) and hexagonal structure (2H-SiC) phases were detected by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. High density stacking faults were observed in both the cylindrical and bamboo shaped nanowires which were perpendicular to their axial direction. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns of the cylindrical and bamboo shaped SiC nanowires both in the perpendicular and parallel direction to the axial direction were equivalent in the structure. After calculation and remodeling, it has been found that the SAED patterns were composed of two sets of diffraction patterns, corresponding to 2H-SiC and 3C-SiC, respectively. Therefore, it could be concluded that the SiC nanowires are composed of a large number of small fragments that are formed by hybrid 3C-SiC and 2H-SiC structures. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Cross-section microstructure of SiC nanowires was observed in Al composite. • Cylindrical with smooth surface or bamboo shape SiC nanowires were found. • The cylindrical and bamboo shaped SiC nanowires were equivalent in structure. • Structure of SiC nanowires was remodeled. • SiC nanowires are composed of hybrid 3C-SiC and 2H-SiC structures.

  9. Diffusion of helium in SiC and implications for retention of cosmogenic He

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    Cherniak, D. J.; Watson, E. B.; Trappisch, R.; Thomas, J. B.; Chaussende, D.

    2016-11-01

    Diffusion of helium has been characterized in silicon carbide of cubic and hexagonal (4H and 6H) forms. Polished sections of SiC were implanted with 3He at 100 keV at a dose of 1 × 1015/cm2. The implanted SiC samples were sealed under vacuum in silica glass ampoules, and annealed in 1-atm furnaces. 3He distributions following all experiments were measured with Nuclear Reaction Analysis using the reaction 3He(d,p)4He. For He diffusion in cubic SiC and 4H hexagonal SiC we obtain the following Arrhenius relations: Dcubic = 1.83 ×10-6 exp (- 254 ± 10kJmol-1 /RT)m2s-1 . D4H = 4.78 ×10-7 exp (- 255 ± 29kJmol-1 /RT)m2s-1 . While He diffusion is considerably slower in SiC than in many silicate phases, He retentivity may be limited under some conditions. For example, helium will be lost from SiC grains over much shorter timescales than potential survival times of SiC presolar grains in the solar nebula. When exposed to impact heating followed by slow cooling, nearly complete loss of He from SiC grains near the site of impact will occur within several hours to a few days. For SiC grains at greater distance from impact sites, He would be better retained, depending on the rapidity of cooling. At tens of km away from a large impactor, where peak T would be ∼800 K, SiC grains would lose about 50% of their He if the grains cooled within a few thousand years, and 5% if they cooled within a few tens of years. At greater distances where heating is more modest (500 K and lower), SiC grains would be quite retentive of He even for cases of very slow cooling. Helium would also be retained in cases of impact heating followed by very rapid cooling. For these short heating pulses, 10 μm diameter SiC grains would retain more than 50% of their He for peak heating temperatures of 2173, 1973 and 1773 K for durations of 3, 10 and 60 s, respectively.

  10. Hysteresis in the Active Oxidation of SiC

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Harder, Bryan J.; Myers, Dwight L.

    2011-01-01

    Si and SiC show both passive oxidation behavior where a protective film of SiO2 forms and active oxidation behavior where a volatile suboxide SiO(g) forms. The active-to-passive and passive-to-active oxidation transitions are explored for both Si and SiC. Si shows a dramatic difference between the P(O2) for the two transitions of 10-4 bar. The active-to-passive transition is controlled by the condition for SiO2/Si equilibrium and the passive-to-active transition is controlled by the decomposition of SiO2. In the case of SiC, the P(O2) for these transitions are much closer. The active-to-passive transition appears to be controlled by the condition for SiO2/SiC equilibrium. The passive-to-active transition appears to be controlled by the interfacial reaction of SiC and SiO2 and subsequent generation of gases at the interface which leads to scale breakdown.

  11. Active Oxidation of SiC

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Myers,Dwight L.; Harder, Bryan J.

    2011-01-01

    The high temperature oxidation of silicon carbide occurs in either a passive or active mode, depending on temperature and oxygen potential. Passive oxidation forms a protective oxide film which limits attack of the SiC:SiC(s) + 3/2 O2(g) = SiO2(s) + CO(g.) Active oxidation forms a volatile oxide and leads to extensive attack of the SiC: SiC(s) + O2(g) = SiO(g) + CO(g). The transition points and rates of active oxidation are a major issue. Previous studies are reviewed and the leading theories of passive/active transitions summarized. Comparisons are made to the active/passive transitions in pure Si, which are relatively well-understood. Critical questions remain about the difference between the active-to-passive transition and passive-to-active transition. For Si, Wagner [2] points out that the active-to-passive transition is governed by the criterion for a stable Si/SiO2 equilibria and the passive-to-active transition is governed by the decomposition of the SiO2 film. This suggests a significant oxygen potential difference between these two transitions and our experiments confirm this. For Si, the initial stages of active oxidation are characterized by the formation of SiO(g) and further oxidation to SiO2(s) as micron-sized rods, with a distinctive morphology. SiC shows significant differences. The active-to-passive and the passive-to-active transitions are close. The SiO2 rods only appear as the passive film breaks down. These differences are explained in terms of the reactions at the SiC/SiO2 interface. In order to understand the breakdown of the passive film, pre-oxidation experiments are conducted. These involve forming dense protective scales of 0.5, 1, and 2 microns and then subjecting the samples with these scales to a known active oxidation environment. Microstructural studies show that SiC/SiO2 interfacial reactions lead to a breakdown of the scale with a distinct morphology.

  12. Process for the homoepitaxial growth of single-crystal silicon carbide films on silicon carbide wafers

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    Powell, J. Anthony (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    The invention is a method for growing homoepitaxial films of SiC on low tilt angle vicinal (0001) SiC wafers. The invention proposes and teaches a new theoretical model for the homoepitaxial growth of SiC films on (0001) SiC substrates. The inventive method consists of preparing the growth surface of SiC wafers slightly off-axis (from less the 0.1 to 6 deg) from the (0001) plane, subjecting the growth surface to a suitable etch, and then growing the homoepitaxial film using conventional SiC growth techniques.

  13. Application of rapid milling technology for fabrication of SiC nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Jong-Woong; Shim, Jae-Shik; Kwak, Min-Gi; Hong, Sung-Jei; Cho, Hyun-Min

    2013-09-01

    SiC nanoparticles were successfully fabricated by a high energy ball milling method, so that can be used in the printed electronics to make SiC thin film patterns. Here we utilized the waste of Si sludge for making the SiC nanoparticles. In order to achieve uniform thin film from the nanoparticle ink, fine sized SiC nanoparticles less than 100 nm has to be uniformly dispersed. In this study, we employed the ultra apex milling (UAM) system for particle comminution and dispersion. We investigated the effects of milling parameters, e.g., size of ZrO2 bead and milling time. The size of the SiC particles reached about 103 nm after 4 hours of UAM, when the ZrO2 beads of 50 microm were used. Then SiC ink was formulated with organic solvents and a dispersing agent. A specially designed pattern was printed by an ink-jet printer for evaluating the feasibility of the SiC nanoparticle inks.

  14. Exposure of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) to atomic hydrogen.

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    Guisinger, Nathan P; Rutter, Gregory M; Crain, Jason N; First, Phillip N; Stroscio, Joseph A

    2009-04-01

    Graphene films on SiC exhibit coherent transport properties that suggest the potential for novel carbon-based nanoelectronics applications. Recent studies suggest that the role of the interface between single layer graphene and silicon-terminated SiC can strongly influence the electronic properties of the graphene overlayer. In this study, we have exposed the graphitized SiC to atomic hydrogen in an effort to passivate dangling bonds at the interface, while investigating the results utilizing room temperature scanning tunneling microscopy.

  15. Nucleation, Epitaxial Growth, and Characterization of Beta-Silicon Carbide Thin Films on Silicon by Rapid Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Li, Jiping

    The principal objective of this dissertation is to study monocrystalline epitaxial SiC thin film nucleation and growth on Si by rapid thermal vapor deposition (RTCVD). In addition to the actual growth process development, this has also included the characterization of the as-grown SiC films in terms of crystal structure, morphology, chemical composition, and electrical properties, as well as the fabrication of simple SiC/Si heterojunction diodes. The (100) Si substrate was first converted to SiC layer by carbonization at elevated temperatures in simple hydrocarbon ambients at both atmospheric and low pressures. The SiC films were evaluated by X-ray diffraction, FT-IR, ellipsometry, SEM, AFM, AES, and TEM analyses. The effects of flow rates, temperature, temperature ramp rate, and pressure were studied. The crystallinity, thickness, and morphology of SiC films were found to be a strong function of the hydrocarbon concentration in the gas stream and the growth pressure. Voids (hollow spaces) have been observed to exist in the Si substrate underneath the SiC film except for one condition: high hydrocarbon concentration in the gas stream under which an ultra-thin (~ 10 nm) void-free single crystal SiC film is formed. High -resolution TEM analysis of this film indicated that five SiC lattice planes aligned with four Si lattice planes. Optimum conditions in terms of crystallinity are: 1300 ^circC, 90 sec, 25-50^ circC/s temperature ramp, 13 sccm C _3H_8, 1.5 lpm H _2. The growth rate is in the range of 0.5 -1 nm/sec. Both X-ray diffraction and TEM analyses indicated that films grown under the optimum conditions were single -crystal epitaxial cubic SiC thin films. In addition, simple hydrocarbon gases such as propane, ethylene, acetylene, and methane showed similar behaviors when reacting with Si except for slight difference in reactivity. The evolution of SiC nucleation on Si was studied by combining the surface analysis capability of SEM and AFM with the excellent

  16. -SiC nanocomposite coatings synthesized by co-electrodeposition

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    Masoudi, Mehran; Hashim, Mansor; Kamari, Halimah Mohamed

    2014-08-01

    In the present work, Ni-Al2O3, Ni-SiC and novel Ni-Al2O3-SiC metal matrix composite (MMC) coatings were electrodeposited onto pure copper samples using a modified Watt's nickel electroplating bath containing nano alumina and silicon carbide particles with an average particle size of 50 nm. The composition, crystalline structure and surface morphology of the deposits were characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The results indicated that Ni-Al2O3-SiC hybrid composite films with an acceptable homogeneity and granular structure having 9.2 and 7.7 % vol. Al2O3 and SiC nanoparticles, respectively were developed successfully. The nanoparticles incorporated in the nickel layer effectively increased the micro hardness and wear resistance owing to dispersion and grain-refinement strengthening, changing the nickel matrix morphology as well as the texture and preferred grain growth direction from <100> to the close-packed <111>. The oxidation resistance of the Ni-Al2O3-SiC hybrid composite coatings was measured to be approximately 41 % greater than the unreinforced Ni deposit and almost 30 % better than the Ni-Al2O3 composite coatings.

  17. Pd/CeO2/SiC Chemical Sensors

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    Lu, Weijie; Collins, W. Eugene

    2005-01-01

    The incorporation of nanostructured interfacial layers of CeO2 has been proposed to enhance the performances of Pd/SiC Schottky diodes used to sense hydrogen and hydrocarbons at high temperatures. If successful, this development could prove beneficial in numerous applications in which there are requirements to sense hydrogen and hydrocarbons at high temperatures: examples include monitoring of exhaust gases from engines and detecting fires. Sensitivity and thermal stability are major considerations affecting the development of high-temperature chemical sensors. In the case of a metal/SiC Schottky diode for a number of metals, the SiC becomes more chemically active in the presence of the thin metal film on the SiC surface at high temperature. This increase in chemical reactivity causes changes in chemical composition and structure of the metal/SiC interface. The practical effect of the changes is to alter the electronic and other properties of the device in such a manner as to degrade its performance as a chemical sensor. To delay or prevent these changes, it is necessary to limit operation to a temperature <450 C for these sensor structures. The present proposal to incorporate interfacial CeO2 films is based partly on the observation that nanostructured materials in general have potentially useful electrical properties, including an ability to enhance the transfer of electrons. In particular, nanostructured CeO2, that is CeO2 with nanosized grains, has shown promise for incorporation into hightemperature electronic devices. Nanostructured CeO2 films can be formed on SiC and have been shown to exhibit high thermal stability on SiC, characterized by the ability to withstand temperatures somewhat greater than 700 C for limited times. The exchanges of oxygen between CeO2 and SiC prevent the formation of carbon and other chemical species that are unfavorable for operation of a SiC-based Schottky diode as a chemical sensor. Consequently, it is anticipated that in a Pd

  18. The role of carbon surface diffusion on the growth of epitaxial graphene on SiC.

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    Thurmer, Konrad; Ohta, Taisuke; Nie, Shu; Bartelt, Norman Charles; Kellogg, Gary Lee

    2010-03-01

    Growth of high quality graphene films on SiC is regarded as one of the more viable pathways toward graphene-based electronics. Graphitic films form on SiC at elevated temperature because of preferential sublimation of Si. Little is known, however, about the atomistic processes of interrelated SiC decomposition and graphene growth. We have observed the formation of graphene on SiC by Si sublimation in an Ar atmosphere using low energy electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microcopy and atomic force microscopy. This work reveals that the growth mechanism depends strongly on the initial surface morphology, and that carbon diffusion governs the spatial relationship between SiC decomposition and graphene growth. Isolated bilayer SiC steps generate narrow ribbons of graphene, whereas triple bilayer steps allow large graphene sheets to grow by step flow. We demonstrate how graphene quality can be improved by controlling the initial surface morphology specifically by avoiding the instabilities inherent in diffusion-limited growth.

  19. System for the growth of bulk SiC crystals by modified CVD techniques

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    Steckl, Andrew J.

    1994-01-01

    The goal of this program was the development of a SiC CVD growth of films thick enough to be useful as pseudo-substrates. The cold-walled CVD system was designed, assembled, and tested. Extrapolating from preliminary evaluation of SiC films grown in the system at relatively low temperatures indicates that the growth rate at the final temperatures will be high enough to make our approach practical. Modifications of the system to allow high temperature growth and cleaner growth conditions are in progress. This program was jointly funded by Wright Laboratory, Materials Directorate and NASA LeRC and monitored by NASA.

  20. Microstructure of TRISO Coated Particles from the AGR-1 Experiment I: SiC Grain Size and Grain Boundary Character

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    Rita Kirchhofer; John D, Hunn; Paul A. Demkowicz; James I. Cole; Brian P. Gorman

    2013-01-01

    Pre-irradiation SiC microstructures in TRISO coated fuel particles from the AGR-1 experiment were quantitatively characterized using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). From EBSD it was determined that only the cubic polymorph of as-deposited SiC was present and the SiC had a high fraction of CSL S3 grain boundaries. Additionally, the local area misorientation (LAM), which is a qualitative measurement of strain in the SiC lattice, was mapped for each fuel variant. The morphology of the SiC / IPyC interfaces were characterized by TEM following site-specific focused ion beam (FIB) specimen preparation. It was determined that the SiC layer had a heavily faulted microstructure typical of CVD deposited SiC and that the average grain diameter increased from the SiC/IPyC interface for all the fuel variants, except V3 that showed a constant grain size across the layer.

  1. Evidence for interstellar SiC in the Murray carbonaceous meteorite

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    Bernatowicz, Thomas; Wopenka, Brigitte; Fraundorf, Gail; Ming, Tang; Anders, Edward

    1987-01-01

    Silicon carbide has been identified in two separates from the Murray carbonaceous chondrite that are enriched 20,000-fold in isotopically anomalous neon and xenon. The SiC is present in the form of crystalline grains 0.1-1 micron in size. Cubic and 111-plane-twinned cubic are the most common ordered polytypes observed so far. The anomalous isotopic composition of its carbon, nitrogen, and silicon indicates a presolar origin, probably in the atmospheres of red giants. An additional silicon- and oxygen-rich phase shows large isotropic anomalies in nitrogen and silicon, also associated with a presolar origin.

  2. Focused thermal emission from a nanostructured SiC surface

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    Chalabi, Hamidreza; Alù, Andrea; Brongersma, Mark L.

    2016-09-01

    Incandescent sources that produce light from electrically heated filaments or films tend to feature low efficiencies and offer poor spectral and angular control. We demonstrate that a judicious nanostructuring of a SiC surface can focus thermal emission of a preselected spectral range to a well-defined height above the surface. SiC is known to support electromagnetic surface waves that afford the required thermal emission control. Here, we provide general design rules for this type of focusing element that can be extended to other material systems, such as metals supporting surface plasmon-polariton waves. These rules are verified using full-wave calculations of the spatial variation of thermal emission. The obtained results establish a foundation for developing more complex algorithms for the design of complex thermal lenses.

  3. Molten salt corrosion of SiC: Pitting mechanism

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    Jacobson, N. S.; Smialek, J. L.

    1985-01-01

    Thin films of Na2SO4 and Na2CO3 at 1000 C lead to severe pitting of sintered alpha-SiC. These pits are important as they cause a strength reduction in this material. The growth of product layers is related to pit formation for the Na2CO3 case. The early reaction stages involve repeated oxidation and dissolution to form sodium silicate. This results in severe grain boundary attack. After this a porous silica layer forms between the sodium silicate melt and the SiC. The pores in this layer appear to act as paths for the melt to reach the SiC and create larger pits.

  4. Study of Erosive Wear Behaviour on SIC/SIC Composites

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    Suh, Min-Soo

    In the field of aerospace propulsion system, erosive wear on continuous silicon carbide (SiC) fibre-reinforced SiC (SiC/SiC) composites is of significant issue to achieve high energy efficiency. This paper proposes a crucial factor and a design guideline of SiC/SiC composites for higher erosion performance regarding cost effectiveness. Fabrication and evaluation of impacts and wear on SiC/SiC composites are successfully carried out. Erosive wear behaviours of the CVI and the LPS composites evidently show that the crucial fabrication factor against solid particle erosion (SPE). Erosive wear mechanisms on various SiC/SiC composites are determined based on the analysis of erosive wear behaviour. Designing guideline for the SiC/SiC composites for pursuit of high erosion performance is also proposed as focusing on the followings; volume fraction of matrix, strength of the matrix, bonding strength, and PyC interface.

  5. Fabrication and properties of ultraviolet photo-detectors based on SiC nanowires

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    Peng, Gang; Zhou, YingQiu; He, YanLan; Yu, XiaoYan; Li, GongYi

    2012-07-01

    A new type of ultraviolet photo-detectors (UVPDs) based on a bundle of highly aligned SiC nanowires was fabricated and the photo-electric properties of the UVPDs including I-V characteristics and time response were studied in this work. SiC nanowires were prepared by pyrolysis of a polymer precursor with ferrocene as the catalyst by a CVD route. The diameters of SiC nanowires varied from 100 to 200 nm while they were some centimeters long and the SiC nanowires were with zinc blended cubic form ( β-SiC) tested by X-ray diffraction. A bundle of nanowires was fixed onto two legs' base by conductive silver paste to form the UVPDs. The electrical measurement of the device showed a significant increase of current when the device was exposed to 254 nm UV light, and the rising time of the device is very short, but the falling time is relatively long. Our results show that the UVPDs based on SiC nanowires have excellent electrical and optical properties which can be potentially applied.

  6. High-fluence Si-implanted diamond: Optimum implantation temperature for SiC formation

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    Weishart, H.; Eichhorn, F.; Heera, V.; Pecz, B.; Barna, A.; Skorupa, W.

    2005-08-15

    In this paper the authors investigate the effect of implantation temperature on the structural properties of diamond implanted with high fluences of Si between 5.3x10{sup 17} Si cm{sup -2} and 1x10{sup 18} Si cm{sup -2}. In order to reduce radiation-induced damage and to enhance SiC formation the implantations were performed at elevated temperatures in the range from 900 to 1200 deg. C. Subsequently, all samples were annealed for 10 min at 1500 deg. C in a rf-heated furnace. X-ray diffraction revealed the formation of cubic SiC nanocrystallites in a buried layer inside the implanted diamond. The implantation-induced damage was assessed by analyzing graphitization of the surface-near layer using Raman spectroscopy. With increasing Si fluence the implantation-induced damage rises and the nearly perfect alignment of the formed SiC crystallites within the host diamond lattice deteriorates. However, raising the implantation temperature from 900 to 1000 deg. C reduces the damage in the diamond and increases the amount, size, and epitaxial alignment of the crystalline SiC precipitates. Further increase of the implantation temperature gives no improvement in the quality of the SiC-rich layer. Instead, the damaged diamond converts into graphite and the formation of SiC crystallites is obstructed.

  7. Epitaxial Growth of beta-Silicon Carbide (SiC) on a Compliant Substrate via Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)

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    Mitchell, Sharanda L.

    1996-01-01

    Many lattice defects have been attributed to the lattice mismatch and the difference in the thermal coefficient of expansion between SiC and silicon (Si). Stacking faults, twins and antiphase boundaries are some of the lattice defects found in these SiC films. These defects may be a partial cause of the disappointing performance reported for the prototype devices fabricated from beta-SiC films. The objective of this research is to relieve some of the thermal stress due to lattice mismatch when SiC is epitaxially grown on Si. The compliant substrate is a silicon membrane 2-4 microns thick. The CVD process includes the buffer layer which is grown at 1360 C followed by a very thin epitaxial growth of SiC. Then the temperature is raised to 1500 C for the subsequent growth of SiC. Since silicon melts at 1415 C, the SiC will be grown on molten Silicon which is absorbed by a porous graphite susceptor eliminating the SiC/Si interface. We suspect that this buffer layer will yield less stressed material to help in the epitaxial growth of SiC.

  8. SiC detector damage and characterization for high intensity laser-plasma diagnostics

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    Torrisi, L.; Cannavò, A.

    2016-05-01

    Silicon-Carbide (SiC) detectors are always more extensively employed as diagnostics in laser-generated plasma due to their remarkable properties such as their high band gap, high carrier velocity, high detection efficiency, high radiation resistance and low leakage current at room temperature. SiC detectors, in comparison with Si detectors, have the advantage of being insensitive to visible light, having low reverse current at high temperature and high radiation hardness. A similar energy resolution characterizes the two types of detectors, being 0.8% in Si and 1.0% in SiC, as measured detecting 5.8 MeV alpha particles. Generally, SiC detectors are employed as laser-plasma diagnostics in time-of-flight configuration, permitting the simultaneous detection of photons, electrons and ions based on discrimination of velocity. SiC detectors can be employed in the proportionality regime, because their response is proportional to the radiation energy deposited in the active layer. Using thin absorbers in front of the detectors makes it possible to have further information on the radiation nature, intensity and energy. Surface characterization of SiC before and after prolonged exposure to hot plasma laser generated shows the formation of bulk defects and thin film deposition on the detector surface limiting the device functionality.

  9. In situ toughened SiC ceramics with Al-B-C additions and oxide-coated SiC platelet/SiC composites

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    Cao, J. |

    1996-12-01

    This work aimed at fabrication and characterization of high toughness SiC ceramics through the applications of in situ toughening and SiC platelet reinforcement. The processing-microstructure-property relations of hot pressed SiC with Al, B, and C additions (designated as ABC-SiC) were investigated. Through a liquid phase sintering mechanism, dense SiC was obtained by hot pressing at a temperature as low as 1,700 C with 3 wt% Al, 0.6 wt% B, and 2 wt% C additions. These sintering aids also enhanced the {beta}-to-{alpha} (3C-to-4H) phase transformation, which promoted SiC grains to grow into plate-like shapes. Under optimal processing conditions, the microstructure exhibited high-aspect-ratio plate-shaped grains with a thin (< 1 nm) Al-containing amorphous grain boundary film. The mechanical properties of the toughened SiC and the composites were evaluated in comparison with a commercial Hexoloy SiC under identical test conditions. The C-curve behavior was examined using the strength-indentation load relationship and compared with that directly measured using precracked compact tension specimens. The in situ toughened ABC-SiC exhibited much improved flaw tolerance and a significantly rising R-curve behavior. A steady-state toughness in excess of 9 MPam{sup 1/2} was recorded for the ABC-SiC in comparison to a single valued toughness below 3 MPam{sup 1/2} for the Hexoloy. Toughening in the ABC-SiC was mainly attributed to grain bridging and subsequent pullout of the plate-shaped grains. The high toughness ABC-SiC exhibited a bend strength of 650 MPa with a Weibull modulus of 19; in comparison, the commercial SiC showed a bend strength of 400 MPa with a Weibull modulus of 6. Higher fracture toughness was also achieved by the reinforcement of SiC platelets, encapsulated with alumina, yttria, or silica, in a SiC matrix.

  10. Effect of SiC particles on microarc oxidation process of magnesium matrix composites

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    Wang, Y. Q.; Wang, X. J.; Gong, W. X.; Wu, K.; Wang, F. H.

    2013-10-01

    SiC particles are an important reinforced phase in metal matrix composites. Their effect on the microarc oxidation (MAO, also named plasma electrolytic oxidation-PEO) process of SiCp/AZ91 Mg matrix composites (MMCs) was studied and the mechanism was revealed. The corrosion resistance of MAO coating was also investigated. Voltage-time curves during MAO were recorded to study the barrier film status on the composites. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the existing state of SiC particles in MAO. Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to analyze the chemical composition of the coating. Corrosion resistance of the bare and coated composites was evaluated by potentiodynamic polarization curves in 3.5% NaCl solution. Results showed that the integrality and electrical insulation properties of the barrier film on the composites were destroyed by the SiC particles. Consequently, the sparking discharge at the early stage of MAO was inhibited, and the growth efficiency of the MAO coating decreased with the increase in the volume fraction of SiC particles. SiC particles did not exist stably during MAO; they were oxidized or partially oxidized into SiO2 before the overall sparking discharge. The transformation from semi-conductive SiC to insulating SiO2 by oxidation restrained the current leakage at the original SiC positions and then promoted sparking discharge and coating growth. The corrosion current density of SiCp/AZ91 MMCs was reduced by two orders of magnitude after MAO treatment. However, the corrosion resistances of the coated composites were lower than that of the coated alloy.

  11. CVD of SiC and AlN using cyclic organometallic precursors

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    Interrante, L. V.; Larkin, D. J.; Amato, C.

    1992-01-01

    The use of cyclic organometallic molecules as single-source MOCVD precursors is illustrated by means of examples taken from our recent work on AlN and SiC deposition, with particular focus on SiC. Molecules containing (AlN)3 and (SiC)2 rings as the 'core structure' were employed as the source materials for these studies. The organoaluminum amide, (Me2AlNH2)3, was used as the AlN source and has been studied in a molecular beam sampling apparatus in order to determine the gas phase species present in a hot-wall CVD reactor environment. In the case of SiC CVD, a series of disilacyclobutanes (Si(XX')CH2)2 (with X and X' = H, CH3, and CH2SiH2CH3), were examined in a cold-wall, hot-stage CVD reactor in order to compare their relative reactivities and prospective utility as single-source CVD precursors. The parent compound, disilacyclobutane, (SiH2CH2)2, was found to exhibit the lowest deposition temperature (ca. 670 C) and to yield the highest purity SiC films. This precursor gave a highly textured, polycrystalline film on the Si(100) substrates.

  12. A new approach for fabrications of SiC based photodetectors.

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    Aldalbahi, Ali; Li, Eric; Rivera, Manuel; Velazquez, Rafael; Altalhi, Tariq; Peng, Xiaoyan; Feng, Peter X

    2016-01-01

    We report on a new approach to quickly synthesize high-quality single crystalline wide band gap silicon carbide (SiC) films for development of high-performance deep ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors. The fabricated SiC based UV photodetectors exhibited high response while maintaining cost-effectiveness and size miniaturization. Focus of the experiments was on studies of electrical and electronic properties, as well as responsivity, response and recovery times, and repeatability of the deep UV photodetectors. Raman scattering spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to characterize the SiC materials. Analyses of the SEM data indicated that highly flat SiC thin films have been obtained. Based on the synthesized SiC, deep UV detectors are designed, fabricated, and tested with various UV wavelength lights at different radiation intensities. Temperature effect and bias effect on the photocurrent strength and signal-to-noise ratio, humidity effect on the response time and recovery time of the fabricated detectors have been carefully characterized and discussed. The detectors appear to have a very stable baseline and repeatability. The obtained responsivity is more than 40% higher compared to commercial detectors. The good performance of the photodetectors at operating temperature up to 300 °C remains nearly unchanged. PMID:26988399

  13. A new approach for fabrications of SiC based photodetectors

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    Aldalbahi, Ali; Li, Eric; Rivera, Manuel; Velazquez, Rafael; Altalhi, Tariq; Peng, Xiaoyan; Feng, Peter X.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a new approach to quickly synthesize high-quality single crystalline wide band gap silicon carbide (SiC) films for development of high-performance deep ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors. The fabricated SiC based UV photodetectors exhibited high response while maintaining cost-effectiveness and size miniaturization. Focus of the experiments was on studies of electrical and electronic properties, as well as responsivity, response and recovery times, and repeatability of the deep UV photodetectors. Raman scattering spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to characterize the SiC materials. Analyses of the SEM data indicated that highly flat SiC thin films have been obtained. Based on the synthesized SiC, deep UV detectors are designed, fabricated, and tested with various UV wavelength lights at different radiation intensities. Temperature effect and bias effect on the photocurrent strength and signal-to-noise ratio, humidity effect on the response time and recovery time of the fabricated detectors have been carefully characterized and discussed. The detectors appear to have a very stable baseline and repeatability. The obtained responsivity is more than 40% higher compared to commercial detectors. The good performance of the photodetectors at operating temperature up to 300 °C remains nearly unchanged. PMID:26988399

  14. Reactive sintering of SiC

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    Kim, Y. W.; Lee, J. G.

    1984-01-01

    Investigation of the sintering processes involved in the sintering of SiC revealed a connection between the types and quantities of sintering additives or catalysts and densification, initial shrinkage, and weight loss of the sintered SiC material. By sintering processes, is meant the methods of mass transport, namely solid vapor transport and grain boundary diffusion.

  15. Broadband Antireflection and Light Extraction Enhancement in Fluorescent SiC with Nanodome Structures

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    Ou, Yiyu; Zhu, Xiaolong; Jokubavicius, Valdas; Yakimova, Rositza; Mortensen, N. Asger; Syväjärvi, Mikael; Xiao, Sanshui; Ou, Haiyan

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a time-efficient and low-cost approach to fabricate Si3N4 coated nanodome structures in fluorescent SiC. Nanosphere lithography is used as the nanopatterning method and SiC nanodome structures with Si3N4 coating are formed via dry etching and thin film deposition process. By using this method, a significant broadband surface antireflection and a considerable omnidirectional luminescence enhancement are obtained. The experimental observations are then supported by numerical simulations. It is believed that our fabrication method will be well suitable for large-scale production in the future. PMID:24722521

  16. Moment mapping of body-centered-cubic Fe{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x} alloy films on MgO(001)

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    Idzerda, Y. U. Bhatkar, H.; Arenholz, E.

    2015-05-07

    The alloy composition and elemental magnetic moments of bcc single crystal films of compositionally graded Fe{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x} films (20 nm thick films with 0.8 ≤ x ≤ 0.9) grown on MgO(001) are spatially mapped using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism. Electron diffraction measurements on single composition samples confirmed that the structure of Fe{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x} films remained epitaxial and in the bcc phase from 0.65 ≤ x ≤ 1, but rotated 45° with respect to the MgO(001) surface net. This is beyond the bulk bcc stability limit of x = 0.88. The Fe moment is found to gradually reduce with increasing Mn content with a very abrupt decline at x = 0.85, a slightly higher composition than observed in the bulk. Surprisingly, the Mn exhibits a very small net moment (<0.1 μ{sub B}) at all compositions, suggesting a complex Mn spin structure.

  17. Large-area SiC membrane produced by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition at relatively high temperature

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    Liu, Yu; Xie, Changqing

    2015-09-15

    Advances in the growth of silicon carbide (SiC) thin films with outstanding thermal and mechanical properties have received considerable attention. However, the fabrication of large-area free-standing SiC membrane still remains a challenge. Here, the authors report a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition process at a relatively high temperature to improve the free-standing SiC membrane area. A systematic study on the microstructural, mechanical, and optical properties of hydrogenated polycrystalline silicon carbide (poly-SiC{sub x}:H) thin films deposited at 600 °C with different annealing temperatures has been performed. In the as-deposited state, SiC{sub x}:H thin films show a polycrystalline structure. The crystallinity degree can be further improved with the increase of the postdeposition annealing temperature. The resulting process produced free-standing 2-μm-thick SiC membranes up to 70 mm in diameter with root mean square roughness of 3.384 nm and optical transparency of about 70% at 632.8 nm wavelength. The large-area SiC membranes made out of poly-SiC{sub x}:H thin films deposited at a relatively high temperature can be beneficial for a wide variety of applications, such as x-ray diffractive optical elements, optical and mechanical filtering, lithography mask, lightweight space telescopes, etc.

  18. Combustion synthesis as a novel method for production of 1-D SiC nanostructures.

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    Huczko, Andrzej; Bystrzejewski, Michał; Lange, Hubert; Fabianowska, Agnieszka; Cudziło, Stanisław; Panas, Andrzej; Szala, Mateusz

    2005-09-01

    1-D nanostructures of cubic phase silicon carbide (beta-SiC) were efficiently produced by combustion synthesis of mixtures containing Si-containing compounds and halocarbons in a calorimetric bomb. The influence of the operating parameters on 1-D SiC formation yield was studied. The heat release, the heating rate, and the chamber pressure increase were monitored during the process. The composition and structural features of the products were characterized by elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis/ thermogravimetric technique, Raman spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry. This self-induced growth process can produce SiC nanofibers and nanotubes ca. 20-100 nm in diameter with the aspect ratio higher than 1000. Bulk scale Raman studies showed the product to be comprised of mostly cubic polytype of SiC and that finite size effects are present. We believe that the nucleation mechanism involving radical gaseous species is responsible for 1-D nanostructures growth. The present study has enlarged the family of nanofibers and nanotubes available and offers a possible, new general route to 1-D crystalline materials. PMID:16853065

  19. Piecewise Cubic Interpolation Package

    1982-04-23

    PCHIP (Piecewise Cubic Interpolation Package) is a set of subroutines for piecewise cubic Hermite interpolation of data. It features software to produce a monotone and "visually pleasing" interpolant to monotone data. Such an interpolant may be more reasonable than a cubic spline if the data contain both 'steep' and 'flat' sections. Interpolation of cumulative probability distribution functions is another application. In PCHIP, all piecewise cubic functions are represented in cubic Hermite form; that is, f(x)more » is determined by its values f(i) and derivatives d(i) at the breakpoints x(i), i=1(1)N. PCHIP contains three routines - PCHIM, PCHIC, and PCHSP to determine derivative values, six routines - CHFEV, PCHFE, CHFDV, PCHFD, PCHID, and PCHIA to evaluate, differentiate, or integrate the resulting cubic Hermite function, and one routine to check for monotonicity. A FORTRAN 77 version and SLATEC version of PCHIP are included.« less

  20. Thermal expansion and elastic anisotropy in single crystal Al2O3 and SiC reinforcements

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    Salem, Jonathan A.; Li, Zhuang; Bradt, Richard C.

    1994-01-01

    In single crystal form, SiC and Al2O3 are attractive reinforcing components for high temperature composites. In this study, the axial coefficients of thermal expansion and single crystal elastic constants of SiC and Al2O3 were used to determine their coefficients of thermal expansion and Young's moduli as a function of crystallographic orientation and temperature. SiC and Al2O3 exhibit a strong variation of Young's modulus with orientation; however, their moduli and anisotropies are weak functions of temperature below 1000 C. The coefficients of thermal expansion exhibit significant temperature dependence, and that of the non-cubic Al2O3 is also a function of crystallographic orientation.

  1. Growth and oxidization stability of cubic Zr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}N solid solution thin films

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    Höglund, C.; Alling, B.; Jensen, J.; Hultman, L.; Birch, J.; Hall-Wilton, R.

    2015-05-21

    We report Zr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}N thin films deposited by magnetron sputter deposition. We show a solid solubility of the highly neutron absorbing GdN into ZrN along the whole compositional range, which is in excellent agreement with our recent predictions by first-principles calculations. An oxidization study in air shows that Zr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}N with x reaching from 1 to close to 0 fully oxidizes, but that the oxidization is slowed down by an increased amount of ZrN or stopped by applying a capping layer of ZrN. The crystalline quality of Zr{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}N films increases with substrate temperatures increasing from 100 °C to 900 °C.

  2. Growth and characterization of graded AlGaN conducting buffer layers on n + SiC substrates

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    Moran, B.; Hansen, M.; Craven, M. D.; Speck, J. S.; DenBaars, S. P.

    2000-12-01

    GaN films on top of doped, graded AlGaN conducting buffer layers were grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on n + SiC substrates. The effect of initial AlGaN composition and buffer layer doping level on the structural and morphological properties of these films and the conduction between these films and the substrate was investigated. A minimum resistance of 2 Ω was measured for vertical test structures.

  3. Photoluminescence of etched SiC nanowires

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    Stewart, Polite D., Jr.; Rich, Ryan; Zerda, T. W.

    2010-10-01

    SiC nanowires were produced from carbon nanotubes and nanosize silicon powder in a tube furnace at temperatures between 1100^oC and 1350^oC. SiC nanowires had average diameter of 30 nm and very narrow size distribution. The compound possesses a high melting point, high thermal conductivity, and excellent wear resistance. The surface of the SiC nanowires after formation is covered by an amorphous layer. The composition of that layer is not fully understood, but it is believed that in addition to amorphous SiC it contains various carbon and silicon compounds, and SiO2. The objective of the research was to modify the surface structure of these SiC nanowires. Modification of the surface was done using the wet etching method. The etched nanowires were then analyzed using Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL). FTIR and TEM analysis provided valid proof that the SiC nanowires were successfully etched. Also, the PL results showed that the SiC nanowire core did possess a fluorescent signal.

  4. Refractory Oxide Coatings on Sic Ceramics

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    Lee, Kang N.; Jacobson, Nathan S.; Miller, Robert A.

    1994-01-01

    Silicon carbide with a refractory oxide coating is potentially a very attractive ceramic system. It offers the desirable mechanical and physical properties of SiC and the environmental durability of a refractory oxide. The development of a thermal shock resistant plasma-sprayed mullite coating on SiC is discussed. The durability of the mullite/SiC in oxidizing, reducing, and molten salt environments is discussed. In general, this system exhibits better behavior than uncoated SiC. Areas for further developments are discussed.

  5. Process for the controlled growth of single-crystal films of silicon carbide polytypes on silicon carbide wafers

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    Larkin, David J.; Powell, J. Anthony

    1992-11-01

    A method for the controlled growth of single-crystal semiconductor-device-quality films of SiC polytypes on vicinal (0001) SiC wafers with low tilt angles is presented. Both homoepitaxial and heteroepitaxial SiC films can be produced on the same wafer. In particular, 3C-SiC and 6H-SiC films can be produced within selected areas of the same 6H-SiC wafer.

  6. Process for the controlled growth of single-crystal films of silicon carbide polytypes on silicon carbide wafers

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    Larkin, David J.; Powell, J. Anthony

    1994-11-01

    This invention is a method for the controlled growth of single-crystal semiconductor-device-quality films of SiC polytypes of vicinal (0001) SiC wafers with low tilt angles. Both homoepitaxial and heteroepitaxial SiC films can be produced on the same wafer. In particular, 3C-SiC and 6H-SiC films can be produced within selected areas of the same 6H-SiC wafer.

  7. Process for the controlled growth of single-crystal films of silicon carbide polytypes on silicon carbide wafers

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    Powell, J. Anthony

    1991-06-01

    This invention is a method for the controlled growth of single-crystal semiconductor device quality films of SiC polytypes on vicinal (0001) SiC wafers with low tilt angles. Both homoepitaxial and heteroepitaxial SiC films can be produced on the same wafer. In particular, 3C-SiC and 6H-SiC films can be produced within selected areas of the same 6H-SiC wafer.

  8. Process for the controlled growth of single-crystal films of silicon carbide polytypes on silicon carbide wafers

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    Powell, J. Anthony (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    This invention is a method for the controlled growth of single-crystal semiconductor device quality films of SiC polytypes on vicinal (0001) SiC wafers with low tilt angles. Both homoepitaxial and heteroepitaxial SiC films can be produced on the same wafer. In particular, 3C-SiC and 6H-SiC films can be produced within selected areas of the same 6H-SiC wafer.

  9. Process for the controlled growth of single-crystal films of silicon carbide polytypes on silicon carbide wafers

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    Larkin, David J. (Inventor); Powell, J. Anthony (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A method for the controlled growth of single-crystal semiconductor-device-quality films of SiC polytypes on vicinal (0001) SiC wafers with low tilt angles is presented. Both homoepitaxial and heteroepitaxial SiC films can be produced on the same wafer. In particular, 3C-SiC and 6H-SiC films can be produced within selected areas of the same 6H-SiC wafer.

  10. Comparisons of SiN Passivation Film Deposited by PE-CVD and T-CVD Method for AlGaN/GaN HEMTs on SiC Substrate

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    Okita, Hideyuki; Marui, Toshiharu; Hoshi, Shinichi; Itoh, Masanori; Toda, Fumihiko; Morino, Yoshiaki; Tamai, Isao; Sano, Yoshiaki; Seki, Shohei

    Current collapse phenomenon is a well known obstacle in the AlGaN/GaN HEMTs. In order to improve the surface stability of HEMTs, we have investigated the SiN passivation film deposited by T-CVD, and we found that it improves both gate leakage current and current collapse phenomenon [1]. Moreover, we compared the T-CVD and PE-CVD passivation films, on high electric field DC and RF characteristics. We found that T-CVD SiN passivation film improves BVds-off by 30% because of the reduction of gate leakage current. It also improved ηd in the output power characteristics by load-pull measurement, which indicates the decrease of the current collapse phenomenon. Also we fabricated a multi-fingered 50W-class AlGaN/GaN HEMT with T-CVD SiN passivation film and achieved 61.2% of high drain efficiency at frequency of 2.14GHz, which was 3.6 points higher than that with PE-CVD SiN passivation film.

  11. Absorption and emission of silicon nanocrystals embedded in SiC: Eliminating Fabry-Pérot interference

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    Schnabel, M.; Summonte, C.; Canino, M.; Dyakov, S. A.; López-Conesa, L.; Löper, P.; Janz, S.; Wilshaw, P. R.

    2015-01-28

    Silicon nanocrystals embedded in SiC are studied by spectrophotometry and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Absorptivities are found to be affected by residual Fabry-Pérot interference arising from measurements of reflection and transmission at locations of different film thickness. Multiple computational and experimental methods to avoid these errors in thin film measurements, in general, are discussed. Corrected absorptivity depends on the quantity of Si embedded in the SiC but is independent of the Si crystallinity, indicating a relaxation of the k-conservation criterion for optical transitions in the nanocrystals. Tauc gaps of 1.8–2.0 and 2.12 eV are determined for Si nanoclusters and SiC, respectively. PL spectra exhibit a red-shift of ∼100 nm per nm nominal Si nanocluster diameter, which is in agreement with quantum confinement but revealed to be an artifact entirely due to Fabry-Pérot interference. Several simple experimental methods to diagnose or avoid interference in PL measurements are developed that are applicable to all thin films. Corrected PL is rather weak and invariant with passivation, indicating that non-paramagnetic defects are responsible for rapid non-radiative recombination. They are also responsible for the broad, sub-gap PL of the SiC, and can wholly account for the form of the PL of samples with Si nanoclusters. The PL intensity of samples with Si nanoclusters, however, can only be explained with an increased density of luminescent defects in the SiC due to Si nanoclusters, efficient tunneling of photogenerated carriers from Si nanoclusters to SiC defects, or with emission from a-Si nanoclusters. Films prepared on Si exhibit much weaker PL than the same films prepared on quartz substrates.

  12. SiC nanowires: A photocatalytic nanomaterial

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    Zhou Weimin; Yan Lijun; Wang Ying; Zhang Yafei

    2006-07-03

    Single-crystal {beta}-SiC nanowires coated with amorphous SiO{sub 2} were synthesized by a simple thermal evaporation technique. The photocatalytic activity of the SiC nanowires was characterized by measuring the photodegradation rate of acetaldehyde catalyzed by SiC as a function of UV irradiation time. It exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity, leading to the efficient decomposition of acetaldehyde by irradiation with UV light. The progress of the photocatalytic reaction can be monitored by the evolution of one of the products, CO{sub 2}. It has been observed that the as-synthesized SiC nanowires (with the SiO{sub 2} coating) have higher catalytic activity than the HF-etched, oxide-free SiC nanowires.

  13. Development of Sic Gas Sensor Systems

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    Hunter, G. W.; Neudeck, P. G.; Okojie, R. S.; Beheim, G. M.; Thomas, V.; Chen, L.; Lukco, D.; Liu, C. C.; Ward, B.; Makel, D.

    2002-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) based gas sensors have significant potential to address the gas sensing needs of aerospace applications such as emission monitoring, fuel leak detection, and fire detection. However, in order to reach that potential, a range of technical challenges must be overcome. These challenges go beyond the development of the basic sensor itself and include the need for viable enabling technologies to make a complete gas sensor system: electrical contacts, packaging, and transfer of information from the sensor to the outside world. This paper reviews the status at NASA Glenn Research Center of SiC Schottky diode gas sensor development as well as that of enabling technologies supporting SiC gas sensor system implementation. A vision of a complete high temperature microfabricated SiC gas sensor system is proposed. In the long-term, it is believed that improvements in the SiC semiconductor material itself could have a dramatic effect on the performance of SiC gas sensor systems.

  14. Local atomic structure analysis of SiC interface with oxide using chemical-state-selective X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Isomura, Noritake; Murai, Takaaki; Oji, Hiroshi; Nomoto, Toyokazu; Watanabe, Yukihiko; Kimoto, Yasuji

    2016-10-01

    A local atomic structure analysis of the interface between chemical vapor-deposited SiO2 and 4H-SiC was achieved via a combination of chemical-state-selective X-ray absorption spectroscopy and the use of a sample with a very thin oxide film. The Si K-edge spectrum, which monitors the SiC-assigned Auger peak, allows the SiC side of the SiO2/SiC interface to be selectively measured through the SiO2 film. We estimate the coordination number of the first nearest neighbor to be reduced by 17% with respect to the SiC bulk. This suggests that C vacancy defects exist at the SiC side of the interface.

  15. Cubic topological Kondo insulators.

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    Alexandrov, Victor; Dzero, Maxim; Coleman, Piers

    2013-11-27

    Current theories of Kondo insulators employ the interaction of conduction electrons with localized Kramers doublets originating from a tetragonal crystalline environment, yet all Kondo insulators are cubic. Here we develop a theory of cubic topological Kondo insulators involving the interaction of Γ(8) spin quartets with a conduction sea. The spin quartets greatly increase the potential for strong topological insulators, entirely eliminating the weak topological phases from the diagram. We show that the relevant topological behavior in cubic Kondo insulators can only reside at the lower symmetry X or M points in the Brillouin zone, leading to three Dirac cones with heavy quasiparticles.

  16. Cryogenic Performance of Trex SiC Mirror

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    Foss, Colby; Kane, Dave; Bray, Donald; Hadaway, James

    2005-01-01

    Low cost, high performance lightweight Silicon Carbide (Sic) mirrors provide an alternative to Beryllium mirrors. A Trex Enterprises 0.25m diameter lightweight Sic mirror using its patented Chemical Vapor Composites (CVC) technology was evaluated for its optical performance. CVC Sic is chemically pure, thermally stable, and mechanically stiff. CVC technology yields higher growth rate than that of CVD Sic. NASA has funded lightweight optical materials technology development efforts involving Sic mirrors for future space based telescope programs. As part of these efforts, a Trex Sic was measured interferometrically from room temperature to 30 degrees Kelvin. This paper will discuss the test goals, the test instrumentation, test results, and lessons learned.

  17. Accurate monotone cubic interpolation

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    Huynh, Hung T.

    1991-01-01

    Monotone piecewise cubic interpolants are simple and effective. They are generally third-order accurate, except near strict local extrema where accuracy degenerates to second-order due to the monotonicity constraint. Algorithms for piecewise cubic interpolants, which preserve monotonicity as well as uniform third and fourth-order accuracy are presented. The gain of accuracy is obtained by relaxing the monotonicity constraint in a geometric framework in which the median function plays a crucial role.

  18. Packaging Technology Developed for High-Temperature SiC Sensors and Electronics

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    Chen, Liang-Yu; Hunter, Gary W.; Neudeck, Philip G.; Lei, Jih-Fen

    2000-01-01

    A ceramic- and thick-film-materials-based prototype electronic package designed for silicon carbide (SiC) high-temperature sensors and electronics has been successfully tested at 500 C in an oxygen-containing air environment for 500 hours. This package was designed, fabricated, assembled, and electronically evaluated at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field with an in-house-fabricated SiC semiconductor test chip. High-temperature electronics and sensors are necessary for harsh-environment space and aeronautical applications, such as space missions to the inner solar system or the emission control electronics and sensors in aeronautical engines. Single-crystal SiC has such excellent physical and chemical material properties that SiC-based semiconductor electronics can operate at temperatures over 600 C, which is significantly higher than the limit for Si-based semiconductor devices. SiC semiconductor chips were recently demonstrated to be operable at temperatures as high as 600 C, but only in the probe station environment because suitable packaging technology for sensors and electronics at temperatures of 500 C and beyond did not exist. Thus, packaging technology for SiC-based sensors and electronics is immediately needed for both application and commercialization of high-temperature SiC sensors and electronics. In response to this need, researchers at Glenn designed, fabricated, and assembled a prototype electronic package for high-temperature electronics, sensors, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) using aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate and gold (Au) thick-film materials. This prototype package successfully survived a soak test at 500 C in air for 500 hours. Packaging components tested included thick-film high-temperature metallization, internal wire bonds, external lead bonds, and a SiC diode chip die-attachment. Each test loop, which was composed of thick-film printed wire, wire bond, and lead bond was subjected to a 50-mA direct current for 250

  19. Strong visible electroluminescence from silicon nanocrystals embedded in a silicon carbide film

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    Huh, Chul Kim, Tae-Youb; Ahn, Chang-Geun; Kim, Bong Kyu

    2015-05-25

    We report the strong visible light emission from silicon (Si) nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in a Si carbide (SiC) film. Compared to Si NC light-emitting diode (LED) by employing the Si nitride (SiN{sub x}) film as a surrounding matrix, the turn-on voltage of the Si NC LED with the SiC film was significantly decreased by 4 V. This was attributed to a smaller barrier height for injecting the electrons into the Si NCs due to a smaller band gap of SiC film than a SiN{sub x} film. The electroluminescence spectra increases with increasing forward voltage, indicating that the electrons are efficiently injected into the Si NCs in the SiC film. The light output power shows a linear increase with increasing forward voltage. The light emission originated from the Si NCs in a SiC film was quite uniform. The power efficiency of the Si NC LED with the SiC film was 1.56 times larger than that of the Si NC LED with the SiN{sub x} film. The Si NCs in a SiC film show unique advantages and are a promising candidate for application in optical devices.

  20. Strong visible electroluminescence from silicon nanocrystals embedded in a silicon carbide film

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    Huh, Chul; Kim, Tae-Youb; Ahn, Chang-Geun; Kim, Bong Kyu

    2015-05-01

    We report the strong visible light emission from silicon (Si) nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in a Si carbide (SiC) film. Compared to Si NC light-emitting diode (LED) by employing the Si nitride (SiNx) film as a surrounding matrix, the turn-on voltage of the Si NC LED with the SiC film was significantly decreased by 4 V. This was attributed to a smaller barrier height for injecting the electrons into the Si NCs due to a smaller band gap of SiC film than a SiNx film. The electroluminescence spectra increases with increasing forward voltage, indicating that the electrons are efficiently injected into the Si NCs in the SiC film. The light output power shows a linear increase with increasing forward voltage. The light emission originated from the Si NCs in a SiC film was quite uniform. The power efficiency of the Si NC LED with the SiC film was 1.56 times larger than that of the Si NC LED with the SiNx film. The Si NCs in a SiC film show unique advantages and are a promising candidate for application in optical devices.

  1. Packaging Technology Designed, Fabricated, and Assembled for High-Temperature SiC Microsystems

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    Chen, Liang-Yu

    2003-01-01

    A series of ceramic substrates and thick-film metalization-based prototype microsystem packages designed for silicon carbide (SiC) high-temperature microsystems have been developed for operation in 500 C harsh environments. These prototype packages were designed, fabricated, and assembled at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Both the electrical interconnection system and the die-attach scheme for this packaging system have been tested extensively at high temperatures. Printed circuit boards used to interconnect these chip-level packages and passive components also are being fabricated and tested. NASA space and aeronautical missions need harsh-environment, especially high-temperature, operable microsystems for probing the inner solar planets and for in situ monitoring and control of next-generation aeronautical engines. Various SiC high-temperature-operable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors, actuators, and electronics have been demonstrated at temperatures as high as 600 C, but most of these devices were demonstrated only in the laboratory environment partially because systematic packaging technology for supporting these devices at temperatures of 500 C and beyond was not available. Thus, the development of a systematic high-temperature packaging technology is essential for both in situ testing and the commercialization of high-temperature SiC MEMS. Researchers at Glenn developed new prototype packages for high-temperature microsystems using ceramic substrates (aluminum nitride and 96- and 90-wt% aluminum oxides) and gold (Au) thick-film metalization. Packaging components, which include a thick-film metalization-based wirebond interconnection system and a low-electrical-resistance SiC die-attachment scheme, have been tested at temperatures up to 500 C. The interconnection system composed of Au thick-film printed wire and 1-mil Au wire bond was tested in 500 C oxidizing air with and without 50-mA direct current for over 5000 hr. The Au thick-film

  2. Solute embrittlement of SiC

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    Enrique, Raúl A.; Van der Ven, Anton

    2014-09-01

    The energies and stresses associated with the decohesion of β-SiC in the presence of mobile Pd and Ag impurities are studied from first principles. Density functional theory calculations are parameterized with a generalized cohesive zone model and are analyzed within a thermodynamic framework that accounts for realistic boundary conditions in the presence of mobile impurities. We find that Pd impurities will embrittle SiC when Pd is in equilibrium with metallic Pd precipitates. Our thermodynamic analysis predicts that Pd embrittles SiC by substantially reducing the maximum stress of decohesion as a result of a phase transition between decohering planes involving an influx of Pd atoms. The methods presented in this work can be applied to study the thermodynamics of decohesion of SiC in other aggressive environments containing oxygen and water, for example, and yield environment dependent cohesive zone models for use in continuum approaches to study crack propagation and fracture.

  3. Solute embrittlement of SiC

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    Enrique, Raúl A.; Van der Ven, Anton

    2014-09-21

    The energies and stresses associated with the decohesion of β-SiC in the presence of mobile Pd and Ag impurities are studied from first principles. Density functional theory calculations are parameterized with a generalized cohesive zone model and are analyzed within a thermodynamic framework that accounts for realistic boundary conditions in the presence of mobile impurities. We find that Pd impurities will embrittle SiC when Pd is in equilibrium with metallic Pd precipitates. Our thermodynamic analysis predicts that Pd embrittles SiC by substantially reducing the maximum stress of decohesion as a result of a phase transition between decohering planes involving an influx of Pd atoms. The methods presented in this work can be applied to study the thermodynamics of decohesion of SiC in other aggressive environments containing oxygen and water, for example, and yield environment dependent cohesive zone models for use in continuum approaches to study crack propagation and fracture.

  4. SiC for Space Optics

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    Wellman, John

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes SiC mirrors that are large, ultra-lightweight, and actively controlled, for use in space telescopes. "Advanced Hybrid Mirrors” (AHMs) utilize SiC substrates, with embedded solid-state actuators, bonded to Nanolaminate metal foil reflective surfaces. They use replication techniques for high optical quality as well as rapid, low cost manufacturing. AHMs up to 1.35m in size have been made and tested, demonstrating wavefront error to better than the visible diffraction limit. AHMs can be fabricated at production rates after the first unit delivery as fast as 48 day intervals. "Superpolished Si/SiC Active Mirrors” (SSAMs) are similar to AHMs but the SiC mirror substrates have a layer of Si deposited on them to enable direct superpolishing. SSAMs can be much larger, can operate over a wider temperature range, and are better suited to UV astronomy. To make SSAMs larger than 1.8 m, multiple substrates can be joined together, using brazing techniques. Using wavefront sensing and control technology to command the embedded solid-state actuators, final mirror figure will be set after launch. This gives the active SiC mirror the ability to correct nearly any optical error, occurring anywhere in the optical system. As a result, active SiC mirrors can be made to relaxed figure requirements, enabling optical replication, or speeding up polishing, while assuring excellent final performance. Active SiC mirrors will reduce cost, risk and schedule for future astrophysics missions. Their high control authority allows relaxation of fabrication and assembly tolerances from optical to mechanical levels, speeding I & T. They enable rapid system testing to within required performance levels, even in 1 G, lowering mission risk. They are lighter weight and more durable than glass mirrors.

  5. The Effect of Inhibitors on the Susceptibility of Al 6013/SiC Interface to Localized Corrosion

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    Ahmad, Zaki; Aleem, B. J. Abdul

    2009-03-01

    Al 6013-20 SiC (p) in tempers T4, O, and F is sensitive to localized corrosion in 3.5 wt.% NaCl because of the preponderance of the secondary phase particles of Cu, Fe, and Cr at the Al/SiC interface. Treatment with cerium chloride effectively inhibited the localized corrosion of the alloy by suppressing the cathodic reactions at Al 6013/SiC interface as shown by electrochemical investigations. Morphological studies showed the formation of a protective cerium oxide/hydroxide films, which suppresses the corrosion of the alloy.

  6. Examples of conditional SIC-POVMs

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    Ohno, Hiromichi; Petz, Dénes

    2015-10-01

    The state of a quantum system is a density matrix with several parameters. The concern herein is how to recover the parameters. Several possibilities exist for the optimal recovery method, and we consider some special cases. We assume that a few parameters are known and that the others are to be recovered. The optimal positive-operator-valued measure (POVM) for recovering unknown parameters with an additional condition is called a conditional symmetric informationally complete POVM (SIC-POVM). In this paper, we study the existence or nonexistence of conditional SIC-POVMs. We provide a necessary condition for existence and some examples.

  7. Microwave joining of SiC

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    Silberglitt, R.; Ahmad, I.; Tian, Y.L.

    1997-04-01

    The purpose of this work is to optimize the properties of SiC-SiC joints made using microwave energy. The current focus is on identification of the most effective joining methods for scale-up to large tube assemblies, including joining using SiC produced in situ from chemical precursors. During FY 1996, a new microwave applicator was designed, fabricated and tested that provides the capability for vacuum baking of the specimens and insulation and for processing under inert environment. This applicator was used to join continuous fiber-reinforced (CFCC) SiC/SiC composites using a polymer precursor to form a SiC interlayer in situ.

  8. Oxidation of SiC investigated by ellipsometry and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry

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    Szilagyi, E.; Petrik, P.; Lohner, T.; Koos, A. A.; Fried, M.; Battistig, G.

    2008-07-01

    Oxidation of SiC was performed in Ar-O{sub 2} mixture of atmospheric pressure at 1100 deg. C and compared with that of Si. The partial pressure of O{sub 2} varied from 100 to 1000 mbar, while the oxidation time ranged from 0.5 to 45 h. The thickness of the oxide films was determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The time and the pressure dependence of the oxidation kinetics of SiC are well described by the modified Deal-Grove model. In the diffusion-limited region, even for the faster case, the oxidation kinetics of the C-terminated face of SiC is not clearly limited by oxygen indiffusion, as for pure silicon. To interpret the ellipsometry spectra, two models of possible structure were used. In the case of the one-layer model, for layer thicknesses above 30 nm, the refractive index of the oxide layers is identical to that of thermally oxidized Si, and it increases rapidly with decreasing thickness below about 15 nm. This increase is significantly larger for C-terminated than for Si-terminated faces, and this difference can be explained by a transition layer introduced into the two-layer model. This model contains a pure SiO{sub 2} layer and a transition layer modeled by a mixture of 50 % SiO{sub 2} and 50 % SiC. The transition layer is thicker on the C-terminated surface than on the Si-terminated one. The thickness ratio of the transition layers is slightly larger than the surface roughness ratio on the two different sides determined by atomic force microscopy. The density of the oxide films, which can be determined from the backscattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry spectra, decreases with decreasing thickness below about 30 nm. For thicker films, the density of the oxide is equal to the bulk density of SiO{sub 2}.

  9. Universal Converter Using SiC

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    Dallas Marckx; Brian Ratliff; Amit Jain; Matthew Jones

    2007-01-01

    The grantee designed a high power (over 1MW) inverter for use in renewable and distributed energy systems, such as PV cells, fuel cells, variable speed wind turbines, micro turbines, variable speed gensets and various energy storage methods. The inverter uses 10,000V SiC power devices which enable the use of a straight-forward topology for medium voltage (4,160VAC) without the need to cascade devices or topologies as is done in all commercial, 4,160VAC inverters today. The use of medium voltage reduces the current by nearly an order of magnitude in all current carrying components of the energy system, thus reducing size and cost. The use of SiC not only enables medium voltage, but also the use of higher temperatures and switching frequencies, further reducing size and cost. In this project, the grantee addressed several technical issues that stand in the way of success. The two primary issues addressed are the determination of real heat losses in candidate SiC devices at elevated temperature and the development of high temperature packaging for SiC devices.

  10. Passive SiC irradiation temperature monitor

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    Youngblood, G.E.

    1996-04-01

    A new, improved passive irradiation temperature monitoring method was examined after an irradiation test at 627{degrees}C. The method is based on the analysis of thermal diffusivity changes during postirradiation annealing of polycrystalline SiC. Based on results from this test, several advantages for using this new method rather than a method based on length or lattice parameter changes are given.

  11. Microwave joining of SiC

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    Silberglitt, R.; Ahmad, I.; Black, W.M.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this work is to optimize the properties of SiC-SiC joints made using microwave energy. The current focus is on optimization of time-temperature profiles, production of SiC from chemical precursors, and design of new applicators for joining of long tubes.

  12. Development of SiC Large Tapered Crystal Growth

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    Neudeck, Phil

    2010-01-01

    Majority of very large potential benefits of wide band gap semiconductor power electronics have NOT been realized due in large part to high cost and high defect density of commercial wafers. Despite 20 years of development, present SiC wafer growth approach is yet to deliver majority of SiC's inherent performance and cost benefits to power systems. Commercial SiC power devices are significantly de-rated in order to function reliably due to the adverse effects of SiC crystal dislocation defects (thousands per sq cm) in the SiC wafer.

  13. Cubic titanium dioxide photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Chae, Jinho; Kang, Misook

    Following from the recently evolved concept of significantly improving the photovoltaic efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by reducing the loss of electrons on the spherical surface of titanium dioxide, this study examines the synthesis of cubic TiO 2 with a special morphology to overcome this electron loss and investigates its application to DSSCs. Cubic TiO 2 is synthesized by an advanced rapid hydrothermal method, with the addition of an amine species additive. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images confirm the cubic shape of the TiO 2 particles with a diameter less than 5-10 nm. Using N719 dye under illumination with 100 mW cm -2 simulated sunlight, the application of cubic TiO 2 to DSSCs affords an energy conversion efficiency of approximately 9.77% (4.0-μm thick TiO 2 film), which is considerably enhanced compared with that achieved using a commercial, spherical TiO 2. Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) and impedance analyses reveal that the electrons are transferred more rapidly to the surface of a cubic TiO 2 film than on a spherical TiO 2 film.

  14. Thermal detection mechanism of SiC based hydrogen resistive gas sensors

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    Fawcett, Timothy J.; Wolan, John T.; Lloyd Spetz, Anita; Reyes, Meralys; Saddow, Stephen E.

    2006-10-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) resistive hydrogen gas sensors have been fabricated and tested. Planar NiCr contacts were deposited on a thin 3C-SiC epitaxial film grown on thin Si wafers bonded to polycrystalline SiC substrates. At 673K, up to a 51.75±0.04% change in sensor output current and a change in the device temperature of up to 163.1±0.4K were demonstrated in response to 100% H2 in N2. Changes in device temperature are shown to be driven by the transfer of heat from the device to the gas, giving rise to a thermal detection mechanism.

  15. Multilayer epitaxial graphene grown on the SiC (000- 1) surface; structure and electronic properties

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    Sprinkle, M.; Hicks, J.; Tejeda, A.; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.; Le Fevre, P.; Bertran, F.; Tinkey, H.; Clark, M.C.; Soukiassian, P.; Martinotti, D.; Hass, J.; Conrad, E.H.

    2010-10-22

    We review the progress towards developing epitaxial graphene as a material for carbon electronics. In particular, we discuss improvements in epitaxial graphene growth, interface control and the understanding of multilayer epitaxial graphene's (MEG's) electronic properties. Although graphene grown on both polar faces of SiC will be discussed, our discussions will focus on graphene grown on the (000{bar 1}) C-face of SiC. The unique properties of C-face MEG have become apparent. These films behave electronically like a stack of nearly independent graphene sheets rather than a thin Bernal stacked graphite sample. The origins of multilayer graphene's electronic behaviour are its unique highly ordered stacking of non-Bernal rotated graphene planes. While these rotations do not significantly affect the inter-layer interactions, they do break the stacking symmetry of graphite. It is this broken symmetry that leads to each sheet behaving like isolated graphene planes.

  16. SiC Sensors in Extreme Environments: Real-time Hydrogen Monitoring for Energy Plant Applications

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    Ghosh, Ruby

    2008-03-01

    Clean, efficient energy production, such as the gasification of coal (syngas), requires physical and chemical sensors for exhaust gas monitoring as well as real-time control of the combustion process. Wide-bandgap semiconducting materials systems can meet the sensing demands in these extreme environments consisting of chemically corrosive gases at high temperature and pressure. We have developed a SiC based micro-sensor for detection of hydrogen containing species with millisecond response at 600 C. The sensor is a Pt-SiO2-SiC device with a dense Pt catalytic sensing film, capable of withstanding months of continuous high temperature operation. The device was characterized in robust sensing module that is compatible with an industrial reactor. We report on the performance of the SiC sensor in a simulated syngas ambient at 370 C containing the common interferants CO2, CH4 and CO [1]. In addition we demonstrate that hours of exposure to >=1000 ppm H2S and 15% water vapor does not degrade the sensor performance. To elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the hydrogen response of the sensor we have modeled the hydrogen adsorptions kinetics at the internal Pt-SiO2 interface, using both the Tempkin and Langmuir isotherms. Under the conditions appropriate for energy plant applications, the response of our sensor is significantly larger than that obtained from ultra-high vacuum electrochemical sensor measurements at high temperatures. We will discuss the role of morphology, at the nano to micro scale, on the enhanced catalytic activity observed for our Pt sensing films in response to a heated hydrogen gas stream at atmospheric pressure. [1] R. Loloee, B. Chorpening, S. Beers & R. Ghosh, Hydrogen monitoring for power plant applications using SiC sensors, Sens. Actuators B:Chem. (2007), doi:10.1016/j.snb.2007.07.118

  17. Corrosion resistance of sintered NdFeB coated with SiC/Al bilayer thin films by magnetron sputtering

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    Huang, Yiqin; Li, Heqin; Zuo, Min; Tao, Lei; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Jing; Tang, Qiong; Bai, Peiwen

    2016-07-01

    The poor corrosion resistance of sintered NdFeB imposes a great challenge in industrial applications. In this work, the SiC/Al bilayer thin films with the thickness of 510 nm were deposited on sintered NdFeB by magnetron sputtering to improve the corrosion resistance. A 100 nm Al buffer film was used to reduce the internal stress between SiC and NdFeB and improve the surface roughness of the SiC thin film. The morphologies and structures of SiC/Al bilayer thin films and SiC monolayer film were investigated with FESEM, AFM and X-ray diffraction. The corrosion behaviors of sintered NdFeB coated with SiC monolayer film and SiC/Al bilayer thin films were analyzed by polarization curves. The magnetic properties were measured with an ultra-high coercivity permanent magnet pulse tester. The results show that the surface of SiC/Al bilayer thin films is more compact and uniform than that of SiC monolayer film. The corrosion current densities of SiC/Al bilayer films coated on NdFeB in acid, alkali and salt solutions are much lower than that of SiC monolayer film. The SiC/Al bilayer thin films have little influence to the magnetic properties of NdFeB.

  18. Field emission spectroscopy of SiC

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    Nikiforov, K. A.; Trofimov, V. V.; Egorov, N. V.

    2016-08-01

    Experimental set up for the natural experiment and measurement model are presented to obtain the feld emission energy distribution spectrum out of silicon carbide in case of the macro-sample having a macroscopic shape of a tip. The prototype of feld emission 6H - SiC monolithic cathode is proposed for spectroscopy measurements, and characterised by current-voltage dependence at macroscale interelectrode distance.

  19. Point Defects in SiC

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    Zvanut, Mary Ellen

    2004-03-01

    Production of high frequency, high power electronic devices using wide bandgap semiconductors has spurred renewed interest in point defects in SiC. Recent electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy studies focus on centers in as-grown high purity semi-insulating substrates because intrinsic defects are thought to compensate unavoidable shallow centers, thus creating the high resistivity required. The EPR studies address the chemical/structural composition of the defects, the defect level (energy with respect to a band edge with which the defect can accept or release an electron) and thermal stability. Thus far, the positively charged carbon vacancy, the Si vacancy, a carbon-vacancy/carbon antisite pair, and several as yet-unidentified centers have been observed in as-grown electronic-grade 4H-SiC [1-3]. The talk will review the types of defects recently identified in SiC and discuss their possible relationship to compensation. The photo-induced EPR experiments used to determine defect levels will be discussed, with a particular focus on the carbon vacancy. The use of high frequency EPR to resolve the many different types of centers in SiC will also be covered. Finally, the presentation will review the thermal stability of the intrinsic defects detected in as-grown 4H SiC. 1. M. E. Zvanut and V. V. Konovalov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 410 (2002). 2. N.T. Son, Z. Zolnai, and E. Janzen, Phys. Rev. B64, 2452xx (2003). 3. W.E. Carlos, E.R. Glaser, and B.V. Shanabrook, in Proceedings of the 22nd conference on Defects in Semiconductors, Aarhus, Denmark, July 2003.

  20. Ultralight, Strong, Three-Dimensional SiC Structures.

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    Chabi, Sakineh; Rocha, Victoria G; García-Tuñón, Esther; Ferraro, Claudio; Saiz, Eduardo; Xia, Yongde; Zhu, Yanqiu

    2016-02-23

    Ultralight and strong three-dimensional (3D) silicon carbide (SiC) structures have been generated by the carbothermal reduction of SiO with a graphene foam (GF). The resulting SiC foams have an average height of 2 mm and density ranging between 9 and 17 mg cm(-3). They are the lightest reported SiC structures. They consist of hollow struts made from ultrathin SiC flakes and long 1D SiC nanowires growing from the trusses, edges, and defect sites between layers. AFM results revealed an average flake thickness of 2-3 nm and lateral size of 2 μm. In-situ compression tests in the scanning electron microscope (SEM) show that, compared with most of the existing lightweight foams, the present 3D SiC exhibited superior compression strengths and significant recovery after compression strains of about 70%. PMID:26580985

  1. SiC nanowires synthesized from graphene and silicon vapors

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    Weichenpei, Luo; Gong-yi, Li; Zengyong, Chu; Tianjiao, Hu; Xiaodong, Li; Xuefei, Zhang

    2016-04-01

    The preparation of silicon carbide (SiC) nanowires is basically important for its potential applications in nanodevices, nanocomposites, etc. In the present work, a simple route was reported to synthesize SiC nanowires by heating commercial graphene with silicon vapors and no catalyst. Characterization by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, electron energy scattering, X-ray diffraction, and Raman dispersive spectrum demonstrates the products are composed of β-SiC crystal. The SiC nanowires have the average diameter of about 50 nm and length of tens of micrometers. The vapor-solid mechanism was employed to interpret the SiC nanowires growth. Gaseous SiO which was produced by the reaction of Si powders with its surface oxidation reacted with the solid graphene to form SiC crystal nuclei. And SiC crystal nuclei would act as active sites for further growing into nanowires.

  2. Execution of energy efficient detection of hydrogen using Pt/WO x /SiC semiconductor structure

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    Zuev, V. V.; Demin, M. V.; Fominskii, V. Yu.; Romanov, R. I.; Grigor'ev, V. V.; Nevolin, V. N.

    2015-09-01

    It has been shown that, at elevated temperatures (˜350°C), the most distinct response to H2 from the thin film structure Pt/WO x /SiC is achieved at registration of change in voltage for the reverse branch of a current-voltage characteristic. Comparative studies of electric current conduction through the structure and over its surface (with deposited Pt film) have led to the conclusion that a change in properties of the Pt/WO x and WO x /SiC interfaces under action of H2 mostly determines efficiency of response of the structure in the case of "transverse" measuring geometry. In the case of a 2% concentration of H2 in air the voltage shift for the reverse branch at a current of ˜10 μA reached 5 V against 2 V on the forward branch and "planar" geometry of measurements.

  3. SiC Power MOSFET with Improved Gate Dielectric

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    Sbrockey, Nick M; Tompa, Gary S; Spencer, Michael G; Chandrashekhar, Chandra MVS

    2010-08-23

    In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries (SMI), and Cornell University are developing novel gate oxide technology, as a critical enabler for silicon carbide (SiC) devices. SiC is a wide bandgap semiconductor material, with many unique properties. SiC devices are ideally suited for high-power, highvoltage, high-frequency, high-temperature and radiation resistant applications. The DOE has expressed interest in developing SiC devices for use in extreme environments, in high energy physics applications and in power generation. The development of transistors based on the Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET) structure will be critical to these applications.

  4. Paralinear Oxidation of CVD SiC in Water Vapor

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    Opila, Elizabeth J.; Hann, Raiford E., Jr.

    1997-01-01

    The oxidation kinetics of CVD SiC were monitored by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) in a 50% H2O/50% O2 gas mixture flowing at 4.4 cm/s for temperatures between 1200 and 1400 C. Paralinear weight change kinetics were observed as the water vapor oxidized the SiC and simultaneously volatilized the silica scale. The long-term degradation rate of SiC is determined by the volatility of the silica scale. Rapid SiC surface recession rates were estimated from these data for actual aircraft engine combustor conditions.

  5. Microstructure of GaN epitaxy on SiC using AlN buffer layers

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    Ponce, F.A.; Krusor, B.S.; Major, J.S. Jr.; Plano, W.E.; Welch, D.F.

    1995-07-17

    The crystalline structure of GaN epilayers on (0001) SiC substrates has been studied using x-ray diffraction and transmission microscopy. The films were grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, using AlN buffer layers. X-ray diffraction measurements show negligible strain in the epilayer, and a long-range variation in orientation. Transmission electron lattice images show that the AlN buffer layer consists of small crystallites. The nature of the buffer layer and its interfaces with the substrate and the GaN film is discussed. The defect structure of the GaN film away from the substrate consists mostly of threading dislocations with a density of {similar_to}10{sup 9} cm{sup {minus}2}. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  6. Direct growth of freestanding GaN on C-face SiC by HVPE

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    Tian, Yuan; Shao, Yongliang; Wu, Yongzhong; Hao, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Lei; Dai, Yuanbin; Huo, Qin

    2015-01-01

    In this work, high quality GaN crystal was successfully grown on C-face 6H-SiC by HVPE using a two steps growth process. Due to the small interaction stress between the GaN and the SiC substrate, the GaN was self-separated from the SiC substrate even with a small thickness of about 100 μm. Moreover, the SiC substrate was excellent without damage after the whole process so that it can be repeatedly used in the GaN growth. Hot phosphoric acid etching (at 240 °C for 30 min) was employed to identify the polarity of the GaN layer. According to the etching results, the obtained layer was Ga-polar GaN. High-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) were done to characterize the quality of the freestanding GaN. The Raman measurements showed that the freestanding GaN film grown on the C-face 6H-SiC was stress-free. The optical properties of the freestanding GaN layer were determined by photoluminescence (PL) spectra. PMID:26034939

  7. Direct growth of freestanding GaN on C-face SiC by HVPE.

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    Tian, Yuan; Shao, Yongliang; Wu, Yongzhong; Hao, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Lei; Dai, Yuanbin; Huo, Qin

    2015-06-02

    In this work, high quality GaN crystal was successfully grown on C-face 6H-SiC by HVPE using a two steps growth process. Due to the small interaction stress between the GaN and the SiC substrate, the GaN was self-separated from the SiC substrate even with a small thickness of about 100 μm. Moreover, the SiC substrate was excellent without damage after the whole process so that it can be repeatedly used in the GaN growth. Hot phosphoric acid etching (at 240 °C for 30 min) was employed to identify the polarity of the GaN layer. According to the etching results, the obtained layer was Ga-polar GaN. High-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) were done to characterize the quality of the freestanding GaN. The Raman measurements showed that the freestanding GaN film grown on the C-face 6H-SiC was stress-free. The optical properties of the freestanding GaN layer were determined by photoluminescence (PL) spectra.

  8. Seeded growth of AlN on SiC substrates and defect characterization

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    Lu, P.; Edgar, J. H.; Cao, C.; Hohn, K.; Dalmau, R.; Schlesser, R.; Sitar, Z.

    2008-05-01

    In this study, seeded sublimation growth of aluminum nitride (AlN) on SiC substrates was investigated. Large diameter (15-20 mm) and thick (1-2 mm) AlN layers were demonstrated on Si-face, 3.5° off-axis 6H-SiC (0 0 0 1). A c-axis growth rate of 15-20 μm/h was achieved at 1830 °C, and the surface morphology was highly textured: step features were formed with a single facet on the top of the layer. High-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and molten KOH/NaOH etching were employed to characterize the AlN layers. The AlN crystals grew highly orientated along the c-axis, however, the impurities of Si (3-6 at%) and C (5.9-8 at%) from the SiC changed the lattice constants of AlN and shifted the AlN (0 0 .2) 2 θ value from pure AlN toward SiC. All the growth surfaces had Al-polarity and the dislocation density decreased from 10 8 to 10 6 cm -2 as the film thickness increased from 30 μm to 2 mm.

  9. SIC-BASED HYDROGEN SELECTIVE MEMBRANES FOR WATER-GAS-SHIFT REACTION

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    Paul K.T. Liu

    2003-12-01

    A hydrogen selective membrane as a membrane reactor (MR) can significantly improve the power generation efficiency with a reduced capital and operating cost for the waster-gas-shift reaction. Existing hydrogen selective ceramic membranes are not suitable for the proposed MR due to their poor hydrothermal stability. In this project we have focused on the development of innovative silicon carbide (SiC) based hydrogen selective membranes, which can potentially overcome this technical barrier. SiC macro-porous membranes have been successfully fabricated via extrusion of commercially available SiC powder. Also, an SiC hydrogen selective thin film was prepared via our CVD/I technique. This composite membrane demonstrated excellent hydrogen selectivity at high temperature ({approx}600 C). More importantly, this membrane also exhibited a much improved hydrothermal stability at 600 C with 50% steam (atmospheric pressure) for nearly 100 hours. In parallel, we have explored an alternative approach to develop a H{sub 2} selective SiC membrane via pyrolysis of selected pre-ceramic polymers and sol-gel techniques. Building upon the positive progress made in the membrane development study, we conducted an optimization study to develop an H{sub 2} selective SiC membrane with sufficient hydrothermal stability suitable for the WGS environment. In addition, mathematical simulation has been performed to compare the performance of the membrane reactor (MR) vs conventional packed bed reactor for WGS reaction. Our result demonstrates that >99.999% conversion can be accomplished via WGS-MR using the hydrogen selective membrane developed by us. Further, water/CO ratio can be reduced, and >97% hydrogen recovery and <200 ppm CO can be accomplished according to the mathematical simulation. Thus, we believe that the operating economics of WGS can be improved significantly based upon the proposed MR concept. In parallel, gas separations and hydrothermal and long-term-storage stability of the

  10. Charge trapping behavior and its origin in Al2O3/SiC MIS system

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    Liu, Xin-Yu; Wang, Yi-Yu; Peng, Zhao-Yang; Li, Cheng-Zhan; Wu, Jia; Bai, Yun; Tang, Yi-Dan; Liu, Ke-An; Shen, Hua-Jun

    2015-08-01

    Charge trapping behavior and its origin in Al2O3/SiC MOS structure are investigated by analyzing the capacitance-voltage (C-V) hysteresis and the chemical composition of the interface. The C-V hysteresis is measured as a function of oxide thickness series for an Al2O3/SiC MIS capacitor. The distribution of the trapped charges, extracted from the C-V curves, is found to mainly follow a sheet charge model rather than a bulk charge model. Therefore, the electron injection phenomenon is evaluated by using linear fitting. It is found that most of the trapped charges are not distributed exactly at the interface but are located in the bulk of the Al2O3 layers, especially close to the border. Furthermore, there is no detectable oxide interface layer in the x-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) measurements. In addition, Rutherford back scattering (RBS) analysis shows that the width of the Al2O3/SiC interface is less than 1 nm. It could be concluded that the charge trapping sites in Al2O3/SiC structure might mainly originate from the border traps in Al2O3 film rather than the interface traps in the interfacial transition layer. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61106080) and the National Science and Technology Major Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (Grant No. 2013ZX02305).

  11. Microstructural development to toughen SiC

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    Moberlychan, W.J.; Cannon, R.M.; Chan, L.H.; Cao, J.J.; Gilbert, C.J.; Ritchie, R.O.; De Jonghe, L.C.

    1996-12-31

    SiC offers a promise for high strength applications at high temperature; however, poor fracture resistance has inhibited its utility. Recent developments to control microstructure during hot pressing have improved fracture toughness > 3 fold, while also improving strength 50% above that of a commercial SiC, Hexoloy. This ABC-SiC (designated for the Al, B, and C additives) utilizes liquid phase sintering to obtain full densification at 1,650 C, and to induce the {beta}-3C to {alpha}-4H phase transformation below 1,900 C. Interlocking, plate-like, {alpha} grains, coupled with a thin ({approximately}1 nm) amorphous layer, provide for tortuous intergranular fracture and high toughness. This study focuses on the developing microstructure; how the {alpha}-4H polytype grow as a stacking modification of the {beta}-3C grains, and how amorphous grain boundaries and crystalline triple point phases develop and interact with the crack geometry. HR-TEM and Image-Filtered EELS characterize the amorphous grain boundaries. Field Emission-SEM, EDS and Auger Electron Spectroscopy characterize the fracture morphology and the chemistry of grain boundaries and triple points. Electron Diffraction and HR-TEM depict an epitaxial relationship between triple point phases (Al{sub 8}B{sub 4}C{sub 7} and Al{sub 4}O{sub 4}C) and matrix {alpha}-SiC grains, the development of which affects the mechanical toughening. The transformation to toughen SiC is compared to the well-studied transformation processing in Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. A distinct advantage is the interlocked nature of the plate-like grains, which causes strong elastic bridging behind the crack tip.

  12. SiC reinforced aluminide composites

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    Brindley, Pamela K.

    1987-01-01

    The tensile properties of SiC fiber, Ti3Al+Nb and SiC/Ti3Al+Nb composite have been determined from 300 to 1365 K. The composite results compared favorably to rule-of-mixtures (ROM) predictions in the intermediate temperature regime of 475 to 700 K. Deviations from ROM are discussed. Composite tensile results were compared on a strength/density basis to wrought superalloys and found to be superior. Fiber-matrix compatibility was characterized for the composite at 1250 and 1365 K for 1 to 100 hours.

  13. Nanocatalytic growth of Si nanowires from Ni silicate coated SiC nanoparticles on Si solar cell.

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    Parida, Bhaskar; Choi, Jaeho; Ji, Hyung Yong; Park, Seungil; Lim, Gyoungho; Kim, Keunjoo

    2013-09-01

    We investigated the nanocatalytic growth of Si nanowires on the microtextured surface of crystalline Si solar cell. 3C-SiC nanoparticles have been used as the base for formation of Ni silicate layer in a catalytic reaction with the Si melt under H2 atmosphere at an annealing temperature of 1100 degrees C. The 10-nm thick Ni film was deposited after the SiC nanoparticles were coated on the microtextured surface of the Si solar cell by electron-beam evaporation. SiC nanoparticles form a eutectic alloy surface of Ni silicate and provide the base for Si supersaturation as well as the Ni-Si alloy layer on Si substrate surface. This bottom reaction mode for the solid-liquid-solid growth mechanism using a SiC nanoparticle base provides more stable growth of nanowires than the top reaction mode growth mechanism in the absence of SiC nanoparticles. Thermally excited Ni nanoparticle forms the eutectic alloy and provides collectively excited electrons at the alloy surface, which reduces the activation energy of the nanocatalytic reaction for formation of nanowires.

  14. Anisotropic cubic curvature couplings

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    Bailey, Quentin G.

    2016-09-01

    To complement recent work on tests of spacetime symmetry in gravity, cubic curvature couplings are studied using an effective field theory description of spacetime-symmetry breaking. The associated mass-dimension-eight coefficients for Lorentz violation studied do not result in any linearized gravity modifications and instead are revealed in the first nonlinear terms in an expansion of spacetime around a flat background. We consider effects on gravitational radiation through the energy loss of a binary system and we study two-body orbital perturbations using the post-Newtonian metric. Some effects depend on the internal structure of the source and test bodies, thereby breaking the weak equivalence principle for self-gravitating bodies. These coefficients can be measured in Solar-System tests, while binary-pulsar systems and short-range gravity tests are particularly sensitive.

  15. Porous silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor device

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    Shor, Joseph S. (Inventor); Kurtz, Anthony D. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A semiconductor device employs at least one layer of semiconducting porous silicon carbide (SiC). The porous SiC layer has a monocrystalline structure wherein the pore sizes, shapes, and spacing are determined by the processing conditions. In one embodiment, the semiconductor device is a p-n junction diode in which a layer of n-type SiC is positioned on a p-type layer of SiC, with the p-type layer positioned on a layer of silicon dioxide. Because of the UV luminescent properties of the semiconducting porous SiC layer, it may also be utilized for other devices such as LEDs and optoelectronic devices.

  16. Processing of sintered alpha SiC

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    Storm, R. S.

    1984-01-01

    Processing methods of sintered alpha SiC for engine applications are developed in a cost effective manner, using a submicron sized powder blended with sintering aids (boron and carbon). The processes for forming a green powder compact, such as dry pressing, cold isostatic pressing and green machining, slip casting, aqueous extrusion, plastic extrusion, and injection molding, are described. Dry pressing is the simplest route to component fabrication, and is carried out at approximately 10,000 psi pressure, while in the cold isostatic method the pressure could go as high as 20,000 psi. Surfactants are added to control settling rates and casting characteristics in the slip casting. The aqueous extrusion process is accomplished by a hydraulic ram forcing the aqueous mixture through a die. The plastic forming processes of extrusion and injection molding offer the potential of greater diversity in shape capacity. The physical properties of sintered alpha SiC (hardness, Young's modulus, shear modulus, and thermal diffusivity) are extensively tested. Corrosion resistance test results of silicon carbide are included.

  17. Polyolefin cubic silsesquioxane nanocomposites

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    Zheng, Lei

    This thesis focuses on the synthesis and characterization of polyolefin nanocomposites containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) units. Two copolymerization methods were developed utilizing either ring-opening metathesis polymerization or metallocene-catalyzed reactions to incorporate cubic silsesquioxane into polyolefins. Ring-opening metathesis copolymerizations of cyclooctene and the POSS-norbornylene macromonomer have been performed using Grubbs' catalyst RuCl2(=CHPh)(PCy3)2. Random copolymers have been prepared and characterized with POSS loadings as high as 55 wt%. Diimide reduction of these copolymers affords polyethylene-POSS random copolymers. Polyethylene (PE) and isotactic polypropylene (PP) copolymers incorporating POSS have also been prepared using a metallocene/methylaluminoxane (MAO) cocatalyst system. A wide range of POSS concentrations was obtained in these polyolefin POSS copolymers under mild conditions; up to 56 wt% for PE-POSS copolymers and 73 wt% for PP-POSS copolymers were prepared. Copolymerizations of styrene and the POSS-styryl macromonomer have been performed using CpTiCl 3 in conjunction with MAO. Random copolymers of syndiotactic polystyrene and POSS copolymers have been formed and characterized. Novel nanocomposites of PE-POSS have been characterized using Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS). From both line broadening of the diffraction maxima and also the oriented diffraction in a drawn sample, we conclude that POSS forms anisotropically shaped crystallites. On the basis of this result, a novel approach to obtain nanocomposites containing inorganic nanolayers is proposed. Cubic silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles are used to achieve the nanolayered "clay-like" structure through controlled self-assembly. The organic polymer, covalently connected to POSS, is intended to regulate the POSS crystallization into a two-dimensional lattice. The concept is demonstrated by random copolymers of polybutadiene and POSS. The data from

  18. Measurement of Thermal Conductivity of Anisotropic SiC Crystal

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    Su, Guo-Ping; Zheng, Xing-Hua; Qiu, Lin; Tang, Da-Wei; Zhu, Jie

    2013-12-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) crystals with excellent heat conduction and thermal stability can be widely used in microelectronic devices and integrated circuits. It is important for the study of a functional type SiC material to have accurate thermal-conductivity and thermal-diffusivity values of SiC crystal. A 3 ω technique is employed to determine the anisotropic thermal conductivity of SiC crystal. Three micrometal probes with different widths are deposited by chemical-vapor deposition on the surface of SiC crystal. Each micrometal probe is used as a heater, and also as a thermometer. The temperature fluctuation signals of a micrometal probe represent heat conduction in different directions in the specimen. Thermal conductivities both in the cross-plane and in-plane directions of SiC crystal are achieved through fitted values. The results indicate that thermal conductivities in three different directions of SiC crystal can be characterized using the metal heater construction.

  19. Growth and electrical characterization of two-dimensional layered MoS{sub 2}/SiC heterojunctions

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    Lee, Edwin W.; Nath, Digbijoy N.; Lee, Choong Hee; Arehart, Aaron; Ma, Lu; Wu, Yiying; Rajan, Siddharth

    2014-11-17

    The growth and electrical characterization of the heterojunction formed between two-dimensional (2D) layered p-molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) and nitrogen-doped 4H silicon carbide (SiC) are reported. The integration of 2D semiconductors with the conventional three-dimensional (3D) substrates could enable semiconductor heterostructures with unprecedented properties. In this work, direct growth of p-type MoS{sub 2} films on SiC was demonstrated using chemical vapor deposition, and the MoS{sub 2} films were found to be high quality based on x-ray diffraction and Raman spectra. The resulting heterojunction was found to display rectification and current-voltage characteristics consistent with a diode for which forward conduction in the low-bias region is dominated by multi-step recombination tunneling. Capacitance-voltage measurements were used to determine the built-in voltage for the p-MoS{sub 2}/n-SiC heterojunction diode, and we propose an energy band line up for the heterostructure based on these observations. The demonstration of heterogeneous material integration between MoS{sub 2} and SiC enables a promising new class of 2D/3D heterostructures.

  20. Compatibility of SiC and SiC Composites with Molten Lead

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    H Tunison

    2006-03-07

    The choice of structural material candidates to contain Lead at 1000 C are limited in number. Silicon carbide composites comprise one choice of possible containment materials. Short term screening studies (120 hours) were undertaken to study the behavior of Silicon Carbide, Silicon Nitride, elemental Silicon and various Silicon Carbide fiber composites focusing mainly on melt infiltrated composites. Isothermal experiments at 1000 C utilized graphite fixtures to contain the Lead and material specimens under a low oxygen partial pressure environment. The corrosion weight loss values (grams/cm{sup 2} Hr) obtained for each of the pure materials showed SiC (monolithic CVD or Hexoloy) to have the best materials compatibility with Lead at this temperature. Increased weight loss values were observed for pure Silicon Nitride and elemental Silicon. For the SiC fiber composite samples those prepared using a SiC matrix material performed better than Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} as a matrix material. Composites prepared using a silicon melt infiltration process showed larger corrosion weight loss values due to the solubility of silicon in lead at these temperatures. When excess silicon was removed from these composite samples the corrosion performance for these material improved. These screening studies were used to guide future long term exposure (both isothermal and non-isothermal) experiments and Silicon Carbide composite fabrication work.

  1. Vitreous joining of SiC fiber reinforced SiC composites

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    Coon, D.N. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1989-12-01

    Glass in the MgO--Li{sub 2}O--Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}--SiO{sub 2} system were developed to as brazing materials to join SiC fiber reinforced SiC composites. These glass materials will melt and flow at temperatures ranging from 1000{degree}C to 1200{degree}C, and are chemically compatible with SiC. The glass transition temperature and melting temperature can be altered by adjusting the MgO:Li{sub 2}O ratio. The glasses exhibited viscous deformation at their glass transition temperatures, 490{degree}C to 725{degree}C. The glasses were devitrified to develop crystalline phases based on {beta}{prime}-spodumene, {beta}{prime}-eucryptite, or a {beta}{prime}-spodumene-{beta}{prime}-eucryptite solid solution. Glass-ceramics, prepared by thermal treatment, exhibited no viscous deformation to temperature as high as 785{degree}C, and exhibited improved strength as the test temperature was increased. Joints were prepared by painting the composite surface with a slurry of the glass powder suspended in water. Joining temperature, joining time, glass composition, amount of joining glass, and post-joining heat treatments were the variables examined. Larger quantities of joining glass and shorter joining times were observed to improve joint strength. The addition of niobium oxide to the glass also improved joint strength. The niobium oxide also stabilizes the glass/composite interface at temperatures less than 1200{degree}C.

  2. Quantification Of 4H- To 3C-Polymorphism In Silicon Carbide (SiC) Epilayers And An Investigation Of Recombination-Enhanced Dislocation Motion In SiC By Optical Emission Microscopy (Oem) Techniques

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    Speer, Kevin M.

    2004-01-01

    Environments that impose operational constraints on conventional silicon-(Si) based semiconductor devices frequently appear in military- and space-grade applications. These constraints include high temperature, high power, and high radiation environments. Silicon carbide (SiC), an alternative type of semiconductor material, has received abundant research attention in the past few years, owing to its radiation-hardened properties as well as its capability to withstand high temperatures and power levels. However, the growth and manufacture of SiC devices is still comparatively immature, and there are severe limitations in present crystal growth and device fabrication processes. Among these limitations is a variety of crystal imperfections known as defects. These imperfections can be point defects (e.g., vacancies and interstitials), line defects (e.g., edge and screw dislocations), or planar defects (e.g., stacking faults and double-positioning boundaries). All of these defects have been experimentally shown to be detrimental to the performance of electron devices made from SiC. As such, it is imperative that these defects are significantly reduced in order for SiC devices to become a viable entity in the electronics world. The NASA Glenn High Temperature Integrated Electronics & Sensors Team (HTIES) is working to identify and eliminate these defects in SiC by implementing improved epitaxial crystal growth procedures. HTIES takes two-inch SiC wafers and etches patterns, producing thousands of mesas into each wafer. Crystal growth is then carried out on top of these mesas in an effort to produce films of improved quality-resulting in electron devices that demonstrate superior performance-as well as fabrication processes that are cost-effective, reliable, and reproducible. In this work, further steps are taken to automate HTIES' SiC wafer inspection system. National Instruments LabVIEW image processing and pattern recognition routines are developed that are capable of

  3. THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF SIC AND C FIBERS

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    Youngblood, Gerald E.; Senor, David J.; Kowbel, W.; Webb, J.; Kohyama, Akira

    2000-09-01

    Several rod-shaped specimens with uniaxially packed fibers (Hi-Nicalon, Hi-Nicalon Type S, Tyranno SA and Amoco K1100 types) and a pre-ceramic polymer matrix have been fabricated. By using appropriate analytic models, the bare fiber thermal conductivity (Kf) and the interface thermal conductance (h) will be determined as a function of temperature up to 1000?C before and after irradiation for samples cut from these rods. Initial results are: (1) for unirradiated Hi-Nicalon SiC fiber, Kf varied from 4.3 up to 5.9 W/mK for the 27-1000?C range, (2) for unirradiated K1100 graphite fiber, Kf varied from 576 down to 242 W/mK for the 27-1000?C range, and (3) h = 43 W/cm2K at 27?C as a typical fiber/matrix interface conductance.

  4. Infrared cubic dielectric resonator metamaterial.

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    Sinclair, Michael B.; Brener, Igal; Peters, David William; Ginn, James Cleveland, III; Ten Eyck, Gregory A.

    2010-06-01

    Dielectric resonators are an effective means to realize isotropic, low-loss optical metamaterials. As proof of this concept, a cubic resonator is analytically designed and then tested in the long-wave infrared.

  5. SiC formation for a solar cell passivation layer using an RF magnetron co-sputtering system

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    Joung, Yeun-Ho; Kang, Hyun Il; Kim, Jung Hyun; Lee, Hae-Seok; Lee, Jaehyung; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a method of amorphous silicon carbide film formation for a solar cell passivation layer. The film was deposited on p-type silicon (100) and glass substrates by an RF magnetron co-sputtering system using a Si target and a C target at a room-temperature condition. Several different SiC [Si1-xCx] film compositions were achieved by controlling the Si target power with a fixed C target power at 150 W. Then, structural, optical, and electrical properties of the Si1-xCx films were studied. The structural properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The optical properties were achieved by UV-visible spectroscopy and ellipsometry. The performance of Si1-xCx passivation was explored by carrier lifetime measurement.

  6. SiC formation for a solar cell passivation layer using an RF magnetron co-sputtering system.

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    Joung, Yeun-Ho; Kang, Hyun Il; Kim, Jung Hyun; Lee, Hae-Seok; Lee, Jaehyung; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-01-05

    In this paper, we describe a method of amorphous silicon carbide film formation for a solar cell passivation layer. The film was deposited on p-type silicon (100) and glass substrates by an RF magnetron co-sputtering system using a Si target and a C target at a room-temperature condition. Several different SiC [Si1-xCx] film compositions were achieved by controlling the Si target power with a fixed C target power at 150 W. Then, structural, optical, and electrical properties of the Si1-xCx films were studied. The structural properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The optical properties were achieved by UV-visible spectroscopy and ellipsometry. The performance of Si1-xCx passivation was explored by carrier lifetime measurement.

  7. SSG SiC Optical Systems in Space

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    Robichaud, Joseph; Keys, Andrew S. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Silicon Carbide (SiC) materials provide a number of benefits for space based optical systems. SSG Precision Optronics has extensive experience in the areas of design, fabrication, integration, and test of SiC optical systems. This expertise has been applied to produce a number of SiC-based instruments, including the Miniature Infrared Camera and Spectrometer (MICAS) and Advanced Land Imager (ALI) optical systems which have flown as part of NASA's New Millennium program. Our presentation will provide an overview of SSG's experience in the development of these SiC flight systems.

  8. Bond percolation in films

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    Korneta, W.; Pytel, Z.

    1988-04-01

    Bond percolation in films with simple cubic structure is considered. It is assumed that the probability of a bond being present between nearest-neighbor sites depends on the distances to surfaces. Based on the relation between the Potts model and the bond percolation model, and using the mean-field approximation, the phase diagram and profiles of the percolation probability have been obtained.

  9. Packaging Technologies for 500 C SiC Electronics and Sensors: Challenges in Material Science and Technology

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    Chen, Liang-Yu; Neudeck, Philip G.; Behelm, Glenn M.; Spry, David J.; Meredith, Roger D.; Hunter, Gary W.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents ceramic substrates and thick-film metallization based packaging technologies in development for 500C silicon carbide (SiC) electronics and sensors. Prototype high temperature ceramic chip-level packages and printed circuit boards (PCBs) based on ceramic substrates of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and aluminum nitride (AlN) have been designed and fabricated. These ceramic substrate-based chip-level packages with gold (Au) thick-film metallization have been electrically characterized at temperatures up to 550C. The 96 alumina packaging system composed of chip-level packages and PCBs has been successfully tested with high temperature SiC discrete transistor devices at 500C for over 10,000 hours. In addition to tests in a laboratory environment, a SiC junction field-effect-transistor (JFET) with a packaging system composed of a 96 alumina chip-level package and an alumina printed circuit board was tested on low earth orbit for eighteen months via a NASA International Space Station experiment. In addition to packaging systems for electronics, a spark-plug type sensor package based on this high temperature interconnection system for high temperature SiC capacitive pressure sensors was also developed and tested. In order to further significantly improve the performance of packaging system for higher packaging density, higher operation frequency, power rating, and even higher temperatures, some fundamental material challenges must be addressed. This presentation will discuss previous development and some of the challenges in material science (technology) to improve high temperature dielectrics for packaging applications.

  10. Development of SiC Large Tapered Crystal Growth

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    Neudeck, Phil

    2011-01-01

    Research Focus Area: Power Electronics, Temperature Tolerant Devices. Demonstrate initial feasibility of totally new "Large Tapered Crystal" (LTC) process for growing vastly improved large-diameter wide-band gap wafers. Addresses Targets: The goal of this research is to experimentally investigate and demonstrate feasibility of the key unproven LTC growth processes in SiC. Laser-assisted growth of long SiC fiber seeds. Radial epitaxial growth enlargement of seeds into large SiC boules. Uniqueness and Impacts open a new technology path to large-diameter SiC and GaN wafers with 1000-fold defect density improvement at 2-4 fold lower cost. Leapfrog improvement in wide band gap power device capability and cost.

  11. An Extension of SIC Predictions to the Wiener Coactive Model.

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    Houpt, Joseph W; Townsend, James T

    2011-06-01

    The survivor interaction contrasts (SIC) is a powerful measure for distinguishing among candidate models of human information processing. One class of models to which SIC analysis can apply are the coactive, or channel summation, models of human information processing. In general, parametric forms of coactive models assume that responses are made based on the first passage time across a fixed threshold of a sum of stochastic processes. Previous work has shown that that the SIC for a coactive model based on the sum of Poisson processes has a distinctive down-up-down form, with an early negative region that is smaller than the later positive region. In this note, we demonstrate that a coactive process based on the sum of two Wiener processes has the same SIC form.

  12. Observations of Ag diffusion in ion implanted SiC

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    Gerczak, Tyler J.; Leng, Bin; Sridharan, Kumar; Hunter, Jerry L.; Giordani, Andrew J.; Allen, Todd R.

    2015-06-01

    The nature and magnitude of Ag diffusion in SiC has been a topic of interest in connection with the performance of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel for high temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactors. Ion implantation diffusion couples have been revisited to continue developing a more complete understanding of Ag fission product diffusion in SiC. Ion implantation diffusion couples fabricated from single crystal 4H-SiC and polycrystalline 3C-SiC substrates and exposed to 1500-1625 °C, were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The high dynamic range of SIMS allowed for multiple diffusion régimes to be investigated, including enhanced diffusion by implantation-induced defects and grain boundary (GB) diffusion in undamaged SiC. Estimated diffusion coefficients suggest GB diffusion in bulk SiC does not properly describe the release observed from TRISO fuel.

  13. Observations of Ag diffusion in ion implanted SiC

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    Gerczak, Tyler J.; Leng, Bin; Sridharan, Kumar; Jerry L. Hunter, Jr.; Giordani, Andrew J.; Allen, Todd R.

    2015-03-17

    The nature and magnitude of Ag diffusion in SiC has been a topic of interest in connection with the performance of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel for high temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactors. Ion implantation diffusion couples have been revisited to continue developing a more complete understanding of Ag fission product diffusion in SiC. Ion implantation diffusion couples fabricated from single crystal 4H-SiC and polycrystalline 3C-SiC substrates and exposed to 1500–1625°C, were investigated in this study by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The high dynamic range of SIMS allowed for multiple diffusion régimes to be investigated, including enhanced diffusion by implantation-induced defects and grain boundary (GB) diffusion in undamaged SiC. Lastly, estimated diffusion coefficients suggest GB diffusion in bulk SiC does not properly describe the release observed from TRISO fuel.

  14. Microwave joining of SiC ceramics and composites

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    Ahmad, I.; Silberglitt, R.; Tian, Y.L.; Katz, J.D.

    1997-04-01

    Potential applications of SiC include components for advanced turbine engines, tube assemblies for radiant burners and petrochemical processing and heat exchangers for high efficiency electric power generation systems. Reliable methods for joining SiC are required in order to cost-effectively fabricate components for these applications from commercially available shapes and sizes. This manuscript reports the results of microwave joining experiments performed using two different types of SiC materials. The first were on reaction bonded SiC, and produced joints with fracture toughness equal to or greater than that of the base material over an extended range of joining temperatures. The second were on continuous fiber-reinforced SiC/SiC composite materials, which were successfully joined with a commercial active brazing alloy, as well as by using a polymer precursor.

  15. Tunnel magnetoresistance effect using perpendicularly magnetized tetragonal and cubic Mn-Co-Ga Heusler alloy electrode

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    Kubota, T.; Mizukami, S.; Ma, Q. L.; Naganuma, H.; Oogane, M.; Ando, Y.; Miyazaki, T.

    2014-05-01

    Epitaxially grown tetragonal and cubic Mn-Co-Ga thin films were fabricated onto single crystalline Cr (001) under a layer. High perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is achieved in the tetragonal Mn2.3Co0.4Ga1.3 film, and a small, unexpected perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was induced in the cubic Mn1.8Co1.2Ga1.0 film as well. The tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effect of the Mn-Co-Ga/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) were investigated. TMR ratios of 5% and 11% were observed at room temperature for the MTJs using tetragonal Mn2.3Co0.4Ga1.3 and cubic Mn1.8Co1.2Ga1.0 electrodes, respectively. The composition dependence is discussed briefly.

  16. Synthesis of micro-sized interconnected Si-C composites

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    Wang, Donghai; Yi, Ran; Dai, Fang

    2016-02-23

    Embodiments provide a method of producing micro-sized Si--C composites or doped Si--C and Si alloy-C with interconnected nanoscle Si and C building blocks through converting commercially available SiO.sub.x (0

  17. UV-induced SiC nanowire sensors

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    Peng, Gang; Zhou, Yingqiu; He, Yanlan; Yu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Xue A.; Li, Gong Y.; Haick, Hossam

    2015-02-01

    Ultraviolet (UV)-induced sensors based on a single SiC nanowire (NW) were fabricated and the photoelectric properties including I-V characteristics and time response of the UV sensors were studied. SiC NWs (NWs) were prepared through pyrolyzing a polymer precursor with ferrocene as the catalyst by a CVD route. To elucidate the physical mechanism giving rise to the photoelectrical response in SiC NW sensors, three kinds of contacts between electrodes and SiC NW were prepared, i.e. Schottky contact, p-n junction contact, and Ohmic contact. The photoelectric measurements of the device with Schottky contact indicates the lowest dark current and the largest photocurrent. The results suggest that photocurrent generated at SiC NW-electrode contacts is a result of the photovoltaic effect, in which a built-in electric field accelerates photo generated charge carriers to the electronic contacts. The UV sensors based on SiC NWs could be applied in a harsh environment due to the excellent physical stability and photoelectric properties.

  18. Near-field radiative heat transfer between metamaterials coated with silicon carbide thin films

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    Basu, Soumyadipta Yang, Yue; Wang, Liping

    2015-01-19

    In this letter, we study the near-field radiative heat transfer between two metamaterial substrates coated with silicon carbide (SiC) thin films. It is known that metamaterials can enhance the near-field heat transfer over ordinary materials due to excitation of magnetic plasmons associated with s polarization, while strong surface phonon polariton exists for SiC. By careful tuning of the optical properties of metamaterial, it is possible to excite electrical and magnetic resonances for the metamaterial and surface phonon polaritons for SiC at different spectral regions, resulting in the enhanced heat transfer. The effect of the SiC film thickness at different vacuum gaps is investigated. Results obtained from this study will be beneficial for application of thin film coatings for energy harvesting.

  19. SPHERICAL INDENTATION OF SiC

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    Wereszczak, Andrew A; Johanns, Kurt E

    2007-01-01

    Instrumented Hertzian indentation testing was performed on several grades of SiCs and the results and preliminary interpretations are presented. The grades included hot-pressed and sintered compositions. One of the hot-pressed grades was additionally subjected to high temperature heat treatment to produce a coarsened grain microstructure to enable the examination of exaggerated grain size on indentation response. Diamond spherical indenters were used in the testing. Indentation load, indentation depth of penetration, and acoustic activity were continually measured during each indentation test. Indentation response and postmortem analysis of induced damage (e.g., ring/cone, radial and median cracking, quasi-plasticity) are compared and qualitatively as a function of grain size. For the case of SiC-N, the instrumented spherical indentation showed that yielding initiated at an average contact stress 12-13 GPa and that there was another event (i.e., a noticeable rate increase in compliance probably associated with extensive ring and radial crack formations) occurring around an estimated average contact stress of 19 GPa.

  20. /SiC Composite to Titanium Alloy

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    Hernandez, X.; Jiménez, C.; Mergia, K.; Yialouris, P.; Messoloras, S.; Liedtke, V.; Wilhelmi, C.; Barcena, J.

    2014-08-01

    In view of aerospace applications, an innovative structure for joining a Ti alloy to carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide has been developed. This is based on the perforation of the CMC material, and this procedure results in six-fold increase of the shear strength of the joint compared to the unprocessed CMC. The joint is manufactured using the active brazing technique and TiCuAg as filler metal. Sound joints without defects are produced and excellent wetting of both the composite ceramic and the metal is observed. The mechanical shear tests show that failure occurs always within the ceramic material and not at the joint. At the CMC/filler, Ti from the filler metal interacts with the SiC matrix to form carbides and silicides. In the middle of the filler region depletion of Ti and formation of Ag and Cu rich regions are observed. At the filler/Ti alloy interface, a layered structure of the filler and Ti alloy metallic elements is formed. For the perforation to have a significant effect on the improvement of the shear strength of the joint appropriate geometry is required.

  1. Improved processing of. alpha. -SiC

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    Dutta, S. )

    1988-05-01

    Improved processing techniques such as slurry pressing and hot isostatic pressing were used to minimize processing defects and to improve strength and reliability in fabricated SiC. For this purpose, compacts were fabricated by various consolidation techniques: (1) dry-pressing and sintering, (2) slurry-pressing and sintering, and (3) slurry-pressing and hot isostatic pressing. High density (>96% of theoretical) was produced by sintering at 2,150{degree} to 2,200{degree}C. By contrast, a much lower temperature (1,875{degree} to 1,900{degree}C) was required for high-density specimens by hot isostatic pressing. The isostatistically hot-pressed {alpha}-SiC exhibited an ultrafine-grained microstructure (0.3 to 3 {mu}m) compared to 1 to 17 {mu}m produced by sintering. Dry-pressing and sintering yielded an average flexure strength (4-point bend) as high as 348 MPa. On the other hand, slurry-pressing resulted in an {approx}25% improvement in strength, 348 to 428 MPa. Further, isostatic hot-pressing of slurry-pressed specimens exhibited an average strength as high as 655 MPa. This value was {approx}90% higher than the dry-pressed/sintered strength and {approx}60% higher than the slurry-pressed/sintered strength.

  2. Magnetotransport of Epitaxial Graphene on Hexagonal SiC Surface Grown with Metal Plate Capping

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    Park, Kibog; Jin, Han Byul; Jung, Sungchul; Kim, Junhyoung; Chae, Dong-Hun; Kim, Wan-Seop; Park, Jaesung

    High quality epitaxial graphene (EG) was grown on a Si-face hexagonal SiC substrate by capping the surface with a metal plate (Molybdenum, Tungsten) during UHV annealing. The growth temperature was ~ 950 degree C, significantly lower than the conventional UHV annealing. The crystallinity of EG film was examined with Raman spectrum measurements. Almost no D-peak and a large narrow 2D-peak ensure that a thin (mono- or bi-layer) EG film was grown with a negligible number of defects. The electrical properties of EG film were also characterized by performing magnetotransport measurements with Hall-bar structures. The carrier type was found to be n-type, the sheet carrier density be (3.6-9.2)x1012 /cm2, and the Hall mobility be ~2100 cm2/Vs. Due to the relatively high carrier density, the Quantum Hall Effect was observed only for high filling factors up to 14 T. However, clear Shubnikov-de-Hass oscillations were observed, indicating that the random carrier scattering due to impurities or defects is minimal in the EG film grown with metal plate capping. Supported by NRF in South Korea (2014M2B2A9031944).

  3. Analysis of Hard Thin Film Coating

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    Shen, Dashen

    1998-01-01

    MSFC is interested in developing hard thin film coating for bearings. The wearing of the bearing is an important problem for space flight engine. Hard thin film coating can drastically improve the surface of the bearing and improve the wear-endurance of the bearing. However, many fundamental problems in surface physics, plasma deposition, etc, need further research. The approach is using electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition (ECRCVD) to deposit hard thin film an stainless steel bearing. The thin films in consideration include SiC, SiN and other materials. An ECRCVD deposition system is being assembled at MSFC.

  4. Analysis of Hard Thin Film Coating

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    Shen, Dashen

    1998-01-01

    Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is interested in developing hard thin film coating for bearings. The wearing of the bearing is an important problem for space flight engine. Hard thin film coating can drastically improve the surface of the bearing and improve the wear-endurance of the bearing. However, many fundamental problems in surface physics, plasma deposition, etc, need further research. The approach is using Electron Cyclotron Resonance Chemical Vapor Deposition (ECRCVD) to deposit hard thin film on stainless steel bearing. The thin films in consideration include SiC, SiN and other materials. An ECRCVD deposition system is being assembled at MSFC.

  5. Hydrogen monitoring for power plant applications using SiC sensors

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    Reza Loloee; Benjamin Chorpening; Steve Beer; Ruby N. Ghosha

    2007-08-01

    We have developed a high-temperature gas sensing system for the detection of combustion products under harsh conditions, such as an energy plant. The sensor, based on the wide band gap semiconductor silicon carbide (SiC), is a catalytic gate field-effect device (Pt–SiO2–SiC) that can detect hydrogen-containing species in chemically reactive, high-temperature environments. The hydrogen response of the device in an industrially robust module was determined under both laboratory and industrial conditions (1000 sccm of 350 ◦C gas) from 52 ppm to 50% H2, with the sensor held at 620 ◦C. From our data we find that the hydrogen adsorption kinetics at the catalyst–oxide interface are well fitted by the linearized Langmuir adsorption isotherm. For hydrogen monitoring in a coal gasification application, we investigated the effect of common interferants on the device response to a 20% H2 gas stream. Within our signal to noise ratio, 40% CO and 5% CH4 had no measurable effect and a 2000 ppm pulse of H2S did not poison the Pt sensing film. We have demonstrated the long-term reliability of our SiC sensor and the robustness of the sensor packaging techniques, as all the data are from a single device, obtained during 5 days of industrial measurements in addition to ∼480 continuous hours of operation under laboratory conditions.

  6. The effect of Zircaloy-4 substrate surface condition on the adhesion strength and corrosion of SiC coatings

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    Al-Olayyan, Y.; Fuchs, G. E.; Baney, R.; Tulenko, J.

    2005-11-01

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coatings of silicon carbide were deposited on various Zircaloy-4 substrates having different surface preparations to increase the corrosion resistance. The effects of several different surface treatments of the Zircaloy-4 substrate, such as surface roughness, the presence of interlayer, and pickling, on the adhesion and corrosion resistance of the SiC coatings have been evaluated using a scratch test method, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The scratch test was found to be a good tool for qualitative measurement of adhesion strength of thin coating films. Higher adhesion strengths were obtained for a moderate level of substrate roughness and the corrosion resistance of these films was closely related with the adhesion of the film on the substrate, as measured by impedance.

  7. SiC Homoepitaxy, Etching and Graphene Epitaxial Growth on SiC Substrates Using a Novel Fluorinated Si Precursor Gas (SiF4)

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    Rana, Tawhid; Chandrashekhar, M. V. S.; Daniels, Kevin; Sudarshan, Tangali

    2016-04-01

    Tetrafluorosilane (SiF4 or TFS), a novel precursor gas, has been demonstrated to perform three primary operations of silicon carbide-related processing: SiC etching, SiC epitaxial growth and graphene epitaxial growth. TFS etches SiC substrate vigorously in a H2 ambient by efficient Si removal from the surface, where SiC etch rate is a function of TFS gas concentration. In this SiC etching process, Si is removed by TFS and C is removed by H2. When propane is added to a H2 and TFS gas mixture, etching is halted and high-quality SiC epitaxy takes place in a Si droplet-free condition. TFS's ability to remove Si can also be exploited to grow epitaxial graphene in a controllable manner in an inert (Ar) ambient. Here, TFS enhances graphene growth by selective etching of Si from the SiC surface.

  8. Si quantum dots embedded in an amorphous SiC matrix: nanophase control by non-equilibrium plasma hydrogenation.

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    Cheng, Qijin; Tam, Eugene; Xu, Shuyan; Ostrikov, Kostya Ken

    2010-04-01

    Nanophase nc-Si/a-SiC films that contain Si quantum dots (QDs) embedded in an amorphous SiC matrix were deposited on single-crystal silicon substrates using inductively coupled plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition from the reactive silane and methane precursor gases diluted with hydrogen at a substrate temperature of 200 degrees C. The effect of the hydrogen dilution ratio X (X is defined as the flow rate ratio of hydrogen-to-silane plus methane gases), ranging from 0 to 10.0, on the morphological, structural, and compositional properties of the deposited films, is extensively and systematically studied by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Effective nanophase segregation at a low hydrogen dilution ratio of 4.0 leads to the formation of highly uniform Si QDs embedded in the amorphous SiC matrix. It is also shown that with the increase of X, the crystallinity degree and the crystallite size increase while the carbon content and the growth rate decrease. The obtained experimental results are explained in terms of the effect of hydrogen dilution on the nucleation and growth processes of the Si QDs in the high-density plasmas. These results are highly relevant to the development of next-generation photovoltaic solar cells, light-emitting diodes, thin-film transistors, and other applications.

  9. Phase stability of cubic pyrochlore rare earth tantalate pinning additives in YBa2Cu3O7- superconductor

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    Wee, Sung Hun; Cantoni, Claudia; Zuev, Yuri L; Specht, Eliot D; Goyal, Amit

    2012-01-01

    Phase stability of cubic-pyrochlore-structured RE3TaO7 (RTO, where RE = rare earth elements) pinning additives in YBa2Cu3O7- (YBCO) superconductor and the pinning properties influenced by RTO addition into YBCO films were investigated. RTO completely reacts with YBCO and is converted to cubic-double-perovskite-structured Ba2RETaO6 (BRETO), a more thermodynamically stable tantalate phase within YBCO. In RTO-doped YBCO films, BRETO self-assembled nanocolumnns align along the c-axis of the film and play a major role in the improvement of flux pinning and Jc performance over wide magnetic field and angular ranges.

  10. Cubication of Conservative Nonlinear Oscillators

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    Belendez, Augusto; Alvarez, Mariela L.; Fernandez, Elena; Pascual, Immaculada

    2009-01-01

    A cubication procedure of the nonlinear differential equation for conservative nonlinear oscillators is analysed and discussed. This scheme is based on the Chebyshev series expansion of the restoring force, and this allows us to approximate the original nonlinear differential equation by a Duffing equation in which the coefficients for the linear…

  11. Cubic Unit Cell Construction Kit.

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    Mattson, Bruce

    2000-01-01

    Presents instructions for building a simple interactive unit-cell construction kit that allows for the construction of simple, body-centered, and face-centered cubic lattices. The lit is built from inexpensive and readily available materials and can be built in any number of sizes. (WRM)

  12. Hot corrosion attack and strength degradation of SiC and Si(sub)3N(sub)4

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    Smialek, James L.; Fox, Dennis S.; Jacobson, Nathan S.

    1987-01-01

    Thin films of Na2SO4 and Na2CO3 molten salt deposits were used to corrode sintered SiC and Si3N4 at 1000 C. The resulting attack produced pitting and grain boundary etching resulting in strength decreases ranging from 15 to 50 percent. Corrosion pits were the predominant sources of fracture. The degree of strength decrease was found to be roughly correlated with the depth of the pit, as predicted from fracture toughness considerations. Gas evolution and bubble formation were key aspects of pit formation. Many of the observations of furnace exposures held true in a more realistic burner rig test.

  13. Growth and Features of Epitaxial Graphene on SiC

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    Kusunoki, Michiko; Norimatsu, Wataru; Bao, Jianfeng; Morita, Koichi; Starke, Ulrich

    2015-12-01

    Recent progress of epitaxial graphene on SiC was reviewed, focusing on its growth and structural and electronic features. Homogeneous graphene can be grown on SiC(0001) on a wafer scale, however on SiC(000bar{1}) multilayer but rotationally stacked graphene with monolayer like electronic property grows. HRTEM revealed the formation mechanism and structural features of graphene on the both surfaces. The high structural and electronic quality of the grown graphene is monitored by Raman spectroscopy and magneto-transport characterization. High-resolution ARPES measurements of the electronic dispersion around the bar{K}-point retrieved the ABA and ABC stacked trilayer graphene. The measurements also directly revealed that electronic structures of graphene were manipulated by transfer doping and atomic intercalation. In particular, p- and n-doped regions on a meso-scale and the p-n junctions prepared on SiC via controlling intercalation of Ge exhibited ballistic transport and Klein tunneling, which predicted novel potentials on to epitaxial graphene on SiC.

  14. X-ray fluorescence microtomography of SiC shells

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    Ice, G.E.; Chung, J.S.; Nagedolfeizi, M.

    1997-04-01

    TRISCO coated fuel particles contain a small kernel of nuclear fuel encapsulated by alternating layers of C and SiC. The TRISCO coated fuel particle is used in an advanced fuel designed for passive containment of the radioactive isotopes. The SiC layer provides the primary barrier for radioactive elements in the kernel. The effectiveness of this barrier layer under adverse conditions is critical to containment. The authors have begun the study of SiC shells from TRISCO fuel. They are using the fluorescent microprobe beamline 10.3.1. The shells under evaluation include some which have been cycled through a simulated core melt-down. The C buffer layers and nuclear kernels of the coated fuel have been removed by laser drilling through the SiC and then exposing the particle to acid. Elements of interest include Ru, Sb, Cs, Ce and Eu. The radial distribution of these elements in the SiC shells can be attributed to diffusion of elements in the kernel during the melt-down. Other elements in the shells originate during the fabrication of the TRISCO particles.

  15. Chemical vapor deposition of diamond thin films on titanium silicon carbide

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    Yang, Songlan

    2008-10-01

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been the main method for synthesizing diamond thin films on hetero substrate materials since 1980s. It has been well acknowledged that both nucleation and growth of diamond on non-diamond surfaces without pre-treatment are very difficult and slow. Furthermore, the weak adhesion between the diamond thin films and substrates has been a major problem for widespread application of diamond thin films. Up to now, Si has been the most frequently used substrate for the study of diamond thin films and various methods, including bias and diamond powder scratching, have been applied to enhance diamond nucleation density. In the present study, nucleation and growth of diamond thin films on Ti3SiC2, a newly developed ceramic-metallic material, using Microwave Plasma Enhanced (MPE) and Hot- Filament (HF) CVD reactors were carried out. In addition, synchrotron-based Near Edge Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy (NEXAFS) was used to identify the electronic and chemical structures of various NCD films. The results from MPECVD showed that a much higher diamond nucleation density and a much higher film growth rate can be obtained on Ti3SiC2 compared with on Si. Consequently, nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films were feasibly synthesized on Ti3SiC2 under the typical conditions for microcrystalline diamond film synthesis. Furthermore, the diamond films on Ti3SiC 2 exhibited better adhesion than on Si. The early stage growth of diamond thin films on Ti3SiC2 by HFCVD indicated that a nanowhisker-like diamond-graphite composite layer, different from diamond nucleation on Si, initially formed on the surface of Ti3SiC2, which resulted in high diamond nucleation density. These results indicate that Ti3SiC 2 has great potentials to be used both as substrates and interlayers on metals for diamond thin film deposition and application. This research may greatly expand the tribological application of both Ti3SiC 2 and diamond thin films

  16. High Temperature Performance of a SiC MESFET Based Oscillator

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    Schwartz, Zachary D.; Ponchak, George E.

    2005-01-01

    A hybrid, UHF-Band differential oscillator based on 10 w SiC RF Power Metal Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MESFET) has been designed, fabricated and characterized through 475 C. Circuit is fabricated on an alumina substrate with thin film spiral inductors, chip capacitors, chip resistors, and wire bonds for all crossovers and interconnectors. The oscillator delivers 15.7 dBm at 515 MHz into a 50 Ohm load at 125 C with a DC to RF conversion efficiency of 2,8%. After tuning the load impedance, the oscillator delivers 18.8 dBm at 610 MHz at 200 C with a DC to RF conversion efficiency of 5.8%. Finally, by tuning the load and bias conditions, the oscillator delivers 4.9 dBm at 453 MHz at 475 C.

  17. Atomistic structures of nano-engineered SiC and radiation-induced amorphization resistance

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    Imada, Kenta; Ishimaru, Manabu; Sato, Kazuhisa; Xue, Haizhou; Zhang, Yanwen; Shannon, Steven; Weber, William J.

    2015-10-01

    Nano-engineered 3C-SiC thin films, which possess columnar structures with high-density stacking faults and twins, were irradiated with 2 MeV Si ions at cryogenic and room temperatures. From cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy observations in combination with Monte Carlo simulations based on the Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter code, it was found that their amorphization resistance is six times greater than bulk crystalline SiC at room temperature. High-angle bright-field images taken by spherical aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy revealed that the distortion of atomic configurations is localized near the stacking faults. The resultant strain field probably contributes to the enhancement of radiation tolerance of this material.

  18. Anodized Ti3SiC2 As an Anode Material for Li-ion Microbatteries.

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    Tesfaye, Alexander T; Mashtalir, Olha; Naguib, Michael; Barsoum, Michel W; Gogotsi, Yury; Djenizian, Thierry

    2016-07-01

    We report on the synthesis of an anode material for Li-ion batteries by anodization of a common MAX phase, Ti3SiC2, in an aqueous electrolyte containing hydrofluoric acid (HF). The anodization led to the formation of a porous film containing anatase, a small quantity of free carbon, and silica. By varying the anodization parameters, various oxide morphologies were produced. The highest areal capacity was achieved by anodization at 60 V in an aqueous electrolyte containing 0.1 v/v HF for 3 h at room temperature. After 140 cycles performed at multiple applied current densities, an areal capacity of 380 μAh·cm(-2) (200 μA·cm(-2)) has been obtained, making this new material, free of additives and binders, a promising candidate as a negative electrode for Li-ion microbatteries. PMID:27282275

  19. Solving Cubic Equations by Polynomial Decomposition

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    Kulkarni, Raghavendra G.

    2011-01-01

    Several mathematicians struggled to solve cubic equations, and in 1515 Scipione del Ferro reportedly solved the cubic while participating in a local mathematical contest, but did not bother to publish his method. Then it was Cardano (1539) who first published the solution to the general cubic equation in his book "The Great Art, or, The Rules of…

  20. Cubic Icosahedra? A Problem in Assigning Symmetry

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    Lloyd, D. R.

    2010-01-01

    There is a standard convention that the icosahedral groups are classified separately from the cubic groups, but these two symmetry types have been conflated as "cubic" in some chemistry textbooks. In this note, the connection between cubic and icosahedral symmetries is examined, using a simple pictorial model. It is shown that octahedral and…

  1. Expanding the versatility of silicon carbide thin films and nanowires

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    Luna, Lunet

    Silicon carbide (SiC) based electronics and sensors hold promise for pushing past the limits of current technology to achieve small, durable devices that can function in high-temperature, high-voltage, corrosive, and biological environments. SiC is an ideal material for such conditions due to its high mechanical strength, excellent chemical stability, and its biocompatibility. Consequently, SiC thin films and nanowires have attracted interest in applications such as micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, biological sensors, field emission cathodes, and energy storage devices. However to fully realize SiC in such technologies, the reliability of metal contacts to SiC at high temperatures must be improved and the nanowire growth mechanism must be understood to enable strict control of nanowire crystal structure and orientation. Here, we present a novel metallization scheme, utilizing solid-state graphitization of SiC, to improve the long-term reliability of Pt/Ti contacts to polycrystalline n-type SiC films at high temperature. The metallization scheme includes an alumina protection layer and exhibits low, stable contact resistivity even after long-term (500 hr) testing in air at 450 ºC. We also report the crystal structure and growth mechanism of Ni-assisted silicon carbide nanowires using single-source precursor, methyltrichlorosilane. The effects of growth parameters, such as substrate and temperature, on the structure and morphology of the resulting nanowires will also be presented. Overall, this study provides new insights towards the realization of novel SiC technologies, enabled by advanced electron microscopy techniques located in the user facilities at the Molecular Foundry in Berkeley, California. This work was performed in part at the Molecular Foundry, supported by the Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  2. Deposition of hydroxyapatite on SiC nanotubes in simulated body fluid.

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    Taguchi, Tomitsugu; Miyazaki, Toshiki; Iikubo, Satoshi; Yamaguchi, Kenji

    2014-01-01

    SiC nanotubes can become candidate reinforcement materials for dental and orthopedic implants due to their light weight and excellent mechanical properties. However, the development of bioactive SiC materials has not been reported. In this study, hydroxyapatites were found on SiC nanotubes treated with NaOH and subsequently HCl solution after soaking in simulated body fluid. On the other hand, hydroxyapatites did not deposit on as-received SiC nanotubes, the SiC nanotubes with NH4OH solution treatment and SiC bulk materials with NaOH and subsequently HCl solution treatment. Therefore, we succeeded in the development of bioactive SiC nanotubes by downsizing SiC materials to nanometer size and treating with NaOH and subsequently HCl solutions for the first time.

  3. Thin films for material engineering

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    Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Thin films are defined as two-dimensional materials formed by condensing one by one atomic/molecular/ionic species of matter in contrast to bulk three-dimensional sintered ceramics. They are grown through atomic collisional chemical reaction on a substrate surface. Thin film growth processes are fascinating for developing innovative exotic materials. On the basis of my long research on sputtering deposition, this paper firstly describes the kinetic energy effect of sputtered adatoms on thin film growth and discusses on a possibility of room-temperature growth of cubic diamond crystallites and the perovskite thin films of binary compound PbTiO3. Secondly, high-performance sputtered ferroelectric thin films with extraordinary excellent crystallinity compatible with MBE deposited thin films are described in relation to a possible application for thin-film MEMS. Finally, the present thin-film technologies are discussed in terms of a future material science and engineering.

  4. SIC-POVMS and MUBS: Geometrical Relationships in Prime Dimension

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    Appleby, D. M.

    2009-03-10

    The paper concerns Weyl-Heisenberg covariant SIC-POVMs (symmetric informationally complete positive operator valued measures) and full sets of MUBs (mutually unbiased bases) in prime dimension. When represented as vectors in generalized Bloch space a SIC-POVM forms a d{sup 2}-1 dimensional regular simplex (d being the Hilbert space dimension). By contrast, the generalized Bloch vectors representing a full set of MUBs form d+1 mutually orthogonal d-1 dimensional regular simplices. In this paper we show that, in the Weyl-Heisenberg case, there are some simple geometrical relationships between the single SIC-POVM simplex and the d+1 MUB simplices. We go on to give geometrical interpretations of the minimum uncertainty states introduced by Wootters and Sussman, and by Appleby, Dang and Fuchs, and of the fiduciality condition given by Appleby, Dang and Fuchs.

  5. Aspects of SiC diode assembly using Ag technology

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    Mysliwiec, Marcin; Guziewicz, Marek; Kisiel, Ryszard

    2013-07-01

    The aim of our paper is to consider the possibility of applying pure Ag technology for assembly of SiC Schottky diode into a ceramic package able to work at temperatures up to 350°C. Ag micropowder was used for assembly SiC structure to DBC interposer of the ceramic package. Ag wire bonds as well as flip-chip technology using Ag balls were used as material for interconnection systems. The parameters of I-V characteristics were used as a quality factor to determine the Schottky diode after hermetization into ceramic package as well as after ageing in air at 350°C in comparison with characteristics of bare SiC diode.

  6. Effect of helium implantation on SiC and graphite

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    Guo, Hong-Yan; Ge, Chang-Chun; Xia, Min; Guo, Li-Ping; Chen, Ji-Hong; Yan, Qing-Zhi

    2015-03-01

    Effects of helium implantation on silicon carbide (SiC) and graphite were studied to reveal the possibility of SiC replacing graphite as plasma facing materials. Pressureless sintered SiC and graphite SMF-800 were implanted with He+ ions of 20 keV and 100 keV at different temperatures and different fluences. The He+ irradiation induced microstructure changes were studied by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Project supported by the ITER-National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Program, China (Grant Nos. 2010GB109000, 2011GB108009, and 2014GB123000) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11075119).

  7. Selective epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC

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    Camara, N.; Rius, G.; Godignon, P.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Tiberj, A.; Camassel, J.

    2008-09-22

    We present a method of selective epitaxial growth of few layers graphene (FLG) on a ''prepatterned'' silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The methods involves, successively, the sputtering of a thin aluminium nitride (AlN) layer on top of a monocrystalline SiC substrate and, then, patterning it with e-beam lithography and wet etching. The sublimation of few atomic layers of Si from the SiC substrate occurs only through the selectively etched AlN layer. The presence of the Raman G-band at {approx}1582 cm{sup -1} in the AlN-free areas is used to validate the concept. It gives absolute evidence of selective FLG growth.

  8. Selective epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC

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    Camara, N.; Rius, G.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Tiberj, A.; Mestres, N.; Godignon, P.; Camassel, J.

    2008-09-01

    We present a method of selective epitaxial growth of few layers graphene (FLG) on a "prepatterned" silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The methods involves, successively, the sputtering of a thin aluminium nitride (AlN) layer on top of a monocrystalline SiC substrate and, then, patterning it with e-beam lithography and wet etching. The sublimation of few atomic layers of Si from the SiC substrate occurs only through the selectively etched AlN layer. The presence of the Raman G-band at ˜1582cm-1 in the AlN-free areas is used to validate the concept. It gives absolute evidence of selective FLG growth.

  9. SiC IR emitter design for thermophotovoltaic generators

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    Fraas, Lewis M.; Ferguson, Luke; McCoy, Larry G.; Pernisz, Udo C.

    1996-02-01

    An improved ceramic spine disc burner/emitter for use in a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) generator is described. A columnar infrared (IR) emitter consisting of a stack of silicon carbide (SiC) spine discs provides for both high conductance for the combustion gases and efficient heat transfer from the hot combustion gases to the emitter. Herein, we describe the design, fabrication, and testing of this SiC burner as well as the characterization of the IR spectrum it emits. We note that when the SiC column is surrounded with fused silica heat shields, these heat shields suppress the emitted power beyond 4 microns. Thus, a TPV generator using GaSb photovoltaic cells covered by simple dielectric filters can convert over 30% of the emitted IR radiation to DC electric power.

  10. Advanced SiC composites for fusion applications

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    Snead, L.L.; Schwarz, O.J.

    1995-04-01

    This is a short review of the motivation for and progress in the development of ceramic matrix composites for fusion. Chemically vapor infiltrated silicon carbide (SiC) composites have been fabricated from continuous fibers of either SiC or graphite and tested for strength and thermal conductivity. Of significance is the the Hi-Nicalon{trademark} SiC based fiber composite has superior unirradiated properties as compared to the standard Nicalon grade. Based on previous results on the stability of the Hi-Nicalon fiber, this system should prove more resistant to neutron irradiation. A graphite fiber composite has been fabricated with very good mechnical properties and thermal conductivity an order of magnitude higher than typical SiC/SiC composites.

  11. Large And Highly Stable Structures Made Of SiC

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    Bougoin, M.; Lavenac, J.

    2012-07-01

    The Boostec® SiC material appears very attractive for manufacturing large space telescopes, thanks to its high specific stiffness and its thermal stability. Its physical properties are perfectly isotropic and it is remarkably more stable than the glass-ceramics in time and also against space radiations. This sintered SiC material has been fully qualified for application at cryogenic temperature. Thanks to its good mechanical strength and toughness, it can be used for making not only the mirrors but also the structure and the focal plane hardware of the optical instruments, thus making “all in SiC” and possibly “athermal” telescopes. The present paper describes the Boostec® SiC properties and then its manufacturing technology. Some examples of the structures of the Multi Spectral Imaging instruments of Sentinel-2 and also the very large Gaia one are further developed.

  12. Nucleation of AlN on SiC substrates by seeded sublimation growth

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    Lu, P.; Edgar, J. H.; Lee, R. G.; Chaudhuri, J.

    2007-03-01

    The nucleation of aluminum nitride (AlN) on silicon carbide (SiC) seed by sublimation growth was investigated. Silicon-face, 8∘ off-axis 4H-SiC (0 0 0 1) and on-axis 6H-SiC (0 0 0 1) were employed as seeds. Initial growth for 15 min and extended growth for 2 h suggested that 1850 °C was the optimum temperature of AlN crystal growth: on an 8∘ off-axis substrate, AlN grew laterally forming a continuous layer with regular "step" features; on the on-axis substrate, AlN grew vertically as well as laterally, generating an epilayer with hexagonal sub-grains of different sizes. The layer's c-lattice constant was larger than pure AlN, which was caused by the compression of the AlN film and impurities (Si, C) incorporation. Polarity sensitive and defect selective etchings were performed to examine the surface polarity and dislocation density. All the samples had an Al-polar surface and no N-polar inversion domains were observed. Threading dislocations were present regardless of the substrate misorientation. Basal plane dislocations (BPDs) were revealed only on the AlN films on the 8∘ off-axis substrates. The total dislocation density was in the order of 108 cm-2 when the film was 20- 30 μm thick.

  13. Development of CVD Mullite Coatings for SiC Fibers

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    Sarin, V.K.; Varadarajan, S.

    2000-03-15

    A process for depositing CVD mullite coatings on SiC fibers for enhanced oxidation and corrosion, and/or act as an interfacial protective barrier has been developed. Process optimization via systematic investigation of system parameters yielded uniform crystalline mullite coatings on SiC fibers. Structural characterization has allowed for tailoring of coating structure and therefore properties. High temperature oxidation/corrosion testing of the optimized coatings has shown that the coatings remain adherent and protective for extended periods. However, preliminary tests of coated fibers showed considerable degradation in tensile strength.

  14. Spin effects in thermoelectric phenomena in SiC nanoribbons.

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    Zberecki, K; Swirkowicz, R; Wierzbicki, M; Barnaś, J

    2015-01-21

    Using ab initio methods we calculate the thermoelectric and spin thermoelectric properties of zigzag SiC nanoribbons, asymmetrically terminated with hydrogen. Such nanoribbons display a ferromagnetic ground state, with edge magnetic moments oriented in parallel. Both thermopower and spin thermopower have been determined as a function of chemical potential and temperature. To find the thermoelectric efficiency, the total heat conductance has been calculated, i.e. the electronic and phonon contributions. Numerical results for SiC nanoribbons are compared with those for graphene and silicene ones.

  15. Very Smooth Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Film Growth by a Novel Pretreatment Technique.

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    Park, Jong Cheon; Hwang, Sungu; Kim, Tae Gyu; Kim, Jin Kon; Chun, Ho Hwan; Shin, Sung Chul; Cho, Hyun

    2016-02-01

    Very smooth ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) film growth on SiC substrate was achieved by a novel pretreatment technique consisted of SiC surface texturing and deaggregation of nanodiamond (ND) seed particles. Texturing of SiC surfaces in Ar and SF6/02 plasmas was found to be able to provide normalized roughness values of 0.5-7.0 compared to the untreated surface. SiC surface plasma-textured and seeded with H2 heat-treated ND particles at 600 degrees C showed the highest nucleation density of ~44.2 x 10(11) cm(-2) and a highly uniform coverage of surface with very fine ND seeds. The UNCD film grown with this new pretreatment technique showed a very smooth surface morphology consisted of small and uniformly distributed grains. PMID:27433650

  16. Cubic scaling G W : Towards fast quasiparticle calculations

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    Liu, Peitao; Kaltak, Merzuk; Klimeš, Jiří; Kresse, Georg

    2016-10-01

    Within the framework of the full potential projector-augmented wave methodology, we present a promising low-scaling G W implementation. It allows for quasiparticle calculations with a scaling that is cubic in the system size and linear in the number of k points used to sample the Brillouin zone. This is achieved by calculating the polarizability and self-energy in the real-space and imaginary-time domains. The transformation from the imaginary time to the frequency domain is done by an efficient discrete Fourier transformation with only a few nonuniform grid points. Fast Fourier transformations are used to go from real space to reciprocal space and vice versa. The analytic continuation from the imaginary to the real frequency axis is performed by exploiting Thiele's reciprocal difference approach. Finally, the method is applied successfully to predict the quasiparticle energies and spectral functions of typical semiconductors (Si, GaAs, SiC, and ZnO), insulators (C, BN, MgO, and LiF), and metals (Cu and SrVO3). The results are compared with conventional G W calculations. Good agreement is achieved, highlighting the strength of the present method.

  17. Top-gated graphene field-effect transistors by low-temperature synthesized SiN x insulator on SiC substrates

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    Ohno, Yasuhide; Kanai, Yasushi; Mori, Yuki; Nagase, Masao; Matsumoto, Kazuhiko

    2016-06-01

    Top-gated devices made from an epitaxial graphene film on a 4H-SiC substrate were fabricated. Atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy results showed that a large-scale highly uniform monolayer graphene film was synthesized on the SiC substrate. A SiN x passivation film was deposited on a SiC graphene device as a top gate insulator by catalytic chemical-vapor deposition (Cat-CVD) below 65 °C. After the top gate electrode was formed on the SiN x film, no leakage current flowed between the gate and source electrodes. The transport characteristics showed clear ambipolar characteristics from 8 to 280 K, and the temperature dependences of the conductance and field-effect mobility of the devices implied that monolayer graphene devices can be successfully fabricated. Moreover, the position of the charge neutrality point after SiN x deposition was around 0 V, indicating p-doping characteristics. These results indicate that SiN x films synthesized by Cat-CVD can be used as gate insulators and that the carrier type may be controlled by adjusting the deposition conditions.

  18. Smooth cubic commensurate oxides on gallium nitride

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    Paisley, Elizabeth A.; Gaddy, Benjamin E.; LeBeau, James M.; Shelton, Christopher T.; Losego, Mark D.; Mita, Seiji; Collazo, Ramón; Sitar, Zlatko; Irving, Douglas L.; Maria, Jon-Paul; Biegalski, Michael D.; Christen, Hans M.

    2014-02-14

    Smooth, commensurate alloys of 〈111〉-oriented Mg{sub 0.52}Ca{sub 0.48}O (MCO) thin films are demonstrated on Ga-polar, c+ [0001]-oriented GaN by surfactant-assisted molecular beam epitaxy and pulsed laser deposition. These are unique examples of coherent cubic oxide|nitride interfaces with structural and morphological perfection. Metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated on n-type GaN. A comparison of leakage current density for conventional and surfactant-assisted growth reveals a nearly 100× reduction in leakage current density for the surfactant-assisted samples. HAADF-STEM images of the MCO|GaN interface show commensurate alignment of atomic planes with minimal defects due to lattice mismatch. STEM and DFT calculations show that GaN c/2 steps create incoherent boundaries in MCO over layers which manifest as two in-plane rotations and determine consequently the density of structural defects in otherwise coherent MCO. This new understanding of interfacial steps between HCP and FCC crystals identifies the steps needed to create globally defect-free heterostructures.

  19. Performance of bulk SiC radiation detectors

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    Cunningham, W.; Gouldwell, A.; Lamb, G.; Scott, J.; Mathieson, K.; Roy, P.; Bates, R.; Thornton, P.; Smith, K. M.; Cusco, R.; Glaser, M.; Rahman, M.

    2002-07-01

    SiC is a wide-gap material with excellent electrical and physical properties that may make it an important material for some future electronic devices. The most important possible applications of SiC are in hostile environments, such as in car/jet engines, within nuclear reactors, or in outer space. Another area where the material properties, most notably radiation hardness, would be valuable is in the inner tracking detectors of particle physics experiments. Here, we describe the performance of SiC diodes irradiated in the 24 GeV proton beam at CERN. Schottky measurements have been used to probe the irradiated material for changes in I- V characteristics. Other methods, borrowed from III-V research, used to study the irradiated surface include atomic force microscope scans and Raman spectroscopy. These have been used to observe the damage to the materials surface and internal lattice structure. We have also characterised the detection capabilities of bulk semi-insulating SiC for α radiation. By measuring the charge collection efficiency (CCE) for variations in bias voltage, CCE values up to 100% have been measured.

  20. Saturn V Stage I (S-IC) Overview

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    Interbartolo, Michael

    2009-01-01

    Objectives include: a) Become familiar with the Saturn V Stage I (S-IC) major structural components: Forward Skirt, Oxidizer Tank, Intertank, Fuel Tank, and Thrust Structure. b) Gain a general understanding of the Stage I subsystems: Fuel, Oxidizer, Instrumentation, Flight Control, Environmental Control, Electrical, Control Pressure, and Ordinance.

  1. Observations of Ag diffusion in ion implanted SiC

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    Gerczak, Tyler J.; Leng, Bin; Sridharan, Kumar; Jerry L. Hunter, Jr.; Giordani, Andrew J.; Allen, Todd R.

    2015-03-17

    The nature and magnitude of Ag diffusion in SiC has been a topic of interest in connection with the performance of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel for high temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactors. Ion implantation diffusion couples have been revisited to continue developing a more complete understanding of Ag fission product diffusion in SiC. Ion implantation diffusion couples fabricated from single crystal 4H-SiC and polycrystalline 3C-SiC substrates and exposed to 1500–1625°C, were investigated in this study by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The high dynamic range of SIMS allowed for multiple diffusion régimes to be investigated,more » including enhanced diffusion by implantation-induced defects and grain boundary (GB) diffusion in undamaged SiC. Lastly, estimated diffusion coefficients suggest GB diffusion in bulk SiC does not properly describe the release observed from TRISO fuel.« less

  2. First principle identification of SiC monolayer as an efficient catalyst for CO oxidation

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    Sinthika, S. E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com; Thapa, Ranjit E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com; Reddy, C. Prakash

    2015-06-24

    Using density functional theory, we investigated the electronic properties of SiC monolayer and tested its catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. The planar nature of a SiC monolayer is found to stable and is a high band gap semiconductor. CO interacts physically with SiC surface, whereas O{sub 2} is adsorbed with moderate binding. CO oxidation on SiC monolayer prefers the Eley Rideal mechanism over the Langmuir Hinshelwood mechanism, with an easily surmountable activation barrier during CO{sub 2} formation. Overall metal free SiC monolayer can be used as efficient catalyst for CO oxidation.

  3. The effect of deposition RF power on the SiC passivation layer synthesized by an RF magnetron sputtering method

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    Keun Seo, Jae; Ko, Ki-han; Seok Choi, Won; Park, Mungi; Hwan Lee, Jong; Yi, Jun-Sin

    2011-07-01

    In this paper, we investigated the amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC) film as an alternative material to silicon nitride (SiN) and silicon oxide (SiO 2) for the passivation layer of solar cells. The a-SiC films were deposited on the p-type silicon (1 0 0) and glass substrates by a RF magnetron sputtering method using a-SiC (99%) target. We investigated the properties according to the deposition RF power (150, 200, 250 and 300 W). The optical properties were investigated by UV-visible spectroscopy and an ellipsometer. The performance of SiC passivation layer was investigated by carrier lifetime measurement. We could obtain the lowest refractive index of 3.22 and the carrier lifetime was the highest, 7 μs at the deposition RF power of 150 W.

  4. Field-effect transistors based on cubic indium nitride

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    Oseki, Masaaki; Okubo, Kana; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    Although the demand for high-speed telecommunications has increased in recent years, the performance of transistors fabricated with traditional semiconductors such as silicon, gallium arsenide, and gallium nitride have reached their physical performance limits. Therefore, new materials with high carrier velocities should be sought for the fabrication of next-generation, ultra-high-speed transistors. Indium nitride (InN) has attracted much attention for this purpose because of its high electron drift velocity under a high electric field. Thick InN films have been applied to the fabrication of field-effect transistors (FETs), but the performance of the thick InN transistors was discouraging, with no clear linear-saturation output characteristics and poor on/off current ratios. Here, we report the epitaxial deposition of ultrathin cubic InN on insulating oxide yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates and the first demonstration of ultrathin-InN-based FETs. The devices exhibit high on/off ratios and low off-current densities because of the high quality top and bottom interfaces between the ultrathin cubic InN and oxide insulators. This first demonstration of FETs using a ultrathin cubic indium nitride semiconductor will thus pave the way for the development of next-generation high-speed electronics. PMID:24492240

  5. Field-effect transistors based on cubic indium nitride.

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    Oseki, Masaaki; Okubo, Kana; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2014-02-04

    Although the demand for high-speed telecommunications has increased in recent years, the performance of transistors fabricated with traditional semiconductors such as silicon, gallium arsenide, and gallium nitride have reached their physical performance limits. Therefore, new materials with high carrier velocities should be sought for the fabrication of next-generation, ultra-high-speed transistors. Indium nitride (InN) has attracted much attention for this purpose because of its high electron drift velocity under a high electric field. Thick InN films have been applied to the fabrication of field-effect transistors (FETs), but the performance of the thick InN transistors was discouraging, with no clear linear-saturation output characteristics and poor on/off current ratios. Here, we report the epitaxial deposition of ultrathin cubic InN on insulating oxide yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates and the first demonstration of ultrathin-InN-based FETs. The devices exhibit high on/off ratios and low off-current densities because of the high quality top and bottom interfaces between the ultrathin cubic InN and oxide insulators. This first demonstration of FETs using a ultrathin cubic indium nitride semiconductor will thus pave the way for the development of next-generation high-speed electronics.

  6. PhySIC: a veto supertree method with desirable properties.

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    Ranwez, Vincent; Berry, Vincent; Criscuolo, Alexis; Fabre, Pierre-Henri; Guillemot, Sylvain; Scornavacca, Celine; Douzery, Emmanuel J P

    2007-10-01

    This paper focuses on veto supertree methods; i.e., methods that aim at producing a conservative synthesis of the relationships agreed upon by all source trees. We propose desirable properties that a supertree should satisfy in this framework, namely the non-contradiction property (PC) and the induction property (PI). The former requires that the supertree does not contain relationships that contradict one or a combination of the source topologies, whereas the latter requires that all topological information contained in the supertree is present in a source tree or collectively induced by several source trees. We provide simple examples to illustrate their relevance and that allow a comparison with previously advocated properties. We show that these properties can be checked in polynomial time for any given rooted supertree. Moreover, we introduce the PhySIC method (PHYlogenetic Signal with Induction and non-Contradiction). For k input trees spanning a set of n taxa, this method produces a supertree that satisfies the above-mentioned properties in O(kn(3) + n(4)) computing time. The polytomies of the produced supertree are also tagged by labels indicating areas of conflict as well as those with insufficient overlap. As a whole, PhySIC enables the user to quickly summarize consensual information of a set of trees and localize groups of taxa for which the data require consolidation. Lastly, we illustrate the behaviour of PhySIC on primate data sets of various sizes, and propose a supertree covering 95% of all primate extant genera. The PhySIC algorithm is available at http://atgc.lirmm.fr/cgi-bin/PhySIC. PMID:17918032

  7. Construction Progress of S-IC Test Stand Towers

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    1963-01-01

    At its founding, the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) inherited the Army's Jupiter and Redstone test stands, but much larger facilities were needed for the giant stages of the Saturn V. From 1960 to 1964, the existing stands were remodeled and a sizable new test area was developed. The new comprehensive test complex for propulsion and structural dynamics was unique within the nation and the free world, and they remain so today because they were constructed with foresight to meet the future as well as on going needs. Construction of the S-IC Static test stand complex began in 1961 in the west test area of MSFC, and was completed in 1964. The S-IC static test stand was designed to develop and test the 138-ft long and 33-ft diameter Saturn V S-IC first stage, or booster stage, weighing in at 280,000 pounds. Required to hold down the brute force of a 7,500,000-pound thrust produced by 5 F-1 engines, the S-IC static test stand was designed and constructed with the strength of hundreds of tons of steel and 12,000,000 pounds of cement, planted down to bedrock 40 feet below ground level. The foundation walls, constructed with concrete and steel, are 4 feet thick. The base structure consists of four towers with 40-foot-thick walls extending upward 144 feet above ground level. The structure was topped by a crane with a 135-foot boom. With the boom in the upright position, the stand was given an overall height of 405 feet, placing it among the highest structures in Alabama at the time. This photograph taken April 17, 1963, gives a look at the four tower legs of the S-IC test stand at their completed height.

  8. Construction Progress of the S-IC Test Stand Tower

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1963-01-01

    At its founding, the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) inherited the Army's Jupiter and Redstone test stands, but much larger facilities were needed for the giant stages of the Saturn V. From 1960 to 1964, the existing stands were remodeled and a sizable new test area was developed. The new comprehensive test complex for propulsion and structural dynamics was unique within the nation and the free world, and they remain so today because they were constructed with foresight to meet the future as well as on going needs. Construction of the S-IC Static test stand complex began in 1961 in the west test area of MSFC, and was completed in 1964. The S-IC static test stand was designed to develop and test the 138-ft long and 33-ft diameter Saturn V S-IC first stage, or booster stage, weighing in at 280,000 pounds. Required to hold down the brute force of a 7,500,000-pound thrust produced by 5 F-1 engines, the S-IC static test stand was designed and constructed with the strength of hundreds of tons of steel and 12,000,000 pounds of cement, planted down to bedrock 40 feet below ground level. The foundation walls, constructed with concrete and steel, are 4 feet thick. The base structure consists of four towers with 40-foot-thick walls extending upward 144 feet above ground level. The structure was topped by a crane with a 135-foot boom. With the boom in the upright position, the stand was given an overall height of 405 feet, placing it among the highest structures in Alabama at the time. This photograph, taken from ground level on May 7, 1963, gives a close look at one of the four towers legs of the S-IC test stand nearing its completed height.

  9. Construction Progress of the S-IC Test Stand Towers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1963-01-01

    At its founding, the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) inherited the Army's Jupiter and Redstone test stands, but much larger facilities were needed for the giant stages of the Saturn V. From 1960 to 1964, the existing stands were remodeled and a sizable new test area was developed. The new comprehensive test complex for propulsion and structural dynamics was unique within the nation and the free world, and they remain so today because they were constructed with foresight to meet the future as well as on going needs. Construction of the S-IC Static test stand complex began in 1961 in the west test area of MSFC, and was completed in 1964. The S-IC static test stand was designed to develop and test the 138-ft long and 33-ft diameter Saturn V S-IC first stage, or booster stage, weighing in at 280,000 pounds. Required to hold down the brute force of a 7,500,000-pound thrust produced by 5 F-1 engines, the S-IC static test stand was designed and constructed with the strength of hundreds of tons of steel and 12,000,000 pounds of cement, planted down to bedrock 40 feet below ground level. The foundation walls, constructed with concrete and steel, are 4 feet thick. The base structure consists of four towers with 40-foot-thick walls extending upward 144 feet above ground level. The structure was topped by a crane with a 135-foot boom. With the boom in the upright position, the stand was given an overall height of 405 feet, placing it among the highest structures in Alabama at the time. This photograph, taken April 4, 1963, gives a close up look at the ever-growing four towers of the S-IC Test Stand.

  10. Improved BN Coatings on SiC Fibers in SiC Matrices

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    Morscher, Gregory N.; Bhatt, Ramakrishna; Yun, Hee-Mann; DiCarlo, James A.

    2004-01-01

    Modifications of BN-based coatings that are used as interfacial layers between the fibers and matrices of SiCfiber/SiC-matrix composite materials have been investigated to improve the thermomechanical properties of these materials. Such interfacial coating layers, which are also known as interphases (not to be confused with interphase in the biological sense), contribute to strength and fracture toughness of a fiber/matrix composite material by providing for limited amounts of fiber/matrix debonding and sliding to absorb some of the energy that would otherwise contribute to the propagation of cracks. Heretofore, the debonding and sliding have been of a type called inside debonding because they have taken place predominantly on the inside surfaces of the BN layers that is, at the interfaces between the SiC fibers and the interphases. The modifications cause the debonding and sliding to include more of a type, called outside debonding, that takes place at the outside surfaces of the BN layers that is, at the interfaces between the interphases and the matrix (see figure). One of the expected advantages of outside debonding is that unlike in inside debonding, the interphases would remain on the crack-bridging fibers. The interphases thus remaining should afford additional protection against oxidation at high temperature and should delay undesired fiber/fiber fusion and embrittlement of the composite material. A secondary benefit of outside debonding is that the interphase/matrix interfaces could be made more compliant than are the fiber/interphase interfaces, which necessarily incorporate the roughness of the SiC fibers. By properly engineering BN interphase layers to favor outside debonding, it should be possible, not only to delay embrittlement at intermediate temperatures, but also to reduce the effective interfacial shear strength and increase the failure strain and toughness of the composite material. Two techniques have been proposed and partially experimentally

  11. Influence of defects in SiC (0001) on epitaxial graphene

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    Guo, Yu; Guo, Li-Wei; Lu, Wei; Huang, Jiao; Jia, Yu-Ping; Sun, Wei; Li, Zhi-Lin; Wang, Yi-Fei

    2014-08-01

    Defects in silicon carbide (SiC) substrate are crucial to the properties of the epitaxial graphene (EG) grown on it. Here we report the effect of defects in SiC on the crystalline quality of EGs through comparative studies of the characteristics of the EGs grown on SiC (0001) substrates with different defect densities. It is found that EGs on high quality SiC possess regular steps on the surface of the SiC and there is no discernible D peak in its Raman spectrum. Conversely, the EG on the SiC with a high density of defects has a strong D peak, irregular stepped morphology and poor uniformity in graphene layer numbers. It is the defects in the SiC that are responsible for the irregular stepped morphology and lead to the small domain size in the EG.

  12. Investigation of solution-processed bismuth-niobium-oxide films

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    Inoue, Satoshi; Ariga, Tomoki; Matsumoto, Shin; Onoue, Masatoshi; Miyasako, Takaaki; Tokumitsu, Eisuke; Shimoda, Tatsuya; Chinone, Norimichi; Cho, Yasuo

    2014-10-21

    The characteristics of bismuth-niobium-oxide (BNO) films prepared using a solution process were investigated. The BNO film annealed at 550°C involving three phases: an amorphous phase, Bi₃NbO₇ fluorite microcrystals, and Nb-rich cubic pyrochlore microcrystals. The cubic pyrochlore structure, which was the main phase in this film, has not previously been reported in BNO films. The relative dielectric constant of the BNO film was approximately 140, which is much higher than that of a corresponding film prepared using a conventional vacuum sputtering process. Notably, the cubic pyrochlore microcrystals disappeared with increasing annealing temperature and were replaced with triclinic β-BiNbO₄ crystals at 590°C. The relative dielectric constant also decreased with increasing annealing temperature. Therefore, the high relative dielectric constant of the BNO film annealed at 550°C is thought to result from the BNO cubic pyrochlore structure. In addition, the BNO films annealed at 500°C contained approximately 6.5 atm.% carbon, which was lost at approximately 550°C. This result suggests that the carbon in the BNO film played an important role in the formation of the cubic pyrochlore structure.

  13. Formation of cubic boron-nitride by the reactive sputter deposition of boron

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    Jankowski, A.F.; Hayes, J.P.; Makowiecki, D.W.; McKeman, M.A.

    1997-03-01

    Boron-nitride films are synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering boron targets where the deposition parameters of gas pressure, flow and composition are varied along with substrate temperature and applied bias. The films are analyzed using Auger electron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nanoindentation, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. These techniques provide characterization of film composition, crystalline structure, hardness and chemical bonding, respectively. Reactive, rf-sputtering process parameters are established which lead to the growth of crystalline BN phases. The deposition of stable and adherent boron nitride coatings consisting of the cubic phase requires 400 `C substrate heating and the application of a 300 V negative bias.

  14. High reflected cubic cavity as long path absorption cell for infrared gas sensing

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    Yu, Jia; Gao, Qiang; Zhang, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    One direct and efficient method to improve the sensitivity of infrared gas sensors is to increase the optical path length of gas cells according to Beer-Lambert Law. In this paper, cubic shaped cavities with high reflected inner coating as novel long path absorption cells for infrared gas sensing were developed. The effective optical path length (EOPL) for a single cubic cavity and tandem cubic cavities were investigated based on Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) measuring oxygen P11 line at 763 nm. The law of EOPL of a diffuse cubic cavity in relation with the reflectivity of the coating, the port fraction and side length of the cavity was obtained. Experimental results manifested an increase of EOPL for tandem diffuse cubic cavities as the decrease of port fraction of the connecting aperture f', and the EOPL equaled to the sum of that of two single cubic cavities at f'<0.01. The EOPL spectra at infrared wavelength range for different inner coatings including high diffuse coatings and high reflected metallic thin film coatings were deduced.

  15. Thermal property of transparent silver nanowire films

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    Park, J. W.; Shin, D. K.; Ahn, J.; Lee, J. Y.

    2014-01-01

    Through a comparison with transparent polymer composite films, we investigate the thermal property of transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) films that may be employed for heat sink in transparent electronic devices. To fabricate transparent polymer composite films and enhance their thermal property, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) solution featuring high transparency (∼90%) and thermal emissivity (0.9) is mixed with thermal conductive fillers such as aluminum nitride (AlN) and silicon carbide (SiC). It is observed that the thermal emissivity of the AgNW films is decreased as the sheet resistance is reduced. However, we have found that the AgNW film shows the most excellent heat dissipation property (53.7 °C) while maintaining relatively higher transparency (77.1% at 520 nm), followed by the PMMA:SiC and then PMMA:AlN films.

  16. Homoepitaxial and Heteroepitaxial Growth on Step-Free SiC Mesas

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    Neudeck, Philip G.; Powell, J. Anthony

    2004-01-01

    This article describes the initial discovery and development of new approaches to SiC homoepitaxial and heteroepitaxial growth. These approaches are based upon the previously unanticipated ability to effectively supress two-dimensional nucleation of 3C-SiC on large basal plane terraces that form between growth steps when epitaxy is carried out on 4H- and 6H-SiC nearly on-axis substrates. After subdividing the growth surface into mesa regions, pure stepflow homoeptixay with no terrace nucleation was then used to grow all existing surface steps off the edges of screw-dislocation-free mesas, leaving behind perfectly on-axis (0001) basal plane mesa surfaces completely free of atomic-scale steps. Step-free mesa surfaces as large as 0.4 mm x 0.4 mm were experimentally realized, with the yield and size of step-free mesas being initally limited by substrate screw dislocations. Continued epitaxial growth following step-free surface formation leads to the formation of thin lateral cantilevers that extend the step-free surface area from the top edge of the mesa sidewalls. By selecting a proper pre-growth mesa shape and crystallographic orientation, the rate of cantilever growth can be greatly enhanced in a web growth process that has been used to (1) enlarge step-free surface areas and (2) overgrow and laterally relocate micropipes and screw dislocations. A new growth process, named step-free surface heteroepitaxy, has been developed to achieve 3C-SiC films on 4H- and 6H-SiC substrate mesas completely free of double positioning boundary and stacking fault defects. The process is based upon the controlled terrace nucleation and lateral expansion of a single island of 3C-SiC across a step-free mesa surface. Experimental results indicate that substrateepilayer lattice mismatch is at least partially relieved parallel to the interface without dislocations that undesirably thread through the thickness of the epilayer. These results should enable realization of improved SiC

  17. Oxygen Impurities and Defects in Epitaxial Layer SiC and SiC Wafer Characterized by Room and Low Temperatures FTIR

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    Lu, W. J.; Collins, W. E.; Shi, D. T.; Tung, Y. S.; Larkin, D. J.

    1998-01-01

    SiC as a highly promising semiconducting material has received increasing attention in the last decade. The impurities such as oxygen and hydrogen have a great effect in electronic properties of semiconducting materials. In this study, the FTIR spectra were measured at room temperature (25 C) and low temperature (-70 C) for an n-type SiC substrate, a p-type epitaxial layer SiC, and patterned Ta on a p-type epitaxial layer SiC sample. The oxygen related IR peaks were measured for all three samples at room and low temperatures. The peak at 1105 cm(exp -1) is the result of a substitutional carbon and a interstitial oxygen in SiC. The concentration of the impurity oxygen increases in the SiC epitaxial layer during the CVD and electron beam processes. For the n-type SiC substrate, this peak does not appear. The peak at 905 cm(exp -1) exists in the IR spectra only for two epitaxial layer on p-type SiC substrate samples. This peak is related to oxygen vacancy centers in SiC, which are introduced in the CVD epitaxial growth process. At low temperature, the peak at 1105 cm(exp -1) shifts down and the peak at 905 cm(exp -1) shifts up for the epitaxial layer SiC samples. It can be explained that, at low temperatures, the stress increases due to the distorted bonds. The study shows that FTIR is a very effective method to evaluate low concentration impurities in SiC.

  18. The physics of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001).

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    Kageshima, H; Hibino, H; Tanabe, S

    2012-08-01

    Various physical properties of epitaxial graphene grown on SiC(0001) are studied. First, the electronic transport in epitaxial bilayer graphene on SiC(0001) and quasi-free-standing bilayer graphene on SiC(0001) is investigated. The dependences of the resistance and the polarity of the Hall resistance at zero gate voltage on the top-gate voltage show that the carrier types are electron and hole, respectively. The mobility evaluated at various carrier densities indicates that the quasi-free-standing bilayer graphene shows higher mobility than the epitaxial bilayer graphene when they are compared at the same carrier density. The difference in mobility is thought to come from the domain size of the graphene sheet formed. To clarify a guiding principle for controlling graphene quality, the mechanism of epitaxial graphene growth is also studied theoretically. It is found that a new graphene sheet grows from the interface between the old graphene sheets and the SiC substrate. Further studies on the energetics reveal the importance of the role of the step on the SiC surface. A first-principles calculation unequivocally shows that the C prefers to release from the step edge and to aggregate as graphene nuclei along the step edge rather than be left on the terrace. It is also shown that the edges of the existing graphene more preferentially absorb the isolated C atoms. For some annealing conditions, experiments can also provide graphene islands on SiC(0001) surfaces. The atomic structures are studied theoretically together with their growth mechanism. The proposed embedded island structures actually act as a graphene island electronically, and those with zigzag edges have a magnetoelectric effect. Finally, the thermoelectric properties of graphene are theoretically examined. The results indicate that reducing the carrier scattering suppresses the thermoelectric power and enhances the thermoelectric figure of merit. The fine control of the Fermi energy position is thought to

  19. Cubic boron nitride formation on Si (100) substrates at room temperature by pulsed laser deposition

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    Friedmann, T.A.; McCarty, K.F.; Klaus, E.J.; Boehme, D.; Clift, W.M.; Johnsen, H.A.; Mills, M.J.; Ottesen, D.K. )

    1992-11-16

    We are studying the boron nitride system by using a pulsed excimer laser to ablate from hexagonal BN(hBN) targets to form BN films. We have deposited BN films on heated (600 {degree}C) and room-temperature silicon (100) surface in an ambient background gas of N{sub 2}. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) reflection spectroscopy indicates that the films grown at high temperature have short-range {ital sp}{sup 2} (hexagonal-like) order, whereas films grown at room temperature are a mixture of {ital sp}{sup 3}-bonded BN and {ital sp}{sup 2}-bonded BN. Electron diffraction confirms the presence of cubic BN (cBN) material in the films grown at low temperature and the corresponding TEM lattice images show a grain size of {similar to}200 A. The presence of cBN in the films correlates with laser energy density, with cubic material appearing around 2.4 mJ/cm{sup 2}. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) indicates that the films are nitrogen deficient.

  20. Effects of SiC on Properties of Cu-SiC Metal Matrix Composites

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    Efe, G. Celebi; Altinsoy, I.; Ipek, M.; Zeytin, S.; Bindal, C.

    2011-12-01

    This paper was focused on the effects of particle size and distribution on some properties of the SiC particle reinforced Cu composites. Copper powder produced by cementation method was reinforced with SiC particles having 1 and 30 μm particle size and sintered at 700 °C. SEM studies showed that SiC particles dispersed in copper matrix homogenously. The presence of Cu and SiC components in composites were verified by XRD analysis technique. The relative densities of Cu-SiC composites determined by Archimedes' principle are ranged from 96.2% to 90.9% for SiC with 1 μm particle size, 97.0 to 95.0 for SiC with 30 μm particle size. Measured hardness of sintered compacts varied from 130 to 155 HVN for SiC having 1 μm particle size, 188 to 229 HVN for SiC having 1 μm particle size. Maximum electrical conductivity of test materials was obtained as 80.0% IACS (International annealed copper standard) for SiC with 1 μm particle size and 83.0% IACS for SiC with 30 μm particle size.

  1. Operating procedure for SiC defect detection: Data support document

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    Adams, C.C.; Partain, K.E.

    1989-09-29

    The feasibility of the Hg Intrusion QC method for measuring SiC coating defects for the MHTGR was conducted as a potential improvement for the Burn/Leach (B/L) QC method currently used. The purpose for evaluating the Hg Intrusion QC method as an alternative method was to determine if B/L QC method underestimated SiC coating defects. Some evidence in work conducted earlier, indicated that TRISO-coated fuel particles with low SiC coating defects measured by the B/L QC method showed higher releases of metallic fission products. These data indicated that the SiC coating defect fractions were higher than the B/L measured data indicated. Sample sizes used in the current study were too small to conclusively demonstrate that the B/L QC method under estimate SiC coating defects. However, observations made during this study indicated a need for an additional QC method to the B/L QC method to measure SiC coating defects for the higher quality MHTGR fuels. The B/L QC method is the best method for measuring SiC coating defects with missing SiC layers or broken SiC coatings (gross SiC defects). However, SiC coating defects with microcracks and other SiC defects not detected by the B/L method may contribute to the release of metallic fission products in-service. For these type of SiC coating defects, the Hg Intrusion QC method investigated in this study is feasible, but particle sample size should be increased to a much larger sample size (100,000 particles per test) for the MHTGR. 7 refs., 5 figs., 9 tabs.

  2. Atomic scale mobility of the volatile fission products Xe, Kr and I in cubic SiC.

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    Cooper, M W D; Kelly, S; Bertolus, M

    2016-06-22

    The migration barriers for the vacancy-assisted migration of fission products in 3C-SiC are reported and analysed in the context of the five frequency model, which enables one to calculate an effective diffusion coefficient from elementary mechanisms. Calculations were carried out using the nudged elastic band method (NEB) with interatomic forces determined from density functional theory (DFT). Justification for treating vacancy-assisted fission product migration as limited to the FCC carbon sublattice is based on the stability of carbon vacancies, unfavourable silicon vacancy formation and the accommodation of fission products on the carbon sublattice. Results show that for most Fermi levels within the band gap the activation energy for I exceeds that of Xe which exceeds that of Kr. Results also indicate that activation energies are higher near the conduction edge, thus, implying that enhanced fission product retention can be achieved through n-type doping of 3C-SiC, which limits the availability of the migration mediating carbon vacancies. PMID:27282287

  3. Spin transport in epitaxial graphene on SiC (0001)

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    Du, Yuchen; Neal, Adam T.; Capano, Mike; Ye, Peide

    2013-03-01

    Graphene has been identified as a promising material for future spintronics devices due to its low spin orbit coupling and long spin diffusion lengths, even at room temperature. However, any device application requires the use of large-area graphene compatible with wafer-scale manufacturing methods, such as graphene grown epitaxially on SiC. We study spin transport in epitaxial graphene grown on SiC (0001) as a step toward future spintronics devices. A non-local spin valve signal of 200m Ω is observed at 77K, with a signal of 50m Ω resolved at 145K. Assuming a contact polarization of 10%, the measured signal corresponds to a spin diffusion length of 130nm at T =77K. Hanle effect spin precession measurements are ongoing.

  4. Oxidation of ZrB2-SiC

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    Opila, Elizabeth J.; Halbig, Michael C.

    2001-01-01

    In this paper the oxidation behavior of ZrB2-20 vol% SiC is examined. Samples were exposed in stagnant air in a zirconia furnace (Deltech, Inc.) at temperatures of 1327, 1627, and 1927 C for ten ten-minute cycles. Samples were removed from the furnace after one, five, and ten cycles. Oxidized material was characterized by mass change when possible, x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Oxidation kinetics, oxide scale development, and matrix recession were monitored as a function of time and temperature. Oxidation and recession rates of ZrB2 - 20 vol% SiC were adequately modeled by parabolic kinetics. Oxidation rates of this material are rapid, allowing only very short-term application in air or other high oxygen partial pressure environments.

  5. Excited States of the divacancy in SiC

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    Bockstedte, Michel; Garratt, Thomas; Ivady, Viktor; Gali, Adam

    2014-03-01

    The divacancy in SiC - a technologically mature material that fulfills the necessary requirements for hosting defect based quantum computing - is a good candidate for implementing a solid state quantum bit. Its ground state is isovalent to the NV center in diamond as demonstrated by density functional theory (DFT). Furthermore, coherent manipulation of divacancy spins in SiC has been demonstrated. The similarities to NV might indicate that the same inter system crossing (ICS) from the high to the low spin state is responsible for its spin-dependent fluorescent signal. By DFT and a DFT-based multi-reference hamiltonian we analyze the excited state spectrum of the defects. In contrast to the current picture of the spin dynamics of the NV center, we predict that a static Jahn-Teller effect in the first excited triplet states governs an ICS both with the excited and ground state of the divacancy.

  6. Creep behavior for advanced polycrystalline SiC fibers

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Jones, R.H.; Kohyama, Akira

    1997-04-01

    A bend stress relaxation (BSR) test has been utilized to examine irradiation enhanced creep in polycrystalline SiC fibers which are under development for use as fiber reinforcement in SiC/SiC composite. Qualitative, S-shaped 1hr BSR curves were compared for three selected advanced SiC fiber types and standard Nicalon CG fiber. The temperature corresponding to the middle of the S-curve (where the BSR parameter m = 0.5) is a measure of a fiber`s thermal stability as well as it creep resistance. In order of decreasing thermal creep resistance, the measured transition temperatures were Nicalon S (1450{degrees}C), Sylramic (1420{degrees}C), Hi-Nicalon (1230{degrees}C) and Nicalon CG (1110{degrees}C).

  7. Saturn V S-IC Stage Fuel Tank Components

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1964-01-01

    The components of the Saturn V booster (S-IC stage) fuel tank are shown in this photograph. The liquid oxygen tank bulkhead on the left and both halves of the fuel tank were in the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, building 4707. These components were used at MSFC in structural testing to prove that they could withstand the forces to which they were subjected in flight. Each S-IC stage has two tanks, one for kerosene and one for liquid oxygen, made from such components as these. Thirty-three feet in diameter, they hold a total of 4,400,000 pounds of fuel. Although this tankage was assembled at MSFC, the elements were made by the Boeing Company at Wichita and the Michoud Operations at New Orleans.

  8. High frequency ultrasonic characterization of sintered SiC

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    Baaklini, George Y.; Generazio, Edward R.; Kiser, James D.

    1987-01-01

    High frequency (60 to 160 MHz) ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation was used to characterize variations in density and microstructural constituents of sintered SiC bars. Ultrasonic characterization methods included longitudinal velocity, reflection coefficient, and precise attenuation measurements. The SiC bars were tailored to provide bulk densities ranging from 90 to 98 percent of theoretical, average grain sizes ranging from 3.0 to 12.0 microns, and average pore sizes ranging from 1.5 to 4.0 microns. Velocity correlated with specimen bulk density irrespective of specimen average grain size, average pore size, and average pore orientation. Attenuation coefficient was found to be sensitive to both density and average pore size variations, but was not affected by large differences in average grain size.

  9. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of the superconducting properties of three-atomic-layer Pb films

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    Wang, Yilin; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ma, Xucun; Chen, Mu; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2013-12-09

    Ultrathin Pb films with a thickness of three monolayers (ML) were prepared on α-√(3)×√(3)Pb/Si(111) (Pb-SIC) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. Despite significant defect scattering, low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy reveals a high superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} of 6.9 K, compared with the bulk T{sub c} (7.2 K). By applying external magnetic field, magnetic vortices were directly imaged, which demonstrates the robustness of superconductivity. By comparing to nearly free-standing Pb films on graphitized SiC (0001) substrate, we suggest that the higher T{sub c} of 3 ML Pb films on Pb-SIC originates from the combined effects of quantum confinement and substrate-enhanced electron-phonon coupling.

  10. PVD Silicon Carbide as a Thin Film Packaging Technology for Antennas on LCP Substrates for Harsh Environments

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    Scardelletti, Maximilian C.; Stanton, John W.; Ponchak, George E.; Jordan, Jennifer L.; Zorman, Christian A.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an effort to develop a thin film packaging technology for microfabricated planar antennas on polymeric substrates based on silicon carbide (SiC) films deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD). The antennas are coplanar waveguide fed dual frequency folded slot antennas fabricated on liquid crystal polymer (LCP) substrates. The PVD SiC thin films were deposited directly onto the antennas by RF sputtering at room temperature at a chamber pressure of 30 mTorr and a power level of 300 W. The SiC film thickness is 450 nm. The return loss and radiation patterns were measured before and after the SiC-coated antennas were submerged into perchloric acid for 1 hour. No degradation in RF performance or physical integrity of the antenna was observed.

  11. 1 GHz, 200 C, SiC MESFET Clapp Oscillator

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    Ponchak, George E.; Schwartz, Zachary D.

    2005-01-01

    A SiC Clapp oscillator frabricated on an alumina substrate with chip capacitors and spiral inductors is designed for high temperature operation at 1 gigahertz. The oscillator operated from 30 to 200 C with an output power of 21.8 dBm at 1 gigahertz and 200 C. The efficiency at 200 C is 15 percent. The frequency variation over the temperature range is less than 0.5 percent.

  12. Saturn V S-IC Stage Liquid Oxygen Tank

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    1964-01-01

    This photograph depicts a forward skirt being placed on the liquid oxygen tank for Saturn V S-IC (first) stage in the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Thirty-three feet in diameter, the fuel tanks hold a total of 4,400,000 pounds of fuel. Although this tankage was assembled at MSFC, the elements were made by the Boeing Company at Wichita and the Michoud Operations at New Orleans.

  13. Influence of SiC surface polarity on the wettability and reactivity in an Al/SiC system

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    Shen, Ping; Wang, Yi; Ren, Lihua; Li, Shixin; Liu, Yuhua; Jiang, Qichuan

    2015-11-01

    The wetting of (0 0 0 1) 6H-SiC single crystals by molten Al was investigated using a dispensed sessile drop method in a high vacuum at 973-1173 K. The wettability and reactivity in this system are sensitive to the surface polarity of SiC. The interfacial reaction on the Si-terminated surface is rapid. The formation of a continuous Al4C3 product layer at the interface leads to an equilibrium contact angle of 56 ± 1° at 1173 K. In comparison, the interfacial reaction on the C-terminated surface is sluggish. The interface is only partially covered by discrete Al4C3 platelets even after dwelling at 1173 K for 2 h. The final wettability, however, is much better (θF = 41 ± 1°) than that of the Si-terminated surface which was covered by a dense Al4C3 layer, suggesting that the formation of Al4C3 should not always contribute to the wetting in the Al/SiC system. A plausible explanation is that the clean (i.e., deoxidized) C-terminated surface should be well wetted by molten Al in nature, owing to the strong chemical interactions between liquid Al and the surface atoms of the C-terminated SiC. It is likely that the presence of the oxide film at the surface of the molten Al drop or the SiC substrate and the rapid formation of Al4C3, which prevent the establishment of a real Al/SiC interface, conceal the intrinsic wettability of this system.

  14. Ag diffusion in cubic silicon carbide

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    Shrader, David; Khalil, Sarah M.; Gerczak, Tyler; Allen, Todd R.; Heim, Andrew J.; Szlufarska, Izabela; Morgan, Dane

    2011-01-01

    The diffusion of Ag impurities in bulk 3C-SiC is studied using ab initio methods based on density functional theory. This work is motivated by the desire to reduce transport of radioactive Ag isotopes through the SiC boundary layer in the Tristructural-Isotropic (TRISO) fuel pellet, which is a significant concern for the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) nuclear reactor concept. The structure and stability of charged Ag and Ag-vacancy clusters in SiC are calculated. Relevant intrinsic SiC defect energies are also determined. The most stable state for the Ag impurity in SiC is found to be a Ag atom substituting on the Si sub-lattice and bound to a C vacancy. Bulk diffusion coefficients are estimated for different impurity states and values are all found to have very high activation energy. The impurity state with the lowest activation energy for diffusion is found to be the Ag interstitial, with an activation energy of approximately 7.9 eV. The high activation energies for Ag diffusion in bulk 3C-SiC cause Ag transport to be very slow in the bulk and suggests that observed Ag transport in this material is due to an alternative mechanism (e.g., grain boundary diffusion).

  15. SYLRAMIC™ SiC fibers for CMC reinforcement

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    Jones, Richard E.; Petrak, Dan; Rabe, Jim; Szweda, Andy

    2000-12-01

    Dow Corning researchers developed SYLRAMIC SiC fiber specifically for use in ceramic-matrix composite (CMC) components for use in turbine engine hot sections where excellent thermal stability, high strength and high thermal conductivity are required. This is a stoichiometric SiC fiber with a high degree of crystallinity, high tensile strength, high tensile modulus and good thermal conductivity. Owing to the small diameter, this textile-grade fiber can be woven into 2-D and 3-D structures for CMC fabrication. These properties are also of high interest to the nuclear community. Some initial studies have shown that SYLRAMIC fiber shows very good dimensional stability in a neutron flux environment, which offers further encouragement. This paper will review the properties of SYLRAMIC SiC fiber and then present the properties of polymer impregnation and pyrolysis (PIP) processed CMC made with this fiber at Dow Corning. While these composites may not be directly applicable to applications of interest to this audience, we believe that the properties shown will give good evidence that the fiber should be suitable for high temperature structural applications in the nuclear arena.

  16. An optimized cubic interpolator for image resampling

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    Schowengerdt, R. A.; Gray, R. T.; Park, S. K.

    1984-01-01

    It is noted that the cubic resampling function is only one member of a family of functions, defined by the single parameter of the slope of the cubic function at its first zero crossing, whose other members are in some cases superior to the standard cubic. This superiority is especially noteworthy with respect to the extent of gray level overshoot induced by the resampling process at high contrast edges. It is shown that there is an optimum member of this 'parametric cubic convolution' family which minimizes the mean-squared radiometric error arising from interpolation. This interpolator requires no additional computation time over the conventional cubic one. These conclusions are supported and illustrated by resampling simulations with both a high resolution digitized aerial image and a Landsat Multispectral Scanner image.

  17. Fractographic Analysis of HfB2-SiC and ZrB2-SiC Composites

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    Mecholsky, J.J., Jr.; Ellerby, D. T.; Johnson, S. M.; Stackpoole, M. M.; Loehman, R. E.; Arnold, Jim (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Hafnium diboride-silicon carbide and zirconium diboride-silicon carbide composites are potential materials for high temperature leading edge applications on reusable launch vehicles. In order to establish material constants necessary for evaluation of in-situ fracture, bars fractured in four point flexure were examined using fractographic principles. The fracture toughness was determined from measurements of the critical crack sizes and the strength values, and the crack branching constants were established to use in forensic fractography of materials for future flight applications. The fracture toughnesses range from about 13 MPam (sup 1/2) at room temperature to about 6 MPam (sup 1/2) at 1400 C for ZrB2-SiC composites and from about 11 MPam (sup 1/2) at room temperature to about 4 MPam (sup 1/2) at 1400 C for HfB2-SiC composites.

  18. SiC Optically Modulated Field-Effect Transistor

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    Tabib-Azar, Massood

    2009-01-01

    An optically modulated field-effect transistor (OFET) based on a silicon carbide junction field-effect transistor (JFET) is under study as, potentially, a prototype of devices that could be useful for detecting ultraviolet light. The SiC OFET is an experimental device that is one of several devices, including commercial and experimental photodiodes, that were initially evaluated as detectors of ultraviolet light from combustion and that could be incorporated into SiC integrated circuits to be designed to function as combustion sensors. The ultraviolet-detection sensitivity of the photodiodes was found to be less than desired, such that it would be necessary to process their outputs using high-gain amplification circuitry. On the other hand, in principle, the function of the OFET could be characterized as a combination of detection and amplification. In effect, its sensitivity could be considerably greater than that of a photodiode, such that the need for amplification external to the photodetector could be reduced or eliminated. The experimental SiC OFET was made by processes similar to JFET-fabrication processes developed at Glenn Research Center. The gate of the OFET is very long, wide, and thin, relative to the gates of typical prior SiC JFETs. Unlike in prior SiC FETs, the gate is almost completely transparent to near-ultraviolet and visible light. More specifically: The OFET includes a p+ gate layer less than 1/4 m thick, through which photons can be transported efficiently to the p+/p body interface. The gate is relatively long and wide (about 0.5 by 0.5 mm), such that holes generated at the body interface form a depletion layer that modulates the conductivity of the channel between the drain and the source. The exact physical mechanism of modulation of conductivity is a subject of continuing research. It is known that injection of minority charge carriers (in this case, holes) at the interface exerts a strong effect on the channel, resulting in amplification

  19. SEM analysis of ion implanted SiC

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    Malherbe, Johan B.; van der Berg, N. G.; Botha, A. J.; Friedland, E.; Hlatshwayo, T. T.; Kuhudzai, R. J.; Wendler, E.; Wesch, W.; Chakraborty, P.; da Silveira, E. F.

    2013-11-01

    SiC is a material used in two future energy production technologies, firstly as a photovoltaic layer to harness the UV spectrum in high efficient power solar cells, and secondly as a diffusion barrier material for radioactive fission products in the fuel elements of the next generation of nuclear power plants. For both applications, there is an interest in the implantation of reactive and non-reactive ions into SiC and their effects on the properties of the SiC. In this study 360 keV Ag+, I+ and Xe+ ions were separately implanted into 6H-SiC and in polycrystalline SiC at various substrate temperatures. The implanted samples were also annealed in vacuum at temperatures ranging from 900 °C to 1600 °C for various times. In recent years, there had been significant advances in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with the introduction of an in-lens detector combined with field emission electron guns. This allows defects in solids, such as radiation damage created by the implanted ions, to be detected with SEM. Cross-sectional SEM images of 6H-SiC wafers implanted with 360 keV Ag+ ions at room temperature and at 600 °C and then vacuum annealed at different temperatures revealed the implanted layers and their thicknesses. A similar result is shown of 360 keV I+ ions implanted at 600 °C into 6H-SiC and annealed at 1600 °C. The 6H-SiC is not amorphized but remained crystalline when implanting at 600 °C. There are differences in the microstructure of 6H-SiC implanted with silver at the two temperatures as well as with reactive iodine ions. Voids (bubbles) are created in the implanted layers into which the precipitation of silver and iodine can occur after annealing of the samples. The crystallinity of the substrate via implantation temperature caused differences in the distribution and size of the voids. Implantation of xenon ions in polycrystalline SiC at 350 °C does not amorphize the substrate as is the case with room temperature heavy ion bombardment. Subsequent

  20. FTIR spectroscopy of silicon carbide thin films prepared by PECVD technology for solar cell application

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    Kleinová, Angela; Huran, Jozef; Sasinková, Vlasta; Perný, Milan; Å ály, Vladimír.; Packa, Juraj

    2015-09-01

    The plasma CVD reactor with parallel plate electrodes was used for plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) of two type's silicon carbide thin films on Si substrates. The concentration of elements in the films was determined by RBS and ERD analytical method simultaneously. The chemical compositions of the samples were analyzed by FTIR method. RBS and ERD results showed that the films contain silicon, carbon, hydrogen and small amount of oxygen. FTIR results confirmed the presence of Si-C, Si-H, C-H, and Si-O bonds. From the FTIR spectra the main following vibration frequencies were determined: the band from 2800 to 3000 cm-1 is attributed to stretching vibration of the CHn group in both the sp2 (2880 cm-1) and sp3 (2920 cm-1) configurations. The band at 2100 cm-1 is due to SiHm stretching vibrations. The band at 780 cm-1 can be assigned to Si-C stretching vibration. Main features of FTIR spectra were Gaussian fitted and detailed analyses of chemical bonding in SiC films were performed. Differences between two types of SiC films were discussed with the aim to using these films in the heterojunction solar cell technology.

  1. SiC (SCS-6) Fiber Reinforced-Reaction Formed SiC Matrix Composites: Microstructure and Interfacial Properties

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    Singh, M.; Dickerson, R. M.; Olmstead, Forrest A.; Eldridge, J. I.

    1997-01-01

    Microstructural and interfacial characterization of unidirectional SiC (SCS-6) fiber reinforced-reaction formed SiC (RFSC) composites has been carried out. Silicon-1.7 at.% molybdenum alloy was used as the melt infiltrant, instead of pure silicon, to reduce the activity of silicon in the melt as well as to reduce the amount of free silicon in the matrix. Electron microprobe analysis was used to evaluate the microstructure and phase distribution in these composites. The matrix is SiC with a bi-modal grain-size distribution and small amounts of MoSi2, silicon, and carbon. Fiber push-outs tests on these composites showed that a desirably low interfacial shear strength was achieved. The average debond shear stress at room temperature varied with specimen thickness from 29 to 64 MPa, with higher values observed for thinner specimens. Initial frictional sliding stresses showed little thickness dependence with values generally close to 30 MPa. Push-out test results showed very little change when the test temperature was increased to 800 C from room temperature, indicating an absence of significant residual stresses in the composite.

  2. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: SiC based Si/SiC heterojunction and its rectifying characteristics

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    Zhu, Feng; Chen, Zhi-Ming; Li, Lian-Bi; Zhao, Shun-Feng; Lin, Tao

    2009-11-01

    The Si on SiC heterojunction is still poorly understood, although it has a number of potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices, for example, light-activated SiC power switches where Si may play the role of an light absorbing layer. This paper reports on Si films heteroepitaxially grown on the Si face of (0001) n-type 6H-SiC substrates and the use of B2H6 as a dopant for p-Si grown at temperatures in a range of 700-950 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) tests have demonstrated that the samples prepared at the temperatures ranged from 850 °C to 900 °C are characterized as monocrystalline silicon. The rocking XRD curves show a well symmetry with FWHM of 0.4339° Omega. Twin crystals and stacking faults observed in the epitaxial layers might be responsible for widening of the rocking curves. Dependence of the crystal structure and surface topography on growth temperature is discussed based on the experimental results. The energy band structure and rectifying characteristics of the Si/SiC heterojunctions are also preliminarily tested.

  3. Unraveling the (3 ×3)-SiC(1 1 1) reconstruction and its role as an interface structure

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    Nemec, Lydia; Lazarevic, Florian; Rinke, Patrick; Blum, Volker; Scheffler, Matthias

    2014-03-01

    To refine the growth quality of epitaxial graphene on the C-side of SiC and improving the resulting electronic character of these films, it is important to understand the atomic and electronic-structure of the interface. A phase mixture of different surface phases is observed just when surface graphitization first sets in. However, the atomic structure of some of the competing surface phases as well as of the SiC-graphene interface is unknown. We performed a density functional theory study on the C-side of the polar SiC(1 1 1) surface using the all-electron numeric atom-centered basis function code FHI-aims. The formation energy of different reconstructions and model systems for the interface is presented within the thermodynamically allowed range. The surface energies of the known (2 ×2) phase is compared with several structural models of the (3 ×3) phase proposed in the literature. Inorian comparison all the previously suggested (3 ×3) models are higher in energy than the known (2 ×2) phase. We present a new model for the (3 ×3) reconstruction. Its formation energy crosses that of the (2 ×2) phase just at the carbon rich limit of the chemical potential, which explains the observed phase mixture. Present address: AQcomputare GmbH, Business Unit MATcalc, Annabergerstr. 240, 09125 Chemnitz, Germany.

  4. Thermal expansion and elastic anisotropies of SiC as related to polytype structure

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    Li, Z.; Bradt, R. C.

    1989-01-01

    The concept of the fraction of hexagonal stacking is used to describe the anisotropic thermal expansion coefficients of polytypes of SiC. The single crystal elastic anisotropy for the SiC polytype structures and the temperature dependencies of the anisotropies are examined. The anisotropic thermoelastic stress index for the 3C and 6H SiC polytypes are illustrated graphically. It is shown that this index is useful for predicting the most desirable crystal growth orientations for SiC whisker incorporation into composite matrices.

  5. Review of data on irradiation creep of monolithic SiC

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    Garner, F.A.; Youngblood, G.E.; Hamilton, M.L.

    1996-04-01

    An effort is now underway to design an irradiation creep experiment involving SiC composites to SiC fibers. In order to successfully design such an experiment, it is necessary to review and assess the available data for monolithic SiC to establish the possible bounds of creep behavior for the composite. The data available show that monolithic SiC will indeed creep at a higher rate under irradiation compared to that of thermal creep, and surprisingly, it will do so in a temperature-dependant manner that is typical of metals.

  6. High quality SiC microdisk resonators fabricated from monolithic epilayer wafers

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    Magyar, Andrew P.; Bracher, David; Lee, Jonathan C.; Hu, Evelyn L.; Aharonovich, Igor

    2014-02-03

    The exquisite mechanical properties of SiC have made it an important industrial material with applications in microelectromechanical devices and high power electronics. Recently, the optical properties of SiC have garnered attention for applications in photonics, quantum information, and spintronics. This work demonstrates the fabrication of microdisks formed from a p-N SiC epilayer material. The microdisk cavities fabricated from the SiC epilayer material exhibit quality factors of as high as 9200 and the approach is easily adaptable to the fabrication of SiC-based photonic crystals and other photonic and optomechanical devices.

  7. PROPERTIES AND BALLISTIC BEHAVIOR OF PRESSURELESS SINTERED SIC/TIB2 COMPOSITES

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    T.M. Lillo; H.S. Chu; B.Merkle; D. Bailey; W.M. Harrison

    2005-01-01

    Pressureless sintering of ceramics for armor applications offers the potential of greatly reduced cost and increased production volume. Previously it was shown that pure SiC could be made by pressureless sintering while achieving a ballistic performance slightly less than commercial SiC made by pressure-assisted densification (PAD). Additions of titanium diboride were made to pin the SiC grain size during pressureless sintering to achieve a final grain size closer to that found in PAD SiC and achieve improved ballistic performance. Silicon carbide/titanium diboride composites of various compositions were blended by various means, consolidated and pressureless sintered to near theoretical density. Additions of TiB2 were <10% by volume and increased the density of the material by less than 3% over that of pure SiC. Variations in the mixing techniques yielded composites with a range of TiB2 particle sizes. TiB2 additions hindered SiC grain growth and the formation of elongated grains during high temperature pressureless sintering. The microstructure of the composites is documented and compared to commercially available SiC material. The SiC/TiB2 composites demonstrated improved ballistic properties in Depth-of-Penetration (DOP) tests over pure, pressureless-sintered SiC material and approach that of SiC made by hot pressing.

  8. The electron spin resonance study of heavily nitrogen doped 6H SiC crystals

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    Savchenko, D. V.

    2015-01-28

    The magnetic and electronic properties of heavily doped n-type 6H SiC samples with a nitrogen concentration of 10{sup 19} and 4 × 10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3} were studied with electron spin resonance (ESR) at 5–150 K. The observed ESR line with a Dysonian lineshape was attributed to the conduction electrons (CE). The CE ESR (CESR) line was fitted by Lorentzian (insulating phase) (T < 40 K) and by Dysonian lineshape (metallic phase) above 40 K, demonstrating that Mott insulator-metal (IM) transition takes place at ∼40 K, accompanied by significant change in the microwave conductivity. The temperature dependence of CESR linewidth follows the linear Korringa law below 40 K, caused by the coupling of the localized electrons (LE) and CE, and is described by the exponential law above 40 K related to the direct relaxation of the LE magnetic moments via excited levels driven by the exchange interaction of LE with CE. The g-factor of the CESR line (g{sub ‖} = 2.0047(3), g{sub ⊥} = 2.0034(3)) is governed by the coupling of the LE of nitrogen donors at hexagonal and quasi-cubic sites with the CE. The sharp drop in CESR line intensity (25–30 K) was explained by the formation of antiferromagnetic ordering in the spin system close to the IM transition. The second broad ESR line overlapped with CESR signal (5–25 K) was attributed to the exchange line caused by the hopping motion of electrons between occupied and non-occupied positions of the nitrogen donors. Two mechanisms of conduction, hopping and band conduction, were distinguished in the range of T = 10–25 K and T > 50 K, respectively.

  9. Bottom-up engineering of the surface roughness of nanostructured cubic zirconia to control cell adhesion.

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    Singh, A V; Ferri, M; Tamplenizza, M; Borghi, F; Divitini, G; Ducati, C; Lenardi, C; Piazzoni, C; Merlini, M; Podestà, A; Milani, P

    2012-11-30

    Nanostructured cubic zirconia is a strategic material for biomedical applications since it combines superior structural and optical properties with a nanoscale morphology able to control cell adhesion and proliferation. We produced nanostructured cubic zirconia thin films at room temperature by supersonic cluster beam deposition of nanoparticles produced in the gas phase. Precise control of film roughness at the nanoscale is obtained by operating in a ballistic deposition regime. This allows one to study the influence of nanoroughness on cell adhesion, while keeping the surface chemistry constant. We evaluated cell adhesion on nanostructured zirconia with an osteoblast-like cell line using confocal laser scanning microscopy for detailed morphological and cytoskeleton studies. We demonstrated that the organization of cytoskeleton and focal adhesion formation can be controlled by varying the evolution of surface nanoroughness.

  10. Comment on "Adsorption of hydrogen and hydrocarbon molecules on SiC(001)" by Pollmann et al. (Surf. Sci. Rep. 69 (2014) 55-104)

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    Wimmer, E.; Celasco, E.; Vattuone, L.; Savio, L.; Tejeda, A.; Silly, M.; D'angelo, M.; Sirotti, F.; Rocca, M.; Catellani, A.; Galli, G.; Douillard, L.; Semond, F.; Aristov, V. Yu.; Soukiassian, P.

    2016-02-01

    This comment clarifies two issues related to the (001) surface reconstructions of cubic SiC, namely: (i) The failure of the bridge-bond model for H atoms interacting with the 3C-SiC(001) 3 × 2 reconstruction to explain all the experimental data based on different techniques, while a recent model has reconciled theory and experimental results. This model has not been discussed or even mentioned in the review by Pollmann et al.; and (ii) In their review, two models of the Si-terminated c(4 × 2) 3C-SiC(001) surface reconstruction are presented as equally probable. This is clearly not the case and the reasons are explained in this comment.

  11. Structural characterization of annealed Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}/SiC multilayers targeting formation of Si nanocrystals in a SiC matrix

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    Song Dengyuan; Cho, Eun-Chel; Conibeer, Gavin; Huang Yidan; Flynn, Chris; Green, Martin A.

    2008-04-15

    Amorphous Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}/SiC multilayer films were prepared by alternating deposition of Si-rich Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x} and near-stoichiometric SiC layers by using magnetron sputtering. The as-deposited films were annealed at different temperatures (T{sub a}) from 800 to 1100 deg. C. The influence of T{sub a} and Si content in the Si-rich layer on the layered structural stability and on the formation of Si and/or SiC nanocrystals (NCs) is investigated by a variety of analytical techniques, including x-ray reflectivity (XRR), x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR). XRR showed that Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}/SiC multilayers annealed at temperatures of up to 800 deg. C retain their layered structure. XRD revealed that Si NCs were formed in samples with a high Si content in the Si-rich layer for T{sub a}{>=}800 deg. C. At annealing temperatures of 900 deg. C or greater, the formation of Si NCs was accompanied by the formation of {beta}-SiC NCs. Additionally, the formation of Si and SiC NCs was confirmed by TEM imaging and Raman spectroscopy. The Si-NC size obtained from the TEM micrographs is within the range of 3-5 nm. The {beta}-SiC NCs are smaller (2-3 nm) than Si NCs. Raman analysis identified an {approx}9 cm{sup -1} Raman peak shift in the Si-NC peak to a lower energy with respect to that for bulk Si. FTIR Si-C bond absorption spectra exhibited narrowing of the full width at half maximum and a peak shift toward a higher wave number with increasing T{sub a}. This behavior can be explained by an increase in order as well as an increase in the number of Si-C bonds.

  12. Synthesis of cubic silicon nitride

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    Zerr, Andreas; Miehe, Gerhard; Serghiou, George; Schwarz, Marcus; Kroke, Edwin; Riedel, Ralf; Fueß, Hartmut; Kroll, Peter; Boehler, Reinhard

    1999-07-01

    Silicon nitride (Si3N4) is used in a variety of important technological applications. The high fracture toughness, hardness and wear resistance of Si3N4-based ceramics are exploited in cutting tools and anti-friction bearings; in electronic applications, Si3N4 is used as an insulating, masking and passivating material. Two polymorphs of silicon nitride are known, both of hexagonal structure: α- and β-Si3N4. Here we report the synthesis of a third polymorph of silicon nitride, which has a cubic spinel structure. This new phase, c-Si3N4, is formed at pressures above 15GPa and temperatures exceeding 2,000K, yet persists metastably in air at ambient pressure to at least 700K. First-principles calculations of the properties of this phase suggest that the hardness of c-Si3N4 should be comparable to that of the hardest known oxide (stishovite, a high-pressure phase of SiO2), and significantly greater than the hardness of the two hexagonal polymorphs.

  13. Surface passivation of nano-textured fluorescent SiC by atomic layer deposited TiO2

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    Lu, Weifang; Ou, Yiyu; Jokubavicius, Valdas; Fadil, Ahmed; Syväjärvi, Mikael; Petersen, Paul Michael; Ou, Haiyan

    2016-07-01

    Nano-textured surfaces have played a key role in optoelectronic materials to enhance the light extraction efficiency. In this work, morphology and optical properties of nano-textured SiC covered with atomic layer deposited (ALD) TiO2 were investigated. In order to obtain a high quality surface for TiO2 deposition, a three-step cleaning procedure was introduced after RIE etching. The morphology of anatase TiO2 indicates that the nano-textured substrate has a much higher surface nucleated grain density than a flat substrate at the beginning of the deposition process. The corresponding reflectance increases with TiO2 thickness due to increased surface diffuse reflection. The passivation effect of ALD TiO2 thin film on the nano-textured fluorescent 6H-SiC sample was also investigated and a PL intensity improvement of 8.05% was obtained due to the surface passivation.

  14. Effect of particle concentration on the structure and tribological properties of submicron particle SiC reinforced Ni metal matrix composite (MMC) coatings produced by electrodeposition

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    Gül, H.; Kılıç, F.; Uysal, M.; Aslan, S.; Alp, A.; Akbulut, H.

    2012-03-01

    In the present work, a nickel sulfate bath containing SiC submicron particles between 100 and 1000 nm was used as the plating electrolyte. The aim of this work is to obtain Ni-SiC metal matrix composites (MMCs) reinforced with submicron particles on steel surfaces with high hardness and wear resistance for using in anti-wear applications such as dies, tools and working parts for automobiles and vehicles. The influence of the SiC content in the electrolyte on particle distribution, microhardness and wear resistance of nano-composite coatings was studied. During the electroplating process, the proper stirring speed was also determined for sub-micron SiC deposition with Ni matrix. The Ni films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The depositions were controlled to obtain a specific thickness (between 50 and 200 μm) and volume fraction of the particles in the matrix (between 0.02 and 0.10). The hardness of the coatings was measured to be 280-571 HV depending on the particle volume in the Ni matrix. The tribological behaviors of the electrodeposited SiC nanocomposite coatings sliding against an M50 steel ball (Ø 10 mm) were examined on a tribometer. All the friction and wear tests were performed without lubrication at room temperature and in the ambient air (with a relative humidity of 55-65%). The results showed that the wear resistance of the nanocomposites was approximately 2-2.2 times more than those of unreinforced Ni.

  15. Cubic phases and cubic phase dispersions in a phospholipid-based system.

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    Johnsson, Markus; Barauskas, Justas; Tiberg, Fredrik

    2005-02-01

    A cubic liquid crystalline phase forming system based on the phospholipid dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (DOPE) which is fortified with small amounts of PEGylated (poly(ethylene) glycol) glycerol monooleate (PEG(660)-GMO) is characterized. The cubic phase formed by the DOPE/PEG(660)-GMO/water system coexists with water in the dilute part of the phase diagram and can be fragmented into colloidal size particles with retained cubic phase structure.

  16. Processing of laser formed SiC powder

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    Haggerty, J. S.; Bowen, H. K.

    1985-01-01

    Superior SiC characteristics can be achieved through the use of ideal constituent powders and careful post-synthesis processing steps. High purity SiC powders of approx. 1000 A uniform diameter, nonagglomerated and spherical were produced. This required major revision of the particle formation and growth model from one based on classical nucleation and growth to one based on collision and coalescence of Si particles followed by their carburization. Dispersions based on pure organic solvents as well as steric stabilization were investigated. Although stable dispersions were formed by both, subsequent part fabrication emphasized the pure solvents since fewer problems with drying and residuals of the high purity particles were anticipated. Test parts were made by the colloidal pressing technique; both liquid filtration and consolidation (rearrangement) stages were modeled. Green densities corresponding to a random close packed structure (approx. 63%) were achieved; this highly perfect structure has a high, uniform coordination number (greater than 11) approaching the quality of an ordered structure without introducing domain boundary effects. After drying, parts were densified at temperatures ranging from 1800 to 2100 C. Optimum densification temperatures will probably be in the 1900 to 2000 C range based on these preliminary results which showed that 2050 C samples had experienced substantial grain growth. Although overfired, the 2050 C samples exhibited excellent mechanical properties. Biaxial tensile strengths up to 714 MPa and Vickers hardness values of 2430 kg/sq mm 2 were both more typical of hot pressed than sintered SiC. Both result from the absence of large defects and the confinement of residual porosity (less than 2.5%) to small diameter, uniformly distributed pores.

  17. Nano-Engineered Cubic Zirconia for Orthopaedic Implant Applications

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    Namavar, F.; Rubinstein, A.; Sabirianov, R.; Thiele, G.; Sharp, J.; Pokharel, U.; Namavar, R.; Garvin, K.

    2012-02-01

    Osseointegration failure of the prosthesis prevents long-term stability, which contributes to pain, implant loosening, and infection that usually necessitates revision surgery. Cell attachment and spreading in vitro is generally mediated by adhesive proteins such as fibronectin and vitronectin. We designed and produced pure cubic zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic coatings by ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) with nanostructures comparable to the size of proteins. Our ceramic coatings exhibit high hardness and a zero contact angle with serum. In contrast to Hydroxyapatite (HA), nano-engineered zirconia films possess excellent adhesion to all orthopaedic materials. Adhesion and proliferation experiments were performed with a bona fide mesenchymal stromal cells cell line (OMA-AD). Our experimental results indicated that nano-engineered cubic zirconia is superior in supporting growth, adhesion, and proliferation. We performed a comparative analysis of adsorption energies of the FN fragment using quantum mechanical calculations and Monte Carlo simulation on both types of surfaces: smooth and nanostructured. We have found that the initial FN fragment adsorbs significantly stronger on the nanostructured surface than on the smooth surface.

  18. Nonlinear-optical and structural properties of nanocrystalline silicon carbide films

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    Brodyn, M. S.; Volkov, V. I. Lyakhovetskii, V. R.; Rudenko, V. I.; Puzilkov, V. M.; Semenov, A. V.

    2012-02-15

    The aim of this study is to investigate the nonlinearity of refraction in nanostructured silicon carbide films depending on their structural features (synthesis conditions for such films, substrate temperature during their deposition, concentration of the crystalline phase in the film, Si/C ratio of atomic concentrations in the film, and size of SiC nanocrystals formed in the film). The corresponding dependences are obtained, as well as the values of nonlinear-optical third-order susceptibility {chi}{sup (3)}({omega}; {omega}, -{omega}, {omega}) for various silicon polytypes (3C, 21R, and 27R) which exceed the value of {chi}{sup (3)} in bulk silicon carbide single crystals by four orders of magnitude.

  19. Transformation of Sintered CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals to Cubic CsPbI3 and Gradient CsPbBrxI3-x through Halide Exchange.

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    Hoffman, Jacob B; Schleper, A Lennart; Kamat, Prashant V

    2016-07-13

    All-inorganic cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, X = Br(-), I(-)) perovskites could potentially provide comparable photovoltaic performance with enhanced stability compared to organic-inorganic lead halide species. However, small-bandgap cubic CsPbI3 has been difficult to study due to challenges forming CsPbI3 in the cubic phase. Here, a low-temperature procedure to form cubic CsPbI3 has been developed through a halide exchange reaction using films of sintered CsPbBr3 nanocrystals. The reaction was found to be strongly dependent upon temperature, featuring an Arrhenius relationship. Additionally, film thickness played a significant role in determining internal film structure at intermediate reaction times. Thin films (50 nm) showed only a small distribution of CsPbBrxI3-x species, while thicker films (350 nm) exhibited much broader distributions. Furthermore, internal film structure was ordered, featuring a compositional gradient within film. Transient absorption spectroscopy showed the influence of halide exchange on the excited state of the material. In thicker films, charge carriers were rapidly transferred to iodide-rich regions near the film surface within the first several picoseconds after excitation. This ultrafast vectorial charge-transfer process illustrates the potential of utilizing compositional gradients to direct charge flow in perovskite-based photovoltaics. PMID:27322132

  20. Plastic deformation of alumina reinforced with SiC whiskers

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    DeArellano-Lopez, A.R.; Dominguez-Rodriguez, A.; Goretta, K.C.; Routbort, J.L.

    1993-06-01

    Addition of small amounts of stiff reinforcement (SiC whiskers) to a polycrystalline AL{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix partially inhibits grain boundary sliding because of an increase in threshold stress. When the concentration of whiskers is high enough, a pure diffusional mechanism takes over the control of plastic deformation of the composites. For higher whisker loadings, the materials creep properties depend on a microstructural feature different from the nominal grain size. A tentative correlation of this effective microstructural parameter with the spacing between the whiskers was established through a model.

  1. Corrosion of SiC by Molten Salt

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Smialek, James L.

    1987-01-01

    Advanced ceramic materials considered for wide range of applications as in gas turbine engines and heat exchangers. In such applications, materials may be in corrosive environments that include molten salts. Very corrosive to alloys. In order to determine extent of problem for ceramic materials, corrosion of SiC by molten salts studied in both jet fuel burners and laboratory furnaces. Surface of silicon carbide corroded by exposure to flame seeded with 4 parts per million of sodium. Strength of silicon carbide decreased by corrosion in flame and tube-furnace tests.

  2. Ultra High Temperature (UHT) SiC Fiber (Phase 2)

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    Dicarlo, James A.; Jacobson, Nathan S.; Lizcano, Maricela; Bhatt, Ramakrishna T.

    2015-01-01

    Silicon-carbide fiber-reinforced silicon-carbide ceramic matrix composites (SiCSiC CMC) are emerginglightweight re-usable structural materials not only for hot section components in gas turbine engines, but also for controlsurfaces and leading edges of reusable hypersonic vehicles as well as for nuclear propulsion and reactor components. Ithas been shown that when these CMC are employed in engine hot-section components, the higher the upper usetemperature (UUT) of the SiC fiber, the more performance benefits are accrued, such as higher operating temperatures,reduced component cooling air, reduced fuel consumption, and reduced emissions. The first generation of SiCSiC CMC with a temperature capability of 2200-2400F are on the verge of being introduced into the hot-section components ofcommercial and military gas turbine engines.Today the SiC fiber type currently recognized as the worlds best in terms ofthermo-mechanical performance is the Sylramic-iBN fiber. This fiber was previously developed by the PI at NASA GRC using patented processes to improve the high-cost commercial Sylramic fiber, which in turn was derived from anotherlow-cost low-performance commercial fiber. Although the Sylramic-iBN fiber shows state-of-the art creep and rupture resistance for use temperatures above 2550oF, NASA has shown by fundamental creep studies and model developmentthat its microstructure and creep resistance could theoretically be significantly improved to produce an Ultra HighTemperature (UHT) SiC fiber.This Phase II Seedling Fund effort has been focused on the key objective of effectively repeating the similar processes used for producing the Sylramic-iBN fiber using a design of experiments approach to first understand the cause of the less than optimum Sylramic-iBN microstructure and then attempting to develop processconditions that eliminate or minimize these key microstructural issues. In so doing, it is predicted that that theseadvanced process could result in an UHT SiC

  3. Construction Progress of S-IC Test Stand Pump House

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    1963-01-01

    At its founding, the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) inherited the Army's Jupiter and Redstone test stands, but much larger facilities were needed for the giant stages of the Saturn V. From 1960 to 1964, the existing stands were remodeled and a sizable new test area was developed. The new comprehensive test complex for propulsion and structural dynamics was unique within the nation and the free world, and they remain so today because they were constructed with foresight to meet the future as well as on going needs. Construction of the S-IC Static test stand complex began in 1961 in the west test area of MSFC, and was completed in 1964. The S-IC static test stand was designed to develop and test the 138-ft long and 33-ft diameter Saturn V S-IC first stage, or booster stage, weighing in at 280,000 pounds. Required to hold down the brute force of a 7,500,000-pound thrust produced by 5 F-1 engines, the S-IC static test stand was designed and constructed with the strength of hundreds of tons of steel and 12,000,000 pounds of cement, planted down to bedrock 40 feet below ground level. The foundation walls, constructed with concrete and steel, are 4 feet thick. The base structure consists of four towers with 40-foot-thick walls extending upward 144 feet above ground level. The structure was topped by a crane with a 135-foot boom. With the boom in the upright position, the stand was given an overall height of 405 feet, placing it among the highest structures in Alabama at the time. In addition to the stand itself, related facilities were constructed during this time. Built to the northeast east was a newly constructed Pump House. Its function was to provide water to the stand to prevent melting damage during testing. The water was sprayed through small holes in the stand's 1900 ton flame deflector at the rate of 320,000 gallons per minute. This photograph of the Pump House area was taken August 13, 1963. The massive round water storage tanks can be seen to the left of

  4. Measured Attenuation of Coplanar Waveguide on 6H, p-type SiC and High Purity Semi-Insulating 4H SiC through 800 K

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    Ponchak, George E.; Schwartz, Zachary D.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Downey, Alan N.

    2004-01-01

    Wireless sensors for high temperature applications such as oil drilling and mining, automobiles, and jet engine performance monitoring require circuits built on wide bandgap semiconductors. In this paper, the characteristics of microwave transmission lines on 4H-High Purity Semi-Insulating SiC and 6H, p-type SiC is presented as a function of temperature and frequency. It is shown that the attenuation of 6H, p-type substrates is too high for microwave circuits, large leakage current will flow through the substrate, and that unusual attenuation characteristics are due to trapping in the SiC. The 4H-HPSI SiC is shown to have low attenuation and leakage currents over the entire temperature range.

  5. Highly flexible, nonflammable and free-standing SiC nanowire paper.

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    Chen, Jianjun; Liao, Xin; Wang, Mingming; Liu, Zhaoxiang; Zhang, Judong; Ding, Lijuan; Gao, Li; Li, Ye

    2015-04-14

    Flexible paper-like semiconductor nanowire materials are expected to meet the criteria for some emerging applications, such as components of flexible solar cells, electrical batteries, supercapacitors, nanocomposites, bendable or wearable electronic or optoelectronic components, and so on. As a new generation of wide-bandgap semiconductors and reinforcements in composites, SiC nanowires have advantages in power electronic applications and nanofiber reinforced ceramic composites. Herein, free-standing SiC nanowire paper consisting of ultralong single-crystalline SiC nanowires was prepared through a facile vacuum filtration approach. The ultralong SiC nanowires were synthesized by a sol-gel and carbothermal reduction method. The flexible paper composed of SiC nanowires is ∼100 nm in width and up to several hundreds of micrometers in length. The nanowires are intertwisted with each other to form a three-dimensional network-like structure. SiC nanowire paper exhibits high flexibility and strong mechanical stability. The refractory performance and thermal stability of SiC nanowire paper were also investigated. The paper not only exhibits excellent nonflammability in fire, but also remains well preserved without visible damage when it is heated in an electric oven at a high temperature (1000 °C) for 3 h. With its high flexibility, excellent nonflammability, and high thermal stability, the free-standing SiC nanowire paper may have the potential to improve the ablation resistance of high temperature ceramic composites. PMID:25785912

  6. The Social Interactive Coding System (SICS): An On-Line, Clinically Relevant Descriptive Tool.

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    Rice, Mabel L.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    The Social Interactive Coding System (SICS) assesses the continuous verbal interactions of preschool children as a function of play areas, addressees, script codes, and play levels. This paper describes the 26 subjects and the setting involved in SICS development, coding definitions and procedures, training procedures, reliability, sample…

  7. Highly flexible, nonflammable and free-standing SiC nanowire paper.

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    Chen, Jianjun; Liao, Xin; Wang, Mingming; Liu, Zhaoxiang; Zhang, Judong; Ding, Lijuan; Gao, Li; Li, Ye

    2015-04-14

    Flexible paper-like semiconductor nanowire materials are expected to meet the criteria for some emerging applications, such as components of flexible solar cells, electrical batteries, supercapacitors, nanocomposites, bendable or wearable electronic or optoelectronic components, and so on. As a new generation of wide-bandgap semiconductors and reinforcements in composites, SiC nanowires have advantages in power electronic applications and nanofiber reinforced ceramic composites. Herein, free-standing SiC nanowire paper consisting of ultralong single-crystalline SiC nanowires was prepared through a facile vacuum filtration approach. The ultralong SiC nanowires were synthesized by a sol-gel and carbothermal reduction method. The flexible paper composed of SiC nanowires is ∼100 nm in width and up to several hundreds of micrometers in length. The nanowires are intertwisted with each other to form a three-dimensional network-like structure. SiC nanowire paper exhibits high flexibility and strong mechanical stability. The refractory performance and thermal stability of SiC nanowire paper were also investigated. The paper not only exhibits excellent nonflammability in fire, but also remains well preserved without visible damage when it is heated in an electric oven at a high temperature (1000 °C) for 3 h. With its high flexibility, excellent nonflammability, and high thermal stability, the free-standing SiC nanowire paper may have the potential to improve the ablation resistance of high temperature ceramic composites.

  8. Gadolinium and Dysprosium Isotopic Compositions in Stardust SiC Grains from the Murchison Meteorite

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    Avila, J. N.; Ireland, T. R.; Lugaro, M.; Gyngard, F.; Karakas, A.

    2016-08-01

    We report the results of Gd and Dy isotopic analyses performed in stardust SiC grains. We have compared the SiC data with new theoretical predictions of the evolution of Gd and Dy isotopic ratios in the envelopes of low-mass AGB stars.

  9. Iron and Nickel Isotope Measurements on SiC X Grains with CHILI

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    Kodolányi, J.; Stephan, T.; Trappitsch, R.; Hoppe, P.; Pignatari, M.; Davis, A. M.; Pellin, M. J.

    2016-08-01

    New measurements with CHILI on SiC X grains provide more detailed Fe and Ni isotope data than previous NanoSIMS analyses. The new data suggest that Fe-Ni fractionation may occur in supernova ejecta before SiC condensation.

  10. Cs diffusion in cubic silicon carbide

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    Shrader, David; Szlufarska, Izabela; Morgan, Dane

    2012-02-01

    Undesired release of Cs through a silicon carbide coating of nuclear fuel is a significant concern for the design of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR). However, mechanisms of Cs transport are currently unclear. To better understand the possible mechanisms of Cs release here we use density functional theory to study diffusion of Cs in crystalline bulk SiC. Cs point defects and Cs - vacancy clusters have been investigated for stability and structure. The most stable state for the Cs impurity in SiC, under n-type doping conditions, is found to be a negatively charged Cs atom substituting for a C atom and bound to two Si vacancies ( Cs-2VSi3-). Bulk diffusion coefficients are estimated for several Cs impurity states. The Cs-2VSi3- defect structure is found to have the lowest overall activation energy for diffusion with a value of approximately 5.14 eV. This activation energy agrees well with diffusion activation energies estimated for Cs in SiC based on high temperature integral release experiments.

  11. Aligned platinum nanowire networks from surface-oriented lipid cubic phase templates

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    Richardson, S. J.; Burton, M. R.; Staniec, P. A.; Nandhakumar, I. S.; Terrill, N. J.; Elliott, J. M.; Squires, A. M.

    2016-01-01

    Mesoporous metal structures featuring a bicontinuous cubic morphology have a wide range of potential applications and novel opto-electronic properties, often orientation-dependent. We describe the production of nanostructured metal films 1-2 microns thick featuring 3D-periodic `single diamond' morphology that show high out-of-plane alignment, with the (111) plane oriented parallel to the substrate. These are produced by electrodeposition of platinum through a lipid cubic phase (QII) template. Further investigation into the mechanism for the orientation revealed the surprising result that the QII template, which is tens of microns thick, is polydomain with no overall orientation. When thicker platinum films are grown, they also show increased orientational disorder. These results suggest that polydomain QII samples display a region of uniaxial orientation at the lipid/substrate interface up to approximately 2.8 +/- 0.3 μm away from the solid surface. Our approach gives previously unavailable information on the arrangement of cubic phases at solid interfaces, which is important for many applications of QII phases. Most significantly, we have produced a previously unreported class of oriented nanomaterial, with potential applications including metamaterials and lithographic masks.Mesoporous metal structures featuring a bicontinuous cubic morphology have a wide range of potential applications and novel opto-electronic properties, often orientation-dependent. We describe the production of nanostructured metal films 1-2 microns thick featuring 3D-periodic `single diamond' morphology that show high out-of-plane alignment, with the (111) plane oriented parallel to the substrate. These are produced by electrodeposition of platinum through a lipid cubic phase (QII) template. Further investigation into the mechanism for the orientation revealed the surprising result that the QII template, which is tens of microns thick, is polydomain with no overall orientation. When thicker

  12. Ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride.

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    Tian, Yongjun; Xu, Bo; Yu, Dongli; Ma, Yanming; Wang, Yanbin; Jiang, Yingbing; Hu, Wentao; Tang, Chengchun; Gao, Yufei; Luo, Kun; Zhao, Zhisheng; Wang, Li-Min; Wen, Bin; He, Julong; Liu, Zhongyuan

    2013-01-17

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) is a well known superhard material that has a wide range of industrial applications. Nanostructuring of cBN is an effective way to improve its hardness by virtue of the Hall-Petch effect--the tendency for hardness to increase with decreasing grain size. Polycrystalline cBN materials are often synthesized by using the martensitic transformation of a graphite-like BN precursor, in which high pressures and temperatures lead to puckering of the BN layers. Such approaches have led to synthetic polycrystalline cBN having grain sizes as small as ∼14 nm (refs 1, 2, 4, 5). Here we report the formation of cBN with a nanostructure dominated by fine twin domains of average thickness ∼3.8 nm. This nanotwinned cBN was synthesized from specially prepared BN precursor nanoparticles possessing onion-like nested structures with intrinsically puckered BN layers and numerous stacking faults. The resulting nanotwinned cBN bulk samples are optically transparent with a striking combination of physical properties: an extremely high Vickers hardness (exceeding 100 GPa, the optimal hardness of synthetic diamond), a high oxidization temperature (∼1,294 °C) and a large fracture toughness (>12 MPa m(1/2), well beyond the toughness of commercial cemented tungsten carbide, ∼10 MPa m(1/2)). We show that hardening of cBN is continuous with decreasing twin thickness down to the smallest sizes investigated, contrasting with the expected reverse Hall-Petch effect below a critical grain size or the twin thickness of ∼10-15 nm found in metals and alloys.

  13. Silicon Carbide Epitaxial Films Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    1996-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) holds great potential as an electronic material because of its wide band gap energy, high breakdown electric field, thermal stability, and resistance to radiation damage. Possible aerospace applications of high-temperature, high-power, or high-radiation SiC electronic devices include sensors, control electronics, and power electronics that can operate at temperatures up to 600 C and beyond. Commercially available SiC devices now include blue light-emitting diodes (LED's) and high-voltage diodes for operation up to 350 C, with other devices under development. At present, morphological defects in epitaxially grown SiC films limit their use in device applications. Research geared toward reducing the number of structural inhomogeneities can benefit from an understanding of the type and nature of problems that cause defects. The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) has proven to be a useful tool in characterizing defects present on the surface of SiC epitaxial films. The in-house High-Temperature Integrated Electronics and Sensors (HTIES) Program at the NASA Lewis Research Center not only extended the dopant concentration range achievable in epitaxial SiC films, but it reduced the concentration of some types of defects. Advanced structural characterization using the AFM was warranted to identify the type and structure of the remaining film defects and morphological inhomogeneities. The AFM can give quantitative information on surface topography down to molecular scales. Acquired, in part, in support of the Advanced High Temperature Engine Materials Technology Program (HITEMP), the AFM had been used previously to detect partial fiber debonding in composite material cross sections. Atomic force microscopy examination of epitaxial SiC film surfaces revealed molecular-scale details of some unwanted surface features. Growth pits propagating from defects in the substrate, and hillocks due, presumably, to existing screw dislocations in the substrates, were

  14. The first muon beam from a new highly-intense DC muon source, MuSIC

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    Tran, Nam Hoai; MuSIC Collaboration

    2012-09-01

    A new DC muon source, MuSIC, is now under construction at Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP), Osaka University, Japan. The MuSIC adopts a new pion/muon collection system and a curved transport solenoid. These techniques are important in realization of future muon programs such as the muon to electron conversion experiments (COMET/Mu2e), neutrino factories, and muon colliders. The pion capture magnet and a part of the transport solenoid have been built and beam tests were carried out to assess the MuSIC's performance. Muon lifetime measurements and muonic X-ray measurements have been used for estimation of muon yield of the MuSIC. The result indicates that the MuSIC would be one of the most intense DC muon beams in the world.

  15. The Influence of SiC on the Ablation Response of Advanced Refractory Composite Materials

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    Bull, Jeffrey D.; Rasky, Daniel J. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    In continuing our studies of advanced refractory composite materials we have recently completed an arc-jet test series of a diverse group of ceramics and ceramic matrix composites. The compositions range from continuous fiber reinforced ceramics to monoliths. Many of these materials contain SiC and one objective of this test series was to identify the influence of SiC oxidation mechanisms on material performance. Hence the arc heater was operated at two conditions; one in which the passive oxidation of SiC would be dominant and the other where the active oxidation of SiC would be dominant. It is shown here that the active oxidation mechanism of SiC does not dominate material performance when it is present at levels equal to or below 20 volume percent.

  16. Oxidation of SiC cladding under Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) conditions in LWRs

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    Lee, Y.; Yue, C.; Arnold, R. P.; McKrell, T. J.; Kazimi, M. S.

    2012-07-01

    An experimental assessment of Silicon Carbide (SiC) cladding oxidation rate in steam under conditions representative of Loss of Coolant Accidents (LOCA) in light water reactors (LWRs) was conducted. SiC oxidation tests were performed with monolithic alpha phase tubular samples in a vertical quartz tube at a steam temperature of 1140 deg. C and steam velocity range of 1 to 10 m/sec, at atmospheric pressure. Linear weight loss of SiC samples due to boundary layer controlled reaction of silica scale (SiO{sub 2} volatilization) was experimentally observed. The weight loss rate increased with increasing steam flow rate. Over the range of test conditions, SiC oxidation rates were shown to be about 3 orders of magnitude lower than the oxidation rates of zircaloy 4. A SiC volatilization correlation for developing laminar flow in a vertical channel is formulated. (authors)

  17. Hydrothermal corrosion of SiC in LWR coolant environments in the absence of irradiation

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    Terrani, K. A.; Yang, Y.; Kim, Y.-J.; Rebak, R.; Meyer, H. M.; Gerczak, T. J.

    2015-10-01

    Assessment of the thermodynamics of SiC corrosion under light water reactor coolant environments suggests that silica formation is always expected in the range of applicable pH and potential. Autoclave testing of SiC-based materials in the absence of ionizing radiation was performed. The kinetics data from these tests, when compared with kinetics of silica dissolution in water and post-exposure characterization of SiC samples, suggest that oxidation of SiC to form silica is the rate-limiting step for recession of SiC in high temperature water. Oxygen activity in water was determined to play an important role in SiC recession kinetics. A simplified model of a power loop shows the effect of silica dissolution from the hot region (resembling fuel) and deposition in the cold regions.

  18. The role of Pd in the transport of Ag in SiC

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    Olivier, E. J.; Neethling, J. H.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents results in support of a newly proposed transport mechanism to account for the release of Ag from intact TRISO particles during HTR reactor operation. The study reveals that the migration of Ag in polycrystalline SiC can occur in association with Pd, a relatively high yield metallic fission product. The migration takes place primarily along grain boundary routes, seen in the form of distinct Pd, Ag and Si containing nodules. Pd is known to rapidly migrate to the SiC and iPyC interface within TRISO particles during operation. It has been shown to chemically corrode the SiC to form palladium silicides. These palladium silicides are found present along SiC grain boundaries in nodule like form. It is suggested that Ag penetrates these nodules together with the palladium silicide, to form a Pd, Ag and Si solution capable of migrating along SiC grain boundaries over time.

  19. Amorphization resistance of nano-engineered SiC under heavy ion irradiation

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    Imada, Kenta; Ishimaru, Manabu; Xue, Haizhou; Zhang, Yanwen; Shannon, Steven C.; Weber, William J.

    2016-09-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) with a high-density of planar defects (hereafter, 'nano-engineered SiC') and epitaxially-grown single-crystalline 3C-SiC were simultaneously irradiated with Au ions at room temperature, in order to compare their relative resistance to radiation-induced amorphization. It was found that the local threshold dose for amorphization is comparable for both samples under 2 MeV Au ion irradiation; whereas, nano-engineered SiC exhibits slightly greater radiation tolerance than single crystalline SiC under 10 MeV Au irradiation. Under 10 MeV Au ion irradiation, the dose for amorphization increased by about a factor of two in both nano-engineered and single crystal SiC due to the local increase in electronic energy loss that enhanced dynamic recovery.

  20. Optimized growth of graphene on SiC: from the dynamic flip mechanism

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    Wang, Dandan; Liu, Lei; Chen, Wei; Chen, Xiaobo; Huang, Han; He, Jun; Feng, Yuan-Ping; Wee, A. T. S.; Shen, D. Z.

    2015-02-01

    Thermal decomposition of single-crystal SiC is one of the popular methods for growing graphene. However, the mechanism of graphene formation on the SiC surface is poorly understood, and the application of this method is also hampered by its high growth temperature. In this study, based on the ab initio calculations, we propose a vacancy assisted Si-C bond flipping model for the dynamic process of graphene growth on SiC. The fact that the critical stages during growth take place at different energy costs allows us to propose an energetic-beam controlled growth method that not only significantly lowers the growth temperature but also makes it possible to grow high-quality graphene with the desired size and patterns directly on the SiC substrate.

  1. The microstructure origin of large strain plastically deformed SiC nanowires

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    Fu, X.; Jiang, J.; Hu, X.; Yuan, J.; Zhang, Y.; Han, X.; Zhang, Z.

    2008-08-01

    Surprisingly large strain plasticity has been demonstrated for ceramic SiC nanowires through in-situ deformation experiments near room temperature. This article reports a detailed electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) study of deformation-induced localized plastic zones in a bent SiC nanowire. Both the 'red shift' of the plasmon peak and the characteristic fine structure at Si L-edge absorption are consistent with local amorphisation of SiC. The recorded C K-edge fine structure is processed to remove the contribution from the surface amorphous carbon and the extracted C K-edge fine structure has no characteristic sp2-related pre-edge peak and hence is also consistent with amorphous SiC. These results suggest that the large strain plasticity in SiC nanowires is enabled by crystalline-to-amorphous transition.

  2. Streptococcal inhibitor of complement (SIC) inhibits the membrane attack complex by preventing uptake of C567 onto cell membranes.

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    Fernie-King, B A; Seilly, D J; Willers, C; Würzner, R; Davies, A; Lachmann, P J

    2001-07-01

    Streptococcal inhibitor of complement (SIC) was first described in 1996 as a putative inhibitor of the membrane attack complex of complement (MAC). SIC is a 31 000 MW protein secreted in large quantities by the virulent Streptococcus pyogenes strains M1 and M57, and is encoded by a gene which is extremely variable. In order to study further the interactions of SIC with the MAC, we have made a recombinant form of SIC (rSIC) in Escherichia coli and purified native M1 SIC which was used to raise a polyclonal antibody. SIC prevented reactive lysis of guinea pig erythrocytes by the MAC at a stage prior to C5b67 complexes binding to cell membranes, presumably by blocking the transiently expressed membrane insertion site on C7. The ability of SIC and clusterin (another putative fluid phase complement inhibitor) to inhibit complement lysis was compared, and found to be equally efficient. In parallel, by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay both SIC and rSIC bound strongly to C5b67 and C5b678 complexes and to a lesser extent C5b-9, but only weakly to individual complement components. The implications of these data for virulence of SIC-positive streptococci are discussed, in light of the fact that Gram-positive organisms are already protected against complement lysis by the presence of their peptidoglycan cell walls. We speculate that MAC inhibition may not be the sole function of SIC.

  3. Processing of laser formed SiC powder

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    Haggerty, J. S.; Bowen, H. K.

    1987-01-01

    Processing research was undertaken to demonstrate that superior SiC characteristics could be achieved through the use of ideal constituent powders and careful post-synthesis processing steps. Initial research developed the means to produce approximately 1000 A uniform diameter, nonagglomerated, spherical, high purity SiC powders. Accomplishing this goal required major revision of the particle formation and growth model from one based on classical nucleation and growth to one based on collision and coalescence of Si particles followed by their carburization. Dispersions based on pure organic solvents as well as steric stabilization were investigated. Test parts were made by the colloidal pressing technique; both liquid filtration and consolidation (rearrangement) stages were modeled. Green densities corresponding to a random close packed structure were achieved. After drying, parts were densified at temperatures ranging from 1800 to 2100 C. This research program accomplished all of its major objectives. Superior microstructures and properties were attained by using powders having ideal characteristics and special post-synthesis processing procedures.

  4. Creep behavior for advanced polycrystalline SiC fibers

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Jones, R.H.; Kohyama, Akira

    1997-08-01

    A bend stress relaxation (BSR) test is planned to examine irradiation enhanced creep in polycrystalline SiC fibers which are under development for use as fiber reinforcement in SiC/SiC composite. Baseline 1 hr and 100 hr BSR thermal creep {open_quotes}m{close_quotes} curves have been obtained for five selected advanced SiC fiber types and for standard Nicalon CG fiber. The transition temperature, that temperature where the S-shaped m-curve has a value 0.5, is a measure of fiber creep resistance. In order of decreasing thermal creep resistance, with the 100 hr BSR transition temperature given in parenthesis, the fibers ranked: Sylramic (1261{degrees}C), Nicalon S (1256{degrees}C), annealed Hi Nicalon (1215{degrees}C), Hi Nicalon (1078{degrees}C), Nicalon CG (1003{degrees}C) and Tyranno E (932{degrees}C). The thermal creep for Sylramic, Nicalon S, Hi Nicalon and Nicalon CG fibers in a 5000 hr irradiation creep BSR test is projected from the temperature dependence of the m-curves determined during 1 and 100 hr BSR control tests.

  5. A NEW TYPE OF SIC COMPOSITE FOR FUSION

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    Youngblood, Gerald E.; Jones, Russell H.

    2001-04-01

    A new type of SiC composite called Tyrannohex™ is potentially suitable as a fusion reactor structural material. Tyrannohex™ composite plates are made by hot-pressing layups of Tyranno™ SA precursor fibers into various 1D and 2D configurations. The fiber-bonded composite plates contain nearly 100% fiber volume, so take advantage of the outstanding high temperature strength and creep properties of the Tyranno™ SA fiber, a nearly stoichiometric SiC fiber. The hot-pressed plates are dense, strong, rigid, tough, thermally conductive and have high temperature stability. The microstructure and thermal conductivity of a SA-Tyrannohex™ material with a 2D-woven configuration was evaluated prior to irradiation testing. The microstructure contained some small, flat interlaminar pores and intrabundle needle-like pores, and the transverse thermal conductivity was 25 and 21 W/mK at ambient and 1000°C, respectively. These results suggest that careful control of the fiber-bonded interlayers and the fiber architecture are critical to achieve both high thermal conductivity and toughness in Tyrannohex™ type materials.

  6. Improved Method of Manufacturing SiC Devices

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    Okojie, Robert S.

    2005-01-01

    The phrase, "common-layered architecture for semiconductor silicon carbide" ("CLASSiC") denotes a method of batch fabrication of microelectromechanical and semiconductor devices from bulk silicon carbide. CLASSiC is the latest in a series of related methods developed in recent years in continuing efforts to standardize SiC-fabrication processes. CLASSiC encompasses both institutional and technological innovations that can be exploited separately or in combination to make the manufacture of SiC devices more economical. Examples of such devices are piezoresistive pressure sensors, strain gauges, vibration sensors, and turbulence-intensity sensors for use in harsh environments (e.g., high-temperature, high-pressure, corrosive atmospheres). The institutional innovation is to manufacture devices for different customers (individuals, companies, and/or other entities) simultaneously in the same batch. This innovation is based on utilization of the capability for fabrication, on the same substrate, of multiple SiC devices having different functionalities (see figure). Multiple customers can purchase shares of the area on the same substrate, each customer s share being apportioned according to the customer s production-volume requirement. This makes it possible for multiple customers to share costs in a common foundry, so that the capital equipment cost per customer in the inherently low-volume SiC-product market can be reduced significantly. One of the technological innovations is a five-mask process that is based on an established set of process design rules. The rules provide for standardization of the fabrication process, yet are flexible enough to enable multiple customers to lay out masks for their portions of the SiC substrate to provide for simultaneous batch fabrication of their various devices. In a related prior method, denoted multi-user fabrication in silicon carbide (MUSiC), the fabrication process is based largely on surface micromachining of poly SiC

  7. On the impact of the plasma jet energy on the product of plasmadynamic synthesis in the Si-C system

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    Nikitin, D.; Sivkov, A.

    2015-10-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) nanoparticles can be used for ceramics reinforcement, creation of nanostructured ceramics, microelectromechanical systems. The paper presents the results of plasmadynamic synthesis of silicon carbide nanopowders. This method was realized by the synthesis in an electrodischarge plasma jet generated by a high-current pulsed coaxial magnetoplasma accelerator. Powdered carbon and silicon were used as precursors for the reaction. Four experiments with different energy levels (from 10.0 to 30.0 kJ) were carried out. The synthesized products were analysed by several modern techniques including X-ray diffractometry, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. According to analysis results all the products mainly composed of cubic silicon carbide (b-SiC) with a small amount of unreacted precursors. Silicon carbide particles have a clear crystal structure, a triangular shape and sizes to a few hundred nanometers. Comparison of the results of experiments with different energy levels made it possible to draw conclusions on ways to control product phase composition and dispersion. The silicon carbide content and particles sizes increase with increasing the energy level.

  8. History of the ISS/SIC: Antoine Depage, one of the founders of the ISS/SIC.

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    Van Hee, R

    2002-10-01

    Antoine Depage, born near Brussels in 1862, was one of the founders and first Secretary General of the Société Internationale de Chirurgie (ISS-SIC). After an excellent medical education at the Free Brussels University, he became professor at the same university at the age of 27. Surgically trained by Prof. Thiriar, he became one of the leading Belgian surgeons at the end of the nineteenth century, and he published more than 100 articles in national and international journals. In 1907 he founded a school for nurses in Brussels, to be directed by Edith Cavell. He also vigorously transformed the organization of the public hospitals in the Belgian capital. During World War I Queen Elisabeth appointed him surgeon-in-chief of the Océan-hospital in De Panne, where more than 50,000 soldiers with wounds, fractures, cerebral trauma, nitrous gas intoxication, and infectious diseases, among other problems were treated. The results he and his team obtained were excellent, and mortality was low. Many surgeons, including Alexis Carrel, as well as distinguished political leaders came to visit him in the hospital barracks. After the war he was honored by many political and scientific organizations, including the Société Internationale de Chirurgie. He served our Society not only as Secretary General from 1902 to 1912 but became President of the 4th Congress of the ISS-SIC in New York. Antoine Depage died after a long illness in 1925. PMID:12205562

  9. Strength and conductivity of unidirectional copper composites reinforced by continuous SiC fibers

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    Kimmig, S.; Allen, I.; You, J. H.

    2013-09-01

    beneficial outcome of the Sigma fiber may be attributed to its smaller radius leading to a larger total interface area for a given fiber content. The fractographic images after tensile rupture and fiber push-out test manifested a solid interfacial bonding via the thin TiC film. The weakest site was identified to be the internal interface between the outer carbon coating and the inner SiC layer. Numerous voids were observed in the plastically ruptured matrix after tensile fracture. The density of the voids was larger at 300 °C than RT. The distributed voids are the evidence of ductile damage affecting the plastic work of the composite.

  10. Theoretical investigation of acoustic wave devices based on different piezoelectric films deposited on silicon carbide

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    Fan, Li; Zhang, Shu-yi; Ge, Huan; Zhang, Hui

    2013-07-01

    Performances of acoustic wave (AW) devices based on silicon carbide (SiC) substrates are theoretically studied, in which two types of piezoelectric films of ZnO and AlN deposited on 4H-SiC and 3C-SiC substrates are adopted. The phase velocities (PV), electromechanical coupling coefficients (ECC), and temperature coefficients of frequency (TCF) for three AW modes (Rayleigh wave, A0 and S0 modes of Lamb wave) often used in AW devices are calculated based on four types of configurations of interdigital transducers (IDTs). It is found that that the ZnO piezoelectric film is proper for the AW device operating in the low-frequency range because a high ECC can be realized using a thin ZnO film. The AlN piezoelectric film is proper for the device operating in the high-frequency range in virtue of the high PV of AlN, which can increase the finger width of the IDT. Generally, in the low-frequency Lamb wave devices using ZnO piezoelectric films with small normalized thicknesses of films to wavelengths hf/λ, thin SiC substrates can increase ECCs but induce high TCFs simultaneously. In the high-frequency device with a large hf/λ, the S0 mode of Lamb wave based on the AlN piezoelectric film deposited on a thick SiC substrate exhibits high performances by simultaneously considering the PV, ECC, and TCF.

  11. Film Reviews.

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    Lance, Larry M.; Atwater, Lynn

    1987-01-01

    Reviews four Human Sexuality films and videos. These are: "Personal Decisions" (Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1985); "The Touch Film" (Sterling Production, 1986); "Rethinking Rape" (Film Distribution Center, 1985); "Not A Love Story" (National Film Board of Canada, 1981). (AEM)

  12. Additive Manufacturing of SiC Based Ceramics and Ceramic Matrix Composites

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    Halbig, Michael Charles; Singh, Mrityunjay

    2015-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics and SiC fiber reinforcedSiC ceramic matrix composites (SiCSiC CMCs) offer high payoff as replacements for metals in turbine engine applications due to their lighter weight, higher temperature capability, and lower cooling requirements. Additive manufacturing approaches can offer game changing technologies for the quick and low cost fabrication of parts with much greater design freedom and geometric complexity. Four approaches for developing these materials are presented. The first two utilize low cost 3D printers. The first uses pre-ceramic pastes developed as feed materials which are converted to SiC after firing. The second uses wood containing filament to print a carbonaceous preform which is infiltrated with a pre-ceramic polymer and converted to SiC. The other two approaches pursue the AM of CMCs. The first is binder jet SiC powder processing in collaboration with rp+m (Rapid Prototyping+Manufacturing). Processing optimization was pursued through SiC powder blending, infiltration with and without SiC nano powder loading, and integration of nanofibers into the powder bed. The second approach was laminated object manufacturing (LOM) in which fiber prepregs and laminates are cut to shape by a laser and stacked to form the desired part. Scanning electron microscopy was conducted on materials from all approaches with select approaches also characterized with XRD, TGA, and bend testing.

  13. Near-surface and bulk behavior of Ag in SiC

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Zhang, Y.; Snead, L. L.; Shutthanandan, V.; Xue, H. Z.; Weber, W. J.

    2012-01-01

    The diffusive release of fission products, such as Ag, from TRISO particles at high temperatures has raised concerns regarding safe and economic operation of advanced nuclear reactors. Understanding the mechanisms of Ag diffusion is thus of crucial importance for effective retention of fission products. Two mechanisms, i.e., grain boundary diffusion and vapor or surface diffusion through macroscopic structures such as nano-pores or nano-cracks, remain in debate. In the present work, an integrated computational and experimental study of the near-surface and bulk behavior of Ag in silicon carbide (SiC) has been carried out. The ab initio calculations show that Ag prefers to adsorb on the SiC surface rather than in the bulk, and the mobility of Ag on the surface is high. The energy barrier for Ag desorption from the surface is calculated to be 0.85-1.68 eV, and Ag migration into bulk SiC through equilibrium diffusion process is not favorable. Experimentally, Ag ions are implanted into SiC to produce Ag profiles buried in the bulk and peaked at the surface. High-temperature annealing leads to Ag release from the surface region instead of diffusion into the interior of SiC. It is suggested that surface diffusion through mechanical structural imperfection, such as vapor transport through cracks in SiC coatings, may be a dominating mechanism accounting for Ag release from the SiC in the nuclear reactor.

  14. Chemical reactivity of CVC and CVD SiC with UO2 at high temperatures

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    Silva, Chinthaka M.; Katoh, Yutai; Voit, Stewart L.; Snead, Lance L.

    2015-02-11

    Two types of silicon carbide (SiC) synthesized using two different vapor deposition processes were embedded in UO2 pellets and evaluated for their potential chemical reaction with UO2. While minor reactivity between chemical-vapor-composited (CVC) SiC and UO2 was observed at comparatively low temperatures of 1100 and 1300 C, chemical-vapor-deposited (CVD) SiC did not show any such reactivity, according to microstructural investigations. But, both CVD and CVC SiCs showed some reaction with UO2 at a higher temperature (1500 C). Elemental maps supported by phase maps obtained using electron backscatter diffraction indicated that CVC SiC was more reactive than CVD SiC at 1500more » C. Moreover, this investigation indicated the formation of uranium carbides and uranium silicide chemical phases such as UC, USi2, and U3Si2 as a result of SiC reaction with UO2.« less

  15. Liquid water in the domain of cubic crystalline ice Ic

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    Jenniskens, P.; Banham, S. F.; Blake, D. F.; McCoustra, M. R. S.

    1997-07-01

    Vapor-deposited amorphous water ice, when warmed above the glass transition temperature (120-140 K), is a viscous liquid which exhibits a viscosity vs temperature relationship different from that of liquid water at room temperature. New studies of thin water ice films now demonstrate that viscous liquid water persists in the temperature range 140-210 K, where it coexists with cubic crystalline ice. The liquid character of amorphous water above the glass transition is demonstrated by (1) changes in the morphology of water ice films on a nonwetting surface observed in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at around 175 K during slow warming, (2) changes in the binding energy of water molecules measured in temperature programmed desorption (TPD) studies, and (3) changes in the shape of the 3.07 μm absorption band observed in grazing angle reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) during annealing at high temperature, whereby the decreased roughness of the water surface is thought to cause changes in the selection rules for the excitation of O-H stretch vibrations. Because it is present over such a wide range of temperatures, we propose that this form of liquid water is a common material in nature, where it is expected to exist in the subsurface layers of comets and on the surfaces of some planets and satellites.

  16. Atomic scale control and understanding of cubic silicon carbide surface reconstructions, nanostructures and nanochemistry

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    Soukiassian, Patrick G.; Enriquez, Hanna B.

    2004-05-01

    The atomic scale ordering and properties of cubic silicon carbide (bgr-SiC) surfaces and nanostructures are investigated by atom-resolved room and high-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS), synchrotron radiation-based valence band and core level photoelectron spectroscopy (VB-PES, CL-PES) and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD). In this paper, we review the latest results on the atomic scale understanding of (i) the structure of bgr-SiC(100) surface reconstructions, (ii) temperature-induced metallic surface phase transition, (iii) one dimensional Si(C) self-organized nanostructures having unprecedented characteristics, and on (iv) nanochemistry at SiC surfaces with hydrogen. The organization of these surface reconstructions as well as the 1D nanostructures' self-organization are primarily driven by surface stress. In this paper, we address such important issues as (i) the structure of the Si-rich 3 × 2, the Si-terminated c (4 × 2), the C-terminated c (2 × 2) reconstructions of the bgr-SiC(100) surface, (ii) the temperature-induced reversible {\\mathrm {c}}(4\\times 2) \\Leftrightarrow 2\\times 1 metallic phase transition, (iii) the formation of highly stable (up to 900 °C) Si atomic and vacancy lines, (iv) the temperature-induced sp to sp3 diamond like surface transformation, and (v) the first example of H-induced semiconductor surface metallization on the bgr-SiC (100) 3 × 2 surface. The results are discussed and compared to other experimental and theoretical investigations.

  17. Superhard BC(3) in cubic diamond structure.

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    Zhang, Miao; Liu, Hanyu; Li, Quan; Gao, Bo; Wang, Yanchao; Li, Hongdong; Chen, Changfeng; Ma, Yanming

    2015-01-01

    We solve the crystal structure of recently synthesized cubic BC(3) using an unbiased swarm structure search, which identifies a highly symmetric BC(3) phase in the cubic diamond structure (d-BC(3)) that contains a distinct B-B bonding network along the body diagonals of a large 64-atom unit cell. Simulated x-ray diffraction and Raman peaks of d-BC(3) are in excellent agreement with experimental data. Calculated stress-strain relations of d-BC(3) demonstrate its intrinsic superhard nature and reveal intriguing sequential bond-breaking modes that produce superior ductility and extended elasticity, which are unique among superhard solids. The present results establish the first boron carbide in the cubic diamond structure with remarkable properties, and these new findings also provide insights for exploring other covalent solids with complex bonding configurations.

  18. Detection and analysis of particles with failed SiC in AGR-1 fuel compacts

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    Hunn, John D.; Baldwin, Charles A.; Gerczak, Tyler J.; Montgomery, Fred C.; Morris, Robert N.; Silva, Chinthaka M.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Harp, Jason M.; Ploger, Scott A.

    2016-04-06

    As the primary barrier to release of radioactive isotopes emitted from the fuel kernel, retention performance of the SiC layer in tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particles is critical to the overall safety of reactors that utilize this fuel design. Most isotopes are well-retained by intact SiC coatings, so pathways through this layer due to cracking, structural defects, or chemical attack can significantly contribute to radioisotope release. In the US TRISO fuel development effort, release of 134Cs and 137Cs are used to detect SiC failure during fuel compact irradiation and safety testing because the amount of cesium released by a compactmore » containing one particle with failed SiC is typically ten or more times higher than that released by compacts without failed SiC. Compacts with particles that released cesium during irradiation testing or post-irradiation safety testing at 1600–1800 °C were identified, and individual particles with abnormally low cesium retention were sorted out with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Irradiated Microsphere Gamma Analyzer (IMGA). X-ray tomography was used for three-dimensional imaging of the internal coating structure to locate low-density pathways through the SiC layer and guide subsequent materialography by optical and scanning electron microscopy. In addition, all three cesium-releasing particles recovered from as-irradiated compacts showed a region where the inner pyrocarbon (IPyC) had cracked due to radiation-induced dimensional changes in the shrinking buffer and the exposed SiC had experienced concentrated attack by palladium; SiC failures observed in particles subjected to safety testing were related to either fabrication defects or showed extensive Pd corrosion through the SiC where it had been exposed by similar IPyC cracking.« less

  19. Characterization of hydrogenated and deuterated silicon carbide films codeposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Pantelica, D.; Ionescu, P.; Petrascu, H.; Dracea, M. D.; Statescu, M.; Matei, E.; Rasoga, O.; Stancu, C.; Marascu, V.; Ion, V.; Acsente, T.; Dinescu, G.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we present the deposition of amorphous SiC thin films by radiofrequency dual magnetron sputtering. The dependence of the deposited films properties over the discharges electrical power and the effect of hydrogenous species (H2 and/or D2) addition to main discharge gas (Ar) were investigated. Accurate elemental analysis of the samples, including detection of hydrogen and deuterium, was performed by ion beam analysis (IBA) techniques: RBS (Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry) and ERDA (Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis). SiCx thin films with thicknesses between 1700 and 4500 Å and C/Si ratio between 0.2/1 and 1.25/1 were obtained in different deposition conditions. The results prove that thin films of amorphous SiC with well controlled properties can be produced using radiofrequency dual magnetron sputtering.

  20. Helicon wave plasma chemical vapor deposition of nanocrystalline silicon carbide films at low substrate temperature

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    Yu, Wei; Lu, Wanbing; Wang, Baozhu; Han, Li; Fu, Guangsheng

    2005-02-01

    Silicon carbide thin films have been deposited by helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HW-PECVD) technique under the conditions of variant deposition temperatures from 300 to 600°C. Silane, methane and hydrogen are used as reactive gas. The structural properties of the deposited films are characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scan electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultraviolet-visible optical absorption techniques. Detailed analysis of the FTIR spectra indicates that the onset of growing nanocrystalline SiC films at low substrate temperature is closed related with the high plasma ionization rate of helicon wave plasma and the condition of low working gas pressure and strong hydrogen dilution in experiment. The SEM and TEM measurements confirm that the structure of the deposited films is nanocrystalline SiC grains embedded in amorphous matrix and the size of the crystalline gains increases with substrate temperature.

  1. Low-temperature production of silicon carbide films of different polytypes

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    Semenov, A. V. Puzikov, V. M.; Golubova, E. P.; Baumer, V. N.; Dobrotvorskaya, M. V.

    2009-05-15

    The study is concerned with the effect of temperature on the structure of SiC films formed by deposition of the C and Si ions with the energy 120 eV. On the basis of the X-ray structural studies, it is unambiguously established that the structure of the growing polytype is finely dependent on the substrate temperature. In the temperature range from 1080 deg. C to 1510 deg. C, the sequence of films involving the 21R, 51R, 27R, and 6H polytypes is produced for the first time. The effect of temperature on the silicon-carbon atomic content ratio [Si]/[C] in the deposited films is determined. At optimized parameters of deposition the film structured as the 51R rhombohedral polytype is grown.

  2. Graphene nanoribbons anchored to SiC substrates

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    Le, Nam B.; Woods, Lilia M.

    2016-09-01

    Graphene nanoribbons are quasi-one-dimensional planar graphene allotropes with diverse properties dependent on their width and types of edges. Graphene nanoribbons anchored to substrates is a hybrid system, which offers novel opportunities for property modifications as well as experimental control. Here we present electronic structure calculations of zigzag graphene nanoribbons chemically attached via the edges to the Si or C terminated surfaces of a SiC substrate. The results show that the edge characteristics are rather robust and the properties are essentially determined by the individual nanoribbon. While the localized spin polarization of the graphene nanoribbon edge atoms is not significantly affected by the substrate, secondary energy gaps in the highest conduction and lowest valence region may emerge in the anchored structures. The van der Waals interaction together with the electrostatic interactions due to the polarity of the surface bonds are found to be important for the structure parameters and energy stability.

  3. Demonstration of SiC Pressure Sensors at 750 C

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    Okojie, Robert S.; Lukco, Dorothy; Nguyen, Vu; Savrun, Ender

    2014-01-01

    We report the first demonstration of MEMS-based 4H-SiC piezoresistive pressure sensors tested at 750 C and in the process confirmed the existence of strain sensitivity recovery with increasing temperature above 400 C, eventually achieving near or up to 100% of the room temperature values at 750 C. This strain sensitivity recovery phenomenon in 4H-SiC is uncharacteristic of the well-known monotonic decrease in strain sensitivity with increasing temperature in silicon piezoresistors. For the three sensors tested, the room temperature full-scale output (FSO) at 200 psig ranged between 29 and 36 mV. Although the FSO at 400 C dropped by about 60%, full recovery was achieved at 750 C. This result will allow the operation of SiC pressure sensors at higher temperatures, thereby permitting deeper insertion into the engine combustion chamber to improve the accurate quantification of combustor dynamics.

  4. Creep of chemically vapor deposited SiC fibers

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    Dicarlo, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    The creep, thermal expansion, and elastic modulus properties for chemically vapor deposited SiC fibers were measured between 1000 and 1500 C. Creep strain was observed to increase logarithmically with time, monotonically with temperature, and linearly with tensile stress up to 600 MPa. The controlling activation energy was 480 + or - 20 kJ/mole. Thermal pretreatments near 1200 and 1450 C were found to significantly reduce fiber creep. These results coupled with creep recovery observations indicate that below 1400 C fiber creep is anelastic with neglible plastic component. This allowed a simple predictive method to be developed for describing fiber total deformation as a function of time, temperature, and stress. Mechanistic analysis of the property data suggests that fiber creep is the result of beta-SiC grain boundary sliding controlled by a small percent of free silicon in the grain boundaries.

  5. Graphene nanoribbons anchored to SiC substrates.

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    Le, Nam B; Woods, Lilia M

    2016-09-14

    Graphene nanoribbons are quasi-one-dimensional planar graphene allotropes with diverse properties dependent on their width and types of edges. Graphene nanoribbons anchored to substrates is a hybrid system, which offers novel opportunities for property modifications as well as experimental control. Here we present electronic structure calculations of zigzag graphene nanoribbons chemically attached via the edges to the Si or C terminated surfaces of a SiC substrate. The results show that the edge characteristics are rather robust and the properties are essentially determined by the individual nanoribbon. While the localized spin polarization of the graphene nanoribbon edge atoms is not significantly affected by the substrate, secondary energy gaps in the highest conduction and lowest valence region may emerge in the anchored structures. The van der Waals interaction together with the electrostatic interactions due to the polarity of the surface bonds are found to be important for the structure parameters and energy stability. PMID:27392014

  6. Electronic structure of Si vacancy centers in SiC

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    Soykal, Oney; Dev, Pratibha; Economou, Sophia

    2015-03-01

    The spin state of silicon vacancies in SiC is a promising candidate for applications in solid state quantum information technologies due to its long coherence time at room temperature, its technological availability and wide range of polytypism. Until recently, the electronic structure of this vacancy was not well understood. We have developed a group theoretical model that correctly predicts the spin 3/2 structure seen in recent experiments for the 4H-SiC defect. We have included several different mechanisms involved in the mixing of its spin states, such as crystal field splitting, spin-orbit coupling, spin-spin coupling, strain and Jahn-Teller interactions. We have also carried out DFT calculations that support and complement our analytical results.

  7. Polycrystalline SiC fibers from organosilicon polymers

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    Lipowitz, Jonathan; Rabe, James A.; Zank, Gregg A.

    1991-01-01

    Various organosilicon polymers have been converted into small diameter, fine-grained silicon carbide fibers by melt spinning, crosslinking, and pyrolyzing to greater than 1600 C. The high pyrolysis temperature densifies the fiber and causes CO evolution which removes nearly all oxygen. An additive prevents the loss of strength normally associated with such treatments. Silicon carbide fibres with up to 2.6 GPa (380 ksi) tensile strength, greater than 420 GPa (greater than 60 Msi) elastic modulus, and 3.1-3.2 mg/cu m density have been prepared via this process. Their microstructure consists of greater than 95 wt pct B-SiC crystallites averaging 30-40 nm diameter, with varying amounts of graphitic carbon between the SiC grains. Under inert conditions, the fibers can be thermally aged at least 12 h/1800 C with minimal change in properties.

  8. Quadratic-Like Dynamics of Cubic Polynomials

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    Blokh, Alexander; Oversteegen, Lex; Ptacek, Ross; Timorin, Vladlen

    2016-02-01

    A small perturbation of a quadratic polynomial f with a non-repelling fixed point gives a polynomial g with an attracting fixed point and a Jordan curve Julia set, on which g acts like angle doubling. However, there are cubic polynomials with a non-repelling fixed point, for which no perturbation results into a polynomial with Jordan curve Julia set. Motivated by the study of the closure of the Cubic Principal Hyperbolic Domain, we describe such polynomials in terms of their quadratic-like restrictions.

  9. Purely cubic action for string field theory

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    Horowitz, G. T.; Lykken, J.; Rohm, R.; Strominger, A.

    1986-01-01

    It is shown that Witten's (1986) open-bosonic-string field-theory action and a closed-string analog can be written as a purely cubic interaction term. The conventional form of the action arises by expansion around particular solutions of the classical equations of motion. The explicit background dependence of the conventional action via the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin operator is eliminated in the cubic formulation. A closed-form expression is found for the full nonlinear gauge-transformation law.

  10. The intensive terahertz electroluminescence induced by Bloch oscillations in SiC natural superlattices.

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    Sankin, Vladimir; Andrianov, Alexandr; Petrov, Alexey; Zakhar'in, Alexey; Lepneva, Ala; Shkrebiy, Pavel

    2012-10-09

    : We report on efficient terahertz (THz) emission from high-electric-field-biased SiC structures with a natural superlattice at liquid helium temperatures. The emission spectrum demonstrates a single line, the maximum of which shifts linearly with increases in bias field. We attribute this emission to steady-state Bloch oscillations of electrons in the SiC natural superlattice. The properties of the THz emission agree fairly with the parameters of the Bloch oscillator regime, which have been proven by high-field electron transport studies of SiC structures with natural superlattices.

  11. Electrical Impact of SiC Structural Crystal Defects on High Electric Field Devices (Invited)

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    Neudeck, Philip G.

    1999-01-01

    As illustrated by the invited paper at this conference and other works, SiC wafers and epilayers contain a variety of crystallographic imperfections, including micropipes, closed-core screw dislocations, grain boundaries, basal plane dislocations, heteropolytypic inclusions, and surfaces that are often damaged and contain atomically rough features like step bunching and growth pits or hillocks. Present understanding of the operational impact of various crystal imperfections on SiC electrical devices is reviewed, with an emphasis placed on high-field SiC power devices and circuits.

  12. A New Method to Grow SiC: Solvent-Laser Heated Floating Zone

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    Woodworth, Andrew A.; Neudeck, Philip G.; Sayir, Ali

    2012-01-01

    The solvent-laser heated floating zone (solvent-LHFZ) growth method is being developed to grow long single crystal SiC fibers. The technique combines the single crystal fiber growth ability of laser heated floating zone with solvent based growth techniques (e.g. traveling solvent method) ability to grow SiC from the liquid phase. Initial investigations reported in this paper show that the solvent-LHFZ method readily grows single crystal SiC (retains polytype and orientation), but has a significant amount of inhomogeneous strain and solvent rich inclusions.

  13. Ab initio prediction of SiC nanotubes with negative strain energy

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    Alfieri, G.; Kimoto, T.

    2014-01-20

    Single-layer SiC nanotubes (SiCNTs) are known to be metastable structures that is why only nanotubular fibers or polygrained nanotubes have been obtained experimentally. In this study, we report on how hydrogen helps to overcome the metastability of SiCNTs. Starting from SiC graphitic sheets, we analyzed the impact of either partial or full hydrogenation on the electronic properties and structural stability of SiCNTs. It is shown that, in general, hydrogenation widens the band gap of both SiC graphitic sheets and nanotubes and, irrespective of the difference in chirality and diameter, leads to the formation of energetically stable SiCNTs.

  14. Similarities and differences in sublimation growth of SiC and AlN

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    Epelbaum, B. M.; Bickermann, M.; Nagata, S.; Heimann, P.; Filip, O.; Winnacker, A.

    2007-07-01

    The similarities and differences in development of crystal growth of bulk silicon carbide (SiC) and aluminum nitride (AlN) are discussed. It is concluded that AlN is going to become the second crystal grown in production scale using PVT technique. The growth technology of AlN may take advantage of learning from SiC technology as the latter is based on significant advances achieved in the course of last 20 years. The main differences between two materials are in incongruent evaporation of SiC and in poor compatibility of AlN with regular high-temperature crucible materials.

  15. The intensive terahertz electroluminescence induced by Bloch oscillations in SiC natural superlattices

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    2012-01-01

    We report on efficient terahertz (THz) emission from high-electric-field-biased SiC structures with a natural superlattice at liquid helium temperatures. The emission spectrum demonstrates a single line, the maximum of which shifts linearly with increases in bias field. We attribute this emission to steady-state Bloch oscillations of electrons in the SiC natural superlattice. The properties of the THz emission agree fairly with the parameters of the Bloch oscillator regime, which have been proven by high-field electron transport studies of SiC structures with natural superlattices. PMID:23043773

  16. Incorporation of oxygen in SiC implanted with hydrogen

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    Barcz, A.; Jakieła, R.; Kozubal, M.; Dyczewski, J.; Celler, G. K.

    2015-12-01

    Oxygen accumulation at buried implantation-damage layers was studied after post-implantation annealing of hydrogen- or deuterium-implanted 4H-SiC. In this study H+ or 2H+ implantation was carried out at energies E, from 200 keV to 1 MeV, to fluences D, ranging from 2 × 1016/cm2 to 1 × 1017/cm2. For comparison, the implantation was also done into float-zone (FZ) and Czochralski (CZ) silicon wafers. Post-implantation annealing at temperatures from 400 °C to 1150 °C was performed either in pure argon or in a water vapor. Characterization methods included SIMS, RBS and TEM. At sufficiently high doses, hydrogen implantation into semiconductors leads to the irreversible formation of a planar zone of microcavities, bubbles and other extended defects located at the maximum of deposited energy. This kind of highly perturbed layer, containing large amounts of agglomerated hydrogen is known to efficiently getter a number of impurities. Oxygen was detected in both CZ and FZ silicon subjected to Smart-Cut™ processing. We have identified, by SIMS profiling, a considerable oxygen peak situated at the interface between the SiC substrate and a layer implanted with 1 × 1017 H ions/cm2 and heated to 1150 °C in either H2O vapor or in a nominally pure Ar. In view of a lack of convincing evidence that a hexagonal SiC might contain substantial amounts of oxygen, the objective of the present study was to identify the source and possible transport mechanism of oxygen species to the cavity band. Through the analysis of several implants annealed at various conditions, we conclude that, besides diffusion from the bulk or from surface oxides, an alternative path for oxygen agglomeration is migration of gaseous O2 or H2O from the edge of the sample through the porous layer.

  17. New Laboratory Measurements of Rhomboidal SiC_3

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    Gottlieb, Carl A.; Thaddeus, Patrick

    2009-06-01

    Rhomboidal SiC_3, the highly polar planar ring with C_{2v} symmetry and a transannular C-C bond, was detected in our laboratory about 10 years ago, and soon afterwards was identified with a radio telescope in the expanding envelope of IRC+10216. Recently a sensitive spectral line survey of IRC+10216 was made with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) in the 300 - 355 GHz range with a 3^'' × 2^'' synthesized beam. Many new lines were detected in this survey. Most are from high rotational transitions of molecules that are known in IRC+10216, but some of the lines are quite narrow and more than 10 of these are unassigned. In support of the SMA observations we have extended the earlier laboratory measurements by Apponi et al. from 286 GHz and K_a ≤ 6, to 450 GHz and K_a ≤ 20 from rotational levels as high as 825 K above ground. As a result uncertainties in the predicted spectrum for lines with high K_a have been reduced by as much as two orders of magnitude, which should aid the assignment of SiC_3 in the SMA survey and in future observations with ALMA. A. J. Apponi, M. C. McCarthy, C. A. Gottlieb, and P. Thaddeus, Journ. Chem. Phys. 111, 3911 (1999). A. J. Apponi, M. C. McCarthy, C. A. Gottlieb, and P. Thaddeus, Astrophys. Journ. Lett. 516, L103 (1999). N. A. Patel, K. H. Young, S. Brünken, R. W. Wilson, P. Thaddeus, K. M. Menten, M. Reid, M. C. McCarthy, Dinh-V Trung, C. A. Gottlieb, and A. Hedden, Astrophys. Journ., in press (2009).

  18. D-region ion-neutral coupled chemistry (Sodankylä Ion Chemistry, SIC) within the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM 4) - WACCM-SIC and WACCM-rSIC

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    Kovács, Tamás; Plane, John M. C.; Feng, Wuhu; Nagy, Tibor; Chipperfield, Martyn P.; Verronen, Pekka T.; Andersson, Monika E.; Newnham, David A.; Clilverd, Mark A.; Marsh, Daniel R.

    2016-09-01

    This study presents a new ion-neutral chemical model coupled into the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM). The ionospheric D-region (altitudes ˜ 50-90 km) chemistry is based on the Sodankylä Ion Chemistry (SIC) model, a one-dimensional model containing 307 ion-neutral and ion recombination, 16 photodissociation and 7 photoionization reactions of neutral species, positive and negative ions, and electrons. The SIC mechanism was reduced using the simulation error minimization connectivity method (SEM-CM) to produce a reaction scheme of 181 ion-molecule reactions of 181 ion-molecule reactions of 27 positive and 18 negative ions. This scheme describes the concentration profiles at altitudes between 20 km and 120 km of a set of major neutral species (HNO3, O3, H2O2, NO, NO2, HO2, OH, N2O5) and ions (O2+, O4+, NO+, NO+(H2O), O2+(H2O), H+(H2O), H+(H2O)2, H+(H2O)3, H+(H2O)4, O3-, NO2-, O-, O2, OH-, O2-(H2O), O2-(H2O)2, O4-, CO3-, CO3-(H2O), CO4-, HCO3-, NO2-, NO3-, NO3-(H2O), NO3-(H2O)2, NO3-(HNO3), NO3-(HNO3)2, Cl-, ClO-), which agree with the full SIC mechanism within a 5 % tolerance. Four 3-D model simulations were then performed, using the impact of the January 2005 solar proton event (SPE) on D-region HOx and NOx chemistry as a test case of four different model versions: the standard WACCM (no negative ions and a very limited set of positive ions); WACCM-SIC (standard WACCM with the full SIC chemistry of positive and negative ions); WACCM-D (standard WACCM with a heuristic reduction of the SIC chemistry, recently used to examine HNO3 formation following an SPE); and WACCM-rSIC (standard WACCM with a reduction of SIC chemistry using the SEM-CM method). The standard WACCM misses the HNO3 enhancement during the SPE, while the full and reduced model versions predict significant NOx, HOx and HNO3 enhancements in the mesosphere during solar proton events. The SEM-CM reduction also identifies the important ion-molecule reactions that affect the partitioning of

  19. Study of deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-x on cubic zirconia

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    Warner, Joseph D.; Meola, Joseph E.; Jenkins, Kimberly A.

    1989-01-01

    Films of YBa2Cu3O7-x were grown on (100) cubic zirconia with 8 percent yttria by laser ablation from sintered targets of YBa2Cu3O7-x. The temperature of the zirconia substrate during growth was varied between 700 and 780 C. The atmosphere during growth was 170 mtorr of O2. The films were subsequently slowly cooled in-situ in 1 atm of O2. The best films were c-axis aligned and had a transition temperature of 87.7 K. The superconducting transition temperature and the X-ray diffraction analysis is reported as a function of the substrate temperature and of the angle between the laser beam and the target's normal.

  20. Structural, electrical and thermoelectrical analysis of nickel sulphide thin films

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    Chate, P. A.; Sathe, D. J.

    2016-06-01

    A dip method is employed for the deposition of NiS2 thin film at room temperature. Nickel sulphate, succinic acid and thiourea were used as the source materials. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the film samples are cubic phase. The specific electrical conductivity of the film was found to be 3.16 × 10-6 (Ω cm)-1. The films show high absorption, and band gap energy value was found to be 1.37 eV. The temperature dependence of an electrical conductivity, thermoelectrical power, carrier density and carrier mobility for NiS2 thin films has been examined.

  1. Cubic Polynomials with Rational Roots and Critical Points

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    Gupta, Shiv K.; Szymanski, Waclaw

    2010-01-01

    If you want your students to graph a cubic polynomial, it is best to give them one with rational roots and critical points. In this paper, we describe completely all such cubics and explain how to generate them.

  2. Use of Pom Pons to Illustrate Cubic Crystal Structures.

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    Cady, Susan G.

    1997-01-01

    Describes a method that uses olefin pom pons to illustrate cubic crystal structure. Facilitates hands-on examination of different packing arrangements such as hexagonal close-packed and cubic close-packed structures. (JRH)

  3. Anisotropy of a cubic ferromagnet at criticality

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    Kudlis, A.; Sokolov, A. I.

    2016-10-01

    Critical fluctuations change the effective anisotropy of cubic ferromagnet near the Curie point. If the crystal undergoes phase transition into orthorhombic phase and the initial anisotropy is not too strong, reduced anisotropy of nonlinear susceptibility acquires at Tc the universal value δ4*=2/v* 3 (u*+v*) where u* and v* are coordinates of the cubic fixed point on the flow diagram of renormalization group equations. In the paper, the critical value of the reduced anisotropy is estimated within the pseudo-ɛ expansion approach. The six-loop pseudo-ɛ expansions for u*, v*, and δ4* are derived for the arbitrary spin dimensionality n . For cubic crystals (n =3 ) higher-order coefficients of the pseudo-ɛ expansions obtained turn out to be so small that use of simple Padé approximants yields reliable numerical results. Padé resummation of the pseudo-ɛ series for u*, v*, and δ4* leads to the estimate δ4*=0.079 ±0.006 , indicating that detection of the anisotropic critical behavior of cubic ferromagnets in physical and computer experiments is certainly possible.

  4. A monotonicity conjecture for real cubic maps

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    Dawson, S.P.; Galeeva, R.; Milnor, J.; Tresser, C.

    1993-12-01

    This will be an outline of work in progress. We study the conjecture that the topological entropy of a real cubic map depends ``monotonely`` on its parameters, in the sense that each locus of constant entropy in parameter space is a connected set. This material will be presented in more detail in a later paper.

  5. Route for controlled growth of ultrathin polyimide films with Si C bonding to Si(100)-2×1

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    Bitzer, T.; Richardson, N. V.

    1999-04-01

    In this high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy study, we demonstrate the growth of an ultrathin polyimide film on Si(100)-2×1 exhibiting Si-C bonds at the organic film/substrate interface. For the controlled formation of the film, which has been carried out by molecular deposition, maleic anhydride, 1,4-phenylene diamine and pyromellitic dianhydride have been sequentially deposited on Si(100)-2×1 at room temperature. Imidisation was initiated by thermally curing the amic acid film at 430°C. The vibrational data confirm the absence of oxidised silicon at the film/substrate interface.

  6. Study of the crystallographic phase change on copper (I) selenide thin films prepared through chemical bath deposition by varying the pH of the solution

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    Sandoval-Paz, M. G.; Rodríguez, C. A.; Porcile-Saavedra, P. F.; Trejo-Cruz, C.

    2016-07-01

    Copper (I) selenide thin films with orthorhombic and cubic structure were deposited on glass substrates by using the chemical bath deposition technique. The effects of the solution pH on the films growth and subsequently the structural, optical and electrical properties of the films were studied. Films with orthorhombic structure were obtained from baths wherein both metal complex and hydroxide coexist; while films with cubic structure were obtained from baths where the metal hydroxide there is no present. The structural modifications are accompanied by changes in bandgap energy, morphology and electrical resistivity of the films.

  7. Fabrication of mullite-bonded porous SiC ceramics from multilayer-coated SiC particles through sol-gel and in-situ polymerization techniques

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    Ebrahimpour, Omid

    In this work, mullite-bonded porous silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics were prepared via a reaction bonding technique with the assistance of a sol-gel technique or in-situ polymerization as well as a combination of these techniques. In a typical procedure, SiC particles were first coated by alumina using calcined powder and alumina sol via a sol-gel technique followed by drying and passing through a screen. Subsequently, they were coated with the desired amount of polyethylene via an in-situ polymerization technique in a slurry phase reactor using a Ziegler-Natta catalyst. Afterward, the coated powders were dried again and passed through a screen before being pressed into a rectangular mold to make a green body. During the heating process, the polyethylene was burnt out to form pores at a temperature of about 500°C. Increasing the temperature above 800°C led to the partial oxidation of SiC particles to silica. At higher temperatures (above 1400°C) derived silica reacted with alumina to form mullite, which bonds SiC particles together. The porous SiC specimens were characterized with various techniques. The first part of the project was devoted to investigating the oxidation of SiC particles using a Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) apparatus. The effects of particle size (micro and nano) and oxidation temperature (910°C--1010°C) as well as the initial mass of SiC particles in TGA on the oxidation behaviour of SiC powders were evaluated. To illustrate the oxidation rate of SiC in the packed bed state, a new kinetic model, which takes into account all of the diffusion steps (bulk, inter and intra particle diffusion) and surface oxidation rate, was proposed. Furthermore, the oxidation of SiC particles was analyzed by the X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technique. The effect of different alumina sources (calcined Al2O 3, alumina sol or a combination of the two) on the mechanical, physical, and crystalline structure of mullite-bonded porous SiC ceramics was studied in the

  8. Thin Film Heat Flux Sensor Development for Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Systems

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    Wrbanek, John D.; Fralick, Gustave C.; Hunter, Gary W.; Zhu, Dongming; Laster, Kimala L.; Gonzalez, Jose M.; Gregory, Otto J.

    2010-01-01

    The NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) has an on-going effort for developing high temperature thin film sensors for advanced turbine engine components. Stable, high temperature thin film ceramic thermocouples have been demonstrated in the lab, and novel methods of fabricating sensors have been developed. To fabricate thin film heat flux sensors for Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) systems, the rough and porous nature of the CMC system posed a significant challenge for patterning the fine features required. The status of the effort to develop thin film heat flux sensors specifically for use on silicon carbide (SiC) CMC systems with these new technologies is described.

  9. COMPATIBILITY OF INTERFACES AND FIBERS FOR SIC-COMPOSITES IN FUSION ENVIRONMENTS

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    Henager, Charles H.; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2008-02-14

    The use of SiC composites in fusion environments is predicated on stability under neutron irradiation, on outstanding high-temperature mechanical properties, and on chemical inertness and corrosion resistance. However, SiC is susceptible to many forms of corrosion in water and in water vapor where silica formation is required as a protective layer because silica forms stable hydroxides that are volatile, even at low temperatures. SiC composites have an additional concern that fine-grained fibers and weak interfaces provide the required fracture toughness, but these components may also exhibit susceptibility to corrosion that can compromise material properties. In this work we examine and review the compatibility of fibers and interfaces, as well as the SiC matrix, in proposed fusion environments including first wall, tritium breeding, and blanket modules and module coolants.

  10. Synthesis of One-Dimensional SiC Nanostructures from a Glassy Buckypaper

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    Ding, Mengning; Star, Alexander

    2013-02-21

    A simple and scalable synthetic strategy was developed for the fabrication of one-dimensional SiC nanostructures - nanorods and nanowires. Thin sheets of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were prepared by vacuum filtration and were washed repeatedly with sodium silicate (Na₂SiO₃) solution. The resulting “glassy buckypaper” was heated at 1300 - 1500 °C under Ar/H₂ to allow a solid state reaction between C and Si precursors to form a variety of SiC nanostructures. The morphology and crystal structures of SiC nanorods and nanowires were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), energy dispersive xray spectroscopy (EDX), electron diffraction (ED) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Furthermore, electrical conductance measurements were performed on SiC nanorods, demonstrating their potential applications in high-temperature sensors and control systems.

  11. Amorphization resistance of nano-engineered SiC under heavy ion irradiation

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    Imada, Kenta; Ishimaru, Manabu; Xue, Haizhou; Zhang, Yanwen; Shannon, Steven C.; Weber, William J.

    2016-06-19

    Silicon carbide (SiC) with a high-density of planar defects (hereafter, ‘nano-engineered SiC’) and epitaxially-grown single-crystalline 3C-SiC were simultaneously irradiated with Au ions at room temperature, in order to compare their relative resistance to radiation-induced amorphization. Furthermore, it was found that the local threshold dose for amorphization is comparable for both samples under 2 MeV Au ion irradiation; whereas, nano-engineered SiC exhibits slightly greater radiation tolerance than single crystalline SiC under 10 MeV Au irradiation. Under 10 MeV Au ion irradiation, the dose for amorphization increased by about a factor of two in both nano-engineered and single crystal SiC due tomore » the local increase in electronic energy loss that enhanced dynamic recovery.« less

  12. Precursor Selection for Property Optimization in Biomorphic SiC Ceramics

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    Varela-Feria, F. M.; Lopez-Robledo, M. J.; Martinez-Fernandez, J.; deArellano-Lopez, A. R.; Singh, M.; Gray, Hugh R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Biomorphic SiC ceramics have been fabricated using different wood precursors. The evolution of volume, density and microstructure of the woods, carbon performs, and final SiC products are systematically studied in order to establish experimental guidelines that allow materials selection. The wood density is a critical characteristic, which results in a particular final SiC density, and the level of anisotropy in mechanical properties in directions parallel (axial) and perpendicular (radial) to the growth of the wood. The purpose of this work is to explore experimental laws that can help choose a type of wood as precursor for a final SiC product, with a given microstructure, density and level of anisotropy. Preliminary studies of physical properties suggest that not only mechanical properties are strongly anisotropic, but also electrical conductivity and gas permeability, which have great technological importance.

  13. 40 CFR 372.23 - SIC and NAICS codes to which this Part applies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... sale of household furniture and that manufacture custom made upholstered household furniture (previously classified under SIC 5712, Furniture Stores (upholstered, custom made furniture)); Except 337122... limited to facilities primarily engaged in the retail sale of household furniture and that...

  14. 40 CFR 372.23 - SIC and NAICS codes to which this Part applies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... sale of household furniture and that manufacture custom made upholstered household furniture (previously classified under SIC 5712, Furniture Stores (upholstered, custom made furniture)); Except 337122... limited to facilities primarily engaged in the retail sale of household furniture and that...

  15. SiC Nanowires with Tunable Hydrophobicity/Hydrophilicity and Their Application as Nanofluids.

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    Chen, Junhong; Zhai, Famin; Liu, Meng; Hou, Xinmei; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2016-06-14

    In this paper, several methods including HF, NaOH, TEOS, and PVP treatment were adopted to modify the wettability of silicon carbide (SiC) nanowires switching from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. The phase and microstructure investigated by XRD, FT-IR, XPS, TGA, SEM, and TEM demonstrated SiC nanowires switching from hydrophobic to hydrophilic due to the surface-tethered hydrophilic layer as well as increasing interspace between nanowires. Besides this, SiC nanowires with hydrophilicity may effectively improve the thermal conductivity of a fluid. The thermal conductivity of aqueous SiC nanowires after TEOS treatment with just 0.3 vol % was remarkably improved up to ca. 13.0%. PMID:27223246

  16. Numerical design of SiC bulk crystal growth for electronic applications

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    Wejrzanowski, T.; Grybczuk, M.; Kurzydlowski, K. J.; Tymicki, E.

    2014-10-06

    Presented study concerns numerical simulation of Physical Vapor Transport (PVT) growth of bulk Silicon Carbide (SiC) crystals. Silicon Carbide is a wide band gap semiconductor, with numerous applications due to its unique properties. Wider application of SiC is limited by high price and insufficient quality of the product. Those problems can be overcame by optimizing SiC production methods. Experimental optimization of SiC production is expensive because it is time consuming and requires large amounts of energy. Numerical modeling allows to learn more about conditions inside the reactor and helps to optimize the process at much lower cost. In this study several simulations of processes with different reactor geometries were presented along with discussion of reactor geometry influence on obtained monocrystal shape and size.

  17. Highly flexible, nonflammable and free-standing SiC nanowire paper

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    Chen, Jianjun; Liao, Xin; Wang, Mingming; Liu, Zhaoxiang; Zhang, Judong; Ding, Lijuan; Gao, Li; Li, Ye

    2015-03-01

    Flexible paper-like semiconductor nanowire materials are expected to meet the criteria for some emerging applications, such as components of flexible solar cells, electrical batteries, supercapacitors, nanocomposites, bendable or wearable electronic or optoelectronic components, and so on. As a new generation of wide-bandgap semiconductors and reinforcements in composites, SiC nanowires have advantages in power electronic applications and nanofiber reinforced ceramic composites. Herein, free-standing SiC nanowire paper consisting of ultralong single-crystalline SiC nanowires was prepared through a facile vacuum filtration approach. The ultralong SiC nanowires were synthesized by a sol-gel and carbothermal reduction method. The flexible paper composed of SiC nanowires is ~100 nm in width and up to several hundreds of micrometers in length. The nanowires are intertwisted with each other to form a three-dimensional network-like structure. SiC nanowire paper exhibits high flexibility and strong mechanical stability. The refractory performance and thermal stability of SiC nanowire paper were also investigated. The paper not only exhibits excellent nonflammability in fire, but also remains well preserved without visible damage when it is heated in an electric oven at a high temperature (1000 °C) for 3 h. With its high flexibility, excellent nonflammability, and high thermal stability, the free-standing SiC nanowire paper may have the potential to improve the ablation resistance of high temperature ceramic composites.Flexible paper-like semiconductor nanowire materials are expected to meet the criteria for some emerging applications, such as components of flexible solar cells, electrical batteries, supercapacitors, nanocomposites, bendable or wearable electronic or optoelectronic components, and so on. As a new generation of wide-bandgap semiconductors and reinforcements in composites, SiC nanowires have advantages in power electronic applications and nanofiber

  18. Breakthrough in Power Electronics from SiC: May 25, 2004 - May 31, 2005

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    Marckx, D. A.

    2006-03-01

    This report explores the premise that silicon carbide (SiC) devices would reduce substantially the cost of energy of large wind turbines that need power electronics for variable speed generation systems.

  19. Dr. Wernher Von Braun leads a tour of the S-IC checkout area.

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    1999-01-01

    Dr. Eberhard Rees, Charles Schultze, James Webb, Elmer Staats, Comptroller General of the United States, and Dr. Wernher Von Braun tour the S-IC checkout area in the Marshall Space Flight Center quality lab.

  20. Properties of reactively deposited SiC and GeC alloys

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    Martin, Peter M.; Johnston, John W.; Bennett, Wendy D.

    1990-12-01

    Thin-film silicon carbide (SiCi) and germanium carbon (Ge,Ci) alloy coatings with low ›ifrared optical absorption have been fabricated by DC- and RF-reactive magnetron sputtering. The optical and mechanical properties of the coatings depend on composition determined by deposition conditions. The refractive index and optical absorption coefficient of SiCi. alloys were varied from those of amorphous Si to those near diamond-like carbon (DLC) by increasing C content. The band edge shifted below 1.2 eV with C content as high as 0.8. The useful range of the SiCi coatings was extended to wavelengths as low as 1 jim. The useful transparency range of GeCi coatings is from 3 to 12 jim. The refractive index of GeCi coatings was varied from 4.2 of amorphous Ge to near 3.4 by increasing x from 0 to 0.5. The optical absorption coefficient was a complex function of composition and C-H, Ge-H, and Ge-C bonding. Mechanical stress in both materials was generally moderate, and increased with increasing C content for the GeC alloys and decreased with increasing C for the SiC alloys. The wide range of optical properties obtainable for both coating types makes them useful in many types of multilayer designs. Abrasion-resistant infrared (IR) multispectral antireflection coatings on zinc sulfide (ZnS) were demonstrated using Geij"9C and DLC layers.

  1. High-Temperature SiC Power Module with Integrated SiC Gate Drivers for Future High-Density Power Electronics Applications

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    Whitaker, Mr. Bret; Cole, Mr. Zach; Passmore, Mr. Brandon; Mcnutt, Tyler; Lostetter, Dr. Alex; Ericson, Milton Nance; Frank, Steven; Britton Jr, Charles L; Marlino, Laura D; Mantooth, Alan; Francis, Matt; Lamichhane, Ranjan; Shepherd, Paul; Glover, Michael

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a high-temperature capable intelligent power module that contains SiC power devices and SiC gate driver integrated circuits (ICs). The high-temperature capability of the SiC gate driver ICs allows for them to be packaged into the power module and be located physically close to the power devices. This provides a distinct advantage by reducing the gate driver loop inductance, which promotes high frequency operation, while also reducing the overall volume of the system through higher levels of integration. The power module was tested in a bridgeless-boost converter (Fig. 1) to determine the performance of the module in a system level application. The converter was operated with a switching frequency of 200 kHz with a peak output power of approximately 5 kW. The peak efficiency was found to be 97.5% at 2.9 kW.

  2. Si Isotopic Ratios in Mainstream Presolar SIC Grains Revisited

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    Lugaro, Maria; Zinner, Ernst; Gallino, Roberto; Amari, Sachiko

    1999-12-01

    Although mainstream SiC grains, the major group of presolar SiC grains found in meteorites, are believed to have originated in the expanding envelope of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars during their late carbon-rich phases, their Si isotopic ratios show a distribution that cannot be explained by nucleosynthesis in this kind of star. Previously, this distribution has been interpreted to be the result of contributions from many AGB stars of different ages whose initial Si isotopic ratios vary owing to the Galactic chemical evolution of the Si isotopes. This paper presents a new interpretation based on local heterogeneities of the Si isotopes in the interstellar medium at the time the parent stars of the mainstream grains were born. Recently, several authors have presented inhomogeneous chemical evolution models of the Galactic disk in order to account for the well-known evidence that F and G dwarfs of similar age show an intrinsic scatter in their elemental abundances. First we report new calculations of the s-process nucleosynthesis of the Si and Ti isotopes in four AGB models (1.5, 3, and 5 Msolar with Z=0.02; 3 Msolar with Z=0.006). These calculations are based on the release of neutrons in the He intershell by the 13C source during the interpulse periods followed by a second small burst of neutrons released in the convective thermal pulse by the marginal activation of the 22Ne source. In the 1.5 and 3 Msolar models with solar metallicity the predicted shifts of the Si isotopic ratios in the stars' envelope are much smaller (<30‰ for the 29Si/28Si ratio and <40‰ for the 30Si/28Si ratio; the two ratios are normalized to solar) than the range observed in the mainstream grains (up to 180‰). Isotopic shifts are of the same order as in the SiC grains for the 5 Msolar and Z=0.006 models, but the slope of the 29Si/28Si versus 30Si/28Si correlation line is much smaller than that of the grains. We also show that none of the models can reproduce the correlations

  3. The development of chemically vapor deposited mullite coatings for the corrosion protection of SiC

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    Auger, M.; Hou, P.; Sengupta, A.; Basu, S.; Sarin, V.

    1998-05-01

    Crystalline mullite coatings have been chemically vapor deposited onto SiC substrates to enhance the corrosion and oxidation resistance of the substrate. Current research has been divided into three distinct areas: (1) Development of the deposition processing conditions for increased control over coating`s growth rate, microstructure, and morphology; (2) Analysis of the coating`s crystal structure and stability; (3) The corrosion resistance of the CVD mullite coating on SiC.

  4. Fuel Tank Assembly of the Saturn V S-IC Stage

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1964-01-01

    The fuel tank assembly of the Saturn V S-IC (first) stage is readied to be mated to the liquid oxygen tank at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The fuel tank carried kerosene as its fuel. The S-IC stage utilized five F-1 engines that used kerosene and liquid oxygen as propellant. Each engine provided 1,500,000 pounds of thrust. This stage lifted the entire vehicle and Apollo spacecraft from the launch pad.

  5. SiC growth by Solvent-Laser Heated Floating Zone

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    Woodworth, Andrew A.; Neudeck, Philip G.; Sayir, Ali; Spry, David J.; Trunek, Andrew J.; Powell, J. Anthony

    2011-01-01

    In an effort to grow single crystal SiC fibers for seed crystals the following two growth methods have been coupled in this work: traveling solvent and laser heated floating zone to create the solvent-laser heated floating zone (Solvent-LHFZ) crystal growth method. This paper discusses the results of these initial experiments, which includes: source material, laser heating, and analysis of the first ever Solvent-LHFZ SiC crystals (synchrotron white beam x-ray topography confirmed).

  6. Phosphorus doping of 4H SiC by liquid immersion excimer laser irradiation

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    Ikeda, Akihiro; Nishi, Koji; Ikenoue, Hiroshi; Asano, Tanemasa

    2013-02-04

    Phosphorus doping of 4H SiC is performed by KrF excimer laser irradiation of 4H SiC immersed in phosphoric acid. Phosphorus is incorporated to a depth of a few tens of nanometers at a concentration of over 10{sup 20}/cm{sup 3} without generating significant crystal defects. Formation of a pn junction diode with an ideality factor of 1.06 is demonstrated.

  7. Modeling the Elastic Modulus of 2D Woven CVI SiC Composites

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    Morscher, Gregory N.

    2006-01-01

    The use of fiber, interphase, CVI SiC minicomposites as structural elements for 2D-woven SiC fiber reinforced chemically vapor infiltrated (CVI) SiC matrix composites is demonstrated to be a viable approach to model the elastic modulus of these composite systems when tensile loaded in an orthogonal direction. The 0deg (loading direction) and 90deg (perpendicular to loading direction) oriented minicomposites as well as the open porosity and excess SiC associated with CVI SiC composites were all modeled as parallel elements using simple Rule of Mixtures techniques. Excellent agreement for a variety of 2D woven Hi-Nicalon(TradeMark) fiber-reinforced and Sylramic-iBN reinforced CVI SiC matrix composites that differed in numbers of plies, constituent content, thickness, density, and number of woven tows in either direction (i.e, balanced weaves versus unbalanced weaves) was achieved. It was found that elastic modulus was not only dependent on constituent content, but also the degree to which 90deg minicomposites carried load. This depended on the degree of interaction between 90deg and 0deg minicomposites which was quantified to some extent by composite density. The relationships developed here for elastic modulus only necessitated the knowledge of the fractional contents of fiber, interphase and CVI SiC as well as the tow size and shape. It was concluded that such relationships are fairly robust for orthogonally loaded 2D woven CVI SiC composite system and can be implemented by ceramic matrix composite component modelers and designers for modeling the local stiffness in simple or complex parts fabricated with variable constituent contents.

  8. A SiC MOSFET Based Inverter for Wireless Power Transfer Applications

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    Onar, Omer C; Chinthavali, Madhu Sudhan; Campbell, Steven L; Ning, Puqi; White, Cliff P; Miller , John M.

    2014-01-01

    In a wireless power transfer (WPT) system, efficiency of the power conversion stages is crucial so that the WPT technology can compete with the conventional conductive charging systems. Since there are 5 or 6 power conversion stages, each stage needs to be as efficient as possible. SiC inverters are crucial in this case; they can handle high frequency operation and they can operate at relatively higher temperatures resulting in reduces cost and size for the cooling components. This study presents the detailed power module design, development, and fabrication of a SiC inverter. The proposed inverter has been tested at three center frequencies that are considered for the WPT standardization. Performance of the inverter at the same target power transfer level is analyzed along with the other system components. In addition, another SiC inverter has been built in authors laboratory by using the ORNL designed and developed SiC modules. It is shown that the inverter with ORNL packaged SiC modules performs simular to that of the inverter having commercially available SiC modules.

  9. U.S. Department of Energy Accident Resistant SiC Clad Nuclear Fuel Development

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    George W. Griffith

    2011-10-01

    A significant effort is being placed on silicon carbide ceramic matrix composite (SiC CMC) nuclear fuel cladding by Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Advanced Light Water Reactor Nuclear Fuels Pathway. The intent of this work is to invest in a high-risk, high-reward technology that can be introduced in a relatively short time. The LWRS goal is to demonstrate successful advanced fuels technology that suitable for commercial development to support nuclear relicensing. Ceramic matrix composites are an established non-nuclear technology that utilizes ceramic fibers embedded in a ceramic matrix. A thin interfacial layer between the fibers and the matrix allows for ductile behavior. The SiC CMC has relatively high strength at high reactor accident temperatures when compared to metallic cladding. SiC also has a very low chemical reactivity and doesn't react exothermically with the reactor cooling water. The radiation behavior of SiC has also been studied extensively as structural fusion system components. The SiC CMC technology is in the early stages of development and will need to mature before confidence in the developed designs can created. The advanced SiC CMC materials do offer the potential for greatly improved safety because of their high temperature strength, chemical stability and reduced hydrogen generation.

  10. Effect of Ductile Agents on the Dynamic Behavior of SiC3D Network Composites

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    Zhu, Jingbo; Wang, Yangwei; Wang, Fuchi; Fan, Qunbo

    2016-07-01

    Co-continuous SiC ceramic composites using pure aluminum, epoxy, and polyurethane (PU) as ductile agents were developed. The dynamic mechanical behavior and failure mechanisms were investigated experimentally using the split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) method and computationally by finite element (FE) simulations. The results show that the SiC3D/Al composite has the best overall performance in comparison with SiC3D/epoxy and SiC3D/PU composites. FE simulations are generally consistent with experimental data. These simulations provide valuable help in predicting mechanical strength and in interpreting the experimental results and failure mechanisms. They may be combined with micrographs for fracture characterizations of the composites. We found that interactions between the SiC phase and ductile agents under dynamic compression in the SHPB method are complex, and that interfacial condition is an important parameter that determines the mechanical response of SiC3D composites with a characteristic interlocking structure during dynamic compression. However, the effect of the mechanical properties of ductile agents on dynamic behavior of the composites is a second consideration in the production of the composites.

  11. Packaging Technologies for 500C SiC Electronics and Sensors

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    Chen, Liang-Yu

    2013-01-01

    Various SiC electronics and sensors are currently under development for applications in 500C high temperature environments such as hot sections of aerospace engines and the surface of Venus. In order to conduct long-term test and eventually commercialize these SiC devices, compatible packaging technologies for the SiC electronics and sensors are required. This presentation reviews packaging technologies developed for 500C SiC electronics and sensors to address both component and subsystem level packaging needs for high temperature environments. The packaging system for high temperature SiC electronics includes ceramic chip-level packages, ceramic printed circuit boards (PCBs), and edge-connectors. High temperature durable die-attach and precious metal wire-bonding are used in the chip-level packaging process. A high temperature sensor package is specifically designed to address high temperature micro-fabricated capacitive pressure sensors for high differential pressure environments. This presentation describes development of these electronics and sensor packaging technologies, including some testing results of SiC electronics and capacitive pressure sensors using these packaging technologies.

  12. Amorphous carbon for structured step bunching during graphene growth on SiC

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    Palmer, James; Kunc, Jan; Hu, Yike; Hankinson, John; Guo, Zelei; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walt

    2014-03-01

    Structured growth of high quality graphene is necessary for technological development of carbon based materials. Specifically, control of the bunching and placement of surface steps under epitaxial graphene on SiC is an important consideration for graphene device production. We demonstrate lithographically patterned evaporated amorphous carbon as a method to pin SiC surface steps. Evaporated amorphous carbon is an ideal step-flow barrier on SiC due to its chemical compatibility with graphene growth and its structural stability at high temperatures, as well as its patternability. The amorphous carbon is deposited in vacuum on SiC prior to graphene growth. In the graphene furnace at temperatures above 1200°C, mobile SiC steps accumulate at these amorphous carbon barriers, forming an aligned step free region for graphene growth at temperatures above 1330°C. AFM imaging and Raman spectroscopy support the formation of quality step-free graphene sheets grown on SiC with the step morphology aligned to the carbon grid.

  13. A Φ 3.5m diameter Sic telescope for Herschel mission

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    Sein, Emmanuel; Toulemont, Yves; Safa, Frederic; Duran, Michel; Deny, Pierre; de Chambure, Daniel; Passvogel, Thomas; Pilbratt, Goeran L.

    2003-03-01

    Since ten years ASTRIUM has developed sintered Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology for space applications. Its unique thermo-mechanical properties, associated with its polishing capability, make SiC an ideal material for building ultra-stable lightweight space based telescopes or mirrors. SiC is a cost effective alternative to Beryllium and the ultra-lighweighted ULE. In Complememt to the material manufacturing process, ASTRIUM has developed several assembly techniques (bolting, brazing, bonding) for manufacturing large and complex SiC assemblies. This technology is now perfectly mature and mastered. SiC is baselined for most of the telescopes that are developed by ASTRIUM. SiC has been identified as the most suitable material for manufacturing very large crygenic telescopes. In this paper we present the development of Φ 3.5 m telescope for Herschel Mission. Herschel main goal is to study how the first stars and galaxies were formed and evolved. The Herschel Space telescope, using silicon carbide technology will be the largest space imagery telescope ever launched. The Herschel telescope will weight 300 kg rather than the 1.5 tons required with standard technology. The Herschel telescope is to be delivered in 2005 for a launch planned for 2007.

  14. The Development of SiC MOSFET-based Switching Power Amplifiers for Fusion Science

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    Prager, James; Ziemba, Timothy; Miller, Kenneth; Picard, Julian

    2015-11-01

    Eagle Harbor Technologies (EHT), Inc. is developing a switching power amplifier (SPA) based on silicon carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET). SiC MOSFETs offer many advantages over IGBTs including lower drive energy requirements, lower conduction and switching losses, and higher switching frequency capabilities. When comparing SiC and traditional silicon-based MOSFETs, SiC MOSFETs provide higher current carrying capability allowing for smaller package weights and sizes and lower operating temperature. EHT has conducted single device testing that directly compares the capabilities of SiC MOSFETs and IGBTs to demonstrate the utility of SiC MOSFETs for fusion science applications. These devices have been built into a SPA that can drive resistive loads and resonant tank loads at 800 V, 4.25 kA at pulse repetition frequencies up to 1 MHz. During the Phase II program, EHT will finalize the design of the SPA. In Year 2, EHT will replace the SPAs used in the HIT-SI lab at the University of Washington to allow for operation over 100 kHz. SPA prototype results will be presented. This work is supported under DOE Grant # DE-SC0011907.

  15. Modeling and testing miniature torsion specimens for SiC joining development studies for fusion

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    Henager, Jr., C. H.; Nguyen, Ba N.; Kurtz, Richard J.; Roosendaal, T. J.; Borlaug, B. A.; Ferraris, Monica; Ventrella, A.; Katoh, Yutai

    2015-08-05

    The international fusion community has designed a miniature torsion specimen for neutron irradiation studies of joined SiC and SiC/SiC composite materials. For this research, miniature torsion joints based on this specimen design were fabricated using displacement reactions between Si and TiC to produce Ti3SiC2 + SiC joints with SiC and tested in torsion-shear prior to and after neutron irradiation. However, many miniature torsion specimens fail out-of-plane within the SiC specimen body, which makes it problematic to assign a shear strength value to the joints and makes it difficult to compare unirradiated and irradiated strengths to determine irradiation effects. Finite elementmore » elastic damage and elastic–plastic damage models of miniature torsion joints are developed that indicate shear fracture is more likely to occur within the body of the joined sample and cause out-of-plane failures for miniature torsion specimens when a certain modulus and strength ratio between the joint material and the joined material exists. The model results are compared and discussed with regard to unirradiated and irradiated test data for a variety of joint materials. The unirradiated data includes Ti3SiC2 + SiC/CVD-SiC joints with tailored joint moduli, and includes steel/epoxy and CVD-SiC/epoxy joints. Finally, the implications for joint data based on this sample design are discussed.« less

  16. Si/C hybrid nanostructures for Li-ion anodes: An overview

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    Terranova, Maria Letizia; Orlanducci, Silvia; Tamburri, Emanuela; Guglielmotti, Valeria; Rossi, Marco

    2014-01-01

    This review article summarizes recent and increasing efforts in the development of novel Li ion cell anode nanomaterials based on the coupling of C with Si. The rationale behind such efforts is based on the fact that the Si-C coupling realizes a favourable combination of the two materials properties, such as the high lithiation capacity of Si and the mechanical and conductive properties of C, making Si/C hybrid nanomaterials the ideal candidates for innovative and improved Li-ion anodes. Together with an overview of the methodologies proposed in the last decade for material preparation, a discussion on relationship between organization at the nanoscale of the hybrid Si/C systems and battery performances is given. An emerging indication is that the enhancement of the batteries efficiency in terms of mass capacity, energy density and cycling stability, resides in the ability to arrange Si/C bi-component nanostructures in pre-defined architectures. Starting from the results obtained so far, this paper aims to indicate some emerging directions and to inspire promising routes to optimize fabrication of Si/C nanomaterials and engineering of Li-ion anodes structures. The use of Si/C hybrid nanostructures could represents a viable and effective solution to the foreseen limits of present lithium ion technology.

  17. Sizing SiC Storage Inverters for Fast Grid Frequency Support

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    Hoke, Anderson; Bennion, Kevin; Gevorgian, Vahan; Chakraborty, Sudipta; Muljadi, Eduard

    2015-11-02

    As wind and solar displace synchronous generators whose inertia stabilizes the AC grid frequency on fast time scales, it has been proposed to use energy storage systems (ESSs) to mitigate frequency transient events. Such events require a rapid surge of power from the ESS, but they occur only rarely. The high temperature tolerance of SiC MOSFETs and diodes presents an opportunity for innovative ESS inverter designs. Herein we investigate a SiC ESS inverter design such that the SiC device ratings are obeyed during mild frequency events but are exceeded during rare, major events, for a potentially more economical inverter design. In support of this proposal we present: 1. An analysis of four years of grid frequency events in the U.S. Western Interconnection. 2. A switch-level ESS inverter simulation using SiC devices with detailed loss estimates. 3. Thermal analysis of the SiC power modules during a worst-case frequency event, showing that the modules can likely withstand the brief overcurrent. This analysis supports the conclusion that it may be advantageous for economical designs (acknowledging the increased risks) to undersize the SiC switches when designing inverters to perform active power control for grid frequency support. Such a strategy may result in SiC-based designs being more competitive with less costly silicon IGBT-based designs.

  18. Nanostructured core-shell Ni deposition on SiC particles by alkaline electroless coating

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    Uysal, M.; Karslioğlu, R.; Alp, A.; Akbulut, H.

    2011-10-01

    In this study, core-shell nanostructured nickel formation on silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic powders was achieved through the electroless deposition method using alkaline solutions. To produce a nano core-shell Ni deposition on the SiC surfaces, process parameters such as pH values, the type of reducer material, deposition temperature, stirring rate and activation procedure among others were determined. Full coverage of core-shell nickel structures on SiC surfaces was achieved with a grain size of between 100 and 300 nm, which was approximately the same deposition thickness on the SiC surfaces. The surface morphology of the coated SiC particles showed a homogenous distribution of nanostructured nickel grains characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The nanostructures of the crystalline Ni coatings were observed to be attractive for achieving both good bonding and dense structure. The thin core shell-structure of Ni on the SiC surfaces was assessed as a beneficial reinforcement for possible metal matrix composite manufacturing.

  19. Effect of Ductile Agents on the Dynamic Behavior of SiC3D Network Composites

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    Zhu, Jingbo; Wang, Yangwei; Wang, Fuchi; Fan, Qunbo

    2016-10-01

    Co-continuous SiC ceramic composites using pure aluminum, epoxy, and polyurethane (PU) as ductile agents were developed. The dynamic mechanical behavior and failure mechanisms were investigated experimentally using the split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) method and computationally by finite element (FE) simulations. The results show that the SiC3D/Al composite has the best overall performance in comparison with SiC3D/epoxy and SiC3D/PU composites. FE simulations are generally consistent with experimental data. These simulations provide valuable help in predicting mechanical strength and in interpreting the experimental results and failure mechanisms. They may be combined with micrographs for fracture characterizations of the composites. We found that interactions between the SiC phase and ductile agents under dynamic compression in the SHPB method are complex, and that interfacial condition is an important parameter that determines the mechanical response of SiC3D composites with a characteristic interlocking structure during dynamic compression. However, the effect of the mechanical properties of ductile agents on dynamic behavior of the composites is a second consideration in the production of the composites.

  20. Modeling and testing miniature torsion specimens for SiC joining development studies for fusion

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    Henager, C. H.; Nguyen, B. N.; Kurtz, R. J.; Roosendaal, T. J.; Borlaug, B. A.; Ferraris, M.; Ventrella, A.; Katoh, Y.

    2015-11-01

    The international fusion community has designed a miniature torsion specimen for neutron irradiation studies of joined SiC and SiC/SiC composite materials. Miniature torsion joints based on this specimen design were fabricated using displacement reactions between Si and TiC to produce Ti3SiC2 + SiC joints with SiC and tested in torsion-shear prior to and after neutron irradiation. However, many miniature torsion specimens fail out-of-plane within the SiC specimen body, which makes it problematic to assign a shear strength value to the joints and makes it difficult to compare unirradiated and irradiated strengths to determine irradiation effects. Finite element elastic damage and elastic-plastic damage models of miniature torsion joints are developed that indicate shear fracture is more likely to occur within the body of the joined sample and cause out-of-plane failures for miniature torsion specimens when a certain modulus and strength ratio between the joint material and the joined material exists. The model results are compared and discussed with regard to unirradiated and irradiated test data for a variety of joint materials. The unirradiated data includes Ti3SiC2 + SiC/CVD-SiC joints with tailored joint moduli, and includes steel/epoxy and CVD-SiC/epoxy joints. The implications for joint data based on this sample design are discussed.

  1. Nanoscale SiC production by ballistic ion beam mixing of C/Si multilayer structures

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    Battistig, G.; Zolnai, Z.; Németh, A.; Panjan, P.; Menyhárd, M.

    2016-05-01

    The ion beam-induced mixing process using Ar+, Ga+, and Xe+ ion irradiation has been used to form SiC rich layers on the nanometer scale at the interfaces of C/Si/C/Si/C multilayer structures. The SiC depth distributions were determined by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) depth profiling and were compared to the results of analytical models developed for ballistic ion mixing and local thermal spike induced mixing. In addition, the measured SiC depth distributions were correlated to the Si and C mixing profiles simulated by the TRIDYN code which can follow the ballistic ion mixing process as a function of ion fluence. Good agreement has been found between the distributions provided by AES depth profiling and TRIDYN on the assumption that the majority of the Si (C) atoms transported to the neighboring C (Si) layer form the SiC compound. The ion beam mixing process can be successfully described by ballistic atomic transport processes. The results show that SiC production as a function of depth can be predicted, and tailored compound formation on the nanoscale becomes feasible, thus leading to controlled synthesis of protective SiC coatings at room temperature.

  2. Recent advances in the growth, doping and characterization of III V nitride thin films

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    Davis, Robert F.; Ailey, K. S.; Bremser, M. D.; Carlson, E.; Kern, R. S.; Kester, D. J.; Perry, W. G.; Tanaka, S.; Weeks, T. W.

    Boron nitride thin films have been grown on the (100) surfaces of Si and diamond via ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) using electron beam evaporation of B in tandem with N and Ar ion bombardment within the ranges of substrate temperature and ion flux of 200-700°C and 0.20-0.30 mA/cm2, respectively. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed a growth sequence of amorphous (a-BN), hexagonal (h-BN) and cubic (c-BN) layers under most conditions. This sequence is attributed primarily to increasing biaxial compressive stress with film thickness due to ion bombardment and some interstitial Ar incorporation. A minimum substrate temperature of 200-300° C is required for nucleation and growth of single phase c-BN by this technique. The initial stage of AlN film growth on α(6H)-SiC(0001) substrates by plasma-assisted, gas source molecular beam epitaxy has been investigated in terms of growth mode and interface defects. Essentially atomically flat AlN surfaces, indicative of two-dimensional growth, were obtained using on-axis substrates. Island-like features were observed on the vicinal surfaces. The coalescence of latter features gave rise to double positioning boundaries as a result of the misalignment of the Si/C bilayer steps with the Al/N bilayers in the growing films. The quality of the thicker AlN films was strongly influenced by the concentration of these boundaries. Monocrystalline GaN and AlxGa1-x N(0001) (0≤x≤1) films, void of oriented domain structures and associated low-angle grain boundaries and with smooth surface morphologies, have been grown via OMVPE on high-temperature monocrystalline AlN(0001) buffer layers, previously deposited on vicinal α(6H)-SiC(0001) wafers, using TEG, TEA and ammonia in a cold-wall, vertical, pancake-style reactor. Abrupt heterojunctions were demonstrated. The PL spectrum of the pure GaN showed strong near band-edge emissions with a FWHM value of 4 me

  3. Infrared Reflectance and Ultrahigh Vacuum Cathodoluminescence of Aluminum Nitride-Gallium Nitride Short Period Superlattice Films and P-Type Porous 6h Silicon Carbide Layers

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    MacMillan, Michael F.

    The room temperature infrared reflectance of AlN -GaN short period superlattice films was measured. These superlattice films were deposited by switched atomic layer metal organic chemical vapor deposition onto GaN or AlN buffer layers deposited on basal plane sapphire substrates. The measured reflectance spectra are compared to calculated spectra generated using an effective medium theory to model the dielectric function of the superlattice. Optical properties of the individual materials comprising the samples are modeled with Lorentz oscillators using bulk input parameters. The effects of film and substrate anisotropy and off normal incidence are included in the calculation. Using this modeling technique, thickness estimates for the total superlattice film and the buffer layer are obtained. Cathodoluminescence of AlN-GaN short period superlattice films was measured at 6K, 77K and room temperature, and at several electron acceleration voltages to allow depth profiling of the samples. An ultraviolet peak located above the band gap energy of GaN is present in all samples and persists from 6K to room temperature. Using the film and buffer thicknesses determined by the reflectance measurement this ultraviolet peak is identified as originating from the superlattice layer. Preliminary results indicate that this peak is due to quantum confinement in the GaN layers. The room temperature infrared reflectance of thick p-type porous 6H SiC layers was measured. Samples were fabricated by anodization of p-type 6H SiC bulk crystals in dilute HF. Striking differences are seen between the reststrahl region reflectance of these porous layers and that of bulk 6H SiC crystals. Several effective medium models, which assume different morphologies of the component materials, 6H SiC and air, were used to model the dielectric function of porous SiC. Calculated reflectance spectra, generated using these dielectric functions, are compared to experimental porous SiC spectra, allowing us to

  4. Fabrication of mullite-bonded porous SiC ceramics from multilayer-coated SiC particles through sol-gel and in-situ polymerization techniques

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    Ebrahimpour, Omid

    In this work, mullite-bonded porous silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics were prepared via a reaction bonding technique with the assistance of a sol-gel technique or in-situ polymerization as well as a combination of these techniques. In a typical procedure, SiC particles were first coated by alumina using calcined powder and alumina sol via a sol-gel technique followed by drying and passing through a screen. Subsequently, they were coated with the desired amount of polyethylene via an in-situ polymerization technique in a slurry phase reactor using a Ziegler-Natta catalyst. Afterward, the coated powders were dried again and passed through a screen before being pressed into a rectangular mold to make a green body. During the heating process, the polyethylene was burnt out to form pores at a temperature of about 500°C. Increasing the temperature above 800°C led to the partial oxidation of SiC particles to silica. At higher temperatures (above 1400°C) derived silica reacted with alumina to form mullite, which bonds SiC particles together. The porous SiC specimens were characterized with various techniques. The first part of the project was devoted to investigating the oxidation of SiC particles using a Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) apparatus. The effects of particle size (micro and nano) and oxidation temperature (910°C--1010°C) as well as the initial mass of SiC particles in TGA on the oxidation behaviour of SiC powders were evaluated. To illustrate the oxidation rate of SiC in the packed bed state, a new kinetic model, which takes into account all of the diffusion steps (bulk, inter and intra particle diffusion) and surface oxidation rate, was proposed. Furthermore, the oxidation of SiC particles was analyzed by the X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technique. The effect of different alumina sources (calcined Al2O 3, alumina sol or a combination of the two) on the mechanical, physical, and crystalline structure of mullite-bonded porous SiC ceramics was studied in the

  5. Theoretical and electron paramagnetic resonance studies of hyperfine interaction in nitrogen doped 4H and 6H SiC

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    Szász, K.; Gali, A.

    2014-02-21

    Motivated by recent experimental findings on the hyperfine signal of nitrogen donor (N{sub C}) in 4 H and 6 H SiC, we calculate the hyperfine tensors within the framework of density functional theory. We find that there is negligible hyperfine coupling with {sup 29}Si isotopes when N{sub C} resides at h site both in 4 H and 6 H SiC. We observe measurable hyperfine coupling to a single {sup 29}Si at k site in 4 H SiC and k{sub 1} site in 6 H SiC. Our calculations unravel that such {sup 29}Si hyperfine coupling does not occur at k{sub 2} site in 6 H SiC. Our findings are well corroborated by our new electron paramagnetic resonance studies in nitrogen doped 6 H SiC.

  6. Microwave Absorption Properties of Ni-Foped SiC Powders in the 2-18 GHz Frequency Range

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    Jin, Hai-Bo; Li, Dan; Cao, Mao-Sheng; Dou, Yan-Kun; Chen, Tao; Wen, Bo; Simeon, Agathopoulos

    2011-03-01

    Ni-doped SiC powder with improved dielectric and microwave absorption properties was prepared by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS). The XRD analysis of the as-synthesized powders suggests that Ni is accommodated in the sites of Si in the lattice of SiC, which shrinks in the presence of Ni. The experimental results show an improvement in the dielectric properties of the Ni-doped SiC powder in the frequency range of 2-18 GHz. The bandwidth of the reflection loss below -10 dB is broadened from 3.04 (for pure SiC) to 4.56 GHz (for Ni-doped SiC), as well as the maximum reflection loss of produced powders from 13.34 to 22.57 dB, indicating that Ni-doped SiC could be used as an effective microwave absorption material.

  7. SiC Die Attach for High-Temperature Applications

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    Drevin-Bazin, A.; Lacroix, F.; Barbot, J.-F.

    2013-11-01

    Eutectic solders AuIn19 and AuGe12 and nanosilver paste were investigated for SiC die attach in high-temperature (300°C) applications. The soldering or sintering conditions were optimized through die shear tests performed at room temperature. In particular, application of static pressure (3.5 MPa) during sintering resulted in greatly improved mechanical behavior of the nanosilver-based joint. Microstructural study of the eutectic solders showed formation of Au-rich grains in AuGe die attach and significant diffusion of Au and In through the Ni layer in AuIn19 die attach, which could lead to formation of intermetallic compounds. Die shear tests versus temperature showed that the behaviors of the studied die attaches are different; nevertheless they present suitable shear strengths required for high-temperature applications. The mechanical behavior of joints under various levels of thermal and mechanical stress was also studied. Creep experiments were carried out on the eutectic solders to describe the thermomechanical behavior of the complete module; only one creep mechanism was observed in the working range.

  8. Development of Cu Reinforced SiC Particulate Composites

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    Singh, Harshpreet; Kumar, Lailesh; Nasimul Alam, Syed

    2015-02-01

    This paper presents the results of Cu-SiCp composites developed by powder metallurgy route and an attempt has been made to make a comparison between the composites developed by using unmilled Cu powder and milled Cu powder. SiC particles as reinforcement was blended with unmilled and as-milled Cu powderwith reinforcement contents of 10, 20, 30, 40 vol. % by powder metallurgy route. The mechanical properties of pure Cu and the composites developed were studied after sintering at 900°C for 1 h. Density of the sintered composites were found out based on the Archimedes' principle. X-ray diffraction of all the composites was done in order to determine the various phases in the composites. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and EDS (electron diffraction x-ray spectroscopy) was carried out for the microstructural analysis of the composites. Vickers microhardness tester was used to find out the hardness of the samples. Wear properties of the developed composites were also studied.

  9. Comparison of epitaxial graphene on Si-face and C-face 4H SiC formed by ultrahigh vacuum and RF furnace production.

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    Jernigan, Glenn G; VanMil, Brenda L; Tedesco, Joseph L; Tischler, Joseph G; Glaser, Evan R; Davidson, Anthony; Campbell, Paul M; Gaskill, D Kurt

    2009-07-01

    We present X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, van der Pauw Hall mobilities, low-temperature far-infrared magneto transmission (FIR-MT), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) results from graphene films produced by radiative heating in an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber or produced by radio frequency (RF) furnace annealing in a high vacuum chemical vapor deposition system on Si- and C-face 4H SiC substrates at 1200-1600 degrees C. Although the vacuum level and heating methods are different, graphene films produced by the two methods are chemically similar with the RF furnace annealing typically producing thicker graphene films than UHV. We observe, however, that the formation of graphene on the two faces is different with the thicker graphene films on the C-face RF samples having higher mobility. The FIR-MT showed a 0(-1) --> 1(0) Landau level transition with a square root B dependence and a line width consistent with a Dirac fermion with a mobility >250,000 cm(2) x V(-1) x s(-1) at 4.2 K in a C-face RF sample having a Hall-effect carrier mobility of 425 cm(2) x V(-1) x s(-1) at 300 K. AFM shows that graphene grows continuously over the varying morphology of both Si and C-face substrates.

  10. Comparison of epitaxial graphene on Si-face and C-face 4H SiC formed by ultrahigh vacuum and RF furnace production.

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    Jernigan, Glenn G; VanMil, Brenda L; Tedesco, Joseph L; Tischler, Joseph G; Glaser, Evan R; Davidson, Anthony; Campbell, Paul M; Gaskill, D Kurt

    2009-07-01

    We present X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, van der Pauw Hall mobilities, low-temperature far-infrared magneto transmission (FIR-MT), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) results from graphene films produced by radiative heating in an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber or produced by radio frequency (RF) furnace annealing in a high vacuum chemical vapor deposition system on Si- and C-face 4H SiC substrates at 1200-1600 degrees C. Although the vacuum level and heating methods are different, graphene films produced by the two methods are chemically similar with the RF furnace annealing typically producing thicker graphene films than UHV. We observe, however, that the formation of graphene on the two faces is different with the thicker graphene films on the C-face RF samples having higher mobility. The FIR-MT showed a 0(-1) --> 1(0) Landau level transition with a square root B dependence and a line width consistent with a Dirac fermion with a mobility >250,000 cm(2) x V(-1) x s(-1) at 4.2 K in a C-face RF sample having a Hall-effect carrier mobility of 425 cm(2) x V(-1) x s(-1) at 300 K. AFM shows that graphene grows continuously over the varying morphology of both Si and C-face substrates. PMID:19583281

  11. RBS study of amorphous silicon carbide films deposited by PECVD

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    Huran, J.; Hotovy, I.; Kobzev, A. P.; Balalykin, N. I.

    2004-03-01

    We present properties of nitrogen-doped amorphous silicon carbide films that were grown by a plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) technique and annealed by pulsed electron beam. Samples with different amounts of N were achieved by a small addition of ammonia NH3 into the gas mixture of silane SiH4 and methane CH4, which were directly introduced into the reaction chamber. The actual amount of nitrogen in the SiC films was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). A simulation of the RBS spectra was used to calculate the concentration of carbon, silicon and nitrogen.

  12. Process for forming silicon carbide films and microcomponents

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    Hamza, A.V.; Balooch, M.; Moalem, M.

    1999-01-19

    Silicon carbide films and microcomponents are grown on silicon substrates at surface temperatures between 900 K and 1700 K via C{sub 60} precursors in a hydrogen-free environment. Selective crystalline silicon carbide growth can be achieved on patterned silicon-silicon oxide samples. Patterned SiC films are produced by making use of the high reaction probability of C{sub 60} with silicon at surface temperatures greater than 900 K and the negligible reaction probability for C{sub 60} on silicon dioxide at surface temperatures less than 1250 K. 5 figs.

  13. Process for forming silicon carbide films and microcomponents

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    Hamza, Alex V.; Balooch, Mehdi; Moalem, Mehran

    1999-01-01

    Silicon carbide films and microcomponents are grown on silicon substrates at surface temperatures between 900 K and 1700 K via C.sub.60 precursors in a hydrogen-free environment. Selective crystalline silicon carbide growth can be achieved on patterned silicon-silicon oxide samples. Patterned SiC films are produced by making use of the high reaction probability of C.sub.60 with silicon at surface temperatures greater than 900 K and the negligible reaction probability for C.sub.60 on silicon dioxide at surface temperatures less than 1250 K.

  14. Magnetic anisotropies in ultrathin bismuth iron garnet films

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    Popova, Elena; Franco Galeano, Andres Felipe; Deb, Marwan; Warot-Fonrose, Bénédicte; Kachkachi, Hamid; Gendron, François; Ott, Frédéric; Berini, Bruno; Keller, Niels

    2013-06-01

    Ultrathin bismuth iron garnet Bi3Fe5O12 films were grown epitaxially on (001)-oriented gadolinium gallium garnet substrates. Film thickness varied from two to three dozens of unit cells. Bi3Fe5O12 films grow pseudomorphically on substrates up to a thickness of 20 nm, and then a lattice relaxation occurs. Magnetic properties of the films were studied as a function of bismuth iron garnet thickness. The magnetization and cubic anisotropy decrease with decreasing film thickness. The uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy is constant for all film thicknesses. For two unit cell thick films, the easy magnetization axis changes from in-plane to perpendicular to the plane direction. Such a reorientation takes place as a result of the competition of constant uniaxial perpendicular anisotropy with weakening film magnetization.

  15. Deterministic implementation of weak quantum cubic nonlinearity

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    Marek, Petr; Filip, Radim; Furusawa, Akira

    2011-11-15

    We propose a deterministic implementation of weak cubic nonlinearity, which is a basic building block of a full-scale continuous-variable quantum computation. Our proposal relies on preparation of a specific ancillary state and transferring its nonlinear properties onto the desired target by means of deterministic Gaussian operations and feed forward. We show that, despite the imperfections arising from the deterministic nature of the operation, the weak quantum nonlinearity can be implemented and verified with the current level of technology.

  16. Distorted asymmetric cubic nanostructure of soluble fullerene crystals in efficient polymer:fullerene solar cells.

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    Kim, Youngkyoo; Nelson, Jenny; Zhang, Tong; Cook, Steffan; Durrant, James R; Kim, Hwajeong; Park, Jiho; Shin, Minjung; Nam, Sungho; Heeney, Martin; McCulloch, Iain; Ha, Chang-Sik; Bradley, Donal D C

    2009-09-22

    We found that 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)propyl-1-phenyl-(6,6)C(61) (PCBM) molecules make a distorted asymmetric body-centered cubic crystal nanostructure in the bulk heterojunction films of reigoregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) and PCBM. The wider angle of distortion in the PCBM nanocrystals was approximately 96 degrees , which can be assigned to the influence of the attached side group to the fullerene ball of PCBM to bestow solubility. Atom concentration analysis showed that after thermal annealing the PCBM nanocrystals do preferentially distribute above the layer of P3HT nanocrystals inside devices.

  17. Matrix-grain-bridging contributions to the toughness of SiC composites with alumina-coated SiC platelets

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    Cao, J.J.; He, Y.; MoberlyChan, W.J.; De Jonghe, L.C. |

    1996-05-01

    Silicon carbide composites were fabricated through the incorporation of alumina-coated SiC platelets into a SiC matrix. Mechanical properties were evaluated in direct comparison with a commercial Hexoloy SiC. The fracture toughness of the composite, with a fine grained {beta}-SiC matrix, was twice that of the commercial material. The alumina-coating on the platelets provided a weak interface to promote crack deflection and platelet bridging, as well as easing densification of the composites. On the other hand, a three-fold increase in fracture toughness (9.1 MPa {radical}m) of an in situ toughened monolithic SiC was achieved by processing at higher temperatures, promoting the {beta}-to-{alpha} phase transformation and forming a microstructure containing high-aspect-ration plate-shaped grains. Efforts were made to combine the effects of coated-platelets reinforcement and in situ toughening in the matrix. Moderate high toughness (8 MPa {radical}m) was achieved by coupled toughening. The contribution of matrix-grain-bridging, however, was limited by the processing temperature at which the oxide coating was stable.

  18. Experimental Investigation of Mechanical and Thermal properties of sisal fibre reinforced composite and effect of sic filler material

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    Surya Teja, Malla; Ramana, M. V.; Sriramulu, D.; Rao, C. J.

    2016-09-01

    With a view of exploring the potential use of natural recourses, we made an attempt to fabricate sisal fibre polymer composites by hand lay-up method. Natural fiber composites are renewable, cheap and biodegradable. Their easy availability, lower density, higher specific properties, lower cost, satisfactory mechanical and thermal properties, non-corrosive nature, makes them an attractive ecological alternative to glass, carbon or other man-made synthetic fibers. In this work, the effect of SiC on mechanical and thermal properties of natural sisal fiber composites are investigated. The composite has been made with and without SiC incorporating natural sisal fiber with polyester as bonding material. The experimental outcomes exhibited that the tensile strength of composite with 10%SiC 2.53 times greater than that of composite without SiC. The impact strength of composite with 10% SiC is 1.73 times greater than that of composite without SiC plain polyester. Thermal properties studied include thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity, thermal diffusivity, thermal degradation and stability. Three different samples with 0%, 5%, 10% SiC powder are considered. With the addition of SiC filler powder, thermal conductivity increases, specific heat capacity gradually increases then decreases, thermal diffusivity increases and thermal stability improves with Sic powder.

  19. The streptococcal inhibitor of complement (SIC) protects Streptococcus pyogenes from bacteriocin-like inhibitory substance (BLIS) from Streptococcus salivarius.

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    Minami, Masaaki; Ohmori, Daisuke; Tatsuno, Ichiro; Isaka, Masanori; Kawamura, Yoshiaki; Ohta, Michio; Hasegawa, Tadao

    2009-09-01

    Streptococcus salivarius inhibits the growth of Streptococcus pyogenes in vitro. Streptococcus pyogenes has various virulence factors, including the streptococcus inhibitor of complement (SIC). Although SIC inhibits the activity of the peptides LL-37 and NAP1, the relationship between SIC and the bacteriocin-like inhibitory substance (BLIS) has not been elucidated. Here, we evaluated whether S. salivarius BLIS affects S. pyogenes SIC. We created three deltasic mutant strains from three S. pyogenes strains and performed deferred antagonism assays. The test strains were BLIS-positive S. salivarius JCM5707 and BLIS-negative S. salivarius NCU12. Deferred antagonism assays with JCM5707 showed that the inhibitory zones in the three deltasic mutant strains were wider than those in the three wild-type strains. Streptococcus pyogenes was cultured in BLIS-containing broth and the change in SIC in the supernatant was assessed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE). The 2-DE analysis of S. pyogenes exoproteins with the JCM5707 supernatant showed reduced SIC compared with those without the JCM5707 supernatant. Changes in sic mRNA levels affected by S. salivarius BLIS were evaluated by a reverse transcriptase-PCR. The sic mRNA level was affected more by the BLIS-positive S. salivarius than by the BLIS-negative strain. Our result indicates that SIC plays a role in the inhibition of S. salivarius BLIS. PMID:19594623

  20. SiC JFET Transistor Circuit Model for Extreme Temperature Range

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    Neudeck, Philip G.

    2008-01-01

    A technique for simulating extreme-temperature operation of integrated circuits that incorporate silicon carbide (SiC) junction field-effect transistors (JFETs) has been developed. The technique involves modification of NGSPICE, which is an open-source version of the popular Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis (SPICE) general-purpose analog-integrated-circuit-simulating software. NGSPICE in its unmodified form is used for simulating and designing circuits made from silicon-based transistors that operate at or near room temperature. Two rapid modifications of NGSPICE source code enable SiC JFETs to be simulated to 500 C using the well-known Level 1 model for silicon metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). First, the default value of the MOSFET surface potential must be changed. In the unmodified source code, this parameter has a value of 0.6, which corresponds to slightly more than half the bandgap of silicon. In NGSPICE modified to simulate SiC JFETs, this parameter is changed to a value of 1.6, corresponding to slightly more than half the bandgap of SiC. The second modification consists of changing the temperature dependence of MOSFET transconductance and saturation parameters. The unmodified NGSPICE source code implements a T(sup -1.5) temperature dependence for these parameters. In order to mimic the temperature behavior of experimental SiC JFETs, a T(sup -1.3) temperature dependence must be implemented in the NGSPICE source code. Following these two simple modifications, the Level 1 MOSFET model of the NGSPICE circuit simulation program reasonably approximates the measured high-temperature behavior of experimental SiC JFETs properly operated with zero or reverse bias applied to the gate terminal. Modification of additional silicon parameters in the NGSPICE source code was not necessary to model experimental SiC JFET current-voltage performance across the entire temperature range from 25 to 500 C.

  1. Diffusion of Ag, Au and Cs implants in MAX phase Ti3SiC2

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    Jiang, Weilin; Henager, Charles H.; Varga, Tamas; Jung, Hee Joon; Overman, Nicole R.; Zhang, Chonghong; Gou, Jie

    2015-05-16

    MAX phases (M: early transition metal; A: elements in group 13 or 14; X: C or N), such as titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2), have a unique combination of both metallic and ceramic properties, which make them attractive for potential nuclear applications. Ti3SiC2 has been considered as a possible fuel cladding material. This study reports on the diffusivities of fission product surrogates (Ag and Cs) and a noble metal Au (with diffusion behavior similar to Ag) in this ternary compound at elevated temperatures, as well as in dual-phase nanocomposite of Ti3SiC2/3C-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC for behavior comparisons. Samples were implanted with Ag, Au or Cs ions and characterized with various methods, including x-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, helium ion microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that in contrast to immobile Ag in 3C-SiC, there is a significant outward diffusion of Ag in Ti3SiC2 within the dual-phase nanocomposite during Ag ion implantation at 873 K. Similar behavior of Au in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 was also observed. Cs out-diffusion and release from Ti3SiC2 occurred during post-implantation thermal annealing at 973 K. This study suggests caution and further studies in consideration of Ti3SiC2 as a fuel cladding material for advanced nuclear reactors operating at very high temperatures.

  2. Diffusion of Ag, Au and Cs implants in MAX phase Ti3SiC2

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    Jiang, Weilin; Henager, Charles H.; Varga, Tamas; Jung, Hee Joon; Overman, Nicole R.; Zhang, Chonghong; Gou, Jie

    2015-07-01

    MAX phases (M: early transition metal; A: elements in group 13 or 14; X: C or N), such as titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2), have a unique combination of both metallic and ceramic properties, which make them attractive for potential nuclear applications. Ti3SiC2 has been considered as a possible fuel cladding material. This study reports on the diffusivities of fission product surrogates (Ag and Cs) and a noble metal Au (with diffusion behavior similar to Ag) in this ternary compound at elevated temperatures, as well as in dual-phase nanocomposite of Ti3SiC2/3C-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC for behavior comparisons. Samples were implanted with Ag, Au or Cs ions and characterized with various methods, including X-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, helium ion microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that in contrast to immobile Ag in 3C-SiC, there is a significant outward diffusion of Ag in Ti3SiC2 within the dual-phase nanocomposite during Ag ion implantation at 873 K. Similar behavior of Au in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 was also observed. Cs out-diffusion and release from Ti3SiC2 occurred during post-implantation thermal annealing at 973 K. This study suggests caution and further studies in consideration of Ti3SiC2 as a fuel cladding material for advanced nuclear reactors operating at very high temperatures.

  3. Wear Behaviour of Al-6061/SiC Metal Matrix Composites

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    Mishra, Ashok Kumar; Srivastava, Rajesh Kumar

    2016-06-01

    Aluminium Al-6061 base composites, reinforced with SiC particles having mesh size of 150 and 600, which is fabricated by stir casting method and their wear resistance and coefficient of friction has been investigated in the present study as a function of applied load and weight fraction of SiC varying from 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 %. The dry sliding wear properties of composites were investigated by using Pin-on-disk testing machine at sliding velocity of 2 m/s and sliding distance of 2000 m over a various loads of 10, 20 and 30 N. The result shows that the reinforcement of the metal matrix with SiC particulates up to weight percentage of 35 % reduces the wear rate. The result also show that the wear of the test specimens increases with the increasing load and sliding distance. The coefficient of friction slightly decreases with increasing weight percentage of reinforcements. The wear surfaces are examined by optical microscopy which shows that the large grooved regions and cavities with ceramic particles are found on the worn surface of the composite alloy. This indicates an abrasive wear mechanism, which is essentially a result of hard ceramic particles exposed on the worn surfaces. Further, it was found from the experimentation that the wear rate decreases linearly with increasing weight fraction of SiC and average coefficient of friction decreases linearly with increasing applied load, weight fraction of SiC and mesh size of SiC. The best result has been obtained at 35 % weight fraction and 600 mesh size of SiC.

  4. Oxidation of SiC Fiber-Reinforced SiC Matrix Composites with a BN Interphase

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    Opila, Elizabeth; Boyd, Meredith K.

    2010-01-01

    SiC-fiber reinforced SiC matrix composites with a BN interphase were oxidized in reduced oxygen partial pressures of oxygen to simulate the environment for hypersonic vehicle leading edge applications. The constituent fibers as well as composite coupons were oxidized in oxygen partial pressures ranging from 1000 ppm O2 to 5% O2 balance argon. Exposure temperatures ranged from 816 C to 1353 C (1500 F to 2450 F). The oxidation kinetics of the coated fibers were monitored by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). An initial rapid transient weight gain was observed followed by parabolic kinetics. Possible mechanisms for the transient oxidation are discussed. One edge of the composite coupon seal coat was ground off to simulate damage to the composite which allowed oxygen ingress to the interior of the composite. Oxidation kinetics of the coupons were characterized by scanning electron microscopy since the weight changes were minimal. It was found that sealing of the coupon edge by silica formation occurred. Differences in the amount and morphology of the sealing silica as a function of time, temperature and oxygen partial pressure are discussed. Implications for use of these materials for hypersonic vehicle leading edge materials are summarized.

  5. High-Temperature SiC Power Module with Integrated SiC Gate Drivers for Future High-Density Power Electronics Applications

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    Whitaker, Mr. Bret; Cole, Mr. Zach; Passmore, Mr. Brandon; Martin, Daniel; Mcnutt, Tyler; Lostetter, Dr. Alex; Ericson, Milton Nance; Frank, Steven Shane; Britton Jr, Charles L; Marlino, Laura D; Mantooth, Alan; Francis, Dr. Matt; Lamichhane, Ranjan; Shepherd, Dr. Paul; Glover, Dr. Michael

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the testing results of an all-silicon carbide (SiC) intelligent power module (IPM) for use in future high-density power electronics applications. The IPM has high-temperature capability and contains both SiC power devices and SiC gate driver integrated circuits (ICs). The high-temperature capability of the SiC gate driver ICs allows for them to be packaged into the power module and be located physically close to the power devices. This provides a distinct advantage by reducing the gate driver loop inductance, which promotes high frequency operation, while also reducing the overall volume of the system through higher levels of integration. The power module was tested in a bridgeless-boost converter to showcase the performance of the module in a system level application. The converter was initially operated with a switching frequency of 200 kHz with a peak output power of approximately 5 kW. The efficiency of the converter was then evaluated experimentally and optimized by increasing the overdrive voltage on the SiC gate driver ICs. Overall a peak efficiency of 97.7% was measured at 3.0 kW output. The converter s switching frequency was then increased to 500 kHz to prove the high frequency capability of the power module was then pushed to its limits and operated at a switching frequency of 500 kHz. With no further optimization of components, the converter was able to operate under these conditions and showed a peak efficiency of 95.0% at an output power of 2.1 kW.

  6. Electron affinity of cubic boron nitride terminated with vanadium oxide

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    Yang, Yu; Sun, Tianyin; Shammas, Joseph; Kaur, Manpuneet; Hao, Mei; Nemanich, Robert J.

    2015-10-01

    A thermally stable negative electron affinity (NEA) for a cubic boron nitride (c-BN) surface with vanadium-oxide-termination is achieved, and its electronic structure was analyzed with in-situ photoelectron spectroscopy. The c-BN films were prepared by electron cyclotron resonance plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition employing BF3 and N2 as precursors. Vanadium layers of ˜0.1 and 0.5 nm thickness were deposited on the c-BN surface in an electron beam deposition system. Oxidation of the metal layer was achieved by an oxygen plasma treatment. After 650 °C thermal annealing, the vanadium oxide on the c-BN surface was determined to be VO2, and the surfaces were found to be thermally stable, exhibiting an NEA. In comparison, the oxygen-terminated c-BN surface, where B2O3 was detected, showed a positive electron affinity of ˜1.2 eV. The B2O3 evidently acts as a negatively charged layer introducing a surface dipole directed into the c-BN. Through the interaction of VO2 with the B2O3 layer, a B-O-V layer structure would contribute a dipole between the O and V layers with the positive side facing vacuum. The lower enthalpy of formation for B2O3 is favorable for the formation of the B-O-V layer structure, which provides a thermally stable surface dipole and an NEA surface.

  7. Cubic membranes: a structure-based design for DNA uptake.

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    Almsherqi, Zakaria; Hyde, Stephen; Ramachandran, Malarmathy; Deng, Yuru

    2008-09-01

    Cubic membranes are soft three-dimensional crystals found within cell organelles in a variety of living systems, despite the aphorism of Fedorov: 'crystallization is death'. They consist of multi-bilayer lipid-protein stacks, folded onto anticlastic surfaces that resemble triply periodic minimal surfaces, forming highly swollen crystalline sponges. Although cubic membranes have been observed in numerous cell types and under different pathophysiological conditions, knowledge about the formation and potential function(s) of non-lamellar, cubic structures in biological systems is scarce. We report that mitochondria with this cubic membrane organization isolated from starved amoeba Chaos carolinense interact sufficiently with short segments of phosphorothioate oligonucleotides (PS-ODNs) to give significant ODNs uptake. ODNs condensed within the convoluted channels of cubic membrane by an unknown passive targeting mechanism. Moreover, the interaction between ODNs and cubic membrane is sufficient to retard electrophoretic mobility of the ODN component in the gel matrix. These ODN-cubic membrane complexes are readily internalized within the cytoplasm of cultured mammalian cells. Transmission electron microscopic analysis confirms ODNs uptake by cubic membranes and internalization of ODN-cubic membrane complexes into the culture cells. Cubic membranes thus may offer a new, potentially benign medium for gene transfection. PMID:18270148

  8. Plasma synthesis of alumina films on metal and ceramic substrates

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    Brown, I.; Zhi Wang

    1995-04-01

    The authors are exploring the feasibility of the plasma synthesis of highly-adherent films of alumina and chromia on SiC and FeAl substrates. A magnetically-filtered cathodic arc plasma deposition technique is used in which a high density metal plasma (Al or Cr) is formed and deposited on the substrate in the presence of a low pressure gaseous oxygen background. The substrate is simultaneously repetitively pulse biased, providing a means of controlling the incident ion energy. In the early stages of the process the ion energy is held in the keV range so as to produce atomic mixing at the film-substrate interface (ion stitching), and in the latter stages of deposition the energy is reduced to {approximately}200 eV (IBAD range) to provide a means of controlling the film structure and morphology. Films that are dense and highly adherent can be formed in this way. The authors have produced near-stoichiometric films of alumina and chromia on small SiC and FeAl substrates and characterized the films in a number of ways, including RBS, X-ray diffraction and adhesion, and we`ve also done some preliminary temperature cycling experiments. The alumina films are of thickness from 0.2 to 1.5.{micro}, amorphous prior to heat treatment, and show an {alpha}-alumina phase after heat treating at 1,000 C for up to 16 hours. The film substrate adhesion is typically greater then {approximately}70 MPa prior to heating, and initial results indicate that the films maintain their adhesion after repetitive cycling in temperature between ambient and 1,000 C. Here they describe the plasma processing method and outline the experimental results obtained to-date.

  9. Formation of hexagonal and cubic ice during low-temperature growth.

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    Thürmer, Konrad; Nie, Shu

    2013-07-16

    From our daily life we are familiar with hexagonal ice, but at very low temperature ice can exist in a different structure--that of cubic ice. Seeking to unravel the enigmatic relationship between these two low-pressure phases, we examined their formation on a Pt(111) substrate at low temperatures with scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy. After completion of the one-molecule-thick wetting layer, 3D clusters of hexagonal ice grow via layer nucleation. The coalescence of these clusters creates a rich scenario of domain-boundary and screw-dislocation formation. We discovered that during subsequent growth, domain boundaries are replaced by growth spirals around screw dislocations, and that the nature of these spirals determines whether ice adopts the cubic or the hexagonal structure. Initially, most of these spirals are single, i.e., they host a screw dislocation with a Burgers vector connecting neighboring molecular planes, and produce cubic ice. Films thicker than ~20 nm, however, are dominated by double spirals. Their abundance is surprising because they require a Burgers vector spanning two molecular-layer spacings, distorting the crystal lattice to a larger extent. We propose that these double spirals grow at the expense of the initially more common single spirals for an energetic reason: they produce hexagonal ice.

  10. Creep deformation of grain boundary in a highly crystalline SiC fibre.

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    Shibayama, Tamaki; Yoshida, Yutaka; Yano, Yasuhide; Takahashi, Heishichiro

    2003-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) matrix composites reinforced by SiC fibres (SiC/SiC composites) are currently being considered as alternative materials in high Ni alloys for high-temperature applications, such as aerospace components, gas-turbine energy-conversion systems and nuclear fusion reactors, because of their high specific strength and fracture toughness at elevated temperatures compared with monolithic SiC ceramics. It is important to evaluate the creep properties of SiC fibres under tensile loading in order to determine their usefulness as structural components. However, it would be hard to evaluate creep properties by monoaxial tensile properties when we have little knowledge on the microstructure of crept specimens, especially at the grain boundary. Recently, a simple fibre bend stress relaxation (BSR) test was introduced by Morscher and DiCarlo to address this problem. Interpretation of the fracture mechanism at the grain boundary is also essential to allow improvement of the mechanical properties. In this paper, effects of stress applied by BSR test on microstructural evolution in advanced SiC fibres, such as Tyranno-SA including small amounts of Al, are described and discussed along with the results of microstructure analysis on an atomic scale by using advanced microscopy.

  11. Grain boundary diffusion of Ag through polycrystalline SiC in TRISO fuel particles

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    Deng, Jie; Ko, Hyunseok; Demkowicz, Paul; Morgan, Dane; Szlufarska, Izabela

    2015-12-01

    The effective diffusivity and release fraction of Ag in polycrystalline SiC are evaluated using a kinetic Monte Carlo model. The effects of various grain boundary network properties on the transport of Ag across the SiC layer have been examined, including fraction of grain boundary type, spread in grain boundary diffusivities and distribution of grain boundary types. It is shown that the effective diffusivity and release fraction of Ag can exhibit a large variability due to changes in the GB structure of SiC, and this variability is almost independent of temperature fluctuation. The present results suggest that the variation in properties of grain boundary networks in SiC may contribute to the spread in the Ag diffusivity and release fraction measured in TRISO particles. It is also found that the grain boundary diffusion alone may be insufficient to account for the Ag diffusivities and release fractions measured in integral release experiments. Additional factors such as irradiation and temperature distribution may also play an important role in Ag transport across the SiC layer.

  12. Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET-based Full-Bridge for Fusion Science Applications

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    Ziemba, Timothy; Miller, Kenneth; Prager, James; Picard, Julian; Hashim, Akel

    2014-10-01

    Switching power amplifiers (SPAs) have a wide variety of applications within the fusion science community, including feedback and control systems for dynamic plasma stabilization in tokamaks, inductive and arc plasma sources, Radio Frequency (RF) helicity and flux injection, RF plasma heating and current drive schemes, ion beam generation, and RF pre-ionizer systems. SiC MOSFETs offer many advantages over IGBTs including lower drive energy requirements, lower conduction and switching losses, and higher switching frequency capabilities. When comparing SiC and traditional silicon-based MOSFETs, SiC MOSFETs provide higher current carrying capability allowing for smaller package weights and sizes and lower operating temperature. Eagle Harbor Technologies (EHT) is designing, constructing, and testing a SiC MOSFET-based full-bridge SPA. EHT will leverage the proprietary gate drive technology previously developed with the support of a DOE SBIR, which will enable fast, efficient switching in a small form factor. The primary goal is to develop a SiC MOSFET-based SPA for fusion science applications. Work supported in part by the DOE under Contract Number DE-SC0011907.

  13. Anisotropic mechanical properties of hexagonal SiC sheet: a molecular dynamics study

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    Yu, Ming; Liu, Emily; Zhang, Congyan

    2015-03-01

    The anisotropic mechanical properties of hexagonal SiC sheet have been studied using an efficient quantum mechanics molecular dynamics scheme based on a robust semi-empirical Hamiltonian (refereed as SCED-LCAO) [PRB 74, 15540; PHYSE 42, 1]. It was found that the SiC sheet could sustain the heavy load up to about 20 %. In particular, it was found that the SiC sheet also shows large difference in the strain direction. It will quickly crack after 20 % of strain in armchair the direction, but it will be slowly destroyed after 30% in the zigzag direction, indicating the anisotropic nature of the mechanical properties of the SiC sheet. The nominal and 2D membrane stresses will be analyzed, from where we will obtain the 2D Young's modulus at infinitesimal strain and the third-order (effective nonlinear) elastic modulus for the SiC sheet. The detail results and discussions will be reported in the presentation.

  14. Microstructures of diffusion bonded SiC ceramics using Ti and Mo interlayers

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    Jung, Yang-Il; Kim, Sun-Han; Kim, Hyun-Gil; Park, Jeong-Yong; Kim, Weon-Ju

    2013-10-01

    SiC plates were diffusion bonded using metallic interlayers of Ti and Mo foils. For the joining, a uniaxial pressure of ∼7 MPa was applied at 1400 °C for 1 h in a vacuum. The interfacial microstructures along with their atomic compositions of the SiC/SiC joints were analyzed. For the Ti interlayer, Ti was converted into a Ti3SiC2 phase owing to the diffusion of silicon and carbon from the SiC part. A crystallographic orientation relationship was found between the SiC and Ti3SiC2 grains. At the middle of the Ti interlayer, a TiSi2 phase also existed, forming a dual-phase region. For the Mo interlayer, the diffusion of silicon into Mo induced the formation of the Mo5Si3C phase at the SiC/Mo interface. An unreacted metallic phase was still observed in the middle of the Mo insert. The shear strengths of the joints were 67 MPa and 76 MPa for the Ti and Mo interlayers, respectively.

  15. Design Study of Small Lead-Cooled Fast Reactors Using SiC Cladding and Structure

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    Abu Khalid Rivai; Minoru Takahashi

    2006-07-01

    Effects of SiC cladding and structure on neutronics of reactor core for small lead-cooled fast reactors have been investigated analytically. The fuel of this reactor was uranium nitride with {sup 235}U enrichment of 11% in inner core and 13% in outer core. The reactors were designed by optimizing the use of natural uranium blanket and nitride fuel to prolong the fuel cycle. The fuels can be used without re-shuffling for 15 years. The coolant of this reactor was lead. A calculation was also conducted for steel cladding and structure type as comparison with SiC cladding and structure type. The results of calculation indicated that the neutron energy spectrum of the core using SiC was slightly softer than that using steel. The SiC type reactor was designed to have criticality at the beginning of cycle (BOC), although the steel type reactor could not have critical condition with the same size and geometry. In other words, the SiC type core can be designed smaller than the steel type core. The result of the design analysis showed that neutron flux distributions and power distribution was made flatter because the outer core enrichment was higher than inner core. The peak power densities could remain constant over the reactor operation. The consumption capability of uranium was quite high, i.e. 13% for 125 MWt reactor and 25% for 375 MWt reactor at EOC. (authors)

  16. Development of multi-functional NITE-porous SiC for ceramic insulators

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    Park, Yi-Hyun; Hinoki, Tatsuya; Kohyama, Akira

    2009-04-01

    Porous silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics are being considered as functional materials for advanced energy systems due to their low thermal and electrical conductivity, low thermal-expansion coefficient, good thermal-shock resistance, and excellent mechanical and chemical stability at elevated temperature. However, conventional processing routes for SiC are complicated and conventional porous SiC shows poor mechanical and chemical stability at high temperature. Therefore, it is desirable to develop a simple fabrication method. In this study, porous SiC ceramic have been fabricated based on the NITE process, a recently developed processing technique for high performance SiC f/SiC composites. Ceramic porosity was calculated from relative and theoretical density, which was obtained by the rule of mixture. The port shape and size distribution were examined by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanic properties were evaluated using three-point bend and tensile testing. Thermal conductivity was measured by the laser flash method from room temperature to 900 °C.

  17. Effect of a metal electrode on the radiation tolerance of a SiC neutron detector

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    Park, Junesic; Shin, Hee-Sung; Kim, Ho-Dong; Kim, Han Soo; Park, Se Hwan; Lee, Cheol Ho; Kim, Yong Kyun

    2012-08-01

    The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed a silicon carbide (SiC) diode as a neutron detector that can be used in harsh environments such as nuclear reactor cores and spent fuel. The radiation tolerance of the SiC detector was studied in the present work. Especially, the effect of a metal electrode on the radiation tolerance of the SiC detector was studied. Four different types of SiC detectors were fabricated, and the operation properties of the detectors were measured and compared before and after neutron irradiations of 2.16 × 1015 n/cm2 and 5.40 × 1017 n/cm2. From the comparison, the detector with a Ti/Au electrode structure showed the highest radiation tolerance among detectors. A detector assembly was fabricated using two types of SiC p-i-n diode detectors: one containing 6LiF and the other without it. Signals from the detectors were measured in the current mode to minimize the noise of the detector. Signal currents from detectors were measured for neutron fluxes ranging from 5.54 × 106 n/cm2 s to 2.86 × 108 n/cm2 s and gamma doses up to 100 Gy/h.

  18. Pre-Finishing of SiC for Optical Applications

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    Rozzi, Jay; Clavier, Odile; Gagne, John

    2011-01-01

    13 Manufacturing & Prototyping A method is based on two unique processing steps that are both based on deterministic machining processes using a single-point diamond turning (SPDT) machine. In the first step, a high-MRR (material removal rate) process is used to machine the part within several microns of the final geometry. In the second step, a low-MRR process is used to machine the part to near optical quality using a novel ductile regime machining (DRM) process. DRM is a deterministic machining process associated with conditions under high hydrostatic pressures and very small depths of cut. Under such conditions, using high negative-rake angle cutting tools, the high-pressure region near the tool corresponds to a plastic zone, where even a brittle material will behave in a ductile manner. In the high-MRR processing step, the objective is to remove material with a sufficiently high rate such that the process is economical, without inducing large-scale subsurface damage. A laser-assisted machining approach was evaluated whereby a CO2 laser was focused in advance of the cutting tool. While CVD (chemical vapor deposition) SiC was successfully machined with this approach, the cutting forces were substantially higher than cuts at room temperature under the same machining conditions. During the experiments, the expansion of the part and the tool due to the heating was carefully accounted for. The higher cutting forces are most likely due to a small reduction in the shear strength of the material compared with a larger increase in friction forces due to the thermal softening effect. The key advantage is that the hybrid machine approach has the potential to achieve optical quality without the need for a separate optical finishing step. Also, this method is scalable, so one can easily progress from machining 50-mm-diameter samples to the 250-mm-diameter mirror that NASA desires.

  19. C/sic Life Prediction for Propulsion Applications

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    Levine, Stanley R.; Verrilli, Michael J.; Opila, Elizabeth J.; Halbig, Michael C.; Calomino, Anthony M.; Thomas, David J.

    2002-01-01

    Accurate life prediction is critical to successful use of ceramic matrix composites (CMC). The tools to accomplish this are immature and not oriented toward the behavior of carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC), the primary system of interest for many reusable and single mission launch vehicle propulsion and airframe applications. This paper describes an approach and process made to satisfy the need to develop an integrated life prediction system that addresses mechanical durability and environmental degradation of C/SiC. Issues such as oxidation, steam and hydrogen effects on material behavior are discussed. Preliminary tests indicate that steam will aggressively remove SiC seal coat and matrix in line with past experience. The kinetics of water vapor reaction with carbon fibers is negligible at 600 C, but comparable to air attack at 1200 C. The mitigating effect of steam observed in fiber oxidation studies has also been observed in stress rupture tests. Detailed microscopy of oxidized specimens is being carried out to develop the oxidation model. Carbon oxidation kinetics are reaction controlled at intermediate temperatures and diffusion controlled at high temperatures (approximately 1000 C). Activation energies for T-300 and interface pyrolytic carbon were determined as key inputs to the oxidation model. Crack opening as a function of temperature and stress was calculated. Mechanical property tests to develop and verify the probabilistic life model are very encouraging except for residual strength prediction. Gage width is a key variable governing edge oxidation of seal coated specimens. Future efforts will include architectural effects, enhanced coatings, biaxial tests, and LCF. Modeling will need to account for combined effects.

  20. C/SIC Life Prediction for Propulsion Applications

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    Levine, Stanley R.; Verrilli, Michael J.; Opula, Elizabeth J.; Halbig, Michael C.; Calomino, Anthony M.; Thomas, David J.

    2002-01-01

    Accurate life prediction is critical to successful use of ceramic matrix composites (CMC). The tools to accomplish this are immature and not oriented toward the behavior of carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC), the primary system of interest for many reusable and single mission launch vehicle propulsion and airframe applications. This paper describes an approach and progress made to satisfy the need to develop an integrated life prediction system that addresses mechanical durability and environmental degradation of C/SiC. Issues such as oxidation, steam and hydrogen effects on material behavior are discussed. Preliminary tests indicate that stream will aggressively remove SiC seal coat and matrix in line with past experience. The kinetics of water vapor reaction with carbon fibers is negligible at 600 C, but comparable to air attack at 1200 C. The mitigating effect of steam observed in fiber oxidation studies has also been observed in stress rupture tests. Detailed microscopy of oxidized specimens is being carried out to develop the oxidation model. Carbon oxidation kinetics are reaction controlled at intermediate temperatures and diffusion controlled at high temperatures (approx. 1000 C). Activation energies for T-300 and interface pyrolytic carbon were determined as key inputs to the oxidation model. Crack opening as a function of temperature and stress was calculated. Mechanical property tests to develop and verify the probabilistic life model are very encouraging except for residual strength prediction. Gage width is a key variable governing edge oxidation of seal coated specimens. Future efforts will include architectural effects, enhanced coatings, biaxial tests, and LCF. Modeling will need to account for combined effects.

  1. Feasibility of synthesizing oxide films on ceramic and metal substrates. Final report, August 1994--May 1995

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    Brown, I.G.

    1995-07-01

    Feasibility of synthesizing highly adherent alumina and chromia films on SiC and FeAl substrates using plasma methods was studied. A magnetically filtered, cathodic-arc-produced, metal plasma (Al or Cr) is deposited on the substrate in presence of low pressure oxygen while the substrate is repetitively pulse biased for control of incident ion energy. In the early stages, the ion energy is held in the keV range to produce atomic mixing at the film-substate interface (ion stitching); in the latter stages, the energy is reduced to about 200 eV (IBAD, or ion beam assisted deposition, range) to control the film structure and morphology. Near-stoichiometric films of alumina and chromia were formed on small SiC and FeAl substrates and characterized by RBS, XRD, adhesion, and temperature cycling. The aluminia films were 0.2 to 1.5 {mu} thick, were amorphous prior to heat treatment, and showed an {alpha}-alumina phase after heat treating at 1000 C for up to 16 h. Film substrate adhesion was typically greater than 70 MPa prior to heating, and the thinner films maintained their adhesion even after repetitive cycling in temperature between ambient and 1000 C. It is concluded that the plasma and ion beam techniques developed provide important tools for forming highly adherent and thermally tolerant ceramic films.

  2. Polyimide Aerogel Thin Films

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    Meador, Mary Ann; Guo, Haiquan

    2012-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels have been crosslinked through multifunctional amines. This invention builds on "Polyimide Aerogels With Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure," and may be considered as a continuation of that invention, which results in a polyimide aerogel with a flexible, formable form. Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions, end-capped with anhydrides, and cross-linked with the multifunctional amines, are chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO2 extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 to 0.3 g/cubic cm. The aerogels are 80 to 95% porous, and have high surface areas (200 to 600 sq m/g) and low thermal conductivity (as low as 14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the cross-linked polyimide aerogels have higher modulus than polymer-reinforced silica aerogels of similar density, and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films.

  3. Enlargement of Step-Free SiC Surfaces by Homoepitaxial Web-Growth of Thin SiC Cantilevers

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    Neudeck, Philip G.; Powell, J. Anthony; Beheim, Glenn M.; Benavage, Emye L.; Abel, Phillip B.; Trunek, Andrew J.; Spry, David J.; Dudley, Michael; Vetter, William M.

    2002-01-01

    Lateral homoepitaxial growth of thin cantilevers emanating from mesa patterns that were reactive ion etched into on-axis commercial SiC substrates prior to growth is reported. The thin cantilevers form after pure stepflow growth removes almost all atomic steps from the top surface of a mesa, after which additional adatoms collected by the large step-free surface migrate to the mesa sidewall where they rapidly incorporate into the crystal near the top of the mesa sidewall. The lateral propagation of the step-free cantilevered surface is significantly affected by pregrowth mesa shape and orientation, with the highest lateral expansion rates observed at the inside concave comers of V-shaped pregrowth mesas with arms lengthwise oriented along the {1100} direction. Complete spanning of the interiors of V's and other mesa shapes with concave comers by webbed cantilevers was accomplished. Optical microscopy, synchrotron white beam x-ray topography and atomic force microscopy analysis of webbed regions formed over a micropipe and closed-core screw dislocations show that c-axis propagation of these defects is terminated by the webbing. Despite the nonoptimized process employed in this initial study, webbed surfaces as large as 1.4 x 10(exp -3) square centimeters, more than four times the pregrowth mesa area, were grown. However, the largest webbed surfaces were not completely free of bilayer steps, due to unintentional growth of 3C-SiC that occurred in the nonoptimized process. Further process optimization should enable larger step-free webs to be realized.

  4. Update on Development of SiC Multi-Chip Power Modules

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    Lostetter, Alexander; Cilio, Edgar; Mitchell, Gavin; Schupbach, Roberto

    2008-01-01

    Progress has been made in a continuing effort to develop multi-chip power modules (SiC MCPMs). This effort at an earlier stage was reported in 'SiC Multi-Chip Power Modules as Power-System Building Blocks' (LEW-18008-1), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 31, No. 2 (February 2007), page 28. The following recapitulation of information from the cited prior article is prerequisite to a meaningful summary of the progress made since then: 1) SiC MCPMs are, more specifically, electronic power-supply modules containing multiple silicon carbide power integrated-circuit chips and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) control integrated-circuit chips. SiC MCPMs are being developed as building blocks of advanced expandable, reconfigurable, fault-tolerant power-supply systems. Exploiting the ability of SiC semiconductor devices to operate at temperatures, breakdown voltages, and current densities significantly greater than those of conventional Si devices, the designs of SiC MCPMs and of systems comprising multiple SiC MCPMs are expected to afford a greater degree of miniaturization through stacking of modules with reduced requirements for heat sinking; 2) The stacked SiC MCPMs in a given system can be electrically connected in series, parallel, or a series/parallel combination to increase the overall power-handling capability of the system. In addition to power connections, the modules have communication connections. The SOI controllers in the modules communicate with each other as nodes of a decentralized control network, in which no single controller exerts overall command of the system. Control functions effected via the network include synchronization of switching of power devices and rapid reconfiguration of power connections to enable the power system to continue to supply power to a load in the event of failure of one of the modules; and, 3) In addition to serving as building blocks of reliable power-supply systems, SiC MCPMs could be augmented with external control circuitry to make them

  5. Plasmon-assisted photoluminescence enhancement of SiC nanocrystals by proximal silver nanoparticles

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    Zhang, N.; Dai, D. J.; Fan, J. Y.

    2012-10-01

    Plasmon-enhanced photoluminescence has wide application potential in many areas, whereas the underlying mechanism is still in debate. We report the photoluminescence enhancement in SiC nanocrystal-Ag nanoparticle coupled system spaced by the poly(styrene sulfonic acid) sodium salt/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) polyelectrolyte bilayers. The integrated luminescence intensity can be improved by up to 17 times. Our analysis indicates that the strong coupling between the SiC nanocrystals and the surface plasmon oscillation of the silver nanoparticles is the major cause of the luminescence enhancement. These findings will help to understand the photoluminescence enhancement mechanism as well as widen the applications of the SiC nanocrystals in photonics and life sciences.

  6. The Oxidation Rate of SiC in High Pressure Water Vapor Environments

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    Opila, Elizabeth J.; Robinson, R. Craig

    1999-01-01

    CVD SiC and sintered alpha-SiC samples were exposed at 1316 C in a high pressure burner rig at total pressures of 5.7, 15, and 25 atm for times up to 100h. Variations in sample emittance for the first nine hours of exposure were used to determine the thickness of the silica scale as a function of time. After accounting for volatility of silica in water vapor, the parabolic rate constants for Sic in water vapor pressures of 0.7, 1.8 and 3.1 atm were determined. The dependence of the parabolic rate constant on the water vapor pressure yielded a power law exponent of one. Silica growth on Sic is therefore limited by transport of molecular water vapor through the silica scale.

  7. Layered SiC Sheets: A Potential Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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    Zhang, P.; Xiao, B. B.; Hou, X. L.; Zhu, Y. F.; Jiang, Q.

    2014-01-01

    The large-scale practical application of fuel cells cannot come true if the high-priced Pt-based electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) cannot be replaced by other efficient, low-cost, and stable electrodes. Here, based on density functional theory (DFT), we exploited the potentials of layered SiC sheets as a novel catalyst for ORR. From our DFT results, it can be predicted that layered SiC sheets exhibit excellent ORR catalytic activity without CO poisoning, while the CO poisoning is the major drawback in conventional Pt-based catalysts. Furthermore, the layered SiC sheets in alkaline media has better catalytic activity than Pt(111) surface and have potential as a metal-free catalyst for ORR in fuel cells.

  8. Inside a Diamond Planet: Experimental Investigation of High P-T SiC

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    Daviau, K.; Du, Z.; Lee, K. K. M.

    2015-12-01

    The discovery of hundreds of diverse extrasolar planetary systems implies that there are many worlds in the universe unlike our own. Models indicate that carbon-rich planets, composed largely of SiC and C, may be abundant around carbon rich stars (Kuchner and Seager 2005, Moriarty et al 2014). In order to understand the structure and evolution of such an unfamiliar planet, the basic thermodynamic phase relations of the major materials present must first be constrained. Using the laser heated diamond anvil cell (LHDAC) in combination with Raman analysis and X-Ray diffraction, this study investigates the high pressure and temperature phase diagram of SiC. Microprobe and diffraction data indicate that SiC decomposes at high P-T and that the change follows a negative Clapeyron slope. This has interesting implications for the interior "mantle" structure and dynamics of a SiC-based planet.

  9. Investigation of reactivity between SiC and Nb-1Zr in planned irradiation creep experiments

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    Lewinsohn, C.A.; Hamilton, M.L.; Jones, R.H.

    1997-08-01

    Thermodynamic calculations and diffusion couple experiments showed that SiC and Nb-1Zr were reactive at the upper range of temperatures anticipated in the planned irradiation creep experiment. Sputter-deposited aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was selected as a diffusion barrier coating. Experiments showed that although the coating coarsened at high temperature it was an effective barrier for diffusion of silicon from SiC into Nb-1Zr. Therefore, to avoid detrimental reactions between the SiC composite and the Nb-1Zr pressurized bladder during the planned irradiation creep experiment, a coating of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} will be required on the Nb-1Zr bladder.

  10. Stellar Origins of C-13 and N-15-Enriched Presolar SiC Grains

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    Liu, Nan; Nittler, Larry R.; Alexander, Conel M. O’D.; Wang, Jianhua; Pignatari, Marco; Jose, Jordi; Nguyen, Ann

    2016-01-01

    Extreme excesses of 13 C ( C (12 C/ 13 C<10) and 15 N ( N (14 N/ 15 N< 20) in rare presolar SiC 20) in rare presolar SiClar SiC grains have been considered diagnostic of an origin in classical novae [1], though an origin in core-collapse supernovae (CCSNe) has also been proposed [2]. We report multi-element isotopic data for 19 13 C- and 15 N-enriched presolar SiC grains(12 C/13 C<16 and 14 N/ 15 N<150) from an acid resistant residue of the Murchison meteorite. These grains are enriched in 13 C and15 N, but with quite diverse Si isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures.

  11. Al4SiC4 wurtzite crystal: Structural, optoelectronic, elastic, and piezoelectric properties

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    Pedesseau, L.; Even, J.; Modreanu, M.; Chaussende, D.; Sarigiannidou, E.; Chaix-Pluchery, O.; Durand, O.

    2015-12-01

    New experimental results supported by theoretical analyses are proposed for aluminum silicon carbide (Al4SiC4). A state of the art implementation of the density functional theory is used to analyze the experimental crystal structure, the Born charges, the elastic properties, and the piezoelectric properties. The Born charge tensor is correlated to the local bonding environment for each atom. The electronic band structure is computed including self-consistent many-body corrections. Al4SiC4 material properties are compared to other wide band gap wurtzite materials. From a comparison between an ellipsometry study of the optical properties and theoretical results, we conclude that the Al4SiC4 material has indirect and direct band gap energies of about 2.5 eV and 3.2 eV, respectively.

  12. Interstellar SiC with unusual isotopic compositions - Grains from a supernova?

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    Amari, Sachiko; Hoppe, Peter; Zinner, Ernst; Lewis, Roy S.

    1992-01-01

    Results are presented from an ion microprobe mass spectrometric analyses of five SiC grains from the Murchison carbonaceous meteorite. Unlike most interstellar SiC grains from primitive meteorites, the five grains from the Murchison meteorite show large excesses of C-12 (up to 28 times solar) and N-15 (up to 22 times solar), depletion in Si-29 and Si-30 (up to 59 percent), Al-26/Al-27 ratios between 0.1 and 0.6, and Ti-49 excesses up to 95 percent; in addition, one grain has a large Ca-44 excess (300 percent). The Ca and Ti anomalies point toward explosive nucleosynthesis in supernovae and the in situ decay of the radioactive precursors Ti-44 and V-49 in SiC grains formed in supernova ejecta. However, there is no simple formation scenario that can give a consistent explanation for the isotopic compositions of these grains.

  13. Microporous layer based on SiC for high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Lobato, Justo; Zamora, Héctor; Cañizares, Pablo; Plaza, Jorge; Rodrigo, Manuel Andrés

    2015-08-01

    This work reports the evaluation of Silicon Carbide (SiC) for its application in microporous layers (MPL) of HT-PEMFC electrodes and compares results with those obtained using conventional MPL based on Vulcan XC72. Influence of the support load on the MPL prepared with SiC was evaluated, and the MPL were characterized by XRD, Hg porosimetry and cyclic voltammetries. In addition, a short lifetest was carried out to evaluate performance in accelerated stress conditions. Results demonstrate that SiC is a promising alternative to carbonaceous materials because of its higher electrochemical and thermal stability and the positive effect on mass transfer associated to its different pore size distribution. Ohmic resistance is the most significant challenge to be overcome in further studies.

  14. Method For Growth of Crystal Surfaces and Growth of Heteroepitaxial Single Crystal Films Thereon

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    Powell, J. Anthony (Inventor); Larkin, David J. (Inventor); Neudeck, Philip G. (Inventor); Matus, Lawrence G. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A method of growing atomically-flat surfaces and high quality low-defect crystal films of semiconductor materials and fabricating improved devices thereon is discussed. The method is also suitable for growing films heteroepitaxially on substrates that are different than the film. The method is particularly suited for growth of elemental semiconductors (such as Si), compounds of Groups III and V elements of the Periodic Table (such as GaN), and compounds and alloys of Group IV elements of the Periodic Table (such as SiC).

  15. Cherenkov and Scintillation Properties of Cubic Zirconium

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    Christl, M.J.; Adams, J.H.; Parnell, T.A.; Kuznetsov, E.N.

    2008-01-01

    Cubic zirconium (CZ) is a high index of refraction (n =2.17) material that we have investigated for Cherenkov counter applications. Laboratory and proton accelerator tests of an 18cc sample of CZ show that the expected fast Cherenkov response is accompanied by a longer scintillation component that can be separated by pulse shaping. This presents the possibility of novel particle spectrometers which exploits both properties of CZ. Other high index materials being examined for Cherenkov applications will be discussed. Results from laboratory tests and an accelerator exposure will be presented and a potential application in solar energetic particle instruments will be discussed

  16. Microstructural analysis of fracture toughness variation in 2XXX-series aluminum alloy composites reinforced with SiC whiskers

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    Lee, Sunghak; Kim, Tae Hyung; Kwon, Dongil

    1994-10-01

    The effects of local microstructure on fracture properties in powder-metallurgy (P/M)-processed 2124/SiC/15w and 2009/SiC/15w composites are analyzed in this study. Ductility and fracture toughness of the 2009/SiC/15w, in which dispersoid-forming elements such as manganese and iron were nearly absent, were greater than in the 2124/SiC/15w, while its tensile and yield strengths were somewhat less. Microstructural examination and fracture parameter analysis revealed that the improved fracture toughness of the 2009/SiC/15w compared to the 2124/SiC/15w was due to the increase in the critical microstructural distance, l* when manganese-containing particles are absent. 2009/SiC/15w was also heat-treated in T4P and overaged (OA) conditions. The OA 2009 composite showed lower fracture toughness than the 2009-T4P composite and the critical fracture strain of the OA condition was much lower, too. Detailed fractographic analyses indicated that interface precipitates facilitate premature SiC whisker failure in the OA condition.

  17. NanoSIMS Isotopic Analysis of Small Presolar SiC Grains from the Murchisonand Indarch Meteorites

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    Amari, S.; Jennings, C.; Nguyen, A.; Stadermann, F. J.; Zinner, E.; Lewis, R. S.

    2002-03-01

    Carbon and N isotopic measurements were made with the NanoSIMS ion microprobe on small (0.25-0.6 µm) presolar SiC grains from the Murchison and Indarch meteorites. Indarch also contains silicon nitride grains with the isotopic signature of mainstream SiC.

  18. Purity and radioactive decay behaviour of industrial 2D-reinforced SiC f/SiC composites

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    Scholz, H. W.; Zucchetti, M.; Casteleyn, K.; Adelhelm, C.

    1994-09-01

    Ceramic matrix composites based on SiC with continuous fibres (SiC f/SiC) are considered promising structural materials for future fusion devices. It was still to clarify, whether impurities in industrial SiC f/SiC could jeopardise radiological advantages. Experimental impurity analyses revealed a two-dimensionally reinforced SiC f/SiC with the matrix produced by CVI as very pure. Chemo-spectrometric methods were combined with radioactivation methods (CPAA, NAA). A quantification of the main constituents Si, C and O was added. Calculations with the FISPACT-2.4 code and EAF-2 library identified elements detrimental for different low-activation criteria. For the neutron exposure, EEF reactor-study first wall and blanket conditions were simulated. The calculated SiC f/ SiC included 48 trace elements. Even under conservative assumptions, all low-activation limits of European interest are fulfilled. Exclusively the hands-on recycling limit for the First Wall can intrinsically not be satisfied with SiC. The theoretical goal of a SiC f/SiC depleted of 28Si (isotopic tailoring) is critically discussed.

  19. Evaluation of New Amorphous Hydrocarbon Film for Copper Barrier Dielectric Film in Low-k Copper Metallization

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    Ishikawa, Hiraku; Nozawa, Toshihisa; Matsuoka, Takaaki; Teramoto, Akinobu; Hirayama, Masaki; Ito, Takashi; Ohmi, Tadahiro

    2008-04-01

    In recent ultra large-scale integration (ULSI), Cu wiring and low-k dielectrics are used to reduce resistive capacitive (RC) delay in interconnects. Cu diffusion barrier layers, such as SiC and SiCN, have relatively high k-values, thus they decrease effective k-values (keff) of dielectrics. For this issue, we propose a new amorphous hydrocarbon film (a-CHx) as a Cu barrier dielectric deposited using a microwave-excited plasma reactor with a showerhead. Low ion bombardments and optimum deposition gases gave an excellent film, which achieved low leakage current and thermal resistance simultaneously. This film showed Cu diffusion barrier ability at 350 °C and a lifetime of more than 10 years lifetime at 0.2 MV/cm, which is sufficient for next-generation interlayer dielectric films.

  20. High temperature characterization of SiC BJTs for power switching applications

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    Sheng, K.; Yu, L. C.; Zhang, J.; Zhao, J. H.

    2006-06-01

    SiC as a wide bandgap semiconductor material has attracted great interest in high power density and high temperature applications. Development of SiC-based power semiconductor devices has made remarkable progress and specific on-resistance ˜100 times lower than the best available silicon-based has been experimentally demonstrated [Zhao JH, Tone K, Li X, Alexandrov P, Fursin L, Weiner M. 3.6 m cm 2, 1726 V 4H-SiC normally-off trenched-and-implanted vertical JFETs and circuit applications. IEE Proc - Circ, Dev Syst 2004;151(3):231-7]. However, progress in characterization and application of such devices in power electronics applications at a practically useful power level has so far been limited. In this paper, SiC BJTs with a blocking voltage of >1800 V are characterized in power switching applications for temperatures up to 275 °C. Inductive switching speeds under different load current and DC bus voltage conditions are studied. This is the first time a SiC switch has been characterized at a practically useful power level (300 V, 7 A) and a temperature substantially higher than any commercial power device is capable of. Current switching times of ˜10 ns have been demonstrated across the full temperature range. Switching speed of the SiC BJT has been found to remain virtually unchanged even at 275 °C. In addition, due to the lack of storage charge at even high temperature, switching storage time is negligible for the SiC BJT. The fast and stable switching speed of the SiC BJT at high temperature demonstrated in this paper makes the device an attractive candidate for high temperature, high frequency and high power density power electronics applications.