TEM and electrical analysis of sputtered barium strontium titanate (BST) thin films on flexible copper substrates

Brian Laughlin, Jon Ihlefeld, Jon Paul Maria

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Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) films were deposited on copper foils by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. These films will be an integral part of flexible capacitor sheets intended for space borne re-configurable antenna arrays. By the use of controlled pO2 high temperature anneals, the films were fully crystallized in the absence of substrate oxidation. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed no existence of copper oxidation (i.e. Cu2O or CuO phases). The deposited BST films exhibit a high permittivity (625) and a low tan δ (0.020) at zero bias and room temperature. A pronounced electrical tunability ratio of 3.5:1 is observed on these devices. Devices show loss tangents as low as 0.003 in fields approaching 400 kV/cm. Electrical field calculations are based on cross-sectional atomic force microscopy (AFM) images that reveal a film thickness of 800 nm. Temperature dependent measurements show a Tmax ∼ 230 K with a diffuse dielectric anomaly. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses indicate a conformal film with a mixed grain morphology and an abrupt Cu/BST interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-306
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
EventFerroelectric Thin Films XII - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Dec 1 2003Dec 4 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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