Nanotech 2005 Vol. 3
Nanotech 2005 Vol. 3
Technical Proceedings of the 2005 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 3

Characterization and Parameter Extraction Chapter 6

On the Determination of Thermal Expansion Coefficient of Thermal Oxide

Authors: C. Tsou, Y.S. Huang and H.C. Chang

Affilation: Department of Automatic Control Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taiwan

Pages: 339 - 342

Keywords: thermal expansion coefficient, thermal oxide, microbridge, buckling deformation

The accurate value of thermal expansion coefficient (a) of thin film is an important thermal property in the design of microelectronic devices and microsystem. This research presents a microbridge buckling deformation caused by the residual stresses to determine the (a) of thermal oxide (SiO2) film. The extraction of (a) is supported through experimental means and finite element analysis (FEM) of the buckling profiles of microbridge. Moreover, in order to obtain the (a) value of thermal SiO2 film in accuracy, the nanoindentation system and the optical microscope with high resolution gauge were used to determine the elastic modulus of thermal SiO2 film and the (a) of silicon substrate, respectively. After experimental and FEM using thermal mechanical analysis approaches, the (a) value of thermal SiO2 film was calculated. Measurement value presents here for (a) of thermal SiO2 film was 0.24_10-6/_ with a standard deviation of 0.02_10-6/_. More importantly, the measurement mechanism presented here can be also applied to the measurement of other thin film materials, but, only on the condition that it must be limited with a compressive prestress and its stress value must large enough to cause the suspension microstructure with a large out-of-plane deformation.

ISBN: 0-9767985-2-2
Pages: 786
Hardcopy: $109.95

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