Research on the Piezoelectric Properties of AlN Thin Films for MEMS Applications
AbstractIn this paper, the piezoelectric coefficient d33 of AlN thin films for MEMS applications was studied by the piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) measurement and finite element method (FEM) simulation. Both the sample without a top electrode and another with a top electrode were measured by PFM to characterize the piezoelectric property effectively. To obtain the numerical solution, an equivalent model of the PFM measurement system was established based on theoretical analysis. The simulation results for two samples revealed the effective measurement value d33-test should be smaller than the intrinsic value d33 due to the clamping effect of the substrate and non-ideal electric field distribution. Their influences to the measurement results were studied systematically. By comparing the experimental results with the simulation results, an experimental model linking the actual piezoelectric coefficient d33 with the measurement results d33-test was given under this testing configuration. A novel and effective approach was presented to eliminate the influences of substrate clamping and non-ideal electric field distribution and extract the actual value d33 of AlN thin films. View Full-Text
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Zhang, M.; Yang, J.; Si, C.; Han, G.; Zhao, Y.; Ning, J. Research on the Piezoelectric Properties of AlN Thin Films for MEMS Applications. Micromachines 2015, 6, 1236-1248.
Zhang M, Yang J, Si C, Han G, Zhao Y, Ning J. Research on the Piezoelectric Properties of AlN Thin Films for MEMS Applications. Micromachines. 2015; 6(9):1236-1248.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Meng; Yang, Jian; Si, Chaowei; Han, Guowei; Zhao, Yongmei; Ning, Jin. 2015. "Research on the Piezoelectric Properties of AlN Thin Films for MEMS Applications." Micromachines 6, no. 9: 1236-1248.