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Thermal conductivity of polycrystalline aluminum nitride films: Effects of the microstructure, interfacial thermal resistance and local oxidation
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Semiconductor Materials, HMA.
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2015 (English)In: THERMINIC 2015 - 21st International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The thermal conductivity of polycrystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) films with inhomogeneous structures is experimentally and theoretically investigated. The influence of the grain morphology and size evolution along the cross plane direction of the films is studied by thickness-dependent 3m measurements on AlN monolayers. For AlN/AlN multilayer samples, the impact of oxygen-related defects localized at the interface between two AlN layers, is also analyzed. When the total thickness of these multilayers is downsized from 1107 nm to 270 nm, their measured effective thermal conductivity reduces by 47%, which is smaller than the corresponding reduction of 58% for monolayers. In multilayers, this decrease is due to the additive contributions of the thermal resistances arising from the AlN and AlN/AlN interfaces. The experimental data are interpreted through an analytical model developed for nanocrystalline films with inhomogeneous structures. It is shown that the size effects on the phonon mean free paths and the intrinsic thermal resistance resulting from the inhomogeneous microstructure predominate as the film thickness increases, whilst the contribution of the interface thermal resistance strengthens when the thickness is scaled down.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015.
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Aluminum, Aluminum nitride, Heat resistance, Integrated circuits, Interfaces (materials), Microstructure, Monolayers, Multilayers, Nanocrystals, Nitrides, Thermal conductivity of solids, Effective thermal conductivity, Inhomogeneous microstructure, Inhomogeneous structure, Interface thermal resistance, Interfacial thermal resistance, Nano-crystalline films, Oxygen-related defects, Polycrystalline aluminum
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195380DOI: 10.1109/THERMINIC.2015.7389602ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84966393637ISBN: 978-146739705-6OAI: diva2:1044393
21st International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems, THERMINIC 2015, Novotel Vaugirard257 rue de Vaugirard Paris, France, 30 September 2015 through 2 October 2015

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Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved

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