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Tuning of heat transport across thin films of polycrystalline AlN via multiscale structural defects
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Semiconductor Materials, HMA.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Laser Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2069-2820
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2015 (English)In: ECS Transactions, Electrochemical Society, 2015, no 9, 53-64 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
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The effective thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline films of AlN with inhomogeneous microstructure is investigated experimentally and theoretically. This is done by measuring the thermal conductivity of the samples with the 3-omega method and characterizing their microstructure by means of electron microscopy. The relative effect of the microstructure and the interface thermal resistance on the thermal conductivity is quantified through an analytical model. Thermal measurements showed that when the thickness of an AlN film is reduced from 1460 to 270 nm, its effective thermal conductivity decreases from 8.21 to 3.12 WYm-1?K-1, which is two orders of magnitude smaller than its bulk counterpart value. It is shown that both the size effects of the phonon mean free paths and the intrinsic thermal resistance resulting from the inhomogeneous microstructure predominate for thicker films, while the contribution of the interface thermal resistance strengthens as the film thickness is scaled down. The obtained results demonstrate that the structural inhomogeneity in polycrystalline AlN films can be efficiently used to tune their cross- plane thermal conductivity. In addition, thermal conductivity measurements of epitaxially grown InP layers on silicon using Raman spectroscopy are reported.

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Electrochemical Society, 2015. no 9, 53-64 p.
Keyword [en]
Interfaces (materials), Microstructure, Nanocrystals, Thermal conductivity of solids, Thermal insulating materials, Thin films, Effective thermal conductivity, Inhomogeneous microstructure, Interface thermal resistance, Nano-crystalline films, Phonon mean free path, Structural inhomogeneities, Thermal conductivity measurements, Thermal measurements, Thermal conductivity
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Condensed Matter Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-181507DOI: 10.1149/06909.0053ecstScopusID: 2-s2.0-84946119769ISBN: 9781607685395OAI: diva2:909462
Symposium on Thermoelectric and Thermal Interface Materials 2 - 228th ECS Meeting, 11 October 2015 through 15 October 2015

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Available from: 2016-03-07 Created: 2016-02-02 Last updated: 2016-03-07Bibliographically approved

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