Voltage tunable epitaxial Pb x Sr(1- x )TiO3 films on sapphire by MOCVD: Nanostructure and microwave properties

Sandwip Dey, C. G. Wang, W. Cao, S. Bhaskar, Jian Li, G. Subramanyam

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Frequency and phase agile microwave components such as tunable filters and phase shifters will require ferroelectric thin films that exhibit a nonlinear dependence of dielectric permittivity (εr ) with dc electric bias, as well as a high material (Δεr/tan δ) and device (or K-factor in phase shift/dB) figure of merits (FOM). Therefore, voltage tunable (Pb0.3Sr0.7)TiO3 (PST) thin films (90-150 nm) on (0001) sapphire were deposited by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition at rates of 10-15 nm/min. The as-deposited epitaxial PST films were characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, X-ray methods, field emission scanning electron microscope, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and electrical methods (7-17 GHz) using coplanar waveguide test structures. The epitaxial relationships were as follows: out-of-plane alignment of [111] PST//[0001] sapphire, and orthogonal in-plane alignments of [11̄0] PST//[ 101̄0] sapphire and [ 1̄1̄2] PST//[12̄10] sapphire. The material FOM and device FOM (or K-factor) at 12 GHz were determined to be 632 and ̃ 13 degrees/dB, respectively. The results are discussed in light of the nanostructure and stress in epi-PST films. Finally, a rational basis for the selection of PST composition, substrate, and process parameters is provided for the fabrication of optimized coplanar waveguide (CPW) phase shifters with very high material and device FOMs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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