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Studies on structural and electrical properties of barium strontium titanate thin films developed by metallo-organic decomposition

Krupanidhi, SB and Peng, CJ (1997) Studies on structural and electrical properties of barium strontium titanate thin films developed by metallo-organic decomposition. In: Thin Solid Films, 305 (1-2). pp. 144-156.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0040-6090(96)09595-8

Abstract

Thin films of barium strontium titanate (BST) including BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 end members were deposited using the metallo-organic decomposition (MOD) technique. Processing parameters such as nonstoichiometry, annealing temperature and time, film thickness and doping concentration were correlated with the structural and electrical properties of the films. A random polycrystalline structure was observed for all MOD films under the processing conditions in this study. The microstructures of the films showed multi-grains structure through the film thickness. A dielectric constant of 563 was observed for (Ba0.7Sr0.3)TiO3 films rapid thermal annealed at 750 degrees C for 60 s. The dielectric constant increased with annealing temperature and film thickness, while the dielectric constant could reach the bulk values for thicknesses as thin as similar to 0.3 mu m. Nonstoichiometry and doping in the films resulted in a lowering of the dielectric constant. For near-stoichiometric films, a small dielectric dispersion obeying the Curie-von Schweidler type dielectric response was observed. This behavior may be attributed to the presence of the high density of disordered grain boundaries. All MOD processed films showed trap-distributed space-charge limited conduction (SCLC) behavior with slope of similar to 7.5-10 regardless of the chemistry and processing parameter due to the presence of main boundaries through the film thickness. The grain boundaries masked the effect of donor-doping, so that all films showed distributed-trap SCLC behavior without discrete-traps. Donor-doping could significantly improve the time-dependent dielectric breakdown behavior of BST thin films, mostly likely due to the lower oxygen vacancy concentration resulted from donor-doping. From the results of charge storage density, leakage current and time-dependent dielectric breakdown behavior, BST thin films are found to be promising candidates for 64 and 256Mb ULSI DRAM applications. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science S.A.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Barium strontium titanate;Metallo-organic decomposition
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 05:11
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2011 05:11
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/38502

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