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Characterization of Thermoelectric Properties of Heavily Doped n-Type Polycrystalline Silicon Carbide Thin Films

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2 Author(s)
Man I Lei ; Dept. of Mater. Sci. & Eng., Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH, USA ; Mehregany, M.

The thermoelectric properties of heavily doped n-type 3C polycrystalline silicon carbide (poly-SiC) films are investigated for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications in harsh environments. Two MEMS structures are designed and fabricated to measure the Seebeck coefficient and the lateral thermal conductivity of poly-SiC thin films. The van der Pauw structure is used to determine electrical resistivity. The obtained Seebeck coefficient is -10μV/K at room temperature, increasing in magnitude to -20 μV/K at 300 °C. The power factor is in the range of 10-6 W·m-1·K-1 within the tested temperature range. The measured lateral thermal conductivity of poly-SiC thin film is 64 W·m-1·K-2, significantly lower than that of undoped single-crystalline SiC, due to increased phonon-grain-boundary and phonon-impurity scatterings. The decrease in the thermal conductivity of the heavily doped poly-SiC film benefits its thermoelectric figure of merit, which is 4.6 × 10-6.

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Electron Devices, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 1 )