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High tunability (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films on atomic layer deposited buffer layers for Si integration

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4 Author(s)
Hyun-Suk Kim ; Dept. of Mater. Sci. & Eng., Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. & Technol., Daejeon, South Korea ; Mi-Hwa Lim ; Dae-Jin Yang ; Ho-Gi Kim

In this study, we report on Si integration of Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin film based microwave tunable devices by use of TiO2 films as microwave buffer layer between BST and Si substrates. TiO2 buffer layer were grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) onto Si substrates followed by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of BST thin films onto the TiO2 buffer layer. The interdigital capacitor (IDC) fabricated on BST films grown on TiO2/high resistivity Si substrates showed much enhanced tunability value of 33.2% while retaining an appropriate Q factor, as compared to 21% value obtained with BST films grown on MgO single crystal substrates. The microwave phase shifters were fabricated on BST thin films to investigate the potential feasibility of integrating BST films as microwave tunable devices. The phase shifter fabricated on BST films grown on TiO2/Si substrate showed better figure of merit (FOM) of 30.7°/dB, as compared to 12.1°/dB of BST/MgO structure. ALD grown TiO2 buffer layers enable successful integration of BST based microwave tunable devices onto high resistivity Si wafers.

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Proceedings of 2005 International Symposium on Electrical Insulating Materials, 2005. (ISEIM 2005).  (Volume:3 )

Date of Conference:

5-9 June 2005