Optimisation of the performance characteristics of Cu-Al-Mo thin film resistors

Birkett, Martin (2009) Optimisation of the performance characteristics of Cu-Al-Mo thin film resistors. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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Abstract

This thesis presents a novel approach to the manufacture of thin film resistors using a new low resistivity material of copper, aluminium and molybdenum, which under industrially achievable optimised process conditions, is shown to be capable of producing excellent temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) and long term stability properties. Previous developments in the field of thin film resistors have mainly centred around the well established resistive materials such as nickel-chromium, tantalum-nitride and chromium-silicon-monoxide. However recent market demands for lower value resistors have been difficult to satisfy with these materials due to their inherent high resistivity properties. This work focuses on the development and processing of a thin film resistor material system having lower resistivity and equal performance characteristics to that of the well established materials. An in depth review of thin film resistor materials and manufacturing processes was undertaken before the electrical properties of a binary thin film system of copper and aluminium were assessed. These properties were further enhanced through the incorporation of a third doping element, molybdenum, which was used to reduce the TCR and improve the electrical stability of the film. Once the desired chemical composition was established, the performance of the film was then fine tuned through optimisation of critical manufacturing process stages such as sputter deposition, heat treatment and laser adjustment. The results of these investigations were then analysed and used to generate a set of optimum process conditions, suitable for repeatedly producing thin film resistors in the 1 to 10? resistance range, to tolerances of less than ±0.25% and TCR values better than ±15ppm/oC.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Physics and Electrical Engineering
University Services > Research and Innovation Services > Graduate School > Doctor of Philosophy
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2009 15:38
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 17:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2013

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