Characterization of the surface acoustic wave devices based on ZnO/nanocrystalline diamond structures

Pang, Hua-Feng, Garcia-Gancedo, Luis, Fu, Yong Qing, Porro, Samuele, Gu, Yan-Wei, Luo, Jikui, Zu, Xiao-Tao, Placido, Frank, Wilson, John I., Flewitt, Andrew and Milne, William (2013) Characterization of the surface acoustic wave devices based on ZnO/nanocrystalline diamond structures. physica status solidi (a), 210 (8). pp. 1575-1583. ISSN 1862 6300

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Nanocrystalline ZnO films with strong (0002) texture and fine grains were deposited onto ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) layers on silicon using high target utilization sputtering technology. The unique characteristic of this sputtering technique allows room temperature growth of smooth ZnO films with a low roughness and low stress at high growth rates. Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices were fabricated on ZnO/UNCD structure and exhibited good transmission signals with a low insertion loss and a strong side-lobe suppression for the Rayleigh mode SAW. Based on the optimization of the layered structure of the SAW device, a good performance with a coupling coefficient of 5.2% has been realized, promising for improving the microfluidic efficiency in droplet transportation comparing with that of the ZnO/Si SAW device. An optimized temperature coefficient of frequency of −23.4 ppm °C−1 was obtained for the SAW devices with the 2.72 µm-thick ZnO and 1.1 µm-thick UNCD film. Significant thermal effect due to the acoustic heating has been redcued which is related to the temperature stability of the ZnO/UNCD SAW device.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diamond, nanocrystalline materials, sputtering, surface acoustic waves, thin films, ZnO
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 12:00
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:08

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