Long-term Room Temperature Instability in Thermal Conductivity of InGaZnO Thin Films

Boya Cui, D. Bruce Buchholz, Li Zeng, Michael J Bedzyk, R P H Chang, Matthew A Grayson

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The cross-plane thermal conductivities of InGaZnO (IGZO) thin films in different morphologies were measured on three occasions within 19 months, using the 3ω method at room temperature 300 K. Amorphous (a-), semi-crystalline (semi-c-) and crystalline (c-) IGZO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), followed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) for evaluation of film quality and crystallinity. Semi-c-IGZO shows the highest thermal conductivity, even higher than the most ordered crystal-like phase. After being stored in dry low-oxygen environment for months, a drastic decrease of semi-c-IGZO thermal conductivity was observed, while the thermal conductivity slightly reduced in c-IGZO and remained unchanged in a-IGZO. This change in thermal conductivity with storage time can be attributed to film structural relaxation and vacancy diffusion to grain boundaries.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1631-1636
Number of pages6
JournalMRS Advances
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2016


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