An investigation of preferred orientation of doped ZnO films on the 36° YX-LiTaO3 substrates and fabrications of Love-mode devices

Ren Chuan Chang, Sheng Yuan Chu, Cheng Shong Hong, Yu Ting Chuang

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Love-mode surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices are very promising for liquid and gas media sensing applications because of high sensitivity. In this paper, an experimental study of the structures based on zinc oxide (ZnO) guiding layer and 36° YX-lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) substrate with different sputtering conditions to deposit ZnO films is presented. Poly-crystal ZnO films with c-axis (002) orientation have been successfully grown on the 36° YX-LiTaO3 substrate by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The deposited films were characterized as a function of argon-oxygen gas flow ratio, RF power, deposition pressure, and annealing temperature. Crystalline structures, stress, and surface roughness characteristics of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. Highly orientated (002) films were obtained under a base pressure of 10 mTorr, containing 40% oxygen and 60% argon at RF power of 60 W and a substrate temperature around 120 °C. The films were then annealed at 600 °C. Love-mode devices based on this structure (ZnO/ IDT/36° YX-LiTaO3) are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3235-3240
Number of pages6
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Issue number10 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb 24

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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