Effect of Metal-Dielectric Interfaces on Tunability in Barium Strontium Titanate Thin-Film Capacitor
We investigated an influence of interface layer on a tunability of parallel plate (Ba, Sr)TiO3 thin film capacitors. BST thin film capacitors with top electrode of Pt, Au and Ag were fabricated. BST films had thickness of 40, 60, 80 and 120nm. The tunability increased with increasing the BST film thickness. Considering the interfaces between BST films and electrodes as Schottky junctions, depletion layers were formed in the interfaces depending on the difference of the work function of metal electrodes. Larger external bias voltages were applied to the depletion layer than interior BST film, because the permittivity in the depletion layer was smaller than that in interior BST film. Therefore, the depletion layer lowered the tunability. Tunability decreased with increasing the thickness of the depletion layers.
Shinobu Fujihara and Tadashi Takenaka
N. Horiuchi et al., "Effect of Metal-Dielectric Interfaces on Tunability in Barium Strontium Titanate Thin-Film Capacitor", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 445, pp. 140-143, 2010