Metal-Containing Diamond-Like Nanocomposite Thin Film for Advanced Temperature Sensors

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The conductivity of metal-carbon-silicon nanocomposite films considered as potential candidates for the application as wide-range temperature sensors for severe environmental conditions is studied. The films combine unique properties of amorphous carbons with a new functionality imparted by the presence of metal nanoclusters in host matrix. The deposition of carbon-silicon phase was performed using PECVD of siloxane vapors. Metals (W, Nb, and Cr) with concentration in the range from 12 to 40 at. % were incorporated in the carbon-silicon host matrix by DC magnetron co-sputtering. The conductivity of the films decreases with temperature in the range 80-400 K, being well described by the power-law dependence. The conductivity mechanism found satisfactory explanation in the framework of the model of inelastic tunneling of electrons between metal nanoclusters dispersed in carbon-silicon matrix. The parallel study of the influence of metal concentration increase on carbon phase microstructure was carried out using Raman spectroscopy.

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Materials Science Forum (Volumes 475-479)

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Z.Y. Zhong, H. Saka, T.H. Kim, E.A. Holm, Y.F. Han and X.S. Xie

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2079-2082

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.475-479.2079

Citation:

T. Takeno et al., "Metal-Containing Diamond-Like Nanocomposite Thin Film for Advanced Temperature Sensors", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 475-479, pp. 2079-2082, 2005

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January 2005

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