Thermal Characterization of Anisotropic Thin Dielectric Films using Harmonic Joule Heating

Ju, Y.S., Kurabayashi, K., and Goodson K.E., 1999, "Thermal Characterization of Anisotropic Thin Dielectric Films using Harmonic Joule Heating," Thin Solid Films, Vol. 339, pp. 160-164.

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A technique for thermal characterization of anisotropic dielectric ®lms is developed. The technique is applicable to a ®lm which has thickness of the order of 1 mm and is on a substrate with high thermal conductivity. Metal lines with various widths are deposited on the order of 1 micrometer using standard IC fabrication processes and are subjected to harmonic Joule heating. Monitoring the resulting amplitude of temperature oscillations in the metal lines allows the determination of the in-plane and out-of-plane thermal conductivity. The present work performs thermometry using the electrical method known as the 3v technique and also the thermoreflectance technique. Measurement results arereported for polyimide films on silicon substrates.

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