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Optimization of AlN thin layers on diamond substrates for high frequency SAW resonators

: Rodríguez-Madrid, J.G.; Iriarte, G.F.; Araujo, D.; Villar, M.P.; Williams, O.A.; Müller-Sebert, W.; Calle, F.


Materials letters 66 (2012), Nr.1, S.339-342
ISSN: 0167-577X
Fraunhofer IAF ()
diamond; AlN sputtering; high frequency; SAW resonators

AlN/diamond heterostructures are very promising for high frequency surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonators. In their design, the thickness of the piezoelectric film is one of the key parameters. On the other hand, the film material quality and, hence, the device performance, also depend on that thickness. In this work, polished microcrystalline diamond substrates have been used to deposit AlN films by reactive sputtering, from 150 nm up to 3 m thick. A high degree of the c-axis orientation has been obtained in all cases. SAW one port resonators at high frequency have been fabricated on these films with a proper combination of the film thickness and transducer size.