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Temperature Dependence of Thermal Conductivity for Silicon Dioxide

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Da-Jeng Yao, Wei-Chih Lai

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Heng-Chieh Chien

National Tsing Hua University; Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Paper No. MNHT2008-52052, pp. 435-439; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Tainan, Taiwan, June 6–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4292-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3813-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Heat transport of dielectric thin films in 30–300 nm thick is characterized in the temperature range of 74–300 K using the 3ω method, which is a simple method to measure the cross-plane thermal conductivity of dielectric thin films. Dielectric film samples of two kinds, deposited on Si substrates using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and grown by thermal oxidation, were measured. In order to broaden the application of 3ω method, 3ω method system was combined with cryogenics system to measure temperature dependent material property. SiO2 films, prepared by thermal oxidation and PECVD, have been put and measured in the cryogenics system. The apparent thermal conductivity, intrinsic thermal conductivity, and interface resistance have been analyzed in different temperature. For this experiment, we discovered the thermal conductivity of PECVD SiO2 films is smaller than the thermal conductivity of SiO2 grown by thermal oxidation, because the porosity of thermal SiO2 is smaller than PECVD SiO2 . The apparent thermal conductivity of SiO2 film decreases with film thickness. The thickness dependent thermal conductivity is interpreted in terms of a small interface thermal resistance RI . For SiO2 films, the thermal conductivity decreases if the temperature decreases, because the mean free path of heater carriers increases.

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