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Sputtered aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films were characterized by Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM) technique using a methodology to decrease the contribution of the electrostatic forces to obtain a pure piezoelectric response. Our method is based on the sweeping of the DC voltage applied to the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) tip under a fixed AC field to evaluate the contact surface potential difference (VCPD) between the tip and the sample used to measure the proper AlN piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff), minimizing the electrostatic contribution. Kelvin probe Force Microscopy (KPFM) was employed as reference standard technique to measure the surface potential, confirming the reliability of the proposed experimental procedure on ceramic piezoelectric films, and simultaneously overcoming the disadvantages of the KPFM technique. The capability to tune surface potential of materials over a wide range …
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2023

MA Signore, L Francioso, C De Pascali, A Serra, D Manno, G Rescio, F Quaranta, E Melissano, L Velardi

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Volume: 218 Pages: 112596