The leakage behavior of pb(Zr,Ti)O3 PZT and (Ba,Sr)TiO3 (BST) thin films has been studied. The leakage behavior is dependent upon the bottom electrode. PZT films on RuO2 bottom electrodes display a large leakage, predominantly ohmic in behavior, which we have shown to be PZT microstructure-controlled. The leakage of PZT and BST films on Pt display Schottky emission characteristics which is controlled by the film/electrode interface. In the case of PZT films, we have shown that several methods can be utilized to successfully lower the RUO2/PZT/RUO2 system leakage, while retaining the long term performance. These methods include pre-annealing of RUO2 bottom electrode prior to PZT film deposition; addition of buffer layer between RUO2 and PZT film; and PZT film growth via insituion.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry