Evaluation of elastic properties of nanoporous silicon oxide thin films by picosecond laser ultrasonics
Laboratoire de Physique de l'État Condensé, UMR CNRS 6087 Université du Maine, 72085 Le Mans, France
Picosecond laser ultrasonics uses femtosecond laser pulses for the generation and detection of acoustic pulses with a typical duration between few picoseconds and few hundreds of pico seconds. The shorter the duration of the acoustic pulse is, the more precisely could be made the measurements of the film thickness [C. Thomsen et al., Phys. Rev. B 34, 4129 (1986)] and the elastic modulus by pulse-echo method or through Brillouin scattering detection. In this short communication we report the results of the evaluation of the properties of nanoporous silicon oxide thin films which present potential low-k and thermal barrier properties and are also of great interest for the microelectronic industry to replace the traditional silicate glass films in order to decrease the resistance-capacitance transition delay in the VLSI circuits. Most of the studies that have been carried so far have treated the optical properties of such structures. We report the results of the evaluation of acoustic properties of nanoporous thin films.
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