The effect of sputtering gas (Ar gas) pressure on the mechanical properties of free-standing Ti thin film membranes of 0.3-0.4 μm thickness, microfabricated by magnetron sputtering, has been studied by using a novel tensile testing machine. These free-standing thin film membranes are extremely difficult to handle because they are fragile. The thin film test specimens were fabricated in Si frames to protect them. Sputtering gas pressure was varied from 1.5 to 15 mT. The stress and strain of the thin films was measured continuously from elastic deformation to fracture. Both the tensile strength and the strain at fracture of the thin films were affected by the sputtering gas pressure. The tensile strength of thin films increased with decreasing gas pressure. However, there was no obvious trend between the sputtering gas pressure and Young's modulus of the thin films.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Society of Mechanical Engineers, EEP|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Dec 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering