High-temperature hardness of bulk single-crystal AlN

Ichiro Yonenaga, Andrey Nikolaev, Yuriy Melnik, Vladimir Dmitriev

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The hardness of single-crystal aluminum nitride (AlN) 0.5-mm-thick wafers was measured at elevated temperatures and compared with that of other semiconductors. A Vickers indentation method was used to determine the hardness under an applied load of 0.5 - 5 N in the temperature range 20 - 1400°C. The average hardness was measured as 17.7 GPa at room temperature, harder than GaN and InN. The fracture toughness is 0.5 MPa•m1/2. AlN exhibits the hardness higher than that of GaN in the entire temperature range investigated. Up to about 1100°C, AlN maintains its hardness and thus, a high mechanical stability for AlN at elevated temperatures is deduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-613
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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