Characterization of the porosity of silicon nitride thin layers by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

TitleCharacterization of the porosity of silicon nitride thin layers by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBarres, T, Tribollet, B, Stephan, O, Montigaud, H, Boinet, M, Cohin, Y
JournalELECTROCHIMICA ACTA
Volume227
Pagination1-6
Date PublishedFEB 10
ISSN0013-4686
Abstract

Silicon nitride thin films are widely used as diffusion barriers within stacks in the glass industry but turn out to be porous at the nanometric scale. EIS measurements were conducted on SiNx thin layers deposited on a gold layer. An electrochemical model was established to fit the EIS measurements making use of data from other complementary techniques. In particular, Transmission Electron Microscopy was performed on these thin layers to determine the diameter and the qualitative morphology of the pores. A quantitative determination of the through-porosity of the layer was deduced from the EIS model and was in good agreement with TEM measurements. Moreover, combining EIS with local observations enabled inhomogeneities in the layer to be probed by highlighting a specific region in the layer. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.electacta.2017.01.008
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