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Temperature stable BaSrTiO3 thin films suitable for microwave applications


In this paper, the properties of an optimized BaSrTiO 3 thin film, deposited on an alu-mina substrate using a sol-gel process, are presented. The real and imaginary parts of the permittivity and the tunability have been measured over 7 decades of frequency and in a temperature interval of 320 °C, which provides a good knowledge of the material properties for microwave applications. The dielectric properties of the films show a good stability in frequency and in temperature. From −80 °C to 20 ° C, the permittivity changes less than 2% and from −75 ° C to 100 °C, the tunability stays higher than 90% of its maximum value. The frequency dependence of the relative permittivity of the thin film is rather small since it only varies from 375 at 1 kHz to 350 at 5 GHz. As a main consequence, the tunability which attains almost 60% under a bias field of 400 kV/cm, is very stable in frequency up to 5 GHz. The dielectric losses tan δ, measured up to 1 GHz, stay below 0.02 for the complete frequency range. Although the material is in the ferroelectric phase, the hysteresis effect is quite negligible, which results in a well-determined permittivity value for a given electric bias field. The characterized thin film has been integrated into a reflectarray cell allowing a dynamic control of the reflected phase. The measured phase-shift value is close to the simulated one, showing the performance of the material.
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hal-01186520 , version 1 (25-08-2015)



Kevin Nadaud, Caroline Borderon, Raphaël Gillard, Erwan Fourn, Raphaël Renoud, et al.. Temperature stable BaSrTiO3 thin films suitable for microwave applications. Thin Solid Films, 2015, 591, pp.90-96. ⟨10.1016/j.tsf.2015.08.019⟩. ⟨hal-01186520⟩
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