Journal article

Thin Nanoporous Metal-Insulator-Metal Membranes

Morteza Aramesh, Amir Djalalian-Assl, Mir Massoud Aghili Yajadda, Steven Prawer, Kostya Ken Ostrikov

ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

Insulating nanoporous materials are promising platforms for soft-ionizing membranes; however, improvement in fabrication processes and the quality and high breakdown resistance of the thin insulator layers are needed for high integration and performance. Here, scalable fabrication of highly porous, thin, silicon dioxide membranes with controlled thickness is demonstrated using plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor-deposition. The fabricated membranes exhibit good insulating properties with a breakdown voltage of 1 × 10(7) V/cm. Our calculations suggest that the average electric field inside a nanopore of the membranes can be as high as 1 × 10(6) V/cm; sufficient for ionization of wide range of mole..

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