5 years ago

Resistivity scaling model for metals with conduction band anisotropy.

Shibesh Dutta, Miguel De Clercq, Kiroubanand Sankaran, Christoph Adelmann, Geoffrey Pourtois, Bart Sorée, Kristof Moors, Wim Magnus

It is generally understood that the resistivity of metal thin films scales with film thickness mainly due to grain boundary and boundary surface scattering. Recently, several experiments and ab initio simulations have demonstrated the impact of crystal orientation on resistivity scaling. The crystal orientation cannot be captured by the commonly used resistivity scaling models and a qualitative understanding of its impact is currently lacking. In this work, we derive a resistivity scaling model that captures grain boundary and boundary surface scattering as well as the anisotropy of the band structure. The model is applied to Cu and Ru thin films, whose conduction bands are (quasi-)isotropic and anisotropic respectively. After calibrating the anisotropy with ab initio simulations, the resistivity scaling models are compared to experimental resistivity data and a renormalization of the fitted grain boundary reflection coefficient can be identified for textured Ru.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.00796

DOI: arXiv:1711.00796v2

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