Thermal diffusivity downscaling of molybdenum oxide thin film through annealing temperature-induced nano-lamelle formation: a photothermal beam deflection studyS. Soumya
, Vimal Raj
, Mohanachandran Nair Sindhu Swapna
, Sankaranarayana Iyer Sankararaman
, 2021, original scientific article
Abstract: The present work proposes a method of downscaling the thermal diffusivity (α)
of MoO3 thin films through annealing temperature-induced nano-lamelle formation. The
thermal diffusivity modification of the MoO3 films, prepared by the doctor blade method,
is investigated by the sensitive transverse photothermal beam deflection technique. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the structural phase transformation from monoclinic to
orthorhombic in the films annealed from 300 to 450 °C. The thermal induced anisotropy of
the film is evident from the variation of the morphology index and texture coefficient. The
field emission scanning electron microscopic analysis unveils the morphology modifications
from blocks to the nano-lamelle structure with layers of average thickness ~ 77 nm. The
thermal diffusivity measurement reveals a 53% reduction upon annealing the film to 450 °C.
The drastic reduction is achieved through the annealing temperature-induced nano-lamelle
formation and the phase transformation from monoclinic to orthorhombic in the MoO3 films.
Keywords: thermal diffusivity, molybdenum oxide, thin film, nano-lamelle, photothermal beam deflection
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