Application of mesoporous TiO2 as a thermal isolation layer for infrared sensors

Sun Gyu Choi, Tae Jung Ha, Byoung Gon Yu, Sangwoo Shin, Hyung Hee Cho, Hyung Ho Park

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An ordered, mesoporous TiO2 thin film could possibly enhance the efficiency of a microbolometer when used as a thermal isolation layer. The infrared transmission characteristics of a 150 nm thick mesoporous TiO2 film were measured by FT-IR. The calculated infrared absorption rate was higher than 85% in the 8-12 μm wavelength region. The thermal conductivity of a mesoporous TiO2 film was measured by the 3ω method. The CFD-ACE program was used to simulate the thermal isolation effect of a mesoporous TiO2 film inserted in a microbolometer structure. The simulation shows that a great enhancement in the thermal insulation was obtained by using a mesoporous TiO2 layer. The mesoporous TiO2 thin film effectively blocks heat flow from TiN absorber to the bottom layer and returns the downstream heat to the upper resistor layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-215
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 3

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the IT R&D program of MIC/IITA [2006-S054-01, Development of CMOS based MEMS processed multi-functional sensor for ubiquitous environment]. Experiments at PLS were supported in part by MOST and POSTECH.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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