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An apparatus for spatially resolved, temperature dependent near infrared reflectance measurements for identifying thermochromic transitions in combinatorial thin film libraries

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Sara C. Barron, Nam T. Nguyen, Nhan V. Nguyen, Martin L. Green, Mitul P. Patel

Abstract

A metrology and data analysis protocol is described for high throughput construction of thermochromic metal-insulator phase diagrams for lightly substituted VO2 thin films. The technique exploits the abrupt change in near infrared optical properties, measured in reflection, as an indicator of the temperature- or impurity-driven metal-insulator transition. Transition metal impurities were introduced in a complementary combinatorial synthesis technique for producing thin film libraries with the general composition space V1-xMxO2, with M = one or more transition metals and x varying continuously across the library. The measurement apparatus acquires near infrared reflectance spectra at arbitrarily many library locations, each with a unique film composition, at temperatures of 1 °C to 85 °C. To maintain high throughput throughout, the measurement protocol is computer controlled to automate the collection of thousands of reflectance spectra, representing hundreds of film compositions at tens of temperatures. A straightforward analysis algorithm is implemented to reduce the thousands of spectra to knowledge such as thermochromic transition temperatures and regions of no thermochromic transition. The resulting impurity composition – temperature phase diagrams will contribute to the understanding of metal-insulator transition in doped VO2 systems, and to the development of thermochromic smart windows.
Citation
Review of Scientific Instruments
Volume
86
Issue
11

Citation

Barron, S. , Nguyen, N. , Nguyen, N. , Green, M. and Patel, M. (2015), An apparatus for spatially resolved, temperature dependent near infrared reflectance measurements for identifying thermochromic transitions in combinatorial thin film libraries, Review of Scientific Instruments, [online], https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4935477 (Accessed May 21, 2024)

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Created November 18, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018