Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Micromechanical Testing of Electroplated Gold Alloy Films using Theta-Like Specimens

Published

Author(s)

Mark McLean, William A. Osborn, Oliver Boomhower, Christopher Keimel, Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Frank W. DelRio

Abstract

Micromechanical testing of electroplated gold alloy films has been conducted using the theta specimen geometry. Specimens were formed by a standard combination of photolithography, electroplating, and deep reactive ion etching. Testing was performed using an instrumented indenter and the results interpreted using a finite element model with a Ramberg-Osgood constitutive law to extract both elastic and plastic material properties. The results of the tests were highly repeatable and appear to be sensitive to variations in both sample dimensions and material properties. These qualities suggest that the testing methodology may have significant value as a quality control technique in the fabrication of metal microelectromechanical systems.
Citation
MRS Communications
Volume
5
Issue
3

Citation

McLean, M. , Osborn, W. , Boomhower, O. , Keimel, C. , Kirkpatrick, R. and DelRio, F. (2015), Micromechanical Testing of Electroplated Gold Alloy Films using Theta-Like Specimens, MRS Communications, [online], https://doi.org/10.1557/mrc.2015.48 (Accessed June 13, 2024)

Issues

If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact reflib@nist.gov.

Created July 2, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018