The thermal stability and contact resistance of TaAlN thin films as electrical contacts to SiGe thermoelectric elements are reported. We demonstrate that a sharp interface is maintained after the device annealed at 800°C for over 100h, indicating that no interdiffusion takes place between TaAlN and SiGe. A specific contact resistivity of (2.1±1.3)×10−6Ω-cm2 for p-type SiGe and (2.8±1.6)×10−5 Ω-cm2 for n-type SiGe is demonstrated after the high temperature annealing. These results show that TaAlN is a promising contact material for high temperature thermoelectrics such as SiGe.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research was partially financially supported by the University of Texas at Dallas. The authors acknowledge Dr. Gordon Pollock, Mr. Wallace Martin and Mr. Zane Borg for help with thin-film preparation.