[Ifeffit] Substrate material question

Kropf, Arthur Jeremy kropf at cmt.anl.gov
Wed Apr 28 07:51:41 CDT 2004

Silicon is quite strong.  However, it is also brittle.  For detectors I have been able to bend 200 micron silicon to less than a 200mm radius.  That should be plenty of strain.  Virginia Semiconductor is great.  Look at their double-side polished stock and you can typically find one or two batches with less than 200 micron thickness.  Wafers thinner than 100 microns begin to get quite fragile.  
Jeremy Kropf
Chemical Engineering Division
Argonne National Laboratory

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	I have still not decided on the final substrate material, but I have a couple of samples coming from Dupont of polyimide (same composition as Kapton) material called vespel. It is essentially inert as one would expect (like Kapton), but due to differences in manufacture I understand it is hydroscopic. From this I assume that the reaction for making Kapton is diffusion limited and Vespel is essentially a "polycrystalline" -- in the sense there are grains between which water can absorb -- form of Kapton. The energy in question is 11.6 keV (the Ge edge). Si is an interesting idea but the loss for a 200 micron thick substrate is essentially 1/e. It is certainly worth considering for higher energies though! The 1/e value for polyimide is about 3500 microns in contrast, while the 1/e value for MgO is about 300. As in my experiment I want to create biaxial stress in a thin film on the substrate, I worry that the stress/strain curves for MgO are too stiff. On the other hand, thin S!
 i is a real possibility (darn, Si 
technology is everywhere!). I like the Si idea and might try that in parallel. Has anyone tried using thinned Si wafers (Virginia Technology ? sells mechanically thinned wafers I think -- I saw them at a MRS booth a long time ago). How fragile are the wafers? 

	On 2004/04/28, at 0:32, Jeff Terry wrote: 

		Hi Matt, 

		Both items are good to know. I didn't realize that the laminated kapton structures still had good heat resistance. 


		On Apr 27, 2004, at 10:22 AM, Matt Newville wrote: 

			Hi Paul, 

			I think you can get polyimide thicker than 175 microns. It may not 
			go as Kapton, but maybe as Cirlex or Torlon or something else. I 
			think goodfellow.com carries these in millimeter thick sheets and 
			rods, and that they're still radiation and heat resistant. 
			Goodfellow tends to be pricey, but has excellent information on 
			thermal and mechanical properties. 

			Using MgO, sapphire, or even diamond might be reasonable too. 


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