TITLE

Silicon oxide colloidal/polymer nanocomposite films

AUTHOR(S)
Haifeng Wang; Wenwu Cao; Zhou, Q. F.; Shung, K. Kirk; Huang, Y. H.
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;12/13/2004, Vol. 85 Issue 24, p5998
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The quarter-wavelength (λ/4) acoustic matching layer, a vital component in medical ultrasonic transducer, can bridge the large acoustic impedance mismatch between the piezoelectric material and the human body. Composite materials are widely used as matching materials in order to cover the wide acoustic impedance range that cannot be accomplished by using a single-phase material. At high frequencies (>50 MHz), the λ/4 matching layers become extremely thin so that the fabrication of homogeneous composite material matching layers becomes very challenging. A method is reported in this letter to fabricate sol-gel silicon oxide colloidal/polymer composite film on silicon substrate, in which the particle size of silicon oxide colloidal is between 10 and 40 nm. The acoustic impedance of the nanocomposite films versus aging temperature has been measured at the desired operating frequency.
ACCESSION #
15331840

 

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