Assessment of Thermal Properties via Nanosecond Thermoreflectance Method

Event Date: December 15, 2015
Authors: Richard Garrelts, Amy Marconnet, and Xianfan Xu
Journal: Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering
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Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, vol. 19, no. 4, 2015. doi:10.1080/15567265.2015.1078425
Nanosecond time-domain thermoreflectance (ns-TDTR) is an all optical method of determining independently a variety of thermal parameters of both homogeneous and layered materials. Despite its relative experimental simplicity, the sensitivity of the temperature decay (measured by the transient reflectivity signal) to the relevant thermal properties has yet to be fully characterized. In principle, it is possible to simultaneously extract multiple thermal parameters from a single measurement. In practice, however, changes to several of these parameters may result in experimentally indistinguishable variations to the transient reflectivity signal. In this work, we focus on investigating thermal properties of bulk material and the contact resistance between the thin-film coating that is needed for the ns-TDTR method and the bulk substrate. To extract multiple properties from one temperature decay trace, we divide the data into temporal sub-regions known to be influenced to different degrees by each individual thermal parameter and iteratively fit with a 1-D heat conduction model to independently determine the contact resistance and cross-plane thermal conductivity.