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Author Caruso, Francesco ♦ Bellacicca, Andrea ♦ Milani, Paolo
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY ♦ CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ ADDITIVES ♦ ATOMS ♦ BENDING ♦ CAPACITANCE ♦ CAPACITORS ♦ CLUSTER BEAMS ♦ DEPOSITION ♦ DIELECTRIC MATERIALS ♦ RAW MATERIALS ♦ RESISTORS
Abstract We report the rapid prototyping of passive electrical components (resistors and capacitors) on plain paper by an additive and parallel technology consisting of supersonic cluster beam deposition (SCBD) coupled with shadow mask printing. Cluster-assembled films have a growth mechanism substantially different from that of atom-assembled ones providing the possibility of a fine tuning of their electrical conduction properties around the percolative conduction threshold. Exploiting the precise control on cluster beam intensity and shape typical of SCBD, we produced, in a one-step process, batches of resistors with resistance values spanning a range of two orders of magnitude. Parallel plate capacitors with paper as the dielectric medium were also produced with capacitance in the range of tens of picofarads. Compared to standard deposition technologies, SCBD allows for a very efficient use of raw materials and the rapid production of components with different shape and dimensions while controlling independently the electrical characteristics. Discrete electrical components produced by SCBD are very robust against deformation and bending, and they can be easily assembled to build circuits with desired characteristics. The availability of large batches of these components enables the rapid and cheap prototyping and integration of electrical components on paper as building blocks of more complex systems.
ISSN 00036951
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-04-18
Publisher Place United States
Journal Applied Physics Letters
Volume Number 108
Issue Number 16


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