Effects of nanometer-thick passivation layers on the mechanical response of thin gold films.


The mechanical behavior of freestanding gold membranes 0.5 micron thick with and without passivation layers was studied with a membrane deflection experiment. Membrane width was varied from 2.5 to 20 microns to investigate size effects. The presence of the passivation layer had the effect of reducing the membrane strength. Yield stress, as well as fracture… (More)


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