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  1. Effects of Substrate Temperature on ZAO Thin Film Prepared by DC Magnetron Reactive Sputtering

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    Lu, F.; Zhou, X. G.; Xu, C. H.; Wen, L. S.

    The effects of substrate temperature on the resistivity and transmittance of ZAO thin films prepared by DC magnetron reactive sputtering have been investigated. The properties of the samples have been analyzed through Hall effect, X-ray diffraction and SEM. The results show that carrier concentration, Hall mobility and crystallinity of the films depend obviously on the deposition temperature. The film deposited at the range 200-250°C has lower resistivity and higher transmittance.

  2. Preparation of DC reactive magnetron sputtered ZnO thin film towards photovoltaic applications

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    Prabhu, M.; Sivanantham, A.; Kannan, P. Karthick; Vishnukanthan, V.; Mayandi, J.

    2013-06-01

    Zinc oxide thin films deposited on glass and p-type silicon (100) substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering are reported here. The XRD investigations confirmed that the thin films deposited by this technique have hexagonal wurtzite structure. AFM results present the surface morphology and roughness of the deposited thin films. From the optical absorption spectrum, the band gap of the thin film is found to be ˜ 3.2 eV. The photoluminescence spectrum of the sample has an UV emission peak centered at 407 nm with broad visible emission in the range of 500-580 nm.

  3. Studies on optoelectronic properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered chromium doped CdO thin films

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    Hymavathi, B. Rao, T. Subba; Kumar, B. Rajesh

    2014-10-15

    Cr doped CdO thin films were deposited on glass substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering method and subsequently annealed from 200 °C to 500 °C. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the films exhibit (1 1 1) preferred orientation. The optical transmittance of the films increases from 64% to 88% with increasing annealing temperature. The optical band gap values were found to be decreased from 2.77 to 2.65 eV with the increase of annealing temperature. The decrease in optical band gap energy with increasing annealing temperature can be attributed to improvement in the crystallinity of the films and may also be due to quantum confinement effect. A minimum resistivity of 2.23 × 10{sup −4} Ω.cm and sheet resistance of 6.3 Ω/sq is obtained for Cr doped CdO film annealed at 500 °C.

  4. Transparent conducting indium doped ZnO films by dc reactive S-gun magnetron sputtering.

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    Ye, Z Z; Tang, J F

    1989-07-15

    Transparent conducting ZnO films have been prepared by modified S-gun reactive dc magnetron sputtering using an indium doped Zn target. Films with a resistivity of 1.08 x 10(-3) Omega cm and average transmittance of over 80% in the visible region were obtained. The influence of indium content at the surface of Zn target on the resistivity and transmittance of ZnO films was investigated. Optical properties of ZnO films in the 0.2-2.5-microm range were modeled by the Drude theory of free electrons. The reflectance of ZnO films in the 2.5-26.0-microm region was calculated. PMID:20555606

  5. The spatial distribution of negative oxygen ion densities in a dc reactive magnetron discharge

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    Scribbins, Steven; Bowes, Michael; Bradley, James W.

    2013-01-01

    Using Langmuir probe-assisted eclipse laser photodetachment, the spatial distribution of O- densities in the bulk plasma of magnetron sputter tool has been determined for a range of pressures, 0.79 to 2.40 Pa. The discharge was operated in dc (200 W) with a Ti target and a fixed oxygen-argon pressure ratio of 0.2, in poisoned mode. Measurements show significant O- densities occupying an annulus downstream from the magnetic trap in regions of most positive plasma potential. With increasing pressure the region of high O- density expands and the peak densities increase reaching ˜1.5 × 1016 m-3 at 2.40 Pa, corresponding to an O- to electron density ratio (electronegativity α) of ˜2. Outside the area of dense negative ions, and in regions of the magnetic trap accessible to our probe we measure α < 0.2. The results show that these reactive magnetron plasmas, utilized for oxide film production, to be highly electronegative in regions close to the substrate.

  6. Synthesizing mixed phase titania nanocomposites with enhanced photoactivity and redshifted photoresponse by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Chen, Le

    Recent work points out the importance of the solid-solid interface in explaining the high photoactivity of mixed phase TiO2 catalysts. The goal of this research was to probe the synthesis-structure-function relationships of the solid-solid interfaces created by the reactive direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide. I hypothesize that the reactive DC magnetron sputtering is a useful method for synthesizing photo-catalysts with unique structure including solid-solid interfaces and surface defects that are associated with enhanced photoreactivity as well as a photoresponse shifted to longer wavelengths of light. I showed that sputter deposition provides excellent control of the phase and interface formation as well as the stoichiometry of the films. I explored the effects exerted by the process parameters of pressure, oxygen partial pressure, target power, substrate bias (RF), deposition incidence angle, and post annealing treatment on the structural and functional characteristics of the catalysts. I have successfully made pure and mixed phase TiO2 films. These films were characterized with UV-Vis, XPS, AFM, SEM, TEM, XRD and EPR, to determine optical properties, elemental stoichiometry, surface morphology, phase distribution and chemical coordination. Bundles of anatase-rutile nano-columns having high densities of dual-scale of interfaces among and within the columns are fabricated. Photocatalytic performance of the sputtered films as measured by the oxidation of the pollutant, acetaldehyde, and the reduction of CO2 for fuel (CH4) production was compared (normalized for surface area) to that of mixed phase TiO2 fabricated by other methods, including flame hydrolysis powders, and solgel deposited TiO 2 films. The sputtered mixed phase materials were far superior to the commercial standard (Degussa P25) and solgel TiO2 based on gas phase reaction of acetaldehyde oxidation under UV light and CO2 reduction under both UV and visible illuminations. The

  7. Structural and optical properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered zinc aluminum oxide thin films

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Rao, T. Subba

    2014-10-01

    Highly transparent conductive Zinc Aluminum Oxide (ZAO) thin films have been deposited on glass substrates using DC reactive magnetron sputtering method. The thin films were deposited at 200 °C and post-deposition annealing from 15 to 90 min. XRD patterns of ZAO films exhibit only (0 0 2) diffraction peak, indicating that they have c-axis preferred orientation perpendicular to the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used to study the surface morphology of the films. The grain size obtained from SEM images of ZAO thin films are found to be in the range of 20 - 26 nm. The minimum resistivity of 1.74 × 10-4 Ω cm and an average transmittance of 92% are obtained for the thin film post annealed for 30 min. The optical band gap of ZAO thin films increased from 3.49 to 3.60 eV with the increase of annealing time due to Burstein-Moss effect. The optical constants refractive index (n) and extinction coefficient (k) were also determined from the optical transmission spectra.

  8. Structural and optical properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered zinc aluminum oxide thin films

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Rao, T. Subba

    2014-10-15

    Highly transparent conductive Zinc Aluminum Oxide (ZAO) thin films have been deposited on glass substrates using DC reactive magnetron sputtering method. The thin films were deposited at 200 °C and post-deposition annealing from 15 to 90 min. XRD patterns of ZAO films exhibit only (0 0 2) diffraction peak, indicating that they have c-axis preferred orientation perpendicular to the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used to study the surface morphology of the films. The grain size obtained from SEM images of ZAO thin films are found to be in the range of 20 - 26 nm. The minimum resistivity of 1.74 × 10{sup −4} Ω cm and an average transmittance of 92% are obtained for the thin film post annealed for 30 min. The optical band gap of ZAO thin films increased from 3.49 to 3.60 eV with the increase of annealing time due to Burstein-Moss effect. The optical constants refractive index (n) and extinction coefficient (k) were also determined from the optical transmission spectra.

  9. Silicon- and aluminum-nitride films deposited by reactive low-voltage ion plating and reactive dc-magnetron sputtering

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    Vogl, G. W.; Monz, K. H.; Nguyen, Quang D.; Huter, Michael; Rille, Eduard P.; Pulker, Hans K.

    1994-11-01

    In this work the properties of Si3N4 and AIN thin films deposited onto unheated substrates by Reactive Low Voltage Ion Plating (RLVIP) and Reactive DC-Magnetron Sputtering (RDCMS) were investigated. In both experimental setups pure silicon and aluminum were used as starting materials. Working and reactive gas were argon and nitrogen respectively. All Si3N4 films showed amorphous structure in X-ray and electron diffraction whereas AIN films were found to be polycrystalline and could be indexed to the bulk hexagonal AIN lattice. The values of the film refractive index at 550 nm are 2.08 for RLVIP Si3N4, 2.12 for RLVIP AIN, 2.02 for RDCMS Si3N4, and 1.98 or 2.12 for AIN depending on the total pressure in the range of 8 E - 1 Pa and 1 E - 1 Pa during the process. The high optical transmission region for the Si3N4 films lies between 0.23 and 9.5 micrometers , and for AIN films between 0.2 and 12.5 micrometers . Purity and composition were measured by electron microprobe, infrared transmission, nuclear reactions, elastic recoil detection analysis and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Transmission electron micrographs of Pt-C replicas of fracture cross sections of the films show their different microstructure and surface topography. Environmental tests proved the RLVIP Si3N4 films to be very hard, of high density and of strong adherence to glass.

  10. Bioactivity response of Ta1-xOx coatings deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering.

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    Almeida Alves, C F; Cavaleiro, A; Carvalho, S

    2016-01-01

    The use of dental implants is sometimes accompanied by failure due to periimplantitis disease and subsequently poor esthetics when soft-hard tissue margin recedes. As a consequence, further research is needed for developing new bioactive surfaces able to enhance the osseous growth. Tantalum (Ta) is a promising material for dental implants since, comparing with titanium (Ti), it is bioactive and has an interesting chemistry which promotes the osseointegration. Another promising approach for implantology is the development of implants with oxidized surfaces since bone progenitor cells interact with the oxide layer forming a diffusion zone due to its ability to bind with calcium which promotes a stronger bond. In the present report Ta-based coatings were deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering onto Ti CP substrates in an Ar+O2 atmosphere. In order to assess the osteoconductive response of the studied materials, contact angle and in vitro tests of the samples immersed in Simulated Body Fluid (SBF) were performed. Structural results showed that oxide phases where achieved with larger amounts of oxygen (70 at.% O). More compact and smooth coatings were deposited by increasing the oxygen content. The as-deposited Ta coating presented the most hydrophobic character (100°); with increasing oxygen amount contact angles progressively diminished, down to the lowest measured value, 63°. The higher wettability is also accompanied by an increase on the surface energy. Bioactivity tests demonstrated that highest O-content coating, in good agreement with wettability and surface energy values, showed an increased affinity for apatite adhesion, with higher Ca/P ratio formation, when compared to the bare Ti substrates. PMID:26478293

  11. Studies on optoelectronic properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered CdTe thin films

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Hymavathi, B.; Rao, T. Subba

    2014-01-28

    Cadmium telluride continues to be a leading candidate for the development of cost effective photovoltaics for terrestrial applications. In the present work two individual metallic targets of Cd and Te were used for the deposition of CdTe thin films on mica substrates from room temperature to 300 °C by DC reactive magnetron sputtering method. XRD patterns of CdTe thin films deposited on mica substrates exhibit peaks at 2θ = 27.7°, 46.1° and 54.6°, which corresponds to reflection on (1 1 1), (2 2 0) and (3 1 1) planes of CdTe cubic structure. The intensities of XRD patterns increases with the increase of substrate temperature upto 150 °C and then it decreases at higher substrate temperatures. The conductivity of CdTe thin films measured from four probe method increases with the increase of substrate temperature. The activation energies (ΔE) are found to be decrease with the increase of substrate temperature. The optical transmittance spectra of CdTe thin films deposited on mica have a clear interference pattern in the longer wavelength region. The films have good transparency (T > 85 %) exhibiting interference pattern in the spectral region between 1200 – 2500 nm. The optical band gap of CdTe thin films are found to be in the range of 1.48 – 1.57. The refractive index, n decreases with the increase of wavelength, λ. The value of n and k increases with the increase of substrate temperature.

  12. Enhanced electrical and noise properties of nanocomposite vanadium oxide thin films by reactive pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering

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    Basantani, H. A.; Kozlowski, S.; Lee, Myung-Yoon; Li, J.; Dickey, E. C.; Jackson, T. N.; Bharadwaja, S. S. N.; Horn, M.

    2012-06-01

    Thin films of VOx (1.3 ≤ x ≤ 2) were deposited by reactive pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering of a vanadium metal target while RF-biasing the substrate. Rutherford back scattering, glancing angle x-ray, and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy measurements revealed the formation of nanocolumns with nanotwins within VOx samples. The resistivity of nanotwinned VOx films ranged from 4 mΩ.cm to 0.6 Ω.cm and corresponding temperature coefficient of resistance between -0.1% and -2.6% per K, respectively. The 1/f electrical noise was analyzed in these VOx samples using the Hooge-Vandamme relation. These VOx films are comparable or surpass commercial VOx films deposited by ion beam sputtering.

  13. Enhanced electrical and noise properties of nanocomposite vanadium oxide thin films by reactive pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering

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    Basantani, H. A.; Kozlowski, S.; Lee, Myung-Yoon; Li, J.; Dickey, E. C.; Jackson, T. N.; Bharadwaja, S. S. N.; Horn, M.

    2012-06-25

    Thin films of VO{sub x} (1.3 {<=} x {<=} 2) were deposited by reactive pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering of a vanadium metal target while RF-biasing the substrate. Rutherford back scattering, glancing angle x-ray, and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy measurements revealed the formation of nanocolumns with nanotwins within VO{sub x} samples. The resistivity of nanotwinned VO{sub x} films ranged from 4 m{Omega}{center_dot}cm to 0.6 {Omega}{center_dot}cm and corresponding temperature coefficient of resistance between -0.1% and -2.6% per K, respectively. The 1/f electrical noise was analyzed in these VO{sub x} samples using the Hooge-Vandamme relation. These VO{sub x} films are comparable or surpass commercial VO{sub x} films deposited by ion beam sputtering.

  14. Decorative black TiCxOy film fabricated by DC magnetron sputtering without importing oxygen reactive gas

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    Ono, Katsushi; Wakabayashi, Masao; Tsukakoshi, Yukio; Abe, Yoshiyuki

    2016-02-01

    Decorative black TiCxOy films were fabricated by dc (direct current) magnetron sputtering without importing the oxygen reactive gas into the sputtering chamber. Using a ceramic target of titanium oxycarbide (TiC1.59O0.31), the oxygen content in the films could be easily controlled by adjustment of total sputtering gas pressure without remarkable change of the carbon content. The films deposited at 2.0 and 4.0 Pa, those are higher pressure when compared with that in conventional magnetron sputtering, showed an attractive black color. In particular, the film at 4.0 Pa had the composition of TiC1.03O1.10, exhibited the L* of 41.5, a* of 0.2 and b* of 0.6 in CIELAB color space. These values were smaller than those in the TiC0.29O1.38 films (L* of 45.8, a* of 1.2 and b* of 1.2) fabricated by conventional reactive sputtering method from the same target under the conditions of gas pressure of 0.3 Pa and optimized oxygen reactive gas concentration of 2.5 vol.% in sputtering gas. Analysis of XRD and XPS revealed that the black film deposited at 4.0 Pa was the amorphous film composed of TiC, TiO and C. The adhesion property and the heat resisting property were enough for decorative uses. This sputtering process has an industrial advantage that the decorative black coating with color uniformity in large area can be easily obtained by plain operation because of unnecessary of the oxygen reactive gas importing which is difficult to be controlled uniformly in the sputtering chamber.

  15. Process-structure-property correlations in pulsed dc reactive magnetron sputtered vanadium oxide thin films

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    Venkatasubramanian, Chandrasekaran; Cabarcos, Orlando M.; Drawl, William R.; Allara, David L.; Ashok, S.; Horn, Mark W.; Bharadwaja, S. S. N.

    2011-11-15

    Cathode hysteresis in the reactive pulsed dc sputtering of a vanadium metal target was investigated to correlate the structural and electrical properties of the resultant vanadium oxide thin films within the framework of Berg's model [Berg et al., J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 5, 202 (1987)]. The process hysteresis during reactive pulsed dc sputtering of a vanadium metal target was monitored by measuring the cathode (target) current under different total gas flow rates and oxygen-to-argon ratios for a power density of {approx}6.6.W/cm{sup 2}. Approximately 20%-25% hysteretic change in the cathode current was noticed between the metallic and oxidized states of the V-metal target. The extent of the hysteresis varied with changes in the mass flow of oxygen as predicted by Berg's model. The corresponding microstructure of the films changed from columnar to equiaxed grain structure with increased oxygen flow rates. Micro-Raman spectroscopy indicates subtle changes in the film structure as a function of processing conditions. The resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance, and charge transport mechanism, obeying the Meyer-Neldel relation [Meyer and Neldel, Z. Tech. Phys. (Leipzig) 12, 588 (1937)], were correlated with the cathode current hysteric behavior.

  16. Visible light-induced photocatalytic properties of WO{sub 3} films deposited by dc reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Imai, Masahiro; Kikuchi, Maiko; Oka, Nobuto; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2012-05-15

    The authors examined the photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3} films (thickness 500-600 nm) deposited on a fused quartz substrate heated at 350-800 deg. C by dc reactive magnetron sputtering using a W metal target under the O{sub 2} gas pressure from 1.0 to 5.0 Pa. Films deposited at 800 deg. C under 5.0 Pa have excellent crystallinity of triclinic, P1(1) structure and a large surface area, as confirmed by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Exposure of acetaldehyde (CH{sub 3}CHO) adsorbed onto the film surface to ultraviolet, visible, or standard fluorescence light induces oxidative photocatalytic decomposition indicated by a decrease in CH{sub 3}CHO concentration and generation of CO{sub 2} gas. For all three types of irradiation, concentration ratio of decreased CH{sub 3}CHO to increased CO{sub 2} is about 1:1, suggesting the possible presence of intermediates. The sputter-deposited WO{sub 3} film can be a good candidate as a visible light-responsive photocatalyst.

  17. Proton conductive tantalum oxide thin film deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering for all-solid-state switchable mirror

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    Tajima, K.; Yamada, Y.; Bao, S.; Okada, M.; Yoshimura, K.

    2008-03-01

    Our developed all-solid-state switchable mirror as a smart window is consisted in multi-layer of Mg4Ni/Pd/Ta2O5/WO3/ITO/glass and can switch reversibly from the reflective state to the transparent one. The development of high performance solid electrolyte thin film of Ta2O5 is important for fast speed switching and high durability of the device. In this work, we have investigated the electrochemical property of Ta2O5 thin film deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering. The effect of thickness on electrochemical and proton conductivities of Ta2O5 thin film was investigated. The Ta2O5 thin film with a thickness of 400 nm had better proton conductivity of 1.5×10-9 S/cm measured by AC impedance method. The transmittance at wavelength of 670 nm of the device with 400 nm thick Ta2O5 thin film was changed from 0.1% (reflective state) to 51% (transparent state) within 10 s by applying voltage of 5 V. The device showed high durability up to two-thousand switching cycles.

  18. Effects of Ti addiction in WO 3 thin film ammonia gas sensor prepared by dc reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Hu, Ming; Yong, Cholyun; Feng, Youcai; Lv, Yuqiang; Han, Lei; Liang, Jiran; Wang, Haopeng

    2006-11-01

    WO 3 sensing films (1500 Å) were deposited using dc reactive magnetron sputtering method on alumina substrate on which patterned interdigital Pt electrodes were previously formed. The additive Ti was sputtered with different thickness (100-500 Å) onto WO 3 thin films and then the films as-deposited were annealed at 400°C in air for 3h. The crystal structure and chemical composition of the films were characterized by XRD and XPS analysis. The effect of Ti addition on sensitive properties of WO 3 thin film to the NH 3 gas was then discussed. WO 3 thin films added Ti revealed excellent sensitivity and response characteristics in the presence of low concentration of NH 3 (5-400 ppm) gas in air at 200°C operating temperature. Especially,in case 300 Å thickness of additive Ti, WO 3 thin films have a promotional effect on the response speed to NH 3 and selectivity enhanced with respect to other gases (CO, C IIH 5OH, CH 4). The influence of different substrates, including alumina, silicon and glass, on sensitivity to NH 3 gas has also been investigated.

  19. Investigations on opto-electronical properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered zinc aluminum oxide thin films annealed at different temperatures

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Rao, T. Subba

    2013-01-01

    In the present study transparent conducting zinc aluminum oxide (ZAO) thin films were prepared by DC reactive magnetron sputtering technique. The films were deposited on glass substrates at 200 °C and annealed from 200 °C to 500 °C. XRD patterns of ZAO films shows (0 0 2) diffraction peak of hexagonal wurtzite, meaning that the films have c-axis orientation perpendicular to the substrate. Crystallite size was calculated from X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra using the Scherrer formula. The surface morphology of the films was observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The electrical conductivity increases with increase of annealing temperature. The activation energies of conduction were obtained from an Arrhenius equation. The best characteristics of ZAO films have been obtained for the films annealed at 400 °C with an average transmittance of 88% and a minimum resistivity of 2.2 × 10-4 Ω cm. The optical band gap, optical constants, and electron concentrations of ZAO films are obtained from UV-vis-IR spectrophotometer data.

  20. Raman, electron microscopy and electrical transport studies of x-ray amorphous Zn-Ir-O thin films deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Zubkins, M.; Kalendarev, R.; Gabrusenoks, J.; Smits, K.; Kundzins, K.; Vilnis, K.; Azens, A.; Purans, J.

    2015-03-01

    Zn-Ir-O thin films on glass and Ti substrates were deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature. Structural and electrical properties were investigated as a function of iridium concentration in the films. Raman spectrum of Zn-Ir-O (61.5 at.% Ir) resembles the spectrum of rutile IrO2, without any distinct features of wurtzite ZnO structure. SEM images indicated that morphology of the films surface improves with the iridium content. EDX spectroscopy and cross-section SEM images revealed that the films growing process is homogeneous. Crystallites with approximately 2-5 nm size were discovered in the TEM images. Thermally activated conductivity related to the variable range hopping changes to the non-thermally activated before iridium concentration reaches the 45 at.%.

  1. Photoelectrochemical properties of N/C-codoped TiO2 film electrodes prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering.

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    Wu, Kee-Rong; Yeh, Chung-Wei; Hung, Chung-Hsuang; Chung, Chih-Yuan; Cheng, Li-Hsun

    2010-02-01

    This paper aims to characterize the photoelectrochemical properties of the visible-light enabling titanium dioxide (TiO2) film electrodes prepared by codoping nitrogen (N) and a presputtered carbon film (C-film) onto indium tin oxide (ITO) glass substrates using a direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering technique. To improve its photoelectrochemical properties, different amount of C-doping sources, 2 h and 4 h C-film, are chose to prepare the N/C-codoped TiO2 film electrodes. Under visible-light (420 < lambda < 610 nm) illumination, a remarkable photocurrent density of 22 microA/cm2 is obtained for the N/C-TiO2 film electrode prepared with a 4 h C-film (NC(4)-T) at an applied potential of +1.2 V versus SCE. Under ultraviolet (lambda approximately 365 nm) illumination, the NC(4)-T film electrode also exhibits the highest photocurrent density of 0.23 mA/cm2 among all samples tested. A more negative flat band potential of NC(4)-T film electrode is attributed to the synergistic effect of N/C codoping. The XRD spectrum of the NC(4)-T film electrode shows mainly the well-crystallized anatase TiO2 phase and an extremely intense (211) plane. Thus, photoelectrochemical activity of the NC(4)-T film electrode can be ascribed to the well-crystallized columnar crystals with pores at its grain boundary, open surface morphology, which are revealed by SEM and TEM images, and a more negative flat band potential. The visible-light induced activity is mostly enhanced as a result of the synergistic effects of N/C-codoping into the TiO2 crystals. A potential application to photocatalytic splitting of water for hydrogen evolution using solar light is practically possible. PMID:20352756

  2. Potential for reactive pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering of nanocomposite VO{sub x} microbolometer thin films

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    Jin, Yao O. Ozcelik, Adem; Horn, Mark W.; Jackson, Thomas N.

    2014-11-01

    Vanadium oxide (VO{sub x}) thin films were deposited by reactive pulsed-dc sputtering a metallic vanadium target in argon/oxygen mixtures with substrate bias. Hysteretic oxidation of the vanadium target surface was assessed by measuring the average cathode current during deposition. Nonuniform oxidization of the target surface was analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. The VO{sub x} film deposition rate, resistivity, and temperature coefficient of resistance were correlated to oxygen to argon ratio, processing pressure, target-to-substrate distance, and oxygen inlet positions. To deposit VO{sub x} in the resistivity range of 0.1–10 Ω-cm with good uniformity and process control, lower processing pressure, larger target-to-substrate distance, and oxygen inlet near the substrate are useful.

  3. Effect Of Process Gas Mixture On Reactively DC Magnetron Sputtered (Al1_xSix)OyNz Thin Films

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    Bjornard, Erik

    1989-02-01

    (A1 1-x Si x )0yNz films have properties which make them desirable as durable overcoats and corrosion barriers in optical thin film structures. (Al, Si )O N films were reactively DC sputtered from Al, Si targets (x = 0.0, 0.117, 0.30) in Ar/N2/O2 atmospheres. Nitride films had sputter efficiencies three times that of the oxides and ESCA analysis of the films showed that the film composition varied non-linearly with reactive gas ratio and sputter rate, incorporating more oxygen than nitrogen for a given gas flow. This behavior is correlated with the hysteresis curves for the oxide and nitride states. Optical properties of the films were also found to vary with index dropping disproportionately to the 0/(0+N) flow ratio, but linearly with the ratio of atomic percent of 0 and N in the films. Durability properties of (A1 1_x Si x)0 NZ films were tested at several compositions. It was found that with high nitrogen context the wear resistance increased with Si content and the oxides were generally less wear resistant than the nitrides. The corrosion resistance also increased with Si content, but in this case, the oxides were generally more stable. Film stress became more compressive with 0 and Si content. Analysis of ESCA binding energy data indicates that the Si forms alumino-silicate bonds in the film, which apparently contributes to the durability properties.

  4. Effect of film thickness on structural and mechanical properties of AlCrN nanocompoite thin films deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Prakash, Ravi; Kaur, Davinder

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the influence of film thickness on the structural, surface morphology and mechanical properties of Aluminum chromium nitride (AlCrN) thin films has been successfully investigated. The AlCrN thin films were deposited on silicon (100) substrate using dc magnetron reactive co-sputtering at substrate temperature 400° C. The structural, surface morphology and mechanical properties were studied using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and nanoindentation techniques respectively. The thickness of these thin films was controlled by varying the deposition time therefore increase in deposition time led to increase in film thickness. X-ray diffraction pattern of AlCrN thin films with different deposition time shows the presence of (100) and (200) orientations. The crystallite size varies in the range from 12.5 nm to 36.3 nm with the film thickness due to surface energy minimization with the higher film thickness. The hardness pattern of these AlCrN thin films follows Hall-Petch relation. The highest hardness 23.08 Gpa and young modulus 215.31 Gpa were achieved at lowest grain size of 12.5 nm.

  5. On the phase formation of titanium oxide thin films deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering: influence of oxygen partial pressure and nitrogen doping

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    Pandian, Ramanathaswamy; Natarajan, Gomathi; Rajagopalan, S.; Kamruddin, M.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2014-09-01

    This work describes about the control on phase formation in titanium oxide thin films deposited by reactive dc magnetron sputtering. Various phases of titanium oxide thin films were deposited by controlling the oxygen partial pressure during the sputtering process. By adding nitrogen gas to sputter gas mixture of oxygen and argon, the oxygen partial pressure was decreased further below the usual critical value, below and above which the sputtering yields metallic and oxide films, respectively. Furthermore, nitrogen addition eliminated the typical hysteretic behaviour between the flow rate and oxygen partial pressure, and significantly influenced the sputter rate. On increasing the oxygen partial pressure, the ratio between anatase and rutile fraction and grain size increases. The fracture cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy together with the complementary information from X-ray diffraction and micro-Raman investigations revealed the evolution and spatial distribution of the anatase and rutile phases. Both the energy delivered to the growing film and oxygen vacancy concentrations are correlated with the formation of various phases upon varying the oxygen partial pressure.

  6. Effect of annealing treatment on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thin films deposited by dc reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Arias, L. M. Franco; Arias Duran, A.; Cardona, D.; Camps, E.; Gómez, M. E.; Zambrano, G.

    2015-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films have been deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering on silicon and quartz substrates with different Ar/O2 ratios in the gas mixture. Substrate temperature was kept constant at 400 °C during the deposition process, and the TiO2 thin films were later annealed at 700 °C for 3 h. The effect of the Ar/O2 ratio in the gas flow and the annealing treatment on the phase composition, deposition rate, crystallinity, surface morphology and the resulting photocatalytic properties were investigated. For photocatalytic measurements, the variation of the concentration of the methylene blue (MB) dye under UV irradiation was followed by a change in the intensity of the characteristic MB band in the UV- Vis transmittance spectra. We report here that the as-grown TiO2 films showed only the anatase phase, whereas after annealing, the samples exhibited both the anatase and rutile phases in proportions that varied with the Ar/O2 ratio in the mixture of gases used during growth. In particular, the annealed TiO2 thin film deposited at a 50/50 ratio of Ar/O2, composed of both anatase (80%) and rutile phases (20%), exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity (30% of MB degradation) compared with the samples without annealing and composed of only the anatase phase.

  7. Effect of Aluminum concentration on structural and optical properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered Zinc Aluminum Oxide thin films for transparent electrode applications

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Subba Rao, T.

    2012-11-01

    Zinc Aluminum Oxide(ZAO) thin films were deposited on glass substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering in an Ar+O2 gas mixture using commercial available Zn metal (99.99% purity) and Al (99.99% purity) targets of 2 inch diameter and 4 mm thickness. The films were characterized and the effect of aluminum (Al) concentration (2 at %-6 at %) on the structural and optical properties was studied. The average crystallite size obtained from Scherer formula is in the range of 32-44nm. Microstructural analysis using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) supplemented with EDS is carried out to find the grain size as well as to find the composition elemental data of prepared thin films. Optical study is performed to calculate the extinction coefficient (k), absorption coefficient (a), optical band gap (Eg) using transmission spectra obtained using UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. There was widening of optical band gap with increasing aluminum concentration. ZAO film with low resistivity 3.2 × 10-4 cm and high transmittance of 80% is obtained for 3at% doped Al which is crucial for optoelectronic applications.

  8. Characterization of thin MoO3 films formed by RF and DC-magnetron reactive sputtering for gas sensor applications

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    Yordanov, R.; Boyadjiev, S.; Georgieva, V.; Vergov, L.

    2014-05-01

    The present work discusses a technology for deposition and characterization of thin molybdenum oxide (MoOx, MoO3) films studied for gas sensor applications. The samples were produced by reactive radio-frequency (RF) and direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering. The composition and microstructure of the films were studied by XPS, XRD and Raman spectroscopy, the morphology, using high resolution SEM. The research was focused on the sensing properties of the sputtered thin MoO3 films. Highly sensitive gas sensors were implemented by depositing films of various thicknesses on quartz resonators. Making use of the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method, these sensors were capable of detecting changes in the molecular range. Prototype QCM structures with thin MoO3 films were tested for sensitivity to NH3 and NO2. Even in as-deposited state and without heating the substrates, these films showed good sensitivity. Moreover, no additional thermal treatment is necessary, which makes the production of such QCM gas sensors simple and cost-effective, as it is fully compatible with the technology for producing the initial resonator. The films are sensitive at room temperature and can register concentrations as low as 50 ppm. The sorption is fully reversible, the films are stable and capable of long-term measurements.

  9. The effect of increasing V content on the structure, mechanical properties and oxidation resistance of Ti-Si-V-N films deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Fernandes, F.; Loureiro, A.; Polcar, T.; Cavaleiro, A.

    2014-01-01

    In the last years, vanadium rich films have been introduced as possible candidates for self-lubrication at high temperatures, based on the formation of V2O5 oxide. The aim of this investigation was to study the effect of V additions on the structure, mechanical properties and oxidation resistance of Ti-Si-V-N coatings deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The results achieved for TiSiVN films were compared and discussed in relation to TiN and TiSiN films prepared as reference. All coatings presented a fcc NaCl-type structure. A shift of the diffraction peaks to higher angles with increasing Si and V contents suggested the formation of a substitutional solid solution in TiN phase. Hardness and Young's modulus of the coatings were similar regardless on V content. The onset of oxidation of the films decreased significantly to 500 °C when V was added into the films; this behaviour was independent of the Si and V contents. The thermogravimetric isothermal curves of TiSiVN coatings oxidized at temperatures below the melting point of α-V2O5 (∼685 °C) showed two stages: at an early stage, the weight increase over time is linear, whilst, in the second stage, a parabolic evolution can be fitted to the experimental data. At higher temperatures only a parabolic evolution was fitted. α-V2O5 was the main phase detected at the oxidized surface of the coatings. Reduction of α-V2O5 to β-V2O5 phase occurred for temperatures above its melting point.

  10. Relationship between the physical and structural properties of Nb{sub z}Si{sub y}N{sub x} thin films deposited by dc reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Sanjines, R.; Benkahoul, M.; Sandu, C.S.; Schmid, P.E.; Levy, F.

    2005-12-15

    The optical and electrical properties of Nb{sub z}Si{sub y}N{sub x} thin films deposited by dc reactive magnetron sputtering have been investigated as a function of the Si content (C{sub Si}). Optical properties were studied by both specular reflectivity and spectroscopic ellipsometry. Electrical resistivity was measured by the van der Pauw method at room temperature and as a function of the temperature down to 10 K. Both the optical and electrical properties of Nb{sub z}Si{sub y}N{sub x} films are closely related with the chemical composition and microstructure evolution caused by Si addition. For C{sub Si} up to 4 at. % the Si atoms are soluble in the lattice of the NbN crystallites. In this compositional regime, the optical and electrical properties show little dependence on the Si content. Between 4 and 7 at. % the surplus of Si atoms segregates at the grain boundaries, builds an insulating SiN{sub x} layer, and originates important modifications in the optical and electrical properties of these films. Further increase of C{sub Si} leads to the formation of nanocomposite structures. The electrical properties of these films are well described by the grain-boundary scattering model with low probability for electrons to cross the grain boundary. The appearance of the intragranular-insulating SiN{sub x} layer and the reduction of the grain size are noticed in the dielectric function mainly as a strong damping of the plasma oscillation.

  11. Analysis of DC magnetron sputtered beryllium films

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    Price, C.W.; Hsieh, E.J.; Lindsey, E.F.; Pierce, E.L.; Norberg, J.C.

    1988-10-01

    We are evaluating techniques that alter the columnar grain structure in sputtered beryllium films on fused silica substrates. The films are formed by DC magnetron sputtering, and the columnar structure, which is characteristic of this and most other deposition techniques, is highly detrimental to the tensile strength of the films. Attempts to modify the columnar structure by using RF-biased sputtering combined with nitrogen pulsing have been successful, and this paper describes the analyses of these films. Sputtered beryllium films are quite brittle, and the columnar structure in particular tends to form a distinct intergranular fracture; therefore, the grain structure was analyzed in fractured specimens using the high-resolution capability of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with a field emission gun (FESEM). Ion microanalysis using secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) was conducted on some specimens to determining relative contamination levels introduced by nitrogen pulsing. The capability to perform quantitative SIMS analyses using ion-implanted specimens as standards also is being developed. This work confirms that the structure of DC magnetron sputtered beryllium can be improved significantly with combined nitrogen pulsing and RF-biased sputtering. 8 refs.

  12. Lateral variation of target poisoning during reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Guettler, D.; Groetzschel, R.; Moeller, W.

    2007-06-25

    The reactive gas incorporation into a Ti sputter target has been investigated using laterally resolving ion beam analysis during dc magnetron deposition of TiN in an Ar/N{sub 2} atmosphere. At sufficiently low reactive gas flow, the nitrogen incorporation exhibits a pronounced lateral variation, with a lower areal density in the target racetrack compared to the target center and edge. The findings are reproduced by model calculations. In the racetrack, the balance of reactive gas injection and sputter erosion is shifted toward erosion. The injection of nitrogen is dominated by combined molecular adsorption and recoil implantation versus direct ion implantation.

  13. Lateral variation of target poisoning during reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Güttler, D.; Grötzschel, R.; Möller, W.

    2007-06-01

    The reactive gas incorporation into a Ti sputter target has been investigated using laterally resolving ion beam analysis during dc magnetron deposition of TiN in an Ar /N2 atmosphere. At sufficiently low reactive gas flow, the nitrogen incorporation exhibits a pronounced lateral variation, with a lower areal density in the target racetrack compared to the target center and edge. The findings are reproduced by model calculations. In the racetrack, the balance of reactive gas injection and sputter erosion is shifted toward erosion. The injection of nitrogen is dominated by combined molecular adsorption and recoil implantation versus direct ion implantation.

  14. On reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.

    2016-01-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) is an ionized physical vapor deposition (IPVD) technique that is particularly promising for reactive sputtering applications. However, there are few issues that have to be resolved before the full potential of this technique can be realized. Here we give an overview of the key experimental findings for the reactive HiPIMS discharge. An increase in the discharge current is commonly observed with increased partial pressure of the reactive gas or decreased repetition pulse frequency. There are somewhat conflicting claims regarding the hysteresis effect in the reactive HiPIMS discharge as some report reduction or elimination of the hysteresis effect while others claim a feedback control is essential. The ion energy distribution of the metal ion and the atomic ion of the reactive gas are similar and extend to very high energies while the ion energy distribution of the working gas and the molecular ion of the reactive gas are similar and are much less energetic.

  15. Stress evolution during growth of GaN (0001)/Al2O3(0001) by reactive dc magnetron sputter epitaxy

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    Junaid, M.; Sandström, P.; Palisaitis, J.; Darakchieva, V.; Hsiao, C.-L.; Persson, P. O. Å.; Hultman, L.; Birch, J.

    2014-04-01

    We study the real time stress evolution, by in situ curvature measurements, during magnetron sputter epitaxy of GaN (0 0 0 1) epilayers at different growth temperatures, directly on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrates. The epilayers are grown by sputtering from a liquid Ga target in a mixed N2/Ar discharge. For 600 °C, a tensile biaxial stress evolution is observed, while for 700 °C and 800 °C, compressive stress evolutions are observed. Structural characterization by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy, revealed that films grew at 700 °C and 800 °C in a layer-by-layer mode while a growth temperature of 600 °C led to an island growth mode. High resolution x-ray diffraction data showed that edge and screw threading dislocation densities decreased with increasing growth temperature, with a total density of 5.5 × 1010 cm-2 at 800 °C. The observed stress evolution and growth modes are explained by a high surface mobility during magnetron sputter epitaxy at 700-800 °C. Other possible reasons for the different stress evolutions are also discussed.

  16. Electrochromism of DC magnetron-sputtered TiO2: Role of film thickness

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    Sorar, Idris; Pehlivan, Esat; Niklasson, Gunnar A.; Granqvist, Claes G.

    2014-11-01

    Titanium dioxide films were prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering and the role of the film thickness d on the electrochromism was analyzed for 100 < d < 400 nm. The best properties were obtained for the thickest films, which yielded a mid-luminous transmittance modulation of 58% and a corresponding coloration efficiency of 26.3 cm2/C. The films were amorphous according to X-ray diffraction measurements and showed traces of adsorbed water as revealed by infrared spectroscopy.

  17. Hysteresis behavior during reactive magnetron sputtering of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} using a rotating cylindrical magnetron

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    Depla, D.; Haemers, J.; Buyle, G.; Gryse, R. de

    2006-07-15

    Rotating cylindrical magnetrons are used intensively on industrial scale. A rotating cylindrical magnetron on laboratory scale makes it possible to study this deposition technique in detail and under well controlled conditions. Therefore, a small scale rotating cylindrical magnetron was designed and used to study the influence of the rotation speed on the hysteresis behavior during reactive magnetron sputtering of aluminum in Ar/O{sub 2} in dc mode. This study reveals that the hysteresis shifts towards lower oxygen flows when the rotation speed of the target is increased, i.e., target poisoning occurs more readily when the rotation speed is increased. The shift is more pronounced for the lower branch of the hysteresis loop than for the upper branch of the hysteresis. This behavior can be understood qualitatively. The results also show that the oxidation mechanism inside the race track is different from the oxidation mechanism outside the race track. Indeed, outside the race track the oxidation mechanism is only defined by chemisorption while inside the race track reactive ion implantation will also influence the oxidation mechanism.

  18. Rotating cylindrical magnetron sputtering: Simulation of the reactive process

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    Depla, D.; Mahieu, S.; Van Aeken, K.; Leroy, W. P.; Haemers, J.; De Gryse, R.; Li, X. Y.; Bogaerts, A.

    2010-06-15

    A rotating cylindrical magnetron consists of a cylindrical tube, functioning as the cathode, which rotates around a stationary magnet assembly. In stationary mode, the cylindrical magnetron behaves similar to a planar magnetron with respect to the influence of reactive gas addition to the plasma. However, the transition from metallic mode to poisoned mode and vice versa depends on the rotation speed. An existing model has been modified to simulate the influence of target rotation on the well known hysteresis behavior during reactive magnetron sputtering. The model shows that the existing poisoning mechanisms, i.e., chemisorption, direct reactive ion implantation and knock on implantation, are insufficient to describe the poisoning behavior of the rotating target. A better description of the process is only possible by including the deposition of sputtered material on the target.

  19. Heteroepitaxial Ge-on-Si by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Steglich, Martin; Schrempel, Frank; Füchsel, Kevin; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Patzig, Christian; Berthold, Lutz; Höche, Thomas; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2013-07-15

    The growth of Ge on Si(100) by DC Magnetron Sputtering at various temperatures is studied by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Transmission Electron Microscopy. Smooth heteroepitaxial Ge films are prepared at relatively low temperatures of 380°C. Typical Stransky-Krastanov growth is observed at 410°C. At lower temperatures (320°C), films are essentially amorphous with isolated nanocrystallites at the Si-Ge interface. A minor oxygen contamination at the interface, developing after ex-situ oxide removal, is not seen to hinder epitaxy. Compensation of dislocation-induced acceptors in Ge by sputtering from n-doped targets is proposed.

  20. The target heating influence on the reactive magnetron sputtering process

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    Bondarenko, A.; Kolomiytsev, A.; Shapovalov, V.

    2016-07-01

    A physicochemical model for the reactive magnetron sputtering of a “hot” target is described in this paper. The system consisting of eight algebraic equations was solved for a tantalum target sputtered in an O2 environment. It was established that the hysteresis effect disappears with the increase of the ion current density.

  1. Continuous and nanostructured TiO2 films grown by dc sputtering magnetron.

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    Sánchez, O; Vergara, L; Font, A Climent; de Melo, O; Sanz, R; Hernández-Vélez, M

    2012-12-01

    The growth of Anatase nanostructured films using dc reactive magnetron sputtering and post-annealing treatment is reported. TiO2 has been deposited on Porous Anodic Alumina Films used as templates which were previously grown in phosphoric acid solution and etched to modify their pore diameters. This synthesis via results in the formation of vertically aligned and spatially ordered TiO2 nanostructures replicating the underlying template. Previously, the growth optimization of TiO2 thin films deposited by dc magnetron sputtering on flat silicon substrates was done. The crystalline structure and Ti in-depth concentration profile were determined by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, respectively. The surface morphology of the samples was explored by mean of a Field Emission Gun scanning electron microscope. Optical properties of the nanostructured samples were studied by using the reflectance spectra received in the UV-visible range. In these spectra different band gap values and complex light absorption features were observed. PMID:23447970

  2. Electrochromic properties of niobium oxide thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Yoshimura, Kazuki; Miki, Takeshi; Tanemura, Sakae

    1997-09-01

    Niobium oxide electrochromic thin films were prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering and their electrochromic properties for Li intercalation and durability were studied. Chronoamperometric analyses revealed that the extended space-charge limited model by Zhang et al. is applicable to Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films. Crystallized Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films showed excellent electrochromism and stability over many coloration-bleaching cycles. The best performance was obtained for films with a substrate temperature of 500 C and an oxygen flow rate of 10 sccm. Electrochromic materials enable dynamic control of the throughput of radiant energy, and play a significant role in energy-efficient smart windows in order to reduce the cooling and lighting costs of buildings.

  3. Electronic-grade GaN(0001)/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) grown by reactive DC-magnetron sputter epitaxy using a liquid Ga target

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    Junaid, M.; Hsiao, C.-L.; Palisaitis, J.; Jensen, J.; Persson, P. O. A.; Hultman, L.; Birch, J.

    2011-04-04

    Electronic-grade GaN (0001) epilayers have been grown directly on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) substrates by reactive direct-current-magnetron sputter epitaxy (MSE) using a liquid Ga sputtering target in an Ar/N{sub 2} atmosphere. The as-grown GaN epitaxial films exhibit low threading dislocation density on the order of {<=}10{sup 10} cm{sup -2} determined by transmission electron microscopy and modified Williamson-Hall plot. X-ray rocking curve shows narrow full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of 1054 arc sec of the 0002 reflection. A sharp 4 K photoluminescence peak at 3.474 eV with a FWHM of 6.3 meV is attributed to intrinsic GaN band edge emission. The high structural and optical qualities indicate that MSE-grown GaN epilayers can be used for fabricating high-performance devices without the need of any buffer layer.

  4. Elementary surface processes during reactive magnetron sputtering of chromium

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    Monje, Sascha; Corbella, Carles Keudell, Achim von

    2015-10-07

    The elementary surface processes occurring on chromium targets exposed to reactive plasmas have been mimicked in beam experiments by using quantified fluxes of Ar ions (400–800 eV) and oxygen atoms and molecules. For this, quartz crystal microbalances were previously coated with Cr thin films by means of high-power pulsed magnetron sputtering. The measured growth and etching rates were fitted by flux balance equations, which provided sputter yields of around 0.05 for the compound phase and a sticking coefficient of O{sub 2} of 0.38 on the bare Cr surface. Further fitted parameters were the oxygen implantation efficiency and the density of oxidation sites at the surface. The increase in site density with a factor 4 at early phases of reactive sputtering is identified as a relevant mechanism of Cr oxidation. This ion-enhanced oxygen uptake can be attributed to Cr surface roughening and knock-on implantation of oxygen atoms deeper into the target. This work, besides providing fundamental data to control oxidation state of Cr targets, shows that the extended Berg's model constitutes a robust set of rate equations suitable to describe reactive magnetron sputtering of metals.

  5. Study on the influence of nitrogen on titanium nitride in a dc post magnetron sputtering plasma system

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    Moni Borah, Sankar; Bailung, Heremba; Ratan Pal, Arup; Chutia, Joyanti

    2008-10-01

    The characteristics of direct current (dc) glow discharge plasma have been studied in a post magnetron device with an argon and nitrogen gas mixture. The introduction of nitrogen modifies the discharge leading to modifications of plasma parameters, transport mechanism and the cathode sheath. The electron energy distribution function, density and temperature profile are measured to characterize the discharge. Measured plasma potential profiles show the modification of the structure of the cathode sheath and confinement space variation. Optical emission spectroscopy is used to identify prominent transitions of the different species in the discharge. The discharge mode in argon undergoes a transition from metallic mode to reactive mode when nitrogen concentration exceeds argon.

  6. Structural and thermal properties of nanocrystalline CuO synthesized by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Verma, M.; Gupta, V. K.; Gautam, Y. K.; Dave, V.; Chandra, R.

    2014-01-01

    Recent research has shown immense application of metal oxides like CuO, MgO, CaO, Al2O3, etc. in different areas which includes chemical warfare agents, medical drugs, magnetic storage media and solar energy transformation. Among the metal oxides, CuO nanoparticles are of special interest because of their excellent gas sensing and catalytic properties. In this paper we report structural and thermal properties of CuO synthesized by reactive magnetron DC sputtering. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffractometer. The XRD result reveals that as DC power increased from 30W to 80W, size of the CuO nanoparticles increased. The same results have been verified through TEM analysis. Thermal properties of these particles were studied using thermogravimetry.

  7. Structural and thermal properties of nanocrystalline CuO synthesized by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Verma, M.; Gupta, V. K.; Gautam, Y. K.; Dave, V.; Chandra, R.

    2014-01-28

    Recent research has shown immense application of metal oxides like CuO, MgO, CaO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, etc. in different areas which includes chemical warfare agents, medical drugs, magnetic storage media and solar energy transformation. Among the metal oxides, CuO nanoparticles are of special interest because of their excellent gas sensing and catalytic properties. In this paper we report structural and thermal properties of CuO synthesized by reactive magnetron DC sputtering. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffractometer. The XRD result reveals that as DC power increased from 30W to 80W, size of the CuO nanoparticles increased. The same results have been verified through TEM analysis. Thermal properties of these particles were studied using thermogravimetry.

  8. Raman spectroscopy of copper oxide films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Levitskii, V. S.; Shapovalov, V. I.; Komlev, A. E.; Zav'yalov, A. V.; Vit'ko, V. V.; Komlev, A. A.; Shutova, E. S.

    2015-11-01

    Raman spectroscopy has been used to study the influence of partial oxygen pressure during deposition and isothermal treatment on the chemical composition of copper oxide films deposited by reactive dc magnetron sputtering of copper target in a reactive gaseous medium. Three series of films deposited at various partial oxygen pressures (from 0.06 to 0.16 mTorr) possessed different chemical compositions. The subsequent thermal treatment of all samples was performed for 30 min in air at a constant temperature in a 300?500°C interval. An increase in the annealing temperature led to chemical changes in the films. After isothermal treatment at 450°C, the films in all series acquired stoichiometric CuO composition.

  9. A bulk plasma model for dc and HiPIMS magnetrons

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    Brenning, N.; Axnäs, I.; Raadu, M. A.; Lundin, D.; Helmerson, U.

    2008-11-01

    A plasma discharge model has been developed for the bulk plasma (also called the extended presheath) in sputtering magnetrons. It can be used both for high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and conventional dc sputtering magnetrons. Demonstration calculations are made for the parameters of the HiPIMS sputtering magnetron at Linköping University, and also benchmarked against results in the literature on dc magnetrons. New insight is obtained regarding the structure and time development of the currents, the electric fields and the potential profiles. The transverse resistivity ηbottom has been identified as having fundamental importance both for the potential profiles and for the motion of ionized target material through the bulk plasma. New findings are that in the HiPIMS mode, as a consequence of a high value of ηbottom, (1) there can be an electric field reversal that in our case extends 0.01-0.04 m from the target, (2) the electric field in the bulk plasma is typically an order of magnitude weaker than in dc magnetrons, (3) in the region of electric field reversal the azimuthal current is diamagnetic in nature, i.e. mainly driven by the electron pressure gradient, and actually somewhat reduced by the electron Hall current which here has a reversed direction and (4) the azimuthal current above the racetrack can, through resistive friction, significantly influence the motion of the ionized fraction of the sputtered material and deflect it sideways, away from the target and towards the walls of the magnetron.

  10. Investigating the effect of Argon Pressure on DC and High Power Magnetron Plasmas

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    Bernales, Baysha; Bolat, Rustem; Anders, Andre; Slack, Jonathan; PAG Team; EETD Team

    2013-10-01

    Smart Glass is fabricated by depositing thin films of specialized material onto a transparent substrate. When a potential is applied across the surface of the Smart Glass, it changes its optical properties. Direct Current Magnetron Sputtering (DCMS) and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) are two methods of PVD that are used to fabricate this material. In previous research, it has been noted that magnetron plasmas have localized ionization zones that rotate clockwise in DCMS and counterclockwise in HiPIMS. Not much is known about what causes the change in rotation. This research seeks to investigate what occurs during the first moments of plasma evolution. Both DC and high power magnetron plasmas were observed as Argon pressure was varied. It was found that pressure had a very pronounced effect on the floating-point potential signal that was received from the probes placed in the plasma. It was found that when a high-pressure jet of Argon was injected into the system, that the rotation pattern of the DC magnetron plasma was disrupted. It was also found that at certain pressures, the voltage signal was less indicative of azimuthal rotation and more indicative of z-direction breathing modes.

  11. Ion-induced oxidation of aluminum during reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Kreiter, Oliver; Grosse-Kreul, Simon; Corbella, Carles; von Keudell, Achim

    2013-04-01

    Particle beam experiments were conducted in an ultra-high-vacuum vessel to mimic target poisoning during reactive magnetron sputtering of aluminum. Aluminum targets were exposed to quantified beams of argon ions, oxygen atoms and molecules, and aluminum vapour. The growth and etch rates were measured in situ by means of an Al-coated quartz crystal microbalance. The chemical state of the target surface was monitored in-situ by real-time Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The surface processes were modelled through a set of balance equations providing sputter yields and sticking coefficients. The results indicate that the oxygen uptake of the aluminum surface is enhanced by a factor 1 to 2 by knock-on implantation and that the deposition of aluminum is not affected by the oxidation state of the surface.

  12. Highly conducting ZnSe films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Nouhi, A.; Stirn, R. J.

    1986-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an effort to deposit high-conductivity ZnSe on glass and conducting SnO2-coated glass substrates by reactive magnetron sputter deposition, using pure metal sputter targets of Zn and dopants such as In, Ga, and Al. Clear yellow ZnSe films were successfully obtained. By using substrate temperatures as low as 150 C, cosputtered dopants, and sputter parameters and H2Se injection rates which maximize the Zn-to-Se ratio in the films, ZnSe bulk resistivities have been lowered by up to seven orders of magnitude, reaching values as low as 20 ohm cm. The most effective dopant to data has been In, cosputtered with Zn in amounts leading to In atomic concentrations as high as 1.4 percent. Atomic-absorption measurements show an average 49.9/48.9 ratio of Zn to Se.

  13. Effect of pulse frequency on the ion fluxes during pulsed dc magnetron sputtering

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    Rahamathunnisa, M.; Cameron, D. C.

    2009-03-15

    The ion fluxes and energies which impinge on the substrate during the deposition of chromium nitride by asymmetric bipolar pulsed dc reactive magnetron sputtering have been analyzed using energy resolved mass spectrometry. It has been found that there is a remarkable increase in ion flux at higher pulse frequencies and that the peak ion energy is directly related to the positive voltage overshoot of the target voltage. The magnitude of the metal flux depositing on the substrate is consistent with a 'dead time' of {approx}0.7 {mu}s at the start of the on period. The variation of the ion flux with pulse frequency has been explained by a simple model in which the ion density during the on period has a large peak which is slightly delayed from the large negative voltage overshoot which occurs at the start of the on pulse due to increased ionization at that time. This is consistent with the previously observed phenomena in pulsed sputtering.

  14. Corrosion resistance of CrN thin films produced by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Ruden, A.; Restrepo-Parra, E.; Paladines, A. U.; Sequeda, F.

    2013-04-01

    In this study, the electrochemical behavior of chromium nitride (CrN) coatings deposited on two steel substrates, AISI 304 and AISI 1440, was investigated. The CrN coatings were prepared using a reactive d.c. magnetron sputtering deposition technique at two different pressures (P1 = 0.4 Pa and P2 = 4 Pa) with a mixture of N2-Ar (1.5-10). The microstructure and crystallinity of the CrN coatings were investigated using X-ray diffraction. The aqueous corrosion behavior of the coatings was evaluated using two methods. The polarization resistance (Tafel curves) and electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) in a saline (3.5% NaCl solution) environment were measured in terms of the open-circuit potentials and polarization resistance (Rp). The results indicated that the CrN coatings present better corrosion resistance and Rp values than do the uncoated steel substrates, especially for the coatings produced on the AISI 304 substrates, which exhibited a strong enhancement in the corrosion resistance. Furthermore, better behavior was observed for the coatings produced at lower pressures (0.4 Pa) than those grown at 4 Pa.

  15. Hall mobility of cuprous oxide thin films deposited by reactive direct-current magnetron sputtering

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    Lee, Yun Seog; Winkler, Mark T.; Siah, Sin Cheng; Brandt, Riley; Buonassisi, Tonio

    2011-05-09

    Cuprous oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) is a promising earth-abundant semiconductor for photovoltaic applications. We report Hall mobilities of polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O thin films deposited by reactive dc magnetron sputtering. High substrate growth temperature enhances film grain structure and Hall mobility. Temperature-dependent Hall mobilities measured on these films are comparable to monocrystalline Cu{sub 2}O at temperatures above 250 K, reaching 62 cm{sup 2}/V s at room temperature. At lower temperatures, the Hall mobility appears limited by carrier scattering from ionized centers. These observations indicate that sputtered Cu{sub 2}O films at high substrate growth temperature may be suitable for thin-film photovoltaic applications.

  16. Controlled formation of anatase and rutile TiO2 thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Rafieian, Damon; Ogieglo, Wojciech; Savenije, Tom; Lammertink, Rob G. H.

    2015-09-01

    We discuss the formation of TiO2 thin films via DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The oxygen concentration during sputtering proved to be a crucial parameter with respect to the final film structure and properties. The initial deposition provided amorphous films that crystallise upon annealing to anatase or rutile, depending on the initial sputtering conditions. Substoichiometric films (TiOx<2), obtained by sputtering at relatively low oxygen concentration, formed rutile upon annealing in air, whereas stoichiometric films formed anatase. This route therefore presents a formation route for rutile films via lower (<500 °C) temperature pathways. The dynamics of the annealing process were followed by in situ ellipsometry, showing the optical properties transformation. The final crystal structures were identified by XRD. The anatase film obtained by this deposition method displayed high carriers mobility as measured by time-resolved microwave conductance. This also confirms the high photocatalytic activity of the anatase films.

  17. Multilayered Al/CuO thermite formation by reactive magnetron sputtering: Nano versus micro

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    Petrantoni, M.; Rossi, C.; Salvagnac, L.; Conédéra, V.; Estève, A.; Tenailleau, C.; Alphonse, P.; Chabal, Y. J.

    2010-10-01

    Multilayered Al/CuO thermite was deposited by a dc reactive magnetron sputtering method. Pure Al and Cu targets were used in argon-oxygen gas mixture plasma and with an oxygen partial pressure of 0.13 Pa. The process was designed to produce low stress (<50 MPa) multilayered nanoenergetic material, each layer being in the range of tens nanometer to one micron. The reaction temperature and heat of reaction were measured using differential scanning calorimetry and thermal analysis to compare nanostructured layered materials to microstructured materials. For the nanostructured multilayers, all the energy is released before the Al melting point. In the case of the microstructured samples at least 2/3 of the energy is released at higher temperatures, between 1036 and 1356 K.

  18. Deposition of vanadium oxide films by direct-current magnetron reactive sputtering

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    Kusano, E.; Theil, J. A.; Thornton, John A.

    1988-01-01

    It is demonstrated here that thin films of vanadium oxide can be deposited at modest substrate temperatures by dc reactive sputtering from a vanadium target in an O2-Ar working gas using a planar magnetron source. Resistivity ratios of about 5000 are found between a semiconductor phase with a resistivity of about 5 Ohm cm and a metallic phase with a resistivity of about 0.001 Ohm cm for films deposited onto borosilicate glass substrates at about 400 C. X-ray diffraction shows the films to be single-phase VO2 with a monoclinic structure. The VO2 films are obtained for a narrow range of O2 injection rates which correspond to conditions where cathode poisoning is just starting to occur.

  19. Comparative Study of Cu Films Prepared by DC, High-Power Pulsed and Burst Magnetron Sputtering

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    Solovyev, A. A.; Oskirko, V. O.; Semenov, V. A.; Oskomov, K. V.; Rabotkin, S. V.

    2016-05-01

    A comparative study of deposition rate, adhesion, structural and electrical properties of nanocrystalline copper thin films deposited using direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) and different regimes of high power pulsed magnetron sputtering is presented. High-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) and burst regime (pulse packages) of magnetron sputtering are investigated. The ion and atomic flows toward the growing film during magnetron sputtering of a Cu target are determined. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to observe the structural characterization of the films. The resistivity of the films was measured using four-point probe technique. In all sputtering regimes, Cu films have mixture crystalline orientations of [111], [200], [311] and [220] in the direction of the film growth. As peak power density in studied deposition regimes was different in order of magnitude (from 15 W/cm2 in DC regime to 3700 W/cm2 in HIPIMS), film properties were also greatly different. DCMS Cu films exhibit a porous columnar grain structure. In contrast, HIPIMS Cu films have a slightly columnar and denser composition. Cu films deposited using burst regimes at peak power density of 415 W cm-2 and ion-to-atom ratio of about 5 have the densest composition and smallest electrical resistance.

  20. Comparative Study of Cu Films Prepared by DC, High-Power Pulsed and Burst Magnetron Sputtering

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    Solovyev, A. A.; Oskirko, V. O.; Semenov, V. A.; Oskomov, K. V.; Rabotkin, S. V.

    2016-08-01

    A comparative study of deposition rate, adhesion, structural and electrical properties of nanocrystalline copper thin films deposited using direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) and different regimes of high power pulsed magnetron sputtering is presented. High-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) and burst regime (pulse packages) of magnetron sputtering are investigated. The ion and atomic flows toward the growing film during magnetron sputtering of a Cu target are determined. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to observe the structural characterization of the films. The resistivity of the films was measured using four-point probe technique. In all sputtering regimes, Cu films have mixture crystalline orientations of [111], [200], [311] and [220] in the direction of the film growth. As peak power density in studied deposition regimes was different in order of magnitude (from 15 W/cm2 in DC regime to 3700 W/cm2 in HIPIMS), film properties were also greatly different. DCMS Cu films exhibit a porous columnar grain structure. In contrast, HIPIMS Cu films have a slightly columnar and denser composition. Cu films deposited using burst regimes at peak power density of 415 W cm-2 and ion-to-atom ratio of about 5 have the densest composition and smallest electrical resistance.

  1. Fine control of the amount of preferential <001> orientation in DC magnetron sputtered nanocrystalline TiO2 films

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    Stefanov, B.; Granqvist, C. G.; Österlund, L.

    2014-11-01

    Different crystal facets of anatase TiO2 are known to have different chemical reactivity; in particular the {001} facets which truncates the bi-tetrahedral anatase morphology are reported to be more reactive than the usually dominant {101} facets. Anatase TiO2 thin films were deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering in Ar/O2 atmosphere and were characterized using Rietveld refined grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and UV/Vis spectroscopy. By varying the partial O2 pressure in the deposition chamber, the degree of orientation of the grains in the film could be systematically varied with preferred <001> orientation changing from random upto 39% as determined by March-Dollase method. The orientation of the films is shown to correlate with their reactivity, as measured by photo-degradation of methylene blue in water solutions. The results have implications for fabrication of purposefully chemically reactive thin TiO2 films prepared by sputtering methods.

  2. RF Reactive Magnetron Sputter Deposition of Silicon Sub-Oxides

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    van Hattum, E. D.

    2007-01-01

    RF reactive magnetron plasma sputter deposition of silicon sub oxide E.D. van Hattum Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, Utrecht University The work described in the thesis has been inspired and stimulated by the use of SiOx layers in the direct inductive printing technology, where the SiOx layer is used as the charge retention layer on the drums for copying and printing devices. The thesis describes investigations of the plasma and of processes taking place on the sputter target and on the SiOx growth surface in the room temperature, RF reactive magnetron plasma sputter deposition technology. The sputtering target consists of silicon and the reactive atmosphere consists of an Ar/O2 mixture. The composition of the grown SiOx layers has been varied between x=0 and x=2 by variation of the O2 partial pressure. The characteristics of the growth process have been related to the nanostructural properties of the grown films. The deposition system enables the characterisation of the plasma (Langmuir probe, energy resolved mass spectrometer) and of the growing film (Elastic Recoil Detection (ERD), Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy) and is connected to a beamline of a 6MV tandem van de Graaff accelerator. Also Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy have been applied. It is shown how ERD can be used as a real-time in-situ technique. The thesis presents spatially resolved values of the ion density, electron temperature and the quasi-electrostatic potential, determined using a Langmuir probe. The plasma potential has a maximum about 2 cm from the cathode erosion area, and decreases (more than 200 V typically) towards the floating sputter cathode. The potential decreases slightly in the direction towards the grounded growth surface and the positive, mainly Ar+, ions created in the large volume of the plasma closest to the substrate are accelerated towards the growth surface. These ions obtain a few eV of

  3. Study of cobalt mononitride thin films prepared using DC and high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Gupta, Rachana; Pandey, Nidhi; Behera, Layanta; Gupta, Mukul

    2016-05-01

    In this work we studied cobalt mononitride (CoN) thin films deposited using dc magnetron sputtering (dcMS) and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). A Co target was sputtered using pure N2 gas alone as the sputtering medium. Obtained long-range structural ordering was studies using x-ray diffraction (XRD), short-range structure using Co L2,3 and N K absorption edges using soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and the surface morphology using atomic force microscopy (AFM). It was found that HiPIMS deposited films have better long-range ordering, better stoichiometric ratio for mononitride composition and smoother texture as compared to dcMS deposited films. In addition, the thermal stability of HiPIMS deposited CoN film seems to be better. On the basis of different type of plasma conditions generated in HiPIMS and dcMS process, obtained results are presented and discussed.

  4. Aluminium nitride piezoelectric thin films reactively deposited in closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering for elevated temperature 'smart' tribological applications

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    Hasheminiasari, Masood

    "Smart" high temperature piezoelectric aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films were synthesized by reactive magnetron sputtering using DC; pulsed-DC, and deep oscillation modulated pulsed power (DOMPP) systems on variety of substrate materials. Process optimization was performed to obtain highly c-axis texture films with improved piezoelectric response via studying the interplay between process parameters, microstructure and properties. AlN thin films were sputtered with DC and pulsed-DC systems to investigate the effect of various deposition parameters such as reactive gas ratio, working pressure, target power, pulsing frequency, substrate bias, substrate heating and seed layers on the properties and performance of the film device. The c-axis texture, orientation, microstructure, and chemical composition of AlN films were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A Michelson laser interferometer was designed and built to obtain the converse piezoelectric response of the deposited AlN thin films. Thin films with narrow AlN-(002) rocking curve of 2.5° were obtained with preliminary studies of DOMPP reactive sputtering. In-situ high temperature XRD showed excellent thermal stability and oxidation resistance of AlN films up to 1000 °C. AlN films with optimized processing parameters yielded an inverse piezoelectric coefficient, d33 of 4.9 pm/V close to 90 percent of its theoretical value.

  5. Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered piezoelectric thin film aluminum nitride - Technology and piezoelectric properties

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    Stoeckel, C.; Kaufmann, C.; Hahn, R.; Schulze, R.; Billep, D.; Gessner, T.

    2014-07-01

    Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films are prepared on several seed layers and at different sputtering conditions. The piezoelectric c-axis (002) orientation of the AlN is analyzed with X-ray diffraction method. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d31 is determined with a Laser-Doppler-Vibrometer at cantilevers and membranes by analytical calculations and finite element method. Additionally, thin film AlN on bulk silicon is used to characterize the longitudinal piezoelectric charge coefficient d33.

  6. Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered piezoelectric thin film aluminum nitride – Technology and piezoelectric properties

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    Stoeckel, C. Kaufmann, C.; Hahn, R.; Schulze, R.; Billep, D.; Gessner, T.

    2014-07-21

    Pulsed DC magnetron sputtered aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films are prepared on several seed layers and at different sputtering conditions. The piezoelectric c-axis (002) orientation of the AlN is analyzed with X-ray diffraction method. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 31} is determined with a Laser-Doppler-Vibrometer at cantilevers and membranes by analytical calculations and finite element method. Additionally, thin film AlN on bulk silicon is used to characterize the longitudinal piezoelectric charge coefficient d{sub 33}.

  7. Non-uniform plasma distribution in dc magnetron sputtering: origin, shape and structuring of spokes

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    Panjan, Matjaž; Loquai, Simon; Ewa Klemberg-Sapieha, Jolanta; Martinu, Ludvik

    2015-12-01

    Non-homogeneous plasma distribution in the form of organized patterns called spokes was first observed in high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). In the present work we investigate the spoke phenomenon in non-pulsed low-current dc magnetron sputtering (DCMS). Using a high-speed camera the spokes were systematically studied with respect to discharge current, pressure, target material and magnetic field strength. Increase in the discharge current and/or gas pressure resulted in the sequential formation of two, then three and more spokes. The observed patterns were reproducible for the same discharge conditions. Spokes at low currents and pressures formed an elongated arrowhead-like shape and were commonly arranged in symmetrical patterns. Similar spoke patterns were observed for different target materials. When using a magnetron with a weaker magnetic field, spokes had an indistinct and diffuse shape, whereas in stronger magnetic fields spokes exhibited an arrowhead-like shape. The properties of spokes are discussed in relation to the azimuthally dependent electron-argon interactions. It is suggested that a single spoke is formed due to local gas breakdown and subsequent electron drift in the azimuthal direction. The spoke is self-sustained by electrons drifting in complex electric and magnetic fields that cause and govern azimuthally dependent processes: ionization, sputtering, and secondary electron emission. In this view plasma evolves from a single spoke into different patterns when discharge conditions are changed either by the discharge current, pressure or magnetic field strength. The azimuthal length of the spoke is associated with the electron-Ar collision frequency which increases with pressure and results in shortening of spoke until an additional spoke forms at a particular threshold pressure. It is proposed that the formation of additional spokes at higher pressures and discharge currents is, in part, related to the increased transport of

  8. Thin film transistor based on TiOx prepared by DC magnetron sputtering.

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    Chung, Sung Mook; Shin, Jae-Heon; Hong, Chan-Hwa; Cheong, Woo-Seok

    2012-07-01

    This paper reports on the thin film transistor (TFT) based on TiOx prepared by direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering for the application of n-type channel transparent TFTs. A ceramic TiOx target was prepared for the sputtering of the TiO2 films. The structural, optical, and electrical properties of the TiO2 films were investigated after their heat treatment. It is observed from XRD measurement that the TiO2 films show anatase structure having (101), (004), and (105) planes after heat treatment. The anatase-structure TiO2 films show a band-gap energy of approximately 3.20 eV and a transmittance of approximately 91% (@550 nm). The bottom-gate TFTs fabricated with the TiO2 film as an n-type channel layer. These devices exhibit the on-off ratio, the field-effect mobility, and the threshold voltage of about 10(4), 0.002 cm2/Vs, and 6 V, respectively. These results indicate the possibility of applying TiO2 films depositied by DC magnetron sputtering to TiO2-based opto-electronic devices. PMID:22966586

  9. Reactive sputter magnetron reactor for preparation of thin films and simultaneous in situ structural study by X-ray diffraction.

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    Bürgi, J; Neuenschwander, R; Kellermann, G; García Molleja, J; Craievich, A F; Feugeas, J

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the designed reactor is (i) to obtain polycrystalline and∕or amorphous thin films by controlled deposition induced by a reactive sputtering magnetron and (ii) to perform a parallel in situ structural study of the deposited thin films by X-ray diffraction, in real time, during the whole growth process. The designed reactor allows for the control and precise variation of the relevant processing parameters, namely, magnetron target-to-sample distance, dc magnetron voltage, and nature of the gas mixture, gas pressure and temperature of the substrate. On the other hand, the chamber can be used in different X-ray diffraction scanning modes, namely, θ-2θ scanning, fixed α-2θ scanning, and also low angle techniques such as grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering and X-ray reflectivity. The chamber was mounted on a standard four-circle diffractometer located in a synchrotron beam line and first used for a preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of AlN thin films during their growth on the surface of a (100) silicon wafer. PMID:23387690

  10. Reactive sputter magnetron reactor for preparation of thin films and simultaneous in situ structural study by X-ray diffraction

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    Buergi, J.; Molleja, J. Garcia; Feugeas, J.; Neuenschwander, R.; Kellermann, G.; Craievich, A. F.

    2013-01-15

    The purpose of the designed reactor is (i) to obtain polycrystalline and/or amorphous thin films by controlled deposition induced by a reactive sputtering magnetron and (ii) to perform a parallel in situ structural study of the deposited thin films by X-ray diffraction, in real time, during the whole growth process. The designed reactor allows for the control and precise variation of the relevant processing parameters, namely, magnetron target-to-sample distance, dc magnetron voltage, and nature of the gas mixture, gas pressure and temperature of the substrate. On the other hand, the chamber can be used in different X-ray diffraction scanning modes, namely, {theta}-2{theta} scanning, fixed {alpha}-2{theta} scanning, and also low angle techniques such as grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering and X-ray reflectivity. The chamber was mounted on a standard four-circle diffractometer located in a synchrotron beam line and first used for a preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of AlN thin films during their growth on the surface of a (100) silicon wafer.

  11. Study of hysteresis behavior in reactive sputtering of cylindrical magnetron plasma

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    Kakati, H.; M. Borah, S.

    2015-12-01

    In order to make sufficient use of reactive cylindrical magnetron plasma for depositing compound thin films, it is necessary to characterize the hysteresis behavior of the discharge. Cylindrical magnetron plasmas with different targets namely titanium and aluminium are studied in an argon/oxygen and an argon/nitrogen gas environment respectively. The aluminium and titanium emission lines are observed at different flows of reactive gases. The emission intensity is found to decrease with the increase of the reactive gas flow rate. The hysteresis behavior of reactive cylindrical magnetron plasma is studied by determining the variation of discharge voltage with increasing and then reducing the flow rate of reactive gas, while keeping the discharge current constant at 100 mA. Distinct hysteresis is found to be formed for the aluminium target and reactive gas oxygen. For aluminium/nitrogen, titanium/oxygen and titanium/nitrogen, there is also an indication of the formation of hysteresis; however, the characteristics of variation from metallic to reactive mode are different in different cases. The hysteresis behaviors are different for aluminium and titanium targets with the oxygen and nitrogen reactive gases, signifying the difference in reactivity between them. The effects of the argon flow rate and magnetic field on the hysteresis are studied and explained. Project supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India.

  12. Negative oxygen ion formation in reactive magnetron sputtering processes for transparent conductive oxides

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    Welzel, Thomas; Ellmer, Klaus

    2012-11-15

    Reactive d.c. magnetron sputtering in Ar/O{sub 2} gas mixtures has been investigated with energy-resolved mass spectrometry. Different metal targets (Mg, Ti, Zn, In, InSn, and Sn), which are of importance for transparent conductive oxide thin film deposition, have been used to study the formation of negative ions, mainly high-energetic O{sup -}, which are supposed to induce radiation damage in thin films. Besides their energy distribution, the ions have been particularly investigated with respect to their intensity in comparison of the different target materials. To realize the comparability, various calibration factors had to be introduced. After their application, major differences in the negative ion production have been observed for the target materials. The intensity, especially of O{sup -}, differs by about two orders of magnitude. It is shown that this difference results almost exclusively from ions that gain their energy in the target sheath. Those may gain additional energy from the sputtering process or reflection at the target. Low-energetic negative ions are, however, less affected by changes of the target material. The results concerning O{sup -} formation are discussed in term of the sputtering rate from the target and are compared to models for negative ion formation.

  13. Physical Properties of Silver Oxide Thin Film Prepared by DC Magnetron Sputtering: Effect of Oxygen Partial Pressure During Growth

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    Entezar Mehdi, Hamid; Hantehzadeh, M. R.; Valedbagi, Sh.

    2013-02-01

    In this paper the physical properties of silver oxide thin film have been prepared on BK7 substrate at room temperature by reactive DC magnetron sputtering technique using pure silver metal target by varying oxygen partial pressure during growth at reported. The reactive sputter gas was a mixture of Ar (99.999%) and N2 (99.999%) with the different ratio Ar and N2 by volume at the constant pressure of the growth chamber. The X-ray diffraction measurements showed that by increasing O2 volume during the Growth, change in crystalline structure will occur. The Atomic Force Microscope images shown by increasing O2 volume, the RMS roughness decreasing consistently. The thickness of the thin films decreases (from 353 to 230 nm) with increasing oxygen partial pressure in chamber. The reflectivity of thin films was investigated with a spectrophotometer system, and the surface reflectivity measurements indicate that by increasing O2 volume growth, the optical properties of the films changes.

  14. Magnetic field strength influence on the reactive magnetron sputter deposition of Ta2O5

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    Hollerweger, R.; Holec, D.; Paulitsch, J.; Rachbauer, R.; Polcik, P.; Mayrhofer, P. H.

    2013-08-01

    Reactive magnetron sputtering enables the deposition of various thin films to be used for protective as well as optical and electronic applications. However, progressing target erosion during sputtering results in increased magnetic field strengths at the target surface. Consequently, the glow discharge, the target poisoning, and hence the morphology, crystal structure and stoichiometry of the prepared thin films are influenced. Therefore, these effects were investigated by varying the cathode current Im between 0.50 and 1.00 A, the magnetic field strength B between 45 and 90 mT, and the O2/(Ar + O2) flow rate ratio Γ between 0% and 100%. With increasing oxygen flow ratio a substoichiometric TaOx oxide forms at the metallic Ta target surface which further transfers to a non-conductive tantalum pentoxide Ta2O5, impeding a stable dc glow discharge. These two transition zones (from Ta to TaOx and from TaOx to Ta2O5) shift to higher oxygen flow rates for increasing target currents. In contrast, increasing the magnetic field strength (e.g., due to sputter erosion) mainly shifts the TaOx to Ta2O5 transition to lower oxygen flow rates while marginally influencing the Ta to TaOx transition. To allow for a stable dc glow discharge (and to suppress the formation of non-conductive Ta2O5 at the target) even at Γ = 100% either a high target current (Im ⩾ 1 A) or a low magnetic field strength (B ⩽ 60 mT) is necessary. These conditions are required to prepare stoichiometric and fully crystalline Ta2O5 films.

  15. Structural and nanomechanical characterization of niobium films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Li, X.; Cao, W. H.; Tao, X. F.; Ren, L. L.; Zhou, L. Q.; Xu, G. F.

    2016-05-01

    Nb thin films were deposited onto Si wafers by direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering at different deposition pressures. The microstructure and nanomechanical properties of Nb films were investigated by scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer, transmission electron microscope, atomic force microscope and nanoindenter. The results revealed that the grain size, thickness, surface roughness, the reduced elastic modulus ( Er) and hardness ( H) values of Nb thin films increased at the pressure range of 0.61-0.68 Pa. Meanwhile, the porosity of Nb films decreased with the increase in deposition pressure. The lattice deformation of Nb thin films changed from negative to positive with the increase in deposition pressure. It is concluded that deposition pressure influences the microstructure and nanomechanical properties of Nb films.

  16. Monte Carlo simulation of the transport of atoms in DC magnetron sputtering

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    Mahieu, S.; Buyle, G.; Depla, D.; Heirwegh, S.; Ghekiere, P.; De Gryse, R.

    2006-02-01

    In this work, we present a Monte Carlo simulation for the transport of sputtered particles during DC magnetron sputter deposition through the gas phase. The nascent sputter flux has been simulated by SRIM and TRIM, while the collisions of the sputtered atoms with the sputter gas are simulated with a screened Coulomb potential, with the Molière screening function and the Firsov screening length. The model calculates the flux of the atoms arriving at the substrate, their energy, direction and number of collisions they underwent. The model was verified by comparing the simulated thickness profiles with experimental profiles of deposited layers of Al, Cu and Zr/Y (85/15 wt%) on large substrates (ratio of the substrate diameter to the target diameter is 8). A good agreement between the experimental data and the simulations for sputter pressures (0.3-1 Pa) and target-substrate distances (7-16 cm) is obtained.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of DC magnetron sputtered nano structured molybdenum thin films

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    Rondiya, S. R.; Rokade, A. V.; Jadhavar, A. A.; Pandharkar, S. M.; Kulkarni, R. R.; Karpe, S. D.; Diwate, K. D.; Jadkar, S. R.

    2016-04-01

    Molybdenum (Mo) thin films were deposited on corning glass (#7059) substrates using DC magnetron sputtering system. The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, morphology and topological properties have been investigated. Films were characterized by variety of techniques such as low angle x-ray diffraction (low angle XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM). The low angle XRD analysis revealed that the synthesized Mo films are nanocrystalline having cubic crystal structure with (110) preferential orientation. The microstructure of the deposited Mo thin films observed with FE-SEM images indicated that films are homogeneous and uniform with randomly oriented leaf shape morphology. The AFM analysis shows that with increase in substrate temperature the rms roughness of Mo films increases. The obtained results suggest that the synthesized nanostructured Mo thin films have potential application as a back contact material for high efficiency solar cells like CdTe, CIGS, CZTS etc.

  18. Effect of process conditions on the microstructural formation of dc reactively sputter deposited AlN

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    Ekpe, Samuel D.; Jimenez, Francisco J.; Dew, Steven K.

    2010-09-15

    Thin film aluminum nitride (AlN), because of its attractive properties, is a material with many applications. Its microstructure and hence properties are greatly influenced by the deposition process conditions. In this work, AlN was reactively deposited in a dc magnetron sputtering system at different proportions of nitrogen in the process gas mixture and at different process conditions. The microstructure and composition of the films were analyzed using x-ray diffraction data, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Results show that for a process gas pressure of 0.67 Pa, a magnetron power of 100 W, and a substrate-target distance of 10 cm, a near stoichiometeric AlN can be prepared at nitrogen proportions as low as 20%. At these process conditions, (002) was the preferred crystal orientation. Dense fibrous structures were obtained, especially at low deposition rates with high proportions of nitrogen. Increase in magnetron power and decrease in distance result in a more porous structure. High kinetic energies (average) of the sputtered Al particles and high deposition rates tend to favor AlN(101) formation, while low kinetic energies of the Al particles and low deposition rates generally favor more of the AlN(100) formation.

  19. Surface treatment effect on Si (111) substrate for carbon deposition using DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Aji, A. S.; Sahdan, M. F.; Hendra, I. B.; Dinari, P.; Darma, Y.

    2015-04-01

    In this work, we studied the effect of HF treatment in silicon (111) substrate surface for depositing thin layer carbon. We performed the deposition of carbon by using DC Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering with carbon pallet (5% Fe) as target. From SEM characterization results it can be concluded that the carbon layer on HF treated substrate is more uniform than on substrate without treated. Carbon deposition rate is higher as confirmed by AFM results if the silicon substrate is treated by HF solution. EDAX characterization results tell that silicon (111) substrate with HF treatment have more carbon fraction than substrate without treatment. These results confirmed that HF treatment on silicon Si (111) substrates could enhance the carbon deposition by using DC sputtering. Afterward, the carbon atomic arrangement on silicon (111) surface is studied by performing thermal annealing process to 900 °C. From Raman spectroscopy results, thin film carbon is not changing until 600 °C thermal budged. But, when temperature increase to 900 °C, thin film carbon is starting to diffuse to silicon (111) substrates.

  20. Surface treatment effect on Si (111) substrate for carbon deposition using DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Aji, A. S. Sahdan, M. F.; Hendra, I. B.; Dinari, P.; Darma, Y.

    2015-04-16

    In this work, we studied the effect of HF treatment in silicon (111) substrate surface for depositing thin layer carbon. We performed the deposition of carbon by using DC Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering with carbon pallet (5% Fe) as target. From SEM characterization results it can be concluded that the carbon layer on HF treated substrate is more uniform than on substrate without treated. Carbon deposition rate is higher as confirmed by AFM results if the silicon substrate is treated by HF solution. EDAX characterization results tell that silicon (111) substrate with HF treatment have more carbon fraction than substrate without treatment. These results confirmed that HF treatment on silicon Si (111) substrates could enhance the carbon deposition by using DC sputtering. Afterward, the carbon atomic arrangement on silicon (111) surface is studied by performing thermal annealing process to 900 °C. From Raman spectroscopy results, thin film carbon is not changing until 600 °C thermal budged. But, when temperature increase to 900 °C, thin film carbon is starting to diffuse to silicon (111) substrates.

  1. Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, Qi-Chu; Hadavi, M. S.; Lee, K.-D.; Shen, Y. G.

    2003-03-01

    High solar performance Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO2 or Al2O3 anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80°C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO2 cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coating film with two cermet layers has a high solar absorptance value of 0.97 and low hemispherical emittance value of 0.05 at 80°C for a concentration factor of 2. The Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar selective coatings with two cermet layers were deposited using dc magnetron sputtering technology. During the deposition of Zr-ZrO2 cermet layer, a Zr metallic target was run in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen. By control of oxygen flow rate the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved using dc reactive sputtering. A solar absorptance of 0.96 and normal emittance of 0.05 at 80°C were achieved.

  2. Structure and properties of uranium oxide thin films deposited by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, Jianliang; Dahan, Isaac; Valderrama, Billy; Manuel, Michele V.

    2014-05-01

    Crystalline uranium oxide thin films were deposited in an unbalanced magnetron sputtering system by sputtering from a depleted uranium target in an Ar + O2 mixture using middle frequency pulsed dc magnetron sputtering. The substrate temperature was constantly maintained at 500 °C. Different uranium oxide phases (including UO2-x, UO2, U3O7 and U3O8) were obtained by controlling the percentage of the O2 flow rate to the total gas flow rate (f) in the chamber. The crystal structure of the films was characterized using X-ray diffraction and the microstructure of the films was studied using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. When the f was below 10%, the film contains a mixture of metallic uranium and UO2-x phases. As the f was controlled in the range of 10-13%, UO2 films with a (2 2 0) preferential orientation were obtained. The oxide phase rapidly changed to a mixture of U3O7 and U3O8 as the f was increased to the range of 15-18%. Further increasing the f to 20% and above, polycrystalline U3O8 thin films with a (0 0 1) preferential orientation were formed. The hardness and Young's modulus of the uranium oxide films were evaluated using nanoindentation. The film containing a single UO2 phase exhibited the maximum hardness of 14.3 GPa and a Young's modulus of 195 GPa. The UO2 thin film also exhibited good thermal stability in that no phase change was observed after annealing at 600 °C in vacuum for 104 h.

  3. Effect of magnetic field strength on deposition rate and energy flux in a dc magnetron sputtering system

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    Ekpe, Samuel D.; Jimenez, Francisco J.; Field, David J.; Davis, Martin J.; Dew, Steven K.

    2009-11-15

    Variations in the magnetic field strongly affect the plasma parameters in a magnetron sputtering system. This in turn affects the throughput as well as the energy flux to the substrate. The variation in the magnetic field in this study, for a dc magnetron process, is achieved by shifting the magnet assembly slightly away from the target. Measurements of the plasma parameters show that while the electron density at the substrate increases with decrease in magnetic field, the electron temperature decreases. The cooling of the electron temperature is consistent with results reported elsewhere. The deposition rate per input magnetron power is found to increase slightly with the decrease in magnetic field for the process conditions considered in this study. Results suggest that the energy flux to the substrate tends to show a general decrease with the shift in the magnet assembly.

  4. Microstructure and tribological properties of Ti-contained amorphous carbon film deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Li, R. L.; Tu, J. P.; Hong, C. F.; Liu, D. G.; Zhou, D. H.; Sun, H. L.

    2009-12-15

    Pure amorphous carbon (a-C) film and that with a small amount of Ti were deposited on high speed steel (W18Cr4V) substrates by means of dc closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering. The chemical composition and microstructure of the a-C films were performed using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, and transmission electron microscopy. The mechanical and tribological properties were evaluated using a nanoindentor, Rockwell and scratch tests, and a conventional ball-on-disk tribometer, respectively. The pure a-C film showed the high hardness (53 GPa), elastic modulus (289 GPa), but the poor adhesive strength. When adding a small amount of Ti to the a-C film, both the adhesive strength and the tribological properties were improved. The Ti contained a-C film had the low wear rate (1.9x10{sup -17} m{sup 3} N{sup -1} m{sup -1}) and friction coefficient in humid air.

  5. Crystallographic texture, morphology, optical, and microwave dielectric properties of dc magnetron sputtered nanostructured zirconia thin films

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    Pamu, D.; Sudheendran, K.; Ghanashyam Krishna, M.; James Raju, K. C.

    2008-03-15

    Nanocrystalline zirconia thin films have been deposited at ambient temperature by dc magnetron sputtering on glass and quartz substrates. The crystallite size as calculated from the x-ray diffraction patterns in the films varies between 10 and 25 nm and is dependent on oxygen percentage in the sputtering gas. Interestingly, the presence of monoclinic and cubic phase is observed for the films deposited on glass at 40%, 60%, and 80% of oxygen in the sputtering gas, while those deposited on quartz showed only the monoclinic phase. Refractive index decreased with increase in percentage of oxygen in the sputter gas. Significantly, even at 100% oxygen in the sputtering gas, films of thickness of the order of 500 nm have been grown starting from the metallic Zr target. The dielectric constants were measured using the extended cavity perturbation technique at X-band frequency (8-12 GHz). The dielectric constant and loss tangent showed a very small decrease with increase in frequency but exhibited a stronger dependence on processing parameters. The dielectric constants of the films at microwave frequencies ranged between 12.16 and 22.3.

  6. Room temperature growth of nanocrystalline anatase TiO 2 thin films by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Singh, Preetam; Kaur, Davinder

    2010-03-01

    We report, the structural and optical properties of nanocrystalline anatase TiO 2 thin films grown on glass substrate by dc magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The influence of sputtering power and pressure over crystallinity and surface morphology of the films were investigated. It was observed that increase in sputtering power activates the TiO 2 film growth from relative lower surface free energy to higher surface free energy. XRD pattern revealed the change in preferred orientation from (1 0 1) to (0 0 4) with increase in sputtering power, which is accounted for different surface energy associated with different planes. Microstructure of the films also changes from cauliflower type to columnar type structures with increase in sputtering power. FESEM images of films grown at low pressure and low sputtering power showed typical cauliflower like structure. The optical measurement revealed the systematic variation of the optical constants with deposition parameters. The films are highly transparent with transmission higher than 90% with sharp ultraviolet cut off. The transmittance of these films was found to be influenced by the surface roughness and film thickness. The optical band gap was found to decrease with increase in the sputtering power and pressure. The refractive index of the films was found to vary in the range of 2.50-2.24 with increase in sputtering pressure or sputtering power, resulting in the possibility of producing TiO 2 films for device applications with different refractive index, by changing the deposition parameters.

  7. Deposition and characterization of TiZrV-Pd thin films by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Jie; Zhang, Bo; Xu, Yan-Hui; Wei, Wei; Fan, Le; Pei, Xiang-Tao; Hong, Yuan-Zhi; Wang, Yong

    2015-12-01

    TiZrV film is mainly applied in the ultra-high vacuum pipes of storage rings. Thin film coatings of palladium, which are added onto the TiZrV film to increase the service life of nonevaporable getters and enhance H2 pumping speed, were deposited on the inner face of stainless steel pipes by dc magnetron sputtering using argon gas as the sputtering gas. The TiZrV-Pd film properties were investigated by atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The grain size of TiZrV and Pd films were about 0.42-1.3 nm and 8.5-18.25 nm respectively. It was found that the roughness of TiZrV films is small, about 2-4 nm, but for Pd film it is large, about 17-19 nm. The PP At. % of Pd in TiZrV/Pd films varied from 86.84 to 87.56 according to the XPS test results. Supported by National Natural Science Funds of China (11205155) and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (WK2310000041)

  8. Ion dynamics in a DC magnetron microdischarge measured with laser-induced fluorescence

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    Young, Christopher; Gascon, Nicolas; Lucca Fabris, Andrea; Ito, Tsuyohito; Cappelli, Mark

    2015-11-01

    We present evidence of coherent rotating azimuthal wave structures in a planar DC magnetron microdischarge operated with argon and xenon. The dominant stable mode structure varies with discharge voltage, and high frame rate camera imaging of plasma emission reveals propagating azimuthal waves in the negative E-> × B-> direction. This negative drift direction is attributed to a local field reversal arising from strong density gradients that drive excess ions towards the anode. Observed mode transitions are shown to be consistent with models of gradient drift-wave dispersion in such a field reversal when the fluid representation includes ambipolar diffusion parallel to the magnetic field direction. Time-averaged and time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence measurements interrogate xenon ion dynamics under the action of the field reversal. Time resolution is obtained by synchronizing with the coherent azimuthal wave frequency at fixed mode number. This work is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research with Dr. Mitat Birkan as program manager. C.Y. acknowledges support from the DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship under Contract DE-FC52-08NA28752.

  9. ZnO:Al films prepared by inline DC magnetron sputtering

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    Bingel, Astrid; Füchsel, Kevin; Kaiser, Norbert; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2014-02-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) is one of the most promising transparent conductive oxide (TCO) materials that can substitute the high-quality but costly indium tin oxide (ITO). To ensure high-quality films as well as moderate production costs, inline DC magnetron sputtering was chosen to deposit thin AZO films. The influence of sputter gas pressure, substrate temperature, and film thickness on the electrical, optical, and structural properties was analyzed. The resistivity reaches a minimum of 1.3×10-5 Ωm at around 1 Pa for a substrate temperature of 90°C. A maximum conductivity was obtained by increasing the substrate temperature to 160°C. An annealing step after deposition led to a further decrease in resistivity to a value of 5.3×10-6 Ωm in a 200 nm thin film. At the same time, the optical performance could be improved. Additionally, simulations of the transmittance and reflectance spectra were carried out to compare carrier concentration and mobility determined by optical techniques with those from Hall measurements.

  10. Structural and optical properties investigation of DC magnetron sputtered β-TiO2 thin film

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    Khan, Shakil; Ahmed, Ishaq; Shah, A.

    2014-10-01

    Thin films of monoclinic titanium oxide phase (β-TiO2) have been grown on glass substrate using DC magnetron sputtering technique. The effect of oxygen conditions on the films stoichiometry, growth rate, structure, molecular mode of vibration and optical properties has been investigated. An improvement in stoichiometric ratio (O/Ti) has been observed with the increase of oxygen content in the synthesized chamber. XRD patterns demonstrated the polycrystalline nature of the deposited films with (2 bar 11) preferential orientation of β-TiO2 phase. In the FTIR analysis, a dominant peak at 868 cm-1 wavenumbers corresponding to the longitudinal optical (LO) mode of monoclinic TiO2 phase was observed at 10% oxygen condition. It shifted to 880 cm-1 wavenumbers at higher oxygen fractions, illustrated the rise of oxygen concentration in the grown films. The influence of various oxygen conditions on transmittance/extinction coefficient, band gap and refractive index of TiO2 (B) phase is reported.

  11. Carbon film deposition on SnO{sub 2}/Si(111) using DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Aji, A. S.; Darma, Y.

    2013-09-09

    In this paper, carbon deposition on SnO{sub 2} layer using DC unbalanced magnetron-sputtering technique at low temperature has been systematically studied. Sputtering process were carried out at pressure of 4.6×10{sup −2} Torr by keeping the substrate temperature at 300 °C. SnO{sub 2} were growth on silicon (111) substrate using thermal evaporation and continuing with dry oxidation of Sn at 225 °C. Thermal evaporation for high purity Sn was conducted by maintain the current source as high as 40 ampere. The quality of SnO{sub 2} on Si(111) and the characteristic of carbon thin film on SnO{sub 2} were analized by mean XRD, FTIR and Raman spectra. XRD analysis shows that SnO{sub 2} film is growth uniformly on Si(111). FTIR and Raman spectra confirm the formation of thin film carbon on SnO{sub 2}. Additionally, thermal annealing for some sample series have been performed to study their structural stability. The change of atomic structure due to thermal annealing were analized by Raman and XRD spectra.

  12. Electron density modulation in an asymmetric bipolar pulsed dc magnetron discharge

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    Karkari, S. K.; Ellingboe, A. R.; Gaman, C.; Swindells, I.; Bradley, J. W.

    2007-09-15

    This paper investigates the spatial and temporal variation in plasma electron density over a region between 5 and 10 cm above the race-track region of a pulsed magnetron sputtering target. The pulse operation is performed using an asymmetric bipolar pulsed dc power supply, which provides a sequence of large negative ''on-phase'' voltage (-350 V) and a small positive ''reverse-phase'' voltage (+10 V) for 55% of the pulse duration (10 {mu}s). The electron density is measured using a floating microwave hairpin resonance probe. The results show electron expulsion from the target in the initial on phase, which propagates with a characteristic speed exceeding the ion thermal speed. In the steady state on phase, a consistent higher density is observed. A quantitative model has been developed to explain the resultant density drops in the initial on phase. While in the reverse phase, we observed an anomalous growth in density at a specific location from the target (d>7 cm). The mechanism behind the increase in electron density has been attributed to the modulation in spatial plasma potential, which was measured earlier in the same apparatus using a floating emissive probe [J. W. Bradley et al., Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 13, 189 (2004)].

  13. Transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering with dc and rf powers applied in combination

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Ohtani, Yuusuke; Miyata, Toshihiro; Kuboi, Takeshi

    2007-07-15

    A newly developed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin-film magnetron-sputtering deposition technique that decreases resistivity, improves resistivity distribution, and produces high-rate depositions has been demonstrated by dc magnetron-sputtering depositions that incorporate rf power (dc+rf-MS), either with or without the introduction of H{sub 2} gas into the deposition chamber. The dc+rf-MS preparations were carried out in a pure Ar or an Ar+H{sub 2} (0%-2%) gas atmosphere at a pressure of 0.4 Pa by adding a rf component (13.56 MHz) to a constant dc power of 80 W. The deposition rate in a dc+rf-MS deposition incorporating a rf power of 150 W was approximately 62 nm/min, an increase from the approximately 35 nm/min observed in dc magnetron sputtering with a dc power of 80 W. A resistivity as low as 3x10{sup -4} {omega} cm and an improved resistivity distribution could be obtained in AZO thin films deposited on substrates at a low temperature of 150 deg. C by dc+rf-MS with the introduction of hydrogen gas with a content of 1.5%. This article describes the effects of adding a rf power component (i.e., dc+rf-MS deposition) as well as introducing H{sub 2} gas into dc magnetron-sputtering preparations of transparent conducting AZO thin films.

  14. Microstructural studies of nanocomposite thin films of Ni/CrN prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Kuppusami, P; Thirumurugesan, R; Divakar, R; Kataria, S; Ramaseshan, R; Mohandas, E

    2009-09-01

    Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites of Ni/CrN thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering from a target of 50 wt.%Ni-50 wt.%Cr is investigated. The films prepared as a function of nitrogen flow rate and substrate temperature showed that the films contained Ni and CrN phases with crystallite sizes in the nanometer range. Measurement of nanomechanical properties of the composite films exhibited a significant decrease in the values of hardness and Young's modulus than those of pure CrN films. PMID:19928270

  15. Effect of Argon/Oxygen Flow Rate Ratios on DC Magnetron Sputtered Nano Crystalline Zirconium Titanate Thin Films

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    Rani, D. Jhansi; Kumar, A. GuruSampath; Sarmash, T. Sofi; Chandra Babu Naidu, K.; Maddaiah, M.; Rao, T. Subba

    2016-06-01

    High transmitting, non absorbent, nano crystalline zirconium titanate (ZT) thin films suitable for anti reflection coatings (ARC) were deposited on to glass substrates by direct current (DC) magnetron reactive sputtering technique, under distinct Argon to Oxygen (Ar/O2) gas flow rate ratios of 31/1, 30/2, 29/3 and 28/4, with a net gas flow (Ar + O2) of 32sccm, at an optimum substrate temperature of 250°C. The influence of the gas mixture ratio on the film properties has been investigated by employing x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultra violet visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) and four point probe methods. The films showed a predominant peak at 30.85° with (111) orientation. The crystallite size reduced from 22.94 nm to 13.5 nm and the surface roughness increased from 11.53 nm to 50.58 nm with increase in oxygen content respectively. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 showed almost similar chemical composition. Increased oxygen content results an increase in electrical resistivity from 3.59 × 103 to 2.1 × 106 Ωm. The film deposited at Ar/O2 of 28/4 exhibited higher average optical transmittance of 91%, but its refractive index is higher than that of what is required for ARC. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 of Ar/O2 possess higher transmittance (low absorbance) apart from suitable refractive index. Thus, these films are preferable candidates for ARC.

  16. Effect of Argon/Oxygen Flow Rate Ratios on DC Magnetron Sputtered Nano Crystalline Zirconium Titanate Thin Films

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    Rani, D. Jhansi; Kumar, A. GuruSampath; Sarmash, T. Sofi; Chandra Babu Naidu, K.; Maddaiah, M.; Rao, T. Subba

    2016-04-01

    High transmitting, non absorbent, nano crystalline zirconium titanate (ZT) thin films suitable for anti reflection coatings (ARC) were deposited on to glass substrates by direct current (DC) magnetron reactive sputtering technique, under distinct Argon to Oxygen (Ar/O2) gas flow rate ratios of 31/1, 30/2, 29/3 and 28/4, with a net gas flow (Ar + O2) of 32sccm, at an optimum substrate temperature of 250°C. The influence of the gas mixture ratio on the film properties has been investigated by employing x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultra violet visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) and four point probe methods. The films showed a predominant peak at 30.85° with (111) orientation. The crystallite size reduced from 22.94 nm to 13.5 nm and the surface roughness increased from 11.53 nm to 50.58 nm with increase in oxygen content respectively. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 showed almost similar chemical composition. Increased oxygen content results an increase in electrical resistivity from 3.59 × 103 to 2.1 × 106 Ωm. The film deposited at Ar/O2 of 28/4 exhibited higher average optical transmittance of 91%, but its refractive index is higher than that of what is required for ARC. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 of Ar/O2 possess higher transmittance (low absorbance) apart from suitable refractive index. Thus, these films are preferable candidates for ARC.

  17. Influence of nitrogen flow rate on microstructural and nanomechanical properties of Zr-N thin films prepared by pulsed DC magnetron sputtering

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    Singh, Akash; Kuppusami, P.; Khan, Shabana; Sudha, C.; Thirumurugesan, R.; Ramaseshan, R.; Divakar, R.; Mohandas, E.; Dash, S.

    2013-09-01

    Zr-N thin films were deposited on Si (1 0 0) substrate by reactive sputtering using a pulsed DC magnetron sputtering technique. It was found that films deposited at 773 K and 1 sccm of nitrogen flow rate show a single phase with face centred cubic-ZrN. Raman analysis also confirmed the formation of ZrN phase in the films. The films deposited at nitrogen flow rate greater than 1 sccm show ZrN along with orthorhombic-Zr3N4. The chemical bonding characteristics of the films were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. High resolution transmission electron microscopy also gave evidence for fcc-ZrN and o-Zr3N4 phase and revealed equiaxed grains in these films. In addition, hardness and Young's modulus of the films measured as a function of nitrogen flow rate is discussed qualitatively in relation to resistance to plastic deformation offered by these films.

  18. Effect of Duty Cycle on Characteristics of CrNx Thin Films Deposited by Pulsed Direct Current Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Chang, Chi-Lung; Wu, Bo-Yi; Chen, Pin-Hung; Chen, Wei-Chih; Ho, Chun-Ta; Wu, Wan-Yu

    2013-11-01

    CrNx thin films have been deposited on silicon wafer, 304 stainless steel, and tungsten carbide substrates using pulsed DC reactive magnetron sputtering. A 10 kHz unipolar mode and a N2/Ar ratio of 17.5% were used. During the deposition, the substrate was not biased and not heated during the entire deposition time of 30 min. The microstructure, crystalline phase, and mechanical properties of the obtained CrNx thin films were examined to investigate the effect of the duty cycle. The results show that the maximum current and power density increase with decreasing duty cycle from 100% (DC) to 5%. Although the thickness of the CrNx thin films decreases with decreasing duty cycle, the ratio of the thickness to the pulse on-time shows a maximum of 273.3 nm/min at the lowest duty cycle of 5%. The obtained CrNx thin films show a mixture of the Cr2N and CrN phases. Moreover, the Cr-N bonding state and the percentages of CrN and Cr2N vary with the duty cycle. The effects of the duty cycle on the hardness, coefficient of friction, and corrosion behavior of the CrNx thin films are also investigated in this study.

  19. Electrical and optical properties of Ta-Si-N thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Oezer, D.; Ramírez, G.; Rodil, S. E.; Sanjinés, R.

    2012-12-01

    The electrical and optical properties of TaxSiyNz thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering from individual Ta and Si targets were studied in order to investigate the effects of nitrogen and silicon contents on both properties and their correlation to the film microstructure. Three sets of fcc-TaxSiyNz thin films were prepared: sub-stoichiometric TaxSiyN0.44, nearly stoichiometric TaxSiyN0.5, and over-stoichiometric TaxSiyN0.56. The optical properties were investigated by near-normal-incidence reflectivity and ellipsometric measurements in the optical energy range from 0.375 eV to 6.8 eV, while the d.c. electrical resistivity was measured in the van der Pauw configuration from 20 K to 300 K. The optical and electrical measurements were interpreted using the standard Drude-Lorentz model and the so-called grain boundary scattering model, respectively. The electronic properties were closely correlated with the compositional and structural modifications of the TaxSiyNz films due to variations in the stoichiometry of the fcc-TaNz system and the addition of Si atoms. According to the nitrogen and silicon contents, fcc-TaxSiyNz films can exhibit room temperature resistivity values ranging from 102 μΩ cm to about 6 × 104 μΩ cm. The interpretation of the experimental temperature-dependent resistivity data within the Grain Boundary Scattering model, combined with the results from optical investigations, showed that the mean electron transmission probability G and the free carriers concentration, N, are the main parameters that control the transport properties of these films. The results indicated that the correlation between electrical and optical measurements with the chemical composition and the nanostructure of the TaxSiyNz thin films provides a pertinent and consistent description of the evolution of the Ta-Si-N system from a solid solution to a nanocomposite material due to the addition of Si atoms.

  20. Electrical and optical properties of Ta-Si-N thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Oezer, D.; Sanjines, R.; Ramirez, G.; Rodil, S. E.

    2012-12-01

    The electrical and optical properties of Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering from individual Ta and Si targets were studied in order to investigate the effects of nitrogen and silicon contents on both properties and their correlation to the film microstructure. Three sets of fcc-Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} thin films were prepared: sub-stoichiometric Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub 0.44}, nearly stoichiometric Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub 0.5}, and over-stoichiometric Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub 0.56}. The optical properties were investigated by near-normal-incidence reflectivity and ellipsometric measurements in the optical energy range from 0.375 eV to 6.8 eV, while the d.c. electrical resistivity was measured in the van der Pauw configuration from 20 K to 300 K. The optical and electrical measurements were interpreted using the standard Drude-Lorentz model and the so-called grain boundary scattering model, respectively. The electronic properties were closely correlated with the compositional and structural modifications of the Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} films due to variations in the stoichiometry of the fcc-TaN{sub z} system and the addition of Si atoms. According to the nitrogen and silicon contents, fcc-Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} films can exhibit room temperature resistivity values ranging from 10{sup 2} {mu}{Omega} cm to about 6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} {mu}{Omega} cm. The interpretation of the experimental temperature-dependent resistivity data within the Grain Boundary Scattering model, combined with the results from optical investigations, showed that the mean electron transmission probability G and the free carriers concentration, N, are the main parameters that control the transport properties of these films. The results indicated that the correlation between electrical and optical measurements with the chemical composition and the nanostructure of the Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} thin films provides a pertinent and

  1. Deposition and characterization of molybdenum thin films using dc-plasma magnetron sputtering

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    Khan, Majid; Islam, Mohammad

    2013-12-15

    Molebdenum (Mo) thin films were deposited on well-cleaned soda-lime glass substrates using DC-plasma magnetron sputtering. In the design of experiment deposition was optimized for maximum beneficial characteristics by monitoring effect of process variables such as deposition power (100–200 W). Their electrical, structural and morphological properties were analyzed to study the effect of these variables. The electrical resistivity of Mo thin films could be reduced by increasing deposition power. Within the range of analyzed deposition power, Mo thin films showed a mono crystalline nature and the crystallites were found to have an orientation along [110] direction. The surface morphology of thin films showed that a highly dense micro structure has been obtained. The surface roughness of films increased with deposition power. The adhesion of Mo thin films could be improved by increasing the deposition power. Atomic force microscopy was used for the topographical study of the films and to determine the roughness of the films. X-ray diffractrometer and scanning electron microscopy analysis were used to investigate the crystallinity and surface morphology of the films. Hall effect measurement system was used to find resistivity, carrier mobility and carrier density of deposited films. The adhesion test was performed using scotch hatch tape adhesion test. Mo thin films prepared at deposition power of 200 W, substrate temperature of 23°C and Ar pressure of 0.0123 mbar exhibited a mono crystalline structure with an orientation along (110) direction, thickness of ∼550 nm and electrical resistivity value of 0.57 × 10{sup −4} Ω cm.

  2. Plasma reactivity in high-power impulse magnetron sputtering through oxygen kinetics

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    Vitelaru, Catalin; Lundin, Daniel; Brenning, Nils; Minea, Tiberiu

    2013-09-02

    The atomic oxygen metastable dynamics in a Reactive High-Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (R-HiPIMS) discharge has been characterized using time-resolved diode laser absorption in an Ar/O{sub 2} gas mixture with a Ti target. Two plasma regions are identified: the ionization region (IR) close to the target and further out the diffusion region (DR), separated by a transition region. The μs temporal resolution allows identifying the main atomic oxygen production and destruction routes, which are found to be very different during the pulse as compared to the afterglow as deduced from their evolution in space and time.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of ZnO/AI/ZnO multilayers by simultaneous DC and RF magnetron sputtering

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    Nagaraja, K. K.; Santhosh Kumar, A.; Nagaraja, H. S.

    2015-02-01

    The present investigation reports the fabrication and characterization of multilayered transparent electrodes by simultaneous DC and RF magnetron sputtering on glass substrates. The multilayer structure consists of three layers (ZnO/Al/ZnO). The influence of Al layer thickness on the electrical and optical properties was investigated. Optimum thickness of Al was determined for high transmittance and good electrical conductivity. High quality films having resistance as low as 25 Ω/sq with optical transmittance upto 65% were obtained at room temperature.

  4. Observations of the long-term plasma evolution in a pulsed dc magnetron discharge

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    Bäcker, H.; Bradley, J. W.

    2005-08-01

    Using a time-resolved Langmuir probe the temporal evolution of the plasma parameters in a pulsed dc magnetron discharge was determined for a number of positions both inside and outside the magnetic trap. The discharge was operated at a pulse frequency of 2 kHz with a 50% duty cycle, a titanium target and at a fixed argon pressure of 0.53 Pa. The electron density, ne, electron temperature, Te, plasma potential, Vp and floating potential, Vf have typically two-fold characteristic decay and rise times, which increase with distance from the target. In the magnetic trap, the initial ne decay rate is ~18 µs, lengthening to 120 µs. However, in the plasma bulk, this figure is about 250 µs at all times during the plasma decay. The ne decay rate on the discharge centreline is somewhat slower at about 600 µs. During the transition from duty on to off phases a 'density-wave', initiated at the cathode, is observed to propagate downstream at about 1000 m s-1 (a velocity close to the calculated ion acoustic speed). The results reveal a complex picture in terms of the electron energies. In the off time, the electrons are characterized by a single Maxwellian distribution function and the initial Te decay times are between 6 and 10 µs. However, these lengthen dramatically to values between 600 and 800 µs depending on position to give a final Te value of about 0.2-0.3 eV. In the on time, and outside the magnetic trap, bi-Maxwellian electrons are observed with Teh = 4-6 eV and Tec = 1-2 eV. A simple model, taking into account the effect of the magnetic field on electron collection at the probe, has been used to show that the relative density of hot electrons is as high as 40%. On magnetic field lines that connect with the walls, bi-Maxwellian electrons exist during the whole on period; however, on the centreline their temperatures converge after about 100 µs to form a single distribution with Te ~ 3 eV. Plasma potential measurements show that the strong axial electric fields in

  5. Facing-target mid-frequency magnetron reactive sputtered hafnium oxide film: Morphology and electrical properties

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    Zhang, Yu; Xu, Jun; Wang, You-Nian; Choi, Chi Kyu; Zhou, Da-Yu

    2016-03-01

    Amorphous hafnium dioxide (HfO2) film was prepared on Si (100) by facing-target mid-frequency reactive magnetron sputtering under different oxygen/argon gas ratio at room temperature with high purity Hf target. 3D surface profiler results showed that the deposition rates of HfO2 thin film under different O2/Ar gas ratio remain unchanged, indicating that the facing target midfrequency magnetron sputtering system provides effective approach to eliminate target poisoning phenomenon which is generally occurred in reactive sputtering procedure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) demonstrated that the gradual reduction of oxygen vacancy concentration and the densification of deposited film structure with the increase of oxygen/argon (O2/Ar) gas flow ratio. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis suggested that the surface of the as-deposited HfO2 thin film tends to be smoother, the root-meansquare roughness (RMS) reduced from 0.876 nm to 0.333 nm while O2/Ar gas flow ratio increased from 1/4 to 1/1. Current-Voltage measurements of MOS capacitor based on Au/HfO2/Si structure indicated that the leakage current density of HfO2 thin films decreased by increasing of oxygen partial pressure, which resulted in the variations of pore size and oxygen vacancy concentration in deposited thin films. Based on the above characterization results the leakage current mechanism for all samples was discussed systematically.

  6. Comparing a 2D fluid model of the DC planar magnetron cathode to experiments

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    Garcia, M.

    1996-05-01

    Planar magnetron cathodes have arching magnetic field lines which concentrate plasma density near the electrode surface. This enhances the ion bombardment of the surface and the yield of sputtered atoms. Magnetron cathodes are used in the Plasma Electrode Pockels Cell (PEPC) devices of the Laser Program because they provide for significantly higher conduction than do glow discharges. An essential feature of magnetron cathodes is that the vector product of the perpendicular electric field, E[sub y], with the parallel component of the magnetic field, B[sub x], forms a closed track with a circulating current along the cathode surface. An analytical, 2D, two component, quasi-neutral, continuum model yields formulas for the plasma density, the total and component current densities, the electric field, and the positive electrical potential, between the cathode surface and a distant, uniform plasma. For a specific gas, the free parameters are electron temperature, gas number density, and total current. The model is applied to the interpretation of experimental data from the PEPC device, as well as a small vacuum facility for testing magnetron cathodes. Finally, the model has been applied to generate cross sectional views of a PEPC magnetron cathode track.

  7. Influences of annealing temperature on microstructure and properties for TiO2 films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Shang, Jie-Ting; Chen, Chih-Ming; Cheng, Ta-Chih; Lee, Ying-Chieh

    2015-12-01

    Titanium dioxide films were deposited at 100 °C of substrate temperature with a DC magnetron sputtering system. The crystalline structures, morphological features, and photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 films were systematically studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet spectrophotometry. To obtain the crystalline structure of TiO2 film at a low annealing temperature, high-level DC power (600 W) was applied. The effect of the annealing treatments on the microstructure of the TiO2 films was investigated. The results indicated that the annealing process at 200 °C clearly caused the formation of a nanocrystalline anatase phase that directly affected photocatalytic activity. The dye removal efficiency of the nanostructured anatase attained 53 and 31% for UV and visible light radiation, respectively.

  8. Effects of the duty ratio on the niobium oxide film deposited by pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering methods.

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    Eom, Ji Mi; Oh, Hyun Gon; Cho, Il Hwan; Kwon, Sang Jik; Cho, Eou Sik

    2013-11-01

    Niobium oxide (Nb2O5) films were deposited on p-type Si wafers and sodalime glasses at a room temperature using in-line pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering system with various duty ratios. The different duty ratio was obtained by varying the reverse voltage time of pulsed DC power from 0.5 to 2.0 micros at the fixed frequency of 200 kHz. From the structural and optical characteristics of the sputtered NbOx films, it was possible to obtain more uniform and coherent NbOx films in case of the higher reverse voltage time as a result of the cleaning effect on the Nb2O5 target surface. The electrical characteristics from the metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) fabricated with the NbOx films shows the leakage currents are influenced by the reverse voltage time and the Schottky barrier diode characteristics. PMID:24245329

  9. Temperature-dependent microstructural evolution of Ti2AlN thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, Zheng; Jin, Hongmei; Chai, Jianwei; Pan, Jisheng; Seng, Hwee Leng; Goh, Glen Tai Wei; Wong, Lai Mun; Sullivan, Michael B.; Wang, Shi Jie

    2016-04-01

    Ti2AlN MAX-phase thin films have been deposited on MgO (1 1 1) substrates between 500 and 750 °C using DC reactive magnetron sputtering of a Ti2Al compound target in a mixed N2/Ar plasma. The composition, crystallinity, morphology and hardness of the thin films have been characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and nano-indentation, respectively. The film initially forms a mixture of Ti, Al and (Ti,Al)N cubic solid solution at 500 °C and nucleates into polycrystalline Ti2AlN MAX phases at 600 °C. Its crystallinity is further improved with an increase in the substrate temperature. At 750 °C, a single-crystalline Ti2AlN (0 0 0 2) thin film is formed having characteristic layered hexagonal surface morphology, high hardness, high Young's modulus and low electrical resistivity. The mechanism behind the evolution of the microstructure with growth temperature is discussed in terms of surface energies, lattice mismatch and enhanced adatom diffusion at high growth temperatures.

  10. Effect of duty cycle on the electrical and optical properties of VOx film deposited by pulsed reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Dong, Xiang; Wu, Zhiming; Xu, Xiangdong; Wei, Xiongbang; Jiang, Yadong

    2013-12-01

    Vanadium oxide (VOx) films were deposited onto well cleaned glass substrates by bipolar pulsed reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature. Dependence of the structure, composition, optical and electrical properties of the films on the pulsed power's duty cycle has been investigated. The results from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis show that there was no remarkable change in the amorphous structure in the films with duty cycle can be observed. But chemical analysis of the surface evaluated with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicates that decrease the duty cycle favors to enhance the oxidation of the vanadium. The optical and electrical properties of the films were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry and temperature dependent resistivity measurements, respectively. The evolution of the transmittance, optical band gap, optical constants, resistivity and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of the deposited films with duty cycle was analyzed and discussed. In comparison with conventional DC sputtering, under the same discharge atmosphere and power level, these parameters of the VOx films can be modified over a broad range by duty cycle. Therefore adjusting the duty cycle during deposition, which is an effective way to control and optimize the performances of the VOx film for various optoelectronic devices applications.

  11. Deposition of aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films for optical applications using rf and dc magnetron sputter deposition

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    Sivakumar, Kousik; Rossnagel, S. M.

    2010-07-15

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide films were deposited by dc and rf magnetron sputtering from ZnO(98%)Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(2%) target at room temperature on silicon and glass substrates under a variety of process conditions with the goal of attaining the highest transmittance and lowest resistivity for photovoltaic applications. The magnetron power and pressure were varied. For many dielectric deposition systems, added oxygen is necessary to achieve the appropriate stoichiometry. The effect of oxygen on film properties was then studied by varying the oxygen partial pressure from 1.5x10{sup -5} to 4.0x10{sup -5} T at a constant Ar pressure, with the result that any added oxygen was deleterious. Films deposited under power, pressure, and low-oxygen conditions were then characterized for electrical and optical properties. Following this, the dc and rf sputtered films were annealed at up to 400 deg. C seconds using rapid thermal annealing (RTA), and the influence of annealing on resistivity, transmittance, band gap, as well as grain growth and stress was studied. The effect of RTA was immediate and quite significant on dc films while the effect on rf films was not as profound. As-deposited rf films had a higher average transmittance (87%) and lower resistivity (5.5x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm) compared to as-deposited dc films (84.2% and 8.9x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm). On the other hand, after RTA at 400 deg. C for 60 s, dc films exhibited better average transmittance (92.3%) and resistivity (2.9x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm) than rf films (90.7% and 4.0x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm). The band gap of dc films increased from 3.55 to 3.80 eV while that of rf films increased from 3.76 to 3.85 eV. Finally, dc and rf films were textured in 0.1% HCl and compared to U-type Asahi glass for resistivity and transmittance.

  12. Growth and characterization of chromium oxide coatings prepared by pulsed-direct current reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Barshilia, Harish C.; Rajam, K. S.

    2008-12-01

    Approximately 0.2-3.2 μm thick single phase chromium oxide (Cr 2O 3) coatings with different oxygen flow rates were deposited on silicon and mild steel substrates at low substrate temperature (˜60 °C) by pulsed-direct current (DC) reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Two asymmetric bipolar-pulsed DC generators were used to co-sputter two Cr targets, in Ar + O 2 plasma. The coatings were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nanoindentation hardness tester, optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and potentiodynamic polarization techniques. The XRD data showed the presence of mixture of crystalline (rhombohedral Cr 2O 3) and amorphous phases for the coatings prepared with oxygen flow rate less than 10 sccm. A complete transformation to amorphous phase was observed at higher oxygen flow rates. The XRD results were supported by Raman spectroscopy data. The XPS data suggested that the chemical state of Cr was in the form of Cr 3+. The chromium oxide coatings exhibited a maximum hardness of 22 GPa and an elastic modulus of 208 GPa. The coatings exhibited high thermal stability upon annealing in vacuum up to 500 °C and retained hardness as high as 17 GPa. Spectroscopic ellipsometry data indicated that coatings prepared at higher oxygen flow rates were dielectric in nature and those prepared at low oxygen flow rates exhibited an intermediate character, i.e., a transition between the dielectric and the metallic behavior. The corrosion behavior of Cr 2O 3 coating deposited on mild steel substrates was investigated using potentiodynamic polarization in 3.5% NaCl solution. The results indicated that Cr 2O 3 coating exhibited superior corrosion resistance as compared to the uncoated substrate.

  13. Tribological Properties of CrN/AlN Films Produced by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Rojo, A.; Solís, J.; Oseguera, J.; Salas, O.; Reichelt, R.

    2010-04-01

    The microstructure of CrN/AlN films, prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering under various conditions, was analyzed and related to the wear behavior of the films. One set of films was prepared by conventional reactive magnetron sputtering, a second set adding an extra amount of reactive gas to the initial Ar + N2 mixture and a third set adding an extra source of nitrogen near the substrate during sputtering. The samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy + energy dispersive microanalysis, high resolution scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The results of the microstructural analysis revealed a clear difference in the morphology growth of the films when extra nitrogen was used compared to the conventionally prepared films. Formation of CrN was significantly faster than that of AlN. The most effective method to produce AlN was to introduce extra nitrogen. Pin-on-disk wear experiments were carried out in ambient air, to investigate the tribological behavior of the CrN/AlN system against a steel ball under dry conditions for various loads and a constant sliding speed. The results revealed that tribological properties of the layers improved unlike those of the untreated H13 steel. The friction behavior is closely related to the structure of the deposited films. The thicker CrN layer contributed to the higher load capacity of the coated steel when compared to the unmodified steel. However, wear life for the coating system was very short, denoted by the fairly poor adhesion of the film system to the steel substrate.

  14. Research on titanium nitride thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering for MEMS applications

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    Merie, Violeta; Pustan, Marius; Negrea, Gavril; Bîrleanu, Corina

    2015-12-01

    Titanium nitride can be used among other materials as diffusion barrier for MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) applications. The aim of this study is to elaborate and to characterize at nanoscale titanium nitride thin films. The thin films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on silicon substrates using a 99.99% purity titanium target. Different deposition parameters were employed. The deposition temperature, deposition time, substrate bias voltage and the presence/absence of a titanium buffer layer are the parameters that were modified. The so-obtained films were then investigated by atomic force microscopy. A significant impact of the deposition parameters on the determined mechanical and tribological characteristics was highlighted. The results showed that the titanium nitride thin films deposited for 20 min at room temperature without the presence of a titanium buffer layer when a negative bias of -90 V was applied to the substrate is characterized by the best tribological and mechanical behavior.

  15. Deposition of ultrahard Ti-Si-N coatings by pulsed high-current reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Oskomov, K. V.; Zakharov, A. N.; Rabotkin, S. V.; Solov'ev, A. A.

    2016-02-01

    We report on the results of investigation of properties of ultrahard Ti-Si-N coatings deposited by pulsed high-current magnetron reactive sputtering (discharge pulse voltage is 300-900 V, discharge pulse current is up to 200 A, pulse duration is 10-100 μs, and pulse repetition rate is 20-2000 Hz). It is shown that for a short sputtering pulse (25 μs) and a high discharge current (160 A), the films exhibit high hardness (66 GPa), wear resistance, better adhesion, and a lower sliding friction coefficient. The reason is an enhancement of ion bombardment of the growing coating due to higher plasma density in the substrate region (1013 cm-3) and a manifold increase in the degree of ionization of the plasma with increasing peak discharge current (mainly due to the material being sputtered).

  16. Electrical and structural properties of zirconia thin films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Hembram, K. P. S. S.; Dutta, Gargi; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Mohan Rao, G.

    2007-10-01

    Thin films of ZrO 2 were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering. Annealing of the films exhibited a drastic change in the properties due to improved crystallinity and packing density. The root mean square roughness of the sample observed from atomic force microscope is about 5.75 nm which is comparable to the average grain size of the thin film which is about 6 nm obtained from X-ray diffraction. The film annealed at 873 K exhibits an optical band gap of around 4.83 eV and shows +4 oxidation state of zirconium indicating fully oxidized zirconium, whereas higher annealing temperatures lead to oxygen deficiency in the films and this is reflected in their properties. A discontinuity in the imaginary part of the AC conductivity was observed in the frequency range of tens of thousands of Hz, where as, the real part does not show such behavior.

  17. Physical properties of erbium implanted tungsten oxide filmsdeposited by reactive dual magnetron sputtering

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    Mohamed, Sodky H.; Anders, Andre

    2006-11-08

    Amorphous and partially crystalline WO3 thin films wereprepared by reactive dual magnetron sputtering and successively implantedby erbium ions with a fluence in the range from 7.7 x 1014 to 5 x 1015ions/cm2. The electrical and optical properties were studied as afunction of the film deposition parameters and the ion fluence. Ionimplantation caused a strong decrease of the resistivity, a moderatedecrease of the index of refraction and a moderate increase of theextinction coefficient in the visible and near infrared, while theoptical band gap remained almost unchanged. These effects could belargely ascribed to ion-induced oxygen deficiency. When annealed in air,the already low resistivities of the implanted samples decreased furtherup to 70oC, whereas oxidation, and hence a strong increase of theresistivity, was observed at higher annealing temperatures.

  18. Characteristics of DLC containing Ti and Zr films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ma, Guojia; Lin, Guoqiang; Sun, Gang; Zhang, Huafang; Wu, Hongchen

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate metal doping effects on micro-structural, mechanical and corrosive behavior of the DLC film. Ti and Zr doped DLC films were prepared on NiTi alloys by reactive magnetron sputtering combined with plasma source ion implantation (PSII) technology used to improve the coherent strength, respectively. The mechanical properties of the doped DLC films were investigated by means of nano-indentation technique, microscratch and frictional wear testing. The potentiodynamic polarization measurement was employed to value the corrosion resistance of DLC with Ti and Zr films in Hank's simulated body fluid. It was found that Ti-doped DLC films embraced higher nano-hardness, somewhat lower coefficient of friction and better corrosion resistance than Zr-doped DLC films.

  19. Amorphous stainless steel coatings prepared by reactive magnetron-sputtering from austenitic stainless steel targets

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    Cusenza, Salvatore; Schaaf, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Stainless steel films were reactively magnetron sputtered in argon/methane gas flow onto oxidized silicon wafers using austenitic stainless-steel targets. The deposited films of about 200 nm thickness were characterized by conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, magneto-optical Kerr-effect, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, atomic force microscopy, corrosion resistance tests, and Raman spectroscopy. These complementary methods were used for a detailed examination of the carburization effects in the sputtered stainless-steel films. The formation of an amorphous and soft ferromagnetic phase in a wide range of the processing parameters was found. Further, the influence of the substrate temperature and of post vacuum-annealing were examined to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the carburization process and phase formation.

  20. Deposition of highly textured AlN thin films by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Moreira, Milena A.; Törndahl, Tobias; Katardjiev, Ilia; Kubart, Tomas

    2015-03-15

    Aluminum nitride thin films were deposited by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and pulsed direct-current on Si (100) and textured Mo substrates, where the same deposition conditions were used for both techniques. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. The results show a pronounced improvement in the AlN crystalline texture for all films deposited by HiPIMS on Si. Already at room temperature, the HiPIMS films exhibited a strong preferred (002) orientation and at 400 °C, no contributions from other orientations were detected. Despite the low film thickness of only 200 nm, an ω-scan full width at half maximum value of 5.1° was achieved on Si. The results are attributed to the high ionization of sputtered material achieved in HiPIMS. On textured Mo, there was no significant difference between the deposition techniques.

  1. Metal versus rare-gas ion irradiation during Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N film growth by hybrid high power pulsed magnetron/dc magnetron co-sputtering using synchronized pulsed substrate bias

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    Greczynski, Grzegorz; Lu Jun; Jensen, Jens; Petrov, Ivan; Greene, Joseph E.; Bolz, Stephan; Koelker, Werner; Schiffers, Christoph; Lemmer, Oliver; Hultman, Lars

    2012-11-15

    Metastable NaCl-structure Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N is employed as a model system to probe the effects of metal versus rare-gas ion irradiation during film growth using reactive high-power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) of Al and dc magnetron sputtering of Ti. The alloy film composition is chosen to be x = 0.61, near the kinetic solubility limit at the growth temperature of 500 Degree-Sign C. Three sets of experiments are carried out: a -60 V substrate bias is applied either continuously, in synchronous with the full HIPIMS pulse, or in synchronous only with the metal-rich-plasma portion of the HIPIMS pulse. Alloy films grown under continuous dc bias exhibit a thickness-invariant small-grain, two-phase nanostructure (wurtzite AlN and cubic Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N) with random orientation, due primarily to intense Ar{sup +} irradiation leading to Ar incorporation (0.2 at. %), high compressive stress (-4.6 GPa), and material loss by resputtering. Synchronizing the bias with the full HIPIMS pulse results in films that exhibit much lower stress levels (-1.8 GPa) with no measureable Ar incorporation, larger grains elongated in the growth direction, a very small volume fraction of wurtzite AlN, and random orientation. By synchronizing the bias with the metal-plasma phase of the HIPIMS pulses, energetic Ar{sup +} ion bombardment is greatly reduced in favor of irradiation predominantly by Al{sup +} ions. The resulting films are single phase with a dense competitive columnar structure, strong 111 orientation, no measureable trapped Ar concentration, and even lower stress (-0.9 GPa). Thus, switching from Ar{sup +} to Al{sup +} bombardment, while maintaining the same integrated incident ion/metal ratio, eliminates phase separation, minimizes renucleation during growth, and reduces the high concentration of residual point defects, which give rise to compressive stress.

  2. Combined optical emission and resonant absorption diagnostics of an Ar-O2-Ce-reactive magnetron sputtering discharge

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    El Mel, A. A.; Ershov, S.; Britun, N.; Ricard, A.; Konstantinidis, S.; Snyders, R.

    2015-01-01

    We report the results on combined optical characterization of Ar-O2-Ce magnetron sputtering discharges by optical emission and resonant absorption spectroscopy. In this study, a DC magnetron sputtering system equipped with a movable planar magnetron source with a Ce target is used. The intensities of Ar, O, and Ce emission lines, as well as the absolute densities of Ar metastable and Ce ground state atoms are analyzed as a function of the distance from the magnetron target, applied DC power, O2 content, etc. The absolute number density of the Arm is found to decrease exponentially as a function of the target-to-substrate distance. The rate of this decrease is dependent on the sputtering regime, which should be due to the different collisional quenching rates of Arm by O2 molecules at different oxygen contents. Quantitatively, the absolute number density of Arm is found to be equal to ≈ 3 × 108 cm- 3 in the metallic, and ≈ 5 × 107 cm- 3 in the oxidized regime of sputtering, whereas Ce ground state densities at the similar conditions are found to be few times lower. The absolute densities of species are consistent with the corresponding deposition rates, which decrease sharply during the transition from metallic to poisoned sputtering regime.

  3. Duty cycle control in reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering of hafnium and niobium

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    Ganesan, R.; Treverrow, B.; Murdoch, B.; Xie, D.; Ross, A. E.; Partridge, J. G.; Falconer, I. S.; McCulloch, D. G.; McKenzie, D. R.; Bilek, M. M. M.

    2016-06-01

    Instabilities in reactive sputtering have technological consequences and have been attributed to the formation of a compound layer on the target surface (‘poisoning’). Here we demonstrate how the duty cycle of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) can be used to control the surface conditions of Hf and Nb targets. Variations in the time resolved target current characteristics as a function of duty cycle were attributed to gas rarefaction and to the degree of poisoning of the target surface. As the operation transitions from Ar driven sputtering to metal driven sputtering, the secondary electron emission changes and reduces the target current. The target surface transitions smoothly from a poisoned state at low duty cycles to a quasi-metallic state at high duty cycles. Appropriate selection of duty cycle increases the deposition rate, eliminates the need for active regulation of oxygen flow and enables stable reactive deposition of stoichiometric metal oxide films. A model is presented for the reactive HIPIMS process in which the target operates in a partially poisoned mode with different degrees of oxide layer distribution on its surface that depends on the duty cycle. Finally, we show that by tuning the pulse characteristics, the refractive indices of the metal oxides can be controlled without increasing the absorption coefficients, a result important for the fabrication of optical multilayer stacks.

  4. Correlation between optical characterization of the plasma in reactive magnetron sputtering deposition of Zr N on SS 316L and surface and mechanical properties of the deposited films

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    Fragiel, A.; Machorro, R.; Muñoz-Saldaña, J.; Salinas, J.; Cota, L.

    2008-05-01

    Optical and surface spectroscopies as well as nanoindentation techniques have been used to study ZrN coatings on 316L stainless steel obtained by DC-reactive magnetron sputtering. The deposit process was carried out using initial and working pressures of 10 -6 Torr and 10 -3 Torr, respectively. The experimental set-up for optical spectra acquisition was designed for the study in situ of the plasma in the deposition chamber. Auger spectroscopy, SEM and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the coatings. Nanoindentation tests were carried out to measure the mechanical properties of the coating. Plasma characterization revealed the presence of CN molecules and Cr ions in the plasma. Surface spectroscopy results showed that ZrN, Zr 3N 4 and ZrC coexist in the coating. These results allowed the understanding of the mechanical behavior of the coatings, demonstrating the importance of the plasma characterization as a tool for tailoring the properties of hard coatings.

  5. Investigation of the microstructure and optical properties of Ge films grown by DC magnetron sputtering and in situ annealing

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    Li, Hui-Song; Qiu, Feng; Xin, Zheng-Hang; Wang, Rong-Fei; Yang, Jie; Zhang, Jin; Wang, Chong; Yang, Yu

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the microstructure and optical properties of Ge films on Si substrates prepared at low temperature by DC magnetron sputtering and the effect of in situ annealing on them. With increasing growth temperature, Ge films undergo a transition from amorphous to microcrystalline, then to polycrystalline. After annealing, these thin films transform into polycrystalline films with the (111) preferred orientation and identical crystal sizes. The surfaces of the amorphous and microcrystalline Ge films are severely coarsened, whereas the polycrystalline Ge film still displays a smooth surface. The growth mechanisms of Ge films with different crystalline phases in the annealing process are discussed, which can explain their morphology evolutions. Additionally, their infrared absorptions are enhanced after annealing, and this is useful for fabricating high-efficiency Si-based solar cells.

  6. Influences of working pressure on properties for TiO2 films deposited by DC pulse magnetron sputtering.

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    Zhang, Can; Ding, Wanyu; Wang, Hualin; Chai, Weiping; Ju, Dongying

    2009-01-01

    TiO2 films were deposited at room temperature by DC pulse magnetron sputtering system. The crystalline structures, morphological features and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films were systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ultraviolet spectrophotometer, respectively. The results indicated that working pressure was the key deposition parameter influencing the TiO2 film phase composition at room temperature, which directly affected its photocatalytic activity. With increasing working pressure, the target self-bias decreases monotonously. Therefore, low temperature TiO2 phase (anatase) could be deposited with high working pressure. The anatase TiO2 films deposited with 1.4 Pa working pressure displayed the highest photocatalytic activity by the decomposition of Methyl Orange solution, which the degradation rate reached the maximum (35%) after irradiation by ultraviolet light for 1 h. PMID:19803076

  7. Influence of the magnetron on the growth of aluminum nitride thin films deposited by reactive sputtering

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    Iriarte, G. F.

    2010-03-15

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films deposited on high-vacuum systems without substrate heating generally exhibit a poor degree of c-axis orientation. This is due to the nonequilibrium conditions existing between the energy of the sputtered particles and the energy at the substrate surface. The application of substrate bias or substrate temperature is known to improve the adatom mobility by delivering energy to the substrate; both are hence well-established crystal growth promoting factors. It is well known that low sputtering pressures can be used as a parameter improving the growth of highly c-axis oriented aluminum nitride films at room temperature even without applying bias voltage to the substrate. Generally, the use of high pressures implies thermalization of particles within the gas phase and is considered to increase the energy gap between these and the substrate surface. However, in later experiments we have learned that the use of high processing pressures does not necessarily implies a detriment of crystallographic orientation in the films. By measuring (for the first time to the author's knowledge) the full width at half maximum value of the rocking curve of the 0002-AlN peak at several positions along the 100 mm diameter (100)-silicon wafers on which aluminum nitride thin films were deposited by reactive sputtering, a new effect was observed. Under certain processing conditions, the growth of the AlN thin films is influenced by the target magnetron. More precisely, their degree of c-axis orientation varies at wafer areas locally coincident under the target magnetron. This effect should be considered, especially where large area substrates are employed such as in silicon wafer foundry manufacturing processes.

  8. Reactive magnetron cosputtering of hard and conductive ternary nitride thin films: Ti-Zr-N and Ti-Ta-N

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    Abadias, G.; Koutsokeras, L. E.; Dub, S. N.; Tolmachova, G. N.; Debelle, A.; Sauvage, T.; Villechaise, P.

    2010-07-15

    Ternary transition metal nitride thin films, with thickness up to 300 nm, were deposited by dc reactive magnetron cosputtering in Ar-N{sub 2} plasma discharges at 300 deg. C on Si substrates. Two systems were comparatively studied, Ti-Zr-N and Ti-Ta-N, as representative of isostructural and nonisostructural prototypes, with the aim of characterizing their structural, mechanical, and electrical properties. While phase-separated TiN-ZrN and TiN-TaN are the bulk equilibrium states, Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}N and Ti{sub 1-y}Ta{sub y}N solid solutions with the Na-Cl (B1-type) structure could be stabilized in a large compositional range (up to x=1 and y=0.75, respectively). Substituting Ti atoms by either Zr or Ta atoms led to significant changes in film texture, microstructure, grain size, and surface morphology, as evidenced by x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, and scanning electron and atomic force microscopies. The ternary Ti{sub 1-y}Ta{sub y}N films exhibited superior mechanical properties to Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}N films as well as binary compounds, with hardness as high as 42 GPa for y=0.69. All films were metallic, the lowest electrical resistivity {rho}{approx}65 {mu}{Omega} cm being obtained for pure ZrN, while for Ti{sub 1-y}Ta{sub y}N films a minimum was observed at y{approx}0.3. The evolution of the different film properties is discussed based on microstructrural investigations.

  9. Electrochromic properties of NiOx:H films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering for ITO/NiOx:H/ZrO2/WO3/ITO device

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    Dong, Dongmei; Wang, Wenwen; Dong, Guobo; Zhou, Yuliang; Wu, Zhonghou; Wang, Mei; Liu, Famin; Diao, Xungang

    2015-12-01

    NiOx:H thin films were deposited on ITO-coated glass by DC reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The effects of the hydrogen content on the structure, morphologies, electrochemical properties, the stoichiometry and chemical states of NiOx:H thin films were systematically studied. In X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy analysis, the crystallinity of the films tends to be weakened when the flow amount ratio of Ar:O2:H2 equals 19:1:3 and as confirmed in electrochemical analysis, such relatively weak crystallinity is the main contributing factor to ion transportation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that the increase of the hydrogen contents results in a relatively lower binding energy exhibited in the Ni 2p spectra. The proportion of Ni2O3 in NiOx:H films increases from 22% at bleached state to 33% at colored state. A monolithic all-thin-film inorganic electrochromic device was fabricated with complementary configuration as ITO/NiOx:H/ZrO2/WO3/ITO. The electrochromic device with optimized NiOx:H thin films acting both as ion storage layer and proton-providing source displays high modulation efficiency of 68% at a fixed wavelength 550 nm.

  10. Influence of oxygen flow rate on the structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnO films grown by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Gobbiner, Chaya Ravi; Ali Avanee Veedu, Muhammed; Kekuda, Dhananjaya

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide thin films were deposited on glass substrates at different oxygen flow rates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The oxygen flow rate was found to be one of the crucial parameters which influence structural, optical and electrical properties of grown films. The structural and optical characterization of the deposited films was carried out using X-ray diffraction and UV-visible spectroscopy, respectively. Swanepoel envelope and Drude-Lorentz (DL) models were applied to extract the optoelectronic parameters such as refractive index, dispersion energy and plasma frequency. Structurally, grain size was found to decrease with increase in oxygen flow rate during deposition. Moreover, all the films exhibited preferred (002) orientation confirming c-axis orientation of the films perpendicular to the substrate. For a particular range of oxygen flow rates, columnar growth was achieved. Marginal increase in the optical band gap from 3.14 to 3.22 eV was observed as the oxygen flow rate increased from 3 to 10 sccm. Calculated plasma frequency from the DL model was found to be in the infrared region. It has decreased as oxygen flow rate increased with the value from 1.625 × 1014 rad/s (862 cm-1) to 1.072 × 1014 rad/s (568 cm-1).

  11. Mechanical properties of Ta-Al-N thin films deposited by cylindrical DC magnetron sputtering: Influence of N2% in the gas mixture

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    Darabi, Elham; Moghaddasi, Naghmeh; Reza Hantehzadeh, Mohammad

    2016-06-01

    Ta-Al-N thin films were deposited by cylindrical DC magnetron sputtering on a stainless steel substrate under varying nitrogen flow ratios ( N2 with respect to N2 + Ar in the range of 1.5%-9%. The effect of the N2 content in the reactive gas mixture on crystalline structure, surface morphology, and mechanical properties of Ta-Al-N thin films was investigated. The amount of Al and Ta in deposited films was obtained by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis and films thickness was measured by surface step profilometer. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) revealed that the crystalline structure of the Ta-Al-N polycrystalline thin film is a mixture of TaAl, TaN, and AlN crystalline phases. Surface morphology, roughness, and grain size were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The nano hardness of Ta-Al-N thin films, measured by the nanoindentation method, was about 9GPa maximum for samples prepared under 3% N2 , and the friction coefficient, obtained by nanoscratch analysis, was approximately 0.2 for all Ta-Al-N thin films. Other results were found to be affected considerably by increasing the N2 amount.

  12. Argon–oxygen dc magnetron discharge plasma probed with ion acoustic waves

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    Saikia, Partha Saikia, Bipul Kumar; Goswami, Kalyan Sindhu; Phukan, Arindam

    2014-05-15

    The precise determination of the relative concentration of negative ions is very important for the optimization of magnetron sputtering processes, especially for those undertaken in a multicomponent background produced by adding electronegative gases, such as oxygen, to the discharge. The temporal behavior of an ion acoustic wave excited from a stainless steel grid inside the plasma chamber is used to determine the relative negative ion concentration in the magnetron discharge plasma. The phase velocity of the ion acoustic wave in the presence of negative ions is found to be faster than in a pure argon plasma, and the phase velocity increases with the oxygen partial pressure. Optical emission spectroscopy further confirms the increase in the oxygen negative ion density, along with a decrease in the argon positive ion density under the same discharge conditions. The relative negative ion concentration values measured by ion acoustic waves are compared with those measured by a single Langmuir probe, and a similarity in the results obtained by both techniques is observed.

  13. Deposition of LaMnO 3 buffer layer on IBAD-MgO template by reactive DC sputtering

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    Kim, H. S.; Oh, S. S.; Ha, H. S.; Ko, R. K.; Ha, D. W.; Kim, T. H.; Youm, D. J.; Lee, N. J.; Moon, S. H.; Yoo, S. I.; Park, C.

    2009-10-01

    The deposition conditions of LaMnO 3 (LMO) buffer layer on Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD)-MgO template by reactive DC sputtering were investigated. We developed a specially designed chamber for reactive DC magnetron sputtering. The deposition chamber was composed of two sputtering guns with the mixed metallic target of La (50 at%) + Mn (50 at%), halogen lamp heater, QCM (Quartz Crystal Microbalance), RGA (Residual Gas Analyzer) and reel to reel tape moving system. We investigated the effect of oxygen flow rate on the deposition rate of LMO layer. We found that there was an optimal range of oxygen flow rate to have the desired layer. Above the range, the deposition rate decreased sharply and plasma was unstable. Below the range, the deposited layer was partially metallic. We investigated the effect of substrate temperature on the texturing of LMO layer. The texturing of LMO layer was improved by increasing the substrate temperature. We investigated the effect of deposition rate on the texturing of LMO layer. The LMO layer has a good texture in the deposition rate range of 0.07-0.21 nm/s. We confirmed that deposition rate had little effect on the texturing of LMO layer in the deposition rate range. Sm 1Ba 2Cu 3O 7-d superconducting layer was deposited on the LMO(reactive)/IBAD-MgO template. I c and J c were 81.6 A and 1 MA/cm 2. This means that LMO layer deposited by reactive DC sputtering shows a good performance in superconductor coated conductor.

  14. Fabrication of LiCoO{sub 2} thin film cathodes by DC magnetron sputtering method

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    Noh, Jung-pil; Cho, Gyu-bong; Jung, Ki-taek; Kang, Won-gyeong; Ha, Chung-wan; Ahn, Hyo-jun; Ahn, Jou-Hyeon; Nam, Tae-hyun; Kim, Ki-won

    2012-10-15

    LiCoO{sub 2} thin films were fabricated on Al substrate by direct current magnetron sputtering method. The effects of Ar/O{sub 2} gas rates and annealing temperatures were investigated. Crystal structures and surface morphologies of the deposited films were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The as-deposited LiCoO{sub 2} thin films exhibited amorphous structure. The crystallization starts at the annealing temperature over 400 °C. However, the annealed films have the partially disordered structure without completely ordered crystalline structure even at 600 °C annealing. The electrochemical properties of the LiCoO{sub 2} films were investigated by the charge–discharge and cycle measurements. The 500 °C annealing film has the highest capacity retention rate of 78.2% at 100th cycles.

  15. Effects of nitrogen ion implantation time on tungsten films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering on AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel

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    Malau, Viktor; Ilman, Mochammad Noer; Iswanto, Priyo Tri; Jatisukamto, Gaguk

    2016-03-01

    Nitrogen ion implantation time on tungsten thin film deposited on surface of AISI 410 steel has been performed. Tungsten thin film produced by dc magnetron sputtering method was deposited on AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel substrates, and then the nitrogen ions were implanted on tungsten thin film. The objective of this research is to investigate the effects of implantation deposition time on surface roughness, microhardness, specific wear and corrosion rate of nitrogen implanted on tungsten film. Magnetron sputtering process was performed by using plasma gas of argon (Ar) to bombardier tungsten target (W) in a vacuum chamber with a pressure of 7.6 x 10-2 torr, a voltage of 300 V, a sputter current of 80 mA for sputtered time of 10 minutes. Nitrogen implantation on tungsten film was done with an initial pressure of 3x10-6 mbar, a fluence of 2 x 1017 ions/cm2, an energy of 100 keV and implantation deposition times of 0, 20, 30 and 40 minutes. The surface roughness, microhardness, specific wear and corrosion rate of the films were evaluated by surfcorder test, Vickers microhardness test, wear test and potentiostat (galvanostat) test respectively. The results show that the nitrogen ions implanted deposition time on tungsten film can modify the surface roughness, microhardness, specific wear and corrosion rate. The minimum surface roughness, specific wear and corrosion rate can be obtained for implantation time of 20 minutes and the maximum microhardness of the film is 329 VHN (Vickers Hardness Number) for implantation time of 30 minutes. The specific wear and corrosion rate of the film depend directly on the surface roughness.

  16. Structure, mechanical and tribological properties of HfCx films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Shuo, Wang; Kan, Zhang; Tao, An; Chaoquan, Hu; Qingnan, Meng; Yuanzhi, Ma; Mao, Wen; Weitao, Zheng

    2015-02-01

    Hafnium carbide (HfC) films have been deposited on Si (1 0 0) substrates by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering. The microstructure, compressive stress, hardness and tribological behaviors show great dependence on carbon (C) concentration and chemical bonding state. With C content in HfCx films rising, phase transforms from hexagonal-close-packed (HCP) Hf(C) to face-centered-cubic (FCC) HfC, and nanocomposite structure consisting of HfCx nanocrystalline grains encapsulated by amorphous carbon (a-C) matrix forms at moderate C content. The hardness of HfCx films increases significantly from 10.4 GPa (14 at.% C) to 34.4 GPa (58 at.% C) and then keeps dropping with further increasing C content. a-C appears in HfCx films with more than 32 at.% C and it obviously lowers coefficient of friction (COF). The wear resistance can be remarkably worsened by high compressive stress. The film with 76 at.% C exhibits relatively high hardness and low compressive stress, good fracture toughness and self-lubrication transfer layer, showing great combination of the lowest COF of 0.10 and lowest wear rate of 1.10 × 10-6 mm3/Nm.

  17. Synthesis of copper nitride films doped with Fe, Co, or Ni by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Yang, Jianbo; Huang, Saijia; Wang, Zhijiao; Hou, Yuxuan; Shi, Yuyu; Zhang, Jian; Yang, Jianping Li, Xing'ao

    2014-09-01

    Copper nitride (Cu{sub 3}N) and Fe-, Co-, and Ni-doped Cu{sub 3}N films were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering. The films were deposited on silicon substrates at room temperature using pure Cu target and metal chips. The molar ratio of Cu to N atoms in the as-prepared Cu{sub 3}N film was 2.7:1, which is comparable with the stoichiometry ratio 3:1. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the films were composed of Cu{sub 3}N crystallites with anti-ReO{sub 3} structure and adopted different preferred orientations. The reflectance of the four samples decreased in the wavelength range of 400–830 nm, but increased rapidly within wavelength range of 830–1200 nm. Compared with the Cu{sub 3}N films, the resistivity of the doped Cu{sub 3}N films decreased by three orders of magnitude. These changes have great application potential in optical and electrical devices based on Cu{sub 3}N films.

  18. Cu/TiO2 thin films prepared by reactive RF magnetron sputtering

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    Sreedhar, M.; Reddy, I. Neelakanta; Bera, Parthasarathi; Ramachandran, D.; Gobi Saravanan, K.; Rabel, Arul Maximus; Anandan, C.; Kuppusami, P.; Brijitta, J.

    2015-08-01

    Cu/TiO2 thin films were deposited on glass substrates by reactive RF magnetron sputtering technique. Crystalline structure, surface morphology and electronic structure were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Transmittance and absorptance of these films were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy. XRD patterns demonstrate that TiO2 films deposited on glass substrate at 300 °C are observed to be in pure anatase phase, whereas Cu/TiO2 films are amorphous in nature at 300 °C substrate temperature. The crystallinity of Cu/TiO2 thin films decreases with increasing the dopant concentrations of Cu in TiO2 films. XPS studies show that Cu is in +2 oxidation state in all films. The optical band gap of Cu/TiO2 films decreases from ~3.3 to ~2.0 eV with the increase in the copper concentration. Further, antimicrobial studies of Cu/TiO2 films with ~3.9 at.% Cu exhibit high transmittance and best antimicrobial activity against E. coli and S. aureus compared to other doped films.

  19. Electrical and optical properties of molybdenum doped zinc oxide films prepared by reactive RF magnetron sputtering

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    Reddy, R. Subba; Sreedhar, A.; Uthanna, S.

    2015-08-28

    Molybdenum doped zinc oxide (MZO) films were deposited on to glass substrates held at temperatures in the range from 303 to 673 K by reactive RF magnetron sputtering method. The chemical composition, crystallographic structure and surface morphology, electrical and optical properties of the films were determined. The films contained the molybdenum of 2.7 at. % in ZnO. The films deposited at 303 K were of X-ray amorphous. The films formed at 473 K were of nanocrystalline in nature with wurtzite structure. The crystallite size of the films was increased with the increase of substrate temperature. The optical transmittance of the films was in the visible range was 80–85%. The molybdenum (2.7 at %) doped zinc oxide films deposited at substrate temperature of 573 K were of nanocrystalline with electrical resistivity of 7.2×10{sup −3} Ωcm, optical transmittance of 85 %, optical band gap of 3.35 eV and figure of merit 30.6 Ω{sup −1}cm{sup −1}.

  20. Nanocharacterization of Titanium Nitride Thin Films Obtained by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Merie, Violeta Valentina; Pustan, Marius Sorin; Bîrleanu, Corina; Negrea, Gavril

    2015-05-01

    Titanium nitride thin films are used in applications such as tribological layers for cutting tools, coating of some medical devices (scalpel blades, prosthesis, implants, etc.), sensors, electrodes for bioelectronics, microelectronics, diffusion barrier, bio-micro-electromechanical systems, and so on. This work is a comparative study concerning the influence of substrate temperature on some mechanical and tribological characteristics of titanium nitride thin films. The researched thin films were obtained by the reactive magnetron sputtering method. The experiments employed two kinds of substrates: a steel substrate and a silicon one. The elaboration of titanium nitride thin films was done at two temperatures. First, when the substrates were at room temperature, and second, when the substrates were previously heated at 250°C. The temperature of 250°C was kept constant during the deposition of the films. The samples were then investigated by atomic force microscopy in order to establish their mechanical and tribological properties. The nanohardness, Young's modulus, roughness, and friction force were some of the determined characteristics. The results demonstrated that the substrate which was previously heated at 250°C led to the obtaining of more adherent titanium nitride thin films than the substrate used at room temperature. The preheating of both substrates determined the decrease of thin films roughness. The friction force, nanohardness and Young's modulus of the tested samples increased when the substrates were preheated at 250°C.

  1. Nanocharacterization of titanium nitride thin films obtained by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Merie, V. V.; Pustan, M. S.; Bîrleanu, C.; Negrea, G.

    2014-08-01

    Titanium nitride thin films are used in applications such as tribological layers for cutting tools, coating of some medical devices (scalpel blades, prosthesis, implants etc.), sensors, electrodes for bioelectronics, microelectronics, diffusion barrier, bio-microelectromechanical systems (Bio-MEMS) and so on. This work is a comparative study concerning the influence of substrate temperature on some mechanical and tribological characteristics of titanium nitride thin films. The researched thin films were obtained by reactive magnetron sputtering method. The experiments employed two kinds of substrates: a steel substrate and a silicon one. The elaboration of titanium nitride thin films was done at two temperatures. First, the obtaining was realized when the substrates were at room temperature, and second, the obtaining was realized when the substrates were previously heated at 250 °C. The elaborated samples were then investigated by atomic force microscopy in order to establish their mechanical and tribological properties. The nanohardness, roughness, friction force are some of the determined characteristics. The results marked out that the substrate which was previously heated at 250 °C led to the obtaining of more adherent titanium nitride thin films than the substrate used at room temperature.

  2. Mechanical and Tribological Behavior of VN and HfN Films Deposited via Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Escobar, C.; Villarreal, M.; Caicedo, J. C.; Esteve, J.; Prieto, P.

    2013-08-01

    HfN and VN thin films were deposited onto silicon and 4140 steel substrates with r.f. reactive magnetron sputtering by using Hf and V metallic targets with 4-inch diameter and 99.9% purity in argon/nitrogen atmosphere, applying a substrate temperature of 250°C and a pressure of 1.2 × 10-3 mbar. In order to evaluate the structural, chemical, morphological, mechanical and tribological properties, we used X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nanoindentation, pin-on-disc and scratch tests. Film structure determined by XRD showed that FCC (NaCl-type) films are formed in both the cases by δ-HfN and δ-VN phases. Hardness and elastic modulus values obtained for both the films were 21 and 224 GPa for the HfN film and 19 and 205 GPa for the VN film, respectively. Additionally, the films showed low friction coefficient of 0.44 for HfN and 0.62 for VN when these films were evaluated against 100 Cr6 steel, and finally the critical load was found at 41 N for the HfN film and 34 N for the VN film.

  3. Enhanced deposition of ZnO films by Li doping using radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Chen, Liang-xian; Liu, Sheng; Li, Cheng-ming; Wang, Yi-chao; Liu, Jin-long; Wei, Jun-jun

    2015-10-01

    Radio frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering was utilized to deposit Li-doped and undoped zinc oxide (ZnO) films on silicon wafers. Various Ar/O2 gas ratios by volume and sputtering powers were selected for each deposition process. The results demonstrate that the enhanced ZnO films are obtained via Li doping. The average deposition rate for doped ZnO films is twice more than that of the undoped films. Both atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy studies indicate that Li doping significantly contributes to the higher degree of crystallinity of wurtzite-ZnO. X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrates that Li doping promotes the (002) preferential orientation in Li-doped ZnO films. However, an increase in the ZnO lattice constant, broadening of the (002) peak and a decrease in the peak integral area are observed in some Li-doped samples, especially as the form of Li2O. This implies that doping with Li expands the crystal structure and thus induces the additional strain in the crystal lattice. The oriented-growth Li-doped ZnO will make significant applications in future surface acoustic wave devices.

  4. Structural, optical and electrical properties of WOxNy filmsdeposited by reactive dual magnetron sputtering

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    Mohamed, Sodky H.; Anders, Andre

    2006-06-05

    Thin films of tungsten oxynitride were prepared by dual magnetron sputtering of tungsten using argon/oxygen/nitrogen gas mixtures with various nitrogen/oxygen ratios. The presence of even small amounts of oxygen had a great effect not only on the composition but on the structure of WOxNy films, as shown by Rutherford backscattering and x-ray diffraction, respectively. Significant incorporation of nitrogen occurred only when the nitrogen partial pressure exceeded 89 percent of the total reactive gas pressure. Sharp changes in the stoichiometry, deposition rate, room temperature resistivity, electrical activation energy and optical band gap were observed when the nitrogen/oxygen ratio was high.The deposition rate increased from 0.31 to 0.89 nm/s, the room temperature resistivity decreased from 1.65 x 108 to 1.82 x 10-2 ?cm, the electrical activation energy decreased from 0.97 to 0.067 eV, and the optical band gap decreased from 3.19 to 2.94 eV upon nitrogen incorporation into the films. WOxNy films were highly transparent as long as the nitrogen incorporation was low, and were brownish (absorbing) and partially reflecting as nitrogen incorporation became significant.

  5. Nanoscale compositional analysis of NiTi shape memory alloy films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Sharma, S. K.; Mohan, S.; Bysakh, S.; Kumar, A.; Kamat, S. V.

    2013-11-15

    The formation of surface oxide layer as well as compositional changes along the thickness for NiTi shape memory alloy thin films deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering at substrate temperature of 300 °C in the as-deposited condition as well as in the postannealed (at 600 °C) condition have been thoroughly studied by using secondary ion mass spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques. Formation of titanium oxide (predominantly titanium dioxide) layer was observed in both as-deposited and postannealed NiTi films, although the oxide layer was much thinner (8 nm) in as-deposited condition. The depletion of Ti and enrichment of Ni below the oxide layer in postannealed films also resulted in the formation of a graded microstructure consisting of titanium oxide, Ni{sub 3}Ti, and B2 NiTi. A uniform composition of B2 NiTi was obtained in the postannealed film only below a depth of 200–250 nm from the surface. Postannealed film also exhibited formation of a ternary silicide (Ni{sub x}Ti{sub y}Si) at the film–substrate interface, whereas no silicide was seen in the as-deposited film. The formation of silicide also caused a depletion of Ni in the film in a region ∼250–300 nm just above the film substrate interface.

  6. Thermal stability of anisotropy in TbFe films prepared by dc-magnetron sputtering

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    Cheng, S.N.; Kryder, M.H. )

    1991-11-15

    We have found that stresses induced during magnetron sputter deposition of amorphous TbFe films are very important in determining the thermal stability of the perpendicular anisotropy, {ital K}{sub {ital u}}. To determine the stress-induced contribution to the anisotropy, the anisotropy was measured with a torque magnetometer before and after peeling films from their substrates. Data clearly show that the fractional change in anisotropy which occurs when the film is peeled from its substrate, {Delta}{ital K}{sub {ital u}}/{ital K}{sub {ital u}}, decreases with increasing Ar pressures. Furthermore, annealing studies reveal that the thermal stability of {ital K}{sub {ital u}} improves with increasing Ar sputtering pressure{minus}a trend which is in conflict with the tendency for films sputtered under low Ar pressure to be more oxidation resistant. This trend is attributed to the large stress-induced anisotropy component which exists at low argon pressures and its tendency to decrease as a result of long-term annealing. Measurements of the anisotropy of films which had been annealed at 200 {degree}C for 815 h showed that the residual {ital K}{sub {ital u}} after annealing increased with argon pressure. Measurements of the width of the peak in coercivity around {ital T}{sub comp} in these films shows that {ital H}{sub {ital c}} increases monotonically with argon pressure. This monotonic increase in {ital H}{sub {ital c}} is attributed to larger local variations in anisotropy caused by the less dense microstructure and the more random local anisotropy produced by the larger angle of incidence of adatoms which results from the increased scattering in the higher pressure sputtering gas.

  7. Current-voltage-time characteristics of the reactive Ar/N{sub 2} high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    Magnus, F.; Sveinsson, O. B.; Olafsson, S.; Gudmundsson, J. T.

    2011-10-15

    The discharge current and voltage waveforms have been measured in a reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) Ar/N{sub 2} discharge with a Ti target for 400 {mu}s long pulses. We observe that the current waveform in the reactive Ar/N{sub 2} HiPIMS discharge is highly dependent on the pulse repetition frequency, unlike the non-reactive Ar discharge. The current is found to increase significantly as the frequency is lowered. This is attributed to an increase in the secondary electron emission yield during the self-sputtering phase, when the nitride forms on the target at low frequencies. In addition, self-sputtering runaway occurs at lower discharge voltages when nitrogen is added to the discharge. This illustrates the crucial role of self-sputtering in the behavior of the reactive HiPIMS discharge.

  8. Growth of fullerene-like carbon nitride thin solid films by reactive magnetron sputtering; role of low-energy ion irradiation in determining microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Neidhardt, J.; Czigány, Zs.; Brunell, I. F.; Hultman, L.

    2003-03-01

    Fullerene-like (FL) carbon nitride (CNx) films were deposited on Si (100) substrates by dc reactive, unbalanced, magnetron sputtering in a N2/Ar mixture from a high-purity pyrolythic graphite cathode in a dual-magnetron system with coupled magnetic fields. The N2 fraction in the discharge gas (0%-100%) and substrate bias (-25 V; -40 V) was varied, while the total pressure (0.4 Pa) and substrate temperature (450 °C) was kept constant. The coupled configuration of the magnetrons resulted in a reduced ion flux density, leading to a much lower average energy per incorporated particle, due to a less focused plasma as compared to a single magnetron. This enabled the evolution of a pronounced FL microstructure. The nitrogen concentration in the films saturated rapidly at 14-18 at. %, as determined by elastic recoil analysis, with a minor dependence on the discharge conditions. No correlations were detected between the photoelectron N1s core level spectra and the different microstructures, as observed by high-resolution electron microscopy. A variety of distinct FL structures were obtained, ranging from structures with elongated and aligned nitrogen-containing graphitic sheets to disordered structures, however, not exclusively linked to the total N concentration in the films. The microstructure evolution has rather to be seen as in equilibrium between the two competing processes of adsorption and desorption of nitrogen-containing species at the substrate. This balance is shifted by the energy and number of arriving species as well as by the substrate temperature. The most exceptional structure, for lower N2 fractions, consists of well-aligned, multi-layered circular features (nano-onions) with an inner diameter of approximately 0.7 nm and successive shells at a distance of ˜0.35 nm up to a diameter of 5 nm. It is shown that the intrinsic stress formation is closely linked with the evolution and accommodation of the heavily bent fullerene-like sheets. The FL CNx

  9. Ultrasensitive hydrogen sensor based on Pt-decorated WO₃ nanorods prepared by glancing-angle dc magnetron sputtering.

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    Horprathum, M; Srichaiyaperk, T; Samransuksamer, B; Wisitsoraat, A; Eiamchai, P; Limwichean, S; Chananonnawathorn, C; Aiempanakit, K; Nuntawong, N; Patthanasettakul, V; Oros, C; Porntheeraphat, S; Songsiriritthigul, P; Nakajima, H; Tuantranont, A; Chindaudom, P

    2014-12-24

    In this work, we report an ultrasensitive hydrogen (H2) sensor based on tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanorods decorated with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles. WO3 nanorods were fabricated by dc magnetron sputtering with a glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique, and decorations of Pt nanoparticles were performed by normal dc sputtering on WO3 nanorods with varying deposition time from 2.5 to 15 s. Crystal structures, morphologies, and chemical information on Pt-decorated WO3 nanorods were characterized by grazing-incident X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The effect of the Pt nanoparticles on the H2-sensing performance of WO3 nanorods was investigated over a low concentration range of 150-3000 ppm of H2 at 150-350 °C working temperatures. The results showed that the H2 response greatly increased with increasing Pt-deposition time up to 10 s but then substantially deteriorated as the deposition time increased further. The optimally decorated Pt-WO3 nanorod sensor exhibited an ultrahigh H2 response from 1530 and 214,000 to 150 and 3000 ppm of H2, respectively, at 200 °C. The outstanding gas-sensing properties may be attributed to the excellent dispersion of fine Pt nanoparticles on WO3 nanorods having a very large effective surface area, leading to highly effective spillover of molecular hydrogen through Pt nanoparticles onto the WO3 nanorod surface. PMID:25422873

  10. Hybrid solar cells based on dc magnetron sputtered films of n-ITO on APMOVPE grown p-InP

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    Coutts, T. J.; Li, X.; Wanlass, M. W.; Emery, K. A.; Gessert, T. A.

    1988-01-01

    Hybrid indium-tin-oxide (ITO)/InP solar cells are discussed. The cells are constructed by dc magnetron sputter deposition of ITO onto high-quality InP films grown by atmospheric pressure metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy (APMOVPE). A record efficiency of 18.9 percent, measured under standard Solar Energy Research Institute reporting conditions, has been obtained. The p-InP surface is shown to be type converted, principally by the ITO, but with the extent of conversion being modified by the nature of the sputtering gas. The deposition process, in itself, is not responsible for the type conversion. Dark currents have been suppressed by more than three orders of magnitude by the addition of hydrogen to the sputtering gas during deposition of a thin (5 nm) interface layer. Without this layer, and using only the more usual argon/oxygen mixture, the devices had poorer efficiencies and were unstable. A discussion of associated quantum efficiencies and capacitance/voltage measurements is also presented from which it is concluded that further improvements in efficiency will result from better control over the type-conversion process.

  11. Structure adhesion and corrosion resistance study of tungsten bisulfide doped with titanium deposited by DC magnetron co-sputtering

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    De La Roche, J.; González, J. M.; Restrepo-Parra, E.; Sequeda, F.; Alleh, V.; Scharf, T. W.

    2014-11-01

    Titanium-doped tungsten bisulfide thin films (WS2-Ti) were grown using a DC magnetron co-sputtering technique on AISI 304 stainless steel and silicon substrates. The films were produced by varying the Ti cathode power from 0 to 25 W. Using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), the concentration of Ti in the WS2 was determined, and a maximum of 10% was obtained for the sample grown at 25 W. Moreover, the S/W ratio was calculated and determined to increase as a function of the Ti cathode power. According to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results, at high titanium concentrations (greater than 6%), nanocomposite formation was observed, with nanocrystals of Ti embedded in an amorphous matrix of WS2. Using the scratch test, the coatings' adhesion was analyzed, and it was observed that as the Ti percentage was increased, the critical load (Lc) also increased. Furthermore, the failure type changed from plastic to elastic. Finally, the corrosion resistance was evaluated using the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique, and it was observed that at high Ti concentrations, the corrosion resistance was improved, as Ti facilitates coating densification and generates a protective layer.

  12. Mechanical and tribological properties of a-GeC{sub x} films deposited by dc-magnetron sputtering

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    Jacobsohn, L.G.; Reigada, D.C.; Freire, F.L. Jr.; Prioli, R.; Zanette, S.I.; Caride, A.O.; Nascimento, F.C.; Lepienski, C.M.

    1998-12-31

    Amorphous carbon-germanium films were grown by dc-magnetron sputtering at different argon plasma pressures ranging from 0.17 and 1.4 Pa. The water-cooled sample holder was grounded. The film thickness were typically 0.5 {micro}m. The ratio between germanium and carbon atomic concentration ranges up to 2.8, as measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Elastic recoil detection technique was used to measure hydrogen contamination. The film hardness was measured by nanoindentation techniques and the internal stress was determined by the bending of the substrate. The incorporation of Ge reduces both the film hardness and the internal stress. Hardness and internal stress increases when the films are deposited in lower pressures. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) was used to measure the surface roughness, which was found to be insensitive to the pressure and to the Ge content. A possible influence of the thickness on the morphology of pure carbon films is discussed. The friction coefficient measured by AFM is independent on the film composition within experimental errors.

  13. Corrosion resistance of zirconium oxynitride coatings deposited via DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering and spray pyrolysis-nitriding

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    Cubillos, G. I.; Bethencourt, M.; Olaya, J. J.

    2015-02-01

    ZrOxNy/ZrO2 thin films were deposited on stainless steel using two different methods: ultrasonic spray pyrolysis-nitriding (SPY-N) and the DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering technique (UBMS). Using the first method, ZrO2 was initially deposited and subsequently nitrided in an anhydrous ammonia atmosphere at 1023 K at atmospheric pressure. For UBMS, the film was deposited in an atmosphere of air/argon with a Φair/ΦAr flow ratio of 3.0. Structural analysis was carried out through X-ray diffraction (XRD), and morphological analysis was done through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Chemical analysis was carried out using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). ZrOxNy rhombohedral polycrystalline film was produced with spray pyrolysis-nitriding, whereas using the UBMS technique, the oxynitride films grew with cubic Zr2ON2 crystalline structures preferentially oriented along the (2 2 2) plane. Upon chemical analysis of the surface, the coatings exhibited spectral lines of Zr3d, O1s, and N1s, characteristic of zirconium oxynitride/zirconia. SEM analysis showed the homogeneity of the films, and AFM showed morphological differences according to the deposition technique of the coatings. Zirconium oxynitride films enhanced the stainless steel's resistance to corrosion using both techniques. The protective efficacy was evaluated using electrochemical techniques based on linear polarization (LP). The results indicated that the layers provide good resistance to corrosion when exposed to chloride-containing media.

  14. Time dependence of carbon film deposition on SnO{sub 2}/Si using DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Alfiadi, H. Aji, A. S. Darma, Y.

    2014-02-24

    Carbon deposition on SnO{sub 2} layer has been demonstrated at low temperature using DC unbalanced magnetron-sputtering technique for various time depositions. Before carbon sputtering process, SnO{sub 2} thin layer is grown on silicon substrate by thermal evaporation method using high purity Sn wire and then fully oxidizes by dry O{sub 2} at 225°C. Carbon sputtering process was carried out at pressure of 4.6×10{sup −2} Torr by keeping the substrate temperature of 300 °C for sputtering deposition time of 1 to 4 hours. The properties of SnO{sub 2}/Si structure and carbon thin film on SnO{sub 2} is characterized using SEM, EDAX, XRD, FTIR, and Raman Spectra. SEM images and XRD spectra show that SnO2 thin film has uniformly growth on Si substrate and affected by annealing temperature. Raman and FTIR results confirm the formation of carbon-rich thin film on SnO{sub 2}. In addition, XRD spectra indicate that some structural change occur by increasing sputtering deposition time. Furthermore, the change of atomic structure due to the thermal annealing is analized by XRD spectra and Raman spectroscopy.

  15. Effects of argon pressure on the properties of ZnO:Ga thin films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Marwoto, Putut; Fatiatun, Sulhadi, Sugianto, Aryanto, Didik

    2016-03-01

    Gallium (Ga)-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Ga) thin films were deposited on corning glass substrates by homemade DC magnetron sputtering. Effects of argon gas pressure on the structural and optical properties of ZnO:Ga thin films were investigated by XRD, SEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The argon gas pressure was adjusted at 450, 500 and 550 mtorr. All the films exhibit a strong (002) peak and a weak (004) peaks. The XRD pattern demonstrated that crystallinity of the film improved with increasing of the argon pressure. ZnO:Ga thin films deposited have polycrystalline structure. It was shown that the argon pressure has a great influence on ZnO:Ga film surface structures. The grain size of the films was increased with the increases of argon pressure. The grains shape of the film change from an equiaxed rough grain to a longish grain with the argon pressure. The average of transmittance of the films is about 80% in the visible range. It is shown that the argon pressure has no effect significantly on optical bandgap of ZnO:Ga, but in general it can be explained that increasing of the argon pressure can reduce the bandgap. The optical bandgap of ZnO:Ga thin films in the range of 3.25 - 3.3 eV.

  16. Silicon oxynitride films deposited by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering using nitrous oxide as a single-source precursor

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    Hänninen, Tuomas Schmidt, Susann; Jensen, Jens; Hultman, Lars; Högberg, Hans

    2015-09-15

    Silicon oxynitride thin films were synthesized by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of silicon in argon/nitrous oxide plasmas. Nitrous oxide was employed as a single-source precursor supplying oxygen and nitrogen for the film growth. The films were characterized by elastic recoil detection analysis, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, scanning electron microscopy, and spectroscopic ellipsometry. Results show that the films are silicon rich, amorphous, and exhibit a random chemical bonding structure. The optical properties with the refractive index and the extinction coefficient correlate with the film elemental composition, showing decreasing values with increasing film oxygen and nitrogen content. The total percentage of oxygen and nitrogen in the films is controlled by adjusting the gas flow ratio in the deposition processes. Furthermore, it is shown that the film oxygen-to-nitrogen ratio can be tailored by the high power impulse magnetron sputtering-specific parameters pulse frequency and energy per pulse.

  17. Gas barrier properties of titanium oxynitride films deposited on polyethylene terephthalate substrates by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, M.-C.; Chang, L.-S.; Lin, H. C.

    2008-03-01

    Titanium oxynitride (TiN xO y) films were deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates by means of a reactive radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering system in which the power density and substrate bias were the varied parameters. Experimental results show that the deposited TiN xO y films exhibited an amorphous or a columnar structure with fine crystalline dependent on power density. The deposition rate increases significantly in conjunction as the power density increases from 2 W/cm 2 to 7 W/cm 2. The maximum deposition rate occurs, as the substrate bias is -40 V at a certain power densities chosen in this study. The film's roughness slightly decreases with increasing substrate bias. The TiN xO y films deposited at power densities above 4 W/cm 2 show a steady Ti:N:O ratio of about 1:1:0.8. The water vapor and oxygen transmission rates of the TiN xO y films reach values as low as 0.98 g/m 2-day-atm and 0.60 cm 3/m 2-day-atm which are about 6 and 47 times lower than those of the uncoated PET substrate, respectively. These transmission rates are comparable to those of DLC, carbon-based and Al 2O 3 barrier films. Therefore, TiN xO y films are potential candidates to be used as a gas permeation barrier for PET substrate.

  18. Deposition and properties of yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films using reactive direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Thiele, E.S.; Wang, L.S.; Mason, T.O.; Barnett, S.A. . Dept. of Materials Science Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL . Materials Research Center)

    1991-11-01

    Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputter deposition from a composite Zr--Y target in Ar--O{sub 2} mixtures. Hysteresis was observed as a function of oxygen flow rate {ital f}. For a discharge current of 0.4 A and a total pressure {ital P} of 5 mTorr, for example, the target oxidized at {ital f}{gt}2.3 ml/min, with the reverse transition from an oxidized to a metallic target surface occurring at 1.95 ml/min. The deposition rate was 2.7 {mu}m/h in the metallic mode and 0.1 {mu}m/h in the oxide mode. Fully oxidized (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.1}(ZrO{sub 2}){sub 0.9} was obtained for {ital f}{gt}2.0 ml/min, even in the metallic mode. While films deposited with {ital P}=3--20 mTorr were continuous, for {ital P}{gt}20 mTorr crazing was apparent as expected for a ceramic film in a tensile stress state. For {ital P}{lt}3 mTorr, the films delaminated due to excessive compressive stress. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy results showed that the films were polycrystalline cubic YSZ with a columnar structure and an average grain diameter of 15 nm. Fully dense films were obtained at a deposition temperature of 350 {degree}C. Temperature-dependent impedance spectroscopy analysis of YSZ films with Ag electrodes showed that the oxygen ion conductivity was as expected for YSZ.

  19. Spectroscopic ellipsometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Atuchin, V. V.; Kalinkin, A. V.; Kochubey, V. A.; Kruchinin, V. N.; Vemuri, R. S.; Ramana, C. V.

    2011-03-15

    Lanthanum oxide (La{sub 2}O{sub 3}) films were grown by the reactive dc magnetron sputtering and studied their structural, chemical and optical parameters. La{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were deposited onto Si substrates by sputtering La-metal in a reactive gas (Ar+O{sub 2}) mixture at a substrate temperature of 200 deg. C Reflection high-energy electron diffraction measurements confirm the amorphous state of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} films. Chemical analysis of the top-surface layers evaluated with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicates the presence of a layer modified by hydroxylation due to interaction with atmosphere. Optical parameters of a-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} were determined with spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). There is no optical absorption over spectral range {lambda}=250-1100 nm. Dispersion of refractive index of a-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} was defined by fitting of SE parameters over {lambda}=250-1100 nm.

  20. Reactive sputtering of δ-ZrH{sub 2} thin films by high power impulse magnetron sputtering and direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Högberg, Hans Tengdelius, Lina; Eriksson, Fredrik; Broitman, Esteban; Lu, Jun; Jensen, Jens; Hultman, Lars; Samuelsson, Mattias

    2014-07-01

    Reactive sputtering by high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) of a Zr target in Ar/H{sub 2} plasmas was employed to deposit Zr-H films on Si(100) substrates, and with H content up to 61 at. % and O contents typically below 0.2 at. % as determined by elastic recoil detection analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals a chemical shift of ∼0.7 eV to higher binding energies for the Zr-H films compared to pure Zr films, consistent with a charge transfer from Zr to H in a zirconium hydride. X-ray diffraction shows that the films are single-phase δ-ZrH{sub 2} (CaF{sub 2} type structure) at H content >∼55 at. % and pole figure measurements give a 111 preferred orientation for these films. Scanning electron microscopy cross-section images show a glasslike microstructure for the HiPIMS films, while the DCMS films are columnar. Nanoindentation yield hardness values of 5.5–7 GPa for the δ-ZrH{sub 2} films that is slightly harder than the ∼5 GPa determined for Zr films and with coefficients of friction in the range of 0.12–0.18 to compare with the range of 0.4–0.6 obtained for Zr films. Wear resistance testing show that phase-pure δ-ZrH{sub 2} films deposited by HiPIMS exhibit up to 50 times lower wear rate compared to those containing a secondary Zr phase. Four-point probe measurements give resistivity values in the range of ∼100–120 μΩ cm for the δ-ZrH{sub 2} films, which is slightly higher compared to Zr films with values in the range 70–80 μΩ cm.

  1. Reactive pulsed-DC sputtered Nb-doped VO2 coatings for smart thermochromic windows with active solar control.

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    Batista, C; Carneiro, J; Ribeiro, R M; Teixeira, V

    2011-10-01

    Thermochromic VO2 thin films have successfully been grown on SiO2-coated float glass by reactive pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering. Different Nb doping amounts were introduced in the VO2 solid solution during the film growing which resulted in films with distinct semiconducting-metal phase transition temperatures. Pure VO2 showed improved thermochromic behavior as compared with VO2 films prepared by conventional DC sputtering. The transition temperatures were linearly decreased from 59 down to 34 degrees C with the increase in Nb content. However, the luminous transmittance and the infrared modulation efficiency were markedly affected. The surface morphology of the films was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and showed a tendency for grain sized reduction due to Nb addition. Moreover, the films were found to be very dense with no columnar microstructure. Structural analyses carried out by X-ray diffractometry (XRD) revealed that Nb introduces significant amount of defects in the crystal lattice which clearly degrade the optical properties. PMID:22400299

  2. Preliminary study of CdTe and CdTe:Cu thin films nanostructures deposited by using DC magnetron sputtering

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    Marwoto, Putut; Made, D. P. Ngurah; Sugianto; Wibowo, Edy; Astuti, Santi Yuli; Aryani, Nila Prasetya; Othaman, Zulkafli

    2013-09-03

    Growth and properties of CdTe and CdTe:Cu thin films nanostrucures deposited by using dc magnetron sputtering are reported. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to observe the surface morphologies of the thin films. At growth conditions of 250 °C and 14 W, CdTe films did not yet evenly deposited. However, at growth temperature and plasma power of 325 °C and 43 W, both CdTe and CdTe:Cu(2%) have deposited on the substrates. In this condition, the morphology of the films indicate that the films have a grain-like nanostructures. Grain size diameter of about 200 nm begin to appear on top of the films. Energy Dispersive X-rays spectroscopy (EDX) was used to investigate chemical elements of the Cu doped CdTe film deposited. It was found that the film deposited consist of Cd, Te and Cu elements. XRD was used to investigate the full width at half maximum (FWHM) values of the thin films deposited. The results show that CdTe:Cu(2%) thin film has better crystallographic properties than CdTe thin film. The UV-Vis spectrometer was used to investigate the optical properties of thin films deposited. The transmittance spectra showed that transmittance of CdTe:Cu(2%) film is lower than CdTe film. It was found that the bandgap energy of CdTe and CdTe:Cu(2%) thin films of about 1.48 eV.

  3. Indium-tin oxide films obtained by DC magnetron sputtering for improved Si heterojunction solar cell applications

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    Gu, Jin-Hua; Si, Jia-Le; Wang, Jiu-Xiu; Feng, Ya-Yang; Gao, Xiao-Yong; Lu, Jing-Xiao

    2015-11-01

    The indium-tin oxide (ITO) film as the antireflection layer and front electrodes is of key importance to obtaining high efficiency Si heterojunction (HJ) solar cells. To obtain high transmittance and low resistivity ITO films by direct-current (DC) magnetron sputtering, we studied the impacts of the ITO film deposition conditions, such as the oxygen flow rate, pressure, and sputter power, on the electrical and optical properties of the ITO films. ITO films of resistivity of 4×10-4 Ω·m and average transmittance of 89% in the wavelength range of 380-780 nm were obtained under the optimized conditions: oxygen flow rate of 0.1 sccm, pressure of 0.8 Pa, and sputtering power of 110 W. These ITO films were used to fabricate the single-side HJ solar cell without an intrinsic a-Si:H layer. However, the best HJ solar cell was fabricated with a lower sputtering power of 95 W, which had an efficiency of 11.47%, an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.626 V, a filling factor (FF) of 0.50, and a short circuit current density (Jsc) of 36.4 mA/cm2. The decrease in the performance of the solar cell fabricated with high sputtering power of 110 W is attributed to the ion bombardment to the emitter. The Voc was improved to 0.673 V when a 5 nm thick intrinsic a-Si:H layer was inserted between the (p) a-Si:H and (n) c-Si layer. The higher Voc of 0.673 V for the single-side HJ solar cell implies the excellent c-Si surface passivation by a-Si:H. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2011AA050501).

  4. Electrical resistivity of CuAlMo thin films grown at room temperature by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Birkett, Martin; Penlington, Roger

    2016-07-01

    We report on the thickness dependence of electrical resistivity of CuAlMo films grown by dc magnetron sputtering on glass substrates at room temperature. The electrical resistance of the films was monitored in situ during their growth in the thickness range 10–1000 nm. By theoretically modelling the evolution of resistivity during growth we were able to gain an insight into the dominant electrical conduction mechanisms with increasing film thickness. For thicknesses in the range 10–25 nm the electrical resistivity is found to be a function of the film surface roughness and is well described by Namba’s model. For thicknesses of 25–40 nm the experimental data was most accurately fitted using the Mayadas and Shatkes model which accounts for grain boundary scattering of the conduction electrons. Beyond 40 nm, the thickness of the film was found to be the controlling factor and the Fuchs–Sonheimer (FS) model was used to fit the experimental data, with diffuse scattering of the conduction electrons at the two film surfaces. By combining the Fuchs and Namba (FN) models a suitable correlation between theoretical and experimental resistivity can be achieved across the full CuAlMo film thickness range of 10–1000 nm. The irreversibility of resistance for films of thickness >200 nm, which demonstrated bulk conductivity, was measured to be less than 0.03% following subjection to temperature cycles of ‑55 and +125 °C and the temperature co-efficient of resistance was less than ±15 ppm °C‑1.

  5. Microstructure and tribological properties of NbN-Ag composite films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ju, Hongbo; Xu, Junhua

    2015-11-01

    Recently, the chameleon thin films were developed with the purpose of adjusting their chemistry at self-mating interfaces in response to environmental changes at a wide temperature range. However, very few studies have focused on what state the lubricious noble metal exists in the films and the tribological properties at room temperature (RT). Composite NbN-Ag films with various Ag content (Ag/(Nb + Ag)) were deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering to investigate the crystal structure, mechanical and tribological properties. A combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses showed that face-centered cubic (fcc) NbN, hexagonal close-packed (hcp) NbN and fcc silver coexisted in NbN-Ag films. The incorporation of soft Ag into NbN matrix led to the hardness decrease from 29.6 GPa at 0 at.% Ag to 11.3 GPa at 19.9 at.% Ag. Tribological properties of NbN-Ag films performed using dry pin-on-disc wear tests against Al2O3 depended on Ag content to a large extent. The average friction coefficient and wear rate of NbN-Ag films decreased as Ag content increased from 4.0 to 9.2 at.%. With a further increase of Ag content, the average friction coefficient further decreased, while the wear rate increased gradually. The optimal Ag content was found to be 9.2-13.5 at.%, which showed low average friction coefficient values of 0.46-0.40 and wear rate values of 1.1 × 10-8 to 1.7 × 10-8 mm3/(mm N). 3D Profiler and Raman spectroscopy measurements revealed that the lubricant tribo-film AgNbO3 detected on the surface of the wear tracks could lead to the friction coefficient curve stay constant and decrease the average friction coefficients. The decrease of wear rate was mainly attributed to the lubricant tribo-film AgNbO3 as Ag content increased from 4.0 to 9.2 at.%; with a further increase in Ag content, the wear rate increased with increasing Ag content in NbN-Ag films because a

  6. Phase map, composition and resistivity of reactively magnetron sputtered and annealed Ta–N films

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    Salamon, K.; Radić, N.; Bogdanović Radović, I.; Očko, M.

    2016-05-01

    Thin films of tantalum nitride (Ta–N) have been prepared by reactive magnetron deposition under various nitrogen partial pressures p{{\\text{N}}2} (0-1) and subsequently annealed (T a   =  450–950 °C). The structure, density, composition and electrical resistivity of the prepared films were systematically investigated. A p{{\\text{N}}2}-{{T}a} phase map was constructed from the results of structural analysis. With increasing of p{{\\text{N}}2} from 0 to 0.2, a single-phase or two-phase mixture films of tetragonal Ta, Ta2N ({{T}a}≥slant 450 °C), ɛ-TaN ({{T}a}≥slant 850 °C), θ-TaN ({{T}a}≥slant 850 °C) and fcc δ-TaN are sequentially observed. For p{{\\text{N}}2}=0.25 –0.45, the as grown and annealed films exhibit δ-TaN structure. Amorphous films grown in the p{{\\text{N}}2}=0.45 –0.75 range crystallize as cubic Ta2N3 upon annealing at {{T}a}≥slant 650 °C or as δ-TaN at {{T}a}≥slant 850 °C. A cubic Ta2N3 is grown at highest p{{\\text{N}}2} (≥slant 0.85), which decomposes to δ-TaN at {{T}a}≥slant 850 °C. The N     / Ta atomic ratio in the film linearly increases for p{{\\text{N}}2}=0 –0.5, ranging from 0 to 2.1, while the mass density monotonically decreases with p{{\\text{N}}2} . Upon annealing, a part of N atoms out-diffuses from the films deposited at p{{\\text{N}}2}≥slant 0.3 . The electrical resistivity strongly depends on both p{{\\text{N}}2} and T a . However, in the as grown and annealed δ-TaN films the resistivity was of the order of 100–1000 μ Ω cm. In these films, a correlation between the resistivity and the average number of defects (Ta vacancies and N atom excess) is observed. Finally, the influence of thermally introduced oxygen on the films resistivity has been revealed.

  7. Thermal conductivity of nitride films of Ti, Cr, and W deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Jagannadham, Kasichainula

    2015-05-15

    Nitride films of Ti, Cr, and W were deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering from metal targets in argon and nitrogen plasma. TiN films with (200) orientation were achieved on silicon (100) at the substrate temperature of 500 and 600 °C. The films were polycrystalline at lower temperature. An amorphous interface layer was observed between the TiN film and Si wafer deposited at 600 °C. TiN film deposited at 600 °C showed the nitrogen to Ti ratio to be near unity, but films deposited at lower temperature were nitrogen deficient. CrN film with (200) orientation and good stoichiometry was achieved at 600 °C on Si(111) wafer but the film deposited at 500 °C showed cubic CrN and hexagonal Cr{sub 2}N phases with smaller grain size and amorphous back ground in the x-ray diffraction pattern. An amorphous interface layer was not observed in the cubic CrN film on Si(111) deposited at 600 °C. Nitride film of tungsten deposited at 600 °C on Si(100) wafer was nitrogen deficient, contained both cubic W{sub 2}N and hexagonal WN phases with smaller grain size. Nitride films of tungsten deposited at 500 °C were nonstoichiometric and contained cubic W{sub 2}N and unreacted W phases. There was no amorphous phase formed along the interface for the tungsten nitride film deposited at 600 °C on the Si wafer. Thermal conductivity and interface thermal conductance of all the nitride films of Ti, Cr, and W were determined by transient thermoreflectance technique. The thermal conductivity of the films as function of deposition temperature, microstructure, nitrogen stoichiometry and amorphous interaction layer at the interface was determined. Tungsten nitride film containing both cubic and hexagonal phases was found to exhibit much higher thermal conductivity and interface thermal conductance. The amorphous interface layer was found to reduce effective thermal conductivity of TiN and CrN films.

  8. Physical properties of epitaxial ZrN/MgO(001) layers grown by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Mei, A. B.; Zhang, C.; Sardela, M.; Eckstein, J. N.; Rockett, A.; Howe, B. M.; Hultman, L.; Petrov, I.; Greene, J. E.

    2013-11-15

    Single-crystal ZrN films, 830 nm thick, are grown on MgO(001) at 450 °C by magnetically unbalanced reactive magnetron sputtering. The combination of high-resolution x-ray diffraction reciprocal lattice maps, high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, and selected-area electron diffraction shows that ZrN grows epitaxially on MgO(001) with a cube-on-cube orientational relationship, (001){sub ZrN}‖(001){sub MgO} and [100]{sub ZrN}‖[100]{sub MgO}. The layers are essentially fully relaxed with a lattice parameter of 0.4575 nm, in good agreement with reported results for bulk ZrN crystals. X-ray reflectivity results reveal that the films are completely dense with smooth surfaces (roughness = 1.3 nm, consistent with atomic-force microscopy analyses). Based on temperature-dependent electronic transport measurements, epitaxial ZrN/MgO(001) layers have a room-temperature resistivity ρ{sub 300K} of 12.0 μΩ-cm, a temperature coefficient of resistivity between 100 and 300 K of 5.6 × 10{sup −8}Ω-cm K{sup −1}, a residual resistivity ρ{sub o} below 30 K of 0.78 μΩ-cm (corresponding to a residual resistivity ratio ρ{sub 300Κ}/ρ{sub 15K} = 15), and the layers exhibit a superconducting transition temperature of 10.4 K. The relatively high residual resistivity ratio, combined with long in-plane and out-of-plane x-ray coherence lengths, ξ{sub ‖} = 18 nm and ξ{sub ⊥} = 161 nm, indicates high crystalline quality with low mosaicity. The reflectance of ZrN(001), as determined by variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry, decreases slowly from 95% at 1 eV to 90% at 2 eV with a reflectance edge at 3.04 eV. Interband transitions dominate the dielectric response above 2 eV. The ZrN(001) nanoindentation hardness and modulus are 22.7 ± 1.7 and 450 ± 25 GPa.

  9. Observation of a periodic runaway in the reactive Ar/O{sub 2} high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    Shayestehaminzadeh, Seyedmohammad E-mail: shayesteh@mch.rwth-aachen.de; Arnalds, Unnar B.; Magnusson, Rögnvaldur L.; Olafsson, Sveinn

    2015-11-15

    This paper reports the observation of a periodic runaway of plasma to a higher density for the reactive discharge of the target material (Ti) with moderate sputter yield. Variable emission of secondary electrons, for the alternating transition of the target from metal mode to oxide mode, is understood to be the main reason for the runaway occurring periodically. Increasing the pulsing frequency can bring the target back to a metal (or suboxide) mode, and eliminate the periodic transition of the target. Therefore, a pulsing frequency interval is defined for the reactive Ar/O{sub 2} discharge in order to sustain the plasma in a runaway-free mode without exceeding the maximum power that the magnetron can tolerate.

  10. Influence of Substrate Temperature on Structural Properties and Deposition Rate of AlN Thin Film Deposited by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Jin, Hao; Feng, Bin; Dong, Shurong; Zhou, Changjian; Zhou, Jian; Yang, Yi; Ren, Tianling; Luo, Jikui; Wang, Demiao

    2012-07-01

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films with c-axis preferred orientation have been prepared by reactive direct-current (DC) magnetron sputtering. The degree of preferred crystal orientation, the cross-sectional structure, and the surface morphology of AlN thin films grown on Si (100) substrates at various substrate temperatures from 60°C to 520°C have been investigated by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Results show that the substrate temperature has a significant effect on the structural properties, such as the degree of c-axis preferred orientation, the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the rocking curve, the surface morphology, and the cross-sectional structure as well as the deposition rate of the AlN thin films. The optimal substrate temperature is 430°C, with corresponding root-mean-square surface roughness ( R rms) of 1.97 nm, FWHM of AlN (002) diffraction of 2.259°, and deposition rate of 20.86 nm/min. The mechanisms behind these phenomena are discussed. Finally, film bulk acoustic resonators based on AlN films were fabricated; the corresponding typical electromechanical coupling coefficient ( k {t/2}) is 5.1% with series and parallel frequencies of 2.37 GHz and 2.42 GHz, respectively.

  11. Influence of film thickness on the morphological and electrical properties of epitaxial TiC films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates

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    Zoita, N. C.; Braic, V.; Danila, M.; Vlaicu, A. M.; Logofatu, C.; Grigorescu, C. E. A.; Braic, M.

    2014-03-01

    Epitaxial TiC films were deposited on MgO (001) by DC magnetron sputtering in a reactive atmosphere of Ar and CH4 at 800 °C. The films elemental composition and chemical bonding was investigated by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The crystallographic structure, investigated by X-ray diffraction, exhibited an increased degree of (001) orientation with the film thickness, with a cube-on-cube epitaxial relationship with the substrate. The films morphology and electrical properties were determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Hall measurements in Van der Pauw geometry. The influences of the film thickness (57-545 nm) on the morphological and electrical properties were investigated. The thinnest film presented the lowest resistivity, ~160 μΩ cm, showing an atomically flat surface, while higher values were obtained for the thicker films, explained by their different morphology dominated by low aspect ratio nanoislands/nanocolumns.

  12. Effect of ambient combinations of argon, oxygen, and hydrogen on the properties of DC magnetron sputtered indium tin oxide films

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    Marikkannan, M.; Subramanian, M.; Tanemura, M.; Mayandi, J. E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in; Vishnukanthan, V.; Pearce, J. M. E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in

    2015-01-15

    Sputtering has been well-developed industrially with singular ambient gases including neutral argon (Ar), oxygen (O{sub 2}), hydrogen (H{sub 2}) and nitrogen (N{sub 2}) to enhance the electrical and optical performances of indium tin oxide (ITO) films. Recent preliminary investigation into the use of combined ambient gases such as an Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2} ambient mixture, which was suitable for producing high-quality (low sheet resistance and high optical transmittance) of ITO films. To build on this promising preliminary work and develop deeper insight into the effect of ambient atmospheres on ITO film growth, this study provides a more detailed investigation of the effects of ambient combinations of Ar, O{sub 2}, H{sub 2} on sputtered ITO films. Thin films of ITO were deposited on glass substrates by DC magnetron sputtering using three different ambient combinations: Ar, Ar+O{sub 2} and Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2}. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the three ambient sputtered ITO films were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, four probe electrical conductivity and optical spectroscopy. The XRD and Raman studies confirmed the cubic indium oxide structure, which is polycrystalline at room temperature for all the samples. AFM shows the minimum surface roughness of 2.7 nm for Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2} sputtered thin film material. The thickness of the films was determined by the cross sectional SEM analysis and its thickness was varied from 920 to 817 nm. The columnar growth of ITO films was also discussed here. The electrical and optical measurements of Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2} ambient combinations shows a decreased sheet resistance (5.06 ohm/□) and increased optical transmittance (69%) than other samples. The refractive index and packing density of the films were projected using optical transmission spectrum. From the observed results the Ar+O{sub 2}+H

  13. Electrochromism in surface modified crystalline WO3 thin films grown by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Karuppasamy, A.

    2013-10-01

    In the present work, tungsten oxide thin films were deposited at various oxygen chamber pressures (1.0-5.0 × 10-3 mbar) by maintaining the sputtering power density and argon pressure constant at 3.0 W/cm2 and 1.2 × 10-2 mbar, respectively. The role of surface morphology and porosity on the electrochromic properties of crystalline tungsten oxide thin films has been investigated. XRD and Raman studies reveal that all the samples post annealed at 450 ̊C in air for 3.0 h settle in monoclinic crystal system of tungsten oxide (W18O49). Though the phase of material is indifferent to oxygen pressure variations (PO2), morphology and film density shows a striking dependence on PO2. A systematic study on plasma (OES), morphology, optical and electrochromic properties of crystalline tungsten oxide reveal that the films deposited at PO2 of 2.0 × 10-3 mbar exhibit better coloration efficiency (58 cm2/C), electron/ion capacity (Qc: -25 mC/cm2), and reversibility (92%). This is attributed to the enhanced surface properties like high density of pores and fine particulates (100 nm) and to lesser bulk density of the film (ρ/ρo = 0.84) which facilitates the process of intercalation/de-intercalation of protons and electrons. These results show good promise toward stable and efficient crystalline tungsten oxide based electrochromic device applications.

  14. () preferential orientation of polycrystalline AlN grown on SiO2/Si wafers by reactive sputter magnetron technique

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    Bürgi, Juan; García Molleja, Javier; Bolmaro, Raúl; Piccoli, Mattia; Bemporad, Edoardo; Craievich, Aldo; Feugeas, Jorge

    2016-04-01

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) is a ceramic compound that could be used as a processing material for semiconductor industry. However, the AlN crystalline structure plays a crucial role in its performance. In this paper, polycrystalline AlN films have been grown onto Si(1 1 1) and Si(1 0 0) (with an oxide native coverage of SiO2) wafers by RSM (reactive sputter magnetron) technique using a small (5 L) reactor. The development of polycrystalline AlN films with a good texture along () planes, i.e., semi-polar structure, was shown. Analyses were done using X-ray diffraction in the Bragg-Brentano mode and in the GIXRD (grazing incidence X-ray diffraction) one, and the texture was determined through pole figures. The structure and composition of these films were also studied by TEM and EDS techniques. Nevertheless, the mapping of the magnetic field between the magnetron and the substrate has shown a lack of symmetry at the region near the substrate. This lack of symmetry can be attributable to the small dimensions of the chamber, and the present paper suggests that this phenomenon is the responsible for the unusual () texture developed.

  15. BiVO4 photoanodes for water splitting with high injection efficiency, deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Gong, Haibo; Freudenberg, Norman; Nie, Man; van de Krol, Roel; Ellmer, Klaus

    2016-04-01

    Photoactive bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin films were deposited by reactive co-magnetron sputtering from metallic Bi and V targets. The effects of the V-to-Bi ratio, molybdenum doping and post-annealing on the crystallographic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the BiVO4 films were investigated. Phase-pure monoclinic BiVO4 films, which are more photoactive than the tetragonal BiVO4 phase, were obtained under slightly vanadium-rich conditions. After annealing of the Mo-doped BiVO4 films, the photocurrent increased 2.6 times compared to undoped films. After optimization of the BiVO4 film thickness, the photocurrent densities (without a catalyst or a blocking layer or a hole scavenger) exceeded 1.2 mA/cm2 at a potential of 1.23 VRHE under solar AM1.5 irradiation. The surprisingly high injection efficiency of holes into the electrolyte is attributed to the highly porous film morphology. This co-magnetron sputtering preparation route for photoactive BiVO4 films opens new possibilities for the fabrication of large-scale devices for water splitting.

  16. Determination of ionization fraction and plasma potential in a dc magnetron sputtering system using a quartz crystal microbalance and a gridded energy analyzer

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    Green, K.M.

    1997-01-01

    A diagnostic which combines a quartz crystal microbalance and a gridded energy analyzer has been developed to measure the ion-to- neutral ratio and the plasma potential in a commercial dc magnetron sputtering device. Additional features of this sensor include an externally controlled shutter which protects the diagnostic when it is in the chamber, but it is not in use. The diagnostic is mounted on a linear motion feedthrough and embedded in a slot in the wafer chuck to allow for measuring uniformity in deposition and ionization throughout the plane of the wafer. RF power is introduced to ionize the Al particles. Using the quartz crystal microbalance and the gridded energy analyzer, the ion-to-neutral ratio and other parameters are determined. Comparing the total deposition rate with and without a bias that screens out the ions, but leaves the plasma undisturbed, allows for the determination of the ion-to-neutral ratio. By varying the voltage applied to the grids, the plasma potential is measured. For example, a magnetron configuration having a pressure of 35 mtorr, a dc power of 2 kW, and a net rf power of 310{+-}5 W yielded 78{+-}5% ionization and a plasma potential of 35{+-}1 V.

  17. Effects of pulse frequency on the microstructure, composition and optical properties of pulsed dc reactively sputtered vanadium oxide thin films

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    Dong, Xiang; Wu, Zhiming; Jiang, Yadong; Xu, Xiangdong; Yu, He; Gu, Deen; Wang, Tao

    2014-09-01

    Vanadium oxide (VOx) thin films were prepared on unheated glass substrate by pulsed dc reactive magnetron sputtering using different pulse frequency. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were made on the deposited VOx films to characterize the microstructure, composition and optical properties, respectively. It was found that under the same discharge power and argon-oxygen atmosphere, with the increase of pulse frequency, the vertical column-like structure in the films will gradually disappear and the ratio of high-valent VOx to low-valent VOx will obviously elevate. Optical parameters of the VOx films have been obtained by fitting the ellipsometric data (Ψ andΔ) using the Tauc-Lorentz dispersion relation and a multilayer model (air/roughness layer/VOx/glass). The results demonstrated that pulse frequency plays a critical role in determining the transmittance, refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical band gap etc. The correlations between the microstructure, composition, optical properties and pulse frequency are also given by our experiment results. And the mechanisms for the evolution of the microstructure, composition and optical properties with pulse frequency have been discussed. Overall, due to the pulse frequency had a great effect not only on the growth characteristics but also on the optical properties of the VOx films, thus through variation of the pulse frequency during deposition which provide a convenient and efficient approach to control and optimize the performances of the VOx films.

  18. Epitaxial growth and orientation of AlN thin films on Si(001) substrates deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Valcheva, E.; Birch, J.; Persson, P. O. A ring .; Tungasmita, S.; Hultman, L.

    2006-12-15

    Epitaxial domain formation and textured growth in AlN thin films deposited on Si(001) substrates by reactive magnetron sputtering was studied by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The films have a wurtzite type structure with a crystallographic orientation relationship to the silicon substrate of AlN(0001)(parallel sign)Si(001). The AlN film is observed to nucleate randomly on the Si surface and grows three dimensionally, forming columnar domains. The in-plane orientation reveals four domains with their a axes rotated by 15 deg. with respect to each other: AlN<1120>(parallel sign)Si[110], AlN<0110>(parallel sign)Si[110], AlN<1120>(parallel sign)Si[100], and AlN<0110>(parallel sign)Si[100] An explanation of the growth mode based on the large lattice mismatch and the topology of the substrate surface is proposed.

  19. Reactive magnetron sputtering of Cu2O: Dependence on oxygen pressure and interface formation with indium tin oxide

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    Deuermeier, Jonas; Gassmann, Jürgen; Brötz, Joachim; Klein, Andreas

    2011-06-01

    Thin films of copper oxides were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering and structural, morphological, chemical, and electronic properties were analyzed using x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, in situ photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrical resistance measurements. The deposition conditions for preparation of Cu(I)-oxide (Cu2O) are identified. In addition, the interface formation between Cu2O and Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) was studied by stepwise deposition of Cu2O onto ITO and vice versa. A type II (staggered) band alignment with a valence band offset ΔEVB = 2.1-2.6 eV depending on interface preparation is observed. The band alignment explains the nonrectifying behavior of p-Cu2O/n-ITO junctions, which have been investigated for thin film solar cells.

  20. Development of mid-frequency AC reactive magnetron sputtering for fast deposition of Y2O3 buffer layers

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    Xiong, Jie; Xia, Yudong; Xue, Yan; Zhang, Fei; Guo, Pei; Zhao, Xiaohui; Tao, Bowan

    2014-02-01

    A reel-to-reel magnetron sputtering system with mid-frequency alternating current (AC) power supply was used to deposit double-sided Y2O3 seed layer on biaxially textured Ni-5 at.%W tape for YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors. A reactive sputtering process was carried out using two opposite symmetrical sputtering guns with metallic yttrium targets and water vapor for oxidizing the sputtered metallic atoms. The voltage control mode of the power supply was used and the influence of the cathode voltage and ArH2 pressure were systematically investigated. Subsequently yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) barrier and CeO2 cap layers were deposited on the Y2O3 buffered substrates in sequence, indicating high quality and uniform double-sided structure and surface morphology of such the architecture.

  1. Reactive magnetron sputtering of Cu{sub 2}O: Dependence on oxygen pressure and interface formation with indium tin oxide

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    Deuermeier, Jonas; Gassmann, Juergen; Broetz, Joachim; Klein, Andreas

    2011-06-01

    Thin films of copper oxides were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering and structural, morphological, chemical, and electronic properties were analyzed using x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, in situ photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrical resistance measurements. The deposition conditions for preparation of Cu(I)-oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) are identified. In addition, the interface formation between Cu{sub 2}O and Sn-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} (ITO) was studied by stepwise deposition of Cu{sub 2}O onto ITO and vice versa. A type II (staggered) band alignment with a valence band offset {Delta}E{sub VB} 2.1-2.6 eV depending on interface preparation is observed. The band alignment explains the nonrectifying behavior of p-Cu{sub 2}O/n-ITO junctions, which have been investigated for thin film solar cells.

  2. Bimodal substrate biasing to control γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} deposition during reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Prenzel, Marina; Kortmann, Annika; Stein, Adrian; Keudell, Achim von; Nahif, Farwah; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2013-09-21

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films have been deposited at substrate temperatures between 500 °C and 600 °C by reactive magnetron sputtering using an additional arbitrary substrate bias to tailor the energy distribution of the incident ions. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The film structure being amorphous, nanocrystalline, or crystalline was correlated with characteristic ion energy distributions. The evolving crystalline structure is connected with different levels of displacements per atom (dpa) in the growing film as being derived from TRIM simulations. The boundary between the formation of crystalline films and amorphous or nanocrystalline films was at 0.8 dpa for a substrate temperature of 500 °C. This threshold shifts to 0.6 dpa for films grown at 550 °C.

  3. A study of structure and properties of Ti-doped DLC film by reactive magnetron sputtering with ion implantation

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    Ma, Guojia; Gong, Shuili; Lin, Guoqiang; Zhang, Lin; Sun, Gang

    2012-01-01

    Ti-doped diamond-like carbon (DLC) films were prepared on Ti alloys by reactive magnetron sputtering combined with PSII technology. The structure and properties of unmodified and Ti-doped DLC films were analyzed in a systematic way by different testing, such as TEM, XPS, frictional wear testing, contact angle measurement and so on. The results showed that Ti-doped DLC was a typical a-C:H film containing TiC nanometer grains, whose mechanical properties were obviously improved, such as hardness, wear resistance and cohesive strength, still kept good wear resistance at the ambient temperature of 450 °C, and held a rather large mean water contact angle of 104.2 ± 1°.

  4. Structural parameters and polarization properties of TiN thin films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Solovan, M. M.; Brus, V. V.; Pidkamin, L. J.; Maryanchuk, P. D.; Dobrovolsky, Yu. G.

    2015-11-01

    We report the results of the investigation of morphological, structural, optical and plarimeteric properties of titanium nitride thin films deposited on silicon and glass substrates. The magnetron sputtered titanium nitride thin films were established to possess crystalline structure with the average grain size about D = 15 nm. The method of correlation matrix is was applied for the analysis of polarization properties of scattered light by the titanium nitride thin film. The obtained experimental result, can be explained by the presence of the effects of linear and circular dichroism in the material of the titanium nitride thin films under investigations.

  5. Structural and optical characterization of high-quality ZnO thin films deposited by reactive RF magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, X.L.; Hui, K.N.; Hui, K.S.; Singh, Jai

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► High-quality ZnO thin films were deposited at room temperature. ► Effect of O{sub 2} flow and RF sputtering voltages on properties of ZnO films were studied. ► O{sub 2}/Ar ratios played a key role in controlling optical properties of ZnO films. ► Photoluminescence intensity of the ZnO films strongly depended on O{sub 2}/Ar ratios. ► Crystallite size, stress and strain strongly depended on O{sub 2}/Ar ratios. - Abstract: ZnO thin films were deposited onto quartz substrates by radio frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering using a Zn target. The structural and optical properties of the ZnO thin films were investigated comprehensively by X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet–visible and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The effects of the oxygen content of the total oxygen–argon mixture and sputtering voltage in the sputtering process on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO films were studied systemically. The microstructural parameters, such as the lattice constant, crystallite size, stress and strain, were also calculated and correlated with the structural and optical properties of the ZnO films. In addition, the results showed that the crystalline quality of ZnO thin films improved with increasing O{sub 2}/Ar gas flow ratio from 2:8 to 8:2. XRD and PL spectroscopy revealed 800 V to be the most appropriate sputtering voltage for ZnO thin film growth. High-quality ZnO films with a good crystalline structure, tunable optical band gap as well as high transmittance could be fabricated easily by RF reactive magnetron sputtering, paving the way to obtaining cost-effective ZnO thin films transparent conducting oxides for optoelectronics applications.

  6. Effects of an unbalanced magnetron in a unique dual-cathode, high rate reactive sputtering system

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    Rohde, S. L.; Petrov, I.; Sproul, W. D.; Barnett, S. A.; Rudnik, P. J.; Graham, M. E.

    1990-01-01

    Simple plasma and magnetic field measurements are presented to illustrate the opportunities afforded by using unbalanced magnetrons in a dual-cathode system. The system employs a pair of opposed cathodes, 38 cm x 13 cm, placed 27.5 cm apart, to coat specimens mounted on a rotational substrate holder. Comparisons are drawn between the original 'balanced' magnetron and several unbalanced configurations in terms of field strengths, deposition rates, etching characteristics, and substrate ion current densities for the growth of TiN films. The effects of 'unbalancing' on the nature of the plasma within the 3D geometry of the deposition chamber are elucidated via plasma probe and magnetic field studies performed under a variety of conditions. All the unbalanced configurations examined provided enhanced ion bombardment at the surface of the growing film. The closed-field or opposed magnet geometry resulted in a threefold or greater increase in current density when compared with that obtained using the corresponding mirrored geometry under the same conditions.

  7. Process stabilization by peak current regulation in reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering of hafnium nitride

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    Shimizu, T.; Villamayor, M.; Lundin, D.; Helmersson, U.

    2016-02-01

    A simple and cost effective approach to stabilize the sputtering process in the transition zone during reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) is proposed. The method is based on real-time monitoring and control of the discharge current waveforms. To stabilize the process conditions at a given set point, a feedback control system was implemented that automatically regulates the pulse frequency, and thereby the average sputtering power, to maintain a constant maximum discharge current. In the present study, the variation of the pulse current waveforms over a wide range of reactive gas flows and pulse frequencies during a reactive HiPIMS process of Hf-N in an Ar-N2 atmosphere illustrates that the discharge current waveform is a an excellent indicator of the process conditions. Activating the reactive HiPIMS peak current regulation, stable process conditions were maintained when varying the N2 flow from 2.1 to 3.5 sccm by an automatic adjustment of the pulse frequency from 600 Hz to 1150 Hz and consequently an increase of the average power from 110 to 270 W. Hf-N films deposited using peak current regulation exhibited a stable stoichiometry, a nearly constant power-normalized deposition rate, and a polycrystalline cubic phase Hf-N with (1 1 1)-preferred orientation over the entire reactive gas flow range investigated. The physical reasons for the change in the current pulse waveform for different process conditions are discussed in some detail.

  8. Obtaining Au thin films in atmosphere of reactive nitrogen through magnetron sputtering

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    Quintero, J. H.; Ospina, R.; Mello, A.

    2016-02-01

    4d and 5d series of the transition metals are used to the obtaining nitrides metallic, due to the synthesis of PtN, AgN and AuN in the last years. Different nitrides are obtained in the Plasma Assisted Physics Vapour Deposition system, due to its ionization energy which is necessary for their formation. In this paper a Magnetron Sputtering system was used to obtain Au thin films on Si wafers in Nitrogen atmosphere. The substrate temperature was varied between 500 to 950°C. The samples obtained at high temperatures (>500°C) show Au, Si and N elements, as it is corroborated in the narrow spectrum obtained for X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy; besides the competition of orientation crystallographic texture between (111) and (311) directions was present in the X-Ray Diffraction analysis to the sample heated at 950°C.

  9. Structure and Properties of Ti-O-N Coatings Produced by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Konischev, M. E.; Kuzmin, O. S.; Pustovalova, A. A.; Morozova, N. S.; Evdokimov, K. E.; Surmenev, R. A.; Pichugin, V. F.; Epple, M.

    2014-02-01

    Results of an experimental study of the optical characteristics of gas discharges are presented. The study was aimed at optimizing the operating modes of a mid-frequency magnetron sputtering system to efficiently deposit Ti-O-N coatings. The conditions for maintaining the intensity of the chosen spectroscopic lines that ensure synthesis of titanium oxide and titanium oxynitride coatings have been revealed. The morphology, structure, contact angle, and free surface energy of titanium oxide and titanium oxynitride coatings on type 12Kh18N10T stainless steel substrates were examined by using scanning and transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy, and by measuring the wetting angle. The results of examination of the structure and properties of the synthesized films and their physicomechanical and optical characteristics are given.

  10. Influence of inert gases on the reactive high power pulsed magnetron sputtering process of carbon-nitride thin films

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    Schmidt, Susann; Czigany, Zsolt; Greczynski, Grzegorz; Jensen, Jens; Hultman, Lars

    2013-01-15

    The influence of inert gases (Ne, Ar, Kr) on the sputter process of carbon and carbon-nitride (CN{sub x}) thin films was studied using reactive high power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). Thin solid films were synthesized in an industrial deposition chamber from a graphite target. The peak target current during HiPIMS processing was found to decrease with increasing inert gas mass. Time averaged and time resolved ion mass spectroscopy showed that the addition of nitrogen, as reactive gas, resulted in less energetic ion species for processes employing Ne, whereas the opposite was noticed when Ar or Kr were employed as inert gas. Processes in nonreactive ambient showed generally lower total ion fluxes for the three different inert gases. As soon as N{sub 2} was introduced into the process, the deposition rates for Ne and Ar-containing processes increased significantly. The reactive Kr-process, in contrast, showed slightly lower deposition rates than the nonreactive. The resulting thin films were characterized regarding their bonding and microstructure by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Reactively deposited CN{sub x} thin films in Ar and Kr ambient exhibited an ordering toward a fullerene-like structure, whereas carbon and CN{sub x} films deposited in Ne atmosphere were found to be amorphous. This is attributed to an elevated amount of highly energetic particles observed during ion mass spectrometry and indicated by high peak target currents in Ne-containing processes. These results are discussed with respect to the current understanding of the structural evolution of a-C and CN{sub x} thin films.

  11. Effect of oxygen incorporation on structural and properties of Ti-Si-N nanocomposite coatings deposited by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Ding, X.Z.; Zeng, X.T.; Liu, Y.C.; Zhao, L.R.

    2006-07-15

    Ti-Si-N-O nanocomposite coatings with different contents of oxygen were deposited by a combined dc/rf reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering process in an Ar+N{sub 2}+O{sub 2} mixture atmosphere. The composition, structure, mechanical, and tribological properties of the as-deposited coatings were analyzed by energy dispersive analysis of x-rays, x-ray diffraction (XRD), nanoindentation, and pin-on-disk tribometer experiments, respectively. It was found that in the range of lower oxygen content with atomic ratio of O/N{<=}0.72, the tribological properties of the Ti-Si-N-O coatings are evidently improved, in comparison with the coating without oxygen incorporation. At O/N=0.72, the friction coefficient and wear rate of the as-deposited coatings are reduced to 20% and 45%, respectively. Meanwhile, however, their hardness was not reduced, but, on the contrary, slightly increased. With increasing oxygen content further to O/N{>=}0.72, coating hardness decreased significantly. The friction coefficient of the as-deposited coatings decreased monotonously with the increase of oxygen content in the whole composition range investigated. The wear rate of the coatings exhibited a minimum value at around O/N=0.72. In the lower range of O/N, wear rate decreased significantly due to the lubricant effect of oxygen incorporation, while in the higher range of O/N, wear rate increased gradually due to the weakening of coating hardness. XRD patterns revealed that the as-deposited coatings were mainly crystallized in cubic TiN phase, accompanied with minority of rutile structure titania in the case of higher oxygen incorporation.

  12. Measurement of deposition rate and ion energy distribution in a pulsed dc magnetron sputtering system using a retarding field analyzer with embedded quartz crystal microbalance

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    Sharma, Shailesh; Gahan, David; Scullin, Paul; Doyle, James; Lennon, Jj; Vijayaraghavan, Rajani K.; Daniels, Stephen; Hopkins, M. B.

    2016-04-01

    A compact retarding field analyzer with embedded quartz crystal microbalance has been developed to measure deposition rate, ionized flux fraction, and ion energy distribution arriving at the substrate location. The sensor can be placed on grounded, electrically floating, or radio frequency (rf) biased electrodes. A calibration method is presented to compensate for temperature effects in the quartz crystal. The metal deposition rate, metal ionization fraction, and energy distribution of the ions arriving at the substrate location are investigated in an asymmetric bipolar pulsed dc magnetron sputtering reactor under grounded, floating, and rf biased conditions. The diagnostic presented in this research work does not suffer from complications caused by water cooling arrangements to maintain constant temperature and is an attractive technique for characterizing a thin film deposition system.

  13. Electron beam induced coloration and luminescence in layered structure of WO{sub 3} thin films grown by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering

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    Karuppasamy, A.; Subrahmanyam, A.

    2007-06-01

    Tungsten oxide thin films have been deposited by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering of tungsten in argon and oxygen atmosphere. The as-deposited WO{sub 3} film is amorphous, highly transparent, and shows a layered structure along the edges. In addition, the optical properties of the as-deposited film show a steplike behavior of extinction coefficient. However, the electron beam irradiation (3.0 keV) of the as-deposited films results in crystallization, coloration (deep blue), and luminescence (intense red emission). The above changes in physical properties are attributed to the extraction of oxygen atoms from the sample and the structural modifications induced by electron bombardment. The present method of coloration and luminescence has a potential for fabricating high-density optical data storage device.

  14. Measurement of deposition rate and ion energy distribution in a pulsed dc magnetron sputtering system using a retarding field analyzer with embedded quartz crystal microbalance.

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    Sharma, Shailesh; Gahan, David; Scullin, Paul; Doyle, James; Lennon, Jj; Vijayaraghavan, Rajani K; Daniels, Stephen; Hopkins, M B

    2016-04-01

    A compact retarding field analyzer with embedded quartz crystal microbalance has been developed to measure deposition rate, ionized flux fraction, and ion energy distribution arriving at the substrate location. The sensor can be placed on grounded, electrically floating, or radio frequency (rf) biased electrodes. A calibration method is presented to compensate for temperature effects in the quartz crystal. The metal deposition rate, metal ionization fraction, and energy distribution of the ions arriving at the substrate location are investigated in an asymmetric bipolar pulsed dc magnetron sputtering reactor under grounded, floating, and rf biased conditions. The diagnostic presented in this research work does not suffer from complications caused by water cooling arrangements to maintain constant temperature and is an attractive technique for characterizing a thin film deposition system. PMID:27131678

  15. High rate deposition of photocatalytic TiO{sub 2} films by dc magnetron sputtering using a TiO{sub 2-x} target

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    Sato, Yasushi; Uebayashi, Akira; Ito, Norihiro; Kamiyama, Toshihisa; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2008-07-15

    Photocatalytic TiO{sub 2} films were deposited on glass substrates by dc magnetron sputtering using a slightly reduced TiO{sub 2-x} target (2-x=1.986; conductivity, 3.7 S cm{sup -1}; density, 4.21 g/cm{sup 3}). The variation in the deposition rate as a function of the O{sub 2} flow ratio did not show a hysteresis curve at the 'transition region' as seen in the case of a Ti metal target. The deposition rate using the TiO{sub 2-x} target in 100% Ar gas was approximately seven times higher than that using the Ti metal target in an 'oxide mode'. The films postannealed in air at temperatures {>=}200 deg. C showed excellent photodecomposition characteristics of acetaldehyde (CH{sub 3}CHO) as well as photoinduced hydrophilicity.

  16. Optical properties and surface morphology of Li-doped ZnO thin films deposited on different substrates by DC magnetron sputtering method

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    Mohamed, Galal A.; Mohamed, El-Maghraby; Abu El-Fadl, A.

    2001-12-01

    Thin films of zinc oxide doped with Zn 1- xLi xO with x=0.2 (ZnO : Li), have been prepared on sapphire, MgO and quartz substrates by DC magnetron sputtering method at 5 mTorr. The substrate temperatures were fixed to about 573 K. We have measured the transmission and reflection spectra and determined the absorption coefficient, optical band-gap ( Egdopt), the high frequency dielectric constant ε‧ ∞ and the carrier concentration N for the as-prepared films at room temperature. The films show direct allowed optical transitions with Egdopt values of 3.38, 3.43 and 3.29 eV for films deposited on sapphire, MgO and quartz substrates, respectively. The dependence of the obtained results on the substrate type are discussed.

  17. Effect of reactive magnetron sputtering parameters on structural and electrical properties of hafnium oxide thin films

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    Szymańska, Magdalena; Gierałtowska, Sylwia; Wachnicki, Łukasz; Grobelny, Marcin; Makowska, Katarzyna; Mroczyński, Robert

    2014-05-01

    The purpose of this work was to compare the structural and electrical properties of magnetron sputtered hafnium oxide (HfOx) and hafnium oxynitride (HfOxNy) thin films. A careful analysis of the influence of deposition process parameters, among them: pressure in the reactor chamber, Ar and O2 flow rate, power applied to the reactor chamber and deposition time, on electro-physical properties of HfOx and HfOxNy layers has been performed. In the course of this work we performed number of experiments by means of Taguchi's orthogonal arrays approach. Such a method allowed for the determination of dielectric layers properties depending on process parameters with relatively low amount of experiments. Moreover, the effects of post-deposition annealing on electrical characteristics of metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structures with HfOx or HfOxNy gate dielectric and its structural properties have also been reported. Investigated hafnia thin films were characterized by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), electrical characteristics measurements, atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS).

  18. A parametric model for reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering of films

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    Kozák, Tomáš; Vlček, Jaroslav

    2016-02-01

    We present a time-dependent parametric model for reactive HiPIMS deposition of films. Specific features of HiPIMS discharges and a possible increase in the density of the reactive gas in front of the reactive gas inlets placed between the target and the substrate are considered in the model. The model makes it possible to calculate the compound fractions in two target layers and in one substrate layer, and the deposition rate of films at fixed partial pressures of the reactive and inert gas. A simplified relation for the deposition rate of films prepared using a reactive HiPIMS is presented. We used the model to simulate controlled reactive HiPIMS depositions of stoichiometric \\text{Zr}{{\\text{O}}2} films, which were recently carried out in our laboratories with two different configurations of the {{\\text{O}}2} inlets in front of the sputtered target. The repetition frequency was 500 Hz at the deposition-averaged target power densities of 5 Wcm-2and 50 Wcm-2 with a pulse-averaged target power density up to 2 kWcm-2. The pulse durations were 50 μs and 200 μs. Our model calculations show that the to-substrate {{\\text{O}}2} inlet provides systematically lower compound fractions in the target surface layer and higher compound fractions in the substrate surface layer, compared with the to-target {{\\text{O}}2} inlet. The low compound fractions in the target surface layer (being approximately 10% at the deposition-averaged target power density of 50 Wcm-2 and the pulse duration of 200 μs) result in high deposition rates of the films produced, which are in agreement with experimental values.

  19. Stress related anisotropy studies in DC-magnetron sputtered TbCo and TbFe films

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    Cheng, S.C.N.; Kryder, M.H.; Mathur, M.C.A. )

    1989-09-01

    A series of TbCo films and a series of TbFe films were prepared by de-magnetron sputtering at different deposition powers and Ar sputtering pressures. It was found that anisotropy decreased with an increase of deposition power. The authors discuss how anisotropy showed a peak within the range of 2.5 mtorr to 11.5 mtorr of Ar sputtering pressures. The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of films which were still attached to their substrates and films which had been removed from their substrates were compared. The percentage change in K/sub u/, which occurred when the film was removed from its substrate, correlated with the rise and fall of perpendicular anisotropy, although changes were also typically large at 2.5 mtorr of Ar sputtering pressure. Changes in K/sub u/ after removal from the substrate were as large as 46% in TbFe films deposited at 2.5 mtorr of Ar sputtering pressure. Larger percentage changes in K/sub u/ was found in de-magnetron sputtered films than were previously reported for rf-sputtered TbFe and TbCo films. The films deposited onto thick polycarbonate substrates had the largest anisotropy and also suffered the largest percentage change in anisotropy when they were removed from the substrate.

  20. Process monitoring during AlN{sub x}O{sub y} deposition by reactive magnetron sputtering and correlation with the film's properties

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    Borges, Joel Vaz, Filipe; Marques, Luis; Martin, Nicolas

    2014-03-15

    In this work, AlN{sub x}O{sub y} thin films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering, using an aluminum target and an Ar/(N{sub 2}+O{sub 2}) atmosphere. The direct current magnetron discharge parameters during the deposition process were investigated by optical emission spectroscopy and a plasma floating probe was used. The discharge voltage, the electron temperature, the ion flux, and the optical emission lines were recorded for different reactive gas flows, near the target and close to the substrate. This information was correlated with the structural features of the deposits as a first step in the development of a system to control the structure and properties of the films during reactive magnetron sputtering. As the target becomes poisoned, the discharge voltage suffers an important variation, due to the modification of the secondary electron emission coefficient of the target, which is also supported by the evolution of the electron temperature and ion flux to the target. The sputtering yield of the target was also affected, leading to a reduction of the amount of Al atoms arriving to the substrate, according to optical emission spectroscopy results for Al emission line intensity. This behavior, together with the increase of nonmetallic elements in the films, allowed obtaining different microstructures, over a wide range of compositions, which induced different electrical and optical responses of films.

  1. Violet and blue-green luminescence from Ti-doped ZnO films deposited by RF reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Chen, Haixia; Ding, Jijun; Ma, Shuyi

    2011-02-01

    Pure and Ti-doped zinc oxide (TZO) films are deposited using radio frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering at different RF powers. Micro-structural and optical properties in doped ZnO films are systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), and a fluorescence spectrophotometer. The results indicate that ZnO films show stronger preferred orientation toward the c-axis and smoother surface roughness after Ti doping. As for TZO films, the full width at half maxima (FWHM) of (002) diffraction peaks decreased first and then increased, reaching a minimum of about 0.92° at 150 W, while the residual compressive stress of the TZO film prepared at 150 W became the largest. The photoluminescent (PL) spectra measured at room temperature reveal a violet, a blue and two green emissions. Intense violet and blue-green luminescence is obtained for the sample deposited at higher RF power. The origin of these emissions is discussed.

  2. Microstructures and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnO films prepared by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ma, Ligang; Ma, Shuyi; Chen, Haixia; Ai, Xiaoqian; Huang, Xinli

    2011-09-01

    Pure and Cu-doped ZnO (ZnO:Cu) thin films were deposited on glass substrates using radio frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering. The effect of substrate temperature on the crystallization behavior and optical properties of the ZnO:Cu films have been studied. The crystal structures, surface morphology and optical properties of the films were systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a fluorescence spectrophotometer, respectively. The results indicated that ZnO films showed a stronger preferred orientation toward the c-axis and a more uniform grain size after Cu-doping. As for ZnO:Cu films, the full width at half maxima (FWHM) of (0 0 2) diffraction peaks decreased first and then increased, reaching a minimum of about 0.42° at 350 °C and the compressive stress of ZnO:Cu decreased gradually with the increase of substrate temperature. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra measured at room temperature revealed two blue and two green emissions. Intense blue-green luminescence was obtained from the sample deposited at higher substrate temperature. Finally, we discussed the influence of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of ZnO:Cu films. The quality of ZnO:Cu film was markedly improved and the intensity of blue peak (∼485 nm) and green peak (∼527 nm) increased noticeably after annealing. The origin of these emissions was discussed.

  3. Low-temperature growth of gallium nitride films by inductively coupled-plasma-enhanced reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ni, Chih-Jui; Chau-Nan Hong, Franklin

    2014-05-15

    Gallium nitride (GaN) films were grown on sapphire substrate by reactive magnetron sputtering. Inductively coupled-plasma (ICP) source was installed between the substrate holder and the sputtering target to increase the plasma density and the degree of ionization of nitrogen gas. Liquid Ga and Ar/N{sub 2} were used as the sputtering target and sputtering gases, respectively. X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed that the authors could grow high quality GaN crystallites at 500 °C. However, the crystalline GaN (0002) peak remained even by lowering the growth temperature down to 300 °C. The N:Ga ratio of the film grown at 500 °C was almost 1:1, and the nitrogen composition became higher toward the 1:1 N:Ga ratio with increasing the growth temperature. The high degree of ionization induced by ICP source was essential to the growth of high crystalline quality GaN films.

  4. Role of carbon in the formation of hard Ge1-xCx thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Hu, Chaoquan; Qiao, Liang; Tian, Hongwei; Lu, Xianyi; Jiang, Qing; Zheng, Weitao

    2011-07-01

    We have deposited germanium carbide (Ge1-xCx) films on Si(1 0 0) substrate via radio-frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering in a CH4/Ar mixture discharge, and explored the effects of carbon content (x) on the chemical bonding and hardness for the obtained films. We find that x significantly influences the chemical bonding, which leads to a pronounced change in the hardness of the film. To reveal the relationship between the chemical bonding and hardness, first-principles calculations have been carried out. It is shown that as x increases from 0 to 0.33, the fraction of sp3 C-Ge bonds in the film increases at the expense of Ge-Ge bonds, which promotes formation of a strong covalently bonded network, and thus enhances the hardness of the film. However, as x further increases from 0.33 to 0.59, the fraction of sp3 C-Ge bonds in the film gradually reduces, while that of sp3 C-H and graphite-like sp2 C-C bonds increases, which damages the compact network structure, resulting in a sharp decrease in the hardness. This investigation suggests that the medium x (0.17

  5. Substrate biasing effect on the physical properties of reactive RF-magnetron-sputtered aluminum oxide dielectric films on ITO glasses.

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    Liang, Ling Yan; Cao, Hong Tao; Liu, Quan; Jiang, Ke Min; Liu, Zhi Min; Zhuge, Fei; Deng, Fu Ling

    2014-02-26

    High dielectric constant (high-k) Al2O3 thin films were prepared on ITO glasses by reactive RF-magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The effect of substrate bias on the subband structural, morphological, electrode/Al2O3 interfacial and electrical properties of the Al2O3 films is systematically investigated. An optical method based on spectroscopic ellipsometry measurement and modeling is adopted to probe the subband electronic structure, which facilitates us to vividly understand the band-tail and deep-level (4.8-5.0 eV above the valence band maximum) trap states. Well-selected substrate biases can suppress both the trap states due to promoted migration of sputtered particles, which optimizes the leakage current density, breakdown strength, and quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance. Moreover, high porosity in the unbiased Al2O3 film is considered to induce the absorption of atmospheric moisture and the consequent occurrence of electrolysis reactions at electrode/Al2O3 interface, as a result ruining the electrical properties. PMID:24490685

  6. In situ deposition of PbTiO3 thin films by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Iljinas, Aleksandras; Marcinauskas, Liutauras; Stankus, Vytautas

    2016-09-01

    The lead titanate thin films were deposited using in situ layer-by-layer reactive magnetron sputtering. The synthesis of films was performed on platinized silicon (Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si) substrates at 450-600 °C temperatures using Ti2O seed layer. The influence of the substrate temperature on the surface morphology, phase composition, and electrical properties of PbTiO3 films were investigated. Experimental results demonstrated that the deposition at higher substrate temperatures resulted in the formation of films with the lower surface roughness values. The increase of the substrate temperature has no effect on the tetragonality value of the films. The preferential orientation in the films was changed and the crystallites size slightly increased with the increased substrate temperature from 450 °C to 550 °C. Hysteresis measurements show that the films exhibit ferroelectric properties with a maximum coercive field of Ec = 150 kV/cm and of Pr = 60 μC/cm2. Coercive field dependence on the frequency measurements indicated that the creep regime of domain wall motions dominated till 1 kHz of frequency.

  7. SiNx Coatings Deposited by Reactive High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering: Process Parameters Influencing the Nitrogen Content.

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    Schmidt, Susann; Hänninen, Tuomas; Goyenola, Cecilia; Wissting, Jonas; Jensen, Jens; Hultman, Lars; Goebbels, Nico; Tobler, Markus; Högberg, Hans

    2016-08-10

    Reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (rHiPIMS) was used to deposit silicon nitride (SiNx) coatings for biomedical applications. The SiNx growth and plasma characterization were conducted in an industrial coater, using Si targets and N2 as reactive gas. The effects of different N2-to-Ar flow ratios between 0 and 0.3, pulse frequencies, target power settings, and substrate temperatures on the discharge and the N content of SiNx coatings were investigated. Plasma ion mass spectrometry shows high amounts of ionized isotopes during the initial part of the pulse for discharges with low N2-to-Ar flow ratios of <0.16, while signals from ionized molecules rise with the N2-to-Ar flow ratio at the pulse end and during pulse-off times. Langmuir probe measurements show electron temperatures of 2-3 eV for nonreactive discharges and 5.0-6.6 eV for discharges in transition mode. The SiNx coatings were characterized with respect to their composition, chemical bond structure, density, and mechanical properties by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray reflectivity, X-ray diffraction, and nanoindentation, respectively. The SiNx deposition processes and coating properties are mainly influenced by the N2-to-Ar flow ratio and thus by the N content in the SiNx films and to a lower extent by the HiPIMS frequencies and power settings as well as substrate temperatures. Increasing N2-to-Ar flow ratios lead to decreasing growth rates, while the N content, coating densities, residual stresses, and the hardness increase. These experimental findings were corroborated by density functional theory calculations of precursor species present during rHiPIMS. PMID:27414283

  8. Composition, structure and properties of SiN x films fabricated by pulsed reactive closed-field unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Yao, Zh. Q.; Yang, P.; Huang, N.; Sun, H.; Wan, G. J.; Leng, Y. X.; Chen, J. Y.

    2005-11-01

    Silicon nitride (SiNx) thin films are of special interest in both scientific research and industrial applications due to their remarkable properties such as high thermal stability, chemical inertness, high hardness and good dielectric properties. In this work, SiNx films were fabricated by pulsed reactive closed-field unbalanced magnetron sputtering of high purity single crystal silicon targets in an Ar-N2 mixture. The effect of N2 partial pressure on the film composition, chemical bonding configurations, surface morphology, surface free energy, optical and mechanical properties were investigated. We showed that with increased N2 partial pressure, the N to Si ratio (N/Si) in the film increased and N atoms are preferentially incorporated in the NSi3 stoichiometric configuration. It leads the Si-N network a tendency to chemical order. Films deposited at a high N2 fraction were consistently N-rich. The film surface transformed from a loose granular structure with microporosity to a homogeneous, continuous, smooth and dense structure. A progressive densification of the film microstructure occurs as the N2 fraction is increased. The reduced surface roughness and the increased N incorporation in the film give rise to the increased contact angle with double-distilled water from 24° to 49.6°. To some extent, the SiNx films deposited by pulsed magnetron sputtering are hydrophilic in nature. The as-deposited SiNx films exhibit good optical transparency in the visible region and the optical band gap Eopt can be varied from 1.68 eV for a-Si to 3.62 eV for SiNx films, depending on the synthesis parameters. With the increase of the N/Si atomic ratio, wear resistance of the SiNx films was improved, a consequence of increased hardness and elastic modulus. The SiNx films have lower friction coefficient and better wear resistance than 316L stainless steel under dry sliding friction, where the SiNx films experienced only fatigue wear.

  9. Nanoparticles of gold on ?-A12O3 Produced by dc Magnetron Sputtering

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    Veith, Gabriel M; Lupini, Andrew R; Pennycook, Stephen J; Ownby, Gary Webb; Dudney, Nancy J

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes a one-step magnetron sputtering technique for the preparation of supported catalyst particles that has a number of advantages over existing methods. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of this technique, a supported gold on {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxidation catalyst has been prepared. This catalyst is as active as catalysts prepared via traditional chemical methods for the oxidation of carbon monoxide (TOF 1.1 conversions/surface Au atom/second at 300 K and 16% CO/8% O{sub 2}/He). Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that this technique produces gold nanoparticles in a size range that is claimed in the literature to be most active (about 2 nm).

  10. The nanocrystalline structure of TiO2 film deposited by DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature

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    Liu, Jindong; Ding, Wanyu; Wang, Hualin; Liu, Shimin; Jiang, Weiwei; Liu, Chaoqian; Wang, Nan; Chai, Weiping

    2014-10-01

    At room temperature, titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were deposited by the direct current pulse magnetron sputtering technique. Varying O2/Ar flow ratio, TiO2 films with different nanocrystalline structures were obtained. The high resolution transmission electron microscopy results show that with O2/Ar = 6/14, the nanocrystalline in rutile phase appears in as-deposited film. Then X-ray diffraction patterns of annealed films revealed that with O2/Ar = 6/14, the higher weight fractions of rutile TiO2 appear in films. The optical emission spectroscopy results show that with O2/Ar < 6/14, O element was mainly existed as O-/O+ ions, instead of excited state of O atoms.

  11. Cross sectional TEM analysis of duplex HIPIMS and DC magnetron sputtered Mo and W doped carbon coatings

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    Sharp, J.; Castillo Muller, I.; Mandal, P.; Abbas, A.; West, G.; Rainforth, W. M.; Ehiasarian, A.; Hovsepian, P.

    2015-10-01

    A FIB lift-out sample was made from a wear-resistant carbon coating deposited by high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) with Mo and W. TEM analysis found columnar grains extending the whole ∼1800 nm thick film. Within the grains, the carbon was found to be organised into clusters showing some onion-like structure, with amorphous material between them; energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) found these clusters to be Mo- and W-rich in a later, thinner sample of the same material. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) showed no difference in C-K edge, implying the bonding type to be the same in cluster and matrix. These clusters were arranged into stripes parallel to the film plane, of spacing 7-8 nm; there was a modulation in spacing between clusters within these stripes that produced a second, coarser set of striations of spacing ∼37 nm.

  12. The structure, surface topography and mechanical properties of Si-C-N films fabricated by RF and DC magnetron sputtering

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    Shi, Zhifeng; Wang, Yingjun; Du, Chang; Huang, Nan; Wang, Lin; Ning, Chengyun

    2011-12-01

    Silicon carbon nitride thin films were deposited on Co-Cr alloy under varying deposition conditions such as sputtering power and the partial pressure ratio of N2 to Ar by radio frequency and direct current magnetron sputtering techniques. The chemical bonding configurations, surface topography and hardness were characterized by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and nano-indentation technique. The sputtering power exhibited important influence on the film composition, chemical bonding configurations and surface topography, the electro-negativity had primary effects on chemical bonding configurations at low sputtering power. A progressive densification of the film microstructure occurring with the carbon fraction was increased. The films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering, the relative content of the Si-N bond in the films increased with the sputtering power increased, and Si-C and Si-Si were easily detachable, and C-O, N-N and N-O on the film volatile by ion bombardment which takes place very frequently during the film formation process. With the increase of sputtering power, the films became smoother and with finer particle growth. The hardness varied between 6 GPa and 11.23 GPa depending on the partial pressure ratio of N2 to Ar. The tribological characterization of Co-Cr alloy with Si-C-N coating sliding against UHMWPE counter-surface in fetal bovine serum, shows that the wear resistance of the Si-C-N coated Co-Cr alloy/UHMWPE sliding pair show much favourable improvement over that of uncoated Co-Cr alloy/UHMWPE sliding pair. This study is important for the development of advanced coatings with tailored mechanical and tribological properties.

  13. High-rate reactive magnetron sputtering of zirconia films for laser optics applications

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    Juškevičius, K.; Audronis, M.; Subačius, A.; Drazdys, R.; Juškėnas, R.; Matthews, A.; Leyland, A.

    2014-09-01

    ZrO2 exhibits low optical absorption in the near-UV range and is one of the highest laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) materials; it is, therefore, very attractive for laser optics applications. This paper reports explorations of reactive sputtering technology for deposition of ZrO2 films with low extinction coefficient k values in the UV spectrum region at low substrate temperature. A high deposition rate (64 % of the pure metal rate) process is obtained by employing active feedback reactive gas control which creates a stable and repeatable deposition processes in the transition region. Substrate heating at 200 °C was found to have no significant effect on the optical ZrO2 film properties. The addition of nitrogen to a closed-loop controlled process was found to have mostly negative effects in terms of deposition rate and optical properties. Open-loop O2 gas-regulated ZrO2 film deposition is slow and requires elevated (200 °C) substrate temperature or post-deposition annealing to reduce absorption losses. Refractive indices of the films were distributed in the range n = 2.05-2.20 at 1,000 nm and extinction coefficients were in the range k = 0.6 × 10-4 and 4.8 × 10-3 at 350 nm. X-ray diffraction analysis showed crystalline ZrO2 films consisted of monoclinic + tetragonal phases when produced in Ar/O2 atmosphere and monoclinic + rhombohedral or a single rhombohedral phase when produced in Ar/O2 + N2. Optical and physical properties of the ZrO2 layers produced in this study are suitable for high-power laser applications in the near-UV range.

  14. Microstructural, optical, and electrical properties of Ni–Al co-doped ZnO films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Jo, Young Dae; Hui, K.N.; Hui, K.S.; Cho, Y.R.; Kim, Kwang Ho

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ni–Al co-doped ZnO (NiAl:ZnO) composite thin films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature. • All films showed a highly preferential (0 0 2) c-axis orientation. • XPS revealed the presence of metallic Ni, NiO, and Ni{sub 2}O{sub 3} states, and Ni atoms were successfully doped in the NiAl:ZnO films. • NiAl:ZnO (3 wt% Ni) film showed the lowest electrical resistivity of 2.59 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm. • Band gap widening (4.18 eV) was observed in the NiAl:ZnO films with 5 wt% Ni. - Abstract: Ni–Al co-doped ZnO (NiAl:ZnO) films with fixed Al content at 2 wt% and different Ni contents (2.5, 3, and 5 wt%) were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering in an argon atmosphere at room temperature. X-ray diffraction revealed that all films showed a highly preferential (0 0 2) c-axis orientation. XPS revealed the presence of metallic Ni, NiO, and Ni{sub 2}O{sub 3} states, and Ni atoms were successfully doped in NiAl:ZnO films, which did not result in a change in ZnO crystal structure and orientation. The electrical resistivity of NiAl:ZnO film was decreased to 2.59 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm at a Ni doping concentration of 3 wt% compared with undoped Al-doped ZnO film (5.58 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm). The mean optical transmittance in the visible range was greater than 80% for all films. Band gap widening (4.18 eV) was observed in the NiAl:ZnO films with 5 wt% Ni, attributed to the Burstein–Moss shift due to the increase of carrier concentration.

  15. High rate reactive sputtering in an opposed cathode closed-field unbalanced magnetron sputtering system

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    Sproul, William D.; Rudnik, Paul J.; Graham, Michael E.; Rohde, Suzanne L.

    1990-01-01

    Attention is given to an opposed cathode sputtering system constructed with the ability to coat parts with a size up to 15 cm in diameter and 30 cm in length. Initial trials with this system revealed very low substrate bias currents. When the AlNiCo magnets in the two opposed cathodes were arranged in a mirrored configuration, the plasma density at the substrate was low, and the substrate bias current density was less than 1 mA/sq cm. If the magnets were arranged in a closed-field configuration where the field lines from one set of magnets were coupled with the other set, the substrate bias current density was as high as 5.7 mA/sq cm when NdFeB magnets were used. In the closed-field configuration, the substrate bias current density was related to the magnetic field strength between the two cathodes and to the sputtering pressure. Hard well-adhered TiN coatings were reactively sputtered in the opposed cathode system in the closed-field configuration, but the mirrored configuration produced films with poor adhesion because of etching problems and low plasma density at the substrate.

  16. Deposition and Characterization of Tungsten Carbide Thin Films by DC Magnetron Sputtering for Wear-Resistant Applications

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    Tavsanoglu, Tolga; Begum, Ceren; Alkan, Murat; Yucel, Onuralp

    2013-04-01

    In this study, WC (tungsten carbide) thin films were deposited on high-speed steel (AISI M2) and Si (100) substrates by direct current magnetron sputtering of a tungsten carbide target having 7% cobalt as binding material. The properties of the coatings have been modified by the change in the bias voltages from grounded to 200 V. All the coatings were deposited at 250°C constant temperature. The microstructure and the thickness of the films were determined from cross-sectional field-emission gun scanning electron microscope micrographs. The chemical composition of the film was determined by electron probe micro analyzer. The x-ray diffractometer has been used for the phase analyses. Nanoindentation and wear tests were used to determine the mechanical and tribological properties of the films, respectively. It is found that the increase in the bias voltages increased drastically the hardness and elastic modulus, decreased the friction coefficient values and increased the wear resistance of tungsten carbide thin films by a phase transformation from metallic W (tungsten) to a nonstoichiometric WC1- x (tungsten carbide) phase.

  17. Ion-enhanced oxidation of aluminum as a fundamental surface process during target poisoning in reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Kuschel, Thomas; Keudell, Achim von

    2010-05-15

    Plasma deposition of aluminum oxide by reactive magnetron sputtering (RMS) using an aluminum target and argon and oxygen as working gases is an important technological process. The undesired oxidation of the target itself, however, causes the so-called target poisoning, which leads to strong hysteresis effects during RMS operation. The oxidation occurs by chemisorption of oxygen atoms and molecules with a simultaneous ion bombardment being present. This heterogenous surface reaction is studied in a quantified particle beam experiment employing beams of oxygen molecules and argon ions impinging onto an aluminum-coated quartz microbalance. The oxidation and/or sputtering rates are measured with this microbalance and the resulting oxide layers are analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The sticking coefficient of oxygen molecules is determined to 0.015 in the zero coverage limit. The sputtering yields of pure aluminum by argon ions are determined to 0.4, 0.62, and 0.8 at 200, 300, and 400 eV. The variation in the effective sticking coefficient and sputtering yield during the combined impact of argon ions and oxygen molecules is modeled with a set of rate equations. A good agreement is achieved if one postulates an ion-induced surface activation process, which facilitates oxygen chemisorption. This process may be identified with knock-on implantation of surface-bonded oxygen, with an electric-field-driven in-diffusion of oxygen or with an ion-enhanced surface activation process. Based on these fundamental processes, a robust set of balance equations is proposed to describe target poisoning effects in RMS.

  18. High-rate deposition of MgO by reactive ac pulsed magnetron sputtering in the transition mode

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    Kupfer, H.; Kleinhempel, R.; Richter, F.; Peters, C.; Krause, U.; Kopte, T.; Cheng, Y.

    2006-01-15

    A reactive ac pulsed dual magnetron sputtering process for MgO thin-film deposition was equipped with a closed-loop control of the oxygen flow rate (F{sub O2}) using the 285 nm magnesium radiation as input. Owing to this control, most of the unstable part of the partial pressure versus flowrate curve became accessible. The process worked steadily and reproducible without arcing. A dynamic deposition rate of up to 35 nm m/min could be achieved, which was higher than in the oxide mode by about a factor of 18. Both process characteristics and film properties were investigated in this work in dependence on the oxygen flow, i.e., in dependence on the particular point within the transition region where the process is operated. The films had very low extinction coefficients (<5x10{sup -5}) and refractive indices close to the bulk value. They were nearly stoichiometric with a slight oxygen surplus (Mg/O=48/52) which was independent of the oxygen flow. X-ray diffraction revealed a prevailing (111) orientation. Provided that appropriate rf plasma etching was performed prior to deposition, no other than the (111) peak could be detected. The intensity of this peak increased with increasing F{sub O{sub 2}}, indicating an even more pronounced (111) texture. The ion-induced secondary electron emission coefficient (iSEEC) was distinctly correlated with the markedness of the (111) preferential orientation. Both refractive index and (111) preferred orientation (which determines the iSEEC) were found to be improved in comparison with the MgO growth in the fully oxide mode. Consequently, working in the transition mode is superior to the oxide mode not only with respect to the growth rate, but also to most important film properties.

  19. On the formation of the porous structure in nanostructured a-Si coatings deposited by dc magnetron sputtering at oblique angles.

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    Godinho, V; Moskovkin, P; Álvarez, R; Caballero-Hernández, J; Schierholz, R; Bera, B; Demarche, J; Palmero, A; Fernández, A; Lucas, S

    2014-09-01

    The formation of the porous structure in dc magnetron sputtered amorphous silicon thin films at low temperatures is studied when using helium and/or argon as the processing gas. In each case, a-Si thin films were simultaneously grown at two different locations in the reactor which led to the assembly of different porous structures. The set of four fabricated samples has been analyzed at the microstructural level to elucidate the characteristics of the porous structure under the different deposition conditions. With the help of a growth model, we conclude that the chemical nature of the sputter gas not only affects the sputtering mechanism of Si atoms from the target and their subsequent transport in the gaseous/plasma phase towards the film, but also the pore formation mechanism and dynamics. When Ar is used, pores emerge as a direct result of the shadowing processes of Si atoms, in agreement with Thornton's structure zone model. The introduction of He produces, in addition to the shadowing effects, a new process where a degree of mobility results in the coarsening of small pores. Our results also highlight the influence of the composition of sputtering gas and tilt angles (for oblique angle deposition) on the formation of open and/or occluded porosity. PMID:25120129

  20. Effects of target angle on the properties of aluminum doped zinc oxide films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering for thin film solar cell applications.

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    Park, Hyeongsik; Iftiquar, S M; Thuy, Trinh Than; Jang, Juyeon; Ahn, Shihyun; Kim, Sunbo; Lee, Jaehyeong; Jung, Junhee; Shin, Chonghoon; Kim, Minbum; Yi, Junsin

    2014-10-01

    An aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) films for front contacts of thin film solar cells, in this work, were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering with different target angles. Effects of target angles on the structural and electro-optical properties of AZO films were investigated. Also, to clarify the light trapping of textured AZO film, amorphous silicon thin film solar cells were fabricated on the textured AZO/glass substrate and the performance of solar cells were studied. The surface became more irregular with increasing the target angle due to larger grains. The self-surface textured morphology, which is a favorable property as front layer of solar cell, exhibited at target angle of 72.5 degrees. We obtained the films with various opto-electronic properties by controlling target angle from 32.5 degrees to 72.5 degrees. The spectral haze increased substantially with the target angle, whereas the electrical resistivity was increased. The conversion efficiency of amorphous silicon solar cells with textured AZO film as a front electrode was improved by the increase of short-circuit current density and fill factor, compared to cell with relatively flat AZO films. PMID:25942853

  1. Structural and optical properties of Zn-doped SnO2 films prepared by DC and RF magnetron co-sputtering

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    Xu, Bo; Ren, Xiao-Guang; Gu, Guang-Rui; Lan, Lei-Lei; Wu, Bao-Jia

    2016-01-01

    In the present work, the Zn-doped SnO2 (SnO2:Zn) thin films, with different Zn-doping concentration, were successfully prepared on Si (100) and glass substrates by direct current (DC) and radio frequency (RF) magnetron co-sputtering. The effects of dopant concentration, determined by the sputtering power applied on Zn target, on the structural, photoluminescent and optical performances of Zn-doped SnO2 films were investigated by X-ray diffraction(XRD), scanning electron microscope(SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX),high-resolution transmission electron microscopy(HRTEM) and Ultraviolet-Visible-Near IR spectroscopy. The results show all these films exhibited excellent crystalline quality with tetragonal rutile structure. Two photoluminescence (PL) peaks related to Zn-doping were detected at about 351 nm (3.53 eV) and 369 nm (3.36 eV). Moreover, the average transmittance and the band gap energy of the films continuously decreased from 85% to 75% and from 3.52 eV to 3.34 eV, respectively, with the increase of the doping level. The excellent properties of Zn-doped SnO2 films make them capable for wider applications.

  2. Evaluation of the optoelectronic properties and corrosion behavior of Al2O3-doped ZnO films prepared by dc pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Zubizarreta, C.; Berasategui, E. G.; Bayón, R.; Escobar Galindo, R.; Barros, R.; Gaspar, D.; Nunes, D.; Calmeiro, T.; Martins, R.; Fortunato, E.; Barriga, J.

    2014-12-01

    The main requirements for transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films acting as electrodes are a high transmission rate in the visible spectral region and low resistivity. However, in many cases, tolerance to temperature and humidity exposure is also an important requirement to be fulfilled by the TCOs to assure proper operation and durability. Besides improving current encapsulation methods, the corrosion resistance of the developed TCOs must also be enhanced to warrant the performance of optoelectronic devices. In this paper the performance of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films deposited by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering has been studied. Structure, optical transmittance/reflectance, electrical properties (resistivity, carrier concentration and mobility) and corrosion resistance of the developed coatings have been analyzed as a function of the doping of the target and the coating thickness. Films grown from a 2.0 wt% Al2O3 target with a thickness of approximately 1 µm showed a very low resistivity of 6.54  ×  10-4 Ωcm and a high optical transmittance in the visible range of 84%. Corrosion studies of the developed samples have shown very low corrosion currents (nanoamperes), very high corrosion resistances (in the order of 107 Ω) and very high electrochemical stability, indicating no tendency for electrochemical corrosion degradation.

  3. Effect of substrate temperature on the structural and optical properties of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Li, Xue-Yong; Li, Hong-Jian; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Xia, Hui; Xiong, Zhi-Yong; Wang, Jun-Xi; Yang, Bing-Chu

    2009-01-01

    ZnO and Al-doped ZnO(ZAO) thin films have been prepared on glass substrates by direct current (dc) magnetron sputtering from 99.99% pure Zn metallic and ZnO:3 wt%Al 2O 3 ceramic targets, the effects of substrate temperature on the crystallization behavior and optical properties of the films have been studied. It shows that the surface morphologies of ZAO films exhibit difference from that of ZnO films, while their preferential crystalline growth orientation revealed by X-ray diffraction remains always the (0 0 2). The optical transmittance and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of both ZnO and ZAO films are obviously influenced by the substrate temperature. All films exhibit a transmittance higher than 86% in the visible region, while the optical transmittance of ZAO films is slightly smaller than that of ZnO films. More significantly, Al-doping leads to a larger optical band gap ( Eg) of the films. It is found from the PL measurement that near-band-edge (NBE) emission and deep-level (DL) emission are observed in pure ZnO thin films. However, when Al was doped into thin films, the DL emission of the thin films is depressed. As the substrate temperature increases, the peak of NBE emission has a blueshift to region of higher photon energy, which shows a trend similar to the Eg in optical transmittance measurement.

  4. Effect of N2/Ar on structure and hardness of TaN-Ag thin films deposited by DC cylindrical magnetron sputtering

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    Foadi, Farnaz; Darabi, Elham; Reza Hantehzadeh, Mohammad

    2014-05-01

    TaN-Ag thin films were deposited on a 304 stainless steel substrate by cylindrical DC magnetron sputtering using different ratios of nitrogen to argon gas. The N2 percentages were 1.5%, 3%, 4.5%, 7.5%, 10.5% and 15% by volume. The influence of the N2/Ar ratio on the films morphology, structure and hardness was investigated using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD), and the nanoindentation method. The amounts of Ta and Ag were determined using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS). The thickness of the deposited films was measured by surface step profilometer. The RMS surface roughness increased for N2 percentages up to 7.5% and then decreased. Grazing results showed different TaN phases and Ag crystalline structures. The hardness of all films was much higher than the hardness of bulk silver or tantalum. The highest hardness value was obtained for 1.5% N2 . The EDS results indicated that the Ag/Ta ratio in the deposited films increases with increasing the N2 amount from 1.5% to 15%. The size of Ag islands on the surface was maximized at 7.5% N2 in the gas mixture. The thicknesses of films were in the range of 400-600 nm.

  5. Effect of Power and Nitrogen Content on the Deposition of CrN Films by Using Pulsed DC Magnetron Sputtering Plasma

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    Umm-i-Kalsoom; R., Ahmad; Nisar, Ali; A. Khan, I.; Sehrish, Saleem; Uzma, Ikhlaq; Nasarullah, Khan

    2013-07-01

    CrN thin films are deposited on stainless steel (AISI-304) substrate using pulsed DC magnetron sputtering in a mixture of nitrogen and argon plasma. Two set of samples are prepared. The first set of sample is treated at different powers (100 W to 200 W) in a mixture of argon (95%) and nitrogen (5%). The second set of samples is treated at different nitrogen concentrations (5% to 20%) in argon (95% to 80%) for a constant power (150 W). X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis exhibits the development of new phases related to different compounds. The crystallinity of CrN varies by varying the applied power and nitrogen content. Crystallite size and residual stresses of the CrN (111) plane show similar variation for the applied power and nitrogen contents. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis shows the formation of a granular surface morphology that varies with the change of powers and nitrogen content. The thickness of the film is measured using SEM cross sectional images and using atomic force microscopy (AFM) scratch analysis. The maximum film thickness (about 755 nm) is obtained for the film deposited at 5% nitrogen in 95% argon at 150 W power. For these conditions, maximum hardness is also observed.

  6. Titanium Aluminum Nitride Films Deposited by AC Reactive Magnetron Sputtering: Study of Positioning Effect in an Inverted Cylindrical Magnetron Sputtering System

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    Vandross, George Clinton, II

    TiAlN films were deposited on glass substrates by AC magnetron sputtering at 2 kW with constant Argon and Nitrogen gas flow rates to study the effects of positioning on the deposited films. The deposition system used was an ICM-10 IsoFlux cylindrical magnetron sputtering chamber. The samples were placed in different positions and tilts with respect to the location of the Titanium and Aluminum targets in the chamber. It was found that with change in position and application of tilts, deposited films acquired different physical and chemical properties. It is believed that the differences in these properties were caused by to the change in the incident angle of bombardment of the samples, and the change in surface areas of the samples presented to the targets at each location. As related to the physical traits of the samples, analysis using Scanning Electron Microscopy of the samples displayed variations in the topography, where differences in grain density could be noted as well as structure formations. The chemical properties were also noted to be affected by the variation of tilt and position applied to the sample. X-ray Diffraction Spectroscopy analysis of the samples showed the intensity of the TiAlN characteristic peak of the samples to differ from sample to sample. Results from the XRD analysis of this work showed a 157% and 176% increase in peak intensity of the 0° tilt sample of the Bottom Plate from the 45° tilt sample and 60° tilt sample respectively of the same plate. The results from the XRD analysis of this work also showed a 74% and 151% increase of the peak intensity for the 0° tilt sample of the Middle Plate when compared to the 45° tilt sample and 60° tilt sample respectively of the same plate. Whereas results for this work showed a 54% and 41% decrease in peak intensity of the 0° tilt sample of the Top Plate from the 45° tilt sample and 60° tilt sample respectively of the same plate. Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy was also performed

  7. Highly oriented {delta}-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films stable at room temperature synthesized by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Lunca Popa, P.; Kerdsongpanya, S.; Lu, J.; Eklund, P.; Sonderby, S.; Bonanos, N.

    2013-01-28

    We report the synthesis by reactive magnetron sputtering and structural characterization of highly (111)-oriented thin films of {delta}-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}. This phase is obtained at a substrate temperature of 150-200 Degree-Sign C in a narrow window of O{sub 2}/Ar ratio in the sputtering gas (18%-20%). Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction reveal a polycrystalline columnar structure with (111) texture. The films are stable from room temperature up to 250 Degree-Sign C in vacuum and 350 Degree-Sign C in ambient air.

  8. Correlation between Microstructure and Mechanical Properties ofTiC Films Produced by Vacuum arc Deposition and Reactive MagnetronSputtering

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    Monteiro, O.R.; Delplancke-Ogletree, M.P.; Winand, R.; Brown, I.G.

    1999-07-29

    We have studied the synthesis of TiC films by vacuum arc deposition and reactive magnetron sputtering over a wide range of compositions. The films were deposited on silicon and tool steel. The films were characterized by various techniques: Auger electron and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, Rutherford backscattering, transmission electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction. Mechanical properties such as stress, adhesion, friction coefficient and wear resistance were obtained by carrying measurements of the curvature of the silicon substrate, pull tests, and ball-on-disk tests, respectively.

  9. Deposition and characterization of zirconium nitride (ZrN) thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering with linear gas ion source and bias voltage

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    Kavitha, A.; Kannan, R.; Subramanian, N. Sankara; Loganathan, S.

    2014-04-24

    Zirconium nitride thin films have been prepared on stainless steel substrate (304L grade) by reactive cylindrical magnetron sputtering method with Gas Ion Source (GIS) and bias voltage using optimized coating parameters. The structure and surface morphologies of the ZrN films were characterized using X-ray diffraction, atomic microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The adhesion property of ZrN thin film has been increased due to the GIS. The coating exhibits better adhesion strength up to 10 N whereas the ZrN thin film with bias voltage exhibits adhesion up to 500 mN.

  10. Growth and characterization of TiAlN/CrAlN superlattices prepared by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Barshilia, Harish C.; Deepthi, B.; Rajam, K. S.; Bhatti, Kanwal Preet; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2009-01-15

    TiAlN and CrAlN coatings were prepared using a reactive direct current magnetron sputtering system from TiAl and CrAl targets. Structural characterization of the coatings using x-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the B1 NaCl structure of TiAlN and CrAlN coatings with a prominent reflection along the (111) plane. The XPS data confirmed the bonding structures of TiAlN and CrAlN single layer coatings. Subsequently, nanolayered multilayer coatings of TiAlN/CrAlN were deposited on silicon and mild steel (MS) substrates at different modulation wavelengths ({lambda}) with a total thickness of approximately 1.0 {mu}m. The modulation wavelengths were calculated from the x-ray reflectivity data using modified Bragg's law. TiAlN/CrAlN multilayer coatings were textured along (111) for {lambda}<200 A and the XRD patterns showed the formation of superlattice structure for coatings deposited at {lambda}=102 A. The x-ray reflectivity data showed reflections of fifth and seventh orders for multilayer coatings deposited at {lambda}=102 and 138 A, respectively, indicating the formation of sharp interfaces between TiAlN and CrAlN layers. The cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy image of TiAlN/CrAlN multilayer coatings indicated a noncolumnar and dense microstructure. A maximum hardness of 39 GPa was observed for TiAlN/CrAlN multilayer coatings deposited at {lambda}=93 A, which was higher than the rule-of-mixture value (30 GPa) for TiAlN and CrAlN. Study of thermal stability of the coatings in air using micro-Raman spectroscopy indicated that the TiAlN/CrAlN multilayer coatings were stable up to 900 deg. C in air. TiAlN/CrAlN multilayer coatings also exhibited improved corrosion resistance when compared to the MS substrate.

  11. Reactive magnetron sputtering of highly (001)-textured WS2-x films: Influence of Ne+, Ar+ and Xe+ ion bombardment on the film growth

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    Ellmer, K.; Seeger, S.; Sieber, I.; Bohne, W.; Röhrich, J.; Strub, E.; Mientus, R.

    2006-02-01

    Tungsten disulfide WS2 is a layer-type semi-conductor with an energy band gap and an absorption coefficient making it suitable as an absorber for thin film solar cells. In the article [1] WS2-x films were pre-pared by reactive magnetron sputtering from a metallic tungsten target in Ar-H2S atmospheres.The cover figure shows in situ energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction patterns for films deposited at different substrate potentials, i.e. for deposition conditions with ion assistance at different ion energies. These spectra and the corresponding SEM photographs of the film morphology show the strong influence of the ion energy on the film growth. The crystallographic struc-ture of WS2-x is shown between the two SEM pictures.The first author, Klaus Ellmer, is working at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin, Dept. of Solar Energy Research. His research fields are thin film deposition by reactive magnetron sputtering for solar cells, plasma characterization, in situ energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction and electronic transport in transpar-ent conductive oxides.

  12. Studies on the room temperature growth of nanoanatase phase TiO{sub 2} thin films by pulsed dc magnetron with oxygen as sputter gas

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    Karuppasamy, A.; Subrahmanyam, A.

    2007-03-15

    The anatase phase titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) thin films were deposited at room temperature by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering using pure oxygen as sputter gas. The structural, optical, electrical, and electrochromic properties of the films have been studied as a function of oxygen pressure in the chamber. The x-ray diffraction results indicate that the films grown above 4.5x10{sup -2} mbar are nanocrystalline (grain size of 28-43 nm) with anatase phase. The films deposited at the chamber pressure of 7.2x10{sup -2} mbar are found to be highly crystalline with a direct optical band gap of 3.40 eV, refractive index of 2.54 (at {lambda}=400 nm), and work function of 4.77 eV (determined by the Kelvin probe measurements). From the optical emission spectra of the plasma and transport of ions in matter calculations, we find that the crystallization of TiO{sub 2} at room temperature is due to the impingement of electrons and ions on the growing films. Particularly, the negative oxygen ions reflected from the target by 'negative ion effects' and the enhanced density of TiO, TiO{sup +}, TiO{sub 2}{sup +}, and O{sup 2+} particles in the plasma are found to improve the crystallization even at a relatively low temperature. From an application point of view, the film grown at 7.2x10{sup -2} mbar was studied for its electrochromic properties by protonic intercalation. It showed good electrochromic behavior with an optical modulation of {approx}45%, coloration efficiency of 14.7 cm{sup 2} C{sup -1}, and switching time (t{sub c}) of 50 s for a 2x2 cm{sup 2} device at {lambda}=633 nm.

  13. Optical properties of nanocrystalline WO{sub 3} and WO{sub 3-x} thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Johansson, Malin B. Niklasson, Gunnar A.; Österlund, Lars; Zietz, Burkhard

    2014-06-07

    The optical properties of tungsten trioxide thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering, with different oxygen vacancy (V{sub o}) concentration, have been studied by spectrophotometry and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. Absorption and PL spectra show that the films exhibit similar band gap energies, E{sub g} ≈ 2.9 eV. The absorption spectra of the films show two pronounced absorption bands in the near-infrared region. One peak (P1) is located at approximately 0.7 eV, independent of V{sub o} concentration. A second peak (P2) shifts from 0.96 eV to 1.16 eV with decreasing V{sub o} concentration. Peak P1 is assigned to polaron absorption due to transitions between tungsten sites (W{sup 5+} → W{sup 6+}), or an optical transition from a neutral vacancy state to the conduction band, V{sub o}{sup 0} → W{sup 6+}. The origin of peak P2 is more uncertain but may involve +1 and +2 charged vacancy sites. The PL spectra show several emission bands in the range 2.07 to 3.10 eV in the more sub-stoichiometric and 2.40 to 3.02 eV in the less sub-stoichiometric films. The low energy emission bands agree well with calculated optical transition energies of oxygen vacancy sites, with dominant contribution from neutral and singly charged vacancies in the less sub-stoichiometric films, and additional contributions from doubly charged vacancy sites in the more sub-stoichiometric films.

  14. TiO2 thin films with rutile phase prepared by DC magnetron co-sputtering at room temperature: Effect of Cu incorporation

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    Wang, Hui; Li, Yujie; Ba, Xin; Huang, Lin; Yu, Ying

    2015-08-01

    The thin films for pure TiO2 and that incorporated with Cu ion were deposited by DC magnetron co-sputtering with Ar gas. The crystal texture, surface morphology, energy gap and optical properties of the prepared films have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), UV-vis spectrophotometer, and Raman spectroscopy. The results show that as-deposited TiO2 film mainly possesses anatase structure at room temperature with pure Ar gas, but the introduction of Cu can alter the phase structure of crystallite TiO2. XRD patterns and Raman spectra indicate that the Cu incorporation with high concentration (ACu/ATi + ACu ≈ 20%) favors the formation of rutile phase. Moreover, the Cu incorporation into TiO2 lattice induces band gap narrowing. Band structures and density of states have been analyzed based on density functional theory (DFT) and periodic models in order to investigate the influence of the Cu incorporation on the electronic structure of TiO2. Both experimental data and electronic structure calculations evidence the fact that the change in film structure from the anatase to the rutile phase can be ascribed to the possible incorporation of Cu1+ in the sites previously occupied by Ti4+, and the presence of Cu results in important effect on the electronic states, which is mainly related to the 3d Cu orbitals in the gap and in the vicinity of the valence band edges for TiO2.

  15. Spectroscopy analysis of graphene like deposition using DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering on γ‐Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} buffer layer

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    Aji, A. S. Darma, Y.

    2014-02-24

    In this work, graphene-like deposition using DC unbalanced magnetron-sputtering technique on γ‐Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer at low temperature has been systematically studied. The γ‐Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was growth on silicon substrate using thermal evaporation of Al wire and continuing with dry oxidation of Al at 550 °C. Sputtering process were carried out using Fe-doped carbon pellet as a target by maintain the chamber pressure of 4.6×10{sup −2} Torr at substrate temperature of 300 °C for time deposition range of 1 to 4 hours. The quality of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on Si(100) and the characteristic of carbon thin film on γ‐Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} were analized by mean XRD, opctical microscopy, EDAX, FTIR, and Raman spectra. XRD and optical microscopy analysis shows that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film is growth uniformly on Si substrate and forming the γ phase of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Raman and FTIR spectra confirm the formation of graphene like carbon layer on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Additionally, thermal annealing for some sample series have been performed to study their structural stability. The change of atomic structure due to thermal annealing were analized by XRD spectra. The quality and the number of graphene layers are investigated by using Raman spectra peaks analysis.

  16. Compositional, morphological and mechanical investigations of monolayer type coatings obtained by standard and reactive magnetron sputtering from Ti, TiB2 and WC

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    Jinga, V.; Mateescu, A. O.; Cristea, D.; Mateescu, G.; Burducea, I.; Ionescu, C.; Crăciun, L. S.; Ghiuţă, I.; Samoilă, C.; Ursuţiu, D.; Munteanu, D.

    2015-12-01

    The purpose of this work was to study new composite coatings that would have wear resistant properties. The coatings were obtained by standard and reactive simultaneous magnetron sputtering from three targets (Ti, TiB2, WC) with or without N2 as reactive gas. The chemical composition of the coatings was investigated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, while the morphological features were evaluated by atomic force microscopy. Some of the mechanical properties of the coatings, such as hardness and Young's modulus, were investigated by nanoindentation, while the adherence to the substrate was investigated by scratch tests. The wear resistance and friction coefficients were evaluated using a pin-on-disk tribometer. The films are hard (Hit between 20 and 22 GPa) and show promising results concerning their wear resistance, especially if the films would be paired with an appropriate substrate material.

  17. [Effect of oxygen partial pressure on the band-gap of the TiO2 films prepared by DC reactive sputtering].

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    Zhao, Qing-nan; Li, Chun-ling; Liu, Bao-shun; Zhao, Xiu-jian

    2004-05-01

    TiO2 films have been deposited on glass substrates using DC reactive magnetron sputtering at different oxygen partial pressures from 0.10 to 0.65 Pa. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the films were recorded. The results of the PL spectra showed that there were three emission peaks at 370, 472 and 514 nm for the films sputtered at 0.35 and 0.65 Pa, and there were two peaks at 370 and 490 nm for the films sputtered at 0.10 and 0.15 Pa. The band-gap for the films was 3.35 eV. For the films sputtered at 0.35 and 0.65 Pa there were two defect energy levels at 2.63 and 2.41 eV, corresponding to 0.72 and 0.94 eV below conduction band for the band-gap, respectively. For the films sputtered at 0.10 and 0.15 Pa, there was an energy band formed between 3.12 and 2.06 eV, corresponding to 0.23 and 1.29 eV below the conduction band. With increasing the oxygen partial pressure, the defect energy band changed to two energy levels, and the energy levels nearly disappeared for the film sputtered at 0.65 Pa of oxygen partial pressure. PMID:15769058

  18. Investigation on the electrical properties and inhomogeneous distribution of ZnO:Al thin films prepared by dc magnetron sputtering at low deposition temperature

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    Zhang, X. B.; Pei, Z. L.; Gong, J.; Sun, C.

    2007-01-01

    A study of the electrical properties and spatial distribution of the ZnO:Al (AZO) thin films prepared by dc magnetron sputtering at low deposition temperature was presented, with emphasis on the origin of the resistivity inhomogeneity across the substrate. Various growth conditions were obtained by manipulating the growth temperature T{sub S}, total pressure P{sub T}, and ion-to-neutral ratio J{sub i}/J{sub n}. The plasma characteristics such as radial ion density and floating/plasma potential distribution over the substrate were measured by Langmuir probe, while the flux and energy distribution of energetic species were estimated through Monte Carlo simulations. The crystalline, stress and electrical properties of the films were found to be strongly dependent on T{sub S} and J{sub i}/J{sub n}. Under the low J{sub i}/J{sub n} (<0.3) conditions, the T{sub S} exerted a remarkable influence on film quality. The films prepared at 90 deg. C were highly compressed, exhibiting poor electrical properties and significant spatial distribution. High quality films with low stress and resistivity were produced at higher T{sub S} (200 deg. C). Similarly, at lower T{sub S} (90 deg. C), higher J{sub i}/J{sub n} ({approx}2) dramatically improved the film resistivity as well as its lateral distribution. Moreover, it indicated that the role of ion bombardment is dependent on the mechanism of dissipation of incident species. Ion bombardment is beneficial to the film growth if the energy of incident species E{sub i} is below the penetration threshold E{sub pet} ({approx}33 eV for ZnO); on the other hand, the energy subimplant mechanism would work, and the bombardment degrades the film quality when E{sub i} is over the E{sub pet}. The energetic bombardment of negative oxygen ions rather than the positives dominated the resistivity distribution of AZO films, while the nonuniform distribution of active oxygen played a secondary role which was otherwise more notable under conditions of

  19. Investigation of structural, optical and electrical properties of (Ti,Nb)Ox thin films deposited by high energy reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Mazur, Michal; Kaczmarek, Danuta; Prociow, Eugeniusz; Domaradzki, Jaroslaw; Wojcieszak, Damian; Bocheński, Jakub

    2014-06-01

    In this work the results of investigations of the titanium-niobium oxides thin films have been reported. The thin films were manufactured with the aid of a modified reactive magnetron sputtering process. The aim of the research was the analysis of structural, optical and electrical properties of the deposited thin films. Additionally, the influence of post-process annealing on the properties of studied coatings has been presented. The as-deposited coatings were amorphous, while annealing at 873 K caused a structural change to the mixture of TiO2 anatase-rutile phases. The prepared thin films exhibited good transparency with transmission level of ca. 50 % and low resistivity varying from 2 Ωcm to 5×10-2 Ωcm, depending on the time and temperature of annealing. What is worth to emphasize, the sign of Seebeck coefficient changed after the annealing process from the electron to hole type electrical conduction.

  20. Investigation of structural, optical and electrical properties of (Ti,Nb)Ox thin films deposited by high energy reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Mazur, Michal; Kaczmarek, Danuta; Prociow, Eugeniusz; Domaradzki, Jaroslaw; Wojcieszak, Damian; Bocheński, Jakub

    2014-09-01

    In this work the results of investigations of the titanium-niobium oxides thin films have been reported. The thin films were manufactured with the aid of a modified reactive magnetron sputtering process. The aim of the research was the analysis of structural, optical and electrical properties of the deposited thin films. Additionally, the influence of post-process annealing on the properties of studied coatings has been presented. The as-deposited coatings were amorphous, while annealing at 873 K caused a structural change to the mixture of TiO2 anatase-rutile phases. The prepared thin films exhibited good transparency with transmission level of ca. 50 % and low resistivity varying from 2 Ωcm to 5×10-2 Ωcm, depending on the time and temperature of annealing. What is worth to emphasize, the sign of Seebeck coefficient changed after the annealing process from the electron to hole type electrical conduction.

  1. Comparative study of RF reactive magnetron sputtering and sol-gel deposition of UV induced superhydrophilic TiOx thin films

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    Vrakatseli, V. E.; Amanatides, E.; Mataras, D.

    2016-03-01

    TiOx and TiOx-like thin films were deposited on PEEK (Polyether ether ketone) substrates by low-temperature RF reactive magnetron sputtering and the sol-gel method. The resulting films were compared in terms of their properties and photoinduced hydrophilicity. Both techniques resulted in uniform films with good adhesion that can be switched to superhydrophilic after exposure to UVA radiation for similar time periods. In addition, the sputtered films can also be activated and switched to superhydrophilic by natural sunlight due to the higher absorption in the visible spectrum compared to the sol-gel films. On the other hand, the as deposited sol-films remain relatively hydrophilic for a longer time in dark compared to the sputtered film due to the differences in the morphology and the porosity of the two materials. Thus, depending on the application, either method can be used in order to achieve the desirable TiOx properties.

  2. Thermal Stability of a RuO2 Electrode Prepared by DC Reactive Sputtering

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    Matsui, Yuichi; Hiratani, Masahiko; Kimura, Shinichiro

    2000-01-01

    RuO2 films were deposited by reactive DC sputtering, and the formation process and the thermal stability were investigated. In the RuO2/Ti/SiO2 structure, the Ti surface was preferentially oxidized at the initial stage of RuO2 growth. Insertion of Ru and TiN layers between the RuO2 and Ti layers can suppress the oxygen diffusion toward the Ti layer during the film growth. However, when the RuO2/Ru/TiN/Ti/Si structure was heat-treated, the RuO2 was partially reduced to form RuO2-X and the TiN was oxidized to TiO2 while generating N2 and O2 gases, resulting in voids formation at the RuO2/Ru interface, regardless of the heat-treatment atmosphere. We found this was caused by internal oxygen diffusion within the stacked layers. This reaction is governed by the transference of oxygen to the TiN and Ti layers by the difference in the Gibbs’ formation free energy, and by the oxygen diffusion enhancement.

  3. Pulsed DC reactively sputtered tantalum oxide thin films for embedded capacitors

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    Jain, Pushkar

    Embedded capacitor technology, where thin film capacitors are integrated at on-chip and/or off-chip levels, offers high packaging densities and improved electrical performance at potentially reduced costs of capacitor fabrication and integration. This research explores and establishes the leverages of using thin film embedded capacitors over currently used surface mount discrete capacitors. In particular, this thesis focuses on developing pulsed dc reactively sputtered tantalum oxide (Ta2O5) thin film capacitors to be integrated into established interconnect technologies of IC chips and packages. A correlation between electrical breakdown field and dielectric constant, EBR (MV/cm) = (20/ 3r ) is empirically determined and used to establish a design space for breakdown voltage and capacitance density of planar capacitors, with film thickness and material dielectric constant as parameters. This design space sets the limits for "best one can achieve" (BOCA) breakdown voltages and capacitance densities using a particular dielectric. The validity of the developed design space is experimentally verified with Ta2O 5 thin films over a wide range of film thickness (0.05 to 5.4 mum). High frequency test vehicles were designed and fabricated to evaluate the electrical performance of Ta2O5, SiO 2, and Si3N4 thin film capacitors over a wide range of frequencies (dc to 20 GHz). Ta2O5, SiO 2, and Si3N4 show no dispersion at least up to 20 GHz. The total inductance of power connect vias is determined to be less than 50 pH/mum of via, which is at least two orders of magnitude lower than most discrete capacitors along with connection leads (>4 nH). The extent of Cu diffusion/drift into Ta2O5 films is determined and compared with Al, Ta, and Ti at various biasing and temperature conditions using bias-temperature-stress (BTS) and triangular voltage sweep (TVS) techniques. No Cu diffusion was detected at 150°C at least till 0.75 MV/cm. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  4. Reduction of the Residual DC in the Photoaligned Twisted Nematic Liquid Crystal Display Using Polymerized Reactive Mesogen

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    Lim, Young Jin; Jeong, Il Hwa; Kang, Heon-Seok; Kundu, Sudarshan; Lee, Myong-Hoon; Lee, Seung Hee

    2012-08-01

    A residual direct current (DC) voltage property in the twisted nematic liquid crystal display (TN-LCD) using photoaligned polyimide is studied by the capacitance-voltage hysteresis method. A residual DC is greatly reduced in the photoaligned cell with an additional polymerized layer on a photoaligned layer with the help of a UV-curable reactive mesogen. The surface of the photoaligned layer becomes much more polar than that of the rubbed layer, possibly leading to a larger trapping of ions on the photoaligned layer than on the rubbed polyimide layer. The polar surface can be modified with an additional proposed polymer layer and, thus, the low residual DC voltage can be achieved.

  5. Amorphous indium-tin-zinc oxide films deposited by magnetron sputtering with various reactive gases: Spatial distribution of thin film transistor performance

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    Jia, Junjun; Torigoshi, Yoshifumi; Shigesato, Yuzo; Kawashima, Emi; Utsuno, Futoshi; Yano, Koki

    2015-01-12

    This work presents the spatial distribution of electrical characteristics of amorphous indium-tin-zinc oxide film (a-ITZO), and how they depend on the magnetron sputtering conditions using O{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, and N{sub 2}O as the reactive gases. Experimental results show that the electrical properties of the N{sub 2}O incorporated a-ITZO film has a weak dependence on the deposition location, which cannot be explained by the bombardment effect of high energy particles, and may be attributed to the difference in the spatial distribution of both the amount and the activity of the reactive gas reaching the substrate surface. The measurement for the performance of a-ITZO thin film transistor (TFT) also suggests that the electrical performance and device uniformity of a-ITZO TFTs can be improved significantly by the N{sub 2}O introduction into the deposition process, where the field mobility reach to 30.8 cm{sup 2} V{sup –1} s{sup –1}, which is approximately two times higher than that of the amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide TFT.

  6. Preparation of hydrogenated diamond-like carbon films by reactive Ar/CH4 high power impulse magnetron sputtering with negative pulse voltage

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    Kimura, Takashi; Kamata, Hikaru

    2015-09-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) has been attracted, because sputtered target species are highly ionized. High densities of active species such as radical ions and neutral radicals can be also achieved owing to high density reactive HiPIMS plasmas. We investigate properties of hydrogenated diamond-like carbon films prepared by reactive HiPIMS of Ar/CH4 gas mixture. The properties of the films strongly depend on the plasma compositions and the kinetic energy of the carbon-containing ions which can enter into the films. The film preparation is performed at an average power of 60 W and a repetition frequency of 110 Hz, changing CH4 fraction up to 15%. Total pressure ranges between 0.3 and 2 Pa. The maximum of instantaneous power is about 20-25 kW, and the magnitude of the current is 36 A. A negative pulse voltage is applied to the substrates for about 10 μs after the target voltage changed from about -600 V to 0 V. The structural properties are characterized by Raman spectroscopy and nano-indentation method. Film hardness strongly depends on the magnitude of negative pulse voltage. By adjusting the magnitude of negative voltage, the film hardness ranges between about 10 and 22 GPa. This work is partially supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 26420230.

  7. Highly conductive indium zinc oxide prepared by reactive magnetron cosputtering technique using indium and zinc metallic targets

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    Tsai, T. K.; Chen, H. C.; Lee, J. H.; Huang, Y. Y.; Fang, J. S.

    2010-05-15

    Zn-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} film is frequently deposited from an oxide target; but the use of metallic target is increasingly expected as preparing the film with comparable properties. This work aimed to prepare a highly conductive and transparent Zn-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film on Corning Eagle{sup 2000} glass substrate by magnetron cosputtering method using indium and zinc targets. Structural characterization was performed using x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The film had an amorphous structure when the film was prepared on an unheated substrate, but had an In{sub 2}O{sub 3} polycrystalline structure when the film was deposited on 150 and 300 deg. C substrates. The electrical properties of the film were greatly affected by annealing; the Zn-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} film had a low resistivity of 6.1x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm and an average transmittance of 81.7% when the film was deposited without substrate heating and followed a 600 deg. C annealing.

  8. [Effects of Temperature on the Preparation of Al/Zn3N2 Thin Films Using Magnetron Reactive Sputtering].

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    Feng, Jun-qin; Chen, Jun-fang

    2015-08-01

    The effects of substrate temperature on the plasma active species were investigated by plasma optical emission spectroscopy. With increasing substrate temperature, the characteristic spectroscopy intensity of the first positive series of N2* (B(3)Πg-->A(3)Σu(+)), the second positive N2* (C(3)Πu-->B(3)Πg), the first negative series N2(+)* (B(2)Σu(+)-->X(2)Σg(+)) and Zn* are increased. Due to the substrate temperature, each ion kinetic energy is increased and the collision ionization intensified in the chamber. That leading to plasma ion density increase. These phenomenons's show that the substrate temperature raises in a certain range was conducive to zinc nitride thin films growth. Zn3N2 thin films were prepared on Al films using ion sources-assisted magnetron sputtering deposition method. The degree of crystalline of the films was examined with X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that has a dominant peak located at 34.359° in room temperature, which was corresponding to the (321) plane of cubic anti-bixbyite zinc nitride structure (JCPDS Card No35-0762). When the substrate temperature was 100 °C, in addition to the (321) reflection, more diffraction peaks appeared corresponding to the (222), (400) and (600) planes, which were located at 31.756°, 36.620° and 56.612° respectively. When the substrate temperature was 200 °C, in addition to the (321), (222), (400) and (600) reflection, more new diffraction peaks also appeared corresponding to the (411), (332), (431) and (622) planes, which were located at 39.070, 43.179°, 47.004° and 62.561° respectively. These results show the film crystalline increased gradually with raise the substrate temperature. XP-1 profilometer were used to analyze the thickness of the Zn3N2 films. The Zn3N2 films deposited on Al films in mixture gas plasma had a deposition rate of 2.0, 2.2, and 2.7 nm · min(-1). These results indicate that the deposition rate was gradually enhanced as substrate temperature increased

  9. Effect of electric field in the course of obtaining a-SiO{sub x}:H(Er, O) films by dc magnetron sputtering on their composition and photoluminescence intensity of erbium ions

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    Undalov, Yu. K. Terukov, E. I.; Gusev, O. B.; Lebedev, V. M.; Trapeznikova, I. N.

    2008-11-15

    The effect of electric field on the elemental composition and photoluminescence of films of amorphous hydrogenated silicon doped with erbium and oxygen (a-SiO{sub x}:H(Er, O)) in the course of obtaining these films by dc magnetron sputtering is studied. Two series of films were studied in relation to the electric-field strength in the magnetron, the area of the metallic erbium target, and oxygen content in the working chamber. The first series of films was obtained using an electrically insulated substrate holder, and the second series was obtained with a positive potential at the substrate holder with respect to the cathode. It is shown that, although the character of variation in the elemental composition and photoluminescence intensity for erbium Er{sup 3+} ions differ appreciably in the films of the two series, both of these factors are determined, as a result, by the processes of sputtering oxidation of the Si and Er targets that represent the cathode.

  10. Influence of working gas pressure on structure and properties of WO3 films reactively deposited by rf magnetron sputtering

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    Takahashi, T.; Tanabe, J.; Yamada, N.; Nakabayashi, H.

    2003-07-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) films with thickness of 0.9-6.7 μm have been deposited on glass-slide substrates, using rf magnetron sputtering in an atmosphere of mixture 80% Ar and 20% O2. The as-deposited films had a dark metallic color, like the W target, at a working gas pressure PW of 1 mTorr. Yellow films resulted at a PW of 3 mTorr. With a further increase of PW, the film color changed to pale yellow. From the x-ray diffraction patterns, the as-deposited films were polycrystalline crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal structure with high c-axis orientation perpendicular to the film plane. The optical transmittance of the films deposited at a PW of 1 mTorr is nearly zero. However, the transmittance of the films deposited at other PW are larger than 70% in the wavelength, λ, ranging from 500 to 900 nm. With decreasing λ to 400 nm, the transmittance decreases steeply to zero. The λ at this absorption edge is longer than that in TiO2 and comes in the visible region. The surface morphology of the films depends on PW. This different morphology may be attributed to the effect of the substrate heating by plasma emission because of the high plasma density at higher PW. The morphology of the films may also depend on the crystallinity of the WO3 films. As PW increased, the surfaces of the films became rougher but the grain sizes of the films did not always become larger. The WO3 films deposited in this study may be used for the underlayer of TiO2 photocatalyst.