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  1. Discharge current modes of high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Wu, Zhongzhen Xiao, Shu; Ma, Zhengyong; Cui, Suihan; Ji, Shunping; Pan, Feng; Tian, Xiubo; Fu, Ricky K. Y.; Chu, Paul K.

    2015-09-15

    Based on the production and disappearance of ions and electrons in the high power impulse magnetron sputtering plasma near the target, the expression of the discharge current is derived. Depending on the slope, six possible modes are deduced for the discharge current and the feasibility of each mode is discussed. The discharge parameters and target properties are simplified into the discharge voltage, sputtering yield, and ionization energy which mainly affect the discharge plasma. The relationship between these factors and the discharge current modes is also investigated.

  2. Magnetron sputtering source

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    Makowiecki, D.M.; McKernan, M.A.; Grabner, R.F.; Ramsey, P.B.

    1994-08-02

    A magnetron sputtering source for sputtering coating substrates includes a high thermal conductivity electrically insulating ceramic and magnetically attached sputter target which can eliminate vacuum sealing and direct fluid cooling of the cathode assembly. The magnetron sputtering source design results in greater compactness, improved operating characteristics, greater versatility, and low fabrication cost. The design easily retrofits most sputtering apparatuses and provides for safe, easy, and cost effective target replacement, installation, and removal. 12 figs.

  3. Magnetron sputtering source

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; McKernan, Mark A.; Grabner, R. Fred; Ramsey, Philip B.

    1994-01-01

    A magnetron sputtering source for sputtering coating substrates includes a high thermal conductivity electrically insulating ceramic and magnetically attached sputter target which can eliminate vacuum sealing and direct fluid cooling of the cathode assembly. The magnetron sputtering source design results in greater compactness, improved operating characteristics, greater versatility, and low fabrication cost. The design easily retrofits most sputtering apparatuses and provides for safe, easy, and cost effective target replacement, installation, and removal.

  4. Magnetron sputtered boron films

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; Jankowski, Alan F.

    1998-01-01

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for producing hardened surfaces, surfacing machine tools, etc. and for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z optical components, such as mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence.

  5. Magnetron sputtered boron films

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    Makowiecki, D.M.; Jankowski, A.F.

    1998-06-16

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for producing hardened surfaces, surfacing machine tools, etc. and for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z optical components, such as mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence. 8 figs.

  6. 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.

  7. Magnetron discharge sputtering for fabrication of nanogradient optical coatings

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    Volpian, O. D.; Kuzmichev, A. I.; Ermakov, G. F.; Krikunov, A. I.; Obod, Yu A.; Silin, N. V.; Shkatula, S. V.

    2015-11-01

    The technology of the middle frequency pulse reactive magnetron sputtering for fabrication of nanogradient optical coatings with smooth variation of refractive index was developed and studied. The technology is based on programmable motion of a substrate over two magnetrons with targets of different materials. The feature of the deposition process is a constant composition of reactive gas medium and an invariable magnetron operation mode. To realize this technology, an automatic computer-controlled sputtering system additionally comprising a gas discharge activator of reactive gas (oxygen) and an in situ optical monitor- spectrovisor has been built. The dielectric oxide-based nanogradient coatings of photon-barrier type were successfully fabricated. The obtained results confirm the high potential of the middle frequency pulse reactive magnetron sputtering of silicon and metal targets for fabrication of nanogradient dielectric optical coatings with excellent properties.

  8. 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.

  9. Magnetron-Sputtered Amorphous Metallic Coatings

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    Thakoor, A. P.; Mehra, M.; Khanna, S. K.

    1985-01-01

    Amorphous coatings of refractory metal/metalloid-based alloys deposited by magnetron sputtering provide extraordinary hardness and wear resistance. Sputtering target fabricated by thoroughly mixing powders of tungsten, rhenium, and boron in stated proportions and pressing at 1,200 degrees C and 3,000 lb/in. to second power (21 MPa). Substrate lightly etched by sputtering before deposition, then maintained at bias of - 500 V during initial stages of film growth while target material sputtered onto it. Argon gas at pressure used as carrier gas for sputter deposition. Coatings dense, pinhole-free, extremely smooth, and significantly resistant to chemical corrosion in acidic and neutral aqueous environments.

  10. High power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.; Brenning, N.; Lundin, D.; Helmersson, U.

    2012-05-15

    The high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge is a recent addition to plasma based sputtering technology. In HiPIMS, high power is applied to the magnetron target in unipolar pulses at low duty cycle and low repetition frequency while keeping the average power about 2 orders of magnitude lower than the peak power. This results in a high plasma density, and high ionization fraction of the sputtered vapor, which allows better control of the film growth by controlling the energy and direction of the deposition species. This is a significant advantage over conventional dc magnetron sputtering where the sputtered vapor consists mainly of neutral species. The HiPIMS discharge is now an established ionized physical vapor deposition technique, which is easily scalable and has been successfully introduced into various industrial applications. The authors give an overview of the development of the HiPIMS discharge, and the underlying mechanisms that dictate the discharge properties. First, an introduction to the magnetron sputtering discharge and its various configurations and modifications is given. Then the development and properties of the high power pulsed power supply are discussed, followed by an overview of the measured plasma parameters in the HiPIMS discharge, the electron energy and density, the ion energy, ion flux and plasma composition, and a discussion on the deposition rate. Finally, some of the models that have been developed to gain understanding of the discharge processes are reviewed, including the phenomenological material pathway model, and the ionization region model.

  11. Particle contamination formation in magnetron sputtering processes

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    Selwyn, G.S.; Sequeda, F.; Huang, C.

    1997-07-01

    Defects caused by particulate contamination are an important concern in the fabrication of thin film products. Often, magnetron sputtering processes are used for this purpose. Particle contamination generated during thin film processing can be detected using laser light scattering, a powerful diagnostic technique which provides real-time, {ital in situ} imaging of particles {gt}0.3 {mu}m on the target, substrate, or in the plasma. Using this technique, we demonstrate that the mechanisms for particle generation, transport, and trapping during magnetron sputter deposition are different from the mechanisms reported in previously studied plasma etch processes, due to the inherent spatial nonuniformity of magnetically enhanced plasmas. During magnetron sputter deposition, one source of particle contamination is linked to portions of the sputtering target surface exposed to weaker plasma density. There, film redeposition induces filament or nodule growth. Sputter removal of these features is inhibited by the dependence of sputter yield on angle of incidence. These features enhance trapping of plasma particles, which then increases filament growth. Eventually the growths effectively {open_quotes}short-circuit{close_quotes} the sheath, causing high currents to flow through these features. This, in turn, causes mechanical failure of the growth resulting in fracture and ejection of the target contaminants into the plasma and onto the substrate. Evidence of this effect has been observed in semiconductor fabrication and storage disk manufacturing. Discovery of this mechanism in both technologies suggests it may be universal to many sputter processes. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Vacuum Society.}

  12. Influence of c-axis orientation and scandium concentration on infrared active modes of magnetron sputtered ScxAl1-xN thin films

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    Mayrhofer, P. M.; Eisenmenger-Sittner, C.; Euchner, H.; Bittner, A.; Schmid, U.

    2013-12-01

    Doping of wurtzite aluminium nitride (AlN) with scandium (Sc) significantly enhances the piezoelectric properties of AlN. ScxAl1-xN thin films with different Sc concentrations (x = 0 to 0.15) were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. Infrared (IR) absorbance spectroscopy was applied to investigate the Sc concentration dependent shift of the IR active modes E1(TO) and A1(TO). These results are compared to ab initio simulations, being in excellent agreement with the experimental findings. In addition, IR spectroscopy is established as an economical and fast method to distinguish between thin films with a high degree of c-axis orientation and those exhibiting mixed orientations.

  13. 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.

  14. EMI shielding using composite materials with two sources magnetron sputtering

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    Ziaja, J.; Jaroszewski, M.; Lewandowski, M.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, the preparation composite materials for electromagnetic shields using two sources magnetron sputtering DC-M is presented. A composite material was prepared by coating a nonwoven polypropylene metallic layer in sputtering process of targets Ti (purity 99%) and brass alloy MO58 (58%Cu, 40%Zn, 2%Pb) and ϕ diameter targets = 50 mm, under argon atmosphere. The system with magnetron sputtering sources was powered using switch-mode power supply DPS (Dora Power System) with a maximum power of 16 kW and a maximum voltage of 1.2 kV with group frequency from 50 Hz to 5 kHz. The influence of sputtering time of individual targets on the value of the EM field attenuation SE [dB] was investigated for the following supply conditions: pressure pp = 2x10-3 Torr, sputtering power P = 750 W, the time of applying a layer t = 5 min, group frequency fg = 2 kHz, the frequency of switching between targets fp = 1 Hz.

  15. Mixed-mode high-power impulse magnetron sputter deposition of tetrahedral amorphous carbon with pulse-length control of ionization

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    Tucker, M. D.; Ganesan, R.; McCulloch, D. G.; Partridge, J. G.; Stueber, M.; Ulrich, S.; Bilek, M. M. M.; McKenzie, D. R.; Marks, N. A.

    2016-04-01

    High-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) is used to deposit amorphous carbon thin films with sp3 fractions of 13% to 82%. Increasing the pulse length results in a transition from conventional HiPIMS deposition to a "mixed-mode" in which an arc triggers on the target surface, resulting in a large flux of carbon ions. The films are characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, nanoindentation, elastic recoil detection analysis, and measurements of stress and contact angle. All properties vary in a consistent manner, showing a high tetrahedral character only for long pulses, demonstrating that mixed-mode deposition is the source of the high carbon ion flux. Varying the substrate bias reveals an "energy window" effect, where the sp3 fraction of the films is greatest for a substrate bias around -100 V and decreases for higher or lower bias values. In the absence of bias, the films' properties show little dependence on the pulse length, showing that energetic ions are the origin of the highly tetrahedral character.

  16. 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.

  17. Quantitative analysis of sputter processes in a small magnetron system

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    Knittel, Ivo; Gothe, Marc; Hartmann, Uwe

    2005-11-15

    Sputter deposition of titanium in argon from a small circular magnetron is characterized. The dependence of the deposition rate on pressure, power, and target-substrate distance has been measured. A framework for the application of the analytic approach by Keller and Simmons of ballistic and diffusive transport to simple three-dimensional sputter geometries is developed and applied. The sputter yield and the pressure-distance product are determined from the data set as the only fit parameters of the model. For the entire range of operation of the magnetron, the sputter process can be described in terms of the relatively simple approach.

  18. Factors determining the efficiency of magnetron sputtering. Optimization criteria

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    Rogov, A. V.; Kapustin, Yu. V.; Martynenko, Yu. V.

    2015-02-01

    We report on the results of experimental study of the dependence of sputtering energy efficiency K w in a dc planar magnetron sputtering setup on the discharge power, working gas pressure, magnetic field, cathode erosion depth, and the structure of the gas puffing system and anode. We propose that this parameter be used for comparing the degree of perfection of the magnetron design irrespective of the magnetron size and structural features. The results of measurements of K w in sputtering of Al, Ti, Cr, Cu, Zn, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ag, In, Sn, Ta, W, Pt, and Au are considered. The optimization criterion is worked out for the magnetic system of the magnetron, which ensures the minimal working pressure and the maximal sputtering rate for the cathode. The results are analyzed theoretically.

  19. Method and apparatus for improved high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Anders, Andre

    2013-11-05

    A high power impulse magnetron sputtering apparatus and method using a vacuum chamber with a magnetron target and a substrate positioned in the vacuum chamber. A field coil being positioned between the magnetron target and substrate, and a pulsed power supply and/or a coil bias power supply connected to the field coil. The pulsed power supply connected to the field coil, and the pulsed power supply outputting power pulse widths of greater that 100 .mu.s.

  20. Spatiotemporal synchronization of drift waves in a magnetron sputtering plasma

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    Martines, E.; Zuin, M.; Cavazzana, R.; Antoni, V.; Serianni, G.; Spolaore, M.; Vianello, N.; Adámek, J.

    2014-10-15

    A feedforward scheme is applied for drift waves control in a magnetized magnetron sputtering plasma. A system of driven electrodes collecting electron current in a limited region of the explored plasma is used to interact with unstable drift waves. Drift waves actually appear as electrostatic modes characterized by discrete wavelengths of the order of few centimeters and frequencies of about 100 kHz. The effect of external quasi-periodic, both in time and space, travelling perturbations is studied. Particular emphasis is given to the role played by the phase relation between the natural and the imposed fluctuations. It is observed that it is possible by means of localized electrodes, collecting currents which are negligible with respect to those flowing in the plasma, to transfer energy to one single mode and to reduce that associated to the others. Due to the weakness of the external action, only partial control has been achieved.

  1. 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.

  2. On the evolution of film roughness during magnetron sputtering deposition

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    Turkin, A. A.; Pei, Y. T.; Shaha, K. P.; Chen, C. Q.; Vainshtein, D. I.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    2010-11-15

    The effect of long-range screening on the surface morphology of thin films grown with pulsed-dc (p-dc) magnetron sputtering is studied. The surface evolution is described by a stochastic diffusion equation that includes the nonlocal shadowing effects in three spatial dimensions. The diffusional relaxation and the angular distribution of the incident particle flux strongly influence the transition to the shadowing growth regime. In the magnetron sputtering deposition the shadowing effect is essential because of the configuration of the magnetron system (finite size of sputtered targets, rotating sample holder, etc.). A realistic angular distribution of depositing particles is constructed by taking into account the cylindrical magnetron geometry. Simulation results are compared with the experimental data of surface roughness evolution during 100 and 350 kHz p-dc deposition, respectively.

  3. Multi-cathode unbalanced magnetron sputtering systems

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    Sproul, William D.

    1991-01-01

    Ion bombardment of a growing film during deposition is necessary in many instances to ensure a fully dense coating, particularly for hard coatings. Until the recent advent of unbalanced magnetron (UBM) cathodes, reactive sputtering had not been able to achieve the same degree of ion bombardment as other physical vapor deposition processes. The amount of ion bombardment of the substrate depends on the plasma density at the substrate, and in a UBM system the amount of bombardment will depend on the degree of unbalance of the cathode. In multi-cathode systems, the magnetic fields between the cathodes must be linked to confine the fast electrons that collide with the gas atoms. Any break in this linkage results in electrons being lost and a low plasma density. Modeling of the magnetic fields in a UBM cathode using a finite element analysis program has provided great insight into the interaction between the magnetic fields in multi-cathode systems. Large multi-cathode systems will require very strong magnets or many cathodes in order to maintain the magnetic field strength needed to achieve a high plasma density. Electromagnets offer the possibility of independent control of the plasma density. Such a system would be a large-scale version of an ion beam enhanced deposition (IBED) system, but, for the UBM system where the plasma would completely surround the substrate, the acronym IBED might now stand for Ion Blanket Enhanced Deposition.

  4. Thick beryllium coatings by magnetron sputtering

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    Wu, H; Nikroo, A; Youngblood, K; Moreno, K; Wu, D; Fuller, T; Alford, C; Hayes, J; Detor, A; Wong, M; Hamza, A; van Buuren, T; Chason, E

    2011-04-14

    Thick (>150 {micro}m) beryllium coatings are studied as an ablator material of interest for fusion fuel capsules for the National Ignition Facility (NIF). As an added complication, the coatings are deposited on mm-scale spherical substrates, as opposed to flats. DC magnetron sputtering is used because of the relative controllability of the processing temperature and energy of the deposits. We used ultra small angle x-ray spectroscopy (USAXS) to characterize the void fraction and distribution along the spherical surface. We investigated the void structure using a combination focused ion beam (FIB) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), along with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our results show a few volume percent of voids and a typical void diameter of less than two hundred nanometers. Understanding how the stresses in the deposited material develop with thickness is important so that we can minimize film cracking and delamination. To that end, an in-situ multiple optical beam stress sensor (MOSS) was used to measure the stress behavior of thick Beryllium coatings on flat substrates as the material was being deposited. We will show how the film stress saturates with thickness and changes with pressure.

  5. Magnetron sputtered boron films and Ti/B multilayer structures

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    Makowiecki, D.M.; Jankowski, A.F.

    1991-03-11

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor 5 deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z mirrors which enhance reflectivity 10 from grazing to normal incidence.

  6. Magnetron sputtered boron films and Ti/B multilayer structures

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    Makowiecki, D.M.; Jankowski, A.F.

    1995-02-14

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence. 6 figs.

  7. Magnetron sputtered boron films and TI/B multilayer structures

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; Jankowski, Alan F.

    1993-01-01

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence.

  8. Magnetron sputtered boron films and Ti/B multilayer structures

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; Jankowski, Alan F.

    1995-01-01

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence.

  9. Magnetron sputtered boron films and TI/B multilayer structures

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    Makowiecki, D.M.; Jankowski, A.F.

    1993-04-20

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence.

  10. Magnetron sputtered WS2; optical and structural analysis

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    Koçak, Y.; Akaltun, Y.; Gür, Emre

    2016-04-01

    Remarkable properties of graphene have renewed interest in inorganic, Transition Metal Dichalgogenits (TMDC) due to unique electronic and optical properties. TMDCs such as MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2 have sizable bandgaps that change from indirect to direct in single layers, allowing applications such as solar cells, transistors, photodetectors and electroluminescent devices in which the graphene is not actively used. So, fabrication and analysis of these films are important for new generation devices. In this work, polycrystalline WS2 films were grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering (RFMS) on different substrates like n-Si(100), n-Si(111), p-Si(100), glass and fused silica. Structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties were investigated as a function of film thickness and RF power. From XRD analysis, signals from planes of (002), (100), (101), (110), (008) belong to the hegzagonal WS2 were obtained. Raman spectra of the WS2 show that there are two dominant peaks at ~351 cm-1 (in-plane phonon mode) and ~417 cm-1 (out-of-plane phonon mode). XPS analysis of the films has shown that binding energy and the intensity of tungsten 4f shells shifts by depending on the depth of the films which might be due to the wellknown preferential sputtering.

  11. Substrate heating and cooling during magnetron sputtering of copper target

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    Shapovalov, Viktor I.; Komlev, Andrey E.; Bondarenko, Anastasia S.; Baykov, Pavel B.; Karzin, Vitaliy V.

    2016-02-01

    Heating and cooling processes of the substrate during the DC magnetron sputtering of the copper target were investigated. The sensitive element of a thermocouple was used as a substrate. It was found, that the heat outflow rate from the substrate is lower when the magnetron is turned off rather than when it is turned on. Furthermore, the heating rate, the ultimate temperature, and the heat outflow rate related to the deposition of copper atoms are directly proportional to the discharge current density.

  12. Magnetron Sputtered Gold Contacts on N-gaas

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    Buonaquisti, A. D.; Matson, R. J.; Russell, P. E.; Holloway, P. H.

    1984-01-01

    Direct current planar magnetron sputtering was used to deposit gold Schottky barrier electrical contacts on n-type GaAs of varying doping densities. The electrical character of the contact was determined from current voltage and electron beam induced voltage data. Without reducing the surface concentration of carbon and oxide, the contacts were found to be rectifying. There is evidence that energetic neutral particles reflected from the magnetron target strike the GaAs and cause interfacial damage similar to that observed for ion sputtering. Particle irradiation of the surface during contact deposition is discussed.

  13. Magnetron sputtering for the production of EUV mask blanks

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    Kearney, Patrick; Ngai, Tat; Karumuri, Anil; Yum, Jung; Lee, Hojune; Gilmer, David; Vo, Tuan; Goodwin, Frank

    2015-03-01

    Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) has been the primary technique used to deposit EUV mask blanks since 1995 when it was discovered it could produce multilayers with few defects. Since that time the IBD technique has been extensively studied and improved and is finally approaching usable defectivities. But in the intervening years, the defectivity of magnetron sputtering has been greatly improved. This paper evaluates the suitability of a modern magnetron tool to produce EUV mask blanks and the ability to support HVM production. In particular we show that the reflectivity and uniformity of these tools are superior to current generation IBD tools, and that the magnetron tools can produce EUV films with defect densities comparable to recent best IBD tool performance. Magnetron tools also offer many advantages in manufacturability and tool throughput; however, challenges remain, including transitioning the magnetron tools from the wafer to mask formats. While work continues on quantifying the capability of magnetron sputtering to meet the mask blank demands of the industry, for the most part the remaining challenges do not require any fundamental improvements to existing technology. Based on the recent results and the data presented in this paper there is a clear indication that magnetron deposition should be considered for the future of EUV mask blank production.

  14. GaAs Films Prepared by RF-Magnetron Sputtering

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    L.H. Ouyang; D.L. Rode; T. Zulkifli; B. Abraham-Shrauner; N. Lewis; M.R. Freeman

    2001-08-01

    The authors reported on the optical absorption, adhesion, and microstructure of RF-magnetron sputtered films of hydrogenated amorphous and microcrystalline GaAs films for the 1 to 25 {micro}m infrared wavelength rate. Sputtering parameters which were varied include sputtering power, temperature and pressure, and hydrogen sputtering-gas concentration. TEM results show a sharp transition from purely amorphous GaAs to a mixture of microcrystalline GaAs in an amorphous matrix at 34 {+-} 2 C. By optimizing the sputtering parameters, the optical absorption coefficient can be decreased below 100 cm{sup -1} for wavelengths greater than about 1.25 {micro}m. These results represent the lowest reported values of optical absorption for sputtered films of GaAs directly measured by spectrophotometry for the near-infrared wavelength region.

  15. A Plasma Lens for Magnetron Sputtering

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    Anders, Andre; Brown, Jeff

    2010-11-30

    A plasma lens, consisting of a solenoid and potential-defining ring electrodes, has been placed between a magnetron and substrates to be coated. Photography reveals qualitative information on excitation, ionization, and the transport of plasma to the substrate.

  16. Influence of c-axis orientation and scandium concentration on infrared active modes of magnetron sputtered Sc{sub x}Al{sub 1−x}N thin films

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    Mayrhofer, P. M.; Bittner, A.; Schmid, U.; Eisenmenger-Sittner, C.; Euchner, H.

    2013-12-16

    Doping of wurtzite aluminium nitride (AlN) with scandium (Sc) significantly enhances the piezoelectric properties of AlN. Sc{sub x}Al{sub 1−x}N thin films with different Sc concentrations (x = 0 to 0.15) were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. Infrared (IR) absorbance spectroscopy was applied to investigate the Sc concentration dependent shift of the IR active modes E{sub 1}(TO) and A{sub 1}(TO). These results are compared to ab initio simulations, being in excellent agreement with the experimental findings. In addition, IR spectroscopy is established as an economical and fast method to distinguish between thin films with a high degree of c-axis orientation and those exhibiting mixed orientations.

  17. Very low pressure high power impulse triggered magnetron sputtering

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    Anders, Andre; Andersson, Joakim

    2013-10-29

    A method and apparatus are described for very low pressure high powered magnetron sputtering of a coating onto a substrate. By the method of this invention, both substrate and coating target material are placed into an evacuable chamber, and the chamber pumped to vacuum. Thereafter a series of high impulse voltage pulses are applied to the target. Nearly simultaneously with each pulse, in one embodiment, a small cathodic arc source of the same material as the target is pulsed, triggering a plasma plume proximate to the surface of the target to thereby initiate the magnetron sputtering process. In another embodiment the plasma plume is generated using a pulsed laser aimed to strike an ablation target material positioned near the magnetron target surface.

  18. Magnetron Sputtering Deposits Corrosion-Resistant Alloy

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    Khanna, S. K.; Thakoor, A. P.; Williams, R. M.

    1986-01-01

    Dense, amorphous, metallic film resists corrosion attack by acid. Coatings thermally stable up to 800 degrees C and made corrosion resistant by proper choice of sputtering deposition conditions. Protective, corrosionresistant coatings applied to process equipment that comes in contact with aqueous, neutral, or acidic solutions in chemical, petroleum, and paper industries, in wastewater treatment, and in heat exchangers.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Comprehensive computer model for magnetron sputtering. II. Charged particle transport

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    Jimenez, Francisco J. Dew, Steven K.; Field, David J.

    2014-11-01

    Discharges for magnetron sputter thin film deposition systems involve complex plasmas that are sensitively dependent on magnetic field configuration and strength, working gas species and pressure, chamber geometry, and discharge power. The authors present a numerical formulation for the general solution of these plasmas as a component of a comprehensive simulation capability for planar magnetron sputtering. This is an extensible, fully three-dimensional model supporting realistic magnetic fields and is self-consistently solvable on a desktop computer. The plasma model features a hybrid approach involving a Monte Carlo treatment of energetic electrons and ions, along with a coupled fluid model for thermalized particles. Validation against a well-known one-dimensional system is presented. Various strategies for improving numerical stability are investigated as is the sensitivity of the solution to various model and process parameters. In particular, the effect of magnetic field, argon gas pressure, and discharge power are studied.

  3. Magnetron sputtering in rigid optical solar reflectors production

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    Asainov, O. Kh; Bainov, D. D.; Krivobokov, V. P.; Sidelev, D. V.

    2016-07-01

    Magnetron sputtering was applied to meet the growing need for glass optical solar reflectors. This plasma method provided more uniform deposition of the silver based coating on glass substrates resulted in decrease of defective reflectors fraction down to 5%. For instance, such parameter of resistive evaporation was of 30%. Silver film adhesion to glass substrate was enhanced with indium tin oxide sublayer. Sunlight absorption coefficient of these rigid reflectors was 0.081-0.083.

  4. Optical properties of magnetron-sputtered and rolled aluminum

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    Van Gils, S.; Dimogerontakis, Th.; Buytaert, G.; Stijns, E.; Terryn, H.; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G.E.; Alexander, M.R.

    2005-10-15

    The optical properties of magnetron-sputtered aluminum and AA1050 aluminum alloy sheet have been examined qualitatively using total reflectance and quantitatively by means of visible spectroscopic ellipsometry (VISSE). Significant changes in reflectance and optical constants are observed, which are related to the incorporation of oxide in the aluminum bulk. The role of such oxide was determined by VISSE using the Bruggeman effective-medium approximation, with the findings validated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy.

  5. Magnetron co-sputtering system for coating ICF targets

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    Hsieh, E.J.; Meyer, S.F.; Halsey, W.G.; Jameson, G.T.; Wittmayer, F.J.

    1981-09-09

    Fabrication of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) targets requires deposition of various types of coatings on microspheres. The mechanical strength, and surface finish of the coatings are of concern in ICF experiments. The tensile strength of coatings can be controlled through grain refinement, selective doping and alloy formation. We have constructed a magnetron co-sputtering system to produce variable density profile coatings with high tensile strength on microspheres.

  6. Calcium phosphate coatings produced by radiofrequency magnetron sputtering method

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    Bolbasov, E. N.; Zheravin, A. A.; Klimov, I. A.; Kulbakin, D. E.; Perelmuter, V. M.; Tverdokhlebov, S. I.; Cherdyntseva, N. V.; Choinzonov, E. L.

    2016-08-01

    Calcium phosphate coatings on titanium implants surface, produced by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method with hydroxyapatite solid target were investigated. It was found that produced coatings are calcium deficient compared to stoichiometric hydroxyapatite. The surface of the coatings is highly rough at the nanoscale and highly elastic. In vivo experiments on rats revealed that titanium implants with the calcium phosphate coatings do not cause negative tissue reaction after 6 months incubation period.

  7. Hollow target magnetron-sputter-type solid material ion source.

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    Sasaki, D; Ieki, S; Kasuya, T; Wada, M

    2012-02-01

    A thin-walled aluminum (Al) hollow electrode has been inserted into an ion source to serve as an electrode for a radio frequency magnetron discharge. The produced plasma stabilized by argon (Ar) gas sputters the Al electrode to form a beam of Al(+) and Ar(+) ions. The total beam current extracted through a 3 mm diameter extraction hole has been 50 μA, with the Al(+) ion beam occupying 30% of the total beam current. PMID:22380320

  8. Hollow target magnetron-sputter-type solid material ion source

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    Sasaki, D.; Ieki, S.; Kasuya, T.; Wada, M.

    2012-02-15

    A thin-walled aluminum (Al) hollow electrode has been inserted into an ion source to serve as an electrode for a radio frequency magnetron discharge. The produced plasma stabilized by argon (Ar) gas sputters the Al electrode to form a beam of Al{sup +} and Ar{sup +} ions. The total beam current extracted through a 3 mm diameter extraction hole has been 50 {mu}A, with the Al{sup +} ion beam occupying 30% of the total beam current.

  9. Characterisation of Mg biodegradable stents produced by magnetron sputtering

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    Elmrabet, N.; Botterill, N.; Grant, D. M.; Brown, P. D.

    2015-10-01

    Novel Mg-minitubes for biodegradable stent applications have been produced using PVD magnetron sputtering. The minitubes were characterised, as a function of annealing temperature, using a combination of SEM/EDS, XRD and hardness testing. The as-deposited minitubes exhibited columnar grain structures with high levels of porosity. Slight alteration to the crystal structure from columnar to equiaxed grain growth was demonstrated at elevated temperature, along with increased material densification, hardness and corrosion resistance.

  10. Discharge Physics of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering

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    Anders, Andre

    2010-10-13

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) is pulsed sputtering where the peak power exceeds the time-averaged power by typically two orders of magnitude. The peak power density, averaged over the target area, can reach or exceed 107 W/m2, leading to plasma conditions that make ionization of the sputtered atoms very likely. A brief review of HIPIMS operation is given in a tutorial manner, illustrated by some original data related to the self-sputtering of niobium in argon and krypton. Emphasis is put on the current-voltage-time relationships near the threshold of self-sputtering runaway. The great variety of current pulse shapes delivers clues on the very strong gas rarefaction, self-sputtering runaway conditions, and the stopping of runaway due to the evolution of atom ionization and ion return probabilities as the gas plasma is replaced by metal plasma. The discussions are completed by considering instabilities and the special case of ?gasless? self-sputtering.

  11. Particle contamination formation and detection in magnetron sputtering processes

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    Selwyn, G.S.; Weiss, C.A.; Sequeda, F.; Huang, C.

    1996-10-01

    Defects caused by particulate contamination are an important concern in the fabrication of thin film products. Often, magnetron sputtering processes are used for this purpose. Particle contamination can cause electrical shorting, pin holes, problems with photolithography, adhesion failure, as well as visual and cosmetic defects. Particle contamination generated during thin film processing can be detected using laser light scattering, a powerful diagnostic technique that provides real-time, {ital in-situ} imaging of particles > 0.3 {mu}m in diameter. Using this technique, the causes, sources and influences on particles in plasma and non-plasma and non-plasma processes may be independently evaluated and corrected. Several studies employing laser light scattering have demonstrated both homogeneous and heterogeneous causes of particle contamination. In this paper, we demonstrate that the mechanisms for particle generation, transport and trapping during magnetron sputter deposition are different from the mechanisms reported in previously studied plasma etch processes. During magnetron sputter deposition, one source of particle contamination is linked to portions of the sputtering target surface exposed to weaker plasma density. In this region, film redeposition is followed by filament or nodule growth and enhanced trapping which increases filament growth. Eventually the filaments effectively ``short circuit`` the sheath, causing high currents to flow through these features. This, in turn, causes heating failure of the filament fracturing and ejecting the filaments into the plasma and onto the substrate. Evidence of this effect has been observed in semiconductor (IC) fabrication and storage disk manufacturing. Discovery of this mechanism in both technologies suggests that this mechanism may be universal to many sputtering processes.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Optical Properties of Magnetron sputtered Nickel Thin Films

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    Twagirayezu, Fidele; Geerts, Wilhelmus J.; Cui, Yubo

    2015-03-01

    The study of optical properties of Nickel (Ni) is important, given the pivotal role it plays in the semiconductor and nano-electronics technology. Ni films were made by DC and RF magnetron sputtering in an ATC Orion sputtering system of AJA on various substrates. The optical properties were studied ex situ by variable angle spectroscopic (220-1000 nm) ellipsometry at room temperature. The data were modeled and analyzed using the Woollam CompleteEase Software fitting ellipsometric and transmission data. Films sputtered at low pressure have optical properties similar to that of Palik. Films sputtered at higher pressure however have a lower refraction index and extinction coefficient. It is expected from our results that the density of the sputtered films can be determined from the ellipsometric quantities. Our experiments also revealed that Ni is susceptible to a slow oxidation changing its optical properties over the course of several weeks. The optical properties of the native oxide differ from those of reactive sputtered NiO similar as found by. Furthermore the oxidation process of our samples is characterized by at least two different time constants.

  16. Plasma regimes in high power pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    de Los Arcos, Teresa

    2013-09-01

    High Power Pulsed Magnetron Sputtering (HPPMS) is a relatively recent variation of magnetron sputtering where high power is applied to the magnetron in short pulses. The result is the formation of dense transient plasmas with a high fraction of ionized species, ideally leading to better control of film growth through substrate bias. However, the broad range of experimental conditions accessible in pulsed discharges results in bewildering variations in current and voltage pulse shapes, pulse power densities, etc, which represent different discharge behaviors, making it difficult to identify relevant deposition conditions. The complexity of the plasma dynamics is evident. Within each pulse, plasma characteristics such as plasma composition, density, gas rarefaction, spatial distribution, degree of self-sputtering, etc. vary with time. A recent development has been the discovery that the plasma emission can self-organize into well-defined regions of high and low plasma emissivity above the racetrack (spokes), which rotate in the direction given by the E ×B drift and that significantly influence the transport mechanisms in HPPMS. One seemingly universal characteristic of HPPMS plasmas is the existence of well defined plasma regimes for different power ranges. These regimes are clearly differentiated in terms of plasma conductivity, plasma composition and spatial plasma self-organization. We will discuss the global characteristics of these regimes in terms of current-voltage characteristics, energy-resolved QMS and OES analysis, and fast imaging. In particular we will discuss how the reorganization of the plasma emission into spokes is associated only to specific regimes of high plasma conductivity. We will also briefly discuss the role of the target in shaping the characteristics of the HPPMS plasma, since sputtering is a surface-driven process. This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) within the framework of the SFB-TR87.

  17. Characterization of high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges

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    Hala, Matej

    Paper I: In the first paper, we present a new approach in the characterization of the high power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge evolution—time- and species-resolved plasma imaging—employing a set of band-pass optical interference filters suitable for the isolation of the emission originating from different species populating the plasma. We demonstrate that the introduction of such filters can be used to distinguish different phases of the discharge, and to visualize numerous plasma effects including background gas excitations during the discharge ignition, gas shock waves, and expansion of metal-rich plasmas. In particular, the application of this technique is shown on the diagnostics of the 200 µs long non-reactive HiPIMS discharges using a Cr target. Paper II: In order to gain further information about the dynamics of reactive HiPIMS discharges, both fast plasma imaging and time- and space-resolved optical emission spectroscopy (OES) are used for a systematic investigation of the 200 µs long HiPIMS pulses operated in Ar, N2 and N 2/Ar mixtures and at various pressures. It is observed that the dense metal plasma created next to the target propagates in the reactor at a speed ranging from 0.7 to 3.5 km s-1, depending on the working gas composition and the pressure. In fact, it increases with higher N 2 concentration and with lower pressure. The visible form of the propagating plasma wave changes from a hemispherical shape in Ar to a drop-like shape extending far from the target with increasing N2 concentration, owing to the significant emission from molecular N2. Interestingly, the evidence of the target self-sputtering is found for all investigated conditions, including pure N2 atmosphere. Paper III: Here, we report on the time- and species-resolved plasma imaging analysis of the dynamics of the 200 µs long HiPIMS discharges above a Cr target ignited in pure O2. It is shown that the discharge emission is dominated solely by neutral and

  18. Measuring the energy flux at the substrate position during magnetron sputter deposition processes

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    Cormier, P.-A.; Thomann, A.-L.; Dussart, R.; Semmar, N.; Mathias, J.; Balhamri, A.; Snyders, R.; Konstantinidis, S.

    2013-01-07

    In this work, the energetic conditions at the substrate were investigated in dc magnetron sputtering (DCMS), pulsed dc magnetron sputtering (pDCMS), and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharges by means of an energy flux diagnostic based on a thermopile sensor, the probe being set at the substrate position. Measurements were performed in front of a titanium target for a highly unbalanced magnetic field configuration. The average power was always kept to 400 W and the probe was at the floating potential. Variation of the energy flux against the pulse peak power in HiPIMS was first investigated. It was demonstrated that the energy per deposited titanium atom is the highest for short pulses (5 {mu}s) high pulse peak power (39 kW), as in this case, the ion production is efficient and the deposition rate is reduced by self-sputtering. As the argon pressure is increased, the energy deposition is reduced as the probability of scattering in the gas phase is increased. In the case of the HiPIMS discharge run at moderate peak power density (10 kW), the energy per deposited atom was found to be lower than the one measured for DCMS and pDCMS discharges. In these conditions, the HiPIMS discharge could be characterized as soft and close to a pulsed DCMS discharge run at very low duty cycle. For the sake of comparison, measurements were also carried out in DCMS mode with a balanced magnetron cathode, in the same working conditions of pressure and power. The energy flux at the substrate is significantly increased as the discharge is generated in an unbalanced field.

  19. Magnetron co-sputtering system for coating ICF targets

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    Hsieh, E.J.; Meyer, S.F.; Halsey, W.G.; Jameson, G.T.; Wittmayer, F.J.

    1981-12-09

    Fabrication of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) targets requires deposition of various types of coatings on microspheres. The mechanical strength, and surface finish of the coatings are of concern in ICF experiments. The tensile strength of coatings can be controlled through grain refinement, selective doping and alloy formation. We have constructed a magnetron co-sputtering system to produce variable density profile coatings with high tensile strength on microspheres. The preliminary data on the properties of a Au-Cu binary alloy system by SEM and STEM analysis is presented.

  20. Liner conformality in ionized magnetron sputter metal deposition processes

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    Hamaguchi, S.; Rossnagel, S.M.

    1996-07-01

    The conformality of thin metal films (liners) formed on high-aspect-ratio trench structures in ionized magnetron sputter deposition processes is studied numerically and experimentally. The numerical simulator (SHADE) used to predict the surface topography is based on the shock-tracking method for surface evolution. The simulation results are in good agreement with experimentally observed thin-film topography. It is shown that combination of direct deposition and trench-bottom resputtering results in good conformality of step coverages and the amount of the resputtering needed for the good conformality is almost independent of trench aspect ratios. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Vacuum Society}

  1. Characterization of Magnetron Sputtered Coatings by Pulsed Eddy Current Techniques

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    Mulligan, Chris; Lee Changqing; Danon, Yaron

    2005-04-09

    A method that uses induced pulsed eddy currents for characterization of thick magnetron sputtered Nb coatings on steel is presented in this paper. The objectives of this work are to develop a system for rapid quantitative nondestructive inspection of coatings as well as to determine the correlation between coating properties, such as density and purity, and eddy current measured resistivity of coatings. A two-probe differential system having higher sensitivity and less noise than a one-probe system with 2-D scanning ability was developed.

  2. 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.

  3. Full-Scale 3D Simulation of a sputtering magnetron

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    Walton, C. C.; Wilks, S. C.; Ayyaswamy, V.; Verboncoeur, J. P.; Parks, P. B.; Wu, W.; Zhou, C. D.; Stoltz, P. H.

    2010-11-01

    PIC simulations have been used to study ion energy distributions in magnetron plasmas, and coupled with other simulations to relate plasma processes to properties of sputtered films. The plasma is weakly ionized and exchanges heat with the background gas by scattering and charge-exchange reactions. Resulting heating of neutral background gas up to ˜1200K, leading to ˜5X rarefaction and increased plasma impedance, was studied with coupled PIC and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) simulations. Effects of scaling the PIC simulations from 0.1X to 1X physical size, and modifying the plasma potential by a dc substrate bias, will be presented. Comparison to experimental I-V relations and importance for roughness and density of sputtered films will be discussed.

  4. Experimental evidence of warm electron populations in magnetron sputtering plasmas

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    Sahu, B. B. Han, Jeon G.; Kim, Hye R.; Ishikawa, K.; Hori, M.

    2015-01-21

    This work report on the results obtained using the Langmuir probe (LP) measurements in high-power dc magnetron sputtering discharges. Data show clear evidence of two electron components, such as warm and bulk electrons, in the sputtering plasma in a magnetic trap. We have also used optical emission spectroscopy diagnostic method along with LP to investigate the plasma production. Data show that there is a presence of low-frequency oscillations in the 2–3 MHz range, which are expected to be generated by high-frequency waves. Analysis also suggests that the warm electrons, in the plasmas, can be formed due to the collisionless Landau damping of the bulk electrons.

  5. Effect of sputtering power on the growth of Ru films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Jhanwar, Prachi; Kumar, Arvind; Verma, Seema; Rangra, K. J.

    2016-04-01

    Ruthenium is deposited by DC magnetron sputtering at different powers and is characterized. The effect of sputtering power on the electrical and structural properties of the film is investigated experimentally. High resolution X-ray diffraction is used to characterize the microstructure of Ru films deposited on SiO2 surface. The peak (002) is more sharp and intense with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 0.37° at 250W. The grain size increases with increase in sputtering power improving the crystallinity of the film. The film deposited at high sputtering power also showed lower resistivity (12.40 µΩ-cm) and higher mobility (4.82 cm2/V.s) as compared to the film deposited at low power. The surface morphology of the film is studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  6. Double circular erosion patterns on dielectric target in magnetron sputtering.

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    Suzaki, Yoshifumi; Miyagawa, Hayato; Ejima, Seiki

    2009-10-01

    In rf magnetron sputtering, a circular erosion pattern forms on the surface of a circular metal conductor target with permanent magnets on its back. In this case, the theory behind the erosion pattern has been established. However, in the case of a dielectric target, a double circular erosion pattern is formed. So far, this pattern has been phenomenologically recognized by experimenters; however, it has not yet been investigated. In this study, we performed a magnetron sputtering experiment with a SiO2 dielectric target, and confirmed the formation of a double circular erosion pattern. The dimensions of the double circular erosion pattern varied depending on the insulation resistance or the thickness of the SiO2 target. Furthermore, we found that the dimensions of a double circular erosion pattern changed by making a gap between the SiO2 target and guard ring. Based on the experimental results, we have proposed a qualitative model to explain the formation mechanism of double circular erosion patterns. PMID:19895082

  7. On the road to self-sputtering in high power impulse magnetron sputtering: particle balance and discharge characteristics

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    Huo, Chunqing; Lundin, Daniel; Raadu, Michael A.; Anders, André; Tomas Gudmundsson, Jon; Brenning, Nils

    2014-04-01

    The onset and development of self-sputtering (SS) in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge have been studied using a plasma chemical model and a set of experimental data, taken with an aluminum target and argon gas. The model is tailored to duplicate the discharge in which the data are taken. The pulses are long enough to include both an initial transient and a following steady state. The model is used to unravel how the internal discharge physics evolves with pulse power and time, and how it is related to features in the discharge current-voltage-time characteristics such as current densities, maxima, kinks and slopes. The connection between the self-sputter process and the discharge characteristics is quantified and discussed in terms of three parameters: a critical target current density Jcrit based on the maximum refill rate of process (argon) gas above the target, an SS recycling factor ΠSS-recycle, and an approximation \\tilde{\\alpha} of the probabilities of ionization of species that come from the target (both sputtered metal and embedded argon atoms). For low power pulses, discharge voltages UD ⩽ 380 V with peak current densities below ≈ 0.2 A cm-2, the discharge is found to be dominated by process gas sputtering. In these pulses there is an initial current peak in time, associated with partial gas rarefaction, which is followed by a steady-state-like plateau in all parameters similar to direct current magnetron sputtering. In contrast, high power pulses, with UD ⩾ 500 V and peak current densities above JD ≈ 1.6 A cm-2, make a transition to a discharge mode where SS dominates. The transition is found not to be driven by process gas rarefaction which is only about 10% at this time. Maximum gas rarefaction is found later in time and always after the initial peak in the discharge current. With increasing voltage, and pulse power, the discharge can be described as following a route where the role of SS increases in four steps

  8. Magnetron-Sputtered YSZ and CGO Electrolytes for SOFC

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    Solovyev, A. A.; Shipilova, A. V.; Ionov, I. V.; Kovalchuk, A. N.; Rabotkin, S. V.; Oskirko, V. O.

    2016-03-01

    Reactive magnetron sputtering has been used for deposition of yttria-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) and gadolinium-doped CeO2 (CGO) layers on NiO-YSZ commercial anodes for solid oxide fuel cells. To increase the deposition rate and improve the quality of the sputtered thin oxide films, asymmetric bipolar pulse magnetron sputtering was applied. Three types of anode-supported cells, with single-layer YSZ or CGO and YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte, were prepared and investigated. Optimal thickness of oxide layers was determined experimentally. Based on the electrochemical characteristics of the cells, it is shown that, at lower operating temperatures of 650°C to 700°C, the cells with single-layer CGO electrolyte are most effective. The power density of these fuel cells exceeds that of the cell based on YSZ single-layer electrolyte at the same temperature. Power densities of 650 mW cm-2 and 500 mW cm-2 at 700°C were demonstrated by cells with single-layer YSZ and CGO electrolyte, respectively. Significantly enhanced maximum power density was achieved in a bilayer-electrolyte single cell, as compared with cells with a single electrolyte layer. Maximum power density of 1.25 W cm-2 at 800°C and 1 W cm-2 at 750°C under voltage of 0.7 V were achieved for the YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte cell with YSZ and CGO thickness of about 4 μm and 1.5 μm, respectively. This signifies that the YSZ thin film serves as a blocking layer to prevent electrical current leakage in the CGO layer, leading to the overall enhanced performance. This performance is comparable to the state of the art for cells based on YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte.

  9. Magnetron-Sputtered YSZ and CGO Electrolytes for SOFC

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    Solovyev, A. A.; Shipilova, A. V.; Ionov, I. V.; Kovalchuk, A. N.; Rabotkin, S. V.; Oskirko, V. O.

    2016-08-01

    Reactive magnetron sputtering has been used for deposition of yttria-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) and gadolinium-doped CeO2 (CGO) layers on NiO-YSZ commercial anodes for solid oxide fuel cells. To increase the deposition rate and improve the quality of the sputtered thin oxide films, asymmetric bipolar pulse magnetron sputtering was applied. Three types of anode-supported cells, with single-layer YSZ or CGO and YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte, were prepared and investigated. Optimal thickness of oxide layers was determined experimentally. Based on the electrochemical characteristics of the cells, it is shown that, at lower operating temperatures of 650°C to 700°C, the cells with single-layer CGO electrolyte are most effective. The power density of these fuel cells exceeds that of the cell based on YSZ single-layer electrolyte at the same temperature. Power densities of 650 mW cm-2 and 500 mW cm-2 at 700°C were demonstrated by cells with single-layer YSZ and CGO electrolyte, respectively. Significantly enhanced maximum power density was achieved in a bilayer-electrolyte single cell, as compared with cells with a single electrolyte layer. Maximum power density of 1.25 W cm-2 at 800°C and 1 W cm-2 at 750°C under voltage of 0.7 V were achieved for the YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte cell with YSZ and CGO thickness of about 4 μm and 1.5 μm, respectively. This signifies that the YSZ thin film serves as a blocking layer to prevent electrical current leakage in the CGO layer, leading to the overall enhanced performance. This performance is comparable to the state of the art for cells based on YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte.

  10. Direct-current magnetron sputtering for optical coatings

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    Lagana, Paolo; Misiano, Carlo; Simonetti, Enrico

    1994-09-01

    The advantages of optical coatings realized by Sputtering versus thermal evaporation by crucible or Electron Gun, are very well known, but this technique is used only partially for dielectric coatings despite of a wide use in semiconductors and microcircuits, due to the slowness of RF Sputtering processes when starting from dielectric targets. This paper describes a DC Reactive Magnetron Sputtering technique from metal target set up at Ce.Te.V. for deposition of multilayer coatings, with cycle times comparable-or even faster-than conventional solution. The advantages of this process consist in obtaining films with high optical and mechanical performances with high repeatability on room temperature substrates. Pumping cycle can thus be faster and dead time for substrates heating and cooling down can be avoided, characteristics which plastic substrates can particularly take advantage of. Performances of the realized coatings on glass and plastic substrates, together with cycle time and material costs, are finally compared to results obtainable by Electron Beam Gun Reactive Deposition.

  11. Microstructure of microwave dielectricthin films by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Shi, Feng; Cui, Chuanwen

    2010-02-01

    The article describes the microstructure and morphological properties of microwave dielectric ceramic thin films. These thin films were successfully prepared on SiO 2 (1 1 0) single-crystal substrates by radio frequency magnetron-sputtering system. The microstructure and morphology of the thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that the main phase is Ba 0.5Sr 0.5Nb 2O 6,which has a tetragonal perovskite structure, a long strip pattern, and uniform crystal-grain size of about 2-3 μm in length when annealed under 1150 °C for 30 min in an O 2 atmosphere. These thin films are of excellent crystallization quality, with a polycrystalline and dense structure.

  12. RF magnetron sputtering of thick platinum coatings on glass microspheres

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    Meyer, S.F.; Hsieh, E.J.; Burt, R.J.

    1980-05-28

    Thick platinum coatings on glass microspheres are needed for proposed Laser Fusion targets. The spherical nature of these substrates coupled with the small dimensions (approx. 100 ..mu..m OD) make it difficult to achieve a smooth and uniform coating. Coating problems encountered include a rough surface and porous microstructure from the oblique incidence and lack of temperature and bias control, clumping of the microspheres causing non-uniformities, and particle accumulation causing cone defects. Sputtering parameters significantly affecting the coatings include total pressure, DC substrate bias, and the addition of doping gases. Using an ultrasonic vibrating screened cage and RF magnetron Sputtergun, we have successfully batch coated microspheres with up to 6 ..mu..m of Pt, with a surface roughness of 200 nm, thickness non-concentricity of 300 nm, and density greater than 98% of bulk Pt.

  13. Influence of RF power on magnetron sputtered AZO films

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    Agarwal, Mohit; Modi, Pankaj; Dusane, R. O.

    2013-02-05

    Al-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) transparent conducting films are prepared on glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering under different RF power with a 3 inch diameter target of 2 wt%Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in zinc oxide. The effect of RF power on the structural, optical and electrical properties of AZO films was investigated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Hall measurement and UV-Visible spectrophotometry. The XRD data indicates a preferential c-axis orientation for all the films. All films exhibit high transmittance (<90%) in visible region. Films deposited at 60 W power exhibit lowest resistivity of 5.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4}{omega}cm. Such low-resistivity and high-transmittance AZO films when prepared using low RF power at room temperature could find important applications in flexible electronics.

  14. Characterization on RF magnetron sputtered niobium pentoxide thin films

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    Usha, N.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2014-10-15

    Niobium pentoxide (Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}) thin films with amorphous nature were deposited on microscopic glass substrates at 100°C by rf magnetron sputtering technique. The effect of rf power on the structural, morphological, optical, and vibrational properties of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films have been investigated. Optical study shows the maximum average transmittance of about 87% and the optical energy band gap (indirect allowed) changes between 3.70 eV and 3.47 eV. AFM result indicates the smooth surface nature of the samples. Photoluminescence measurement showed the better optical quality of the deposited films. Raman spectra show the LO-TO splitting of Nb-O stretching of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films.

  15. Magnetron sputtered nanostructured cadmium oxide films for ammonia sensing

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    Dhivya, P.; Prasad, A.K.; Sridharan, M.

    2014-06-01

    Nanostructured cadmium oxide (CdO) films were deposited on to glass substrates by reactive dc magnetron sputtering technique. The depositions were carried out for different deposition times in order to obtain films with varying thicknesses. The CdO films were polycrystalline in nature with cubic structure showing preferred orientation in (1 1 1) direction as observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) micrographs showed uniform distribution of grains of 30–35 nm size and change in morphology from spherical to elliptical structures upon increasing the film thickness. The optical band gap value of the CdO films decreased from 2.67 to 2.36 eV with increase in the thickness. CdO films were deposited on to interdigitated electrodes to be employed as ammonia (NH{sub 3}) gas sensor. The fabricated CdO sensor with thickness of 294 nm has a capacity to detect NH{sub 3} as low as 50 ppm at a relatively low operating temperature of 150 °C with quick response and recovery time. - Highlights: • Nanostructured CdO films were deposited on to glass substrates using magnetron sputtering. • Deposition time was varied in order to obtain films with different thicknesses. • The CdO films were polycrystalline in nature with preferred orientation along (1 1 1) direction. • The optical bandgap values of the films decreased on increasing the thickness of the films. • CdO films with different thickness such as 122, 204, 294 nm was capable to detect NH{sub 3} down to 50 ppm at operating temperature of 150 °C.

  16. Plasma potential mapping of high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges

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    Rauch, Albert; Mendelsberg, Rueben J.; Sanders, Jason M.; Anders, Andre

    2011-12-20

    Pulsed emissive probe techniques have been used to determine the plasma potential distribution of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharges. An unbalanced magnetron with a niobium target in argon was investigated for pulse length of 100 μs at a pulse repetition rate of 100 Hz, giving a peak current of 170 A. The probe data were taken with a time resolution of 20 ns and a spatial resolution of 1 mm. It is shown that the local plasma potential varies greatly in space and time. The lowest potential was found over the target’s racetrack, gradually reaching anode potential (ground) several centimeters away from the target. The magnetic pre-sheath exhibits a funnel-shaped plasma potential resulting in an electric field which accelerates ions toward the racetrack. In certain regions and times, the potential exhibits weak local maxima which allow for ion acceleration to the substrate. Knowledge of the local E and static B fields lets us derive the electrons’ E×B drift velocity, which is about 105 m/s and shows structures in space and time.

  17. Plasma potential mapping of high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges

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    Rauch, Albert; Mendelsberg, Rueben J.; Sanders, Jason M.; Anders, Andre

    2012-04-15

    Pulsed emissive probe techniques have been used to determine the plasma potential distribution of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharges. An unbalanced magnetron with a niobium target in argon was investigated for a pulse length of 100 {mu}s at a pulse repetition rate of 100 Hz, giving a peak current of 170 A. The probe data were recorded with a time resolution of 20 ns and a spatial resolution of 1 mm. It is shown that the local plasma potential varies greatly in space and time. The lowest potential was found over the target's racetrack, gradually reaching anode potential (ground) several centimeters away from the target. The magnetic presheath exhibits a funnel-shaped plasma potential resulting in an electric field which accelerates ions toward the racetrack. In certain regions and times, the potential exhibits weak local maxima which allow for ion acceleration to the substrate. Knowledge of the local E and static B fields lets us derive the electrons'ExB drift velocity, which is about 10{sup 5} m/s and shows structures in space and time.

  18. Asymmetric particle fluxes from drifting ionization zones in sputtering magnetrons

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    Panjan, Matjaž; Franz, Robert; Anders, André

    2014-04-01

    Electron and ion fluxes from direct current and high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (dcMS and HiPIMS) plasmas were measured in the plane of the target surface. Biased collector probes and a particle energy and mass analyzer showed asymmetric emission of electrons and of singly and doubly charged ions. For both HiPIMS and dcMS discharges, higher fluxes of all types of particles were observed in the direction of the electrons' E × B drift. These results are put in the context with ionization zones that drift over the magnetron's racetrack. The measured currents of time-resolving collector probes suggest that a large fraction of the ion flux originates from drifting ionization zones, while energy-resolving mass spectrometry indicates that a large fraction of the ion energy is due to acceleration by an electric field. This supports the recently proposed hypothesis that each ionization zone is associated with a negative-positive-negative space charge structure, thereby producing an electric field that accelerates ions from the location where they were formed.

  19. 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

  20. Rhodium coated mirrors deposited by magnetron sputtering for fusion applications.

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    Marot, L; De Temmerman, G; Oelhafen, P; Covarel, G; Litnovsky, A

    2007-10-01

    Metallic mirrors will be essential components of all optical spectroscopy and imaging systems for ITER plasma diagnostics. Any change in the mirror performance, in particular, its reflectivity, due to erosion of the surface by charge exchange neutrals or deposition of impurities will influence the quality and reliability of the detected signals. Due to its high reflectivity in the visible wavelength range and its low sputtering yield, rhodium appears as an attractive material for first mirrors in ITER. However, the very high price of the raw material calls for using it in the form of a film deposited onto metallic substrates. The development of a reliable technique for the preparation of high reflectivity rhodium films is therefore of the highest importance. Rhodium layers with thicknesses of up to 2 microm were produced on different substrates of interest (Mo, stainless steel, Cu) by magnetron sputtering. Produced films exhibit a low roughness and crystallite size of about 10 nm with a dense columnar structure. No impurities were detected on the surface after deposition. Scratch tests demonstrate that adhesion properties increase with substrate hardness. Detailed optical characterizations of Rh-coated mirrors as well as results of erosion tests performed both under laboratory conditions and in the TEXTOR tokamak are presented in this paper. PMID:17979419

  1. Rhodium coated mirrors deposited by magnetron sputtering for fusion applications

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    Marot, L.; De Temmerman, G.; Oelhafen, P.; Covarel, G.; Litnovsky, A.

    2007-10-15

    Metallic mirrors will be essential components of all optical spectroscopy and imaging systems for ITER plasma diagnostics. Any change in the mirror performance, in particular, its reflectivity, due to erosion of the surface by charge exchange neutrals or deposition of impurities will influence the quality and reliability of the detected signals. Due to its high reflectivity in the visible wavelength range and its low sputtering yield, rhodium appears as an attractive material for first mirrors in ITER. However, the very high price of the raw material calls for using it in the form of a film deposited onto metallic substrates. The development of a reliable technique for the preparation of high reflectivity rhodium films is therefore of the highest importance. Rhodium layers with thicknesses of up to 2 {mu}m were produced on different substrates of interest (Mo, stainless steel, Cu) by magnetron sputtering. Produced films exhibit a low roughness and crystallite size of about 10 nm with a dense columnar structure. No impurities were detected on the surface after deposition. Scratch tests demonstrate that adhesion properties increase with substrate hardness. Detailed optical characterizations of Rh-coated mirrors as well as results of erosion tests performed both under laboratory conditions and in the TEXTOR tokamak are presented in this paper.

  2. Magnetron sputtering as a method of thin-film catalyst development for electrochemical sensors

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    Medvedeva, E. A.

    2016-07-01

    The aim of this work was to develop a thin-film Pt/C catalyst on the fluoroplastic substrates by means of the magnetron sputtering method in order to use as reference and working electrodes of electrochemical cells.

  3. Additive manufactured Ti6Al4V scaffolds with the RF- magnetron sputter deposited hydroxyapatite coating

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    Chudinova, E.; Surmeneva, M.; Koptioug, A.; Scoglund, P.; Surmenev, R.

    2016-01-01

    Present paper reports on the results of surface modification of the additively manufactured porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds. Radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering was used to modify the surface of the alloy via deposition of the biocompatible hydroxyapatite (HA) coating. The surface morphology, chemical and phase composition of the HA-coated alloy were studied. It was revealed that RF magnetron sputtering allows preparing a homogeneous HA coating onto the entire surface of scaffolds.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Fabrication of bioactive, antibacterial TiO2 nanotube surfaces, coated with magnetron sputtered Ag nanostructures for dental applications.

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    Uhm, Soo-Hyuk; Lee, Sang-Bae; Song, Doo-Hoon; Kwon, Jae-Sung; Han, Jeon-Geon; Kim, Kyoung-Nam

    2014-10-01

    We investigated whether a silver coating on an anodic oxidized titania (TiO2) nanotube surface would be useful for preventing infections in dental implants. We used a magnetron sputtering process to deposit Ag nanoparticles onto a TiO2 surface. We studied different sputtering input power densities and maintained other parameters constant. We used scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and contact angle measurements to characterize the coated surfaces. Staphylococcus aureus was used to evaluate antibacterial activity. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed peaks that corresponded to metallic Ag, Ti, O, and biocompatible anatase phase TiO2 on the examined surfaces. The contact angles of the Ag nanoparticle-loaded surfaces were significantly lower at 2.5 W/cm2 input power under pulsed direct current mode compared to commercial, untreated Ti surfaces. In vitro antibacterial analysis indicated that a significantly reduced number of S. aureus were detected on an Ag nanoparticle-loaded TiO2 nanotube surface compared to control untreated surfaces. No cytotoxicity was noted, except in the group treated with 5 W/cm2 input power density, which was the highest input of power density we tested for the magnetron sputtering process. Overall, we concluded that it was feasible to create antibacterial Ag nanoparticle-loaded titanium nanotube surfaces with magnetron sputtering. PMID:25942879

  7. : comparison between magnetron sputtering and sol-gel synthesis

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    Cosentino, S.; Knebel, S.; Mirabella, S.; Gibilisco, S.; Simone, F.; Bracht, H.; Wilde, G.; Terrasi, A.

    2014-07-01

    SiGeO films have been produced by a sol-gel derived approach and by magnetron sputtering deposition. Post-thermal annealing of SiGeO films in forming gas or nitrogen atmosphere between 600 and 900 °C ensured the phase separation of the SiGeO films and synthesis and growth of Ge nanoclusters (NCs) embedded in SiO2. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry analysis evidenced a similar Ge concentration (~12 %), but a different Ge out-diffusion after annealing between the two types of techniques with the formation of a pure SiO2 surface layer (~30 nm thick) in sol-gel samples. The thermal evolution of Ge NCs has been followed by transmission electron microscopy and Raman analysis. In both samples, Ge NCs form with similar size increase (from ~3 up to ~7 nm) and with a concomitant amorphous to crystalline transition in the 600-800 °C temperature range. Despite a similar Ge concentration, a significant lower NCs density is observed in sol-gel samples attributed to an incomplete precipitation of Ge, which probably remains still dispersed in the matrix. The optical absorption of Ge NCs has been measured by spectrophotometry analyses. Ge NCs produced by the sol-gel method evidence an optical band gap of around 2 eV, larger than that of NCs produced by sputtering (~1.5 eV). These data are presented and discussed also considering the promising implications of a low-cost sol-gel based technique towards the fabrication of light harvesting devices based on Ge nanostructures.

  8. CdS Film Thickness Characterization By R. F. Magnetron Sputtering

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    Hashim, Uda; Rahman, Kasim Abdul

    2009-06-01

    In this work, cadmium sulphide (CdS) target with 99.999% purity was used as a target in RF magnetron sputtering. The sputtering experiment was conducted onto silicon oxide substrates at different temperatures ranging from 200 deg. C to 400 deg. C in 50 deg. C steps, using a capacitive coupled magnetron cathode with 13.65 MHz that at higher magnetron power. After all investigations, it was concluded that 300 deg. C substrate temperature is suitable for producing CdS films on silicon wafer with RF magnetron sputtering and the examined properties (good crystallinity and low resistivity) of this film show its feasibility for technological purposes, especially for light sensor cells.

  9. The bioactivity mechanism of magnetron sputtered bioglass thin films

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    Berbecaru, C.; Stan, G. E.; Pina, S.; Tulyaganov, D. U.; Ferreira, J. M. F.

    2012-10-01

    Smooth and adherent bioactive coatings with ∼0.5 μm thickness were deposited onto Si substrates by the radiofrequency-magnetron sputtering method at 150 °C under 0.4 Pa of Ar atmosphere using a bioglass powder as target with a composition in the SiO2-CaO-MgO-P2O5-CaF2-B2O3-Na2O system. The bioactivity of the as-prepared bioglass samples was assessed by immersion in simulated body fluid for different periods of time up to 30 days. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infra-red spectrometry and energy dispersive spectroscopy revealed that important structural and compositional changes took place upon immersing the samples in SBF. Whilst the excellent biomineralisation capability of the BG thin films was demonstrated by the in vitro induction of extensive and homogenous crystalline hydroxyapatite in-growths on their surfaces, a series of bioactivity process kinetics peculiarities (derogations from the classical model) were emphasised and thoroughly discussed.

  10. Modification of film structure by plasma potential control using triode high power pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Nakano, Takeo; Umahashi, Takuya; Baba, Shigeru

    2014-02-01

    We have designed a new triode configuration in a magnetron sputtering apparatus to control the plasma potential of the discharge. An additional chimney electrode was introduced above the conventional sputter gun to apply a positive voltage. The discharge power was provided by a pulse power source to achieve high power pulsed magnetron sputtering operation. We confirmed that the plasma potential increased with increasing positive electrode voltage. Copper films with substantially flatter surfaces could be obtained on a water-cooled and electrically grounded substrate at an Ar gas pressure of 5 Pa.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Setup for in situ X-ray diffraction studies of thin film growth by magnetron sputtering

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    Ellmer, K.; Mientus, R.; Weiß, V.; Rossner, H.

    2001-07-01

    A novel method is described for the in situ-investigation of nucleation and growth of thin films during magnetron sputtering. Energy dispersive X-ray diffraction with synchrotron light is used for the structural analysis during film growth. An in situ-magnetron sputtering chamber was constructed and installed at a synchrotron radiation beam line with a bending magnet. The white synchrotron light (1-70 keV) passes the sputtering chamber through Kapton windows and hits one of the substrates on a four-fold sample holder. The diffracted beam, observed under a fixed diffraction angle between 3° and 10°, is energy analyzed by a high purity Ge-detector. The in situ-EDXRD setup is demonstrated for the growth of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering from a metallic target.

  14. Effects of parameters on the performance of amorphous IGZO thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Niu, Jian-wen; Ma, Rui-xin; Wang, Yuan-yuan; Li, Shi-na; Cheng, Shi-yao; Liu, Zi-lin

    2014-09-01

    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) transparent conductive thin films are prepared on glass substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The effects of seven factors, which are substrate temperature, sputtering atmosphere, working pressure, sputtering power, annealing temperature, negative bias voltage and sputtering time, on Hall mobility, transmittance and surface roughness are studied through orthogonal experiments. The results show that the effects of working pressure, substrate temperature and sputtering atmosphere on performance of films are the most prominent. According to the experimental results and discussion, relatively reasonable process parameters are obtained, which are working pressure of 0.35 Pa, substrate temperature of 200 °C, sputtering atmosphere of Ar, sputtering power of 125 W, sputtering time of 30 min, negative bias voltage of 0 V and annealing temperature of 300 °C.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Substrate heating rates for planar and cylindrical-post magnetron sputtering sources

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    Thornton, J. A.; Lamb, J. L.

    1984-01-01

    Results are presented for the substrate heating energy/atom required in the planar magnetron sputtering of Al, Cr, Ni, Cu, Mo, In, Ta, W, and Pt in Ar, as well as Al and Cr in O2. Data are also obtained for cylindrical magnetron sputtering of Nb, Ag, Ta, W, and Pb-Sn in Ar, and Mo sputtered in Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe. Planar and cylindrical magnetron heating rates were comparable. Special experiments were conducted to examine the contributions to substrate heating of plasma species and ion neutralization and reflection at the cathode; the results obtained indicate that charged plasma species do not significantly contribute to the heating, but that neutralized and reflected ions play a significant role in the planar as well as cylindrical cases despite the differences in cathode geometry.

  18. A hybrid electron cyclotron resonance metal ion source with integrated sputter magnetron for the production of an intense Al+ ion beam

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    Weichsel, T.; Hartung, U.; Kopte, T.; Zschornack, G.; Kreller, M.; Philipp, A.

    2015-09-01

    A metal ion source prototype has been developed: a combination of magnetron sputter technology with 2.45 GHz electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source technology—a so called magnetron ECR ion source (MECRIS). An integrated ring-shaped sputter magnetron with an Al target is acting as a powerful metal atom supply in order to produce an intense current of singly charged metal ions. Preliminary experiments show that an Al+ ion current with a density of 167 μA/cm2 is extracted from the source at an acceleration voltage of 27 kV. Spatially resolved double Langmuir probe measurements and optical emission spectroscopy were used to study the plasma states of the ion source: sputter magnetron, ECR, and MECRIS plasma. Electron density and temperature as well as Al atom density were determined as a function of microwave and sputter magnetron power. The effect of ECR heating is strongly pronounced in the center of the source. There the electron density is increased by one order of magnitude from 6 × 109 cm-3 to 6 × 1010 cm-3 and the electron temperature is enhanced from about 5 eV to 12 eV, when the ECR plasma is ignited to the magnetron plasma. Operating the magnetron at constant power, it was observed that its discharge current is raised from 1.8 A to 4.8 A, when the ECR discharge was superimposed with a microwave power of 2 kW. At the same time, the discharge voltage decreased from about 560 V to 210 V, clearly indicating a higher plasma density of the MECRIS mode. The optical emission spectrum of the MECRIS plasma is dominated by lines of excited Al atoms and shows a significant contribution of lines arising from singly ionized Al. Plasma emission photography with a CCD camera was used to prove probe measurements and to identify separated plasma emission zones originating from the ECR and magnetron discharge.

  19. Facility for combined in situ magnetron sputtering and soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Telling, N. D.; Laan, G. van der; Georgieva, M. T.; Farley, N. R. S.

    2006-07-15

    An ultrahigh vacuum chamber that enables the in situ growth of thin films and multilayers by magnetron sputtering techniques is described. Following film preparation, x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements are performed by utilizing an in vacuum electromagnet. XMCD measurements on sputtered thin films of Fe and Co yield spin and orbital moments that are consistent with those obtained previously on films measured in transmission geometry and grown in situ by evaporation methods. Thin films of FeN prepared by reactive sputtering are also examined and reveal an apparent enhancement in the orbital moment for low N content samples. The advantages of producing samples for in situ XAS and XMCD studies by magnetron sputtering are discussed.

  20. Are the argon metastables important in high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges?

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.; Lundin, D.; Minea, T. M.; Stancu, G. D.; Brenning, N.

    2015-11-15

    We use an ionization region model to explore the ionization processes in the high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge in argon with a titanium target. In conventional dc magnetron sputtering (dcMS), stepwise ionization can be an important route for ionization of the argon gas. However, in the HiPIMS discharge stepwise ionization is found to be negligible during the breakdown phase of the HiPIMS pulse and becomes significant (but never dominating) only later in the pulse. For the sputtered species, Penning ionization can be a significant ionization mechanism in the dcMS discharges, while in the HiPIMS discharge Penning ionization is always negligible as compared to electron impact ionization. The main reasons for these differences are a higher plasma density in the HiPIMS discharge, and a higher electron temperature. Furthermore, we explore the ionization fraction and the ionized flux fraction of the sputtered vapor and compare with recent experimental work.

  1. Properties of a-C:H:Si thin films deposited by middle-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Jiang, Jinlong; Wang, Yubao; Du, Jinfang; Yang, Hua; Hao, Junying

    2016-08-01

    The silicon doped hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H:Si) films were prepared on silicon substrates by middle-frequency magnetron sputtering silicon target in an argon and methane gas mixture atmosphere. The deposition rate, chemical composition, structure, surface properties, stress, hardness and tribological properties in the ambient air of the films were systemically investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), nanoindentation and tribological tester. The results show that doped silicon content in the films is controlled in the wide range from 39.7 at.% to 0.2 at.% by various methane gas flow rate, and methane flow rate affects not only the silicon content but also its chemical bonding structure in the films due to the transformation of sputtering modes. Meanwhile, the sp3 carbon component in the films linearly increases with increasing of methane flow rate. The film deposited at moderate methane flow rate of 40-60 sccm exhibits the very smooth surface (RMS roughness 0.4 nm), low stress (0.42 GPa), high hardness (21.1 GPa), as well as low friction coefficient (0.038) and wear rate (1.6 × 10-7 mm3/Nm). The superior tribological performance of the films could be attributed to the formation and integral covering of the transfer materials on the sliding surface and their high hardness.

  2. 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.

  3. Deposition Rates of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering: Physics and Economics

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    Anders, Andre

    2009-11-22

    Deposition by high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) is considered by some as the new paradigm of advanced sputtering technology, yet this is met with skepticism by others for the reported lower deposition rates, if compared to rates of more conventional sputtering of equal average power. In this contribution, the underlying physical reasons for the rate changes are discussed, including (i) ion return to the target and self-sputtering, (ii) the less-than-linear increase of the sputtering yield with increasing ion energy, (iii) yield changes due to the shift of species responsible for sputtering, (iv) changes to due to greater film density, limited sticking, and self-sputtering on the substrate, (v) noticeable power losses in the switch module, (vi) changes of the magnetic balance and particle confinement of the magnetron due to self-fields at high current, and (vii) superposition of sputtering and sublimation/evaporation for selected materials. The situation is even more complicated for reactive systems where the target surface chemistry is a function of the reactive gas partial pressure and discharge conditions. While most of these factors imply a reduction of the normalized deposition rate, increased rates have been reported for certain conditions using hot targets and less poisoned targets. Finally, some points of economics and HIPIMS benefits considered.

  4. Comprehensive computer model for magnetron sputtering. I. Gas heating and rarefaction

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    Jimenez, Francisco J.; Dew, Steven K.

    2012-07-15

    The complex interaction between several variables in magnetron sputtering discharges is a challenge in developing engineering design tools for industrial applications. For instance, at high pressures, rarefaction and gas heating should no longer be neglected for determining several parameters of the process. In this article, we use a comprehensive 3D reactor-scale simulator that incorporates most phenomena of interest in a self-consistent manner to simulate the transport of sputtered particles over a wide range of pressures and powers. Calculations of aluminum deposition rates and metal vapor densities are in reasonable agreement with experiments over a wide range of pressures and powers. Of the elements investigated (Al, Ti, and Cu), copper showed the greatest rarefaction (30%) due to its higher sputtering yield. Titanium, despite a slightly lower sputtering yield than Al, shows a greater rarefaction than aluminum as more particles are reflected from the target as high energy neutrals. In this case, a more efficient energy transfer process is responsible for the higher rarefaction observed in Ti sputtering when compared to Al. The authors also observed that by sputtering at a higher pressure, the probability of electron impact ionization of sputtered particles is increased and speculate about the role of this process in contrast to penning ionization, which is believed to be the dominant ionization mechanism in magnetron sputtering.

  5. Deposition rates of high power impulse magnetron sputtering: Physics and economics

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    Anders, Andre

    2010-07-15

    Deposition by high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) is considered by some as the new paradigm of advanced sputtering technology, yet this is met with skepticism by others for the reported lower deposition rates, if compared to rates of more conventional sputtering of equal average power. In this contribution, the underlying physical reasons for the rate changes are discussed, including (i) ion return to the target and self-sputtering, (ii) the less-than-linear increase in the sputtering yield with increasing ion energy, (iii) yield changes due to the shift of species responsible for sputtering, (iv) changes due to greater film density, limited sticking, and self-sputtering on the substrate, (v) noticeable power losses in the switch module, (vi) changes in the magnetic balance and particle confinement of the magnetron due to self-fields at high current, and (vii) superposition of sputtering and sublimation/evaporation for selected materials. The situation is even more complicated for reactive systems where the target surface chemistry is a function of the reactive gas partial pressure and discharge conditions. While most of these factors imply a reduction in the normalized deposition rate, increased rates have been reported for certain conditions using hot targets and less poisoned targets. Finally, some points of economics and HIPIMS benefits are considered.

  6. Fabrication of nanogradient coatings for laser devices using the method of magnetron sputtering

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    Abramov, N F; Volpyan, O D; Obod, Yu A; Dronskii, R V

    2013-09-30

    Significant advantages of the magnetron sputtering method for producing complex high-quality optical coatings for laser devices are shown. Technology aspects of efficient fabrication of such coatings are considered. The capabilities of the developed automated technological and control equipment are described. (nanogradient dielectric coatings and metamaterials)

  7. DEPOSITION OF NIOBIUM AND OTHER SUPERCONDUCTING MATERIALS WITH HIGH POWER IMPULSE MAGNETRON SPUTTERING: CONCEPT AND FIRST RESULTS

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    High Current Electronics Institute, Tomsk, Russia; Anders, Andre; Mendelsberg, Rueben J.; Lim, Sunnie; Mentink, Matthijs; Slack, Jonathan L.; Wallig, Joseph G.; Nollau, Alexander V.; Yushkov, Georgy Yu.

    2011-07-24

    Niobium coatings on copper cavities have been considered as a cost-efficient replacement of bulk niobium RF cavities, however, coatings made by magnetron sputtering have not quite lived up to high expectations due to Q-slope and other issues. High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) is a promising emerging coatings technology which combines magnetron sputtering with a pulsed power approach. The magnetron is turned into a metal plasma source by using very high peak power density of ~ 1 kW/cm{sup 2}. In this contribution, the cavity coatings concept with HIPIMS is explained. A system with two cylindrical, movable magnetrons was set up with custom magnetrons small enough to be inserted into 1.3 GHz cavities. Preliminary data on niobium HIPIMS plasma and the resulting coatings are presented. The HIPIMS approach has the potential to be extended to film systems beyond niobium, including other superconducting materials and/or multilayer systems.

  8. Tungsten coatings deposited on CFC tiles by the combined magnetron sputtering and ion implantation technique

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    Ruset, C.; Grigore, E.; Maier, H.; Neu, R.; Li, X.; Dong, H.; Mitteau, R.; Courtois, X.

    2007-03-01

    Combined magnetron sputtering and ion implantation (CMSII) is a deposition technique involving simultaneous magnetron sputtering and high energy ion bombardment of the coating during its growth. A high voltage pulse discharge (U=40 kV, τ=20 μs, f=25 Hz) is superposed over the magnetron deposition and in this way, positive ions are accelerated to the components to be coated, bombarding initially the substrate and then the coating itself. In the framework of the ITER-like wall project this method was applied to produce nanostructured W coatings on the carbon fibre composite (CFC) substrate. These coatings have been characterized in terms of adhesion, thickness, structure and resistance to high thermal loads (up to 23.5 MW m-2). Based on the results of these tests, which are presented in this paper, CMSII technology was selected for coating about 1100 tiles with a 10 μm tungsten layer for the JET first wall and divertor.

  9. Thin-film TiPbO3 varistors obtained by two-source magnetron sputtering

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    Ziaja, J.; Lewandowski, M.

    2016-02-01

    The paper presents the method of obtaining thin films of TiPbO3 by two-source magnetron sputtering DC-M. The films were obtained in a reactive process of sputtering metallic targets of titanium (Ti) and lead (Pb). The research involved the impact of the time of sputtering of the respective targets on voltage-dependent resistance of the obtained films for different power conditions, pressures of process gases and the powers provided on the targets. The obtained nonlinearity coefficients and the current-voltage I(U) characteristics were within the following range.

  10. Full System Model of Magnetron Sputter Chamber - Proof-of-Principle Study

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    Walton, C; Gilmer, G; Zepeda-Ruiz, L; Wemhoff, A; Barbee, T

    2007-05-04

    The lack of detailed knowledge of internal process conditions remains a key challenge in magnetron sputtering, both for chamber design and for process development. Fundamental information such as the pressure and temperature distribution of the sputter gas, and the energies and arrival angles of the sputtered atoms and other energetic species is often missing, or is only estimated from general formulas. However, open-source or low-cost tools are available for modeling most steps of the sputter process, which can give more accurate and complete data than textbook estimates, using only desktop computations. To get a better understanding of magnetron sputtering, we have collected existing models for the 5 major process steps: the input and distribution of the neutral background gas using Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC), dynamics of the plasma using Particle In Cell-Monte Carlo Collision (PIC-MCC), impact of ions on the target using molecular dynamics (MD), transport of sputtered atoms to the substrate using DSMC, and growth of the film using hybrid Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) and MD methods. Models have been tested against experimental measurements. For example, gas rarefaction as observed by Rossnagel and others has been reproduced, and it is associated with a local pressure increase of {approx}50% which may strongly influence film properties such as stress. Results on energies and arrival angles of sputtered atoms and reflected gas neutrals are applied to the Kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of film growth. Model results and applications to growth of dense Cu and Be films are presented.

  11. Fabrication of hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon thin films using RF magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Hsuan-Wen; Su, Wei-Ning; Han, Chia-Wei; Chen, Sheng-Hui; Lee, Cheng-Chung

    2007-09-01

    Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H ) thin films have attracted many attentions due to the high mobility compared with the amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin films. To fabricate μc-Si:H thin films, plasma-enhance chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) is the most popular method. The disadvantages of PECVD are the high facility cost and using the toxic processing gases such as silane (SiH 4). Whereas there is no these disadvantages using radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering to deposit silicon thin films. Unfortunately, the silicon thin films deposited by the regular RF magnetron sputtering are a-Si. In this study, μc-Si:H thin films were fabricated using RF magnetron sputtering with argon and hydrogen as working gas at low substrate temperature (T s=250°C and 350°C).The grain sizes, crystal volume fractions and photosensitivity (ratios of dark conductivities and photo conductivities) of the μc-Si:H thin films which deposited with different hydrogen partial pressures and sputtering powers were analyzed. The results showed that the grain sizes and the crystal volume fractions were increased and the photosensitivity was decreased as the hydrogen partial pressure increased at the sputtering power 200W. The grain size was between 15 to 20 nm and the crystal volume fractions was between 75 to 80% when the hydrogen partial pressure was over 90%.

  12. A review comparing cathodic arcs and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS)

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    Anders, André

    2014-09-02

    In this study, high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) has been in the center of attention over the last years as it is an emerging physical vapor deposition (PVD) technology that combines advantages of magnetron sputtering with various forms of energetic deposition of films such as ion plating and cathodic arc plasma deposition. It should not come at a surprise that many extension and variations of HiPIMS make use, intentionally or unintentionally, of previously discovered approaches to film processing such as substrate surface preparation by metal ion sputtering and phased biasing for film texture and stress control. Therefore, in this review, an overview is given on some historical developments and features of cathodic arc and HiPIMS plasmas, showing commonalities and differences. To limit the scope, emphasis is put on plasma properties, as opposed to surveying the vast literature on specific film materials and their properties.

  13. A review comparing cathodic arcs and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS)

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    Anders, André

    2014-09-02

    In this study, high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) has been in the center of attention over the last years as it is an emerging physical vapor deposition (PVD) technology that combines advantages of magnetron sputtering with various forms of energetic deposition of films such as ion plating and cathodic arc plasma deposition. It should not come at a surprise that many extension and variations of HiPIMS make use, intentionally or unintentionally, of previously discovered approaches to film processing such as substrate surface preparation by metal ion sputtering and phased biasing for film texture and stress control. Therefore, in thismore » review, an overview is given on some historical developments and features of cathodic arc and HiPIMS plasmas, showing commonalities and differences. To limit the scope, emphasis is put on plasma properties, as opposed to surveying the vast literature on specific film materials and their properties.« less

  14. Magnetron sputtered boron films for increasing hardness of a metal surface

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; Jankowski, Alan F.

    2003-05-27

    A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for producing hardened surfaces, surfacing machine tools, etc. and for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z optical components, such as mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence.

  15. Compression and strong rarefaction in high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges

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    Horwat, David; Anders, Andre

    2010-11-11

    Gas compression and strong rarefaction have been observed for high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) discharges using a copper target in argon. Time-resolved ion saturation currents of 35 probes were simultaneously recorded for HIPIMS discharges operating far above the self-sputtering runaway threshold. The argon background pressure was a parameter for the evaluation of the spatial and temporal development of the plasma density distribution. The data can be interpreted by a massive onset of the sputtering flux (sputter wind) that causes a transient densification of the gas, followed by rarefaction and the replacement of gas plasma by the metal plasma of sustained self-sputtering. The plasma density pulse follows closely the power pulse at low pressure. At high pressure, the relatively remote probes recorded a density peak only after the discharge pulse, indicative for slow, diffusive ion transport.

  16. Microstructure and properties of SiC-coated carbon fibers prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Cheng, Yong; Huang, Xiaozhong; Du, Zuojuan; Xiao, Jianrong; Zhou, Shan; Wei, Yongshan

    2016-04-01

    SiC-coated carbon fibers are prepared at room temperature with different radio-frequency magnetron sputtering powers. Results show that the coated carbon fibers have uniform, continuous, and flawless surfaces. The mean strengths of the coated carbon fibers with different sputtering powers are not influenced by other factors. Filament strength of SiC-coated carbon fibers increases by approximately 2% compared with that of uncoated carbon fibers at a sputtering power of <200 W. The filament strengths of the coated fibers increase by 9.3% and 12% at sputtering powers of 250 and 300 W, respectively. However, the mean strength of the SiC-coated carbon fibers decreased by 8% at a sputtering power of 400 W.

  17. 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.

  18. An inverted cylindrical sputter magnetron as metal vapor supply for electron cyclotron resonance ion sources

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    Weichsel, T. Hartung, U.; Kopte, T.; Zschornack, G.; Kreller, M.; Silze, A.

    2014-05-15

    An inverted cylindrical sputter magnetron device has been developed. The magnetron is acting as a metal vapor supply for an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source. FEM simulation of magnetic flux density was used to ensure that there is no critical interaction between both magnetic fields of magnetron and ECR ion source. Spatially resolved double Langmuir probe and optical emission spectroscopy measurements show an increase in electron density by one order of magnitude from 1 × 10{sup 10} cm{sup −3} to 1 × 10{sup 11} cm{sup −3}, when the magnetron plasma is exposed to the magnetic mirror field of the ECR ion source. Electron density enhancement is also indicated by magnetron plasma emission photography with a CCD camera. Furthermore, photographs visualize the formation of a localized loss-cone - area, when the magnetron is operated at magnetic mirror field conditions. The inverted cylindrical magnetron supplies a metal atom load rate of R > 1 × 10{sup 18} atoms/s for aluminum, which meets the demand for the production of a milliampere Al{sup +} ion beam.

  19. An inverted cylindrical sputter magnetron as metal vapor supply for electron cyclotron resonance ion sources.

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    Weichsel, T; Hartung, U; Kopte, T; Zschornack, G; Kreller, M; Silze, A

    2014-05-01

    An inverted cylindrical sputter magnetron device has been developed. The magnetron is acting as a metal vapor supply for an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source. FEM simulation of magnetic flux density was used to ensure that there is no critical interaction between both magnetic fields of magnetron and ECR ion source. Spatially resolved double Langmuir probe and optical emission spectroscopy measurements show an increase in electron density by one order of magnitude from 1 × 10(10) cm(-3) to 1 × 10(11) cm(-3), when the magnetron plasma is exposed to the magnetic mirror field of the ECR ion source. Electron density enhancement is also indicated by magnetron plasma emission photography with a CCD camera. Furthermore, photographs visualize the formation of a localized loss-cone - area, when the magnetron is operated at magnetic mirror field conditions. The inverted cylindrical magnetron supplies a metal atom load rate of R > 1 × 10(18) atoms/s for aluminum, which meets the demand for the production of a milliampere Al(+) ion beam. PMID:24880358

  20. 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.

  1. X-ray and Raman analyses of GaN produced by ultrahigh-rate magnetron sputter epitaxy

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    Park, Minseo; Maria, J.-P.; Cuomo, J. J.; Chang, Y. C.; Muth, J. F.; Kolbas, R. M.; Nemanich, R. J.; Carlson, E.; Bumgarner, J.

    2002-09-01

    Thick films of GaN were studied by x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The GaN thick films were deposited on (0001) sapphire using ultrahigh-rate magnetron sputter epitaxy with typical growth rates as high as 10-60 mum/min. The width of the x-ray rocking curve from the (0002) reflection for the sample produced by this technique is approx300 arcsec, which is unprecedented for GaN produced by a sputtering-type process. Our recent sample shows an x-ray rocking curve width of 240 arcsec. Only allowed modes were observed in the polarized Raman spectra. The background free carrier concentration is lower than 3 x1016 cm-3. The phonon lifetime of the Raman E2)2 mode of the sputtered GaN was comparable to that of bulk single crystal GaN grown by sublimation. The quality of the film was uniform across the wafer. The film was thermally stable upon annealing in N2 ambient. The x-ray and Raman analyses revealed that the sputtered GaN films are of high crystalline quality.

  2. 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.

  3. The electromagnetic shielding of Ni films deposited on cenosphere particles by magnetron sputtering method

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    Yu, Xiaozheng; Shen, Zhigang

    2009-09-01

    Ni-coated cenosphere particles were successfully fabricated by an ultrasonic-assisted magnetron sputtering equipment. Their surface morphology and microstructure were analyzed using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). FE-SEM results indicate that the Ni films coated by magnetron sputtering are uniform and compact. Ni film uniformity was related with the sputtering power and a large uniform film could be achieved at lower sputtering power. XRD results imply that the Ni film coated on cenospheres was a face-centered cubic (fcc) structure and the crystallization of film sample increases with increasing the sputtering power. The electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of Ni-coated cenosphere particles were measured to be 4-27 dB over a frequency range 80-100 GHz, higher than those of uncoated cenosphere particles. The higher sputtering power and Ni film thickness are the higher EMI SE of the specimens. Ni-coated cenosphere particles are most promising alternative candidates for millimeter wave EMI shielding due to their lightweight, low cost, ease of processing, high floating time, good dispersion and tunable conductivities as compared with typical electromagnetic wave countermeasure materials.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of flaky core-shell particles by magnetron sputtering silver onto diatomite

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    Wang, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Deyuan; Cai, Jun

    2016-02-01

    Diatomite has delicate porous structures and various shapes, making them ideal templates for microscopic core-shell particles fabrication. In this study, a new process of magnetron sputtering assisted with photoresist positioning was proposed to fabricate lightweight silver coated porous diatomite with superior coating quality and performance. The diatomite has been treated with different sputtering time to investigate the silver film growing process on the surface. The morphologies, constituents, phase structures and surface roughness of the silver coated diatomite were analyzed with SEM, EDS, XRD and AFM respectively. The results showed that the optimized magnetron sputtering time was 8-16 min, under which the diatomite templates were successfully coated with uniform silver film, which exhibits face centered cubic (fcc) structure, and the initial porous structures were kept. Moreover, this silver coating has lower surface roughness (RMS 4.513 ± 0.2 nm) than that obtained by electroless plating (RMS 15.692 ± 0.5 nm). And the infrared emissivity of coatings made with magnetron sputtering and electroless plating silver coated diatomite can reach to the lowest value of 0.528 and 0.716 respectively.

  5. Low target power wafer sputtering regime identified during magnetron tantalum barrier physical vapor deposition

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    Stout, Phillip J.; Denning, Dean J.; Michaelson, Lynne M.; Bagchi, Sandeep; Zhang Da; Ventzek, Peter L. G.

    2005-07-15

    A wafer sputtering regime has been identified during tantalum barrier deposition using a magnetron physical vapor deposition (MPVD) tool. The MPVD tools are designed to operate at high target powers (tens of kW) where the highly directed energetic metal (athermal metal) is the dominant metal species incident on the wafer. Although athermal metal gives better coverage than neutral metal (thermal) due to the narrower range of incident strike angles to the wafer, shadowing by the feature geometries is still a concern. Having available a wafer sputter regime or 'resputter' regime in a PVD tool allows for redistribution of metal from horizontal surfaces in the feature exposed to the plasma to vertical surfaces in the feature. The key in obtaining a wafer sputter regime is the operation of the plasma source in a range that the wafer bias power is effective at generating a sufficient self-bias for sputtering to occur. Discussed are modeling results which predict the wafer sputtering regime and the experimental confirmation that the low target power wafer sputter regime exists. The identified sputter regime in MPVD is such that there is a net deposition of metal at the field. Metal thickness reduction does occur at the trench and via bottoms where much of the unionized metal is being shadowed yielding a lower deposition to sputtering ratio compared to the field.

  6. Deposition of Tungsten Thin Films on Flexible Polymer Substrates by Direct-Current Magnetron Sputtering

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    Zhang, Rui; Huo, Zhenxuan; Jiao, Xiangquan; Zhong, Hui; Shi, Yu

    2015-11-01

    We have investigated thin tungsten films deposited on polymer substrates by direct-current magnetron sputtering under different conditions. Unlike tungsten films deposited on rigid substrates, films on polymer substrates grew at appropriate sputtering power, low sputtering pressure, and low substrate temperature. High sputtering power results in tungsten films with good crystal orientation, compact microstructure, and low electrical resistivity. However, high-power sputtering damages the polymer substrates. Enhancing sputtering pressure substantially degrades tungsten orientation and increases electrical resistivity. Furthermore, a slight increase in substrate temperature results in tungsten films with good crystal orientation, a dense microstructure, and low electrical resistivity. Nonetheless, a high substrate temperature results in soft and deformed polymer substrates; this degrades tungsten crystal orientation and substantially roughens tungsten films. On the basis of this study, compact and flat tungsten films with low electrical resistivity can be obtained at a sputtering power of 69 W, a sputtering pressure of 1 Pa, a substrate temperature of 100°C, and a distance between target and substrate of 60 mm.

  7. Hollow metal target magnetron sputter type radio frequency ion source.

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    Yamada, N; Kasuya, T; Tsubouchi, N; Wada, M

    2014-02-01

    A 70 mm diameter 70 mm long compact ion source equipped with a hollow sputtering target has been designed and tested. The hollow sputtering target serves as the radio frequency (RF) plasma excitation electrode at 13.56 MHz. A stable beam of Cu(+) has been extracted when Ar was used as the discharge support gas. In the extracted beam, Cu(+) had occupied more than 85% of the total ion current. Further increase in Cu(+) ions in the beam is anticipated by increasing the RF power and Ar pressure. PMID:24593636

  8. Hollow metal target magnetron sputter type radio frequency ion source

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    Yamada, N. Kasuya, T.; Wada, M.; Tsubouchi, N.

    2014-02-15

    A 70 mm diameter 70 mm long compact ion source equipped with a hollow sputtering target has been designed and tested. The hollow sputtering target serves as the radio frequency (RF) plasma excitation electrode at 13.56 MHz. A stable beam of Cu{sup +} has been extracted when Ar was used as the discharge support gas. In the extracted beam, Cu{sup +} had occupied more than 85% of the total ion current. Further increase in Cu{sup +} ions in the beam is anticipated by increasing the RF power and Ar pressure.

  9. 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.

  10. Preparation and characterization of high-transmittance AZO films using RF magnetron sputtering at room temperature

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    Chen, Jian; Sun, Yihua; Lv, Xin; Li, Derong; Fang, Liang; Wang, Hailin; Sun, Xiaohua; Huang, Caihua; Yu, Haizhou; Feng, Ping

    2014-10-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films with 250 nm thickness had been prepared on soda-lime glass substrate without heated by RF magnetron sputtering using a ceramic target. The microstructure, surface morphology, electrical and optical properties of AZO thin films had been investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, four-point probe method and optical transmission spectroscopy. The results indicated that all of the films obtained were polycrystalline with a hexagonal structure and oriented with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. The resistivity decreased and transmittance improved with the sputtering power increase. The minimum resistivity of 2.55 × 10-3 Ω cm combined with highest transmittance of 91% was obtained at a sputtering power of 400 W. The optical bandgap at different sputtering power varied among 3.81-4.04 eV.

  11. The model of calculation the adhesion force and energy for coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Tkachenko, E. A.; Postnikov, D. V.; Blesman, A. I.; Polonyankin, D. A.

    2016-02-01

    The paper justifies the usefulness of preliminary ion implantation before forming the protective coating by magnetron sputtering in order to improve its adhesion and hence the coating durability. The important characteristics of coatings include the adhesion force and energy. To select the optimal modes of coatings formation, materials and equipment it is proposed the theoretical method of the adhesion force calculation in binary metallic systems. The adhesion force and energy depend on the elemental distribution in the depth of the coating and on the single bond force as in the substrate and in the coating. In addition the adhesion force is also determined by the coefficient taking into account the reduction of the possible bond number and depending on the surface purity and the structural defects presence. The developed model includes all of the above factors. The elements distribution over the depth of the coating was estimated using a kinetic model of mass transfer by vacancy mechanism. The paper presents the results of the adhesion force calculation for the chromium coating on the surface of A21382 steel.

  12. Photoluminescence study of (Er3+ + Yb3+) doped gallium nitride layers fabricated by magnetron sputtering

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    Prajzler, Vaclav; Hüttel, Ivan; Spirkova, Jarmila; Oswald, Jiri; Perina, Vratislav; Zavadil, Jiri; Machovic, Vladimír; Burian, Zdenek

    2005-09-01

    Erbium (Er3+) and Ytterbium (Yb3+) ions doped Gallium Nitride (GaN) layers were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. Deposition was carried out in Ar + N2 gas mixture using Ga and Ga2O3 target as the source of Gallium. For the erbium and ytterbium doping, the Er2O3, Yb2O3 pellets, or Er and Yb powder were laid on the top of the Ga2O3 target. The GaN layers were deposited on silicon and Corning glass substrates. The properties of the GaN layers were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, absorption spectra and photoluminescence spectra. Prism coupling mode spectroscopy was used to measure the waveguiding properties. The composition of the fabricated samples was determined by using nuclear chemical analysis as Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA). The results of the experiments were evaluated in terms of the relations between the technology approaches and the composition and luminescence properties of the fabricated thin films. Up to now the best results, which can be utilized for a structure operating at 1550 nm (when pumped at 980 nm), were obtained when using (erbium plus ytterbium) metallic powder and Corning glass as the substrate for the deposition.

  13. Formation Mechanism of Fe Nanocubes by Magnetron Sputtering Inert Gas Condensation.

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    Zhao, Junlei; Baibuz, Ekaterina; Vernieres, Jerome; Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Jansson, Ville; Nagel, Morten; Steinhauer, Stephan; Sowwan, Mukhles; Kuronen, Antti; Nordlund, Kai; Djurabekova, Flyura

    2016-04-26

    In this work, we study the formation mechanisms of iron nanoparticles (Fe NPs) grown by magnetron sputtering inert gas condensation and emphasize the decisive kinetics effects that give rise specifically to cubic morphologies. Our experimental results, as well as computer simulations carried out by two different methods, indicate that the cubic shape of Fe NPs is explained by basic differences in the kinetic growth modes of {100} and {110} surfaces rather than surface formation energetics. Both our experimental and theoretical investigations show that the final shape is defined by the combination of the condensation temperature and the rate of atomic deposition onto the growing nanocluster. We, thus, construct a comprehensive deposition rate-temperature diagram of Fe NP shapes and develop an analytical model that predicts the temporal evolution of these properties. Combining the shape diagram and the analytical model, morphological control of Fe NPs during formation is feasible; as such, our method proposes a roadmap for experimentalists to engineer NPs of desired shapes for targeted applications. PMID:26962973

  14. (Ti,Al,Si,C)N nanocomposite coatings synthesized by plasma-enhanced magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Yanfeng; Zhengxian, Li; Jihong, Du; Yunfeng, Hua; Baoyun, Wang

    2011-10-01

    Materials' surface service property could be enhanced by transition metal nitride hard coatings due to their high hardness, wear and high temperature oxidation resistance, but the higher friction coefficient (0.4-0.9) of which aroused terrible abrasion. In this work, quinternary (Ti,Al,Si,C)N hard coating 3-4 μm was synthesized at 300 °C using plasma enhanced magnetron sputtering system. It was found that the coating's columnar crystals structure was restrained obviously with the increase of C content and a non-columnar crystals growth mode was indicated at the C content of 33.5 at.%. Both the XRD and TEM showed that the (Ti,Al,Si,C)N hard coatings had unique nanocomposite structures composed of nanocrystalline and amorphous nc-(Ti,Al)(C,N)/nc-AlN/a-Si 3N 4/a-Si/a-C. However, the coatings were still super hard with the highest hardness of 41 GPa in spite of the carbon incorporation. That a-C could facilitate the graphitization process during the friction process which could improve the coating's tribological performance. Therefore, that nanocomposite (Ti,Al,Si,C)N coatings with higher hardness (>36 GPa) and a lower friction coefficient (<0.2) could be synthesized and enhance the tribological performance and surface properties profoundly.

  15. Rarefaction windows in a high-power impulse magnetron sputtering plasma

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    Palmucci, Maria; Britun, Nikolay; Konstantinidis, Stephanos; Snyders, Rony

    2013-09-21

    The velocity distribution function of the sputtered particles in the direction parallel to the planar magnetron cathode is studied by spatially- and time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy in a short-duration (20 μs) high-power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge. The experimental evidence for the neutral and ionized sputtered particles to have a constant (saturated) velocity at the end of the plasma on-time is demonstrated. The velocity component parallel to the target surface reaches the values of about 5 km/s for Ti atoms and ions, which is higher that the values typically measured in the direct current sputtering discharges before. The results point out on the presence of a strong gas rarefaction significantly reducing the sputtered particles energy dissipation during a certain time interval at the end of the plasma pulse, referred to as “rarefaction window” in this work. The obtained results agree with and essentially clarify the dynamics of HiPIMS discharge studied during the plasma off-time previously in the work: N. Britun, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 131504 (2011)

  16. Recent advances in Pt coating of microspheres by a batch magnetron sputtering process

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    Hsieh, E.J.; Meyer, S.F.

    1980-08-29

    Some proposed inertial confinement fusion targets require high-Z, high density metal coatings on glass microspheres. Platinum, which satisfies the high-Z and density requirements, can be coated onto microspheres with a batch magnetron sputtering process incorporating oxygen as a dopant gas to prevent the microspheres from sticking. This paper outlines recent progress in three areas: First, the coating process has been improved; second, the oxygen content and resistivity of the oxygen doped platinum films are analyzed; and third, the roles oxygen may play in reducing microsphere sticking during sputtering are discussed in regard to cold welding, Van der Waals bonding, electrostatic sticking, and sintering.

  17. Velocity distribution of neutral species during magnetron sputtering by Fabry-Perot interferometry

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    Britun, N.; Han, J. G.; Oh, S.-G.

    2008-04-07

    The velocity distribution of a metallic neutral species sputtered in a dc magnetron discharge was measured using a planar Fabry-Perot interferometer and a hollow cathode lamp as a reference source. The measurement was performed under different angles of view relative to the target surface. The velocity distribution function in the direction perpendicular to the target becomes asymmetrical as the Ar pressure decreases, whereas it remains nearly symmetrical when the line of sight is parallel to the target surface. The average velocity of the sputtered Ti atoms was measured to be about 2 km/s.

  18. The structure and dielectric properties of thin barium zirconate titanate films obtained by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Tumarkin, A. V.; Razumov, S. V.; Gagarin, A. G.; Altynnikov, A. G.; Stozharov, V. M.; Kaptelov, E. Yu.; Senkevich, S. V.; Pronin, I. P.

    2016-02-01

    Submicron thin layers of BaZr x Ti1- x O3 are grown in-situ by RF magnetron sputtering of a ceramic target ( x = 0.50) on a substrate of Pt/ r-cut leucosapphire Al2O3. It is shown that the composition of the ferroelectric layer is not identical to the composition of the sputtered target and is shifted toward barium zirconate. The reasons for such behavior are discussed. The obtained samples are characterized by high breakdown voltages (1 MV/cm and higher). The structural and high-frequency dielectric properties are studied, and high tunability of the capacitance of thin layers is revealed.

  19. Magnetic field effects in RF magnetron sputtering of CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Compaan, A.D.; Shao, M.; Tabory, C.N.; Feng, Z.; Fischer, A.; Shen, F.; Narayanswami, C.; Bohn, R.G.

    1996-01-01

    We have studied effects of magnetic field strength and configuration on rf planar magnetron sputtering of CdS and CdTe. This study was carried out with one sputter gun having an unbalanced magnetic field and a second gun having an approximately balanced magnetic field. The unbalanced field gun produces significantly higher ion and electron bombardment of the film during growth and slightly higher electron kinetic energies. Films produced with the unbalanced gun show much stronger photoluminescence and cell performance is much better when the CdTe is deposited with the unbalanced gun. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. 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.

  1. 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}.

  2. Characterization of hydrogenated and deuterated silicon carbide films codeposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Pantelica, D.; Ionescu, P.; Petrascu, H.; Dracea, M. D.; Statescu, M.; Matei, E.; Rasoga, O.; Stancu, C.; Marascu, V.; Ion, V.; Acsente, T.; Dinescu, G.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we present the deposition of amorphous SiC thin films by radiofrequency dual magnetron sputtering. The dependence of the deposited films properties over the discharges electrical power and the effect of hydrogenous species (H2 and/or D2) addition to main discharge gas (Ar) were investigated. Accurate elemental analysis of the samples, including detection of hydrogen and deuterium, was performed by ion beam analysis (IBA) techniques: RBS (Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry) and ERDA (Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis). SiCx thin films with thicknesses between 1700 and 4500 Å and C/Si ratio between 0.2/1 and 1.25/1 were obtained in different deposition conditions. The results prove that thin films of amorphous SiC with well controlled properties can be produced using radiofrequency dual magnetron sputtering.

  3. Resistive switching behavior of RF magnetron sputtered ZnO thin films

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    Rajalakshmi, R.; Angappane, S.

    2015-06-24

    The resistive switching characteristics of RF magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films have been studied. The x-ray diffraction studies confirm the formation of crystalline ZnO on Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub x}/Si substrate. We have fabricated Cu/ZnO/Pt device using a shadow masking technique for resistive switching study. Our Cu/ZnO/Pt device exhibits a unipolar resistive switching behaviour. The switching observed in our device could be related to oxygen vacancies or Cu ions that generate the conducting filaments responsible for resistive switching. We found HRS to LRS resistance ratio of as high as ∼200 for our Cu/ZnO/Pt device. The higher resistance ratio and stability of Cu/ZnO/Pt device would make our RF magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films suitable for non volatile memory applications.

  4. Microstructural evaluation of NiTi-based films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Crăciunescu, Corneliu M. Mitelea, Ion Budău, Victor; Ercuţa, Aurel

    2014-11-24

    Shape memory alloy films belonging to the NiTi-based systems were deposited on heated and unheated substrates, by magnetron sputtering in a custom made system, and their structure and composition was analyzed using electron microscopy. Several substrates were used for the depositions: glass, Cu-Zn-Al, Cu-Al-Ni and Ti-NiCu shape memory alloy ribbons and kapton. The composition of the Ti-Ni-Cu films showed limited differences, compared to the one of the target and the microstructure for the DC magnetron sputtering revealed crystallized structure with features determined on peel off samples from a Si wafer. Both inter and transcrystalline fractures were observed and related to the interfacial stress developed on cooling from deposition temperature.

  5. Resistive switching behavior of RF magnetron sputtered ZnO thin films

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    Rajalakshmi, R.; Angappane, S.

    2015-06-01

    The resistive switching characteristics of RF magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films have been studied. The x-ray diffraction studies confirm the formation of crystalline ZnO on Pt/TiO2/SiOx/Si substrate. We have fabricated Cu/ZnO/Pt device using a shadow masking technique for resistive switching study. Our Cu/ZnO/Pt device exhibits a unipolar resistive switching behaviour. The switching observed in our device could be related to oxygen vacancies or Cu ions that generate the conducting filaments responsible for resistive switching. We found HRS to LRS resistance ratio of as high as ˜200 for our Cu/ZnO/Pt device. The higher resistance ratio and stability of Cu/ZnO/Pt device would make our RF magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films suitable for non volatile memory applications.

  6. Microstructural evaluation of NiTi-based films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Crǎciunescu, Corneliu M.; Mitelea, Ion; Budǎu, Victor; ErcuÅ£a, Aurel

    2014-11-01

    Shape memory alloy films belonging to the NiTi-based systems were deposited on heated and unheated substrates, by magnetron sputtering in a custom made system, and their structure and composition was analyzed using electron microscopy. Several substrates were used for the depositions: glass, Cu-Zn-Al, Cu-Al-Ni and Ti-NiCu shape memory alloy ribbons and kapton. The composition of the Ti-Ni-Cu films showed limited differences, compared to the one of the target and the microstructure for the DC magnetron sputtering revealed crystallized structure with features determined on peel off samples from a Si wafer. Both inter and transcrystalline fractures were observed and related to the interfacial stress developed on cooling from deposition temperature.

  7. 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.

  8. Experimental investigation of quasiperiodic-chaotic-quasiperiodic-chaotic transition in a direct current magnetron sputtering plasma

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    Sabavath, Gopi Kishan; Banerjee, I.; Mahapatra, S. K.; Shaw, Pankaj Kumar; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.

    2015-08-15

    Floating potential fluctuations from a direct current magnetron sputtering plasma have been analysed using time series analysis techniques like phase space plots, power spectra, frequency bifurcation plot, etc. The system exhibits quasiperiodic-chaotic-quasiperiodic-chaotic transitions as the discharge voltage was increased. The transitions of the fluctuations, quantified using the largest Lyapunov exponent, have been corroborated by Hurst exponent and the Shannon entropy. The Shannon entropy is high for quasiperiodic and low for chaotic oscillations.

  9. 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.

  10. MeV electron irradiation of Si-SiO2 structures with magnetron sputtered oxide

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    Kaschieva, S.; Angelov, Ch; Dmitriev, S. N.

    2016-03-01

    MeV electrons influence on the characteristics of Si-SiO2 structure with magnetron sputtered oxide was studied by ellipsometry and the thermally stimulated current (TSC) method. The MOS structures used in this study were fabricated on <100> oriented p-Si wafers of 12.75-17,25 Ω.cm resistivity. Magnetron sputtered oxides with different thicknesses of 20 and 100 nm were deposited on p-Si substrates. Both groups of samples were irradiated by 23 MeV electrons. The oxide thicknesses and TSC characteristics of the MOS samples were measured before and after MeV electron irradiation with doses of 4.8×1015 and 4.8×1016 el.cm-2. The oxide thicknesses of both groups of samples increased after irradiation. The main defects generated by the MeV electrons were evaluated. It was shown that the trap concentration increases with the electron irradiation dose. The main peak in the TSC characteristics gives information about the main radiation defects at the Si-SiO2 interface of the MOS structures. These defects can be related to the vacancy-boron complexes which are associated with the main impurities in the p-Si substrate. These results correspond to our results reported earlier for MeV electron irradiated Si-SiO2 structures with thermally grown oxide. But (in this case) the effects observed are more pronounced for the magnetron sputtered oxide. A possible reason is the higher defect concentration generated in the magnetron sputtered oxide during its deposition on Si-substrates.

  11. 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.

  12. Plasma"anti-assistance" and"self-assistance" to high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Anders, Andre; Yushkov, Georgy Yu.

    2009-01-30

    A plasma assistance system was investigated with the goal to operate high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) at lower pressure than usual, thereby to enhance the utilization of the ballistic atoms and ions with high kinetic energy in the film growth process. Gas plasma flow from a constricted plasma source was aimed at the magnetron target. Contrary to initial expectations, such plasma assistance turned out to be contra-productive because it led to the extinction of the magnetron discharge. The effect can be explained by gas rarefaction. A better method of reducing the necessary gas pressure is operation at relatively high pulse repetition rates where the afterglow plasma of one pulse assists in the development of the next pulse. Here we show that this method, known from medium-frequency (MF) pulsed sputtering, is also very important at the much lower pulse repetition rates of HiPIMS. A minimum in the possible operational pressure is found in the frequency region between HiPIMS and MF pulsed sputtering.

  13. Effect of buffer layer on thermochromic performances of VO2 films fabricated by magnetron sputtering

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    Zhu, Benqin; Tao, Haizheng; Zhao, Xiujian

    2016-03-01

    As a well-developed industrial fabricating method, magnetron sputtering technique has its distinct advantages for the large-scale production. In order to investigate the effect of buffer layer on the formation and thermochromic performances of VO2 films, using RF magnetron sputtering method, we fabricated three kinds of buffer layers SiO2, TiO2 and SnO2 on soda lime float-glass. Then according to the reactive DC magnetron sputtering method, VO2 films were deposited. Due to the restriction of heat treatment temperature when using soda lime float-glass as substrates, dense rutile phase TiO2 cannot be formed, leading to the formation of vanadium oxide compounds containing Na ions. When using SnO2 as buffer layer, we found that relatively high pure VO2 can be deposited more easily. In addition, compared with the effect of SiO2 buffer layer, we observed an enhanced visible transparency, a decreased infrared emissivity, which should be mainly originated from the modified morphology and/or the hetero-structured VO2/SnO2 interface.

  14. Fabrication of Optical Multilayer Devices from Porous Silicon Coatings with Closed Porosity by Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Caballero-Hernández, Jaime; Godinho, Vanda; Lacroix, Bertrand; Jiménez de Haro, Maria C; Jamon, Damien; Fernández, Asunción

    2015-07-01

    The fabrication of single-material photonic-multilayer devices is explored using a new methodology to produce porous silicon layers by magnetron sputtering. Our bottom-up methodology produces highly stable amorphous porous silicon films with a controlled refractive index using magnetron sputtering and incorporating a large amount of deposition gas inside the closed pores. The influence of the substrate bias on the formation of the closed porosity was explored here for the first time when He was used as the deposition gas. We successfully simulated, designed, and characterized Bragg reflectors and an optical microcavity that integrates these porous layers. The sharp interfaces between the dense and porous layers combined with the adequate control of the refractive index and thickness allowed for excellent agreement between the simulation and the experiments. The versatility of the magnetron sputtering technique allowed for the preparation of these structures for a wide range of substrates such as polymers while also taking advantage of the oblique angle deposition to prepare Bragg reflectors with a controlled lateral gradient in the stop band wavelengths. PMID:26046812

  15. Characteristics of Al doped zinc oxide (ZAO) thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Kobayakawa, Satoshi; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Ide-Ektessabi, Ari

    2006-08-01

    ZAO and ITO thin films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering. In this study, three of the sputtering parameters, that is, substrate temperature, oxygen flow rate and RF discharge power were varied separately to fabricate samples. The range of variation of substrate temperature was from room temperature to 623 K. The relative concentration of O2 in the ambient gas in the chamber was 0% or 25%. The sputtering rate was changed by controlling the discharge power. The minimum surface resistivity of ZAO was 2.53 × 102 Ω/cm2 for samples sputtered at a substrate temperature of 373 K and that of ITO was 2.37 × 101 Ω/cm2 sputtered under standard conditions. Visible light transmittances of these samples were 89.9% and 90.2%, respectively. From these results, it is suggested that when sputtered with optimum sputtering parameters, ZAO is a potential material for practical use for transparent conducting electrodes (TCO) for PDPs.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Tailoring of antibacterial Ag nanostructures on TiO2 nanotube layers by magnetron sputtering.

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    Uhm, Soo-Hyuk; Song, Doo-Hoon; Kwon, Jae-Sung; Lee, Sang-Bae; Han, Jeon-Geon; Kim, Kyoung-Nam

    2014-04-01

    To reduce the incidence of postsurgical bacterial infection that may cause implantation failure at the implant-bone interface, surface treatment of titanium implants with antibiotic materials such as silver (Ag) has been proposed. The purpose of this work was to create TiO2 nanotubes using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO), followed by formation of an antibacterial Ag nanostructure coating on the TiO2 nanotube layer using a magnetron sputtering system. PEO was performed on commercially pure Ti sheets. The Ag nanostructure was added onto the resulting TiO2 nanotube using magnetron sputtering at varying deposition rates. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the surface, and Ag content on the TiO2 nanotube layer was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Scanning probe microscopy for surface roughness and contact angle measurement were used to indirectly confirm enhanced TiO2 nanotube hydrophilicity. Antibacterial activity of Ag ions in solution was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and antibacterial testing against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). In vitro, TiO2 nanotubes coated with sputtered Ag resulted in significantly reduced S. aureus. Cell viability assays showed no toxicity for the lowest sputtering time group in the osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1. These results suggest that a multinanostructured layer with a biocompatible TiO2 nanotube and antimicrobial Ag coating is a promising biomaterial that can be tailored with magnetron sputtering for optimal performance. PMID:24123999

  19. 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.

  20. Nanoindentation and scratch studies on magnetron sputtered Ti thin films.

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    Kataria, S; Ramaseshan, R; Dash, S; Tyagi, A K

    2009-09-01

    Ti thin films sputter deposited on D9 steel at two different temperatures were studied for their mechanical behavior under static and sliding contact conditions using nanoindentation and scratch tests. The film hardness measured at the surface of the coatings exhibited a value of 2.5 GPa, for both conditions. From the scratch test, it is understood that coatings deposited at 200 degrees C substrate temperature showed superior adhesion strength. Critical load to failure for these coatings was evaluated at 2 N. PMID:19928247

  1. 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).

  2. Preparation and structural properties of thin carbon films by very-high-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Ming-Wei, Gao; Chao, Ye; Xiang-Ying, Wang; Yi-Song, He; Jia-Min, Guo; Pei-Fang, Yang

    2016-07-01

    Growth and structural properties of thin a-C films prepared by the 60 MHz very-high-frequency (VHF) magnetron sputtering were investigated. The energy and flux of ions impinging the substrate were also analyzed. It is found that the thin a-C films prepared by the 60 MHz sputtering have a lower growth rate, a smooth surface, and more sp3 contents. These features are related to the higher ion energy and the lower ions flux onto the substrate. Therefore, the 60 MHz VHF sputtering is more suitable for the preparation of thin a-C film with more sp3 contents. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11275136).

  3. Structural and optical properties of CdO thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering technique

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    Kumar, G. Anil Reddy, M. V. Ramana; Reddy, Katta Narasimha

    2014-04-24

    Cadmium oxide (CdO) thin films were deposited on glass substrate by r.f. magnetron sputtering technique using a high purity (99.99%) Cd target of 2-inch diameter and 3 mm thickness in an Argon and oxygen mixed atmosphere with sputtering power of 50W and sputtering pressure of 2×10{sup −2} mbar. The prepared films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD analysis reveals that the films were polycrystalline with cubic structure. The visible range transmittance was found to be over 70%. The optical band gap increased from 2.7 eV to2.84 eV with decrease of film thickness.

  4. 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

  5. A hybrid electron cyclotron resonance metal ion source with integrated sputter magnetron for the production of an intense Al{sup +} ion beam

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    Weichsel, T. Hartung, U.; Kopte, T.; Zschornack, G.; Kreller, M.; Philipp, A.

    2015-09-15

    A metal ion source prototype has been developed: a combination of magnetron sputter technology with 2.45 GHz electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source technology—a so called magnetron ECR ion source (MECRIS). An integrated ring-shaped sputter magnetron with an Al target is acting as a powerful metal atom supply in order to produce an intense current of singly charged metal ions. Preliminary experiments show that an Al{sup +} ion current with a density of 167 μA/cm{sup 2} is extracted from the source at an acceleration voltage of 27 kV. Spatially resolved double Langmuir probe measurements and optical emission spectroscopy were used to study the plasma states of the ion source: sputter magnetron, ECR, and MECRIS plasma. Electron density and temperature as well as Al atom density were determined as a function of microwave and sputter magnetron power. The effect of ECR heating is strongly pronounced in the center of the source. There the electron density is increased by one order of magnitude from 6 × 10{sup 9} cm{sup −3} to 6 × 10{sup 10} cm{sup −3} and the electron temperature is enhanced from about 5 eV to 12 eV, when the ECR plasma is ignited to the magnetron plasma. Operating the magnetron at constant power, it was observed that its discharge current is raised from 1.8 A to 4.8 A, when the ECR discharge was superimposed with a microwave power of 2 kW. At the same time, the discharge voltage decreased from about 560 V to 210 V, clearly indicating a higher plasma density of the MECRIS mode. The optical emission spectrum of the MECRIS plasma is dominated by lines of excited Al atoms and shows a significant contribution of lines arising from singly ionized Al. Plasma emission photography with a CCD camera was used to prove probe measurements and to identify separated plasma emission zones originating from the ECR and magnetron discharge.

  6. A hybrid electron cyclotron resonance metal ion source with integrated sputter magnetron for the production of an intense Al⁺ ion beam.

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    Weichsel, T; Hartung, U; Kopte, T; Zschornack, G; Kreller, M; Philipp, A

    2015-09-01

    A metal ion source prototype has been developed: a combination of magnetron sputter technology with 2.45 GHz electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source technology-a so called magnetron ECR ion source (MECRIS). An integrated ring-shaped sputter magnetron with an Al target is acting as a powerful metal atom supply in order to produce an intense current of singly charged metal ions. Preliminary experiments show that an Al(+) ion current with a density of 167 μA/cm(2) is extracted from the source at an acceleration voltage of 27 kV. Spatially resolved double Langmuir probe measurements and optical emission spectroscopy were used to study the plasma states of the ion source: sputter magnetron, ECR, and MECRIS plasma. Electron density and temperature as well as Al atom density were determined as a function of microwave and sputter magnetron power. The effect of ECR heating is strongly pronounced in the center of the source. There the electron density is increased by one order of magnitude from 6 × 10(9) cm(-3) to 6 × 10(10) cm(-3) and the electron temperature is enhanced from about 5 eV to 12 eV, when the ECR plasma is ignited to the magnetron plasma. Operating the magnetron at constant power, it was observed that its discharge current is raised from 1.8 A to 4.8 A, when the ECR discharge was superimposed with a microwave power of 2 kW. At the same time, the discharge voltage decreased from about 560 V to 210 V, clearly indicating a higher plasma density of the MECRIS mode. The optical emission spectrum of the MECRIS plasma is dominated by lines of excited Al atoms and shows a significant contribution of lines arising from singly ionized Al. Plasma emission photography with a CCD camera was used to prove probe measurements and to identify separated plasma emission zones originating from the ECR and magnetron discharge. PMID:26429434

  7. Closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering ion plating of Ni/Al thin films: influence of the magnetron power.

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    Said, R; Ahmed, W; Gracio, J

    2010-04-01

    In this study NiAl thin films have been deposited using closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering Ion plating (CFUBMSIP). The influence of magnetron power has been investigated using dense and humongous NiAl compound targets onto stainless steel and glass substrates. Potential applications include tribological, electronic media and bond coatings in thermal barrier coatings system. Several techniques has been used to characterise the films including surface stylus profilometry, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDAX), X-Ray diffraction (XRD) Composition analysis of the samples was carried out using VGTOF SIMS (IX23LS) and Atomic force microscopy (AFM). Scratch tester (CSM) combined with acoustic emission singles during loading in order to compare the coating adhesion. The acoustic emission signals emitted during the indentation process were used to determine the critical load, under which the film begins to crack and/or break off the substrate. The average thickness of the films was approximately 1 um. EDAX results of NiAl thin films coating with various magnetron power exhibited the near equal atomic% Ni:Al. The best result being obtained using 300 W and 400 W DC power for Ni and Al targets respectively. XRD revealed the presence of beta NiAl phase for all the films coatings. AFM analysis of the films deposited on glass substrates exhibited quite a smooth surface with surface roughness values in the nanometre range. CSM results indicate that best adhesion was achieved at 300 W for Ni, and 400 W for Al targets compared to sample other power values. SIMS depth profile showed a uniform distribution of the Ni and Al component from the surface of the film to the interface. PMID:20355462

  8. Characterization of tantalum nitride thin films synthesized by magnetron sputtering

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    Zaman, Anna

    Tantalum Nitride is chemically inert, oxidation resistant and hard. TaN finds its application as a protective coating on steel due to their excellent wear properties. It has become a very promising diffusion barrier material in Cu interconnect technology in microelectronics. TaN has not been analyzed as much as other transition metal nitrides like the TiN system because TaN exhibits various stable and metastable phases. The emergence of these phases and the different physical, chemical and mechanical properties depend on the growth technique and deposition conditions. TaN thin films were deposited using the magnetron PVD system in the SaNEL lab. The aim of this study was to identify the effect of processing parameters like N2/Ar ratio, substrate bias and temperature, on the emergence of the different phases present in TaN thin films and the effect of deposition conditions on the mechanical properties of these films. The phases present in the films, deposited at varying conditions were explored via low angle X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), hardness of the films was measured by Nanoindentation and tribological tests were carried out to measure the frictional and wear behavior. It was observed that at high percentage of Nitrogen (10%-25%) the main phase present was FCC TaN and as the nitrogen content was decreased a mixture of phases was present in these films. The hardness of the films increases as we decrease the Nitrogen content, yielding a film with a hardness of 37.1 GPa at 3% N2 with a substrate bias voltage of -100 V.

  9. Passive mode control in the recirculating planar magnetron

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    Franzi, Matthew; Gilgenbach, Ronald; Lau, Y. Y.; Greening, Geoff; Zhang, Peng; Hoff, Brad

    2013-03-15

    Preliminary experiments of the recirculating planar magnetron microwave source have demonstrated that the device oscillates but is susceptible to intense mode competition due, in part, to poor coupling of RF fields between the two planar oscillators. A novel method of improving the cross-oscillator coupling has been simulated in the periodically slotted mode control cathode (MCC). The MCC, as opposed to a solid conductor, is designed to electromagnetically couple both planar oscillators by allowing for the propagation of RF fields and electrons through resonantly tuned gaps in the cathode. Using the MCC, a 12-cavity anode block with a simulated 1 GHz and 0.26 c phase velocity (where c is the speed of light) was able to achieve in-phase oscillations between the two sides of the device in as little as 30 ns. An analytic study of the modified resonant structure predicts the MCC's ability to direct the RF fields to provide tunable mode separation in the recirculating planar magnetron. The self-consistent solution is presented for both the degenerate even (in phase) and odd (180 Degree-Sign out of phase) modes that exist due to the twofold symmetry of the planar magnetrons.

  10. Passive mode control in the recirculating planar magnetron

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    Franzi, Matthew; Gilgenbach, Ronald; Lau, Y. Y.; Hoff, Brad; Greening, Geoff; Zhang, Peng

    2013-03-01

    Preliminary experiments of the recirculating planar magnetron microwave source have demonstrated that the device oscillates but is susceptible to intense mode competition due, in part, to poor coupling of RF fields between the two planar oscillators. A novel method of improving the cross-oscillator coupling has been simulated in the periodically slotted mode control cathode (MCC). The MCC, as opposed to a solid conductor, is designed to electromagnetically couple both planar oscillators by allowing for the propagation of RF fields and electrons through resonantly tuned gaps in the cathode. Using the MCC, a 12-cavity anode block with a simulated 1 GHz and 0.26 c phase velocity (where c is the speed of light) was able to achieve in-phase oscillations between the two sides of the device in as little as 30 ns. An analytic study of the modified resonant structure predicts the MCC's ability to direct the RF fields to provide tunable mode separation in the recirculating planar magnetron. The self-consistent solution is presented for both the degenerate even (in phase) and odd (180° out of phase) modes that exist due to the twofold symmetry of the planar magnetrons.

  11. 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.

  12. A feedback model of magnetron sputtering plasmas in HIPIMS

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    Ross, A. E.; Ganesan, R.; Bilek, M. M. M.; McKenzie, D. R.

    2015-04-01

    We present a 1D feedback model that captures the essential elements of plasma pulse initiation and is useful for control and diagnostics of sputtering plasmas. Our model falls into the class of single-species population models with recruitment and time delay, which show no oscillatory behaviour. The model can reproduce essential features of published time-current traces from plasma discharges and is useful to determine the key parameters affecting the evolution of the discharge. We include the external circuit and we focus on the time evolution of the current as a function of the applied voltage and the plasma parameters. We find the necessity of a nonlinear loss term in the time-dependent plasma ion population to ensure a stable discharge, and we show that a higher secondary electron emission coefficient reduces the time delay for current initiation. We report that I-V characteristics in the plateau region, where it exists, fit a power curve of the form I = kVn, where n is influenced most strongly by the nonlinear loss term.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Stability of radiofrequency magnetron sputtered calcium phosphate coatings under cyclically loaded conditions.

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    Wolke, J G; van der Waerden, J P; de Groot, K; Jansen, J A

    1997-03-01

    The stability of radiofrequency (RF) magnetron sputtered calcium phosphate was studied under cyclically loaded conditions. The coatings were deposited on titanium bars and tested in either dry or wet conditions X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to characterize the as-sputtered and tested coatings. XRD demonstrated that the amorphous structure after annealing at 650 C changed into a crystalline apatite structure. The residual stresses were determined by the XRD cos 2 i/i method. These residual film stresses were influenced by the coating conditions and the crystalline sputtered coating showed the presence of compressive stresses. SEM demonstrated that, after cyclic loading conditions in air, the crystalline sputter-coated Ti-6A1-4V bars showed a partial coating loss. Furthermore, in wet conditions (simulated body fluid) only the heat-treated sputter-coated bars appeared to be stable. On the other hand, the amorphous coating only showed signs of delamination in the more highly stressed regions, while in the less stressed regions a Ca-P precipitate was formed. On the basis of these results we conclude that calcium phosphate coatings subjected to cyclic loading conditions show an important difference in fatigue behaviour when tested in either dry or wet conditions. PMID:9111952

  17. High power pulsed magnetron sputtering: A method to increase deposition rate

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    Raman, Priya McLain, Jake; Ruzic, David N; Shchelkanov, Ivan A.

    2015-05-15

    High power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HPPMS) is a state-of-the-art physical vapor deposition technique with several industrial applications. One of the main disadvantages of this process is its low deposition rate. In this work, the authors report a new magnetic field configuration, which produces deposition rates twice that of conventional magnetron's dipole magnetic field configuration. Three different magnet pack configurations are discussed in this paper, and an optimized magnet pack configuration for HPPMS that leads to a higher deposition rate and nearly full-face target erosion is presented. The discussed magnetic field produced by a specially designed magnet assembly is of the same size as the conventional magnet assembly and requires no external fields. Comparison of deposition rates with different power supplies and the electron trapping efficiency in complex magnetic field arrangements are discussed.

  18. Investigation of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) discharge using fast ICCD camera

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    Hecimovic, Ante

    2012-10-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) combines impulse glow discharges at power levels up to the MW range with conventional magnetron cathodes to achieve a highly ionised sputtered flux. The dynamics of the HIPIMS discharge was investigated using fast Intensified Charge Coupled Device (ICCD) camera. In the first experiment the HIPIMS plasma was recorded from the side with goal to analyse the plasma intensity using Abel inversion to obtain the emissivity maps of the plasma species. Resulting emissivity maps provide the information on the spatial distribution of Ar and sputtered material and evolution of the plasma chemistry above the cathode. In the second experiment the plasma emission was recorded with camera facing the target. The images show that the HIPIMS plasma develops drift wave type instabilities characterized by well defined regions of high and low plasma emissivity along the racetrack of the magnetron. The instabilities cause periodic shifts in the floating potential. The structures rotate in ExB direction at velocities of 10 kms-1 and frequencies up to 200 kHz. The high emissivity regions comprise Ar and metal ion emission with strong Ar and metal neutral emission depletion. A detailed analysis of the temporal evolution of the saturated instabilities using four consequently triggered fast ICCD cameras is presented. Furthermore working gas pressure and discharge current variation showed that the shape and the speed of the instability strongly depend on the working gas and target material combination. In order to better understand the mechanism of the instability, different optical interference band pass filters (of metal and gas atom, and ion lines) were used to observe the spatial distribution of each species within the instability.

  19. A Semi-Empirical Model for Tilted-Gun Planar Magnetron Sputtering Accounting for Chimney Shadowing

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    Bunn, J. K.; Metting, C. J.; Hattrick-Simpers, J.

    2015-01-01

    Integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) approaches to composition and thickness profiles of sputtered thin-film samples are the key to expediting materials exploration for these materials. Here, an ICME-based semi-empirical approach to modeling the thickness of thin-film samples deposited via magnetron sputtering is developed. Using Yamamura's dimensionless differential angular sputtering yield and a measured deposition rate at a point in space for a single experimental condition, the model predicts the deposition profile from planar DC sputtering sources. The model includes corrections for off-center, tilted gun geometries as well as shadowing effects from gun chimneys used in most state-of-the-art sputtering systems. The modeling algorithm was validated by comparing its results with experimental deposition rates obtained from a sputtering system utilizing sources with a multi-piece chimney assembly that consists of a lower ground shield and a removable gas chimney. Simulations were performed for gun-tilts ranging from 0° to 31.3° from the vertical with and without the gas chimney installed. The results for the predicted and experimental angular dependence of the sputtering deposition rate were found to have an average magnitude of relative error of for a 0°-31.3° gun-tilt range without the gas chimney, and for a 17.7°-31.3° gun-tilt range with the gas chimney. The continuum nature of the model renders this approach reverse-optimizable, providing a rapid tool for assisting in the understanding of the synthesis-composition-property space of novel materials.

  20. Large-scale two-dimensional MoS₂ photodetectors by magnetron sputtering.

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    Ling, Z P; Yang, R; Chai, J W; Wang, S J; Leong, W S; Tong, Y; Lei, D; Zhou, Q; Gong, X; Chi, D Z; Ang, K-W

    2015-05-18

    We report on the demonstration of photodetectors based on large scale two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) transition metal dichalcogenides. Excellent film uniformity and precise control of the MoS2 thickness down to a monolayer (~0.75nm) were achieved by magnetron sputtering synthesis approach. In particular, the photodetectors integrated with five MoS2 monolayers exhibit a high photoresponsivity of 1.8 A/W, an external quantum efficiency exceeding 260%, and a photodetectivity of ~5 x 10(8) Jones for a wavelength of 850 nm, surpassing the performance of mechanically exfoliated based photodetectors. PMID:26074606

  1. 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.

  2. Different properties of aluminum doped zinc oxide nanostructured thin films prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Bidmeshkipour, Samina Shahtahmasebi, Nasser

    2013-06-15

    Aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanostructured thin films are prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering on glass substrate using specifically designed ZnO target containing different amount of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder as the Al doping source. The optical properties of the aluminium doped zinc oxide films are investigated. The topography of the deposited films were investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy. Variation of the refractive index by annealing temperature are considered and it is seen that the refractive index increases by increasing the annealing temperature.

  3. Electrochemical Performance of rf Magnetron Sputtered LiCoO{sub 2} Thin Film Positive Electrodes

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    Kumar, P. Jeevan; Babu, K. Jayanth; Hussain, O. M.

    2010-12-01

    Thin films of LiCoO{sub 2} were grown by rf magnetron sputtering technique and studied the influence of In situ annealing treatment on microstructural and electrochemical properties of the films. Annealing treatment in presence of O{sub 2} ambient develops characteristic (104) plan in relative to (003) plane texture indicating that the films have HT-layered structure with R3-bar m symmetry. The effect is discussed in terms of grain size, cycling stability, reversibility and the specific discharge capacity.

  4. Texture evolution in nanocrystalline iron films deposited using biased magnetron sputtering

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    Vetterick, G.; Taheri, M. L.; Baldwin, J. K.; Misra, A.

    2014-12-21

    Fe thin films were deposited on sodium chloride (NaCl) substrates using magnetron sputtering to investigate means of texture control in free standing metal films. The Fe thin films were studied using transmission electron microscopy equipped with automated crystallographic orientation microscopy. Using this technique, the microstructure of each film was characterized in order to elucidate the effects of altering deposition parameters. The natural tendency for Fe films grown on (100) NaCl is to form a randomly oriented nanocrystalline microstructure. By careful selection of substrate and deposition conditions, it is possible to drive the texture of the film toward a single (100) orientation while retaining the nanocrystalline microstructure.

  5. Tribological evaluation of magnetron-sputtered coating for military applications. Final report, November 1994--March 1997

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    Beatty, J.H.; Huang, P.J.; Fountzoulas, C.G.; Kelly, J.V.

    1999-02-01

    There is a continuing requirement for high-performance tribological coatings in both commercial and military applications. To maximize system performance, corresponding improvements in wear resistance, high-temperature stability, Corrosion behavior, and bearing durability must be realized. In the ongoing study, a number of different coatings were applied to 52100 bearing steel, 4340 steel, Inconel 718, and Ti-6Al-4V to improve wear characteristics, corrosion resistance, and rolling contact fatigue behavior. This report deals with CrN, TiN, W, and Ta coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering. Data on corrosion, Falex annular wear, ball-on-disk, and rolling contact fatigue are presented.

  6. Ion energies in high power impulse magnetron sputtering with and without localized ionization zones

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    Yang, Yuchen; Tanaka, Koichi; Liu, Jason; Anders, André

    2015-03-23

    High speed imaging of high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges has revealed that ionization is localized in moving ionization zones but localization disappears at high currents for high yield targets. This offers an opportunity to study the effect ionization zones have on ion energies. We measure that ions have generally higher energies when ionization zones are present, supporting the concept that these zones are associated with moving potential humps. We propose that the disappearance of ionization zones is caused by an increased supply of atoms from the target which cools electrons and reduces depletion of atoms to be ionized.

  7. 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.

  8. Spectroscopic imaging of self-organization in high power impulse magnetron sputtering plasmas

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    Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 2, 117543 Singapore, Singapore; Andersson, Joakim; Ni, Pavel; Anders, Andre

    2013-07-17

    Excitation and ionization conditions in traveling ionization zones of high power impulse magnetron sputtering plasmas were investigated using fast camera imaging through interference filters. The images, taken in end-on and side on views using light of selected gas and target atom and ion spectral lines, suggest that ionization zones are regions of enhanced densities of electrons, and excited atoms and ions. Excited atoms and ions of the target material (Al) are strongly concentrated near the target surface. Images from the highest excitation energies exhibit the most localized regions, suggesting localized Ohmic heating consistent with double layer formation.

  9. Venting temperature determines surface chemistry of magnetron sputtered TiN films

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    Greczynski, G.; Mráz, S.; Hultman, L.; Schneider, J. M.

    2016-01-01

    Surface properties of refractory ceramic transition metal nitride thin films grown by magnetron sputtering are essential for resistance towards oxidation necessary in all modern applications. Here, typically neglected factors, including exposure to residual process gases following the growth and the venting temperature Tv, each affecting the surface chemistry, are addressed. It is demonstrated for the TiN model materials system that Tv has a substantial effect on the composition and thickness-evolution of the reacted surface layer and should therefore be reported. The phenomena are also shown to have impact on the reliable surface characterization by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  10. Preparation of a-SiC:H/a-GeC:H superlattices by dual magnetron sputtering

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    Saito, N.; Yamaguchi, T.

    1989-10-01

    Amorphous semiconductor superlattices composed of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbon alloys and germanium carbon alloys have been prepared by a dual magnetron sputtering method. A small-angle x-ray diffraction measurement has indicated that the superlattices consist of well-defined smooth layers. Optical band gap has been examined for a series of samples; the thickness of the germanium carbon layer was changed from 20 to 130 Å, while the thickness of the silicon carbon layer was kept constant at 60 Å. The optical band gap increases upon decreasing the thickness of the germanium carbon layer, indicating quantum size effects due to the formation of superlattice structures.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Alfven's critical ionization velocity observed in high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges

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    Brenning, N.; Lundin, D.

    2012-09-15

    Azimuthally rotating dense plasma structures, spokes, have recently been detected in several high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) devices used for thin film deposition and surface treatment, and are thought to be important for plasma buildup, energizing of electrons, as well as cross-B transport of charged particles. In this work, the drift velocities of these spokes are shown to be strongly correlated with the critical ionization velocity, CIV, proposed by Alfven. It is proposed as the most promising approach in combining the CIV and HiPIMS research fields is to focus on the role of spokes in the process of electron energization.

  14. Development of high-vacuum planar magnetron sputtering using an advanced magnetic field geometry

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    Ohno, Takahiro; Yagyu, Daisuke; Saito, Shigeru Ohno, Yasunori; Itoh, Masatoshi; Uhara, Yoshio; Miura, Tsutomu; Nakano, Hirofumi

    2015-11-15

    A permanent magnet in a new magnetic field geometry (namely, with the magnetization in the radial direction) was fabricated and used for high-vacuum planar magnetron sputtering using Penning discharge. Because of the development of this magnet, the discharge current and deposition rate were increased two to three times in comparison with the values attainable with a magnet in the conventional geometry. This improvement was because the available space for effective discharge of the energetic electrons for the ionization increased because the magnetic field distribution increased in both the axial and radial directions of discharge.

  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. Influence of the microstructure on the corrosion behavior of magnetron sputter-quenched amorphous metallic alloys

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    Thakoor, A. P.; Khanna, S. K.; Williams, R. M.; Landel, R. F.

    1983-01-01

    The microstructure and corrosion behavior of magnetron sputter deposited amorphous metallic films of (Mo6ORu40)82B18 under varying sputtering atmospheres have been investigated. The microstructural details and topology of the films have been studied by scanning electron microscopy and correlated with the deposition conditions. By reducing the pressure of pure argon gas, the characteristic features of rough surface and columnar growth full of vertical voids can be converted into a mirror-smooth finish with very dense deposits. Films deposited in the presence of O2 or N2 exhibit columnar structure with vertical voids. Film deposited in pure argon at low pressure show remarkably high corrosion resistance due to the formation of a uniform passive surface layer. The influence of the microstructure and surface texture on the corrosion behavior is discussed.

  17. 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.

  18. Particle visualization in high-power impulse magnetron sputtering. I. 2D density mapping

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    Britun, Nikolay Palmucci, Maria; Konstantinidis, Stephanos; Snyders, Rony

    2015-04-28

    Time-resolved characterization of an Ar-Ti high-power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge has been performed. This paper deals with two-dimensional density mapping in the discharge volume obtained by laser-induced fluorescence imaging. The time-resolved density evolution of Ti neutrals, singly ionized Ti atoms (Ti{sup +}), and Ar metastable atoms (Ar{sup met}) in the area above the sputtered cathode is mapped for the first time in this type of discharges. The energetic characteristics of the discharge species are additionally studied by Doppler-shift laser-induced fluorescence imaging. The questions related to the propagation of both the neutral and ionized discharge particles, as well as to their spatial density distributions, are discussed.

  19. Photocatalytic activity of nanosized TiO2 thin film prepared by magnetron sputtering method.

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    Kang, Sang-Jun; Kim, Ki-Joong; Chung, Min-Chul; Jung, Sang-Chul; Boo, Su-Il; Cho, Soon Kye; Jeong, Woon-Jo; Ahn, Ho-Geun

    2011-02-01

    Nanosized TiO2 thin film on the substrate such as stainless steel plate and slide glass film were prepared by magnetron sputtering method, and these TiO2 thin films were characterized by field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Photocatalytic activity for Methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK) and acetaldehyde were measured using a closed circulating reaction system through the various ultra violet (UV) sources. From the results of SEM images, nanosized TiO2 thin film was uniformly coated on slide glass, ranging from 360 nm to 370 nm. Photocatalytic activity of MEK over TiO2 thin film on stainless steel plate did not occur by UV-A irradiation, but was efficiently decomposed by UV-B and UV-C. Also, acetaldehyde could be decomposed than MEK. The effect of sputtering conditions on their structure and photocatalytic activities were investigated in detail. PMID:21456269

  20. Nanoporous Ti-metal film deposition using radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique for photovoltaic application.

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    Sung, Youl-Moon; Paeng, Sung-Hwan; Moon, Byung-Ho; Kwak, Dong-Joo

    2012-02-01

    Nanoporous Ti-metal film electrode was fabricated by radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering technique on nanoporous TiO2 layer prepared by sol-gel combustion method and investigated with respect to its photo-anode properties of TCO-less DSCs. The porous Ti layer (approximately 1 microm) with low sheet resistance (approximately 17 Omega/sq.) can collect electrons from the TiO2 layer and allows the ionic diffusion of I(-)/I(3-) through the hole. The porous Ti layer with highly ordered columnar structure prepared by 8 mTorr sputtering shows the good impedance characteristics. The efficiency of prepared TCO-less DSCs sample is about 4.83% (ff: 0.6, Voc: 0.65 V, Jsc: 11.2 mA/cm2). PMID:22629960

  1. Hydroxyapatite coatings on nanotubular titanium dioxide thin films prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Shin, Jinho; Lee, Kwangmin; Koh, Jeongtae; Son, Hyeju; Kim, Hyunseung; Lim, Hyun-Pil; Yun, Kwidug; Oh, Gyejeong; Lee, Seokwoo; Oh, Heekyun; Lee, Kyungku; Hwang, Gabwoon; Park, Sang-Won

    2013-08-01

    In this study, hydroxyapatite (HA) was coated on anodized titanium (Ti) surfaces through radio frequency magnetron sputtering in order to improve biological response of the titanium surface. All the samples were blasted with resorbable blasting media (RBM). RBM-blasted Ti surface, anodized Ti surface, as-sputtered HA coating on the anodized Ti surface, and heat-treated HA coating on the anodized Ti surface were prepared. The samples were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, and biologic responses were evaluated. The top of the TiO2 nanotubes was not closed by HA particles when the coating time is less than 15 minutes. It was demonstrated that the heat-treated HA was well-crystallized and this enhanced the cell attachment of the anodized Ti surface. PMID:23882839

  2. Effect of surface treatment on adhesion strength between magnetron sputtered copper thin films and alumina substrate

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    Lim, Ju Dy; Lee, Pui Mun; Rhee, Daniel Min Woo; Leong, Kam Chew; Chen, Zhong

    2015-11-01

    A number of surface pre-treatments have been studied for their effectiveness on the adhesion strength between magnetron sputtered copper (Cu) thin film and polycrystalline alumina (Al2O3) substrate. The treatments include organic solvent cleaning, acid washing, heat treatment, plasma cleaning, and they were organized into different sequences in order to evaluate their individual contribution to the film adhesion. Adhesion strength was measured mechanically using a pull test. By proper pre-treatment, the adhesive strength of at least 34 MPa can be achieved with direct sputtering of Cu thin film onto the Al2O3 substrate. With the help of XPS, SEM, XRD, TGA and contact angle measurement, the effect of the different substrate surface treatment techniques has been elucidated.

  3. Cleaning of HT-7 Tokamak Exposed First Mirrors by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering Plasma

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    Yan, Rong; Chen, Junling; Chen, Longwei; Ding, Rui; Zhu, Dahuan

    2014-12-01

    The stainless steel (SS) first mirror pre-exposed in the deposition-dominated environment of the HT-7 tokamak was cleaned in the newly built radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering plasma device. The deposition layer on the FM surface formed during the exposure was successfully removed by argon plasma with a RF power of about 80 W and a gas pressure of 0.087 Pa for 30 min. The total reflectivity of the mirrors was recovered up to 90% in the wavelength range of 300-800 nm, while the diffuse reflectivity showed a little increase, which was attributed to the increase of surface roughness in sputtering, and residual contaminants. The FMs made from single crystal materials could help to achieve a desired recovery of specular reflectivity in the future.

  4. Microstructure and residual stress of magnetron sputtered nanocrystalline palladium and palladium gold films on polymer substrates

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    Castrup, Anna; Kuebel, Christian; Scherer, Torsten; Hahn, Horst

    2011-03-15

    The authors report the structural properties and residual stresses of 500-nm-thick nanocrystalline Pd and PdAu films on compliant substrates prepared by magnetron sputtering as a function of the pressure of the Ar-sputtering gas. Films were analyzed by x-ray diffraction, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. At low pressures the metal films exhibit strong compressive stresses, which rapidly change to highly tensile with increasing pressure, and then gradually decrease. Along with this effect a change in microstructure is observed from a dense equiaxed structure at low pressures to distinctive columns with reduced atomic density at the column walls at higher pressures. The preparation of nearly stress-free dense nanocrystalline films is demonstrated.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Morphology and structure evolution of tin-doped indium oxide thin films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering: The role of the sputtering atmosphere

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    Nie, Man Mete, Tayfun; Ellmer, Klaus

    2014-04-21

    The microstructure and morphology evolution of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) thin films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering in different sputtering atmospheres were investigated by X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectivity, and atomic force microscopy. The surface roughness w increases with increasing film thickness d{sub f}, and exhibits a power law behavior w ∼ d{sub f}{sup β}. The roughness decreases with increasing O{sub 2} flow, while it increases with increasing H{sub 2} flow. The growth exponent β is found to be 0.35, 0.75, and 0.98 for depositions in Ar/10%O{sub 2}, pure Ar, and Ar/10%H{sub 2} atmospheres, respectively. The correlation length ξ increases with film thickness also with a power law according to ξ ∼ d{sub f}{sup z} with exponents z = 0.36, 0.44, and 0.57 for these three different gas atmospheres, respectively. A combination of local and non-local growth modes in 2 + 1 dimensions is discussed for the ITO growth in this work.

  8. Integration of in situ RHEED with magnetron sputter deposition for atomic layer controlled growth

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    Podkaminer, Jacob P.

    Epitaxial thin films continue to be one of the most promising topics within electronic materials research. Sputter deposition is one process by which these films can be formed and is a widely used growth technique for a large range of technologically important material systems. Epitaxial films of carbides, nitrides, metals, oxides and more can all be formed during the sputter process which offers the ability to deposit smooth and uniform films from the research level up to an industrial scale. This tunable kinematic deposition process excels in easily adapting for a large range of environments and growth procedures. Despite the vast advantages associated with sputter deposition, there is a significant lack of in situ analysis options during sputtering. In particular, the area of real time atomic layer control is severely deficient. Atomic layer controlled growth of epitaxial thin films and artificially layered superlattices is critical for both understanding their emergent phenomena and engineering novel material systems and devices. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) is one of the most common in situ analysis techniques during thin film deposition that is rarely used during sputtering due to the strong permanent magnets in magnetron sputter sources and their effect on the RHEED electron beam. In this work we have solved this problem and designed a novel way to deter the effect of the magnets for a wide range of growth geometries and demonstrate the ability for the first time to have layer by layer control during sputter deposition by in situ RHEED. A novel growth chamber that can seamlessly change between pulsed laser deposition and sputtering with RHEED for the growth of complex heterostructures has been designed and implemented. Epitaxial thin films of LaAlO3, La1-xSrxMnO3, and SrRuO3 have all been deposited by sputtering and shown to exhibit clear and extended RHEED oscillations. To solve the magnet issue, a finite element model has been

  9. Magnetron Sputtering of Gold Nanoparticles onto WO3 and Activated Carbon

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    Veith, Gabriel M; Lupini, Andrew R; Pennycook, Stephen J; Villa, Alberto; Prati, Laura; Dudney, Nancy J

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we describe the production and investigation of two supported gold catalyst systems prepared by magnetron sputtering: Au on WO3 and Au on activated carbon. The magnetron sputtering technique entails the sputtering of a high purity gold metal target, with an argon plasma, to produce a flux of gold atoms onto a constantly tumbling support material. This technique offers a number of advantages over conventional chemical preparation methods including the flexibility to create gold nanoparticles (diameters < 3 nm) on unusual support materials, such as WO3 and carbon, which are generally not accessible using the ubiquitous deposition-precipitation technique. We present data demonstrating the formation of catalytic gold nanoparticles with average diameters of 1.7 nm (Au/C) and 2.1 nm (Au/WO3) as well as a substantial number of single atom species on the Au/C sample. Prototypical carbon monoxide oxidation (Au/WO3) and glycerol oxidation (Au/C) reactions were performed in order to gauge the activity of these catalysts. The WO3 supported catalyst exhibits substantial catalytic activity from room temperature to 135oC (0.0018 - 0.082 mole CO/mole Au sec) with an apparent transition around 75oC to a more active catalyst. The activity 1 of the Au/C catalysts was compared to a Au/C catalysts prepared from a PVA sol. The smaller catalysts prepared by sputtering are more active than the large gold particles prepared using the PVA sol. However, the larger gold catalyst are substaintially more selective towards the production of intermediate products from the oxidation of glycerol.

  10. () 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.

  11. Ion mass spectrometry investigations of the discharge during reactive high power pulsed and direct current magnetron sputtering of carbon in Ar and Ar/N{sub 2}

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    Schmidt, S.; Greczynski, G.; Jensen, J.; Hultman, L.; Czigany, Zs.

    2012-07-01

    Ion mass spectrometry was used to investigate discharges formed during high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) of a graphite target in Ar and Ar/N{sub 2} ambient. Ion energy distribution functions (IEDFs) were recorded in time-averaged and time-resolved mode for Ar{sup +}, C{sup +}, N{sub 2}{sup +}, N{sup +}, and C{sub x}N{sub y}{sup +} ions. An increase of N{sub 2} in the sputter gas (keeping the deposition pressure, pulse width, pulse frequency, and pulse energy constant) results for the HiPIMS discharge in a significant increase in C{sup +}, N{sup +}, and CN{sup +} ion energies. Ar{sup +}, N{sub 2}{sup +}, and C{sub 2}N{sup +} ion energies, in turn, did not considerably vary with the changes in working gas composition. The HiPIMS process showed higher ion energies and fluxes, particularly for C{sup +} ions, compared to DCMS. The time evolution of the plasma species was analyzed for HiPIMS and revealed the sequential arrival of working gas ions, ions ejected from the target, and later during the pulse-on time molecular ions, in particular CN{sup +} and C{sub 2}N{sup +}. The formation of fullerene-like structured CN{sub x} thin films for both modes of magnetron sputtering is explained by ion mass-spectrometry results and demonstrated by transmission electron microscopy as well as diffraction.

  12. Distance-dependent plasma composition and ion energy in high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Ehiasarian, Arutiun P; Andersson, Joakim; Anders, André

    2010-04-18

    The plasma composition of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) has been studied for titanium and chromium targets using a combined energy analyser and quadrupole mass spectrometer. Measurements were done at distances from 50 to 300 mm from the sputtering target. Ti and Cr are similar in atomic mass but have significantly different sputter yields, which gives interesting clues on the effect of the target on plasma generation and transport of atoms. The Ti and Cr HIPIMS plasmas operated at a peak target current density of ~;;0.5 A cm-2. The measurements of the argon and metal ion content as well as the ion energy distribution functions showed that (1) singly and doubly charged ions were found for argon as well as for the target metal, (2) the majority of ions were singly charged argon for both metals at all distances investigated, (3) the Cr ion density was maintained to distances further from the target than Ti. Gas rarefaction was identified as a main factor promoting transport of metal ions, with the stronger effect observed for Cr, the material with higher sputter yield. Cr ions were found to displace a significant portion of the gas ions, whereas this was less evident in the Ti case. The observations indicate that the presence of metal vapour promotes charge exchange and reduces the electron temperature and thereby practically prevents the production of Ar2+ ions near the target. The content of higher charge states of metal ions depends on the probability of charge exchange with argon.

  13. Natural fiber composites with EMI shielding function fabricated using VARTM and Cu film magnetron sputtering

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    Xia, Changlei; Ren, Han; Shi, Sheldon Q.; Zhang, Hualiang; Cheng, Jiangtao; Cai, Liping; Chen, Kathleen; Tan, Hwa-Shen

    2016-01-01

    To fabricate kenaf fiber composites with electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding function, the technique of vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) and Cu film magnetron sputtering were employed. The EMI shielding effectiveness (SE) and composite surface characteristics were examined with PNA Network Analyzer, Quanta 200 environmental scanning electron microscope and OCA20 contact angle meter. After being Cu-sputter coated for 0.5 h, 1 h, 2 h, and 3 h, the EMI SE values were increased to be 23.8 dB, 32.5 dB, 43.3 dB, and 48.3 dB, which denoted 99.5799%, 99.9437%, 99.9953%, or 99.9985% incident signal was blocked, respectively. The SEM observations revealed that the smoother surface of the composites was obtained by longer time sputtering, resulting in the SE improvement. The contact angle increased from 49.6° to 129.5° after 0.5 h sputtering, which indicated that the coated Cu film dramatically improved the hydrophobic property of composite. When the coating time increased to 3 h, the contact angle decreased to 51.0° because the composite surface roughness decreased with the increase in coating time.

  14. 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.

  15. Growth of Bi2O3 nanocones over large areas by magnetron sputtering

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    Tien, Li-Chia; Liou, Ying-Hong

    2015-08-01

    Bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) is a multi-functional oxide semiconductor with various properties of interest such as high reflective index, high photoconductive response, luminescence and high oxygen-ion conductivity, potentially useful as optical coatings, electrodes of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), supercapacitors, visible-light activated photocatalysts, and gas sensors. Large areas of bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) nanocones were grown onto Si(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL). The obtained tapered nanostructures consist of high-density nanocones with diameters approximately 70-130 nm and lengths of 1-3 μm. XRD results reveal that the Bi2O3 nanocones can undergo a phase transition from the α to the β phase at growth temperatures over 450°C. This phase transition was confirmed by TEM and PL. The growth mechanism of Bi2O3 nanocones was identified as grain boundary-assisted growth, in which a Bi seeding layer is crucial to the formation of the nanostructures. The results herein suggest that introducing a surface seeding layer may provide an effective way to grow various 1D nanostructures over large areas in high yield by magnetron sputtering.

  16. Structure evolution of magnetron sputtered TiO{sub 2} thin films

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    Mraz, Stanislav; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2011-01-15

    The structure evolution of TiO{sub 2} thin films deposited by rf and dc magnetron sputtering onto nonintentionally heated, floating, glass and Si (100) substrates was investigated. As the total pressure was varied from 0.15 to 4.0 Pa, corresponding to the pressure-distance product values from 10.5 to 280 Pa mm, rutile, anatase, and a mixture thereof were deposited. The pressure-distance induced changes in ion energy were quantified by probing the ion energy distribution functions. The ion energy during synthesis was additionally varied by applying a substrate bias potential ranging from floating to -100 V revealing a similar phase formation characteristic. While the structure evolution of the TiO{sub 2} thin films reported in the literature exhibits a rather complex dependence on the process parameters, a simple correlation between the structure evolution and the ratio between the ion energy flux and the deposition flux was identified here. Phase pure anatase films were grown below 540 eV/Ti atom and phase pure rutile films were grown above 1000 eV/Ti atom. The here presented data suggest that the ratio between the ion energy flux and the deposition flux ratio defines the phase formation of TiO{sub 2} thin films during magnetron sputtering.

  17. Studying of nanocomposite films’ structure and properties obtained by magnetron sputtering

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    Tleukenov, Y. O.; Plotnikov, S. V.; Erdybaeva, N. K.; Pogrebnyak, A. D.

    2016-02-01

    Various approaches to creating multicomponent na-nocomposite coatings of high and superhigh hardness (from 30 to 100 ± 120 GPa) are reviewed with particular emphasis placed on mechanisms underlying the increase in hardness in thin coatings. Nanocomposite Nb-Al-N films fabricated by magnetron sputtering were researched in this work. Two stable crystalline structural states were found in the films: NbNch and solid solution B1-NbxAl1-xNyO1-y, and also an amorphous component associated with aluminum oxynitride with reactive magnetron sputtering. A relationship of substructural characteristics sensitivity with the current and nanohardness and Knoop hardness characteristic was determined in this paper. Recent changes in the range of 29-33.5 GPa and 46-48 GPa, respectively. Initial principle calculations of NbN and Nb2AlN phases and NbN/AlN heterostructures were carried out for the interpretation of the results. Deposited nanocomposite films with the given mechanical properties may be used as wear resistant or protective coatings. On the basis of these results, it can be assumed that two stable crystalline structural states were found in the films: B1-NbNx and solid solution with a composition close to the B1-Nb0-67Al0-33N. The films also contain an amorphous component associated with aluminum nitride.

  18. p-type semiconducting Cu2O-CoO thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Suzuki, Shingo; Miyata, Toshihiro; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2003-07-01

    The preparation by magnetron sputtering of p-type semiconducting thin films consisting of a multicomponent oxide composed of Cu oxide and Co oxide is described. The electrical, optical, and crystallographical properties of films deposited by rf magnetron sputtering using (Cu2O)1-x-(CoO)x powder targets were strongly dependent on not only the deposition condition but also the calcination condition as well as the CoO content of the targets. These properties drastically changed in films prepared with a CoO content around 90 mol %. All prepared films, i.e., CoO content in the range from 0 to 100 mol %, were found to be p type, or positive hole conductors, as evidenced from the Seebeck effect: Resistivities in the range from 103 to 10-3 Ω cm. A hole concentration on the order of 1016 cm-3 and a mobility on the order of 10-1 cm2/V s were obtained in an amorphous multicomponent oxide film prepared with a CoO content of 50 mol %. Fabricated thin-film pin heterojunction diodes consisting of a p-type high-resistance multicomponent oxide combined with undoped ZnO and n-type Al-doped ZnO exhibited a rectifying current-voltage characteristic.

  19. ZrN coatings deposited by high power impulse magnetron sputtering and cathodic arc techniques

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    Purandare, Yashodhan Ehiasarian, Arutiun; Hovsepian, Papken; Santana, Antonio

    2014-05-15

    Zirconium nitride (ZrN) coatings were deposited on 1 μm finish high speed steel and 316L stainless steel test coupons. Cathodic Arc (CA) and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) + Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering (UBM) techniques were utilized to deposit coatings. CA plasmas are known to be rich in metal and gas ions of the depositing species as well as macroparticles (droplets) emitted from the arc sports. Combining HIPIMS technique with UBM in the same deposition process facilitated increased ion bombardment on the depositing species during coating growth maintaining high deposition rate. Prior to coating deposition, substrates were pretreated with Zr{sup +} rich plasma, for both arc deposited and HIPIMS deposited coatings, which led to a very high scratch adhesion value (L{sub C2}) of 100 N. Characterization results revealed the overall thickness of the coatings in the range of 2.5 μm with hardness in the range of 30–40 GPa depending on the deposition technique. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and tribological experiments such as dry sliding wear tests and corrosion studies have been utilized to study the effects of ion bombardment on the structure and properties of these coatings. In all the cases, HIPIMS assisted UBM deposited coating fared equal or better than the arc deposited coatings, the reasons being discussed in this paper. Thus H+U coatings provide a good alternative to arc deposited where smooth, dense coatings are required and macrodroplets cannot be tolerated.

  20. 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

  1. Peculiarities in magnetron sputtering of YBCO epitaxial films for applications in superconductor electronics devices

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    Drozdov, Yu. N.; Masterov, D. V.; Pavlov, S. A.; Parafin, A. E.; Yunin, P. A.

    2015-11-01

    We consider the main factors determining the growth of YBa2Cu3O7-δ high- T c superconductor films during magnetron sputtering in the planar axial geometry. Special attention is paid to the increase of the growth rate of the films suitable for superconductor electronics devices. Magnetron sputtering is used for obtaining YBa2Cu3O7-δ films with high structural and electrophysical characteristics for a growth rate up to 200 nm/h, which were used in constructing microwave disk resonators and long Josephson junctions on bicrystal substrates. The unloaded Q factor of cavities exceeds 80000 at a frequency of 7.1 GHz at a temperature of 77 K, which corresponds to the best results in this field. Josephson junction of length 50-350 μm are characterized by critical current density j c = 12-33 kA/cm2 at T = 77 K and j c = 93-230 kA/cm2 at T = 6 K in zero magnetic field. The characteristic voltage I c R n is 0.8-1.96 mV.

  2. Tribological properties, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of magnetron sputtered titanium-amorphous carbon coatings

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    Dhandapani, Vishnu Shankar; Subbiah, Ramesh; Thangavel, Elangovan; Arumugam, Madhankumar; Park, Kwideok; Gasem, Zuhair M.; Veeraragavan, Veeravazhuthi; Kim, Dae-Eun

    2016-05-01

    Amorphous carbon incorporated with titanium (a-C:Ti) was coated on 316L stainless steel (SS) by magnetron sputtering technique to attain superior tribological properties, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. The morphology, topography and functional groups of the nanostructured a-C:Ti coatings in various concentrations were analyzed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman, X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Raman and XPS analyses confirmed the increase in sp2 bonds with increasing titanium content in the a-C matrix. TEM analysis confirmed the composite nature of the coating and the presence of nanostructured TiC for Ti content of 2.33 at.%. This coating showed superior tribological properties compared to the other a-C:Ti coatings. Furthermore, electrochemical corrosion studies were performed against stimulated body fluid medium in which all the a-C:Ti coatings showed improved corrosion resistance than the pure a-C coating. Preosteoblasts proliferation and viability on the specimens were tested and the results showed that a-C:Ti coatings with relatively high Ti (3.77 at.%) content had better biocompatibility. Based on the results of this work, highly durable coatings with good biocompatibility could be achieved by incorporation of optimum amount of Ti in a-C coatings deposited on SS by magnetron sputtering technique.

  3. Study on the effect of target on plasma parameters of magnetron sputtering discharge plasma

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    Saikia, P.; Kakati, B.; Saikia, B. K.

    2013-10-15

    In this study, the effect of magnetron target on different plasma parameters of Argon/Hydrogen (Ar - H{sub 2}) direct current (DC) magnetron discharge is examined. Here, Copper (Cu) and Chromium (Cr) are used as magnetron targets. The value of plasma parameters such as electron temperature (kT{sub e}), electron density (N{sub e}), ion density (N{sub i}), degree of ionization of Ar, and degree of dissociation of H{sub 2} for both the target are studied as a function of input power and hydrogen content in the discharge. The plasma parameters are determined by using Langmuir probe and Optical emission spectroscopy. On the basis of the different reactions in the gas phase, the variation of plasma parameters and sputtering rate are explained. The obtained results show that electron and ion density decline with gradual addition of Hydrogen in the discharge and increase with rising input power. It brings significant changes on the degree of ionization of Ar and dissociation of H{sub 2}. The enhanced value of electron density (N{sub e}), ion density (N{sub i}), degree of Ionization of Ar, and degree of dissociation of H{sub 2} for Cr compared to Cu target is explained on the basis of it's higher Ion Induced Secondary Electron Emission Coefficient (ISEE) value.

  4. Effect of nitrogen doping on structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of radio frequency magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films

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    Perumal, R.; Hassan, Z.

    2016-06-01

    Zinc oxide receives remarkable attention due to its several attractive physical properties. Zinc oxide thin films doped with nitrogen were grown by employing RF magnetron sputtering method at room temperature. Doping was accomplished in gaseous medium by mixing high purity nitrogen gas along with argon sputtering gas. Structural studies confirmed the high crystalline nature with c-axis oriented growth of the nitrogen doped zinc oxide thin films. The tensile strain was developed due to the incorporation of the nitrogen into the ZnO crystal lattice. Surface roughness of the grown films was found to be decreased with increasing doping level was identified through atomic force microscope analysis. The presenting phonon modes of each film were confirmed through FTIR spectral analysis. The increasing doping level leads towards red-shifting of the cut-off wavelength due to decrement of the band gap was identified through UV-vis spectroscopy. All the doped films exhibited p-type conductivity was ascertained using Hall measurements and the obtained results were presented.

  5. Spatial distribution of average charge state and deposition rate in high power impulse magnetron sputtering of copper

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    Anders, Andre; Horwat, David; Anders, Andre

    2008-05-10

    The spatial distribution of copper ions and atoms in high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) discharges was determined by (i) measuring the ion current to electrostatic probes and (ii) measuring the film thickness by profilometry. A set of electrostatic and collection probes were placed at different angular positions and distances from the target surface. The angular distribution of the deposition rate and the average charge state of the copper species (including ions and neutrals) were deduced.The discharge showed a distinct transition to a high current mode dominated by copper self-sputtering when the applied voltage exceeded the threshold of 535 V. For a lower voltage, the deposition rate was very low and the average charge state was found to be less than 0.4. For higher voltage (and average power), the absolute deposition rates were much higher, but they were smaller than the corresponding direct current (DC) rates if normalized to the same average power. At the high voltage level, the spatial distribution of the average charge state showed some similarities with the distribution of the magnetic field, suggesting that the generation and motion of copper ions is affected by magnetized electrons. At higher voltage, the average charge state increases with the distance from the target and locally may exceed unity, indicating the presence of significant amounts of doubly charged copper ions.

  6. High power impulse magnetron sputtering: Current-voltage-timecharacteristics indicate the onset of sustained self-sputtering

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    Anders, Andre; Andersson, Joakim; Ehiasarian, Arutiun

    2007-08-03

    The commonly used current-voltage characteristics are foundinadequate for describing the pulsed nature of the high power impulsemagnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) discharge, rather, the description needs tobe expanded to current-voltage-time characteristics for each initial gaspressure. Using different target materials (Cu, Ti, Nb, C, W, Al, Cr) anda pulsed constant-voltage supply it is shown that the HIPIMS dischargestypically exhibit an initial pressure dependent current peak followed bya second phase that is power and material dependent. This suggests thatthe initial phase of a HIPIMS discharge pulse is dominated by gas ionswhereas the later phase has a strong contribution from self-sputtering.For some materials the discharge switches into a mode of sustainedself-sputtering. The very large differences between materials cannot beascribed to the different sputter yields but they indicate thatgeneration and trapping ofsecondary electrons plays a major role forcurrent-voltage-time characteristics. In particular, it is argued thatthe sustained self-sputtering phase is associated with thegeneration ofmultiply charged ions because only they can cause potential emission ofsecondary electrons whereas the yield caused by singly charged metal ionsis negligibly small.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. High power impulse magnetron sputtering and related discharges: scalable plasma sources for plasma-based ion implantation and deposition

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    Anders, Andre

    2009-09-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) and related self-sputtering techniques are reviewed from a viewpoint of plasma-based ion implantation and deposition (PBII&D). HIPIMS combines the classical, scalable sputtering technology with pulsed power, which is an elegant way of ionizing the sputtered atoms. Related approaches, such as sustained self-sputtering, are also considered. The resulting intense flux of ions to the substrate consists of a mixture of metal and gas ions when using a process gas, or of metal ions only when using `gasless? or pure self-sputtering. In many respects, processing with HIPIMS plasmas is similar to processing with filtered cathodic arc plasmas, though the former is easier to scale to large areas. Both ion implantation and etching (high bias voltage, without deposition) and thin film deposition (low bias, or bias of low duty cycle) have been demonstrated.

  11. Magnetic properties of in-plane oriented barium hexaferrite thin films prepared by direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, Xiaozhi; Yue, Zhenxing Meng, Siqin; Yuan, Lixin

    2014-12-28

    In-plane c-axis oriented Ba-hexaferrite (BaM) thin films were prepared on a-plane (112{sup ¯}0) sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) substrates by DC magnetron sputtering followed by ex-situ annealing. The DC magnetron sputtering was demonstrated to have obvious advantages over the traditionally used RF magnetron sputtering in sputtering rate and operation simplicity. The sputtering power had a remarkable influence on the Ba/Fe ratio, the hematite secondary phase, and the grain morphology of the as-prepared BaM films. Under 80 W of sputtering power, in-plane c-axis highly oriented BaM films were obtained. These films had strong magnetic anisotropy with high hysteresis loop squareness (M{sub r}/M{sub s} of 0.96) along the in-plane easy axis and low M{sub r}/M{sub s} of 0.03 along the in-plane hard axis. X-ray diffraction patterns and pole figures revealed that the oriented BaM films grew via an epitaxy-like growth process with the crystallographic relationship BaM (101{sup ¯}0)//α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(112{sup ¯}0)//Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(112{sup ¯}0)

  12. Electrostatic quadrupole plasma mass spectrometer measurements during thin film depositions using simultaneous matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation and magnetron sputtering

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    Hunter, C. N.; Check, M. H.; Muratore, C.; Voevodin, A. A.

    2010-05-15

    A hybrid plasma deposition process, combining matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) of carbon nanopearls (CNPs) with magnetron sputtering of gold was investigated for growth of composite films, where 100 nm sized CNPs were encapsulated into a gold matrix. Composition and morphology of such composite films was characterized with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. Carbon deposits on a gold magnetron sputter target and carbon impurities in the gold matrices of deposited films were observed while codepositing from gold and frozen toluene-CNP MAPLE targets in pure argon. Electrostatic quadrupole plasma analysis was used to determine that a likely mechanism for generation of carbon impurities was a reaction between toluene vapor generated from the MAPLE target and the argon plasma originating from the magnetron sputtering process. Carbon impurities of codeposited films were significantly reduced by introducing argon-oxygen mixtures into the deposition chamber; reactive oxygen species such as O and O+ effectively removed carbon contamination of gold matrix during the codeposition processes. Increasing the oxygen to argon ratio decreased the magnetron target sputter rate, and hence hybrid process optimization to prevent gold matrix contamination and maintain a high sputter yield is needed. High resolution TEM with energy dispersive spectrometry elemental mapping was used to study carbon distribution throughout the gold matrix as well as embedded CNP clusters. This research has demonstrated that a hybrid MAPLE and magnetron sputtering codeposition process is a viable means for synthesis of composite thin films from premanufactured nanoscale constituents, and that cross-process contaminations can be overcome with understanding of hybrid plasma process interaction mechanisms.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Comparative analysis of electrophysical properties of ceramic tantalum pentoxide coatings, deposited by electron beam evaporation and magnetron sputtering methods

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    Donkov, N.; Mateev, E.; Safonov, V.; Zykova, A.; Yakovin, S.; Kolesnikov, D.; Sudzhanskaya, I.; Goncharov, I.; Georgieva, V.

    2014-12-01

    Ta2O5 ceramic coatings have been deposited on glass substrates by e-beam evaporation and magnetron sputtering methods. For the magnetron sputtering process Ta target was used. X-ray diffraction measurements show that these coatings are amorphous. XPS survey spectra of the ceramic Ta2O5 coatings were obtained. All spectra consist of well-defined XPS lines of Ta 4f, 4d, 4p and 4s; O 1s; C 1s. Ta 4f doublets are typical for Ta2O5 coatings with two main peaks. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images of the e-beam evaporated and magnetron sputtered Ta2O5 ceramic coatings have revealed a relatively flat surface with no cracks. The dielectric properties of the tantalum pentoxide coatings have been investigated in the frequency range of 100 Hz to 1 MHz. The electrical behaviour of e-beam evaporated and magnetron sputtered Ta2O5 ceramic coatings have also been compared. The deposition process conditions principally effect the structure parameters and electrical properties of Ta2O5 ceramic coatings. The coatings deposited by different methods demonstrate the range of dielectric parameters due to the structural and stoichiometric composition changes

  17. Thin-film heterostructures based on oxides of copper and zinc obtained by RF magnetron sputtering in one vacuum cycle

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    Afanasjev, V.; Bazhan, M.; Klimenkov, B.; Mukhin, N.; Chigirev, D.

    2016-07-01

    Investigations of formation conditions of oxide heterostructures ZnO/CuO in the same vacuum cycle using RF magnetron sputtering of powder targets of zinc and copper oxides were carried out. The optical and electrical properties of the thin film structures were studied.

  18. Ion beam analysis and co-sputtering simulation (CO-SS) of bi-metal films produced by magnetron co-sputtering

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    Cruz, J.; Andrade, E.; Muhl, S.; Canto, C.; de Lucio, O.; Chávez, E.; Rocha, M. F.; Garcés-Medina, E.

    2016-03-01

    Magnetron sputtering is widely used to deposit thin films on different types of substrates. An important application of this method is to make multicomponent thin films using co-sputtering, where two or more elements are included in the target. The thickness and elemental composition of the films depend on the experimental parameters used, the system geometry and the spatial distribution of the elements in the target. If the target is made of two spatially separate pieces of the materials, then the composition of the deposit depends on a combination of the relative areas, the sputtering yield and the angular distribution of the emission of the sputtered flux of each material. In this work, a co-sputtering simulation program, known as CO-SS, was developed to simulate the thickness and composition of metal films produced by DC magnetron sputtering (Al) and co-sputtering (Al + Ti). The CO-SS code models the angular distribution of particles ejected by sputtering from the target, where this is assumed to vary as cosn β , where n is a free parameter and β is the angle of ejection relative to the normal to the surface of the target, and the sputtering yield of each material. The program also takes into account other geometry factors such as the distance between the target and the substrate, and the size of the substrate. Rutherford backscattering (RBS) using 4He was employed to measure the thickness and the composition of the films deposited on glass cover slides in order to assess the CO-SS program. The film thickness was also measured by profilometry. The CO-SS code was found to accurately model the experimental results for both the Al and Ti/Al films. The CO-SS code is freely available for use from http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/CoSputteringSimulationCOSS/.

  19. Chemical mechanical polishing characteristics of ITO thin film prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Lee, Kang-Yeon; Choi, Gwon-Woo; Kim, Yong-Jae; Choi, Youn-Ok; Kim, Nam-Oh

    2012-02-01

    Indium-tin-oxide (ITO) thin films have attracted intensive interest because of their unique properties of good conductivity, high optical transmittance over the visible region and easy patterning ability. ITO thin films have found many applications in anti-static coatings, thermal heaters, solar cells, flat panel displays (FPDs), liquid crystal displays (LCDs), electroluminescent devices, sensors and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). ITO thin films are generally fabricated by using various methods, such as spraying, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), evaporation, electron gun deposition, direct current electroplating, high frequency sputtering, and reactive sputtering. In this research, ITO films were grown on glass substrates by using a radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. In order to achieve a high transmittance and a low resistivity, we examined the various film deposition conditions, such as substrate temperature, working pressure, annealing temperature, and deposition time. Next, in order to improve the surface quality of the ITO thin films, we performed a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) with different process parameters and compared the electrical and the optical properties of the polished ITO thin films. The best CMP conditions with a high removal rate, low nonuniformity, low resistivity and high transmittance were as follows: platen speed, head speed, polishing time, and slurry flow rate of 30 rpm, 30 rpm, 60 sec, and 60 ml/min, respectively.

  20. CH₃NH₃PbI₃-based planar solar cells with magnetron-sputtered nickel oxide.

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    Cui, Jin; Meng, Fanping; Zhang, Hua; Cao, Kun; Yuan, Huailiang; Cheng, Yibing; Huang, Feng; Wang, Mingkui

    2014-12-24

    Herein we report an investigation of a CH3NH3PbI3 planar solar cell, showing significant power conversion efficiency (PCE) improvement from 4.88% to 6.13% by introducing a homogeneous and uniform NiO blocking interlayer fabricated with the reactive magnetron sputtering method. The sputtered NiO layer exhibits enhanced crystallization, high transmittance, and uniform surface morphology as well as a preferred in-plane orientation of the (200) plane. The PCE of the sputtered-NiO-based perovskite p-i-n planar solar cell can be further promoted to 9.83% when a homogeneous and dense perovskite layer is formed with solvent-engineering technology, showing an impressive open circuit voltage of 1.10 V. This is about 33% higher than that of devices using the conventional spray pyrolysis of NiO onto a transparent conducting glass. These results highlight the importance of a morphology- and crystallization-compatible interlayer toward a high-performance inverted perovskite planar solar cell. PMID:25426540

  1. 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.

  2. Fabrication and physico-mechanical properties of thin magnetron sputter deposited silver-containing hydroxyapatite films

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    Ivanova, A. A.; Surmeneva, M. A.; Tyurin, A. I.; Pirozhkova, T. S.; Shuvarin, I. A.; Prymak, O.; Epple, M.; Chaikina, M. V.; Surmenev, R. A.

    2016-01-01

    As a measure of the prevention of implant associated infections, a number of strategies have been recently applied. Silver-containing materials possessing antibacterial activity as expected might have wide applications in orthopedics and dentistry. The present work focuses on the physico-chemical characterization of silver-containing hydroxyapatite (Ag-HA) coating obtained by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. Mechanochemically synthesized Ag-HA powder (Ca10-xAgx(PO4)6(OH)2-x, x = 1.5) was used as a precursor for sputtering target preparation. Morphology, composition, crystallinity, physico-mechanical features (Young's modulus and nanohardness) of the deposited Ag-HA coatings were investigated. The sputtering of the nanostructured multicomponent target at the applied process conditions allowed to deposit crystalline Ag-HA coating which was confirmed by XRD and FTIR data. The SEM results revealed the formation of the coating with the grain morphology and columnar cross-section structure. The EDX analysis confirmed that Ag-HA coating contained Ca, P, O and Ag with the Ca/P ratio of 1.6 ± 0.1. The evolution of the mechanical properties allowed to conclude that addition of silver to HA film caused increase of the coating nanohardness and elastic modulus compared with those of pure HA thin films deposited under the same deposition conditions.

  3. 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.

  4. Photocatalytic activity of bipolar pulsed magnetron sputter deposited TiO2/TiWOx thin films

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    Weng, Ko-Wei; Hu, Chung-Hsuan; Hua, Li-Yu; Lee, Chin-Tan; Zhao, Yu-Xiang; Chang, Julian; Yang, Shu-Yi; Han, Sheng

    2016-08-01

    Titanium oxide films were formed by sputtering and then TiWOx films were deposited by bipolar pulsed magnetron sputtering with pure titanium and tungsten metal targets. The sputtering of titanium oxide with tungsten enhanced the orientation of the TiO2 (1 0 1) plane of the specimen assemblies. The main varying parameter was the tungsten pulse power. Titanium oxide sputtered with tungsten using a pulsing power of 50 W exhibited a superior hydrophilic property, and a contact angle of 13.1°. This fabrication conditions maximized the photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue solution. The mechanism by which the titanium oxide was sputtered with tungsten involves the photogeneration of holes and electron traps, inhibiting the hole-electron recombination, enhancing hydrophilicity and reducing the contact angle.

  5. 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.

  6. Growth of CuCl thin films by magnetron sputtering for ultraviolet optoelectronic applications

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    Natarajan, Gomathi; Daniels, S.; Cameron, D. C.; O'Reilly, L.; Mitra, A.; McNally, P. J.; Lucas, O. F.; Rajendra Kumar, R. T.; Reid, Ian; Bradley, A. L.

    2006-08-01

    Copper (I) chloride (CuCl) is a potential candidate for ultraviolet (UV) optoelectronics due to its close lattice match with Si (mismatch less than 0.4%) and a high UV excitonic emission at room temperature. CuCl thin films were deposited using radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique. The influence of target to substrate distance (d{sub ts}) and sputtering pressure on the composition, microstructure, and UV emission properties of the films were analyzed. The films deposited with shorter target to substrate spacing (d{sub ts}=3 cm) were found to be nonstoichiometric, and the film stoichiometry improves when the substrate is moved away from the target (d{sub ts}=4.5 and 6 cm). A further increase in the spacing results in poor crystalline quality. The grain interface area increases when the sputtering pressure is increased from 1.1x10{sup -3} to 1x10{sup -2} mbar at d{sub ts}=6 cm. Room temperature cathodoluminescence spectrum shows an intense and sharp UV exciton (Z{sub 3}) emission at {approx}385 nm with a full width at half maximum of 16 nm for the films deposited at the optimum d{sub ts} of 6 cm and a pressure of 1.1x10{sup -3} mbar. A broad deep level emission in the green region ({approx}515 nm) is also observed. The relative intensity of the UV to green emission peaks decreased when the sputtering pressure was increased, consistent with an increase in grain boundary area. The variation in the stoichiometry and the crystallinity are attributed to the change in the intensity and energy of the flux of materials from the target due to the interaction with the background gas molecules.

  7. Initial Growth Process of Magnetron Sputtering 321 Stainless Steel Films Observed by Afm

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    Jin, Yongzhong; Wu, Wei; Liu, Dongliang; Chen, Jian; Sun, Yali

    To investigate the initial morphological evolution of 321 stainless steel (SS) films, we examined the effect of sputtering time on the morphology of 321 SS film. In this study, a group of samples were prepared at nine different sputtering times within 20 s using radio-frequency (r.f.) magnetron sputtering and characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Only globular-like grains were formed on mica substrates within 6 s, whose average grain size is ~ 21-44 nm. Meanwhile, few grains with larger size are subject to settle at the defect sites of mica substrates. At 8 s, we found large columnar crystallites with the average grain size of 61 nm. From 10 to 14 s, islands grew continuously and coalesced in order to form an interconnected structure containing irregular channels or grooves, with a depth of ~ 3.5-5 nm. Up to 16 s, a nearly continuous film was formed and some new globular-like grains were again present on the film. Study of the AFM image at 20 s suggests that the watercolor masking method designed by us is an effective method, by which we can prepare thin films with steps for the measurement of the thickness of continuous thin films. It is also found that the coverage rate of films increases with the increase in sputtering time (from 2 to 16 s). On the other hand, the increase in root mean square (RMS) roughness is much more significant from 6 to 10 s, and there is a maximum value, 2.81 nm at 10 s due to more islands during deposition. However, RMS roughness decreases with the decrease in length and width of channels or grooves from 10 to 16 s. Especially, a lower RMS roughness of 0.73 nm occurs at 16 s, because of the continuous film produced with a large coverage rate of 98.43%.

  8. High low-temperature CO oxidation activity of platinum oxide prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Johánek, V.; Václavů, M.; Matolínová, I.; Khalakhan, I.; Haviar, S.; Matolín, V.

    2015-08-01

    CO oxidation on platinum oxide deposited by magnetron sputtering on flat (Si) and highly porous (multi-walled carbon nanotubes, MWCNT) substrates were examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, temperature-programmed desorption and temperature-programmed reaction in both UHV and ambient pressure conditions. Platinum in the freshly deposited thin film is present entirely in the 4+ oxidation state. The intrinsic CO oxidation capability of such catalyst proved to be significantly higher under approx. 480 K than that of pure platinum, presumably due to the interplay between metallic and cationic platinum entities, and the reaction yield can be further enhanced by increasing effective surface area when MWCNT is used as a support. The thermo-chemical stability of the platinum oxide, however, has its limitations as the thin film can be gradually thermally reduced to metallic platinum (with small residuum of stable Pt2+ species) and this process is further facilitated in the presence of reducing CO atmosphere.

  9. Optical Properties Of {beta}-FeSi2 Thin Films Grown By Magnetron Sputtering

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    Tatar, B.; Kutlu, K.

    2007-04-23

    {beta}-FeSi2 semiconductor thin films have been grown on Si(100) and Si(111) substrate at room temperature by unbalanced magnetron sputtering. The thicknesses of {beta}-FeSi2 thin films have been prepared to have value between 0.3-1{mu}m. Optical characteristic of the {beta}-FeSi2 films have been deduced using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) in the wavelength range 1000-2000nm. The {beta}-FeSi2 films have been determinated to have optical direct band gap from the plot of ({alpha}h{upsilon})2 vs. h{upsilon} The direct band gap values of the films have been observed to vary between 0.82-0.89 eV depending on the type of substrates.

  10. Thermal stability of magnetron and ion beam sputtered top and bottom spin-valve films

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    Mao, Ming; Cerjan, Charlie; Hung, Stephanie; Miloslavsky, Lena; Chien, Chester; Sant, Sudhi

    2001-06-01

    The thermal stability of top and bottom IrMn exchange-biased spin-valve films prepared by ion beam deposition (IBD) and magnetron sputtering physical vapor deposition (PVD) is compared. These films exhibit identical temperature dependence for the exchange bias field H{sub ex}, with a blocking temperature of T{sub B}=250{degree}C, that is independent of preparation technique. Isothermal annealing at temperatures below T{sub B} led to a ln(t) dependent degradation in H{sub ex}, suggesting a thermal activation process. The high crystallographic quality of the IBD films leads to a superior stability compared to PVD films. Top spin-valve films are also found to be more stable than bottom spin-valve films. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.