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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. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  14. 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.

  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

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  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

    2014-05-01

    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

  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.

    2014-05-15

    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.

  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. 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

  12. 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.

  13. (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.

  14. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. 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.}

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  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.

    2014-07-21

    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}.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  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. 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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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).

  2. 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).

  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.; 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.

  10. 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.

  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. 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

  14. 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.

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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%.

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

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

    1991-11-15

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

  7. 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.

  8. Control over the preferred orientation of CIGS films deposited by magnetron sputtering using a wetting layer

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    Yan, Yong; Jiang, Fan; Liu, Lian; Yu, Zhou; Zhang, Yong; Zhao, Yong

    2016-01-01

    A growth method is presented to control the preferred orientation in chalcopyrite CuIn x Ga1- x Se2 (CIGS) thin films grown by magnetron sputtering. Films with (220/204) and (112) preferred orientation as well as randomly oriented films were prepared. The effects of an In2Se3 wetting layer and the working pressure on the texture transition phenomena were examined. A large-grained CIGS film with (220/204) texture was formed at 400°C with the inclusion of a thin (80 nm) In2Se3 layer and liquid phase (excess copper selenide phase) formation, and the reaction mechanism is proposed. The device deposited at 2.0 Pa on an In2Se3 layer exhibited the optimal electrical properties. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  9. Antireflection coatings for deep ultraviolet optics deposited by magnetron sputtering from Al targets.

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    Liao, Bo-Huei; Lee, Cheng-Chung

    2011-04-11

    We introduce an innovative technique for the deposition of fluorine doped oxide (F:Al(2)O(3)) films by DC pulse magnetron sputtering from aluminum targets at room temperature. There was almost no change in transmittance even after the film was exposed to air for two weeks. Its refractive index was around 1.69 and the extinction coefficient was smaller than 1.9 × 10(-4) at 193 nm. An AlF(3)/F:Al(2)O(3) antireflection coating was deposited on both sides of a quartz substrate. A high transmittance of 99.32% was attained at the 193 nm wavelength. The cross-sectional morphology showed that the surface of the multilayer films was smooth and there were no columnar or porous structures. PMID:21503058

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

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    Yoshimura, Kazuki; Miki, Takeshi; Tanemura, Sakae

    1997-09-01

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

  11. Mechanical property improvement by texture control of magnetron co-sputtered Zr-Ti films

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    Wang, Weipeng; Zhan, Peng; Xie, Zheng; Li, Zhengcao; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2014-01-01

    The present work studies the effect of substrate temperature and film composition on the structural and mechanical properties evolution of magnetron sputtered Zr-Ti films. As-deposited films show a monotonically strengthening (0002) crystallographic texture ranging from ambient temperature to 523 K, while then reveal a (0002) texture to randomly orientated structure transition at higher temperature. High Resolution TEM observations reveal a competitive and reconstruction growth mechanism which is in good agreement with the well-known Structure Zone Model. Nano-indentation measurements revealed that texture strengthening contribute to the improvement of mechanical properties. These results suggest that by establishing a semi-quantitative phase diagram based on the Structure Zone Model, structure and structure-related properties modification can be easily realized and precisely controlled by modifying the TS/Tm region during deposition.

  12. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed. PMID:25852353

  13. Electrochemical properties of magnetron sputtered WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Madhavi, V.; Kondaiah, P.; Hussain, O. M.; Uthanna, S.

    2013-02-05

    Thin films of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) were deposited on ITO substrates by using RF magnetron sputtering at oxygen and argon atmospheres of 6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2}Pa and 4 Pa respectively. The chemical composition and surface morphology of the WO{sub 3} thin films have been studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) respectively. The results indicate that the deposited WO{sub 3} thin films are nearly stoichiometric. The electrochemical performances of the WO{sub 3} thin films have been evaluated by galvonostatic charging/discharging method. The discharge capacity was 15{mu}Ah/cm{sup 2}{mu}m at the initial cycle and faded rapidly in the first few cycles and stabilized at a lesser stage.

  14. Characteristics of W Doped Nanocrystalline Carbon Films Prepared by Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Park, Yong Seob; Park, Chul Min; Kim, Nam-Hoon; Kim, Jae-Moon

    2016-05-01

    Nanocrystalline tungsten doped carbon (WC) films were prepared by unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Tungsten was used as the doping material in carbon thin films with the aim of application as a contact strip in an electric railway. The structural, physical, and electrical properties of the fabricated WC films with various DC bias voltages were investigated. The films had a uniform and smooth surface. Hardness and frication characteristics of the films were improved, and the resistivity and sheet resistance decreased with increasing negative DC bias voltage. These results are associated with the nanocrystalline WC phase and sp(2) clusters in carbon networks increased by ion bombardment enhanced with increasing DC bias voltage. Consequently, the increase of sp(2) clusters containing WC nanocrystalline in the carbon films is attributed to the improvement in the physical and electrical properties. PMID:27483857

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

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

    2014-10-15

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

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

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

    2007-10-01

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

  17. Size-dependent electrical conductivity of indium zinc oxide deposited by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Heo, Young-Woo; Pearton, S J; Norton, D P

    2012-04-01

    We investigated the size-dependent electrical conductivities of indium zinc oxide stripes with different widths from 50 nm to 4 microm and with the same thickness of 50 nm deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. The size of the indium zinc oxide stripes was controlled by e-beam lithography. The distance of the two Ti/Au Ohmic electrodes along the indium zinc oxide stripes was kept constant at 25 microm. The electrical conductivity decreased as the size of the indium zinc oxide stripes decreased below a critical width (80 nm). The activation energy, derived from the electric conductivity versus temperature measurement, was dependent on the dimensions of indium zinc oxide stripes. These results can be understood as stemming from surface charge trapping from the absorption of oxygen and/or water vapor, which leads to an increase in the energy difference between the conduction energy band and the Fermi energy. PMID:22849102

  18. A Complementary Type of Electrochromic Device by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering System

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    Oksuz, Lutfi; Kiristi, Melek; Bozduman, Ferhat; Uygun Oksuz, Aysegul

    2014-10-01

    Electrochromic (EC) devices can change their optical properties reversibly in the visible region (400-800 nm) upon charge insertion/extraction reactions according to the applied voltage. A complementary type of EC device composes of two electrochromic layers, which is separated by an ionic conduction layer (electrolyte). In this work, the EC device was fabricated using vanadium oxide (V2O5) and titanium doped tungsten oxide (WO3-TiO2) electrodes. The EC electrodes were deposited as thin film structures by a reactive RF magnetron sputtering system in a medium of gas mixture of argon and oxygen. surface morphology of the films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Electrochemical property and durability of the EC device was investigated by a potentiostat system. Optical measurement was examined under applied voltages of +/- 2.5 V by a computer-controlled system, constantly.

  19. Deposition of a conductive near-infrared cutoff filter by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Lee, Jang-Hoon; Lee, Seung-Hyu; Yoo, Kwang-Lim; Kim, Nam-Young; Hwangbo, Chang Kwon

    2002-06-01

    We have designed a conductive near-infrared (NIR) cutoff filter for display application, i.e., a modified low-emissivity filter based on the three periods of the basic design of [TiO2[Ti]Ag] TiO2] upon a glass substrate and investigated the optical, structural, chemical, and electrical properties of the conductive NIR cutoff filter prepared by a radio frequency magnetron sputtering system. The results show that the average transmittance is 61.1% in the visible, that the transmittance in the NIR is less than 6.6%, and that the sheet resistance and emissivity are 0.9 ohms/square (where square stands for a square film) and 0.012, respectively, suggesting that the conductive NIR cutoff filter can be employed as a shield against the hazard of electromagnetic waves as well as to cut off the NIR. PMID:12064381

  20. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming

    2015-02-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed.

  1. Dielectric properties of tetragonal tungsten bronze films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Bodeux, Romain; Michau, Dominique; Josse, Michaël; Maglione, Mario

    2014-12-01

    Tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) films have been synthesised on Pt(111)/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates from Ba2LnFeNb4O15 ceramics (Ln = La, Nd, Eu) by RF magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction measurements evidenced the multi-oriented nature of films with some degrees of preferential orientation along (111). The dependence of the dielectric properties on temperature and frequency has been investigated. The dielectric properties of the films are similar to those of the bulk, i.e., ɛ ˜150 and σ ˜10-6 Ω-1 cm-1 at 1 MHz and room temperature. The films exhibit two dielectric anomalies which are attributed to Maxwell Wagner polarization mechanism and relaxor behaviour. Both anomalies are sensitive to post-annealing under oxygen atmosphere and their activation energies are similar Ea ˜0.30 eV. They are explained in terms of electrically heterogeneous contributions in the films.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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    Ye, Z Z; Tang, J F

    1989-07-15

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

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

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

    2012-10-15

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

  5. Control of ions energy distribution in dual-frequency magnetron sputtering discharges

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    Ye, Chao He, Haijie; Huang, Fupei; Liu, Yi; Wang, Xiangying

    2014-04-15

    The ion energy distributions (IEDs) in the dual-frequency magnetron sputtering discharges were investigated by retarding field energy analyzer. Increasing power ratio of 2 MHz to 13.56 (27.12 or 60) MHz led to the evolution of IEDs from a uni-modal distribution towards a uni-modal distribution with high-energy peak shoulder and a bi-modal distribution. While increasing power ratio of 13.56 MHz to 27.12 MHz and 27.12 MHz to 60 MHz, led to the increase of peak energy. The evolution of IEDs shape and the increase of peak energy are due to the change of ions responding to the average field of high-frequency period towards the instantaneous sheath potential of low-frequency period.

  6. Optical properties of ITO films obtained by high-frequency magnetron sputtering with accompanying ion treatment

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    Krylov, P. N. Zakirova, R. M.; Fedotova, I. V.

    2013-10-15

    A variation in the properties of indium-tin-oxide (ITO) films obtained by the method of reactive magnetron sputtering with simultaneous ion treatment is reported. The ITO films feature the following parameters in the optical range of 450-1100 nm: a transmission coefficient of 80%, band gap of 3.50-3.60 eV, and a refractive index of 1.97-2.06. All characteristics of the films depend on the ion-treatment current. The latter, during the course of deposition, reduces the resistivity of the ITO films with the smallest value of the resistivity being equal to 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} {Omega} cm. The degradation of films with a high resistivity when kept in air is observed.

  7. Investigation on low thermal emittance of Al films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Ning, Yuping; Wang, Wenwen; Sun, Ying; Wu, Yongxin; Liu, Yingfang; Man, Hongliang; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Yong; Zhao, Shuxi; Tomasella, Eric; Bousquet, Angélique

    2016-03-01

    A series of Al films with different thicknesses were deposited on polished stainless steel by direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering as a metal IR-reflector layer in solar selective absorbing coating (SSAC). The effects of the film thickness and the temperature on the thermal emittance of the Al films are studied. An optimal thickness 78 nm of the Al film for the lowest total thermal emittance is obtained. The thermal emittance of the optimal Al film keeps close to 0.02 from 25 °C to 400 °C, which are low enough to satisfy the optical requirements in SSAC. The optical constants of the Al film are deduced by fitting the reflectance and transmission spectra using SCOUT software.

  8. 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.

  9. Characterization of ion beam and magnetron sputtered thin Ta/NiFe films

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    Mao, M.; Leng, Q.; Huai, Y.; Johnson, P.; Miller, M.; Tong, H.-C.; Miloslavsky, L.; Qian, C.; Wang, J.; Hegde, H.

    1999-04-01

    Thin Ta/NiFe films were deposited using ion beam deposition (IBD), pulsed, and static magnetron sputtering techniques. These NiFe films show anisotropy field values ˜4 Oe, easy axis coercivities ⩽1 Oe, and hard axis coercivities ⩽0.3 Oe. IBD films exhibit higher magnetoresistance ratios (ΔR/R), while little difference is noted between different deposition techniques in the sheet resistance of NiFe films. A ΔR/R value of 1.8% has been measured for a 90 Å IBD NiFe films. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that NiFe films of the same thickness have about the same grain size regardless of deposition technique, however, IBD films exhibit superior (111) texture and crystallinity. Our results clearly indicate that the superior magnetic properties of thin IBD Ta/NiFe films are a result of high crystallographic quality of these films.

  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 Hex, with a blocking temperature of TB=250 °C, that is independent of preparation technique. Isothermal annealing at temperatures below TB led to a ln(t) dependent degradation in Hex, 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.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  12. One-step aluminium-assisted crystallization of Ge epitaxy on Si by magnetron sputtering

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    Liu, Ziheng Hao, Xiaojing; Ho-Baillie, Anita; Green, Martin A.

    2014-02-03

    In this work, one-step aluminium-assisted crystallization of Ge on Si is achieved via magnetron sputtering by applying an in-situ low temperature (50 °C to 150 °C) heat treatment in between Al and Ge depositions. The effect of heat treatment on film properties and the growth mechanism of Ge epitaxy on Si are studied via X-ray diffraction, Raman and transmission electron microscopy analyses. Compared with the conventional two-step process, the one-step aluminium-assisted crystallization requires much lower thermal budget and results in pure Ge epitaxial layer, which may be suitable for use as a virtual substrate for the fabrication of III-V solar cells.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  14. Nitrogen Atom Energy Distributions in a Hollow-cathode Planar Sputtering Magnetron

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    D.N. Ruzic; M.J. Goeckner; Samuel A. Cohen; Zhehui Wang

    1999-06-01

    Energy distributions of N atoms in a hollow-cathode planar sputtering magnetron were obtained by use of optical emission spectroscopy. A characteristic line, N I 8216.3 Å, well-separated from molecular nitrogen emission bands, was identified. Jansson's nonlinear spectral deconvolution method, refined by minimization of {chi}w ² , was used to obtain the optimal deconvolved spectra. These showed nitrogen atom energies from 1 eV to beyond 500 eV. Based on comparisons with VFTRIM results, we propose that the energetic N atoms are generated from N2+ ions after these ions are accelerated through the sheath and dissociatively reflect from the cathode.

  15. Strong blue light emission from Eu-doped SiOC prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, Zhenxu; Guo, Yanqing; Wang, Xiang; Song, Chao; Song, Jie; Zhang, Yi; Huang, Rui

    2015-08-01

    The Eu-doped SiOC films were prepared by magnetron sputtering technique at a low temperature of 250°C. The effects of the Eu2O3 deposited power and post-thermal annealing temperature on the PL characteristics of the Eu-doped SiOC films were investigated. It is found that the photoluminescence intensity could be enhanced by more than tenfold by increasing the Eu2O3 deposited power from 20W to 80W. Furthermore, very bright blue light emission can be clearly observed with the naked eye in a bright room for the Eu-doped SiOC films prepared at a Eu2O3 deposited power of 80 W. The improved PL intensity is attributed to the increasing number density of europium silicate clusters as a result of the increasing Eu2O3 deposited power as well as high annealing temperatures.

  16. Particle visualization in high-power impulse magnetron sputtering. II. Absolute density dynamics

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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. The present, second, paper of the study is related to the discharge characterization in terms of the absolute density of species using resonant absorption spectroscopy. The results on the time-resolved density evolution of the neutral and singly-ionized Ti ground state atoms as well as the metastable Ti and Ar atoms during the discharge on- and off-time are presented. Among the others, the questions related to the inversion of population of the Ti energy sublevels, as well as to re-normalization of the two-dimensional density maps in terms of the absolute density of species, are stressed.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  18. Elemental distribution and oxygen deficiency of magnetron sputtered indium tin oxide films

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    Thoegersen, Annett; Rein, Margrethe; Monakhov, Edouard; Mayandi, Jeyanthinath; Diplas, Spyros

    2011-06-01

    The atomic structure and composition of noninterfacial ITO and ITO-Si interfaces were studied with transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The films were deposited by dc magnetron sputtering on monocrystalline p-type (100) Si wafers. Both as deposited and heat treated films consisted of crystalline ITO. The ITO/Si interface showed a more complicated composition. A thin layer of SiO{sub x} was found at the ITO/Si interface together with In and Sn nanoclusters, as well as highly oxygen deficient regions, as observed by XPS. High energy electron exposure of this area crystallized the In nanoclusters and at the same time increased the SiO{sub x} interface layer thickness.

  19. Ex situ and in situ catalyst deposition for CNT synthesis by RF-magnetron sputtering

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    Scalese, S.; Scuderi, V.; Simone, F.; Pennisi, A.; Privitera, V.

    2008-05-01

    Radio frequency magnetron sputtering has been used for the synthesis of aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on SiO 2/Si substrate. The results were obtained by depositing catalytic nano-particles in advance (ex situ) or simultaneously to the C deposition (in situ), which have been compared showing that the oxidation of the metal catalyst deposited in advance is detrimental for the good outcome of the CNTs growth. An in situ catalyst deposition allows to get rid of the contamination problem and to grow aligned CNTs on a substrate, as shown by scanning electron microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the so-achieved CNTs own a bamboo-like structure and the catalytic Ni nanoparticle is on the tip of the CNTs. Our method allows to perform catalyst deposition and growth of CNT on a SiO 2/Si substrate simultaneously and its use can be extended to a variety of catalytic elements and substrates, in principle without many efforts.

  20. C/CrC nanocomposite coating deposited by magnetron sputtering at high ion irradiation conditions

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    Zhou, Z.; Rainforth, W. M.; Gass, M. H.; Bleloch, A.; Ehiassarian, A. P.; Hovsepian, P. Eh.

    2011-10-01

    CrC with the fcc NaCl (B1) structure is a metastable phase that can be obtained under the non-equilibrium conditions of high ion irradiation. A nano-composite coating consisting of amorphous carbon embedded in a CrC matrix was prepared via the unbalanced magnetron sputtering of graphite and Cr metal targets in Ar gas with a high ionized flux (ion-to-neutral ratio Ji/Jn = 6). The nanoscale amorphous carbon clusters self-assembled into layers alternated by CrC, giving the composite a multilayer structure. The phase, microstructure, and composition of the coating were characterized using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy coupled with electron energy loss spectroscopy. The interpretation of the true coating structure, in particular the carbide type, is discussed.

  1. Zinc Oxide Thin Films Fabricated with Direct Current Magnetron Sputtering Deposition Technique

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    Hoon, Jian-Wei; Chan, Kah-Yoong; Krishnasamy, Jegenathan; Tou, Teck-Yong

    2011-03-30

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a very promising material for emerging large area electronic applications including thin-film sensors, transistors and solar cells. We fabricated ZnO thin films by employing direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering deposition technique. ZnO films with different thicknesses ranging from 100 nm to 1020 nm were deposited on silicon (Si) substrate. The deposition pressure was varied from 12 mTorr to 25 mTorr. The influences of the film thickness and the deposition pressure on structural properties of the ZnO films were investigated using Mahr surface profilometer and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The experimental results reveal that the film thickness and the deposition pressure play significant role in the structural formation of the deposited ZnO thin films. ZnO films deposited on Si substrates are promising for variety of thin-film sensor applications.

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

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

    2010-10-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-28

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

  5. Microstructure and optoelectronic properties of galliumtitanium-zinc oxide thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Chen, Shou-bu; Lu, Zhou; Zhong, Zhi-you; Long, Hao; Gu, Jin-hua; Long, Lu

    2016-07-01

    Gallium-titanium-zinc oxide (GTZO) transparent conducting oxide (TCO) thin films were deposited on glass substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The dependences of the microstructure and optoelectronic properties of GTZO thin films on Ar gas pressure were observed. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results show that all the deposited films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal structure and have a preferred orientation along the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. With the increment of Ar gas pressure, the microstructure and optoelectronic properties of GTZO thin films will be changed. When Ar gas pressure is 0.4 Pa, the deposited films possess the best crystal quality and optoelectronic properties.

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

  7. Mechanical and tribological properties of crystalline aluminum nitride coatings deposited on stainless steel by magnetron sputtering

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    Choudhary, R. K.; Mishra, S. C.; Mishra, P.; Limaye, P. K.; Singh, K.

    2015-11-01

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) coating is a potential candidate for addressing the problems of MHD pressure drop, tritium permeation and liquid metal corrosion of the test blanket module of fusion reactor. In this work, AlN coatings were grown on stainless steel by magnetron sputtering. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurement revealed that formation of mixed phase (wurtzite and rock salt) AlN was favored at low discharge power and substrate negative biasing. However, at sufficiently high discharge power and substrate bias, (100) oriented wurtzite AlN was obtained. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy showed presence of oxygen in the coatings. The highest value of hardness and Young's modulus were 14.1 GPa and 215 GPa, respectively. Scratch test showed adhesive failure at a load of about 20 N. Wear test showed improved wear resistance of the coatings obtained at higher substrate bias.

  8. Formation of textured Ni(200) and Ni(111) films by magnetron sputtering

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    Dzhumaliev, A. S.; Nikulin, Yu. V.; Filimonov, Yu. A.

    2016-06-01

    The effect of the working gas pressure ( P ≈ 1.33-0.09 Pa) and the substrate temperature ( T s ≈ 77-550 K) on the texture and the microstructure of nickel films deposited by magnetron sputtering onto SiO2/Si substrates is studied. Ni(200) films with a transition type of microstructure are shown to form at growth parameters P ≈ 0.13-0.09 Pa and T s ≈ 300-550 K, which ensure a high migration ability of nickel adatoms on a substrate. This transition type is characterized by a change of the film structure from quasi-homogeneous to quasi-columnar when a film reaches a critical thickness. Ni(111) films with a columnar microstructure and high porosity form at a low migration ability, which takes place at P ≈ 1.33-0.3 Pa or upon cooling a substrate to T s ≈ 77 K.

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

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    Mohamed, Sodky H.; Anders, Andre

    2006-11-08

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. Morphology of epitaxial TiN(001) grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Karr, B.W.; Petrov, I.; Cahill, D.G.; Greene, J.E.

    1997-03-01

    The evolution of surface morphology and microstructure during growth of single crystal TiN(001) is characterized by {ital in situ} scanning tunneling microscopy and postdeposition plan-view transmission electron microscopy. The TiN layers are grown on MgO at 650{lt}T{lt}750{degree}C using reactive magnetron sputter deposition in pure N{sub 2}. The surface morphology is dominated by growth mounds with an aspect ratio of {approx_equal}0.006; both the roughness amplitude and average separation between mounds approximately follow a power law dependence on film thickness, t{sup {alpha}}, with {alpha}=0.25{plus_minus}0.07. Island edges show dendritic geometries characteristic of limited step-edge mobility at the growth temperature. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Preparation of transparent Cu2Y2O5 thin films by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Chiu, Te-Wei; Chang, Chih-Hao; Yang, Li-Wei; Wang, Yung-Po

    2015-11-01

    Cu2Y2O5 thin films were deposited on non-alkali glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. Its crystal structure, microstructure, optical property, mechanical property, and antibacterial activity were investigated by grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction, transmittance spectra, nanoindenter, and antibiotics test, respectively. A single-phase of Cu2Y2O5 was obtained while annealing at 700 °C in air and its optical transparency was >80% in the visible region. The hardness and elastic modulus of the film were 6.7 GPa and 82 GPa, respectively. Antibiotics testing result revealed that Cu2Y2O5 surface had a superior antibacterial performance even at a dark environment. Therefore, Cu2Y2O5 is a promising novel transparent antibacterial hard coating material.

  16. Effect of bias voltage polarity of a substrate on the texture, microstructure, and magnetic properties of Ni films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Dzhumaliev, A. S.; Nikulin, Yu. V.; Filimonov, Yu. A.

    2016-06-01

    The influence of the bias voltage polarity U s on microstructure, crystallographic texture and magnetic properties has been investigated for Ni films with a thickness of ≈15-420 nm, which are obtained via magnetron sputtering at a working gas pressure P corresponding to the collision-deficient flight mode of atoms of the sputtered target between the target and the substrate. The Ni(111)-textured films have been shown to form at U s ≈-100 V, whose microstructure and magnetic parameters are almost unchanged with a thickness. In contrast, the Ni(200) films are formed at U s ≈ +100 V, whose magnetic properties and micro-structure depend significantly on the thickness d that manifests in a critical thickness d* ≈ 150 nm, when the structure of the film becomes inhomogeneous in the thickness, the remagnetization loops are changed from rectangular to supercritical with the formation of the band domain structure.

  17. Enhancement of bioactivity on medical polymer surface using high power impulse magnetron sputtered titanium dioxide film.

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    Yang, Yi-Ju; Tsou, Hsi-Kai; Chen, Ying-Hung; Chung, Chi-Jen; He, Ju-Liang

    2015-12-01

    This study utilizes a novel technique, high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS), which provides a higher ionization rate and ion bombardment energy than direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS), to deposit high osteoblast compatible titanium dioxide (TiO2) coatings with anatase (A-TiO2) and rutile (R-TiO2) phases onto the biomedical polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer substrates at low temperature. The adhesions of TiO2 coatings that were fabricated using HIPIMS and DCMS were compared. The in vitro biocompatibility of these coatings was confirmed. The results reveal that HIPIMS can be used to prepare crystallinic columnar A-TiO2 and R-TiO2 coatings on PEEK substrate if the ratio of oxygen to argon is properly controlled. According to a tape adhesion test, the HIPIMS-TiO2 coatings had an adhesion grade of 5B even after they were immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF) environments for 28days. Scratch tests proved that HIPIMS-TiO2 coatings undergo cohesive failure. These results demonstrate that the adhesive force between HIPIMS-TiO2 coating/PEEK is stronger than that between DCMS-TiO2 coating/PEEK. After a long period (28days) of immersion in SBF, a bone-like crystallinic hydroxyapatite layer with a corresponding Ca/P stoichiometry was formed on both HIPIMS-TiO2. The osteoblast compatibility of HIPIMS-TiO2 exceeded that of the bare PEEK substrate. It is also noticeable that the R-TiO2 performed better in vitro than the A-TiO2 due to the formation of many negatively charged hydroxyl groups (-OH(-)) groups on R-TiO2 (110) surface. In summary, the HIPIMS-TiO2 coatings satisfied the requirements for osseointegration, suggesting the possibility of using HIPIMS to modify the PEEK surface with TiO2 for spinal implants. PMID:26354240

  18. RF Magnetron Sputtering Deposited W/Ti Thin Film For Smart Window Applications

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    Oksuz, Lutfi; Kiristi, Melek; Bozduman, Ferhat; Uygun Oksuz, Aysegul

    2014-10-01

    Electrochromic (EC) devices can change reversible and persistent their optical properties in the visible region (400-800 nm) upon charge insertion/extraction according to the applied voltage. A complementary type EC is a device containing two electrochromic layers, one of which is anodically colored such as vanadium oxide (V2 O5) while the other cathodically colored such as tungsten oxide (WO3) which is separated by an ionic conduction layer (electrolyte). The use of a solid electrolyte such as Nafion eliminates the need for containment of the liquid electrolyte, which simplifies the cell design, as well as improves safety and durability. In this work, the EC device was fabricated on a ITO/glass slide. The WO3-TiO2 thin film was deposited by reactive RF magnetron sputtering using a 2-in W/Ti (9:1%wt) target with purity of 99.9% in a mixture gas of argon and oxygen. As a counter electrode layer, V2O5 film was deposited on an ITO/glass substrate using V2O3 target with the same conditions of reactive RF magnetron sputtering. Modified Nafion was used as an electrolyte to complete EC device. The transmittance spectra of the complementary EC device was measured by optical spectrophotometry when a voltage of +/-3 V was applied to the EC device by computer controlled system. The surface morphology of the films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) (Fig. 2). The cyclic voltammetry (CV) for EC device was performed by sweeping the potential between +/-3 V at a scan rate of 50 mV/s.

  19. A Magnetron Sputter Deposition System for the Development of Multilayer X-Ray Optics

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    Broadway, David; Ramsey, Brian; Gubarev, Mikhail

    2014-01-01

    The proposal objective is to establish the capability to deposit multilayer structures for x-ray, neutron, and EUV optic applications through the development of a magnetron sputtering deposition system. A specific goal of this endeavor is to combine multilayer deposition technology with the replication process in order to enhance the MSFC's position as a world leader in the design of innovative X-ray instrumentation through the development of full shell replicated multilayer optics. The development of multilayer structures is absolutely necessary in order to advance the field of X-ray astronomy by pushing the limit for observing the universe to ever increasing photon energies (i. e. up to 200 keV or higher); well beyond Chandra (approx. 10 keV) and NuStar's (approx. 75 keV) capability. The addition of multilayer technology would significantly enhance the X-ray optics capability at MSFC and allow NASA to maintain its world leadership position in the development, fabrication and design of innovative X-ray instrumentation which would be the first of its kind by combining multilayer technology with the mirror replication process. This marriage of these technologies would allow astronomers to see the universe in a new light by pushing to higher energies that are out of reach with today's instruments.To this aim, a magnetron vacum sputter deposition system for the deposition of novel multilayer thin film X-ray optics is proposed. A significant secondary use of the vacuum deposition system includes the capability to fabricate multilayers for applications in the field of EUV optics for solar physics, neutron optics, and X-ray optics for a broad range of applications including medical imaging.

  20. Metal-AlN cermet solar selective coatings deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering technology

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    Zhang, Qi-Chu

    1998-02-01

    A series of metal-aluminium nitride (M-AlN) cermet materials for solar selective coatings was deposited by a novel direct current (d.c.) magnetron sputtering technology. Aluminium nitride was used as the ceramic component in the cermets, and stainless steel (SS), nickel-based alloy 0022-3727/31/4/003/img1 (NiCr), molybdenum-based alloy 0022-3727/31/4/003/img2 (TZM) and tungsten were used as the metallic components. The aluminium nitride ceramic and metallic components of the cermets were deposited by simultaneously running both an aluminium target and another metallic target in a gas mixture of argon and nitrogen. The ceramic component was deposited by d.c. reactive sputtering and the metallic component by d.c. non-reactive sputtering. The total sputtering gas pressure was 0.8-1.0 Pa and the partial pressure of reactive nitrogen gas was set at 0.020-0.025 Pa which is sufficiently high to ensure that a nearly pure AlN ceramic sublayer was deposited by d.c. reactive sputtering. Because of the excellent nitriding resistance of stainless steel and the other alloys and metal, a nearly pure metallic sublayer was deposited by d.c. sputtering at this low nitrogen partial pressure. A multilayered system, consisting of alternating metallic and AlN ceramic sublayers, was deposited by substrate rotation. This multisublayer system can be considered as a macrohomogeneous cermet layer with metal volume fraction determined by controlling the thicknesses of metallic and ceramic sublayers. Following this procedure, M-AlN cermet solar selective coatings with a double cermet layer structure were deposited. The films of these selective surfaces have the following structure: a low metal volume fraction cermet layer is placed on a high metal volume fraction cermet layer which in turn is placed on an aluminium metal infrared reflection layer. The top surface layer consists of an aluminium nitride antireflection layer. A solar absorptance of 0.92-0.96 and a normal emittance of 0.03-0.05 at

  1. Magnetic thin film deposition with pulsed magnetron sputtering: deposition rate and film thickness distribution

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    Ozimek, M.; Wilczyński, W.; Szubzda, B.

    2016-02-01

    The goal of conducted study was an experimental determining the relations between technological parameters of magnetron sputtering process on deposition rate (R) and thickness uniformity of magnetic thin films. Planar Ni79Fei6Mo5 target with a diameter of 100 mm was sputtered in argon (Ar) atmosphere. Deposition rate was measured in a function of gas pressure, target power and target-substrate distance. The highest value of R≈280 nmmin-1. The obtained results in deposition rate of magnetic film were compared to deposition rate of cooper (Cu), aluminum (Al), titanium (Ti) and titanium oxide (TiOx) and the deposition rate of Ni-Fe alloy were higher that Al and Ti. The film thickness distribution was measured for radial distance from the target centre ranging up to 60 mm and target-substrate distance ranging form 70 to 115 mm. Among others it was stated that for the larger value of target-substrate distance the larger uniform of film thickness are obtained.

  2. Novel high power impulse magnetron sputtering enhanced by an auxiliary electrical field

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    Li, Chunwei; Tian, Xiubo

    2016-08-01

    The high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) technique is a novel highly ionized physical vapor deposition method with a high application potential. However, the electron utilization efficiency during sputtering is rather low and the metal particle ionization rate needs to be considerably improved to allow for a large-scale industrial application. Therefore, we enhanced the HIPIMS technique by simultaneously applying an electric field (EF-HIPIMS). The effect of the electric field on the discharge process was studied using a current sensor and an optical emission spectrometer. Furthermore, the spatial distribution of the electric potential and electric field during the EF-HIPIMS process was simulated using the ANSYS software. The results indicate that a higher electron utilization efficiency and a higher particle ionization rate could be achieved. The auxiliary anode obviously changed the distribution of the electric potential and the electric field in the discharge region, which increased the plasma density and enhanced the degree of ionization of the vanadium and argon gas. Vanadium films were deposited to further compare both techniques, and the morphology of the prepared films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The films showed a smaller crystal grain size and a denser growth structure when the electric field was applied during the discharge process.

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

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

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    Aji, A. S.; Darma, Y.

    2013-09-09

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

  5. Characterization of Ta-Si-N coatings prepared using direct current magnetron co-sputtering

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    Chen, Yung-I.; Lin, Kun-Yi; Wang, Hsiu-Hui; Cheng, Yu-Ru

    2014-06-01

    Ta-Si-N coatings were prepared using reactive direct current magnetron co-sputtering on silicon substrates. When the sputtering powers and N2 flow ratio were varied, Ta-Si-N coatings exhibited various chemical compositions and crystalline characteristics. The high-Si-content Ta-Si-N coatings exhibited an amorphous phase in the as-deposited states, whereas the low-Si-content coatings exhibited a face-centered cubic phase or an amorphous phase depending on the N content. This study evaluated the application of amorphous Ta-Si-N coatings, such as the protective coatings on glass molding dies, in high-temperature and oxygen-containing atmospheres for longed operation durations. To explore the oxidation resistance and mechanical properties of the Ta-Si-N coatings, annealing treatments were conducted in a 1%O2-99%Ar atmosphere at 600 °C for 4-100 h. The material characteristics and oxidation behavior of the annealed Ta-Si-N coatings were examined using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and a nanoindentation tester. The Si oxidized preferentially in the Ta-Si-N coatings. The in-diffusion of oxygen during 600 °C annealing was restricted by the formation of an amorphous oxide scale consisting of Si and O.

  6. Novel high power impulse magnetron sputtering enhanced by an auxiliary electrical field.

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    Li, Chunwei; Tian, Xiubo

    2016-08-01

    The high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) technique is a novel highly ionized physical vapor deposition method with a high application potential. However, the electron utilization efficiency during sputtering is rather low and the metal particle ionization rate needs to be considerably improved to allow for a large-scale industrial application. Therefore, we enhanced the HIPIMS technique by simultaneously applying an electric field (EF-HIPIMS). The effect of the electric field on the discharge process was studied using a current sensor and an optical emission spectrometer. Furthermore, the spatial distribution of the electric potential and electric field during the EF-HIPIMS process was simulated using the ANSYS software. The results indicate that a higher electron utilization efficiency and a higher particle ionization rate could be achieved. The auxiliary anode obviously changed the distribution of the electric potential and the electric field in the discharge region, which increased the plasma density and enhanced the degree of ionization of the vanadium and argon gas. Vanadium films were deposited to further compare both techniques, and the morphology of the prepared films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The films showed a smaller crystal grain size and a denser growth structure when the electric field was applied during the discharge process. PMID:27587123

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

  8. Radio-frequency superimposed direct current magnetron sputtered Ga:ZnO transparent conducting thin films

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    Sigdel, Ajaya K.; Ndione, Paul F.; Perkins, John D.; Gennett, Thomas; van Hest, Maikel F. A. M.; Shaheen, Sean E.; Ginley, David S.; Berry, Joseph J.

    2012-05-01

    The utilization of radio-frequency (RF) superimposed direct-current (DC) magnetron sputtering deposition on the properties of gallium doped ZnO (GZO) based transparent conducting oxides has been examined. The GZO films were deposited using 76.2 mm diameter ZnO:Ga2O3 (5 at. % Ga vs. Zn) ceramic oxide target on heated non-alkaline glass substrates by varying total power from 60 W to 120 W in steps of 20 W and at various power ratios of RF to DC changing from 0 to 1 in steps of 0.25. The GZO thin films grown with pure DC, mixed approach, and pure RF resulted in conductivities of 2200 ± 200 S/cm, 3920 ± 600 S/cm, and 3610 ± 400 S/cm, respectively. X-ray diffraction showed all films have wurtzite ZnO structure with the c-axis oriented perpendicular to the substrate. The films grown with increasing RF portion of the total power resulted in the improvement of crystallographic texture with smaller full-width half maximum in χ and broadening of optical gap with increased carrier concentration via more efficient doping. Independent of the total sputtering power, all films grown with 50% or higher RF power portion resulted in high mobility (˜28 ± 1 cm2/Vs), consistent with observed improvements in crystallographic texture. All films showed optical transmittance of ˜90% in the visible range.

  9. Structural, optical and electrochromic properties of RF magnetron sputtered WO3 thin films

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    Madhavi, V.; Kondaiah, P.; Hussain, O. M.; Uthanna, S.

    2014-12-01

    Thin films of tungsten trioxide (WO3) have been prepared by RF reactive magnetron sputtering of tungsten target at different substrate temperatures in the range 303-673 K and at fixed oxygen partial pressure of 6×10-2 Pa and sputter pressure of 4 Pa. The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, morphological, optical and electrochromic properties of WO3 films was systematically studied. The films formed at 303 K were of X-ray amorphous, while those deposited at substrate temperatures ≥473 K were crystallized into orthorhombic phase WO3. The crystallite size of the films increased from 17 to 24 nm with increase of substrate temperature from 473 to 673 K. Raman studies confirmed that the presence of O-W-O and W=O bonds in WO3 films. The surface morphology of the films was significantly varied with substrate temperature. The optical transmittance data revealed that the optical band gap increased from 3.08 to 3.48 eV and refractive index increased from 2.18 to 2.26 with increase of substrate temperature from 303 to 673 K respectively. The WO3 films formed at substrate temperature of 473 K exhibited better optical transmittance modulation of 40% between colored and bleached state with a color efficiency of 33.8 cm2/C and diffusion coefficient of 1.85×10-11 cm2/s.

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

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    Rahamathunnisa, M.; Cameron, D. C.

    2009-03-15

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  12. A TEM study of the structure of magnetron sputtered chromium diboride coatings

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    Audronis, M.; Kelly, P. J.; Leyland, A.; Matthews, A.

    2006-02-01

    Chromium diboride thin films possess desirable combinations of properties, which are attractive for a wide range of potential industrial applications. However, these properties are strongly dependent on the deposition process and parameters. In this paper, CrB2 coatings deposited by DC and pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering of loosely packed blended powder targets are characterised by transmission electron microscopy techniques (electron diffraction and bright-field/dark-field imaging). Coatings with an extremely fine, nanocolumnar structure were observed. DC sputter deposited coatings exhibit a dense, short range ordered structure, while the pulsed-DC deposited coatings are defect-free, crystalline and show strong preferred orientation. A small amount of contamination of the interfacial sub-layers of the coatings by oxygen (from the target material) was found to affect the structure by suppressing growth of nanocolumns and promoting equiaxial grains of about 4-8 nanometres size, in the first ~70 nanometres of coating, close to the substrate interface. The majority of the coating however remains nanocolumnar.

  13. Helium-Charged La-Ni-Al Thin Films Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering

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    Shi Liqun; Chen Deming; Xu Shilin; Liu Chaozhu; Hao Wanli; Zhou Zhuyin

    2005-07-15

    An advanced implantation of low energy helium-4 atoms during the La-Ni-Al film growth by adopting magnetron sputtering with Ar/He mixture gases is discussed. Both proton backscattering spectroscopy (PBS) and elastic recoil detection (ERD) analyses were adopted to measure helium concentration of the films and distribution in the near-surface region. Helium atoms with a high concentration incorporate evenly in deposited film. The introduction of the helium with no extra irradiation damage is expected by choosing suitable deposition conditions. It was found that amorphous and crystalline LaNi{sub 5}-type structures can be achieved when sputtered with pure Ar and Ar/He mixture gases at room temperature, respectively. Thermal desorption experiments proposes that a part of hydrogen atoms are bound to trapped helium at crystal and releases together with helium. Only a small fraction of helium is released from the helium-vacancy clusters in lower temperature range and most of helium is released from small size helium bubbles in the high temperature range.

  14. Properties of All-Solid Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries Deposited by RF Magnetron Sputtering

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    Zhu, R. J.; Ren, Y.; Geng, L. Q.; Chen, T.; Li, L. X.; Yuan, C. R.

    2013-08-01

    Amorphous V2O5, LiPON and Li2Mn2O4 thin films were fabricated by RF magnetron sputtering methods and the morphology of thin films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Then with these three materials deposited as the anode, solid electrolyte, cathode, and vanadium as current collector, a rocking-chair type of all-solid-state thin-film-type Lithium-ion rechargeable battery was prepared by using the same sputtering parameters on stainless steel substrates. Electrochemical studies show that the thin film battery has a good charge-discharge characteristic in the voltage range of 0.3-3.5 V, and after 30 cycles the cell performance turned to become stabilized with the charge capacity of 9 μAh/cm2, and capacity loss of single-cycle of about 0.2%. At the same time, due to electronic conductivity of the electrolyte film, self-discharge may exist, resulting in approximately 96.6% Coulombic efficiency.

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

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

    2015-04-16

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  17. Optical coatings and thin films for display technologies using closed-field magnetron sputtering

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    Gibson, Desmond R.; Brinkley, Ian; Walls, J. M.

    2004-11-01

    "Closed field" magnetron (CFM) sputtering offers high throughput, flexible deposition process for optical coatings and thin films required in display technologies. CFM sputtering uses two or more different metal targets to deposit multilayers comprising a wide range of dielectrics, metals and conductive oxides. CFM provides a room temperature deposition process with high ion current density, low bias voltage and reactive oxidation in the entire volume around the rotating substrate drum carrier, depositing films over a large surface area at a high rate with excellent and reproducible properties. Machines based on CFM are scaleable to meet a range of batch and in-line size requirements. Thin film thickness control to <+/-1% is accomplished using time, although quartz crystal or optical monitoring are used for more demanding applications. Fine layer thickness control and deposition of graded index layers is also assisted with a special rotating shutter mechanism. This paper presents data on optical properties for CFM deposited coatings relevant to displays, including anti-reflection, IR blocker and color and thermal control filters, graded coatings, barrier coatings as well as conductive transparent oxides such as indium tin oxide. Benefits of the CFM process for a range of display technologies; OLED, EL and projection are described.

  18. Three-Dimensional, Fibrous Lithium Iron Phosphate Structures Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Bünting, Aiko; Uhlenbruck, Sven; Sebold, Doris; Buchkremer, H P; Vaßen, R

    2015-10-14

    Crystalline, three-dimensional (3D) structured lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) thin films with additional carbon are fabricated by a radio frequency (RF) magnetron-sputtering process in a single step. The 3D structured thin films are obtained at deposition temperatures of 600 °C and deposition times longer than 60 min by using a conventional sputtering setup. In contrast to glancing angle deposition (GLAD) techniques, no tilting of the substrate is required. Thin films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectrospcopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and galvanostatic charging and discharging. The structured LiFePO4+C thin films consist of fibers that grow perpendicular to the substrate surface. The fibers have diameters up to 500 nm and crystallize in the desired olivine structure. The 3D structured thin films have superior electrochemical properties compared with dense two-dimensional (2D) LiFePO4 thin films and are, hence, very promising for application in 3D microbatteries. PMID:26381359

  19. Compositional analysis of diamond like carbon and carbon nitride films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Kayani, Asghar; Ingram, David

    2003-03-01

    The growing influence of the amorphous carbon not only as mechanical protective coating , but also of its possible use as electronic semiconducting material have made this material an important one. Incorporation of Nitrogen in a-C:H is believed to improve the semiconducting properties[1]. Moreover Carbon-Nitrogen films are a possible candidate for dielectric, insulating and passivating layers in a variety gallium nitride based device applications. Thin films amorphous carbon, non-hydrogenated, hydrogenated and nitrogenated were deposited on glassy carbon, silicon and quartz using magnetron sputtering of graphite target. Argon and Nitrogen were used as a sputtering gases. For Elemental concentration, films deposited on glassy carbon were used. 2.2 Mev of He++ beam is extracted from accelerator and in directed to the target films. Back and Forward scattered He++ particles were detected by solid-state detectors. The number and the energy of the particles striking the detector is stored electronically. The areal density in atoms per cm2, on the substrate surface was obtained from the shift in the substrate edge and area of carbon and other elements signals in Rutherford Backscattering Spectrum (RBS). Total Hydrogen content of the films were measured with Elastic Recoil Spectroscopy (ERS). Spectrum were simulated using Rutherford Universal Manipulation Program (RUMP).

  20. Resputtering effect during MgO buffer layer deposition by magnetron sputtering for superconducting coated conductors

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    Xiao, Shaozhu; Shi, Kai; Deng, Shutong; Han, Zhenghe; Feng, Feng Lu, Hongyuan; Qu, Timing; Zhu, Yuping; Huang, Rongxia

    2015-07-15

    In this study, MgO thin films were deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The film thickness in the deposition area directly facing the target center obviously decreased compared with that in other areas. This reduction in thickness could be attributed to the resputtering effect resulting from bombardment by energetic particles mainly comprising oxygen atoms and negative oxygen ions. The influences of deposition position and sputtering pressure on the deposition rate were investigated. Resputtering altered the orientation of the MgO film from (111) to (001) when the film was deposited on a single crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia substrate. The density distribution of energetic particles was calculated on the basis of the measured thicknesses of the MgO films deposited at different positions. The divergence angle of the energetic particle flux was estimated to be approximately 15°. The energetic particle flux might be similar to the assisting ion flux in the ion beam assisted deposition process and could affect the orientation of the MgO film growth.

  1. Tribological properties of metal doped a-C film by RF magnetron sputtering method

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    Park, Yong Seob; Jung, Tae-Hwan; Lim, Dong-Gun; Park, Young; Kim, Hyungchul; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-10-15

    We deposited various metal doped amorphous carbon (a-C:Me) films by radio frequency (RF) magnetron co-sputtering method. Tungsten (W), molybdenum (Mo), and chromium (Cr) were used as the doping metals in a-C film. The applied power on carbon and metal (W, Mo, and Cr) target were 150 W and 40 W, respectively. a-C:Me films exhibited smooth and uniform surface roughness and the hardness over 15 GPa. Specially, a-C:W film showed the maximum hardness of 18.5 GPa. The coefficient of friction of a-C:W film is relatively lower than that of other films and the critical load value of a-C:W film is higher. These results are related to the concentration of metal in the carbon matrix by the difference of sputtering yield and the change of the structure by the metal bonding. Consequently, W metal is good candidate as the doping metal for the improvement of tribological characteristics.

  2. Microstructural dependence of annealing temperature in magnetron-sputtered Al-Si-Cu films

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    Liang, Ming-Kaan; Ling, Yong-Chien

    1993-09-01

    The effect of sputtering temperature, sputtering bias, and annealing temperature upon the sheet resistance, WO3 formation at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface, and diffraction intensity of the Al2Cu precipitates of magnetron-sputtered Al-Si-Cu films were investigated. Statistical methods and microcharacterization techniques were applied to study these effects. Statistical analysis verifies the effect of annealing temperature on the measured sheet resistance. Annealing temperature alone is the dominant factor upon the WO3 formation at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface and the Al2Cu (211) plane diffraction intensity. Annealed samples are of higher sheet resistance. Increase in sheet resistance is ascribed to the formation of interfacial WO3. Reduced electromigration is related to the formation of Al2Cu precipitates. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis of the as-deposited sample depicts the presence of an excess amount of oxygen atoms at the surface and the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W and Ti-W/Ti interfaces. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and SIMS analyses reveal the outdiffusion of W from the Ti-W layer toward the Al-Si-Cu layer, the presence of Si nodules at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface, and the formation of Ti silicides at the Ti/Si interface. These phenomena are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, and scanning electron microscopy analyses. It is concluded that interfacial oxygen, which reacts with W to form WO3 upon annealing, warrants further reduction to yield films of better sheet resistance.

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

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

    2013-08-01

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

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

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    Kakati, H.; M. Borah, S.

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2011-10-15

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

  6. Structural and optical properties of Al-doped ZnO films coated by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Wu, Yue-Bo; Huang, Bo; Zhang, Liang-Tang; Li, Jing; Wu, Sun-Tao

    2007-12-01

    The Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were deposited on glass by RF magnetron sputtering under different sputtering power: 75W, 120W, 160W and 200W. During the films deposition, the other sputtering conditions were maintained constant. The crystal structures of the AZO films were characterized and analyzed by X-ray diffraction. The surface morphologies of the films were observed by SEM. The transmission spectra of the films were measured using a spectrophotometer within the range from 200 to 800 nm at room temperature. The results indicate each of the films has a preferential c-axis orientation and the grain size increases with the increase of sputtering power. All the films exhibit a high transmittance in visible region and have sharp ultraviolet absorption characteristics.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  9. Thermochromic VO2 thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering for smart window applications

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    Fortier, Jean-Philippe

    "Smart" windows are a perfect innovative example of technology that reduces our energy dependence and our impact on the environment while saving on the economical point of view. With the use of vanadium dioxide (VO2), a thermochromic compound, and this, as a thin coating, it would in fact be possible to control the sun's transmission of infrared light (heat) as a function of the surrounding environment temperature. In other words, its optical behavior would allow a more effective management of heat exchanges between a living venue and the outdoor environment. However, this type of window is still in a developmental stage. First, the oxide's deposition is not simple in nature. Based on a conventional deposition technique called magnetron sputtering mainly used in the fenestration industry, several factors such as the oxygen concentration and the substrate temperature during deposition can affect the coating's thermochromic behavior, and this, by changing its composition and crystallinity. Other control parameters such as the deposition rate, the pressure in the sputtering chamber and the choice of substrate may also modify the film microstructure, thereby varying its optical and electrical properties. In addition, several issues still persist as to its commercial application. For starters, the material's structural transition, related to the change of its optical properties, only occurs around 68°C. In addition, its low transparency and natural greenish colour are not visually appealing. Then, to this day, the deposition temperature required to crystallize and form the thermochromic oxide remains an obstacle for a possible large-scale application. Ultimately, although the material's change in temperature has been shown to be advantageous in situations of varying climate, the existing corrective solutions to these issues generate a deterioration of the thermochromic behavior. With no practical expertise on the material, this project was undertaken with certain

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

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

    2015-09-15

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

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

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

    2009-11-15

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

  12. Tribological and structural properties of titanium nitride and titanium aluminum nitride coatings deposited with modulated pulsed power magnetron sputtering

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    Ward, Logan

    The demand for economical high-performance materials has brought attention to the development of advanced coatings. Recent advances in high power magnetron sputtering (HPPMS) have shown to improve tribological properties of coatings. These coatings offer increased wear and oxidation resistance, which may facilitate the use of more economical materials in harsh applications. This study demonstrates the use of novel forms of HPPMS, namely modulated pulsed-power magnetron sputtering (MPPMS) and deep oscillation magnetron sputtering (DOMS), for depositing TiN and Ti1-xAlxN tribological coatings on commonly used alloys, such as Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 718. Both technologies have been shown to offer unique plasma characteristics in the physical vapor deposition (PVD) process. High power pulses lead to a high degree of ionization compared to traditional direct-current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) and pulsed magnetron sputtering (PMS). Such a high degree of ionization was previously only achievable by cathodic arc deposition (CAD); however, CAD can lead to increased macroparticles that are unfavorable in high friction and corrosive environments. MPPMS, DOMS, and other HPPMS techniques offer unique plasma characteristics and have been shown to produce coatings with refined grain structure, improved density, hardness, adhesion, and wear resistance. Using DOMS and MPPMS, TiN and Ti1-xAlxN coatings were deposited using PMS to compare microstructures and tribological performance. For Ti1-xAlxN, two sputtering target compositions, Ti 0.5Al0.5 and Ti0.3Al0.7, were used to evaluate the effects of MPPMS on the coating's composition and tribological properties. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize microstructure and crystallographic texture. Several tribological properties were evaluated including: wear rate, coefficient of friction, adhesion, and nanohardness. Results show that substrate

  13. STEM-EELS analysis reveals stable high-density He in nanopores of amorphous silicon coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering.

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    Schierholz, Roland; Lacroix, Bertrand; Godinho, Vanda; Caballero-Hernández, Jaime; Duchamp, Martial; Fernández, Asunción

    2015-02-20

    A broad interest has been showed recently on the study of nanostructuring of thin films and surfaces obtained by low-energy He plasma treatments and He incorporation via magnetron sputtering. In this paper spatially resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope is used to locate and characterize the He state in nanoporous amorphous silicon coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering. A dedicated MATLAB program was developed to quantify the helium density inside individual pores based on the energy position shift or peak intensity of the He K-edge. A good agreement was observed between the high density (∼35-60 at nm(-3)) and pressure (0.3-1.0 GPa) values obtained in nanoscale analysis and the values derived from macroscopic measurements (the composition obtained by proton backscattering spectroscopy coupled to the macroscopic porosity estimated from ellipsometry). This work provides new insights into these novel porous coatings, providing evidence of high-density He located inside the pores and validating the methodology applied here to characterize the formation of pores filled with the helium process gas during deposition. A similar stabilization of condensed He bubbles has been previously demonstrated by high-energy He ion implantation in metals and is newly demonstrated here using a widely employed methodology, magnetron sputtering, for achieving coatings with a high density of homogeneously distributed pores and He storage capacities as high as 21 at%. PMID:25627862

  14. The Characterisation and Performance of Magnetron Sputter Coatings on Minting Dies

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    McLean, David Alexander

    Enhancing the performance of various tools and mechanical parts through the use of thin films has been given much attention recently. Thin films have many different uses including: reducing friction, protecting from corrosion and increasing hardness and wear resistance. The Royal Canadian Mint has adopted the magnetron sputter ion plating technique to apply a new Cr-Ti-N based multi-component hard coating and thereby replace their Cr-plating process. Apart from showing improvements to the performance of their minting dies, this change is also more environmentally friendly. The purpose of this thesis is to further characterise this new coating which has shown superior performance. The structure of coatings applied using the magnetron sputter ion plating technique was reviewed along with the hardness and performance analysis of thin-film coatings. Hardness performance of the film on minting dies, including hardness testing and thin-film hardness models, are reviewed. The die performance is discussed in terms of surface wear encountered during the minting process. Two test dies made from air-hardening tool steel are coated and analysed for their hardness performance. Three numismatic coin dies are also analysed at different stages of their lifetime to compare the surface wear at those stages and evaluate the performance of the coating. Both nano- and micro-indentation hardness testing was used to obtain hardness data on the two test dies. The Korsunsky thin-film hardness model was selected to best represent both sets of hardness data. The thin-film hardness model parameters and film hardness were simultaneously calibrated using both nano- and micro-indentation test data. The film hardness was determined to be about 2672 HV. The film hardness was then successfully predicted using only the micro-indentation data and the method was demonstrated on two additional dies with the same composition. The hardness performance of the die was linked to the adhesion of the film. In

  15. Thermochromic VO2 thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering for smart window applications

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    Fortier, Jean-Philippe

    "Smart" windows are a perfect innovative example of technology that reduces our energy dependence and our impact on the environment while saving on the economical point of view. With the use of vanadium dioxide (VO2), a thermochromic compound, and this, as a thin coating, it would in fact be possible to control the sun's transmission of infrared light (heat) as a function of the surrounding environment temperature. In other words, its optical behavior would allow a more effective management of heat exchanges between a living venue and the outdoor environment. However, this type of window is still in a developmental stage. First, the oxide's deposition is not simple in nature. Based on a conventional deposition technique called magnetron sputtering mainly used in the fenestration industry, several factors such as the oxygen concentration and the substrate temperature during deposition can affect the coating's thermochromic behavior, and this, by changing its composition and crystallinity. Other control parameters such as the deposition rate, the pressure in the sputtering chamber and the choice of substrate may also modify the film microstructure, thereby varying its optical and electrical properties. In addition, several issues still persist as to its commercial application. For starters, the material's structural transition, related to the change of its optical properties, only occurs around 68°C. In addition, its low transparency and natural greenish colour are not visually appealing. Then, to this day, the deposition temperature required to crystallize and form the thermochromic oxide remains an obstacle for a possible large-scale application. Ultimately, although the material's change in temperature has been shown to be advantageous in situations of varying climate, the existing corrective solutions to these issues generate a deterioration of the thermochromic behavior. With no practical expertise on the material, this project was undertaken with certain

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

  17. Microstructural evolution of thin film vanadium oxide prepared by pulsed-direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Motyka, M. A.; Gauntt, B. D.; Horn, M. W.; Dickey, E. C.; Podraza, N. J.

    2012-11-01

    Vanadium oxide (VOx) thin films have been deposited by pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering using a metallic vanadium target in a reactive argon and oxygen environment. While the process parameters (power, total pressure, oxygen-to-argon ratio) remained constant, the deposition time was varied to produce films between 75 ± 6 and 2901 ± 30 Å thick, which were then optically and electrically characterized. The complex dielectric function spectra (ɛ = ɛ1 + iɛ2) of the films from 0.75 to 5.15 eV were extracted by ex situ, multiple-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements for the series of varied thickness VOx samples. Significant changes in ɛ and resistivity occur as a function of thickness, indicating the correlations exist between the electrical and the optical properties over this spectral range. In addition, in situ measurements via real time SE (RTSE) were made on the film grown to the largest thickness to track optical property and structural variations during growth. RTSE was also used to characterize changes in the film occurring after growth was completed, namely during post sputtering in the presence of argon and oxygen while the sample is shielded, and atmospheric exposure. RTSE indicates that the exposure of the film to the argon and oxygen environment, regardless of the shutter isolating the target, causes up to 200 Å of the top surface of the deposited film to become more electrically resistive as evidenced by variations in ɛ. Exposure of the VOx thin film to atmospheric conditions introduces a similar change in ɛ, but this change occurs throughout the bulk of the film. A combination of these observations with RTSE results indicates that thinner, less ordered VOx films are more susceptible to drastic changes due to atmospheric exposure and that microstructural variations in this material ultimately control its environmental stability.

  18. Hydroxyapatite thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition and radio-frequency magnetron sputtering: comparative study

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    Nelea, V.; Morosanu, C.; Iliescu, M.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2004-04-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) thin films for applications in the biomedical field were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and radio-frequency magnetron sputtering (RF-MS) techniques. The depositions were performed from pure hydroxyapatite targets on Ti-5Al-2.5Fe (TiAlFe) alloys substrates. In order to prevent the HA film penetration by Ti atoms or ions diffused from the Ti-based alloy during and after deposition, the substrates were pre-coated with a thin buffer layer of TiN. In both cases, TiN was introduced by reactive PLD from TiN targets in low-pressure N 2. The PLD films were grown in vacuum onto room temperature substrates. The RF-MS films were deposited in low-pressure argon on substrates heated at 550 °C. The initially amorphous PLD thin films were annealed at 550 °C for 1 h in ambient air in order to restore the initial crystalline structure of HA target. The thickness of the PLD and RF-MS films were ˜1 μm and ˜350 nm, respectively. All films were structurally studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and white light confocal microscopy (WLCM). The mechanical properties of the films were tested by Berkovich nano-indentation. Both PLD and RF-MS films mostly contain HA phase and exhibit good mechanical characteristics. Peaks of CaO were noticed as secondary phase in the GIXRD patterns only for RF-MS films. By its turn, the sputtered films were smoother as compared to the ones deposited by PLD (50 nm versus 250 nm average roughness). The RF-MS films were harder, more mechanically resistant and have a higher Young modulus.

  19. Strain mediated coupling in magnetron sputtered multiferroic PZT/Ni-Mn-In/Si thin film heterostructure

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    Singh, Kirandeep; Kaur, Davinder; Singh, Sushil Kumar

    2014-09-21

    The strain mediated electrical and magnetic properties were investigated in PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure deposited on Si (100) by dc/rf magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction pattern revealed that (220) orientation of Ni-Mn-In facilitate the (110) oriented tertragonal phase growth of PZT layer in PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure. A distinctive peak in dielectric constant versus temperature plots around martensitic phase transformation temperature of Ni-Mn-In showed a strain mediated coupling between Ni-Mn-In and PZT layers. The ferroelectric measurement taken at different temperatures exhibits a well saturated and temperature dependent P-E loops with a highest value of P{sub sat}~55 μC/cm² obtained during martensite-austenite transition temperature region of Ni-Mn-In. The stress induced by Ni-Mn-In layer on upper PZT film due to structural transformation from martensite to austenite resulted in temperature modulated Tunability of PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure. A tunability of 42% was achieved at 290 K (structural transition region of Ni-Mn-In) in these heterostructures. I-V measurements taken at different temperatures indicated that ohmic conduction was the main conduction mechanism over a large electric field range in these heterostructures. Magnetic measurement revealed that heterostructure was ferromagnetic at room temperature with a saturation magnetization of ~123 emu/cm³. Such multiferroic heterostructures exhibits promising applications in various microelectromechanical systems.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  1. Nitrogen self-diffusion in magnetron sputtered Si-C-N films

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    Hueger, E.; Schmidt, H.; Geue, T.; Stahn, J.; Tietze, U.; Lott, D.; Markwitz, A.; Geckle, U.; Bruns, M.

    2011-05-01

    Self-diffusion was studied in magnetron sputtered nitrogen-rich amorphous compounds of the system Si-C-N by using nitrogen as a model tracer. As shown by infra-red spectroscopy a transient metastable region exists, where the structure of the material can be visualized as silicon nitride tetrahedra which are connected by carbo-diimide (-N=C=N-) bonds to a three dimensional amorphous network. In this region diffusion studies are carried out by neutron reflectometry and isotope multilayers as a function of annealing time, temperature and chemical composition. Low diffusivities between 10{sup -20} and 10{sup -24} m{sup 2}/s were found. In the metastable region, diffusion is faster than diffusion in amorphous silicon nitride by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude, while the activation enthalpies of diffusion between 3.1 and 3.4 eV are the same within error limits. This can be explained by the fact that the diffusion mechanism along SiN{sub 4} tetrahedra is identical to that in amorphous silicon nitride, however, the carbo-diimide bonds seem to widen the structure, allowing faster diffusion. A correlation between diffusivities and the number of carbo-diimid bonds present in the material is found, where the highest diffusivities are observed for materials with the highest number of carbo-diimid bonds, close to the composition Si{sub 2}CN{sub 4}.

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

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

    2015-08-28

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

  3. Structure dependent resistivity and dielectric characteristics of tantalum oxynitride thin films produced by magnetron sputtering

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    Cristea, D.; Crisan, A.; Cretu, N.; Borges, J.; Lopes, C.; Cunha, L.; Ion, V.; Dinescu, M.; Barradas, N. P.; Alves, E.; Apreutesei, M.; Munteanu, D.

    2015-11-01

    The main purpose of this work is to present and to interpret the change of electrical properties of TaxNyOz thin films, produced by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. Some parameters were varied during deposition: the flow of the reactive gases mixture (N2 and O2, with a constant concentration ratio of 17:3); the substrate voltage bias (grounded, -50 V or -100 V) and the substrate (glass, (1 0 0) Si or high speed steel). The obtained films exhibit significant differences. The variation of the deposition parameters induces variations of the composition, microstructure and morphology. These differences cause variation of the electrical resistivity essentially correlated with the composition and structural changes. The gradual decrease of the Ta concentration in the films induces amorphization and causes a raise of the resistivity. The dielectric characteristics of some of the high resistance TaxNyOz films were obtained in the samples with a capacitor-like design (deposited onto high speed steel, with gold pads deposited on the dielectric TaxNyOz films). Some of these films exhibited dielectric constant values higher than those reported for other tantalum based dielectric films.

  4. Germanium nanoislands grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering: Annealing time dependent surface morphology and photoluminescence

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    Alireza, Samavati; Othaman, Z.; K. Ghoshal, S.; J. Amjad, R.

    2013-09-01

    Structural and optical properties of ~ 20 nm Ge nanoislands grown on Si(100) by radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering under varying annealing conditions are reported. Rapid thermal annealing at a temperature of 600°C for 30 s, 90 s, and 120 s are performed to examine the influence of annealing time on the surface morphology and photoluminescence properties. X-ray diffraction spectra reveal prominent Ge and GeO2 peaks highly sensitive to the annealing time. Atomic force microscope micrographs of the as-grown sample show pyramidal nanoislands with relatively high-density 1011 cm-2)). The nanoislands become dome-shaped upon annealing through a coarsening process mediated by Oswald ripening. The room temperature photoluminescence peaks for both as-grown 3.29 eV) and annealed 3.19 eV) samples consist of high intensity and broad emission, attributed to the effect of quantum confinement. The red shift (~0.10 eV) of the emission peak is attributed to the change in the size of the Ge nanoislands caused by annealing. Our easy fabrication method may contribute to the development of Ge nanostructure-based optoelectronics.

  5. Origin of the Delayed Current Onset in High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering

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    Yushkov, Georgy Yu.; Anders, Andre

    2010-07-19

    Repetitive pulses of voltage and current are applied in high power impulse magnetron sputtering. The current pulse usually lags the applied voltage by a significant time, which in some cases can reach many 10s of microseconds. The current time lag is generally highly reproducible and jitters less than 1percent of the delay time. This work investigates the time lag experimentally and theoretically. The experiments include several different target and gas combinations, voltage and current amplitudes, gas pressures, pulse repetition rates, and pulse durations. It is shown that in all cases the inverse delay is approximately proportional to the applied voltage, where the proportionality factor depends on the combination of materials and the conditions selected. The proportionality factor contains the parameters of ionization and secondary electron emission. The statistical time lag is negligible while the formative time lag is large and usually dominated by the ion motion (inertia), although, at low pressure, the long free path of magnetized electrons causing ionization contributes to the delay.

  6. Investigation of ionized metal flux in enhanced high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges

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    Stranak, Vitezslav; Hubicka, Zdenek; Cada, Martin; Drache, Steffen; Hippler, Rainer; Tichy, Milan

    2014-04-21

    The metal ionized flux fraction and production of double charged metal ions Me{sup 2+} of different materials (Al, Cu, Fe, Ti) by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) operated with and without a pre-ionization assistance is compared in the paper. The Electron Cyclotron Wave Resonance (ECWR) discharge was employed as the pre-ionization agent providing a seed of charge in the idle time of HiPIMS pulses. A modified grid-free biased quartz crystal microbalance was used to estimate the metal ionized flux fraction ξ. The energy-resolved mass spectrometry served as a complementary method to distinguish particular ion contributions to the total ionized flux onto the substrate. The ratio between densities of doubly Me{sup 2+} and singly Me{sup +} charged metal ions was determined. It is shown that ECWR assistance enhances Me{sup 2+} production with respect of absorbed rf-power. The ECWR discharge also increases the metal ionized flux fraction of about 30% especially in the region of lower pressures. Further, the suppression of the gas rarefaction effect due to enhanced secondary electron emission of Me{sup 2+} was observed.

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

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

    2009-12-15

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

  8. Highly phosphorus-doped crystalline Si layers grown by pulse-magnetron sputter deposition

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    Fenske, Frank; Gorka, Benjamin

    2009-04-01

    The electrical properties of highly phosphorus-doped crystalline silicon films deposited by pulse-magnetron sputtering were studied. The films were grown, 450 nm thick, on Si(100) and Si(111) wafers at low substrate temperatures Ts of 450-550 °C and post-treated by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and plasma hydrogenation (PH). In the case of films grown on Si(100), at all values of Ts postgrowth treatment by RTA resulted in an increase in the dopant activation up to 100% and of the Hall mobility to about bulklike values of 50 cm2 V-1 s-1. This result suggests high structural quality of the films on Si(100). The Si(111) films, which are typically more defective, exhibit a completely different behavior with a strong dependence of the electrical dopant activation and the Hall mobility on Ts. By post-treatment a maximum P donor activation level of 22% could be obtained. The variation in the post-treatment procedure (RTA+PH and PH+RTA) for the films deposited at high Ts showed that PH results only in minor changes in the film properties. The different influence of RTA and PH is discussed in terms of the different defect structure of the films. These investigations reveal that high Ts and after-treatment by RTA are the main preconditions for optimal electrical film properties.

  9. Nanostructured Pt-CeO2 thin film catalyst grown on graphite foil by magnetron sputtering

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    Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Khalakhan, Ivan; Matolínová, Iwa; Kobata, Masaaki; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Kobayashi, Keisuke; Matolín, Vladimir

    2013-02-01

    Layers of different thickness of CeO2 doped by Pt were prepared by magnetron sputtering on different substrates: Si (1 0 0) and a graphite foil. The structure and chemical composition of the Pt-CeO2 catalysts have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES). SEM showed that the layers prepared on different substrates had very different morphology. XPS and HAXPES studies demonstrated that Pt was dispersed only in Pt2+ and Pt4+ oxidation states in CeO2. Intensity of Pt2+- and Pt4+-peaks was affected by the plasma substrate interaction effects showing that carbon substrate played an active role by determining the film structure. The Pt2+/Pt4+ and Ce3+/Ce4+ ratios depend on the layer thickness and increases in the case of the graphite substrate. The reduced character of porous layer was explained by a general effect of formation of defects and oxygen vacancies at oxide edges and steps, and oxygen reaction with carbon which is responsible of formation of oxygen deficient cerium oxide at the interface.

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  11. Surface roughness and interface width scaling of magnetron sputter deposited Ni/Ti multilayers

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    Maidul Haque, S.; Biswas, A.; Tokas, R. B.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Sahoo, N. K.; Bhattacharya, Debarati

    2013-09-14

    Using an indigenously built r.f. magnetron sputtering system, several single layer Ti and Ni films have been deposited at varying deposition conditions. All the samples have been characterized by Grazing Incidence X-ray Reflectivity (GIXR) and Atomic Force Microscopy to estimate their thickness, density, and roughness and a power law dependence of the surface roughness on the film thickness has been established. Subsequently, at optimized deposition condition of Ti and Ni, four Ni/Ti multilayers of 11-layer, 21-layer, 31-layer, and 51-layer having different bilayer thickness have been deposited. The multilayer samples have been characterized by GIXR and neutron reflectivity measurements and the experimental data have been fitted assuming an appropriate sample structure. A power law correlation between the interface width and bilayer thickness has been observed for the multilayer samples, which was explained in the light of alternate roughening/smoothening of multilayers and assuming that at the interface the growth “restarts” every time.

  12. Reducing the impurity incorporation from residual gas by ion bombardment during high vacuum magnetron sputtering

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    Rosen, Johanna; Widenkvist, Erika; Larsson, Karin; Kreissig, Ulrich; Mraz, Stanislav; Martinez, Carlos; Music, Denis; Schneider, J. M.

    2006-05-08

    The influence of ion energy on the hydrogen incorporation has been investigated for alumina thin films, deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering in an Ar/O{sub 2}/H{sub 2}O environment. Ar{sup +} with an average kinetic energy of {approx}5 eV was determined to be the dominating species in the plasma. The films were analyzed with x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and elastic recoil detection analysis, demonstrating evidence for amorphous films with stoichiometric O/Al ratio. As the substrate bias potential was increased from -15 V (floating potential) to -100 V, the hydrogen content decreased by {approx}70%, from 9.1 to 2.8 at. %. Based on ab initio calculations, these results may be understood by thermodynamic principles, where a supply of energy enables surface diffusion, H{sub 2} formation, and desorption [Rosen et al., J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 17, L137 (2005)]. These findings are of importance for the understanding of the correlation between ion energy and film composition and also show a pathway to reduce impurity incorporation during film growth in a high vacuum ambient.

  13. Properties of Cu(In,Ga,Al)Se{sub 2} thin films fabricated by magnetron sputtering

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    Hameed, Talaat A.; Cao, Wei; Mansour, Bahiga A.; Elzawaway, Inas K.; Abdelrazek, El-Metwally M.; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.

    2015-05-15

    Cu(In,Ga,Al)Se{sub 2} (CIGAS) thin films were studied as an alternative absorber layer material to Cu(In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x})Se{sub 2}. CIGAS thin films with varying Al content were prepared by magnetron sputtering on Si(100) and soda-lime glass substrates at 350 °C, followed by postdeposition annealing at 520 °C for 5 h in vacuum. The film composition was measured by an electron probe microanalyzer while the elemental depth profiles were determined by secondary ion mass spectrometry. X-ray diffraction studies indicated that CIGAS films are single phase with chalcopyrite structure and that the (112) peak clearly shifts to higher 2θ values with increasing Al content. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed dense and well-defined grains, as well as sharp CIGAS/Si(100) interfaces for all films. Atomic force microscopy analysis indicated that the roughness of CIGAS films decreases with increasing Al content. The bandgap of CIGAS films was determined from the optical transmittance and reflectance spectra and was found to increase as Al content increased.

  14. Nitrogen self-diffusion in magnetron sputtered Si-C-N films

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    Hüger, E.; Schmidt, H.; Geue, T.; Stahn, J.; Tietze, U.; Lott, D.; Markwitz, A.; Geckle, U.; Bruns, M.

    2011-05-01

    Self-diffusion was studied in magnetron sputtered nitrogen-rich amorphous compounds of the system Si-C-N by using nitrogen as a model tracer. As shown by infra-red spectroscopy a transient metastable region exists, where the structure of the material can be visualized as silicon nitride tetrahedra which are connected by carbo-diimide (-N=C=N-) bonds to a three dimensional amorphous network. In this region diffusion studies are carried out by neutron reflectometry and isotope multilayers as a function of annealing time, temperature and chemical composition. Low diffusivities between 10-20 and 10-24 m2/s were found. In the metastable region, diffusion is faster than diffusion in amorphous silicon nitride by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude, while the activation enthalpies of diffusion between 3.1 and 3.4 eV are the same within error limits. This can be explained by the fact that the diffusion mechanism along SiN4 tetrahedra is identical to that in amorphous silicon nitride, however, the carbo-diimide bonds seem to widen the structure, allowing faster diffusion. A correlation between diffusivities and the number of carbo-diimid bonds present in the material is found, where the highest diffusivities are observed for materials with the highest number of carbo-diimid bonds, close to the composition Si2CN4.

  15. Application of RF magnetron sputtering for growth of AZO on glass substrate

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    Ghorannevis, Z.; Akbarnejad, E.; Salar Elahi, A.; Ghoranneviss, M.

    2016-08-01

    Aluminum zinc oxide (AZO), as one of the most promising transparent conducting oxide (TCO) materials, has now been widely used in thin film solar cells. In this study the optimization process of the RF magnetron sputtered AZO films was performed at room temperature by studying its physical properties such as structural, optical, electrical and morphological at different deposition times (10, 20, 40 and 60 min) for its use as a front contact for the Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) based thin film solar cell applications. Influence of the deposition time was investigated on the physical properties of the AZO thin film by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), spectrophotometer and four point probes. XRD analysis suggests that the preferred orientation of grains for all the samples prepared at different growth times are along (002) plane having the hexagonal structure. From optical measurements the films show an average transmission over 60%. Moreover it was found that by increasing the growth time, which implies increasing the film thicknesses as well as improving the crystallinity the resistivity of the grown films decrease from the 10-2 Ωcm to the order of 10-3 Ωcm.

  16. Growth of TiO{sub 2} Thin Film on Various Substrates using RF Magnetron Sputtering

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    Ali, Riyaz Ahmad Mohamed; Nayan, Nafarizal

    2011-03-30

    The conductivity of Titanium Dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) thin film fabricated using Radio Frequency (RF) Magnetron Sputtering on Silicon (Si), Indium doped--Tin Oxide (ITO) and microscope glass (M) substrates is presented in this paper. The dependant of thin film thickness and type of substrate been discussed. TiO{sub 2} was deposited using Ti target in Ar+O{sub 2}(45:10) mixture at 250 W for 45, 60, 75, 90, 105 and 120 minute. Resultant thickness varies from 295 nm to 724 nm with deposition rate 6.4 nm/min. On the other hand, resistivity, Rs value for ITO substrate is between 5.72x10{sup -7} to 1.54x10{sup -6{Omega}}.m, Si substrate range is between 3.52x10{sup -6} to 1.76x10{sup -5{Omega}}.m and M substrate range is between 99 to 332 {Omega}.m. The value of resistivity increases with the thickness of the thin film.

  17. Preparation of cubic boron nitride films by radio frequency magnetron sputtering and radio frequency ion plating

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    Ulrich, S.; Scherer, J.; Schwan, J.; Barzen, I.; Jung, K.; Scheib, M.; Ehrhardt, H.

    1996-02-01

    Cubic boron nitride (c-BN) thin films have been deposited by unbalanced rf (13.56 MHz) magnetron sputtering of a hexagonal boron nitride target in a pure argon discharge. Deposition parameters have been 300 W rf target power, 8×10-4 mbar argon pressure, 3.5 cm target substrate distance, and 800 K substrate temperature. Under these conditions the ion current density is 2.25 mA/cm2 and the growth rate is ˜1.1 Å/s. By applying a rf substrate bias the ion plating energy is varied from plasma potential of 37 eV up to 127 eV. The films have been characterized by infrared (IR) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray reflectivity, elastic recoil detection (ERD), Rutherford backscattering (RBS), nuclear resonance analysis (NRA), and stress measurements. The subplantation model proposed by Lifshitz and Robertson can be applied to the c-BN formation. An energy of about 85±5 eV is found where the stress (25 GPa, 200 nm film thickness) and the c-BN content (≳90%) have a maximum. The grain size of the crystalline c-BN phase was estimated to be in the range of 5 nm. Below an energy of 67±5 eV no c-BN could be detected. An excellent adhesion has been obtained by a special interface treatment.

  18. Photoluminescenceof magnetron sputtered CdTe films: dependence on target purity, substrate, and annealing conditions

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    Hinko, Kathleen

    2002-03-01

    We have altered several parameters relating to the CdTe layer in CdTe-based solar cells and have analyzed the effects of these changes on low-temperature photoluminescence (PL). Polycrystalline CdTe films were grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering from two targets purchased from commercial vendors and one pressed at the University of Toledo (UT). We observed substantial differences related to the targets and to the soda lime and borosilicate glass substrates. Parts of each film were annealed at 387 C and 400 C in the presence of CdCl2. The intensity and the spectrum of the PL suggest that films grown from the homemade UT target were of comparable quality to those grown from the commercial target. We found much weaker PL for films grown on borosilicate glass than for soda-lime glass. This may indicate that sodium from the soda-lime glass may leach into the films producing a shallow donor and enhancing the donor-acceptor pair luminescence. Work supported by NREL and NSF.

  19. Thermal stability and thermo-mechanical properties of magnetron sputtered Cr-Al-Y-N coatings

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    Rovere, Florian; Mayrhofer, Paul H.

    2008-01-15

    Cr{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N coatings are promising candidates for advanced machining and high temperature applications due to their good mechanical and thermal properties. Recently the authors have shown that reactive magnetron sputtering using Cr-Al targets with Al/Cr ratios of 1.5 and Y contents of 0, 2, 4, and 8 at % results in the formation of stoichiometric (Cr{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}){sub 1-y}Y{sub y}N films with Al/Cr ratios of {approx}1.2 and YN mole fractions of 0%, 2%, 4%, and 8%, respectively. Here, the impact of Y on thermal stability, structural evolution, and thermo-mechanical properties is investigated in detail. Based on in situ stress measurements, thermal analyzing, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy studies the authors conclude that Y effectively retards diffusional processes such as recovery, precipitation of hcp-AlN and fcc-YN, grain growth, and decomposition induced N{sub 2} release. Hence, the onset temperature of the latter shifts from {approx}1010 to 1125 deg. C and the hardness after annealing at T{sub a}=1100 deg. C increases from {approx}32 to 39 GPa with increasing YN mole fraction from 0% to 8%, respectively.

  20. Compositionally graded SiCu thin film anode by magnetron sputtering for lithium ion battery

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    Polat, B. D.; Eryilmaz, O. L.; Keles, O; Erdemir, A; Amine, Khalil

    2015-10-22

    Compositionally graded and non-graded composite SiCu thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering technique on Cu disks for investigation of their potentials in lithium ion battery applications. The compositionally graded thin film electrodes with 30 at.% Cu delivered a 1400 mAh g-1 capacity with 80% Coulombic efficiency in the first cycle and still retained its capacity at around 600 mAh g-1 (with 99.9% Coulombic efficiency) even after 100 cycles. On the other hand, the non-graded thin film electrodes with 30 at.% Cu exhibited 1100 mAh g-1 as the first discharge capacity with 78% Coulombic efficiency but the cycle life of this film degraded very quickly, delivering only 250 mAh g-1 capacity after 100th cycles. Not only the Cu content but also the graded film thickness were believed to be the main contributors to the much superior performance of the compositionally graded SiCu films. We also believe that the Cu-rich region of the graded film helped reduce internal stress build-up and thus prevented film delamination during cycling. In particular, the decrease of Cu content from interface region to the top of the coating reduced the possibility of stress build-up across the film during cycling, thus leading to a high electrochemical performance.

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

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Rao, T. Subba

    2014-10-15

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

  2. Structures and electrochromic properties of tungsten oxide films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Yang, Tien-Syh; Lin, Zhong-Ron; Wong, Ming-Show

    2005-12-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO 3) films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering of tungsten target in O 2/Ar atmosphere. The structures of the films following the various O 2 flow rate in a fixed Ar gas supply were investigated by X-ray diffraction patterns, Raman spectra and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochromic properties were characterized by a cyclic voltammetry and UV-vis absorption spectra. The results show that nanocrystalline WO 3 film with crystallite size about 10-20 nm, deposited at 16 sccm O 2, has larger charge capacity and coloration efficiency than the other amorphous films. Post-annealing the film at 200 °C would create 30-50 nm nanocrystalline film, whose electrochromic properties are promoted further due to even larger internal volume, essential to conduct ions and electrons for electrochromic intercalation. However, the electrochromic property deteriorates apparently in the film with 60-100 nm nanocrystallites annealed at 300 °C, which may be caused by another electrochromism occurring always in the well-crystallized WO 3 films.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  4. Growth, microstructure and supercapacitive performance of copper oxide thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Purusottam Reddy, B.; Sivajee Ganesh, K.; Hussain, O. M.

    2016-02-01

    The supercapacitive performance of copper oxide thin film electrodes mainly relies on micro structure, phase, surface area and conductivity which in turn depend on the deposition technique and process parameters during growth. In the present study, thin films of copper oxide were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering on stainless steel substrates keeping O2-to-Ar ratio at 1:11 and RF power at 250 W and varying the substrate temperature. The microstructure and the induced phase changes in copper oxide films are observed to be strongly influenced by the substrate temperature since the relaxation time, surface diffusion and surface structural changes are thermally activated. The XRD and Raman studies reveal that the films deposited at low substrate temperature (<200 °C) exhibited CuO, while the films deposited at substrate temperature >200 °C exhibited Cu2O phase. The films prepared at 350 °C exhibited reflections correspond to cubic Cu2O with predominant (111) orientation. The estimated maximum grain size from AFM studies was 72 nm with surface roughness of 51 nm. These films exhibited a highest areal capacitance of 30 mF cm-2 at scan rate of 5 mV s-1. The galvanostatic charge-discharge studies demonstrated high specific capacitance of 908 F g-1 at 0.5 mA cm-2 current density with 80 % of its initial capacity retention even after 1000 cycles.

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

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

    2013-04-01

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

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

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Rao, T. Subba

    2014-10-01

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

  7. Abrasion resistant low friction and ultra-hard magnetron sputtered AlMgB14 coatings

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    Grishin, A. M.

    2016-04-01

    Hard aluminum magnesium boride films were fabricated by RF magnetron sputtering from a single stoichiometric AlMgB14 ceramic target. X-ray amorphous AlMgB14 films are very smooth. Their roughness does not exceed the roughness of Si wafer and Corning glass used as the substrates. Dispersion of refractive index and extinction coefficient were determined within 300 to 2500 nm range for the film deposited onto Corning glass. Stoichiometric in-depth compositionally homogeneous 2 μm thick films on the Si(100) wafer possess the peak values of nanohardness 88 GPa and Young’s modulus 517 GPa at the penetration depth of 26 nm and, respectively, 35 GPa and 275 GPa at 200 nm depth. Friction coefficient was found to be 0.06. The coating scratch adhesion strength of 14 N was obtained as the first chipping of the coating whereas its spallation failure happened at 21 N. These critical loads and the work of adhesion, estimated as high as 18.4 J m‑2, surpass characteristics of diamond like carbon films deposited onto tungsten carbide–cobalt (WC–Co) substrates.

  8. Superior biofunctionality of dental implant fixtures uniformly coated with durable bioglass films by magnetron sputtering.

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    Popa, A C; Stan, G E; Enculescu, M; Tanase, C; Tulyaganov, D U; Ferreira, J M F

    2015-11-01

    Bioactive glasses are currently considered the suitable candidates to stir the quest for a new generation of osseous implants with superior biological/functional performance. In congruence with this vision, this contribution aims to introduce a reliable technological recipe for coating fairly complex 3D-shaped implants (e.g. dental screws) with uniform and mechanical resistant bioactive glass films by the radio-frequency magnetron sputtering method. The mechanical reliability of the bioactive glass films applied to real Ti dental implant fixtures has been evaluated by a procedure comprised of "cold" implantation in pig mandibular bone from a dead animal, followed by immediate tension-free extraction tests. The effects of the complex mechanical strains occurring during implantation were analysed by scanning electron microscopy coupled with electron dispersive spectroscopy. Extensive biocompatibility assays (MTS, immunofluorescence, Western blot) revealed that the bioactive glass films stimulated strong cellular adhesion and proliferation of human dental pulp stem cells, without promoting their differentiation. The ability of the implant coatings to conserve a healthy stem cell pool is promising to further endorse the fabrication of new osseointegration implant designs with extended lifetime. PMID:26282074

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

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

    2013-08-01

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

  10. Microstructure evolution with varied layer thickness in magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayer films

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    Peng, Jichang; Li, Wenbin; Huang, Qiushi; Wang, Zhanshan

    2016-01-01

    The microstructure evolution of magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayers was investigated by varying the Ni and C layer thickness in the region of a few nanometers. For the samples having 2.6-nm-thick C layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.81 nm as the Ni layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 1.3 nm. Especially for the samples with Ni layers less than 2.0 nm, the interface width changes significantly due to the discontinuously distributed Ni crystallites. For the samples having 2.8-nm-thick Ni layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.59 nm when the C layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 0.7 nm. The evolution of interface microstructures with varied Ni and C layers is explained based on a proposed simple growth model of Ni and C layers. PMID:27515586

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  14. Transport properties of Bi2Se3 thin films grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Wei, Z. T.; Zhang, M.; Yan, Y.; Kan, X.; Yu, Z.; Chen, Y. L.; Yang, X. S.; Zhao, Y.

    2015-11-01

    Epitaxial growth of Bi2Se3 thin films is of great current interest due to the advantages in spintronics and thermoelectrical applications. In this paper, Bi2Se3 thin films on Si (111) substrate have been prepared via magnetron sputtering deposition with post-annealing treatment and their microstructures and electrical transport properties were studied. Good quality with highly c-axis oriented films could be obtained after post-annealing treatment. The annealing temperature (Ta) obviously affected the phase structures and electrical properties. The crystallinity and the lattice parameters c of the Bi2Se3 thin-films increased with increasing Ta. The relative atomic ratio of Se/Bi decreased with increasing Ta and large number of Se vacancies was discovered in films with Ta = 350°C. The resistivity of films decreased monotonously and showed weakly metallic resistivity with the increase of Ta. Non-saturated high-field linear magnetoresistance and weak antilocalization were found in films with higher Ta.

  15. Molybdenum Oxides Deposited by Modulated Pulse Power Magnetron Sputtering: Stoichiometry as a Function of Process Parameters

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    Murphy, Neil R.; Sun, Lirong; Grant, John T.; Jones, John G.; Jakubiak, Rachel

    2015-10-01

    Molybdenum oxide films were deposited using modulated pulse power magnetron sputtering (MPPMS) from a molybdenum target in a reactive environment where the flow rate of oxygen was varied from 0 sccm to 2.00 sccm. By varying the amount of reactive oxygen available during deposition, the composition of the films ranged from metallic Mo to fully stoichiometric MoO3, when the molybdenum target became poisoned, due to the formation of a dielectric surface oxide coating. Film compositions were verified using high energy resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Target poisoning occurred at an oxygen flow rate of 1.25 sccm and reversed when the flow rate decreased to about 1.00 sccm. MoO3 films deposited via MPPMS had densities of 3.8 g cm-3, 81% of the density of crystalline α-MoO3 as determined by x-ray reflectivity (XRR). In addition, XRR and atomic force microscopy data showed sub-nanometer surface roughness values. From spectroscopic ellipsometry, the measured refractive index of the MoO3 films at 589 nm was 1.97 with extinction coefficient values <0.02 at wavelengths above the measured absorption edge of 506 nm (2.45 eV).

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

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

    2013-11-15

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

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

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    Mohamed, Sodky H.; Anders, Andre

    2006-06-05

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

  18. Mechanical Characterization of CrN/CrAlN Multilayer Coatings Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering System

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    Kaouther, Khlifi; Hafedh, Dhiflaoui; Lassaad, Zoghlami; Ahmed, Ben Cheikh Larbi

    2015-10-01

    Chromium-based coatings are deposited on a 100Cr6 (AISI 52100) substrate by a physical vapor deposition magnetron sputtering system. The coatings have different structures, such as a CrN monolayer and CrAlN multilayer. The structural and morphological compositions of the coatings were evaluated using glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy. Nano-indentation tests were performed to investigate the mechanical properties. Domes and craters are shown to be uniformly distributed over the entire surfaces of the two coatings. Additionally, the CrN/CrAlN multilayer coating exhibits a rough surface, attractive mechanical properties, a high compressive stress, and a high plastic and elastic deformation resistance. The improvement of the mechanical properties of the CrN/CrAlN coating is mainly attributed to a reduction in the crystallite size. We found that this reduction was related to three factors: (1) the compositional change resulting from the substitution of aluminum for chromium, which can produce a decrease in the interatomic distance; (2) the structure of CrN/CrAlN, which was characterized by grain size refinement; and (3) the high number of interfaces, which explains the widely accepted concept of dislocation blocking by the layer interfaces.

  19. The use of segmented cathodes to determine the spoke current density distribution in high power impulse magnetron sputtering plasmas

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    Poolcharuansin, Phitsanu; Estrin, Francis Lockwood; Bradley, James W.

    2015-04-28

    The localized target current density associated with quasi-periodic ionization zones (spokes) has been measured in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge using an array of azimuthally separated and electrical isolated probes incorporated into a circular aluminum target. For a particular range of operating conditions (pulse energies up to 2.2 J and argon pressures from 0.2 to 1.9 Pa), strong oscillations in the probe current density are seen with amplitudes up to 52% above a base value. These perturbations, identified as spokes, travel around the discharge above the target in the E×B direction. Using phase information from the angularly separated probes, the spoke drift speeds, angular frequencies, and mode number have been determined. Generally, at low HiPIMS pulse energies E{sub p} < 0.8 J, spokes appear to be chaotic in nature (with random arrival times), however as E{sub p} increases, coherent spokes are observed with velocities between 6.5 and 10 km s{sup −1} and mode numbers m = 3 or above. At E{sub p} > 1.8 J, the plasma becomes spoke-free. The boundaries between chaotic, coherent, and no-spoke regions are weakly dependent on pressure. During each HiPIMS pulse, the spoke velocities increase by about 50%. Such an observation is explained by considering spoke velocities to be determined by the critical ionization velocity, which changes as the plasma composition changes during the pulse. From the shape of individual current density oscillations, it appears that the leading edge of the spoke is associated with a slow increase in local current density to the target and the rear with a more rapid decrease. The measurements show that the discharge current density associated with individual spokes is broadly spread over a wide region of the target.

  20. Plasma diagnostics of low pressure high power impulse magnetron sputtering assisted by electron cyclotron wave resonance plasma

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    Stranak, Vitezslav; Herrendorf, Ann-Pierra; Drache, Steffen; Bogdanowicz, Robert; Hippler, Rainer; Cada, Martin; Hubicka, Zdenek; Tichy, Milan

    2012-11-01

    This paper reports on an investigation of the hybrid pulsed sputtering source based on the combination of electron cyclotron wave resonance (ECWR) inductively coupled plasma and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of a Ti target. The plasma source, operated in an Ar atmosphere at a very low pressure of 0.03 Pa, provides plasma where the major fraction of sputtered particles is ionized. It was found that ECWR assistance increases the electron temperature during the HiPIMS pulse. The discharge current and electron density can achieve their stable maximum 10 {mu}s after the onset of the HiPIMS pulse. Further, a high concentration of double charged Ti{sup ++} with energies of up to 160 eV was detected. All of these facts were verified experimentally by time-resolved emission spectroscopy, retarding field analyzer measurement, Langmuir probe, and energy-resolved mass spectrometry.

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

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

    2013-03-15

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

  2. Degradation and Characterization of Resorbable Phosphate-Based Glass Thin-Film Coatings Applied by Radio-Frequency Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Stuart, Bryan W; Gimeno-Fabra, Miquel; Segal, Joel; Ahmed, Ifty; Grant, David M

    2015-12-16

    Quinternary phosphate-based glasses of up to 2.67 μm, deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, were degraded in distilled water and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) to investigate their degradation characteristics. Magnetron-sputtered coatings have been structurally compared to their compositionally equivalent melt-quenched bulk glass counterparts. The coatings were found to have structurally variable surfaces to melt-quenched glass such that the respective bridging oxygen to nonbridging oxygen bonds were 34.2% to 65.8% versus 20.5% to 79.5%, forming metaphosphate (PO3)(-) (Q(2)) versus less soluble (P2O7)(4-) (Q(1)) and (PO4)(3-) (Q(0)), respectively. This factor led to highly soluble coatings, exhibiting a t(1/2) degradation dependence in the first 2 h in distilled water, followed by a more characteristic linear profile because the subsequent layers were less soluble. Degradation was observed to preferentially occur, forming voids characteristic of pitting corrosion, which was confirmed by the use of a focused ion beam. Coating degradation in PBS precipitated a (PO3)(-) metaphosphate, an X-ray amorphous layer, which remained adherent to the substrate and seemingly formed a protective diffusion barrier, which inhibited further coating degradation. The implications are that while compositionally similar, sputter-deposited coatings and melt-quenched glasses are structurally dissimilar, most notably, with regard to the surface layer. This factor has been attributed to surface etching of the as-deposited coating layer during deposition and variation in the thermal history between the processes of magnetron sputtering and melt quenching. PMID:26523618

  3. Low-temperature growth of low friction wear-resistant amorphous carbon nitride thin films by mid-frequency, high power impulse, and direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Bakoglidis, Konstantinos D. Schmidt, Susann; Garbrecht, Magnus; Ivanov, Ivan G.; Jensen, Jens; Greczynski, Grzegorz; Hultman, Lars

    2015-09-15

    The potential of different magnetron sputtering techniques for the synthesis of low friction and wear resistant amorphous carbon nitride (a-CN{sub x}) thin films onto temperature-sensitive AISI52100 bearing steel, but also Si(001) substrates was studied. Hence, a substrate temperature of 150 °C was chosen for the film synthesis. The a-CN{sub x} films were deposited using mid-frequency magnetron sputtering (MFMS) with an MF bias voltage, high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) with a synchronized HiPIMS bias voltage, and direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) with a DC bias voltage. The films were deposited using a N{sub 2}/Ar flow ratio of 0.16 at the total pressure of 400 mPa. The negative bias voltage, V{sub s}, was varied from 20 to 120 V in each of the three deposition modes. The microstructure of the films was characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction, while the film morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. All films possessed an amorphous microstructure, while the film morphology changed with the bias voltage. Layers grown applying the lowest substrate bias of 20 V exhibited pronounced intercolumnar porosity, independent of the sputter technique. Voids closed and dense films are formed at V{sub s} ≥ 60 V, V{sub s} ≥ 100 V, and V{sub s} = 120 V for MFMS, DCMS, and HiPIMS, respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the nitrogen-to-carbon ratio, N/C, of the films ranged between 0.2 and 0.24. Elastic recoil detection analysis showed that Ar content varied between 0 and 0.8 at. % and increased as a function of V{sub s} for all deposition techniques. All films exhibited compressive residual stress, σ, which depends on the growth method; HiPIMS produces the least stressed films with values ranging between −0.4 and −1.2 GPa for all V{sub s}, while CN{sub x} films deposited by MFMS showed residual stresses up to −4.2

  4. Growth of crystalline hydroxyapatite thin films at room temperature by tuning the energy of the RF-magnetron sputtering plasma.

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    López, Elvis O; Mello, Alexandre; Sendão, Henrique; Costa, Lilian T; Rossi, André L; Ospina, Rogelio O; Borghi, Fabrício F; Silva Filho, José G; Rossi, Alexandre M

    2013-10-01

    Right angle radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique (RAMS) was redesigned to favor the production of high-quality hydroxyapatite (HA) thin coatings for biomedical applications. Stoichiometric HA films with controlled crystallinity, thickness varying from 254 to 540 nm, crystallite mean size of 73 nm, and RMS roughness of 1.7 ± 0.9 nm, were obtained at room temperature by tuning the thermodynamic properties of the plasma sheath energy. The plasma energies were adjusted by using a suitable high magnetic field confinement of 143 mT (1430 G) and a substrate floating potential of 2 V at the substrate-to-magnetron distance of Z = 10 mm and by varying the sputtering geometry, substrate-to-magnetron distance from Z = 5 mm to Z = 18 mm, forwarded RF power and reactive gas pressure. Measurements that were taken with a Langmuir probe showed that the adjusted RAMS geometry generated a plasma with an adequate effective temperature of Teff ≈ 11.8 eV and electron density of 2.0 × 10(15) m(-3) to nucleate nanoclusters and to further crystallize the nanodomains of stoichiometric HA. The deposition mechanism in the RAMS geometry was described by the formation of building units of amorphous calcium phosphate clusters (ACP), the conversion into HA nanodomains and the crystallization of the grain domains with a preferential orientation along the HA [002] direction. PMID:24059686

  5. Current-Voltage Characteristics and Deposition of AlTiN Thin Films by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering Process

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    Wu, Wan-Yu; Su, Amei; Liu, Yawei; Yeh, Chi-Ming; Chen, Wei-Chih; Chang, Chi-Lung

    2015-09-01

    In this study, AlTiN thin films were deposited using a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) process under a unipolar mode. The AlTi target had a composition of 70 at% Al and 30 at% Ti. Nitrogen was used as the reactive gas to deposite AlTiN thin films along with Ar gas at a working pressure of 1 ×10-3 torr. The target voltage and current were measured at different conditions including various duty cycles from 1 to 5%, pulse durations from 50 to 400 μs, target powers from 0.6 to 1.8 kW, and N2/Ar ratios from 0 to 1. Depending on the deposition condition, peak powers in the range of 104 to 105 W were observed. The effect of deposition conditions were discussed. For film deposition, the pulse duration and the duty cycle were fixed at 100 μs and 3%, respectively. A fixed bias of -150 V was applied to the substrates, including Si wafer, 304 stainless steel, and tungsten carbide.It was found that the nitrogen content increases with the N2/Ar ratio and then saturates. With increasing target power, a higher N2/Ar ratio was required for the AlTiN thin films to have a better mechanical properties. Meanwhile, the hardness of the AlTiN thin films also increases with the target power. The highest hardness of 41 GPa was observed as the N2/Ar ratio was 0.9 and the power was 1.8 kW. It was found that the amount Al-N bonding and the distribution of AlN phase within the AlTiN thin films play an important role in determining the mechanical properties.

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

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

    2016-08-10

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

  7. [Spectral Characteristics of Si Quantum Dots Embedded in SiN(x) Thin Films Prepared by Magnetron Co-Sputtering].

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    Chen, Xiao-bo; Yang, Wen; Duan, Liang-fei; Zhang, Li-yuan; Yang, Pei-zhi; Song, Zhao-ning

    2015-07-01

    The silicon-rich SiN(x) films were fabricated on Si(100) substrate and quartz substrate at different substrate temperatures varying from room temperature to 400 degrees C by bipolar pulse ane RF magnetron co-sputtering deposition technique. After deposition, the films were annealed in a nitrogen atmosphere by rapid photothermal annealing at 1050 degrees C for 3 minutes. This thermal step allows the formation of the silicon quantum dots. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to analyze the bonding configurations, microstructures and luminescence properties of the films. The experimental results showed that: silicon-rich Si-N bonds were found in Fourier transform infrared spectra, suggesting that the silicon-rich SiN, films were successfully prepared; when the substrate temperature was not lower than 200 degrees C, the Raman spectra of the films showed the transverse optical mode of Si-Si vibration, while the significant diffraction peaks of Si(111) and Si(311) were shown in grazing incidence X-ray diffraction spectra, confirming the formation of silicon quantum dots; our work indicated that there was an optimal substrate temperature (300 degrees C), which could significantly increase the amount and the crystalline volume fraction of silicon quantum dots; three visible photoluminescence bands can be obtained for both 30 degrees C sample and 400 degrees C sample, and in combination with Raman results, the emission peaks were reasonably explained by using the quantum confinement effect and radiative recombination defect state of Si nanocrystals; the average size of the silicon quantum dots is 3.5 and 3.4 nm for the 300 degrees C sample and 400 degrees C sample, respectively. These results are useful for optimizing the fabrication parameters of silicon quantum dots embedded in SiN. thin films and have valuable implications for silicon based photoelectric device

  8. Magnetron sputtering of silver nanowires using anodic aluminum oxide template: a new active substrate of surface enhanced Raman scattering and an investigation of its enhanced mechanism.

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    Zhang, Lisheng; Zhang, Pengxiang; Fang, Yan

    2007-05-22

    A high quality anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template with ordered apertures about 50-80 nm was fabricated by anodizing aluminum in electrolytes through a two-step method, and silver nanowires with diameters from 40 nm to 70 nm were prepared on this AAO template by magnetron sputtering. On the glass covered with silver nanowires, high quality surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of sudan II (C18H16N2O) with enhancement factors of 10(5) were obtained. And comparison of SERS spectra on silver nanowires with the SERS spectra of silver colloids indicates that main enhanced mode is lightning rod effect of nanorods on the Sudan II/silver nanowires system. PMID:17481411

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

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

    2008-07-15

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

  10. Method to control deposition rate instabilities—High power impulse magnetron sputtering deposition of TiO{sub 2}

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    Kossoy, Anna E-mail: anna.kossoy@gmail.com; Magnusson, Rögnvaldur L.; Tryggvason, Tryggvi K.; Leosson, Kristjan; Olafsson, Sveinn

    2015-03-15

    The authors describe how changes in shutter state (open/closed) affect sputter plasma conditions and stability of the deposition rate of Ti and TiO{sub 2} films. The films were grown by high power impulse magnetron sputtering in pure Ar and in Ar/O{sub 2} mixture from a metallic Ti target. The shutter state was found to have an effect on the pulse waveform for both pure Ar and reactive sputtering of Ti also affecting stability of TiO{sub 2} deposition rate. When the shutter opened, the shape of pulse current changed from rectangular to peak-plateau and pulse energy decreased. The authors attribute it to the change in plasma impedance and gas rarefaction originating in geometry change in front of the magnetron. TiO{sub 2} deposition rate was initially found to be high, 1.45 Å/s, and then dropped by ∼40% during the first 5 min, while for Ti the change was less obvious. Instability of deposition rate poses significant challenge for growing multilayer heterostructures. In this work, the authors suggest a way to overcome this by monitoring the integrated average energy involved in the deposition process. It is possible to calibrate and control the film thickness by monitoring the integrated pulse energy and end growth when desired integrated pulse energy level has been reached.

  11. Mechanism of Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Si Film Deposition by Magnetron Sputtering Employing a Si Target and H2/Ar Gas Mixture

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    Fukaya, Kota; Tabata, Akimori; Sasaki, Koichi

    2009-03-01

    The mechanism of hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (µc-Si:H) film deposition by magnetron sputtering employing a Si target and H2/Ar gas mixture has been investigated by measuring Si and H atom densities in the gas phase by laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy. The crystalline volume fraction of the film correlated positively with H atom density. The variation in Si atom density indicated the increase in sputtering yield from the Si target in the H2/Ar discharge. The surface of the Si target immersed in the H2/Ar discharge was hydrogenated. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect the production of SiHx molecules (typically SiH4) from the hydrogenated Si target via reactive ion etching. Since SiHx molecules produced from the target may function as a deposition precursor, the mechanism of µc-Si:H film deposition is considered to be similar to that of plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) employing a SiH4/H2 gas mixture. The advantage of magnetron sputtering deposition over PECVD is the production of SiHx molecules without using toxic, explosive SiH4.

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

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

    2014-02-24

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2008-03-01

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

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

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    Khan, Majid; Islam, Mohammad

    2013-12-15

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

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

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

    2014-01-28

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

  17. Stress anisotropy and stress gradient in magnetron sputtered films with different deposition geometries

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    Zhao, Z.B.; Yalisove, S.M.; Bilello, J.C.

    2006-03-15

    Mo films were deposited via magnetron sputtering with two different deposition geometries: dynamic deposition (moving substrate) and static deposition (fixed substrate). The residual stress and structural morphologies of these films were investigated, with particular focus on in-plane anisotropy of the biaxial stress and stress gradient across the film thickness. The results revealed that the Mo films developed distinct states of residual stress, which depended on both deposition geometry and film thickness. With the dynamic geometry, the Mo films generally exhibited anisotropic stress. Both the degree of anisotropy and the magnitude of stress varied as functions of film thickness. The variation of stress was linked to the evolution of anisotropic microstructures in the films. The Mo films from the static geometry developed isotropic residual stress, which was more compressive and noticeably larger in magnitude than that of the Mo films from the dynamic geometry. Aside from these disparities, the two types of Mo films (i.e., anisotropic and isotropic) exhibited notably similar trends of stress variation with film thickness. Depth profiling indicated the presence of large stress gradients for the Mo films, irrespective of the deposition geometries. This observation seems to be consistent with the premise that Mo films develop a zone T structure, which is inherently inhomogeneous along the film thickness. Moreover, the largest stress gradient for both types of deposition geometries arises at roughly the same film depth ({approx}240 nm from substrate), where the stresses sharply transits from highly compressive to less compressive or even tensile. This appears to correspond to the boundary region that separates two distinct stages of microstructural evolution, a feature unique to zone T-type structure.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of large-area and continuous MoS2 atomic layers by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Hussain, Sajjad; Shehzad, Muhammad Arslan; Vikraman, Dhanasekaran; Khan, Muhammad Farooq; Singh, Jai; Choi, Dong-Chul; Seo, Yongho; Eom, Jonghwa; Lee, Wan-Gyu; Jung, Jongwan

    2016-02-01

    In this article, we report layer-controlled, continuous and large-area molydenum sulfide (MoS2) growth onto a SiO2/Si substrate by RF sputtering combined with sulfurization. A two-step process was employed to synthesize MoS2 films. In the first step, an atomically thin MoO3 film was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering at 300 °C. Subsequently, the as-sputtered MoO3 film was further subjected to post-annealing and sulfurization processes at 650 °C for 1 hour. It was observed that the number of layers of MoS2 can be controlled by adjusting the sputtering time. The fabricated MoS2 transistors exhibited high mobility values of ~21 cm2 V-1 s-1 (bilayer) and ~25 cm2 V-1 s-1 (trilayer), on/off ratios in the range of ~107 (bilayer) and 104-105 (trilayer), respectively. We believe that our proposed paradigm can start a new method for the growth of MoS2 in future electronics and optoelectronics applications.In this article, we report layer-controlled, continuous and large-area molydenum sulfide (MoS2) growth onto a SiO2/Si substrate by RF sputtering combined with sulfurization. A two-step process was employed to synthesize MoS2 films. In the first step, an atomically thin MoO3 film was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering at 300 °C. Subsequently, the as-sputtered MoO3 film was further subjected to post-annealing and sulfurization processes at 650 °C for 1 hour. It was observed that the number of layers of MoS2 can be controlled by adjusting the sputtering time. The fabricated MoS2 transistors exhibited high mobility values of ~21 cm2 V-1 s-1 (bilayer) and ~25 cm2 V-1 s-1 (trilayer), on/off ratios in the range of ~107 (bilayer) and 104-105 (trilayer), respectively. We believe that our proposed paradigm can start a new method for the growth of MoS2 in future electronics and optoelectronics applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: HRTEM images, XPS spectra and electrical properties. More Raman measurement spectra are obtained for MoS2 films

  19. Defect free C-axis oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) films grown at room temperature using RF magnetron sputtering

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    Kunj, Saurabh; Sreenivas, K.

    2016-05-01

    Radio frequency Magnetron sputtering technique was employed to fabricate ZnO thin films on quartz substrate at room temperature. The effect of varying oxygen to argon (O2/Ar) gas ratio on the structural and photoluminescence properties of the film is analyzed.X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra reveals the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structured ZnO thin films with preferred orientation along (002) plane. Photoluminescence (PL) characterization reveals the preparation of highly crystalline films exhibiting intense Ultraviolet (UV) emission with negligible amount of defects as indicated by the absence of Deep Level Emission (DLE) in the PL spectra.

  20. Evaporation-assisted high-power impulse magnetron sputtering: The deposition of tungsten oxide as a case study

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    Hemberg, Axel; Dauchot, Jean-Pierre; Snyders, Rony; Konstantinidis, Stephanos

    2012-07-15

    The deposition rate during the synthesis of tungsten trioxide thin films by reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of a tungsten target increases, above the dc threshold, as a result of the appropriate combination of the target voltage, the pulse duration, and the amount of oxygen in the reactive atmosphere. This behavior is likely to be caused by the evaporation of the low melting point tungsten trioxide layer covering the metallic target in such working conditions. The HiPIMS process is therefore assisted by thermal evaporation of the target material.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  2. A magnetron sputtering system for the preparation of patterned thin films and in situ thin film electrical resistance measurements

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    Arnalds, U. B.; Agustsson, J. S.; Ingason, A. S.; Eriksson, A. K.; Gylfason, K. B.; Gudmundsson, J. T.; Olafsson, S.

    2007-10-15

    We describe a versatile three gun magnetron sputtering system with a custom made sample holder for in situ electrical resistance measurements, both during film growth and ambient changes on film electrical properties. The sample holder allows for the preparation of patterned thin film structures, using up to five different shadow masks without breaking vacuum. We show how the system is used to monitor the electrical resistance of thin metallic films during growth and to study the thermodynamics of hydrogen uptake in metallic thin films. Furthermore, we demonstrate the growth of thin film capacitors, where patterned films are created using shadow masks.

  3. A magnetron sputtering system for the preparation of patterned thin films and in situ thin film electrical resistance measurements.

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    Arnalds, U B; Agustsson, J S; Ingason, A S; Eriksson, A K; Gylfason, K B; Gudmundsson, J T; Olafsson, S

    2007-10-01

    We describe a versatile three gun magnetron sputtering system with a custom made sample holder for in situ electrical resistance measurements, both during film growth and ambient changes on film electrical properties. The sample holder allows for the preparation of patterned thin film structures, using up to five different shadow masks without breaking vacuum. We show how the system is used to monitor the electrical resistance of thin metallic films during growth and to study the thermodynamics of hydrogen uptake in metallic thin films. Furthermore, we demonstrate the growth of thin film capacitors, where patterned films are created using shadow masks. PMID:17979429

  4. Compositional study of vacuum annealed Al doped ZnO thin films obtained by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Shantheyanda, B. P.; Todi, V. O.; Sundaram, K. B.; Vijayakumar, A.; Oladeji, I.

    2011-09-15

    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were obtained by RF magnetron sputtering. The effects of deposition parameters such as power, gas flow conditions, and substrate heating have been studied. Deposited and annealed films were characterized for composition as well as microstructure using x ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x ray diffraction. Films produced were polycrystalline in nature. Surface imaging and roughness studies were carried out using SEM and AFM, respectively. Columnar grain growth was predominantly observed. Optical and electrical properties were evaluated for transparent conducting oxide applications. Processing conditions were optimized to obtain highly transparent AZO films with a low resistivity value of 6.67 x 10{sup -4}{Omega} cm.

  5. The impact of negative oxygen ion bombardment on electronic and structural properties of magnetron sputtered ZnO:Al films

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    Bikowski, Andre; Welzel, Thomas; Ellmer, Klaus

    2013-06-17

    In order to study the impact of negative oxygen ion bombardment on the electronic transport properties of ZnO:Al films, a systematic magnetron sputtering study from ceramic targets with excitation frequencies from DC to 27 MHz, accompanied by strongly varying discharge voltages, has been performed. Higher plasma excitation frequencies significantly improve the transport properties of ZnO:Al films. The effect of the bombardment of the films by energetic particles (negative oxygen ions) can be explained by the dynamic equilibrium between the formation of acceptor-like oxygen interstitials compensating the extrinsic donors and the self-annealing of the interstitial defects at higher deposition temperatures.

  6. Drifting potential humps in ionization zones: The “propeller blades” of high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Anders, André; Ni, Pavel; Panjan, Matjaž; Franz, Robert; Andersson, Joakim

    2013-09-30

    Ion energy distribution functions measured for high power impulse magnetron sputtering show features, such as a broad peak at several 10 eV with an extended tail, as well as asymmetry with respect to E×B, where E and B are the local electric and magnetic field vectors, respectively. Here it is proposed that those features are due to the formation of a potential hump of several 10 V in each of the traveling ionization zones. Potential hump formation is associated with a negative-positive-negative space charge that naturally forms in ionization zones driven by energetic drifting electrons.

  7. Preparation and characterization of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Pattabi, Manjunatha; Thilipan, G. Arun Kumar

    2013-02-05

    Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were deposited on to glass substrates held at room temperature using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering, at a RF power of 63 W and argon pressure maintained at 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2}mbar. The morphology was studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The band gaps obtained from optical absorption studies are in the range of 3.4 and 4.02 eV, after annealing in air at 380 Degree-Sign C for 1 hour.

  8. Characterization of ZnO:SnO2 (50:50) thin film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering technique

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    Cynthia, S. R.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.; Ponmudi, S.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) and tin oxide (SnO2) thin films have attracted significant interest recently for use in optoelectronic application such as solar cells, flat panel displays, photonic devices, laser diodes and gas sensors because of their desirable electrical and optical properties and wide band gap. In the present study, thin films of ZnO:SnO2 (50:50) were deposited on pre-cleaned microscopic glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The substrate temperature and RF power induced changes in structural, surface morphological, compositional and optical properties of the films have been studied.

  9. Optical recording aspects of rf magnetron-sputtered iron-garnet films

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    Krumme, J.-P.; Doormann, V.; Hansen, P.; Baumgart, H.; Petruzzello, J.; Viegers, M. P. A.

    1989-11-01

    for x=1.25 as a typical example. Furthermore, optical and magneto-optical spectra are presented for Co2+- and Co3+- substituted iron garnets and barium hexaferrite BaFe12O19. Finally, the spectral dependence of the magneto-optical figure of merit 2ΘF/α of (Y,Bi)3Fe5O12 and amorphous TbFe is compared. Furthermore, high-resolution transmission electron micrographs and x-ray double-crystal diffractograms are presented that elucidate the perfect epitaxial alignment of single-crystalline iron-garnet films and the columnar morphology of polycrystalline iron-garnet films prepared by rf magnetron sputtering. The initial nucleation period of polycrystalline garnet films can be influenced by low-energy ion bombardment for improving the film texture. Under favorable sputtering conditions single- and polycrystalline bismuth-iron garnet films develop a perpendicular magnetic anisotopy. It is not yet clear whether sputtered iron-garnet films can meet the critical requirements on magnetic wall coercivity and magnetic remanence.

  10. Evolution of the plasma composition of a high power impulse magnetron sputtering system studied with a time-of-flight spectrometer

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    Oks, Efim

    2009-05-01

    The plasma of a high power impulse magnetron sputtering system has been investigated using a time-of-flight spectrometer. The target materials included high sputter yield materials (Cu, Ag), transition metals (Nb, Cr, Ti), and carbon (graphite); the sputtering gases were argon, krypton, and nitrogen, and two different target thicknesses were selected to consider the role of the magnetic field strength. Measurements for selected combinations of those parameters give quantitative information on the transition from gas-dominated to metal-dominated (self-sputtering) plasma, on the fractions of ion charge states, and in the case of molecular gases, on the fraction of atomic and molecular ions.

  11. Evolution of the plasma composition of a high power impulse magnetron sputtering system studied with a time-of-flight spectrometer

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    Oks, Efim; Anders, Andre

    2008-12-31

    The plasma of a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) system has been investigated using a time-of-flight (TOF) spectrometer. The target materials included high sputter yield materials (Cu, Ag), transition metals (Nb, Cr, Ti), and carbon (graphite); the sputtering gases were argon, krypton and nitrogen, and two different target thicknesses were selected to consider the role of the magnetic field strength. Measurements for selected combinations of those parameters give quantitative information on the transition from gas-dominated to metal-dominated (self-sputtering) plasma, on the fractions of ion charge states, and in the case of molecular gases, on the fraction of atomic and molecular ions.

  12. Structural and optical characterization of terbium doped ZnGa2O4 thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Somasundaram, K.; Girija, K. G.; Sudarsan, V.; Selvin, P. Christopher; Vatsa, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    Tb3+ doped ZnGa2O4 nanophosphor (21 nm) has been synthesized via low temperature polyol route and subsequently thin films of the same were deposited on glass and ITO substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. The films were characterized by X-ray Diffraction and luminescence measurements. The XRD pattern showed that Tb3+ doped ZnGa2O4 nanophosphor has a cubic spinel phase. Luminescence behavior of the nanophosphor and as deposited sputtered film was investigated. The PL emission spectra of nanophosphor gave a broad ZnGa2O4 host emission band along with a strong terbium emission and the thin films showed only broad host emission band and there was no terbium ion emission.

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

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

    2012-06-25

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

  14. Measurement Of Hydrogen Capacities And Stability In Thin Films Of AlH Deposited By Magnetron Sputtering

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    Dissanayake, A.; AlFaify, S.; Garratt, E.; Nandasiri, M. I.; Taibu, R.; Tecos, G.; Kayani, A.; Hamdan, N. M.

    2011-06-01

    Thin, hydrogenated aluminum hydride films were deposited on silicon substrates using unbalanced magnetron (UBM) sputtering of a high purity aluminum target under electrically grounded conditions. Argon was used as sputtering gas and hydrogenation was carried out by diluting the growth plasma with hydrogen. The effect of hydrogen partial pressure on the final concentration of trapped elements including hydrogen has been studied using ion beam analysis (IBA) techniques. Moreover, in-situ thermal stability of trapped hydrogen in the film was carried out using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS), Non-Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (NRBS) and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA). Microstructure of the film was investigated by SEM analysis. Hydrogen content in the thin films was found decreasing as the films were heated above 110 deg. C in vacuum.

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  17. [Study on the Properties of the Pc-Si Films Prepared by Magnetron Co-Sputtering at Low Temperature].

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    Duan, Liang-fei; Yang, Wen; Zhang, Li-yuan; Li, Xue-ming; Chen, Xiao-bo; Yang, Pei-zhi

    2016-03-01

    The polycrystalline silicon thin films play an important role in the field of electronics. In the paper, α-SiAl composite membranes on glass substrates was prepared by magnetron co-sputtering. The contents of Al radicals encapsulated-in the α-Si film can be adjusted by changing the Al to Si sputtering power ratios. The as-prepared α-Si films were converted into polycrystalline films by using a rapid thermal annealing (RTP) at low temperature of 350 degrees C for 10 minutes in N2 atmosphere. An X-ray diffractometer, and Raman scattering and UV-Visible-NIR Spectrometers were used to characterize the properties of the Pc-Si films. The influences of Al content on the properties of the Pc-Si films were studied. The results showed that the polycrystalline silicon films were obtained from α-SiAl composite films which were prepared by magnetron co-sputtering at a low temperature following by a rapid thermal annealing. The grain size and the degree of crystallization of the Pc-Si films increased with the increase of Al content, while the optical band gap was reduced. The nc-Si films were prepared when the Al to Si sputtering power ratio was 0.1. And a higher Crystallization rate (≥ 85%) of polycrystalline silicon films were obtained when the ratio was 0.3. The band gaps of the polycrystalline silicon films can be controlled by changing the aluminum content in the films. PMID:27400496

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  19. Highly oriented polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O film formation using RF magnetron sputtering deposition for solar cells

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    Noda, S.; Shima, H.; Akinaga, H.

    2014-02-20

    Room temperature sputtering deposition and re-crystallization of the deposited thin films by rapid thermal annealing have been evaluating in detail as a formation method of Cu{sub 2}O active layer for solar cells, which minimize thermal budget in fabrication processes. Single phase polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O films were obtained by a magnetron rf sputtering deposition and its crystallinity and electrical characteristics were controlled by the annealing. Hall mobility was improved up to 17 cm{sup 2}V{sup −1}s{sup −1} by the annealing at 600°C for 30s. Since this value was smaller than 47 cm{sup 2}V{sup −1}s{sup −1} of the film deposited under thermal equilibrium state using pulsed laser deposition at 600°C, some contrivances were necessary to compensate the deficiency. It was understood that the sputter-deposited Cu{sub 2}O films on (111)-oriented Pt films were strongly oriented to (111) face also by the self-assembly and the crystallinity was improved by the annealing preserving its orientation. The sputter-deposited film quality was expected to become equivalent to the pulsed laser deposition film from the results of X-ray diffractometry and photoluminescence.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of large-area and continuous MoS2 atomic layers by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Hussain, Sajjad; Shehzad, Muhammad Arslan; Vikraman, Dhanasekaran; Khan, Muhammad Farooq; Singh, Jai; Choi, Dong-Chul; Seo, Yongho; Eom, Jonghwa; Lee, Wan-Gyu; Jung, Jongwan

    2016-02-21

    In this article, we report layer-controlled, continuous and large-area molydenum sulfide (MoS2) growth onto a SiO2/Si substrate by RF sputtering combined with sulfurization. A two-step process was employed to synthesize MoS2 films. In the first step, an atomically thin MoO3 film was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering at 300 °C. Subsequently, the as-sputtered MoO3 film was further subjected to post-annealing and sulfurization processes at 650 °C for 1 hour. It was observed that the number of layers of MoS2 can be controlled by adjusting the sputtering time. The fabricated MoS2 transistors exhibited high mobility values of ∼21 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) (bilayer) and ∼25 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) (trilayer), on/off ratios in the range of ∼10(7) (bilayer) and 10(4)-10(5) (trilayer), respectively. We believe that our proposed paradigm can start a new method for the growth of MoS2 in future electronics and optoelectronics applications. PMID:26838294

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

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

    2014-05-15

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

  2. Orthogonal optimization for room temperature magnetron sputtering of ZnO:Al films for all-solid electrochromic devices

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    Wang, Tao; Diao, Xungang; Ding, Peng

    2011-02-01

    In order to obtain competent and quality (high transparency, conductivity and stability) aluminium-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al, ZAO) films for all solid electrochromic devices, ZAO films were prepared by direct current (D.C.) reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature based on orthogonal design. Optical and electrical property dependences of the films on the four dominant sputtering parameters: sputtering time, target-substrate distance, sputtering power and O2 flow ratio were simultaneously investigated with measured results using mathematical and statistical method. Optimal Parameters to fabricate ZAO films with optimum comprehensive performances were obtained ultimately. Resistivity and carrier concentration of ZAO film deposited with optimized parameters were 3.89 × 10-4 Ω cm and 1.09 × 1021 cm-3, respectively. ZAO films with these superior properties were employed as transparent electrodes eventually in a WO3 based all-solid electrochromic device which displayed good electrochromic performance. The regulation range for transmittance in the visible region of the device was more than 50%, which was comparable to that of the device adopting indium tin oxide (ITO) films as electrodes.

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

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    Ju, Hongbo; Xu, Junhua

    2015-11-01

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

  4. Composition and structure variation for magnetron sputtered tantalum oxynitride thin films, as function of deposition parameters

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    Cristea, D.; Pătru, M.; Crisan, A.; Munteanu, D.; Crăciun, D.; Barradas, N. P.; Alves, E.; Apreutesei, M.; Moura, C.; Cunha, L.

    2015-12-01

    Tantalum oxynitride thin films were produced by magnetron sputtering. The films were deposited using a pure Ta target and a working atmosphere with a constant N2/O2 ratio. The choice of this constant ratio limits the study concerning the influence of each reactive gas, but allows a deeper understanding of the aspects related to the affinity of Ta to the non-metallic elements and it is economically advantageous. This work begins by analysing the data obtained directly from the film deposition stage, followed by the analysis of the morphology, composition and structure. For a better understanding regarding the influence of the deposition parameters, the analyses are presented by using the following criterion: the films were divided into two sets, one of them produced with grounded substrate holder and the other with a polarization of -50 V. Each one of these sets was produced with different partial pressure of the reactive gases P(N2 + O2). All the films exhibited a O/N ratio higher than the N/O ratio in the deposition chamber atmosphere. In the case of the films produced with grounded substrate holder, a strong increase of the O content is observed, associated to the strong decrease of the N content, when P(N2 + O2) is higher than 0.13 Pa. The higher Ta affinity for O strongly influences the structural evolution of the films. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that the lower partial pressure films were crystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out that the density of the films depended on the deposition conditions: the higher the gas pressure, the lower the density. Firstly, a dominant β-Ta structure is observed, for low P(N2 + O2); secondly a fcc-Ta(N,O) structure, for intermediate P(N2 + O2); thirdly, the films are amorphous for the highest partial pressures. The comparison of the characteristics of both sets of produced TaNxOy films are explained, with detail, in the text.

  5. In vitro biocompatibility of Ti-Mg alloys fabricated by direct current magnetron sputtering.

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    Hieda, Junko; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Cho, Ken

    2015-09-01

    Ti-xMg (x=17, 33, and 55 mass%) alloy films, which cannot be prepared by conventional melting processes owing to the absence of a solid-solution phase in the phase diagram, were prepared by direct current magnetron sputtering in order to investigate their biocompatibility. Ti and Mg films were also prepared by the same process for comparison. The crystal structures were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and the surfaces were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Ti, Ti-xMg alloy, and Mg films were immersed in a 0.9% NaCl solution at 310 K for 7d to evaluate the dissolution amounts of Ti and Mg. In addition, to evaluate the formation ability of calcium phosphate in vitro, the Ti, Ti-xMg alloy, and Mg films were immersed in Hanks' solution at 310 K for 30 d. Ti and Mg form solid-solution alloys because the peaks attributed to pure Ti and Mg do not appear in the XRD patterns of any of the Ti-xMg alloy films. The surfaces of the Ti-17 Mg alloy and Ti-33 Mg alloy films contain Ti oxides and MgO, whereas MgO is the main component of the surface oxide of the Ti-55 Mg alloy and Mg films. The dissolution amounts of Ti from all films are below or near the detection limit of inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy. On the other hand, the Ti-17 Mg alloy, Ti-33 Mg alloy, Ti-55 Mg alloy, and Mg films exhibit Mg dissolution amounts of approximately 2.5, 1.4, 21, and 41 μg/cm(2), respectively. The diffraction peaks attributed to calcium phosphate are present in the XRD patterns of the Ti-33 Mg alloy, Ti-55 Mg alloy, and Mg films after the immersion in Hanks' solution. Spherical calcium phosphate particles precipitate on the surface of the Ti-33 Mg film. However, many cracks are observed in the Ti-55 Mg film, and delamination of the film occurs after the immersion in Hanks' solution. The Mg film is dissolved in Hanks' solution and calcium phosphate particles precipitate on the glass substrate. Consequently, it is revealed that the Ti-33 Mg

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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

    2013-11-15

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

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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    Jagannadham, Kasichainula

    2015-05-15

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  11. Surface composition of magnetron sputtered Pt-Co thin film catalyst for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Khalakhan, Ivan; Václavů, Michal; Kovács, Gábor; Kozlov, Sergey M.; Kúš, Peter; Skála, Tomáš; Tsud, Natalia; Lavková, Jaroslava; Potin, Valerie; Matolínová, Iva; Neyman, Konstantin M.; Matolín, Vladimír

    2016-03-01

    Recently we have tested a magnetron sputtered Pt-Co catalyst in a hydrogen-fed proton exchange membrane fuel cell and showed its high catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction. Here we present further investigation of the magnetron sputtered Pt-Co thin film catalyst by both experimental and theoretical methods. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy experiments confirmed the nanostructured character of the catalyst. The surface composition of as-deposited and annealed at 773 K Pt-Co films was investigated by surface analysis techniques, such as synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Modeling based on density functional theory showed that the surface of 6 nm large 1:1 Pt-Co nanoparticles is almost exclusively composed of Pt atoms (>90%) at typical operation conditions and the Co content does not exceed 20% at 773 K, in agreement with the experimental characterization of such films annealed in vacuum. According to experiment, the density of valence states of surface atoms in Pt-Co nanostructures is shifted by 0.3 eV to higher energies, which can be associated with their higher activity in the oxygen reduction reaction. The changes in electronic structure caused by alloying are also reflected in the measured Pt 4f, Co 3p and Co 2p photoelectron peak binding energies.

  12. Pressure-dependent Transition from Atoms to Nanoparticles in Magnetron Sputtering: Effect on WSi2 Film Roughness and Stress

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    Zhou, L.; Wang, Y; Zhou, H; Li, M; Headrick, R; MacArthur, K; Shi, B; Conley, R; Macrander, A

    2010-01-01

    We report on the transition between two regimes from several-atom clusters to much larger nanoparticles in Ar magnetron sputter deposition of WSi{sub 2}, and the effect of nanoparticles on the properties of amorphous thin films and multilayers. Sputter deposition of thin films is monitored by in situ x-ray scattering, including x-ray reflectivity and grazing incidence small-angle x-ray scattering. The results show an abrupt transition at an Ar background pressure P{sub c}; the transition is associated with the threshold for energetic particle thermalization, which is known to scale as the product of the Ar pressure and the working distance between the magnetron source and the substrate surface. Below P{sub c} smooth films are produced while above P{sub c} roughness increases abruptly, consistent with a model in which particles aggregate in the deposition flux before reaching the growth surface. The results from WSi{sub 2} films are correlated with in situ measurement of stress in WSi{sub 2}/Si multilayers, which exhibits a corresponding transition from compressive to tensile stress at P{sub c}. The tensile stress is attributed to coalescence of nanoparticles and the elimination of nanovoids.

  13. Synthesis of magnetron sputtered WO₃ nanoparticles-degradation of 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide and dimethyl methyl phosphonate.

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    Verma, Monu; Chandra, Ramesh; Gupta, Vinod Kumar

    2015-09-01

    In the present study, tungsten oxide nanoparticles were synthesized using DC magnetron sputtering and investigated their potential for decontamination of 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES) and dimethyl methyl phosphonate (DMMP). The tungsten oxide nanoparticles were characterized by Powder XRD, FE-SEM, EDS, TEM, TGA, N2-BET and FT-IR techniques. The XRD patterns of as-deposited and post annealed tungsten oxide nanoparticles reveal that the crystallite size of detected monoclinic phase WO3 nanoparticle was increased with increasing annealing temperatures. The phase and increase in particles size of WO3 nanoparticles were also confirmed by Raman and TEM analyses. The obtained surface area (∼63-33 m(2)/g) of magnetron sputtered WO3 nanoparticles was found to be enhanced significantly as compared to reported surface area of WO3 nanoparticles synthesis by various techniques. The study of degradation reactions of CEES and DMMP on the surface of obtained nanoparticles was carried out by using GC and GC-MS techniques. The decontamination reactions were found to be pseudo first order steady state with rate constant (k) and half life values 0.143-0.109 h(-1) and 4.82-6.49 h for CEES and 0.018-0.010 h(-1) and 36.87-66.65 h for DMMP, respectively. The FT-IR data reveal the role of hydrolysis reactions in the decontamination of CEES as well as DMMP. PMID:25965433

  14. Effects of substrate temperature on properties of ITO-ZnO composition spread films fabricated by combinatorial RF magnetron sputtering

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    Heo, Gi-Seok; Gim, In-Gi; Park, Jong-Woon; Kim, Kwang-Young; Kim, Tae-Won

    2009-10-15

    We have fabricated ITO-ZnO composition spread films to investigate the effects of substrate temperature on their electrical and optical properties by using combinatorial RF magnetron sputtering. It turned out by X-ray measurement that the film with zinc contents above 16.0 at% [Zn/(In+Zn+Sn)] showed amorphous phase regardless of substrate temperature. The amorphous ITO-ZnO film had lower resistivity than polycrystalline films. When the films were deposited at 250 deg. C, the minimum resistivity of 3.0x10{sup -4} OMEGA cm was obtained with the zinc contents of 16.0 at%. The indium content could be reduced as high as {approx}30 at% compared to that of ITO for the films having similar resistivity ({approx}10{sup -4} OMEGA cm). However, a drastic increase of resistivity was observed for the ITO-ZnO films deposited at 350 deg. C, having zinc contents below 15.2 at%. - Graphical abstract: The effects of substrate temperature on properties of ITO-ZnO films were investigated by using combinatorial RF magnetron sputtering. The amorphous ITO-ZnO film had lower resistivity than polycrystalline films. The minimum resistivity of 3.0x10{sup -4} OMEGA cm was obtained with the substrate temperature of 250 deg. C and the zinc contents of 16.0 at%. The electronic states of ITO-ZnO films were discussed with related to the formation of transparent amorphous oxide semiconductor (TAOS).

  15. Interface structure and corrosion resistance of Ti/Cr nanomultilayer film prepared by magnetron sputtering on depleted uranium.

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    Zhu, Shengfa; Wu, Yanping; Liu, Tianwei; Tang, Kai; Wei, Qiang

    2013-07-24

    Uranium has broadened utility in military and civilization; however, it is extremely apt to oxidation corrosion. Ti/Cr nanomultilayer film was prepared by unbalanced magnetron sputtering on the surface of depleted uranium (DU) to improve its corrosion resistance. The SEM morphologies show that Ti/Cr multilayer film has fine grain and high density. The Auger electron spectroscopy is used to investigate the depth profiles of Ti, U, and O elements of interface between DU substrate and the Ti interlayer, and indicates that the mutual diffusion area of U and Ti is formed at the interface. The TEM cross-section microstructure shows that the multilayer film has alternative Ti and Cr layers and form a perfect modulation structure. The modulation period is measured to be 4.8 nm in TEM morphology, the thickness ratio of Ti to Cr could be estimated to be about 1:2. Potentiodynamic polarization curves show that, after depositing Ti/Cr nanomultilayer film, the corrosion potential increases while the corrosion current density decreases obviously. The surface of Ti/Cr nanomultilayer film exhibits a pseudo passivation behavior when the polarization potential increased from -50 to 400 mV. It was indicated that, after depositing Ti/Cr nanomultilayer film by unbalanced magnetron sputtering, the corrosion resistance of DU was effectively improved. PMID:23781976

  16. Measurements of sputtered neutrals and ions and investigation of their roles on the plasma properties during rf magnetron sputtering of Zn and ZnO targets

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    Maaloul, L.; Stafford, L.

    2013-11-15

    Langmuir probe and optical absorption spectroscopy measurements were used to determine the line-integrated electron density, electron temperature, and number density of Ar atoms in metastable {sup 3}P{sub 2} and {sup 3}P{sub 0} levels in a 5 mTorr, rf magnetron sputtering plasmas used for the deposition of ZnO-based thin films. While the average electron energy and density of Ar atoms in {sup 3}P{sub 2} and {sup 3}P{sub 0} excited states were fairly independent of self-bias voltage, the Ar {sup 3}P{sub 2}-to-electron number density ratio decreased by approximately a factor of 5 when going from −115 V to −300 V. This decrease was correlated to an increase by about one order of magnitude of the number density of sputtered Zn atoms determined by absolute actinometry measurements on Zn I using either Ar or Xe as the actinometer gas. These results were also found to be in excellent agreement with the predictions of a global model accounting for Penning ionization of sputtered Zn particles. The importance of the latter reactions was further confirmed by plasma sampling mass spectrometry showing a double peak structure for Zn ions: a low-energy component ascribed to thermalized ions created in the gas phase (by direct electron impact and by Penning ionization) and a high-energy tail due to ions ejected from the target and reaching quasi-collisionlessly the substrate surface.

  17. Electrochemical and microstructural characterization of magnetron-sputtered ATO thin films as Li–ion storage materials

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    Ouyang, Pan; Zhang, Hong; Chen, Wenhao; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Yu; Li, Zhicheng

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Nano-structured ATO thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering at 25 °C, 100 °C and 200 °C, respectively. • ATO thin films show a high reversible capacity and high rate performance. • Electrochemical reaction mechanism of the ATO thin film was revealed by transmission electron microscopy. - Abstract: Sb-doped SnO{sub 2} (ATO) nanostructured thin films were prepared by using radio frequency magnetron sputtering at the substrate temperatures of 25 °C, 100 °C and 200 °C, respectively. All the ATO thin films have the similar redox characteristics in the cyclic voltammetry measurements. The ATO thin film sputtered at 200 °C shows the lowest charge transfer resistance and best electrochemical performance, and has a high reversible capacity of 679 mA h g{sup −1} at 100 mA g{sup −1} after 200 charge–discharge cycles and high rate performance of 483 mA h g{sup −1} at 800 mA g{sup −1}. The electrochemical mechanisms were investigated by analyzing the phase evolution of the ATO electrodes that had been electrochemically induced at various stages. The results reveal that the ATO underwent reversible lithiation/delithiation processes during the electrochemical cycles, i.e., the SnO{sub 2} reacted with Li{sup +} to produce metallic Sn and followed by the formation of the Li{sub x}Sn alloys during discharge process, and then Li{sub x}Sn alloys de-alloyed, Sn reacted with Li{sub 2}O, and even partially formed SnO{sub 2} during charge process.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

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

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

    2008-10-01

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

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

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

    2007-07-15

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

  1. Physical and chemical characterization of Ag-doped Ti coatings produced by magnetron sputtering of modular targets.

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    Schmitz, Tobias; Warmuth, Franziska; Werner, Ewald; Hertl, Cornelia; Groll, Jürgen; Gbureck, Uwe; Moseke, Claus

    2014-11-01

    Silver-doped Ti films were produced using a single magnetron sputtering source equipped with a titanium target containing implemented silver modules under variation of bias voltage and substrate temperature. The Ti(Ag) films were characterized regarding their morphology, contact angle, phase composition, silver content and distribution as well as the elution of Ag(+) ions into cell media. SEM and AFM pictures showed that substrate heating during film deposition supported the formation of even and dense surface layers with small roughness values, an effect that could even be enforced, when a substrate bias voltage was applied instead. The deposition of both Ti and Ag was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. ICP-MS and EDX showed a clear correlation between the applied sputtering parameters and the silver content of the coatings. Surface-sensitive XPS measurements revealed that higher substrate temperatures led to an accumulation of Ag in the near-surface region, while the application of a bias voltage had the opposite effect. Additional elution measurements using ICP-MS showed that the release kinetics depended on the amount of silver located at the film surface and hence could be tailored by variation of the sputter parameters. PMID:25280688

  2. Fiber textures of titanium nitride and hafnium nitride thin films deposited by off-normal incidence magnetron sputtering

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    Deniz, D.; Harper, J. M. E.

    2008-09-15

    We studied the development of crystallographic texture in titanium nitride (TiN) and hafnium nitride (HfN) films deposited by off-normal incidence reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature. Texture measurements were performed by x-ray pole figure analysis of the (111) and (200) diffraction peaks. For a deposition angle of 40 deg. from substrate normal, we obtained TiN biaxial textures for a range of deposition conditions using radio frequency (rf) sputtering. Typically, we find that the <111> orientation is close to the substrate normal and the <100> orientation is close to the direction of the deposition source, showing substantial in-plane alignment. We also introduced a 150 eV ion beam at 55 deg. with respect to substrate normal during rf sputtering of TiN. Ion beam enhancement caused TiN to align its out-of-plane texture along <100> orientation. In this case, (200) planes are slightly tilted with respect to the substrate normal away from the ion beam source, and (111) planes are tilted 50 deg. toward the ion beam source. For comparison, we found that HfN deposited at 40 deg. without ion bombardment has a strong <100> orientation parallel to the substrate normal. These results are consistent with momentum transfer among adatoms and ions followed by an increase in surface diffusion of the adatoms on (200) surfaces. The type of fiber texture results from a competition among texture mechanisms related to surface mobilities of adatoms, geometrical, and directional effects.

  3. Submicrometer Hollow Bioglass Cones Deposited by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering: Formation Mechanism, Properties, and Prospective Biomedical Applications.

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    Popa, A C; Stan, G E; Besleaga, C; Ion, L; Maraloiu, V A; Tulyaganov, D U; Ferreira, J M F

    2016-02-01

    This work reports on the unprecedented magnetron sputtering deposition of submicrometric hollow cones of bioactive glass at low temperature in the absence of any template or catalyst. The influence of sputtering conditions on the formation and development of bioglass cones was studied. It was shown that larger populations of well-developed cones could be achieved by increasing the argon sputtering pressure. A mechanism describing the growth of bioglass hollow cones is presented, offering the links for process control and reproducibility of the cone features. The composition, structure, and morphology of the as-synthesized hollow cones were investigated by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), grazing incidence geometry X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)-selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The in vitro biological performance, assessed by degradation tests (ISO 10993-14) and cytocompatibility assays (ISO 10993-5) in endothelial cell cultures, was excellent. This allied with resorbability and the unique morphological features make the submicrometer hollow cones interesting candidate material devices for focal transitory permeabilization of the blood-brain barrier in the treatment of carcinoma and neurodegenerative disorders. PMID:26836256

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

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    Hasheminiasari, Masood

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

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

  6. Origin of the energetic ions at the substrate generated during high power pulsed magnetron sputtering of titanium

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    Maszl, C.; Breilmann, W.; Benedikt, J.; von Keudell, A.

    2014-06-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) plasmas generate energetic metal ions at the substrate as a major difference to conventional direct current magnetron sputtering (dcMS). The origin of these very energetic ions in HiPIMS is still an open issue, which is unravelled using two fast diagnostics: time-resolved mass spectrometry with a temporal resolution of 2 µs and phase resolved optical emission spectroscopy with a temporal resolution of 1 µs. A power scan from dcMS-like to HiPIMS plasmas was performed, with a 2 inch magnetron and a titanium target as sputter source and argon as working gas. Clear differences in the transport as well as the energetic properties of Ar+, Ar2+, Ti+ and Ti2+ were observed. For discharges with highest peak power densities a high energetic group of Ti+ and Ti2+ could be identified with energies of approximately 25 eV and of 50 eV, respectively. A cold group of ions was always present. It is found that hot ions are observed only when the plasma enters the spokes regime, which can be monitored by oscillations in the IV characteristics in the MHz range that are picked up by the used VI probes. These oscillations are correlated with the spokes phenomenon and are explained as an amplification of the Hall current inside the spokes as hot ionization zones. To explain the presence of energetic ions, we propose a double layer (DL) confining the hot plasma inside a spoke: if an atom becomes ionized inside the spokes region it is accelerated because of the DL to higher energies whereas its energy remains unchanged if it is ionized outside. In applying this DL model to our measurements the observed phenomena as well as several measurements from other groups can be explained. Only if spokes and a DL are present can the confined particles gain enough energy to leave the magnetic trap. We conclude from our findings that the spoke phenomenon represents the essence of HiPIMS plasmas, explaining their good performance for material synthesis

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

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    Kuschel, Thomas; Keudell, Achim von

    2010-05-15

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

  8. Solar Hydrogen Production by Amorphous Silicon Photocathodes Coated with a Magnetron Sputter Deposited Mo2C Catalyst.

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    Morales-Guio, Carlos G; Thorwarth, Kerstin; Niesen, Bjoern; Liardet, Laurent; Patscheider, Jörg; Ballif, Christophe; Hu, Xile

    2015-06-10

    Coupling of Earth-abundant hydrogen evolution catalysts to photoabsorbers is crucial for the production of hydrogen fuel using sunlight. In this work, we demonstrate the use of magnetron sputtering to deposit Mo2C as an efficient hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst onto surface-protected amorphous silicon (a-Si) photoabsorbers. The a-Si/Mo2C photocathode evolves hydrogen under simulated solar illumination in strongly acidic and alkaline electrolytes. Onsets of photocurrents are observed at potentials as positive as 0.85 V vs RHE. Under AM 1.5G (1 sun) illumination, the photocathodes reach current densities of -11.2 mA cm(-2) at the reversible hydrogen potential in 0.1 M H2SO4 and 1.0 M KOH. The high photovoltage and low-cost of the Mo2C/a-Si assembly make it a promising photocathode for solar hydrogen production. PMID:26005904

  9. Optical characterization of Mg-doped ZnO thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering technique

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    Singh, Satyendra Kumar; Hazra, Purnima; Tripathi, Shweta; Chakrabarti, P.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports the in-depth analysis on optical characteristics of magnesium (Mg) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films grown on p-silicon (Si) substrates by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The variable angle ellipsometer is used for the optical characterization of as-deposited thin films. The optical reflectance, transmission spectra and thickness of as-deposited thin films are measured in the spectral range of 300-800 nm with the help of the spectroscopic ellipsometer. The effect of Mg-doping on optical parameters such as optical bandgap, absorption coefficient, absorbance, extinction coefficient, refractive Index and dielectric constant for as-deposited thin films are extracted to show its application in optoelectronic and photonic devices.

  10. Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of InZnO:N Thin Film Transistors Prepared by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering

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    Peng, Yunfei; Wang, Hailong; Zhang, Wenqi; Li, Bin; Zhou, Dongzhan; Zhang, Xiqing; Wang, Yongsheng

    2016-07-01

    The fabrication and electrical characterization of InZnO:N thin film transistors (TFTs) were investigated in this work. The InZnO:N film was deposited on SiO2/ p-type Si substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering as the active layer of the TFTs at room temperature. In order to optimize the performance of the InZnO:N TFTs, the effect of the oxygen contents in the preparation of the active layer is investigated. We found that an appropriate O2/Ar gas flow ratio is very beneficial for the InZnO:N TFTs, and when the O2/Ar gas flow ratio is at 1/30, the transistor exhibited a high field-effect mobility of 39.3 cm2/Vs, a threshold voltage of 2.4 V and a I ON/OFF ratio of 1.1 × 107.

  11. Characterization of polycrystalline VO2 thin film with low phase transition temperature fabricated by high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, Tiegui; Wang, Langping; Wang, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Yufen

    2016-04-01

    VO2 is a unique material that undergoes a reversible phase transformation around 68∘C. Currently, applications of VO2 on smart windows are limited by its high transition temperature. In order to reduce the temperature, VO2 thin film was fabricated on quartz glass substrate by high power impulse magnetron sputtering with a modulated pulsed power. The phase transition temperature has been reduced to as low as 32∘C. In addition, the VO2 film possesses a typical metal-insulator transition. X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction patterns reveal that an obvious lattice distortion has been formed in the as-deposited polycrystalline VO2 thin film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy proves that oxygen vacancies have been formed in the as-deposited thin film, which will induce a lattice distortion in the VO2 thin film.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  13. Evaluation of SmCo and SmCoN magnetron sputtering coatings for SOFC interconnect applications

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    Wu, Junwei; Jiang, Yinglu; Johnson, C.D.; Liu, Xingbo

    2008-01-10

    Cobalt or cobalt containing coatings are promising for SOFC interconnect applications because of their high conductivity. We have investigated SmCo and SmCoN coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering from a SmCo (5% Sm) target on to Crofer 22 APU substrates. The composition, structure, surface morphology, and electrical conductivity of the coated substrates were characterized by SEM/EDX, XRD and ASR measurements. Addition of Sm enhances the oxidation resistance and the Cr retention capability of the coatings. The use of nitride as a precursor stabilizes Sm during oxidation of the films, thus inhibiting diffusion of Fe, resulting in a more compact coating and lowering ASR. The combined advantages of Sm addition to cobalt and the use of a nitride as a precursor, makes SmCoN coatings a promising new interconnect coating material.

  14. Photocatalytic property of titanium dioxide thin films deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering in argon and water vapour plasma

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    Sirghi, L.; Hatanaka, Y.; Sakaguchi, K.

    2015-10-01

    The present work is investigating the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thin films deposited by radiofrequency magnetron sputtering of a pure TiO2 target in Ar and Ar/H2O (pressure ratio 40/3) plasmas. Optical absorption, structure, surface morphology and chemical structure of the deposited films were comparatively studied. The films were amorphous and included a large amount of hydroxyl groups (about 5% of oxygen atoms were bounded to hydrogen) irrespective of the intentional content of water in the deposition chamber. Incorporation of hydroxyl groups in the film deposited in pure Ar plasma is explained as contamination of the working gas with water molecules desorbed by plasma from the deposition chamber walls. However, intentional input of water vapour into the discharge chamber decreased the deposition speed and roughness of the deposited films. The good photocatalytic activity of the deposited films could be attributed hydroxyl groups in their structures.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  18. Transparent conductive Nb-doped TiO2 films deposited by RF magnetron co-sputtering

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    Wan, Guangmiao; Wang, Shenwei; Zhang, Xinwu; Huang, Miaoling; Zhang, Yanwei; Duan, Wubiao; Yi, Lixin

    2015-12-01

    In this work, Nb-doped TiO2 films were deposited on glass substrates utilizing RF magnetron co-sputtering with a TiO2 target and a Nb target. In order to study the effect of Nb concentration, four groups of films with different Nb concentration were prepared and annealed in N2 at 500 °C. Crystal structure, surface morphology, electrical and optical property of the films were characterized. The lowest resistivity was measured to be 1.2 × 10-3 Ω cm at the Nb concentration of 7.0 at.%. Meanwhile, Hall mobility and carrier density were 2.0 cm2/Vs and 2.6 × 1021 cm-3, respectively.

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

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

    2011-06-01

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

  20. Growth of Ge/Si(100) Nanostructures by Radio-Frequency Magnetron Sputtering: the Role of Annealing Temperature

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    Alireza, Samavati; K. Ghoshal, S.; Othaman, Z.

    2012-04-01

    Surface morphologies of Ge islands deposited on Si(100) substrates are characterized and their optical properties determined. Samples are prepared by rf magnetron sputtering in a high-vacuum chamber and are annealed at 600°C, 700°C and 800°C for 2 min at nitrogen ambient pressure. Atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, visible photoluminescence (PL) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy are employed. The results for the annealing temperature-dependent sample morphology and the optical properties are presented. The density, size and roughness are found to be strongly influenced by the annealing temperature. A red shift of ~0.29 eV in the PL peak is observed with increasing annealing temperature.

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

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

    2013-09-21

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

  2. High-responsivity UV-Vis Photodetector Based on Transferable WS2 Film Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Zeng, Longhui; Tao, Lili; Tang, Chunyin; Zhou, Bo; Long, Hui; Chai, Yang; Lau, Shu Ping; Tsang, Yuen Hong

    2016-01-01

    The two-dimensional layered semiconducting tungsten disulfide (WS2) film exhibits great promising prospects in the photoelectrical applications because of its unique photoelectrical conversion property. Herein, in this paper, we report the simple and scalable fabrication of homogeneous, large-size and transferable WS2 films with tens-of-nanometers thickness through magnetron sputtering and post annealing process. The produced WS2 films with low resistance (4.2 kΩ) are used to fabricate broadband sensitive photodetectors in the ultraviolet to visible region. The photodetectors exhibit excellent photoresponse properties, with a high responsivity of 53.3 A/W and a high detectivity of 1.22 × 10(11) Jones at 365 nm. The strategy reported paves new way towards the large scale growth of transferable high quality, uniform WS2 films for various important applications including high performance photodetectors, solar cell, photoelectrochemical cell and so on. PMID:26822972

  3. Comparison of AlN films grown by RF magnetron sputtering and ion-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Chan, J.; Fu, T.; Cheung, N.W.; Ross, J.; Newman, N.; Rubin, M.

    1993-04-01

    Crystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films were formed on various substrates by using RF magnetron sputtering of an A1 target in a nitrogen plasma and also by ion-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (IAMBE). Basal-oriented AlN/(111) Si showed a degradation of crystallinity with increased substrate temperature from 550 to 770 C, while the crystallinity of AlN/(0001) A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples improved from 700 to 850 C. The optical absorption characteristics of the AlN/(0001) A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} films as grown by both deposition methods revealed a decrease in subbandgap absorption with increased substrate temperature.

  4. Tribological behavior of Ti-Al-Si-C-N hard coatings deposited by hybrid arc-enhanced magnetron sputtering

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    Wu Guizhi; Ma Shengli; Xu Kewei; Chu, Paul K

    2012-03-15

    Ti-Al-Si-C-N hard coatings are deposited on high speed steel by hybrid arc-enhanced magnetron sputtering, and the hardness, adhesion, and tribological behavior are studied. On account of the nanocomposite structure, the coatings possess hardness of more than 30 GPa. Failure of the coating during the scratch test is due to the buckling and wedge spallation failure mechanism. Compared to Ti-Al-Si-N, the presence of C in the Ti-Al-Si-C-N coatings leads to reduced friction coefficient and wear rate, indicating effective lubrication rendered by amorphous C. According to the wear tracks examined by scanning electron microscopy, the wear mechanism can be explained by plowing abrasion.

  5. Influence of adsorption kinetics on stress evolution in magnetron-sputtered SiO2 and SiNx films

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    Li, Jingping; Fang, Ming; He, Hongbo; Shao, Jianda; Li, Zhaoyang

    2013-07-01

    An in situ multi-beam optical sensor system was used to monitor and analyze the force per unit width (F/w) and stress evolution during several stages in magnetron-sputtered SiO2 and SiNx films. Stress was observed to relieve quickly after interrupt and recover rapidly after growth resumption in both films. Stress relief was reversible in SiO2 film but partial reversible in SiNx film. Stress relief results from both physical and chemical adsorption. Stress recovery is caused by physical desorption. And chemical adsorption results in an irreversible stress relief component. No chemical adsorption occurs in SiO2 film because of the stable chemical structure. The relationship between adsorption kinetics and films' mechanical behavior is revealed.

  6. Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 recording media for probe data storage devices prepared by rf magnetron sputtering

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    Hiranaga, Yoshiomi; Cho, Yasuo

    2014-09-01

    Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) thin films for ferroelectric probe data storage technology were studied. (001)-oriented PZT thin films were deposited on SrRuO3/SrTiO3 substrates by rf magnetron sputtering. Dc voltage was applied on the films using a metal-coated tip and the poling region was observed by scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (SNDM). The contrasts in the positive and negative poling regions in the SNDM images obtained were improved by using the PZT films after ion-beam irradiation. This suggests that a surface layer of a few nanometers in thickness was formed on the as-grown PZT film and the polarization was not invertible in the surface layer. The deposition condition was examined with focus on deposition temperature. Nanosized domain dots were successfully formed on a PZT film deposited at 550 °C.

  7. Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of the Si/ZnO/ZnO:Al Structure Deposited by RF-Magnetron Sputtering

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    Alaya, A.; Djessas, K.; El Mir, L.; Khirouni, K.

    2016-06-01

    The electrical transport properties of the structures of Si(p)/ZnO(i)/ZnO: Al(3%) and Si(p)/PS/ZnO(i)/ZnO: Al(3%) deposited by radio-frequency-magnetron sputtering were investigated and compared by using current-voltage and impedance spectroscopy measurements in a wide temperature range of 80-300 K. Aluminum-doped ZnO is considered to be one of the most important transparent conducting oxide materials due to its high conductivity, good transparency and low cost. From the current-voltage-temperature (I-V-T) characteristics, it was found that both structures had a good rectifying behavior. This behavior decreases according to the porous silicon layer. The variation of the conductance with frequency indicates the semiconducting behavior and superposition of different conduction mechanisms. The insertion of the porous silicon layer results in a decrease of conductivity, which is attributed to reduced conductivity of defect-rich porous silicon.

  8. Structural and nanomechanical properties of BiFeO3 thin films deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    2013-01-01

    The nanomechanical properties of BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films are subjected to nanoindentation evaluation. BFO thin films are grown on the Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by using radio frequency magnetron sputtering with various deposition temperatures. The structure was analyzed by X-ray diffraction, and the results confirmed the presence of BFO phases. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the average film surface roughness increased with increasing of the deposition temperature. A Berkovich nanoindenter operated with the continuous contact stiffness measurement option indicated that the hardness decreases from 10.6 to 6.8 GPa for films deposited at 350°C and 450°C, respectively. In contrast, Young's modulus for the former is 170.8 GPa as compared to a value of 131.4 GPa for the latter. The relationship between the hardness and film grain size appears to follow closely with the Hall–Petch equation. PMID:23799923

  9. Oxygen partial pressure dependent optical properties of glancing angle deposited (GLAD) Ta2O5 films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Tripathi, S.; Haque, S. Maidul; Rao, K. Divakar; Misal, J. S.; Pratap, C.; Sahoo, N. K.

    2016-05-01

    Experiments were carried out on Ta2O5 oxide thin films by asymmetric bipolar pulsed DC magnetron sputtering using a new hybrid combination of conventional (normal incidence) deposition and glancing angle deposition (GLAD) geometries. The films were prepared with varying O2 partial pressure. The ellipsometry characterization reveals a systematic variation in refractive index, which decreased from 2.2 in the normal films to an average 1.78 in the GLAD films. The bandgap of these GLAD films is slightly higher as compared to normal films. Overall transmission of the GLAD films is increased is by ~ 15 % implying a reduction in the refractive index for potential optical filtering device applications. The results were further supported by X-ray reflectivity measurements which show an effective double layer structure in GLAD consisting of layers with different densities of the same Ta2O5 material.

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

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

    2011-06-01

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

  11. High-responsivity UV-Vis Photodetector Based on Transferable WS2 Film Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering

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    Zeng, Longhui; Tao, Lili; Tang, Chunyin; Zhou, Bo; Long, Hui; Chai, Yang; Lau, Shu Ping; Tsang, Yuen Hong

    2016-01-01

    The two-dimensional layered semiconducting tungsten disulfide (WS2) film exhibits great promising prospects in the photoelectrical applications because of its unique photoelectrical conversion property. Herein, in this paper, we report the simple and scalable fabrication of homogeneous, large-size and transferable WS2 films with tens-of-nanometers thickness through magnetron sputtering and post annealing process. The produced WS2 films with low resistance (4.2 kΩ) are used to fabricate broadband sensitive photodetectors in the ultraviolet to visible region. The photodetectors exhibit excellent photoresponse properties, with a high responsivity of 53.3 A/W and a high detectivity of 1.22 × 1011 Jones at 365 nm. The strategy reported paves new way towards the large scale growth of transferable high quality, uniform WS2 films for various important applications including high performance photodetectors, solar cell, photoelectrochemical cell and so on. PMID:26822972

  12. Synthesis and characterization of pure anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin film by magnetron sputtering method

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    Pawar, Nimisha; Bhargava, Ankita; Dayal, Saurabh; Kumar, C. Sasi

    2016-05-01

    In present work, our focus is to deposit anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films. In order to prepare Titanium oxide films we first deposited Titanium thin films using DC magnetron sputtering and then the substrates were annealed in a muffle furnace at different temperatures. Further the samples were characterized for analysis of phase, morphology and optical properties using XRD, SEM, AFM and photoluminescence spectroscopy respectively. XRD shows the formation of tetragonal phase TiO2 with lattice parameters values a= 3.8 Å and c=9.6 Å. The surface roughness value of the films were found to vary from 1.6 nm to 15.9 nm. The grain size as estimated from AFM varies from 48 nm to 125 nm at different temperatures. Thus, the results revealed the formation of ultra-smooth anatase phase pure nanocrystalline TiO2 spherical particles.

  13. High-responsivity UV-Vis Photodetector Based on Transferable WS2 Film Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering

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    Zeng, Longhui; Tao, Lili; Tang, Chunyin; Zhou, Bo; Long, Hui; Chai, Yang; Lau, Shu Ping; Tsang, Yuen Hong

    2016-01-01

    The two-dimensional layered semiconducting tungsten disulfide (WS2) film exhibits great promising prospects in the photoelectrical applications because of its unique photoelectrical conversion property. Herein, in this paper, we report the simple and scalable fabrication of homogeneous, large-size and transferable WS2 films with tens-of-nanometers thickness through magnetron sputtering and post annealing process. The produced WS2 films with low resistance (4.2 kΩ) are used to fabricate broadband sensitive photodetectors in the ultraviolet to visible region. The photodetectors exhibit excellent photoresponse properties, with a high responsivity of 53.3 A/W and a high detectivity of 1.22 × 1011 Jones at 365 nm. The strategy reported paves new way towards the large scale growth of transferable high quality, uniform WS2 films for various important applications including high performance photodetectors, solar cell, photoelectrochemical cell and so on.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  15. SiC formation for a solar cell passivation layer using an RF magnetron co-sputtering system.

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    Joung, Yeun-Ho; Kang, Hyun Il; Kim, Jung Hyun; Lee, Hae-Seok; Lee, Jaehyung; Choi, Won Seok

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a method of amorphous silicon carbide film formation for a solar cell passivation layer. The film was deposited on p-type silicon (100) and glass substrates by an RF magnetron co-sputtering system using a Si target and a C target at a room-temperature condition. Several different SiC [Si1-xCx] film compositions were achieved by controlling the Si target power with a fixed C target power at 150 W. Then, structural, optical, and electrical properties of the Si1-xCx films were studied. The structural properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The optical properties were achieved by UV-visible spectroscopy and ellipsometry. The performance of Si1-xCx passivation was explored by carrier lifetime measurement. PMID:22221730

  16. Effect of growth rate on crystallization of HfO2 thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Dhanunjaya, M.; Manikanthababu, N.; Pathak, A. P.; Rao, S. V. S. Nageswara

    2016-05-01

    Hafnium oxide (HfO2) is the potentially useful dielectric material in both; electronics to replace the conventional SiO2 as gate dielectric and in Optics as anti-reflection coating material. In this present work we have synthesized polycrystalline HfO2 thin films by RF magnetron sputtering deposition technique with varying target to substrate distance. The deposited films were characterized by X-ray Diffraction, Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) and transmission and Reflection (T&R) measurements to study the growth behavior, microstructure and optical properties. XRD measurement shows that the samples having mixed phase of monoclinic, cubic and tetragonal crystal structure. RBS measurements suggest the formation of Inter Layer (IL) in between Substrate and film

  17. Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of InZnO:N Thin Film Transistors Prepared by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering

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    Peng, Yunfei; Wang, Hailong; Zhang, Wenqi; Li, Bin; Zhou, Dongzhan; Zhang, Xiqing; Wang, Yongsheng

    2016-04-01

    The fabrication and electrical characterization of InZnO:N thin film transistors (TFTs) were investigated in this work. The InZnO:N film was deposited on SiO2/p-type Si substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering as the active layer of the TFTs at room temperature. In order to optimize the performance of the InZnO:N TFTs, the effect of the oxygen contents in the preparation of the active layer is investigated. We found that an appropriate O2/Ar gas flow ratio is very beneficial for the InZnO:N TFTs, and when the O2/Ar gas flow ratio is at 1/30, the transistor exhibited a high field-effect mobility of 39.3 cm2/Vs, a threshold voltage of 2.4 V and a I ON/OFF ratio of 1.1 × 107.

  18. Structural and morphological studies on Bi1-xCaxMnO3 thin films grown by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Pugazhvadivu, K. S.; Santhiya, M.; Balakrishnan, L.; Tamilarasan, K.

    2016-05-01

    Bi1-xCaxMnO3 (0 ≤ X ≤ 0.4) thin films are deposited on n-type Si (100) substrate at 800 °C by RF magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction pattern shows that the films are crystallized in monoclinic structure with C2 space group. The crystallite size and induced strain in the prepared films are measured by W-H plot. The cell parameters and texture coefficient of the films are calculated. The surface morphology of the films is examined by atomic force microscope. The study confirms the optimum level of calcium doping is 20 at. % in Bi site of BiMnO3 film, these findings pave the way for further research in the Ca modified BiMnO3 films towards device fabrication.

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

  1. Effect of microstructure on the nanomechanical properties of TiVCrZrAl nitride films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Chang, Zue-Chin; Liang, Shih-Chang; Han, Sheng

    2011-09-01

    This paper describes the nanoindentation behavior of TiVCrZrAl nitride films grown on Si substrates by means of reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at growth temperatures from 150 to 300 °C. We used cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction to analyze the microstructure and crystallinity and nanoindentation techniques to study the hardness and elastic modulus. We found that a face-centered-cubic solid-solution structure with strong (2 0 0), (1 1 1), (2 2 0), and (3 1 1) orientations were revealed by X-ray diffraction. Upon increasing the growth temperature of the films, the hardness and elastic modulus increased to maximum values of 15.2 and 203.5 GPa, respectively.

  2. Evaluation of SmCo and SmCoN magnetron sputtering coatings for SOFC interconnect applications

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    Wu, Junwei; Li, Chengming; Johnson, Christopher; Liu, Xingbo

    Cobalt or cobalt containing coatings are promising for SOFC interconnect applications because of their high conductivity. We have investigated SmCo and SmCoN coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering from a SmCo (5% Sm) target on to Crofer 22 APU substrates. The composition, structure, surface morphology, and electrical conductivity of the coated substrates were characterized by SEM/EDX, XRD and ASR measurements. Addition of Sm enhances the oxidation resistance and the Cr retention capability of the coatings. The use of nitride as a precursor stabilizes Sm during oxidation of the films, thus inhibiting diffusion of Fe, resulting in a more compact coating and lowering ASR. The combined advantages of Sm addition to cobalt and the use of a nitride as a precursor, makes SmCoN coatings a promising new interconnect coating material.

  3. Characteristics of Nitrogen Doped Diamond-Like Carbon Films Prepared by Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering for Electronic Devices.

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    Lee, Jaehyeong; Choi, Byung Hui; Yun, Jung-Hyun; Park, Yong Seob

    2016-05-01

    Synthetic diamond-like carbon (DLC) is a carbon-based material used mainly in cutting tool coatings and as an abrasive material. The market for DLC has expanded into electronics, optics, and acoustics because of its distinct electrical and optical properties. In this work, n-doped DLC (N:DLC) films were deposited on p-type silicon substrates using an unbalanced magnetron sputtering (UBMS) method. We investigated the effect of the working pressure on the microstructure and electrical properties of n-doped DLC films. The structural properties of N:DLC films were investigated by Raman spectroscopy and SEM-EDX, and the electrical properties of films were investigated by observing the changes in the resistivity and current-voltage (I-V) properties. The N:DLC films prepared by UBMS in this study demonstrated good conducting and physical properties with n-doping. PMID:27483841

  4. Sputter deposition of MgxAlyOz thin films in a dual-magnetron device: a multi-species Monte Carlo model

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    Yusupov, M.; Saraiva, M.; Depla, D.; Bogaerts, A.

    2012-07-01

    A multi-species Monte Carlo (MC) model, combined with an analytical surface model, has been developed in order to investigate the general plasma processes occurring during the sputter deposition of complex oxide films in a dual-magnetron sputter deposition system. The important plasma species, such as electrons, Ar+ ions, fast Ar atoms and sputtered metal atoms (i.e. Mg and Al atoms) are described with the so-called multi-species MC model, whereas the deposition of MgxAlyOz films is treated by an analytical surface model. Target-substrate distances for both magnetrons in the dual-magnetron setup are varied for the purpose of growing stoichiometric complex oxide thin films. The metal atoms are sputtered from pure metallic targets, whereas the oxygen flux is only directed toward the substrate and is high enough to obtain fully oxidized thin films but low enough to avoid target poisoning. The calculations correspond to typical experimental conditions applied to grow these complex oxide films. In this paper, some calculation results are shown, such as the densities of various plasma species, their fluxes toward the targets and substrate, the deposition rates, as well as the film stoichiometry. Moreover, some results of the combined model are compared with experimental observations. Note that this is the first complete model, which can be applied for large and complicated magnetron reactor geometries, such as dual-magnetron configurations. With this model, we are able to describe all important plasma species as well as the deposition process. It can also be used to predict film stoichiometries of complex oxide films on the substrate.

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

    2012-05-15

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

  7. [Thin calcium-phosphate coatings produced by high frequency magnetron sputtering and prospects for their use in biomedical engineering].

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    Aronov, A M; Pichugin, V F; Eshenko, E V; Riabtseva, M A; Surmenev, R A; Tverdokhlebov, S I; Shesterikov, E V

    2008-01-01

    Thin calcium-phosphate coatings with thickness less than 2.7 m were prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering technique on the surfaces of pure titanium, titanium alloy Ti6A14V and stainless ASTM 316. Results of scanning electron microscopy showed that all coatings were dense and poreless and did not have any visible defects or microcracks. Rutherford backscattering (RBS) revealed a prepared coating consisting only of calcium 33.6 (1.6 at%, phosphorous 16.5 (1.5 at%, and oxygen 48.6 (1.2 at%. The concentration of each above-mentioned element through the coating was almost constant. The physicomechanical properties of the prepared coatings were investigated using a nanoindentation technique. The values of nano-hardness and Young's modulus calculated on the basis of the obtained data were 10 GPa and 113 GPa, respectively. These values were higher than that of non-coated substrates, except titanium alloy due to the sputtering mechanism. It was found that the coating with a thickness less than 1.6 ?m possessed more adhesion strength than coatings with greater value of thickness. However, we suggest that all coatings have great cohesive resistance that does not depend on the coating thickness. PMID:18683576

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2006-11-01

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

  10. Physics of Plasma-Based Ion Implantation&Deposition (PBIID)and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS): A Comparison

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    Anders, Andre

    2007-08-28

    The emerging technology of High Power Impulse MagnetronSputtering (HIPIMS) has much in common with the more establishedtechnology of Plasma Based Ion Implantation&Deposition (PBIID):both use pulsed plasmas, the pulsed sheath periodically evolves andcollapses, the plasma-sheath system interacts with the pulse-drivingpower supply, the plasma parameters are affected by the power dissipated,surface atoms are sputtered and secondary electrons are emitted, etc.Therefore, both fields of science and technology could learn from eachother, which has not been fully explored. On the other hand, there aresignificant differences, too. Most importantly, the operation of HIPIMSheavilyrelies on the presence of a strong magnetic field, confiningelectrons and causing their ExB drift, which is closed for typicalmagnetron configurations. Second, at the high peak power levels used forHIPIMS, 1 kW/cm2 or greater averaged over the target area, the sputteredmaterial greatly affects plasma generation. For PBIID, in contrast,plasma generation and ion processing of the surface (ion implantation,etching, and deposition) are considered rela-tively independentprocesses. Third, secondary electron emission is generally considered anuisance for PBIID, especially at high voltages, whereas it is a criticalingredient to the operation of HIPIMS. Fourth, the voltages in PBIID areoften higher than in HIPIMS. For the first three reasons listed above,modelling of PBIID seems to be easier and could give some guidance forfuture HIPIMS models, which, clearly, will be more involved.

  11. Heavily-doped ZnO:Al thin films prepared by using magnetron Co-sputtering: Optical and electrical properties

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    Moon, Eun-A.; Jun, Young-Kil; Kim, Nam-Hoon; Lee, Woo-Sun

    2016-07-01

    Photovoltaic applications require transparent conducting-oxide (TCO) thin films with high optical transmittance in the visible spectral region (380 - 780 nm), low resistivity, and high thermal/chemical stability. The ZnO thin film is one of the most common alternatives to the conventional indium-tin-oxide (ITO) thin film TCO. Highly transparent and conductive ZnO thin films can be prepared by doping with group III elements. Heavily-doped ZnO:Al (AZO) thin films were prepared by using the RF magnetron co-sputtering method with ZnO and Al targets to obtain better characteristics at a low cost. The RF sputtering power to each target was varied to control the doping concentration in fixed-thickness AZO thin films. The crystal structures of the AZO thin films were analyzed by using X-ray diffraction. The morphological microstructure was observed by using scanning electron microscopy. The optical transmittance and the band gap energy of the AZO thin films were examined with an UV-visible spectrophotometer in the range of 300 - 1800 nm. The resistivity and the carrier concentration were examined by using a Hall-effect measurement system. An excellent optical transmittance > 80% with an appropriate band gap energy (3.26 - 3.27 eV) and an improved resistivity (~10 -1 Ω·cm) with high carrier concentration (1017 - 1019 cm -3) were demonstrated in 350-nm-thick AZO thin films for thin-film photovoltaic applications.

  12. Generation of strong magnetic field using 60 mm∅ superconducting bulk magnet and its application to magnetron sputtering device

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    Yanagi, Y.; Matsuda, T.; Hazama, H.; Yokouchi, K.; Yoshikawa, M.; Itoh, Y.; Oka, T.; Ikuta, H.; Mizutani, U.

    2005-10-01

    To make a practical application of a superconducting bulk magnet (SBM), it is necessary that the SBM generates a strong and stable magnetic field in a working space and the magnet can be handled without any special care that would be needed because of the use of a superconductor. To satisfy these requirements, we have designed a portable and user-friendly magnet system consisting of a small air-cooled type refrigerator and a bulk superconductor. By using the stress-controlling magnetization technique, we could achieve a magnetic flux density of 8.0 T on the bulk surface and 6.5 T over the vacuum chamber surface of the refrigerator, when a 60 mm∅ Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor reinforced with a 5 mm thick stainless steel ring was magnetized by field cooling in 8.5 T to 27 K. We have confirmed that the bulk magnet system coupled with a battery is quite portable and can be delivered to any location by using a car with an electric power outlet in the cabin. We have constructed a magnetron sputtering device that employs a bulk magnet system delivered from the place of magnetization by this method. This sputtering device exhibits several unique features such as deposition at a very low Ar gas pressure because the magnetic field is 20 times stronger than that obtained by a conventional device in the working space.

  13. Effect of the Processing Parameters on the Integrity of Calcium Phosphate Coatings Produced by Rf-Magnetron Sputtering

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    Toque, Jay Arre; Hamdi, M.; Ide-Ektessabi, A.; Sopyan, Iis

    Calcium phosphate (CaP) compounds like hydroxyapatite and tricalcium phosphates are considered to be very important biomaterials. This study used RF-magnetron sputtering (RF-MS) to deposit CaP onto 316L SS. Due to the complex nature of the effect of different sputtering parameters on the quality and integrity of the coatings, there is a need to further investigate those parameters collectively. An L9(34) orthogonal array was employed to design the experiment that was used to investigate four important coating parameters which include RF-power, argon gas flow rate, deposition time and post-heat treatment conditions. The coating composition and structure were evaluated using XRD, EDX and FTIR. The mechanical property was measured in terms of the adhesion strength using a microscratch testing machine. The response graph of the results revealed that the interfacial strength of CaP was mainly influenced by the deposition power, while the coating thickness was predominantly affected by the argon gas flow rate. High adhesion strength was achieved when the coatings have at least 2 μm thickness and deposited at a working pressure of 12 m Torr. ANOVA on the control factors helped rank the parameters accordingly in order of importance. Based on the response of the control factors, it was found that optimum adhesion strength could be achieved by depositing the coatings using the following parameters: 10 sccm of argon gas flow rate; 150 W of RF power; and 16 h of deposition.

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

  15. High Temperature Thermal Stability and Oxidation Resistance of Magnetron-sputtered Homogeneous CrAlON Coatings on 430 Steel

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    Kayani, A.; Wickey, K. J.; Nandasiri, M. I.; Moore, A.; Garratt, E.; AlFaify, S.; Gao, X.; Smith, R. J.; Buchanan, T. L.; Priyantha, W.; Kopczyk, M.; Gannon, P. E.; Gorokhovsky, V. I.

    2009-03-01

    The requirements of low cost and high-temperature corrosion resistance for bipolar interconnect plates in solid oxide fuel cell stacks has directed attention to the use of metal plates with oxidation resistant coatings. We have investigated the performance of steel plates with homogenous coatings of CrAlON (oxynitrides). The coatings were deposited using RF magnetron sputtering, with Ar as a sputtering gas. Oxygen in these coatings was not intentionally added. Oxygen might have come through contaminated nitrogen gas bottle, leak in the chamber or from the partial pressure of water vapors. Nitrogen was added during the growth process to get oxynitride coating. The Cr/Al composition ratio in the coatings was varied in a combinatorial approach. The coatings were subsequently annealed in air for up to 25 hours at 800° C. The composition of the coated plates and the rate of oxidation were characterized using Rutherford backscattering (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). From our results, we conclude that Al rich coatings are more susceptible to oxidation than Cr rich coatings.

  16. High temperature oxidation resistance of magnetron-sputtered homogeneous CrAlON coatings on 430 steel

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    Garratt, E.; Wickey, K. J.; Nandasiri, M. I.; Moore, A.; AlFaify, S.; Gao, X.; Kayani, A.; Smith, R. J.; Buchanan, T. L.; Priyantha, W.; Kopczyk, M.; Gannon, P. E.

    2009-11-01

    The requirements of low cost and high-temperature corrosion resistance for bipolar interconnect plates in solid oxide fuel cell stacks has directed attention to the use of metal plates with oxidation resistant coatings. We have investigated the performance of steel plates with homogenous coatings of CrAlON (oxynitrides). The coatings were deposited using RF magnetron sputtering, with Ar as a sputtering gas. Oxygen in these coatings was not intentionally added. Oxygen might have come through contaminated nitrogen gas bottle, leak in the chamber or from the partial pressure of water vapors. Nitrogen was added during the growth process to get oxynitride coating. The Cr/Al composition ratio in the coatings was varied in a combinatorial approach. The coatings were subsequently annealed in air for up to 25 hours at 800 oC. The composition of the coated plates and the rate of oxidation were characterized using Rutherford backscattering (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Surface characterization was carried out using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and surfaces of the coatings were found smooth on submicron scale. From our results, we conclude that Al rich coatings are more susceptible to oxidation than Cr rich coatings.

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

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

    2014-02-26

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

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

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

    2015-01-15

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

  19. Full-Process Computer Model of Magnetron Sputter, Part I: Test Existing State-of-Art Components

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    Walton, C C; Gilmer, G H; Wemhoff, A P; Zepeda-Ruiz, L A

    2007-09-26

    This work is part of a larger project to develop a modeling capability for magnetron sputter deposition. The process is divided into four steps: plasma transport, target sputter, neutral gas and sputtered atom transport, and film growth, shown schematically in Fig. 1. Each of these is simulated separately in this Part 1 of the project, which is jointly funded between CMLS and Engineering. The Engineering portion is the plasma modeling, in step 1. The plasma modeling was performed using the Object-Oriented Particle-In-Cell code (OOPIC) from UC Berkeley [1]. Figure 2 shows the electron density in the simulated region, using magnetic field strength input from experiments by Bohlmark [2], where a scale of 1% is used. Figures 3 and 4 depict the magnetic field components that were generated using two-dimensional linear interpolation of Bohlmark's experimental data. The goal of the overall modeling tool is to understand, and later predict, relationships between parameters of film deposition we can change (such as gas pressure, gun voltage, and target-substrate distance) and key properties of the results (such as film stress, density, and stoichiometry.) The simulation must use existing codes, either open-source or low-cost, not develop new codes. In part 1 (FY07) we identified and tested the best available code for each process step, then determined if it can cover the size and time scales we need in reasonable computation times. We also had to determine if the process steps are sufficiently decoupled that they can be treated separately, and identify any research-level issues preventing practical use of these codes. Part 2 will consider whether the codes can be (or need to be) made to talk to each other and integrated into a whole.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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