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  1. The mechanism of growth of ZnO nanorods by reactive sputtering

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    Nandi, R.; Major, S. S.

    2017-03-01

    DC reactive magnetron sputtering of zinc target in argon-oxygen sputtering atmosphere has been used to grow ZnO thin films/nanorods on Si in a wide substrate temperature range of 300-750 °C and under different sputtering conditions, namely, DC power, sputtering pressure and oxygen percentage in the sputtering atmosphere. Powder X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and a combination of top-down and cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy studies of ZnO films and nanorods grown under different conditions, have shown that substrate temperature critically controls their growth behavior and morphology, eventually resulting in the growth of vertically c-axis oriented, highly aligned and separated ZnO nanorods at substrate temperatures of 700-750 °C. The strongly substrate temperature dependent growth of nanorods is explained by considering that the growth above 600 °C, takes place in the 'desorption regime', in which, the surface diffusion length decreases exponentially with temperature. The diameter of nanorods increases with increase of DC power or decrease of sputtering pressure, which is attributed to the increase of surface diffusion length at higher deposition flux. The morphology of ZnO nanorods is not significantly affected by oxygen percentage in the sputtering atmosphere, since it does not influence the deposition flux.

  2. High rate reactive magnetron sputter deposition of Al-doped ZnO with unipolar pulsing and impedance control system

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    Nishi, Yasutaka; Hirohata, Kento; Tsukamoto, Naoki; Sato, Yasushi; Oka, Nobuto; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2010-07-15

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were deposited on quartz glass substrates, unheated and heated to 200 deg. C, using reactive sputtering with a special feedback system of discharge impedance combined with midfrequency pulsing. A planar Zn-Al alloy target was connected to the switching unit, which was operated in a unipolar pulse mode. The oxidation of the target surface was precisely controlled by a feedback system for the entire O{sub 2} flow ratio including ''the transition region''. The deposition rate was about 10-20 times higher than that for films deposited by conventional sputtering using an oxide target. A deposition rate of AZO films of 390 nm/min with a resistivity of 3.8x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm and a transmittance in the visible region of 85% was obtained when the films were deposited on glass substrates heated to 200 deg. C with a discharge power of 4 kW.

  3. Room Temperature Growth of Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films by Reactive DC Sputtering Technique with Metallic Target

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    Hasuike, Noriyuki; Nishio, Koji; Kisoda, Kenji; Harima, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    We prepared Al-deopd ZnO (AZO) films by reactive DC sputtering method using metallic target at room temperature. All the tested AZO films (0<[Al]<8.9%) with the transmittance above 85% in visible region were successfully grown on quartz substrate. All the AZO films have wurtzite structure with no impurity phase. The AZO films with [Al]<2.9% have the preferential orientation in c-axis direction, and the orientation became indistinct as increasing in Al content. In the optical measurement, the absorption edge was shifted from 3.30 to 3.66 eV due to Burstein-Moss effect, and the electron densities were roughly estimated at 2.5×1019 to 1.5×1021 cm-3, respectively. On the other hand, the high transmittance in infrared region suggested low electron mobility. Since this gives rise to the high electric resistivity, the further improvements and optimization of the growth conditions are required for the realization of AZO based transparent conductive.

  4. c-axis inclined ZnO films for shear-wave transducers deposited by reactive sputtering using an additional blind

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    Link, M.; Schreiter, M.; Weber, J.; Gabl, R.; Pitzer, D.; Primig, R.; Wersing, W.; Assouar, M.B.; Elmazria, O.

    2006-03-15

    This article reports on the growth and characterization of polycrystalline ZnO films having c axis inclined up to 16 deg. with respect to the substrate normal. These films allow the excitation of shear and longitudinal waves with comparable electromechanical coupling constants and are of significant interest for thin film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs). The films are deposited on silicon substrates covered by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and SiO{sub 2} buffer layers under low pressure using a modified reactive dc-pulsed magnetron sputtering system. A blind has been positioned between target and substrate, allowing oblique particle incidence without tilting the wafer. The study of structural properties of the deposited ZnO films by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy has permitted to show the presence of the inclined structure. Electromechanical coupling constants K up to 13% have been extracted for shear-mode excitation using highly overmoded FBARs.

  5. Reactively sputtered thin film photovoltaic devices

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    Hsieh, E. J.

    1975-01-01

    The feasibility of a reactively sputtered thin film CdS - Cu2S solar cell is proven. Identification of the reactively sputtered Cu2S film is made by X-ray diffractometer and spectro-transmission measurements. Because of its simplicity, economical use of material, and high yield, the reactive sputtering process promises to be a low cost method for producing CdS - Cu2S solar cells.

  6. Modeling target erosion during reactive sputtering

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    Strijckmans, K.; Depla, D.

    2015-03-01

    The influence of the reactive sputter conditions on the racetrack and the sputter profile for an Al/O2 DC reactive sputter system is studied by modeling. The role of redeposition, i.e. the deposition of sputtered material back on the target, is therefore taken into account. The used model RSD2013 is capable of simulating the effect of redeposition on the target condition in a spatial resolved way. Comparison between including and excluding redeposition in the RSD2013 model shows that the in-depth oxidation profile of the target differs. Modeling shows that it is important to distinguish between the formed racetrack, i.e. the erosion depth profile, and the sputter profile. The latter defines the distribution of the sputtered atoms in the vacuum chamber. As the target condition defines the sputter yield, it does determine the racetrack and the sputter profile of the planar circular target. Both the shape of the racetrack and the sputter profile change as function of the redeposition fraction as well as function of the oxygen flow change. Clear asymmetries and narrowing are observed for the racetrack shape. Similar effects are noticed for the sputter profile but to a different extent. Based on this study, the often heard misconception that the racetrack shape defines the distribution of the sputtered atoms during reactive sputtering is proven to be wrong.

  7. Conductive ZnO:Zn Composites for High-Rate Sputtering Deposition of ZnO Thin Films

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    Zhou, Li Qin; Dubey, Mukul; Simões, Raul; Fan, Qi Hua; Neto, Victor

    2015-02-01

    We report an electrically conductive composite prepared by sintering ZnO and metallic Zn powders. Microstructure analysis combined with electrical conductivity studies indicated that when the proportion of metallic Zn reached a threshold (˜20 wt.%), a metal matrix was formed in accordance with percolation theory. This composite has potential as a sputtering target for deposition of high-quality ZnO. Use of the ZnO:Zn composite completely eliminates target poisoning effects in reactive sputtering of the metal, and enables deposition of thin ZnO films at rates much higher than those obtained by sputtering of pure ZnO ceramic targets. The optical transmittance of the ZnO films prepared by use of this composite is comparable with that of films produced by radio frequency sputtering of pure ZnO ceramic targets. The sputtering characteristics of the conductive ZnO:Zn composite target are reported, and possible mechanisms of the high rate of deposition are also discussed.

  8. Reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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

    2012-10-01

    Here we discuss reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering sputtering (HiPIMS) [1] of Ti target in an Ar/N2 and Ar/O2 atmosphere. The discharge current waveform is highly dependent on both the pulse repetition frequency and discharge voltage. The discharge current increases with decreasing frequency or voltage. This we attribute to an increase in the secondary electron emission yield during the self-sputtering phase of the pulse, as nitride [2] or oxide [3] forms on the target. We also discuss the growth of TiN films on SiO2 at temperatures of 22-600 ^oC. The HiPIMS process produces denser films at lower growth temperature and the surface is much smoother and have a significantly lower resistivity than dc magnetron sputtered films on SiO2 at all growth temperatures due to reduced grain boundary scattering [4].[4pt] [1] J. T. Gudmundsson, N. Brenning, D. Lundin and U. Helmersson, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A, 30 030801 (2012)[0pt] [2] F. Magnus, O. B. Sveinsson, S. Olafsson and J. T. Gudmundsson, J. Appl. Phys., 110 083306 (2011)[0pt] [3] F. Magnus, T. K. Tryggvason, S. Olafsson and J. T. Gudmundsson, J. Vac. Sci. Technol., submitted 2012[0pt] [4] F. Magnus, A. S. Ingason, S. Olafsson and J. T. Gudmundsson, IEEE Elec. Dev. Lett., accepted 2012

  9. Pressure Effect in ZnO Films Using Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Peters, P.; George, M. A.

    1999-01-01

    ZnO films are deposited on (0001) sapphire, (001) Si and quartz substrates using the off-axis reactive magnetron sputtering deposition. Based on film thickness measurements, three transport regions of sputtered particles are observed when films are deposited in the pressure regions of 5 mtorr - 150 mtorr. X-ray diffraction, scanning probes microscopy, and electrical measurements are also used to characterize these films. The full width at half maximum of theta rocking curves for epitaxial films is less than 0.5 deg. In textured films, it rises to several degrees. The epitaxial films deposited at high pressure reveal a flat surface with some hexagonal facets. The density of hexagonal facets decreases when the growth pressure is reduced. The resistivity of these epitaxial films also depends on the growth pressures. A relationship between the pressure effects and film properties are discussed.

  10. Effect of Oxidation Condition on Growth of N: ZnO Prepared by Oxidizing Sputtering Zn-N Film.

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    Qin, Xuesi; Li, Guojian; Xiao, Lin; Chen, Guozhen; Wang, Kai; Wang, Qiang

    2016-12-01

    Nitrogen-doped zinc oxide (N: ZnO) films have been prepared by oxidizing reactive RF magnetron-sputtering zinc nitride (Zn-N) films. The effect of oxidation temperature and oxidation time on the growth, transmittance, and electrical properties of the film has been explored. The results show that both long oxidation time and high oxidation temperature can obtain the film with a good transmittance (over 80 % for visible and infrared light) and a high carrier concentration. The N: ZnO film exhibits a special growth model with the oxidation time and is first to form a N: ZnO particle on the surface, then to become a N: ZnO layer, and followed by the inside Zn-N segregating to the surface to oxidize N: ZnO. The surface particle oxidized more adequately than the inside. However, the X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results show that the lower N concentration results in the lower N substitution in the O lattice (No). This leads to the formation of n-type N: ZnO and the decrease of carrier concentration. Thus, this method can be used to tune the microstructure, optical transmittance, and electrical properties of the N: ZnO film.

  11. AFM characterization of nonwoven material functionalized by ZnO sputter coating

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    Deng Bingyao; Yan Xiong; Wei Qufu Gao Weidong

    2007-10-15

    Sputter coatings provide new approaches to the surface functionalization of textile materials. In this study, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) nonwoven material was used as a substrate for creating functional nanostructures on the fiber surfaces. A magnetron sputter coating was used to deposit functional zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures onto the nonwoven substrate. The evolution of the surface morphology of the fibers in the nonwoven web was examined using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM observations revealed a significant difference in the morphology of the fibers before and after the sputter coating. The AFM images also indicated the effect of the sputtering conditions on the surface morphology of the fibers. The increase in the sputtering time led to the growth of the ZnO grains on the fiber surfaces. The higher pressure in the sputtering chamber could cause the formation of larger grains on the fiber surfaces. The higher power used also generated larger grains on the fiber surfaces.

  12. Formation of dielectric silicon compounds by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Veselov, D. S.; Voronov, Yu A.

    2016-09-01

    The paper is devoted to the study of reactive magnetron sputtering of the silicon target in the ambient of inert argon gas with reactive gas, nitrogen or oxygen. The magnetron was powered by two mid-frequency generators of a rectangular pulse of opposite polarity. The negative polarity pulse provides the sputtering of the target. The positive polarity pulse provides removal of accumulated charge from the surface of the target. This method does not require any special devices of resistances matching and provides continuous sputtering of the target.

  13. REACTIVE SPUTTER DEPOSITION OF CHROMIUM NITRIDE COATINGS

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    The effect of substrate temperature and sputtering gas compositon on the structure and properties of chromium-chromium nitride films deposited on C-1040 steel using r.f. magnetron sputter deposition was investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis was used to determine the structure ...

  14. Morphology and Structure of ZnO Films Synthesized by Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.

    1999-01-01

    ZnO is a wide-band-gap oxide material that has many applications. A new potential application of ZnO material is for light emitting devices since its structure and electrical properties are similar to that of the GaN material (a blue laser candidate). It also is a good substrate for fabricating GaN-based devices. Off-axis sputtering technique has revealed great potential in synthesizing excellent oxide materials because the negative ion bombardment is greatly reduced when adatoms condense on substrates. The surface of films grown by off-axis sputtering will be much smoother than that produced in a regular sputtering configuration. A growth mechanism is studied by investigating the morphology and structure of ZnO films under different growth conditions and orientations. ZnO films are deposited on (0001) sapphire and quartz substrates by off- axis sputtering deposition at various oxygen/argon mixture ratios and pressures and at different temperatures. All films reveal highly textured structures on quartz substrates and epitaxial growth on sapphire substrates. Two off-axis configurations, vertical and horizontal orientations are conducted to study the process of film growth, surface morphology, and film structure. X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, and electrical measurements are used to characterize these films. Detailed results will be discussed in the presentation. Keywords: ZnO, Photonic material, Off-axis sputtering, Growth mechanism

  15. Reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering: combining simulation and experiment

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    Kozak, Tomas; Vlcek, Jaroslav

    2016-09-01

    Reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) has recently been used for preparation of various oxide films with high application potential, such as TiO2, ZrO2, Ta2O5, HfO2, VO2. Using our patented method of pulsed reactive gas flow control with an optimized reactive gas inlet, we achieved significantly higher deposition rates compared to typical continuous dc magnetron depositions. We have developed a time-dependent model of the reactive HiPIMS. The model includes a depth-resolved description of the sputtered target (featuring sputtering, implantation and knock-on implantation processes) and a parametric description of the discharge plasma (dissociation of reactive gas, ionization and return of sputtered atoms and gas rarefaction). The model uses a combination of experimental and simulation data as input. We have calculated the composition of the target and substrate for several deposition conditions. The simulations predict a reduced compound coverage of the target in HiPIMS compared to the continuous dc sputtering regime which explains the increased deposition rate. The simulations show that an increased dissociation of oxygen in a HiPIMS discharge is beneficial to achieve stoichiometric films on the substrate at high deposition rates.

  16. Growth of RuO2 nanorods in reactive sputtering

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    Lin, Yu-Tsun; Chen, Chun-Yu; Hsiung, Chang-Po; Cheng, Kai-Wen; Gan, Jon-Yiew

    2006-08-01

    The synthesis of RuO2 nanorods with reactive sputtering was demonstrated in this work. The synthesis process is very much like the metal organic chemical vapor deposition, except that RuO3 generated with reactive sputtering under high oxygen-to-argon flow ratio (>5SCCM /15SCCM) (SCCM denotes cubic centimeter per minute at STP) and high substrate temperature (>300°C) is used in place of the metal organic precursor. RuO2 nanorods tend to grow steadily with constant aspect ratio (˜27) and the field-emission characteristics appear very sensitive to their spatial distribution.

  17. Deposition of reactively ion beam sputtered silicon nitride coatings

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    Grill, A.

    1982-01-01

    An ion beam source was used to deposit silicon nitride films by reactively sputtering a silicon target with beams of Ar + N2 mixtures. The nitrogen fraction in the sputtering gas was 0.05 to 0.80 at a total pressure of 6 to 2 millionth torr. The ion beam current was 50 mA at 500 V. The composition of the deposited films was investigated by auger electron spectroscopy and the rate of deposition was determined by interferometry. A relatively low rate of deposition of about 2 nm. one-tenth min. was found. AES spectra of films obtained with nitrogen fractions higher than 0.50 were consistent with a silicon to nitrogen ratio corresponding to Si3N4. However the AES spectra also indicated that the sputtered silicon nitride films were contaminated with oxygen and carbon and contained significant amounts of iron, nickel, and chromium, most probably sputtered from the holder of the substrate and target.

  18. Zn(O, S) layers for chalcoyprite solar cells sputtered from a single target

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    Grimm, A.; Kieven, D.; Lauermann, I.; Lux-Steiner, M. Ch.; Hergert, F.; Schwieger, R.; Klenk, R.

    2012-09-01

    A simplified Cu(In, Ga)(S, Se)2/Zn(O, S)/ZnO:Al stack for chalcopyrite thin-film solar cells is proposed. In this stack the Zn(O, S) layer combines the roles of the traditional CdS buffer and undoped ZnO layers. It will be shown that Zn(O, S) films can be sputtered in argon atmosphere from a single mixed target without substrate heating. The photovoltaic performance of the simplified stack matches that of the conventional approach. Replacing the ZnO target with a ZnO/ZnS target may therefore be sufficient to omit the CdS buffer layer and avoid the associated complexity, safety and recycling issues, and to lower production cost.

  19. 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.

  20. Sputter deposition of Al-doped ZnO films with various incident angles

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    Sato, Yasushi; Yanagisawa, Kei; Oka, Nobuto; Nakamura, Shin-ichi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2009-09-15

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were sputter deposited on glass substrates heated at 200 degree sign C under incident angles of sputtered particles at 0 degree sign (incidence normal to substrate), 20 deg., 40 deg., 60 deg., and 80 deg. In the case of normal incidence, x-ray diffraction pole figures show a strong [001] preferred orientation normal to the film surface. In contrast, in the case wherein the incident angles were higher than 60 degree sign , the [001] orientation inclined by 25 deg. - 35 deg. toward the direction of sputtered particles. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the tilt angle of the [001] orientation increased with increasing angle of the incident sputtered particles, whereas the columnar structure did not show any sign of inclination with respect to the substrate plane.

  1. Room temperature sputter deposited catalyst-free nanowires with wurtzite/zinc blende ZnO superstructure and their application in electromechanical nanogenerators on polymer and paper substrates.

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    Borysiewicz, M A; Gryglas-Borysiewicz, M; Masłyk, M; Wojciechowski, T; Wzorek, M; Kaczmarski, J; Wojtowicz, T; Kamińska, E

    2017-02-24

    Catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanowires using reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature is reported. We discuss the growth of the nanowires using reactive magnetron sputtering as a function of argon and oxygen flow values changing at a set ratio of 10:2. A transition from nanostructured Zn to nanowire ZnO growth is observed at 20 sccm Ar and 4 sccm O2. Densification and improved alignment of the nanowires is visible for increasing flow values up to 50 sccm Ar and 10 sccm O2. Nanowires exhibit stacking fault regions of zinc blende ZnO in wurtzite ZnO. The regions encompass the whole width of the nanowires and their quantum well behavior is manifested in the photoluminescence spectra. The nanowires were subsequently deposited on paper and PET substrates and electromechanical nanogenerators were fabricated. Manual pressing and depressing of the devices induced voltages of 50 μV and 2 μV for the devices on PET and paper substrates, respectively.

  2. Room temperature sputter deposited catalyst-free nanowires with wurtzite/zinc blende ZnO superstructure and their application in electromechanical nanogenerators on polymer and paper substrates

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    Borysiewicz, M. A.; Gryglas-Borysiewicz, M.; Masłyk, M.; Wojciechowski, T.; Wzorek, M.; Kaczmarski, J.; Wojtowicz, T.; Kamińska, E.

    2017-02-01

    Catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanowires using reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature is reported. We discuss the growth of the nanowires using reactive magnetron sputtering as a function of argon and oxygen flow values changing at a set ratio of 10:2. A transition from nanostructured Zn to nanowire ZnO growth is observed at 20 sccm Ar and 4 sccm O2. Densification and improved alignment of the nanowires is visible for increasing flow values up to 50 sccm Ar and 10 sccm O2. Nanowires exhibit stacking fault regions of zinc blende ZnO in wurtzite ZnO. The regions encompass the whole width of the nanowires and their quantum well behavior is manifested in the photoluminescence spectra. The nanowires were subsequently deposited on paper and PET substrates and electromechanical nanogenerators were fabricated. Manual pressing and depressing of the devices induced voltages of 50 μV and 2 μV for the devices on PET and paper substrates, respectively.

  3. High performance thin film transistor with ZnO channel layer deposited by DC magnetron sputtering.

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    Moon, Yeon-Keon; Moon, Dae-Yong; Lee, Sang-Ho; Jeong, Chang-Oh; Park, Jong-Wan

    2008-09-01

    Research in large area electronics, especially for low-temperature plastic substrates, focuses commonly on limitations of the semiconductor in thin film transistors (TFTs), in particular its low mobility. ZnO is an emerging example of a semiconductor material for TFTs that can have high mobility, while a-Si and organic semiconductors have low mobility (<1 cm2/Vs). ZnO-based TFTs have achieved high mobility, along with low-voltage operation low off-state current, and low gate leakage current. In general, ZnO thin films for the channel layer of TFTs are deposited with RF magnetron sputtering methods. On the other hand, we studied ZnO thin films deposited with DC magnetron sputtering for the channel layer of TFTs. After analyzing the basic physical and chemical properties of ZnO thin films, we fabricated a TFT-unit cell using ZnO thin films for the channel layer. The field effect mobility (micro(sat)) of 1.8 cm2/Vs and threshold voltage (Vth) of -0.7 V were obtained.

  4. Orientation Effects in ZnO Films Using Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, S.; George, M. A.

    1999-01-01

    ZnO is a wide-band-gap oxide material and has been used in numerous applications. It is also a good substrate for fabricating GaN-based (a blue laser candidate) devices. Off-axis sputtering technique is one of the best techniques in synthesizing oxide materials because negative ion bombardment and particle kinetic energy is greatly reduced when adatoms condense on substrates. Since the sputtered material from the target arrive on the substrate surface at a 90 deg. configuration, which differs from the normal sputtering geometry, it is expected that the film uniformity and composition distributions will be affected. However, the details of these properties and mechanisms have not been well studied. ZnO films are synthesized on (0001) sapphire and quartz substrates by off-axis sputtering deposition in various oxygen/argon mixture ratios and pressures at different temperatures. Substrates and sputtering sources are placed at three different orientations that are orthogonal to each other. The normal direction of a substrate is parallel to the gravity vector and the other is perpendicular to it. Film thickness profiles at different growth orientations are determined using a profimeter. All films grown at high temperatures have highly textured structures on quartz substrates and epitaxially grow on sapphire substrates. Because of this process, the film surface is very smooth. X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, and Fourier transfer infrared spectroscopy, and electrical measurements will be used to characterize these films. Detailed results will be discussed in the presentation.

  5. Physicochemical model for reactive sputtering of hot target

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    Shapovalov, Viktor I.; Karzin, Vitaliy V.; Bondarenko, Anastasia S.

    2017-02-01

    A physicochemical model for reactive magnetron sputtering of a metal target is described in this paper. The target temperature in the model is defined as a function of the ion current density. Synthesis of the coating occurs due to the surface chemical reaction. The law of mass action, the Langmuir isotherm and the Arrhenius equation for non-isothermal conditions were used for mathematical description of the reaction. The model takes into consideration thermal electron emission and evaporation of the target surface. The system of eight algebraic equations, describing the model, was solved for the tantalum target sputtered in the oxygen environment. It was established that the hysteresis effect disappears with the increase of the ion current density.

  6. Highly textured and transparent RF sputtered Eu2O3 doped ZnO films.

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    Sreedharan, Remadevi Sreeja; Ganesan, Vedachalaiyer; Sudarsanakumar, Chellappan Pillai; Bhavsar, Kaushalkumar; Prabhu, Radhakrishna; Mahadevan Pillai, Vellara Pappukutty Pillai

    2015-01-01

    Background : Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide, direct band gap II-VI oxide semiconductor. ZnO has large exciton binding energy at room temperature, and it is a good host material for obtaining visible and infrared emission of various rare-earth ions. Methods : Europium oxide (Eu2O3) doped ZnO films are prepared on quartz substrate using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering with doping concentrations 0, 0.5, 1, 3 and 5 wt%. The films are annealed in air at a temperature of 773 K for 2 hours. The annealed films are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Results : XRD patterns show that the films are highly c-axis oriented exhibiting hexagonalwurtzite structure of ZnO. Particle size calculations using Debye-Scherrer formula show that average crystalline size is in the range 15-22 nm showing the nanostructured nature of the films. The observation of low- and high-frequency E2 modes in the Raman spectra supports the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO in the films. The surface morphology of the Eu2O3 doped films presents dense distribution of grains. The films show good transparency in the visible region. The band gaps of the films are evaluated using Tauc plot model. Optical constants such as refractive index, dielectric constant, loss factor, and so on are calculated using the transmittance data. The PL spectra show both UV and visible emissions. Conclusion : Highly textured, transparent, luminescent Eu2O3 doped ZnO films have been synthesized using RF magnetron sputtering. The good optical and structural properties and intense luminescence in the ultraviolet and visible regions from the films suggest their suitability for optoelectronic applications.

  7. Microstructural properties of phosphorus-doped p-type ZnO grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Oh, Min-Suk; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Choi, Yong-Seok; Kang, Jang-Won; Park, Seong-Ju; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Cho, Kyoung Ik

    2008-09-15

    Phosphorus (P)-doped ZnO thin films were grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering to study the microstructural properties of p-type ZnO. As-grown P-doped ZnO, a semi-insulator, was converted to p-type ZnO after being annealed at 800 deg. C in an N{sub 2} ambient. X-ray diffraction, secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, and Hall effect measurements indicated that P{sub 2}O{sub 5} phases in as-grown P-doped ZnO disappeared after thermal annealing to form a substitutional P at an O lattice site, which acts as an acceptor in P-doped ZnO. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the formation of stacking faults was facilitated to release the strain in P-doped ZnO during post-thermal annealing.

  8. Strong Enhancement of Near-Band-Edge Photoluminescence of ZnO Nanowires Decorated with Sputtered Metallic Nanoparticles

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    Purahmad, Mohsen; Stroscio, Michael A.; Dutta, Mitra

    2013-12-01

    The effect of the Ar plasma during metal deposition on the photoluminescence (PL) of metal-coated ZnO nanowires (NWs) has been investigated. Strong enhancement of near-band-edge emission (NBE) is observed for ZnO NWs coated with Al and Ni nanoparticles (NPs) by radiofrequency magnetron sputtering, while the samples coated with NPs by e-beam evaporation show quenching of the PL intensity. A model is proposed that satisfies the observed experimental results and assigns the strong enhancement of the NBE PL of ZnO NWs to excitons bound to structural defects in the surface layer of the ZnO NWs.

  9. Reactive pulsed magnetron-sputtered tantalum oxide thin films

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    Nielsen, Matthew Christian

    Current high speed, advanced packaging applications require the use of integrated capacitors. Tantalum oxide is one material currently being considered for use in the capacitors; however, the deposition technique used to make the thin film dielectric can alter its performance. Pulsed magnetron reactive sputtering was investigated in this thesis as it offers a robust, clean, and low temperature deposition alternative. This is a new deposition technique created to control the negative effects of target poisoning; however, to understand the relationships between the deposition variables and the resultant film properties a thorough investigation is needed. The instantaneous voltage at the target was captured using a high speed digital oscilloscope. Three target oxidation states were imaged and identified to be that of the metallic and oxidized states with an abrupt transition region separating the two. Using high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy the bonding present in the deposited films was correlated to the oxidation state of the target. While operating the target in the metallic mode, a mix of oxidized, sub-oxide and metallic states were discovered. Alternatively, the bonding present in the films deposited when the target was in the oxidized state were that of fully oxidized tantalum pentoxide. The films deposited above the critical partial pressure demonstrated excellent leakage current densities. The exact magnitude of the leakage current density inversely scaled to the relative amount of oxygen included into the sputtering atmosphere. Detailed plot analysis showed that there were two different conduction mechanisms controlling the current flow in the capacitors. High frequency test vehicles were measured up to 10 GHz in order to determine the frequency response of the dielectric material. A circuit equivalent model describing the testing system and samples was created and utilized to fit the collected data. Overall, the technique of pulsed magnetron

  10. Optimisation of amorphous zinc tin oxide thin film transistors by remote-plasma reactive sputtering

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    Niang, K. M.; Cho, J.; Heffernan, S.; Milne, W. I.; Flewitt, A. J.

    2016-08-01

    The influence of the stoichiometry of amorphous zinc tin oxide (a-ZTO) thin films used as the semiconducting channel in thin film transistors (TFTs) is investigated. A-ZTO has been deposited using remote-plasma reactive sputtering from zinc:tin metal alloy targets with 10%, 33%, and 50% Sn at. %. Optimisations of thin films are performed by varying the oxygen flow, which is used as the reactive gas. The structural, optical, and electrical properties are investigated for the optimised films, which, after a post-deposition annealing at 500 °C in air, are also incorporated as the channel layer in TFTs. The optical band gap of a-ZTO films slightly increases from 3.5 to 3.8 eV with increasing tin content, with an average transmission ˜90% in the visible range. The surface roughness and crystallographic properties of the films are very similar before and after annealing. An a-ZTO TFT produced from the 10% Sn target shows a threshold voltage of 8 V, a switching ratio of 108, a sub-threshold slope of 0.55 V dec-1, and a field effect mobility of 15 cm2 V-1 s-1, which is a sharp increase from 0.8 cm2 V-1 s-1 obtained in a reference ZnO TFT. For TFTs produced from the 33% Sn target, the mobility is further increased to 21 cm2 V-1 s-1, but the sub-threshold slope is slightly deteriorated to 0.65 V dec-1. For TFTs produced from the 50% Sn target, the devices can no longer be switched off (i.e., there is no channel depletion). The effect of tin content on the TFT electrical performance is explained in the light of preferential sputtering encountered in reactive sputtering, which resulted in films sputtered from 10% and 33% Sn to be stoichiometrically close to the common Zn2SnO4 and ZnSnO3 phases.

  11. Modeling of the Reactive High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) process

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    Gudmundsson, Jon Tomas; Lundin, Daniel; Raadu, Michael; Brenning, Nils; Minea, Tiberiu

    2015-09-01

    Reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) provides both a high ionization fraction of the sputtered material and a high dissociation fraction of the molecular gas. We demonstrate this through an ionization region model (IRM) of the reactive Ar/O2 HiPIMS discharge with a titanium target. We explore the influence of oxygen dilution on the discharge properties such as electron density, the ionization fraction of the sputtered vapor and the oxygen dissociation fraction. We discuss the important processes and challenges for more detailed modeling of the reactive HiPIMS discharge. Furthermore, we discuss experimental observations during reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering sputtering (HiPIMS) of Ti target in Ar/N2 and Ar/O2 atmosphere. The discharge current waveform is highly dependent on the reactive gas flow rate, pulse repetition frequency and discharge voltage. The discharge current increases with decreasing repetition frequency and increasing flowrate of the reactive gas.

  12. 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.

  13. Enhanced sputtering and incorporation of Mn in implanted GaAs and ZnO nanowires

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    Johannes, A.; Noack, S.; Paschoal, W., Jr.; Kumar, S.; Jacobsson, D.; Pettersson, H.; Samuelson, L.; Dick, K. A.; Martinez-Criado, G.; Burghammer, M.; Ronning, C.

    2014-10-01

    We simulated and experimentally investigated the sputter yield of ZnO and GaAs nanowires, which were implanted with energetic Mn ions at room temperature. The resulting thinning of the nanowires and the dopant concentration with increasing Mn ion fluency were measured by accurate scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nano-x-Ray Fluorescence (nanoXRF) quantification, respectively. We observed a clearly enhanced sputter yield for the irradiated nanowires compared to bulk, which is also corroborated by iradina simulations. These show a maximum if the ion range matches the nanowire diameter. As a consequence of the erosion thinning of the nanowire, the incorporation of the Mn dopants is also enhanced and increases non-linearly with increasing ion fluency.

  14. Photocatalytic efficiency of reusable ZnO thin films deposited by sputtering technique

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    Ahumada-Lazo, R.; Torres-Martínez, L. M.; Ruíz-Gómez, M. A.; Vega-Becerra, O. E.; Figueroa-Torres, M. Z.

    2014-12-01

    The photocatalytic activity of ZnO thin films with different physicochemical characteristics deposited by RF magnetron sputtering on glass substrate was tested for the decolorization of orange G dye aqueous solution (OG). The crystalline phase, surface morphology, surface roughness and the optical properties of these ZnO films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), respectively. The dye photodecolorization process was studied at acid, neutral and basic pH media under UV irradiation of 365 nm. Results showed that ZnO films grow with an orientation along the c-axis of the substrate and exhibit a wurtzite crystal structure with a (002) preferential crystalline orientation. A clear relationship between surface morphology and photocatalytic activity was observed for ZnO films. Additionally, the recycling photocatalytic abilities of the films were also evaluated. A promising photocatalytic performance has been found with a very low variation of the decolorization degree after five consecutive cycles at a wide range of pH media.

  15. Reactively sputtered titanium carbide thin films: Preparation and properties

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    Eizenberg, M.; Murarka, S. P.

    1983-06-01

    The low resistivity and refractory nature of titanium carbide makes it potentially useful as a diffusion barrier in thin film metallization schemes. In the present investigation, deposition and properties of thin titanium carbide films have been investigated. The films were deposited by reactive radio frequency sputtering in methane-argon mixtures on a variety of substrates. The effects of methane to argon ratio, total sputtering pressure, and power on the film deposition rate, composition and properties were determined. There were interactive effects of these parameters on the composition and properties of these films. Resistivity increased with carbon content; for Ti/C≥1 it was ˜200 μΩ cm. Stress that was compressive was maximum in the nearly stoichiometric TiC film. Grain size was small in all films, especially so in carbon rich films. All stoichiometric titanium carbide films were resistant to HF solutions. Films with TiC/≥1 dissolved easily in ethylene dinitrilo tetra acetric acid (EDTA) solution.

  16. Effects of a seed layer on the structural properties of RF-sputtered ZnO thin films

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    Ur, Soon-Chul; Yi, Seung-Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Radio-frequency (RF) sputtered deposition combined with sol-gel spin coating has been applied to achieve a high-quality, c-axis-oriented ZnO film. The deposited ZnO films show only a c-axis-oriented ZnO (002) peak. The morphology, structure, and residual stress of the deposited ZnO films are found to depend strongly on the concentration of the precursor. As the concentration of the precursor is increased from 0.1-M to 0.6-M, the residual stress of the ZnO films changes from a compressive (-415 MPa) to a mild tensile (+90 MPa) mode. The deposited ZnO film interestingly shows facets when the concentration of the precursor is 0.6-M. We suggest that the residual stress in sputter-deposited ZnO films can be controlled by using the precursor concentration. This technique is believed to have been used for the first time, and can be applied to control the uniformity during micro speaker fabrication.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of pristine and annealed Ga doped ZnO thin films using sputtering

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    Mishra, Abhisek; Mohapatra, Saswat; Gouda, Himanshu Sekhar; Singh, Udai P.

    2016-05-01

    ZnO is a wide-band gap, transparent, polar semiconductor with unparalleled optoelectronic, piezoelectric, thermal and transport properties, which make it the material of choice for a wide range of applications such as blue/UV optoelectronics, energy conversion, transparent electronics, spintronic, plasmonic and sensor devices. We report, three sets of Ga doped Zinc Oxide (GZO) were fabricated in different sputtering power (100 watt, 200 watt and 300 watt). Thereafter films were annealed in nitrogen ambient for 30 minutes at 400° C. From the optical absorption spectroscopy it was found that pristine films are showing a 75% transmittance in the visible region of light and it increases after the annealing. However, for 300 W grown sample opposite trend has been achieved for the post annealed sample. X-ray diffraction pattern of all the pristine and annealed films showed a preferable growth orientation at (002) phase. Some other weak peaks were also appeared in different angle which indicates that films are polycrystalline in nature. XRD data also reveals that crystallite size increases with sputtering power up to 200 W and thereafter it decreases with the deposition power. It also noted that the crystallite size of the annealed film increases with compare to the non annealed films. At room temperature an enhancement in electrical properties of Ga doped ZnO thin films was noted for the annealed ZnO films except for the film deposited at 300 watt. More significantly, it was found that annealed thin films showed the resistivity in the range of 10-3 ˜ 10-4 ohm-cm. Such a high optical transmittance and conducting zinc-oxide thin film can be used as a window layer in solar cell.

  18. Nanomechanical and microstructural characterization of sputter deposited ZnO thin films

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    Bhardwaj, Vipul; Chowdhury, Rajib; Jayaganthan, R.

    2016-12-01

    The nano-mechanical properties of ZnO thin films deposited at different substrate temperature such as (RT) 25 °C, 100 °C, 200 °C, and 300 °C using DC-sputtering on Corning glass substrate were investigated. The ZnO thin films are found to be predominately c-axis (002) oriented. The crystal structure is sensitive to increasing substrate temperature and new set of crystal planes become visible at 300 °C as thin films become highly polycrystalline. The presence of (103) crystal plane is more pronounced with the increasing substrate temperature. However, high crystallinity and peak intensity ratio I(002)/I(103) (counts) is highest for thin films deposited at 100 °C, which is attributed for high hardness and better adhesive properties observed for ZnO thin films. Concomitantly, no major sudden burst of displacement 'pop-in' event in load-displacement curve of thin films observed during indentation, indicating the films are dense with low defects and adhered strongly to the substrate.

  19. Characteristics of Sputtered ZnO Thin Films for an Inverted Organic Solar Cell.

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    Park, Yong Seob; Park, Chul Min; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2016-05-01

    Several research groups have claimed high energy conversion efficiency in organic solar cells. However, it still has low efficiency and is unstable, because organic materials are easily oxidized by atmospheric humidity and UV light. In this work, ZnO thin film as the blocking layer attributed to the interference of the injection of the hole from the P3HT and no charge carrier recombination. We obtained the maximum power conversion efficiency of 1.9% under AM 1.5 G spectral illumination of 100 MWcm(-2), when we used a ZnO film of 60 nm and the optimized P3HT:PCBM, and Au as the back electrode to solve the reaction problem of Al electrode and to control the work function between the HOMO level of P3HT and the energy level of the metal electrode. Power conversion efficiency of inverted organic solar cell (IOSC) is significantly dependent on the thickness of the ZnO thin film deposited by unbalanced magnetron sputtering method. Also, the stability of IOSC is measured under ambient conditions.

  20. Effect of space charge on the negative oxygen flux during reactive sputtering

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    Moens, F.; Kalvas, T.; Van Steenberge, S.; Depla, D.

    2017-03-01

    Negative ions often play a distinctive role in the phase formation during reactive sputter deposition. The path of these high energetic ions is often assumed to be straight. In this paper, it is shown that in the context of reactive magnetron sputtering space charge effects are decisive for the energetic negative ion trajectories. To investigate the effect of space charge spreading, reactive magnetron sputter experiments were performed in compound mode with target materials that are expected to have a high secondary ion emission yield (MgO and CeO2). By the combination of energy flux measurements, and simulations, a quantitative value for the negative oxygen ion yield can be derived.

  1. Sputtering temperature dependent growth kinetics and CO2 sensing properties of ZnO deposited over porous silicon

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    Martínez, L.; Holguín-Momaca, J. T.; Karthik, T. V. K.; Olive-Méndez, S. F.; Campos-Alvarez, J.; Agarwal, V.

    2016-10-01

    We report the growth kinetics and sensing properties of ZnO deposited over macro-porous silicon substrates at 400 and 600 °C using magnetron-sputtering technique. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to investigate the morphology and the particle size of the ZnO nanoparticles (NPs). The grain growth kinetics was analyzed with the help of the phenomenological equation rn =k0 texp(- Q / RT) finding an activation energy Q = 13.92 kJ/mol. The grain growth exponent (n = 2.85) for the growth at 400 °C corresponds to an Ostwald ripening process, while the growth at 600 °C is described by n = 1.66 implying a higher growth rate attributed to a high surface diffusion of add-atoms contributing to the formation of larger grains. The sensing response of the complete structure has been tested at different temperatures. The highest sensitivity, S ∼10, was obtained at a sensor temperature of 300 °C on the ZnO NPs sputtered on to the porous silicon substrate at 400 °C. The high response is attributed to the infiltration, uniform and homogenous distribution of the ZnO NPs into the pores. ZnO NPs sputtered at 400 °C are found to be smaller than those grown at 600 °C, exhibiting a larger surface-area/volume ratio and hence increasing the oxygen adsorption resulting in an enhanced CO2 sensitivity.

  2. Double layer structure of ZnO thin films deposited by RF-magnetron sputtering on glass substrate

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    Besleaga, C.; Stan, G. E.; Galca, A. C.; Ion, L.; Antohe, S.

    2012-09-01

    Transparent ZnO films are synthesized by RF-magnetron sputtering (1.78 MHz) onto glass substrates, using a mild-pressed ZnO powder target. The depositions were carried at three inert argon pressures (0.25 Pa, 0.30 Pa, and 0.45 Pa) at two substrate temperatures (100 °C and 400 °C). The role of the sputtering conditions on ZnO thin films nanostructuring, optical properties and morphology is investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray reflectometry (XRR) and Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). XRD investigations revealed that ZnO films show a (0 0 l) texture with nanosized crystallites. Right-angle asymmetry of the (0 0 2) diffraction peak is observed. The peak profile analysis using pseudo-Voigt functions unveils a double overlapped peak structure with different coherent zone size values. A double layer structure is evidenced by analyzing the XRR data. Samples prepared at 0.3 Pa at a temperature of 400 °C have a ˜4 nm bottom layer consisting of highly depleted in oxygen ZnO1-x structure, continued by a 53 nm top layer of textured ZnO. Electrical measurements show that the temperature dependence of the conductivity is well described by the Mott variable range hopping (VRH) law. The samples obtained at 400 °C have a significantly lower resistivity.

  3. 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}.

  4. Reactively sputtered thermochromic tungsten doped VO{sub 2} films

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    Sobhan, M.A.; Kivaisi, R.T.; Stjerna, B.; Granqvist, C.G.

    1994-12-31

    Tungsten-doped vanadium oxide (V{sub 1{minus}x}W{sub x}O{sub 2}) films were prepared by concurrent reactive dc magnetron sputtering of vanadium and tungsten in an Ar + O{sub 2} plasma with a controlled oxygen partial pressure. Films were deposited onto glass substrates at 400 C. The films had a metal-semiconductor transition at a temperatures {tau}{sub t} that was depressed when x was increased. Rutherford Back Scattering was used to determine x. X-ray diffraction was employed to confirm the monoclinic low-temperature VO{sub 2} phase. The relation between x and {tau}{sub t} was studied and compared with results from the literature. It was shown that {tau}{sub t} could be set to a value between 17 and 65 C by proper choice of x. The optical and electrical properties of the films were investigated around the metal-semiconductor phase transition. The luminous transmittance was rather unaffected by the temperature, whereas the near infrared transmittance showed lower values above {tau}{sub t}. The degree of thermochromic modulation decreased for increased x. Electrical measurements showed that the ratio of the resistance above and below {tau}{sub t} decreased with increasing x.

  5. High rate reactive sputtering of MoN(x) coatings

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

    1991-01-01

    High rate reactive sputtering of MoN(x) films was performed using feedback control of the nitorgen partial pressure. Coatings were made at four different target powers: 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10 kW. No hysteresis was observed in the nitrogen partial pressure vs. flow plot, as is typically seen for the Ti-N system. Four phases were determined by X-ray diffraction: molybdenum, Mo-N solid solution, Beta-Mo2N and gamma-Mo2N. The hardness of the coatings depended upon composition, substrate bias, and target power. The phases present in the hardest films differed depending upon deposition parameters. For example, the Beta-Mo2N phase was hardest (load 25 gf) at 5.0 kW with a value of 3200 kgf/sq mm, whereas the hardest coatings at 10 kW were the gamma-Mo2N phase (3000 kgf/sq mm). The deposition rate generally decreased with increasing nitrogen partial pressure, but there was a range of partial pressures where the rate was relatively constant. At a target power of 5.0 kW, for example, the deposition rates were 3300 A/min for a N2 partial pressure of 0.05 - 1.0 mTorr.

  6. Surface Texture and Structure of ZnO Films Synthesized by Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; George, M. A.; Lowndes, D. H.

    1999-01-01

    Morphology and structure of ZnO films deposited on (0001) sapphire and glass substrates by off-axis sputtering are investigated at various temperatures and pressures. All films show highly textured structures on glass substrates and epitaxial growth on sapphire substrates. The full width at half maximum of theta rocking curves for epitaxial films is less than 0.5 degrees. In textured films, it rises to several degrees. The trend of surface textures in films grown at low pressures is similar to those grown at high temperatures. A morphology transition from large well-defined hexagonal grains to flat surface was observed at a pressure of 50 mtorr and temperature of 550 C. The experiment results are explained by the transport behavior of depositing species.

  7. The electrical stability of In-doped ZnO thin films deposited by RF sputtering

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    Sun, Hui; Jen, Shien-Uang; Chen, Sheng-Chi; Ye, Shiau-Shiang; Wang, Xin

    2017-02-01

    The electrical stability of transparent conductive oxides is an important criterion for evaluating their performance, especially when they are employed at elevated temperatures or in long-term operation. In this work, indium-doped ZnO thin films with various doping concentrations were prepared by RF sputtering. The electrical properties, electrical thermal stability, and time stability of films with differing indium contents were investigated. The results showed that the degradation of the films’ conductivity is primarily attributable to the reduction in oxygen vacancies at high temperatures under oxygenated conditions. The aggregation of indium atoms, which cannot replace Zn3+ cations at temperatures above 200 °C, can improve the carrier concentration. Further reaction with oxygen degraded the performance of the films due to the formation of insulating oxides. Long-term analysis showed the IZO films to have quite stable electrical properties. Their conductivity remained almost unchanged after two months at room temperature under normal atmospheric conditions.

  8. Substrate temperature effects on the electrical properties of sputtered Al doped ZnO thin films

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    Kim, Deok-Kyu; Kim, Hong-Bae

    2015-09-01

    Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited on glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering system. The dependence of structural, electrical, and optical properties on the substrate temperature variations in the range of 0-400 °C was investigated. The structural results reveal that the AZO films are (0 0 2) oriented and at 400 °C a considerable crystallinity enhancement of the films is observed. With increasing the substrate temperature, the resistivity is increased by decreasing of the mobility and carrier concentration. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the mobility and the carrier concentration are decreased by increasing the surface bonding and decreasing the Al content, respectively. In our case, the increase in substrate temperature suppressed the incorporation of Al atoms together with the decrease of oxygen vacancy. The improvement of Al doping efficiency is a very important factor to obtain better electrical properties at high substrate temperatures.

  9. [Stimulated emission characteristics of ZnO thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering on SiO2 substrates].

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    Jing, Wang; Xi-qing, Zhang; Xiao-ying, Teng; De-ping, Xiong; Peng, Lin; Li, Wang; Shi-hua, Huang

    2004-07-01

    ZnO thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering on SiQ2 substrates. The temperature dependence of the absorption spectra and the photoluminescence spectra was studied for ZnO thin film. The absorption of the longitudinal optical (LO) phonons and the free-excitons was observed at room temperature. The free-exciton emission was only observed in PL spectra at room temperature, the results indicate that ZnO thin films have excellent quality and low density of defects. The stimulated emission properties of ZnO thin films were investigated. When excitation intensity is above threshold, the FWHM o f stimulated emission peak increases and stimulated emission peak shows red shift with increasing excitation intensity. Our analysis shows that the optical gain is due to electronhole plasma emission.

  10. Effects of annealing pressure and Ar+ sputtering cleaning on Al-doped ZnO films

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    Wang, Jiwei; Mei, Yong; Lu, Xuemei; Fan, Xiaoxing; Kang, Dawei; Xu, Panfeng; Tan, Tianya

    2016-11-01

    Post-treatments of Al-doped ZnO films fabricated by sol-gel method were studied in condition of annealing in air, vacuum and protective ambient, as well as the follow-up Ar+ sputtering cleaning. The effect of annealing pressure on resistivity of AZO films was investigated from 105 to 10-4 Pa, where the resistivity decreased four orders of magnitude as the pressure decreased and approached to its minimum at 10 Pa. It was observed that the main decreasing of resistivity occurred in a very narrow range of middle vacuum (between 100 and 10 Pa) and high vacuum was dispensable. The XRD and XPS characterizations demonstrated that the radical increasing of oxygen vacancy, Zn interstitial and substitution of Al3+ for Zn2+ under middle vacuum were responsible for the significant enhancement of conductivity. The follow-up Ar+ sputtering cleaning can further decrease the resistivity through removing the chemisorbed oxygen on film surface and grain boundaries, meanwhile fulfil the surface texture process, and thus improve both electrical and optical performances for applications.

  11. Nitrogen-doped p-type ZnO films prepared from nitrogen gas radio-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Tu, M.-L.; Su, Y.-K.; Ma, C.-Y.

    2006-09-01

    Wide band gap nitrogen-doped p-type ZnO films are prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering from a 99.99% purity ZnO target. The sputtering gas is Ar mixed with various flow rates of nitrogen gas. Hole concentrations increase from 1.89x10{sup 15} to 2.11x10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} as the N{sub 2} flow rate decreases from 15 to 6 SCCM (SCCM denotes cubic centimeter per minute at STP), i.e., increasing N{sub 2} flow rate above 6 SCCM decreases the p-type carrier concentration. Microphotoluminescence (PL) spectra peaks are in the near-UV range and change from 384 nm (3.23 eV) to 374 nm (3.32 eV) with increasing N{sub 2} flow rate. The PL peaks agree with the band gap of bulk ZnO, which comes from the recombination of free excitons. Raman spectra show six peaks: 436 (E{sub 2} high-frequency phonon mode for undoped ZnO film), 581 [A{sub 1} (LO) mode in ZnO:N film], 275, 508, 640, and 854 cm{sup -1} (local vibrational modes of Raman features in N-doped ZnO film)

  12. Time resolved ion energy distribution functions of non-reactive and reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of titanium

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    Grosse, Katharina; Breilmann, Wolfgang; Maszl, Christian; Benedikt, Jan; von Keudell, Achim

    2016-09-01

    High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) is a technique for thin film deposition and can be operated in reactive and non-reactive mode. The growth rate of HiPIMS in non-reactive mode reduces to 30% compared to direct current magnetron sputtering (dcMS) at same average power. However, the quality of the coatings produced with HiPIMS is excellent which makes these plasmas highly appealing. In reactive mode target poisoning is occurring which changes the plasma dynamics. An advantage of reactive HiPIMS is that it can be operated hysteresis-free which can result in a higher growth rate compared to dcMS. In this work thin films are deposited by a HiPIMS plasma which is generated by short pulses of 100 μs with high power densities in the range of 1 kW/cm2. Ar and Ar/N2 admixtures are used as a working gas to sputter a 2'' titanium target. The particle transport is analysed with time resolved ion energy distribution functions which are measured by a mass spectrometer with a temporal resolution of 2 μs. Phase resolved optical emission spectroscopy is executed to investigate the particle dynamics of different species. The time and energy resolved particle fluxes in non-reactive and reactive mode are compared and implications on the sputter process are discussed.

  13. Evidence of Negative Capacitance in Piezoelectric ZnO Thin Films Sputtered on Interdigital Electrodes.

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    Laurenti, Marco; Verna, Alessio; Chiolerio, Alessandro

    2015-11-11

    The scaling paradigm known as Moore's Law, with the shrinking of transistors and their doubling on a chip every two years, is going to reach a painful end. Another less-known paradigm, the so-called Koomey's Law, stating that the computing efficiency doubles every 1.57 years, poses other important challenges, since the efficiency of rechargeable energy sources is substantially constant, and any other evolution is based on device architecture only. How can we still increase the computational power/reduce the power consumption of our electronic environments? A first answer to this question comes from the quest for new functionalities. Within this aim, negative capacitance (NC) is becoming one of the most intriguing and studied phenomena since it can be exploited for reducing the aforementioned limiting effects in the downscaling of electronic devices. Here we report the evidence of negative capacitance in 80 nm thick ZnO thin films sputtered on Au interdigital electrodes (IDEs). Highly (002)-oriented ZnO thin films, with a fine-grained surface nanostructure and the desired chemical composition, are deposited at room temperature on different IDEs structures. Direct-current electrical measurements highlighted the semiconducting nature of ZnO (current density in the order of 1 × 10(-3) A/cm(2)). When turned into the alternating current regime (from 20 Hz to 2 MHz) the presence of NC values is observed in the low-frequency range (20-120 Hz). The loss of metal/semiconductor interface charge states under forward bias conditions, together with the presence of oxygen vacancies and piezoelectric/electrostriction effects, is believed to be at the basis of the observed negative behavior, suggesting that ZnO thin-film-based field-effect transistors can be a powerful instrument to go beyond the Boltzmann limit and the downscaling of integrated circuit elements required for the fabrication of portable and miniaturized electronic devices, especially for electric household

  14. Reactive sputtering of titanium in Ar/CH4 gas mixture: Target poisoning and film characteristics

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    Fouad, O.A.; Rumaiz, A.; Shah, S.

    2009-03-01

    Reactive sputtering of titanium target in the presence of Ar/CH{sub 4} gas mixture has been investigated. With the addition of methane gas to above 1.5% of the process gas a transition from the metallic sputtering mode to the poison mode was observed as indicated by the change in cathode current. As the methane gas flow concentration increased up to 10%, the target was gradually poisoned. The hysteresis in the cathode current could be plotted by first increasing and then subsequently decreasing the methane concentration. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses of the deposited films confirmed the formation of carbide phases and the transition of the process from the metallic to compound sputtering mode as the methane concentration in the sputtering gas is increased. The paper discusses a sputtering model that gives a rational explanation of the target poisoning phenomenon and shows an agreement between the experimental observations and calculated results.

  15. \\A Gravity-Related Transport in Reactive Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehozeky, S. L.

    2000-01-01

    An experiment was designed to investigate the transport characterization of reactive off- axis sputtering deposition. Three transport regions were observed when the growth pressures vary from 5 mtorr to 150 mtorr. A new gravity-related phenomenon was revealed in film growth at relatively high growth pressures. This effect is related to the collision process or thermalization of transport species. This study also suggests a design for the substrate holder orientation in the off-axis sputtering system.

  16. Using the Multipole Resonance Probe to Stabilize the Electron Density During a Reactive Sputter Process

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    Oberberg, Moritz; Styrnoll, Tim; Ries, Stefan; Bienholz, Stefan; Awakowicz, Peter

    2015-09-01

    Reactive sputter processes are used for the deposition of hard, wear-resistant and non-corrosive ceramic layers such as aluminum oxide (Al2O3) . A well known problem is target poisoning at high reactive gas flows, which results from the reaction of the reactive gas with the metal target. Consequently, the sputter rate decreases and secondary electron emission increases. Both parameters show a non-linear hysteresis behavior as a function of the reactive gas flow and this leads to process instabilities. This work presents a new control method of Al2O3 deposition in a multiple frequency CCP (MFCCP) based on plasma parameters. Until today, process controls use parameters such as spectral line intensities of sputtered metal as an indicator for the sputter rate. A coupling between plasma and substrate is not considered. The control system in this work uses a new plasma diagnostic method: The multipole resonance probe (MRP) measures plasma parameters such as electron density by analyzing a typical resonance frequency of the system response. This concept combines target processes and plasma effects and directly controls the sputter source instead of the resulting target parameters.

  17. Particle beam experiments for the analysis of reactive sputtering processes in metals and polymer surfaces.

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    Corbella, Carles; Grosse-Kreul, Simon; Kreiter, Oliver; de los Arcos, Teresa; Benedikt, Jan; von Keudell, Achim

    2013-10-01

    A beam experiment is presented to study heterogeneous reactions relevant to plasma-surface interactions in reactive sputtering applications. Atom and ion sources are focused onto the sample to expose it to quantified beams of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, noble gas ions, and metal vapor. The heterogeneous surface processes are monitored in situ by means of a quartz crystal microbalance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Two examples illustrate the capabilities of the particle beam setup: oxidation and nitriding of aluminum as a model of target poisoning during reactive magnetron sputtering, and plasma pre-treatment of polymers (PET, PP).

  18. Spectral Behavior of Bias-Dependent Photocurrent and Photoluminescence in Sputtered ZnO Layers

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    Hong, K. J.; Jeong, T. S.; Kim, T. S.; Choi, C. J.; Youn, C. J.

    2017-01-01

    The bias-dependent behavior of the photocurrent (PC) and photoluminescence (PL) of sputtered ZnO layers has been investigated. Based on PC spectroscopy results, the PC intensity of the observed free exciton increased strongly up to electric field of 60 V/cm, after which its rate of increase slightly reduced due to disturbance of field-assisted dissociation of radical ion pairs, which leads to photocarrier generation. Thus, the energy of excitonic PC peaks showed a tendency to red-shift with increasing electric field, being attributed to the induced Stark effect. Therefore, it is concluded that the strong interaction between free excitons and photogenerated PC carriers leads to displacement or widening of the spectrum. In the PL measurements, near-band-edge (NBE) and violet emissions were observed. With increasing electric field, two PL emissions were progressively quenched. The combined PL/PC results reveal that the PL ions associated with the NBE and violet emissions readily interact with the PC carriers of photogenerated electrons and holes. This behavior reduces the recombination ratio and the lifetime of PL ions. So, the PL intensity quenching originates from a decrease in the number of carriers participating in recombination. Consequently, we find that the quenching mechanism of the NBE and violet emissions is strongly related to low external electric field.

  19. Optical properties of silicon titanium oxide mixtures prepared by metallic mode reactive sputtering.

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    Rademacher, Daniel; Bräuer, Günter; Fritz, Benjamin; Vergöhl, Michael

    2012-11-20

    In this paper different SiO(2)-TiO(2) mixtures are prepared by metallic mode reactive sputtering. The samples were sputtered from cylindrical targets in a sputter-up configuration using an additional plasma source for oxidization. The different ratios of SiO(2) and TiO(2) in the mixtures are prepared by a target sputtering power variation. Optical film properties of the mixtures such as refractive index, which is determined by ellipsometric measurements, and optical bandgap, which is measured by photometric (transmission) measurements, are investigated. The thin-film structure is investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis and the stress of the films is presented. It is shown that the metallic mode reactive sputtering in the present configuration is applicable to continuously tune optical and mechanical properties. Finally the sputtered mixed materials are compared with other optical standard materials such as Nb(2)O(5), Ta(2)O(5), HfO(2), and Al(2)O(3).

  20. Mechanical and transparent conductive properties of ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO films sputtered using electron-cyclotron-resonance plasma on polyethylene naphtalate substrates

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    Akazawa, Housei

    2014-03-15

    Transparent conductive ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films were deposited on polyethylene naphtalate (PEN) sheet substrates using electron cyclotron resonance plasma sputtering. Both ZnO and GZO films were highly adhesive to the PEN substrates without inserting an intermediate layer in the interface. When compared at the same thickness, the transparent conductive properties of GZO films on PEN substrates were only slightly inferior to those on glass substrates. However, the carrier concentration of ZnO films on PEN substrates was 1.5 times that of those on glass substrates, whereas their Hall mobility was only 60% at a thickness of 300 nm. The depth profile of elements measured by secondary ion mass spectroscopy revealed the diffusion of hydrocarbons out of the PEN substrate into the ZnO film. Hence, doped carbons may act as donors to enhance carrier concentration, and the intermixing of elements at the interface may deteriorate the crystallinity, resulting in the lower Hall mobility. When the ZnO films were thicker than 400 nm, cracks became prevalent because of the lattice mismatch strain between the film and the substrate, whereas GZO films were free of cracks. The authors investigated how rolling the films around a cylindrical pipe surface affected their conductive properties. Degraded conductivity occurred at a threshold pipe radius of 10 mm when tensile stress was applied to the film, but it occurred at a pipe radius of 5 mm when compressive stress was applied. These values are guidelines for bending actual devices fabricated on PEN substrates.

  1. Improved optical and electrical properties of rf sputtered Al doped ZnO films on polymer substrates by low-damage processes

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    Min, Hyung Seob; Yang, Min Kyu; Lee, Jeon-Kook

    2009-03-15

    Three types of low-damage radio-frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering processes--an interruptive process, a rotating cylindrical holder method, and an off-axis sputtering method--were designed and studied to reduce the film surface temperature during deposition. Low-damage sputtering processes were investigated to improve the resistivity and optical transmittance in the visible range of Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films deposited on polymer substrates. In the case of the polyethersulfone substrate, AZO films with a resistivity of 1.0x10{sup -3} {omega} cm and an optical transmittance of 75% were obtained by the rotating repeat holder method during rf sputtering.

  2. 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.

  3. Effect of sputtering power on the electrical and optical properties of Ca-doped ZnO thin films sputtered from nanopowders compacted target

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    Mahdhi, H.; Ben Ayadi, Z.; Gauffier, J. L.; Djessas, K.; Alaya, S.

    2015-07-01

    In the present work, we have deposited calcium doped zinc oxide thin films by magnetron sputtering technique using nanocrystalline particles elaborated by sol-gel method as a target material. In the first step, the nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method using supercritical drying in ethyl alcohol. The structural properties studied by X-ray diffractometry indicates that Ca doped ZnO has a polycrystalline hexagonal wurzite structure with a grain size of about 30 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements have shown that the synthesized CZO is a nanosized powder. Then, thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering at ambient temperature. The influence of RF sputtering power on structural, morphological, electrical, and optical properties were investigated. It has been found that all the films deposited were polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and preferentially oriented in the (0 0 2) crystallographic direction. They have a typical columnar structure and a very smooth surface. The as-deposited films show a high transmittance in the visible range over 85% and low electrical resistivity at room temperature.

  4. Sorption Properties Of RF Reactive Sputtered TiOx Thin Films

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    Boiadjiev, S. I.; Rassovska, M. M.; Lazarova, V. B.

    2007-04-23

    The present research is focused on the sensing behavior of sputtered titanium oxide (TiOx) thin films. In order to deposit TiOx thin films the method of RF reactive sputtering of titanium target in the presence of oxygen as reactive gas is used. RF sputtering technology for thin film deposition has been elaborated on and the technological conditions during deposition have been optimized to obtain films with good quality. Films of various thicknesses have been deposited on quartz resonators in order to use the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method for studying their gas sensing properties. The films' microstructure and physical properties are identified by TEM, Raman and laser elipsometry analysis. The ultimate purpose of the research is to apply TiOx thin films in gas sensors. The sorption properties of various sub-stoichiometric and stoichiometric TiO2 thin films to ammonia and other gases are investigated.

  5. Sorption Properties Of RF Reactive Sputtered TiOx Thin Films

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    Boiadjiev, S. I.; Lazarova, V. B.; Rassovska, M. M.

    2007-04-01

    The present research is focused on the sensing behavior of sputtered titanium oxide (TiOx) thin films. In order to deposit TiOx thin films the method of RF reactive sputtering of titanium target in the presence of oxygen as reactive gas is used. RF sputtering technology for thin film deposition has been elaborated on and the technological conditions during deposition have been optimized to obtain films with good quality. Films of various thicknesses have been deposited on quartz resonators in order to use the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method for studying their gas sensing properties. The films' microstructure and physical properties are identified by TEM, Raman and laser elipsometry analysis. The ultimate purpose of the research is to apply TiOx thin films in gas sensors. The sorption properties of various sub-stoichiometric and stoichiometric TiO2 thin films to ammonia and other gases are investigated.

  6. Fabrication of porous noble metal thin-film electrode by reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Cho, Tae-Shin; Choi, Heonjin; Kim, Joosun

    2013-06-01

    Porous platinum films have been fabricated by reactive sputtering combined with subsequent thermal annealing. Using the SEM, XRD, XPS, and polarization resistance measurement techniques, the microstructural development of the film and its resultant electrochemical properties have been characterized. Pore evolution was understood as a result of the thermal grooving of platinum during annealing process. We demonstrated that crystallization should be followed by agglomeration for the evolution of porous microstructures. Furthermore, reaction sputtering affected the adhesion enhancement between the film and substrate compared to the film deposited by non-reactive sputtering. The polarization resistance of the porous platinum film was five times lower than that of the dense platinum film. At 600 degrees C the resistance of the porous film was 5.67 omega x cm2, and that of the dense film was 38 omega x cm2.

  7. Deposition of F-doped ZnO transparent thin films using ZnF2-doped ZnO target under different sputtering substrate temperatures.

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    Wang, Fang-Hsing; Yang, Cheng-Fu; Lee, Yen-Hsien

    2014-02-26

    Highly transparent and conducting fluorine-doped ZnO (FZO) thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering, using 1.5 wt% zinc fluoride (ZnF2)-doped ZnO as sputtering target. Structural, electrical, and optical properties of the FZO thin films were investigated as a function of substrate temperature ranging from room temperature (RT) to 300°C. The cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation and X-ray diffraction analyses showed that the FZO thin films were of polycrystalline nature with a preferential growth along (002) plane perpendicular to the surface of the glass substrate. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses of the FZO thin films showed that there was incorporation of F atoms in the FZO thin films, even if the substrate temperature was 300°C. Finally, the effect of substrate temperature on the transmittance ratio, optical energy gap, Hall mobility, carrier concentration, and resistivity of the FZO thin films was also investigated.

  8. Refractive index of thin films realized by Satisloh SP reactive sputtering system

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    Monaco, Gianni; Colautti, Arturo; Allegro, Cristina; Godin, Tom; Gold, Steffan; Witzany, Michael

    2013-09-01

    Pulsed DC reactive sputtering is a very interesting technique for coating applications. Reactive sputtering can give very dense layers, low stress of the deposited multilayer film, high reproducibility, very high hardness (up to 1200 Vickers hardness) with unbeatable high rates ideal for industrial applications. SP-100 is Satisloh reactive sputtering systems with only one target material but can deposit various film materials simply by using different gases such as argon, as well as the reactive gases nitrogen and oxygen. Silicon-oxides, silicon-nitrides and all kinds of silicon-oxy-nitrides (SiOx-SixOyNz-SixNy) with a refractive index range of 1.44-2.05 in the visible range can be obtained. In the reactive sputtering the material it is usually deposited in the so called "transition mode" where it must be found the correct equilibrium point between the target voltage and the reactive gas flow. The transition mode assures a dense film with a stable rate. Condition to find such equilibrium point is given by the so called "material hysteresis" in which the target voltage is depicted in function of the reactive gas voltage. The hysteresis and the consequent equilibrium point are strongly depended by the power supplied to the target and the inert gas (argon) flow which could affect the optical characteristics and the deposition rate. We checked the refractive indexes of the SiOx and SixNy of very thin (1 QW Optical thickness at 520 nm) and thicker (3, 5 and 9 QW @520 nm) reporting how the different conditions can affect the refractive index and the deposition rate of the different materials.

  9. Improved electrochemical performance of LiCoO₂ electrodes with ZnO coating by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Dai, Xinyi; Wang, Liping; Xu, Jin; Wang, Ying; Zhou, Aijun; Li, Jingze

    2014-09-24

    Surface modification of LiCoO2 is an effective method to improve its energy density and elongate its cycle life in an extended operation voltage window. In this study, ZnO was directly coated on as-prepared LiCoO2 composite electrodes via radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. ZnO is not only coated on the electrode as thin film but also diffuses through the whole electrode due to the intrinsic porosity of the composite electrode and the high diffusivity of the deposited species. It was found that ZnO coating can significantly improve the cycling performance and the rate capability of the LiCoO2 electrodes in the voltage range of 3.0-4.5 V. The sample with an optimum coating thickness of 17 nm exhibits an initial discharge capacity of 191 mAh g(-1) at 0.2 C, and the capacity retention is 81% after 200 cycles. It also delivers superior rate performance with a reversible capacity of 106 mAh g(-1) at 10 C. The enhanced cycling performance and rate capability are attributed to the stabilized phase structure and improved lithium ion diffusion coefficient induced by ZnO coating as evidenced by X-ray diffraction, cyclic voltammetry, respectively.

  10. Formation of cubic boron-nitride by the reactive sputter deposition of boron

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    Jankowski, A.F.; Hayes, J.P.; Makowiecki, D.W.; McKeman, M.A.

    1997-03-01

    Boron-nitride films are synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering boron targets where the deposition parameters of gas pressure, flow and composition are varied along with substrate temperature and applied bias. The films are analyzed using Auger electron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nanoindentation, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. These techniques provide characterization of film composition, crystalline structure, hardness and chemical bonding, respectively. Reactive, rf-sputtering process parameters are established which lead to the growth of crystalline BN phases. The deposition of stable and adherent boron nitride coatings consisting of the cubic phase requires 400 `C substrate heating and the application of a 300 V negative bias.

  11. 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.

  12. Properties of AlN films deposited by reactive ion-plasma sputtering

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    Bert, N. A.; Bondarev, A. D.; Zolotarev, V. V.; Kirilenko, D. A.; Lubyanskiy, Ya. V.; Lyutetskiy, A. V.; Slipchenko, S. O.; Petrunov, A. N.; Pikhtin, N. A. Ayusheva, K. R.; Arsentyev, I. N.; Tarasov, I. S.

    2015-10-15

    The properties of SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and AlN dielectric coatings deposited by reactive ion-plasma sputtering are studied. The refractive indices of the dielectric coatings are determined by optical ellipsometry. It is shown that aluminum nitride is the optimal material for achieving maximum illumination of the output mirror of a semiconductor laser. A crystalline phase with a hexagonal atomic lattice and oxygen content of up to 10 at % is found by transmission electron microscopy in the aluminum-nitride films. It is found that a decrease in the concentration of residual oxygen in the chamber of the reactive ion-plasma sputtering installation makes it possible to eliminate the appearance of vertical pores in the bulk of the aluminum-nitride film.

  13. Swift heavy ion induced optical and structural modifications in RF sputtered nanocrystalline ZnO thin film

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    Singh, S. K.; Singhal, R.; Vishnoi, R.; Kumar, V. V. S.; Kulariya, P. K.

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, 100 MeV Ag7+ ion beam-induced structural and optical modifications of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films are investigated. The nanocrystalline ZnO thin films are grown using radio frequency magnetron sputtering and irradiated at fluences of 3 × 1012, 1 × 1013 and 3 × 1013 ions/cm2. The incident swift heavy ions induced change in the crystallinity together with the preferential growth of crystallite size along the c axis (002) orientation. The average crystallite size is found to be increased from 10.8 ± 0.7 to 20.5 ± 0.3 nm with increasing the ion fluence. The Atomic force microscopy analysis confirms the variation in the surface roughness by varying the incident ion fluences. The UV-visible spectroscopy shows the decrement in transmittance of the film with ion irradiation. The micro-Raman spectra of ZnO thin films are investigated to observe ion-induced modifications which support the increased lattice defects with higher fluence. The variation in crystallinity indicates that ZnO-based devices can be used in piezoelectric transduction mechanism.

  14. Simulation, fabrication and characterization of ZnO based thin film transistors grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Singh, Shaivalini; Chakrabarti, P

    2012-03-01

    We report the performance of the thin film transistors (TFTs) using ZnO as an active channel layer grown by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technique. The bottom gate type TFT, consists of a conventional thermally grown SiO2 as gate insulator onto p-type Si substrates. The X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that the ZnO films are preferentially orientated in the (002) plane, with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. A typical ZnO TFT fabricated by this method exhibits saturation field effect mobility of about 0.6134 cm2/V s, an on to off ratio of 102, an off current of 2.0 x 10(-7) A, and a threshold voltage of 3.1 V at room temperature. Simulation of this TFT is also carried out by using the commercial software modeling tool ATLAS from Silvaco-International. The simulated global characteristics of the device were compared and contrasted with those measured experimentally. The experimental results are in fairly good agreement with those obtained from simulation.

  15. Comparative Study of As-Deposited ZnO Thin Films by Thermal Evaporation, Pulsed Laser Deposition and RF Sputtering Methods for Electronic and Optoelectronic Applications

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    Vyas, Sumit; Giri, Pushpa; Singh, Shaivalini; Chakrabarti, P.

    2015-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been deposited on Si substrate and glass substrate using thermal evaporation, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and radio-frequency (RF) sputtering methods. The structural, surface morphological, optical and electrical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by these three methods were investigated and compared systematically using x-ray diffractometer, atomic force microscopy, ellipsometric and current-voltage ( I- V) measurement. The ZnO films deposited by RF sputtering method were highly oriented along the (002) plane. The ZnO films grown by thermal evaporation and PLD methods exhibited a polycrystalline nature. The surface roughness was found to be the least and the transparency in the visible region was the highest for the films grown by the RF sputtering method as compared to the films grown by the other two methods. The I- V characteristics reveal that the Pd:Au/ZnO (RF-sputtered) Schottky contact exhibited a better value of ideality factor, series resistance and barrier height as compared to the values obtained for Pd:Au/ZnO (thermally evaporated and pulse laser-deposited) Schottky contacts. The optical bandgap was found to be almost the same for the films grown by all three methods and was estimated to be around 3.2 eV.

  16. 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.

  17. Elemental composition and microstructure of reactively sputtered carbon nitride thin films

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    Kumar, Sunil; Tansley, T. L.

    1994-10-01

    Thin films of carbon nitride have been grown on various substrates using low power radio frequency reactive sputtering of graphite in pure nitrogen plasma. A quantitative composition analysis using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry shows that the film contains about 51 at. % C, 44 at. % N, and 5 at.% O. The study of the microstructure of the films using cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy reveals highly oriented columnar structures.

  18. Penetration, photo-reactivity and photoprotective properties of nanosized ZnO.

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    Detoni, C B; Coradini, K; Back, P; Oliveira, C M; Andrade, D F; Beck, R C R; Pohlmann, A R; Guterres, S S

    2014-09-01

    The oxidizing capacity and skin penetration of a commercial nanosized ZnO, Nanosun™ (Micronisers-Australia), were evaluated in vitro using porcine skin. Nanosun™ was initially characterized regarding its photo-reactivity and size distribution. An assay using methylene blue was performed to confirm the Nanosun™ photo-reactivity by exposing the labile molecule to UVA irradiation in the presence and absence of the nanosized ZnO. The nanosized ZnO was photo-reactive, reducing the methylene blue concentration to 7% while its concentration remained constant in the control formulation (without ZnO). The product label states that the average particle size is 30 nm. X-ray diffraction, nitrogen sorption and UV-spectrophotometry confirmed the presence of nanometric particles of approximately 30 nm. On the other hand, laser diffractometry showed micrometric particles in the size distribution profile. These analyses indicated that the nanoparticles are arranged as agglomerates and aggregates of micrometric proportions ranging from 0.6 to 60 μm. The skin lipid peroxidation was determined by the formation of thiobarbituric acid reactive species (TBARS) and quantified by UV-spectrophotometry. When exposed to UVA radiation the nanosized ZnO applied porcine skin showed a lower production of TBARS (7.2 ± 1.5 nmol g(-1)) than the controls, the MCT applied porcine skin (18.4 ± 2.8 nmol g(-1)) and the blank porcine skin (14.0 ± 2.0 nmol g(-1)). The penetration of ZnO nanoparticles was studied by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The tested ZnO particles did not penetrate into viable layers of the intact porcine skin. The particles tend to accumulate on the skin folds and in these regions they may penetrate into the horny layer.

  19. 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

  20. Enhanced transient reactivity of an O-sputtered Au(111) surface

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    Biener, M M; Biener, J; Friend, C M

    2004-12-02

    The interaction of SO{sub 2} with oxygen-sputtered Au(111) surfaces ({theta}{sub oxygen} {le} 0.35 ML) was studied by monitoring the oxygen and sulfur coverages as a function of SO{sub 2} exposure. Two reaction regimes were observed: oxygen depletion followed by sulfur deposition. An enhanced, transient sulfur deposition rate is observed at the oxygen depletion point. This effect is specifically pronounced if the Au surface is continuously exposed to SO{sub 2}. The enhanced reactivity towards S deposition seems to be linked to the presence of highly reactive, under-coordinated Au atoms. Adsorbed oxygen appears to stabilize, but also to block these sites. In absence of the stabilization effect of adsorbed oxygen, i.e. at the oxygen depletion point, the enhanced reactivity decays on a timescale of a few minutes. These observations shed a new light on the catalytic reactivity of highly dispersed gold nanoparticles.

  1. Combining reactive sputtering and rapid thermal processing for synthesis and discovery of metal oxynitrides

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    Zhou, Lan; Suram, Santosh K.; Becerra-Stasiewicz, Natalie; Mitrovic, Slobodan; Kan, Kevin; Jones, Ryan J. R.; Gregoire, John M.

    2015-05-27

    Recent efforts have demonstrated enhanced tailoring of material functionality with mixed-anion materials, yet exploratory research with mixed-anion chemistries is limited by the sensitivity of these materials to synthesis conditions. In order to synthesize a particular metal oxynitride compound by traditional reactive annealing we require specific, limited ranges of both oxygen and nitrogen chemical potentials in order to establish equilibrium between the solid-state material and a reactive atmosphere. While using Ta-O-N as an example system, we describe a combination of reactive sputter deposition and rapid thermal processing for synthesis of mixed-anion inorganic materials. Heuristic optimization of reactive gas pressures to attain a desired anion stoichiometry is discussed, and the ability of rapid thermal processing to enable amorphous to crystalline transitions without preferential anion loss is demonstrated through the controlled synthesis of nitride, oxide and oxynitride phases.

  2. Combining reactive sputtering and rapid thermal processing for synthesis and discovery of metal oxynitrides

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    Zhou, Lan; Suram, Santosh K.; Becerra-Stasiewicz, Natalie; ...

    2015-05-27

    Recent efforts have demonstrated enhanced tailoring of material functionality with mixed-anion materials, yet exploratory research with mixed-anion chemistries is limited by the sensitivity of these materials to synthesis conditions. In order to synthesize a particular metal oxynitride compound by traditional reactive annealing we require specific, limited ranges of both oxygen and nitrogen chemical potentials in order to establish equilibrium between the solid-state material and a reactive atmosphere. While using Ta-O-N as an example system, we describe a combination of reactive sputter deposition and rapid thermal processing for synthesis of mixed-anion inorganic materials. Heuristic optimization of reactive gas pressures to attainmore » a desired anion stoichiometry is discussed, and the ability of rapid thermal processing to enable amorphous to crystalline transitions without preferential anion loss is demonstrated through the controlled synthesis of nitride, oxide and oxynitride phases.« less

  3. Parameter manipulation in the Synthesis of Ti-Cd-C Films via Reactive Sputtering in a Magnetized Sheet Plasma Facility

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    Villanueva, Matthew Bryan; Ramos, Henry

    2013-09-01

    Titanium-cadmium-carbon (Ti-Cd-C) deposits were achieved through reactive sputtering in a magnetized sheet plasma facility (MSPF). Titanium and cadmium metals (99.9% purity) were used as sputter targets, and high purity methane as the reactive gas. Parameters investigated were target bias, deposition duration, filling pressure, gas ratio, gas type such as acetylene, and magnetic configuration. Through X-ray diffractometry, peak signals at 2 θ = 23.3° for the treatment which implemented an independent sputtering step at -200 V target bias, and 2 θ = 12.34° for direct reactive sputtering only with -800 V target bias were recorded. Both XRD results are indicative of the formation of Ti2CdC, a theorized solid solution of Mn+1AXn phase variety. Department of Science and Technology for the project grant.

  4. Hysteresis-free high rate reactive sputtering of niobium oxide, tantalum oxide, and aluminum oxide

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    Särhammar, Erik Berg, Sören; Nyberg, Tomas

    2014-07-01

    This work reports on experimental studies of reactive sputtering from targets consisting of a metal and its oxide. The composition of the targets varied from pure metal to pure oxide of Al, Ta, and Nb. This combines features from both the metal target and oxide target in reactive sputtering. If a certain relation between the metal and oxide parts is chosen, it may be possible to obtain a high deposition rate, due to the metal part, and a hysteresis-free process, due to the oxide part. The aim of this work is to quantify the achievable boost in oxide deposition rate from a hysteresis-free process by using a target consisting of segments of a metal and its oxide. Such an increase has been previously demonstrated for Ti using a homogeneous substoichiometric target. The achievable gain in deposition rate depends on transformation mechanisms from oxide to suboxides due to preferential sputtering of oxygen. Such mechanisms are different for different materials and the achievable gain is therefore material dependent. For the investigated materials, the authors have demonstrated oxide deposition rates that are 1.5–10 times higher than what is possible from metal targets in compound mode. However, although the principle is demonstrated for oxides of Al, Ta, and Nb, a similar behavior is expected for most oxides.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  6. Origin of particles during reactive sputtering of oxides using planar and cylindrical magnetrons.

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    Rademacher, Daniel; Fritz, Benjamin; Vergöhl, Michael

    2012-03-01

    Particles generated during reactive magnetron sputtering cause defects in optical thin films, which may lead to losses in optical performance, pinholes, loss of adhesion, decreased laser-induced damage thresholds and many more negative effects. Therefore, it is important to reduce the particle contamination during the manufacturing process. In the present paper, the origin of particles during the deposition of various oxide films by midfrequency pulsed reactive magnetron sputtering was investigated. Several steps have been undertaken to decrease the particle contamination during the complete substrate handling procedure. It was found that conditioning of the vacuum chamber can help to decrease the defect level significantly. This level remains low for several hours of sputtering and increases after 100 hours of process time. Particle densities of SiO(2) films deposited with cylindrical and planar dual magnetrons at different process parameters as well as different positions underneath the target were compared. It was observed that the process power influences the particle density significantly in case of planar targets while cylindrical targets have no such strong dependence. In addition, the particle contamination caused by different cylindrical target materials was analyzed. No major differences in particle contamination of different cylindrical target types and materials were found.

  7. Transparent photostable ZnO nonvolatile memory transistor with ferroelectric polymer and sputter-deposited oxide gate

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    Park, C. H.; Im, Seongil; Yun, Jungheum; Lee, Gun Hwan; Lee, Byoung H.; Sung, Myung M.

    2009-11-01

    We report on the fabrication of transparent top-gate ZnO nonvolatile memory thin-film transistors (NVM-TFTs) with 200 nm thick poly(vinylidene fluoride/trifluoroethylene) ferroelectric layer; semitransparent 10 nm thin AgOx and transparent 130 nm thick indium-zinc oxide (IZO) were deposited on the ferroelectric polymer as gate electrode by rf sputtering. Our semitransparent NVM-TFT with AgOx gate operates under low voltage write-erase (WR-ER) pulse of ±20 V, but shows some degradation in retention property. In contrast, our transparent IZO-gated device displays very good retention properties but requires anomalously higher pulse of ±70 V for WR and ER states. Both devices stably operated under visible illuminations.

  8. Transparent photostable ZnO nonvolatile memory transistor with ferroelectric polymer and sputter-deposited oxide gate

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    Park, C. H.; Im, Seongil; Yun, Jungheum; Lee, Gun Hwan; Lee, Byoung H.; Sung, Myung M.

    2009-11-30

    We report on the fabrication of transparent top-gate ZnO nonvolatile memory thin-film transistors (NVM-TFTs) with 200 nm thick poly(vinylidene fluoride/trifluoroethylene) ferroelectric layer; semitransparent 10 nm thin AgO{sub x} and transparent 130 nm thick indium-zinc oxide (IZO) were deposited on the ferroelectric polymer as gate electrode by rf sputtering. Our semitransparent NVM-TFT with AgO{sub x} gate operates under low voltage write-erase (WR-ER) pulse of {+-}20 V, but shows some degradation in retention property. In contrast, our transparent IZO-gated device displays very good retention properties but requires anomalously higher pulse of {+-}70 V for WR and ER states. Both devices stably operated under visible illuminations.

  9. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of Mn doped ZnO thin films prepared by rf sputtering technique

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    Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Haque, Sk Maidul; Shukla, Dinesh; Choudhary, Ram Janay

    2015-11-15

    A set of r.f. sputter deposited ZnO thin films prepared with different Mn doping concentrations have been characterised by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) measurements at Zn, Mn and O K edges and at Mn L{sub 2,3} edges apart from long range structural characterisation by Grazing Incident X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD) technique. Magnetic measurements show room temperature ferromagnetism in samples with lower Mn doping which is however, gets destroyed at higher Mn doping concentration. The results of the magnetic measurements have been explained using the local structure information obtained from EXAFS and XANES measurements.

  10. Intrinsic anomalous surface roughening of TiN films deposited by reactive sputtering

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    Auger, M. A.; Vazquez, L.; Sanchez, O.; Cuerno, R.; Castro, M.; Jergel, M.

    2006-01-15

    We study surface kinetic roughening of TiN films grown on Si(100) substrates by dc reactive sputtering. The surface morphology of films deposited for different growth times under the same experimental conditions were analyzed by atomic force microscopy. The TiN films exhibit intrinsic anomalous scaling and multiscaling. The film kinetic roughening is characterized by a set of local exponent values {alpha}{sub loc}=1.0 and {beta}{sub loc}=0.39, and global exponent values {alpha}=1.7 and {beta}=0.67, with a coarsening exponent of 1/z=0.39. These properties are correlated to the local height-difference distribution function obeying power-law statistics. We associate this intrinsic anomalous scaling with the instability due to nonlocal shadowing effects that take place during thin-film growth by sputtering.

  11. 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.

  12. Investigation of nanoporous platinum thin films fabricated by reactive sputtering: Application as micro-SOFC electrode

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    Jung, WooChul; Kim, Jae Jin; Tuller, Harry L.

    2015-02-01

    Highly porous Pt thin films, with nano-scale porosity, were fabricated by reactive sputtering. The strategy involved deposition of thin film PtOx at room temperature, followed by the subsequent decomposition of the oxide by rapid heat treatment. The resulting films exhibited percolating Pt networks infiltrated with interconnected nanosized pores, critical for superior solid oxide fuel cell cathode performance. This approach is particularly attractive for micro-fabricated solid oxide fuel cells, since it enables fabrication of the entire cell stack (anode/electrolyte/cathode) within the sputtering chamber, without breaking vacuum. In this work, the morphological, crystallographic and chemical properties of the porous electrode were systematically varied by control of deposition conditions. Oxygen reduction reaction kinetics were investigated by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, demonstrating the critical role of nano-pores in achieving satisfactory micro-SOFC cathode performance.

  13. Investigation of the biaxial stress of Al-doped ZnO thin films on a flexible substrate with RF magnetron sputtering

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    Huang, Kuo-Ting; Chen, Hsi-Chao; Cheng, Po-Wei; Chang, Jhe-Ming

    2016-01-01

    Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate, using the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. The residual stress of flexible electronics was investigated by a double beam shadow moiré interferometer with phase shifting interferometry (PSI). Moreover, the biaxial stress of AZO thin films can be graphically represented by using Mohr’s circle of stress. The residual stress of AZO thin films becomes more compressive with the increase in sputtering power. The maximum residual stress is -1115.74 MPa, and the shearing stress is 490.57 MPa at a sputtering power of 200 W. The trends of residual stress were evidenced by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and optical properties of AZO thin films. According to the evaluation results of the refractive index and the extinction coefficient, the AZO thin films have better quality when the sputtering power less than 100 W.

  14. Spatial distribution of electrical properties for Al-doped ZnO films deposited by dc magnetron sputtering using various inert gases

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    Sato, Yasushi; Ishihara, Keita; Oka, Nobuto; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2010-07-15

    Spatial distribution of electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films deposited by magnetron sputtering was investigated. To adjust the intensity of bombardment by high-energy particles, the AZO films were deposited using Ar, Kr, or Xe gas with varying plasma impedance. The spatial distribution of the electrical properties clearly depends on the sputtering gas. In the case of using Kr or Xe, the resistivity of the films in front of the target center and erosion areas was significantly enhanced, in contrast with Ar. This was attributed to an enhancement in bombardment damage due to the increased sputtering voltages required for Kr or Xe discharges. The increase in plasma impedance was due to the smaller coefficients for secondary-electron emission of the target surface by Kr or Xe impingements, which leads to the larger sputtering voltage.

  15. Determination of reactive oxygen species from ZnO micro-nano structures with shape-dependent photocatalytic activity

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    He, Weiwei; Zhao, Hongxiao; Jia, Huimin; Yin, Jun-Jie; Zheng, Zhi

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: ZnO micro/nano structures with shape dependent photocatalytic activity were prepared by hydrothermal reaction. The generations of hydroxyl radical, superoxide and singlet oxygen from irradiated ZnO were identified precisely by electron spin resonance spectroscopy. The type of reactive oxygen species was determined by band gap structure of ZnO. - Highlights: • ZnO micro/nano structures with different morphologies were prepared by solvothermal reaction. • Multi-pod like ZnO structures exhibited superior photocatalytic activity. • The generations of hydroxyl radical, superoxide and singlet oxygen from irradiated ZnO were characterized precisely by electron spin resonance spectroscopy. • The type of reactive oxygen species was determined by band gap structure of ZnO. - Abstract: ZnO micro/nano structures with different morphologies have been prepared by the changing solvents used during their synthesis by solvothermal reaction. Three typical shapes of ZnO structures including hexagonal, bell bottom like and multi-pod formed and were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Multi pod like ZnO structures exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity toward degradation of methyl orange. Using electron spin resonance spectroscopy coupled with spin trapping techniques, we demonstrate an effective way to identify precisely the generation of hydroxyl radicals, superoxide and singlet oxygen from the irradiated ZnO multi pod structures. The type of reactive oxygen species formed was predictable from the band gap structure of ZnO. These results indicate that the shape of micro-nano structures significantly affects the photocatalytic activity of ZnO, and demonstrate the value of electron spin resonance spectroscopy for characterizing the type of reactive oxygen species formed during photoexcitation of semiconductors.

  16. Electroluminescence of ZnO nanocrystal in sputtered ZnO-SiO2 nanocomposite light-emitting devices.

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    Chen, Jiun-Ting; Lai, Wei-Chih; Chen, Chi-Heng; Yang, Ya-Yu; Sheu, Jinn-Kong; Lai, Li-Wen

    2011-06-06

    We have demonstrated the electroluminescence (EL) of Ga:ZnO/i-ZnO-SiO2 nanocomposite/p-GaN n-i-p heterostructure light-emitting devices (LEDs). ZnO nano-clusters with sizes distributing from 2 to 7nm were found inside the co-sputtered i-ZnO-SiO2 nanocomposite layer under the observation of high-resolution transparent electron microscope. A clear UV EL at 376 nm from i-ZnO-SiO2 nanocomposite in these p-i-n heterostructure LEDs was observed under the forward current of 9 mA. The EL emission peak at 376 and 427nm of the Ga:ZnO/i-ZnO-SiO2 nanocomposite/p-GaN n-i-p heterostructure LEDs were attributed to the radiative recombination from the ZnO clusters and the Mg acceptor levels in the p-GaN layer, respectively.

  17. Fabrication of electrocatalytic Ta nanoparticles by reactive sputtering and ion soft landing

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Moser, Trevor; Engelhard, Mark; Browning, Nigel D.; Laskin, Julia

    2016-11-07

    About 40 years ago, it was shown that tungsten carbide exhibits similar catalytic behavior to Pt for certain commercially relevant reactions, thereby suggesting the possibility of cheaper and earth-abundant substitutes for costly and rare precious metal catalysts. In this work, reactive magnetron sputtering of Ta in the presence of three model hydrocarbons (2-butanol, heptane, and m-xylene) combined with gas aggregation and ion soft landing was employed to prepare organic-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) on surfaces for evaluation of catalytic activity and durability. The electro-catalytic behavior of the NPs supported on glassy carbon was evaluated in acidic aqueous solution by cyclic voltammetry. The Ta-heptane and Ta-xylene NPs were revealed to be active and robust toward promotion of the oxygen reduction reaction, an important process occurring at the cathode in fuel cells. In comparison, pure Ta and Ta-butanol NPs were essentially unreactive. Characterization techniques including atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were applied to probe how different sputtering conditions such as the flow rates of gases, sputtering current, and aggregation length affect the properties of the NPs. AFM images reveal the focused size of the NPs as well as their preferential binding along the step edges of graphite surfaces. In comparison, TEM images of the same NPs on carbon grids show that they bind randomly to the surface with some agglomeration but little coalescence. The TEM images also reveal morphologies with crystalline cores surrounded by amorphous regions for NPs formed in the presence of 2-butanol and heptane. In contrast, NPs formed in the presence of m-xylene are amorphous throughout. XPS spectra indicate that while the percentage of Ta, C, and O in the NPs varies depending on the sputtering conditions and hydrocarbon employed, the electron binding energies of the elements are similar

  18. Fabrication of electrocatalytic Ta nanoparticles by reactive sputtering and ion soft landing

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Moser, Trevor; Engelhard, Mark; Browning, Nigel D.; Laskin, Julia

    2016-11-01

    About 40 years ago, it was shown that tungsten carbide exhibits similar catalytic behavior to Pt for certain commercially relevant reactions, thereby suggesting the possibility of cheaper and earth-abundant substitutes for costly and rare precious metal catalysts. In this work, reactive magnetron sputtering of Ta in the presence of three model hydrocarbons (2-butanol, heptane, and m-xylene) combined with gas aggregation and ion soft landing was employed to prepare organic-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) on surfaces for evaluation of catalytic activity and durability. The electrocatalytic behavior of the NPs supported on glassy carbon was evaluated in acidic aqueous solution by cyclic voltammetry. The Ta-heptane and Ta-xylene NPs were revealed to be active and robust toward promotion of the oxygen reduction reaction, an important process occurring at the cathode in fuel cells. In comparison, pure Ta and Ta-butanol NPs were essentially unreactive. Characterization techniques including atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were applied to probe how different sputtering conditions such as the flow rates of gases, sputtering current, and aggregation length affect the properties of the NPs. AFM images reveal the focused size of the NPs as well as their preferential binding along the step edges of graphite surfaces. In comparison, TEM images of the same NPs on carbon grids show that they bind randomly to the surface with some agglomeration but little coalescence. The TEM images also reveal morphologies with crystalline cores surrounded by amorphous regions for NPs formed in the presence of 2-butanol and heptane. In contrast, NPs formed in the presence of m-xylene are amorphous throughout. XPS spectra indicate that while the percentage of Ta, C, and O in the NPs varies depending on the sputtering conditions and hydrocarbon employed, the electron binding energies of the elements are similar for

  19. Fabrication of electrocatalytic Ta nanoparticles by reactive sputtering and ion soft landing.

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    Johnson, Grant E; Moser, Trevor; Engelhard, Mark; Browning, Nigel D; Laskin, Julia

    2016-11-07

    About 40 years ago, it was shown that tungsten carbide exhibits similar catalytic behavior to Pt for certain commercially relevant reactions, thereby suggesting the possibility of cheaper and earth-abundant substitutes for costly and rare precious metal catalysts. In this work, reactive magnetron sputtering of Ta in the presence of three model hydrocarbons (2-butanol, heptane, and m-xylene) combined with gas aggregation and ion soft landing was employed to prepare organic-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) on surfaces for evaluation of catalytic activity and durability. The electrocatalytic behavior of the NPs supported on glassy carbon was evaluated in acidic aqueous solution by cyclic voltammetry. The Ta-heptane and Ta-xylene NPs were revealed to be active and robust toward promotion of the oxygen reduction reaction, an important process occurring at the cathode in fuel cells. In comparison, pure Ta and Ta-butanol NPs were essentially unreactive. Characterization techniques including atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were applied to probe how different sputtering conditions such as the flow rates of gases, sputtering current, and aggregation length affect the properties of the NPs. AFM images reveal the focused size of the NPs as well as their preferential binding along the step edges of graphite surfaces. In comparison, TEM images of the same NPs on carbon grids show that they bind randomly to the surface with some agglomeration but little coalescence. The TEM images also reveal morphologies with crystalline cores surrounded by amorphous regions for NPs formed in the presence of 2-butanol and heptane. In contrast, NPs formed in the presence of m-xylene are amorphous throughout. XPS spectra indicate that while the percentage of Ta, C, and O in the NPs varies depending on the sputtering conditions and hydrocarbon employed, the electron binding energies of the elements are similar for

  20. Characterization of Si-N films prepared by reactive ion beam sputtering

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    Aggarwal, M. D.; Ashok, S.; Fonash, S. J.

    1982-05-01

    Application of silicon-nitride (Si-N) as a passivant in com-pound semiconductor technology requires a low-temperature deposition process to prevent dissociation of the volatile constituents of the semiconductor. With this in mind, an exploratory study of Si-N films prepared at room temperature using low-energy, reactive ion-beam sputtering has been carried out. The electrical and optical characteristics of the films have been studied, and an annealing step is found necessary to reduce the conductivity of the nitride and im-prove the interfacial properties.

  1. 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.

  2. Preparation And Properties Of Black Zinc Selective Absorbers Formed By Reactive rf Sputtering

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    Hutchins, Michael G.; Figgures, Christopher C.; Childs, Geoffrey N.

    1989-03-01

    Black zinc selective solar absorber coatings with solar absorptance 0.94 and thermal emittance 0.21 have been prepared by the reactive rf sputtering of Zn targets in Ar-02 atmospheres. For these films the zinc to oxygen ratio is greater than one and the films are composed of both zinc and zinc oxide. The surface microstructure of the films considerably enhances the short wavelength absorptance properties. The coatings represent a possible low-cost selective absorber for flat plate and evacuated tube solar collector applications.

  3. Perspective: Is there a hysteresis during reactive High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (R-HiPIMS)?

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    Strijckmans, K.; Moens, F.; Depla, D.

    2017-02-01

    This paper discusses a few mechanisms that can assist to answer the title question. The initial approach is to use an established model for DC magnetron sputter deposition, i.e., RSD2013. Based on this model, the impact on the hysteresis behaviour of some typical HiPIMS conditions is investigated. From this first study, it becomes clear that the probability to observe hysteresis is much lower as compared to DC magnetron sputtering. The high current pulses cannot explain the hysteresis reduction. Total pressure and material choice make the abrupt changes less pronounced, but the implantation of ionized metal atoms that return to the target seems to be the major cause. To further substantiate these results, the analytical reactive sputtering model is coupled with a published global plasma model. The effect of metal ion implantation is confirmed. Another suggested mechanism, i.e., gas rarefaction, can be ruled out to explain the hysteresis reduction. But perhaps the major conclusion is that at present, there are too little experimental data available to make fully sound conclusions.

  4. 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.

  5. Growth of ZnO nanowires on polypropylene membrane surface-Characterization and reactivity

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    Bojarska, Marta; Nowak, Bartosz; Skowroński, Jarosław; Piątkiewicz, Wojciech; Gradoń, Leon

    2017-01-01

    Need for a new membrane is clearly visible in recent studies, mostly due to the fouling phenomenon. Authors, focused on problem of biofouling caused by microorganisms that are present in water environment. An attempt to form a new membrane with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires was made; where plasma treatment was used as a first step of modification followed by chemical bath deposition. Such membrane will exhibit additional reactive properties. ZnO, because of its antibacterial and photocatalytic properties, is more and more often used in commercial applications. The authors used SEM imaging, measurement of the contact angle, XRD and the FT-IR analysis for membrane characterization. Amount of ZnO deposited on membrane surface was also investigated by dithizone method. Photocatalytic properties of such membranes were examined through methylene blue and humic acid degradation in laboratory scale modules with LEDs as either: wide range white or UV light source. Antibacterial and antifouling properties of polypropylene membranes modified with ZnO nanowires were examined through a series of tests involving microorganisms: model gram-positive and -negative bacteria. The obtained results showed that it is possible to modify the membrane surface in such a way, that additional reactive properties will be given. Thus, not only did the membrane become a physical barrier, but also turned out to be a reactive one.

  6. Controlling ion fluxes during reactive sputter-deposition of SnO{sub 2}:F

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    Jäger, Timo Romanyuk, Yaroslav E.; Tiwari, Ayodhya N.; Anders, André

    2014-07-21

    Magnetron sputtering of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) is a scalable deposition method for large-area transparent conducting films used in fenestration, photovoltaics, and other applications. The electrical conductivity of sputtered FTO is, however, lower than that of spray-pyrolized FTO because of the ion damage induced by high energy ions leading to a reduction of the crystal quality in sputtered FTO films. In this study, various ion species present during the reactive sputtering of a metallic tin target in a mixed Ar/O{sub 2}/CF{sub 4} atmosphere are systematically characterized by energy and mass spectrometry, and possible ways of controlling the ion fluxes are explored. Ion energy distribution functions (IEDFs) of the negative ions F{sup −} and O{sup −} exhibit large peaks at an energy corresponding to the full target voltage. Although the applied partial pressure of CF{sub 4} is about 1/30 than that of O{sub 2}, the obtained IEDFs of F{sup −} and O{sup −} have comparable peak height, which can be attributed to a higher electronegativity of F. The IEDFs of positively charged O{sup +}, O{sub 2}{sup +}, Ar{sup +}, and Sn{sup +} species have their peaks around 2–8 eV. To control ion fluxes a solenoid or permanent magnets were placed between the target and the mass spectrometer. The flux of positive ions could be varied by several orders of magnitude as a function of the applied current through the solenoid, whereas the high-energy (>100 eV) negative F{sup −} and O{sup −} ions were not notably deflected. By using permanent magnets with the B-field orthogonal to the ion trajectory, the flux of O{sup −} ions could be decreased by two orders and the exposure to the high-energy F{sup −} ions was completely suppressed.

  7. Influence of absolute argon and oxygen flow values at a constant ratio on the growth of Zn/ZnO nanostructures obtained by DC reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Masłyk, M.; Borysiewicz, M. A.; Wzorek, M.; Wojciechowski, T.; Kwoka, M.; Kamińska, E.

    2016-12-01

    In the present work we analyze the growth mechanism of Zn/ZnO nanostructured thin films obtained by DC reactive magnetron sputtering with variable absolute gas flow values. Zn target was sputtered at 80 W DC power with variable absolute Ar:O2 flow values at a set ratio, in sccm: 3:0.3, 6:0.6, 8:0.8, 10:1, 15:1.5, 20:2 and 30:3. We obtained unique Zn/ZnO nanoflowers with morphology and properties changing as a function of gas flow values from dendritic/nanopetal structures for low flow to dense porous films for high flow. Zn core/ZnO shell composition results from surface oxidation of Zn crystallites to 4 nm thick ZnO after exposure to atmospheric air that causes an increase in resistivity especially for denser, more porous films. Taking into account that the plasma properties measures using the Langmuir probe and optical emission spectroscopy remain constant as a function of gas flow values, we put forward that the structural evolution of films is influenced by oxygen incorporating into the film surface acting as an inhibitor - incorporating into the films and decreasing crystallite sizes and amorphizing the film structure.

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

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

    2011-11-15

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

  9. The structure and optical properties of ZnO nanocrystals embedded in SiO2 fabricated by radio-frequency sputtering.

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    Mayer, G; Fonin, M; Rüdiger, U; Schneider, R; Gerthsen, D; Janssen, N; Bratschitsch, R

    2009-02-18

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals (NCs) with high crystalline quality were prepared via radio-frequency magnetron sputtering as a SiO(2)/ZnO/SiO(2) trilayer on Si(100) and Al(2)O(3)(0001) substrates with an intermediate in situ annealing step. Transmission electron microscopy reveals a uniform dispersion of ZnO NCs in the amorphous SiO(2) matrix with typical sizes up to 16 nm with a larger fraction of smaller crystals. The size distribution analysis yields a mean grain size of 5 nm for small particles. Individual ZnO NCs show a well-defined hexagonal close packed wurtzite structure and lattice parameters close to those of bulk ZnO, confirming their high crystalline quality. Mapping of the Zn distribution by means of energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy reveals a strongly non-uniform distribution of Zn within the SiO(2) matrix, corroborating the chemical separation of ZnO NCs from surrounding SiO(2). Optical transmittance measurements confirm the findings of the electron microscopy analysis. The fabrication technique described opens up new possibilities in the preparation of ZnO NCs with high crystalline quality, including growth in monolithic optical cavities without intermediate ex situ fabrication steps.

  10. Tailored functionalization of ZnO nanoparticle via reactive cyclodextrin and its bionanocomposite synthesis.

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    Abdolmaleki, Amir; Mallakpour, Shadpour; Borandeh, Sedigheh

    2014-03-15

    β-cyclodextrin was grafted onto the surface of ZnO nanoparticles via efficient, simple and fast technique through nucleophilic substitution reaction of OH groups on ZnO nanoparticle surface with reactive cyclic oligosaccharide, Monochlorotriazinyl-β-cyclodextrin (MCT-β-CD). Characterization of functionalized ZnO nanoparticles were carried out by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), elemental analysis (CHN), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The amount of MCT-β-CD bonded to the ZnO surface was determined by CHN and TGA analysis. Followed by, innovative poly(ester-amide)/ZnO bionanocomposites (PEA/ZnO BNCs) were fabricated through solution mixing method. Due to using biodegradable amino acid containing polymer, the synthesized nanocomposites are expected to classify as biologically active materials. Morphological studies of prepared BNC proved good distribution of modified ZnO in PEA matrix with nanoscale size. Good dispersion and less aggregation, indicate the effect of functionalization on preventing nanoparticles to aggregate.

  11. A low-temperature method for improving the performance of sputter-deposited ZnO thin-film transistors with supercritical fluid

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    Chen Minchen; Huang Shengyao; Chen Shihching; Chang Tingchang; Chang Kuanchang; Li Hungwei; Lu Jin; Shi Yi

    2009-04-20

    A low-temperature method, supercritical CO{sub 2} (SCCO{sub 2}) fluid technology, is employed to improve the device properties of ZnO TFT at 150 deg. C. In this work, the undoped ZnO films were deposited by sputter at room temperature and treated by SCCO{sub 2} fluid which is mixed with 5 ml pure H{sub 2}O. After SCCO{sub 2} treatment, the on/off current ratios and threshold voltage of the device were improved significantly. From x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses, the enhancements were attributed to the stronger Zn-O bonds, the hydrogen-related donors, and the reduction in dangling bonds at the grain boundary by OH passivation.

  12. [Study of luminescence properties of nano-size ZnO embedded in SiO2 layer grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering].

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    Shang, Hong-kai; Zhang, Xi-qing; Yao, Zhi-gang; Teng, Xiao-ying; Wang, Yong-sheng; Huang, Shi-hua

    2006-03-01

    Nano-size ZnO embedded in SiO2 layers were grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. Absorption spectra and PL spectra were employed to study the optical character of the samples at room temperature. Absorption spectra blue-shifted when the size of nano-meter ZnO decreased, which indicated that quantum size effect became stronger with decreasing the size of ZnO. PL spectra show two peaks at about 387 and 441 nm, respectively. It was concluded that the UV emission originates from the radiative recombination of free-exciton, and the blue emission is due to the electron transition from donor levels of oxygen vacancies to the top of valence band. The origin of the two peaks is demonstrated by time-resolved spectra and luminescence decay curve.

  13. Preparation and characterization of n-type conductive (Al, Co) co-doped ZnO thin films deposited by sputtering from aerogel nanopowders

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    El Mir, L.; Ayadi, Z. Ben; Saadoun, M.; Djessas, K.; von Bardeleben, H. J.; Alaya, S.

    2007-11-01

    Highly transparent, n-type conducting ZnO thin films were obtained by low temperature magnetron sputtering of (Co, Al) co-doped ZnO nanocrystalline aerogels. The nanoparticles of ˜30 nm size were synthesized by a sol-gel method using supercritical drying in ethyl alcohol. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the films were investigated. The ZnO films were polycrystalline textured, preferentially oriented with the (0 0 2) crystallographic direction normal to the film plane. The films show within the visible wavelength region an optical transmittance of more than 90% and a low electrical resistivity of 3.5 × 10 -4 Ω cm at room temperature.

  14. Determination of the number density of excited and ground Zn atoms during rf magnetron sputtering of ZnO target

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    Maaloul, L.; Gangwar, R. K.; Stafford, L.

    2015-07-15

    A combination of optical absorption spectroscopy (OAS) and optical emission spectroscopy measurements was used to monitor the number density of Zn atoms in excited 4s4p ({sup 3}P{sub 2} and {sup 3}P{sub 0}) metastable states as well as in ground 4s{sup 2} ({sup 1}S{sub 0}) state in a 5 mTorr Ar radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering plasma used for the deposition of ZnO-based thin films. OAS measurements revealed an increase by about one order of magnitude of Zn {sup 3}P{sub 2} and {sup 3}P{sub 0} metastable atoms by varying the self-bias voltage on the ZnO target from −115 to −300 V. Over the whole range of experimental conditions investigated, the triplet-to-singlet metastable density ratio was 5 ± 1, which matches the statistical weight ratio of these states in Boltzmann equilibrium. Construction of a Boltzmann plot using all Zn I emission lines in the 200–500 nm revealed a constant excitation temperature of 0.33 ± 0.04 eV. In combination with measured populations of Zn {sup 3}P{sub 2} and {sup 3}P{sub 0} metastable atoms, this temperature was used to extrapolate the absolute number density of ground state Zn atoms. The results were found to be in excellent agreement with those obtained previously by actinometry on Zn atoms using Ar as the actinometer gas [L. Maaloul and L. Stafford, J. Vac. Sci. Technol., A 31, 061306 (2013)]. This set of data was then correlated to spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements of the deposition rate of Zn atoms on a Si substrate positioned at 12 cm away from the ZnO target. The deposition rate scaled linearly with the number density of Zn atoms. In sharp contrast with previous studies on RF magnetron sputtering of Cu targets, these findings indicate that metastable atoms play a negligible role on the plasma deposition dynamics of Zn-based coatings.

  15. 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.

  16. High-pressure reactively sputtered HfO2: Composition, morphology, and optical properties

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    Toledano-Luque, M.; San Andrés, E.; del Prado, A.; Mártil, I.; Lucía, M. L.; González-Díaz, G.; Martínez, F. L.; Bohne, W.; Röhrich, J.; Strub, E.

    2007-08-01

    Hafnium oxide films were deposited by high pressure reactive sputtering using different deposition pressures and times. The composition, morphology, and optical properties of the films, together with the sputtering process growth kinetics were investigated using heavy ion elastic recoil detection analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The films showed a monoclinic polycrystalline structure, with a grain size depending on the deposition pressure. All films were slightly oxygen rich with respect to stoichiometric HfO2 and presented a significant amount of hydrogen (up to 6at.%), which is attributed to the high affinity for moisture of the HfO2 films. The absorption coefficient was fitted to the Tauc law, obtaining a band gap value of 5.54eV. It was found that the growth rate of the HfO2 films depends on the deposition pressure (P ) as P-1.75. This dependence is explained by a diffusion model of the thermalized atoms in high-pressure sputtering. Additionally, the formation of an interfacial silicon oxide layer when the films were grown on silicon was observed, with a minimum thickness for deposition pressures around 1.2mbars. This interfacial layer was formed mainly during the initial stages of the deposition process, with only a slight increase in thickness afterwards. These results are explained by the oxidizing action of the oxygen plasma and the diffusion of oxygen radicals and hydroxyl groups through the polycrystalline HfO2 film. Finally, the dielectric properties of the HfO2/SiO2 stacks were studied by means of conductance and capacitance measurements on Al /HfO2/SiO2/Si devices as a function of gate voltage and ac frequency signal.

  17. 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.

  18. Optical and electron transport properties of reactively sputtered Cu/sub x/S

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    Leong, J.Y.C.

    1980-06-30

    Thin films of Cu/sub x/S were deposited on glass slides by sputtering Cu in a reactive H/sub 2/S/Ar environment. Optical transmittance and reflectance measurements were used to explore the infrared absorption spectra of the material. Analysis of the absorption edge characteristics resulted in the identification of an indirect bandgap at 1.15 (+-.05) eV, a direct bandgap at 1.30 (+-.05) eV, and an electron effective mass of 1.0 (+-0.2) m/sub 0/. Electrical data consisting of resistivity and Hall effect measurements from liquid nitrogen to room temperature were analyzed to determine the dominant scattering mechanisms limiting the hole mobility in the material. Ionized impurity scattering was the dominant mechanism at low temperatures (T < 100/sup 0/K) and polar optical phonon scattering was most effective at high temperatures (T > 150/sup 0/K). All films were p-type. Effects of sputtering gas pressure, heat treatments, and temperature on the properties were studied.

  19. Correlation between the mechanical stress and microstructure in reactive bias magnetron sputtered silicon nitride films

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    Kim, J.H.; Lee, W.S.; Chung, K.W.

    1998-12-31

    The influence of ion bombardment on the mechanical stress and microstructure of sputtered silicon nitride (SiN{sub x}) films has been systematically investigated. Applied substrate bias voltage was used to control the bombardment energy in a radio frequency (rf) reactive magnetron sputtering system. The resultant films were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), stress and chemical etch rate measurements. As the bias voltage was increased, the internal stress in SiN{sub x} films became increasingly compressive and reached a value of about 18.3 {times} 10{sup 9} dyne cm{sup 2} at higher bias voltages. These correlated well with the transition of the film microstructure from a porous microcolumnar structure containing large void to the more densely packed one. The obtained results can be explained in terms of atomic peening by energetic particles, leading to densification of the microstructure. It was also found that the amount of argon incorporated in the film is increased with increasing bias voltage, whereas the oxygen content is decreased. The lowest etch rate in buffered HF solution, approximately 1.2 {angstrom}/sec, was observed with the application of a substrate bias of {minus}50 V.

  20. Low Temperature Reactive Sputtering of Thin Aluminum Nitride Films on Metallic Nanocomposites

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    Ramadan, Khaled Sayed Elbadawi; Evoy, Stephane

    2015-01-01

    Piezoelectric aluminum nitride thin films were deposited on aluminum-molybdenum (AlMo) metallic nanocomposites using reactive DC sputtering at room temperature. The effect of sputtering parameters on film properties was assessed. A comparative study between AlN grown on AlMo and pure aluminum showed an equivalent (002) crystallographic texture. The piezoelectric coefficients were measured to be 0.5±0.1 C m-2 and 0.9±0.1 C m-2, for AlN deposited on Al/0.32Mo and pure Al, respectively. Films grown onto Al/0.32Mo however featured improved surface roughness. Roughness values were measured to be 1.3nm and 5.4 nm for AlN films grown on AlMo and on Al, respectively. In turn, the dielectric constant was measured to be 8.9±0.7 for AlN deposited on Al/0.32Mo seed layer, and 8.7±0.7 for AlN deposited on aluminum; thus, equivalent within experimental error. Compatibility of this room temperature process with the lift-off patterning of the deposited AlN is also reported. PMID:26193701

  1. Oxygen Interstitial Defects in Sc2O3 Thin Films Deposited with Reactive Ion Beam Sputtering

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    Schiltz, Drew; Langston, Peter; Krous, Erik; Patel, Dinesh; Markosyan, Ashot; Route, Rodger; Menoni, Carmen; Colorado State University Team; Stanford University Team

    2014-03-01

    Numerous defects may develop when depositing amorphous thin films with reactive ion beam sputtering, including interstitials and vacancies. In many cases, these defects limit the functionality of the film, degrading both the mechanical and optical properties. This study aims to investigate the nature of oxygen interstitial point defects in scandium oxide thin films and characterize the effect on composition, optical absorption and mechanical stress. The films are deposited with argon ion beam sputtering of a scandium metal target. The density of defects is correlated with the oxygen partial pressure, revealing an optimal condition where defects are minimized. Furthermore, the defect density also demonstrates a direct correlation with the main ion beam accelerating voltage. The native oxygen defects behave as shallow levels, with binding energies in the 1-2 eV range. Work supported by the DoD Office of Naval Research and the High Energy Laser Program of the DoD Joint Technology Office. National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA.

  2. Low Temperature Reactive Sputtering of Thin Aluminum Nitride Films on Metallic Nanocomposites.

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    Ramadan, Khaled Sayed Elbadawi; Evoy, Stephane

    2015-01-01

    Piezoelectric aluminum nitride thin films were deposited on aluminum-molybdenum (AlMo) metallic nanocomposites using reactive DC sputtering at room temperature. The effect of sputtering parameters on film properties was assessed. A comparative study between AlN grown on AlMo and pure aluminum showed an equivalent (002) crystallographic texture. The piezoelectric coefficients were measured to be 0.5±0.1 C m(-2) and 0.9±0.1 C m(-2), for AlN deposited on Al/0.32Mo and pure Al, respectively. Films grown onto Al/0.32Mo however featured improved surface roughness. Roughness values were measured to be 1.3nm and 5.4 nm for AlN films grown on AlMo and on Al, respectively. In turn, the dielectric constant was measured to be 8.9±0.7 for AlN deposited on Al/0.32Mo seed layer, and 8.7±0.7 for AlN deposited on aluminum; thus, equivalent within experimental error. Compatibility of this room temperature process with the lift-off patterning of the deposited AlN is also reported.

  3. Response to visible light in amorphous carbon nitride films prepared by reactive sputtering

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    Aono, Masami; Harata, Tomo; Kitazawa, Nobuaki; Watanabe, Yoshihisa

    2016-01-01

    Amorphous carbon nitride (a-CNx) deposited by reactive sputtering shows deformation, photoconductive behavior, and thermal radiation by visible light irradiation. In this study, we investigated these photoresponse behaviors of a-CNx. To obtain films with different bonding structures, the films were deposited at various temperatures from 473 to 873 K. A reduction in N/C ratio led to a decrease in C-N bonding fraction and an increase in graphite component. The optical band gaps decreased with increasing temperature. Under white light illumination, the surface temperature of a-CNx increased with the narrowing of the band gap owing to the conversion of photon energy primarily into thermal energy. On the photoconductivity and deformation, a nonlinear relationship to the band gap energy was observed. In addition, both these photoresponses showed opposite trends in relation to the deposition temperature. The photoinduced deformation was suppressed by increasing the graphite component and decreasing the C-N bonding fraction.

  4. Manufacturing of HfOxNy films using reactive magnetron sputtering for ISFET application

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    Firek, Piotr; Wysokiński, Piotr

    2016-12-01

    Hafnium Oxide-Nitride films were deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering in O2/N2/Ar gas mixture. Deposition was planned according to Taguchi optimization method. Morphology of fabricated layers was tested using AFM technique (Ra=0.2÷1,0 nm). Thickness of HfOXNY films was measured using spectroscopic ellipsometry (t=45÷54 nm). Afterwards MIS structures were created by Al metallization process then layers were electrically characterised using I-V and C-V measurements. This allowed to calculate the electrical parameters of layers such as: flat-band voltage UFB, dielectric constant Ki, interface state trap density Dit and effective charge Qeff. Subsequently, deposited HfOxNy layers were annealed in PDA process (40 min 400 °C 100% N2) after which the electrical characterization was performed again.

  5. Structural-dependent thermal conductivity of aluminium nitride produced by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Belkerk, B. E.; Soussou, A.; Carette, M.; Djouadi, M. A.; Scudeller, Y.

    2012-10-08

    This Letter reports the thermal conductivity of aluminium nitride (AlN) thin-films deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering on single-crystal silicon substrates (100) with varying plasma and magnetic conditions achieving different crystalline qualities. The thermal conductivity of the films was measured at room temperature with the transient hot-strip technique for film thicknesses ranging from 100 nm to 4000 nm. The thermal conductivity was found to increase with the thickness depending on the synthesis conditions and film microstructure. The conductivity in the bulk region of the films, so-called intrinsic conductivity, and the boundary resistance were in the range [120-210] W m{sup -1} K{sup -1} and [2-30 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9}] K m{sup 2} W{sup -1}, respectively, in good agreement with microstructures analysed by x-ray diffraction, high-resolution-scanning-electron-microscopy, and transmission-electron-microscopy.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Reactive DC magnetron sputtered zirconium nitride (ZrN) thin film and its characterization

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    Subramanian, B.; Ashok, K.; Sanjeeviraja, C.; Kuppusami, P.; Jayachandran, M.

    2008-05-01

    Zirconium nitride (ZrN) thin films were prepared by using reactive direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering onto different substrates. A good polycrystalline nature with face centered cubic structure was observed from X-ray Diffraction for ZrN thin films. The observed 'd' values from the X-ray Diffraction pattern were found to be in good agreement with the standard 'd' values (JCPDS-89-5269). An emission peak is observed at 587nm from Photoluminescence studies for the excitation at 430nm. The resistivity value (ρ) of 2.1798 (μΩ cm) was observed. ZrN has high wear resistance and low coefficient of friction. A less negative value of Ecorr and lower value of Icorr observed for ZrN / Mild Steel (MS) clearly confirm the better corrosion resistance than the bare substrate. Also the higher Rct value and lower Cdl value was observed for ZrN / MS from Nyquist - plot.

  11. Elastic properties of B-C-N films grown by N{sub 2}-reactive sputtering from boron carbide targets

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    Salas, E.; Jiménez Riobóo, R. J.; Jiménez-Villacorta, F.; Prieto, C.; Sánchez-Marcos, J.; Muñoz-Martín, A.; Prieto, J. E.; Joco, V.

    2013-12-07

    Boron-carbon-nitrogen films were grown by RF reactive sputtering from a B{sub 4}C target and N{sub 2} as reactive gas. The films present phase segregation and are mechanically softer than boron carbide films (a factor of more than 2 in Young's modulus). This fact can turn out as an advantage in order to select buffer layers to better anchor boron carbide films on substrates eliminating thermally induced mechanical tensions.

  12. Bolometric properties of reactively sputtered TiO2-x films for thermal infrared image sensors

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    Reddy, Y. Ashok Kumar; Kang, In-Ku; Shin, Young Bong; Lee, Hee Chul

    2015-09-01

    A heat-sensitive layer (TiO2-x ) was successfully deposited by RF reactive magnetron sputtering for infrared (IR) image sensors at different relative mass flow of oxygen gas (R O2) levels. The deposition rate was decreased with an increase in the percentage of R O2 from 3.4% to 3.7%. TiO2-x samples deposited at room temperature exhibited amorphous characteristics. Oxygen deficiency causes a change in the oxidation state and is assumed to decrease the Ti4+ component on the surfaces of TiO2-x films. The oxygen stoichiometry (x) in TiO2-x films decreased from 0.35 to 0.05 with increasing the R O2 level from 3.4% to 3.7%, respectively. In TiO2-x -test-patterned samples, the resistivity decreased with the temperature, confirming the typical semiconducting property. The bolometric properties of the resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR), and the flicker (1/ f) noise parameter were determined at different x values in TiO2-x samples. The rate of TCR dependency with regard to the 1/ f noise parameter is a universal bolometric parameter (β), acting as the dynamic element in a bolometer. It is high when a sample has a relatively low resistivity (0.82 Ω·cm) and a lower 1/ f noise parameter (3.16   ×   10-12). The results of this study indicate that reactively sputtered TiO2-x is a viable bolometric material for uncooled IR image sensor devices.

  13. Modelling of the reactive sputtering process with non-uniform discharge current density and different temperature conditions

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    Vašina, P; Hytková, T; Eliáš, M

    2009-05-01

    The majority of current models of the reactive magnetron sputtering assume a uniform shape of the discharge current density and the same temperature near the target and the substrate. However, in the real experimental set-up, the presence of the magnetic field causes high density plasma to form in front of the cathode in the shape of a toroid. Consequently, the discharge current density is laterally non-uniform. In addition to this, the heating of the background gas by sputtered particles, which is usually referred to as the gas rarefaction, plays an important role. This paper presents an extended model of the reactive magnetron sputtering that assumes the non-uniform discharge current density and which accommodates the gas rarefaction effect. It is devoted mainly to the study of the behaviour of the reactive sputtering rather that to the prediction of the coating properties. Outputs of this model are compared with those that assume uniform discharge current density and uniform temperature profile in the deposition chamber. Particular attention is paid to the modelling of the radial variation of the target composition near transitions from the metallic to the compound mode and vice versa. A study of the target utilization in the metallic and compound mode is performed for two different discharge current density profiles corresponding to typical two pole and multipole magnetics available on the market now. Different shapes of the discharge current density were tested. Finally, hysteresis curves are plotted for various temperature conditions in the reactor.

  14. Reactive gas pulsing sputtering process, a promising technique to elaborate silicon oxynitride multilayer nanometric antireflective coatings

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    Farhaoui, A.; Bousquet, A.; Smaali, R.; Moreau, A.; Centeno, E.; Cellier, J.; Bernard, C.; Rapegno, R.; Réveret, F.; Tomasella, E.

    2017-01-01

    The oxynitride materials present a high versatility, which enables their properties to be controlled by tuning their elemental composition. This is the case for silicon oxynitrides used for multilayer antireflective coatings (ARCs), where several thin films with various refractive indexes are needed. Different techniques allow for the modification of the thin film composition. In this paper, we investigate the reactive gas pulsing sputtering process to easily tune the thin film composition, from an oxide to a nitride, by controlling the averaged oxygen flow rate, without reducing the deposition rate, compared to a conventional reactive process (CP). We then demonstrated that the refractive indexes of films deposited by this pulsing process (PP) can be varied in the same range compared to films obtained by CP (from 1.83 to 1.45 at 1.95 eV), whereas their extinction coefficients remain low. Finally, the multilayer ARC has been simulated and optimized by a genetic algorithm for wavelength at 600 nm and for the silicon substrate. Various optimized multilayer (mono-, bi- and tri-layers) structures have been deposited by the PP technique and characterized. They are presented in good agreement with the simulated reflectivity. Hence, the PP allows for an easy depositing tri-layer system with a reasonable deposition rate and low reflectivity (8.1% averaged on 400-750 nm visible light range).

  15. Structural and ellipsometric study on tailored optical properties of tantalum oxynitride films deposited by reactive sputtering

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    Bousquet, Angélique; Zoubian, Fadi; Cellier, Joël; Taviot-Gueho, Christine; Sauvage, T.; Tomasella, Eric

    2014-11-01

    Oxynitride materials, which offer the possibility of merging oxide and nitride properties, are increasingly studied for this reason. This paper focuses on assessing the optical properties of tantalum oxynitride thin films deposited by pure tantalum target sputtering in an Ar/O2/N2 reactive atmosphere. First, by changing the oxygen to reactive gas flow rate ratio, and using thermal post-treatment, we deposited films with elemental compositions studied by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, ranging from a nitride (close to Ta3N5) to an oxide (close to Ta2O5) with various structures analyzed by x-ray diffraction. Their optical properties were investigated in depth by spectroscopic ellipsometry and UV-visible spectroscopy. For the ellipsometry investigation, we propose a model combining the Tauc-Lorentz law and additional Lorentz oscillator: the first contribution is linked to a semi-conductor or insulator film matrix, and the second one to the presence of conductive TaN crystals. Ellipsometry thus appears as a powerful tool to investigate complex materials such as tantalum oxynitrides. Moreover, we demonstrated that using this deposition method we were able to finely tune the film refractive index from 3.4 to 2.0 (at 1.96 eV) and the optical band gap, specifically from 1.3 to 2.7 eV.

  16. Study on amorphous TiAlN films produced by radiofrequency reactive sputtering

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    Garcia-Gonzalez, L.; Morales-Hernandez, J.; Bartolo-Perez, J. P.; Ceh-Soberanis, O.; Munoz-Saldana, J.; Espinoza-Beltran, F. J.

    2004-06-01

    Using the reactive magnetron rf sputtering technique, we prepared TiAlN films with amorphous structure on Corning glass and steel substrates in a reactive atmosphere of nitrogen and argon using a target of Ti-Al (40/60 wt. %). The average temperature of the substrates was about 25degreesC, with the purpose of obtaining amorphous films. The ratio of partial pressure of nitrogen to argon, P-N/P-Ar, was varied according to these values: 0.14, 0.28, and 0.43; fixing these values during whole the evaporation. Further on, films were prepared introducing nitrogen in periodic pulses with maximum values of P-N/P-Ar approximate to 4.7 during 45 seconds, with fixed periods of 10, 15 and 20 minutes. In all cases amorphous films were obtained, according to X-ray Diffraction. The chemical composition of the samples was measured by electron dispersive spectroscopy, showing a clear dependence with the evaporation conditions. In spite of the amorphous structure of the material, atomic force microscopy measurements showed a surface morphology dependent on the nitrogen content. Additionally, measurements of electronic spectroscopy for chemical analysis and Raman scattering spectroscopy for identification of chemical bonds were carried out. Measurements of mechanical properties of the samples were carried out using nanoindentation and micro-hardness Vicker's tests.

  17. Microwave ion beam sources for reactive etching and sputter deposition applications

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    Jolly, T. W.; Blackborrow, P.

    1990-01-01

    There are important industrial applications for broadbeam microwave ion beam sources which give current densities in the range 0.1-4.0 mA/cm2 at energies between 100 and 1500 eV. These include machines for the production of multilayer optical coatings by means of ion beam sputter deposition, and cassette-to-cassette machines for inert and reactive ion beam etching of semiconductor wafers. In both cases, the ability to run reliably, and at high power for several hundred hours without unscheduled maintenance is most valuable, and may well justify the extra cost of such a source over the conventional Kaufman hot-filament source. The sources discussed in this article use dual high-power grids of pyrolytic graphite, using a self-aligning design, to produce uniform ion beams with diameters of up to l2 cm. Stabilities of better than 1% over several hundred hours of operation are achieved. The design of the discharge chamber and grids enables operation on most inert and reactive gas mixtures. Typical run data and beam profiles obtained when running on argon, oxygen, and chlorine will be presented.

  18. Wettability of Y2O3: A Relative Analysis of Thermally Oxidized, Reactively Sputtered and Template Assisted Nanostructured Coatings

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    Barshilia, Harish C.; Chaudhary, Archana; Kumar, Praveen; Manikandanath, Natarajan T.

    2012-01-01

    The wettability of reactively sputtered Y2O3, thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 and Cd-CdO template assisted Y2O3 coatings has been studied. The wettability of as-deposited Y2O3 coatings was determined by contact angle measurements. The water contact angles for reactively sputtered, thermally oxidized and template assisted Y2O3 nanostructured coatings were 99°, 117° and 155°, respectively. The average surface roughness values of reactively sputtered, thermally oxidized and template assisted Y2O3 coatings were determined by using atomic force microscopy and the corresponding values were 3, 11 and 180 nm, respectively. The low contact angle of the sputter deposited Y2O3 and thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 coatings is attributed to a densely packed nano-grain like microstructure without any void space, leading to low surface roughness. A water droplet on such surfaces is mostly in contact with a solid surface relative to a void space, leading to a hydrophobic surface (low contact angle). Surface roughness is a crucial factor for the fabrication of a superhydrophobic surface. For Y2O3 coatings, the surface roughness was improved by depositing a thin film of Y2O3 on the Cd-CdO template (average roughness = 178 nm), which resulted in a contact angle greater than 150°. The work of adhesion of water was very high for the reactively sputtered Y2O3 (54 mJ/m2) and thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 coatings (43 mJ/m2) compared to the Cd-CdO template assisted Y2O3 coating (7 mJ/m2).

  19. Reactive sputter deposition of pyrite structure transition metal disulfide thin films: Microstructure, transport, and magnetism

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    Baruth, A.; Manno, M.; Narasimhan, D.; Shankar, A.; Zhang, X.; Johnson, M.; Aydil, E. S.; Leighton, C.

    2012-09-01

    Transition metal disulfides crystallizing in the pyrite structure (e.g., TMS{sub 2}, with TM = Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) are a class of materials that display a remarkably diverse array of functional properties. These properties include highly spin-polarized ferromagnetism (in Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}S{sub 2}), superconductivity (in CuS{sub 2}), an antiferromagnetic Mott insulating ground state (in NiS{sub 2}), and semiconduction with close to optimal parameters for solar absorber applications (in FeS{sub 2}). Exploitation of these properties in heterostructured devices requires the development of reliable and reproducible methods for the deposition of high quality pyrite structure thin films. In this manuscript, we report on the suitability of reactive sputter deposition from metallic targets in an Ar/H{sub 2}S environment as a method to achieve exactly this. Optimization of deposition temperature, Ar/H{sub 2}S pressure ratio, and total working gas pressure, assisted by plasma optical emission spectroscopy, reveals significant windows over which deposition of single-phase, polycrystalline, low roughness pyrite films can be achieved. This is illustrated for the test cases of the ferromagnetic metal CoS{sub 2} and the diamagnetic semiconductor FeS{sub 2}, for which detailed magnetic and transport characterization are provided. The results indicate significant improvements over alternative deposition techniques such as ex situ sulfidation of metal films, opening up exciting possibilities for all-sulfide heterostructured devices. In particular, in the FeS{sub 2} case it is suggested that fine-tuning of the sputtering conditions provides a potential means to manipulate doping levels and conduction mechanisms, critical issues in solar cell applications. Parenthetically, we note that conditions for synthesis of phase-pure monosulfides and thiospinels are also identified.

  20. The impact of oxygen incorporation during intrinsic ZnO sputtering on the performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin film solar cells

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    Lee, Kkotnim; Ok, Eun-A; Park, Jong-Keuk; Kim, Won Mok; Baik, Young-Joon; Jeong, Jeung-hyun; Kim, Donghwan

    2014-08-25

    We investigated the impact of incorporating 2% oxygen during intrinsic ZnO sputtering on the efficiency of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} solar cells. The added oxygen not only reduced the optical absorption loss of the Al-doped ZnO overlaying layer but also improved the electronic properties of the underlying CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} by increasing carrier density, lowering defect level, and increasing diffusion length, eventually enhancing J{sub SC}, V{sub OC}, and fill factor. It was found that the Na doping concentration was significantly increased around the CdS/Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} junction due to the plasma-activated oxygen. The improved electronic properties are better explained by the increased Na concentration than simply the oxygen-related defect passivation.

  1. Characteristics and Time-Dependent Instability of Ga-Doped ZnO Thin Film Transistor Fabricated by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering

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    Huang, Hai-Qin; Sun, Jian; Liu, Feng-Juan; Zhao, Jian-Wei; Hu, Zuo-Fu; Li, Zhen-Jun; Zhang, Xi-Qing; Wang, Yong-Sheng

    2011-12-01

    We report on the fabrication and electrical characteristics of Ga-doped ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs). Low Ga-doped (0.7wt%) ZnO thin films were deposited on SiO2/p-Si substrates by rf magnetron sputtering. The GZO TFTs show a mobility of 1.76 cm2/V·s, an on/off ratio of 1.0 × 106, and a threshold voltage of 35 V. The time-dependent instability of the TFT is studied. The VTH shifts negatively. In addition, the device shows a decrease of the on/off ratio, mainly due to the increase of the off-current. The mechanisms of instability are discussed.

  2. Effect of aging under ambient conditions on the optical properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films deposited by direct current sputtering

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    Barhoumi, A.; Leroy, G.; Duponchel, B.; Gest, J.; Guermazi, S.

    2017-01-01

    Transparent and conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited on a glass substrate by direct current sputtering. In a previous study, we noted the influence of time on structural and electrical characteristics of films. In the present paper, the effect of a two-year aging under ambient conditions on the optical properties was investigated. A global improvement of the optical properties of AZO thin films was observed. The optical transmittance spectra revealed a high transmittance more than 90% in the Vis-NIR regions and a high absorption in the ultraviolet range. It is assumed that the crystallinity segregation leads to the decrease of optical scattering. The results from the optical measurements showed a reorganization of the structure leading to the degradation of the structural homogeneity. Nevertheless, the evolution of the figure of merit shows that Al-doped ZnO is a good candidate for the manufacturing and the commercialization of transparent conducting oxide devices.

  3. DC sputtering assisted nano-branched core-shell TiO2/ZnO electrodes for application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Zengming; Hu, Yong; Qin, Fuyu; Ding, Yutian

    2016-07-01

    TiO2/ZnO core-shell photo-anodes with a large surface area were synthesised by a combination of chemical growth and direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering (MS). The use of these combined methods for the advancement of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was discussed. An understanding of the morphology and structure of this core-shell material was obtained from the use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that the thickness of the ZnO nanoshells (as assessed by using TEM), prepared by MS, has a significant effect on improvements in the conversion efficiency. The conversion efficiency can be greatly improved from 0.06% to 0.72% by optimising different experimental conditions, such as ZnO nanoshell MS time and chemical bath deposition time. The enhanced efficiency may be attributed to the emergence of a ZnO energy barrier and the improvement of the photo-anode surface area.

  4. 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.

  5. Physical and optoelectronic characterization of reactively sputtered molybdenum-silicon-nitride alloy metal gate electrodes

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    Patel, P.; Nadesalingam, M.; Wallace, R. M.; Buchanan, D. A.

    2009-01-01

    With continued transistor scaling, work function tuning of metal gates has become important for advanced complementary-metal-oxide-silicon applications. The work function tuning of reactively sputtered MoxSiyNz (also referred to as MoSiN) gates has been studied through the incorporation of nitrogen. The nitrogen concentration in the MoSiN films was altered by controlling the gas flow ratio, RN=N2/(N2+Ar), during gate deposition. The sheet resistance (Rs) of blanket MoSiN films, measured using four-point resistance method, was found to increase as the gas flow ratio was varied from 10% to 40%. Current-voltage measurements confirmed excellent electrical stability of MoSiN/SiO2/p-Si gate stack for applied electric fields ranging up to 6 MV/cm. High frequency capacitance-voltage measurements were used to extract the MoSiN work function (Φm) using the relationship between the flatband voltage (VFB) and the oxide thickness (tox). The extracted MoSiN/SiO2 interfacial barrier heights, obtained through the internal photoemission of electrons, were used to corroborate the extracted values of MoSiN work function. The MoSiN work functions (Φm), extracted independently using both techniques, were consistent and were observed to decrease with increasing gas flow ratio [N2/(N2+Ar)]. Secondary ion mass spectrometry depth analysis revealed uniform distribution of nitrogen throughout the bulk MoSiN films, with no piling up at gate-dielectric interface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy surface analysis suggested a steady increase in the Mo-N bonds, and therefore the total nitrogen concentration (from ˜20% to 32%), as the gas flow ratio is increased from 10% to 40%. A similar trend was observed in the nitrogen concentration (in percent), measured using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, for these gate deposition conditions. These material characterization results demonstrate that the increase in nitrogen concentration in MoSiN films is consistent with the lowering of Mo

  6. Transparent conducting Si-codoped Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering using Al-doped ZnO powder targets containing SiC

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    Nomoto, Jun-ichi; Miyata, Toshihiro; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2009-07-15

    Transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films codoped with Si, or Si-codoped AZO (AZO:Si), were prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering using a powder mixture of ZnO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and SiC as the target; the Si content (Si/[Si+Zn] atomic ratio) was varied from 0 to 1 at. %, but the Al content (Al/[Al+Zn] atomic ratio) was held constant. To investigate the effect of carbon on the electrical properties of AZO:Si thin films prepared using the powder targets containing SiC, the authors also prepared thin films using a mixture of ZnO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and SiO{sub 2} or SiO powders as the target. They found that when AZO:Si thin films were deposited on glass substrates at about 200 degree sign C, both Al and Si doped into ZnO acted as effective donors and the atomic carbon originating from the sputtered target acted as a reducing agent. As a result, sufficient improvement was obtained in the spatial distribution of resistivity on the substrate surface in AZO:Si thin films prepared with a Si content (Si/[Si+Zn] atomic ratio) of 0.75 at. % using powder targets containing SiC. The improvement in resistivity distribution was mainly attributed to increases in both carrier concentration and Hall mobility at locations on the substrate corresponding to the target erosion region. In addition, the resistivity stability of AZO: Si thin films exposed to air for 30 min at a high temperature was found to improve with increasing Si content.

  7. TiN films fabricated by reactive gas pulse sputtering: A hybrid design of multilayered and compositionally graded structures

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    Yang, Jijun; Zhang, Feifei; Wan, Qiang; Lu, Chenyang; Peng, Mingjing; Liao, Jiali; Yang, Yuanyou; Wang, Lumin; Liu, Ning

    2016-12-01

    Reactive gas pulse (RGP) sputtering approach was used to prepare TiN thin films through periodically changing the N2/Ar gas flow ratio. The obtained RGPsbnd TiN film possessed a hybrid architecture containing compositionally graded and multilayered structures, composed of hcp Ti-phase and fcc TiN-phase sublayers. Meanwhile, the RGP-TiN film exhibited a composition-oscillation along the film thickness direction, where the Ti-phase sublayer had a compositional gradient and the TiN-phase retained a constant stoichiometric ratio of Ti:N ≈ 1. The film modulation ratio λ (the thicknesses ratio of the Ti and TiN-phase sublayer) can be effectively tuned by controlling the undulation behavior of the N2 partial flow rate. Detailed analysis showed that this hybrid structure originated from a periodic transition of the film growth mode during the reactive sputtering process.

  8. Optical and Chemical Properties of Mixed-valent Rhenium Oxide Films Synthesized by Reactive DC Magnetron Sputtering

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    2015-04-03

    oxygen– argon environment. The oxygen and argon flow rates were systematically varied, while the extinction coefficient, k, of the deposited layers was...deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering employing a metallic rhenium target within an oxygen– argon environment. The oxygen and argon flow rates...throughout film growth, allows for the selection of oxygen (QO2) and argon (QAr) flow rates capable of increasing ReO3 content within the films

  9. Nanostructured and wide bandgap CdS:O thin films grown by reactive RF sputtering

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    Islam, M. A.; Rahman, K. S.; Haque, F.; Rashid, M. J.; Akhtaruzzaman, M.; Sopian, K.; Sulaiman, Y.; Amin, N.

    2015-05-15

    In this study, CdS:O thin films were prepared from a 99.999% CdS target by reactive sputtering in a Ar:O{sub 2} (99:1) ambient with different RF power at room temperature. The deposited films were studied by means of XRD, SEM, EDX, Hall Effect and UV-Vis spectrometry. The incorporations of O{sub 2} into the films were observed to increase with the decrease of deposition power. The cryatallinity of the films were reduced, whereas the band gaps of the films were increased by the increase of O{sub 2} content on the films. The films were found in nano-structured grains with a compact surface. It has been seen that the highest carrier density is observed in the film with O{sub 2} at.% 21.10, while the values decreased with the further increase or decrease of O{sub 2} content on the films; indicating that specific amount of donor like O{sub 2} atoms substitute to the S atoms can improve the carrier density of the CdS:O thin film.

  10. Vanadium oxide thin films for bolometric applications deposited by reactive pulsed dc sputtering

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    Fieldhouse, N.; Pursel, S. M.; Carey, R.; Horn, M. W.; Bharadwaja, S. S. N.

    2009-07-15

    Vanadium oxide (VO{sub x}) thin films were deposited by reactive pulse dc magnetron sputtering process using a pure vanadium metal target. The structural, microstructure, and electrical properties were correlated as a function of processing parameters such as substrate temperature, Ar:O partial pressures ratios, and pulsed dc power to fabricate these films. The VO{sub x} films deposited at various substrate temperatures between 30 and 300 degree sign C using a range of oxygen to argon partial pressure ratios exhibited huge variation in their microstructure even though most of them are amorphous to x-ray diffraction technique. In addition, the electrical properties such as temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR), resistivity, and noise levels were influenced by film microstructure. The TCRs of the VO{sub x} films were in the range of -1.1% to -2.4% K{sup -1} having resistivity values of 0.1-100 {Omega} cm. In particular, films grown at lower substrate temperatures with higher oxygen partial pressures have shown finer columnar grain structure and exhibited larger TCR and resistivity.

  11. Indium oxide-based transparent conductive films deposited by reactive sputtering using alloy targets

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    Miyazaki, Yusuke; Maruyama, Eri; Jia, Junjun; Machinaga, Hironobu; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2017-04-01

    High-quality transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films, Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) and In2O3–ZnO (IZO), were successfully deposited on either synthetic silica or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates in the “transition region” by reactive dc magnetron sputtering using In–Zn and In–Sn alloy targets, respectively, with a specially designed plasma emission feedback system. The composition, crystallinity, surface morphology, and electrical and optical properties of the films were analyzed. All of the IZO films were amorphous, whereas the ITO films were polycrystalline over a wide range of deposition conditions. The minimum resistivities of the IZO and ITO films deposited on the heated PET substrates at 150 °C were 3.3 × 10‑4 and 5.4 × 10‑4 Ω·cm, respectively. By applying rf bias to unheated PET substrates, ITO films with a resistivity of 4.4 × 10‑4 Ω·cm were deposited at a dc self-bias voltage of ‑60 V.

  12. Preparation and Optical Properties of Zirconium-Titanium-Oxide Thin Films by Reactive Sputtering

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    Matsumoto, Hironaga; Sekine, Masato; Miura, Noboru; Nakano, Ryotaro; Matsumoto, Setsuko

    2005-02-01

    Zirconium-titanium-oxide thin films were prepared by multi-target rf reactive sputtering using metallic targets of zirconium and titanium. The compositional ratio of zirconium to titanium in the thin films was precisely controlled through rf power. Zirconium and titanium in the thin films were found to exist as mixtures of chemically bonded ZrO2 and TiO2 from XPS spectra. The zirconium-titanium-oxide thin films with compositional ratio x<0.42 were identified to have a tetragonal crystal structure, whereas those with x≥q 0.42 were identified to be in the amorphous state. The refractive index of the zirconium-titanium-oxide thin film at a wavelength of 550 nm changed from 2.25 to 2.55 according to compositional ratio x, and the dispersion of the refractive index was analyzed using the Lorentz oscillator model with four oscillators. It was clarified that the estimated oscillator energies E1 (10.5 eV) and E2 (6.5 eV) correspond to zirconium oxide, and that E3 (5.5 eV) and E4 (4.3 eV) correspond to titanium oxide from fundamental absorption spectra and photoconductivity.

  13. Reactively-sputtered zinc semiconductor films of high conductivity for heterojunction devices

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    Stirn, Richard J. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    A high conductivity, n-doped semiconductor film is produced from zinc, or Zn and Cd, and group VI elements selected from Se, S and Te in a reactive magnetron sputtering system having a chamber with one or two targets, a substrate holder, means for heating the substrate holder, and an electric field for ionizing gases in the chamber. Zinc or a compound of Zn and Cd is placed in the position of one of the two targets and doping material in the position of the other of the two targets. Zn and Cd may be placed in separate targets while a dopant is placed in the third target. Another possibility is to place an alloy of Zn and dopant, or Zn, Cd and dopant in one target, thus using only one target. A flow of the inert gas is ionized and directed toward said targets, while a flow of a reactant gas consisting of hydrides of the group VI elements is directed toward a substrate on the holder. The targets are biased to attract negatively ionized inert gas. The desired stochiometry for high conductivity is achieved by controlling the temperature of the substrate, and partial pressures of the gases, and the target power and total pressure of the gases in the chamber.

  14. Summary abstract: reactivity sputtered RuO/sub 2/ and Mo-O diffusion barriers

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    So, F.C.; Kolawa, E.; Zhao, X.; Pan, E.T.; Nicolet, M.

    1987-12-01

    Diffusion barriers are indispensable in present very large scale integrated (VLSI) contact technologies to preserve the integrity of shallow junctions and Schottky barriers from aluminum spiking during postmetallization processing. While a mammoth effort has been devoted to refractory metal nitrides, little attention is paid to the suitability of thin films of conducting transition-metal oxides for diffusion barrier applications. This attitude probably springs from the fact that most transition-metal oxides are electrically insulating. There are, however, transition-metal oxides that exhibit conductivities at room temperatures. One type of conducting oxide has an oxygen to metal ratio of 2. Two groups can be distinguished. The first one consists of the dioxides of the platinum-group metals which crystallize in the rutile structure: ruthenium dioxide, osmium dioxide, iridium dioxide, and rhodium dioxide. Among the four, RuO/sub 2/ is reported to possess the lowest bulk resistivity. The other class is made up of the dioxides that adopt distorted variants of the rutile structure: CrO/sub 2/, molybdenum dioxide, and WO/sub 2/. Single crystals of MoO/sub 2/ are monoclinic and have a room-temperature resistivity of approx. 90 micro ohms sq. cm. This report summarizes the important aspects of the deposition behavior of RuO/sub 2/ and Mo-O films formed by radio-frequency (rf) reactive sputtering and their diffusion barrier properties against interdiffusion in aluminum-silicon couples.

  15. 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.

  16. Growth dynamics of reactive-sputtering-deposited AlN films

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    Auger, M.A.; Vazquez, L.; Sanchez, O.; Jergel, M.; Cuerno, R.; Castro, M.

    2005-06-15

    We have studied the surface kinetic roughening of AlN films grown on Si(100) substrates by dc reactive sputtering within the framework of the dynamic scaling theory. Films deposited under the same experimental conditions for different growth times were analyzed by atomic force microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The AlN films display a (002) preferred orientation. We have found two growth regimes with a crossover time of 36 min. In the first regime, the growth dynamics is unstable and the films present two types of textured domains, well textured and randomly oriented, respectively. In contrast, in the second regime the films are homogeneous and well textured, leading to a relative stabilization of the surface roughness characterized by a growth exponent {beta}=0.37{+-}0.03. In this regime a superrough scaling behavior is found with the following exponents: (i) Global exponents: roughness exponent {alpha}=1.2{+-}0.2 and {beta}=0.37{+-}0.03 and coarsening exponent 1/z=0.32{+-}0.05; (ii) local exponents: {alpha}{sub loc}=1, {beta}{sub loc}=0.32{+-}0.01. The differences between the growth modes are found to be related to the different main growth mechanisms dominating their growth dynamics: sticking anisotropy and shadowing, respectively.

  17. Adhesion analysis for chromium nitride thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Rusu, F. M.; Merie, V. V.; Pintea, I. M.; Molea, A.

    2016-08-01

    The thin film industry is continuously growing due to the wide range of applications that require the fabrication of advanced components such as sensors, biological implants, micro-electromechanical devices, optical coatings and so on. The selection regarding the deposition materials, as well as the deposition technology influences the properties of the material and determines the suitability of devices for certain real-world applications. This paper is focused on the adhesion force for several chromium nitride thin films obtained by reactive magnetron sputtering. All chromium nitride thin films were deposited on a silicon substrate, the discharge current and the argon flow being kept constant. The main purpose of the paper is to determine the influence of deposition parameters on the adhesion force. Therefore some of the deposition parameters were varied in order to study their effect on the adhesion force. Experimentally, the values of the adhesion force were determined in multiple points for each sample using the spectroscopy in point mode of the atomic force microscope. The obtained values were used to estimate the surface energy of the CrN thin films based on two existing mathematical models for the adhesion force when considering the contact between two bodies.

  18. Reactive sputtering of YBaCuO thin films on polycrystalline zirconia substrates: optimization results

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    Degardin, A.; Bodin, C.; Dolin, C.; Kreisler, A.

    1998-01-01

    In situ elaboration of YBaCuO thin films, on polycrystalline yttria doped zirconia substrates, has been optimized. A reactive sputtering model has been developed and the electrical conductivity of the substrate has been studied as a function of temperature and doping. The J_c value of ≈ 3× 10^4~A/cm^2 at 77 K, measured on microbridges, is among the best reported in the literature for this substrate type. L'élaboration in situ de films minces d'YBaCuO, sur substrats de zircone polycristalline dopée à l'oxyde d'yttrium, a été optimisée en développant un modèle de pulvérisation réactive et en étudiant la conductivité électrique du substrat en fonction du dopage et de la température. La valeur de J_c ≈ 3× 10^4 ~A/cm^2 à 77 K, mesurée sur microponts, se situe parmi les meilleures citées dans la littérature pour ce type de substrat.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of petal type CZTS by stacked layer reactive sputtering

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    Singh, Om Pal; Parmar, R.; Gour, K. S.; Dalai, M. K.; Tawale, Jai; Singh, S. P.; Singh, Vidya Nand

    2015-12-01

    Here we present a method to grow the petal type structure of CZTS thin film on soda lime glass substrate using the stacked layer reactive sputtering and post-depostion annealing in N2 atmosphere. Optical bandgap of the petal type structure of CZTS was determined using UV-VIS spectroscopy and the value was 1.5 eV. In XRD analysis, (112) plane having highest intensity and other supporting planes with low intensity peaks corresponding to (200), (220) and (312) revealed the presence of CZTS phase. It was further confirmed by the Raman analysis, where the Raman peaks at 288 cm-1, 335 cm-1 and 353 cm-1 revealed the presence of CZTS phase. Petal type growth was observed in the scanning electron microscopy analysis. Elemental analysis was done by the EDAX. In EDAX analysis, It is observed that sample was Sn rich which may be responsible for petal type growth. Petal type growth of CZTS may be helpful in increasing the performance of the CZTS based thin film solar cell by phenomena of light scattering and enhanced surface area.

  20. 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.

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. Thermal stability of tungsten sub-nitride thin film prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, X. X.; Wu, Y. Z.; Mu, B.; Qiao, L.; Li, W. X.; Li, J. J.; Wang, P.

    2017-03-01

    Tungsten sub-nitride thin films deposited on silicon samples by reactive magnetron sputtering were used as a model system to study the phase stability and microstructural evolution during thermal treatments. XRD, SEM&FIB, XPS, RBS and TDS were applied to investigate the stability of tungsten nitride films after heating up to 1473 K in vacuum. At the given experimental parameters a 920 nm thick crystalline film with a tungsten and nitrogen stoichiometry of 2:1 were achieved. The results showed that no phase and microstructure change occurred due to W2N film annealing in vacuum up to 973 K. Heating up to 1073 K led to a partial decomposition of the W2N phase and the formation of a W enrichment layer at the surface. Increasing the annealing time at the same temperature, the further decomposition of the W2N phase was negligible. The complete decomposition of W2N film happened as the temperature reached up to 1473 K.

  4. Structural defect control and photosensitivity in reactively sputtered germanosilicate glass films

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    Potter, B.G. Jr.; Simmons-Potter, K.; Warren, W.L.; Ruffner, J.A.

    1997-02-01

    The optical performance of refractive index structures induced in photosensitive (PS) glasses ultimately depends on the index modulation depth attainable. In germanosilicate materials, the photosensitive response is linked to the presence of oxygen-deficient germanium point defect centers. Prior efforts to increase PS in these materials, e.g., hydrogen loading, rely on a chemical reduction of the glass structure to enhance the population of oxygen deficient centers and thus increase the saturated refractive index change. We have previously reported the development of highly photosensitive, as-deposited germanosilicate glass films through reactive atmosphere (O{sub 2}/Ar) sputtering from a Ge/Si alloy target. The present work details our investigation of the effect of substrate temperature during deposition on the material structure and propensity for photosensitivity. Using optical absorption/bleaching, Raman, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and selective charge injection techniques we show that the predominate defect states responsible for the PS response can be varied through substrate temperature control. We find that two regimes of photosensitive behavior can be accessed which exhibit dramatically different uv-bleaching characteristics. Thus, the corresponding dispersion of the refractive index change as well as its magnitude can be controlled using our synthesis technique. Tentative defect models for the photosensitive process in materials deposited at both ambient temperature and at elevated substrate temperatures will be presented.

  5. Characteristics of reactively sputtered niobium nitride thin films as diffusion barriers for Cu metallization

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    Huang, Cheng-Lin; Lai, Chih-Huang; Tsai, Po-Hao; Huang, Hsing-An; Lin, Jing-Cheng; Lee, Chiapyng

    2013-09-01

    NbN films were prepared by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering and then employed as diffusion barriers between Cu and Si. The microstructure of the NbN films was an assembly of very small columnar crystallites with a cubic structure. To investigate the properties as diffusion barriers, we performed metallurgical reactions of Cu/NbN0.8/Si, Cu/Nb/Si and Cu/TaN0.7/Si for comparisons. The sheet resistance increased dramatically after annealing above 750°C for Cu/NbN0.80/Si, and above 500°C for both Cu/Nb/Si and Cu/TaN0.7/Si. The interfaces were deteriorated seriously and formation of Cu3Si was observed when the sheet resistance was significantly increased. The diffusion coefficient of Cu in NbN barrier films was estimated by using the change of resistance (Δ R s / R s %). Compared with TaN0.7, NbN0.8 films possess larger grain size and lower Cu diffusion coefficient. Our results suggest that the NbN film can be used as a diffusion barrier for Cu metallization as compared to the well-known TaN film.

  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

    2014-10-15

    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.

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  8. Influence of substrate temperature on titanium oxynitride thin films prepared by reactive sputtering

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    Chappé, J.-M.; Martin, N.; Pierson, J. F.; Terwagne, G.; Lintymer, J.; Gavoille, J.; Takadoum, J.

    2004-03-01

    Thin films of titanium oxynitride were successfully prepared by dc reactive magnetron sputtering using a titanium metallic target, argon, nitrogen and water vapour as reactive gases. The nitrogen partial pressure was kept constant during every deposition whereas that of the water vapour was systematically changed from 0 to 0.1 Pa. These films were made at room temperature (293 K) (set A) and at 673 K (set B). The study consisted in comparing the evolution of deposition parameters like target potential or deposition rate and physical properties of films for each set. Elemental composition measurements obtained by RBS and NRA revealed a reverse and continuous evolution of nitrogen and oxygen contents. Structure and morphology of the films were analysed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Films deposited at room temperature became amorphous with an increasing supply of water vapour. A higher substrate temperature led to significant changes of the crystallographic structure: from fcc TiN without water vapour to a mixture of anatase+rutile for large amount of water vapour. The optical transmittance spectra of the film/glass substrate system were measured in the visible region as a function of the water vapour pressure. For both sets A and B, optical transmittance was influenced by the water vapour partial pressure. Electrical conductivity measured against temperature was gradually modified from metallic ( σ 300 K=1.49×10 4 S m -1) to semi-conducting behaviour ( σ 300 K=2.15 S m -1) with an increasing supply of the water vapour partial pressure. Moreover, coatings prepared at room temperature exhibited a surprising maximum of the electrical conductivity for a small amount of water vapour (set A). Such surprising evolution vanished for set B with a restricted range of conductivity from σ 300 K=1.1×10 5 to 7×10 2 S m -1.

  9. Photocatalytic Degradation of Reactive Brilliant Blue X-BR in Aqueous Solution Using Quantum-sized ZnO

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    Su, S.

    2008-01-01

    Quantum-sized ZnO was prepared using sol–gel method with Zinc acetate dehydrate (Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O) and lithium hydroxide monohydrate(LiOH·H2O) as raw material. The ZnO particles annealed at different temperature were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Infrared absorption spectroscopy (IR) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The degradation rate of reactive brilliant blue X-BR in aqueous solution was used to evaluate the photocatalytic performance of the quantum-sized ZnO. The experimental results indicated that the photocatalytic property of the ZnO was excellent. The photocatalytic efficiency of quantum-sized ZnO was significantly influenced by the calcining heat. When calcined at 300oC, its size is 6.78 nm and the photocatalytic performance is the best. The degradation rate of reactive brilliant blue X-BR could exceed 90% in 15 min at 35oC, when the concentration of the quantum-sized ZnO was 0.35 mg/L. PMID:19657381

  10. Effect of substrate surface pretreatment and annealing treatment on morphology, structure, optical and electrical properties of sputtered ZnO films

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    Liu, Tingzhi; Fei, Xiaoyan; Hu, Liang; Zhang, Hao; Li, Yangyang; Duo, Shuwang

    2015-07-01

    ZnO films were deposited on glass substrates at room temperature by RF magnetron sputtering method. Prior to the deposition, the glass substrates were pretreated with Al target in Ar or Ar/O2 ambient by DC magnetron sputtering. After pretreatment, the glass substrate are still very transparent and no metallic luster. AFM shows that RMS has a very slight change. XPS shows that no Al-O bonds exist in ZnO films. Cauchy fitting model shows that no Al or Al2O3 thin layer is formed between thin film and glass substrate. However, the pretreatment forms some isolated Al or Al2O3 grains and changes the micro-structure of substrate slightly, which lead to different lattice, stress and properties of ZnO films. Interestingly, combining the pretreatment and annealing treatment, the sum of 2θ or lattice constant c between as-grown and annealed samples is equal. The average transmission of all samples is over 85% in the wavelength range of 400-1000 nm. The band gap energies of all samples are in range of 3.23-3.26 eV. According to PL, three main blue emission peaks located at about 437-438, 444 and 456 nm were observed in the S1 and S2 with the pretreatment. However, the wavelength range of the blue peaks of S3 without pretreatment was observed to narrow down, and peaks are located at about 444, 450 and 456 nm. The lowest resistivity and highest carrier concentration of S1 are 5.29 ∗ 10-5 Ω cm and 3.9805 ∗ 1022 cm-3 respectively. The conductivity of ZnO films can be converted from n-type to p-type by different substrate surface treatment. It is noteworthy that with the unit cell elongation along c-axis, compressive stress and mass difference between as-grown and annealed films increases, while refractive index and PL intensity decreases. The lattice constant c and compressive stress are mainly effect factors of thermal stability and optical properties of ZnO film. The binding energy (BE) of Zn2p3/2 and Zn2p1/2 of as-grown and annealed S1 are 1019.4 and 1019.3, and 1042

  11. 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.

  12. Impact of low temperature annealing on structural, optical, electrical and morphological properties of ZnO thin films grown by RF sputtering for photovoltaic applications

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    Purohit, Anuradha; Chander, S.; Sharma, Anshu; Nehra, S. P.; Dhaka, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents effect of low temperature annealing on the physical properties of ZnO thin films for photovoltaic applications. The thin films of thickness 50 nm were grown on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates employing radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique followed by thermal annealing within low temperature range 150-450 °C. These as-grown and annealed films were subjected to the X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectrophotometer, source meter and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for structural, optical, electrical and surface morphological analysis respectively. The compositional analysis of the as-grown ZnO film was also carried out using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The XRD patterns reveal that the films have wurtzite structure of hexagonal phase with preferred orientation (1 0 0) and polycrystalline in nature. The crystallographic and optical parameters are calculated and discussed in detail. The optical band gap was found in the range 3.30-3.52 eV and observed to decrease with annealing temperature except 150 °C. The current-voltage characteristics show that the films exhibit approximately ohmic behavior. The SEM studies show that the films are uniform, homogeneous and free from crystal defects and voids. The experimental results reveal that ZnO thin films may be used as alternative materials for eco-friendly buffer layer to the thin film solar cell applications.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Properties of Cr2AlC MAX phase thin films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Buck, Zachary; Donato, Tyler; Rotella, Christopher; Lunk, Carl; Lofland, S. E.; Hettinger, J. D.

    2012-02-01

    Mn+ 1AXn (MAX) phases, where n is 1, 2, and 3, M is an early transition metal, A is an A-group element, and X is either C or N, are ternary carbides with unique properties such as low density, easy machinability, and good oxidation resistance. The MAX phase Cr2AlC is of particular interest for industrial applications to its excellent high-temperature oxidation resistance and relatively low synthesis temperature. We prepared Cr2AlC thin films on c-axis oriented single crystal Al2O3, glassy carbon and Si thermal oxide substrates using reactive magnetron sputtering as precursor materials for carbide-derived carbon (CDC) films for ``on-chip'' supercapacitors. Film deposition was optimized using elemental composition data obtained by WDXRF. Optimized films were characterized using XRD and scanning electron microscopy. It was found that textured Cr2AlC films only form when the composition was Al-rich allowing the formation of a Cr5Al8 interfacial layer. As film composition was optimized, the interfacial layer did not form but the XRD peaks associated with the Cr2AlC also decreased in magnitude. Extremely high-textured films were grown when a thin buffer layer of CrAl2 was deposited on the substrate before depositing the Cr2AlC films. This result suggests that Cr2AlC films may not be ideal for CDC applications since the films may ``lift-off'' during conversion due to the existence of the naturally occurring buffer-layer.

  16. Antibacterial Cr-Cu-O films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Musil, J.; Blažek, J.; Fajfrlík, K.; Čerstvý, R.; Prokšová, Š.

    2013-07-01

    The paper reports on the effect of Cu content in the Cr-Cu-O film and its structure on its antibacterial activity and mechanical properties. The Cr-Cu-O films were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering from composed Cr/Cu targets using a dual magnetron. The antibacterial activity of Cr-Cu-O films was tested on the killing of Escheria coli bacteria. Correlations between the structure of the Cr-Cu-O film, the content of Cu in the film and its (i) antibacterial efficiency and (ii) mechanical properties were investigated in detail. It was found that the 100% efficiency of the killing of E. coli bacteria on the surface of the Cr-Cu-O film is achieved if (1) the Cu content in the film is ≥15 at.% and (2) the film is either X-ray amorphous or crystalline with the CuCrO2 delafossite structure. These Cr-Cu-O films need no excitation and very effectively kill E. coli bacteria in the daylight as well as in the dark. The X-ray amorphous Cr-Cu-O films with ~20 at.% Cu exhibit a higher (i) hardness H ≈ 4 GPa, (ii) effective Young's modulus E* ≈ 72 GPa and (iii) elastic recovery We ≈ 37% compared with the crystalline Cr-Cu-O film with the CuCrO2 delafossite structure exhibiting H ≈ 1.2 GPa, E* ≈ 21 GPa and We ≈ 21%. Both films very effectively kill the E. coli bacteria, however, exhibit a low ratio H/E* < 0.1.

  17. Reactive magnetron sputtering deposition of bismuth tungstate onto titania nanoparticles for enhancing visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Ratova, Marina; Kelly, Peter J.; West, Glen T.; Tosheva, Lubomira; Edge, Michele

    2017-01-01

    Titanium dioxide - bismuth tungstate composite materials were prepared by pulsed DC reactive magnetron sputtering of bismuth and tungsten metallic targets in argon/oxygen atmosphere onto anatase and rutile titania nanoparticles. The use of an oscillating bowl placed beneath the two magnetrons arranged in a co-planar closed field configuration enabled the deposition of bismuth tungstate onto loose powders, rather than a solid substrate. The atomic ratio of the bismuth/tungsten coatings was controlled by varying the power applied to each target. The effect of the bismuth tungstate coatings on the phase, optical and photocatalytic properties of titania was investigated by X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurements, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and an acetone degradation test. The latter involved measurements of the rate of CO2 evolution under visible light irradiation of the photocatalysts, which indicated that the deposition of bismuth tungstate resulted in a significant enhancement of visible light activity, for both anatase and rutile titania particles. The best results were achieved for coatings with a bismuth to tungsten atomic ratio of 2:1. In addition, the mechanism by which the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 nanoparticles was enhanced by compounding it with bismuth tungstate was studied by microwave cavity perturbation. The results of these tests confirmed that such enhancement of the photocatalytic properties is due to more efficient photogenerated charge carrier separation, as well as to the contribution of the intrinsic photocatalytic properties of Bi2WO6.

  18. Structural, morphological and electrical properties of nickel oxide thin films deposited by reactive sputtering

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    Keraudy, J.; García Molleja, J.; Ferrec, A.; Corraze, B.; Richard-Plouet, M.; Goullet, A.; Jouan, P.-Y.

    2015-12-01

    This paper is devoted to the study of the influence of oxygen content in the nickel oxide films on the film structural, morphological and electrical properties. Nickel oxide films have been synthesized by reactive DC magnetron sputtering discharge by varying the oxygen flow rate (1.9 < Q(O2) < 3.6 sccm) for various deposition time. XRD analyses revealed the polycrystalline nature of the as-deposited films and also a phase transition from nickel oxide (1 1 1) to nickel oxide (2 0 0) associated with nickel non-stoichiometry in the NiO structure. The polycrystalline films presented an average crystallite size of 15-30 nm and a surface roughness of 1-10 nm. In-plane stress measurements have established the correlation between crystallite size and intrinsic compressive stress and also the ion-penning effect of negative oxygen ions during the film growth. A maximum stress of 10 GPa was found for lower film thickness (10 nm). By adjusting the oxygen concentration, conductive AFM (C-AFM) and resistivity measurements by the four point method have revealed at room temperature an electrical transition from insulating to conductive state. C-AFM and four point measurements showed respectively an increase in the collected current and an abrupt decrease of the mean resistivity from 107 to 10 Ω cm when the stoichiometry varies from NiO0.96 to NiO1.14. This transition is related to the non-stoichiometry attributed to nickel vacancies. Finally, low-temperature (290-100 K) electrical conduction measurements confirmed the weak dependence of Ni-deficient nickel oxide films with film thickness and showed that charge carrier conduction is a thermal-activated process.

  19. Influence of nitrogen admixture to argon on the ion energy distribution in reactive high power pulsed magnetron sputtering of chromium

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    Breilmann, W.; Maszl, C.; Hecimovic, A.; von Keudell, A.

    2017-04-01

    Reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of metals is of paramount importance for the deposition of various oxides, nitrides and carbides. The addition of a reactive gas such as nitrogen to an argon HiPIMS plasma with a metal target allows the formation of the corresponding metal nitride on the substrate. The addition of a reactive gas introduces new dynamics into the plasma process, such as hysteresis, target poisoning and the rarefaction of two different plasma gases. We investigate the dynamics for the deposition of chromium nitride by a reactive HiPIMS plasma using energy- and time-resolved ion mass spectrometry, fast camera measurements and temporal and spatially resolved optical emission spectroscopy. It is shown that the addition of nitrogen to the argon plasma gas significantly changes the appearance of the localized ionization zones, the so-called spokes, in HiPIMS plasmas. In addition, a very strong modulation of the metal ion flux within each HiPIMS pulse is observed, with the metal ion flux being strongly suppressed and the nitrogen molecular ion flux being strongly enhanced in the high current phase of the pulse. This behavior is explained by a stronger return effect of the sputtered metal ions in the dense plasma above the racetrack. This is best observed in a pure nitrogen plasma, because the ionization zones are mostly confined, implying a very high local plasma density and consequently also an efficient scattering process.

  20. 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.

  1. Periodic Co/C, Cr/C, and CoCr/C soft x-ray multilayers prepared by N reactive sputtering

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    Wen, Mingwu; Jiang, Li; Zhang, Zhong; Huang, Qiushi; Wang, Zhanshan; Wang, Hongchang; Cui, Mingqi; Yi, Rongqing

    2015-05-01

    Lightweight Asymmetry and Magnetism Probe project (LAMP) was proposed in China to observe the polarized radiation around 250 eV emitted by soft X-ray celestial sources, like puslars, active galactic, black hole binaries, etc. To produce the high efficiency soft X-ray polarizer for LAMP, we are developing Co/C, Cr/C, CoCr/C X-ray multilayers using magnetron sputtering and reactive sputtering with nitrogen. Hard X-ray grazing incidence reflectometry (GIXR) and soft X-ray reflectance measurements were used to study the interface and microstructure of different multilayers. In comparison to the multilayers deposited by normal magnetron sputtering, reactively-sputtered multilayers show higher reflectivity around 250 eV and lower interfacial roughness. As a result, Co/C, Cr/C, CoCr/C multilayers with smaller period can be made with respect to the multilayer fabricated using non-reactive sputtering. The X-ray performance of reactive sputtered Co/C and CoCr/C multilayers can be further improved by optimizing the deposition process.

  2. An ionization region model of the reactive Ar/O2 high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    Gudmundsson, Jon Tomas; Lundin, Daniel; Brenning, Nils; Raadu, Michel A.; Huo, Chunqing; Minea, Tiberiu

    2016-09-01

    A reactive ionization region model (R-IRM) is developed to describe the reactive Ar/O2 high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge with titanium target. We compare the discharge properties when the discharge is operated in the two well established operating modes, the metal mode and the poisoned mode. Experimentally, it is found that in the metal mode the discharge current waveform displays a typical non-reactive evolution, while in the poisoned mode the discharge current waveform becomes distinctly triangular and the current increases significantly. Using the R-IRM we find that when the discharge is operated in the metal mode Ar+ and Ti+-ions contribute most significantly (roughly equal amounts) to the discharge current while in the poisoned mode the Ar+-ions contribute most significantly to the discharge current while the contribution of O+-ions and secondary electron emission is much smaller. Furthermore, we find that recycling of ionized atoms coming from the target are required for the current generation in both modes of operation. In the metal mode self-sputter recycling dominates and in the poisoned mode working gas recycling dominates, and it is concluded that the dominating type of recycling determines the discharge current waveform.

  3. An ionization region model of the reactive Ar/O2 high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge

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    Gudmundsson, J. T.; Lundin, D.; Brenning, N.; Raadu, M. A.; Huo, Chunqing; Minea, T. M.

    2016-12-01

    A new reactive ionization region model (R-IRM) is developed to describe the reactive Ar/O2 high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge with a titanium target. It is then applied to study the temporal behavior of the discharge plasma parameters such as electron density, the neutral and ion composition, the ionization fraction of the sputtered vapor, the oxygen dissociation fraction, and the composition of the discharge current. We study and compare the discharge properties when the discharge is operated in the two well established operating modes, the metal mode and the poisoned mode. Experimentally, it is found that in the metal mode the discharge current waveform displays a typical non-reactive evolution, while in the poisoned mode the discharge current waveform becomes distinctly triangular and the current increases significantly. Using the R-IRM we explore the current increase and find that when the discharge is operated in the metal mode Ar+ and Ti+ -ions contribute most significantly (roughly equal amounts) to the discharge current while in the poisoned mode the Ar+ -ions contribute most significantly to the discharge current and the contribution of O+ -ions, Ti+ -ions, and secondary electron emission is much smaller. Furthermore, we find that recycling of atoms coming from the target, that are subsequently ionized, is required for the current generation in both modes of operation. From the R-IRM results it is found that in the metal mode self-sputter recycling dominates and in the poisoned mode working gas recycling dominates. We also show that working gas recycling can lead to very high discharge currents but never to a runaway. It is concluded that the dominating type of recycling determines the discharge current waveform.

  4. Influence of in-situ annealing ambient on p-type conduction in dual ion beam sputtered Sb-doped ZnO thin films

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    Pandey, Sushil Kumar; Kumar Pandey, Saurabh; Awasthi, Vishnu; Mukherjee, Shaibal; Gupta, M.; Deshpande, U. P.

    2013-08-12

    Sb-doped ZnO (SZO) films were deposited on c-plane sapphire substrates by dual ion beam sputtering deposition system and subsequently annealed in-situ in vacuum and in various proportions of O{sub 2}/(O{sub 2} + N{sub 2})% from 0% (N{sub 2}) to 100% (O{sub 2}). Hall measurements established all SZO films were p-type, as was also confirmed by typical diode-like rectifying current-voltage characteristics from p-ZnO/n-ZnO homojunction. SZO films annealed in O{sub 2} ambient exhibited higher hole concentration as compared with films annealed in vacuum or N{sub 2} ambient. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis confirmed that Sb{sup 5+} states were more preferable in comparison to Sb{sup 3+} states for acceptor-like Sb{sub Zn}-2V{sub Zn} complex formation in SZO films.

  5. Transparent oxygen impermeable AlO x thin films on polycarbonate deposited by reactive ion beam sputtering

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    Seong, Jin-Wook; Kim, Sang-Mun; Choi, Daiwon; Yoon, K. H.

    2005-08-01

    The AlO x thin films were deposited on the polycarbonate by reactive ion beam sputtering (RIBS) at different oxygen partial pressures where the AlO x thin film with O/Al ratio of 1.5 was formed when oxygen partial pressure increased from 4 × 10 -5 to 2 × 10 -4 Torr. As a result, oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of the barrier significantly decreased from 24 cm 3/m 2 day to around 2 cm 3/m 2 day with increase in oxygen partial pressure. Optical transmittances of the films were in the 86-88% range at 550 nm versus 89% for the pure polycarbonate film.

  6. Corrosion and wear behaviours of a reactive-sputter-deposited Ta2O5 nanoceramic coating

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    Hu, Wei; Xu, Jiang; Lu, Xiaolin; Hu, Dongsheng; Tao, Hongliang; Munroe, Paul; Xie, Zong-Han

    2016-04-01

    In order to improve the wear and corrosion resistance of Ti-6Al-4V, a novel β-Ta2O5 nanoceramic coating was synthesised using reactive sputter deposition enabled by double glow discharge plasma technique. The surface topography, chemical composition, and microstructure of the newly developed coating were characterised by a variety of surface analytical techniques. The coating microstructure was found to exhibit a compact striated pattern extending in a direction perpendicular to coating surface, which is composed of equiaxed β-Ta2O5 grains with an average grain size of ∼20 nm, well adhered to the Ti-6A1-4V substrate. The hardness and the Young's modulus of the as-deposited coating were obtained by nanoindentation, and the adhesion strength between the coating and substrate was determined by a scratch tester. The dry sliding wear behaviours of the coating were investigated at room temperature against Si3N4 ceramic balls at room temperature under applied loads ranging from 2.3 N to 5.3 N using a ball-on-disc tribometer. The specific wear rates of the coating exhibited only a slight increase with applied normal load, and were shown to be two orders of magnitude lower than that for Ti-6Al-4V under the same loading condition. Furthermore, the electrochemical behaviour of the coating immersed in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution was systematically examined by using a range of complementary electrochemical techniques including potentiodynamic polarisation, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), Mott-Schottky analysis as well as potential of zero charge (PZC). The results showed that the corrosion resistance of the β-Ta2O5 nanoceramic coating was better than that of Ti-6Al-4V alloy in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. Hence, by possessing higher mechanical properties and good wear and corrosion resistance, the β-Ta2O5 nanoceramic coating is considered to be a promising candidate for protection of engineering components operating under harsh conditions.

  7. Structural properties of reactively sputtered W-Si-N thin films

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    Vomiero, A.; Boscolo Marchi, E.; Quaranta, A.; Della Mea, G.; Brusa, R. S.; Mariotto, G.; Felisari, L.; Frabboni, S.; Tonini, R.; Ottaviani, G.; Mattei, G.; Scandurra, A.; Puglisi, O.

    2007-08-01

    Tungsten-silicon-nitrogen, W-Si-N, ternary thin films have been reactively sputter deposited from W{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and WSi{sub 2} targets using several nitrogen partial pressures. The films have been thermal annealed in the 600-1000 deg. C temperature range and a wide region of the W-Si-N ternary phase diagram has been explored by changing the N{sub 2}/Ar ratio during the deposition. Multitechnique approach was adopted for the analysis of the samples. Composition has been determined via ion beam analysis; chemical states were investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS); crystalline structure was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) and surface morphology by scanning electron microscope. The films deposited in pure argon atmosphere are tungsten rich and approach the target contents as N{sub 2}/Ar ratio is varied during deposition. Tungsten enrichment in the films is caused by resputtering of silicon which can be inhibited by the formation of silicon nitride, allowing films with Si/W ratio closer to the target compositions. The higher capability to form nitrides with silicon than with tungsten favors enhancement of nitrogen content in samples deposited from the silicon rich target (WSi{sub 2}). The samples with excess nitrogen content have shown losses of this element after thermal treatment. XPS measurements show a break of W-N bonds caused by thermal instability of tungsten nitrides. TEM and XRD revealed the segregation of tungsten in form of metallic or silicide nanoclusters in samples with low nitrogen content (W{sub 58}Si{sub 21}N{sub 21} and W{sub 24}Si{sub 42}N{sub 34}). High amounts of nitrogen were revealed to be highly effective in inhibiting metallic cluster coalescence. Measurements of electrical resistivity of as deposited films were performed using four point probe technique. They were found to lie in the range between 0.4 and 79 m{omega} cm depending on sample composition.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Silver Nanowires Binding with Sputtered ZnO to Fabricate Highly Conductive and Thermally Stable Transparent Electrode for Solar Cell Applications.

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    Singh, Manjeet; Rana, Tanka R; Kim, SeongYeon; Kim, Kihwan; Yun, Jae Ho; Kim, JunHo

    2016-05-25

    Silver nanowire (AgNW) film has been demonstrated as excellent and low cost transparent electrode in organic solar cells as an alternative to replace scarce and expensive indium tin oxide (ITO). However, the low contact area and weak adhesion with low-lying surface as well as junction resistance between nanowires have limited the applications of AgNW film to thin film solar cells. To resolve this problem, we fabricated AgNW film as transparent conductive electrode (TCE) by binding with a thin layer of sputtered ZnO (40 nm) which not only increased contact area with low-lying surface in thin film solar cell but also improved conductivity by connecting AgNWs at the junction. The TCE thus fabricated exhibited transparency and sheet resistance of 92% and 20Ω/□, respectively. Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study revealed the enhancement of current collection vertically and laterally through AgNWs after coating with ZnO thin film. The CuInGaSe2 solar cell with TCE of our AgNW(ZnO) demonstrated the maximum power conversion efficiency of 13.5% with improved parameters in comparison to solar cell fabricated with conventional ITO as TCE.

  11. Biaxial stress and optoelectronic properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films deposited on flexible substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Chen, Hsi-Chao; Cheng, Po-Wei; Huang, Kuo-Ting

    2017-02-01

    Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polycarbonate (PC) substrates using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The biaxial stress was measured with a double beam shadow moiré interferometer, and x-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to investigate the crystal orientation of ZnO. The substrate temperature was varied from room temperature to 150°C in steps of 25°C. The experimental results showed that the residual and shearing stresses increased with the increase in substrate temperature. The residual stress can be separated into principle and shearing stresses by Mohr's circle rule, and the shearing stress (tensile stress) was different from the compressive stress of the residual stress. However, the optimal substrate temperatures for PET and PC were 75°C and 100°C, and the shearing stresses were 424.82 and 543.68 MPa, respectively. AZO/PET and AZO/PC thin films cracked at substrate temperatures of 75°C and 100°C, respectively. AZO/PET thin film at a substrate temperature of 100°C had a resistivity low to the order of 10-3  Ω-cm.

  12. In situ plasma sputtering synthesis of ZnO nanorods-Ag nanoparticles hybrids and their application in non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensing

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    Zhang, Dan; Zhang, Yuxia; Yang, Chi; Ge, Cunwang; Wang, Yuanhong; Wang, Hao; Liu, Hongying

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, ZnO nanorods-Ag nanoparticles hybrids were first synthesized via a facile, rapid, and in situ plasma sputtering method without using any silver precursor. The obtained materials were then characterized by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. Based on the electrochemical catalytic properties of the obtained nanohybrids, a non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide biosensor was constructed by immobilizing the obtained ZnO nanorods-Ag nanoparticles hybrids on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode. Under optimal conditions, the resulting biosensor displayed a good response for H2O2 with a linear range of 0.2 to 12.8 mM, and a detection limit of 7.8 μM at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. In addition, it exhibited excellent anti-interference ability and fast response. The current work provides a feasible platform to fabricate a variety of non-enzymatic biosensors.

  13. Photocatalytic degradation of Reactive Black 5 and Malachite Green with ZnO and lanthanum doped nanoparticles

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    Kaneva, N.; Bojinova, A.; Papazova, K.

    2016-02-01

    Here we report the preparation of ZnO particles with different concentrations of La3+ doping (0, 0.5 and 1 wt%) via sol-gel method. The nanoparticles are synthesized directly from Zn(CH3COO)2.2H2O in the presence of 1-propanol and triethylamine at 80°C. The conditions are optimized to obtain particles of uniform size, easy to isolate and purify. The nanoparticles are characterized by SEM, XRD and UV-Vis analysis. The photocatalytic properties of pure and La-doped ZnO are studied in the photobleaching of Malachite Green (MG) and Reactive Black 5 (RB5) dyes in aqueous solutions upon UV illumination. It is observed that the rate constant increases with the La loading up to 1 wt%. The doping helps to achieve complete mineralization of MG within a short irradiation time. 1 wt% La-doped ZnO nanoparticles show highest photocatalytic activity. The La3+ doped ZnO particles degrade faster RB5 than MG. The reason is weaker N=N bond in comparison with the C-C bond between the central carbon atom and N,N-dimethylaminobenzyl in MG. The as-prepared ZnO particles can find practical application in photocatalytic purification of textile wastewaters.

  14. 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.

  15. Sputtering of octatetraene by 15 keV C60 projectiles: Comparison of reactive interatomic potentials

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    Kanski, Michal; Maciazek, Dawid; Golunski, Mikolaj; Postawa, Zbigniew

    2017-02-01

    Molecular dynamics computer simulations have been used to probe the effect of the AIREBO, ReaxFF and COMB3 interatomic potentials on sputtering of an organic sample composed of octatetraene molecules. The system is bombarded by a 15 keV C60 projectile at normal incidence. The effect of the applied force fields on the total time of simulation, the calculated sputtering yield and the angular distribution of sputtered particles is investigated and discussed. It has been found that caution should be taken when simulating particles ejection from nonhomogeneous systems that undergo significant fragmentation described by the ReaxFF. In this case, the charge state of many particles is improper due to an inadequacy of a procedure used for calculating partial charges on atoms in molecules for conditions present during sputtering. A two-step simulation procedure is proposed to minimize the effect of this deficiency. There is also a possible problem with the COMB3 potential, at least at conditions present during cluster impact, as its results are very different from AIREBO or ReaxFF.

  16. Tuning the optoelectronic properties of amorphous MoOx films by reactive sputtering

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    Fernandes Cauduro, André L.; Fabrim, Zacarias E.; Ahmadpour, Mehrad; Fichtner, Paulo F. P.; Hassing, Søren; Rubahn, Horst-Günter; Madsen, Morten

    2015-05-01

    In this letter, we report on the effect of oxygen partial pressure and sputtering power on amorphous DC-sputtered MoOx films. We observe abrupt changes in the optoelectronic properties of the reported films by increasing the oxygen partial pressure from 1.00 × 10-3 mbar to 1.37 × 10-3 mbar during the sputtering process. A strong impact on the electrical conductivity, varying from 1.6 × 10-5 S/cm to 3.22 S/cm, and on the absorption coefficient in the range of 0.6-3.0 eV is observed for the nearly stoichiometric MoO3.00 and for the sub-stoichiometric MoO2.57 films, respectively, without modifying significantly the microstructure of the studied films. The presence of states within the band gap due to the lack of oxygen is the most probable mechanism for generating a change in electrical conductivity as well as optical absorption in DC-sputtered MoOx. The large tuning range of the optoelectronic properties in these films holds strong promise for their implementation in optoelectronic devices.

  17. Modification of the optical and structural properties of ZnO nanowires by low-energy Ar+ ion sputtering

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    2013-01-01

    The effects of low-energy (≤2 kV) Ar+ irradiation on the optical and structural properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) grown by a simple and cost-effective low-temperature technique were investigated. Both photoluminescence spectra from ZnO NW-coated films and cathodoluminescence analysis of individual ZnO NWs demonstrated obvious evidences of ultraviolet/visible luminescent enhancement with respect to irradiation fluence. Annihilation of the thinner ZnO NWs after the ion bombardment was appreciated by means of high-resolution scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which results in an increasing NW mean diameter for increasing irradiation fluences. Corresponding structural analysis by TEM pointed out not only significant changes in the morphology but also in the microstructure of these NWs, revealing certain radiation-sensitive behavior. The possible mechanisms accounting for the decrease of the deep-level emissions in the NWs with the increasing irradiation fluences are discussed according to their structural modifications. PMID:23570658

  18. Modification of the optical and structural properties of ZnO nanowires by low-energy Ar+ ion sputtering.

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    Allah, Rabie Fath; Ben, Teresa; González, David; Hortelano, Vanesa; Martínez, Oscar; Plaza, Jose Luis

    2013-04-09

    The effects of low-energy (≤2 kV) Ar+ irradiation on the optical and structural properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) grown by a simple and cost-effective low-temperature technique were investigated. Both photoluminescence spectra from ZnO NW-coated films and cathodoluminescence analysis of individual ZnO NWs demonstrated obvious evidences of ultraviolet/visible luminescent enhancement with respect to irradiation fluence. Annihilation of the thinner ZnO NWs after the ion bombardment was appreciated by means of high-resolution scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which results in an increasing NW mean diameter for increasing irradiation fluences. Corresponding structural analysis by TEM pointed out not only significant changes in the morphology but also in the microstructure of these NWs, revealing certain radiation-sensitive behavior. The possible mechanisms accounting for the decrease of the deep-level emissions in the NWs with the increasing irradiation fluences are discussed according to their structural modifications.

  19. Conversion efficiency improvement of inverted CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite solar cells with room temperature sputtered ZnO by adding the C{sub 60} interlayer

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    Lai, Wei-Chih Chen, Peter; Lin, Kun-Wei; Wang, Yuan-Ting; Guo, Tzung-Fang

    2015-12-21

    We have demonstrated the performance of inverted CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite-based solar cells (SCs) with a room temperature (RT) sputtered ZnO electron transport layer by adding fullerene (C{sub 60}) interlayer. ZnO exhibits a better matched conduction band level with perovskite and Al work function and around energy offset of 2.2 eV between highest occupied molecular orbital level of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite and valance band level of ZnO. However, the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite layer will be damaged during direct RT sputtering deposition of ZnO. Therefore, the C{sub 60} interlayer having matched conduction band level with ZnO and CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite added between the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite and RT sputtered ZnO layers for protection prevents sputtering damages on the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite layer. The short-circuit current density (J{sub SC}, 19.41 mA/cm{sup 2}) and open circuit voltage (V{sub OC}, 0.91 V) of the SCs with glass/ITO/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene-sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/perovskite/C{sub 60}/RT sputtered ZnO/Al structure is higher than the J{sub SC} (16.23 mA/cm{sup 2}) and V{sub OC} (0.90 V) of the reference SC with glass/ITO/PEDOT:PSS/perovskite/C{sub 60}/bathocuproine (BCP)/Al structure. Although the SCs with the former structure has a lower fill factor (FF%) than the SCs with the latter structure, its conversion efficiency η% (10.93%) is higher than that (10.6%) of the latter.

  20. Effects of NIR annealing on the characteristics of al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by RF sputtering.

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    Jun, Min-Chul; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2012-06-06

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been deposited on glass substrates by employing radio frequency (RF) sputtering method for transparent conducting oxide applications. For the RF sputtering process, a ZnO:Al2O3 (2 wt.%) target was employed. In this paper, the effects of near infrared ray (NIR) annealing technique on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the AZO thin films have been researched. Experimental results showed that NIR annealing affected the microstructure, electrical resistance, and optical transmittance of the AZO thin films. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all films have a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure with the preferentially c-axis oriented normal to the substrate surface. Optical transmittance spectra of the AZO thin films exhibited transmittance higher than about 80% within the visible wavelength region, and the optical direct bandgap (Eg) of the AZO films was increased with increasing the NIR energy efficiency.

  1. Microstructure and chemical wet etching characteristics of AlN films deposited by ac reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Tanner, S. M.; Felmetsger, V. V.

    2010-01-15

    The influence of the surface morphology of a molybdenum underlayer on the crystallinity and etchability of reactively sputtered c-axis oriented aluminum nitride thin films was investigated. Atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high resolution x-ray diffraction, and defect selective chemical etching were used to characterize the microstructure of the Mo and AlN films. 1000 nm thick films of AlN with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the x-ray rocking curve ranging from 1.1 deg. to 1.9 deg. were deposited on 300 nm thick Mo underlayers with a FWHM of around 1.5 deg. The Ar pressure during the Mo deposition had a critical effect on the Mo film surface morphology, affecting the structure of the subsequently deposited AlN films and, hence, their wet etching characteristics. AlN films deposited on Mo sputtered at a relatively high pressure could not be etched completely, while AlN films deposited on low pressure Mo etched more easily. Postdeposition etching of the Mo surface in Ar rf discharge prior to deposition of the AlN film was found to influence the formation of AlN residuals that were difficult to etch. Optimal rf plasma etching conditions were found, which minimized the formation of these residuals.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

    2011-10-01

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

  5. Optimized structure stability and electrochemical performance of LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 by sputtering nanoscale ZnO film

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    Lai, Yan-Qing; Xu, Ming; Zhang, Zhi-An; Gao, Chun-Hui; Wang, Peng; Yu, Zi-Yang

    2016-03-01

    LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 (NCA) is one of the most promising cathode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in electric vehicles, which is successfully adopted in Tesla. However, the dissolution of the cation into the electrolyte is still a one of the major challenges (fading capacity and poor cyclability, etc.) presented in pristine NCA. Herein, a homogeneous nanoscale ZnO film is directly sputtered on the surface of NCA electrode via the magnetron sputtering (MS). This ZnO film is evidenced by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results clearly demonstrate that ZnO film is fully and uniformly covered on the NCA electrodes. After 90 cycles at 1.0C, the optimized MS-2min coated NCA electrode delivers much higher discharge capacity with 169 mAh g-1 than that of the pristine NCA electrode with 127 mAh g-1. In addition, the discharge capacity also reaches 166 mAh g-1 at 3.0C, as compared to that of 125 mAh g-1 for the pristine electrode. The improved electrochemical performance can be ascribed to the superiority of the MS ZnO film that reduce charge transfer resistance and protect the NCA electrode from cation dissolution.

  6. The effects of the pressure and the oxygen content of the sputtering gas on the structure and the properties of zinc oxy-nitride thin films deposited by reactive sputtering of zinc

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    Jiang, Nanke; Georgiev, Daniel G.; Jayatissa, Ahalapitiya H.

    2013-02-01

    Zinc nitride and oxy-nitride thin films were prepared by reactive magnetron rf sputtering of zinc in either nitrogen-argon or nitrogen-argon-oxygen ambient. The effects of varying the total sputtering pressure and the oxygen fraction in the total sputtering gas mixture on the microstructure, electrical and optical properties were investigated. With increasing the sputtering pressure, the dominant phase comprising the film material changes from the crystalline zinc nitride phase to crystalline zinc oxide. The characteristic pressure, at which this change in the dominant phase is observed, decreases with the increase of the oxygen fraction in the total sputtering gas mixture. The increase of the oxygen content in the films (from 5 at.% to a maximum of 40 at.%) and the downward shift in the optical absorption edge (from 920 to 400 nm), combined with the x-ray diffraction data, support these observations, indicating the controllable fabrication of an oxy-nitride film material. Correlations between the films’ fabrication conditions, including post-deposition annealing, their structure and composition, and their electrical properties are examined as well.

  7. Origin of the butterfly-shaped magnetoresistance in reactive sputtered epitaxial Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films

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    Li, P.; Zhang, L. T.; Mi, W. B.; Jiang, E. Y.; Bai, H. L.

    2009-08-01

    Epitaxial Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} thin films were synthesized by facing-target reactive sputtering Fe targets. The epitaxy of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} film on MgO (100) was examined macroscopically using x-ray diffraction, including conventional theta-2theta scan, tilting 2theta scan, phi scan, and pole figure. The observed low-field butterfly-shaped magnetoresistance (MR) are explained by the primary fast rotation of the spins far away from antiphase boundaries and the high-field MR changing linearly with magnetic field can be understood by the gradual rotation of the spins near the antiphase boundaries. It is magnetocrystalline anisotropy that causes an increase in MR below Verwey transition temperature.

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

  9. Dependence of annealing temperature on microstructure and photoelectrical properties of vanadium oxide thin films prepared by DC reactive sputtering

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    Li, Yan; Zhang, Dongping; Wang, Bo; Liang, Guangxing; Zheng, Zhuanghao; Luo, Jingting; Cai, Xingmin; Fan, Ping

    2013-12-01

    Vanadium oxide thin films were prepared by DC reactive sputtering method, and the samples were annealed in Ar atmosphere under different temperature for 2 hours. The microstructure, optical and electrical properties of the as-grown and treated samples were characterized by XRD, spectrophotometer, and four-probe technique, respectively. XRD results investigated that the main content of the annealed sample are VO2 and V2O5. With annealing temperature increasing, the intensity of the VO2 phase diffraction peak strengthened. The electrical properties reveal that the annealed samples exhibit semiconductor-to-metal transition characteristic at about 40°C. Comparison of transmission spectra of the samples at room temperature and 100°C, a drastic drop in IR region is found.

  10. Morphology of TiN thin films grown on MgO(001) by reactive dc magnetron sputtering

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    Ingason, A. S.; Magnus, F.; Olafsson, S.; Gudmundsson, J. T.

    2010-07-15

    Thin TiN films were grown by reactive dc magnetron sputtering on single-crystalline MgO(001) substrates at a range of temperatures from room temperature to 600 deg. C. Structural characterization was carried out using x-ray diffraction and reflection methods. TiN films grow epitaxially on the MgO substrates at growth temperatures of 200 deg. C and above. The crystal coherence length determined from Laue oscillations and the Scherrer method agrees with x-ray reflection thickness measurements to 6% and within 3% for growth temperatures of 200 and 600 deg. C, respectively. For lower growth temperatures the films are polycrystalline but highly textured and porous.

  11. 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.

  12. p-type conduction from Sb-doped ZnO thin films grown by dual ion beam sputtering in the absence of oxygen ambient

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    Kumar Pandey, Sushil; Kumar Pandey, Saurabh; Awasthi, Vishnu; Kumar, Ashish; Mukherjee, Shaibal; Deshpande, Uday P.; Gupta, Mukul

    2013-10-28

    Sb-doped ZnO (SZO) thin films were deposited on c-plane sapphire substrates by dual ion beam sputtering deposition system in the absence of oxygen ambient. The electrical, structural, morphological, and elemental properties of SZO thin films were studied for films grown at different substrate temperatures ranging from 200 °C to 600 °C and then annealed in situ at 800 °C under vacuum (pressure ∼5 × 10{sup −8} mbar). Films grown for temperature range of 200–500 °C showed p-type conduction with hole concentration of 1.374 × 10{sup 16} to 5.538 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3}, resistivity of 66.733–12.758 Ω cm, and carrier mobility of 4.964–8.846 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} at room temperature. However, the film grown at 600 °C showed n-type behavior. Additionally, current-voltage (I–V) characteristic of p-ZnO/n-Si heterojunction showed a diode-like behavior, and that further confirmed the p-type conduction in ZnO by Sb doping. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that all SZO films had (002) preferred crystal orientation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed the formation of Sb{sub Zn}–2V{sub Zn} complex caused acceptor-like behavior in SZO films.

  13. Effect of sputtering power on crystallinity, intrinsic defects, and optical and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO transparent conducting thin films for optoelectronic devices

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    Hu, Yu Min; Li, Jung Yu; Chen, Nai Yun; Chen, Chih Yu; Han, Tai Chun; Yu, Chin Chung

    2017-02-01

    The crystallinity and intrinsic defects of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films have a high impact on their optical and electrical properties and therefore on the performance of devices incorporating such films, including flat panel displays, electro-optical devices, and solar cells. The optical and electrical properties of TCO films can be modified by tailoring their deposition parameters, which makes proper understanding of these parameters crucial. Magnetron sputtering is the most adaptable method for preparing TCO films used in industrial applications. In this study, we investigate the direct and inter-property correlation effects of sputtering power (PW) on the crystallinity, intrinsic defects, and optical and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) TCO films. All of the films were preferentially c-axis-oriented with a wurtzite structure and had an average transmittance of over 80% in the visible wavelength region. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed significantly increased AZO film grain sizes for PW ≥ 150 W, which may lead to increased conductivity, carrier concentration, and optical band gaps but decreased carrier mobility and in-plane compressive stress in AZO films. Photoluminescence results showed that, with increasing PW, the near band edge emission gradually dominates the defect-related emissions in which zinc interstitial (Zni), oxygen vacancy (VO), and oxygen interstitial (Oi) are possibly responsible for emissions at 3.08, 2.8, and 2.0 eV, respectively. The presence of Zni- and Oi-related emissions at PW ≥ 150 W indicates a slight increase in the presence of Al atoms substituted at Zn sites (AlZn). The presence of Oi at PW ≥ 150 W was also confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results. These results clearly show that the crystallinity and intrinsic-defect type of AZO films, which dominate their optical and electrical properties, may be controlled by PW. This understanding may facilitate the development of TCO

  14. Reactive Sputter Deposition of WO3/Ag/WO3 Film for Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)-Free Electrochromic Devices.

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    Yin, Yi; Lan, Changyong; Guo, Huayang; Li, Chun

    2016-02-17

    Functioning both as electrochromic (EC) and transparent-conductive (TC) coatings, WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) trilayer film shows promising potential application for ITO-free electrochromic devices. Reports on thermal-evaporated WAW films revealed that these bifunctional WAW films have distinct EC characteristics; however, their poor adhesive property leads to rapid degradation of coloring-bleaching cycling. Here, we show that WAW film with improved EC durability can be prepared by reactive sputtering using metal targets. We find that, by introducing an ultrathin tungsten (W) sacrificial layer before the deposition of external WO3, the oxidation of silver, which leads to film insulation and apparent optical haze, can be effectively avoided. We also find that the luminous transmittance and sheet resistance were sensitive to the thicknesses of tungsten and silver layers. The optimized structure for TC coating was obtained to be WO3 (45 nm)/Ag (10 nm)/W (2 nm)/WO3 (45 nm) with a sheet resistance of 16.3 Ω/□ and a luminous transmittance of 73.7%. Such film exhibits compelling EC performance with decent luminous transmittance modulation ΔTlum of 29.5%, fast switching time (6.6 s for coloring and 15.9 s for bleaching time), and long-term cycling stability (2000 cycles) with an applied potential of ±1.2 V. Thicker external WO3 layer (45/10/2/100 nm) leads to larger modulation with maximum ΔTlum of 46.4%, but at the cost of significantly increasing the sheet resistance. The strategy of introducing ultrathin metal sacrificial layer to avoid silver oxidation could be extended to fabricating other oxide-Ag-oxide transparent electrodes via low-cost reactive sputtering.

  15. Effect of substrate temperature on transparent conducting Al and F co-doped ZnO thin films prepared by rf magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Fang-Hsing; Chang, Chiao-Lu

    2016-05-01

    ZnO is a wide bandgap semiconductor that has many potential applications such as solar cells, thin film transistors, light emitting diodes, and gas/biological sensors. In this study, a composite ceramic ZnO target containing 1 wt% Al2O3 and 1.5 wt% ZnF2 was prepared and used to deposit transparent conducting Al and F co-doped zinc oxide (AFZO) thin films on glass substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The effect of substrate temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 200 °C on structural, morphological, electrical, chemical, and optical properties of the deposited thin films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Hall effect measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and UV-vis spectrophotometer. The XRD results showed that all the AFZO thin films had a (0 0 2) diffraction peak, indicating a typical wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation of the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. The FE-SEM and AFM analyses indicated that the crystallinity and grain size of the films were enhanced while the surface roughness decreased as the substrate temperature increased. Results of Hall effect measurement showed that Al and F co-doping decreased the resistivity more effectively than single-doping (either Al or F doping) in ZnO thin films. The resistivity of the AFZO thin films decreased from 5.48 × 10-4 to 2.88 × 10-4 Ω-cm as the substrate temperature increased from RT to 200 °C due to the increased carrier concentration and Hall mobility. The optical transmittances of all the AFZO thin films were over 92% in the wavelength range of 400-800 nm regardless of substrate temperature. The blue-shift of absorption edge accompanied the rise of the optical band gap, which conformed to the Burstein-Moss effect. The developed AFZO thin films are suitable as transparent conducting electrodes for various optoelectronic

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

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

    2004-05-01

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

  17. 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.

  18. Sputter deposition of high transparent TiO 2- xN x/TiO 2/ZnO layers on glass for development of photocatalytic self-cleaning application

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    Nejand, B. Abdollahi; Sanjabi, S.; Ahmadi, V.

    2011-10-01

    In this study, TiO 2- xN x/TiO 2 double layers thin film was deposited on ZnO (80 nm thickness)/soda-lime glass substrate by a dc reactive magnetron sputtering. The TiO 2 film was deposited under different total gas pressures of 1 Pa, 2 Pa, and 4 Pa with constant oxygen flow rate of 0.8 sccm. Then, the deposition was continued with various nitrogen flow rates of 0.4, 0.8, and 1.2 sccm in constant total gas pressure of 4 Pa. Post annealing was performed on as-deposited films at various annealing temperatures of 400, 500, and 600 °C in air atmosphere to achieve films crystallinity. The structure and morphology of deposited films were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The chemical composition of top layer doped by nitrogen was evaluated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic activity of samples was measured by degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) dye. The optical transmittance of the multilayer film was also measured using ultraviolet-visible light (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. The results showed that by nitrogen doping of a fraction (˜1/5) of TiO 2 film thickness, the optical transmittance of TiO 2- xN x/TiO 2 film was compared with TiO 2 thin film. Deposited films showed also good photocatalytic and hydrophilicity activity at visible light.

  19. Comprehensive study of the p-type conductivity formation in radio frequency magnetron sputtered arsenic-doped ZnO film

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    Fan, J. C.; Zhu, C. Y.; Yang, B.; Fung, S.; Beling, C. D.; Brauer, G.; Anwand, W.; Grambole, D.; Skorupa, W.; Wong, K. S.; Zhong, Y. C.; Xie, Z.; Ling, C. C.

    2011-05-15

    Arsenic doped ZnO and ZnMgO films were deposited on SiO{sub 2} using radio frequency magnetron sputtering and ZnO-Zn{sub 3}As{sub 2} and ZnO-Zn{sub 3}As{sub 2}-MgO targets, respectively. It was found that thermal activation is required to activate the formation of p-type conductivity. Hall measurements showed that p-type films with a hole concentration of {approx}10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} and mobility of {approx}8 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} were obtained at substrate temperatures of 400-500 deg. C The shallow acceptor formation mechanism was investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, positron annihilation, low temperature photoluminescence, and nuclear reaction analysis. The authors suggest that the thermal annealing activates the formation of the As{sub Zn}-2V{sub Zn} shallow acceptor complex and removes the compensating hydrogen center.

  20. Characteristics of Ga-Al doped ZnO thin films with plasma treatment prepared by using facing target sputtering method.

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    Kim, Ki Hyun; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2013-09-01

    Ga-Al-doped ZnO (GAZO) thin films were prepared on glass substrates using facing targets sputtering at room temperature. GAZO thin films have been treated in O2 plasma to modify surface roughness in order to enhance the efficiency of OLED anodes made from the films. After deposition of the thin films, the substrate was subjected to plasma surface treatment. The electrical, optical, and surface properties of the deposited thin films were investigated by hall-effect measurement, UV/Vis spectrometry, and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. As a result of increasing the plasma treatment time from 0 to 45 sec, the surface roughness of films after plasma treatment was improved, but their electrical, optical, and structural properties were slightly changed. The lowest values of the surface roughness were 1.409 nm for the as-deposited GAZO thin films for an O2 plasma treatment time of 40 sec. All GAZO thin films have an average transmittance of 90% in the visible range (400-800 nm).

  1. Growth Behavior of Ga-Doped ZnO Thin Films Deposited on Au/SiN/Si(001) Substrates by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering

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    Seo, Seon Hee; Kang, Hyon Chol

    2013-11-01

    This paper reports the growth behavior of Ga-doped ZnO (ZnO:Ga) thin films deposited on Au/SiN/Si(001) substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The microstructures of the overgrown ZnO:Ga thin films were investigated by performing X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microcopy, and transmission electron microscopy analyses. It was confirmed that the growth process proceeds through three stages. In the first stage, nano-scale ZnO:Ga islands were grown on the SiN layer, while a fairly continuous flat structure was formed on the Au nanoparticles (NPs). In the second stage of the growth process, ZnO:Ga domains with different growth orientations, depending strongly on the crystalline planes of the host Au NPs, were nucleated. These domains then grew at different rates, resulting in a change in the morphology from the initial shape reflecting that of the Au NPs to a sunflower-type shape. In the final stage, columnar growth with a preferred (0002) orientation along the surface normal direction became dominant.

  2. Post-growth annealing induced change of conductivity in As-doped ZnO grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    To, C. K.; Yang, B.; Su, S. C.; Ling, C. C.; Beling, C. D.; Fung, S.

    2011-12-01

    Arsenic-doped ZnO films were fabricated by radio frequency magnetron sputtering method at a relatively low substrate temperature of 200 °C. Post-growth annealing in air was carried out up to a temperature of 1000 °C. The samples were characterized by Hall measurement, positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), and cathodoluminescence (CL). The as-grown sample was of n-type and it converted to p-type material after the 400 °C annealing. The resulting hole concentration was found to increase with annealing temperature and reached a maximum of 6 × 1017 cm-3 at the annealing temperature of 600 °C. The origin of the p-type conductivity was consistent with the AsZn(VZn)2 shallow acceptor model. Further increasing the annealing temperature would decrease the hole concentration of the samples finally converted the sample back to n-type. With evidence, it was suggested that the removal of the p-type conductivity was due to the dissociation of the AsZn(VZn)2 acceptor and the creation of the deep level defect giving rise to the green luminescence.

  3. Post-growth annealing induced change of conductivity in As-doped ZnO grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    To, C. K.; Yang, B.; Su, S. C.; Ling, C. C.; Beling, C. D.; Fung, S.

    2011-12-01

    Arsenic-doped ZnO films were fabricated by radio frequency magnetron sputtering method at a relatively low substrate temperature of 200 deg. C. Post-growth annealing in air was carried out up to a temperature of 1000 deg. C. The samples were characterized by Hall measurement, positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), and cathodoluminescence (CL). The as-grown sample was of n-type and it converted to p-type material after the 400 deg. C annealing. The resulting hole concentration was found to increase with annealing temperature and reached a maximum of 6 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} at the annealing temperature of 600 deg. C. The origin of the p-type conductivity was consistent with the As{sub Zn}(V{sub Zn}){sub 2} shallow acceptor model. Further increasing the annealing temperature would decrease the hole concentration of the samples finally converted the sample back to n-type. With evidence, it was suggested that the removal of the p-type conductivity was due to the dissociation of the As{sub Zn}(V{sub Zn}){sub 2} acceptor and the creation of the deep level defect giving rise to the green luminescence.

  4. Change of scattering mechanism and annealing out of defects on Ga-doped ZnO films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Nulhakim, Lukman; Makino, Hisao

    2016-06-01

    This study examines the change of carrier scattering mechanism and defects states in Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) thin films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering as a function of the substrate temperature (Ts) during deposition. The GZO films deposited at room temperature exhibited a high defect density that resulted in a lower carrier concentration, lower Hall mobility, and optical absorption in visible wavelength range. Such defects were created by ion bombardment and were eliminated by increasing the Ts. The defects related to the optical absorption disappeared at a Ts of 125 °C. The defects responsible for the suppression of the carrier concentration gradually decreased with increasing Ts up to 200 °C. As a result, the carrier concentration and in-grain carrier mobility gradually increased. The Hall mobility was also influenced by film structural properties depending on the Ts. In addition to the c-axis preferred orientation, other oriented grains such as the (10 1 ¯ 1 ) plane parallel to the substrate surface appeared below 150 °C. This orientation of the (10 1 ¯ 1 ) plane significantly reduced the Hall mobility via grain boundary scattering. The films deposited at a Ts higher than 175 °C exhibited perfect c-axis orientation and grain boundary scattering was thus negligible in these films. The appearance of the 10 1 ¯ 1 peak in x-ray diffraction profile was correlated with the contribution of grain boundary scattering in heavily doped GZO films.

  5. Correlations between 1/f noise and thermal treatment of Al-doped ZnO thin films deposited by direct current sputtering

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    Barhoumi, A. Guermazi, S.; Leroy, G.; Gest, J.; Carru, J. C.; Yang, L.; Boughzala, H.; Duponchel, B.

    2014-05-28

    Al-doped ZnO thin films (AZO) have been deposited on amorphous glass substrates by DC sputtering at different substrate temperatures T{sub s}. X-Ray diffraction results reveal that AZO thin films have a hexagonal wurtzite structure with (002) preferred orientation. (002) peaks indicate that the crystalline structure of the films is oriented with c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. Three-dimensional (3D) atomic force microscopy images of AZO thin films deposited on glass substrate at 200 °C, 300 °C, and 400 °C, respectively, shows the improvement of the crystallinity and the homogeneity of AZO thin films with T{sub s} which is in agreement with the noise measurements. The noise was characterized between 1 Hz and 100 kHz and we have obtained 1/f spectra. The noise is very sensitive to the crystal structure especially to the orientation of the crystallites which is perpendicular to the substrate and to the grain boundaries which generate a high current flow and a sharp increase in noise. Through time, R{sub sh} and [αμ]{sub eff} increase with the modification of the crystallinity of AZO thin films. Study of noise aging shows that the noise is more sensitive than resistivity for all AZO thin films.

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

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

    2013-01-28

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

  7. Preparation and study of Titanium Nitride films by reactive sputtering and an investigation of target poisoning during the process

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    Aziz, Tareque; Rumaiz, Abdul

    Titanium Nitride (TiNx) thin films were prepared by reactive dc sputtering in presence of Ar-N2 plasma. The thin films were grown on Quartz and pure Si surfaces. The Ar-N2 content ratio was gradually varied while the substrate and the Titanium target were kept at room temperature. Structural properties, optical and electrical properties of the thin films were studied by using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and XRD and 4 probe resistivity measurement. Target poisoning of the Ti target was also studied by varying reactive gas concentration and measuring the target current. A study of target current vs growth rate of the films was performed to investigate the onset of ``poison'' mode.Although there was an insignificant drop in plasma current, we noticed a drop in the deposition rate. This result was tested against Monte Carlo simulations using SRIM simulations. Effects of annealing on the crystallinity and the sheet resistance will also be discussed. The work has been supported by BSA,DOE.

  8. Stoichiometric silicon oxynitride thin films reactively sputtered in Ar/N2O plasmas by HiPIMS

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

    2016-04-01

    Silicon oxynitride (SiO x N y , x=0.2-1.3, y=0.2 -0.7) thin films were synthesized by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering from a pure silicon target in Ar/N2O atmospheres. It was found that the composition of the material can be controlled by the reactive gas flow and the average target power. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) shows that high average powers result in more silicon-rich films, while lower target powers yield silicon-oxide-like material due to more pronounced target poisoning. The amount of nitrogen in the films can be controlled by the percentage of nitrous oxide in the working gas. The nitrogen content remains at a constant level while the target is operated in the transition region between metallic and poisoned target surface conditions. The extent of target poisoning is gauged by the changes in peak target current under the different deposition conditions. XPS also shows that varying concentrations and ratios of oxygen and nitrogen in the films result in film chemical bonding structures ranging from silicon-rich to stoichiometric silicon oxynitrides having no observable Si-Si bond contributions. Spectroscopic ellipsometry shows that the film optical properties depend on the amount and ratio of oxygen and nitrogen in the compound, with film refractive indices measured at 633 nm ranging between those of SiO2 and Si3N4.

  9. Flow cytometric assessment of reactive oxygen species generations that are directly related to cellular ZnO nanoparticle uptake.

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    Yoo, Hyun Ju; Yoon, Tae Hyun

    2014-07-01

    In this study, a simple flow cytometry protocol to evaluate nanoparticle associated biological response was proposed. Particularly, we have evaluated the effect of surface charge on the cellular nanoparticle associations and nanoparticle-induced apoptosis. Significant enhancement in side scattering intensity was observed for the HeLa cells treated with positively charged (PLL)ZnO nanoparticles, suggesting that the (PLL)ZnO nanoparticles may induce cell death via adsorption and endocytosis of the nanoparticles. On the other hand, the negatively charged (PAA)ZnO nanoparticle seems to cause cell death process indirectly via the released Zn ions, with less contribution from cellular association of nanoparticles. Time- and dose-dependent studies on cellular association of ZnO nanoparticles, and ZnO associated reactive oxygen species generation were also performed for the HeLa cells exposed to the (PLL)ZnO nanoparticle. For those cells associated with (PLL)ZnO nanoparticle, a significant enhancement in reactive oxygen species generation was observed even at a lower concentration (10 ppm), which was not observable for the results with the whole cell population. By using this approach, we are able to distinguish biological responses (e.g., reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation) directly related to the cellular associations of NPs from those indirectly related to the cellular associations of NPs, such as the cytotoxicity caused by the NP released metal ions.

  10. Nanostructured ZnO Films for Room Temperature Ammonia Sensing

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    Dhivya Ponnusamy; Sridharan Madanagurusamy

    2014-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been deposited by a reactive dc magnetron sputtering technique onto a thoroughly cleaned glass substrate at room temperature. X-ray diffraction revealed that the deposited film was polycrystalline in nature. The field emission scanning electron micrograph (FE-SEM) showed the uniform formation of a rugby ball-shaped ZnO nanostructure. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) confirmed that the film was stoichiometric and the direct band gap of the film, determined using UV-Vis spectroscopy, was 3.29 eV. The ZnO nanostructured film exhibited better sensing towards ammonia (NH3) at room temperature (˜30°C). The fabricated ZnO film based sensor was capable of detecting NH3 at as low as 5 ppm, and its parameters, such as response, selectivity, stability, and response/recovery time, were also investigated.

  11. Origin of stress in radio frequency magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films

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    Menon, Rashmi; Gupta, Vinay; Sreenivas, K.; Tan, H. H.; Jagadish, C.

    2011-03-15

    Highly c-axis oriented ZnO thin films have been deposited on silicon substrates by planar rf magnetron sputtering under varying pressure (10-50 mTorr) and oxygen percentage (50-100%) in the reactive gas (Ar + O{sub 2}) mixture. The as-grown films were found to be stressed over a wide range from -1 x 10{sup 11} to -2 x 10{sup 8} dyne/cm{sup 2} that in turn depends strongly on the processing conditions, and the film becomes stress free at a unique combination of sputtering pressure and reactive gas composition. Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) analyses identified the origin of stress as lattice distortion due to defects introduced in the ZnO thin film. FTIR study reveals that Zn-O bond becomes stronger with the increase in oxygen fraction in the reactive gas mixture. The lattice distortion or stress depends on the type of defects introduced during deposition. PL spectra show the formation of a shoulder in band emission with an increase in the processing pressure and are related to the presence of stress. The ratio of band emission to defect emission decreases with the increase in oxygen percentage from 50 to 100%. The studies show a correlation of stress with the structural, vibrational, and photoluminescence properties of the ZnO thin film. The systematic study of the stress will help in the fabrication of efficient devices based on ZnO film.

  12. Structural and gasochromic properties of WO3 films prepared by reactive sputtering deposition

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    Yamamoto, S.; Hakoda, T.; Miyashita, A.; Yoshikawa, M.

    2015-02-01

    The effects of deposition temperature and film thickness on the structural and gasochromic properties of tungsten trioxide (WO3) films used for the optical detection of diluted cyclohexane gas have been investigated. The WO3 films were prepared on SiO2 substrates by magnetron sputtering, with the deposition temperature ranging from 300 to 550 °C in an Ar and O2 gas mixture. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). The gasochromic properties of the WO3 films, coated with a catalytic Pt layer, were examined by exposing them to up to 5% cyclohexane in N2 gas. It was found that (001)-oriented monoclinic WO3 films, with a columnar structure, grew at deposition temperatures between 400 and 450 °C. Furthermore, (010)-oriented WO3 films were preferably formed at deposition temperatures higher than 500 °C. The gasochromic characterization of the Pt/WO3 films revealed that (001)-oriented WO3 films, with cauliflower-like surface morphology, were appropriate for the optical detection of cyclohexane gas.

  13. Heteroepitaxial growth of TiN film on MgO (100) by reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Chen, Wei-Chun; Peng, Chun-Yen; Chang, Li

    2014-01-01

    TiN thin films were deposited on MgO (100) substrates at different substrate temperatures using rf sputtering with Ar/N2 ratio of about 10. At 700°C, the growth rate of TiN was approximately 0.05 μm/h. The structural and electrical properties of TiN thin films were characterized with x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Hall measurements. For all deposition conditions, XRD results show that the TiN films can be in an epitaxy with MgO with cube-on-cube orientation relationship of (001)TiN // (001)MgO and [100]TiN // [100]MgO. TEM with selected-area electron diffraction pattern verifies the epitaxial growth of the TiN films on MgO. SEM and AFM show that the surface of the TiN film is very smooth with roughness approximately 0.26 nm. The minimum resistivity of the films can be as low as 45 μΩ cm.

  14. Influence of the composition of BCN films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on their properties.

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    Martínez, C; Kyrsta, S; Cremer, R; Neuschütz, D

    2002-10-01

    Compounds of the B--C--N system are very promising to produce superhard coatings with good tribological, chemical, and thermal properties. To investigate the influence of the composition of BCN films on their properties, films with five different compositions at nearly constant nitrogen content were deposited on silicon wafers by magnetron sputtering from hexagonal boron nitride and graphite targets operated in RF and DC mode, respectively. The compositions and binding states of the films were determined by XPS. The nitrogen content was found to be almost constant for all films at about a 40 at-%, whereas boron and carbon compositions ranged between 15-35 and 25-50 at-%, respectively. The electronic and bonding structure of the coatings were analyzed by REELS using three different electron beam energies to obtain information at different depths. An increase of the carbon content of the films resulted in a significant shift of the pi-pi* interband transition with respect to the energy loss corresponding to h-BN. The absence of the pi-pi* transition in the energy loss spectra acquired at a beam energy of 1900 eV indicates the existence of a very thin overlayer mostly sp(2) bonded and probably with a distorted hexagonal structure. The position of the bulk plasmon losses corresponded to the hexagonal phase for the overlayer and presented a shift of more than 1.5 eV to the higher energy loss direction for the spectra obtained at 1900 eV beam energy. This shift and the absence of the sp(2)-bond fingerprint induced the possibility of an underlying disordered structure with a majority of sp(3) bonds.

  15. Optical, electrical and mechanical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films under different sputtering powers

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    Chang, Sheng Hsiung; Cheng, Hsin-Ming; Tien, Chuen-Lin; Lin, Shih-Chin; Chuang, Kie-Pin

    2014-12-01

    We present the optical, electrical and mechanical properties of Ga-doped zinc oxide (GZO) thin films prepared by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at room temperature under different RF powers (80-180 W). The thickness, electron concentration, and electron mobility of the GZO thin film were determined by fitting the visible-to-near-infrared transmittance spectrum of GZO film/glass using the transfer matrix method. The bending force per unit width was measured by a home-made Twyman-Green interferometer with the fast Fourier transform method. The obtained results show that the optical, electrical and mechanical properties of GZO thin film are subject to the RF power. At an RF power of 140 W, the local minimum of bending force per unit width corresponds to the highest electron mobility in GZO thin film. This study demonstrates that the optical, electrical and mechanical properties of GZO thin film can be fully resolved by non-contact optical methods.

  16. In situ analyses on negative ions in the sputtering process to deposit Al-doped ZnO films

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    Tsukamoto, Naoki; Watanabe, Daisuke; Saito, Motoaki; Sato, Yasushi; Oka, Nobuto; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2010-07-15

    The origin of high energy negative ions during deposition of aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) films by dc magnetron sputtering of an AZO (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}: 2.0 wt %) target was investigated by in situ analyses using the quadrupole mass spectrometer combined with the electrostatic energy analyzer. High energy negative oxygen (O{sup -}) ions which possessed the kinetic energy corresponding to the cathode sheath voltage were detected. The maximum flux of the O{sup -} ions was clearly observed at the location opposite to the erosion track area on the target. The flux of the O{sup -} ions changed hardly with increasing O{sub 2} flow ratio [O{sub 2}/(Ar+O{sub 2})] from 0% to 5%. The kinetic energy of the O{sup -} ions decreased with decreasing cathode sheath voltage from 403 to 337 V due to the enhancement of the vertical maximum magnetic field strength at the cathode surface from 0.025 to 0.100 T. The AZO films deposited with the lower O{sup -} bombardment energy showed the higher crystallinity and improved the electrical conductivity.

  17. Stable and high-quality Al-doped ZnO films with ICP-assisted facing targets sputtering at low temperature

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    Choi, Yoon S.; Kim, Hye R.; Han, Jeon G.

    2014-04-01

    FTS (facing targets sputtering) has been studied intensively for high-quality TCO films in low-temperature processes. In this study, we designed ICP-assisted FTS process for high-quality Al-doped ZnO film synthesis in a low temperature process. A one-turn ICP coil was installed a few cm above the upper target edge through which hydrogen was introduced and fully dissociated to the atomic radicals. The increase of ICP power caused heating and rarefaction of Ar gas and generated abundant hydrogen atoms and hydrogenated molecules. In FESEM analysis, the films synthesized with high ICP power showed high crystallinity. XPS was used to analyze the film structure. In O1s spectra, the low binding energy component located at ˜530.3 ± 0.4 eV corresponding to O2- ions on the wurtzite structure of the hexagonal Zn2+ ion array increased with the ICP power, indicating good crystal quality. With increasing ICP power fixing while fixing the RF power at the cathode, the resistivity was observed to decrease to 5 × 10-4 Ω-cm. For thermal reliability tests, films were stored in an air-based chamber at 200 °C. The films synthesized without ICP showed rapid degradation in the electrical properties, while the films synthesized with high ICP power showed good stabilities with little change in the electrical properties after 30 h of storage in an oven. By adding hydrogen, the carrier concentration of the films increased, while the mobility did not change much. From these results, it is expected that hydrogen was incorporated into the film as a stable n-dopant by using an auxiliary ICP plasma source.

  18. Correlation of photothermal conversion on the photo-induced deformation of amorphous carbon nitride films prepared by reactive sputtering

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    Harata, T.; Aono, M. Kitazawa, N.; Watanabe, Y.

    2014-08-04

    The photo-induced deformation of hydrogen-free amorphous carbon nitride (a-CN{sub x}) films was investigated under visible-light illumination. The films gave rise to photothermal conversion by irradiation. In this study, we investigated the effects of thermal energy generated by irradiation on the deformation of a-CN{sub x}/ultrathin substrate bimorph specimens. The films were prepared on both ultrathin Si and SiO{sub 2} substrates by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering from a graphite target in the presence of pure nitrogen gas. The temperature of the film on the SiO{sub 2} substrate increased as the optical band-gap of the a-CN{sub x} was decreased. For the film on Si, the temperature remained constant. The deformation degree of the films on Si and SiO{sub 2} substrates were approximately the same. Thus, the deformation of a-CN{sub x} films primarily induced by photon energy directly.

  19. Spectroscopic ellipsometry studies of GaN films deposited by reactive rf sputtering of GaAs target

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    Biswas, A.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Sahoo, N. K.; Yadav, Brajesh S.; Major, S. S.; Srinivasa, R. S.

    2008-04-15

    GaN films have been deposited by reactive rf sputtering of GaAs target in 100% nitrogen ambient on quartz substrates at different substrate temperatures ranging from room temperature to 700 deg. C. A series of films, from arsenic-rich amorphous to nearly arsenic-free polycrystalline hexagonal GaN, has been obtained. The films have been characterized by phase modulated spectroscopic ellipsometry to obtain the optical parameters, viz., fundamental band gap, refractive index, and extinction coefficient, and to understand their dependence on composition and microstructure. A generalized optical dispersion model has been used to carry out the ellipsometric analysis for amorphous and polycrystalline GaN films and the variation of the optical parameters of the films has been studied as a function of substrate temperature. The refractive index values of polycrystalline films with preferred orientation of crystallites are slightly higher (2.2) compared to those for amorphous and randomly oriented films. The dominantly amorphous GaN film shows a band gap of 3.47 eV, which decreases to 3.37 eV for the strongly c-axis oriented polycrystalline film due to the reduction in amorphous phase content with increase in substrate temperature.

  20. Reactively sputtered nickel nitride as electrocatalytic counter electrode for dye- and quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Soo Kang, Jin; Park, Min-Ah; Kim, Jae-Yup; Ha Park, Sun; Young Chung, Dong; Yu, Seung-Ho; Kim, Jin; Park, Jongwoo; Choi, Jung-Woo; Jae Lee, Kyung; Jeong, Juwon; Jae Ko, Min; Ahn, Kwang-Soon; Sung, Yung-Eun

    2015-05-01

    Nickel nitride electrodes were prepared by reactive sputtering of nickel under a N2 atmosphere at room temperature for application in mesoscopic dye- or quantum dot- sensitized solar cells. This facile and reliable method led to the formation of a Ni2N film with a cauliflower-like nanostructure and tetrahedral crystal lattice. The prepared nickel nitride electrodes exhibited an excellent chemical stability toward both iodide and polysulfide redox electrolytes. Compared to conventional Pt electrodes, the nickel nitride electrodes showed an inferior electrocatalytic activity for the iodide redox electrolyte; however, it displayed a considerably superior electrocatalytic activity for the polysulfide redox electrolyte. As a result, compared to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), with a conversion efficiency (η) = 7.62%, and CdSe-based quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs, η = 2.01%) employing Pt counter electrodes (CEs), the nickel nitride CEs exhibited a lower conversion efficiency (η = 3.75%) when applied to DSCs, but an enhanced conversion efficiency (η = 2.80%) when applied to CdSe-based QDSCs.

  1. Structure and mechanical properties of Ti-Si-N films deposited by combined DC/RF reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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

    2004-11-01

    Ti-Si-N nanocomposite films with Si content between 0 and 13.5 at. % were deposited by combined DC/RF reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering. The composition, structure, and mechanical properties of the as-deposited Ti-Si-N films were measured by energy dispersive analysis of x rays, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and nanoindentation experiments, respectively. All of the Ti-Si-N films exhibited a higher hardness than pure TiN films deposited under similar conditions. The highest hardness (~41 GPa) was obtained in the film with Si content of about 8 at. %. Ti-Si-N films also exhibited a higher resistance to plastic deformation (i.e., higher ratio H3/E*2) than pure TiN. XRD patterns revealed that the as-deposited films were composed of cubic TiN crystallites with a preferential orientation of (111). With increase of RF power applied to the Si targets, the TiN (111) peak intensity or TiN crystallite size increased in the lower RF power range but decreased in the higher RF power range, showing a maximum at an RF power of 500 W (power density ~1.14 W/cm2), corresponding to a Si content of about 5 at. % in the film.

  2. The effect of alumina and aluminium nitride coating by reactive magnetron sputtering on the resin bond strength to zirconia core

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    Külünk, Şafak; Baba, Seniha; Öztürk, Özgür; Danişman, Şengül; Savaş, Soner

    2013-01-01

    PURPOSE Although several surface treatments have been recently investigated both under in vitro and in vivo conditions, controversy still exists regarding the selection of the most appropriate zirconia surface pre-treatment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of alumina (Al) and aluminium nitride (AlN) coating on the shear bond strength of adhesive resin cement to zirconia core. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty zirconia core discs were divided into 5 groups; air particle abrasion with 50 µm aluminum oxide particles (Al2O3), polishing + Al coating, polishing + AlN coating, air particle abrasion with 50 µm Al2O3 + Al coating and air particle abrasion with 50 µm Al2O3 + AlN coating. Composite resin discs were cemented to each of specimens. Shear bond strength (MPa) was measured using a universal testing machine. The effects of the surface preparations on each specimen were examined with scanning electron microscope (SEM). Data were statistically analyzed by one-way ANOVA (α=.05). RESULTS The highest bond strengths were obtained by air abrasion with 50 µm Al2O3, the lowest bond strengths were obtained in polishing + Al coating group (P<.05). CONCLUSION Al and AlN coatings using the reactive magnetron sputtering technique were found to be ineffective to increase the bond strength of adhesive resin cement to zirconia core. PMID:24353874

  3. Role of nitrogen in the formation of hard and elastic CNx thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Hellgren, Niklas; Johansson, Mats P.; Broitman, Esteban; Hultman, Lars; Sundgren, Jan-Eric

    1999-02-01

    Carbon nitride films, deposited by reactive dc magnetron sputtering in Ar/N2 discharges, were studied with respect to composition, structure, and mechanical properties. CNx films, with 0<=x<=0.35, were grown onto Si (001) substrates at temperatures between 100 and 550 °C. The total pressure was kept constant at 3.0 mTorr with the N2 fraction varied from 0 to 1. As-deposited films were studied by Rutherford-backscattering spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron-energy loss spectroscopy, Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and nanoindentation. Three characteristic film structures could be identified: For temperatures below ~150 °C, an amorphous phase forms, the properties of which are essentially unaffected by the nitrogen concentration. For temperatures above ~200 °C, a transition from a graphitelike phase to a ``fullerenelike'' phase is observed when the nitrogen concentration increases from ~5 to ~15 at. %. This fullerenelike phase exhibits high hardness values and extreme elasticity, as measured by nanoindentation. A ``defected-graphite'' model, where nitrogen atoms goes into substitutional graphite sites, is suggested for explaining this structural transformation. When a sufficient number of nitrogen atoms is incorporated, formation of pentagons is promoted, leading to curving of the basal planes. This facilitates cross-linking between the planes and a distortion of the graphitic structure, and a strong three-dimensional covalently bonded network is formed.

  4. Ion beam analysis, corrosion resistance and nanomechanical properties of TiAlCN/CNx multilayer grown by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Alemón, B.; Flores, M.; Canto, C.; Andrade, E.; de Lucio, O. G.; Rocha, M. F.; Broitman, E.

    2014-07-01

    A novel TiAlCN/CNx multilayer coating, consisting of nine TiAlCN/CNx periods with a top layer 0.5 μm of CNx, was designed to enhance the corrosion resistance of CoCrMo biomedical alloy. The multilayers were deposited by dc and RF reactive magnetron sputtering from Ti0.5Al0.5 and C targets respectively in a N2/Ar plasma. The corrosion resistance and mechanical properties of the multilayer coatings were analyzed and compared to CoCrMo bulk alloy. Ion beam analysis (IBA) and X-ray diffraction tests were used to measure the element composition profiles and crystalline structure of the films. Corrosion resistance was evaluated by means of potentiodynamic polarization measurements using simulated body fluid (SBF) at typical body temperature and the nanomechanical properties of the multilayer evaluated by nanoindentation tests were analyzed and compared to CoCrMo bulk alloy. It was found that the multilayer hardness and the elastic recovery are higher than the substrate of CoCrMo. Furthermore the coated substrate shows a better general corrosion resistance than that of the CoCrMo alloy alone with no observation of pitting corrosion.

  5. Electrical and optical properties of CNx(0<=x<=0.25) films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Broitman, E.; Hellgren, N.; Järrendahl, K.; Johansson, M. P.; Olafsson, S.; Radnóczi, G.; Sundgren, J.-E.; Hultman, L.

    2001-01-01

    The electrical and optical properties of carbon-nitride CNx films (0⩽x⩽0.25) deposited by unbalanced reactive magnetron sputtering from a graphite target in mixed Ar/N2 discharges at a substrate temperature of 350 °C have been investigated. Pure C films exhibit a dark conductivity at room temperature of 25 Ω-1 cm-1, which grows up to 250 Ω-1 cm-1 for CNx films with N content of 20%. For CNx films, temperature-dependent conductivity measurements suggest that two electron conduction processes exist in the investigated temperature range 130

  6. Atomistic growth phenomena of reactively sputtered RuO{sub 2} and MnO{sub 2} thin films

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    Music, Denis Bliem, Pascal; Geyer, Richard W.; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2015-07-07

    We have synthesized RuO{sub 2} and MnO{sub 2} thin films under identical growth conditions using reactive DC sputtering. Strikingly different morphologies, namely, the formation of RuO{sub 2} nanorods and faceted, nanocrystalline MnO{sub 2}, are observed. To identify the underlying mechanisms, we have carried out density functional theory based molecular dynamics simulations of the growth of one monolayer. Ru and O{sub 2} molecules are preferentially adsorbed at their respective RuO{sub 2} ideal surface sites. This is consistent with the close to defect free growth observed experimentally. In contrast, Mn penetrates the MnO{sub 2} surface reaching the third subsurface layer and remains at this deep interstitial site 3.10 Å below the pristine surface, resulting in atomic scale decomposition of MnO{sub 2}. Due to this atomic scale decomposition, MnO{sub 2} may have to be renucleated during growth, which is consistent with experiments.

  7. 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.

  8. Formation of hydrogenated amorphous carbon films by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering containing C2H2 gas

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    Kimura, Takashi; Kamata, Hikaru

    2015-09-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have attracted interest for material industries, because they have unique properties. Hydrogenated amorphous carbon films are prepared by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) containing C2H2 gas and the properties of the films produced in Ar/C2H2 and Ne/C2H2 HiPIMS are compared. Production of hydrocarbon radicals and their ions strongly depends on both electron temperature and electron density in HiPIMS. Therefore, the influence of the difference in buffer gas (Ar and Ne) on the film properties is also valuable to investigate. The film preparation is performed at an average power of 60 W and a repetition frequency of 110 Hz. Total pressure ranges between 0.3 and 2 Pa. The maximum of instantaneous power is about 20-25 kW, and the magnitude of the current is 35 A. A negative pulse voltage is applied to the substrates for about 15 μs after the target voltage changed from about -500 V to 0 V. Hardness of the films prepared by Ar/C2H2 HiPIMS monotonically decreases with increasing the total pressure, whereas that of the films prepared by Ne/C2H2 HiPIMS does not strongly depend on the total pressure. This work is partially supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 26420230.

  9. AlN thin films deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering: effect of oxygen on film growth

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    García Molleja, Javier; José Gómez, Bernardo; Ferrón, Julio; Gautron, Eric; Bürgi, Juan; Abdallah, Bassam; Abdou Djouadi, Mohamed; Feugeas, Jorge; Jouan, Pierre-Yves

    2013-11-01

    Aluminum nitride is a ceramic compound with many technological applications in many fields, for example optics, electronics and resonators. Contaminants play a crucial role in the AlN performance. This paper focuses mainly in the effect of oxygen when AlN, with O impurities in its structure, is grown on oxidized layers. In this study, AlN thin films have been deposited at room temperature and low residual vacuum on SiO2/Si (1 0 0) substrates. AlN films were grown by DC reactive magnetron sputtering (aluminum target) and atmosphere composed by an argon/nitrogen mixture. Working pressure was 3 mTorr. Film characterization was performed by AES, XRD, SEM, EDS, FTIR, HRTEM, SAED and band-bending method. Our results show that oxidized interlayer imposes compressive stresses to AlN layer, developing a polycrystalline deposition. Indeed, when film thickness is over 900 nm, influence of oxidized interlayer diminishes and crystallographic orientation changes to the (0 0 0 2) one, i.e., columnar structure, and stress relief is induced (there is a transition from compressive to tensile stress). Also, we propose a growth scenario to explain this behaviour.

  10. Study of Fluorine Addition Influence in the Dielectric Constant of Diamond-Like Carbon Thin Film Deposited by Reactive Sputtering

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    Trippe, S. C.; Mansano, R. D.

    The hydrogenated amorphous carbon films (a-C:H) or DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) films are well known for exhibiting high electrical resistivity, low dielectric constant, high mechanical hardness, low friction coefficient, low superficial roughness and also for being inert. In this paper, we produced fluorinated DLC films (a-C:F), and studied the effect of adding CF4 on the above-mentioned properties of DLC films. These films were produced by a reactive RF magnetron sputtering system using a target of pure carbon in stable graphite allotrope. We performed measurements of electrical characteristic curves of capacitance as a function of applied tension (C-V) and current as a function of the applied tension (I-V). We showed the dielectric constant (k) and the resistivity (ρ) as functions of the CF4 concentration. On films with 65% CF4, we found that k = 2.7, and on films with 70% CF4, ρ = 12.3 × 1011 Ω cm. The value of the electrical breakdown field to films with 70% CF4 is 5.3 × 106 V/cm.

  11. Medium-temperature solid oxide fuel cells prepared using reactive magnetron sputtering. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Wang, L.

    1993-12-31

    The purpose of this research is to investigate the deposition, structure, interfacial impedances, and characteristics of medium temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC`s) with thin-film electrolytes. Three main areas have been investigated. First, the structure, chemistry, and properties of materials designed specifically for medium temperature SOFC`s have been studied. The authors have developed techniques for sputter deposition of cubic 10 mol percent Y2O3-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and 30 mol percent Y2O3-doped bismuth oxide (YSB) thin film oxygen ion conductors. The electrical properties of the films were characterized using the complex impedance spectroscopy method. Studies of AgYSZ cermet and Ag-perovskite (perovskite = La(1-x)Sr(x)Co(Mn)O3), used as high conductivity, low overpotential air electrodes, have also been carried out. Second, interfacial impedances for various electrode-electrolyte combinations and for multilayer electrolytes have been studied. In particular, the authors have found that a layer of Y-stabilized Bi2O3 (YSB) as thin as 60 nm between the YSZ electrolyte and the electrode significantly reduces the interfacial resistance. For example, inserting YSB between YSZ and a Ag-YSZ electrode reduces the resistance from 1.5 to 0.45 Omega cm(exp 2) at 750 deg C in air. Ag-(La,Sr)CoO3 on YSB electrolytes had interfacial resistances as low as 0.3 Omega cm2, compared with 0.4 and 1.5 Omega cm(exp 2) for (La,Sr)CoO3 and Ag on YSB at 750 deg C, respectively. The Ag cermet materials thus exhibited lower interfacial resistances than their component materials. Third, thin film medium temperature SOFC`s have been fabricated and characterized. SOFC`s were deposited onto porous alumina supports. The resulting cell open-circuit voltages (OCV) were approximately equal to 0.8 V, 0.3 V less than expected, due to gas cross-over.

  12. Characterization of reactively sputtered molybdenum oxide films for solar cell application

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    Simchi, H.; Boyle, J. H.; Shafarman, W. N.; McCandless, B. E.; Meng, T.

    2013-07-07

    Molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub 3}) thin films were prepared via Radio Frequency (RF) sputtering at different ambient composition and post-deposition annealing. The effects on the structural, optical, and surface properties of the deposited films were investigated. The ambient oxygen concentration O{sub 2}/(O{sub 2} + Ar) was varied from 10% to 100% at 10 mTorr. Post deposition anneals were performed in Ar at 300-500 Degree-Sign C. The films were analyzed using glancing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD), UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometry, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). As-deposited films have amorphous structures, independent of the oxygen partial pressure. Annealing at 300 Degree-Sign C in air resulted in crystallization of the molybdenum oxide films to the monoclinic {beta}-MoO{sub 3} phase. Samples annealed at 400 and 500 Degree-Sign C were identified as pure orthorhombic {alpha}-MoO{sub 3} phase with (020) preferred orientation. High resolution XPS studies showed the presence of Mo{sup 6+} (MoO{sub 3}) and Mo{sup 5+} (Mo{sub 4}O{sub 11}) oxidation states at the surface of as deposited and low temperature (300 Degree-Sign C) annealed films, and the Mo{sup 6+} to Mo{sup 5+} did not change much with deposition oxygen partial pressure. Annealing at 400-500 Degree-Sign C suppressed the oxygen deficiency at the surface, resulting in films with composition close to stoichiometric phases. UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometry revealed that all films have a high optical transmittance (>80%) in the visible range, followed by a steep drop at {lambda} Almost-Equal-To 400 nm indicating a strong absorption due to band-to-band transition. Increasing the oxygen partial pressure had no significant effect on optical transmittance of the films, and the bandgaps in the range of 2.6 eV to 2.9 eV were obtained. Annealing at 300 Degree-Sign C had a negligible effect on the optical properties of the MoO{sub 3} films, but samples annealed at 400 Degree-Sign C and 500 Degree-Sign C exhibited

  13. Reactive ion etching of sputtered silicon carbide and tungsten thin films for device applications. Final report

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    Pan, W.S.; Steck, A.J.

    1989-01-01

    For high-temperature processing and device applications, refractory materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and tungsten (W), are actively considered or evaluated as the basic semiconductor and metallization materials for future generations of integrated circuits. In order to pattern fine lines in SiC and W thin films, a selective and anisotropic etching technique needs to be developed for future device applications. Therefore, the etching process including basic mechanisms and process requirement have been chosen as the overall research goals of this project. Reactive ion etching (RIE) of SiC thin films in a variety of fluorinated gas plasmas, such as SF{sub 6}, CBrF{sub 3} and CHF{sub 3} mixed with oxygen was investigated in depth. The best anisotropic profile was observed by using CHF{sub 3} gas in the RIE mode. A typical DC bias, -300V, is concluded from etching experiments to determine the dependence of SiC etch rate and physical reaction under RIE mode. Reactive ion etching of tungsten (W) thin film was also investigated by using the different fluorinated gas plasmas, such as CF{sub 4}, SF{sub 6}, CBrF{sub 3} and CHF{sub 3} mixed with oxygen. The obtaining of anisotropic etching profiles in W etching was suggested and the mechanisms were also studied.

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

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

    2014-03-15

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

  15. Insight into the Mechanism of Antibacterial Activity of ZnO: Surface Defects Mediated Reactive Oxygen Species Even in the Dark.

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    Lakshmi Prasanna, V; Vijayaraghavan, Rajagopalan

    2015-08-25

    A systematic and complete antibacterial study on well-designed and well-characterized microparticle (micro), nanoparticle (nano), and capped nano ZnO has been carried out in both dark and light conditions with the objective of arriving at the mechanism of the antibacterial activity of ZnO, particularly in the dark. The present systematic study has conclusively proved that reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as (•)OH, (•)O2(-), and H2O2 are significantly produced from aqueous suspension of ZnO even in the dark and are mainly responsible for the activity in the dark up to 17%, rather than Zn(2+) ion leaching as proposed earlier. This work further confirms that surface defects play a major role in the production of ROS both in the presence and absence of light. In the dark, superoxide ((•)O2(-)) radical mediated ROS generation through singly ionized oxygen vacancy is proposed for the first time, and it is confirmed by EPR and scavenger studies. ROS such as (•)O2(-), H2O2, and (•)OH have been estimated by UV-visible spectroscopy using nitro blue tetrazolium (NBT), KMnO4 titrations, and fluorescence spectroscopy, respectively. These are correlated to the antibacterial activity of ZnO in the dark and light. The activity is found to be highest for nano ZnO and least for micro ZnO, with capped ZnO between the two, highlighting the important role of surface defects in generation of ROS. The surface charge density of ZnO in dark and light has been estimated for the first time to the best of our knowledge, and it can influence antibacterial activity. Our work proposes a new mechanism mediated by superoxide species, for antibacterial activity of ZnO especially in the dark.

  16. Fabrication and Characterization of Reactively Sputtered AlInGaN Films with a Cermet Target Containing 5% Al and 7.5% In

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    Lin, Kaifan; Kuo, Dong-Hau

    2017-04-01

    AlInGaN films were deposited at a substrate temperature in the range of 100-400°C and a radio frequency (RF) output power in the range of 90-150 W on Si (100) by reactive sputtering in an (Ar + N2) atmosphere. A (Ga + GaN) cermet target for sputtering, containing 5 at.% aluminum and 7.5 at.% indium powders, was made by hot pressing the mixed metal powders and ceramic GaN. The effects of substrate temperature and sputtering output power on the formation of AlInGaN films and their electrical and optical properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction results showed that AlInGaN films grew with a preferential m-(10bar{1}0) growth plane and had a wurtzite crystal structure. The film roughness was influenced by the sputtering power and the film composition. The AlInGaN films deposited at 400°C and 150 W had the best crystallinity, and an electron concentration of 4.5 × 1017 cm-3, a Hall mobility of 497 cm2 V-1 s-1, and an optical bandgap ( E g) of 2.71 eV.

  17. Visible-light active thin-film WO{sub 3} photocatalyst with controlled high-rate deposition by low-damage reactive-gas-flow sputtering

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    Oka, Nobuto Murata, Akiyo; Nakamura, Shin-ichi; Jia, Junjun; Shigesato, Yuzo; Iwabuchi, Yoshinori; Kotsubo, Hidefumi

    2015-10-01

    A process based on reactive gas flow sputtering (GFS) for depositing visible-light active photocatalytic WO{sub 3} films at high deposition rates and with high film quality was successfully demonstrated. The deposition rate for this process was over 10 times higher than that achieved by the conventional sputtering process and the process was highly stable. Furthermore, Pt nanoparticle-loaded WO{sub 3} films deposited by the GFS process exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity than those deposited by conventional sputtering, where the photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the extent of decomposition of CH{sub 3}CHO under visible light irradiation. The decomposition time for 60 ppm of CH{sub 3}CHO was 7.5 times more rapid on the films deposited by the GFS process than on the films deposited by the conventional process. During GFS deposition, there are no high-energy particles bombarding the growing film surface, whereas the bombardment of the surface with high-energy particles is a key feature of conventional sputtering. Hence, the WO{sub 3} films deposited by GFS should be of higher quality, with fewer structural defects, which would lead to a decrease in the number of centers for electron-hole recombination and to the efficient use of photogenerated holes for the decomposition of CH{sub 3}CHO.

  18. Growth of Homoepitaxial ZnO Semiconducting Films

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; George, Michael A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    As a high temperature semiconductor, ZnO has been used for many applications such as wave-guide, solar cells, and surface acoustic wave devices. Since the ZnO material has an energy gap of 3.3 eV at room temperature and an excitonic binding energy (60 meV) that is possible to make excitonic lasering at room temperature a recent surge of interest is to synthesize ZnO films for electro-optical devices. These applications require films with a smooth surface, good crystal quality, and low defect density. Homoepitaxial films have been studied in terms of morphology, crystal structure, and electrical and optical properties. ZnO single crystals are grown by the hydrothermal method. Substrates are mechanically polished and annealed in air for four hours before deposited films. The annealing temperature-dependence of ZnO substrates is studied. Films are synthesized by the off-axis reactive sputtering deposition. The films have very smooth surface with a roughness ZnO films grown of (0001) ZnO and (0001) sapphire substrates will be also compared and discussed in the presentation.

  19. Optical properties and structure of HfO2 thin films grown by high pressure reactive sputtering

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    Martínez, F. L.; Toledano-Luque, M.; Gandía, J. J.; Cárabe, J.; Bohne, W.; Röhrich, J.; Strub, E.; Mártil, I.

    2007-09-01

    Thin films of hafnium oxide (HfO2) have been grown by high pressure reactive sputtering on transparent quartz substrates (UV-grade silica) and silicon wafers. Deposition conditions were adjusted to obtain polycrystalline as well as amorphous films. Optical properties of the films deposited on the silica substrates were investigated by transmittance and reflectance spectroscopy in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared range. A numerical analysis method that takes into account the different surface roughness of the polycrystalline and amorphous films was applied to calculate the optical constants (refractive index and absorption coefficient). Amorphous films were found to have a higher refractive index and a lower transparency than polycrystalline films. This is attributed to a higher density of the amorphous samples, which was confirmed by atomic density measurements performed by heavy-ion elastic recoil detection analysis. The absorption coefficient gave an excellent fit to the Tauc law (indirect gap), which allowed a band gap value of 5.54 eV to be obtained. The structure of the films (amorphous or polycrystalline) was found to have no significant influence on the nature of the band gap. The Tauc plots also give information about the structure of the films, because the slope of the plot (the Tauc parameter) is related to the degree of order in the bond network. The amorphous samples had a larger value of the Tauc parameter, i.e. more order than the polycrystalline samples. This is indicative of a uniform bond network with percolation of the bond chains, in contrast to the randomly oriented polycrystalline grains separated by grain boundaries.

  20. Microstructural Properties of NC-Si/SiO2 Films IN SITU Grown by Reactive Magnetron Co-Sputtering

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    Lu, Wanbing; Guo, Shaogang; Wang, Jiantao; Li, Yun; Wang, Xinzhan; Yu, Gengxi; Fan, Shanshan; Fu, Guangsheng

    2012-01-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon embedded in silicon oxide (nc-Si/SiO2) films have been in situ grown at a low substrate temperature of 300°C by reactive magnetron co-sputtering of Si and SiO2 targets in a mixed Ar/H2 discharge. The influences of H2 flow rate (FH) on the microstructural properties of the deposited nc-Si/SiO2 films were investigated. The results of XRD and the deposition rate of nc-Si/SiO2 films show that the introduction of H2 contributes to the growth of nc-Si grains in silicon oxide matrix. With further increasing FH, the average size of nc-Si grains increases and the deposition rate of nc-Si/SiO2 films decreases gradually. Fourier transform infrared spectra analyses reveal that introduction of hydrogen contributes to the phase separation of nc-Si and SiOx in the deposited films. Moreover, the Si-O4-nSin(n = 0, 1) concentration of the deposited nc-Si/SiO2 films reduces with the increase of FH, while that of Si-O4-nSin(n = 2, 3) concentration increases. These results can be explained by that active hydrogen atoms increase the probability of reducing oxygen from precursor in the plasma and prompting oxygen desorption from the growing surface. This low-temperature procedure for preparing nc-Si/SiO2 films opens up the possibility of fabricating the silicon-based thin-film solar cells onto low-cost glass substrates using nc-Si/SiO2 films.

  1. 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.

  2. Niobium sputtered Havar foils for the high-power production of reactive [18F]fluoride by proton irradiation of [18O]H2O targets.

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    Wilson, J S; Avila-Rodriguez, M A; Johnson, R R; Zyuzin, A; McQuarrie, S A

    2008-05-01

    Niobium sputtered Havar entrance foils were used for the production of reactive [(18)F]fluoride by proton irradiation of [(18)O]H(2)O targets under pressurized conditions. The synthesis yield in the routine production of 2-[(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-glucose (FDG) was used as an indicative parameter of the reactivity of (18)F. The yield of FDG obtained with (18)F produced in a target with Havar foil was used as a baseline. No statistically significant difference was found in the saturated yields of (18)F when using Havar or Havar-Nb sputtered entrance foils. However, the amount of long-lived radionuclidic impurities decreased more than 10-fold using the Havar-Nb entrance foil. The average decay corrected synthesis yield of FDG, evaluated over a period of more than 2 years, was found to be approximately 5% higher when using a Havar-Nb entrance foil and a marked improvement on the FDG yield consistency was noted. In addition, the frequency of target rebuilding was greatly diminished when using the Nb sputtered entrance foil.

  3. Characteristic corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline TiN films prepared by high density plasma reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Kim, J H; Kang, C G; Kim, Y T; Cheong, W S; Song, P K

    2013-07-01

    Nanocytalline TiN films were deposited on non-alkali glass and Al substrates by reactive DC magnetron sputtering (DCMS) with an electromagnetic field system (EMF). The microstructure and corrosion resistance of the TiN-coated Al substrates were estimated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical methods. All the TiN films shows that they have a (111) preferred orientation at room temperature. TiN films deposited on Al substrate using only DCMS 400 W showed a sheet resistance of 3.22 x 10-1 omega/symbol see texts (resistivity, 3.22 x 10-5 omegacm). On the other hand, a relatively low sheet resistance of 1.91 x 10-1 omega/symbol see text (1.91 x 10-5 omegacm) was obtained for the dense nanocrystalline TiN film deposited on Al substrate using DCMS 375 W+ EMF 25 W, indicating that the introduction of an EMF system enhanced the electrical properties of the TiN film. TiN films deposited on Al substrate at 400 degreesC had a (200) preferred orientation with the lowest sheet resistance of 1.28x10-1 omega/symbol see texts (1.28 x 10-5 omegacm) which was attributed to reduced nano size defects and an improvement of the crystallinity. Potentiostatic and Potentiodynamic tests with a TiN-coated Al showed good corrosion resistance (l/corr, = 2.03 microA/cm2, Ecorr = -348 mV) compared to the uncoated Al substrate (/corr = 4.45 microA/cm2, Ecorr = -650 mV). Furthermore, EMF system showed that corrosion resistance of the TiN film also was enhanced compared to DCMS only. For the TiN film deposited on Al substrate at 400 degreesC, corrosion current and potential was 0.63 micro/cm2 and -1.5 mV, respectively. This improved corrosion resistance of the TiN film could be attributed to the densification of the film caused by enhancement of nitrification with increasing high reactive nitrogen radicals.

  4. Investigation of the annealing effects on the structural and optoelectronic properties of RF-sputtered ZnO films studied by the Drude-Lorentz model

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    García-Méndez, Manuel; Bedoya-Calle, Álvaro; Segura, Ricardo Rangel; Coello, Víctor

    2015-09-01

    Zinc oxide films were deposited on glass substrates by RF reactive magnetron sputtering and post-annealed in vacuum at 100, 200, and 300 ºC. Structural and optical properties of films were obtained using X-ray diffraction and UV-visible spectroscopy. Optical parameters were extracted from transmittance curves using the single-oscillator Drude-Lorentz model. The evolution of the optical and structural properties of films with the annealing process was investigated. The films crystallized into the hexagonal würzite lattice structure, with preferential growth along the c-axis [0002]. The results indicate that the crystalline quality of films improved with annealing, whereas transparency was reduced from 90 to 80 % at 300 ºC. With post-annealing, the absorption edge shifted to the red, while the optical band gap decreased from to eV because of the Burstein-Moss effect. Calculated values of plasma frequency, fall within the IR range and decrease with temperature, from rad/s () to rad/s ().

  5. The influence of substrate temperature on the electrical and optical properties of titanium oxide thin films prepared by d.c. reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ju, Yongfeng; Wu, Zhiming; Qiu, Yonglong; Li, Lin; Jiang, Yadong

    2010-10-01

    In this investigation, a novel heat-sensitive material titanium oxide (TiOx) thin film was deposited on well cleaned K9 glass substrates by d.c. reactive magnetron sputtering from a metallic titanium target in an Ar + O2 gas mixture. In order to obtain proper TiOx thin films, deposition parameters should be properly controlled. In our system, TiOx thin films were obtained at different substrate temperature while total pressure and oxygen partial pressure were kept at 1 Pa and 0.6 Pa, d.c. power of 100 W, and the deposition time was adjusted in order to deposit thin films with a constant thickness close to 200 nm. The crystalline structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and the results show that all the deposited films have an amorphous structure. In this paper, we have mainly investigated the dependence of electrical and optical properties of the reactively sputtered TiOx thin films on the different substrate temperature during the sputtering process, i.e., as the K9 glass substrate temperature increases from 100 °C to 250°C, the sheet resistance Rs of TiOx thin films is ranged from 305 kΩ/square to 36 kΩ/square, temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) value up to -2.12 %/K is obtained, optical band gap decreases from 3.34 eV to 3.28 eV. Through the analysis and discussion of the above experimental data, we could obtain the conclusion that the variation in substrate temperature during the sputtering deposition plays a considerable important role in the electrical and optical properties of all the deposited films.

  6. Process Parameter-Growth Environment-Film Property Relationships for Reactive Sputter Deposited Metal (V, Nb, Zr, Y, Au) Oxide, Nitride, and Oxynitride Films

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    1993-09-30

    zirconium oxide at STP. However, a high temperature tetragonal polymorph Lt-ZrO21 formed in addition to m-ZrO2 under some conditions in sputter deposited...bulk zirconium oxide rdenoted "x-niobia" which had no long range order, a finite at STP.𔃺 However, Fig. 6 shows that ZrO, a metastable resistivity, and...89-K-0022 RELATIONSHIPS FOR REACTIVE SPLrTrER DEPOSITED METAL (V, Nrb, Zr, Y, Au) OXIDE , NITRIDE, AND OXYNITRIDE FILMS 6 AUTHOR(S

  7. Laser damage resistance of hafnia thin films deposited by electron beam deposition, reactive low voltage ion plating, and dual ion beam sputtering

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    Gallais, Laurent; Capoulade, Jeremie; Natoli, Jean-Yves; Commandre, Mireille; Cathelinaud, Michel; Koc, Cian; Lequime, Michel

    2008-05-01

    A comparative study is made of the laser damage resistance of hafnia coatings deposited on fused silica substrates with different technologies: electron beam deposition (from Hf or HfO2 starting material), reactive low voltage ion plating, and dual ion beam sputtering.The laser damage thresholds of these coatings are determined at 1064 and 355 nm using a nanosecond pulsed YAG laser and a one-on-one test procedure. The results are associated with a complete characterization of the samples: refractive index n measured by spectrophotometry, extinction coefficient k measured by photothermal deflection, and roughness measured by atomic force microscopy.

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

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

    2014-04-24

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

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

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

    1999-07-29

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

  10. Nanostructural and mechanical properties of nanocomposite nc-TiC/a-C:H films deposited by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Zehnder, T.; Schwaller, P.; Munnik, F.; Mikhailov, S.; Patscheider, J.

    2004-04-01

    Thin films of nc-TiC/a-C:H nanocomposite have been deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering at substrate bias values of -240 and -91 V. The grain size and grain separation, which together define the nanostructure, are correlated to the amount of the amorphous phase. From the size of the TiC grains measured by x-ray diffraction and the amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) phase content determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the mean grain separation is estimated using a simple model for the nanostructure. Films deposited at -240 V show a hardness enhancement for a-C:H phase contents in the range 10% to 30% with TiC grain sizes around 5 nm. The mean grain separation for such films was estimated to be 0.3 nm. Films with higher a-C:H phase contents still have 5 nm small grains, but their mean grain separation is larger than 0.5 nm; their hardness is thus determined by the properties of the amorphous matrix. A less pronounced hardness enhancement is observed for films deposited at -91 V. They have larger grains and larger mean gain separations and show smaller hardness values. The hardness of the films, among other mechanical properties, is controlled by the nanostructure. Raman measurements have shown that a-C:H is present in films with mean grain separation down to 0.2 nm. Coefficients of friction against steel lower than 0.3, independent of the substrate bias, are found for films with mean grain separations as low as 0.15 nm. Self-lubrication due to a-C:H can explain the observed friction behavior, although the presence of a-C:H cannot be proved by Raman spectroscopy for films with mean grain separations smaller than 0.2 nm. It is shown that the substrate bias is crucial in obtaining increased hardness of nc-TiC/a-C:H nanocomposite thin films. In contrast to the hardness of the coatings, their friction behavior is not affected by the substrate bias.

  11. Properties of reactively sputtered oxygenated cadmium sulfide (CdS:O) and their impact on CdTe solar cell performance

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    Meysing, Daniel M. Wolden, Colin A.; Griffith, Michelle M.; Mahabaduge, Hasitha; Pankow, Joel; Reese, Matthew O.; Burst, James M.; Rance, William L.; Barnes, Teresa M.

    2015-03-15

    Oxygenated cadmium sulfide (CdS:O) is commonly used as the n-type window layer in high-performance CdTe heterojunction solar cells. This layer is deposited by reactive sputtering, but the optimal amount of oxygen in the sputtering ambient is highly dependent on the specific system and process employed. In this work, the intrinsic properties of CdS:O were measured as a function of the oxygen content (0%–10%) in the sputtering ambient and correlated to device performance with the goal of better defining optimal CdS:O properties for CdTe solar cells. Optimal performance was found using CdS:O films that contained ∼40 at. % oxygen as measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed these results and showed that oxygen is incorporated primarily as oxygenated sulfur compounds (SO{sub x}). Device efficiency improved from 10.5% using CdS to >14% with CdS:O due largely to increases in short-circuit current density as well as a modest improvement in open-circuit voltage. The transparency of the CdS:O films was well correlated with observed improvements in blue quantum efficiency with increasing oxygen content. The optical bandgap of as-deposited CdS:O was identified as a simple metric for process optimization and transfer, with 2.8 eV being ideal for the device architecture employed.

  12. Self-Assembled 3D ZnO Porous Structures with Exposed Reactive {0001} Facets and Their Enhanced Gas Sensitivity

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    Chang, Jin; Ahmad, Muhammad Z.; Wlodarski, Wojtek; Waclawik, Eric R.

    2013-01-01

    Complex three-dimensional structures comprised of porous ZnO plates were synthesized in a controlled fashion by hydrothermal methods. Through subtle changes to reaction conditions, the ZnO structures could be self-assembled from 20 nm thick nanosheets into grass-like and flower-like structures which led to the exposure of high proportions of ZnO {0001} crystal facets for both these materials. The measured surface area of the flower-like and the grass, or platelet-like ZnO samples were 72.8 and 52.4 m2·g−1, respectively. Gas sensing results demonstrated that the porous, flower-like ZnO structures exhibited enhanced sensing performance towards NO2 gas compared with either grass-like ZnO or commercially sourced ZnO nanoparticle samples. The porous, flower-like ZnO structures provided a high surface area which enhanced the ZnO gas sensor response. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization revealed that flower-like ZnO samples possessed a higher percentage of oxygen vacancies than the other ZnO sample-types, which also contributed to their excellent gas sensing performance. PMID:23820747

  13. Self-assembled 3D ZnO porous structures with exposed reactive {0001} facets and their enhanced gas sensitivity.

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    Chang, Jin; Ahmad, Muhammad Z; Wlodarski, Wojtek; Waclawik, Eric R

    2013-07-02

    Complex three-dimensional structures comprised of porous ZnO plates were synthesized in a controlled fashion by hydrothermal methods. Through subtle changes to reaction conditions, the ZnO structures could be self-assembled from 20 nm thick nanosheets into grass-like and flower-like structures which led to the exposure of high proportions of ZnO {0001} crystal facets for both these materials. The measured surface area of the flower-like and the grass, or platelet-like ZnO samples were 72.8 and 52.4 m2∙g-1, respectively. Gas sensing results demonstrated that the porous, flower-like ZnO structures exhibited enhanced sensing performance towards NO2 gas compared with either grass-like ZnO or commercially sourced ZnO nanoparticle samples. The porous, flower-like ZnO structures provided a high surface area which enhanced the ZnO gas sensor response. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization revealed that flower-like ZnO samples possessed a higher percentage of oxygen vacancies than the other ZnO sample-types, which also contributed to their excellent gas sensing performance.

  14. Polarity Effects of Substrate Surface in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (0-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films are also deposited on the (000 I) Al203 substrates. It is found that the two polar surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which are strongly inference the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of epitaxial films on the ZnO substrates are different from the film on the Al203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite Surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth using reactive sputtering deposition.

  15. Phase separation in NiCrN coatings induced by N2 addition in the gas phase: A way to generate magnetic thin films by reactive sputtering of a non-magnetic NiCr target

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    Luciu, I.; Duday, D.; Choquet, P.; Perigo, E. A.; Michels, A.; Wirtz, T.

    2016-12-01

    Magnetic coatings are used for a lot of applications from data storage in hard discs, spintronics and sensors. Meanwhile, magnetron sputtering is a process largely used in industry for the deposition of thin films. Unfortunately, deposition of magnetic coatings by magnetron sputtering is a difficult task due to the screening effect of the magnetic target lowering the magnetic field strength of the magnet positioned below the target, which is used to generate and trap ions in the vicinity of the target surface to be sputtered. In this work we present an efficient method to obtain soft magnetic thin films by reactive sputtering of a non-magnetic target. The aim is to recover the magnetic properties of Ni after dealloying of Ni and Cr due to the selective reactivity of Cr with the reactive nitrogen species generated during the deposition process. The effects of nitrogen content on the dealloying and DC magnetron sputtering (DCMS) deposition processes are studied here. The different chemical compositions, microstructures and magnetic properties of DCMS thin films obtained by sputtering in reactive gas mixtures with different ratios of Ar/N2 from a non-magnetic Ni-20Cr target have been determined. XPS data indicate that the increase of nitrogen content in the films has a strong influence on the NiCr phase decomposition into Ni and CrN, leading to ferromagnetic coatings due to the Ni phase. XRD results show that the obtained Ni-CrN films consist of a metallic fcc cubic Ni phase mixed with fcc cubic CrN. The lattice parameter decreases with the N2 content and reaches the theoretical value of the pure fcc-Ni, when Cr is mostly removed from the Ni-Cr phase. Dealloying of Cr from a Ni80-Cr20 solid solution is achieved in our experimental conditions and the deposition of Ni ferromagnetic coatings embedding CrN from a non-magnetic target is possible with reactive DC magnetron sputtering.

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

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

    2006-02-01

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

  17. Electrical properties of Mg x Zn1- x O thin films deposited by using RF magnetron co-sputtering with ZnO and Mg0.3Zn0.7O targets

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    Yue, Li Li; Yang, Yi Da; Kim, Hong Seung; Jang, Nak Won; Yun, Young

    2016-03-01

    We successfully deposited hexagonal wurtzite Mg x Zn1- x O (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.18) films on Si substrates by using RF magnetron co-sputtering with ZnO and Mg0.3Zn0.7O targets. The Mg content was varied by controlling the RF power of the Mg0.3Zn0.7O target while the RF power of the ZnO target was fixed at 100 W. The electrical properties of the Mg x Zn1- x O films were investigated by using a transmission line model (TLM) with Ti/Au electrode and Hall effect measurements. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrate that some Zn atoms can be replaced by Mg atoms in the Mg x Zn1- x O films. As the Mg content was increased from 0 at.% to 18 at.%, the resistivity of Mg x Zn1- x O films increased and the carrier concentration decreased from 1.17 × 1019 cm-3 to 1.17 × 1017 cm-3, which indicates a decrease in the number of oxygen vacancies. Meanwhile, the Hall mobility increased to 15.3 cm2/Vs. The electrical properties of Mg x Zn1- x O films were tuned by using the Mg content.

  18. Assessing the performance and longevity of Nb, Pt, Ta, Ti, Zr, and ZrO₂-sputtered Havar foils for the high-power production of reactive [18F]F by proton irradiation of [18O]H2O.

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    Gagnon, K; Wilson, J S; Sant, E; Backhouse, C J; McQuarrie, S A

    2011-10-01

    As water-soluble ionic contaminants, which arise following proton irradiation of [18O]H2O have been associated with decreased [18F]FDG yields, the minimization of these contaminants is an asset in improving the [18F]F reactivity. To this end, we have previously demonstrated that the use of Nb-sputtered Havar foils results in decreased radionuclidic and chemical impurities in proton irradiated [18O]H2O, improved [18F]FDG yields, and improved [18F]FDG yield consistency when compared with non-sputtered Havar. Resulting from the highly reactive chemical microenvironment within the target however, this niobium layer is observed to degrade over time. To find a material that displays increased longevity with regards to maintaining high [18F]F reactivity, this project extensively investigated and compared Havar foils sputtered with Nb, Pt, Ta, Ti, Zr and ZrO₂. Of the materials investigated, the results of this study suggest that Ta-sputtered Havar foil is the preferred choice. For similar integrated currents (~1,000,000 μA min), when comparing the Ta-sputtered Havar with Nb-sputtered Havar we observed: (i) greater than an order of magnitude decrease in radionuclidic impurities, (ii) a 6.4 percent increase (p=0.0025) in the average TracerLab MX [18F]FDG yield, and (iii) an overall improvement in the FDG yield consistency. Excellent performance of the Ta-sputtered foil was maintained throughout its ~1,500,000 μA min lifetime.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  20. Influence of growth temperature of TiO 2 buffer on structure and PL properties of ZnO films

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    Zhang, Weiying; Zhao, Jianguo; Liu, Zhenzhong; Liu, Zhaojun; Fu, Zhuxi

    2010-05-01

    A series of ZnO films with TiO 2 buffer on Si (1 0 0) substrates were prepared by DC reactive sputtering. Growth temperature of TiO 2 buffer changed from 100 °C to 400 °C, and the influence on the crystal structures and optical properties of ZnO films have been investigated. The XRD results show that the ZnO films with TiO 2 buffer have a hexagonal wurtzite structure with random orientation, and with the increase of growth temperature of TiO 2 buffer, the residual stresses were released gradually. Specially, the UV emission enhanced distinctly and FWHMs (full width half maximum) decreased linearly with the increasing TiO 2 growth temperature. The results all come from the improvement of crystal quality of ZnO films.

  1. Growth of residual stress-free ZnO films on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate at room temperature for MEMS devices

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    Singh, Jitendra; Akhtar, Jamil; Ranwa, Sapana; Kumar, Mahesh

    2015-06-15

    ZnO thick Stress relaxed films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on 2”-wafer of SiO{sub 2}/Si at room temperature. The residual stress of ZnO films was measured by measuring the curvature of wafer using laser scanning method and found in the range of 0.18 x 10{sup 9} to 11.28 x 10{sup 9} dyne/cm{sup 2} with compressive in nature. Sputter pressure changes the deposition rates, which strongly affects the residual stress and surface morphologies of ZnO films. The crystalline wurtzite structure of ZnO films were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and a shift in (0002) diffraction peak of ZnO towards lower 2θ angle was observed with increasing the compressive stress in the films. The band gap of ZnO films shows a red shift from ∼3.275 eV to ∼3.23 eV as compressive stress is increased, unlike the stress for III-nitride materials. A relationship between stress and band gap of ZnO was derived and proposed. The stress-free growth of piezoelectric films is very important for functional devices applications.

  2. Growth of residual stress-free ZnO films on SiO2/Si substrate at room temperature for MEMS devices

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    Singh, Jitendra; Ranwa, Sapana; Akhtar, Jamil; Kumar, Mahesh

    2015-06-01

    ZnO thick Stress relaxed films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on 2"-wafer of SiO2/Si at room temperature. The residual stress of ZnO films was measured by measuring the curvature of wafer using laser scanning method and found in the range of 0.18 x 109 to 11.28 x 109 dyne/cm2 with compressive in nature. Sputter pressure changes the deposition rates, which strongly affects the residual stress and surface morphologies of ZnO films. The crystalline wurtzite structure of ZnO films were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and a shift in (0002) diffraction peak of ZnO towards lower 2θ angle was observed with increasing the compressive stress in the films. The band gap of ZnO films shows a red shift from ˜3.275 eV to ˜3.23 eV as compressive stress is increased, unlike the stress for III-nitride materials. A relationship between stress and band gap of ZnO was derived and proposed. The stress-free growth of piezoelectric films is very important for functional devices applications.

  3. Effect of nitrogen flow ratios on the structure and mechanical properties of (TiVCrZrY)N coatings prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Tsai, Du-Cheng; Huang, Yen-Lin; Lin, Sheng-Ru; Liang, Shih-Chang; Shieu, Fuh-Sheng

    2010-12-01

    This study reports the influence of growth conditions on the characteristics of (TiVCrZrY)N coatings prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering at various N 2-to-total (N 2 + Ar) flow ratio, which is R N. The crystal structures, microstructure, and mechanical properties for different R N were characterized by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, field-emission-scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nanoindentation. The results indicate that the TiVCrZrY alloy and nitride coatings have hexagonal close-packed (hcp)-type and sodium chloride (NaCl)-type solid-solution structures, respectively. The voids in the coatings are eliminated and the growth of the columnar crystal structures is inhibited along with an increasing R N. As a consequence, highly packed equiaxed amorphous structures with smooth surfaces are formed. The coatings accordingly achieved a pronounce hardness of 17.5 GPa when R N = 100%.

  4. Research Update: Reactively sputtered nanometer-thin ZrN film as a diffusion barrier between Al and boron layers for radiation detector applications

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    Golshani, Negin Mohammadi, V.; Schellevis, H.; Beenakker, C. I. M.; Ishihara, R.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, optimization of the process flow for PureB detectors is investigated. Diffusion barrier layers between a boron layer and the aluminum interconnect can be used to enhance the performance and visual appearance of radiation detectors. Few nanometers-thin Zirconium Nitride (ZrN) layer deposited by reactive sputtering in a mixture of Ar/N{sub 2}, is identified as a reliable diffusion barrier with better fabrication process compatibility than others. The barrier properties of this layer have been tested for different boron layers deposited at low and high temperatures with extensive optical microscopy analyses, electron beam induced current, SEM, and electrical measurements. This study demonstrated that spiking behavior of pure Al on Si can be prevented by the thin ZrN layer thus improving the performance of the radiation detectors fabricated using boron layer.

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  6. Emission intensity of the λ = 1.54 μm line in ZnO films grown by magnetron sputtering, diffusion doped with Ce, Yb, Er

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    Mezdrogina, M. M. Eremenko, M. V.; Smirnov, A. N.; Petrov, V. N.; Terukov, E. I.

    2015-08-15

    The effect of the Er{sup 3+}-ion excitation type on the photoluminescence spectra of crystalline ZnO(ZnO〈Ce, Yb, Er〉) films is determined in the cases of resonant (λ = 532 nm, Er{sup 3+}-ion transition from {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}, {sup 2}H{sub 11/2} levels to {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}) and non-resonant (λ = 325 nm, in the region near the ZnO band-edge emission) excitation. It is shown that resonant excitation gives rise to lines with various emission intensities, characteristic of the Er{sup 3+}-ion intracenter 4f transition with λ = 1535 nm when doping crystalline ZnO films with three rare-earth ions (REIs, Ce, Yb, Er) or with two impurities (Ce, Er) or (Er, Yb), independently of the measurement temperature (T = 83 and 300 K). The doping of crystalline ZnO films with rare-earth impurities (Ce, Yb, Er) leads to the efficient transfer of energy to REIs, a consequence of which is the intense emission of an Er{sup 3+} ion in the IR spectral region at λ{sub max} = 1535 nm. The kick-out diffusion mechanism is used upon the sequential introduction of impurities into semiconductor matrices and during the postgrowth annealing of the ZnO films under study. The crystalline ZnO films doped with Ce, Yb, Er also exhibit intense emission in the visible spectral region at room temperature, which makes them promising materials for optoelectronics.

  7. Reactive Ar ion beam sputter deposition of TiO2 films: Influence of process parameters on film properties

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    Bundesmann, C.; Lautenschläger, T.; Thelander, E.; Spemann, D.

    2017-03-01

    Several sets of TiO2 films were grown by Ar ion beam sputter deposition under systematic variation of ion energy and geometrical parameters (ion incidence angle and polar emission angle). The films were characterized concerning thickness, growth rate, structural properties, composition, mass density, and optical properties. The film thicknesses show a cosine-like angular distribution, and the growth rates were found to increase with increasing ion incidence angle and ion energy. All films are amorphous and stoichiometric, but can contain a considerable amount of backscattered primary particles. The atomic fraction of Ar particles decreases systematically with increasing scattering angle, independent from ion energy and ion incidence angle. Mass density and index of refraction show similar systematic variations with ion energy and geometrical parameters. The film properties are mainly influenced by the scattering geometry, and only slightly by ion energy and ion incidence angle. The variations in the film properties are tentatively assigned to changes in the angular and energy distribution of the sputtered target particles and back-scattered primary particles.

  8. Transparent conductive F-doped SnO2 films prepared by RF reactive magnetron sputtering at low substrate temperature

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    Zhu, B. L.; Yang, Y. T.; Hu, W. C.; Wu, J.; Gan, Z. H.; Liu, J.; Zeng, D. W.; Xie, C. S.

    2017-04-01

    To obtain highly transparent conductive F-doped SnO2 films by magnetron sputtering at low substrate temperatures, a new method of sputtering high-density SnF2-Sn target in Ar + O2 atmosphere was adopted in the present study. The structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films prepared were investigated as a function of O2 flux. The results indicate that the films shows SnO2 phase only at O2 flux above a critical value (0.8 sccm), and the crystallinity of SnO2 phase is improved with increasing O2 flux. The resistivity of the films steeply decreases once O2 flux is above the critical value, but it greatly increases as O2 flux is too high. Only in intermediate range of O2 flux, the films with low resistivity can be obtained. As O2 flux is above the critical value, both the transmittances in visible light range and E g of the films show steeply increase, and the PL spectra of the film show distinct emission characteristics. Furthermore, the position and intensity of PL emission peaks are similar when O2 flux is above the critical value, and the emission mechanism can be attributed to electron transitions mediated by defect levels in the bandgap, such as V O and F O. Just because of formation of SnO2 phase in the films and existence of relatively larger amount of V O and F O, the films show low resistivity and high transmittance at suitable O2 fluxes.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    This work presents the spatial distribution of electrical characteristics of amorphous indium-tin-zinc oxide film (a-ITZO), and how they depend on the magnetron sputtering conditions using O2, H2O, and N2O as the reactive gases. Experimental results show that the electrical properties of the N2O incorporated a-ITZO film has a weak dependence on the deposition location, which cannot be explained by the bombardment effect of high energy particles, and may be attributed to the difference in the spatial distribution of both the amount and the activity of the reactive gas reaching the substrate surface. The measurement for the performance of a-ITZO thin film transistor (TFT) also suggests that the electrical performance and device uniformity of a-ITZO TFTs can be improved significantly by the N2O introduction into the deposition process, where the field mobility reach to 30.8 cm2 V-1 s-1, which is approximately two times higher than that of the amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide TFT.

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

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

    2015-01-12

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

  11. Tuning the Band Bending and Controlling the Surface Reactivity at Polar and Nonpolar Surfaces of ZnO through Phosphonic Acid Binding.

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    McNeill, Alexandra R; Hyndman, Adam R; Reeves, Roger J; Downard, Alison J; Allen, Martin W

    2016-11-16

    ZnO is a prime candidate for future use in transparent electronics; however, development of practical materials requires attention to factors including control of its unusual surface band bending and surface reactivity. In this work, we have modified the O-polar (0001̅), Zn-polar (0001), and m-plane (101̅0) surfaces of ZnO with phosphonic acid (PA) derivatives and measured the effect on the surface band bending and surface sensitivity to atmospheric oxygen. Core level and valence band synchrotron X-ray photoemission spectroscopy was used to measure the surface band bending introduced by PA modifiers with substituents of opposite polarity dipole moment: octadecylphosphonic acid (ODPA) and 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,8-tridecafluorooctylphosphonic acid (F13OPA). Both PAs act as surface electron donors, increasing the downward band bending and the strength of the two-dimensional surface electron accumulation layer on all of the ZnO surfaces investigated. On the O-polar (0001̅) and m-plane (101̅0) surfaces, the ODPA modifier produced the largest increase in downward band bending relative to the hydroxyl-terminated unmodified surface of 0.55 and 0.35 eV, respectively. On the Zn-polar (0001) face, the F13OPA modifier gave the largest increase (by 0.50 eV) producing a total downward band bending of 1.00 eV, representing ∼30% of the ZnO band gap. Ultraviolet (UV) photoinduced surface wettability and photoconductivity measurements demonstrated that the PA modifiers are effective at decreasing the sensitivity of the surface toward atmospheric oxygen. Modification with PA derivatives produced a large increase in the persistence of UV-induced photoconductivity and a large reduction in UV-induced changes in surface wettability.

  12. Disorder-free sputtering method on graphene

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    Qiu Xue Peng; Shin Young Jun; Niu Jing; Kulothungasagaran, Narayanapillai; Kalon, Gopinadhan; Yang, Hyunsoo; Qiu Caiyu; Yu Ting

    2012-09-15

    Deposition of various materials onto graphene without causing any disorder is highly desirable for graphene applications. Especially, sputtering is a versatile technique to deposit various metals and insulators for spintronics, and indium tin oxide to make transparent devices. However, the sputtering process causes damage to graphene because of high energy sputtered atoms. By flipping the substrate and using a high Ar pressure, we demonstrate that the level of damage to graphene can be reduced or eliminated in dc, rf, and reactive sputtering processes.

  13. Sputtered Thin Film Research

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    1976-02-01

    percent HF, and boiling aqua - regia , did not result in any significant etching of the HfOg. Aqueous solutions of K0H and NaOH had no appreciable effect...horn Report) IB. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 19. KEY WORDS rContfnue on reverse elde II neceeemy and Identity by block number) Reactive sputtering

  14. Photocatalytic activities of wet oxidation synthesized ZnO and ZnO-TiO2 thick porous films

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    Chen, Ruiqun; Han, Jie; Yan, Xiaodong; Zou, Chongwen; Bian, Jiming; Alyamani, Ahmed; Gao, Wei

    2011-05-01

    Highly porous zinc oxide (ZnO) film was produced by using reactive magnetron sputtering zinc target followed by wet oxidation. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) was mixed to the porous films by using either TiO2 target magnetron sputter deposition or sol-spin method. The film thickness could reach 50 μm with uniform porosity. On the sputtering prepared ZnO-TiO2 film surface, fine nanorods with small anatase TiO2 nano-clusters on the tips were observed by SEM and TEM, and the titanium (Ti) composition was determined by XPS as 0.37%. The sol-spin treatment could increase the Ti composition to 4.9%, with reduced pore size compared to the untreated ZnO porous film. Photoluminescence measurements showed that the Ti containing porous film has strong ultraviolet-visible light emission. In the photo-catalysis testing, ZnO and ZnO-TiO2 have similar photo-catalysis activity under 365 nm UV irradiation, but under visible light, the photocatalysis activities of ZnO-TiO2 films were twice higher than that of ZnO porous film, implying promising applications of this porous oxide composite for industrial and dairy farm wastewater treatment.

  15. Growth of Homoepitaxial ZnO Semiconducting Films

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; George, M. A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    As a high temperature wide-band-gap (3.3 eV at room temperature) semiconductor, ZnO has been used for many applications such as wave-guides, solar cells, and surface acoustic wave devices, Since ZnO has a 60 meV excitonic binding energy that makes it possible to produce excitonic lasing at room temperature, a recent surge of interest is to synthesize ZnO films for UV/blue/green laser diodes. These applications require films with a smooth surface, good crystal quality, and low defect density. Thus, homoepitaxial film growth is the best choice. Homoepitaxial films have been studied in terms of morphology, crystal structure, and electrical and optical properties. ZnO single crystal substrates grown by the hydrothermal method are mechanically polished and annealed in air for four hours before the films are deposited. The annealing temperature-dependence on ZnO substrate morphology and electrical properties is investigated. Films are synthesized by off-axis reactive sputtering deposition. This produces films that have very smooth surfaces with roughness less than or equal to 5 nm on a 5 microns x 5 microns area. The full width at half maximum of film theta rocking curves measured by the x-ray diffraction is slightly larger than that of the crystal substrate. Films are also characterized by measuring resistivity, optical transmittance, and photoluminescence. The properties of ZnO films grown on (0001) ZnO and (0001) sapphire substrates will also be compared and discussed.

  16. Morphology and structure evolution of Cu(In,Ga)S{sub 2} films deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering with electron cyclotron resonance plasma assistance

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    Nie, Man Ellmer, Klaus

    2014-02-28

    Cu(In,Ga)S{sub 2} (CIGS) films were deposited on Mo coated soda lime glass substrates using an electron cyclotron resonance plasma enhanced one-step reactive magnetron co-sputtering process (ECR-RMS). The crystalline quality and the morphology of the Cu(In,Ga)S{sub 2} films were investigated by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray fluorescence. We also compared these CIGS films with films previously prepared without ECR assistance and find that the crystallinity of the CIGS films is correlated with the roughness evolution during deposition. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the surface topography and to derive one-dimensional power spectral densities (1DPSD). All 1DPSD spectra of CIGS films exhibit no characteristic peak which is typical for the scaling of a self-affine surface. The growth exponent β, characterizing the roughness R{sub q} evolution during the film growth as R{sub q} ∼ d{sup β}, changes with film thickness. The root-mean-square roughness at low temperatures increases only slightly with a growth exponent β = 0.013 in the initial growth stage, while R{sub q} increases with a much higher exponent β = 0.584 when the film thickness is larger than about 270 nm. Additionally, we found that the H{sub 2}S content of the sputtering atmosphere and the Cu- to-(In + Ga) ratio has a strong influence of the morphology of the CIGS films in this one-step ECR-RMS process.

  17. Combinatorial Reactive Sputtering of In2S3 as an Alternative Contact Layer for Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Siol, Sebastian; Dhakal, Tara P.; Gudavalli, Ganesh S.; Rajbhandari, Pravakar P.; DeHart, Clay; Baranowski, Lauryn L.; Zakutayev, Andriy

    2016-06-08

    High-throughput computational and experimental techniques have been used in the past to accelerate the discovery of new promising solar cell materials. An important part of the development of novel thin film solar cell technologies, that is still considered a bottleneck for both theory and experiment, is the search for alternative interfacial contact (buffer) layers. The research and development of contact materials is difficult due to the inherent complexity that arises from its interactions at the interface with the absorber. A promising alternative to the commonly used CdS buffer layer in thin film solar cells that contain absorbers with lower electron affinity can be found in ..beta..-In2S3. However, the synthesis conditions for the sputter deposition of this material are not well-established. Here, In2S3 is investigated as a solar cell contact material utilizing a high-throughput combinatorial screening of the temperature-flux parameter space, followed by a number of spatially resolved characterization techniques. It is demonstrated that, by tuning the sulfur partial pressure, phase pure ..beta..-In2S3 could be deposited using a broad range of substrate temperatures between 500 degrees C and ambient temperature. Combinatorial photovoltaic device libraries with Al/ZnO/In2S3/Cu2ZnSnS4/Mo/SiO2 structure were built at optimal processing conditions to investigate the feasibility of the sputtered In2S3 buffer layers and of an accelerated optimization of the device structure. The performance of the resulting In2S3/Cu2ZnSnS4 photovoltaic devices is on par with CdS/Cu2ZnSnS4 reference solar cells with similar values for short circuit currents and open circuit voltages, despite the overall quite low efficiency of the devices (-2%). Overall, these results demonstrate how a high-throughput experimental approach can be used to accelerate the development of contact materials and facilitate the optimization of thin film solar cell devices.

  18. Combinatorial Reactive Sputtering of In2S3 as an Alternative Contact Layer for Thin Film Solar Cells.

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    Siol, Sebastian; Dhakal, Tara P; Gudavalli, Ganesh S; Rajbhandari, Pravakar P; DeHart, Clay; Baranowski, Lauryn L; Zakutayev, Andriy

    2016-06-08

    High-throughput computational and experimental techniques have been used in the past to accelerate the discovery of new promising solar cell materials. An important part of the development of novel thin film solar cell technologies, that is still considered a bottleneck for both theory and experiment, is the search for alternative interfacial contact (buffer) layers. The research and development of contact materials is difficult due to the inherent complexity that arises from its interactions at the interface with the absorber. A promising alternative to the commonly used CdS buffer layer in thin film solar cells that contain absorbers with lower electron affinity can be found in β-In2S3. However, the synthesis conditions for the sputter deposition of this material are not well-established. Here, In2S3 is investigated as a solar cell contact material utilizing a high-throughput combinatorial screening of the temperature-flux parameter space, followed by a number of spatially resolved characterization techniques. It is demonstrated that, by tuning the sulfur partial pressure, phase pure β-In2S3 could be deposited using a broad range of substrate temperatures between 500 °C and ambient temperature. Combinatorial photovoltaic device libraries with Al/ZnO/In2S3/Cu2ZnSnS4/Mo/SiO2 structure were built at optimal processing conditions to investigate the feasibility of the sputtered In2S3 buffer layers and of an accelerated optimization of the device structure. The performance of the resulting In2S3/Cu2ZnSnS4 photovoltaic devices is on par with CdS/Cu2ZnSnS4 reference solar cells with similar values for short circuit currents and open circuit voltages, despite the overall quite low efficiency of the devices (∼2%). Overall, these results demonstrate how a high-throughput experimental approach can be used to accelerate the development of contact materials and facilitate the optimization of thin film solar cell devices.

  19. Effect of RF power on the optical, electrical, mechanical and structural properties of sputtering Ga-doped ZnO thin films

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    Tien, Chuen-Lin; Yu, Kuo-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Yo; Liu, Ming-Chung

    2015-11-01

    We present the influences of radio-frequency (RF) power on the optical, electrical, mechanical, and structural properties of Ga-doped zinc oxide (GZO) thin films by RF magnetron sputtering at room temperature. GZO thin films were grown on unheated glass and silicon substrates using radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method with different RF powers (from 60 W to 160 W). The optical properties of the GZO thin film were determined by a UV-vis spectrophotometer. The residual stress in GZO films were measured by a home-made Twyman-Green interferometer with the fast Fourier transform (FFT) method. The surface roughness of GZO films were measured by a microscopic interferometry. The microstructure, composition and crystal orientation of the GZO films were determined by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). This paper revealed that the optical, electrical, mechanical, and structural properties of GZO thin film are subject to the RF power. For the optical spectrum measurement, an average optical transmittance in the visible region of the spectra of 85% was obtained. For the characteristic measurements, all the GZO thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering have compressive stress at different RF powers. A minimum residual stress of 0.24 GPa is found at the RF power of 140 W. A four-point probe method was used to measure the resistivity of the GZO thin films with different powers, the results indicate that the resistivity increases with increasing of RF power. In addition, the root-mean-square (RMS) surface roughness of GZO thin films slightly increases as the RF power is increasing. We have also compared the results with the relevant literatures.

  20. Effects of post-annealing on the structural and nanomechanical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films deposited on glass substrate by rf-magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Szu-Ko; Lin, Ting-Chun; Jian, Sheng-Rui; Juang, Jenh-Yih; Jang, Jason S.-C.; Tseng, Jiun-Yi

    2011-11-01

    In this study, the effects of post-annealing on the structure, surface morphology and nanomechanical properties of ZnO thin films doped with a nominal concentration of 3 at.% Ga (ZnO:Ga) are investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nanoindentation techniques. The ZnO:Ga thin films were deposited on the glass substrates at room temperature by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. Results revealed that the as-deposited ZnO:Ga thin films were polycrystalline albeit the low deposition temperature. Post-annealing carried out at 300, 400 and 500 °C, respectively, has resulted in progressive increase in both the average grain size and the surface roughness of the ZnO:Ga thin film, in addition to the improved thin films crystallinity. Moreover, the hardness and Young's modulus of ZnO:Ga thin films are measured by a Berkovich nanoindenter operated with the continuous contact stiffness measurements (CSM) option. The hardness and Young's modulus of ZnO:Ga thin films increased as the annealing temperature increased from 300 to 500 °C, with the best results being obtained at 500 °C.

  1. Influence of surface defects in ZnO thin films on its biosensing response characteristic

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    Saha, Shibu; Gupta, Vinay

    2011-09-01

    Highly c-axis oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films deposited by rf magnetron sputtering under varying processing pressure (20-50 mT) in a reactive gas mixture of argon and oxygen were studied for biosensing application. The as-deposited ZnO thin films were in a state of compressive stress having defects related to interstitial Zn and antisite oxygen. Glucose oxidase has been chosen as the model enzyme in the present study and was immobilized on the surface of ZnO thin films deposited on indium tin oxide coated Corning Glass substrate. The studies reveal a correlation between the biosensing characteristic and the presence of defects in the ZnO films. The ZnO films deposited under high pressure (50 mT) are found to be more sensitive for biosensing application due to availability of more surface area for effective immobilization of biomolecules and exhibits a suitable microenvironment with good electron transfer characteristic. The obtained results highlight the importance of desired microstate besides availability of suitable native defects in the ZnO thin film for exhibiting enhanced biosensing response.

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

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    Feng, Jun-qin; Chen, Jun-fang

    2015-08-01

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

  3. Multi-functional reactively-sputtered copper oxide electrodes for supercapacitor and electro-catalyst in direct methanol fuel cell applications

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    Pawar, Sambhaji M.; Kim, Jongmin; Inamdar, Akbar I.; Woo, Hyeonseok; Jo, Yongcheol; Pawar, Bharati S.; Cho, Sangeun; Kim, Hyungsang; Im, Hyunsik

    2016-02-01

    This work reports on the concurrent electrochemical energy storage and conversion characteristics of granular copper oxide electrode films prepared using reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature under different oxygen environments. The obtained films are characterized in terms of their structural, morphological, and compositional properties. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope studies reveal that granular, single-phase Cu2O and CuO can be obtained by controlling the oxygen flow rate. The electrochemical energy storage properties of the films are investigated by carrying out cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests. The electrochemical analysis reveals that the Cu2O and CuO electrodes have high specific capacitances of 215 and 272 F/g in 6 M KOH solution with a capacity retention of about 80% and 85% after 3000 cycles, respectively. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry are used to study the electrochemical energy conversion properties of the films via methanol electro-oxidation. The results show that the Cu2O and CuO electrodes are electro-catalytically active and highly stable.

  4. Surface fluorination of rutile-TiO2 thin films deposited by reactive sputtering for accelerating response of optically driven capillary effect

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    Kobayashi, Taizo; Maeda, Hironobu; Konishi, Satoshi

    2016-06-01

    We report the acceleration of photoresponsive wettability switching by applying surface fluorination to rutile-TiO2 thin films deposited by reactive sputtering. Photoresponsive wettability switchable surfaces can be applied to optically driven liquid manipulation to enable the elimination of the electrical wiring and pneumatic tubing from fluidic systems. In this work, surface fluorination using CF4 plasma treatment is applied to rutile-TiO2 thin films, which exhibit a wider switching range of wettability than that of anatase-TiO2 thin films. Fluorine termination of TiO2 thin films increases the surface acidity and enhances its photocatalytic performance. TiO2 thin films with and without surface fluorination respectively exhibited the transition of contact angles ranging from 73.7 to 12.3°, and from 70.2 to 32° under UV irradiation for 15 min. Liquid introduction into a microchannel is also demonstrated, utilizing the developed TiO2 surface, which can generate a negative capillary pressure difference under ultraviolet light irradiation.

  5. Transmission photocathodes based on stainless steel mesh and quartz glass coated with N-doped DLC thin films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Balalykin, N. I.; Huran, J.; Nozdrin, M. A.; Feshchenko, A. A.; Kobzev, A. P.; Arbet, J.

    2016-03-01

    The influence was investigated of N-doped diamond-like carbon (DLC) films properties on the quantum efficiency of a prepared transmission photocathode. N-doped DLC thin films were deposited on a silicon substrate, a stainless steel mesh and quartz glass (coated with 5 nm thick Cr adhesion film) by reactive magnetron sputtering using a carbon target and gas mixture Ar, 90%N2+10%H2. The elements' concentration in the films was determined by RBS and ERD. The quantum efficiency was calculated from the measured laser energy and the measured cathode charge. For the study of the vectorial photoelectric effect, the quartz type photocathode was irradiated by intensive laser pulses to form pin-holes in the DLC film. The quantum efficiency (QE), calculated at a laser energy of 0.4 mJ, rose as the nitrogen concentration in the DLC films was increased and rose dramatically after the micron-size perforation in the quartz type photocathodes.

  6. Effect of substrate roughness and working pressure on photocatalyst of N-doped TiOx films prepared by reactive sputtering with air

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    Lee, Seon-Hong; Yamasue, Eiji; Okumura, Hideyuki; Ishihara, Keiichi N.

    2015-01-01

    N-doped TiOx films on the glass substrate were prepared by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron reactive sputtering of Ti target in a mixed gas of argon and dry air. The effect of substrate roughness and working pressure on the physical properties and the photocatalytic properties of the N-doped TiOx films was investigated. The surface roughness of glass substrate has little influence on the film properties such as produced phases, lattice parameters, introduced nitrogen contents, and atomic bonding configurations, but significant influence on the surface roughness of film resulting in the variation of the photocatalytic ability. The working pressure has little influence on the produced phases and the atomic bonding configurations, but significant influence on the atomic concentration of the N-doped TiOx film, resulting in the large variation of optical, structural, and photocatalytic properties. It is suggested that the high photocatalysis of N-doped TiOx film requires a certain range of the N doping concentration which shows the interstitial complex N doping states in TiO2.

  7. Preparation of p-type NiO films by reactive sputtering and their application to CdTe solar cells

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    Ishikawa, Ryousuke; Furuya, Yasuaki; Araki, Ryouichi; Nomoto, Takahiro; Ogawa, Yohei; Hosono, Aikyo; Okamoto, Tamotsu; Tsuboi, Nozomu

    2016-02-01

    Transparent p-type NiO films were prepared by reactive sputtering using the facing-target system under Ar-diluted O2 gas at Tsub of 30 and 200 °C. The increasing intensity of dominant X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks indicates improvements in the crystallinity of NiO films upon Cu doping. In spite of the crystallographic and optical changes after Cu-doping, the electrical properties of Cu-doped NiO films were slightly improved. Upon Ag-doping at 30 °C under low O2 concentration, on the other hand, the intensity of the dominant (111) XRD peaks was suppressed and p-type conductivity increased from ˜10-3 to ˜10-1 S cm-1. Finally, our Ag-doped NiO films were applied as the back contact of CdTe solar cells. CdTe solar cells with a glass/ITO/CdS/CdTe/NiO structure exhibited an efficiency of 6.4%, suggesting the high potential of using p-type NiO for the back-contact film in thin-film solar cells.

  8. Effects of 200 keV Ar-ions irradiation on the structural and optical properties of reactively sputtered CrN films

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    Novaković, M.; Popović, M.; Zhang, K.; Rakočević, Z.; Bibić, N.

    2016-12-01

    Modification in structural and optical properties of chromium-nitride (CrN) films induced by argon ion irradiation and thermal annealings were investigated using various experimental techniques. CrN films deposited by d. c. reactive sputtering on Si substrate were implanted with 200 keV argon ions, at fluences of 5-20 × 1015 ions/cm2. As-implanted samples were then annealed in vacuum, for 2 h at 700 °C. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, cross-sectional (high-resolution) transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were carried out in order to study structural and optical properties of the layers. After irradiation with 200 keV Ar ions a damaged surface layer of nanocrystalline structure was generated, which extended beyond the implantation profile, but left an undamaged bottom zone. Partial loss of columnar structure observed in implanted samples was recovered after annealing at 700 °C and CrN started to decompose to Cr2N. This layer geometry determined from transmission electron microscopy was inferred in the analysis of SE data using the combined Drude and Tauc-Lorentz model, and the variation of the optical bandgap was deduced. The results are discussed on the basis of the changes induced in the microstructure. It was found that the optical properties of the layers are strongly dependent on the defects' concentration of CrN.

  9. High performance mid-temperature selective absorber based on titanium oxides cermet deposited by direct current reactive sputtering of a single titanium target

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    Tang, Lu; Cao, Feng; Li, Yang; Bao, Jiming; Ren, Zhifeng

    2016-01-01

    This article reports the design and fabrication of a new double cermet-based low-mid temperature solar selective absorber based on TiOx cermet layers, which were deposited with a single Ti target by varying O2 partial pressure in sputtering chamber as reactive gas. High metal volume fraction cermet 1 and low metal volume fraction cermet 2 were deposited with O2 partial pressure of 0.15 mTorr and 0.25 mTorr, respectively, with direct current power density of 6.58 W cm-2. The complex refractive indices from ellipsometry were used to design solar selective absorber. The reflectance, thermal stability, and morphology were studied in absorbers on Cu and stainless steel. The effect of TiO2 and SiO2 as anti-reflective coating layers was investigated. The absorber on Cu substrate has high absorptance of 90.8% and low emittance of 4.9% (100 °C), and changed to 96.0% and 6.6%, respectively, after annealing at 300 °C for 4 days.

  10. The photoactivity of titanium dioxide coatings with silver nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel and reactive magnetron sputtering methods - comparative studies

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    Kądzioła, Kinga; Piwoński, Ireneusz; Kisielewska, Aneta; Szczukocki, Dominik; Krawczyk, Barbara; Sielski, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Titanium dioxide coatings were deposited on silicon substrates using two different methods: sol-gel dip-coating (SG) and reactive magnetron sputtering (MS). In order to obtain anatase phase, as-prepared coatings were calcined at 500 °C in air. Subsequently, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were grown on the surface of TiO2 coatings by photoreduction of silver ions, initiated by illumination of the UV lamp operated at λ = 365 nm. The concentrations of silver ions were 0.1 mmol dm-3 and 1.0 mmol dm-3. Coatings immersed in these solutions were illuminated during 5 min and 30 min. The coating thicknesses, evaluated by ellipsometry, were 118 nm and 147 nm for SG and MS methods, respectively. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging revealed that the surface roughness of TiO2 coating prepared by MS is about 6 times larger as compared to coatings prepared by SG method. The size of AgNPs deposited on SG and MS coatings were in the range of 17-132 nm and 54-103 nm respectively. The photoactivity of AgNPs/TiO2 coatings was determined by the measurement of the decomposition rate of bisphenol A (BPA). The concentration of BPA before and after illumination under UV light (λ = 365 nm) was monitored by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). It was found that AgNPs enhance the photoactivity of the TiO2 coatings.

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

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    Prakash, Ravi; Kaur, Davinder

    2016-05-01

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

  12. Multi-functional reactively-sputtered copper oxide electrodes for supercapacitor and electro-catalyst in direct methanol fuel cell applications

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    Pawar, Sambhaji M.; Kim, Jongmin; Inamdar, Akbar I.; Woo, Hyeonseok; Jo, Yongcheol; Pawar, Bharati S.; Cho, Sangeun; Kim, Hyungsang; Im, Hyunsik

    2016-01-01

    This work reports on the concurrent electrochemical energy storage and conversion characteristics of granular copper oxide electrode films prepared using reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature under different oxygen environments. The obtained films are characterized in terms of their structural, morphological, and compositional properties. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope studies reveal that granular, single-phase Cu2O and CuO can be obtained by controlling the oxygen flow rate. The electrochemical energy storage properties of the films are investigated by carrying out cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests. The electrochemical analysis reveals that the Cu2O and CuO electrodes have high specific capacitances of 215 and 272 F/g in 6 M KOH solution with a capacity retention of about 80% and 85% after 3000 cycles, respectively. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry are used to study the electrochemical energy conversion properties of the films via methanol electro-oxidation. The results show that the Cu2O and CuO electrodes are electro-catalytically active and highly stable. PMID:26888077

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  14. Cupric and cuprous oxide by reactive ion beam sputter deposition and the photosensing properties of cupric oxide metal-semiconductor-metal Schottky photodiodes

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    Hong, Min-Jyun; Lin, Yong-Chen; Chao, Liang-Chiun; Lin, Pao-Hung; Huang, Bohr-Ran

    2015-08-01

    Cupric (CuO) and cuprous (Cu2O) oxide thin films have been deposited by reactive ion beam sputter deposition at 400 °C with an Ar:O2 ratio from 2:1 to 12:1. With an Ar:O2 ratio of 2:1, single phase polycrystalline CuO thin films were obtained. Decreasing oxygen flow rate results in CuO + Cu2O and Cu2O + Cu mixed thin films. As Ar:O2 ratio reaches 12:1, Cu2O nanorods with diameter of 250 nm and length longer than 1 μm were found across the sample. Single phase CuO thin film exhibits an indirect band gap of 1.3 eV with a smooth surface morphology. CuO metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) Schottky photodiodes (PD) were fabricated by depositing Cu interdigitated electrodes on CuO thin films. Photosensing properties of the CuO PD were characterized from 350 to 1300 nm and a maximum responsivity of 43 mA/W was found at λ = 700 nm. The MSM PD is RC limited with a decay time constant less than 1 μs.

  15. Optimization of the optical properties of Er-doped Si-rich SiO 2/SiO 2 multilayers obtained by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Gourbilleau, F.; Dufour, C.; Madelon, R.; Rizk, R.

    2006-05-01

    The effects of annealing time and of Si nanocluster (Si-nc) size on the coupling rate to Er ions were investigated through studies made on multilayers (MLs) consisting in about 20 periods of Er-doped Si-rich SiO 2/SiO 2. These MLs were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering at 650 °C and subsequently annealed at 900 °C. A steep increase of the PL emission is observed for short annealing time while a trend of some saturation occurs for longer treatment time. Besides, the Er lifetime continuously increases with the annealing time. For Si-rich layer thickness or Si-nc larger than about 5 nm, the rate of energy transfer is lowered because of the weak confinement of carriers and the loss of resonant excitation of Er through the upper levels (second, third, etc.). The latter is liable to prevent the energy back transfer process, while the weak confinement reduces strongly the probability of no phonon radiative recombination that governs the transfer excitation rate from Si-nc to Er ions.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  17. Effects of silicon content on the structure and mechanical properties of (AlCrTaTiZr)-Six-N coatings by reactive RF magnetron sputtering

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    Cheng, Keng-Hao; Tsai, Che-Wei; Lin, Su-Jien; Yeh, Jien-Wei

    2011-05-01

    Multi-component (AlCrTaTiZr)-Six-N films were deposited on silicon wafers by reactive RF magnetron co-sputtering. The effect of silicon content on the structure, morphology and mechanical properties of the nitride films was investigated. Nitride films with lower silicon content remained as a simple NaCl-type face-centred cubic (FCC) structure. As the silicon content reached 7.9 at%, thermodynamically driven phase separation occurred, leading to a nanocomposite structure consisting of an FCC solid-solution nitride and an amorphous SiNx phase. These nitride films exhibited a high hardness of 34 GPa and remained at a constant level up to 7.9 at% Si. The reduced hardness at a silicon content of 10.2 at% was attributed to the appreciable amounts of softer amorphous segregation. The silicon incorporation significantly improved the oxidation resistance of (AlCrTaTiZr)N films. The film containing 7.9 at% Si annealed at 1000 °C for 2 h in air only had a 330 nm-thick oxide layer. The optimum Si content is 7.9 at% since it gives the best combination of hardness and oxidation resistance.

  18. Structure Evolution and Electric Properties of TaN Films Deposited on Al2O3-BASED Ceramic and Glass Substrates by Magnetron Reactive Sputtering

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    Zhou, Yan Ming; Ma, Yang Zhao; Xie, Zhong; He, Ming Zhi

    2014-03-01

    Structure evolution and electric properties of tantalum nitride (TaN) films deposited on Al2O3-based ceramic and glass substrates by magnetron reactive sputtering were carried out as a function of the N2-to-Ar flow ratio. The TaN thin films on Al2O3-based ceramic substrates grow with micronclusters composed of numerous nanocrystallites, contains from single-phase of Ta2N grains to TaN, and exhibits high defect density, sheet resistance and negative TCR as the N2-to-Ar flow ratio continuously increases. However, the films on the glass substrates grow in the way of sandwich close-stack, contains from single-phase of Ta2N grains to TaN and Ta3N5 phases with the increase of N2-to-Ar flow ratio. These results indicate that the N2-to-Ar flow ratio and surface characteristic difference of substrates play a dominant effect on the structure and composition of the TaN films, resulting in different electrical properties for the films on Al2O3-based ceramic and the samples on glass substrates.

  19. An experimental trial for the synthesis of α″-(Fe 100- xCo x) 16N 2 ( x = 0-30) martensite films by reactive sputtering

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    Shoji, H.; Nashi, H.; Eguchi, K.; Takahashi, Migaku

    1996-09-01

    In order to determine the synthesis conditions of α″-(Fe 100- xCo x) 16N 2, FeCo nitrided films were fabricated on MgO single-crystal substrates using reactive sputtering. The thermal stability of the α' Fe Co phase was evaluated by measuring the temperature dependence of σs. It was found that: (1) for the as-deposited (Fe 100- xCo x)-N films, α' FeCo martensite phase with a stoichiometric N content of 11 at% can be formed up to x = 10, and with increasing x, α' FeCo phase with stoichiometric N content is not formed. (2) The phase decomposition temperature, Tpd, of α'-(Fe 100- xCo x)-N ( x = 0-30) phase depends strongly on the Co and N contents of the α' FeCo phase. The Tpd of α' phase decreases from 200°C ( x = 0) to RT ( x = 30) with increasing Co and N contents. (3) The formation at RT of stable α″-(Fe 100- xCo x) 16N 2 ( x = 10-30) phase in the FeCo alloy system is concluded to be fairly difficult.

  20. Synthesis and properties of CS x F y thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering in an Ar/SF6 discharge.

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    Lai, Chung-Chuan; Goyenola, Cecilia; Broitman, Esteban; Näslund, Lars-Åke; Högberg, Hans; Hultman, Lars; Gueorguiev, Gueorgui K; Rosen, Johanna

    2017-05-17

    A theoretical and experimental study on the growth and properties of a ternary carbon-based material, CS x F y , synthesized from SF6 and C as primary precursors is reported. The synthetic growth concept was applied to model the possible species resulting from the fragmentation of SF6 molecules and the recombination of S-F fragments with atomic C. The possible species were further evaluated for their contribution to the film growth. Corresponding solid CS x F y thin films were deposited by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering from a C target in a mixed Ar/SF6 discharge with different SF6 partial pressures ([Formula: see text]). Properties of the films were determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray reflectivity, and nanoindentation. A reduced mass density in the CS x F y films is predicted due to incorporation of precursor species with a more pronounced steric effect, which also agrees with the low density values observed for the films. Increased [Formula: see text] leads to decreasing deposition rate and increasing density, as explained by enhanced fluorination and etching on the deposited surface by a larger concentration of F/F2 species during the growth, as supported by an increment of the F relative content in the films. Mechanical properties indicating superelasticity were obtained from the film with lowest F content, implying a fullerene-like structure in CS x F y compounds.

  1. Exclusive examples of high-performance thin-film optical filters for fluorescence spectroscopy made by plasma-assisted reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Lappschies, M.; Schallenberg, U.; Jakobs, S.

    2011-09-01

    For more than four decades band-pass filters are important components of microscopes used for the fluorescence spectroscopy. During all the time this special field of application has been one of the main drivers for research and development in thin-film optics, particularly for the thin-film design software and the coating technology. With a shortwave pass filter, a multi-notch filter, and a classical band-pass filter as examples of such filters provided for the latest generation of fluorescence microscopes we present the state-of-the-art in coating design and technology. Manufacturing these filters is a great challenge because the required spectral characteristics need necessarily multilayers with up to 300 layers and overall thicknesses up to 30 μm. In addition, the designs require also 3 to 5 nm as thinnest layers and all the layers are completely of non-quarterwave type. The filters were manufactured in a rapid-prototyping regime by a Leybold Helios plant using plasma-assisted reactive magnetron sputtering of thin films of different metal oxides. Designed and real spectra are compared and differences are discussed. Measurement results of other optical and non-optical characteristics as film stress, total integrated scattering, and micro roughness are presented.

  2. Reactively Sputtered Cu2ZnTiS4 Thin Film as Low-Cost Earth-Abundant Absorber

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    Adiguzel, Seniha; Kaya, Derya; Genisel, Mustafa Fatih; Celik, Omer; Tombak, Ahmet; Ocak, Yusuf Selim; Turan, Rasit

    2017-03-01

    Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films have been deposited on glass by the reactive cosputtering technique with high-purity ZnS and Cu and Ti metals as targets and H2S as reactive gas. Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films were obtained at various temperatures and H2S flows and were annealed in H2S atmosphere. The structural, morphological, and optical properties of the Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films were examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. Agglomeration was found to increase with increasing temperature. The XRD peaks of the Cu2ZnTiS4 thin films were consistent with those of Cu2ZnSnS4. Furthermore, the optical bandgaps of the Cu2ZnTiS4 films were lower than those of conventional Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films.

  3. Optimizing TaO{sub x} memristor performance and consistency within the reactive sputtering “forbidden region”

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    Lohn, Andrew J.; Stevens, James E.; Mickel, Patrick R.; Marinella, Matthew J.

    2013-08-05

    Standard deposition processes for depositing ReRAM oxides utilize mass flow of reactive gas to control stoichiometry and have difficulty depositing a precisely defined sub-stoichiometry within a “forbidden region” where film properties are discontinuous with mass flow. We show that by maintaining partial pressure within this discontinuous “forbidden region,” instead of by maintaining mass flow, we can optimize tantalum oxide device properties and reduce or eliminate the electroforming step. We also show that defining the partial pressure set point as a fraction of the “forbidden region” instead of as an absolute value can be used to improve wafer-to-wafer consistency with minimal recalibration efforts.

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  5. Electrical and optical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium (a-Si1 - xGexH) films prepared by reactive ion beam sputtering

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    Bhan, Mohan Krishan; Malhotra, L. K.; Kashyap, Subhash C.

    1989-09-01

    Thin films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium (a-Si1-xGex: H) alloys have been prepared by reactive ion beam sputtering of a composite target of silicon and germanium. The dependence of the deposition rate, conductivity-temperature variation, optical absorption coefficient, refractive index, imaginary part of the dielectric constant, hydrogen content, and infrared (IR) absorption spectra on germanium content (x) are reported and analyzed. For a typical composition—a-Si28Ge72:H (x=0.72), the effect of beam voltage, H2:Ar flow ratio, and substrate temperature on the material properties have also been investigated. For the films prepared with increasing x, the expected behavior of a decrease in both hydrogen content and band gap and an increase in the electrical conductivity have been observed. The films prepared at x>0.80 are found to be more homogeneous than the films deposited at 0.0

  6. Effect of N doping on hole density of Cu2O:N films prepared by the reactive magnetron sputtering method

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    Li, B. B.; Lin, L.; Shen, H. L.; Boafo, F. E.; Chen, Z. F.; Liu, B.; Zhang, R.

    2012-05-01

    N-doped Cu2O thin films have been deposited on glass substrate by reactive magnetron sputtering method under various N2/O2 flow ratios from 0 to 1.0. The structural and electronic properties of Cu2O:N films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), four-point probe and Hall effect measurements. XRD pattern showed that crystalline structures of all the samples retained single phase of Cu2O with the increase of N2/O2 flow ratio from 0 to 1.0. However, the crystalline quality of Cu2O:N films reduced with the increase of the N2/O2 flow ratio. The phenomenon of peak shift of Cu2O(1 1 1) implied that N atoms have been doped into Cu2O film. The square resistance of Cu2O:N films linearly decreased from 28.1 to 1.5 (104 Ω/☐) with the increase of N2/O2 flow ratio from 0.2 to 0.6 initially, and then it changed slowly with the increase of N2/O2 flow ratio from 0.8 to 1.0. Hole density of Cu2O:N films with various N2/O2 flow ratios from 0 to 0.6 was measured using the Van der Pauw method. All the samples are p-type, and the hole density of Cu2O:N films was enhanced from 1.2 × 1016 cm-3 to 3.1 × 1019 cm-3 with the increase of N2/O2 flow ratio from 0 to 0.6. The experimental results demonstrated that N doping was an effective method to enhance hole density of p-type Cu2O film.

  7. Thin film growth of boron nitride on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0 0 1) substrates by reactive sputtering

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    Anzai, Atsushi; Nishiyama, Fumitaka; Yamanaka, Shoji; Inumaru, Kei

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A BN film grown on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0 0 1) had a structure in which h-BN sheet stacking continued through almost the whole film thickness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction, ATR-IR, and XPS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tauc plots suggested the film had direct band gap and the optical band gap was close to that of bulk h-BN. -- Abstract: Boron nitride thin films were grown on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0 0 1) substrates by reactive magnetron sputtering. Infrared attenuated total reflection (ATR) spectra of the films gave an intense signal associated with in-plane B-N stretching TO mode of short range ordered structure of BN hexagonal sheets. X-ray diffraction for the film prepared at a low working pressure (ca. 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} Torr) gave a diffraction peak at slightly lower angle than that corresponding to crystal plane h-BN (0 0 2). It is notable that crystal thickness calculated from X-ray peak linewidth (45 nm) was close to film thickness (53 nm), revealing well developed sheet stacking along the direction perpendicular to the substrate surface. When the substrates of MgO (0 0 1) and Si (0 0 1) were used, the short-range ordered structure of h-BN sheet was formed but the films gave no X-ray diffraction. The film showed optical band gap of 5.9 eV, being close to that for bulk crystalline h-BN.

  8. Low-loss interference filter arrays made by plasma-assisted reactive magnetron sputtering (PARMS) for high-performance multispectral imaging

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    Broßmann, Jan; Best, Thorsten; Bauer, Thomas; Jakobs, Stefan; Eisenhammer, Thomas

    2016-10-01

    Optical remote sensing of the earth from air and space typically utilizes several channels in the visible and near infrared spectrum. Thin-film optical interference filters, mostly of narrow bandpass type, are applied to select these channels. The filters are arranged in filter wheels, arrays of discrete stripe filters mounted in frames, or patterned arrays on a monolithic substrate. Such multi-channel filter assemblies can be mounted close to the detector, which allows a compact and lightweight camera design. Recent progress in image resolution and sensor sensitivity requires improvements of the optical filter performance. Higher demands placed on blocking in the UV and NIR and in between the spectral channels, in-band transmission and filter edge steepness as well as scattering lead to more complex filter coatings with thicknesses in the range of 10 - 25μm. Technological limits of the conventionally used ion-assisted evaporation process (IAD) can be overcome only by more precise and higher-energetic coating technologies like plasma-assisted reactive magnetron sputtering (PARMS) in combination with optical broadband monitoring. Optics Balzers has developed a photolithographic patterning process for coating thicknesses up to 15μm that is fully compatible with the advanced PARMS coating technology. This provides the possibility of depositing multiple complex high-performance filters on a monolithic substrate. We present an overview of the performance of recently developed filters with improved spectral performance designed for both monolithic filter-arrays and stripe filters mounted in frames. The pros and cons as well as the resulting limits of the filter designs for both configurations are discussed.

  9. Sputter target

    DOEpatents

    Gates, Willard G.; Hale, Gerald J.

    1980-01-01

    The disclosure relates to an improved sputter target for use in the deposition of hard coatings. An exemplary target is given wherein titanium diboride is brazed to a tantalum backing plate using a gold-palladium-nickel braze alloy.

  10. Sputtered iridium oxide for stimulation electrode coatings.

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    Mokwa, Wilfried; Wessling, Boerge; Schnakenberg, Uwe

    2007-01-01

    This work deals with the reactive RF-powered sputter deposition of iridium oxide for use as the active stimulation layer in functional medical implants. The oxygen gettered by the growing films is determined by an approach based on generic curves. Films deposited at different stages of oxygen integration show strong differences in electrochemical behaviour, caused by different morphologies. The dependence of electrochemical activity on morphology is further illustrated by RF sputtering onto heated substrates, as well as DC sputtering onto cold substrates.

  11. CMOS Alcohol Sensor Employing ZnO Nanowire Sensing Films

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    Santra, S.; Ali, S. Z.; Guha, P. K.; Hiralal, P.; Unalan, H. E.; Dalal, S. H.; Covington, J. A.; Milne, W. I.; Gardner, J. W.; Udrea, F.

    2009-05-01

    This paper reports on the utilization of zinc oxide nanowires (ZnO NWs) on a silicon on insulator (SOI) CMOS micro-hotplate for use as an alcohol sensor. The device was designed in Cadence and fabricated in a 1.0 μm SOI CMOS process at XFAB (Germany). The basic resistive gas sensor comprises of a metal micro-heater (made of aluminum) embedded in an ultra-thin membrane. Gold plated aluminum electrodes, formed of the top metal, are used for contacting with the sensing material. This design allows high operating temperatures with low power consumption. The membrane was formed by using deep reactive ion etching. ZnO NWs were grown on SOI CMOS substrates by a simple and low-cost hydrothermal method. A few nanometer of ZnO seed layer was first sputtered on the chips, using a metal mask, and then the chips were dipped in a zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetramine solution at 90° C to grow ZnO NWs. The chemical sensitivity of the on-chip NWs were studied in the presence of ethanol (C2H5OH) vapour (with 10% relative humidity) at two different temperatures: 200 and 250° C (the corresponding power consumptions are only 18 and 22 mW). The concentrations of ethanol vapour were varied from 175-1484 ppm (pers per million) and the maximum response was observed 40% (change in resistance in %) at 786 ppm at 250° C. These preliminary measurements showed that the on-chip deposited ZnO NWs could be a promising material for a CMOS based ethanol sensor.

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

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

    2003-03-01

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

  13. Influence of vanadium incorporation on the microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of Nb–V–Si–N films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ju, Hongbo; Xu, Junhua

    2015-09-15

    Composite Nb–V–Si–N films with various V contents (3.7–13.2 at.%) were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering and the effects of V content on the microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of Nb–V–Si–N films were investigated. The results revealed that a three-phase structure, consisting of face-centered cubic (fcc) Nb–V–Si–N, hexagonal close-packed (hcp) Nb–V–Si–N and amorphous Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, co-exists in the Nb–V–Si–N films and the cubic phase is dominant. The hardness and critical load (L{sub c}) of Nb–V–Si–N films initially increased gradually and reached a summit, then decreased with the increasing V content in the films and the maximum values were 35 GPa and 9.8 N, respectively, at 6.4 at.% V. The combination of V into Nb–Si–N film led to the fracture toughness linearly increasing from 1.11 MPa·m{sup 1/2} at 3.7 at.% V to 1.67 MPa·m{sup 1/2} at 13.2 at.% V. At room temperature (RT), the average friction coefficient decreased from 0.80 at 3.7 at.% V to 0.55 at 13.2 at.% V for the Nb–V–Si–N films. The wear rate of Nb–V–Si–N films initially decreased and then increased after reaching a minimum value of about 6.35 × 10{sup −} {sup 7} mm{sup 3}/N·mm at 6.4 at.% V. As the rise of testing temperature from 200 °C to 600 °C, the average friction coefficient of Nb–V–Si–N films decreased with the increase of the testing temperature regardless of V content. However, the wear rate gradually increased for all films. The average friction coefficient and wear rate at RT and elevated temperatures were mainly influenced by the vanadium oxides with weakly bonded lattice planes. - Highlight: • Fcc-Nb–V–Si–N, hcp-Nb–V–Si–N and amorphous Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} co-existed in the films. • The amount of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} decreased with increasing V content in the films. • Hardness of Nb–V–Si–N film (6.4 at.%) reached a maximum value of 35 GPa. • Addition of V led to the

  14. Preparation of CuSbS2 Thin Films by Co-Sputtering and Solar Cell Devices with Band Gap-Adjustable n-Type InGaN as a Substitute of ZnO

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    Chen, Wei-Liang; Kuo, Dong-Hau; Tuan, Thi Tran Anh

    2016-01-01

    CuSbS2 films were fabricated by co-sputtering with the (Cu + Sb2S3) target at powers of 50 W, 55 W, and 60 W and a Cu target at 2 W under the deposition temperature of 300°C for 2 h, followed by annealing at 350-450°C for 1 h under a Sb2S3 compensation disc to avoid the sulfur deficiency. The (Cu + Sb2S3) cermet target with the composition of Cu:Sb2S3 = 2:1 was formed by hot pressing. The effects of processing conditions on the growth behavior, microstructural characteristics, and electrical properties of CuSbS2 films were investigated. X-ray diffractometry showed that the films prepared by the (Cu + Sb2S3) target at 50 W and 55 W were single phases. The peaks located at 28.4°, 28.7°, and 29.9° were contributed from the (111), (410), and (301) diffraction peaks, respectively. The film prepared with the (Cu + Sb2S3) target at 60 W was Cu rich and had a high electrical conductivity of 180 S cm-1. The 55 W-deposited film was Cu stoichiometric and had low electrical conductivity of 0.05 S cm-1. The 50 W-deposited film with electrical conductivity of 0.24 S cm-1 was good for use as a solar cell device. The solar cell devices made of the p-CuSbS2/ n-ZnO system had an efficiency of 0.16%, while it was 0.76% for the p-CuSbS2/ n-In0.3Ga0.7N system with the InGaN made by reactive sputtering at 200°C instead of metal-organic chemical vapor deposition above 750°C. This replacement with InGaN for a solar cell device has led to a 4.75-fold increase in efficiency.

  15. Effect of SiNx diffusion barrier thickness on the structural properties and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films obtained by sol–gel dip coating and reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Aubry, Eric; Chaoui, Nouari; Robert, Didier

    2015-01-01

    Summary We investigate the effect of the thickness of the silicon nitride (SiNx) diffusion barrier on the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films obtained with different processes. We show that the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films produced using soft chemistry (sol–gel) and physical methods (reactive sputtering) are affected differentially by the intercalating SiNx diffusion barrier. Increasing the thickness of the SiNx diffusion barrier induced a gradual decrease of the crystallite size of TiO2 films obtained by the sol–gel process. However, TiO2 obtained using the reactive sputtering method showed no dependence on the thickness of the SiNx barrier diffusion. The SiNx barrier diffusion showed a beneficial effect on the photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films regardless of the synthesis method used. The proposed mechanism leading to the improvement in the photocatalytic efficiency of the TiO2 films obtained by each process was discussed. PMID:26665074

  16. Effect of SiN x diffusion barrier thickness on the structural properties and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films obtained by sol-gel dip coating and reactive magnetron sputtering.

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    Ghazzal, Mohamed Nawfal; Aubry, Eric; Chaoui, Nouari; Robert, Didier

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the effect of the thickness of the silicon nitride (SiN x ) diffusion barrier on the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films obtained with different processes. We show that the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films produced using soft chemistry (sol-gel) and physical methods (reactive sputtering) are affected differentially by the intercalating SiN x diffusion barrier. Increasing the thickness of the SiN x diffusion barrier induced a gradual decrease of the crystallite size of TiO2 films obtained by the sol-gel process. However, TiO2 obtained using the reactive sputtering method showed no dependence on the thickness of the SiN x barrier diffusion. The SiN x barrier diffusion showed a beneficial effect on the photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films regardless of the synthesis method used. The proposed mechanism leading to the improvement in the photocatalytic efficiency of the TiO2 films obtained by each process was discussed.

  17. Homoepitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C-H; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; McCarty, P.; George, M. A.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    ZnO films have high potential for many applications, such as surface acoustic wave filters, UV detectors, and light emitting devices due to its structural, electrical, and optical properties. High quality epitaxial films are required for these applications. The Al2O3 substrate is commonly used for ZnO heteroepitaxial growth. Recently, high quality ZnO single crystals are available for grow homoepitaxial films. Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films were also deposited on (0001) Al2O3 substrates. It was found that the two polar ZnO surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which strongly influence the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of homoepitaxial films grown on the ZnO substrates were different from heteroepitaxial films grown on the Al2O3. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  18. Fabrication of ZnO photonic crystals by nanosphere lithography using inductively coupled-plasma reactive ion etching with CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2}/Ar plasma on the ZnO/GaN heterojunction light emitting diodes

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    Chen, Shr-Jia; Chang, Chun-Ming; Kao, Jiann-Shiun; Chen, Fu-Rong; Tsai, Chuen-Horng

    2010-07-15

    This article reports fabrication of n-ZnO photonic crystal/p-GaN light emitting diode (LED) by nanosphere lithography to further booster the light efficiency. In this article, the fabrication of ZnO photonic crystals is carried out by nanosphere lithography using inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching with CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2}/Ar plasma on the n-ZnO/p-GaN heterojunction LEDs. The CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2}/Ar mixed gas gives high etching rate of n-ZnO film, which yields a better surface morphology and results less plasma-induced damages of the n-ZnO film. Optimal ZnO lattice parameters of 200 nm and air fill factor from 0.35 to 0.65 were obtained from fitting the spectrum of n-ZnO/p-GaN LED using a MATLAB code. In this article, we will show our recent result that a ZnO photonic crystal cylinder has been fabricated using polystyrene nanosphere mask with lattice parameter of 200 nm and radius of hole around 70 nm. Surface morphology of ZnO photonic crystal was examined by scanning electron microscope.

  19. Evaluation of transverse piezoelectric coefficient of ZnO thin films deposited on different flexible substrates: a comparative study on the vibration sensing performance.

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    Joshi, Sudeep; Nayak, Manjunatha M; Rajanna, K

    2014-05-28

    We report on the systematic comparative study of highly c-axis oriented and crystalline piezoelectric ZnO thin films deposited on four different flexible substrates for vibration sensing application. The flexible substrates employed for present experimental study were namely a metal alloy (Phynox), metal (aluminum), polyimide (Kapton), and polyester (Mylar). ZnO thin films were deposited by an RF reactive magnetron sputtering technique. ZnO thin films of similar thicknesses of 700 ± 30 nm were deposited on four different flexible substrates to have proper comparative studies. The crystallinity, surface morphology, chemical composition, and roughness of ZnO thin films were evaluated by respective material characterization techniques. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient (d31) value for assessing the piezoelectric property of ZnO thin films on different flexible substrates was measured by a four-point bending method. ZnO thin films deposited on Phynox alloy substrate showed relatively better material characterization results and a higher piezoelectric d31 coefficient value as compared to ZnO films on metal and polymer substrates. In order to experimentally verify the above observations, vibration sensing studies were performed. As expected, the ZnO thin film deposited on Phynox alloy substrate showed better vibration sensing performance. It has generated the highest peak to peak output voltage amplitude of 256 mV as compared to that of aluminum (224 mV), Kapton (144 mV), and Mylar (46 mV). Therefore, metal alloy flexible substrate proves to be a more suitable, advantageous, and versatile choice for integrating ZnO thin films as compared to metal and polymer flexible substrates for vibration sensing applications. The present experimental study is extremely important and helpful for the selection of a suitable flexible substrate for various applications in the field of sensor and actuator technology.

  20. Impact of solar UV radiation on toxicity of ZnO nanoparticles through photocatalytic reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and photo-induced dissolution

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    The present study investigated the impact of solar UV radiation on ZnO nanoparticle toxicity through photocatalytic ROS generation and photo-induced dissolution. Toxicity of ZnO nanoparticles to Daphnia magna was examined under laboratory light versus simulated solar UV radiatio...

  1. A back-illuminated heterojunctions ultraviolet photodetector based on ZnO film

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    Jiang, Xiandong; Li, Dawei; Yang, Wenjun; Wang, Jiming; Lin, Xu; Huang, Ziqiang

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, we present the investigation of a back-illuminated heterojunctions ultraviolet detector, which were fabricated by depositing Ag-doped ZnO based (ZnO-TiO2) thin film on transparent conductive layer of ITO coated quartz substrate though the reactive radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at higher oxygen pressure. The p-n junction characteristic is confirmed by current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The turn-on voltage was 6 V, with a low leakage current under reverse bias (-5 V), corresponding values was just 0.2 nA . It is clearly showed the rectifying characteristics of typical p-n junction's rectifier behaviors. The structural, component and UV (365 nm, 1400 μW/cm2) photoresponse properties were explored by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and Tektronix oscilloscope. The results showed that: Ag in substitution form in the ZnO lattice, Ag doping concentration is low, the sample is highly c-axis preferred orientation, With the increase in doped Ag volume, ZnO film of 002 peaks no longer appear. The surface of the Ag doped ZnO based film exhibits a smooth surface and very dense structure, no visible pores and defects over the film were observed.The ultraviolet response time measurements showed rise and fall time are several seconds Level.

  2. The formation of V{sub 1{minus}x}W{sub x}O{sub 2} thermochromic films by reactive magnetron sputtering with an alloy target

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    Jin, P.; Yoshimura, K.; Tanemura, S.; Iwama, S.

    1995-12-31

    Thermochromic (TC) materials are those of which the optical properties (transmittance, reflectance, absorptance, etc.) being able to change reversibly upon temperature. Such materials have recently received increasing attention in glass manufactures, because that the windows of buildings and vehicles with TC coating have the potential of realizing an automatic control of the solar energy throughputs in the NIR and IR region as well as the environmental radiative throughputs in response to the ambient temperature. The transition temperature {tau}{sub c} of the V{sub 1{minus}x}W{sub x}O{sub 2} films deposited by dual-target sputtering was precisely determined from the changes both in IR transmittance and in electrical resistivity against temperature. The relationship between x(0--0.026) in V{sub 1{minus}x}W{sub x}O{sub 2} and {tau}{sub c} (0--67 C) in the most applicable range for window coatings was clarified and a {tau}{sub c} reduction efficiency of 23 C/at.%W was again confirmed. The V{sub 1{minus}x}W{sub x}O{sub 2} films containing the desired tungsten doping amount were fabricated with reproducibility by sputtering of a V-W(1.6at.%) alloy target under optimal conditions. The {tau}{sub c} reduction efficiency for the films deposited using alloy target is almost identical of that for the films deposited by dual-target sputtering. The V{sub 1{minus}x}W{sub x}O{sub 2} films deposited using alloy target showed thermochromism comparative to those previously prepared by dual-target sputtering.

  3. The influence of Atomic Oxygen on the Figure of Merit of Indium Tin Oxide thin Films grown by reactive Dual Ion Beam Sputtering

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    Geerts, Wilhelmus; Simpson, Nelson; Woodall, Allen; Compton, Maclyn

    2014-03-01

    Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) is a transparent conducting oxide that is used in flat panel displays and optoelectronics. Highly conductive and transparent ITO films are normally produced by heating the substrate to 300 Celsius during deposition excluding plastics to be used as a substrate material. We investigated whether high quality ITO films can be sputtered at room temperature using atomic instead of molecular oxygen. The films were deposited by dual ion beam sputtering (DIBS). During deposition the substrate was exposed to a molecular or an atomic oxygen flux. Microscope glass slides and silicon wafers were used as substrates. A 29 nm thick SIO2 buffer layer was used. Optical properties were measured with a M2000 Woollam variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer. Electrical properties were measured by linear four point probe using a Jandel 4pp setup employing silicon carbide electrodes, high input resistance, and Keithley low bias current buffer amplifiers. The figure of merit (FOM), i.e. the ratio of the conductivity and the average optical absorption coefficient (400-800 nm), was calculated from the optical and electric properties and appeared to be 1.2 to 5 times higher for the samples sputtered with atomic oxygen. The largest value obtained for the FOM was 0.08 reciprocal Ohms. The authors would like to thank the Research Corporation for Financial Support.

  4. Nanostructured phothocatalytic TiO2 thin film fabricated by magnetron sputtering on glass

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    Abdollahi Nejand, Bahram; Sanjabi, Sohrab; Ahmadi, Vahid

    TiO2 thin film was deposited by a DC reactive magnetron sputtering on ZnO/soda-lime glass substrate and single crystal SiO2 below 200 °C. ZnO layer was used as a buffer layer. Deposition was performed at Ar + O2 gas mixture with a pressure of 1.0 Pa and oxygen with a constant pressure of 0.2 Pa. The TiO2 / ZnO thicknesses were approximately 1000 nm and 80 nm, respectively. As-deposited films were annealed at 400 °C. The structure and morphology of deposited layers were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The transmittance of the films was measured using ultraviolet-visible light (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. Photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated by the degradation of 2-propanol. The microstructure of annealed films was anatase, having improved photocatalytic activity. The surface grain size of TiO2 thin film after annealing was found about 25-35 nm and crystal size was approximately 8 nm. By using ZnO thin film as buffer layer, the photocatalytic property of TiO2 films was improved.

  5. Structural and electrical properties of ZnO films deposited with low-temperature facing targets magnetron sputtering (FTS) system with changes in H2 and O2 flow rate.

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    Kim, Hye Ran; Jin, Su Bong; Wen, Long; Choi, Yoon Seok; Choi, In Sik; Han, Jeon Geon

    2013-11-01

    ZnO has been studied as a strong candidate for high-quality TCO in accordance with increasing demand to replace ITO. The origin of n-doping in ZnO is not clearly understood, but recently, the H2 effect has received attention due to the role it plays in O-rich and O-poor conditions. In spite of recent rapid developments, controlling the electrical conductivity of ZnO has remained a major challenge. To control the electrical conductivity of ZnO, this study was performed using an FTS system with H2 and O2 addition at low processing temperature. The structural and electrical properties of ZnO thin films deposited at various H2 and O2 flow rates were investigated using XRD and a sheet resistance meter. In response to changes in H2 and O2 flow rates, the crystallization and related grain size of the ZnO films were somewhat changed. The sheet resistance increased from approximately 10(-1) to approximately 10(4) M ohm/sq. when the O2 flow rate was increased, and the resistance decreased from approximately 10(-1) to approximately 10(-4) M ohm/sq. when the H2 flow rate was increased. The increase of sheet resistance with O2 flow rates could be explained by decrease of oxygen vacancies. The decrease of sheet resistance with H2 flow rates could be explained by increase of the electrons from interstitial hydrogen atoms. The plasma characteristics were analyzed using optical emission spectroscopy (OES). But, the overall spectrum did not change with the H2 and O2 gas flow rates. So, the dramatic changes in the electrical properties of ZnO thin films could be considered to be a result of changes in chemical composition of the thin films rather than the plasma status.

  6. Structural, chemical and nanomechanical investigations of SiC/polymeric a-C:H films deposited by reactive RF unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Tomastik, C.; Lackner, J. M.; Pauschitz, A.; Roy, M.

    2016-03-01

    Amorphous carbon (or diamond-like carbon, DLC) films have shown a number of important properties usable for a wide range of applications for very thin coatings with low friction and good wear resistance. DLC films alloyed with (semi-)metals show some improved properties and can be deposited by various methods. Among those, the widely used magnetron sputtering of carbon targets is known to increase the number of defects in the films. Therefore, in this paper an alternative approach of depositing silicon-carbide-containing polymeric hydrogenated DLC films using unbalanced magnetron sputtering was investigated. The influence of the C2H2 precursor concentration in the deposition chamber on the chemical and structural properties of the deposited films was investigated by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and elastic recoil detection analysis. Roughness, mechanical properties and scratch response of the films were evaluated with the help of atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation. The Raman spectra revealed a strong correlation of the film structure with the C2H2 concentration during deposition. A higher C2H2 flow rate results in an increase in SiC content and decrease in hydrogen content in the film. This in turn increases hardness and elastic modulus and decreases the ratio H/E and H3/E2. The highest scratch resistance is exhibited by the film with the highest hardness, and the film having the highest overall sp3 bond content shows the highest elastic recovery during scratching.

  7. Photoluminescence observation from zinc oxide formed by magnetron sputtering at room temperature

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    Kudryashov, D.; Babichev, A.; Nikitina, E.; Gudovskikh, A.; Kladko, P.

    2015-11-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of ZnO thin films grown by magnetron sputtering at room temperature has been observed. The PL spectra were measured using an instrument from Accent Optical Technologies with a solid state UV laser (λ = 266 nm) as the pumping source and at the temperature of 300 K. Samples grown at sputtering power of 100-200 W show a strong photoluminescence (PL) at wavelength of 377 nm and its intensity shows non-linear dependence with magnetron power. At values of sputtering power less then 100 W PL signal was not observed. A correlation between PL, XRD intensity and ZnO grain size was shown.

  8. Sputtering and ion plating

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    1972-01-01

    The proceedings of a conference on sputtering and ion plating are presented. Subjects discussed are: (1) concepts and applications of ion plating, (2) sputtering for deposition of solid film lubricants, (3) commercial ion plating equipment, (4) industrial potential for ion plating and sputtering, and (5) fundamentals of RF and DC sputtering.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Inverse I-V Injection Characteristics of ZnO Nanoparticle-Based Diodes.

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    Mundt, Paul; Vogel, Stefan; Bonrad, Klaus; von Seggern, Heinz

    2016-08-10

    Simple Al/ZnO(NP)/Au diodes produced by spin coating of ZnO nanoparticle dispersions (ZnO(NP)) on Al/Al2O3 and Au substrates and subsequent Au deposition have been investigated to understand electron injection properties of more complex devices, incorporating ZnO(NP) as injection layer. Inverse I-V characteristics have been observed compared to conventional Al/ZnO(SP)/Au diodes produced by reactive ion sputtering of ZnO. SEM micrographs reveal that the void-containing contact of ZnO(NP) with the bottom Al electrode and the rough morphology of the top Au electrode are likely to be responsible for the observed injection and ejection probabilities of electrons. A simple tunneling model, incorporating the voids, explains the strongly reduced injection currents from Al whereas the top electrode fabricated by vapor deposition of Au onto the nanoparticle topology adopts the inverse ZnO(NP) morphology leading to enlarged injection areas combined with Au-tip landscapes. These tips in contrast to the smooth sputtered ZnO(SP) lead to electric field enhancement and strongly increased injection of electrons in reverse direction. The injected charge piles up at the barrier generated by voids between ZnO(NP) and the bottom electrode forcing a change in the barrier shape and therefore allowing for higher ejection rates. Both effects in combination explain the inverse I-V characteristic of nanoparticle based diodes.

  12. Electrochromic properties and performance of NiOx films and their corresponding all-thin-film flexible devices preparedby reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Dong, Dongmei; Wang, Wenwen; Dong, Guobo; Zhang, Fan; He, Yingchun; Yu, Hang; Liu, Famin; Wang, Mei; Diao, Xungang

    2016-10-01

    Nickel oxide (NiOx) thin films were deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering technique onto flexible substrates with various oxygen (O2) partial pressures. The influence of O2 contents during deposition process on film structure, morphology, composition, optical and electrochromic (EC) characteristics of the films were investigated. The EC response for nonstoichiometric NiOx films shows a strong dependence on grain size variations and surface morphology. Finally, the multiple-layer stacks ITO/NiOx/Ta2O5:H/WO3/ITO were sequentially vacuum deposited over flexible polyethylene terephthalate plates based on the optimization of NiOx single layers. A large optical contrast up to 60% and a good durability are obtained for full device. To perform preliminary research on the mechanical properties within flexible devices, we introduced nontrivial changes to the interfacial properties by replacing the glass with flexible polymers. The effects were studied through static bending and the nano-scratch test.

  13. Physical deoxygenation of graphene oxide paper surface and facile in situ synthesis of graphene based ZnO films

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    Ding, Jijun; Wang, Minqiang; Zhang, Xiangyu; Ran, Chenxin; Shao, Jinyou; Ding, Yucheng

    2014-12-01

    In-situ sputtering ZnO films on graphene oxide (GO) paper are used to fabricate graphene based ZnO films. Crystal structure and surface chemical states are investigated. Results indicated that GO paper can be effectively deoxygenated by in-situ sputtering ZnO on them without adding any reducing agent. Based on the principle of radio frequency magnetron sputtering, we propose that during magnetron sputtering process, plasma streams contain large numbers of electrons. These electrons not only collide with argon atoms to produce secondary electrons but also they are accelerated to bombard the substrates (GO paper) resulting in effective deoxygenation of oxygen-containing functional groups. In-situ sputtering ZnO films on GO paper provide an approach to design graphene-semiconductor nanocomposites.

  14. Physical deoxygenation of graphene oxide paper surface and facile in situ synthesis of graphene based ZnO films

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    Ding, Jijun; Wang, Minqiang Zhang, Xiangyu; Ran, Chenxin; Shao, Jinyou; Ding, Yucheng

    2014-12-08

    In-situ sputtering ZnO films on graphene oxide (GO) paper are used to fabricate graphene based ZnO films. Crystal structure and surface chemical states are investigated. Results indicated that GO paper can be effectively deoxygenated by in-situ sputtering ZnO on them without adding any reducing agent. Based on the principle of radio frequency magnetron sputtering, we propose that during magnetron sputtering process, plasma streams contain large numbers of electrons. These electrons not only collide with argon atoms to produce secondary electrons but also they are accelerated to bombard the substrates (GO paper) resulting in effective deoxygenation of oxygen-containing functional groups. In-situ sputtering ZnO films on GO paper provide an approach to design graphene-semiconductor nanocomposites.

  15. Impact of solar UV radiation on toxicity of ZnO nanoparticles through photocatalytic reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and photo-induced dissolution.

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    Ma, Hongbo; Wallis, Lindsay K; Diamond, Steve; Li, Shibin; Canas-Carrell, Jaclyn; Parra, Amanda

    2014-10-01

    The present study investigated the impact of solar UV radiation on ZnO nanoparticle toxicity through photocatalytic ROS generation and photo-induced dissolution. Toxicity of ZnO nanoparticles to Daphnia magna was examined under laboratory light versus simulated solar UV radiation (SSR). Photocatalytic ROS generation and particle dissolution were measured on a time-course basis. Two toxicity mitigation assays using CaCl2 and N-acetylcysteine were performed to differentiate the relative importance of these two modes of action. Enhanced ZnO nanoparticle toxicity under SSR was in parallel with photocatalytic ROS generation and enhanced particle dissolution. Toxicity mitigation by CaCl2 to a less extent under SSR than under lab light demonstrates the role of ROS generation in ZnO toxicity. Toxicity mitigation by N-acetylcysteine under both irradiation conditions confirms the role of particle dissolution and ROS generation. These findings demonstrate the importance of considering environmental solar UV radiation when assessing ZnO nanoparticle toxicity and risk in aquatic systems.

  16. Investigations of rapid thermal annealing induced structural evolution of ZnO: Ge nanocomposite thin films via GISAXS

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    Ceylan, Abdullah; Ozcan, Yusuf; Orujalipoor, Ilghar; Huang, Yen-Chih; Jeng, U.-Ser; Ide, Semra

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we present in depth structural investigations of nanocomposite ZnO: Ge thin films by utilizing a state of the art grazing incidence small angle x-ray spectroscopy (GISAXS) technique. The samples have been deposited by sequential r.f. and d.c. sputtering of ZnO and Ge thin film layers, respectively, on single crystal Si(100) substrates. Transformation of Ge layers into Ge nanoparticles (Ge-np) has been initiated by ex-situ rapid thermal annealing of asprepared thin film samples at 600 °C for 30, 60, and 90 s under forming gas atmosphere. A special attention has been paid on the effects of reactive and nonreactive growth of ZnO layers on the structural evolution of Ge-np. GISAXS analyses have been performed via cylindrical and spherical form factor calculations for different nanostructure types. Variations of the size, shape, and distributions of both ZnO and Ge nanostructures have been determined. It has been realized that GISAXS results are not only remarkably consistent with the electron microscopy observations but also provide additional information on the large scale size and shape distribution of the nanostructured components.

  17. Role of ZnO thin film in the vertically aligned growth of ZnO nanorods by chemical bath deposition

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    Son, Nguyen Thanh; Noh, Jin-Seo; Park, Sungho

    2016-08-01

    The effect of ZnO thin film on the growth of ZnO nanorods was investigated. ZnO thin films were sputter-deposited on Si substrate with varying the thickness. ZnO nanorods were grown on the thin film using a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method at 90 °C. The ZnO thin films showed granular structure and vertical roughness on the surface, which facilitated the vertical growth of ZnO nanorods. The average grain size and the surface roughness of ZnO film increased with an increase in film thickness, and this led to the increase in both the average diameter and the average length of vertically grown ZnO nanorods. In particular, it was found that the average diameter of ZnO nanorods was very close to the average grain size of ZnO thin film, confirming the role of ZnO film as a seed layer for the vertical growth of ZnO nanorods. The CBD growth on ZnO seed layers may provide a facile route to engineering vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays.

  18. Co-doped ZnO epitaxial films: from a Brillouin-like paramagnet to a phase-separated superparamagnetic ensemble.

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    Ney, V; Ye, S; Ollefs, K; Kammermeier, T; Wilhelm, F; Rogalev, A; Ney, A

    2010-09-01

    Co-doped ZnO films are epitaxially grown on sapphire by reactive magnetron sputtering. The preparation conditions such as temperature and the composition of the sputtering gas are systematically varied. For optimized growth conditions virtually all Co dopant atoms are located on substitutional Zn lattice sites as revealed by X-ray linear dichroism (XLD). The material behaves as a Brillouin-like paramagnet with S = 3/2 and L = 1 as revealed by integral and element specific magnetometry. Reducing the oxygen content during preparation leads to the onset of phase separation as revealed by X-ray diffraction, and more clearly by a strong reduction of the XLD signal. Such samples behave like a blocked superparamagnetic ensemble. In the entire range of preparation conditions no signs of intrinsic ferromagnetism are found.

  19. Room temperature surface passivation of silicon for screen printed c-Si solar cells by HiTUS reactive sputter deposition

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    Kaminski, P. M.; Bass, K.; Claudio, G.; Walls, J. M.

    2014-05-01

    The dielectric coatings used on silicon solar cells serve a dual purpose: a surface passivation layer and as an antireflection coating. Silicon nitride films were deposited by sputtering, using a HiTUS technology, on crystalline silicon wafers. Films were deposited without substrate heating, which simplifies the deposition process, from a polycrystalline silicon target in a mixed ambient of argon, nitrogen and hydrogen gasses. After the deposition, the minority carrier lifetime, refractive index and deposition rate were measured. Photo conductance decay measurements show that the minority carrier lifetime increased up to 26 μs on a 40 Ω/□ doped 1 Ω cm p-type <1 0 0> Cz-Si pseudo square wafer (compared to 1 μs measured for bare wafer) and up to 984 μs for a double-side polished 3 Ω cm Cz-Si wafer (from ˜70 μs measured for uncoated wafer). Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements showed that the refractive index of the deposited films was 2.05 at λ = 632.8 nm; deposition rate was measured at 22.4 nm/min. The films were used to prepare screen-printed c-Si solar cells. The resultant cells showed an efficiency of 15.14% with silicon nitride films grown without the use of silane or substrate heating.

  20. Group III Impurity Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films Prepared by RF Magnetron Sputtering

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Sato, Hirotoshi; Nanto, Hidehito; Takata, Shinzo

    1985-10-01

    The detailed study of electrical properties in group III impurity doped ZnO thin films prepared by rf magnetron sputtering is described. The resistivity is lowered by doping of B, Al, Ga and In into ZnO films. The characteristic features of ZnO films doped with group III elements except for B are their high carrier concentration and low mobility. Variation of the mobility with the impurity content is roughly governed by the ionized impurity scattering. It is shown that the doped ZnO films exhibit the resistivity dependence on film thickness below 300 nm.

  1. Multitarget sequential sputtering apparatus

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    Shima, R. (Inventor)

    1975-01-01

    The development and characteristics of a sputtering apparatus are discussed. A potential difference is applied between the cathode and anode to produce a plasma for each target which is sputtered by accelerated ions within the plasma. The process of sputtering for various materials is described. Diagrams of the unit are provided.

  2. Epitaxial growth of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N alloy films on sapphire and silicon by reactive co-sputtering of GaAs and indium

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    Mohan, Shyam Major, S. S.; Srinivasa, R. S.

    2015-06-24

    In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N alloy films (0.2reactive co-sputtering of GaAs and indium with 100% nitrogen at a substrate temperature of 600 °C. X-ray diffraction studies show the formation of completely c-axis oriented, single phase alloy films over the studied range of composition. The crystallite size along the growth direction and surface morphology of alloy films, particularly those with higher indium fraction exhibit substantial improvement on Si (100) substrate, compared to the c-cut sapphire substrate. The electrical resistivity decreases monotonously with increase in indium fraction and the alloy films on Si (100) show substantially higher mobility, compared to those on sapphire. These features are attributed to superior crystallinity of alloy films on Si (100), which possibly arise from the formation of interfacial hexagonal α-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, owing to the interaction of nitrogen plasma with Si surface.

  3. Effect of Al content, substrate temperature and nitrogen flow on the reactive magnetron co-sputtered nanostructure in TiAlN thin films intended for use as barrier material in DRAMs

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    Jalali, Reza; Parhizkar, Mojtaba; Bidadi, Hasan; Naghshara, Hamid; Hosseini, Seyd Reza; Jafari, Majid

    2015-03-01

    TiAlN thin films were deposited by using the reactive magnetron co-sputtering method whit individual Ti and Al targets, where the Ti and the Al targets were simultaneously powered by using DC and RF sources, respectively. the electrical resistivity and the structural and microstructural properties of the deposited TiAlN thin films and the effects of Al content, substrate temperature and nitrogen gas flow rate on those properties were investigated. At a low flow rate of nitrogen gas (0.51 sccm), the electrical resistivity of the films was found to increase with increasing AC power, but at a high flow rate of nitrogen gas, it was found to decrease. The structural and microstructural analyses performed by using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that with increasing substrate temperature from room temperature to 400 ℃, the films prepared at 400 ℃ have a crystalline structure while those prepared at room temperature had an amorphous nature. Also, the SEM analysis revealed that with decreasing AC power and increasing nitrogen flow rate, the size of the grains in the prepared films become larger.

  4. The effect of Al content, substrate temperature and nitrogen flow rate on optical band gap and optical features of nanostructured TiAlN thin films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Jalali, Reza; Parhizkar, Mojtaba; Bidadi, Hassan; Naghshara, Hamid; Hosseini, Seyd Reza; Jafari, Majid

    2016-11-01

    In the present work, TiAlN thin films were prepared by using a dual reactive magnetron sputtering system on fused quartz substrates kept at room temperature and 400 °C; keeping nitrogen flow at 0.51 and 2.78 sccm, various DC and RF powers and the effect of these factors have been studied on the optical properties of the layers. The optical properties including absorption and transmission were studied by a UV-Visible spectrophotometer in the wavelength region (200-1100) nm. By plotting ( αhν)2 and ( αhν)1/2 versus the photon energy hυ, the optical band gap was evaluated. Experimental results show that layers with high percentage of aluminum and nitrogen have higher gap with respect to layers having high titanium percentage. TiAlN thin films deposited with 2.78 sccm nitrogen flow rate possess optical direct band gap in the range of 3.8-5.1 eV and optical indirect band gap in the range of 1.1-3.4 eV. The variation of optical band gap of the films that deposited on the substrate with 400 °C and nitrogen flow rate of 2.78 sccm was different from other layers.

  5. Ga-doped ZnO thin film surface characterization by wavelet and fractal analysis

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    Jing, Chenlei; Tang, Wu

    2016-02-01

    The change in roughness of various thicknesses Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) thin films deposited by magnetron reactive sputtering on glass substrates at room temperature was measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Multi-resolution signal decomposition based on wavelet transform and fractal geometry was applied to process surface profiles, to evaluate the roughness trend of relevant frequency resolution. The results give a six-level decomposition and the results change with deposited time and surface morphology. Also, it is found that fractal dimension is closely connected to the underside diameter (grain size) and the distance between adjacent grains that affect the change rate of surface and the increase of the defects such as abrupt changes lead to a larger value of fractal dimension.

  6. 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.

  7. Transport Phenomena of Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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    Zhu, S.; Su, C.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Various high quality epitaxial films, especially oxides, have been synthesized using off-axis sputtering deposition. In this presentation, we report the experiment results of ZnO films grown by the off-axis sputtering deposition. Films were synthesized in temperatures ranged from room temperature to 600 C, and pressures from 5 mTorr to 150 mTorr. Film growth rate was measured by surface profilometer, ellipsometer, and wavelength dispersive spectrometry. Due to the collisions between the sputtered species and the residue gases, the kinetic energy of species was reduced and the transport of depositing species changed from a ballistic movement for low pressure to a diffusive drift for high pressure in which the transport species were almost thermalized. The measurements show an increase of growth rates along the gravity vector when the Knudsen number of transport species is less than 0.05, which suggests that gravity affected the transport characterization in off-axis sputtering deposition. Because the product of pressure (p) and travel distance (d) of sputtered species, pd, exceeds several mTorr-cm during film deposition, the classical simulations for sputtering process in high vacuum system may not be applied. Based on these experimental measurements, a transport process of the off-axis sputtering deposition is proposed. Several models including the Monte Carlo method and gravity-driven flow dynamics simulation will be discussed.

  8. Transport Phenomena of Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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    Zhu, S.; Su, C. H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Zhang, S.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Various high quality epitaxial films, especially oxides, have been synthesized using off-axis sputtering deposition. In this presentation, we report the experiment results of ZnO films grown by the off-axis sputtering deposition. Films were synthesized in temperatures ranged from room temperature to 600 C, and pressures from 5 mTorr to 150 mTorr. Film growth rate was measured by surface profilometer, ellipsometer, and wavelength dispersive spectrometry. Due to the collisions between the sputtered species and the residue gases, the kinetic energy of species was reduced and the transport of depositing species changed from a ballistic movement for low pressure to a diffuse drift for high pressure in which the transport species were almost thermalized. The measurements show an increase of growth rates along the gravity vector when the Knodson (Knudsen??) number of transport species is less than 0.05, which suggests that gravity affected the transport characterization in off-axis sputtering deposition. Because the product of pressure (p) and travel distance (d) of sputtered species, p exceeds several mTorr-cm during film deposition, the classical simulations for sputtering process in high vacuum system may not be applied. Based on these experimental measurements, a transport process of the off-axis sputtering deposition is proposed. Several methods including the Monte Carlo method and gravity-driven flow dynamics simulation will be discussed.

  9. Performance of natural-dye-sensitized solar cells by ZnO nanorod and nanowall enhanced photoelectrodes.

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    Saadaoui, Saif; Ben Youssef, Mohamed Aziz; Ben Karoui, Moufida; Gharbi, Rached; Smecca, Emanuele; Strano, Vincenzina; Mirabella, Salvo; Alberti, Alessandra; Puglisi, Rosaria A

    2017-01-01

    In this work, two natural dyes extracted from henna and mallow plants with a maximum absorbance at 665 nm were studied and used as sensitizers in the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of the extract revealed the presence of anchoring groups and coloring constituents. Two different structures were prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD) using zinc oxide (ZnO) layers to obtain ZnO nanowall (NW) or nanorod (NR) layers employed as a thin film at the photoanode side of the DSSC. The ZnO layers were annealed at different temperatures under various gas sources. Indeed, the forming gas (FG) (N2/H2 95:5) was found to enhance the conductivity by a factor of 10(3) compared to nitrogen (N2) or oxygen (O2) annealing gas. The NR width varied between 40 and 100 nm and the length from 500 to 1000 nm, depending on the growth time. The obtained NWs had a length of 850 nm. The properties of the developed ZnO NW and NR layers with different thicknesses and their effect on the photovoltaic parameters were studied. An internal coverage of the ZnO NWs was also applied by the deposition of a thin TiO2 layer by reactive sputtering to improve the cell performance. The application of this layer increased the overall short circuit current Jsc by seven times from 2.45 × 10(-3) mA/cm(2) to 1.70 × 10(-2) mA /cm(2).

  10. Performance of natural-dye-sensitized solar cells by ZnO nanorod and nanowall enhanced photoelectrodes

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    Saadaoui, Saif; Ben Youssef, Mohamed Aziz; Ben Karoui, Moufida; Smecca, Emanuele; Strano, Vincenzina; Mirabella, Salvo; Alberti, Alessandra; Puglisi, Rosaria A

    2017-01-01

    In this work, two natural dyes extracted from henna and mallow plants with a maximum absorbance at 665 nm were studied and used as sensitizers in the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of the extract revealed the presence of anchoring groups and coloring constituents. Two different structures were prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD) using zinc oxide (ZnO) layers to obtain ZnO nanowall (NW) or nanorod (NR) layers employed as a thin film at the photoanode side of the DSSC. The ZnO layers were annealed at different temperatures under various gas sources. Indeed, the forming gas (FG) (N2/H2 95:5) was found to enhance the conductivity by a factor of 103 compared to nitrogen (N2) or oxygen (O2) annealing gas. The NR width varied between 40 and 100 nm and the length from 500 to 1000 nm, depending on the growth time. The obtained NWs had a length of 850 nm. The properties of the developed ZnO NW and NR layers with different thicknesses and their effect on the photovoltaic parameters were studied. An internal coverage of the ZnO NWs was also applied by the deposition of a thin TiO2 layer by reactive sputtering to improve the cell performance. The application of this layer increased the overall short circuit current J sc by seven times from 2.45 × 10−3 mA/cm2 to 1.70 × 10−2 mA /cm2. PMID:28243567

  11. Comparison of the Sputter Rates of Oxide Films Relative to the Sputter Rate of SiO2

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    Baer, Donald R.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Lea, Alan S.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Droubay, Timothy C.; Kim, J.; Lee, B.; Mathews, C.; Opila, R. L.; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Stickle, William F.; Wallace, Robert; Wright, B. S.

    2010-09-02

    Because of the increasing technological importance of oxide films for a variety of applications, there is a growing interest in knowing the sputter rates for a wide variety of oxides. To support needs of users of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) User facility as well as our research programs, we have made a series of measurements of the sputter rates for oxide films that have been grown by oxygen plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy (OPA-MBE), pulsed laser deposition (PLD), Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), electrochemical oxidation, or sputter deposition. The sputter rates for these oxide films were determined in comparison to the sputter rates for thermally grown SiO2, a common sputter rate reference material. The film thicknesses and densities of these films were usually measured using x-ray reflectivity (XRR). These samples were mounted in an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) system or an Auger electron spectrometer for sputtering measurements using argon ion sputtering. Although the primary objective was to determine relative sputter rates at a fixed angle, the measurements were also used to determine: i) the angle dependence of the relative sputter rates; ii) the energy dependence of the relative sputter rates; and iii) the extent of ion beam reduction for the various oxides. Materials examined include: SiO2 (reference films), Al2O3, CeO2, Cr2O3, Fe2O3, HfO2, ITO (In-Sn-oxide) Ta2O5, TiO2 (anatase and rutile) and ZnO. We find that the sputter rates for the oxides can vary up to a factor of two (usually slower) from that observed for SiO2. The ratios of sputter rates to SiO2 appear to be relatively independent of ion beam energy for the range of 1kV to 4 kV and for incident angles of less than 50º. As expected, the ion beam reduction of the oxides varies with the sputter angle. These studies demonstrate that we can usually obtain sputter rate reproducibility better than 5% for similar oxide films.

  12. Development of Anti-Reflection Coating Layer for Efficiency Enhancement of ZnO Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Chanta, E; Bhoomanee, C; Gardchareon, A; Wongratanaphisan, D; Phadungdhitidhada, S; Choopun, S

    2015-09-01

    In this research, we investigated the effects of ZnO anti-reflection coating layers on power conversion efficiency enhancement of ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells. ZnO thin films were prepared by rf-magnetron sputtering by varying sputtering time of 10, 30, 60, 80, 100 min. Surface morphology, thickness and optical reflective index were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy and ellipsometry. Then, transmittance and reflectance were investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Furthermore, we found that ZnO anti-reflection coating layers with sputtering time of 30 and 60 min showed lower reflection and higher transmission than that of reference film. In addition, ZnO anti-reflection coating layers have rough surface with sputtering rate has 2.14 nm/min. Thus, the ZnO anti-reflection coating layers with sputtering time in the range of 10-60 min have a potential as anti-reflection coating applications. The ZnO anti-reflection coating layers were used in ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells and exhibited a short circuit current density of 5.16 mA/cm2 and the maximum power conversion efficiency of 1.54% from a sample with sputtering time at 60 min while the reference cell exhibited 3.88 mA/cm2 and 1.19%, respectively. Thus, we suggested an alternative improvement of ZnO DSSCs by adding the ZnO anti-reflection coating layers.

  13. Substrate Preparations in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.

    2000-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. Annealing-temperature dependence of ZnO substrates was studied. ZnO films grown on sapphire substrates have also been investigated for comparison purposes and the annealing temperature of A1203 substrates is 1000 C. Substrates and films were characterized using photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, energy dispersive spectrum, and electric transport measurements. It has been found that the ZnO film properties were different when films were grown on the two polarity surfaces of ZnO substrates and the A1203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of homoepitaxial ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  14. Catalytic effects of ZnO nanorods grown by sonochemical decomposition of zinc acetate dihydrate.

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    Cho, Seok Cheol; Lee, Ho Suk; Sohn, Sang Ho

    2012-07-01

    In this study, we prepared ZnO nanorods by a sonochemical method using a zinc acetate dihydrate as a new precursor. Well-aligned high-quality ZnO nanorods were synthesized on FTO glass by the sonochemical decomposition of zinc acetate dihydrate using a ZnO thin-film as the catalytic layer. The ZnO thin-films were deposited on the FTO glass by a sputtering method. To investigate their catalytic effects on the ZnO nanorods, catalytic ZnO thin-films of 20 nm, 40 nm, and 60 nm thickness were prepared by adjusting the sputtering time. The ZnO nanorods grown on catalytic layers with different thicknesses were characterized by SEM, XRD, and PL. The ZnO nanorods grown on the catalytic layer of 40 nm thickness show the best crystal and spatial orientation and as a result display the best optical properties. It was found that a catalytic ZnO thin-film of 40 nm in thickness yields well-aligned high-quality ZnO nanorods, due to its small surface roughness and structural strain.

  15. Large modification in insulator-metal transition of VO{sub 2} films grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (001) by high energy ion irradiation in biased reactive sputtering

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    Azhan, Nurul Hanis; Okimura, Kunio; Ohtsubo, Yoshiyuki; Kimura, Shin-ichi; Zaghrioui, Mustapha; Sakai, Joe

    2016-02-07

    High energy ion irradiation in biased reactive sputtering enabled significant modification of insulator-metal transition (IMT) properties of VO{sub 2} films grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (001). Even at a high biasing voltage with mean ion energy of around 325 eV induced by the rf substrate biasing power of 40 W, VO{sub 2} film revealed low IMT temperature (T{sub IMT}) at 309 K (36 °C) together with nearly two orders magnitude of resistance change. Raman measurements from −193 °C evidenced that the monoclinic VO{sub 2} lattice begins to transform to rutile-tetragonal lattice near room temperature. Raman spectra showed the in-plane compressive stress in biased VO{sub 2} films, which results in shortening of V–V distance along a-axis of monoclinic structure, a{sub M}-axis (c{sub R}-axis) and thus lowering the T{sub IMT}. In respect to that matter, significant effects in shortening the in-plane axis were observed through transmission electron microscopy observations. V2p{sub 3/2} spectra from XPS measurements suggested that high energy ion irradiation also induced oxygen vacancies and resulted for an early transition onset and rather broader transition properties. Earlier band gap closing against the temperature in VO{sub 2} film with higher biasing power was also probed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. Present results with significant modification of IMT behavior of films deposited at high-energy ion irradiation with T{sub IMT} near the room temperature could be a newly and effective approach to both exploring mechanisms of IMT and further applications of this material, due to the fixed deposition conditions and rather thicker VO{sub 2} films.

  16. Ion beam sputter etching

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Rutledge, Sharon K.

    1986-01-01

    An ion beam etching process which forms extremely high aspect ratio surface microstructures using thin sputter masks is utilized in the fabrication of integrated circuits. A carbon rich sputter mask together with unmasked portions of a substrate is bombarded with inert gas ions while simultaneous carbon deposition occurs. The arrival of the carbon deposit is adjusted to enable the sputter mask to have a near zero or even slightly positive increase in thickness with time while the unmasked portions have a high net sputter etch rate.

  17. Merits and Demerits of Transparent Conducting Magnetron Sputtered ZnO:Al, ITO and SnO2:F Thin Films for Solar Cell Applications

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    Das, Rajesh; Das, Himadri Sekhar

    2017-04-01

    Transparent conducting ZnO:Al and indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering under reactive environment. Both the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films were exposed intentionally in hydrogen environment at 350 °C calcinations temperature to study the post treated TCO film's opto-electronic, structural as well as surface morphological properties. Electrical resistivity of both ZnO:Al, ITO and SnO2:F films are comparable (order of 10-4 Ω-cm), lowest sheet resistance are 8.5, 3.7 and 4.6 Ω/sq respectively and slightly improved after hydrogen exposure at 350 °C. Optical transmittance and internal texture of hydrogen environment exposed ZnO films remains invariant, but in case of ITO, SnO2:F films optical transmittance deteriorated drastically. Hexagonal wurtzite structure with (002) c-axis orientation is observed for pre- and post-hydrogen exposed ZnO films whereas internal texture as well as crystallographic orientation of ITO and SnO2:F films have significantly changed. Surface grains of ITO films have been significantly enhanced, but no such variations are observed in ZnO surface morphology. ZnO:Al and ITO films show unique plasmonic properties in near infrared transmittance due to free carrier generation in conduction band. Based on surface features/morphology, haze factor and internal texture light scattering mechanism is modeled.

  18. Merits and Demerits of Transparent Conducting Magnetron Sputtered ZnO:Al, ITO and SnO2:F Thin Films for Solar Cell Applications

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    Das, Rajesh; Das, Himadri Sekhar

    2016-06-01

    Transparent conducting ZnO:Al and indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering under reactive environment. Both the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films were exposed intentionally in hydrogen environment at 350 °C calcinations temperature to study the post treated TCO film's opto-electronic, structural as well as surface morphological properties. Electrical resistivity of both ZnO:Al, ITO and SnO2:F films are comparable (order of 10-4 Ω-cm), lowest sheet resistance are 8.5, 3.7 and 4.6 Ω/sq respectively and slightly improved after hydrogen exposure at 350 °C. Optical transmittance and internal texture of hydrogen environment exposed ZnO films remains invariant, but in case of ITO, SnO2:F films optical transmittance deteriorated drastically. Hexagonal wurtzite structure with (002) c-axis orientation is observed for pre- and post-hydrogen exposed ZnO films whereas internal texture as well as crystallographic orientation of ITO and SnO2:F films have significantly changed. Surface grains of ITO films have been significantly enhanced, but no such variations are observed in ZnO surface morphology. ZnO:Al and ITO films show unique plasmonic properties in near infrared transmittance due to free carrier generation in conduction band. Based on surface features/morphology, haze factor and internal texture light scattering mechanism is modeled.

  19. Synthesis of ordered large-scale ZnO nanopore arrays

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    Ding, G. Q.; Shen, W. Z.; Zheng, M. J.; Fan, D. H.

    2006-03-01

    An effective approach is demonstrated for growing ordered large-scale ZnO nanopore arrays through radio-frequency magnetron sputtering deposition on porous alumina membranes (PAMs). The realization of highly ordered hexagonal ZnO nanopore arrays benefits from the unique properties of ZnO (hexagonal structure, polar surfaces, and preferable growth directions) and PAMs (controllable hexagonal nanopores and localized negative charges). Further evidence has been shown through the effects of nanorod size and thermal treatment of PAMs on the yielded morphology of ZnO nanopore arrays. This approach opens the possibility of creating regular semiconducting nanopore arrays for the application of filters, sensors, and templates.

  20. Growth, structural and optoelectronic properties tuning of nitrogen-doped ZnO thin films synthesized by means of reactive pulsed laser deposition

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    Naouar, M.; Ka, I.; Gaidi, M.; Alawadhi, H.; Bessais, B.; Khakani, M.A.El

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • PLD technique has been used to elaborate N doped ZnO. • A maximum incorporation of 0.7 at.% has been achieved at a pressure of 25 mTorr. • Increasing the N{sub 2} pressure decreases the nitrogen content with the creation of more defects. • Optical transmission and PL spectra have confirmed the band gap narrowing. - Abstract: Pulsed laser deposition has been successfully used to achieve in-situ nitrogen doping of zinc oxide thin films at a temperature as low as 300 °C. Nitrogen-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:N) thin films with a maximum nitrogen content of 0.7 at.% were obtained by varying the nitrogen background pressure in the range of 0–150 mTorr. The ZnO:N thin films were found to present hexagonal crystalline structure with dense and smooth surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirms the effective incorporation of nitrogen into ZnO thin films. Optical transmission together with room temperature photoluminescence measurements show that the band gap of the ZnO:N films shifts from 3.3 eV to 3.1 eV as nitrogen concentration varies in the range of 0.2–0.7 at.%. The narrower band gap is obtained at an optimal nitrogen concentration of 0.22 at.%. This band gap narrowing is found to be caused by both nitrogen incorporation and nitrogen-induced defects in the ZnO:N films.

  1. Band gaps by design: Tailoring ZnO based semiconductor alloy films

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    Che, Hui

    This dissertation presents the research on the synthesis of ZnO based ternary semiconductor alloy films with tailored band gaps and the studies in their structural and optical properties. MgxZn1-xO alloys expanded the band gaps from 3.20 eV to deeper UV region of 5.67 eV. While ZnSxO1-x reduced the band gaps into the visible region of 2.9 eV. The alloy films were grown via reactive sputtering deposition, which is a cost effective and environment-friendly technique. An analytical method was developed for accurately determining the band gaps of alloys via transmission spectroscopy. The structural inhomogeneity issues in the Mg xZn1-xO alloys were studied via Selective Resonant Raman Scattering. Urbach energy analysis and Raman spectral line width analysis indicated that structural defects and alloy composition fluctuations in the MgxZn1-xO alloy films are the dominant origins of the localized electronic tail states and the Raman line broadening. While the Raman line broadening due to the anharmonicity of the alloys is not significant. The achievement of ZnSxO1-x alloy films with reduced band gaps paved the way for further research on band gap engineering of ZnO in the visible region.

  2. Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO thin films grown at room temperature

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    Wang Yuping; Lu Jianguo; Bie Xun; Gong Li; Li Xiang; Song Da; Zhao Xuyang; Ye Wenyi; Ye Zhizhen

    2011-05-15

    Aluminum-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al, AZO) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by dc reactive magnetron sputtering from a Zn-Al alloy target at room temperature. The effects of the Ar-to-O{sub 2} partial pressure ratios on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of AZO films were studied in detail. AZO films grown using 100:4 to 100:8 Ar-to-O{sub 2} ratio result in acceptable quality films with c-axis orientated crystals, uniform grains, 10{sup -3} {Omega} cm resistivity, greater than 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} electron concentration, and high transmittance, 90%, in the visible region. The lowest resistivity of 4.11x10{sup -3} {Omega} cm was obtained under the Ar-to-O{sub 2} partial pressure ratio of 100:4. A relatively strong UV emission at {approx}3.26 eV was observed in the room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed that Al was introduced into ZnO and substitutes for Zn and doped the film n-type.

  3. Coalescence-driven magnetic order of the uncompensated antiferromagnetic Co doped ZnO

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    Ney, V.; Henne, B.; Lumetzberger, J.; Wilhelm, F.; Ollefs, K.; Rogalev, A.; Kovacs, A.; Kieschnick, M.; Ney, A.

    2016-12-01

    The evolution of the structural and magnetic properties of Co doped ZnO has been investigated over an unprecedented concentration range above the coalescence limit. ZnO films with Co concentrations from 20% to 60% of the cationic lattice have been grown by reactive magnetron sputtering. The wurtzite crystal structure was maintained even for these high dopant concentrations. By measuring the x-ray absorption at the near edge and the linear and circular dichroism of the films at the Zn and Co K edge, it could be shown that Co substitutes predominantly for Zn in the lattice. No indications of metallic Co have been found in the samples. At low Co concentrations, the films are paramagnetic, but with increasing Co content, the films become antiferromagnetically ordered with increasing order temperature. Uncompensated spins, coupled to the antiferromagnetic dopant configurations, lead to a vertical exchange-bias-like effect, which increases with increasing Co concentration. In parallel, the single-ion anisotropy is gradually lost.

  4. A reactive magnetron sputtering route for attaining a controlled core-rim phase partitioning in Cu{sub 2}O/CuO thin films with resistive switching potential

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    Ogwu, A. A.; Darma, T. H.

    2013-05-14

    The achievement of a reproducible and controlled deposition of partitioned Cu{sub 2}O/CuO thin films by techniques compatible with ULSI processing like reactive magnetron sputtering has been reported as an outstanding challenge in the literature. This phase partitioning underlies their performance as reversible resistive memory switching devices in advanced microelectronic applications of the future. They are currently fabricated by thermal oxidation and chemical methods. We have used a combination of an understanding from plasma chemistry, thermo-kinetics of ions, and rf power variation during deposition to successfully identify a processing window for preparing partitioned Cu{sub 2}O/CuO films. The production of a core rich Cu{sub 2}O and surface rich Cu{sub 2}O/CuO mixture necessary for oxygen migration during resistive switching is confirmed by XRD peaks, Fourier transform infra red Cu (I)-O vibrational modes, XPS Cu 2P{sub 3/2} and O 1S peak fitting, and a comparison of satellite peak ratio's in Cu 2P{sub 3/2} fitted peaks. We are proposing based on the findings reported in this paper that an XPS satellite peak intensity(I{sub s}) to main peak intensity ratio (I{sub m}) {<=} 0.45 as an indicator of a core rich Cu{sub 2}O and surface rich Cu{sub 2}O/CuO formation in our prepared films. CuO is solely responsible for the satellite peaks. This is explained on the basis that plasma dissociation of oxygen will be limited to the predominant formation of Cu{sub 2}O under certain plasma deposition conditions we have identified in this paper, which also results in a core-rim phase partitioning. The deposited films also followed a Volmer-Weber columnar growth mode, which could facilitate oxygen vacancy migration and conductive filaments at the columnar interfaces. This is further confirmed by optical transmittance and band-gap measurements using spectrophotometry. This development is expected to impact on the early adoption of copper oxide based resistive memory

  5. REACTIVE SPUTTERING OF NANOSTRUCTURED WCX. (R829624)

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  6. Sputtering of uranium

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    Gregg, R.; Tombrello, T. A.

    1978-01-01

    Results are presented for an experimental study of the sputtering of U-235 atoms from foil targets by hydrogen, helium, and argon ions, which was performed by observing tracks produced in mica by fission fragments following thermal-neutron-induced fission. The technique used allowed measurements of uranium sputtering yields of less than 0.0001 atom/ion as well as yields involving the removal of less than 0.01 monolayer of the uranium target surface. The results reported include measurements of the sputtering yields for 40-120-keV protons, 40-120-keV He-4(+) ions, and 40- and 80-keV Ar-40(+) ions, the mass distribution of chunks emitted during sputtering by the protons and 80-keV Ar-40(+) ions, the total chunk yield during He-4(+) sputtering, and some limited data on molecular sputtering by H2(+) and H3(+). The angular distribution of the sputtered uranium is discussed, and the yields obtained are compared with the predictions of collision cascade theory.

  7. Magnetically attached sputter targets

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    Makowiecki, D.M.; McKernan, M.A.

    1994-02-15

    An improved method and assembly for attaching sputtering targets to cathode assemblies of sputtering systems which includes a magnetically permeable material is described. The magnetically permeable material is imbedded in a target base that is brazed, welded, or soldered to the sputter target, or is mechanically retained in the target material. Target attachment to the cathode is achieved by virtue of the permanent magnets and/or the pole pieces in the cathode assembly that create magnetic flux lines adjacent to the backing plate, which strongly attract the magnetically permeable material in the target assembly. 11 figures.

  8. Magnetically attached sputter targets

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; McKernan, Mark A.

    1994-01-01

    An improved method and assembly for attaching sputtering targets to cathode assemblies of sputtering systems which includes a magnetically permeable material. The magnetically permeable material is imbedded in a target base that is brazed, welded, or soldered to the sputter target, or is mechanically retained in the target material. Target attachment to the cathode is achieved by virtue of the permanent magnets and/or the pole pieces in the cathode assembly that create magnetic flux lines adjacent to the backing plate, which strongly attract the magnetically permeable material in the target assembly.

  9. Inverter Circuits using Pentacene and ZnO Transistors

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    Iechi, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Yasuyuki; Kudo, Kazuhiro

    2007-04-01

    We report two types of integrated circuits based on a pentacene static-induction transistor (SIT), a pentacene thin-film transistor (TFT) and a zinc oxide (ZnO) TFT. The operating characteristics of a p-p inverter using pentacene SITs and a complementary inverter using a p-channel pentacene TFT and an n-channel ZnO TFT are described. The basic operation of logic circuits at a low voltage was achieved for the first time using the pentacene SIT inverter and complementary circuits with hybrid inorganic and organic materials. Furthermore, we describe the electrical properties of the ZnO films depending on sputtering conditions, and the complementary circuits using ZnO and pentacene TFTs.

  10. Nanostructured ZnO films on stainless steel are highly safe and effective for antimicrobial applications.

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    Shim, Kyudae; Abdellatif, Mohamed; Choi, Eunsoo; Kim, Dongkyun

    2017-04-01

    The safety and effectiveness of antimicrobial ZnO films must be established for general applications. In this study, the antimicrobial activity, skin irritation, elution behavior, and mechanical properties of nanostructured ZnO films on stainless steel were evaluated. ZnO nanoparticle (NP) and ZnO nanowall (NW) structures were prepared with different surface roughnesses, wettability, and concentrations using an RF magnetron sputtering system. The thicknesses of ZnO NP and ZnO NW were approximately 300 and 620 nm, respectively, and ZnO NW had two diffraction directions of [0002] and [01-10] based on high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The ZnO NW structure demonstrated 99.9% antimicrobial inhibition against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Penicillium funiculosum, and no skin irritation was detected using experimental rabbits. Approximately 27.2 ± 3.0 μg L(-1) Zn ions were eluted from the ZnO NW film at 100 °C for 24 h, which satisfies the WHO guidelines for drinking water quality. Furthermore, the Vickers hardness and fracture toughness of ZnO NW films on stainless steel were enhanced by 11 and 14% compared to those of the parent stainless steel. Based on these results, ZnO NW films on STS316L sheets are useful for household supplies, such as water pipes, faucets, and stainless steel containers.

  11. Annihilation of Leishmania by daylight responsive ZnO nanoparticles: a temporal relationship of reactive oxygen species-induced lipid and protein oxidation

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    Nadhman, Akhtar; Khan, Malik Ihsanullah; Nazir, Samina; Khan, Momin; Shahnaz, Gul; Raza, Abida; Shams, Dilawar Farhan; Yasinzai, Masoom

    2016-01-01

    Lipid and protein oxidation are well-known manifestations of free radical activity and oxidative stress. The current study investigated extermination of Leishmania tropica promastigotes induced by lipid and protein oxidation with reactive oxygen species produced by PEGylated metal-based nanoparticles. The synthesized photodynamic therapy-based doped and nondoped zinc oxide nanoparticles were activated in daylight that produced reactive oxygen species in the immediate environment. Lipid and protein oxidation did not occur in dark. The major lipid peroxidation derivatives comprised of conjugated dienes, lipid hydroperoxides, and malondialdehyde whereas water, ethane, methanol, and ethanol were found as the end products. Proteins were oxidized to carbonyls, hydroperoxides, and thiol degrading products. Interestingly, lipid hydroperoxides were produced by more than twofold of the protein hydroperoxides, indicating higher degradation of lipids compared to proteins. The in vitro evidence represented a significant contribution of the involvement of both lipid and protein oxidation in the annihilated antipromastigote effect of nanoparticles. PMID:27330288

  12. Fundamental sputtering studies: Nonresonant ionization of sputtered neutrals

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    Burnett, J.W.; Pellin, M.J.; Calaway, W.F.; Gruen, D.M. ); Yates, J.T. Jr. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1989-01-04

    Because of the practical importance of sputtering, numerous theories and computer simulations are used for predicting many aspects of the sputtering process. Unfortunately, many of the calculated sputtering results are untested by experiment. Until recently, most sputtering experiments required either very high ion fluences or the detection of only minor constituents of the sputtered flux, i.e., ions. These techniques may miss the subtleties involved in the sputtering process. High-detection-efficiency mass spectrometry, coupled with the laser ionization of neutral atoms, allows the detection of the major sputtered species with very low incident ion fluences. The depth-of-origin of sputtered atoms is one example of an important but poorly understood aspect of the sputtering process. By following the sputtering yield of a substrate atom with various coverages of an adsorbed overlayer, the depth of origin of sputtered atoms has been determined. Our results indicate that two-thirds of the sputtered flux originates in the topmost atomic layer. The ion-dose dependence of sputtering yields has long been assumed to be quite minor for low- to-moderate primary ion fluences. We have observed a two-fold decrease in the sputtering yield of the Ru(0001) surface for very low primary ion fluences. Data analysis results in a cross section for damage of 2.7 {plus minus} 1.0 {times} 10{sup {minus}15}cm{sup 2}. 40 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Burstein-Moss Effect Behind Au Surface Plasmon Enhanced Intrinsic Emission of ZnO Microdisks

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    Zhu, Qiuxiang; Lu, Junfeng; Wang, Yueyue; Qin, Feifei; Shi, Zengliang; Xu, Chunxiang

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, ZnO microdisks with sputtering of Au nanoparticles were prepared to explore their plasmon/exciton coupling effect. An obvious blue shift and enhanced excitonic emission intensity were observed in the PL spectra of as-grown and Au-sputtered ZnO samples at room temperature. The investigation on the absorption spectra and temperature-dependent PL spectra has been demonstrated the Burstein-Moss effect behind the optical phenomena. These results revealed the coupling dynamics between the metal localized surface plasmon and semiconductor exciton.

  14. Burstein-Moss Effect Behind Au Surface Plasmon Enhanced Intrinsic Emission of ZnO Microdisks

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    Zhu, Qiuxiang; Lu, Junfeng; Wang, Yueyue; Qin, Feifei; Shi, Zengliang; Xu, Chunxiang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, ZnO microdisks with sputtering of Au nanoparticles were prepared to explore their plasmon/exciton coupling effect. An obvious blue shift and enhanced excitonic emission intensity were observed in the PL spectra of as-grown and Au-sputtered ZnO samples at room temperature. The investigation on the absorption spectra and temperature-dependent PL spectra has been demonstrated the Burstein-Moss effect behind the optical phenomena. These results revealed the coupling dynamics between the metal localized surface plasmon and semiconductor exciton. PMID:27805012

  15. Controllable growth and characterization of highly aligned ZnO nanocolumnar thin films

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    Onuk, Zuhal; Rujisamphan, Nopporn; Murray, Roy; Bah, Mohamed; Tomakin, Murat; Shah, S. Ismat

    2017-02-01

    We investigated the effects of growth conditions during magnetron sputtering on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of nanostructured ZnO thin films. Undoped ZnO thin films are deposited onto p-type Si (100) and corning 7059 glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering using a ZnO target in combination with various Ar-O2 sputtering gas mixtures at room temperature. The effect of the partial pressure of oxygen on the morphology of ZnO thin film structure and band alignment were investigated. Thickness, and therefore the growth rate of the samples measured from the cross-sectional SEM micrographs, is found to be strongly correlated with the oxygen partial pressure in the sputtering chamber. The optical transmittance spectrometry results show that the absorption edge shifts towards the longer wavelength at higher oxygen partial pressure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) used for determining the surface chemical structure and valence band offsets show that conduction band can be controlled by changing the sputtering atmosphere.

  16. Characterization of ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Thermal Oxidation of Zn

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    Bouanane, I.; Kabir, A.; Boulainine, D.; Zerkout, S.; Schmerber, G.; Boudjema, B.

    2016-07-01

    Zinc oxide thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of zinc films at a temperature of 500°C for 2 h. The Zn films were deposited onto glass substrates by magnetron RF sputtering. The sputtering time varied from 2.5 min to 15 min. The physico-chemical characterization of the ZnO films was carried out depending on the Zn sputtering time. According to x-ray diffraction, ZnO films were polycrystalline and the Zn-ZnO phase transformation was direct. The mean transmittance of the ZnO films was around 80% and the band gap increased from 3.15 eV to 3.35 eV. Photoluminescence spectra show ultraviolet, visible, and infrared emission bands. The increase of the UV emission band was correlated with the improvement of the crystalline quality of the ZnO films. The concentration of native defects was found to decrease with increasing Zn sputtering time. The decrease of the electrical resistivity as a function of Zn sputtering time was linked to extrinsic hydrogen-related defects.

  17. Characterization of Flexible CIGS Thin Film Solar Cells or Stainless Steel with Intrinsic ZnO Diffusion Barriers.

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    Kim, Chae-Woong; Kim, Hye Jin; Kim, Jin Hyeok; Jeong, Chaehwan

    2016-05-01

    ZnO diffusion barrier layer was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering by using the same method as intrinsic ZnO layer. The CIGS solar cells were fabricated on stainless steel substrate. The 50-200 nm thin ZnO diffusion barriers effectively reduced the diffusion of Fe and Cr, from stainless steel substrates into the CIGS absorbers. The CIGS solar cells with ZnO diffusion barriers increased the J(sc) and FF, which resulted in an increase of cell efficiency from 5.9% up to 9.06%.

  18. Surface Engineering of ZnO Thin Film for High Efficiency Planar Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Tseng, Zong-Liang; Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2015-01-01

    Sputtering made ZnO thin film was used as an electron-transport layer in a regular planar perovskite solar cell based on high quality CH3NH3PbI3 absorber prepared with a two-step spin-coating. An efficiency up to 15.9% under AM 1.5G irradiation is achieved for the cell based on ZnO film fabricated under Ar working gas. The atmosphere of the sputtering chamber can tune the surface electronic properties (band structure) of the resulting ZnO thin film and therefore the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding perovskite solar cell. Precise surface engineering of ZnO thin film was found to be one of the key steps to fabricate ZnO based regular planar perovskite solar cell with high power conversion efficiency. Sputtering method is proved to be one of the excellent techniques to prepare ZnO thin film with controllable properties. PMID:26411577

  19. RF Sputtering for preparing substantially pure amorphous silicon monohydride

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    Jeffrey, Frank R.; Shanks, Howard R.

    1982-10-12

    A process for controlling the dihydride and monohydride bond densities in hydrogenated amorphous silicon produced by reactive rf sputtering of an amorphous silicon target. There is provided a chamber with an amorphous silicon target and a substrate therein with the substrate and the target positioned such that when rf power is applied to the target the substrate is in contact with the sputtering plasma produced thereby. Hydrogen and argon are fed to the chamber and the pressure is reduced in the chamber to a value sufficient to maintain a sputtering plasma therein, and then rf power is applied to the silicon target to provide a power density in the range of from about 7 watts per square inch to about 22 watts per square inch to sputter an amorphous silicon hydride onto the substrate, the dihydride bond density decreasing with an increase in the rf power density. Substantially pure monohydride films may be produced.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Physics of ion sputtering

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    Robinson, M.T.

    1984-04-01

    The ejection of atoms by the ion bombardment of solids is discussed in terms of linear collision cascade theory. A simple argument describes the energies of the ejecta, but elaborate models are required to obtain accurate sputtering yields and related quantities. These include transport theoretical models based on linearized Boltzmann equations, computer simulation models based on the binary collision approximation, and classical many-body dynamical models. The role of each kind of model is discussed. Several aspects of sputtering are illustrated by results from the simulation code MARLOWE. 20 references, 6 figures.

  3. Transparent Conducting Oxides for Infrared Plasmonic Waveguides: ZnO (Preprint)

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    2014-01-15

    ZnO (AZO) layers grown by RF sputtering on quartz glass that employ a unique, 20-nm-thick, ZnON buffer layer, which minimizes the strong thickness...ZnON buffer layer, which minimizes the strong thickness dependence of mobility (µ) on thickness (d). The values of mobility and carrier...inserting a thin ZnON buffer layer between the substrate and ZnO layer. For example, in undoped ZnO grown on c-plane Al2O3, the rocking-curve FWHM of the

  4. PIXE, SR-XRD and EXAFS analysis of Cu-doped ZnO films

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    Zhang, B.; Yang, C.; Wang, J. Z.; Shi, L. Q.; Cheng, H. S.

    2014-08-01

    Cu-doped ZnO films were prepared by rf magnetron sputtering on sapphire substrate at different atmosphere. Microstructure of these films and Cu occupation sites were investigated using PIXE, SR-XRD and EXAFS. Only 2.9 at.% Cu, no other magnetic impurities (e.g., Fe, Co and Ni) were detected. The ZnO:Cu films possessed the wurtzite ZnO structures and no precipitates (e.g., CuO and Cu2O or Cu cluster) were found. Cu atoms were incorporated into ZnO crystal lattice by occupying Zn atomic sites.

  5. Physics of arcing, and implications to sputter deposition

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    Anders, Andre

    2005-03-15

    Arc and glow discharges are defined based on their cathode processes. Arcs are characterized by collective electron emission, which can be stationary with hot cathodes (thermionic arcs), or non-stationary with cold cathodes (cathodic arcs). A brief review on cathodic arc properties serves as the starting point to better understand arcing phenomena in sputtering. Although arcing occurs in both metal and reactive sputtering, it is more of an issue in the reactive case. Arcing occurs if sufficiently high field strength leads to thermal runaway of an electron emission site. The role of insulating layers and surface potential adjustment through current leakage is highlighted. In the situation of magnetron sputtering with ''racetrack'', the need for a model with two spatial dimensions is shown. In many cases, arcing is initiated by breakdown of dielectric layers and inclusions. It is most efficiently prevented if formation and excessive charge-up of dielectric layers and inclusions can be avoided.

  6. Pulsed dc self-sustained magnetron sputtering

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    Wiatrowski, A.; Posadowski, W. M.; Radzimski, Z. J.

    2008-09-15

    The magnetron sputtering has become one of the commonly used techniques for industrial deposition of thin films and coatings due to its simplicity and reliability. At standard magnetron sputtering conditions (argon pressure of {approx}0.5 Pa) inert gas particles (necessary to sustain discharge) are often entrapped in the deposited films. Inert gas contamination can be eliminated during the self-sustained magnetron sputtering (SSS) process, where the presence of the inert gas is not a necessary requirement. Moreover the SSS process that is possible due to the high degree of ionization of the sputtered material also gives a unique condition during the transport of sputtered particles to the substrate. So far it has been shown that the self-sustained mode of magnetron operation can be obtained using dc powering (dc-SSS) only. The main disadvantage of the dc-SSS process is its instability related to random arc formation. In such case the discharge has to be temporarily extinguished to prevent damaging both the magnetron source and power supply. The authors postulate that pulsed powering could protect the SSS process against arcs, similarly to reactive pulsed magnetron deposition processes of insulating thin films. To put this concept into practice, (i) the high enough plasma density has to be achieved and (ii) the type of pulsed powering has to be chosen taking plasma dynamics into account. In this article results of pulsed dc self-sustained magnetron sputtering (pulsed dc-SSS) are presented. The planar magnetron equipped with a 50 mm diameter and 6 mm thick copper target was used during the experiments. The maximum target power was about 11 kW, which corresponded to the target power density of {approx}560 W/cm{sup 2}. The magnetron operation was investigated as a function of pulse frequency (20-100 kHz) and pulse duty factor (50%-90%). The discharge (argon) extinction pressure level was determined for these conditions. The plasma emission spectra (400-410 nm range

  7. Fabrication of Vertical Organic Light-Emitting Transistor Using ZnO Thin Film

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    Yamauchi, Hiroshi; Iizuka, Masaaki; Kudo, Kazuhiro

    2007-04-01

    Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) combined with thin film transistor (TFT) are well suitable elements for low-cost, large-area active matrix displays. On the other hand, zinc oxide (ZnO) is a transparent material and its electrical conductivity is controlled from conductive to insulating by growth conditions. The drain current of ZnO FET is 180 μA. The OLED uses ZnO thin film (Al-doped) for the electron injection layer and is controlled by radio frequency (rf) and direct current (dc) sputtering conditions, such as Al concentration and gas pressure. Al concentration in the ZnO film and deposition rate have strong effects on electron injection. Furthermore, the OLED driven by ZnO FET shows a luminance of 13 cd/m2, a luminance efficiency of 0.7 cd/A, and an on-off ratio of 650.

  8. Polyester fabric coated with Ag/ZnO composite film by magnetron sputtering

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    Yuan, Xiaohong; Xu, Wenzheng; Huang, Fenglin; Chen, Dongsheng; Wei, Qufu

    2016-12-01

    Ag/ZnO composite film was successfully deposited on polyester fabric by using direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering and radio frequency (RF) magnetron reaction sputtering techniques with pure silver (Ag) and zinc (Zn) targets. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to examine the deposited film on the fabric. It was found that the zinc film coated on Ag film before RF reactive sputtering could protect the silver film from oxidation. Anti-ultraviolet property and antistatic property of the coated samples using different magnetron sputtering methods were also investigated. The experimental results showed that Ag film was oxidized into in Ag2O film in high vacuum oxygen environment. The deposition of Zn film on the surface of the fabric coated with Ag film before RF reactive sputtering, could successfully obtained Ag/ZnO composite film, and also generated structural color on the polyester fabric.

  9. Thiol dosing of ZnO single crystals and nanorods: Surface chemistry and photoluminescence

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    Singh, Jagdeep; Im, Jisun; Watters, Evan J.; Whitten, James E.; Soares, Jason W.; Steeves, Diane M.

    2013-03-01

    Adsorption of thiols on ZnO(0001) and ZnO nanorods has been investigated using X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies (XPS and UPS). Ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) dosing of sputter-cleaned ZnO(0001) with methanethiol (MT), 1-dodecanethiol (DDT), and 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) leads to S2p peaks with a binding energy of 163.3 eV. Similar results for MPTMS are obtained for sputter-cleaned ZnO(0001) that is pre-dosed with water to form hydroxyl groups. In all cases, the absence of a free thiol S2p peak at 164.2 eV indicates that bonding to the surface occurs via the thiol end of the molecule. A DDT-dosed ZnO(0001) sample stored for 10 days in UHV and heated to temperatures as high as 150 °C exhibits minimal changes in its S/Zn atomic ratio, confirming chemisorption and the presence of a strong bond to the surface. UPS shows that MT adsorption on sputtered ZnO(0001) leads to a 0.7 eV increase in work function and perturbation of the MT molecular orbitals, again consistent with chemisorption. Dry ZnO nanorods have been exposed to MT while monitoring their photoluminescence. XPS and Raman spectroscopy confirm thiol adsorption. Relative to dry ZnO, adsorption causes a decrease in intensity of the visible emission peak, but the UV peak remains unchanged. These results indicate that Znsbnd S bond formation quenches radiative decay to the valence band from defect states, possibly by methanethiolate adsorption filling oxygen vacancies.

  10. Effect of ZnO seed layer on the morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanorods grown on GaN buffer layers

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    Nandi, R. Mohan, S. Major, S. S.; Srinivasa, R. S.

    2014-04-24

    ZnO nanorods were grown by chemical bath deposition on sputtered, polycrystalline GaN buffer layers with and without ZnO seed layer. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction show that the ZnO nanorods on GaN buffer layers are not vertically well aligned. Photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanorods grown on GaN buffer layer, however exhibits a much stronger near-band-edge emission and negligible defect emission, compared to the nanorods grown on ZnO buffer layer. These features are attributed to gallium incorporation at the ZnO-GaN interface. The introduction of a thin (25 nm) ZnO seed layer on GaN buffer layer significantly improves the morphology and vertical alignment of ZnO-NRs without sacrificing the high optical quality of ZnO nanorods on GaN buffer layer. The presence of a thick (200 nm) ZnO seed layer completely masks the effect of the underlying GaN buffer layer on the morphology and optical properties of nanorods.

  11. Effect of surface microstructure and wettability on plasma protein adsorption to ZnO thin films prepared at different RF powers.

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    Huang, Zhan-Yun; Chen, Min; Pan, Shi-Rong; Chen, Di-Hu

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, the adsorption behavior of plasma proteins on the surface of ZnO thin films prepared by radio frequency (RF) sputtering under different sputtering powers was studied. The microstructures and surface properties of the ZnO thin films were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible optical absorption spectroscopy and contact angle techniques. The results show that the ZnO thin films have better orientation of the (0 0 2) peak with increasing RF power, especially at around 160 W, and the optical band gap of the ZnO films varies from 3.2 to 3.4 eV. The contact angle test carried out by the sessile drop technique denoted a hydrophobic surface of the ZnO films, and the surface energy and adhesive work of the ZnO thin films decreased with increasing sputtering power. The amounts of human fibrinogen (HFG) and human serum albumin (HSA) adsorbing on the ZnO films and reference samples were determined by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The results show that fewer plasma proteins and a smaller HFG/HSA ratio adsorb on the ZnO thin films' surface.

  12. 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.

  13. Chemical modification of sputtered amorphous-carbon surfaces

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    Leezenberg, Pieter B.; Johnston, William H.; Tyndall, George W.

    2001-03-01

    Methods to chemically passivate the surfaces of amorphous-carbon films (a-C) produced by dc magnetron sputtering were studied. The chemical composition of carbon surfaces produced via sputtering are dependent upon the environment to which the carbon is exposed immediately following deposition. When the sputtered film is vented to ambient conditions, free radicals produced at the surface during the deposition process are quenched by reaction with oxygen and/or water to form an oxidized, hydrophilic surface. If the sputtered carbon film is, however, exposed to a reactive gas prior to venting to ambient, the chemical nature of the resulting surface can be modified substantially. Specifically, a less highly oxidized and much more hydrophobic carbon surface is produced when the surface free radicals are quenched via either an addition reaction (demonstrated with a fluorinated olefin) or a hydrogen abstraction reaction (demonstrated with two alkyl amines). Chemical modification of amorphous-carbon films can also be accomplished by performing the sputtering in a reactive plasma formed from mixtures of argon with molecular hydrogen, amines, and perfluorocarbons. The elemental composition of these films, and the relative reactivity of the surfaces formed, were investigated via x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and contact-angle goniometry, respectively. In the case of sputtering with a mixture of argon and hydrogen, increasing the hydrogen flow results in an increase in the amount of hydrogen incorporated into the carbon film and a decrease in the surface free energy. Sputtering in diethylamine produces an amorphous-carbon film into which nitrogen is incorporated. The free energies of the a-C:N surfaces produced in this process are similar to those of the a-C:H films. Sputtering in a fluorocarbon vapor results in the incorporation of fluorine into the film structure and the formation of very low free-energy surfaces. Increasing the concentration of the fluorocarbon in the

  14. Sputtering deposition of Al-doped zinc oxide thin films using mixed powder targets

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    Ohshima, Tamiko; Maeda, Takashi; Tanaka, Yuki; Kawasaki, Hiroharu; Yagyu, Yoshihito; Ihara, Takeshi; Suda, Yoshiaki

    2016-01-01

    Sputtering deposition generally uses high-density bulk targets. Such a fabrication process has various problems including deterioration of the material during heating and difficulty in mixing a large number of materials in precise proportions. However, these problems can be solved by using a powder target. In this study, we prepared Al-doped ZnO (AZO) as transparent conductive thin films by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering with powder and bulk targets. Both the powder and bulk targets formed crystalline structures. The ZnO (002) peak was observed in the X-ray diffraction measurements. The mean transparency and resistivity of the films prepared with the powder target were 82% and 0.548 Ω · cm, respectively. The deposition rate with the powder target was lower than that with the bulk target.

  15. 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.

  16. Ion Beam Sputtered Coatings of Bioglass

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    Hench, Larry L.; Wilson, J.; Ruzakowski, Patricia Henrietta Anne

    1982-01-01

    The ion beam sputtering technique available at the NASA-Lewis was used to apply coatings of bioglass to ceramic, metallic, and polymeric substrates. Experiments in vivo and in vitro described investigate these coatings. Some degree of substrate masking was obtained in all samples although stability and reactivity equivalent to bulk bioglass was not observed in all coated samples. Some degree of stability was seen in all coated samples that were reacted in vitro. Both metallic and ceramic substrates coated in this manner failed to show significantly improved coatings over those obtained with existing techniques. Implantation of the coated ceramic substrate samples in bone gave no definite bonding as seen with bulk glass; however, partial and patchy bonding was seen. Polymeric substrates in these studies showed promise of success. The coatings applied were sufficient to mask the underlying reactive test surface and tissue adhesion of collagen to bioglass was seen. Hydrophilic, hydrophobic, charged, and uncharged polymeric surfaces were successfully coated.

  17. Performance analysis of RF-sputtered ZnO/Si heterojunction UV photodetectors with high photo-responsivity

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

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, structural, electrical and ultraviolet photodetection parameters of RF sputtered-ZnO/Si heterojunction diodes are analyzed. In this work, ZnO thin film was deposited on bare Si substrate as well as Si substrate coated with ultrathin ZnO seed layer to exhibit the effect of seed layer on device performance. AFM image of as-grown ZnO films have exhibited the uniform growth ZnO film over the whole Si substrate with average roughness of 3.2 nm and 2.83 nm for ZnO with and without seed layer respectively. Stronger peak intensity along (002) direction, as shown in XRD spectra confirm that ZnO film grown on ZnO seed layer is having more stable wurtzite structure. Ti/Al point contacts were deposited on top of the ZnO film and a layer of Al was deposited on bottom of Si substrate for using as ohmic contacts for further device characterization at dark and under UV light of 365 nm wavelength. This process is repeated for both the films sequentially. The photo-responsivity of our proposed devices is calculated as 0.34 A/W for seed layer-mediated devices and 0.26 A/W for devices without seed layer. These values are very high as compare to the reported value of photo-responsivity for same kind of ZnO/Si heterojunction device prototypes prepared by other techniques.

  18. Noble gas sputtering calculations using TRIM

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    Greene, J.P.; Nemanich, J.; Thomas, G.E.; Schiel, S.L.

    1996-12-31

    In conjunction with our experimental work on saddle field ion sputtering, we have attempted to apply the Monte Carlo program TRIM (Transport of Ions in Matter) to calculate the sputter yields for a variety of noble gas sputtering applications. Comparison with experiments are shown. Information extracted from these analyses have proved useful in optimizing the experimental sputtering parameters. Calculated sputter yields obtained utilizing TRIM are presented for noble gas sputtering of a variety of materials common to nuclear target production.

  19. Hydrothermal Growth and Application of ZnO Nanowire Films with ZnO and TiO2 Buffer Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yang, Weiguang; Wan, Farong; Chen, Siwei; Jiang, Chunhua

    2009-12-01

    This paper reports the effects of the seed layers prepared by spin-coating and dip-coating methods on the morphology and density of ZnO nanowire arrays, thus on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The nanowire films with the thick ZnO buffer layer (~0.8-1 μm thick) can improve the open circuit voltage of the DSSCs through suppressing carrier recombination, however, and cause the decrease of dye loading absorbed on ZnO nanowires. In order to further investigate the effect of TiO2 buffer layer on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs, compared with the ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs without a compact TiO2 buffer layer, the photovoltaic conversion efficiency and open circuit voltage of the ZnO DSSCs with the compact TiO2 layer (~50 nm thick) were improved by 3.9-12.5 and 2.4-41.7%, respectively. This can be attributed to the introduction of the compact TiO2 layer prepared by sputtering method, which effectively suppressed carrier recombination occurring across both the film-electrolyte interface and the substrate-electrolyte interface.

  20. Band gap shift and the optical nonlinear absorption of sputtered ZnO-TiO2 films.

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    Han, Yi-Bo; Han, Jun-Bo; Hao, Zhong-Hua

    2011-06-01

    ZnO-TiO2 composite films with different Zn/Ti atomic ratios were prepared with radio frequency reactive sputtering method. The Zn percentage composition (f(Zn)) dependent optical band gap and optical nonlinear absorption were investigated using the transmittance spectrum and the Z-scan technique, respectively. The results showed that composite films with f(Zn) in the range of 23.5%-88.3% are poor crystallized and their optical properties are anomalous which exhibit adjustable optical band gap and large optical nonlinear absorption. The optical absorption edge shifted to the blue wavelength direction with the increasing of f(Zn) and reached the minimum value of 285 nm for the sample with f(Zn) = 70.5%, which has the largest direct band gap of 4.30 eV. Further increasing of f(Zn) resulted in the red-shift of the optical absorption edge. The maximum optical nonlinear absorption coefficient of 1.5 x 10(3) cm/GW was also obtained for the same sample with f(Zn) = 70.5%, which is more than 40 times larger than those of pure TiO2 and ZnO films.

  1. Influence of oxygen on characteristics of Zn(O,S) thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Choi, Ji Hyun; Garay, Adrian Adalberto; Hwang, Su Min; Chung, Chee Won

    2015-07-15

    Zn(O,S) thin films were successfully deposited by reactive sputtering using Ar and O{sub 2} gas mixtures at 473 K. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the well crystallized Zn(O,S) films were deposited with increasing oxygen concentration in O{sub 2}/Ar, resulting in a shift of the Zn peak of 28.5° to a higher angle, closer to the ZnO peak of 34.4°. Zn(O,S) films were composed of grains agglomerated from small particles, which grew gradually with increasing oxygen concentration. The depth profiles and energy dispersive spectroscopy results of the films indicated that the O/(O+S) ratio increased from 0.04 to 0.81, and all Zn(O,S) films were Zn rich with uniform concentrations of each component. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that, as the oxygen concentration increased to 2%, the ZnS films were transformed to Zn(O,S) films via substitution of oxygen for sulfur.

  2. Effect of Zinc Oxide Film Deposition Position on the Characteristics of Zinc Oxide Thin Film Transistors Fabricated by Low-Temperature Magnetron Sputtering

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    Takechi, Kazushige; Nakata, Mitsuru; Eguchi, Toshimasa; Otsuki, Shigeyoshi; Yamaguchi, Hirotaka; Kaneko, Setsuo

    2008-09-01

    We report on the effect of zinc oxide (ZnO) film deposition position on the characteristics of ZnO thin-film transistors (TFTs) fabricated by magnetron sputtering with no intentional heating of the substrate. We evaluate the properties of ZnO (channel semiconductor) films deposited at various positions with respect to the target position. We show that the film deposition at a position off-centered from the target results in good TFT characteristics. This might be due to the fact that the off-centered deposition position is effective for suppressing the effect of energetic negative ions in the plasma.

  3. Cholesterol biosensor based on rf sputtered zinc oxide nanoporous thin film

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    Singh, S. P.; Arya, Sunil K.; Pandey, Pratibha; Malhotra, B. D.; Saha, Shibu; Sreenivas, K.; Gupta, Vinay

    2007-08-06

    Cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) has been immobilized onto zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoporous thin films grown on gold surface. A preferred c-axis oriented ZnO thin film with porous surface morphology has been fabricated by rf sputtering under high pressure. Optical studies and cyclic voltammetric measurements show that the ChOx/ZnO/Au bioelectrode is sensitive to the detection of cholesterol in 25-400 mg/dl range. A relatively low value of enzyme's kinetic parameter (Michaelis-Menten constant) {approx}2.1 mM indicates enhanced enzyme affinity of ChOx to cholesterol. The observed results show promising application of nanoporous ZnO thin film for biosensing application without any functionalization.

  4. Study of vertical type organic light emitting transistor using ZnO

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    Iechi, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Yasuyuki; Kudo, Kazuhiro

    2006-04-01

    We propose a new type organic light emitting transistor (OLET) combining static induction transistor (SIT) with double hetero junction type organic light emitting diodes (OLED) using n-type zinc oxide (ZnO) films which works as a transparent and electron injection layer. The device characteristics of newly developed OLED and ZnO-SIT showed relatively high luminance of about 500 cd/m2 at 7.6 mA/cm2 and is able to control by gate voltage as low as a few volts, respectively. The crystal structures of the ZnO films as a function of Ar/O II flow ratio and the basic characteristics of the thin film transistor (TFT) and SIT depending on the ZnO sputtering conditions are investigated. The results obtained here show that the OLET using ZnO film is a suitable element for flexible sheet displays.

  5. Defect-free ZnO nanorods for low temperature hydrogen sensor applications

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    Ranwa, Sapana; Kumar, Mahesh; Kulriya, Pawan K.; Sahu, Vikas Kumar; Kukreja, L. M.

    2014-11-24

    Uniformly distributed and defect-free vertically aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs) with high aspect ratio are deposited on Si by sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction along with transmission electron microscopy studies confirmed the single crystalline wurtzite structure of ZnO. Absence of wide band emission in photoluminescence spectra showed defect-free growth of ZnO NRs which was further conformed by diamagnetic behavior of the NRs. H{sub 2} sensing mechanism based on the change in physical dimension of channel is proposed to explain the fast response (∼21.6 s) and recovery times (∼27 s) of ZnO NRs/Si/ZnO NRs sensors. Proposed H{sub 2} sensor operates at low temperature (∼70 °C) unlike the existing high temperature (>150 °C) sensors.

  6. Optical properties of two-dimensional ZnO array generated by template method

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    Li, Xiu; Chen, Xiu Yan; Zhu, Gao Chao; Wang, Shan Shan; Chen, Si Yu

    2016-10-01

    As one of the most interesting II-IV compound semiconductors, ZnO has large band gap (3.37 eV) and high excitonic binding energy (60 meV). Based on this, it has attracted a great deal of attention for applications in ultraviolet light-emitting devices (LED) and photodetectors. There are many preparation methods to prepare ZnO films, such as metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), magnetron sputtering, vacuum thermal evaporation, and so on. Among them, there are many advantages on using magnetron sputtering to form ZnO thin films, such as good adhesion, good thickness uniformity, high density of films, so we take advantage of this method in our experiment. In this work, we present a simple, rapid and cost effective method to fabricate ordered periodic substrates by preparing single layer polystyrene microspheres masks, with 300, 600, 800and 1100 nm in diameters. Then the layer of zinc oxide thin films on the mask by RF magnetron sputtering technique have been deposited, and two-dimensional zinc oxide nano-array samples were obtained at last. Using this active plasmonic substrate, the optical properties of ZnO films on polystyrene microspheres template has been investigated.

  7. Dramatically enhanced oxygen uptake and ionization yield of positive secondary ions with C60+ sputtering.

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    Liao, Hua-Yang; Tsai, Meng-Hung; You, Yun-Wen; Chang, Hsun-Yun; Huang, Chih-Chieh; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2012-04-03

    To explore C(60)(+) sputtering beyond low-damage depth profiling of organic materials, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) were used to examine metallic surfaces during and after C(60)(+) sputtering. During C(60)(+) sputtering, XPS spectra indicated that the degrees of carbon deposition were different for different metallic surfaces. Moreover, for some metals (e.g., Al, W, Ta, Ti, and Mo), the intensity of the O 1s photoelectron increased significantly during C(60)(+) sputtering, even though the instrument was under ultrahigh vacuum (<5 × 10(-7) Pa). This result indicated that the rate of oxygen uptake was greater than the rate of C(60)(+) sputtering. This behavior was not observed with the commonly used Ar(+) sputtering. To measure the oxygen uptake kinetics, pure oxygen was leaked into the chamber to maintain a 5 × 10(-6) Pa oxygen environment. The C(60)(+)-sputtered surface had a clearly increased rate of oxygen uptake than the Ar(+)-sputtered surface, even for moderately reactive metals such as Fe and Ni. For relatively nonreactive metals such as Cu and Au, a small amount of carbon was implanted and no oxygen uptake was observed. High-resolution XPS spectra revealed the formation of metal carbides on these reactive metals, and the carbon deposition and enhanced uptake of oxygen correlated to the carbide formation. Because oxygen enhances the secondary ion yield through surface passivation, the enhanced oxygen uptake due to C(60)(+) sputtering could be beneficial for SIMS analysis. To examine this hypothesis, C(60)(+) and Ar(+) were used as primary ions, and it was found that the intensity enhancement (because of the oxygen flooding at 5 × 10(-6) Pa) was much higher with C(60)(+) than with Ar(+). Therefore, oxygen flooding during C(60)(+) sputtering has a great potential for enhancing the detection limit due to the enhanced oxygen uptake.

  8. Enhanced the photocatalytic activity of Ni-doped ZnO thin films: Morphological, optical and XPS analysis

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    Abdel-wahab, M. Sh.; Jilani, Asim; Yahia, I. S.; Al-Ghamdi, Attieh A.

    2016-06-01

    Pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films with different concentration of Ni (3.5 wt%, 5 wt%, 7 wt%) were prepared by DC/RF magnetron sputtering technique. The X-rays diffraction pattern showed the polycrystalline nature of pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films. The surface morphology of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated through atomic force microscope, which indicated the increase in the grain dimension and surface roughness with increasing the Ni doping. The UV-Visible transmission spectra showed the decrease in the transmittance of doped ZnO thin films with the incorporation of Ni dopants. The surface and chemical state analysis of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated by X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by an aqueous solution of methyl green dye. The tungsten lamp of 500 W was used as a source of visible light for photocatalytic study. The degradation results showed that the Ni-doped ZnO thin films exhibit highly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the pure ZnO thin films. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of Ni-doped ZnO thin films were attributed to the enhanced surface area (surface defects), surface roughness and decreasing the band gap of Ni-doped ZnO thin films. Our work supports the applications of thin film metal oxides in waste water treatment.

  9. Effects of polyphosphates and orthophosphate on the dissolution and transformation of ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Wan, Biao; Yan, Yupeng; Tang, Yuanzhi; Bai, Yuge; Liu, Fan; Tan, Wenfeng; Huang, Qiaoyun; Feng, Xionghan

    2017-02-27

    The fate and toxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) in nature are affected by solution chemistry such as pH, anions, and natural organic matter (NOM). Inorganic polyphosphates are environmentally ubiquitous phosphorus (P) species that may change the speciation and environmental fate of ZnO NPs. In this study, the interactions of polyphosphates with ZnO NPs and the impacts on ZnO NP dissolution and transformation were investigated and compared with orthophosphate (P1). The results revealed that pyrophosphate (P2), tripolyphosphate (P3), and hexametaphosphate (P6) enhanced whereas P1 inhibited the dissolution of ZnO NPs. In addition, P1, P2, and P3 promoted the transformation of ZnO NPs into zinc phosphate (Zn-P) precipitates via interactions with dissolved Zn(2+). However, P6-promoted ZnO NP dissolution was through the formation of soluble Zn-P complexes due to the strong capability of P6 to chelate with Zn(2+). The transformation of ZnO NPs in the presence of P3 was affected by reaction time, pH, and P/Zn molar ratio. P3 first formed inner-sphere surface complexes on ZnO NPs, which gradually transformed into crystalline Zn2HP3O10(H2O)6 precipitates. This study provided a new perspective for understanding the reactivity of various forms of inorganic phosphate species with ZnO NPs in the natural environment.

  10. Low-Energy Sputtering Research

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    Ray, P. K.; Shutthanandan, V.

    1999-01-01

    An experimental study is described to measure low-energy (less than 600 eV) sputtering yields of molybdenum with xenon ions using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) and secondary neutral mass spectroscopy (SNMS). An ion gun was used to generate the ion beam. The ion current density at the target surface was approximately 30 (micro)A/sq cm. For RBS measurements, the sputtered material was collected on a thin aluminum strip which was mounted on a semi-circular collector plate. The target was bombarded with 200 and 500 eV xenon ions at normal incidence. The differential sputtering yields were measured using the RBS method with 1 MeV helium ions. The differential yields were fitted with a cosine fitting function and integrated with respect to the solid angle to provide the total sputtering yields. The sputtering yields obtained using the RBS method are in reasonable agreement with those measured by other researchers using different techniques. For the SNMS measurements, 150 to 600 eV xenon ions were used at 50deg angle of incidence. The SNMS spectra were converted to sputtering yields for perpendicular incidence by normalizing SNMS spectral data at 500 eV with the yield measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. Sputtering yields as well as the shape of the yield-energy curve obtained in this manner are in reasonable agreement with those measured by other researchers using different techniques. Sputtering yields calculated by using two semi-spherical formulations agree reasonably well with measured data. The isotopic composition of secondary ions were measured by bombarding copper with xenon ions at energies ranging from 100 eV to 1.5 keV. The secondary ion flux was found to be enriched in heavy isotopes at low incident ion energies. The heavy isotope enrichment was observed to decrease with increasing impact energy. Beyond 700 eV, light isotopes were sputtered preferentially with the enrichment remaining nearly constant.

  11. Sputtering. [as deposition technique in mechanical engineering

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    Spalvins, T.

    1976-01-01

    This paper primarily reviews the potential of using the sputtering process as a deposition technique; however, the manufacturing and sputter etching aspects are also discussed. Since sputtering is not regulated by classical thermodynamics, new multicomponent materials can be developed in any possible chemical composition. The basic mechanism for dc and rf sputtering is described. Sputter-deposition is described in terms of the unique advantageous features it offers such as versatility, momentum transfer, stoichiometry, sputter-etching, target geometry (coating complex surfaces), precise controls, flexibility, ecology, and sputtering rates. Sputtered film characteristics, such as strong adherence and coherence and film morphology, are briefly evaluated in terms of varying the sputtering parameters. Also described are some of the specific industrial areas which are turning to sputter-deposition techniques.

  12. Atmospheric pressure microplasmas in ZnO nanoforests under high voltage stress

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    Noor, Nafisa; Manthina, Venkata; Cil, Kadir; Adnane, Lhacene; Agrios, Alexander G.; Gokirmak, Ali; Silva, Helena

    2015-09-01

    Atmospheric pressure ZnO microplasmas have been generated by high amplitude single pulses and DC voltages applied using micrometer-separated probes on ZnO nanoforests. The high voltage stress triggers plasma breakdown and breakdown in the surrounding air followed by sublimation of ZnO resulting in strong blue and white light emission with sharp spectral lines and non-linear current-voltage characteristics. The nanoforests are made of ZnO nanorods (NRs) grown on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass, poly-crystalline silicon and bulk p-type silicon substrates. The characteristics of the microplasmas depend strongly on the substrate and voltage parameters. Plasmas can be obtained with pulse durations as short as ˜1 μs for FTO glass substrate and ˜100 ms for the silicon substrates. Besides enabling plasma generation with shorter pulses, NRs on FTO glass substrate also lead to better tunability of the operating gas temperature. Hot and cold ZnO microplasmas have been observed with these NRs on FTO glass substrate. Sputtering of nanomaterials during plasma generation in the regions surrounding the test area has also been noticed and result in interesting ZnO nanostructures (`nano-flowers' and `nano-cauliflowers'). A practical way of generating atmospheric pressure ZnO microplasmas may lead to various lighting, biomedical and material processing applications.

  13. ZnO deposition on metal substrates: Relating fabrication, morphology, and wettability

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    Beaini, Sara S.; Kronawitter, Coleman X.; Carey, Van P.; Mao, Samuel S.

    2013-05-01

    It is not common practice to deposit thin films on metal substrates, especially copper, which is a common heat exchanger metal and practical engineering material known for its heat transfer properties. While single crystal substrates offer ideal surfaces with uniform structure for compatibility with oxide deposition, metallic surfaces needed for industrial applications exhibit non-idealities that complicate the fabrication of oxide nanostructure arrays. The following study explored different ZnO fabrication techniques to deposit a (super)hydrophobic thin film of ZnO on a metal substrate, specifically copper, in order to explore its feasibility as an enhanced condensing surface. ZnO was selected for its non-toxicity, ability to be made (super)hydrophobic with hierarchical roughness, and its photoinduced hydrophilicity characteristic, which could be utilized to pattern it to have both hydrophobic-hydrophilic regions. We investigated the variation of ZnO's morphology and wetting state, using SEMs and sessile drop contact angle measurements, as a function of different fabrication techniques: sputtering, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), electrodeposition and annealing Zn. We successfully fabricated (super)hydrophobic ZnO on a mirror finish, commercially available copper substrate using the scalable electrodeposition technique. PLD for ZnO deposition did not prove viable, as the ZnO samples on metal substrates were hydrophilic and the process does not lend itself to scalability. The annealed Zn sheets did not exhibit consistent wetting state results.

  14. Real structure of the ZnO epitaxial films on (0001) leucosapphire substrates coated by ultrathin gold layers

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    Muslimov, A. E. Butashin, A. V.; Kolymagin, A. B.; Vasilyev, A. L.; Kanevsky, V. M.

    2016-01-15

    The real structure of ZnO films formed by magnetron sputtering on (0001) leucosapphire substrates coated by an ultrathin (less than 0.7 nm) Au buffer layer has been studied by high-resolution microscopy. It is shown that modification of the leucosapphire substrate surface by depositing ultrathin Au layers does not lead to the formation of Au clusters at the film–substrate interface but significantly improves the structural quality of ZnO epitaxial films. It is demonstrated that the simplicity and scalability of the technique used to modify the substrate surface in combination with a high (above 2 nm/s) film growth rate under magnetron sputtering make it possible to obtain high-quality (0001) ZnO epitaxial films with an area of 5–6 cm{sup 2}.

  15. Synthesis and properties of Ag-doped ZnO films with room temperature ferromagnetism

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    Xu, Qin; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Chang, Ze-Jiang; Liu, Jing-Jin; Ren, Ya-Xuan; Sun, Hui-Yuan

    2016-12-01

    A series of Ag-doped ZnO films were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering. XRD and SEM results showed that the doping amount of Ag had a great influence on the films' morphology and ferromagnetism, and their magnetism can be improved by doping an appropriate amount of Ag. The theoretical analysis suggested that the magnetism resulted mainly from the film grain boundary surfaces. Further research revealed that these films had strong timeliness. Such a result indicated that the room temperature ferromagnetism of Ag-doped ZnO films did not stem from the cation vacancies but from the oxygen vacancies on the boundary surfaces.

  16. Sputtering of fast meteoroids' surface

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    Popova, O. P.; Strelkov, A. S.; Sidneva, S. N.

    Entering meteoroids are subjected by direct impacts of molecules of the individual constituents of the air, when the body approaching the Earth at heights of about 300-100 km. At meteor velocities about 72 km/s the energy of air molecules is about 800 eV and oxygen atoms have energy about 400 eV. Particles with such energies don't penetrate into deep layers of entering body and are concentrated in narrow surface layer of about hundreds angstroms. Action of air particles on meteoroid leads to both heating of meteoroid and sputtering of meteoroid surface. Sputtering effect was supposed as explanation of this high altitude ionization and luminosity (Brosch et al, 2001), which aren't explained by classical ablation theory. Sputtering results in appearance of fast particles, which also may be exited and/or ionized. Flux of these particles causes formation of ionized meteor trails recording by radars. For bigger bodies fast particles may create luminous area at the altitudes above altitude of intensive evaporation. We demonstrate physical model, which allows us to describe sputtering of meteoroid surface under impacts of incoming air particles. We consider sputtering of meteoroid with composition close to hondritic one at the altitude 150 km. Fast particles are really sputtered from meteoroid surface. They carry out about 10% of incoming flux energy. There are also reflected particles, but the most part of total particle outcome is formed by particles of meteor substance. Presence of fast particles possibly explains a large size of meteors in diffuse stage at high altitudes (above 130 km). The sputtering is neglectable in the case of meteor velocities below 30 km/s. Sputtered and reflected particles have enough high ionization degree (˜ (1-5) 10-2, that is larger than ionization degree of surrounding atmosphere (˜ 10-5div 10-6)).

  17. Synthesis of nano-dimensional ZnO and Ga doped ZnO thin films by vapor phase transport and study as transparent conducting oxide.

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    Ghosh, S; Saurav, M; Pandey, B; Srivastava, P

    2008-05-01

    We report synthesis of polycrystalline ZnO and Ga doped ZnO (ZnO:Ga) thin films (approximately 80 nm) on Si and quartz substrates in a non-vacuum muffle furnace, a simple and cost-effective route, without any catalyst/reactive carrier gases, at relatively low processing temperature of 550 degrees C. The crystalline phases of the films are identified by grazing angle X-ray diffraction (GAXRD). The growth of ZnO films is examined with scanning electron microscope (SEM) as a function of deposition time. An optical transmission of approximately 90% is observed for pure ZnO film having a resistivity of approximately 2.1 Omega-cm as measured by van der Pauw technique. Doping with Ga results in single phase ZnO:Ga films, retaining an optical transmission of about 80% and three orders of magnitude decrease in resistivity as compared to pure ZnO film.

  18. Hierarchical structures produced using unbalanced magnetron sputtering for photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine 6G dye

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    Polychronopoulou, K.; Aouadi, S. M.; Sirota, B.; Stone, D. S.; Wang, L.; Kohli, P.; McCarroll, M. E.

    2014-01-01

    Novel hierarchical nanostructures of ZnO-based semiconductors were synthesized on Si using unbalanced magnetron sputtering. This fabrication method is believed to be a significant breakthrough in the field of 1D nanostructure growth on substrates. These structures were created primarily as photocatalysts to degrade pollutants in water but other applications that include solar energy harvesting are possible. The crystal structure and the morphology of these materials were evaluated using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The morphology of the ZnO 1D nanostructures was modified from nanowires to nanofacets to nanodots by increasing substrate bias values from -12 to -70 V. In addition, hierarchical heterostructures were created by depositing Au and ZnO onto underlying ZnO nanowires. The length of the branches (30-70 nm) was found to be controlled by the deposition time of the metal oxide, while the morphology of the resulting structure was dependent on the amount of the sputtered Au speed. Based on ellipsometry studies on representative hierarchical structures, films having thicknesses of 0.9-1.3 × 10-4 m were obtained, while their porosity reached values of 50-70 %. These heterostructures were further modified by the deposition of a TiO2 shell. The above materials were assessed in terms of their optical properties (photoluminescence spectra) and their room temperature UV-Vis photocatalytic performance in terms of degradation of Rhodamine 6G dye (model compound). The hierarchical structures of ZnO showed an enhanced photocatalytic activity (higher rate constant, k, min-1) compared to the ZnO nanorods, while the TiO2 shell had a further increase which was attributed to the enhanced surface area and to charge transfer processes at the heterojunction.

  19. Modification of the optical properties of ZnO thin films by proton implantation

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    Ham, Yong Ju; Park, Jun Kue; Lee, W.; Lee, Cheol Eui; Park, W.

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► Optical properties of proton-implanted ZnO thin film prepared by rf magneton sputtering were studied. ► Increase in the ordinary refractive index after proton implantation was explained by the polarizability. ► A slight decrease in the optical bandgap by proton implantation was identified. -- Abstract: Optical properties of proton-implanted ZnO thin film prepared by radio-frequency (rf) magneton sputtering have been studied, the optical constants being obtained from the reflectance measurements by employing Cauchy–Urbach model. Increase in the ordinary refractive index after proton implantation was explained by that in the polarizability. Besides, a slight increase in the optical band gap by proton implantation was identified and discussed in terms of the hydrogen shallow donors introduced by the proton implantation.

  20. Anomalous antibacterial activity and dye degradation by selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Dutta, Raj Kumar; Nenavathu, Bhavani Prasad; Talukdar, Soumita

    2014-02-01

    Selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by mechanochemical method were spherically shaped of size distribution of 10.2±3.4 nm measured by transmission electron microscopy. Diffused reflectance spectroscopy revealed increase in the band gap, ranging between 3.47 eV and 3.63 eV due to Se doping in ZnO nanoparticles. The antibacterial activity of pristine and Se doped ZnO nanoparticles was attributed to ROS (reactive oxygen species) generation in culture media confirmed by TBARS assay. Compared to complete inhibition of growth by 0.45 mg/mL of pristine ZnO nanoparticles, the batches of 0.45 mg/mL of selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles exhibited only 51% inhibition of growth of Escherichia coli. The reduced antibacterial activity of selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles was attributed to two opposing factors, e.g., ROS generation for inhibition of growth, countered by sustaining growth of E. coli due to availability of Se micronutrients in culture media, confirmed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer measurement. Higher ROS generation by selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles was attributed to creation of oxygen vacancies, confirmed from green emission peak observed at 565 nm. The impact of higher ROS generation by selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles was evident from enhanced photocatalytic degradation of trypan blue dye, than pristine ZnO nanoparticles.

  1. Growth of Single- and Bilayer ZnO on Au(111) and Interaction with Copper

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    Deng, Xingyi; Yao, Kun; Sun, Keju; Li, Wei-Xue; Lee, Junseok; Matranga, Christopher

    2013-05-02

    The stoichiometric single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) have been prepared by reactive deposition of Zn on Au(111) and studied in detail with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and density functional theory calculations. Both single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) adopt a planar, graphite-like structure similar to freestanding ZnO(0001) due to the weak van der Waals interactions dominating their adhesion with the Au(111) substrate. At higher temperature, the single-layer ZnO(0001) converts gradually to bi-layer ZnO(0001) due to the twice stronger interaction between two ZnO layers than the interfacial adhesion of ZnO with Au substrate. It is found that Cu atoms on the surface of bi-layer ZnO(0001) are mobile with a diffusion barrier of 0.31 eV, and likely to agglomerate and form nanosized particles at low coverages; while Cu atoms tend to penetrate a single layer of ZnO(0001) with a barrier of 0.10 eV, resulting in a Cu free surface.

  2. EFFECTS OF Au ON THE GROWTH OF ZnO NANOSTRUCTURES ON Si BY MOCVD

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    Cong, Chen; Fan, Lu Yang; Ping, He Hai; Wei, Wu Ke; Zhen, Ye Zhi

    2013-06-01

    The effects of Au on the growth of ZnO nanostructures on Si by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) at a relatively low temperature (450°C) were investigated. The experimental results showed that Au nanoparticles played a critical role during the growth of the ZnO nanostructures and affected their morphology and optical properties. It was found that Au nanoparticles particularly affected the nucleation of ZnO nanostructures during the growth process and the Au-assisted growth mechanism of ZnO nanostructures should be ascribed to the vapor-solid (VS) mechanism. The formation of a nanoneedle may be attributed to a more reactive interface between Au and ZnO, which leads to more zinc gaseous species absorbed near the interface. Different nucleation sites on ZnO nuclei resulted in the disorder of ZnO nanoneedles. Moreover, the crystalline quality of nano-ZnO was improved due to the presence of Au, according to the smaller full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the low-temperature exciton emission. We confirmed that ZnO nanoneedles showed better crystalline quality than ZnO nanorods through the HRTEM images and the SAED patterns. The reason for the improvement of the crystalline quality of nano-ZnO may be due to the less lattice mismatch.

  3. Localized joule heating as a mask-free technique for the local synthesis of ZnO nanowires on silicon nanodevices.

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    Chen, C C; Lin, Y S; Sang, C H; Sheu, J-T

    2011-11-09

    We report a mask-free technique for the local synthesis of ZnO nanowires (NWs) on polysilicon nanobelts and polysilicon NW devices. First, we used localized joule heating to generate a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) nanotemplate, allowing the rapid and self-aligned ablation of PMMA within a short period of time (ca. 5 μs). Next, we used ion-beam sputtering to prepare an ultrathin Au film and a ZnO seed layer; a subsequent lift-off process left the seed layers selectively within the PMMA nanotemplate. Gold nanoparticles and ZnO NWs were formed selectively in the localized joule heating region.

  4. Structural, optical and light scattering properties of post etched RF sputtered ZnO:Al thin films deposited at various substrate temperature

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    Bhavanasi, Venkateswarlu; Singh, Chandra Bhal; Datta, Debjit; Singh, Vandana; Shahi, Keshawa; Kumar, Satyendra

    2013-05-01

    ZnO thin films have become prominent material because of its application in solar cells as front contact. The light scattering capacity of the front contact is important in achieving high efficiency of the solar cells. Here ZnO:Al films deposited by reactive RF magnetron sputtering of the ZnO target doped with 2% Al2O3 by varying the substrate temperature is presented. Decrease in dislocation density with increasing substrate temperature indicates the improvement in crystalline nature of films. Optical band gap, Urbach energy and refractive index of films are correlated with structural changes (grain size and strain) in films with increasing substrate temperature. The as deposited films (at different substrate temperatures) are smooth giving rise to no scattering of light. After the films were etched in 0.5% diluted HCl for 15 s the light scattering capacity improved. The morphological studies of as-deposited and etched films show that substrate temperature has a strong effect on the developed surface morphology, and hence on the light scattering properties. The film haze, which is a measure of light scattering capability, increased from 0.1 to 0.66 with increasing the substrate temperature from room temperature to 300 °C. The etched film deposited at 5 × 10-4 mbar deposition pressure and 200 °C temperature shows a maximum haze value of 0.8 at 400 nm. The increased light scattering ability of films explained in terms of Urbach energy which is a measure of structural disorder in film surface.

  5. Growth of crystalline ZnO films on the nitridated (0001) sapphire surface

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    Butashin, A. V.; Kanevsky, V. M.; Muslimov, A. E. Prosekov, P. A.; Kondratev, O. A.; Blagov, A. E.; Vasil’ev, A. L.; Rakova, E. V.; Babaev, V. A.; Ismailov, A. M.; Vovk, E. A.; Nizhankovsky, S. V.

    2015-07-15

    The surface morphology and structure of (0001) sapphire substrates subjected to thermochemical nitridation in a mixture of N{sub 2}, CO, and H{sub 2} gases are investigated by electron and probe microscopy and X-ray and electron diffraction. It is shown that an aluminum nitride layer is formed on the substrate surface and heteroepitaxial ZnO films deposited onto such substrates by magnetron sputtering have a higher quality when compared with films grown on sapphire.

  6. Electronic sputtering of carbon allotropes

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    Ghosh, S.; Avasthi, D. K.; Tripathi, A.; Kabiraj, D.; Singh, S.; Misra, D. S.

    2004-06-01

    Electronic sputtering of different allotropes of carbon (diamond, graphite, fullerene, a-C and a-C:H) are studied under 200 MeV Au 15+ ion irradiation. On-line elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA) and catcher technique is employed to measure the sputtering yield of carbon from these allotropes. Erosion behavior is distinctly different in different allotropes as observed by ERDA. Hardest known material diamond does not show any sputtering within the detection limit of the experimental set up, whereas the soft polymerlike a-C:H shows highest sputtering yield (5.8 × 10 5 atoms/ion). Yields in case of other allotropes are 1 × 10 3 atoms/ion (graphite), 3 × 10 4 atoms/ion (fullerene), 1.8 × 10 4 atoms/ion (a-C), respectively. This significant variation of electronic sputtering yield of carbon in different allotropes is discussed from the viewpoint of influence of structure on ion-solid interaction. Structures of the samples are examined by Raman spectroscopy.

  7. ZnO thin film piezoelectric MEMS vibration energy harvesters with two piezoelectric elements for higher output performance.

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    Wang, Peihong; Du, Hejun

    2015-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based vibration energy harvesters with two different designs are presented. These harvesters consist of a silicon cantilever, a silicon proof mass, and a ZnO piezoelectric layer. Design I has a large ZnO piezoelectric element and Design II has two smaller and equally sized ZnO piezoelectric elements; however, the total area of ZnO thin film in two designs is equal. The ZnO thin film is deposited by means of radio-frequency magnetron sputtering method and is characterized by means of XRD and SEM techniques. These ZnO energy harvesters are fabricated by using MEMS micromachining. The natural frequencies of the fabricated ZnO energy harvesters are simulated and tested. The test results show that these two energy harvesters with different designs have almost the same natural frequency. Then, the output performance of different ZnO energy harvesters is tested in detail. The effects of series connection and parallel connection of two ZnO elements on the load voltage and power are also analyzed. The experimental results show that the energy harvester with two ZnO piezoelectric elements in parallel connection in Design II has higher load voltage and higher load power than the fabricated energy harvesters with other designs. Its load voltage is 2.06 V under load resistance of 1 MΩ and its maximal load power is 1.25 μW under load resistance of 0.6 MΩ, when it is excited by an external vibration with frequency of 1300.1 Hz and acceleration of 10 m/s(2). By contrast, the load voltage of the energy harvester of Design I is 1.77 V under 1 MΩ resistance and its maximal load power is 0.98 μW under 0.38 MΩ load resistance when it is excited by the same vibration.

  8. Thin-Film Transistors Fabricated Using Sputter Deposition of Zinc Oxide

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    Xiao, Nan

    2013-01-01

    Development of thin film transistors (TFTs) with conventional channel layer materials, such as amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polysilicon (poly-Si), has been extensively investigated. A-Si TFT currently serves the large flat panel industry; however advanced display products are demanding better TFT performance because of the associated low electron mobility of a-Si. This has motivated interest in semiconducting metal oxides, such as Zinc Oxide (ZnO), for TFT backplanes. This work involves the fabrication and characterization of TFTs using ZnO deposited by sputtering. An overview of the process details and results from recently fabricated TFTs following a full-factorial designed experiment will be presented. Material characterization and analysis of electrical results will be described. The investigated process variables were the gate dielectric and ZnO sputtering process parameters including power density and oxygen partial pressure. Electrical results showed clear differences in treatment combinations, with certain I-V characteristics demonstrating superior performance to preliminary work. A study of device stability will also be discussed.

  9. Effect of N2O ratio on the crystallization temperature of ZrO2 film deposited on Si by reactive sputtering in Ar/O2/N2O plasma

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    Faruque, Sk Abdul Kader Md; Prasad Giri, Rajendra; Chakraborty, Supratic

    2016-11-01

    The effect of nitrous oxide ratios in the Ar/ O2/ N2O plasma on the ZrO2 films deposited on Si using dc magnetron reactive system is studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) where the Ar:O2 ratio is fixed at 4:1. Further, grazing angle x-ray reflectivity (GIXRR), grazing angle x-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are also employed to characterize the films. The DSC study shows an anomalous variation of the glass temperature when the N2O ratio in the Ar/O2/N2O plasma changes from 0.25 to 2 with respect to the control ZrO2 sample deposited without N2O. An increase in glass temperature by ∼70 °C is observed for the N2O ratio at 1. A further rise in N2O ratio results in the reduction of the glass temperature. The GIXRR study indicates that the thickness of the samples decreases with the increase in N2O ratios beyond 0.8. Further, increasing N2O ratio results in an increase in surface and interface roughness for the as-deposited samples. But both the roughnesses decrease upon annealing the samples above their respective crystallization temperatures. The AFM results also corroborates the observation. Moreover, the GIXRD study indicates the formation of Γ-Zr2ON2 along with the monoclinic and tetragonal ZrO2 at the highest ratio of N2O in the Ar:O2:N2O plasma.

  10. Achieving highly-enhanced UV photoluminescence and its origin in ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Thapa, Dinesh; Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; Corolewski, Caleb D.; McCluskey, Matthew D.; Bergman, Leah

    2016-08-01

    ZnO is an efficient luminescent material in the UV-range ∼3.4 eV with a wide range of applications in optical technologies. Sputtering is a cost-effective and relatively straightforward growth technique for ZnO films; however, most as-grown films are observed to contain intrinsic defects which can significantly diminish the desirable UV-emission. In this research the defect dynamics and optical properties of ZnO sputtered films were studied via post-growth annealing in Ar or O2 ambient, with X-ray diffraction (XRD), imaging, transmission and Urbach analysis, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence (PL). The imaging, XRD, Raman and Urbach analyses indicate significant improvement in crystal morphology and band-edge characteristics upon annealing, which is nearly independent of the annealing environment. The native defects specific to the as-grown films, which were analyzed via PL, are assigned to Zni related centers that luminesce at 2.8 eV. Their presence is attributed to the nature of the sputtering growth technique, which supports Zn-rich growth conditions. After annealing, in either environment the 2.8 eV center diminished accompanied by morphology improvement, and the desirable UV-PL significantly increased. The O2 ambient was found to introduce nominal Oi centers while the Ar ambient was found to be the ideal environment for the enhancement of the UV-light emission: an enhancement of ∼40 times was achieved. The increase in the UV-PL is attributed to the reduction of Zni-related defects, the presence of which in ZnO provides a competing route to the UV emission. Also, the effect of the annealing was to decrease the compressive stress in the films. Finally, the dominant UV-PL at the cold temperature regime is attributed to luminescent centers not associated with the usual excitons of ZnO, but rather to structural defects.

  11. Effect of indium low doping in ZnO based TFTs on electrical parameters and bias stress stability

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    Cheremisin, Alexander B. Kuznetsov, Sergey N.; Stefanovich, Genrikh B.

    2015-11-15

    Some applications of thin film transistors (TFTs) need the bottom-gate architecture and unpassivated channel backside. We propose a simple routine to fabricate indium doped ZnO-based TFT with satisfactory characteristics and acceptable stability against a bias stress in ambient room air. To this end, a channel layer of 15 nm in thickness was deposited on cold substrate by DC reactive magnetron co-sputtering of metal Zn-In target. It is demonstrated that the increase of In concentration in ZnO matrix up to 5% leads to negative threshold voltage (V{sub T}) shift and an increase of field effect mobility (μ) and a decrease of subthreshold swing (SS). When dopant concentration reaches the upper level of 5% the best TFT parameters are achieved such as V{sub T} = 3.6 V, μ = 15.2 cm{sup 2}/V s, SS = 0.5 V/dec. The TFTs operate in enhancement mode exhibiting high turn on/turn off current ratio more than 10{sup 6}. It is shown that the oxidative post-fabrication annealing at 250{sup o}C in pure oxygen and next ageing in dry air for several hours provide highly stable operational characteristics under negative and positive bias stresses despite open channel backside. A possible cause of this effect is discussed.

  12. Sputtering as a Technique for Applying Tribological Coatings

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    Ramalingam, S.

    1984-01-01

    Friction and wear-induced mechanical failures may be controlled to extend the life of tribological components through the interposition of selected solid materials between contacting surfaces. Thin solid films of soft and hard materials are appropriate to lower friction and enhance the wear resistance of precision tribo-elements. Tribological characteristics of thin hard coats deposited on a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous substrates were tested. The thin hard coats used were titanium nitride films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering of metallic titanium. High contact stress, low speed tests showed wear rate reductions of one or more magnitude, even with films a few micrometers in thickness. Low contact stress, high speed tests carried out under rather severe test conditions showed that thin films of TiN afforded significant friction reduction and wear protection. Thin hard coats were shown to improve the friction and wear performance of rolling contacts. Satisfactory film-to-substrate adhesion strengths can be obtained with reactive magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction and microhardness tests were employed to assess the effectiveness of the sputtering technique.

  13. 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.

  14. RF sputtering for controlling dihydride and monohydride bond densities in amorphous silicon hydride

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    Jeffery, F.R.; Shanks, H.R.

    1980-08-26

    A process is described for controlling the dihydride and monohydride bond densities in hydrogenated amorphous silicone produced by reactive rf sputtering of an amorphous silicon target. There is provided a chamber with an amorphous silicon target and a substrate therein with the substrate and the target positioned such that when rf power is applied to the target the substrate is in contact with the sputtering plasma produced thereby. Hydrogen and argon are fed to the chamber and the pressure is reduced in the chamber to a value sufficient to maintain a sputtering plasma therein, and then rf power is applied to the silicon target to provide a power density in the range of from about 7 watts per square inch to about 22 watts per square inch to sputter an amorphous solicone hydride onto the substrate, the dihydride bond density decreasing with an increase in the rf power density. Substantially pure monohydride films may be produced.

  15. A novel method for fabrication of high-frequency (>100 MHz) ZnO ultrasonic array transducers on silicon substrates

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    Xu, W. J.; Ji, X. M.; Gao, J. M.; Carlier, J.; Zhang, J. Y.; Nongaillard, B.; Huang, Y. P.; Piwakowski, B.

    2012-05-01

    High-frequency ultrasonic transducer arrays are essential for efficient imaging in clinical analysis and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). However, the fabrication of piezoelectric transducers is really a great challenge due to the small features in an array. A novel technique is presented to fabricate thick-film ZnO ultrasonic array transducers. Piezoelectric elements are formed by sputtering thick-film ZnO onto etched features of a silicon substrate so that the difficult etching process for ZnO films is avoided by etching silicon. This process is simple and efficient. A 13-μm-pitch ZnO sandwich array is achieved with a thickness of 8 μm for 300 MHz. Finite element method is employed to simulate the wave propagation in water based on this new transducer configuration. The acoustic field results indicate this configuration has an acceptable performance. A potential application is proposed based on integration with microfluidics.

  16. Self-organized ZnO nanodot arrays: Effective control using SiNx interlayers and low-temperature plasmas

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    Huang, S. Y.; Cheng, Q. J.; Xu, S.; Wei, D. Y.; Zhou, H. P.; Long, J. D.; Levchenko, I.; Ostrikov, K.

    2012-02-01

    An advanced inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-assisted rf magnetron sputtering deposition method is developed to synthesize regular arrays of pear-shaped ZnO nanodots on a thin SiNx buffer layer pre-deposited onto a silicon substrate. It is shown that the growth of ZnO nanodots obey the cubic root-law behavior. It is also shown that the synthesized ZnO nanodots are highly-uniform, controllable by the experimental parameters, and also feature good structural and photoluminescent properties. These results suggest that this custom-designed ICP-based technique is very effective and highly-promising for the synthesis of property- and size-controllable highly-uniform ZnO nanodots suitable for next-generation light emitting diodes, energy storage, UV nanolasers, and other applications.

  17. Room temperature deposition of zinc oxide thin films by rf-magnetron sputtering for application in solar cells

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    Sanal, K. C.; Trujillo, R. R.; Nair, P. K.; Nair, M. T. S.

    2016-09-01

    Recent reports indicate that thin films of oxides of zinc: ZnO, Zn(O,S), or Zn-Mg-O, could be a better buffer component than CdS to provide an adequate band alignment with orthorhombic tin sulphide in thin lm solar cells. Thin films of ZnO were grown by rf-magnetron sputtering on different substrates at room temperature. Thin films of ZnO obtained by different deposition methods show hexagonal crystal structure, usually with a preferential orientation of (002) crystallographic planes parallel to the substrate surface. However, in the present study XRD patterns indicate that thicker ZnO films on glass substrates have preferential growth of (103) planes, while that on chemically deposited CdS or ZnS films preferential orientation of (002) planes persists. Bandgap of ZnO films increases from 3.2 eV to 3.4 eV when the chamber pressure used for deposition varies from 2.3 mTorr to 6 mTorr. ZnO films were incorporated in a solar cell structure stainless steel/SnS(cubic)/SnS(orthorhombic)/SnS(cubic)/CdS/ZnO/ZnO:Al. It showed open-circuit voltage of 0.318 V, short-circuit current density of 3.6 mA/cm2 and conversion efficiency of 0.82%.

  18. Sputtered silicon nitride coatings for wear protection

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    Grill, A.; Aron, P. R.

    1982-01-01

    Silicon nitride films were deposited by RF sputtering on 304 stainless steel substrates in a planar RF sputtering apparatus. The sputtering was performed from a Si3N4 target in a sputtering atmosphere of argon and nitrogen. The rate of deposition, the composition of the coatings, the surface microhardness and the adhesion of the coatings to the substrates were investigated as a function of the process parameters, such as: substrate target distance, fraction nitrogen in the sputtering atmosphere and sputtering pressure. Silicon rich coating was obtained for fraction nitrogen below 0.2. The rate of deposition decreases continuously with increasing fraction nitrogen and decreasing sputtering pressure. It was found that the adherence of the coatings improves with decreasing sputtering pressure, almost independently of their composition.

  19. Ion beam sputtering of fluoropolymers

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    Sovey, J. S.

    1978-01-01

    Etching and deposition of fluoropolymers are of considerable industrial interest for applications dealing with adhesion, chemical inertness, hydrophobicity, and dielectric properties. This paper describes ion beam sputter processing rates as well as pertinent characteristics of etched targets and films. An argon ion beam source was used to sputter etch and deposit the fluoropolymers PTFE, FEP, and CTFE. Ion beam energy, current density, and target temperature were varied to examine effects on etch and deposition rates. The ion etched fluoropolymers yield cone or spire-like surface structures which vary depending upon the type of polymer, ion beam power density, etch time, and target temperature. Also presented are sputter target and film characteristics which were documented by spectral transmittance measurements, X-ray diffraction, ESCA, and SEM photomicrographs.

  20. Mass dependence of nitride sputtering

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    Elovikov, S. S.; Khrustachev, I. K.; Mosunov, A. S.; Yurasova, V. E.

    2003-08-01

    A molecular dynamics simulation was performed to study the sputtering yield Y for BN, AlN and GaN polycrystals of wurtzite structure as a function of the masses m 1 of bombarding ions with energies from 200 to 2000 eV. A nonmonotonic behavior of the Y ( m 1 ) curve was obtained for the irradiation by low-energy ions, the curve having a maximum with a position being dependent on m 2 / m 1 ( m 2 is the average mass of atoms in a compound). For AlN and GaN the maximum was observed at m 2 / m 1 = 2, and for BN at m 2 / m 1 = 1. The effect of the mass of bombarding ions on the mean energies and energy spectra of sputtered particles, the depth of sputtering origin, and the generation of emitted atoms for nitrides was also investigated and discussed.

  1. Effect of Metallic Au Seed Layer Annealing on the Properties of Electrodeposited ZnO Nanorods.

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    Park, Youngbin; Nam, Giwoong; Kim, Byunggu; Leem, Jae-Young

    2015-11-01

    This study focuses on the effect of annealing the Au seed layer (ASL) on the structural and optical properties of electrodeposited ZnO nanorods. ZnO nanorods were fabricated in a three-step approach. In the first step, ASLs were deposited using an ion sputter technique. In the second step, layers were annealed in air at various temperatures ranging from 400 degrees C to 600 degrees C. Finally, ZnO nanorods were grown using an electrodeposition method. The field-emission scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that better aligned ZnO nanorods are fabricated on the annealed ASL compared with non-annealed ASL The X-ray diffraction analysis showed a notable improvement in directional growth along the (002) crystallographic plane when ZnO nanorods were grown on the annealed ASL. The photoluminescence analysis showed that the UV emission peak of ZnO nanorods on the annealed ASL at 400 degrees C was blue-shifted and increased.

  2. Controlled growth of well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays by hydrothermal method

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    Mihailova, I.; Gerbreders, V.; Bulanovs, A.; Tamanis, E.; Sledevskis, E.; Ogurcovs, A.; Sarajevs, P.

    2014-10-01

    The application prospect of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures largely relies on the ability to grow nanoobjects with necessary geometry. In this study well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with a high density and uniformity were successfully synthesized on the glass substrates by a hydrothermal method at low-temperature. The aqueous solutions of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetetramine was used. The effect of seed layer (obtained by electrochemical method and by vacuum deposition method) on the alignment of ZnO nanorods has been investigated. The morphological properties of the ZnO nanorods were also examined in accordance with varying the magnetron sputtering angle for ZnO seeds deposition. It is also shown that the electric field can control the direction of the growth of ZnO nanorods. Morphological, structural and compositional characterizations of obtained films were carried out by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis methods.

  3. Third generation biosensing matrix based on Fe-implanted ZnO thin film

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    Saha, Shibu; Gupta, Vinay; Sreenivas, K.; Tan, H. H.; Jagadish, C.

    2010-09-27

    Third generation biosensor based on Fe-implanted ZnO (Fe-ZnO) thin film has been demonstrated. Implantation of Fe in rf-sputtered ZnO thin film introduces redox center along with shallow donor level and thereby enhance its electron transfer property. Glucose oxidase (GOx), chosen as model enzyme, has been immobilized on the surface of the matrix. Cyclic voltammetry and photometric assay show that the prepared bioelectrode, GOx/Fe-ZnO/ITO/Glass is sensitive to the glucose concentration with enhanced response of 0.326 {mu}A mM{sup -1} cm{sup -2} and low Km of 2.76 mM. The results show promising application of Fe-implanted ZnO thin film as an attractive matrix for third generation biosensing.

  4. Polarity enhancement in high oriented ZnO films on Si (100) substrate

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    Kurniawan, Robi; Nurfani, Eka; Muhammady, Shibghatullah; Sutjahja, Inge M.; Winata, Toto; Rusydi, Andrivo; Darma, Yudi

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide films with hexagonal crystal structures have been grown on Si substrate (100) using the DC-unbalanced magnetron sputtering at temperature of 300°C with growth time variation. The films have been characterized using X-Ray Diffraction and Fourier Transform Infrared measurement to show the crystal parameter and atomic bonding. The results show that the films have a dominant orientation in the hkl plane (002), while peak positions are shift to lower diffraction angle with addition of growth time. In addition, the bonding between Zn and O atoms (Zn-O) tend to be weaker as indicated by transmittance peak shifting to lower energy. The weakening of Zn-O bonding is due to the contribution of addition of bond length. These conditions make the films tend to have a high polarity. Further analysis of these studies will bring us to have a good undestanding to explain the ferroelectric properties of the ZnO films.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of lithium manganese nickel oxide sputtered thin film cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Baggetto, Loic; Unocic, Raymond R; Dudney, Nancy J; Veith, Gabriel M

    2012-01-01

    Li-rich and stoichiometric Li1Mn1.5Ni0.5O4 (LMNO) cathode films have been prepared by magnetron sputtering. Sputtering from a Li stoichiometric target yields Li-rich films composed of spinel, layered and monoclinic phases. Films obtained from a Li deficient target are mostly made of a spinel phase and little layered material. The resulting cathode thin films have good capacity retention and very high rate capability. The reaction mechanism has been investigated by XRD and HRTEM and evidences the reversible formation of a spinel phase, as is also found for the powder samples. The film geometry enables to understand the effect of coatings (ZnO or LiPON). Coating high voltage cathodes reduces the coulombic losses but at the price of rate performance. Nonetheless, these coated sputtered electrode thin films offer a higher rate capability than other LMNO thin films obtained by other physical vapor deposition techniques.

  6. Impact of preparation condition of ZnO electron transport layer on performance of hybrid organic-inorganic light-emitting diodes

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    Huang, Chun-Yuan; Yang, Chih-Chiang; Yu, Hsin-Chieh; Chen, Ying-Chih

    2014-02-01

    In this article, we have demonstrated the hybrid polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) with a sol-gel derived or rf-sputtered ZnO electron transport layer (ETL). For the ZnO films prepared under different conditions, low annealing temperature (300 °C) leads to the film amorphous while the polycrystalline films is readily achieved by sputtering. Though the surface roughness can be improved by thermal annealing at 400 °C for sputtered films, the release of compressive stress after treatment has shrunk the optical band gap from 3.282 to 3.268 eV. As the ETL in PLEDs, the reduced band gap could increase potential barrier for electron injection and decrease the hole blocking capability. In our cases, luminance larger than 7000 cd/m2 can be obtained in device with pristine sputtered ZnO ETL. It is concluded that crystalline structure of ZnO films is important to facilitate the balance of carrier mobility to obtain high luminance and high efficiency devices.

  7. The physical properties of AZO films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering in hydrogen-diluted argon

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    Kim, Jwayeon; Han, Jungsu; Jin, Hyunjoon; Kim, Youhyuk; Park, Kyeongsoon

    2014-08-01

    The properties of AZO (98-wt% ZnO, 2-wt% Al2O3) films produced in pure Ar and Ar (98%) + H2 (2%) (H2-diluted Ar) by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering were investigated as functions of the substrate temperatures. H2-diluted Ar improved the electrical properties of the AZO films fabricated at low substrate temperatures, but this benefit gradually diminished with increasing substrate temperature. This phenomenon was explained by O-H stretching in the Zn-O bond at low temperatures and by the formation of oxygen vacancies at high temperatures. The average optical transmission was over ~85%, and the orientation of the AZO films deposited both in pure Ar and in H2-diluted Ar was in the [002] direction.

  8. Arsenic doped p-type zinc oxide films grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

    SciTech Connect

    Fan, J. C.; Zhu, C. Y.; Fung, S.; To, C. K.; Yang, B.; Beling, C. D.; Ling, C. C.; Zhong, Y. C.; Wong, K. S.; Xie, Z.; Brauer, G.; Skorupa, W.; Anwand, W.

    2009-10-01

    As-doped ZnO films were grown by the radio frequency magnetron sputtering method. As the substrate temperature during growth was raised above approx400 deg. C, the films changed from n type to p type. Hole concentration and mobility of approx6x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} and approx6 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} were achieved. The ZnO films were studied by secondary ion mass spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low temperature photoluminescence (PL), and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). The results were consistent with the As{sub Zn}-2V{sub Zn} shallow acceptor model proposed by Limpijumnong et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 155504 (2004)]. The results of the XPS, PL, PAS, and thermal studies lead us to suggest a comprehensive picture of the As-related shallow acceptor formation.

  9. Arsenic doped p-type zinc oxide films grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Fan, J. C.; Zhu, C. Y.; Fung, S.; Zhong, Y. C.; Wong, K. S.; Xie, Z.; Brauer, G.; Anwand, W.; Skorupa, W.; To, C. K.; Yang, B.; Beling, C. D.; Ling, C. C.

    2009-10-01

    As-doped ZnO films were grown by the radio frequency magnetron sputtering method. As the substrate temperature during growth was raised above ˜400 °C, the films changed from n type to p type. Hole concentration and mobility of ˜6×1017 cm-3 and ˜6 cm2 V-1 s-1 were achieved. The ZnO films were studied by secondary ion mass spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low temperature photoluminescence (PL), and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). The results were consistent with the AsZn-2VZn shallow acceptor model proposed by Limpijumnong et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 155504 (2004)]. The results of the XPS, PL, PAS, and thermal studies lead us to suggest a comprehensive picture of the As-related shallow acceptor formation.

  10. Effect of self-organization, defects, impurities, and autocatalytic processes on the parameters of ZnO films and nanorods

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    Mezdrogina, M. M. Eremenko, M. V.; Levitskii, V. S.; Petrov, V. N.; Terukov, E. I.; Kaidashev, E. M.; Langusov, N. V.

    2015-11-15

    The effects of the parameters of ZnO-film deposition onto different substrates using the method of ac magnetron sputtering in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen hare studied. The phenomenon of self-organization is observed, which leads to invariability of the surface morphology of the ZnO films upon a variation in the substrate materials and deposition parameters. The parameters of the macro- and micro-photoluminescence spectra of the films differ insignificantly from the parameters of the photoluminescence spectra of bulk ZnO crystals obtained by the method of hydrothermal growth. The presence of intense emission with a narrow full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) in different regions of the spectrum allows ZnO films obtained by magnetron sputtering doped with rare-earth metal impurities (REIs) to be considered as a promising material for the creation of optoelectronic devices working in a broad spectral range. The possibility of the implementation of magnetic ordering upon legierung with REIs significantly broadens the functional possibilities of ZnO films. The parameters of the photoluminescence spectra of ZnO nanorods are determined by their geometrical parameters and by the concentration and type of the impurities introduced.

  11. Effects of ZnO nanoparticles on wastewater biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal.

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    Zheng, Xiong; Wu, Rui; Chen, Yinguang

    2011-04-01

    With the increasing utilization of nanomaterials, zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) have been reported to induce adverse effects on human health and aquatic organisms. However, the potential impacts of ZnO NPs on wastewater nitrogen and phosphorus removal with an activated sludge process are unknown. In this paper, short-term exposure experiments were conducted to determine whether ZnO NPs caused adverse impacts on biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal in the unacclimated anaerobic-low dissolved oxygen sequencing batch reactor. Compared with the absence of ZnO NPs, the presence of 10 and 50 mg/L of ZnO NPs decreased total nitrogen removal efficiencies from 81.5% to 75.6% and 70.8%, respectively. The corresponding effluent phosphorus concentrations increased from nondetectable to 10.3 and 16.5 mg/L, respectively, which were higher than the influent phosphorus (9.8 mg/L), suggesting that higher concentration of ZnO NPs induced the loss of normal phosphorus removal. It was found that the inhibition of nitrogen and phosphorus removal induced by higher concentrations of ZnO NPs was due to the release of zinc ions from ZnO NPs dissolution and increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, which caused inhibitory effect on polyphosphate-accumulating organisms and decreased nitrate reductase, exopolyphosphatase, and polyphosphate kinase activities.

  12. Sputtering technology in solid film lubrication

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    Spalvins, T.

    1978-01-01

    Potential and present sputtering technology is discussed as it applies to the deposition of solid film lubricants particularly MoS2, WS2, and PTFE. Since the sputtered films are very thin, the selection of the sputtering parameters and substrate condition is very critical as reflected by the lubricating properties. It was shown with sputtered MoS2 films that the lubricating characteristics are directly affected by the selected sputtering parameters (power density, pressure, sputter etching, dc-biasing, etc.) and the substrate temperature, chemistry, topography and the environmental conditions during the friction tests. Electron microscopy and other surface sensitive analytical techniques illustrate the resulting changes in sputtered MoS2 film morphology and chemistry which directly influence the film adherence and frictional properties.

  13. A novel sputtering technique: Inductively Coupled Impulse Sputtering (ICIS)

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    Loch, D. A. L.; Ehiasarian, A. P.

    2012-09-01

    Sputtering magnetic materials with magnetron based systems has the disadvantage of field quenching and variation of alloy composition with target erosion. The advantage of eliminating magnetic fields in the chamber is that this enables sputtered particles to move along the electric field more uniformly. Inductively coupled impulse sputtering (ICIS) is a form of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) without a magnetic field where a high density plasma is produced by a high power radio frequency (RF) coil in order to sputter the target and ionise the metal vapour. In this emerging technology, the effects of power and pressure on the ionisation and deposition process are not known. The setup comprises of a 13.56 MHz pulsed RF coil pulsed with a duty cycle of 25 %. A pulsed DC voltage of 1900 V was applied to the cathode to attract Argon ions and initiate sputtering. Optical emission spectra (OES) for Cu and Ti neutrals and ions at constant pressure show a linear intensity increase for peak RF powers of 500 W - 3400 W and a steep drop of intensity for a power of 4500 W. Argon neutrals show a linear increase for powers of 500 W - 2300 W and a saturation of intensity between 2300 W - 4500 W. The influence of pressure on the process was studied at a constant peak RF power of 2300 W. With increasing pressure the ionisation degree increased. The microstructure of the coatings shows globular growth at 2.95×10-2 mbar and large-grain columnar growth at 1.2×10-1 mbar. Bottom coverage of unbiased vias with a width of 0.360 μm and aspect ratio of 2.5:1 increased from 15 % to 20 % for this pressure range. The current work has shown that the concept of combining a RF powered coil with a magnet-free high voltage pulsed DC powered cathode is feasible and produces very stable plasma. The experiments have shown a significant influence of power and pressure on the plasma and coating microstructure.

  14. 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.

  15. Impact of sputter-instigated plasmonic features in TCO films: for ultrathin photovoltaic applications

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    Awasthi, Vishnu; Garg, Vivek; Sengar, Brajendra S.; Pandey, Sushil Kumar; Aaryashree, Kumar, Shailendra; Mukherjee, C.; Mukherjee, Shaibal

    2017-03-01

    The structural and optical properties of Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) and Ga-doped MgZnO (GMZO) individual films are analyzed. Sputter-instigated plasmonic features are observed in individual GZO and GMZO films due to the formation of metal and metal oxide nanoclusters. The plasmon generation is verified by electron energy loss spectra obtained by ultraviolet-photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and field-emission scanning-electron microscopy measurements. This is promising in terms of increasing the efficiency of the solar cell by increasing the optical path length in the absorbing layer while keeping the same physical length by light scattering and trapping mechanism.

  16. Anomalous transmission of Ag/ZnO nanocomposites prepared by a magnetron sputtering

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    Machnev, Andrey A.; Shuliatjev, Alexei S.; Mironov, Andrey E.; Gromov, Dmitry G.; Mitrokhin, Vladimir; Mel'nikov, Igor V.; Haus, Joseph W.

    2014-03-01

    Single layer and double layer thin ZnO films with Ag nano-clusters on top and between them are fabricated by magnetron sputtering with subsequent annealing procedures. Transmission spectra measurements of the Ag/ZnO nanocomposite shows that a disordering (yet controllable) annealing modification, leads to a high transmission in the near- to the mid-IR spectral regimes. The spectra also show oscillations in the visible wavelength regime due to the excitation of surface plasmons that propagate along the surface of the nano-cluster. The behavior reported here is of interest for future implementation of new sub-wavelength, nanoplasmonic devices.

  17. Transport of sputtered particles in capacitive sputter sources

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    Trieschmann, Jan; Mussenbrock, Thomas

    2015-07-01

    The transport of sputtered aluminum inside a multi frequency capacitively coupled plasma chamber is simulated by means of a kinetic test multi-particle approach. A novel consistent set of scattering parameters obtained for a modified variable hard sphere collision model is presented for both argon and aluminum. An angular dependent Thompson energy distribution is fitted to results from Monte Carlo simulations and used for the kinetic simulation of the transport of sputtered aluminum. For the proposed configuration, the transport of sputtered particles is characterized under typical process conditions at a gas pressure of p = 0.5 Pa. It is found that—due to the peculiar geometric conditions—the transport can be understood in a one dimensional picture, governed by the interaction of the imposed and backscattered particle fluxes. It is shown that the precise geometric features play an important role only in proximity to the electrode edges, where the effect of backscattering from the outside chamber volume becomes the governing mechanism.

  18. Highly adherent bioactive glass thin films synthetized by magnetron sputtering at low temperature.

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    Stan, G E; Pasuk, I; Husanu, M A; Enculescu, I; Pina, S; Lemos, A F; Tulyaganov, D U; El Mabrouk, K; Ferreira, J M F

    2011-12-01

    Thin (380-510 nm) films of a low silica content bioglass with MgO, B(2)O(3), and CaF(2) as additives were deposited at low-temperature (150°C) by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering onto titanium substrates. The influence of sputtering conditions on morphology, structure, composition, bonding strength and in vitro bioactivity of sputtered bioglass films was investigated. Excellent pull-out adherence (~73 MPa) was obtained when using a 0.3 Pa argon sputtering pressure (BG-a). The adherence declined (~46 MPa) upon increasing the working pressure to 0.4 Pa (BG-b) or when using a reactive gas mixture (~50 MPa). The SBF tests clearly demonstrated strong biomineralization features for all bioglass sputtered films. The biomineralization rate increased from BG-a to BG-b, and yet more for BG-c. A well-crystallized calcium hydrogen phosphate-like phase was observed after 3 and 15 days of immersion in SBF in all bioglass layers, which transformed monotonously into hydroxyapatite under prolonged SBF immersion. Alkali and alkali-earth salts (NaCl, KCl and CaCO(3)) were also found at the surface of samples soaked in SBF for 30 days. The study indicated that features such as composition, structure, adherence and bioactivity of bioglass films can be tailored simply by altering the magnetron sputtering working conditions, proving that this less explored technique is a promising alternative for preparing implant-type coatings.

  19. Fabrication of boron sputter targets

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    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; McKernan, Mark A.

    1995-01-01

    A process for fabricating high density boron sputtering targets with sufficient mechanical strength to function reliably at typical magnetron sputtering power densities and at normal process parameters. The process involves the fabrication of a high density boron monolithe by hot isostatically compacting high purity (99.9%) boron powder, machining the boron monolithe into the final dimensions, and brazing the finished boron piece to a matching boron carbide (B.sub.4 C) piece, by placing aluminum foil there between and applying pressure and heat in a vacuum. An alternative is the application of aluminum metallization to the back of the boron monolithe by vacuum deposition. Also, a titanium based vacuum braze alloy can be used in place of the aluminum foil.

  20. Energy spectrum of sputtered uranium

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    Weller, R. A.; Tombrello, T. A.

    1977-01-01

    The fission track technique for detecting uranium 235 was used in conjunction with a mechanical time-of-flight spectrometer to measure the energy spectrum in the region 1 eV to 1 keV of material sputtered from a 93% enriched U-235 foil by 80 keV Ar-40(+) ions. The spectrum was found to exhibit a peak in the region 2-4 eV and to decrease approximately as E to the -1.77 power for E is approximately greater than 100 eV. The design, construction and resolution of the mechanical spectrometer are discussed and comparisons are made between the data and the predictions of the ramdom collision cascade model of sputtering.

  1. Fabrication of boron sputter targets

    DOEpatents

    Makowiecki, D.M.; McKernan, M.A.

    1995-02-28

    A process is disclosed for fabricating high density boron sputtering targets with sufficient mechanical strength to function reliably at typical magnetron sputtering power densities and at normal process parameters. The process involves the fabrication of a high density boron monolithe by hot isostatically compacting high purity (99.9%) boron powder, machining the boron monolithe into the final dimensions, and brazing the finished boron piece to a matching boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) piece, by placing aluminum foil there between and applying pressure and heat in a vacuum. An alternative is the application of aluminum metallization to the back of the boron monolithe by vacuum deposition. Also, a titanium based vacuum braze alloy can be used in place of the aluminum foil. 7 figs.

  2. In-situ sputtering apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Erickson, Mark R.; Poole, Henry J.; Custer, III, Arthur W.; Hershcovitch, Ady

    2015-06-09

    A sputtering apparatus that includes at least a target presented as an inner surface of a confinement structure, the inner surface of the confinement structure is preferably an internal wall of a circular tube. A cathode is disposed adjacent the internal wall of the circular tube. The cathode preferably provides a hollow core, within which a magnetron is disposed. Preferably, an actuator is attached to the magnetron, wherein a position of the magnetron within the hollow core is altered upon activation of the actuator. Additionally, a carriage supporting the cathode and communicating with the target is preferably provided, and a cable bundle interacting with the cathode and linked to a cable bundle take up mechanism provided power and coolant to the cathode, magnetron, actuator and an anode of the sputtering apparatus.

  3. Sputtering Holes with Ion Beamlets

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    Byers, D. C.; Banks, B. A.

    1974-01-01

    Ion beamlets of predetermined configurations are formed by shaped apertures in the screen grid of an ion thruster having a double grid accelerator system. A plate is placed downstream from the screen grid holes and attached to the accelerator grid. When the ion thruster is operated holes having the configuration of the beamlets formed by the screen grid are sputtered through the plate at the accelerator grid.

  4. Mercury Cadmium Telluride Sputtering Research.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-08-28

    Material Research Corporation 8800 sputtering system used to deposit the (Hhl.x,Cdx)Te thin films by the triode-ode is shown in Fig. 1-1.()* rotating...by Dr. Comely with Dr. Esther Krikorian of the Aerospace Corporation , El Segundo, California. 28) Ferrar, R.H., Gillham, C.J., Bartlett, B., Oualch, M...Chen. 14, 44 (1975). 44) Belov, V., Personal Commnication of Dr. Cornely with Dr. Valery Belov, Vice President of Engineering, Infrared Associates, Now

  5. Sputtering deposition and characterization of ultrathin amorphous carbon films

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    Lu, Wei

    1999-11-01

    This dissertation focuses on experimental investigations of ultrathin, ultrasmooth amorphous carbon (a-C) films deposited on Si(100) substrates by radio frequency (RF) sputtering and characterization of the nanomechanical and nanotribological properties and thermal stability of the films. Ultrathin a-C films of thickness 5--100 nm and typical root-mean-square roughness of 0.15--1 nm were deposited on ultrasmooth Si(100) substrates using pure argon as the sputtering gas. A low-pressure RF argon discharge model was used to analyze the plasma parameters in the film growth environment. These plasma parameters correlate the deposition conditions with the film growth processes. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface force microscopy (SFM) were used to characterize the nanomechanical and nanotribological properties of the a-C films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate the compositions and microstructures of the films. Sputter-etching measurements of the a-C films by energetic argon ion bombardment were used to study the surface binding energy of carbon atoms in a-C films deposited under different conditions. The dependence of film properties on deposition conditions was studied, and relations between nanomechanical and nanotribological properties were discussed in terms of a modified deformation index. The deformation and nanotribology mechanisms of the a-C films were compared with those of other films, such as TiC and Cr films (both 100 nm thick), and bulk Si(100). Reactive RF sputtering of nitrogenated amorphous carbon (a-CNx) films was investigated by introducing nitrogen into the a-C films during film growth by using an argon-nitrogen gas mixture as the sputtering gas. The alloying effect of nitrogen on the film growth and properties, such as hardness and surface energy, was studied and interpreted in terms of the changes in the plasma environment induced due to differences in the composition of the sputtering gas mixture. The thermal

  6. Ionized magnetron sputtering of aluminum(,2)oxygen(,3)

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    Gonzalez, Patrick Fernando

    2000-10-01

    This dissertation shows a detailed study of the conditions necessary for sputtering alumina using a novel variant of ionized magnetron sputtering (IMS) first demonstrated by Yamashita et. al. The study presented herein leverages concurrent research at our laboratory on high density plasmas, plasma characterization and charged particle beams research to demonstrate a new source capable of sputtering hydrated alumina films at high rates. High quality ceramics such as Al2O3 find uses in a variety of applications, and in particular, for mass storage applications. Consequently, there exists an ever-growing need to provide and improve the capability of growing thick insulating films. Ideally, the insulating film should be stoichiometric and able to be grown at rates high enough to be easily manufacturable. Alumina is a particularly attractive due to its high density, Na barrier properties, and stability and radiation resistance. However, high quality films are often difficult to achieve with conventional RF plasma due to extremely slow deposition rates and difficulties associated with system cooling. The preferred method is to reactively sputter Al from a solid target in an O2 ambient. Nevertheless, this process is inherently unstable and leads to arcing and uneven target wear when magnetrons are used. In this study, we build the sputtering source, evaluate, and maximize the deposition characteristics of alumina films sputtered from a solid target in an Ar/O2 ambient. Semi-crystalline (kappa + theta) alumina has been reported using a similar technique at temperatures as low 370 C. The difference in the system used herein is that RF power is used for both, the inductive and capacitive components. Additionally, we use a solid target made of sintered alumina throughout the experiment. A model is developed using regression analysis and compared to results obtained. Because plasma parameters can interact with each other, we explore ICP/CCP power interactions and gas influence

  7. Collision-spike sputtering of Au nanoparticles

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    Sandoval, Luis; Urbassek, Herbert M.

    2015-08-06

    Ion irradiation of nanoparticles leads to enhanced sputter yields if the nanoparticle size is of the order of the ion penetration depth. While this feature is reasonably well understood for collision-cascade sputtering, we explore it in the regime of collision-spike sputtering using molecular-dynamics simulation. For this specific case of 200-keV Xe bombardment of Au particles, we show that collision spikes lead to abundant sputtering with an average yield of 397 ± 121 atoms compared to only 116 ± 48 atoms for a bulk Au target. Only around 31% of the impact energy remains in the nanoparticles after impact; the remaindermore » is transported away by the transmitted projectile and the ejecta. The sputter yield of supported nanoparticles is estimated to be around 80% of that of free nanoparticles due to the suppression of forward sputtering.« less

  8. Collision-spike sputtering of Au nanoparticles

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    Sandoval, Luis; Urbassek, Herbert M.

    2015-08-06

    Ion irradiation of nanoparticles leads to enhanced sputter yields if the nanoparticle size is of the order of the ion penetration depth. While this feature is reasonably well understood for collision-cascade sputtering, we explore it in the regime of collision-spike sputtering using molecular-dynamics simulation. For this specific case of 200-keV Xe bombardment of Au particles, we show that collision spikes lead to abundant sputtering with an average yield of 397 ± 121 atoms compared to only 116 ± 48 atoms for a bulk Au target. Only around 31% of the impact energy remains in the nanoparticles after impact; the remainder is transported away by the transmitted projectile and the ejecta. The sputter yield of supported nanoparticles is estimated to be around 80% of that of free nanoparticles due to the suppression of forward sputtering.

  9. Collision-spike Sputtering of Au Nanoparticles.

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    Sandoval, Luis; Urbassek, Herbert M

    2015-12-01

    Ion irradiation of nanoparticles leads to enhanced sputter yields if the nanoparticle size is of the order of the ion penetration depth. While this feature is reasonably well understood for collision-cascade sputtering, we explore it in the regime of collision-spike sputtering using molecular-dynamics simulation. For the particular case of 200-keV Xe bombardment of Au particles, we show that collision spikes lead to abundant sputtering with an average yield of 397 ± 121 atoms compared to only 116 ± 48 atoms for a bulk Au target. Only around 31 % of the impact energy remains in the nanoparticles after impact; the remainder is transported away by the transmitted projectile and the ejecta. The sputter yield of supported nanoparticles is estimated to be around 80 % of that of free nanoparticles due to the suppression of forward sputtering.

  10. Sputtered Aluminium-Nitrogen Solar Absorbing Selective Surfaces For All-Glass Evacuated Collectors

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    Zhiqiang, Yin; Harding, G. L.; Chow, S. P.

    1986-09-01

    Five composite materials of Al-N have been prepared by dc magnetron reactive sputtering techniques. Good agreement is obtained between computed and experimentily measured reflec-tances and absorptances for Al-N/Al(AD). Solar absorptance of Al-N/A1 selective surface(HT) is - 0.92 and emittance - 0.04 at room temperature. Gas evolution from sputtered Al-N/Al has been studied using thermomanometry and mass spectrometry. The total outgassing from the surface is considerably low.

  11. 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.

  12. Sputtering Threshold Energies of Heavy Ions

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    Mantenieks, Maris A.

    1999-01-01

    Sputter erosion in ion thrusters has been measured in lifetests at discharge voltages as low as 25 V. Thruster operation at this discharge voltage results in component erosion rates sufficiently low to satisfy most mission requirements. It has been recognized that most of the internal sputtering in ion thrusters is done by doubly charged ions. Knowledge of the sputtering threshold voltage of a xenon molybdenum system would be beneficial in understanding the sputtering process as well as making more accurate calculations of the sputtering rates of ion thruster components. Sputtering threshold energies calculated from various formulations found in the literature results in values ranging from 28 to 200 eV. It is evident that some of these formulations cannot be relied upon to provide sputtering thresholds with any degree of accuracy. This paper re-examines the threshold energies measurements made in the early sixties by Askerov and Sena, and Stuart and Wehner. The threshold voltages as derived by Askerov and au have been reevaluated by using a different extrapolation method of sputter yields at low ion energies. The resulting threshold energies are in general similar to those measured by Stuart and Wehner. An empirical relationship is derived,for mercury and xenon ions for the ratio of the sputtering threshold energy to the sublimation energy as a function of the ratio of target to ion atomic mass.

  13. ZnO nanoparticle tracking from uptake to genotoxic damage in human colon carcinoma cells.

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    Condello, Maria; De Berardis, Barbara; Ammendolia, Maria Grazia; Barone, Flavia; Condello, Giancarlo; Degan, Paolo; Meschini, Stefania

    2016-09-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles are widely used both in the industry and in biomedical applications for their chemical and physical nanomaterial properties. It is therefore essential to go in depth into the cytotoxicity mechanisms and interactions between nanomaterials and cells. The aim of this work was to evaluate the dissolution of ZnO nanoparticles and their uptake, from a few minutes after treatments up to 24h. ZnO nanoparticles routes of entry into the human colon carcinoma cells (LoVo) were followed at different times by a thorough ultrastructural investigation and semiquantitative analysis. The intracellular release of Zn(2+) ions by Zinquin fluorescent dye, and phosphorylated histone H2AX (γ-H2AX) expression were evaluated. The genotoxic potential of ZnO nanoparticles was also investigated by determining the levels of 8-hydroxyl-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG). The experimental data show that ZnO nanoparticles entered LoVo cells by either passive diffusion or endocytosis or both, depending on the agglomeration state of the nanomaterial. ZnO nanoparticles coming into contact with acid pH of lysosomes altered organelles structure, resulting in the release of Zn(2+) ions. The simultaneous presence of ZnO nanoparticles and Zn(2+) ions in the LoVo cells determined the formation of reactive oxygen species at the mitochondrial and nuclear level, inducing severe DNA damage.

  14. Anticancer studies of synthesized ZnO nanoparticles against human cervical carcinoma cells.

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    Pandurangan, Muthuraman; Enkhtaivan, Gansukh; Kim, Doo Hwan

    2016-05-01

    A metal oxide nanoparticle has been widely investigated for its potential use in the biomedical application. The present study investigates the cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticle in human cervical carcinoma cells. Cell viability was determined, and it showed the possible cytotoxic effect of ZnO nanoparticles. The characteristic apoptotic features such as rounding and loss of adherence were observed in the treated cells. Fluorescence and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM) studies have showed reduced nuclear volume and condensed cytoplasm. The mRNA expression of apoptotic gene p53 and caspase 3 was up-regulated following ZnO nanoparticle exposure, which confirms the occurrence of apoptosis at the transcriptional level. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) was increased in a dose-dependent manner, and initiate lipid peroxidation of the liposomal membrane, which in turn regulate several signaling pathways and influencing the cytokinetic movements of cells. ZnO nanoparticles showed a dynamic cytotoxic effect in cervical carcinoma cells. ZnO nanoparticle might induce the apoptosis through increased intracellular ROS level. Moreover, up-regulated apoptotic gene expression confirms the occurrence of apoptosis. Taking all these data together, it may be concluded that ZnO nanoparticle may exert cytotoxicity on HeLa cell through the apoptotic pathway, implies the probable utility of ZnO nanoparticle in the cancer treatment and therapy.

  15. Growth of Cu{sub 2}O on Ga-doped ZnO and their interface energy alignment for thin film solar cells

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    Wong, L. M.; Chiam, S. Y.; Wang, S. J.; Pan, J. S.; Huang, J. Q.; Chim, W. K.

    2010-08-15

    Cu{sub 2}O thin films are deposited by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering on borofloat glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass at room temperature. The effect of oxygen partial pressure on the structures and properties of Cu{sub 2}O thin films are investigated. We show that oxygen partial pressure is a crucial parameter in achieving pure phases of CuO and Cu{sub 2}O. Based on this finding, we fabricate heterojunctions of p-type Cu{sub 2}O with n-type gallium doped ZnO (GZO) on ITO coated glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition for GZO thin films. The energy band alignment for thin films of Cu{sub 2}O/GZO on ITO glass is characterized using high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energy band alignment for the Cu{sub 2}O/GZO heterojunctions is determined to be type II with a valence band offset of 2.82 eV and shows negligible effects of variation with gallium doping. The higher conduction band of the Cu{sub 2}O relative to that of GZO in the obtained band alignment shows that the heterojunctions are suitable for solar cell application based on energy levels consideration.

  16. Catalyst-Free Synthesis of ZnO Nanowires on Oxidized Silicon Substrate for Gas Sensing Applications.

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    Behera, B; Chandra, S

    2015-06-01

    In the present work, we report the synthesis of nanostructured ZnO by oxidation of zinc film without using a seed or catalyst layer. The zinc films were deposited on oxidized Si substrates by RF magnetron sputtering process. These were oxidized in dry and wet air/oxygen ambient. The optimized process yielded long nanowires of ZnO having diameter of around 60-70 nm and spread uniformly over the surface. The effect of oxidation temperature, time, Zn film thickness and the ambient has strong influence on the morphology of resulting nanostruxctured ZnO film. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy for morphological studies and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis to study the phase of the nanostructured ZnO. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the nanowires show UV and green emission. A sensor was designed and fabricated using nanostructured ZnO film, incorporating inter-digital-electrode (IDE) for the measurement of resistance of the sensing layer. The gas sensing properties were investigated from the measurement of change in resistance when exposed to vapours of different volatile organic compound (VOC) such as acetone, ethanol, methanol and 2-propanol. The results suggest that ZnO nanowires fabricated by this method have potential application in gas sensors.

  17. Effect of gamma irradiation on Schottky-contacted vertically aligned ZnO nanorod-based hydrogen sensor

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    Ranwa, Sapana; Singh Barala, Surendra; Fanetti, Mattia; Kumar, Mahesh

    2016-08-01

    We report the impact of gamma irradiation on the performance of a gold Schottky-contacted ZnO nanorod-based hydrogen sensor. RF-sputtered vertically aligned highly c-axis-oriented ZnO NRs were grown on Si(100) substrate. X-ray diffraction shows no significant change in crystal structure at low gamma doses from 1 to 5 kGy. As gamma irradiation doses increase to 10 kGy, the single crystalline ZnO structure converts to polycrystalline. The photoluminescence spectra also shows suppression of the near-band emission peak and the huge wide-band spectrum indicates the generation of structural defects at high gamma doses. At 1 kGy, the hydrogen sensor response was enhanced from 67% to 77% for 1% hydrogen in pure argon at a 150 °C operating temperature. However, at 10 kGy, the relative response decreases to 33.5%. High gamma irradiation causes displacement damage and defects in ZnO NRs, and as a result, degrades the sensor’s performance as a result. Low gamma irradiation doses activate the ZnO NR surface through ionization, which enhances the sensor performance. The relative response of the hydrogen sensor was enhanced by ∼14.9% with respect to pristine ZnO using 1 kGy gamma ray treatment.

  18. Investigation of photocalalytic activity of ZnO prepared by spray pyrolis with various precursors

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    Bourfaa, F.; Lamri Zeggar, M.; A, A.; Aida, M. S.; Attaf, N.

    2016-03-01

    Semiconductor photocatalysts such as ZnO has attracted much attention in recent years due to their various applications for the degradation of organic pollutants in water, air and in dye sensitized photovoltaic solar cell. In the present work, ZnO thin films were prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis by using different precursors namely: acetate, chloride and zinc nitrate in order to investigate their influence on ZnO photocatalytic activity. The films crystalline structure was studied by mean of X- ray diffraction measurements (XRD) and the films surface morphology by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The films optical properties were studied by mean of UV-visible spectroscopy. The prepared films were tested for the degradation of the red reactive dye largely used in textile industry. As a result, we found that the zinc nitrate is the best precursor to prepare ZnO thin films suitable for a good photocatalytic activity.

  19. 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.

  20. Development of sputtered techniques for thrust chambers. [coolant passage closing by triode sputtering

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    Mullaly, J. R.; Hecht, R. J.; Broch, J. W.; Allard, P. A.

    1976-01-01

    Procedures for closing out coolant passages in regeneratively cooled thrust chambers by triode sputtering, using post and hollow Cu-0.15 percent Zr cathodes are described. The effects of aluminum composite filler materials, substrate preparation, sputter cleaning, substrate bias current density and system geometry on closeout layer bond strength and structure are evaluated. High strength closeout layers were sputtered over aluminum fillers. The tensile strength and microstructure of continuously sputtered Cu-0.15 percent Zr deposits were determined. These continuous sputtered deposits were as thick as 0.75 cm. Tensile strengths were consistently twice as great as the strength of the material in wrought form.