Continuous epitaxial films of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) have been formed by the thermal oxidation of 1.5-μm-thick Cu metal films deposited on MgO(110) substrates. These films melted at 1118 °C in air, in agreement with equilibrium phase diagrams. Upon cooling from the liquid, a highly crystalline, epitaxial, 2.5-μm-thick Cu2O film was formed. X-ray diffraction spectroscopy revealed that the Cu2O film crystal structure was orthorhombically distorted from the bulk cubic crystal structure. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy showed that the film is coherent, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy showed that interdiffusion is limited to the interface. These results suggest that a new epitaxially stabilized phase of Cu2O has been formed.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Materials Research|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)