The effect of nitrogen on pulsed laser deposition of amorphous silicon carbide films: Properties and structure

Andrew L. Yee, H. C. Ong, Fulin Xiong, Robert P. H. Chang

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The influence of nitrogen on amorphous silicon carbide films deposited at room temperature using pulsed laser ablation has been investigated. Depositions were carried out either in ultrahigh vacuum or in a nitrogen ambient ranging from 10 to 100 mT. The mechanical and optical properties, as well as composition and structure of the resulting films, were evaluated using a variety of analytical techniques. Vacuum-deposited films exhibited high hardness but suffered from high compressive stresses (>1 GPa). At low nitrogen background pressures (2 found in the films as evidenced by spectroscopic ellipsometry, infrared spectroscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy measurements. The source of oxygen is attributed to residual water vapor present in our vacuum system. Optical emission spectroscopy was used to confirm the presence of Si-O species in the laser-induced plasma plume.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1979-1986
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996


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  • Materials Science(all)

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