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  • 1.
    Abadei, S.
    et al.
    Department of Microelectronics, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden.
    Gevorgian, S.
    Department of Microelectronics, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden, Core Unit Research Center, Ericsson Microwave Systems, SE-431 84, Mölnda, Sweden.
    Kugler, Veronika Mozhdeh
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Andreasson, J.
    Department of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, 971 87, Luleå, Sweden.
    Microwave properties of tunable capacitors basee on magnetron sputtered ferroelectric Na0.5K0.5NbO3 film on low and high resistivity silicon substrates2001In: Integrated Ferroelectrics, ISSN 1058-4587, E-ISSN 1607-8489, Vol. 39, no 1-4, p. 359-366Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, small signal DC voltage dependent dielectric permittivity, loss tangent, and tuneability of magnetron sputtered epitaxial Na0.5K0.5NO3 films are studied experimentally. (100)-oriented Na0.5K0.5NbO3 films are deposited onto SiO2-buffered CMOS grade low resistivity (p = 10-20 cm) and high resistivity (p = 15-45 kcm) silicon substrates. Planar capacitors with 2 or 4 m gaps between electrodes have been fabricated on top of ferroelectric films. These devices have been characterized in the frequency range 1.0 MHz to 50 GHz at temperatures 30 - 300K. Na0.5K0.5NbO3/SiO2/Si structures on high resistivity silicon substrate exhibit C-V performances typical for Metal-Insulator- Semiconductor (MIS) capacitors. At low frequencies, f 1.0 GHz, the large tuneability and large losses are associated with the MIS structure, while at higher microwave frequencies the tuneability is mainly associated with the ferroelectric, film. At 1.0 MHz and room temperature, the tuneability of Na0.5K0.5NbO3/SiO2/Si structures more than 90%, reducing to 10-15 % at 50 GHz. The losses decrease with increasing the DC bias and frequency. A Q-factor more than 15 at 50 GHz is observed. The dielectric permittivity of the Na0.5K0.5NbO3 film is in the range 50-150 at frequencies 0.045-50 GHz. On low resistivity substrate the performance of Na0.5K0.5NbO3 films is completely screened by the high losses in silicon, and the tuneability is negligible. © 2001 Taylor and Francis.

  • 2.
    Abadias, Gregory
    et al.
    University of Poitiers, France.
    Sarakinos, Kostas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fenker, Martin
    FEM, Germany.
    Kassavetis, Spiros
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
    Editorial Material: Preface in SURFACE and COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, vol 255, issue , pp2014In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 255Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 3.
    Aiempanakit, Montri
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Reactive High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering of Metal Oxides2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The work presented in this thesis deals with reactive magnetron sputtering processes of metal oxides with a prime focus on high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). The aim of the research is to contribute towards understanding of the fundamental mechanisms governing a reactive HiPIMS process and to investigate their implications on the film growth.

    The stabilization of the HiPIMS process at the transition zone between the metal and compound modes of Al-O and Ce-O was investigated for realizing the film deposition with improved properties and higher depositionrate and the results are compared with direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) processes. The investigations were made for different sputtering conditions obtained by varying pulse frequency, peak power and pumping speed. For the experimental conditions employed, it was found that reactive HiPIMS can eliminate/suppress the hysteresis effect for a range of frequency, leading to a stable deposition process with a high deposition rate. The hysteresis was found to be eliminated for Al-O while for Ce-O, it was not eliminated but suppressed as compared to the DCMS. The behavior of elimination/suppression of the hysteresis may be influenced by high erosion rate during the pulse, limited target oxidation between the pulses and gas rarefaction effects in front of the target. Similar investigations were made for Ti-O employing a larger target and the hysteresis was found to be suppressed as compared to the respective DCMS, but not eliminated. It was shown that the effect of gas rarefaction is a powerful mechanism for preventing oxide formation upon the target surface. The impact of this effect depends on the off-time between the pulses. Longer off-times reduce the influence of gas rarefaction.

    To gain a better understanding of the discharge current-voltage behavior in a reactive HiPIMS process of metal oxides, the ion compositions and ion energy distributions were measured for Al-O and Ti-O using time averaged and time-resolved mass spectrometry. It was shown that the different discharge current behavior between non-reactive and reactive modes couldn’t be explained solely by the change in the secondary electron emission yield from the sputtering target. The high fluxes of O1+ ions contribute substantially to the discharge current giving rise to an increase in the discharge current in the oxide mode as compared to the metal mode. The results also show that the source of oxygen in the discharge is both, the target surface (via sputtering) as well as the gas phase.

    The investigations on the properties of HiPIMS grown films were made by synthesizing metal oxide thin films using Al-O, Ti-O and Ag-Cu-O. It was shown that Al2O3 films grown under optimum condition using reactive HiPIMS exhibit superior properties as compared to DCMS. The HiPIMS grown films exhibit higher refractive index as well as the deposition rate of the film growth was higher under the same operating conditions. The effect of HiPIMS peak power on TiO2 film properties was investigated and the results are compared with the DCMS. The properties of TiO2 films such as refractive index, film density and phase structure were experimentally determined. The ion composition during film growth was investigated and an explanation on the correlation of the film properties and ion energy was made. It was found that energetic and ionized sputtered flux in reactive HiPIMS can be used to tailor the phase formation of the TiO2 films with high peak powers facilitating the rutile phase while the anatase phase can be obtained using low peak powers. These phases can be obtained at room temperature without external substrate heating or post-deposition annealing which is in contrast to the reactive DCMS where both, anatase and rutile phases of TiO2 are obtained at either elevated growth temperatures or by employing post deposition annealing. The effect of HiPIMS peak power on the crystal structure of the grown films was also investigated for ternary compound, Ag-Cu-O, for which films were synthesized using reactive HiPIMS as well as reactive DCMS. It was found that the stoichiometric Ag2Cu2O3 can be synthesized by all examined pulsing peak powers. The oxygen gas flow rate required to form stoichiometric films is proportional to the pulsing peak power in HiPIMS. DCMS required low oxygen gas flow to synthesis the stoichiometric films. The HiPIMS grown films exhibit more pronounced crystalline structure as compared to the films grown using DCMS. This is likely an effect of highly ionized depositing flux which facilitates an intense ion bombardment during the film growth using HiPIMS. Our results indicate that Ag2Cu2O3film formation is very sensitive to the ion bombardment on the substrate as well as to the backattraction of metal and oxygen ions to the target.

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    1. Hysteresis and process stability in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of metal oxides
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    2011 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 519, no 22, p. 7779-7784Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In the further development of reactive sputter deposition, strategies which allow for stabilization of the transition zone between the metallic and compound modes, elimination of the process hysteresis, and increase of the deposition rate, are of particular interest. In this study, the hysteresis behavior and the characteristics of the transition zone during reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of Al and Ce targets in an Ar-O(2) atmosphere as a function of the pulsing frequency and the pumping speed are investigated. Comparison with reactive direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) reveals that HiPIMS allows for elimination/suppression of the hysteresis and a smoother transition from the metallic to the compound sputtering mode. For the experimental conditions employed in the present study, optimum behavior with respect to the hysteresis width is obtained at frequency values between 2 and 4 kHz, while HiPIMS processes with values below or above this range resemble the DCMS behavior. Al-O films are deposited using both HiPIMS and DCMS. Analysis of the film properties shows that elimination/suppression of the hysteresis in HiPIMS facilitates the growth of stoichiometric and transparent Al(2)O(3) at relatively high deposition rates over a wider range of experimental conditions as compared to DCMS.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2011
    Keywords
    Reactive sputtering, High power impulse magnetron sputtering, Aluminum oxide, Cerium oxide, Hysteresis, Process stability
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71797 (URN)10.1016/j.tsf.2011.06.021 (DOI)000295057000027 ()
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (VR)|621-2008-3222|Strategic Research Center in Materials Science for Nanoscale Surface Engineering (MS2E)||Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand||VR|623-2009-7348|

    Available from: 2011-11-04 Created: 2011-11-04 Last updated: 2017-12-08
    2. Studies of hysteresis effect in reactive HiPIMS deposition of oxides
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    2011 (English)In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 205, p. S303-S306Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    igh power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) has proven to be capable of substantial improvement of the quality of deposited coatings. Lately, there have been a number of reports indicating that the hysteresis effect may be reduced in HiPIMS mode resulting in an increase of the deposition rate of stoichiometric compound as compared to a direct current magnetron sputtering process in oxide mode. In this contribution, we have studied the hysteresis behaviour of Ti metal targets sputtered in Ar + O(2) mixtures. For fixed pulse on time and a constant average power, there is an optimum frequency minimizing the hysteresis. The effect of gas dynamics was analyzed by measurements of the gas refill time and rarefaction. Results indicate that the gas rarefaction may be responsible for the observed hysteresis behaviour. The results are in agreement with a previous study of Al oxide reactive process.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam., 2011
    Keywords
    Magnetron sputtering, Reactive sputtering, HiPIMS, Hysteresis, Oxides deposition
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69986 (URN)10.1016/j.surfcoat.2011.01.019 (DOI)000293258600065 ()
    Available from: 2011-08-12 Created: 2011-08-12 Last updated: 2017-12-08
    3. Understanding the discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of oxides
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding the discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of oxides
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    2013 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 113, no 13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of Ti-O and Al-O is investigated. It is found that for both metals, the discharge peak current significantly increases in the oxide mode in contrast to the behavior in reactive direct current magnetron sputtering where the discharge current increases for Al but decreases for Ti when oxygen is introduced. In order to investigate the increase in the discharge current in HiPIMS-mode, the ionic contribution of the discharge in the oxide and metal mode is measured using time-resolved mass spectrometry. The energy distributions and time evolution are investigated during the pulse-on time as well as in the post-discharge. In the oxide mode, the discharge is dominated by ionized oxygen, which has been preferentially sputtered from the target surface. The ionized oxygen determines the discharge behavior in reactive HiPIMS.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2013
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91256 (URN)10.1063/1.4799199 (DOI)000317238000006 ()
    Available from: 2013-04-18 Created: 2013-04-18 Last updated: 2017-12-06
    4. Effect of peak power in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide
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    2011 (English)In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 205, no 20, p. 4828-4831Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of peak power in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) reactive deposition of TiO(2) films has been studied with respect to the deposition rate and coating properties. With increasing peak power not only the ionization of the sputtered material increases but also their energy. In order to correlate the variation in the ion energy distributions with the film properties, the phase composition, density and optical properties of the films grown with different HiPIMS-parameters have been investigated and compared to a film grown using direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS). All experiments were performed for constant average power and pulse on time (100W and 35 mu s, respectively), different peak powers were achieved by varying the frequency of pulsing. Ion energy distributions for Ti and O and its dependence on the process conditions have been studied. It was found that films with the highest density and highest refractive index were grown under moderate HiPIMS conditions (moderate peak powers) resulting in only a small loss in mass-deposition rate compared to DCMS. It was further found that TiO2 films with anatase and rutile phases can be grown at room temperature without substrate heating and without post-deposition annealing.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam., 2011
    Keywords
    HiPIMS; Titanium dioxide; Rutile; Anatase; Reactive sputtering; TiO(2)
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69795 (URN)10.1016/j.surfcoat.2011.04.071 (DOI)000292361400013 ()
    Note

    Original Publication: Montri Aiempanakit, Ulf Helmersson, Asim Aijaz, Petter Larsson, Roger Magnusson, Jens Jensen and Tomas Kubart, Effect of peak power in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide, 2011, Surface & Coatings Technology, (205), 20, 4828-4831. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2011.04.071 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/

    Available from: 2011-08-10 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08
    5. Ag2Cu2O3 thin films deposited by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ag2Cu2O3 thin films deposited by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering
    2013 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Ag2Cu2O3 thin films were prepared by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) from an alloy silver-copper (Ag0.5Cu0.5) target on silicon and glass substrates. The effects of the oxygen gas flow and the peak power on the structural properties of the films were investigated. Structural characterization by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements show that the structure of Ag2Cu2O3 is related to the oxygen flow and the peak power. Films grown with high peak power required higher oxygen flow rate in order to get stoichiometric Ag2Cu2O3 thin films. It was further found that using HiPIMS, polycrystalline Ag2Cu2O3 films can be grown at room temperature without substrate heating or post-deposition annealing, while films deposited by DCMS exhibit poor crystallinity under the same process conditions.

    Keywords
    Silver-copper oxide, HiPIMS, Reactive sputtering, film structure
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91258 (URN)
    Available from: 2013-04-18 Created: 2013-04-18 Last updated: 2013-10-30Bibliographically approved
  • 4.
    Aiempanakit, Montri
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Aijaz, Asim
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kubart, Tomas
    The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Understanding the discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of oxides2013In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 113, no 13Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of Ti-O and Al-O is investigated. It is found that for both metals, the discharge peak current significantly increases in the oxide mode in contrast to the behavior in reactive direct current magnetron sputtering where the discharge current increases for Al but decreases for Ti when oxygen is introduced. In order to investigate the increase in the discharge current in HiPIMS-mode, the ionic contribution of the discharge in the oxide and metal mode is measured using time-resolved mass spectrometry. The energy distributions and time evolution are investigated during the pulse-on time as well as in the post-discharge. In the oxide mode, the discharge is dominated by ionized oxygen, which has been preferentially sputtered from the target surface. The ionized oxygen determines the discharge behavior in reactive HiPIMS.

  • 5.
    Aiempanakit, Montri
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Aijaz, Asim
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Magnusson, Roger
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Optics . Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Jensen, Jens
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kubart, Tomas
    Uppsala University.
    Effect of peak power in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide2011In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 205, no 20, p. 4828-4831Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of peak power in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) reactive deposition of TiO(2) films has been studied with respect to the deposition rate and coating properties. With increasing peak power not only the ionization of the sputtered material increases but also their energy. In order to correlate the variation in the ion energy distributions with the film properties, the phase composition, density and optical properties of the films grown with different HiPIMS-parameters have been investigated and compared to a film grown using direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS). All experiments were performed for constant average power and pulse on time (100W and 35 mu s, respectively), different peak powers were achieved by varying the frequency of pulsing. Ion energy distributions for Ti and O and its dependence on the process conditions have been studied. It was found that films with the highest density and highest refractive index were grown under moderate HiPIMS conditions (moderate peak powers) resulting in only a small loss in mass-deposition rate compared to DCMS. It was further found that TiO2 films with anatase and rutile phases can be grown at room temperature without substrate heating and without post-deposition annealing.

  • 6.
    Aiempanakit, Montri
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics.
    Kubart, Tomas
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Larsson, Petter
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics.
    Sarakinos, Kostas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Jensen, Jens
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hysteresis and process stability in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of metal oxides2011In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 519, no 22, p. 7779-7784Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the further development of reactive sputter deposition, strategies which allow for stabilization of the transition zone between the metallic and compound modes, elimination of the process hysteresis, and increase of the deposition rate, are of particular interest. In this study, the hysteresis behavior and the characteristics of the transition zone during reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of Al and Ce targets in an Ar-O(2) atmosphere as a function of the pulsing frequency and the pumping speed are investigated. Comparison with reactive direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) reveals that HiPIMS allows for elimination/suppression of the hysteresis and a smoother transition from the metallic to the compound sputtering mode. For the experimental conditions employed in the present study, optimum behavior with respect to the hysteresis width is obtained at frequency values between 2 and 4 kHz, while HiPIMS processes with values below or above this range resemble the DCMS behavior. Al-O films are deposited using both HiPIMS and DCMS. Analysis of the film properties shows that elimination/suppression of the hysteresis in HiPIMS facilitates the growth of stoichiometric and transparent Al(2)O(3) at relatively high deposition rates over a wider range of experimental conditions as compared to DCMS.

  • 7.
    Aiempanakit, Montri
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lund, Esben
    Department of Physics/Center for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
    Kubart, Tomas
    The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ag2Cu2O3 thin films deposited by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering2013Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Ag2Cu2O3 thin films were prepared by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) from an alloy silver-copper (Ag0.5Cu0.5) target on silicon and glass substrates. The effects of the oxygen gas flow and the peak power on the structural properties of the films were investigated. Structural characterization by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements show that the structure of Ag2Cu2O3 is related to the oxygen flow and the peak power. Films grown with high peak power required higher oxygen flow rate in order to get stoichiometric Ag2Cu2O3 thin films. It was further found that using HiPIMS, polycrystalline Ag2Cu2O3 films can be grown at room temperature without substrate heating or post-deposition annealing, while films deposited by DCMS exhibit poor crystallinity under the same process conditions.

  • 8.
    Aiempanakit, Montri
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Larsson, Petter
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Jädernäs, Daniel
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Effects on deposition rate when varying the magnetic field strength in magnetron sputtering2008In: 14th International Congress on Thin Films,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Poster

  • 9.
    Aijaz, Asim
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    HiPIMS-based Novel Deposition Processes for Thin Films2012Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this research, high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) based new deposition processes are introduced to address; the issue of low degree of ionization of C in magnetron sputtering discharges, and the difficulty encountered in thin film deposition on complex-shaped surfaces. The issue of low degree of C ionization is addressed by introducing a new strategy which is based on promoting the electron impact ionization ofC by increasing the electron temperature in the plasma discharge using Ne, instead of conventionally used Ar. The Ne-based HiPIMS process provides highly ionized C fluxes which are essential for the synthesis of high-density and sp3 rich amorphous carbon (a-C) thin films such as diamond-like carbon (DLC) and tetrahedral a-C (ta-C). The feasibility of coating complex-shaped surfaces is demonstrated by using the dual-magnetron approach in an open-field (magnetic field of the magnetrons) configuration and performing sideways deposition of Ti films. The HiPIMS-based open-field configuration process enhances the sideways transport of the sputtered flux — an effect which is observed in the case of HiPIMS.

    The characterization of the Ne-HiPIMS discharge using a Langmuir probe and mass spectrometry shows that it provides an increase in the electron temperature resulting in an order of magnitude decrease in the mean ionization length of the sputtered C as compared to the conventional Ar-HiPIMS discharge. The C1+ ion energy distribution functions exhibit the presence of an energetic C1+ ion population and a substantial increase in the total C1+ ion flux. The higher C1+ ion flux facilitates the growth of sp3 rich carbon films with mass densities, measured by x-ray reflectometry, reaching as high as approx. 2.8 gcm-3.

    The dual-magnetron open-field configuration process is operated in DCMS as well as in HiPIMS modes. The plasma characterization, performed by Langmuir probe measurements and optical emission spectroscopy, shows that the plasma density in the Ti-HiPIMS discharge is higher than that of the Ti-DCMS discharge. This results in the higher ionized fraction of the sputtered Ti in the case of HiPIMS. The film uniformity and the deposition rate of the film growth, obtained by employing scanning electron microscopy, demonstrate that the sideways deposition approach can be used for depositing thin films on complex-shaped surfaces.

    List of papers
    1. A strategy for increased carbon ionization in magnetron sputtering discharges
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    2012 (English)In: Diamond and related materials, ISSN 0925-9635, E-ISSN 1879-0062, Vol. 23, p. 1-4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    A strategy that facilitates a substantial increase of carbon ionization in magnetron sputtering discharges is presented in this work. The strategy is based on increasing the electron temperature in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge by using Ne as the sputtering gas. This allows for the generation of an energetic C+ ion population and a substantial increase in the C+ ion flux as compared to a conventional Ar-HiPIMS process. A direct consequence of the ionization enhancement is demonstrated by an increase in the mass density of the grown films up to 2.8 g/cm3; the density values achieved are substantially higher than those obtained from conventional magnetron sputtering methods.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2012
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74315 (URN)10.1016/j.diamond.2011.12.043 (DOI)000302887600001 ()
    Funder
    Swedish Research Council, 621-2008-3222 623-2009-7348
    Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-24 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
    2. Dual-magnetron open field sputtering system for sideways deposition of thin films
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    2010 (English)In: SURFACE and COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, ISSN 0257-8972, Vol. 204, no 14, p. 2165-2169Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    A dual-magnetron system for deposition inside tubular substrates has been developed. The two magnetrons are facing each other and have opposing magnetic fields forcing electrons and thereby also ionized material to be transported radially towards the substrate. The depositions were made employing direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). To optimize the deposition rate, the system was characterized at different separation distances between the magnetrons under the same sputtering conditions. The deposition rate is found to increase with increasing separation distance independent of discharge technique. The emission spectrum from the HiPIMS plasma shows a highly ionized fraction of the sputtered material. The electron densities of the order of 10(16) m(-3) and 10(18) m(-3) have been determined in the DCMS and the HiPIMS plasma discharges respectively. The results demonstrate a successful implementation of the concept of sideways deposition of thin films providing a solution for coating complex shaped surfaces.

    Keywords
    Dual-magnetron, Open field configuration, Sideways deposition, HiPIMS, HPPMS, DCMS
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54766 (URN)10.1016/j.surfcoat.2009.11.044 (DOI)000275920900009 ()
    Available from: 2010-04-09 Created: 2010-04-09 Last updated: 2015-05-28
  • 10.
    Aijaz, Asim
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Synthesis of Carbon-based and Metal-Oxide Thin Films using High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The work presented in this thesis deals with synthesis of carbon-based as well as metal-oxide thin films using highly ionized plasmas. The principal deposition method employed was high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). The investigations on plasma chemistry, plasma energetics, plasma-film interactions and its correlation to film growth and resulting film properties were made. The thesis is divided into two parts: (i) HiPIMS-based deposition of carbon-based thin films and (ii) HiPIMS-based deposition of metal-oxide thin films.

    In the first part of the thesis, HiPIMS based strategies are presented that were developed to address the fundamental issues of low degree of carbon ionization and low deposition rates of carbon film growth in magnetron sputtering. In the first study, a new strategy was introduced for increasing the degree of ionization of sputtered carbon via increasing the electron temperature in the discharge by using a higher ionization potential buffer gas (Ne) in place of commonly used Ar. A direct consequence of enhanced electron temperatures was observed in the form of measured large fluxes of ionized carbon at the substrate position. Consequently, high mass densities of the resulting amorphous carbon (a-C) thin films reaching 2.8 g/cm3 were obtained.

    In another study, feasibility of HiPIMS-based high density discharges for high-rate synthesis of dense and hard a-C thin films was explored. A strategy was compiled and implemented that entailed coupling a hydrocarbon precursor gas (C2H2) with high density discharges generated by the superposition of HiPIMS and direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS). Appropriate control of discharge density (by tuning HiPIMS/DCMS power ratio), gas phase composition and energy of the ionized depositing species lead to a route capable of providing ten-fold increase in the deposition rate of a-C film growth compared to that obtained using HiPIMS Ar discharge in the first study. The increased deposition rate was achieved without significant incorporation of H (<10 %) and with relatively high hardness (>25 GPa) and mass density (~2.32 g/cm3). The knowledge gained in this work was utilized in a subsequent work where the feasibility of adding high ionization potential buffer gas (Ne) to increase the electron temperature in an Ar/C2H2 HiPIMS discharge was explored. It was found that the increased electron temperature lead to enhanced dissociation of hydrocarbon precursor and an increased H incorporation into the growing film. The resulting a-C thin films exhibited high hardness (~ 25 GPa), mass densities in the order of 2.2 g/cm3 and H content as low as about 11%. The striking feature of the resulting films was low stress levels where the films exhibited compressive stresses in the order of 100 MPa.

    In the second part of the thesis, investigations on reactive HiPIMS discharge characteristics were made for technologically relevant metal-oxide systems. In the first study, the discharge characteristics of Ti-O and Al-O were investigated by studying the discharge current characteristics and measuring the ion flux composition. Both, Ti-O and Al-O discharges were dominated by large fluxes of ionized metallic as well as sputtering and reactive gases species. The generation of large ionized fluxes influenced the discharge characteristics consequently surpassing the changes in the secondary electron emission yields which, in the case of DCMS discharges entail contrasting behavior of the discharge voltage for the two material systems. The study also suggested that the source of oxygen ions in the case of reactive HiPIMS is both, the target surface (via sputtering) as well as gas phase.

    In a subsequent study, the knowledge gained from the studies on metal-oxide HiPIMS discharges was utilized for investigating the behavior of reactive HiPIMS discharges related to ternary compound thin film growth. In this work Al-Si-O system, which is a promising candidate for anti-reflective and solar thermal applications, was employed to carry out the investigations under varied target compositions (Al, Al0.5Si0.5, and Al0.1Si0.9). It was found that the discharge current behavior of metal and oxide modes of Al-Si-O HiPIMS discharges were similar to those of Al-O and were independent of the target composition. The influence of energy and composition of the ionized depositing fluxes on the film growth was also investigated. It was shown that stoichiometric Al-Si-O thin films exhibiting a refractive index below 1.6 (which is desired for anti-reflective applications) can be grown. Furthermore, the refractive index and chemical composition of the resulting films were found to be unchanged with respect to the energy of the depositing species.

    The effect of ionized deposition fluxes that are generated in metal-oxide HiPIMS discharges was also investigated for the phase composition and optical properties of TiO2 thin films. It was found that energetic and ionized sputtered flux in reactive HiPIMS can be used to tailor the phase formation of the TiO2 films with high peak powers facilitating the rutile phase while the anatase phase can be obtained using low peak powers. It was also demonstrated that using HiPIMS, these phases can be obtained at room temperature without external substrate heating or  post-deposition annealing. The results on plasma and film properties were also compared with DCMS.

    List of papers
    1. A strategy for increased carbon ionization in magnetron sputtering discharges
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    2012 (English)In: Diamond and related materials, ISSN 0925-9635, E-ISSN 1879-0062, Vol. 23, p. 1-4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    A strategy that facilitates a substantial increase of carbon ionization in magnetron sputtering discharges is presented in this work. The strategy is based on increasing the electron temperature in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge by using Ne as the sputtering gas. This allows for the generation of an energetic C+ ion population and a substantial increase in the C+ ion flux as compared to a conventional Ar-HiPIMS process. A direct consequence of the ionization enhancement is demonstrated by an increase in the mass density of the grown films up to 2.8 g/cm3; the density values achieved are substantially higher than those obtained from conventional magnetron sputtering methods.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2012
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74315 (URN)10.1016/j.diamond.2011.12.043 (DOI)000302887600001 ()
    Funder
    Swedish Research Council, 621-2008-3222 623-2009-7348
    Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-24 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
    2. Principles for designing sputtering-based strategies for high-rate synthesis of dense and hard hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin films
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Principles for designing sputtering-based strategies for high-rate synthesis of dense and hard hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin films
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    2014 (English)In: Diamond and related materials, ISSN 0925-9635, E-ISSN 1879-0062, Vol. 44, p. 117-122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In the present study we contribute to the understanding that is required for designing sputtering-based routes for high rate synthesis of hard and dense amorphous carbon (a-C) films. We compile and implement a strategy for synthesis of a-C thin films that entails coupling a hydrocarbon gas (acetylene) with high density discharges generated by the superposition of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS). Appropriate control of discharge density (by tuning HiPIMS/DCMS power ratio), gas phase composition and energy of the ionized depositing species leads to a route capable of providing ten-fold increase in the deposition rate of a-C film growth compared to HiPIMS Ar discharge (Aijaz et al. Diamond and Related Materials 23 (2012) 1). This is achieved without significant incorporation of H (< 10 %) and with relatively high hardness (> 25 GPa) and mass density (~2.32 g/cm3). Using our experimental data together with Monte-Carlo computer simulations and data from the literature we suggest that: (i) dissociative reactions triggered by the interactions of energetic discharge electrons with hydrocarbon gas molecules is an important additional (to the sputtering cathode) source of film forming species and (ii) film microstructure and film hydrogen content are primarily controlled by interactions of energetic plasma species with surface and sub-surface layers of the growing film.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2014
    Keywords
    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon, DLC, HiPIMS, reactive sputtering
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104261 (URN)10.1016/j.diamond.2014.02.014 (DOI)000335272800017 ()
    Available from: 2014-02-13 Created: 2014-02-13 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
    3. Synthesis of amorphous carbon thin films using acetylene-based high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Synthesis of amorphous carbon thin films using acetylene-based high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges
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    2013 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Amorphous carbon (a-C) thin films are synthesized using high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) based Ne-Ar/C2H2 discharges. Plasma properties and film growth are investigated under different gas phase composition and operating pressures. Film mass densities, H content, hardness and compressive stresses are measured. Mass densities in the order of 2.2 g/cm3, hardness close to 25 GPa and H content as low as 11% are obtained. The film properties manifest a dependence on energy and flux of the depositing species and energetic ion bombardment driven structural changes in the films are found to govern the resulting film properties.

    Keywords
    Diamond-like carbon, hydrogenated amorphous carbon, HiPIMS, Reactive sputtering
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104263 (URN)
    Available from: 2014-02-13 Created: 2014-02-13 Last updated: 2014-02-13Bibliographically approved
    4. Understanding the discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of oxides
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding the discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of oxides
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    2013 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 113, no 13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The discharge current behavior in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) of Ti-O and Al-O is investigated. It is found that for both metals, the discharge peak current significantly increases in the oxide mode in contrast to the behavior in reactive direct current magnetron sputtering where the discharge current increases for Al but decreases for Ti when oxygen is introduced. In order to investigate the increase in the discharge current in HiPIMS-mode, the ionic contribution of the discharge in the oxide and metal mode is measured using time-resolved mass spectrometry. The energy distributions and time evolution are investigated during the pulse-on time as well as in the post-discharge. In the oxide mode, the discharge is dominated by ionized oxygen, which has been preferentially sputtered from the target surface. The ionized oxygen determines the discharge behavior in reactive HiPIMS.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2013
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91256 (URN)10.1063/1.4799199 (DOI)000317238000006 ()
    Available from: 2013-04-18 Created: 2013-04-18 Last updated: 2017-12-06
    5. Exploring the potential of high power impulse magnetron sputtering for the synthesis of scratch resistant, antireflective coatings
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the potential of high power impulse magnetron sputtering for the synthesis of scratch resistant, antireflective coatings
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    2013 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Broad band anti-reflective multilayer coatings require the use of a low-index material as a top layer. Normally SiO2 is used which exhibits sufficiently low refractive index (~1.5 at 550 nm) yet its low hardness (~10 GPa) hinders its application in abrasive environments. A strategy to circumnavigate these limitations is the synthesis of multicomponent materials that combine good mechanical and optical performance. In this work we synthesize Al-Si-O thin films seeking to combine the low refractive index of SiO2 and the relatively high hardness of Al2O3. The potential of reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) for synthesizing Al-Si-O suitable for top-layers in anti-reflective coating stacks is explored by depositing films in an Ar+O2 ambient under varied target compositions (Al0.5Si0.5 and Al0.1Si0.9). The behavior of discharge current in metal and oxide mode is correlated with the plasma composition, plasma energetics as well as target surface composition in order to obtain information about the chemical nature and the energy of the film forming species. Plasma composition and plasma energetics are investigated by measuring electron density, electron temperature as well as energy distributions and as fluxes of Ar+, Al+, Si+ and O+ ions. Monte-Carlo based computer simulations are employed to assess the ion-target surface interactions to gain insight into the discharge characteristics as well as film growth. The properties of the grown films (chemical composition, mechanical and optical properties) are investigated and an understanding of the reactive HiPIMS-based growth of anti-reflective Al-Si-O thin films is established. For reference, the plasma and film properties of Al-O are also studied.

    Keywords
    Al-Si-O, anti-reflective coatings, optical coatings, HiPIMS, reactive sputtering
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104264 (URN)
    Available from: 2014-02-13 Created: 2014-02-13 Last updated: 2014-02-13Bibliographically approved
    6. Effect of peak power in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effect of peak power in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide
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    2011 (English)In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 205, no 20, p. 4828-4831Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of peak power in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) reactive deposition of TiO(2) films has been studied with respect to the deposition rate and coating properties. With increasing peak power not only the ionization of the sputtered material increases but also their energy. In order to correlate the variation in the ion energy distributions with the film properties, the phase composition, density and optical properties of the films grown with different HiPIMS-parameters have been investigated and compared to a film grown using direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS). All experiments were performed for constant average power and pulse on time (100W and 35 mu s, respectively), different peak powers were achieved by varying the frequency of pulsing. Ion energy distributions for Ti and O and its dependence on the process conditions have been studied. It was found that films with the highest density and highest refractive index were grown under moderate HiPIMS conditions (moderate peak powers) resulting in only a small loss in mass-deposition rate compared to DCMS. It was further found that TiO2 films with anatase and rutile phases can be grown at room temperature without substrate heating and without post-deposition annealing.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam., 2011
    Keywords
    HiPIMS; Titanium dioxide; Rutile; Anatase; Reactive sputtering; TiO(2)
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69795 (URN)10.1016/j.surfcoat.2011.04.071 (DOI)000292361400013 ()
    Note

    Original Publication: Montri Aiempanakit, Ulf Helmersson, Asim Aijaz, Petter Larsson, Roger Magnusson, Jens Jensen and Tomas Kubart, Effect of peak power in reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide, 2011, Surface & Coatings Technology, (205), 20, 4828-4831. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2011.04.071 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/

    Available from: 2011-08-10 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08
  • 11.
    Aijaz, Asim
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Aiempanakit, Montri
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Present address: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
    Bruns, Stefan
    Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST), Germany.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Vergöhl, Michael
    Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST), Germany.
    Sarakinos, Kostas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Exploring the potential of high power impulse magnetron sputtering for the synthesis of scratch resistant, antireflective coatings2013Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Broad band anti-reflective multilayer coatings require the use of a low-index material as a top layer. Normally SiO2 is used which exhibits sufficiently low refractive index (~1.5 at 550 nm) yet its low hardness (~10 GPa) hinders its application in abrasive environments. A strategy to circumnavigate these limitations is the synthesis of multicomponent materials that combine good mechanical and optical performance. In this work we synthesize Al-Si-O thin films seeking to combine the low refractive index of SiO2 and the relatively high hardness of Al2O3. The potential of reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) for synthesizing Al-Si-O suitable for top-layers in anti-reflective coating stacks is explored by depositing films in an Ar+O2 ambient under varied target compositions (Al0.5Si0.5 and Al0.1Si0.9). The behavior of discharge current in metal and oxide mode is correlated with the plasma composition, plasma energetics as well as target surface composition in order to obtain information about the chemical nature and the energy of the film forming species. Plasma composition and plasma energetics are investigated by measuring electron density, electron temperature as well as energy distributions and as fluxes of Ar+, Al+, Si+ and O+ ions. Monte-Carlo based computer simulations are employed to assess the ion-target surface interactions to gain insight into the discharge characteristics as well as film growth. The properties of the grown films (chemical composition, mechanical and optical properties) are investigated and an understanding of the reactive HiPIMS-based growth of anti-reflective Al-Si-O thin films is established. For reference, the plasma and film properties of Al-O are also studied.

  • 12.
    Aijaz, Asim
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Louring, Sascha
    Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark.
    Jensen, Jens
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sarakinos, Kostas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Synthesis of amorphous carbon thin films using acetylene-based high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges2013Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Amorphous carbon (a-C) thin films are synthesized using high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) based Ne-Ar/C2H2 discharges. Plasma properties and film growth are investigated under different gas phase composition and operating pressures. Film mass densities, H content, hardness and compressive stresses are measured. Mass densities in the order of 2.2 g/cm3, hardness close to 25 GPa and H content as low as 11% are obtained. The film properties manifest a dependence on energy and flux of the depositing species and energetic ion bombardment driven structural changes in the films are found to govern the resulting film properties.

  • 13.
    Aijaz, Asim
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Louring, Sascha
    Aarhus University, Denmark; Danish Technology Institute, Denmark.
    Lundin, Daniel
    University of Paris Saclay, France.
    Kubart, Tomas
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Jensen, Jens
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sarakinos, Kostas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanoscale engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Synthesis of hydrogenated diamondlike carbon thin films using neon-acetylene based high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges2016In: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, ISSN 0734-2101, E-ISSN 1520-8559, Vol. 34, no 6, article id 061504Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hydrogenated diamondlike carbon (DLC:H) thin films exhibit many interesting properties that can be tailored by controlling the composition and energy of the vapor fluxes used for their synthesis. This control can be facilitated by high electron density and/or high electron temperature plasmas that allow one to effectively tune the gas and surface chemistry during film growth, as well as the degree of ionization of the film forming species. The authors have recently demonstrated by adding Ne in an Ar-C high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharge that electron temperatures can be effectively increased to substantially ionize C species [Aijaz et al., Diamond Relat. Mater. 23, 1 (2012)]. The authors also developed an Ar-C2H2 HiPIMS process in which the high electron densities provided by the HiPIMS operation mode enhance gas phase dissociation reactions enabling control of the plasma and growth chemistry [Aijaz et al., Diamond Relat. Mater. 44, 117 (2014)]. Seeking to further enhance electron temperature and thereby promote electron impact induced interactions, control plasma chemical reaction pathways, and tune the resulting film properties, in this work, the authors synthesize DLC: H thin films by admixing Ne in a HiPIMS based Ar/C2H2 discharge. The authors investigate the plasma properties and discharge characteristics by measuring electron energy distributions as well as by studying discharge current characteristics showing an electron temperature enhancement in C2H2 based discharges and the role of ionic contribution to the film growth. These discharge conditions allow for the growth of thick (amp;gt;1 mu m) DLC: H thin films exhibiting low compressive stresses (similar to 0.5 GPa), high hardness (similar to 25 GPa), low H content (similar to 11%), and density in the order of 2.2 g/cm(3). The authors also show that film densification and change of mechanical properties are related to H removal by ion bombardment rather than subplantation. (C) 2016 American Vacuum Society.

  • 14.
    Aijaz, Asim
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Dual-magnetron open field sputtering system for sideways deposition of thin films2010In: SURFACE and COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, ISSN 0257-8972, Vol. 204, no 14, p. 2165-2169Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A dual-magnetron system for deposition inside tubular substrates has been developed. The two magnetrons are facing each other and have opposing magnetic fields forcing electrons and thereby also ionized material to be transported radially towards the substrate. The depositions were made employing direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS) and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). To optimize the deposition rate, the system was characterized at different separation distances between the magnetrons under the same sputtering conditions. The deposition rate is found to increase with increasing separation distance independent of discharge technique. The emission spectrum from the HiPIMS plasma shows a highly ionized fraction of the sputtered material. The electron densities of the order of 10(16) m(-3) and 10(18) m(-3) have been determined in the DCMS and the HiPIMS plasma discharges respectively. The results demonstrate a successful implementation of the concept of sideways deposition of thin films providing a solution for coating complex shaped surfaces.

  • 15.
    Aijaz, Asim
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sarakinos, Kostas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Brenning, Nils
    Royal Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    A strategy for increased carbon ionization in magnetron sputtering discharges2012In: Diamond and related materials, ISSN 0925-9635, E-ISSN 1879-0062, Vol. 23, p. 1-4Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A strategy that facilitates a substantial increase of carbon ionization in magnetron sputtering discharges is presented in this work. The strategy is based on increasing the electron temperature in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge by using Ne as the sputtering gas. This allows for the generation of an energetic C+ ion population and a substantial increase in the C+ ion flux as compared to a conventional Ar-HiPIMS process. A direct consequence of the ionization enhancement is demonstrated by an increase in the mass density of the grown films up to 2.8 g/cm3; the density values achieved are substantially higher than those obtained from conventional magnetron sputtering methods.

  • 16.
    Aijaz, Asim
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sarakinos, Kostas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Raza, Mohsin
    Chimie des Interactions Plasma-Surface (ChIPS), University of Mons, Belgium.
    Jensen, Jens
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Principles for designing sputtering-based strategies for high-rate synthesis of dense and hard hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin films2014In: Diamond and related materials, ISSN 0925-9635, E-ISSN 1879-0062, Vol. 44, p. 117-122Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the present study we contribute to the understanding that is required for designing sputtering-based routes for high rate synthesis of hard and dense amorphous carbon (a-C) films. We compile and implement a strategy for synthesis of a-C thin films that entails coupling a hydrocarbon gas (acetylene) with high density discharges generated by the superposition of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and direct current magnetron sputtering (DCMS). Appropriate control of discharge density (by tuning HiPIMS/DCMS power ratio), gas phase composition and energy of the ionized depositing species leads to a route capable of providing ten-fold increase in the deposition rate of a-C film growth compared to HiPIMS Ar discharge (Aijaz et al. Diamond and Related Materials 23 (2012) 1). This is achieved without significant incorporation of H (< 10 %) and with relatively high hardness (> 25 GPa) and mass density (~2.32 g/cm3). Using our experimental data together with Monte-Carlo computer simulations and data from the literature we suggest that: (i) dissociative reactions triggered by the interactions of energetic discharge electrons with hydrocarbon gas molecules is an important additional (to the sputtering cathode) source of film forming species and (ii) film microstructure and film hydrogen content are primarily controlled by interactions of energetic plasma species with surface and sub-surface layers of the growing film.

  • 17.
    Alami, Jones
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Plasma Characterization & Thin Film Growth and Analysis in Highly Ionized Magnetron Sputtering2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The present thesis addresses two research areas related to film growth in a highly ionized magnetron sputtering system: plasma characterization, and thin film growth and analysis. The deposition technique used is called high power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HPPMS). Characteristic for this technique are high energy pulses (a few Joules) of length 50-100 µs that are applied to the target (cathode) with a duty time of less than 1 % of the total pulse time. This results in a high electron density in the discharge (>1x1019 m-3) and leads to an increase of the ionization fraction of the sputtered material reaching up to 70 % for Cu.

    In this work the spatial and temporal evolution of the plasma parameters, including the electron energy distribution function (EEDF), the electron density and the electron temperature are determined using electrostatic Langmuir probes. Electron temperature measurements reveal a low effective temperature of 2-3 eV. The degree of ionization in the HPPMS discharge is explained in light of the self-sputtering yield of the target material. A simple model is therefore provided in order to compare the sputtering yield in HPPMS and that in dc magnetron sputtering (dcMS) for the same average power.

    Thin Ta films are grown using HPPMS and dcMS and their properties are studied. It is shown that enhanced microstructure and morphology of the deposited films is achieved by HPPMS. The Ta films are also deposited at a number of substrate inclination angles ranging from 0o (i.e., facing the target surface) up to 180 o (i.e., facing away from the target). Deposition rate measurements performed at all inclination angles for both techniques, reveal that growth made using HPPMS resulted in an improved film thickness at higher inclination. Furthermore, the high ionization of the Ta atoms in HPPMS discharge is found to allow for phase tailoring of the deposited films at all inclination angles by applying a bias voltage to the substrate. Finally, highly ionized magnetron sputtering of a compound MAX-phase material (Ti3SiC2) is performed, demonstrating that the HPPMS discharge could also be used to tailor the composition of the growing Ti-Si-C films.

    List of papers
    1. Evolution of the electron energy distribution and plasma parameters in a pulsed magnetron discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evolution of the electron energy distribution and plasma parameters in a pulsed magnetron discharge
    2001 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, Vol. 78, no 22, p. 3427-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate the creation of high-density plasma in a pulsed magnetron discharge. A 2.4 MW pulse, 100 µs wide, with a repetition frequency of 50 Hz is applied to a planar magnetron discharge to study the temporal behavior of the plasma parameters: the electron energy distribution function, the electron density, and the average electron energy. The electron density in the vicinity of the substrate, 20 cm below the cathode target, peaks at 8×1017 m–3, 127 µs after initiating the pulse. Towards the end of the pulse two energy groups of electrons are present with a corresponding peak in average electron energy. With the disapperance of the high-energy electron group, the electron density peaks, and the electron energy distribution appears to be Maxwellian like. Following the electron density peak, the plasma becomes more Druyvesteyn like with a higher average electron energy.

    Keywords
    sputter deposition
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13372 (URN)10.1063/1.1376150 (DOI)
    Available from: 2005-10-25 Created: 2005-10-25 Last updated: 2013-10-30
    2. Spatial and temporal behavior of the plasma parameters in a pulsed magnetron discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spatial and temporal behavior of the plasma parameters in a pulsed magnetron discharge
    2002 (English)In: Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 161, no 2-3, p. 249-256Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate the evolution of the electron, energy distribution and the plasma parameters in a high-density plasma in a pulsed magnetron discharge. The high-density plasma is created by applying a high power pulse (1–2.4 MW) with pulse length 100 μs and repetition frequency of 50 Hz to a planar magnetron discharge. The spatial and temporal behavior of the plasma parameters are investigated using a Langmuir probe; the electron energy distribution function, the electron density and the average electron energy. The electron energy distribution function during and shortly after the pulse can be represented by a bi-Maxwellian distribution indicating two energy groups of electrons. Furthermore, we report on the variation of the plasma parameters and electron energy distribution function with gas pressure in the pressure range 0.5–20 mtorr. We report electron density as high as 4×1018 m−3 at 10 mtorr and 9 cm below the target in a pulsed discharge with average power 300 W. We estimate the traveling speed of the electron density peak along the axis of the discharge. The traveling speed decreases with increased gas pressure from 4×105 cm/s at 0.5 mtorr to 0.87×105 cm s−1 at 10 mtorr. The effective electron temperature peaks at the same time independent of position in the discharge, which indicates a burst of high energy electrons at the end of the pulse.

    Keywords
    Pulsed magnetron sputtering, Time evolution, Ionized sputtering, High density plasma, Ionized metal plasma
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13373 (URN)10.1016/S0257-8972(02)00518-2 (DOI)
    Available from: 2005-10-25 Created: 2005-10-25 Last updated: 2013-10-30
    3. Plasma dynamics in a highly ionized pulsed magnetron discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plasma dynamics in a highly ionized pulsed magnetron discharge
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    2005 (English)In: Plasma sources science & technology (Print), ISSN 0963-0252, E-ISSN 1361-6595, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 525-531Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We report on electrostatic probe measurements of a high-power pulsed magnetron discharge. Space- and time-dependent characteristics of the plasma parameters are obtained as functions of the process parameters. By applying high-power pulses (peak power of ~0.5 MW), with a pulse-on time of ~100 µs and a repetition frequency of 20 ms, peak electron densities of the order of ~1019 m− 3, i.e. three orders of magnitude higher than for a conventional dc magnetron discharge, are achieved soon after the pulse is switched on. At high sputtering gas pressures (>5 mTorr), a second peak occurs in the electron density curve, hundreds of microseconds after the pulse is switched off. This second peak is mainly due to an ion acoustic wave in the plasma, reflecting off the chamber walls. This is concluded from the time delay between the two peaks in the electron and ion saturation currents, which is shown to be dependent on the chamber dimensions and the sputtering gas composition. Finally, the electron temperature is determined, initially very high but decreasing rapidly as the pulse is turned off. The reduction seen in the electron temperature, close to the etched area of the cathode, is due to cooling by the sputtered metal atoms.

    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13374 (URN)10.1088/0963-0252/14/3/015 (DOI)
    Available from: 2005-10-25 Created: 2005-10-25 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    4. Ion-accoustic solitary waves in a high power pulsed magnetron sputtering discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ion-accoustic solitary waves in a high power pulsed magnetron sputtering discharge
    2005 (English)In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, ISSN 0022-3727, E-ISSN 1361-6463, Vol. 38, no 18, p. 3417-3421Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We report on the creation and propagation of ion-acoustic solitary waves in a high power pulsed magnetron sputtering discharge. A dense localized plasma is created by applying high energy pulses (4–12 J) of length 70 µs, at a repetition frequency of 50 pulses per second, to a planar magnetron sputtering source. The temporal behaviour of the electron density, measured by a Langmuir probe, shows solitary waves travelling away from the magnetron target. The velocity of the waves depends on the gas pressure but is roughly independent of the pulse energy.

    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13375 (URN)10.1088/0022-3727/38/18/015 (DOI)
    Available from: 2005-10-25 Created: 2005-10-25 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    5. Ion-assisted Physical Vapor Deposition for enhanced film properties on non-flat surfaces
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ion-assisted Physical Vapor Deposition for enhanced film properties on non-flat surfaces
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    2005 (English)In: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, ISSN 0734-2101, E-ISSN 1520-8559, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 278-280Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We have synthesized Ta thin films on Si substrates placed along a wall of a 2-cm-deep and 1-cm-wide trench, using both a mostly neutral Ta flux by conventional dc magnetron sputtering (dcMS) and a mostly ionized Ta flux by high-power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HPPMS). Structure of the grown films was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The Ta thin film grown by HPPMS has a smooth surface and a dense crystalline structure with grains oriented perpendicular to the substrate surface, whereas the film grown by dcMS exhibits a rough surface, pores between the grains, and an inclined columnar structure. The improved homogeneity achieved by HPPMS is a direct consequence of the high ion fraction of sputtered species.

    Keywords
    tantalum, ion beam assisted deposition, sputter deposition, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, surface structure, surface roughness, porosity, metallic thin films
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13376 (URN)10.1116/1.1861049 (DOI)
    Available from: 2005-10-25 Created: 2005-10-25 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    6. Phase tailoring of Ta thin films by highly ionized pulsed magnetron sputtering
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Phase tailoring of Ta thin films by highly ionized pulsed magnetron sputtering
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    2007 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 7-8, p. 3434-3438Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Ta thin films were grown on Si substrates at different inclination angles with respect to the sputter source using high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS), an ionized physical vapor deposition technique. The ionization allowed for better control of the energy and directionality of the sputtered species, and consequently for improved properties of the deposited films. Depositions were made on Si substrates with the native oxide intact. The structure of the as deposited films was investigated using X-ray diffraction, while a four-point probe setup was used to measure the resistivity. A substrate bias process-window for growth of bcc-Ta was observed. However, the process-window position changed with changing inclination angles of the substrate. The formation of this low-resistivity bcc-phase could be understood in light of the high ion flux from the HIPIMS discharge.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2007
    Keywords
    HPPMS, Ionized PVD, IPVD, Pulsed sputtering
    National Category
    Physical Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10442 (URN)10.1016/j.tsf.2006.10.013 (DOI)
    Note
    Original publication: J. Alamia, P. Eklunda, J.M. Anderssona, M. Lattemanna, E. Wallina, J. Bohlmarka, P. Perssona, and U. Helmersson, Phase tailoring of Ta thin films by highly ionized pulsed magnetron sputtering, 2007, Thin Solid Films, (515), 7-8, 3434-3438. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2006.10.013. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/Available from: 2007-12-14 Created: 2007-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
    7. High-power impulse magnetron sputtering of Ti-Si-C thin films from a Ti3SiC2 compound target
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>High-power impulse magnetron sputtering of Ti-Si-C thin films from a Ti3SiC2 compound target
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    2006 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 4, p. 1731-1736Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We have deposited Ti-Si-C thin films using high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) from a Ti3SiC2 compound target. The as-deposited films were composite materials with TiC as the main crystalline constituent. X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that they also contained amorphous SiC, and for films deposited on inclined substrates, crystalline Ti5Si3Cx. The film morphology was dense and flat, while films deposited with dc magnetron sputtering under comparable conditions were rough and porous. Due to the high degree of ionization of the sputtered species obtained in HIPIMS, it is possible to control the film composition, in particular the C content, by tuning the substrate inclination angle, the Ar process pressure, and the bias voltage.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi, 2006
    Keywords
    HIPIMS, Titanium silicon carbide
    National Category
    Physical Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10437 (URN)10.1016/j.tsf.2006.06.015 (DOI)000242931900079 ()
    Note

    Original publication: J. Alami, P. Eklund, J. Emmerlich, O. Wilhelmsson, U. Jansson, H. Högberg, L. Hultman, & U. Helmersson, High-power impulse magnetron sputtering of Ti-Si-C thin films from a Ti3SiC2 compound target, 2006, Thin Solid Films, (515), 4, 1731-1736. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2006.06.015. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/.

    Available from: 2007-12-14 Created: 2007-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
  • 18.
    Alami, Jones
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Eklund, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Jon M.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lattemann, Martina
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wallin, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Persson, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Phase tailoring of Ta thin films by highly ionized pulsed magnetron sputtering2007In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 7-8, p. 3434-3438Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ta thin films were grown on Si substrates at different inclination angles with respect to the sputter source using high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS), an ionized physical vapor deposition technique. The ionization allowed for better control of the energy and directionality of the sputtered species, and consequently for improved properties of the deposited films. Depositions were made on Si substrates with the native oxide intact. The structure of the as deposited films was investigated using X-ray diffraction, while a four-point probe setup was used to measure the resistivity. A substrate bias process-window for growth of bcc-Ta was observed. However, the process-window position changed with changing inclination angles of the substrate. The formation of this low-resistivity bcc-phase could be understood in light of the high ion flux from the HIPIMS discharge.

  • 19.
    Alami, Jones
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Eklund, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Emmerlich, Jens
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wilhelmsson, O.
    Department of Materials Chemistry, The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Jansson, U.
    Department of Materials Chemistry, The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Högberg, Hans
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hultman, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    High-power impulse magnetron sputtering of Ti-Si-C thin films from a Ti3SiC2 compound target2006In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 4, p. 1731-1736Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have deposited Ti-Si-C thin films using high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) from a Ti3SiC2 compound target. The as-deposited films were composite materials with TiC as the main crystalline constituent. X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that they also contained amorphous SiC, and for films deposited on inclined substrates, crystalline Ti5Si3Cx. The film morphology was dense and flat, while films deposited with dc magnetron sputtering under comparable conditions were rough and porous. Due to the high degree of ionization of the sputtered species obtained in HIPIMS, it is possible to control the film composition, in particular the C content, by tuning the substrate inclination angle, the Ar process pressure, and the bias voltage.

  • 20.
    Alami, Jones
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gudmundsson, J. T.
    University of Iceland, Reykjavik.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Birch, Jens
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Plasma dynamics in a highly ionized pulsed magnetron discharge2005In: Plasma sources science & technology (Print), ISSN 0963-0252, E-ISSN 1361-6595, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 525-531Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on electrostatic probe measurements of a high-power pulsed magnetron discharge. Space- and time-dependent characteristics of the plasma parameters are obtained as functions of the process parameters. By applying high-power pulses (peak power of ~0.5 MW), with a pulse-on time of ~100 µs and a repetition frequency of 20 ms, peak electron densities of the order of ~1019 m− 3, i.e. three orders of magnitude higher than for a conventional dc magnetron discharge, are achieved soon after the pulse is switched on. At high sputtering gas pressures (>5 mTorr), a second peak occurs in the electron density curve, hundreds of microseconds after the pulse is switched off. This second peak is mainly due to an ion acoustic wave in the plasma, reflecting off the chamber walls. This is concluded from the time delay between the two peaks in the electron and ion saturation currents, which is shown to be dependent on the chamber dimensions and the sputtering gas composition. Finally, the electron temperature is determined, initially very high but decreasing rapidly as the pulse is turned off. The reduction seen in the electron temperature, close to the etched area of the cathode, is due to cooling by the sputtered metal atoms.

  • 21.
    Alami, Jones
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Persson, Per O. Å.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Music, Denis
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gudmundsson, J. T.
    University of Iceland, Reykjavik.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ion-assisted Physical Vapor Deposition for enhanced film properties on non-flat surfaces2005In: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, ISSN 0734-2101, E-ISSN 1520-8559, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 278-280Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have synthesized Ta thin films on Si substrates placed along a wall of a 2-cm-deep and 1-cm-wide trench, using both a mostly neutral Ta flux by conventional dc magnetron sputtering (dcMS) and a mostly ionized Ta flux by high-power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HPPMS). Structure of the grown films was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The Ta thin film grown by HPPMS has a smooth surface and a dense crystalline structure with grains oriented perpendicular to the substrate surface, whereas the film grown by dcMS exhibits a rough surface, pores between the grains, and an inclined columnar structure. The improved homogeneity achieved by HPPMS is a direct consequence of the high ion fraction of sputtered species.

  • 22.
    Andersson, Jon M.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Czigány, Zs.
    Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest, Hungary.
    Jin, P.
    National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Nagoya 463-8560, Japan.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Microstructure of α-alumina thin films deposited at low temperatures on chromia template layers2004In: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, ISSN 0734-2101, E-ISSN 1520-8559, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 117-121Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Radio frequency sputtering has been used to deposit -alumina (-Al2O3) thin films at substrate temperatures of 280–560 °C. The films are shown to be single phased and hard. Nanoindentation gives values of 306±31 and 27±3 GPa for elastic modulus and hardness, respectively, for a substrate temperature of 280 °C. Growth of the phase was achieved by in situ predeposition of a chromia template layer. Chromia crystallizes in the same hexagonal structure as -alumina, with a lattice mismatch of 4.1% in the a- and 4.6% in the c-parameter, and is shown to nucleate readily on the amorphous substrates (silicon with a natural oxide layer). This results in local epitaxy of -alumina on the chromia layer, as is shown by transmission electron microscopy. The alumina grains are columnar with grain widths increasing from 22±7 to 41±9 nm, as the temperature increases from 280 to 560 °C. This is consistent with a surface diffusion dominated growth mode and suggests that -alumina deposition at low temperatures is possible once initial grain nucleation has occurred. Results are also presented demonstrating chromia/-alumina growth on a technological substrate (Haynes230 Ni-based super alloy, Haynes International, Inc.).

  • 23.
    Andersson, Jon M.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wallin, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chirita, Valeriu
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Münger, E. Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ab initio calculations on the effects of additives on alumina phase stability2005In: Physical review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, ISSN 1098-0121, Vol. 71, no 014101, p. 014101-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effects of substitutional additives on the properties and phase stability of - and -alumina (Al2O3), are investigated by density functional theory total energy calculations. The dopants explored are 5 at. % of Cr, Mo, Co, and As substituting for Al, respectively, N and S substituting for O, in the and lattices. Overall, the results show that it is possible to shift, and even reverse, the relative stability between - and -alumina by substitutional additives. The alumina bulk moduli are, in general, only slightly affected by the dopants but density of states profiles reveal additional peaks in the alumina band gaps. We also show that phase separations into pure oxides are energetically favored over doped alumina formation, and we present results on a number of previously unstudied binary oxides.

  • 24.
    Andersson, Jon M.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wallin, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Münger, E. Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Molecular content of the deposition flux during reactive Ar/O2 magnetron sputtering of Al2006In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 88, no 05, p. Art. No. 054101 JAN 30 2006-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The deposition flux obtained during reactive radio frequency magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 gas mixtures was studied by mass spectrometry. The results show significant amounts of molecular AlO+ (up to 10% of the Al+ flux) in the ionic flux incident onto the substrate. In the presence of ~10–4 Pa H2O additional OH+ and AlOH+ were detected, amounting to up to about 100% and 30% of the Al+ flux, respectively. Since the ions represent a small fraction of the total deposition flux, an estimation of the neutral content was also made. These calculations show that, due to the higher ionization probability of Al, the amount of neutral AlO in the deposition flux is of the order of, or even higher than, the amount of Al. These findings might be of great aid when explaining the alumina thin film growth process.

  • 25.
    Andersson, Jon M.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wallin, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Münger, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Energy distributions of positive and negative ions during magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 mixtures2006In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 100, no 3, p. Art. No. 033305 AUG 1 2006-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The ion flux obtained during reactive magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 gas mixtures was studied by energy-resolved mass spectrometry, as a function of the total and O2 partial pressures. The positive ions of film-forming species exhibited bimodal energy distributions, both for direct current and radio frequency discharges, with the higher energy ions most likely originating from sputtered neutrals. For the negative oxygen ions a high-energy peak was observed, corresponding to ions formed at the target surface and accelerated towards the substrate over the sheath potential. As the total pressure was increased the high-energy peaks diminished due to gas-phase scattering. Based on these results, the role of energetic bombardment for the phase constituent of alumina thin films are discussed.

  • 26.
    Andersson, Jon Martin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Controlling the Formation and Stability of Alumina Phases2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, physical phenomena related to the growth and phase formation of alumina, Al2O3, are investigated by experiments and computer calculations. Alumina finds applications in a wide variety of areas, due to many beneficial properties and several existing crystalline phases. For example, the α and κ phases are widely used as wear-resistant coatings due to their hardness and thermal stability, while, e.g., the metastable γ and θ phases find applications as catalysts or catalyst supports, since their surface energies are low and, hence, they have large surface areas available for catalytic reactions.

    The metastable phases are involved in transition sequences, which all irreversibly end in the transformation to the stable α phase at about 1050 °C. As a consequence, the metastable aluminas, which can be grown at low temperatures, cannot be used in high temperature applications, since they are destroyed by the transformation into α. In contrast, α-alumina, which is the only thermodynamically stable phase, typically require high growth temperatures (~1000 °C), prohibiting the use of temperature sensitive substrates. Thus, there is a need for increasing the thermal stability of metastable alumina and decreasing the growth temperature of the α phase.

    In the experimental part of this work, hard and single-phased α-alumina thin films were grown by magnetron sputtering at temperatures down to 280 °C. This dramaticdecrease in growth temperature was achieved by two main factors. Firstly, the nucleation stage of growth was controlled by pre-depositing a chromia “template” layer, which is demonstrated to promote nucleation of α-alumina. Secondly, it is shown that energetic bombardment was needed to sustain growth of the α phase. Energy-resolved mass spectrometry measurements demonstrate that the likely source of energetic bombardment, in the present case, was oxygen ions/atoms originating from the target surface. Overall, these results demonstrate that low-temperature α-alumina growth is possible by controlling both the nucleation step of growth as well as the energetic bombardment of the growing film. In addition, the mass spectrometry studies showed that a large fraction of the deposition flux consisted of AlO molecules, which were sputtered from the target. Since the film is formed by chemical bonding between the depositing species, this observation is important for the fundamental understanding of alumina thin film growth.

    In the computational part of the work, the effect of additives on the phase stability of α- and θ-alumina was investigated by density functional theory calculations. A systematic study was performed of a large number of substitutional dopants in the alumina lattices. Most tested dopants tended to reverse the stability between α- and θ-alumina; so that, e.g., Modoping made the θ phase energetically favored. Thus, it is possible to stabilize the metastable phases by additives. An important reason for this is the physical size of the dopant ions with respect to the space available within the alumina lattices. For example, large ions induced θ stabilization, while ions only slightly larger than Al, e.g., Co and Cu, gave a slight increase in the relative stability of the α phase. We also studied the stability of some of these compounds with respect to pure alumina and other phases, containing the dopants, with the result that phase separations are energetically favored and will most likely occur at elevated temperatures.

    List of papers
    1. Microstructure of α-alumina thin films deposited at low temperatures on chromia template layers
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Microstructure of α-alumina thin films deposited at low temperatures on chromia template layers
    2004 (English)In: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, ISSN 0734-2101, E-ISSN 1520-8559, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 117-121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Radio frequency sputtering has been used to deposit -alumina (-Al2O3) thin films at substrate temperatures of 280–560 °C. The films are shown to be single phased and hard. Nanoindentation gives values of 306±31 and 27±3 GPa for elastic modulus and hardness, respectively, for a substrate temperature of 280 °C. Growth of the phase was achieved by in situ predeposition of a chromia template layer. Chromia crystallizes in the same hexagonal structure as -alumina, with a lattice mismatch of 4.1% in the a- and 4.6% in the c-parameter, and is shown to nucleate readily on the amorphous substrates (silicon with a natural oxide layer). This results in local epitaxy of -alumina on the chromia layer, as is shown by transmission electron microscopy. The alumina grains are columnar with grain widths increasing from 22±7 to 41±9 nm, as the temperature increases from 280 to 560 °C. This is consistent with a surface diffusion dominated growth mode and suggests that -alumina deposition at low temperatures is possible once initial grain nucleation has occurred. Results are also presented demonstrating chromia/-alumina growth on a technological substrate (Haynes230 Ni-based super alloy, Haynes International, Inc.).

    Keywords
    alumina, chromium compounds, sputtered coatings, indentation, elastic moduli, hardness, sputter deposition, transmission electron microscopy, epitaxial layers, grain size, surface diffusion, nucleation, wear resistant coatings, thermal barrier coatings
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13578 (URN)10.1116/1.1636157 (DOI)
    Available from: 2008-11-13 Created: 2008-09-29 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    2. Phase control of Al2O3 thin films grown at low temperatures
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Phase control of Al2O3 thin films grown at low temperatures
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    2006 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 513, no 1-2, p. 57-59Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Low-temperature growth (500 °C) of α-Al2O3 thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering was achieved for the first time. The films were grown onto Cr2O3 nucleation layers and the effects of the total and O2 partial pressures were investigated. At 0.33 Pa total pressure and ≥ 16 mPa O2 partial pressure α-Al2O3 films formed, while at lower O2 pressure or higher total pressure (0.67 Pa), only γ phase was detected in the films (which were all stoichiometric). Based on these results we suggest that α phase formation was promoted by a high energetic bombardment of the growth surface. This implies that the phase content of Al2O3 films can be controlled by controlling the energy of the depositing species. The effect of residual H2O (10− 4 Pa) on the films was also studied, showing no change in phase content and no incorporated H (< 0.1%). Overall, these results are of fundamental importance in the further development of low-temperature Al2O3 growth processes.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier, 2006
    Keywords
    Aluminum oxide, Chromium oxide, Sputtering, Ion bombardment, X-ray diffraction
    National Category
    Physical Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14318 (URN)10.1016/j.tsf.2006.01.016 (DOI)
    Note
    Original publication: Andersson, J.M., Wallin, E., Helmersson, U., Kreissig, U. and Münger, E.P., Phase control of Al2O3 thin films grown at low temperatures, 2006, Thin Solid Films, (513), 1-2, 57-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2006.01.016. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2007-03-02 Created: 2007-03-02 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    3. Molecular content of the deposition flux during reactive Ar/O2 magnetron sputtering of Al
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Molecular content of the deposition flux during reactive Ar/O2 magnetron sputtering of Al
    2006 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 88, no 05, p. Art. No. 054101 JAN 30 2006-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The deposition flux obtained during reactive radio frequency magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 gas mixtures was studied by mass spectrometry. The results show significant amounts of molecular AlO+ (up to 10% of the Al+ flux) in the ionic flux incident onto the substrate. In the presence of ~10–4 Pa H2O additional OH+ and AlOH+ were detected, amounting to up to about 100% and 30% of the Al+ flux, respectively. Since the ions represent a small fraction of the total deposition flux, an estimation of the neutral content was also made. These calculations show that, due to the higher ionization probability of Al, the amount of neutral AlO in the deposition flux is of the order of, or even higher than, the amount of Al. These findings might be of great aid when explaining the alumina thin film growth process.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi, 2006
    Keywords
    alumina, dielectric thin films, sputter deposition, mass spectra
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10452 (URN)10.1063/1.2170404 (DOI)
    Note
    Original publication: Andersson, J.M., Wallin, E., Münger, E.P. & Helmersson, U., Molecular content of the deposition flux during reactive Ar/O2 magnetron sputtering of Al, 2006, Applied Physics Letters, (88), 054101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2170404. Copyright: American Institute of Physics, http://apl.aip.org/apl/top.jspAvailable from: 2007-12-17 Created: 2007-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-14
    4. Effects of additives in α- and θ-alumina: an ab initio study
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effects of additives in α- and θ-alumina: an ab initio study
    2004 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, Vol. 16, no 49, p. 8971-8980Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    It is of high fundamental and practical importance to be able to control the formation and stability of the different crystalline phases of alumina (Al2O3). In this study, we have used density functional theory methods to investigate the changes induced in the thermodynamically stable α phase and the metastable θ phase as one eighth of the Al atoms are substituted for different additives (Sc, W, Mo, Cr, Cu, Si, and B). The calculations predict that the additives strongly affect the relative stability between the two phases. Most tested additives are shown to shift the relative stability towards, and in some cases completely stabilize, the θ phase, while Cu doping is predicted to increase the relative stability of the α phase. The reasons for these effects are discussed, as are possible implications on the growth and use of doped aluminas in practical applications. In addition, the effects of the additives on bulk moduli and densities of states have been investigated.

    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13581 (URN)10.1088/0953-8984/16/49/012 (DOI)
    Available from: 2005-12-13 Created: 2005-12-13 Last updated: 2013-10-30
    5. Ab initio calculations on the effects of additives on alumina phase stability
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ab initio calculations on the effects of additives on alumina phase stability
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    2005 (English)In: Physical review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics, ISSN 1098-0121, Vol. 71, no 014101, p. 014101-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The effects of substitutional additives on the properties and phase stability of - and -alumina (Al2O3), are investigated by density functional theory total energy calculations. The dopants explored are 5 at. % of Cr, Mo, Co, and As substituting for Al, respectively, N and S substituting for O, in the and lattices. Overall, the results show that it is possible to shift, and even reverse, the relative stability between - and -alumina by substitutional additives. The alumina bulk moduli are, in general, only slightly affected by the dopants but density of states profiles reveal additional peaks in the alumina band gaps. We also show that phase separations into pure oxides are energetically favored over doped alumina formation, and we present results on a number of previously unstudied binary oxides.

    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13582 (URN)10.1103/PhysRevB.71.014101 (DOI)
    Available from: 2005-12-13 Created: 2005-12-13 Last updated: 2013-10-30
    6. Energy distributions of positive and negative ions during magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 mixtures
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Energy distributions of positive and negative ions during magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 mixtures
    2006 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 100, no 3, p. Art. No. 033305 AUG 1 2006-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The ion flux obtained during reactive magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 gas mixtures was studied by energy-resolved mass spectrometry, as a function of the total and O2 partial pressures. The positive ions of film-forming species exhibited bimodal energy distributions, both for direct current and radio frequency discharges, with the higher energy ions most likely originating from sputtered neutrals. For the negative oxygen ions a high-energy peak was observed, corresponding to ions formed at the target surface and accelerated towards the substrate over the sheath potential. As the total pressure was increased the high-energy peaks diminished due to gas-phase scattering. Based on these results, the role of energetic bombardment for the phase constituent of alumina thin films are discussed.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    College Park, MD, United States: American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2006
    Keywords
    aluminium, sputter deposition, diffusion, mass spectra, high-frequency discharges, plasma materials processing
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10472 (URN)10.1063/1.2219163 (DOI)000239764100014 ()
    Note

    Original publication: Jon M. Andersson, E. Wallin, E. P. Münger & U. Helmersson, Energy distributions of positive and negative ions during magnetron sputtering of an Al target in Ar/O2 mixtures, 2006, Journal of Applied Physics, (100), 033305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2219163. Copyright: American Institute of Physics, http://jap.aip.org/jap/top.jsp

    Available from: 2007-12-19 Created: 2007-12-19 Last updated: 2017-12-14
  • 27.
    Andersson, Jon Martin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wallin, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kreissig, U.
    Institute for Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, PF 510119, D-01314 Dresden, Germany.
    Münger, E. Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Phase control of Al2O3 thin films grown at low temperatures2006In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 513, no 1-2, p. 57-59Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Low-temperature growth (500 °C) of α-Al2O3 thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering was achieved for the first time. The films were grown onto Cr2O3 nucleation layers and the effects of the total and O2 partial pressures were investigated. At 0.33 Pa total pressure and ≥ 16 mPa O2 partial pressure α-Al2O3 films formed, while at lower O2 pressure or higher total pressure (0.67 Pa), only γ phase was detected in the films (which were all stoichiometric). Based on these results we suggest that α phase formation was promoted by a high energetic bombardment of the growth surface. This implies that the phase content of Al2O3 films can be controlled by controlling the energy of the depositing species. The effect of residual H2O (10− 4 Pa) on the films was also studied, showing no change in phase content and no incorporated H (< 0.1%). Overall, these results are of fundamental importance in the further development of low-temperature Al2O3 growth processes.

  • 28.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Persson, Nils-Krister
    School of Engineering, Swedish School of Textiles, University College of Borås, SE-501 90 Borås, Sweden.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Comparative study of organic thin film tandem solar cells in alternative geometries2008In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 104, no 12, p. 124508-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Optical modeling of one folded tandem solar cell and four types of stacked tandem solar cells has been performed using the finite element method and the transfer matrix method for the folded cell and the stacked cells, respectively. The results are analyzed by comparing upper limits for short circuit currents and power conversion efficiencies. In the case of serial connected tandems all of the five cell types may be compared, and we find that the folded cells are comparable to stacked tandem cells in terms of currents and power conversion efficiencies.

  • 29.
    Arumskog, Pär
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    A Combinatorial Chemistry Approach to the Amorphous Al-In-Zn-O Transparent Oxide Semiconductor System2012Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report describes the successful application of a combinatorial chemistry approach to the evaluation of the amorphous transparent oxide semiconductor Al-In-Zn-O, a-AIZO, for use as channel layers in thin film transistors, TFTs. Many technologies, such as computing and electronic displays, rely on the use of the transistor. In particular, for flat panel displays, the development of new TFTs for the control electronics are necessary for thinner displays with better resolution. In addition, transparent materials deposited at low temperatures would enable a new range of applications. To accomplish this, new materials for the TFT channel layer are needed.

    Transparent oxide semiconductors (TOS) are one alternative the silicon based materials currently in use and the first TOS, amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O, has just gone into production. However, despite its good properties, it suffers from the disadvantage of containing the scarce and expensive metals In and Ga. Several attempts have been made to replace Ga with Al but no systematic study of a-AIZO has been reported. This report describes such a study, using a method known as combinatorial chemistry.

    Initially, a-AIZO thin films with composition gradients were deposited by DC/RF magnetron sputtering and, following characterization, TFTs with a variety of a-AIZO channel layer composition were manufactured and investigated. Two different compositional areas were found to yield TFTs with good characteristics.

  • 30.
    Askari Ghotbabadi, Sadegh
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. University of Ulster, North Ireland.
    Ul Haq, Atta
    University of Ulster, North Ireland.
    Macias-Montero, Manuel
    University of Ulster, North Ireland.
    Levchenko, Igor
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
    Yu, Fengjiao
    University of St Andrews, Scotland.
    Zhou, Wuzong
    University of St Andrews, Scotland.
    (Ken) Ostrikov, Kostya
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; CSIRO, Australia.
    Maguire, Paul
    University of Ulster, North Ireland.
    Svrcek, Vladimir
    National Institute Adv Ind Science and Technology, Japan.
    Mariotti, Davide
    University of Ulster, North Ireland.
    Ultra-small photoluminescent silicon-carbide nanocrystals by atmospheric-pressure plasmas2016In: Nanoscale, ISSN 2040-3364, E-ISSN 2040-3372, Vol. 8, no 39, p. 17141-17149Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Highly size-controllable synthesis of free-standing perfectly crystalline silicon carbide nanocrystals has been achieved for the first time through a plasma-based bottom-up process. This low-cost, scalable, ligand-free atmospheric pressure technique allows fabrication of ultra-small (down to 1.5 nm) nanocrystals with very low level of surface contamination, leading to fundamental insights into optical properties of the nanocrystals. This is also confirmed by their exceptional photoluminescence emission yield enhanced by more than 5 times by reducing the nanocrystals sizes in the range of 1-5 nm, which is attributed to quantum confinement in ultra-small nanocrystals. This method is potentially scalable and readily extendable to a wide range of other classes of materials. Moreover, this ligand-free process can produce colloidal nanocrystals by direct deposition into liquid, onto biological materials or onto the substrate of choice to form nanocrystal films. Our simple but efficient approach based on non-equilibrium plasma environment is a response to the need of most efficient bottom-up processes in nanosynthesis and nanotechnology.

  • 31.
    Askari, Sadegh
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Christian Albrechts Univ Kiel, Germany.
    Mariotti, Davide
    Ulster Univ, North Ireland.
    Stehr, Jan Eric
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Benedikt, Jan
    Christian Albrechts Univ Kiel, Germany.
    Keraudy, Julien
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Low-Loss and Tunable Localized Mid-Infrared Plasmons in Nanocrystals of Highly Degenerate InN2018In: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 18, no 9, p. 5681-5687Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Plasmonic response of free charges confined in nanostructures of plasmonic materials is a powerful means for manipulating the light-material interaction at the nanoscale and hence has influence on various relevant technologies. In particular, plasmonic materials responsive in the mid-infrared range are technologically important as the mid-infrared is home to the vibrational resonance of molecules and also thermal radiation of hot objects. However, the development of the field is practically challenged with the lack of low-loss materials supporting high quality plasmons in this range of the spectrum. Here, we demonstrate that degenerately doped InN nanocrystals (NCs) support tunable and low-loss plasmon resonance spanning the entire midwave infrared range. Modulating free-carrier concentration is achieved by engineering nitrogen-vacancy defects (InN1-x, 0.017 amp;lt; x amp;lt; 0.085) in highly degenerate NCs using a nonequilibrium gas-phase growth process. Despite the significant reduction in the carrier mobility relative to intrinsic InN, the mobility in degenerate InN NCs (amp;gt;60 cm(2)/(V s)) remains considerably higher than the carrier mobility reported for other materials NCs such as doped metal oxides, chalcogenides, and noble metals. These findings demonstrate feasibility of controlled tuning of infrared plasmon resonances in a low-loss material of III-V compounds and open a gateway to further studies of these materials nanostructures for infrared plasmonic applications.

  • 32.
    Atakan, Aylin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanostructured Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Mäkie, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanostructured Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Söderlind, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Keraudy, Julien
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Johansson, Emma
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanostructured Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Odén, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanostructured Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Synthesis of a Cu-infiltrated Zr-doped SBA-15 catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation into methanol and dimethyl ethert2017In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 19, no 29, p. 19139-19149Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A catalytically active nanoassembly comprising Cu-nanoparticles grown on integrated and active supports (large pore Zr-doped mesoporous SBA-15 silica) has been synthesized and used to promote CO2 hydrogenation. The doped mesoporous material was synthesized using a sal-gel method, in which the pore size was tuned between 11 and 15 nm while maintaining a specific surface area of about 700 m(2) g (1). The subsequent Cu nanoparticle growth was achieved by an infiltration process involving attachment of different functional groups on the external and internal surfaces of the mesoporous structure such that 7-10 nm sized Cu nanoparticles grew preferentially inside the pores. Chemisorption showed improved absorption of both CO2 and H-2 for the assembly compared to pure SBA-15 and 15% of the total CO2 was converted to methanol and dimethyl ether at 250 degrees C and 33 bar.

  • 33.
    Bauer, Markus
    et al.
    IFM Linköping university.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Gas-rarefaction in High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering2007In: Symposium on Ionized Physical Vapor Deposition,2007, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

      

  • 34.
    Boyd, Robert
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gunnarsson, Rickard
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pilch, Iris
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Characterisation of Nanoparticle Structure by High Resolution Electron Microscopy2014In: Electron Microscopy and Analysis Group Conference  (EMAG2013), Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2014, Vol. 522, no 012065, p. 012065-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Whilst the use of microscopic techniques to determine the size distributions of nanoparticle samples is now well established, their characterisation challenges extend well beyond this. Here it is shown how high resolution electron microscopy can help meet these challenges. One of the key parameters is the determination of particle shape and structure in three dimensions. Here two approaches to determining nanoparticle structure are described and demonstrated. In the first scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with high angle annular dark field imaging (HAADF-STEM) is used to image homogenous nanoparticles, where the contrast is directly related to the thickness of the material in the electron beam. It is shown that this can be related to the three dimensional shape of the nano-object. High resolution TEM imaging, combined with fast Fourier transform (FFT) analysis, can determine the crystalline structure and orientation of nanoparticles as well as the presence of any defects. This combined approach allows the physical structure of a significant number of nano-objects to be characterised, relatively quickly.

  • 35.
    Boyd, Robert
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pilch, Iris
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Garbrecht, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Halvarsson, M
    Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Double oxide shell layer formed on a metal nanoparticle as revealed by aberration corrected (scanning) transmission electron microscopy2014In: Materials Research Express, E-ISSN 2053-1591, Vol. 1, no 2, article id 025016Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Determining the extent of oxidation in batches of metal nanoparticles is essential to predict the behaviour of the material. Using aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) it was possible to detect the formation of an oxide shell, of thickness 3 nm, on the surface of copper nanoparticles. Further analysis showed that this shell actually consists of two layers, both of which were polycrystalline in nature with domains in the size range of 1-2 nm, and having a thickness of 1.5 nm each. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy confirms that the layers arise due to the formation of oxides, but it was not possible to determine their exact nature. Analysis of the intensity variation within images obtained via probe corrected scanning TEM combined with a high angle annular dark field detector indicates that the shell consists of an inner layer of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) and an outer layer of cupric oxide (CuO). This work was complemented by conventional TEM which provided size distribution and revealed that the majority of particles have a core consisting of a single crystal of copper. This demonstrates the ability of TEM to help to determine the oxidation state of nanoparticles and its potential to be applied to a wide range of homogenous and heterogeneous nanoparticles.

  • 36.
    Boyd, Robert
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Söderlind, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Odén, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanostructured Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pilch, Iris
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Complex 3D nanocoral like structures formed by copper nanoparticle aggregation on nanostructured zinc oxide rods2016In: Materials letters (General ed.), ISSN 0167-577X, E-ISSN 1873-4979, Vol. 184, p. 127-130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports a new strategy for nanoparticle surface assembly so that they form anisotropic fibril like features, consisting of particles directly attached to each other, which can extend 500 nm from the surface. The particles are both formed and deposited in a single step process enabled via the use of a pulsed plasma based technique. Using this approach, we have successfully modified zinc oxide rods, up to several hundred nanometers in diameter, with 25 nm diameter copper nanoparticles for catalytic applications. The resulting structure could be modelled using a diffusion limited aggregation based approach. This gives the material the appearance of marine coral, hence the term nanocoral. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 37.
    Brenning, N
    et al.
    Royal Institute Technology.
    Huo, C
    Royal Institute Technology.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Raadu, M A
    Royal Institute Technology.
    Vitelaru, C
    University of Paris 11.
    Stancu, G D
    University of Paris 11.
    Minea, T
    University of Paris 11.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Understanding deposition rate loss in high power impulse magnetron sputtering: I. Ionization-driven electric fields2012In: Plasma sources science & technology (Print), ISSN 0963-0252, E-ISSN 1361-6595, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 025005-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The lower deposition rate for high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) compared with direct current magnetron sputtering for the same average power is often reported as a drawback. The often invoked reason is back-attraction of ionized sputtered material to the target due to a substantial negative potential profile, sometimes called an extended presheath, from the location of ionization toward the cathode. Recent studies in HiPIMS devices, using floating-emitting and swept-Langmuir probes, show that such extended potential profiles do exist, and that the electric fields E-z directed toward the target can be strong enough to seriously reduce ion transport to the substrate. However, they also show that the potential drops involved can vary by up to an order of magnitude from case to case. There is a clear need to understand the underlying mechanisms and identify the key discharge variables that can be used for minimizing the back-attraction. We here present a combined theoretical and experimental analysis of the problem of electric fields E-z in the ionization region part of HiPIMS discharges, and their effect on the transport of ionized sputtered material. In particular, we have investigated the possibility of a sweet spot in parameter space in which the back-attraction of ionized sputtered material is low. It is concluded that a sweet spot might possibly exist for some carefully optimized discharges, but probably in a rather narrow window of parameters. As a measure of how far a discharge is from such a window, a Townsend product Pi(Townsend) is proposed. A parametric analysis of Pi(Townsend) shows that the search for a sweet spot is complicated by the fact that contradictory demands appear for several of the externally controllable parameters such as high/low working gas pressure, short/long pulse length, high/low pulse power and high/low magnetic field strength.

  • 38.
    Brenning, N
    et al.
    Royal Institute Technology, EE, Div Space and Plasma Phys, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden .
    Merlino, R L
    University Iowa, Department Phys and Astron, Iowa City, IA 52242 USA .
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Raadu, M A
    Royal Institute Technology, EE, Div Space and Plasma Phys, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden .
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Faster-than-Bohm Cross-B Electron Transport in Strongly Pulsed Plasmas2009In: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, ISSN 0031-9007, Vol. 103, no 22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report the empirical discovery of an exceptionally high cross-B electron transport rate in magnetized plasmas, in which transverse currents are driven with abruptly applied high power. Experiments in three different magnetic geometries are analyzed, covering several orders of magnitude in plasma density, magnetic field strength, and ion mass. It is demonstrated that a suitable normalization parameter is the dimensionless product of the electron (angular) gyrofrequency and the effective electron-ion momentum transfer time, omega(ge)tau(EFF), by which all of diffusion, cross-resistivity, cross-B current conduction, and magnetic field diffusion can be expressed. The experiments show a remarkable consistency and yield close to a factor of 5 greater than the Bohm-equivalent values of diffusion coefficient D-perpendicular to, magnetic-diffusion coefficient D-B, Pedersen conductivity sigma(P), and transverse resistivity eta(perpendicular to).

  • 39.
    Brenning, Nils
    et al.
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    Axnas, I
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    Raadu, M. A.
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson , Ulf
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    A bulk plasma model for dc and HiPIMS magnetrons2008In: PLASMA SOURCES SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY, ISSN 0963-0252 , Vol. 17, no 4, p. 045009-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A plasma discharge model has been developed for the bulk plasma (also called the extended presheath) in sputtering magnetrons. It can be used both for high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and conventional dc sputtering magnetrons. Demonstration calculations are made for the parameters of the HiPIMS sputtering magnetron at Link "oping University, and also benchmarked against results in the literature on dc magnetrons. New insight is obtained regarding the structure and time development of the currents, the electric fields and the potential profiles. The transverse resistivity eta(perpendicular to) has been identified as having fundamental importance both for the potential profiles and for the motion of ionized target material through the bulk plasma. New findings are that in the HiPIMS mode, as a consequence of a high value of eta(perpendicular to), (1) there can be an electric field reversal that in our case extends 0.01-0.04m from the target, (2) the electric field in the bulk plasma is typically an order of magnitude weaker than in dc magnetrons, (3) in the region of electric field reversal the azimuthal current is diamagnetic in nature, i.e. mainly driven by the electron pressure gradient, and actually somewhat reduced by the electron Hall current which here has a reversed direction and (4) the azimuthal current above the racetrack can, through resistive friction, significantly influence the motion of the ionized fraction of the sputtered material and deflect it sideways, away from the target and towards the walls of the magnetron.

  • 40.
    Brenning, Nils
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. KTH Royal Institute Technology, Sweden; University of Paris Saclay, France.
    Gudmundsson, J. T.
    KTH Royal Institute Technology, Sweden; University of Paris Saclay, France; University of Iceland, Iceland.
    Lundin, D.
    University of Paris Saclay, France.
    Minea, T.
    University of Paris Saclay, France.
    Raadu, M. A.
    KTH Royal Institute Technology, Sweden.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    The role of Ohmic heating in dc magnetron sputtering2016In: Plasma sources science & technology (Print), ISSN 0963-0252, E-ISSN 1361-6595, Vol. 25, no 6, article id 065024Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sustaining a plasma in a magnetron discharge requires energization of the plasma electrons. In this work, Ohmic heating of electrons outside the cathode sheath is demonstrated to be typically of the same order as sheath energization, and a simple physical explanation is given. We propose a generalized Thornton equation that includes both sheath energization and Ohmic heating of electrons. The secondary electron emission yield gamma(SE) is identified as the key parameter determining the relative importance of the two processes. For a conventional 5 cm diameter planar dc magnetron, Ohmic heating is found to be more important than sheath energization for secondary electron emission yields below around 0.1.

  • 41.
    Brenning, Nils
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. KTH Royal Institute Technology, Sweden; University of Paris Saclay, France.
    Gudmundsson, J. T.
    KTH Royal Institute Technology, Sweden; University of Paris Saclay, France; University of Iceland, Iceland.
    Raadu, M. A.
    KTH Royal Institute Technology, Sweden.
    Petty, T. J.
    University of Paris Saclay, France.
    Minea, T.
    University of Paris Saclay, France.
    Lundin, D.
    University of Paris Saclay, France.
    A unified treatment of self-sputtering, process gas recycling, and runaway for high power impulse sputtering magnetrons2017In: Plasma sources science & technology (Print), ISSN 0963-0252, E-ISSN 1361-6595, Vol. 26, no 12, article id 125003Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The combined processes of self-sputter (SS)-recycling and process gas recycling in high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) discharges are analyzed using the generalized recycling model (GRM). The study uses experimental data from discharges with current densities from the direct current magnetron sputtering range to the HiPIMS range, and using targets with self-sputter yields Y-SS from approximate to 0.1 to 2.6. The GRM analysis reveals that, above a critical current density of the order of J(crit) approximate to 0.2 A cm(-2), a combination of self-sputter recycling and gas-recycling is generally the case. The relative contributions of these recycling mechanisms, in turn, influence both the electron energy distribution and the stability of the discharges. For high self-sputter yields, above Y-SS approximate to 1, the discharges become dominated by SS-recycling, contain few hot secondary electrons from sheath energization, and have a relatively low electron temperature T-e. Here, stable plateau values of the discharge current develop during long pulses, and these values increase monotonically with the applied voltage. For low self-sputter yields, below Y-SS approximate to 0.2, the discharges above J(crit) are dominated by process gas recycling, have a significant sheath energization of secondary electrons and a higher T-e, and the current evolution is generally less stable. For intermediate values of YSS the discharge character gradually shifts between these two types. All of these discharges can, at sufficiently high discharge voltage, give currents that increase rapidly in time. For such cases we propose that a distinction should be made between unlimited runaway and limited runaway: in unlimited runaway the current can, in principle, increase without a limit for a fixed discharge voltage, while in limited runaway it can only grow towards finite, albeit very high, levels. For unlimited runway Y-SS amp;gt; 1 is found to be a necessary criterion, independent of the amount of gas-recycling in the discharge.

  • 42.
    Brenning, Nils
    et al.
    KTH.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Kirkpatrick, Scott
    University of Nebraska.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Anomalous transport through lower-hybrid waves in a HIPIMS sputtering magnetron2007In: International Vacuum Congress,2007, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Buc, D.
    et al.
    Slovak University of Technology.
    Stuchlikova, L.
    Slovak University of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Chang, W.H.
    University of Western Ontario.
    Bello, I.
    City University of Hong Kong.
    Investigation of RuO2/4H-SiC Schottky diode contacts by deep level transient spectroscopy2006In: Chemical Physics Letters, ISSN 0009-2614, E-ISSN 1873-4448, Vol. 429, no 4-6, p. 617-621Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Schottky diodes were prepared on n-type silicon carbide (4H-SiC) substrates by deposition of ruthenium dioxide contacts. Their electrical and electronic properties were investigated by current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) methods, and deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). Five deep energy levels with thermal activation energies of approximately 0.27, 0.45, 0.56, 0.58 and 0.85 eV referenced to the conduction band minimum were revealed. The two energy levels at 0.56 and 0.85 eV are presumably induced by divacancies and the incorporation of ruthenium impurities into the SiC interfacial region. The Schottky diode structures are typical with a barrier height of 0.88 eV, and the I-V characteristics signify a saturation current of 10 pA with an ideality factor of 1.28.

  • 44.
    Butler, Alexandre
    et al.
    Univ Paris Saclay, France.
    Brenning, Nils
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Univ Paris Saclay, France; KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sweden.
    Raadu, Michael A.
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sweden.
    Gudmundsson, Jon Tomas
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sweden; Univ Iceland, Iceland.
    Minea, Tiberiu
    Univ Paris Saclay, France.
    Lundin, Daniel
    Univ Paris Saclay, France.
    On three different ways to quantify the degree of ionization in sputtering magnetrons2018In: Plasma sources science & technology (Print), ISSN 0963-0252, E-ISSN 1361-6595, Vol. 27, no 10, article id 105005Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Quantification and control of the fraction of ionization of the sputtered species are crucial in magnetron sputtering, and in particular in high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS), yet proper definitions of the various concepts of ionization are still lacking. In this contribution, we distinguish between three approaches to describe the degree (or fraction) of ionization: the ionized flux fraction F-flux, the ionized density fraction F-density, and the fraction a of the sputtered metal atoms that become ionized in the plasma (sometimes referred to as probability of ionization). By studying a reference HiPIMS discharge with a Ti target, we show how to extract absolute values of these three parameters and how they vary with peak discharge current. Using a simple model, we also identify the physical mechanisms that determine F-flux, F-density, and a as well as how these three concepts of ionization are related. This analysis finally explains why a high ionization probability does not necessarily lead to an equally high ionized flux fraction or ionized density fraction.

  • 45.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fundamentals of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering2006Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In plasma assisted thin film growth, control over the energy and direction of the incoming species is desired. If the growth species are ionized this can be achieved by the use of a substrate bias or a magnetic field. Ions may be accelerated by an applied potential, whereas neutral particles may not. Thin films grown by ionized physical vapor deposition (I-PVD) have lately shown promising results regarding film structure and adhesion. High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) is a relatively newly developed technique, which relies on the creation of a dense plasma in front of the sputtering target to produce a large fraction of ions of the sputtered material. In HIPIMS, high power pulses with a length of ~100 μs are applied to a conventional planar magnetron. The highly energetic nature of the discharge, which involves power densities of several kW/cm2, creates a dense plasma in front of the target, which allows for a large fraction of the sputtered material to be ionized.

    The work presented in this thesis involves plasma analysis using electrostatic probes, optical emission spectroscopy (OES), magnetic probes, energy resolved mass spectrometry, and other fundamental observation techniques. These techniques used together are powerful plasma analysis tools, and used together give a good overview of the plasma properties is achieved.

    from the erosion zone of the magnetron. The peak plasma density during the active cycle of the discharge exceeds 1019 electrons/m3. The expanding plasma is reflected by the chamber wall back into the center part of the chamber, resulting in a second density peak several hundreds of μs after the pulse is turned off.

    Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) measurements of the plasma indicate that the degree of ionization of sputtered Ti is very high, over 90 % in the peak of the pulse. Even at relatively low applied target power (~200 W/cm2 peak power) the recorded spectrum is totally dominated by radiation from ions. The recorded HIPIMS spectra were compared to a spectrum taken from a DC magnetron discharge, showing a completely different appearance.

    Magnetic field measurements performed with a coil type probe show significant deformation in the magnetic field of the magnetrons during the pulse. Spatially resolved measurements show evidence of a dense azimuthally E×B drifting current. Circulating currents mainly flow within 2 away cm from the target surface in an early part of the pulse, to later diffuse axially into the chamber and decrease in intensity. We record peak current densities of the E×B drift to be of the order of 105 A/m2.

    A mass spectrometry (MS) study of the plasma reveals that the HIPIMS discharge contains a larger fraction of highly energetic ions as compared to the continuous DC discharge. Especially ions of the target material are more energetic. Time resolved studies show broad distributions of ion energies in the early stage of the discharge, which quickly narrows down after pulse switch-off. Ti ions with energies up to 100 eV are detected. The time average plasma contains mainly low energy Ar ions, but during the active phase of the discharge, the plasma is highly metallic. Shortly after pulse switch-on, the peak value of the Ti1+/Ar1+ ratio is over 2. The HIPIMS discharge also contains a significant amount of doubly charged ions.

    List of papers
    1. Ionization of sputtered metals in high power pulsed magnetron sputtering
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ionization of sputtered metals in high power pulsed magnetron sputtering
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    2005 (English)In: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, ISSN 0734-2101, E-ISSN 1520-8559, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 18-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The ion to neutral ratio of the sputtered material have been studied for high power pulsed magnetron sputtering and compared with a continuous direct current (dc) discharge using the same experimental setup except for the power source. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) was used to study the optical emission from the plasma through a side window. The emission was shown to be dominated by emission from metal ions. The distribution of metal ionized states clearly differed from the distribution of excited states, and we suggest the presence of a hot dense plasma surrounded by a cooler plasma. Sputtered material was ionized close to the target and transported into a cooler plasma region where the emission was also recorded. Assuming a Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution of excited states the emission from the plasma was quantified. This showed that the ionic contribution to the recorded spectrum was over 90% for high pulse powers. Even at relatively low applied pulse powers, the recorded spectra were dominated by emission from ions. OES analysis of the discharge in a continuous dc magnetron discharge was also made, which demonstrated much lower ionization.

    Keywords
    ionisation, excited states, sputter deposition, plasma deposition, plasma diagnostics
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13974 (URN)10.1116/1.1818135 (DOI)
    Available from: 2006-09-12 Created: 2006-09-12 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    2. Measurement of the magnetic field change in a pulsed high current magnetron discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Measurement of the magnetic field change in a pulsed high current magnetron discharge
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    2004 (English)In: Plasma Sources Science and Technology, ISSN 0963-0252, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 654-661Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we present a study of how the magnetic field of a circular planar magnetron is affected when it is exposed to a pulsed high current discharge. Spatially resolved magnetic field measurements are presented and the magnetic disturbance is quantified for different process parameters. The magnetic field is severely deformed by the discharge and we record changes of several millitesla, depending on the spatial location of the measurement. The shape of the deformation reveals the presence of azimuthally drifting electrons close to the target surface. Time resolved measurements show a transition between two types of magnetic perturbations. There is an early stage that is in phase with the axial discharge current and a late stage that is not in phase with the discharge current. The later part of the magnetic field deformation is seen as a travelling magnetic wave. We explain the magnetic perturbations by a combination of E × B drifting electrons and currents driven by plasma pressure gradients and the shape of the magnetic field. A plasma pressure wave is also recorded by a single tip Langmuir probe and the velocity (~103 m s−1) of the expanding plasma agrees well with the observed velocity of the magnetic wave. We note that the axial (discharge) current density is much too high compared to the azimuthal current density to be explained by classical collision terms, and an anomalous charge transport mechanism is required.

    National Category
    Physical Sciences Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13975 (URN)10.1088/0963-0252/13/4/014 (DOI)
    Available from: 2006-09-12 Created: 2006-09-12 Last updated: 2013-10-30
    3. Spatial electron density distribution in a high-power pulsed magnetron discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spatial electron density distribution in a high-power pulsed magnetron discharge
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    2005 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, ISSN 0093-3813, E-ISSN 1939-9375, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 346-347Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The spatial electron density distribution was measured as function of time in a high-power pulsed magnetron discharge. A Langmuir probe was positioned in various positions below the target and the electron density was mapped out. We recorded peak electron densities exceeding 1019 m-3 in a close vicinity of the target. The dynamics of the discharge showed a dense plasma expanding from the "race-track" axially into the vacuum chamber. We also record electrons trapped in a magnetic bottle where the magnetron magnetic field is zero, formed due to the unbalanced magnetron.

    Keywords
    magnetron sputtering, plasma density, pulsed plasmas, thin film deposition
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13976 (URN)10.1109/TPS.2005.845022 (DOI)
    Available from: 2006-09-12 Created: 2006-09-12 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    4. The ion energy distributions and ion flux composition from a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>The ion energy distributions and ion flux composition from a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge
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    2006 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 4, p. 1522-1526Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The energy distribution of sputtered and ionized metal atoms as well as ions from the sputtering gas is reported for a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) discharge. High power pulses were applied to a conventional planar circular magnetron Ti target. The peak power on the target surface was 1-2 kW/cm2 with a duty factor of about 0.5 %. Time resolved, and time averaged ion energy distributions were recorded with an energy resolving quadrupole mass spectrometer. The ion energy distributions recorded for the HIPIMS discharge are broader with maximum detected energy of 100 eV and contain a larger fraction of highly energetic ions (about 50 % with Ei > 20 eV) as compared to a conventional direct current magnetron sputtering discharge. The composition of the ion flux was also determined, and reveals a high metal fraction. During the most intense moment of the discharge, the ionic flux consisted of approximately 50 % Ti1+, 24 % Ti2+, 23 % Ar1+, and 3 % Ar2+ ions.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi, 2006
    Keywords
    Sputtering, HIPIMS, Mass spectometry, Plasma characterization
    National Category
    Physical Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10448 (URN)10.1016/j.tsf.2006.04.051 (DOI)
    Note
    Original publication: J. Bohlmark, M. Lattemann, J. T. Gudmundsson, A. P. Ehiasarian, Y. Aranda Gonzalvo, N. Brenning & U. Helmersson, The ion energy distributions and ion flux composition from a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharg, 2006, Thin Solid Films, (515), 4, 1522-1526. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2006.04.051. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/Available from: 2007-12-17 Created: 2007-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-14
    5. Investigation of high power impulse magnetron sputtering pretreated interfaces for adhesion enhancement of hard coatings on steel
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Investigation of high power impulse magnetron sputtering pretreated interfaces for adhesion enhancement of hard coatings on steel
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    2006 (English)In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 200, no 22-23, p. 6495-6499Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In order to improve the adhesion of hard coatings such as CrN, a surface pretreatment by the novel high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) technique followed by reactive unbalanced d.c. magnetron sputtering deposition was performed using a Cr target. The HIPIMS plasma comprising a high metal ion-to-neutral ratio consisting of single- and double-charged metal species identified by mass spectrometry increased the metal ion flux to the substrate. When applying a negative substrate bias Ub the adhesion was enhanced due to sputter cleaning of the surface and metal ion intermixing in the interface region. This intermixing, resulting in a gradual change of the composition, is considered to enhance the adhesion of the hard coatings on steel substrates. The pretreatment was carried out in an inert gas atmosphere at a pressure of pAr = 1 mTorr, the duration was varied between 25 and 75 min, whereas the negative substrate bias was varied between 400 V and 1200 V. The adhesion was found to depend on the substrate bias as well as on the target power and, for low substrate bias, on the duration of the pretreatment. For CrN the critical load of failure determined by scratch test could be increased in comparison to the values reported for specimens pretreated by conventional Ar etching. The influence of the target peak voltage, the substrate bias as well as pretreatment time on the constitution and morphology of the interface after the pretreatment is discussed applying analytical transmission electron microscopy.

    Keywords
    Ionized PVD, Pulsed magnetron sputtering, Analytical TEM, Adhesion, Ion implantation
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15030 (URN)10.1016/j.surfcoat.2005.11.082 (DOI)
    Note
    Original publication: M. Lattemann, A.P. Ehiasarian, J. Bohlmark, P.Å.O. Persson and U. Helmersson, Investigation of high power impulse magnetron sputtering pretreated interfaces for adhesion enhancement of hard coatings on steel, 2006, Surface and Coatings Technology, (200), 22-23, 6495-6499. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2005.11.082. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2008-10-10 Created: 2008-10-10 Last updated: 2017-12-11
    6. Guiding the deposition flux in an ionized magnetron discharge
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Guiding the deposition flux in an ionized magnetron discharge
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    2006 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 515, no 4, p. 1928-1931Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    A study of the ability to control the deposition flux in a high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharge using an external magnetic field is presented in this article. Pulses with peak power of 1.4 kWcm-2 were applied to a conventional planar magnetron equipped with an Al target. The high power creates a high degree of ionization of the sputtered material, which opens for an opportunity to control of the energy and direction of the deposition species. An external magnetic field was created with a current carrying coil placed in front of the target. To measure the distribution of deposition material samples were placed in an array surrounding the target and the depositions were made with and without the external magnetic field. The distribution is significantly changed when the magnetic field is present. An increase of 80 % in deposition rate is observed for the sample placed in the central position (right in front of the target center) and the deposition rate is strongly decreased on samples placed to the side of the target. The measurements were also performed on a conventional direct current magnetron discharge, but no major effect of the magnetic field was observed in that case.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2006
    Keywords
    thin films, sputtering, IPVD, HIPIMS, HPPMS
    National Category
    Physical Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10441 (URN)10.1016/j.tsf.2006.07.183 (DOI)000242931900112 ()
    Note

    Original publication: J. Bohlmark, M. Östbye, M. Lattemann, H. Ljungcrantz, T. Rosell, and U. Helmersson, Guiding the deposition flux in an ionized magnetron discharge, 2006, Thin Solid Films, (515), 4, 1928-1931. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2006.07.183. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/

    Available from: 2007-12-14 Created: 2007-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-14
  • 46.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering; An Overview of History, Properties and Current Status2008In: 7th Iberian VCacuum Meeting 5th European Topical Conference on Hard Coatings,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Alami, Jones
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Christou, Chris
    Diamond Light Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, United Kingdom.
    Ehiasarian, Arutiun P.
    Materials Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ionization of sputtered metals in high power pulsed magnetron sputtering2005In: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, ISSN 0734-2101, E-ISSN 1520-8559, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 18-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The ion to neutral ratio of the sputtered material have been studied for high power pulsed magnetron sputtering and compared with a continuous direct current (dc) discharge using the same experimental setup except for the power source. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) was used to study the optical emission from the plasma through a side window. The emission was shown to be dominated by emission from metal ions. The distribution of metal ionized states clearly differed from the distribution of excited states, and we suggest the presence of a hot dense plasma surrounded by a cooler plasma. Sputtered material was ionized close to the target and transported into a cooler plasma region where the emission was also recorded. Assuming a Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution of excited states the emission from the plasma was quantified. This showed that the ionic contribution to the recorded spectrum was over 90% for high pulse powers. Even at relatively low applied pulse powers, the recorded spectra were dominated by emission from ions. OES analysis of the discharge in a continuous dc magnetron discharge was also made, which demonstrated much lower ionization.

  • 48.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Ehiasarian, A.P.
    Sheffield Hallam University.
    Lattemann, Martina
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Alami, Jones
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics .
    The Ion Energy Distributions in a High Power Impulse Magnetron Plasma2005In: 48th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Vacuum Coaters,2005, 2005, p. 470-473Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gudmundsson, J. T.
    Alami, Jones
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lattemann, Martina
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Spatial electron density distribution in a high-power pulsed magnetron discharge2005In: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, ISSN 0093-3813, E-ISSN 1939-9375, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 346-347Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The spatial electron density distribution was measured as function of time in a high-power pulsed magnetron discharge. A Langmuir probe was positioned in various positions below the target and the electron density was mapped out. We recorded peak electron densities exceeding 1019 m-3 in a close vicinity of the target. The dynamics of the discharge showed a dense plasma expanding from the "race-track" axially into the vacuum chamber. We also record electrons trapped in a magnetic bottle where the magnetron magnetic field is zero, formed due to the unbalanced magnetron.

  • 50.
    Böhlmark, Johan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Helmersson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    VanZeeland, Michael
    Large Plasma Device (LAPD), University of California Los Angeles, USA.
    Axnäs, I.
    Division of Plasma Physics, Alfvén Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Alami, Jones
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Brenning, Nils
    Division of Plasma Physics, Alfvén Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Measurement of the magnetic field change in a pulsed high current magnetron discharge2004In: Plasma Sources Science and Technology, ISSN 0963-0252, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 654-661Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we present a study of how the magnetic field of a circular planar magnetron is affected when it is exposed to a pulsed high current discharge. Spatially resolved magnetic field measurements are presented and the magnetic disturbance is quantified for different process parameters. The magnetic field is severely deformed by the discharge and we record changes of several millitesla, depending on the spatial location of the measurement. The shape of the deformation reveals the presence of azimuthally drifting electrons close to the target surface. Time resolved measurements show a transition between two types of magnetic perturbations. There is an early stage that is in phase with the axial discharge current and a late stage that is not in phase with the discharge current. The later part of the magnetic field deformation is seen as a travelling magnetic wave. We explain the magnetic perturbations by a combination of E × B drifting electrons and currents driven by plasma pressure gradients and the shape of the magnetic field. A plasma pressure wave is also recorded by a single tip Langmuir probe and the velocity (~103 m s−1) of the expanding plasma agrees well with the observed velocity of the magnetic wave. We note that the axial (discharge) current density is much too high compared to the azimuthal current density to be explained by classical collision terms, and an anomalous charge transport mechanism is required.

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