AlN films were deposited on microscopy glass slide and silicon (111 orientation) substrates by reactive ac magnetron sputtering using two nitrogen concentrations and three discharge powers of 1.5, 2.5, and . X-ray diffraction studies showed that films prepared on glass and Si substrates were of hexagonal wurtizite phase. Films on Si substrates also contained small amounts of the cubic phase of AlN besides the predominantly hexagonal wurtizite phase. AlN coatings on glass substrates were textured towards the (00∙2) plane; this preferred orientation of crystals was found to decrease with increase in sputtering power. Scanning electron microscopy studies showed that AlN films prepared at higher nitrogen concentration have a microstructure consisting of pebblelike crystals, some of which were hexagonal in shape. The crystal size in the coatings increased with sputtering power and was in the range of .
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Research Article| April 20 2007
Effects of deposition parameters on the structure of AlN coatings grown by reactive magnetron sputtering
Atul Khanna, Deepak G. Bhat; Effects of deposition parameters on the structure of AlN coatings grown by reactive magnetron sputtering. J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 1 May 2007; 25 (3): 557–565. https://doi.org/10.1116/1.2730513
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