Polycrystalline α-tantalum (110) films deposited on the c-plane sapphire substrate by sputtering are used in superconducting qubits nowadays. However, these films always occasionally form other structures, such as α-tantalum (111) grains and β-tantalum grains. To improve the film quality, we investigate the growth of α-tantalum (110) films on the a-plane sapphire substrate under varying conditions by molecular beam epitaxy technology. The optimized α-tantalum (110) film is a single crystal, with a smooth surface and atomically flat metal–substrate interface. The film with thickness of 30 nm shows a Tc of 4.12 K and a high residual resistance ratio of 9.53. The quarter wavelength coplanar waveguide resonators fabricated with the 150 nm optimized α-tantalum (110) film exhibit intrinsic quality factor of over one million under single photon excitation at millikelvin temperature.

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