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Title: Plasma diagnostic studies of S bend filtered cathodic vacuum arc system for the deposition of tetrahedral amorphous carbon films
Authors: Panwar, O S
Khan, Mohd Alim
Dixit, P N
Satyanarayana, B S
Bhattacharyya, R
Kumar, Sushil
Rauthan, C M S
Keywords: Plasma diagnostic
Langmuir probe
Filtered cathodic vacuum arc
Tetrahedral amorphous carbon film
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The plasma parameters obtained using Langmuir probe of the vacuum arc generated in the outer region of an S bend filtered cathodic vacuum arc system developed for the deposition of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) film and also hydrogen and nitrogen incorporated ta-C films have been reported. The effects of varying arc current and the magnetic field have been studied on the plasma parameters of the vacuum arc used in depositing ta-C, ta-C:H and ta-C:N films at different hydrogen and nitrogen partial pressures. The values of ion-saturation current (Iis), electron temperature (Tℯ) and electron density (nℯ) are found to be in the range 1.50x10⁻⁷-2.63x10⁻⁶A, 1.90-2.29 eV and 3.6x10⁹-7.4x10¹⁰ cm⁻³, respectively, of the vacuum arc generated for the deposition of as grown ta-C films. Hydrogen and nitrogen incorporation of the precursors are found to reduce the values of Iis, Tℯ and nℯ of the arc generated. The presence of magnetic field is found to increase the values of Iis and nℯ and reduce those of Tℯ in depositing as grown ta-C films whereas hydrogen and nitrogen incorporation of the precursors decrease the values of Iis and nℯ and enhances those of Tℯ. The properties of ta-C film so grown are also briefly summarized and found to have some novel features.
Page(s): 255-260
ISSN: 0019-5596
Source:IJPAP Vol.46(04) [April 2008]

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