TITLE

Eliminating the hysteresis effect for reactive sputtering processes

AUTHOR(S)
Nyberg, T.; Berg, S.; Helmersson, U.; Hartig, K.
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;4/18/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 16, p164106
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Reactive sputter processes frequently exhibit stability problems. The cause of this is that these processes normally exhibit hysteresis effects in the processing curves. Eliminating the hysteresis would significantly simplify the use of reactive sputtering processes. So far the only known way of eliminating the hysteresis is to increase the pumping speed to unrealistically high values. By an increased understanding of the process we have realized a fully realistic technique to eliminate the hysteresis for reactive sputtering processes. By simply reducing the size of the target sputter erosion zone below a critical value, simulations predicted that hysteresis should be eliminated. This has been experimentally verified for reactive sputtering of Al in an Ar/O2 atmosphere. The fundamental explanation to this behavior as well as the experimental verification are presented.
ACCESSION #
17227444

 

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