Amorphous carbon coatings prepared by high rate rf plasma deposition from fluorinated benzenes

Sah, R. E.; Dischler, B.; Bubenzer, A.; Koidl, P.
April 1985
Applied Physics Letters;4/15/1985, Vol. 46 Issue 8, p739
Academic Journal
Amorphous carbon films were prepared by radio frequency plasma deposition from benzene and fluorinated benzenes: C6H6-mFm with m=0–6. The films have been characterized spectroscopically. The infrared spectrum shows that besides hydrogen, fluorine is incorporated in the films. With increasing m the concentration of fluorine in the film increases while the amount of chemically bonded hydrogen decreases and vanishes for m>3. The properties of these hydrogenated fluorinated amorphous carbon films (a-C:H,F) are qualitatively similar to those of hard carbon coatings (a-C:H) prepared from benzene. However, the deposition rate has been found to rise significantly (up to 900 nm min-1) with increasing fluorine content, m, in the substituted benzene. Optical data and protective properties of the films are reported.


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