High dose ion irradiation effects on immiscible AlN/TiN nano-scaled multilayers
Obradović, Marko O.
Pjević, Dejan J.
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The effects of high dose Ar ion irradiation on immiscible AlN/TiN multilayered structures were studied. The structures with 30 alternate layers of a total thickness of similar to 260 nm were deposited by reactive sputtering on (100) Si wafers. Individual layer thickness was similar to 8 nm AlN and similar to 9.3 nm TiN. Irradiation was done with 180 keV Ar+ ions to 1x10(16)-8x10(16) ions/cm(2), with the projected range around mid-depth of the structures. It was found that the highest applied dose induced a considerable intermixing, where the growing TiN grains consume the adjacent AlN layers, transforming partly to (TiAl)N phase. Intermixing occurs due to a high contribution of collision cascades, which was not compensated in demixing by chemical driving forces. However, a multilayered structure with relatively flat surface and interfaces is still preserved, with measured nano-hardness value above the level for the as-deposited sample. The results are compared to other systems and disc...ussed in the light of the existing ion beam mixing models. They can be interesting towards better understanding of the processes involved and to development of radiation tolerant coatings. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:AlN/TiN multilayers / Interfaces / Ion irradiation / Radiation tolerance / Ion beam / Mixing / Nano-hardness
Source:Thin Solid Films, 2013, 544, 562-566
- Physical processes in the synthesis of advanced nanostructured materials (RS-171023)
- SPIRIT - Support of Public and Industrial Research using Ion Beam Technology (EU-227012)
- Slovenian Research Agency [P2-0082], IAEA, Vienna
- International Conference on Technological Advances of Thin Films and Surface Coatings, Jul 15-17, 2012, Singapore, Singapore