Laser induced mixing in multilayered Ti/Ta thin film structures
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AuthorsObradović, Marko O.
Lazović, Vladimir M.
Pjević, Dejan J.
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The possibility of interlayer mixing in a Ti/Ta multilayer system, induced by laser irradiation, was the main purpose of these experiments. Ti/Ta multilayer system, consisting of ten alternating Ti and Ta thin films and covered by slightly thicker Ti layer, was deposited on Si (100) wafers to a total thickness of 205 nm. Laser irradiation was performed in air by picoseconds Nd:YAG laser pulses in defocused regime with fluences of 0.057 and 0.11 J cm−2. Laser beam was scanned over the 5 × 5 mm surface area with different steps along y-axes. Structural and compositional characterisation was done by auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Laser processing at lower fluence caused only oxidation of the top Ti layer, despite of the number of applied laser pulses. Interlayer mixing was not observed. Application of laser pulses at fluence of 0.11 J cm−2caused partial and/or complete ablation of deposited layers. ...In partially ablated regions considerable mixing between Ti and Ta films was registered.
Keywords:thin films / multilayers / laser irradiation / mixing
Source:Optical and Quantum Electronics, 2018, 50, 6, 257-
- Physical processes in the synthesis of advanced nanostructured materials (RS-171023)
- Slovenian Research Agency, Research Program (P2-0082)