Effect of annealing on the optical and chemical bonding properties of hydrogenated amorphous carbon and hydrogenated amorphous carbon nitride thin films

Ritikos, R.; Siong, C.C.; Ab Gani, S.M.; Muhamad, M.R.; Rahman, S.A. (2009) Effect of annealing on the optical and chemical bonding properties of hydrogenated amorphous carbon and hydrogenated amorphous carbon nitride thin films. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 48 (10). ISSN 0021-4922

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Abstract

Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) and hydrogenated amorphous carbon nitride (a-CN(x):H) films were prepared in a custom-built radio-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RF-PECVD) system with a parallel-plate configuration. Pure methane and a gas mixture of methane and nitrogen were used as gas sources to obtain these films. The films were characterized using Fourier transform infrared and optical transmission spectroscopy techniques. The incorporation of nitrogen and the effect of annealing (100-500 degrees C) on the film properties were studied. The films were determined to be thermally stable up to 300 degrees C. Upon annealing above 300 degrees C, the thickness and refractive index of both a-C:H and a-CN(x):H films increase while the optical energy gap E(04) decreases. These effects were more pronounced in a-CN(x):H. From the IR spectra, these changes are considered to be due to the decreases in nitrogen and hydrogen concentrations in the films which result in their structural modification. (C) 2009 The Japan Society of Applied Physics

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Ritikos, R.
  2. Siong, C.C.
  3. Ab Gani, S.M.
  4. Muhamad, M.R.
  5. Rahman, S.A.(Department of Physics, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
Journal or Publication Title: Japanese Journal of Applied Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: pecvd
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Dept of Physics
Depositing User: miss munirah saadom
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2013 12:26
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/7332

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