Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 50, Number 2, May 2010
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||31 March 2010|
Structural and optical properties of copper nitride thin films in a reactive Ar/N2 magnetron sputtering system
Plasma Physics Research Center, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
2 Physics Department, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, Karaj, Iran
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 6 February 2010
Accepted: 16 February 2010
Published online: 31 March 2010
Copper nitride films were prepared on glass and silicon substrates by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering at various N2-gas partial pressures at room temperature. The N2 partial pressure influenced the structural, electrical and optical properties of the deposited films. The X-ray diffraction measurement showed the phase change of the preferred orientation of Cu3N planes of samples from Cu-rich (111) planes to N-rich (100) planes. The surface resistivity of glass substrate Cu3N films was between 1675 and 58 200 Ω/cm2 and for silicon substrate films surface resistivity was between 13.2 and 2380 Ω/cm2. As is observed surface resistivity strongly affected by structures of the films. Deposition rate was influenced by the amount of argon gas since they are heavier than nitrogen atoms changes from 43 nm/min to 26 nm/min. Calculated band gap energy of the samples show a sharp enhancement from 1.4 eV to 1.95 eV by increasing nitrogen content in working gas.
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