Applied Surface Science, Vol.347, 109-115, 2015
Thermal stability of AlN films prepared by ion beam assisted deposition
The thermal stability of AlN films deposited by ion beam assisted deposition was performed at 600 degrees C for 192 h under air ambient. The composition, morphology and optical properties were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and UV-vis spectroscopy. The results show that the deposited film is polycrystalline, smooth, dense and homogenous. The oxidation of grain boundary takes place due to the element diffusion in the polycrystalline material. Oxidation produces amorphous oxide layers on the surface of film. As annealing time increases, surface roughness and diffuse reflection increase. Annealing has little influence on refractive index and extinction coefficient. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.