Applied Surface Science, Vol.256, No.7, 2189-2192, 2010
Influence of radiofrequency power on compositional, structural and optical properties of amorphous silicon carbonitride films
The silicon carbonitride (SiCN) films were deposited on n-type Si (1 0 0) and glass substrates by the radiofrequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering of polycrystalline silicon target under mixed reactive gases of acetylene and nitrogen. The films have been characterized by energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UVS). The influence of RF power on the compositional, morphological, structural and optical properties of the SiCN films was investigated. The SiCN films deposited at room temperature are amorphous, and the C, Si and O compositions except N in the films are sensitive to the RF power. The surface roughness and optical band gap decrease as the RF power increases. The main bonds in the SiCN films are C-N, N-H-n, C-H-n, C-C, C equivalent to N, Si-H and Si-C, and the intensities of the C equivalent to N, Si-H and C-H-n bonds increase with increment of the RF power. The mechanisms of the influence of RF power on the characteristics of the films are discussed in detail. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.