Plasma biasing to control the growth conditions of diamond-like carbon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Date Published

01/2007

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-59023

Abstract

It is well known that the structure and properties of diamond-like carbon, and in particular the sp3/sp2 ratio, can be controlled by the energy of the condensing carbon ions or atoms. In many practical cases, the energy of ions arriving at the surface of the growing film is determined by the bias applied to the substrate. The bias causes a sheath to form between substrate and plasma in which the potential difference between plasma potential and surface potential drops. In this contribution, we demonstrate that the same results can be obtained with grounded substrates by shifting the plasma potential. This plasma biasing (as opposed to substrate biasing) is shown to work well with pulsed cathodic carbon arcs, resulting in tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films that are comparable to the films obtained with the conventional substrate bias. To verify the plasma bias approach, ta-C films were deposited by both conventional and plasma bias and characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy loss spectrometry (EELS). Detailed data for comparison of these films are provided.

Journal

Surface and Coatings Technology

Volume

201

Year of Publication

2006

Issue

8
4628

Pagination

4628-4632