Published online by Cambridge University Press: 15 February 2011
Pulsed-rf excitation of hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) has been used to deposit films with chemical compositions similar to poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE). Films were deposited at pulse cycles of 10/20, 10/50, 10/200, and 10/400 ms on/ms off and analyzed using electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR). All four films produced similar broad ESR spectra, with an average width at maximum slope of ˜60 G and a g-value of 2.0045. The concentration of free electrons in a sample decreased with increasing pulse off time. This behavior can be modeled by the reaction of a free radical with a gas species, assuming that free radicals are generated only during the pulse on time. The films' dielectric constants were found to decrease from 1.99 to 1.95 for pulse off times increasing from 20 to 400 ms.
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