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Mechanical Properties of AlN Thin Films Prepared by Ion Beam Assisted Deposition

  • Shuichi Miyabe (a1), Toshiyuki Okawa (a1), Nobuaki Kitazawa (a1), Yoshihisa Watanabe (a1) and Yoshikazu Nakamura (a1)...

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Aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films were prepared by ion-beam assisted deposition method, and the influence of the nitrogen ion beam energy on their microstructure and mechanical properties was studied by changing the ion beam energy from 0.1 to 1.5 keV. Films prepared with a low-energy ion beam show a columnar structure, while films prepared with a high-energy ion beam show a granular structure. The film hardness is found to decrease with increasing nitrogen ion beam energy. It is also found that the film hardness does not change drastically after annealing in nitrogen atmosphere at 500 °C, yielding the residual stress relaxation. It is proposed that the film hardness is dependent on the film microstructure, which can be controlled with the nitrogen ion beam energy, rather than the residual stress in the films.

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Mechanical Properties of AlN Thin Films Prepared by Ion Beam Assisted Deposition

  • Shuichi Miyabe (a1), Toshiyuki Okawa (a1), Nobuaki Kitazawa (a1), Yoshihisa Watanabe (a1) and Yoshikazu Nakamura (a1)...

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