An arrangement for large area PLD on 3-inch wafers is proposed. In order to get a homogeneous stoichiometry and thickness distribution and small variations of superconducting properties on the 3-inch diameter, the substrate is foreseen to be rotated and additionally laterally moved up to 45 mm during deposition whereas the laser plume remains fixed.
YSZ buffer layers showed thickness homogeneity of 1% within 10 mm, of 4% within 2 inch and of 8% within 3 inch diameter, respectively. For in-situ deposited YBCO thin films on r-plane sapphire with YSZ buffer layer we inductively measured within 3 inch diameter values of the critical temperature Tc(90%) from 85.9 K to 86.7 K and values of the critical current density jc(77 K) from 1 × 106 to 2 × 106 A/cm2. However, up to now the degree of epitaxy of the YBCO thin films on r-plane sapphire with YSZ buffer layer is lower compared to YBCO on MgO(100) as determined by Raman spectroscopy. Nevertheless, large area PLD seems to be a very promising technique for homogeneous coating of 3-inch wafers by epitaxial oxide thin films.