Low-pressure planar magnetron discharge for surface deposition and nanofabrication

Baranov, Oleg, Romanov, Maxim, Wolter, Matthias, Kumar, Shailesh, Zhong, Xiaoxia, & Ostrikov, Kostya (2010) Low-pressure planar magnetron discharge for surface deposition and nanofabrication. Physics of Plasmas, 17(5), 053509-1.

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Current-voltage characteristics of the planar magnetron are studied experimentally and by numerical simulation. Based on the measured current-voltage characteristics, a model of the planar magnetron discharge is developed with the background gas pressure and magnetic field used as parameters. The discharge pressure was varied in a range of 0.7-1.7 Pa, the magnetic field of the magnetron was of 0.033-0.12 T near the cathode surface, the discharge current was from 1 to 25 A, and the magnetic field lines were tangential to the substrate surface in the region of the magnetron discharge ignition. The discharge model describes the motion of energetic secondary electrons that gain energy by passing the cathode sheath across the magnetic field, and the power required to sustain the plasma generation in the bulk. The plasma electrons, in turn, are accelerated in the electric field and ionize effectively the background gas species. The model is based on the assumption about the prevailing Bohm mechanism of electron conductivity across the magnetic field. A criterion of the self-sustained discharge ignition is used to establish the dependence of the discharge voltage on the discharge current. The dependence of the background gas density on the current is also observed from the experiment. The model is consistent with the experimental results. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.

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ID Code: 73779
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1063/1.3431098
ISSN: 1070-664X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 American Institute of Physics
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2014 03:53
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 23:01

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