Combined out-of-plane and in-plane texture control in thin films using ion beam assisted deposition

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-216
Journal / PublicationJournal of Materials Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


Complete control of the texture of a film during growth requires the ability to determine the in-plane and out-of-plane texture simultaneously. We present both computer simulation and experimental evidence for the simultaneous establishment of out-of-plane and in-plane texture during ion beam assisted deposition of aluminum. Channeling along 〈110〉 directions (60° from the normal) creates a (220) out-of-plane orientation rather than the thermodynamically preferred (111) orientation. The ion beam also aligned 〈220〉 directions within the plane of the film. Measured x-ray pole figures confirmed the presence of a strong out-of-plane texture and the presence of two main, twin-related, in-plane texture components. We theoretically demonstrated that it is impossible to completely control both the in-plane and out-of-plane texture with a single ion beam in high-symmetry crystals and two ion beams must be employed to ensure complete texture control.