Structure analysis of cBN films prepared by DC jet plasma CVD from an Ar-N2-BF3-H2 gas system

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1881-1885
Journal / PublicationDiamond and Related Materials
Volume10
Issue number9-10
Online published21 Aug 2001
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The structure of the cBN films deposited by DC jet plasma CVD from an Ar-N2-BF3-H2 gas system was investigated by transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy. A sequent layered-structure of Si/amorphous/hexagonal/cubic BN was revealed, which was also confirmed by the confocal Raman technique. For comparison, the phase composition, crystal size and crystallinity of cBN films deposited for different times at initial growth stage were studied by infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and glancing-angle X-ray diffraction. A columnar growth of the cBN grains with the average column width of approximately 0.2 μm was observed. The columns were proved to be cBN single crystals elongated from the nucleation sites on the hexagonal BN to the film surface. High-density twins and stacking faults were observed on the (111) planes of the cBN crystals, which subdivided the crystals into many lamellae of several to about 20 nm in thickness. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Boron nitride, Confocal Raman, Defects, EELs, Film structure, Grain size, TEM

Citation Format(s)

Structure analysis of cBN films prepared by DC jet plasma CVD from an Ar-N2-BF3-H2 gas system. / Zhang, W. J.; Matsumoto, S.; Kurashima, K. et al.
In: Diamond and Related Materials, Vol. 10, No. 9-10, 09.2001, p. 1881-1885.

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