Dependences of amorphous structure on bias voltage and annealing in silicon-carbon alloys

Shu Ping Lau, X. L. Xu, J. R. Shi, X. Z. Ding, Z. Sun, B. K. Tay

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The amorphous silicon-carbon alloy films have been obtained by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technique. The typical carbon composition is about 32% in the film by using a 50% target (the atomic ratio), which is characterized by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. The films deposited with various bias voltages and annealed in different temperature were characterized by Raman spectrometer, atomic force microscope, and X-ray diffraction. The disorder of Si-C network increased with using the high bias voltages during the deposition. This high disorder in the film with high bias voltages induces the smaller nanometer crystallites after annealed in 1000°C than low bias. The Raman peaks shift to the high frequency with increasing the annealing temperature up to 750°C due to the increasing of nanometer grain size at the same bias. A sharp transition from nanocrystalline to polycrystalline can be observed when the films annealed under 1000°C.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Amorphous silicon carbide
  • Raman spectrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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