Optical properties of aluminium oxide thin films prepared at room temperature by off-plane filtered cathodic vacuum arc system

Z. W. Zhao, B. K. Tay, G. Q. Yu, D. H.C. Chua, Shu Ping Lau, L. K. Cheah

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An off-plane filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) system has been developed to deposit large area (up to 8 inch) optical coatings with good uniformity controlled by scanning magnetic field system. With this FCVA system, aluminium oxide thin films were deposited with high deposition rate (1.5-0.5 nm/s) on Si (100) and quartz substrates at room temperature under different oxygen pressures (1×10-2-3.73×10-2Pa). The evolution of Al 2p core level and oxygen concentration in the films was studied by XPS spectra. In addition to the good uniformity (±2%) in terms of thickness and smooth surface (RMS: approx. 0.1 nm), the as-grown films were amorphous with low stress (less than 0.5 GPa). The variation of deposition rate with oxygen pressure was investigated. Optical properties, such as film transmittance and optical constants of aluminium oxide thin films formed under different oxygen pressures were determined. Film properties demonstrate the potential applications for aluminium oxide thin films in optical coatings and for FCVA technology in deposition of metal oxide optical coatings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalThin Solid Films
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 30th International Conference on Metallurgie - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 28 Apr 20022 May 2002


  • Aluminium oxide
  • FCVA
  • Optical properties
  • X-Ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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