Influence of laser pulse frequency on the microstructure of aluminum nitride thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition

Influence of laser pulse frequency on the microstructure of aluminum nitride thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Applied Surface Science, Volume 394, p.197-204 (2017)

ISBN:

0169-4332

Abstract:

<p>Aluminum Nitride (AlN) thin films were synthesized on Si (100) wafers at 450 degrees C by pulsed laser deposition. A polycrystalline AlN target was multipulsed irradiated in a nitrogen ambient, at different laser pulse repetition rate. Grazing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction and Atomic Force Microscopy analyses evidenced nanocrystallites with a hexagonal lattice in the amorphous AlN matrix. The thickness and optical constants of the layers were determined by infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry. The optical properties were studied by Fourier Transform Infrared reflectance spectroscopy in polarised oblique incidence radiation. Berreman effect was observed around the longitudinal phonon modes of the crystalline AlN component. Angular dependence of the A(1)LO mode frequency was analysed and connected to the orientation of the particles&#39; optical axis to the substrate surface normal. The role of the laser pulse frequency on the layers&#39; properties is discussed on this basis. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.</p>