Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) thin films were prepared by hydrogen plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD). The a-C:H thin films were grown at low temperatures in the range of 150–350 °C using CBr4 as the precursor and hydrogen plasma as the reactant. Raman spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared measurements showed that the a-C:H films consist of hydrogenated nanocrystalline sp3 diamond, disordered sp3 carbon and sp2-hybridized graphitic carbon incorporated with oxygen as a main contaminant. Moreover, the incorporation of bromine and oxygen in the a-C:H films was significantly reduced upon increasing the growth temperature from 200 to 300 °C. Surface hydroxylation and precursor exposure pretreatments were employed to saturate the adsorption of CBr4 precursors and enhance the initial nucleation of carbon during the deposition of the a-C:H thin film by the PE-ALD process. In addition, the conformal growth of a-C:H thin films on three-dimensional structures was confirmed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry