SiO 2 aerogel film has been drawn an attention as excellent dielectric material due to its ultra low dielectric constant. SiO 2 aerogel film could exhibit the improved electrical property after plasma treatment due to the removal of organic group. However, the role of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) was not investigated in spite of high energy of VUV radiated during plasma processing. In this work, the radiation effect of VUV on SiO 2 aerogel film was investigated during H 2 plasma treatment. H 2 gas was selected from its lightest atomic mass and strong photon emission in the VUV region. LiF single crystal was used as a VUV filter to permit the transmittance of the VUV radiated from H 2 plasma but not with chemical species and reactive ions. It was found that VUV radiation during H 2 plasma treatment plays a role of removal of organic group and rearrangement of siloxane bond.
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The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Brain Korea 21 project.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films