Studies of carbon nitride thin films synthesized by KrF excimer laser ablation of graphite in a nitrogen atmosphere

Y. F. Lu, Z. M. Ren, W. D. Song, D. S.H. Chan, T. S. Low, K. Gamani, G. Chen, K. Li

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Carbon nitride thin films were deposited on silicon wafers by pulsed KrF excimer laser (wavelength 248 nm, duration 23 ns) ablation of graphite in a nitrogen atmosphere. Different excimer laser fluences and pressures of the nitrogen atmosphere were used in order to achieve a nitrogen content as high as possible in the deposited thin films. Fourier transform infrared and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopies were used to identify the binding structure and the content of the nitrogen species in the deposited thin films. The N/C ratio 0.42 was obtained at an excimer laser fluence of 0.8 J cm-2 at a repetition rate of 10 Hz under a nitrogen pressure of PN= 100 mTorr. A high content of C=N double bond instead of C≡N triple band was indicated in the deposited thin films. Ellipsometry was used to analyze the optical properties of the deposited thin films. The carbon nitride thin films have amorphous-semiconductorlike characteristics with an optical band gap Eopt of 0.42 eV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2909-2912
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1998


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