|Title||Variable roughness development in statically deposited SiO2 thin films: a spatially resolved surface morphology analysis|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||A. Meshkova, S.A Starostin, M.CM van de Sanden, H. de Vries|
|Journal||Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics|
For the first time a systematic analysis of the growth front evolution of statically deposited silica films in an atmospheric pressure (AP)-PECVD reactor was carried out. The growth front evolution was studied as a function of time and position in the reactor. Focussed beam spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to assess the local film growth rate and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to analyse the surface roughness development. Spatially resolved AFM analysis showed a strong dependence of the rms roughness on the position, and consequently on the thickness and local deposition rate (LDR), in the reactor. Time resolved surface morphology analysis at two specific positions at high and low LDR indicated different growth exponents β=0.33 and β=0.11, respectively. From the analysis of the static roughness development in the AP-PECVD reactor certain limitations on the deposition time and the maximum local deposition rate for dynamic or web rolled deposition conditions have been elucidated. Moreover, the system is characterized by a set of roughness exponents α=0.9, α=1.6 and global roughness exponent α=2.3. The different values of α indicate an anomalous scaling behaviour of the system whereas different growth exponents β suggest a breakdown of the anti-shadowing mechanism.
|Alternate Title||J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.|
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