Nano-indentation studies of ultrahigh strength carbon nitride thin films

Dong Li*, Yip Wah Chung, Ming Show Wong, William D. Sproul

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Carbon nitride (CNx) thin films were prepared by dc magnetron sputtering of a graphite target in a nitrogen ambient onto Si(100) substrates held at ambient temperatures. The films are amorphous with a small volume fraction of nanocrystallites. All CNx coatings grown to a thickness of 1.5 μm are adherent and smooth. Nanoindentation studies showed clear dependence of hardness and effective modulus on deposition process parameters (nitrogen pressure, target power, and substrate bias). Most striking is the observation that CNx films can be synthesized with yield strength exceeding 5 GPa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-223
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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