Role of intericosahedral chains on hardness of sputtered boron carbide films
2004 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, Vol. 84, no 21, 4173- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The relationship between the structure and mechanical properties of sputter-deposited boron carbide films was investigated. Changes in the structure induced by annealing were characterized in terms of chemical composition, chemical bonding, and concentrations of defects and trapped impurities. The creation of intericosahedral chains for higher annealing temperatures was revealed by infrared and Raman measurements, and the intensity of the infrared band at 1500 cm–1 was found to be related to the hardness. The presence of residual trapped Ar atoms and of open-volume defects is insensitive to relatively high annealing temperatures and does not influence the recovery of the hardness. Our results suggest postdeposition annealing as a pathway to enhance the mechanical properties of boron carbide films.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 84, no 21, 4173- p.
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27414DOI: 10.1063/1.1755841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-27414DiVA: diva2:214097