Electron microscopic and ellipsometric studies on oxidized aluminium layers

PB Barna, Z. Bodó, G. Gergely, D. Szigethy, J. Adám, P. Jakab

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Epitaxial and polycrystalline Al thin films were deposited in HV on cleaved mica and glass substrates. The Al films were oxidized by thermal and electrolytic processes. The optical constants n and k of virgin and oxidized Al films have been determined by ellipsometry in the 365-579 nm wave length range at the four intensive Hg lines. The apparent values of n and k of the Al films exhibited some correlations with their microstructure revealed by electron microscopy explaining discrepancies in contradictory literature data. Using the same optical constants for the Al substrate after oxidation, a reasonable agreement of the oxide thickness was found at the four Hg lines, with the refractive index nox=1.77, evaluating the ellipsometric measurements. Ellipsometric studies were completed by reflectance measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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