Texture change of TiN films due to anisotropic incorporation of oxygen

D. Biro, M. F. Hasaneen, L. Székely, M. Menyhárd, S. Gurbán, P. Pekker, I. Dódony, P. B. Barna

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Results of comprehensive structural and microchemical analyses revealed the mechanisms responsible for changing the <111> to <001> competitive growth texture of TiN films when the level of oxygen doping was 20 at.%. It has been shown that the growth competition is related to the different way of segregation-incorporation of the oxygen species on the {001} and {111} crystal faces. Oxygen is preferentially segregated on the {111} crystal face and is growing in the form of a 2D TiO2 surface layer on the growth surface, limiting the growth of <111> oriented crystals. On the {001} faces, however, the major part of condensing oxygen species is dissolved into the crystal lattice and only a part forms TiO2 aggregates. These aggregates have a 3D morphology which do not hinder the growth of <001> oriented crystals. Consequently, the <001> oriented crystals win the growth competition leading to a film structure constituted of V-shaped columns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-86
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - máj. 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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