Surface modification of α-Al2O3(0001) by N2+ ion irradiation

Won Kook Choi, Sung Chang Choi, Hyung Jin Jung, Seok Keun Koh, Dong Jin Byun, Dong Wha Kum

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The surface of sapphire most widely used as a substrate for III-V nitride growth was modified by N2+ ion irradiation with ion-beam energies from 100 to 1000 eV. As the ion-beam energy increased from 100 to 500 eV, the root-mean-square roughness of the surface morphology decreased. However no significant change in surface roughness at energy higher than 500 eV was observed. From the N 1s x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy core-level spectra, no peak related to a nitrogen bond could be found in the samples irradiated with ion energy below 500 eV. An AlON peak began to appear in the samples irradiated with 600-900 eV N2+ ions, and two peaks corresponding to AlON and AlN were distinctively observed in the sample irradiated at 1 keV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3311-3313
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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