The decomposition rate and mechanism of amorphous carbon (a-C) films under laser irradiation were analyzed. Graphitization saturated at early exposures of ∼4 min, while the composition progressed exponentially with the exposure time. It was found that the structure resistance to laser-induced changes increased with the sp s3/sp s2 bonding ratio in the a-C structure. The films sputtered at lower pressure showed higher degree of bonding ratio, higher degree of cross-linking between graphic domains and lower amount of interstitial and weakly bonded compositions. It was also found that reaction rate constant of carbon structure decreases with the bonding ratio in a-C structure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films|
|State||Published - Nov 2004|