Electronic and atomic structure modifications of copper nitride films by ion impact and phase separation

N. Matsunami, H. Kakiuchida, M. Tazawa, M. Sataka, H. Sugai, S. Okayasu

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We have studied electronic and atomic structure modifications of Cu3N films under 100 keV Ne and 100 MeV Xe ion impact. Cu3N films were prepared on R(11-2 surface)-cut-Al2O3 substrates at 250 °C by using a RF-magnetron sputter deposition method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that unirradiated films are polycrystalline with (1 0 0) orientation of cubic structure. We find that the electrical resistivity (∼10 Ω cm before ion impact) decreases by more than two orders of magnitude after the Ne impact at a fluence of ∼1013 cm-2, where no Cu phase separation is observed. For further ion impact (larger than ∼1015 cm-2), XRD shows Cu diffraction peak (Cu phase separation), and the resistivity decreases further (three orders of magnitude). Decomposition and phase separation are discussed based on these results, as well as temperature dependence of the resistivity and optical absorption. The results of 100 MeV Xe ion impact are compared with those of Ne ion impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2653-2656
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug 15


  • CuN
  • Decomposition
  • Ion impact
  • Phase separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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