Formation of nanostructured metallic glass thin films upon sputtering

Sergey V. Ketov, Rastko Joksimovic, Guoqiang Xie, Artem Trifonov, Kazue Kurihara, Dmitri V. Louzguine-Luzgin

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Morphology evolution of the multicomponent metallic glass film obtained by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering was investigated in the present work. Two modes of metallic glass sputtering were distinguished: smooth film mode and clustered film mode. The sputtering parameters, which have the most influence on the sputtering modes, were determined. As a result, amorphous Ni-Nb thin films with a smooth surface and nanoglassy structure were deposited on silica float glass and Si substrates. The phase composition of the target appeared to have a significant influence on the chemical composition of the deposited amorphous thin film. The differences in charge transport and nanomechanical properties between the smooth and nanoglassy Ni-Nb film were also determined.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00228
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


  • Engineering
  • Materials science
  • Nanotechnology


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