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Microstructure Characterization of Multilayered TiSiN/CrN Thin Films

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Monolayered TiSiN and multilayered TiSiN/CrN coatings were synthesized by a cathodic arc deposition process. The chromium and Ti/Si (80/20 at.%) alloy targets were adopted as the cathode materials, altering the ratio of cathode current (I[TiSi]/I[Cr]) to obtain various multilayer periodic thicknesses of multilayered TiSiN/CrN coatings. X-ray diffraction and TEM analyses showed that all the deposited monolayered TiSiN and multilayered TiSiN/CrN films possessed the B1-NaCl structure. In this study, it was shown that the multilayer periods (Λ) of the TiSiN/CrN deposited at I[TiSi]/I[Cr] cathode current ratios of 1.8, 1.0, and 0.55 were 8.3 nm, 6.2 nm, and 4.2 nm, respectively, with multilayer periodic thicknesses decreasing with smaller I[TiSi]/I[Cr] cathode current ratios. An amorphous phase was found at the boundaries of the TiN/CrN column grains. In addition, the multilayered TiSiN/CrN coatings displayed a lamellar structure that was well-defined and nonplanar between each TiN and CrN layer.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-05-01

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