Deposits of individual diamond grains and continuous polycrystalline diamond layers have been generated by means of a HFCVD technique onto different types of untreated or seeded NbN surfaces. To test the feasibility of using diamond layers as protective coatings for aerospace applications,
we carried out diamond deposition onto the lithographically defined NbN microelectrodes of a NbN/SiO2 multifinger device. The morphological and structural features of the diamond deposits and of the substrates were characterized by FE-SEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. The preferential
growth of diamond on the superconductive NbN enables the selective coating of the NbN microstripes sputtered on the insulating SiO2. Moreover the diamond coating procedure is able to preserve the structural integrity of the substrate material and to retain the shaped architecture
of the device. For the polycrystalline diamond layers grown on NbN a residual stress of –9.8 GPa, largely due to thermal stress, has been estimated by Raman analysis. The diamond coatings of the NbN-based architectures result to be mechanically stable.
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