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Effect of the Chlorine Ion on Wet Etching of Molybdenum Tantalum Alloy Thin Film in Phosphoric Acid Solution

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In this research paper, the effect of chlorine ion on the electrochemical behaviors of Mo-6 at% Ta alloy thin films was investigated. As the concentration of chlorine ions in the phosphoric acid mixture increased from 0 wt% to 2 wt%, the measured corrosion current density also increased from 3 mA/cm2 to 10 mA/cm2, indicating that the chlorine ion induces passivity breakdown of the molybdenum tantalum alloy. The empirical equation for Mo-6 at% Ta dissolution was also obtained. The dissolution mechanism of Mo-6 at% Ta in acidic solution containing chlorine ion was suggested. In addition, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was compared with that of pure tantalum thin film.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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