J. Phys. IV France
Volume 04, Numéro C4, Avril 1994
3rd International Conference Laser M2P
Page(s) C4-187 - C4-187
3rd International Conference Laser M2P

J. Phys. IV France 04 (1994) C4-187-C4-187

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:1994442

Growth of diamond films on laser-treated substrates


General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vavilova 38, 117942 Moscow, Russia

Polycrystalline diamond films (DF) grown from hydrocarbons at low pressures is highly attractive material for optical, mechanical, electronic and other applications, in which the unique physical and chemical properties of diamond are used. Fabrication of diamond-based electronic devices requires a high resolution patterning of DF, however a conventional post-growth processing (polishing, etching ...) is difficult because of extreme hardness and chemical inertness of diamond. We report on alternative method to produce fine structures in DF - selected-area diamond deposition on laser-irradiated substrates. CVD diamond films have polycrystalline structure because the film growth is initiated independently on selected nucleation sites randomly distributed over substrate surface. The diamond nucleation sites were artificially created on polished Si wafer by seeding the ultrafine (5 nm) diamond powder using ultrasonic pre-treatment of the substrate. Then those seeds were removed at selected areas under action of a finely focussed beam of Ar+ laser (488 nm wavelength) scanned over surface under computer control. At the final step the DF was deposited in DC arc discharge plasma in methane (5%)/hydrogen (95%) gas mixtures [1]. Only at unexposed areas the DF did grow, while the growth was totally suppressed at the laser-modified surface. Micron-sized DF patterns have been fabricated by this way. The mechanisms of nucleation centres annihilation, and the role of ambient atmosphere (air, argon) in this effect are discussed. It is shown also that a laser pre-treatment of Si may result in a significant reducing in DF surface roughness, Ra. Smooth DF with Ra [MATH] were grown, that could be used for optical coating, antifriction coatings and insulating layers in electronic devices.

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