Thin Ge films formed by magnetron sputtering deposition and implanted with Cu+ ions

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Received: 02 January 2023; Revised: 15 May 2023; Accepted: 22 May 2023
Citation: I.M. Klimovich, A.L. Stepanov. Thin Ge films formed by magnetron sputtering deposition and implanted with Cu+ ions. Lett. Mater., 2023, 13(3) 243-248


Nanoporous germanium surface formed by magnetron sputtering and ion implantationThin amorphous Ge films with a thickness of ≈60 nm were deposited on silica substrates by high-power impulse magnetron sputtering in Ar atmosphere. The obtained Ge films were implanted with Cu+ ions at an energy of 40 keV, a current density of 5 μA / cm2 with doses of 6.2 ·1015 and 3.1·1016 ion / cm2. The surface morphology of the deposited films and their transverse structure were studied by scanning electron and atomic force microscopy, as well as optical reflectance spectroscopy. It was shown that at a low dose, Cu nanoparticles are formed in the irradiated amorphous Ge layer, while an increase in the dose leads to the formation of a nanoporous Ge layer without metal nanoparticles. The work demonstrates that magnetron sputtering deposition offers good potential for nanoporous Ge-based films for energetic applications in the near future.

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