Irradiation effects of photoemission-assisted direct current discharge plasma on metal surfaces

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2"-size Al and Si substrates were treated by photoemission-assisted DC discharge Ar plasma, in which photoelectrons emitting from the negatively biased substrate surface under UV light irradiation are utilized as a trigger of discharge and therefore the substrate surface can be exposed to accelerated Ar+ ions. The surface morphology of Al surfaces, prepared by mechanical grinding, showed a significant decrease of arithmetical average roughness (Ra) from 341.9 nm to 260.2 nm due to Ar+ ion sputtering for an irradiation time of 100 min. The Si surface was also etched with maintaining surface flatness at Ra= 1-2 nm, while protrusions grew, perhaps resulting from agglomeration of sputtered Si atoms and/or masking effects of dusts. These resulsts suggest that the photoemission-assisted DC discharge plasma is applicable as an ion source for improving surface roughness of substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-227
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Vacuum Society of Japan
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy


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