Morphology and mechanical behavior of diamond films fabricated by IH-MPCVD

Rong Tu, Tiantian Xu, Dengfeng Li, Song Zhang, Meijun Yang, Qizhong Li, Lianmeng Zhang, Toshihiro Shimada, Takashi Goto, Ji Shi

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Morphology of diamond films has been controlled via intermediate frequency induction heated microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (IH-MPCVD), which was transformed with various substrate temperatures (Tsub = 923-1123 K) and CH4/H2 ratios (ηc = 0.5-2 vol%). The coupling effects of Tsub and ηc on the structure of diamond films have been studied. At ηc = 0.5 vol%, the sp3/sp2 ratio of diamond films reached 98% at 1073 K, surface roughness (Rms) increased from 50 to 85 nm with increasing Tsub, the maximum hardness (Ha) reached 84 GPa at 973 K, and the maximum Young's modulus (E) reached 642 GPa at 1023 K. The residual stress (σ) was calculated as a function of Tsub and ηc. The quality factor (Q), combining microstructure and mechanical behavior, has been creatively defined to evaluate the quality of diamond films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16061-16068
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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