Lipon thin films grown by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition in a N 2 –H 2 –Ar gas mixture

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January 2012, Volume520(Issue6) Page1799To1803


Lithium phosphorus oxynitride (Lipon) thin films have been deposited by a plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition method. Lipon thin films were deposited on approximately 0.2μm thick Au-coated alumina substrates in a N 2 –H 2 –Ar plasma at 13.56MHz, a power of 150W, and at 180°C using triethyl phosphate [(CH 2 CH 3 ) 3 PO 4 ] and lithium tert -butoxide [(LiOC(CH 3 ) 3 ] precursors. Lipon growth rates ranged from 10 to 42nm/min and thicknesses varied from 1 to 2.5μm. X-ray powder diffraction showed that the films were amorphous, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed approximately 4at.% N in the films. The ionic conductivity of Lipon was measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to be approximately 1.02μS/cm, which is consistent with the ionic conductivity of Lipon deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering of Li 3 PO 4 targets in either mixed Ar–N 2 or pure N 2 atmosphere. Attempts to deposit Lipon in a N 2 –O 2 –Ar plasma resulted in the growth of Li 3 PO 4 thin films. The XPS analysis shows no C and N atom peaks. Due to the high impedance of these films, reliable conductivity measurements could not be obtained for films grown in N 2 –O 2 –Ar plasma.

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doi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2011.08.091