ZrNx films are deposited by rf magnetron sputtering using a wide range of nitrogen flow rates to control film properties. Scanned probe microscope (SPM) oxidation is presented as a complimentary characterization tool to x-ray diffraction, colorimetric, and four point probe analyses. The SPM oxidation behavior of the ZrNx films is related to their structural, optical, and electrical properties. Whereas stoichiometric ZrN films have applications as protective and/or decorative coatings, ZrNx films sputtered with higher nitrogen flow rates have potential applications in devices where arrays of high aspect ratio nanostructures would be useful. (C) 2008 American Vacuum Society.
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Farkas, N.; Zhang, G.; Ramsier, R. D.; Evans, Edward A.; and Dagata, J. A., "Characterization of Zirconium Nitride Films Sputter Deposited with an Extensive Range of Nitrogen Flow Rates" (2008). Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research. 12.