Ion Beam Sputtering of Dielectric Films on Large Optical Substrates

Homogeneous deposition on large, planar optical substrates using state of the art electron beam evaporation sources has been challenging due to point-type sources and the lack of sophisticated movement systems capable for mass production. Alternatively, the utilization of ion beam sputtering (IBS) has the advantage of higher energy of the sputtered material (i.e. temperature) arriving at the substrate, compared to competing techniques. Therefore, IBS commonly yields denser films with properties closer to the respective bulk materials.

The following figures give an overview of results for typical IBS applications.

Al2O3 was deposited as an anti-reflective coating on an optical glass with dimensions of 500 mm x 300 mm. The process was conducted reactively from the metallic aluminum target. Oxygen was added as reactive background gas.

Homogeneity was controlled by a linear movement with constant velocity of the substrate stage as well as by the use of shapers. Static deposition rate of Al2O3 was 7 nm/min. The deposited film thickness was in-situ monitored by a software integrated quartz crystal oscillator which was also used for end point detection. Film thickness meas­ure­ments were conducted on a Sentech SE400 ellipsometer. Meas­ure­ment of the large sample area was done on five 150 mm substrates. Reproducibility was de­ter­mined from three subsequently process runs (see Fig. 1).

Static deposition rates of different materials:
silicon (Si): 3.0 nm/min, aluminum (Al): 5.5 nm/min, molybdenum (Mo): 3.5 nm/min, titanium (Ti): 2.8 nm/min, aluminum oxide (Al2O3): 7.0 nm/min




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