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Raman spectroscopic and x-ray investigation of stressed states in diamond-like carbon films

: Krawietz, R.; Kämpfe, B.; Auerswald, E.; Brücher, M.


Crystal research and technology 40 (2005), Nr.1-2, S.143-148
ISSN: 0023-4753
ISSN: 0232-1300
Fraunhofer IZM ()

The non-destructive characterization of intrinsic stress is very important to evaluate the reliability of devices based on diamond-like carbon (DLC) films. Whereas the only requirement for the X-ray diffraction method is a crystalline state of specimen, Raman spectroscopic stress analysis is restricted to materials showing intensive and sharp Raman peaks. On the other hand, Raman spectroscopy offers the possibility to measure stress profiles with lateral resolution of about 1 micron. The results of stress measurements in DLC films using both X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy are found in very good correspondence. Mean stress in carbon films consisting of very small crystallites on silicon substrates has been determined by measuring and fitting the stress profiles in the substrate near artificial vertical film edges.