Observation of long-range orientational ordering in metal films evaporated at oblique incidence onto glass

D. L. Everitt, X. D. Zhu, W. J. Miller, N. L. Abbott

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Abstract

We studied long-range orientational ordering in polycrystalline Au films (10 nm - 30 nm) that are evaporated at oblique incidence onto a glass substrate at room temperature. By measuring the averaged optical second-harmonic response from the films over a 6-mm diameter region, we observed a transition from the expected in-plane mirror symmetry at 10 nm to a surprising three-fold in-plane rotational symmetry at 30 nm. X-ray pole figure analysis performed on these films showed the strong 〈111〉 fiber texture typical of fcc films, but with a restricted, three-fold symmetric, distribution of crystallite orientations about the tiber axis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
EditorsB.M. Clemens, L. Gignac, J.M. MacLaren, O. Thomas
Volume615
StatePublished - 2000
EventPolycrystalline Metal and Magnetic Thin Films-2000 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 25 2000Apr 27 2000

Other

OtherPolycrystalline Metal and Magnetic Thin Films-2000
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period4/25/004/27/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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