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Modifications of ion beam sputtered tantala thin films by secondary argon and oxygen bombardment

Yang, Le and Randel, Emmett and Vajente, Gabriele and Ananyeva, Alena and Gustafson, Eric and Markosyan, Ashot and Bassiri, Riccardo and Fejer, Martin and Menoni, Carmen (2020) Modifications of ion beam sputtered tantala thin films by secondary argon and oxygen bombardment. Applied Optics, 59 (5). A150-A154. ISSN 1559-128X. doi:10.1364/ao.59.00a150.

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Amorphous tantala (Ta₂O₅) thin films were deposited by reactive ion beam sputtering with simultaneous low energy assist Ar⁺ or Ar⁺/O₂⁺ bombardment. Under the conditions of the experiment, the as-deposited thin films are amorphous and stoichiometric. The refractive index and optical band gap of thin films remain unchanged by ion bombardment. Around 20% improvement in room temperature mechanical loss and 60% decrease in absorption loss are found in samples bombarded with 100-eV Ar⁺. A detrimental influence from low energy O₂⁺ bombardment on absorption loss and mechanical loss is observed. Low energy Ar⁺ bombardment removes excess oxygen point defects, while O₂⁺ bombardment introduces defects into the tantala films.

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Yang, Le0000-0002-8868-5977
Vajente, Gabriele0000-0002-7656-6882
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Menoni, Carmen0000-0001-9185-2572
Additional Information:© 2020 Optical Society of America. Received 17 September 2019; revised 19 November 2019; accepted 3 December 2019; posted 3 December 2019 (Doc. ID 377788); published 14 January 2020. Portions of this work were presented at the Optical Interference Coatings Conference in 2019, FA.6 “Optical properties and mechanical loss of amorphous Ta₂O₅ thin films bombarded with low energy assist ions.” Funding: LIGO program, National Science Foundation (1710957). The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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Official Citation:Le Yang, Emmett Randel, Gabriele Vajente, Alena Ananyeva, Eric Gustafson, Ashot Markosyan, Riccardo Bassiri, Martin Fejer, and Carmen Menoni, "Modifications of ion beam sputtered tantala thin films by secondary argon and oxygen bombardment," Appl. Opt. 59, A150-A154 (2020)
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