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  • Influence of Sputtering Target Purity and Uniformity on Large Area Coating

    The shape, purity, density, porosity, grain size and binding quality of the target have great influence on the coating quality and sputtering rate. High quality target material can not only ensure the good film quality, but also extend the life cycle of Low-E products. More importantly, it can reduce production costs and improve production efficiency. Today, I will discuss with you the influence of target purity and material uniformity on large area coating.
     
    Effect of sputtering target purity on large area coating
    The purity of sputtering target has a great influence on the properties of the films. When the surface clean glass enters the high vacuum coating chamber, if the purity of the target material is not enough, under the action of electric field and magnetic field, the impurity particles in the target material will adhere to the glass surface during the sputtering process, resulting in the film layer at some positions is not firm and there is a phenomenon of peeling off. Therefore, the higher the purity of the target, the better the performance of the film.
     
    In the process of research on 99.9% purity copper sputtering target, it is found that sulfur and lead are inevitable to be introduced into the preparation of Cu target. The addition of trace S can prevent the occurrence of rough surface caused by the increase of grain size and microcracks during hot working. However, when the content of S is higher than 18 ppm, microcracks will appear again. With the increase of the content of S and Pb, the number of cracks and the number of arcing discharge will increase. Therefore, the impurity content in the target material should be reduced as much as possible, the pollution source of the sputtered film should be reduced, and the uniformity of the film should be improved.
     
    Control of sputtering target preparation process conditions
    For targets with poor thermal conductivity, such as sial sputtering targets, heat transfer is often blocked due to impurities in the target, or there is a difference between the cooling water temperature used in production and the actual water temperature of the coating line, which causes the target to crack during use. In general, a slight crack will not have a great impact on the coating production. However, when the target has obvious cracks, the charge is very easy to concentrate at the edge of the cracks, which leads to abnormal discharge on the target surface. Discharge will lead to slag falling, abnormal film formation and increase of product scrap. Therefore, in the process of target preparation, in addition to controlling the purity, we should also control the preparation process conditions.
     
    Influence of sputtering target uniformity on large area coating
    For alloy sputtering target materials, there are often uneven distribution of materials, such as aluminum agglomeration in Si-Al target, aluminum segregation in zinc aluminum target (the atomic mass of aluminum is 27 less than the atomic mass of zinc 65, aluminum will float up during the cooling process after pouring, resulting in high aluminum content on one side and low aluminum content on the other side). Because of the low melting point, the agglomerated Al in the sial target is very easy to drop slag in the process of sputtering and film formation, while the amount of Al added in the spraying process is certain. Some agglomerations indicate that the aluminum content in other positions is less, which affects the thermal conductivity and conductivity of the sial target, so that the sputtering rate is inconsistent, the uniformity of the film is poor, the target cracks, and the target discharge is intensified, It also reduces the film quality. The segregation of the target composition will affect the sputtering rate (film uniformity) and film composition. Therefore, in addition to controlling the purity of the target material, the distribution of the material in the alloy target is also crucial.
     
    AEM deposition, as a professional sputtering target manufacturer, supplies all kinds of pure metal sputtering target, alloy sputtering target and ceramic compound sputtering target. The details are as follows:
     
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