Magnetron sputtering with hot solid target: Thermal processes and erosion

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This work focuses on erosion and thermal processes taking place on the surface of the titanium target in magnetron sputtering. The study was carried out using magnetron sputtering systems (MSS) with different thermal insulation target types from the magnetron body. It was found that the presence of an evaporation component allows the rate of removal of atoms from the surface of a solid target to be increased with limited thermal conduction. A mathematical simulation was used to evaluate the contribution of evaporation to the increase in the coating deposition rate for complete and partial thermal insulation. It was found that non-uniformity of the direct-axis component of the magnetic induction vector helps to localize the heating. also increases the evaporation rate on the surface of the target. It was proved that local evaporation including sublimations on the surface of a hot target is a significant factor in increasing the coating deposition rate. Due to this mechanism, the coating deposition rate can be increased 5 times for Ti in comparison with fully cooled targets. This result can be applied for direct current magnetrons and also for pulsed systems. It was also found that evaporation increased the energy efficiency of the target erosion. The most suitable metals were selected for obtaining high-intensity emission of atoms from a solid target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-431
Number of pages7
JournalActa Polytechnica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Evaporation
  • High rate deposition
  • Hot target
  • Magnetron sputtering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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