Silica films containing metal particles in the nanometer size range exhibit optical properties that make them useful in several applications. In this work, copper-containing silica films were synthesized by a radiofrequency magnetron sputtering co-deposition technique, and then thermally-treated (in some cases sequentially) in different annealing atmospheres, i.e. either oxidizing or reducing (700-900 °C of temperature range, 2-5 h of time range, 400 °C/h of heating rate and 250 °C/h of cooling rate). Depending on the thermal treatment, the crystallite average surface-weighted dimension ranges between 5 and 9 nm for metal copper, and is larger than 25 nm for CuO. The preparation protocols to obtain these characteristics were determined in order to control cluster formation and growth. Characterization of the samples following the various preparation steps was performed by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, optical absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Our experimental observations showed that the composite formation was a function of the annealing conditions.

SOME STRUCTURAL AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF COPPER AND COPPER OXIDE NANOPARTICLES IN SILICA FILMS FORMED BY CO-DEPOSITION OF COPPER AND SILICA

CATTARUZZA, Elti;BATTAGLIN, Giancarlo;CANTON, Patrizia;
2005

Abstract

Silica films containing metal particles in the nanometer size range exhibit optical properties that make them useful in several applications. In this work, copper-containing silica films were synthesized by a radiofrequency magnetron sputtering co-deposition technique, and then thermally-treated (in some cases sequentially) in different annealing atmospheres, i.e. either oxidizing or reducing (700-900 °C of temperature range, 2-5 h of time range, 400 °C/h of heating rate and 250 °C/h of cooling rate). Depending on the thermal treatment, the crystallite average surface-weighted dimension ranges between 5 and 9 nm for metal copper, and is larger than 25 nm for CuO. The preparation protocols to obtain these characteristics were determined in order to control cluster formation and growth. Characterization of the samples following the various preparation steps was performed by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, optical absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Our experimental observations showed that the composite formation was a function of the annealing conditions.
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