Synthesis of granular systems by cluster beam deposition

Margolita Pollack, Ulrich Herr, Robert S Averback

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Granular films were prepared by simultaneous cluster beam and physical vapor deposition. The clusters are formed by high pressure sputtering and have an average size between 2 and 5 nm. This method makes it possible to control the granule size and concentration, which is not possible using precipitation synthesis of granular alloys. Most importantly, a diverse set of granule/matrix systems are accessible by this system. The method is illustrated for systems of interest for giant magneto-resistance applications: Co/Cu (miscible), and Co/Cr (immiscible.) Synthesis of films with isolated embedded clusters of more complex structures, e.g. intermetallics Ni3Al and Cu3Au, are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-57
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1995 Fall MRS Symposium - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 27 1995Nov 30 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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