Fabrication of transparent very thin SiOx doped diamond-like carbon films on a glass substrate

Ya Chen Chang, Wei Bo Liao, Hung Sen Wei, Yan Yu Liao, Hung Pin Chen, Chien Cheng Kuo

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A novel direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering system via radio frequency (RF) bias with hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) plasma polymerization was developed for the deposition of SiOx-doped diamond-like carbon (DLC) films on a glass substrate. As the RF bias increased, the ratio of intensity of D peak and G peak (I(D)/I(G)) decreased and the G peak shifted to a low position, leading to high hardness and a large portion of sp3 bonds. Additionally, weak sp2 graphite bonds were broken and sp3 diamond bonds formed because the RF bias attracted hydrogen ion bombarding the DLC films. Increasing DC power was helpful to improve the hardness of the DLC films because the proportion of sp3 bonds and the I(D)/I(G) ration was increased. HMDSO was introduced into this process to form SiOx:DLC films with enhanced optical performance. The average transmittance in the visible region of these very thin SiOx:DLC films with a thickness of 37.5 nm was 80.3% and the hardness of the SiOx:DLC films was increased to 7.4 GPa, which was 23.3% higher than that of B270 substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number240
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Hardness
  • Hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO)
  • Plasma polymerization
  • RF bias
  • SiO:DLC


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