Study of Nb/Al interface combining spectroscopy of reflected electrons with ion sputtering
Journal article, 2008

The study of the interface between Nb and Al thin films is motivated by the fact that electrical characteristics of Nb/Al − AlOx/Nb superconductive tunnel junction are very sensitive to the structure of the interfaces in the tri-layer. We present a method of interpretation of energy spectra of electrons reflected from layered samples, with the help of which we can determine depth profiles and morphologies of interfaces inside Nb/Al −AlOx/Nb structure with a nanometer resolution. Methodological specifics of the method, compared to REELS, is accounting for the whole spectrum recorded in a wide range of energy losses, rather than interpretation of certain peaks. We reconstruct depth profile data by fitting of calculated spectra to recorded ones. The calculations are based on solution of boundary problem of electron transport equation in multi-layered slice-uniform media, as well as on Monte-Carlo modeling. The Nb/Al interface was found to have an intermediate layer of about 3 nm thick as-deposited which developed into about 6 nm thick layer as a result of annealing at 180oC, 20 minutes.


A.V. Lubenchenko

V.P. Afanas´ev

M.V. Lukashevsky

Mats Norell

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Alexey Pavolotskiy

Chalmers, Department of Radio and Space Science, Advanced Receiver Development

S.D. Fedorovich

Journal of Physics: Conference Series

Vol. 97 012210-

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Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Condensed Matter Physics

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