Applied Physics A

, Volume 87, Issue 4, pp 767–772 | Cite as

Structural and tribological properties of cluster-assembled CNx films

  • M. Blomqvist
  • G. Bongiorno
  • A. Podestà
  • V. Serin
  • G. Abrasonis
  • U. Kreissig
  • W. Möller
  • E. Coronel
  • S. Wachtmeister
  • S. Csillag
  • V. Cassina
  • P. Piseri
  • P. MilaniEmail author


We report the structural and tribological characterization of nanostructured CNx thin films produced by the deposition of a supersonic carbon cluster beam assisted by nitrogen ion bombardment. The influence of the deposition parameters on the chemical composition and structure of the films has been systematically studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, elastic recoil detection analysis, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Depending on the deposition parameters, the films show a structure ranging from amorphous to disordered graphitic with interlinked planes. Nitrogen content depends on the nitrogen ion kinetic energy. The films have a very low density with a high surface roughness. Friction measurements at the nanoscale show a correlation between nitrogen content and mechanical properties of the system.


Atomic Force Microscope Substrate Temperature Tribological Property Carbon Nitride Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Blomqvist
    • 1
  • G. Bongiorno
    • 1
  • A. Podestà
    • 1
  • V. Serin
    • 2
  • G. Abrasonis
    • 3
  • U. Kreissig
    • 3
  • W. Möller
    • 3
  • E. Coronel
    • 4
  • S. Wachtmeister
    • 5
  • S. Csillag
    • 5
  • V. Cassina
    • 1
  • P. Piseri
    • 1
  • P. Milani
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica and CIMAINAUniversità di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.CEMES-CNRSToulouse CedexFrance
  3. 3.Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials ResearchForschungszentrum Dresden-RossendorfDresdenGermany
  4. 4.The Tribomaterials Group at Ångström LaboratoryUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  5. 5.Department of PhysicsStockholm University, SCFABStockholmSweden

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