Structure and Electronic Properties of Diamond-Like Carbon

  • J. Robertson
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 266)

Abstract

This paper reviews the structure and electronic properties of the various forms of amorphous carbon (a-C) and hydogenat:ed amorphous carbon (a-C:H). It is shown that a-C:H consists of clusters of 3-coordinated sp2 carbon embedded in a sp3 bonded matrix. The sp2 regions are found to control the electronic properties such as band gap while the sp3 regions control mechanical properties such as rigidity and hardness. A model for the mechanical properties is introduced. The various experimental methods of determining atomic structure are critically reviewed and deposition processes favouring sp3 bonding are discussed. Recent data indicate that a-C deposited from mass-selected ion beams is highly sp3 bonded and has a hardness close to diamond.

Keywords

Methane Graphite Benzene Mold Hydrocarbon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Robertson
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  1. 1.National Power LabsLeatherheadSurreyUK

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