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Title: Growth and oxidization stability of cubic Zr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}N solid solution thin films

We report Zr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}N thin films deposited by magnetron sputter deposition. We show a solid solubility of the highly neutron absorbing GdN into ZrN along the whole compositional range, which is in excellent agreement with our recent predictions by first-principles calculations. An oxidization study in air shows that Zr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}N with x reaching from 1 to close to 0 fully oxidizes, but that the oxidization is slowed down by an increased amount of ZrN or stopped by applying a capping layer of ZrN. The crystalline quality of Zr{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}N films increases with substrate temperatures increasing from 100 °C to 900 °C.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ; ; ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [5]
  1. European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden)
  2. (IFM), Thin Film Physics Division, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden)
  3. Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Thin Film Physics Division, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden)
  4. (Germany)
  5. (Sweden)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22410228
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 19; Other Information: (c) 2015 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CONCENTRATION RATIO; CUBIC LATTICES; DEPOSITION; GADOLINIUM NITRIDES; LAYERS; SOLID SOLUTIONS; SOLIDS; SOLUBILITY; SPUTTERING; SUBSTRATES; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; THIN FILMS; ZIRCONIUM NITRIDES