A SYSTEMATIC INVESTIGATION OF THE IONIZED CLUSTER BEAM (ICB) DEPOSITION TECHNIQUE IS PROPOSED.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3919
Amount: $49,875.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Principal Investigator
 ARTHUR C DAY
 (206) 872-7080
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Abstract
A SYSTEMATIC INVESTIGATION OF THE IONIZED CLUSTER BEAM (ICB) DEPOSITION TECHNIQUE IS PROPOSED. THE ICB METHOD ALLOWS A BROAD RANGE OF CONTROL OVER THE SURFACE MOBILITY OF DEPOSITED ATOMS AND HAS BEEN APPLIED SUCCESSFULLY TO A VARIETY OF THIN FILM MATERIALS. HOWEVER, A NUMBER OF FACTORS HAVE HAMPERED U.S. RESEARCH IN THIS AREA, SO THAT THERE IS NOT NOW A SUFFICIENT BASE OF KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERIENCE TO ALLOW COMMERCIAL UTILIZATION. THE PROPOSED RESEARCH WILL FIRST ADDRESS SOME OF THE CRITICAL GAPS IN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ICB PROCESS, INCLUDING: 1) HOW ARE CLUSTERS FORMED; 2) WHAT IS THE ACTUAL MAKEUP OF A CLUSTER BEAM; 3) HOW DO CLUSTERS AND OTHER BEAM SPECIES INTERACT TO FORM THIN FILMS; AND 4) WHAT INTRINSIC ADVANTAGES DOES ICB HOLD OVER OTHER TECHNIQUES. THE PHASE I APPROACH WILL COMBINE MODELING AND EXPERIMENTAL WORK WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FRONT-END ISSUES OF BEAM GENERATION AND CHARACTERIZATION. A LIMITED SERIES OF THIN FILMS WILL ALSO BE GROWN AND STUDIED IN PREPARATION FOR A MUCH BROADER PROGRAM EMPHASIZING FILM DEVELOPMENT IN PHASE II RESEARCH.

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