Effects of annealing temperature on morphology and thickness of samarium electrodeposited thin films

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  • Electroplated depositions of Sm were prepared using a vertical well-type electrodeposition unit with an aqueous ammonium acetate electrolyte system, with an average deposition yield just over 87%. The depositions were analyzed for morphology and thickness by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and chemical composition by energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) before and after firing. The depositions were fired at 125-700 °C, while varying the heating rate from 0.5 to 10 °C/min in either an oxidizing or reducing atmosphere. A heating rate of 10 °C/min was slow enough to prevent disruption of the deposition morphology during firing. A gas sweep enhanced the removal of any organic substituents, with an oxidizing environment being more advantageous than a reducing environment.
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  • Burns JD; Myhre KG; Sims NJ; Stracener DW; Boll RA
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  • 95
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  • 101
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  • 830