Synthesis and characterisation of nanostructured barium cuprate thin films

M. Faiz, Nouar Tabet

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Thin films of Ba1-yCuO2+x system were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering technique, using a BaCuO2 target sintered at 850°C for 24 hours. The sputtering was performed under 0.04 Torr Ar-pressure and at 500 V- 135 mA target current. The effect of substrate and substrate bias on the morphology of the films was investigated. The films were characterised by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The XRD and XPS analyses revealed a major phase closed to BaCuO2 as well as a minor phase of BaCO3 (30%). AFM observations in the phase mode showed a uniform distribution of isolated grains covering about 30% of the film. We identified these grains with BaCO 3. The AFM images in the topography mode showed a uniform distribution of 60 nm diameter grains of BaCuO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-239
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Nano and Biomaterials
Issue number1-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • AFM
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Barium cuprate
  • DC magnetron
  • Nanostructure
  • Thin film
  • X-ray diffraction
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • XPS
  • XRD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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