Simple flash evaporator for making thin films of compounds

M. Hemanadhan*, Ch Bapanayya, S. C. Agarwal

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A simple and compact arrangement for flash evaporation is described. It uses a cell phone vibrator for powder dispensing that can be incorporated into a vacuum deposition chamber without any major alterations. The performance of the flash evaporation system is checked by making thin films of the optical memory chalcogenide glass Ge2 Sb2 Te5 (GST). Energy dispersive x-ray analysis shows that the flash evaporation preserves the stoichiometry in thin films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-626
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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Funding Information:
The authors thank our laboratory members Dr. V. S. Kushwaha, D. N. Patel, and Dr. Ram Bilas for their help in experiments. They also thank the Department of Science and Technology (New Delhi) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (New Delhi) for financial support.


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