Paper by the SALD team

The paper "Can We Rationally Design and Operate Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition Systems for Steering the Growth Regime of Thin Films?" has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C
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Here you'll find the paper by the SALD team
"Fine control over the growth of materials is required to precisely tailor their properties. Spatial atomic layer deposition (SALD) is a thin-film deposition technique that has recently attracted attention because it allows producing thin films with a precise number of deposited layers, while being vacuum-free and much faster than conventional atomic layer deposition. SALD can be used to grow films in the atomic layer deposition or chemical vapor deposition regimes, depending on the extent of precursor intermixing. Precursor intermixing is strongly influenced by the SALD head design and operating conditions, both of which affect film growth in complex ways, making it difficult to predict the growth regime prior to depositions. Here, we used numerical simulation to systematically study how to rationally design and operate SALD systems for growing thin films in different growth regimes. We developed design maps and a predictive equation allowing us to predict the growth regime as a function of the design parameters and operation conditions. The predicted growth regimes match those observed in depositions performed for various conditions. The developed design maps and predictive equation empower researchers in designing, operating, and optimizing SALD systems, while offering a convenient way to screen deposition parameters, prior to experimentation."