The objective of this work is to present an analytical model able to interpret the experimental dependence of the uniformity of films produced by the plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition technique on the deposition parameters (discharge pressure, gas flow temperature and rf power density). The model proposed is based on the Navier-Stokes equations applied to a gas flow considered to be quasi-incompressible and quasi-inviscous, whenever the Mach number is below 0·3. This condition leads to the establishment of the proper quasisteady-state gas flow equations, and the corresponding equations of energy and momentum balance ascribed to the mass profile of the species formed, under the presence of a low-rf-power plasma density, are able to predict the uniformity distribution of the film over the entire deposited substrate area.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Philosophical Magazine B: Physics of Condensed Matter; Statistical Mechanics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1997|