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Nanoindentation of GaSe thin films

Sheng-Rui Jian1*, Shin-An Ku2, Chih-Wei Luo2 and Jenh-Yih Juang2

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1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, I-Shou University, Main Campus No.1, Sec. 1, Syuecheng Rd., Dashu District, Kaohsiung, 84001, Taiwan

2 Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, 300, Taiwan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:403  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-403

Published: 17 July 2012

Abstract

The structural and nanomechanical properties of GaSe thin films were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and nanoindentation techniques. The GaSe thin films were deposited on Si(111) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. XRD patterns reveal only the pure (000 l)-oriented reflections originating from the hexagonal GaSe phase and no trace of any impurity or additional phases. Nanoindentation results exhibit discontinuities (so-called multiple ‘pop-in’ events) in the loading segments of the load–displacement curves, and the continuous stiffness measurements indicate that the hardness and Young’s modulus of the hexagonal GaSe films are 1.8 ± 0.2 and 65.8 ± 5.6 GPa, respectively.

Keywords:
GaSe thin films; XRD; Nanoindentation; Hardness