The erosion behaviors of Y2O3 and YF3 coatings under fluorocarbon plasma

Dae Min Kim, Yoon Suk Oh, Seongwon Kim, Hyung Tae Kim, Dae Soon Lim, Sung Min Lee

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We deposited Y2O3 and YF3 coatings using the electron beam evaporation method and investigated their erosion behavior under fluorocarbon plasma at various bias voltages. TEM analysis revealed that the Y2O3 coating was strongly fluorinated under the plasma, and the thickness of the fluorinated layer was increased up to a few hundred nm with bias voltage. XPS analysis also confirmed a significant Y-F bonding on the surface and showed fluorine content at a maximum on the surface, decreasing with the depth from the surface. The etch rate increased with bias voltage and it was slightly higher in YF3 coating, implying that the etch rate depends on the surface fluorination and its removal by incident ions. Without applying bias voltage, the chemical reaction with the fluorocarbon plasma dominated, resulting in the formation of fine fluoride particles on the Y2O3 surface, but the YF3 coating was intact and clean for the same condition. These results indicate that the YF3 coating may be a new plasma-facing material that produces fewer contamination particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6698-6702
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1


  • Etch
  • Fluorocarbon plasma
  • XPS
  • Yttrium fluoride
  • Yttrium oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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