Effects of Ion Bombardment on the Environmental Durability of Silver Coatings


Effects of ion bombardment during deposition on the environmental durability of silver coatings have been examined. Films deposited under otherwise identical conditions were bombarded at different levels with 300 eV argon ions. Examination of the environmental durability of coatings revealed that films deposited with ion assisted deposition are more durable than evaporated coatings. Adhesion and scratch resistance of coatings were also improved as a result of ion bombardment.

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Al-Jumaily, G.A., Mooney, T.A. & Smajkiewicz, A. Effects of Ion Bombardment on the Environmental Durability of Silver Coatings. MRS Online Proceedings Library 128, 475–478 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-128-475

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