Thesis Title

Ultrasonic Modification of Condensation Processes

Date of Graduation

Summer 1998

Degree

Master of Science in Materials Science

Department

Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science

Committee Chair

Ryan Giedd

Subject Categories

Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract

Condensation processes of a thin metal film are a direct result of interfacial energies. The realationships between these energies are virtually identical to those between an adhesive that wets a solid substrate. Using adhesion as a model, a method of modifying the interfacial energies of a gold on glass interface was developed. Through ultrasonic treatment of a glass substrate during deposition, a thin gold film approximately 100 Å thick was produced. Resistance measurements revealed a resistance that was over 50% lower than an identical sample that was created without ultrasonic treatment.

Copyright

© Eran Jason Jones

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