Garcia-Valenzuela, A., Muñoz-Piña, S., Alcala, G., Alvarez, R., Lacroix, B., Santos, A.J., Cuevas-Maraver, J., Rico, V., Gago, R., Vazquez, L., Cotrino, J., Gonzalez-Elipe, A.R., Palmero, A.

Plasma Processes and Polymers, 16 (2019) 1800135

DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201800135

The influence of one dimensional substrate patterns on the nanocolumnar growth of thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering at oblique angles is theoretically and experimentally studied. A well-established growth model has been used to study the interplay between the substrate topography and the thin film morphology. A critical thickness has been defined, below which the columnar growth is modulated by the substrate topography, while for thicknesses above, the impact of substrate features is progressively lost in two stages; first columns grown on taller features take over neighboring ones, and later the film morphology evolves independently of substrate features. These results have been experimentally tested by analyzing the nanocolumnar growth of SiO2 thin films on ion-induced patterned substrates. 

Growth of nanocolumnar thin films on patterned substrates at oblique angles