Nils Nedfors

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Nanocomposite Nb-C coatings, with a C/Nb ratio of 0.93 1.59, have been deposited by reactive sputtering in a commercial sputtering system where the C is supplied from an acetylene gas at deposition rates of up to 200 nm/min. The coatings are compared to nonreactively sputtered Nb-C coatings deposited from Nb and C targets in lab-scale equipment at(More)
Since the advent of theoretical materials science some 60 years ago, there has been a drive to predict and design new materials in silicio. Mathematical optimization procedures to determine phase stability can be generally applicable to complex ternary or higher-order materials systems where the phase diagrams of the binary constituents are sufficiently(More)
We report that an electron beam focused for high resolution imaging rapidly initiates observable crystallization of amorphous Me-Si-C films. For 200-keV electron irradiation of Nb-Si-C and Zr-Si-C films, crystallization is observed at doses of ~2.8*10 and ~4.7*10 e /nm, respectively. The crystallization process is driven by atomic displacement events,(More)
Niobium-carbide nanocomposite coatings with a carbon content varying from 43 – 64 at.% were deposited by dual DC magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electron microscopy showed that all coatings consisted of nanometer sized NbC grains embedded in a matrix of amorphous carbon. Mechanical properties and electrical(More)
We have deposited weakly textured substoichiometric NbB2-x thin films by magnetron sputtering from a NbB2 target. The films exhibit superhardness (42 ± 4 GPa), previously only observed in overstoichiometric TiB2 thin films, and explained by a self-organized nanostructuring, where thin TiB2 columnar grains hinder nucleation and slip of dislocations and a(More)
Prolonging wear life of amorphous carbon films under vacuum was an enormous challenge. In this work, we firstly reported that amorphous carbon film as a lubricant layer containing hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine and silicon (a-C:H:O:F:Si) exhibited low friction (~0.1), ultra-low wear rate (9.0 × 10(-13) mm(3) N(-1) mm(-1)) and ultra-long wear life (>2 × 10(6)(More)
A magnetron sputtered amorphous Cr-B-C thin film was investigated by means of atom probe tomography (APT). The film is constituted of two phases; a Cr-rich phase present as a few nanometer large regions embedded in a Cr-poor phase (tissue phase). The Cr-rich regions form columnar chains oriented parallel to the growth direction of the film. It was found(More)
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