We investigate the thermal stability of Mo/SiC multilayer coatings at elevated temperatures. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction studies show that, upon annealing, a thermally induced structural relaxation occurs that transforms the polycrystalline Mo and amorphous SiC layers in as-deposited multilayers into an amorphous Mo-Si-C alloy and crystalline SiC, respectively. After this relaxation process is complete, the multilayer is stable at temperatures up to 400 °C.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 13, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2005
Published: December 20, 2005
Saša Bajt and Daniel G. Stearns, "High-temperature stability multilayers for extreme-ultraviolet condenser optics," Appl. Opt. 44, 7735-7743 (2005)