Morphology and roughness of high-vacuum sublimed oligomer thin films

F. Biscarini*, P. Samorí, A. Lauria, P. Ostoja, R. Zamboni, C. Taliani, P. Viville, R. Lazzaroni, J. L. Brédas

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We present an atomic force microscopy study on the morphology and roughness of sexithienyl (T6) thin films evaporated on mica in high vacuum. The effects of two thermal processes are investigated: (i) temperature of the substrate during evaporation, and (ii) annealing temperature in high vacuum. The former yields a good control on the extension of grain boundaries and the aggregate ordering, but does not affect surface roughness. The latter is characterized by a threshold temperature (∼ 175 °C) above which a smooth continuous surface is formed. The roughness scaling behaviour is analysed by the power spectrum of the topographical profiles. T6 surface is self-affine over 1-2 orders of magnitude of the spatial frequencies. However, films prepared at substrate temperatures above 200 °C or annealed above the critical temperature exhibit an extended self-affine behaviour. The roughness scaling factor suggests a growth process of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-443
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
StatePublished - Sep 15 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Growth mechanism
  • Organic substances
  • Roughness scaling analysis
  • Scanning probe microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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