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Sn whisker growth mitigation by using NiO sublayers
V. Borra, , D.G. Georgiev
Published in Institute of Physics Publishing
Volume: 50
Issue: 47
The potential of NiO sublayers for whisker growth mitigation has been examined. A thin NiO film was applied on a Cu-coated substrate before the deposition of a thicker Sn layer. The growth of Sn whiskers was then followed by optical and scanning electron microscopy and was compared with the whisker growth on a control sample without the NiO sublayer. No whiskers were observed on the sample with the NiO layer even after 12 months, whereas the control sample developed whiskers of size and density that is generally expected, based on the vast amount of published work on the topic. The mechanisms of whisker growth and whisker growth suppression are briefly discussed as well. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing