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Thermophysics of superhard thin film materials
Frank Richter

Materials having hardness values above 40 GPa are usually referred to as superhard and are considered for application mainly in various fields of surface protection. This review follows this definition and deals with diamond, cubic boron nitride (c-BN), pure amorphous carbon, as well as hydrogenated (a-C : H) and nitrogenated amorphous carbon (CNx). Thermophysical aspects of these materials are presented.

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