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Properties of oxide films on nickel contact surfaces

Research paper by E. I. Bublikov, V. I. Kulinich; E. E. Shcherbakova

Indexed on: 09 Nov '16Published on: 01 Sep '16Published in: Journal of Surface Investigation. X-ray, Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques



Abstract

Abstract The possibilities of changing the conductivity of surface films during electrolysis are studied. The results of experimental research into films on nickel contacts are presented. From a comparison of ellipsometric, X-ray diffraction, and Auger-spectrum measurements of nickel coating surfaces obtained from electrolytes with organic components, it is revealed that the structure and composition of the surface films undergo changes which result in a decrease in the contact resistance. This makes it possible to employ such films in low-current contacts instead of silver or silver-alloy coatings.AbstractThe possibilities of changing the conductivity of surface films during electrolysis are studied. The results of experimental research into films on nickel contacts are presented. From a comparison of ellipsometric, X-ray diffraction, and Auger-spectrum measurements of nickel coating surfaces obtained from electrolytes with organic components, it is revealed that the structure and composition of the surface films undergo changes which result in a decrease in the contact resistance. This makes it possible to employ such films in low-current contacts instead of silver or silver-alloy coatings.