Much of the previous work on the role of atomic hydrogen in diamond growth has been focused on its formation on various refractory metal filaments, its reaction in the gas phase and its role in the growth mechanism. In contrast, the effect of atomic hydrogen recombination on substrate heating is addressed in this letter. Experiments were conducted in vacuum, helium, and hydrogen environments. Tantalum and carbon filaments were used to vary atomic hydrogen generation rates. Furthermore, methane was added in some experiments to determine its effect on hydrogen assisted "chemical" heating of the substrate. The results indicate that when substantial amounts of atomic hydrogen are generated at the filament, reactions of atomic hydrogen at the diamond growth surface have a pronounced effect on the substrate temperature. Use of carbon filaments lead to significantly diminished atomic hydrogen generation rates and much lower substrate temperatures. Additions of small amounts of methane to hydrogen also resulted in reduced atomic hydrogen generation rates and, consequently, lower substrate temperatures.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)