Freund, L. B., and S. Suresh. Thin Film Materials: Stress, Defect Formation and Surface Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Thin films play an important role in many technological applications including microelectronic devices, magnetic storage media and surface coatings. This book provides a comprehensive coverage of the major issues and topics dealing with stress, defect formation and surface evolution in thin films. Physical phenomena are examined from the continuum down to the sub-microscopic length scales, with the connections between the structure of the material and its behavior described wherever appropriate. While the book develops a comprehensive scientific basis with which stress, deformation and failure in thin film materials can be characterized, an attempt is also made to link the scientific concepts to a broad range of practical applications through example problems, historical notes, case studies and exercises. Of particular interest to engineers, materials scientists and physicists, this book will be essential reading on senior undergraduate and graduate courses on thin films.