University of Technology - IRAQJournal of Applied Sciences and Nanotechnology2788-686724202211012D Particle-in-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision Simulation of Zn-C Mosaic Target Erosion1181272059610.53293/jasn.2022.5395.1185ENAli J.AddieCenter of Advanced Materials, Ministry of Science and Technology – IraqRaid A.IsmailDepartment of Applied Sciences, University of Technology – IraqMudhafar A.MohammedDepartment of Applied Sciences, University of Technology – IraqJournal Article20220811In this work, a simulation analysis of a commercial magnetron sputtering source was performed using the finite element method Particle-in-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision (PIC/MCC) to optimize the configuration of the Zn-C mosaic target. The magnetic field distribution was solved in a two-dimensional cylindrical coordinate system, and particles such as electrons, atoms, and charged ions of argon, zinc, and carbon were tracked in a DC magnetron sputtering system. The sputtering yield profile and particle flux for the eroded target were studied considering the ion and electron density distributions. The maximum sputtering flux of zinc and carbon was 1.975´10<sup>21</sup> m<sup>-2</sup>.s<sup>-1</sup> and 3.7´10<sup>18</sup> m<sup>-2</sup>.s<sup>-1 </sup>respectively. The erosion position of a target was predicted based on the maximum power density distribution at the surface of the target. The accuracy of the simulation was checked by comparing it with the measurement of the target eroded after several hours of sputtering. However, as for the Zn-C mosaic target, the racetrack was identical to the analysis predicted by the numerical simulation process. The results of this work can be used as a guide for designing mosaic targets and optimizing their use for fabricating nanohybrid thin film structures.https://jasn.uotechnology.edu.iq/article_20596_19828b443d4f7952085963e9860b6b10.pdf