An Al2O3 crucible with a crucible heater can be used to thermally evaporate nickel. The problem is that it is very difficult to get to high enough temperatures to deposit the nickel. Crucibles rely on external heating and there is only so much power that can be applied in order to raise the temperature to achieve deposition.
Instead of the standard alumina crucible and crucible heater setup, we would recommend using an alumina coated boat or alumina coated basket heater. We use EVS9AAOW (boat) or EVBATTSPL1 (alumina coated basket heater) in our systems.
Category: Evaporation Sources
Sub-Category: Crucibles and Crucible Heaters