Recently I am trying to produce SiO2 thin film using magnetron sputter method. I am using the Torus sputter gun from Lesker. Due to other reasons a reactive sputtering is not possible and one has to use pure noble gas like Ar, and using pure SiO2 as target and rf power source. The resulting deposition rate is extremely low (0.05 nm/min), and moreover, the material of the anode, i.e. the protective cap, seems also to be sputtered and deposited on the substrate. Does anyone has experience with the magnetron sputtering of SiO2 or similar oxide? Any suggestion would be helpful.