Effects of current on early stages of focused ion beam nano-machining

Sabouri, Aydin; Anthony, Carl J.; Prewett, Philip D.; Bowen, James and Butt, Haider (2015). Effects of current on early stages of focused ion beam nano-machining. Materials Research Express, 2(5)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/2/5/055005


In this report we investigate the effects of focused ion beam machining at low doses in the range of 1015–1016 ions cm-2 for currents below 300 pA on Si(100) substrates. The effects of similar doses with currents in the range 10–300 pA were compared. The topography of resulting structures has been characterized using atomic force microscope, while crystallinity of the Si was assessed by means of Raman spectroscopy. These machining parameters allow a controllable preparation of structures either protruding from, or recessed into, the surface with nanometre precision.

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