Journal Article


E. Oesterschulze
D. Albert
K. Ludolph
J. Weiner
B. Viaris de Lesegno
G. Gay
Colm O'Dwyer



self assembly gold substrates gold imaging techniques nanotechnology self assembly monolayers substrates atomic lithography self assembled monolayer adsorption monolayers optimization

Writing self-assembled monolayers with Cs: Optimization of atomic nanolithography imaging using self-assembled monolayers on gold substrates (2005)

Abstract We report the results of a study into the factors controlling the quality of nanolithographic imaging. Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) coverage, subsequent postetch pattern definition, and minimum feature size all depend on the quality of the Au substrate used in material mask atomic nanolithographic experiments. We find that sputtered Au substrates yield much smoother surfaces and a higher density of {111}-oriented grains than evaporated Au surfaces. Phase imaging with an atomic force microscope shows that the quality and percentage coverage of SAM adsorption are much greater for sputtered Au surfaces. Exposure of the self-assembled monolayer to an optically cooled atomic Cs beam traversing a two-dimensional array of submicron material masks mounted a few microns above the self-assembled monolayer surface allowed determination of the minimum average Cs dose (2 Cs atoms per self-assembled monolayer molecule) to write the monolayer. Suitable wet etching, with etch rates of 2.2 nm min-1, results in optimized pattern definition. Utilizing these optimizations, material mask features as small as 230 nm in diameter with a fractional depth gradient of 0.820 nm were realized.
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E. Oesterschulze, D. Albert, K. Ludolph, J. Weiner, B. Viaris de Lesegno, G. Gay, Colm O'Dwyer

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Colm O'Dwyer
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