NANOFABRICATION

The CNMS Nanofabrication Research Laboratory houses 10,000 ft2 of class 100/1000 clean room space for carrying out material modification using advanced lithographic, etching, thin-film deposition, and characterization tools.

Process Design

  • Assistance with design of process flow to implement users’ device concepts using the facilities housed in the CNMS Nanofabrication Research Laboratory.

E-Beam Lithography

  • JEOL 9300FS 100kV Electron Beam Lithography System writes at rates up to 50Mhz and has a nominal spot size approaching 4nm. Field sizes up to 1mm can be written without stage movement. Layout BEAMER© is used for file conversion and proximity correction. High speed, large area writes with limited beam drift and variation across a wafer are a highlight of this tool. Operation at high energy (100kV) allows writing on insulated substrates with minimal or no dissipation layer.

Dual-beam SEM/FIB

  • FEI Novalab 600 Dual-Beam (electron/ion) System equipped with multiple gas sources, a gallium ion source and variable energy electron source, is used for scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam milling, and electron beam induced deposition (EBID) and etching processes. An additional optical source allows high-resolution optical imaging and local heating of samples for in situ purification of EBID deposited materials.

First Nano Rapid Thermal Processor (RTP)

  • This tool is an infrared lamp heating system capable of controlled ramp rates or rapid maximum ramp rates approaching 100ºC per second. Samples can be heated in excess of 1200ºC in various ambient conditions and pressures ranging from 10mTorr to atmospheric pressure. The RTP is used to modify the functional properties of substrates and thin films.

    Specific examples include:

  • Growth of nanomaterials on lithographically defined metal thin-films.
  • Modulation of thin film stress.
  • Modulation of as-deposited thin film stoichiometry via reduction and/or oxidation.
  • Reflow of materials during annealing.
  • Driving of dopants into materials to control electrical behavior and/or etch sensitivity.

Oxford FlexAL Plasma Atomic Layer Deposition System (ALD)

  • The ALD process is a true “nano” technology allowing for precise deposition of ultra-thin films of a few nanometers in thickness. The two defining characteristics of ALD are self-limiting layer by layer growth and highly conformal coating of extreme high aspect ratio topography. The addition of plasma capability allows for ALD processing temperatures as low as 30ºC.
  • ALD Materials Available
  • Aluminum Oxide
  • Aluminum Nitride
  • Hafnium Oxide
  • Hafnium Nitride
  • Silicon Oxide
  • Titanium Oxide
  • Vanadium Oxide

General Cleanroom Use

  • Heidelberg DWL 66 Direct-Write Lithography Tool  primarily used for the production of contact lithographic masks used with a Quintel Contact Lithography Tool, but can also be used for direct-write and grayscale lithographies.  Three writing heads are available to allow both rapid mask production and high resolution.  Features as small as 600 nm have been reproduced using contact lithography.
  • Oxford Plasmalab 100 RIE/ICP Etcher with Chlorine, Fluorine and Cryogenic Processes
    Two tools that can be used for dry etching silicon, silicon dielectrics, metals, and III-V materials.  Conventional RIE and DRIE processes are available.   Additional processes for anisotropic etching of silicon with smooth sidewalls have been refined to use in combination with electron beam lithography to produce nanoporous barriers and high aspect ratio silicon nanostructures
  • Veeco Atomic Force Microscope for the characterization of nanoscale structures and patterns including nanopatterned monolayers and thin films.
  • EDAX energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy  (EDS)
    Attached to the FEI Novalab 600 Dual-Beam System this characterization tool facilitates elemental mapping of nonplanar samples. 
  • Rame-Hart model 590 automated goniometer quantifies changes in surface energy and wettability, providing essential measurement capabilities for preparing surfaces for use in microfluidic experiments.
  • Veeco Optical Profilometer
    Dynamic characterization of patterned materials and nanostructures is enabled by this versatile optical profilometry system with sub-nanometer resolution.
  • Oxford Plasmalab System 100 PECVD
    This tool is a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system (PECVD). It is used to deposit silicon oxide and silicon nitride thin films on single wafer samples. The addition of plasma to the CVD process allows for thin film deposition at much lower temperatures, typically 350ºC, although the tool is capable of processing temperatures up to 700ºC. The tool is also capable of dual frequency RF plasma generation which allows for tuning of silicon nitride film stress.
  • Tystar Furnace
    This tool is a batch process three-tube, high-temperature, horizontal furnace stack. The “stack” consists of three independent systems or tubes that can each process up to 50 wafers per run. It is capable of processing samples up to 8” in diameter.  Substrate materials used here are typically limited to clean silicon or quartz.
    • Tube 1 is an atmospheric pressure system dedicated to growing high purity thermal silicon dioxide (SiO2) thin films on silicon substrates. It is capable of processing temperatures up to 1150ºC.
    • Tube 2 is a low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) system configured to deposit various high quality silicon nitride thin films. It is capable of processing temperatures up to 900ºC. This tool can deposit stoichiometric silicon nitride (Si3N4) or low stress non-stoichiometric silicon nitride. Film stress and/or stoichiometry can be tuned for specific applications.
    • Tube 3 is a low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) system configured to deposit various oxides and silicon thin films. It is capable of processing temperatures up to 700ºC. This tool can deposit intrinsic poly-silicon, doped poly-silicon (N-Type), amorphous silicon, low temperature silicon oxide (LTO), and doped oxides such as borophosphosilicate glass (BPSG) and phosphosilicate glass(PSG).

Capabilities provided by other CNMS groups