Helium ion beam (HIB) expertise performs an vital position within the excessive fields of nanofabrication. Resulting from excessive decision and sensitivity, HIB nanofabrication expertise is extensively used to sample nanostructures into parts, gadgets, or methods in built-in circuits, supplies sciences, nano-optics, and bio-sciences functions. HIB-based nanofabrication consists of direct-write milling, ion beam-induced deposition, and direct-write lithography with out the necessity to withstand help. Their nanoscale functions have additionally been evaluated within the areas of built-in circuits, supplies sciences, nano-optics, and organic sciences.
In a brand new paper revealed within the Worldwide Journal of Excessive Manufacturing, a staff of researchers, led by Dr. Deqiang Wang from Chongqing Key Laboratory of Multi-scale Manufacturing Know-how, Chongqing Institute of Inexperienced and Clever Know-how, Chinese language Academy of Sciences, PR China, have summarized comprehensively the intense processes and functions of HIB nanofabrication.
The primary goal of this overview is to deal with the newest developments in HIB expertise with their excessive processing capabilities and widespread functions in nanofabrication. Primarily based on the introduction of the HIM system with GFIS, the efficiency traits and benefits of HIB expertise have been mentioned first. Thereafter, sure questions in regards to the excessive processes and functions of HIB nanofabrication have been addressed: What number of excessive processes and functions of HIB expertise have been developed in nanofabrication for built-in circuits, supplies sciences, nano-optics, and bio-sciences functions? What are the primary challenges within the excessive nanofabrication with HIB expertise for prime decision and sensitivity functions?
HIM has some great benefits of excessive decision and sensitivity for excessive nanostructures fabrications. HIB-based nanofabrication consists of direct-write milling, ion beam-induced deposition, and direct-write lithography with out the necessity to withstand help. Their nanoscale functions have additionally been evaluated within the areas of built-in circuits, supplies sciences, nano-optics, and organic sciences. This overview primarily covers 4 thematic functions of HIB: 1) helium ion microscopy (HIM) imaging for organic samples and semiconductors; 2) HIB milling and swelling for 2D/3D nanopore fabrication; 3) HIB-induced deposition for nanopillars, nanowires, and 3D nanostructures; 4) further HIB direct writing for resist, graphene, and plasmonic nanostructures.
HIB expertise is used for high-contrast, high-resolution imaging of conductive, semiconductor, insulating supplies, and organic samples. Though the ions collide with the goal pattern, it will likely be higher than standard SEM imaging. The centered HIB expertise has distinct benefits in nanofabrication, together with milling processes for native thickness management and nanostructures fabrication in free-standing membranes or bulk supplies. Nevertheless, the amorphization and helium implantation could trigger pattern injury throughout HIB milling on bulk substrates. Subsequently, the optimization of ion dose, beam vitality, and HIB dose price is essential for native thickness manipulation and topography accuracy management in nanostructures fabrication. Ion beam-induced deposition is a crucial nanofabrication expertise, which may modify the properties of supplies in accordance with the interplay between the ion beam and supplies. The event of HIB-induced deposition is an affordable, acceptable approach for these speciﬁc nanofabrication functions due to the sunshine mass of helium ions and the completely different electrical properties between inert helium and electroactive gallium. Because of the sub-nanometer spot dimension, the centered HIB is employed as a brand new, high-resolution direct writing publicity beam for nanofabrication. In line with its excessive decision, excessive SE yield, and low proximity impact, HIB direct writing is the same as or higher than electron beam lithography for nanoelectronic system fabrication. Furthermore, as a result of comparatively low mass, helium ions are much less broken than different particles corresponding to electrons, and gallium ions for uncovered goal substrates.
Professor Deqiang Wang (Director of Chongqing Key Laboratory of Multi-scale Manufacturing Know-how, CIGIT), Professor Wen-Di Li, Professor Wei Wu, Dr. Shixuan He, and Dr. Rong Tian have recognized a couple of essential challenges within the excessive processes and functions of HIB nanofabrication as follows:
“For excessive nanofabrication, nanometer-scale nanopores which can be useful for single base recognition of DNA/RNA sequences may be fabricated by HIB milling on thinned silicon nitride membrane or suspended graphene. Amorphization through the milling course of promotes the formation of particular 3D nanopores, which can be utilized for potential nano-optics and bioscience functions.”
“The chemical response of the precursor gasoline molecules adsorbed on the floor induced by HIB leads to the direct deposition of programmed 3D constructions on the nanoscale.”
“HIB direct writing with out resist-assisted is used to sample sub-10-nm nanochannels, nanoribbons, and nanostructures for nanoscale practical gadgets.”
“Each HIM imaging and HIB nanofabrication should have in mind the inevitable injury which is brought on by the collision between helium ions and probe substrate. HIB expertise has a decrease sputtering yield however can produce bigger injury on the substrate in nanofabrication processing, corresponding to bubbles, implantation, and amorphization. Extra in-depth theoretical analysis on the interplay mechanism between helium ions and supplies has promoted the development of the processing functionality of the intense nanofabrication with HIB expertise.”
“The steadiness and repeatability of the HIB milling course of might be enhanced to satisfy the necessities of sub-nanometer decision and high-throughput fabrication in particular functions. When optimizing the nanofabrication course of, the constructive or unfavorable influence of helium ions bombardment on the fabric properties needs to be thought of, in order that HIB expertise can be utilized to straight fabricate nanostructures with fewer defects and wonderful efficiency.”
“For direct-write HIB approach and HIB-induced deposition processes, the frequent problem is to extend the complexity of nanostructures whereas sustaining the nanoscale function dimension for the particular functions. To extend the complexity of nanostructures and their functions in manufacturing, the direct writing means of HIB expertise have to be improved by cautious optimization of parameters. Moreover, the proximity impact needs to be additionally considered within the HIB direct writing and HIB-induced deposition processes.”
Researchers have demonstrated that HIB expertise will play an vital position in excessive nanofabrication as a result of it has some great benefits of excessive sensitivity, decision, and precision for direct writing milling, patterning, assisted-milling, and deposition processes with fewer damages to the samples.
Shixuan He et al, Helium-ion-beam nanofabrication: excessive processes and functions, Worldwide Journal of Excessive Manufacturing (2020). DOI: 10.1088/2631-7990/abc673
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