Focused ion beam (FIB) machining of insulators is a crucial process in the rapid prototyping of nanodevices for optical applications. A conductive material is generally coated on the insulator prior to FIB machining to achieve high fabrication accuracy. In this paper, we report on the effects on machining accuracy of four coating materials: Pt, Ni, Ag, and Co. The dimensional accuracy at channel sidewalls was improved by selecting a coating material that induces charge-carrier generation in a small range. The geometric and electrical characteristics of the FIB-machined surfaces were evaluated to elucidate the association between the fabrication accuracy and the range of charge-carrier distribution.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)