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Subsurface imaging of silicon nanowire circuits and iron oxide nanoparticles with sub-10 nm spatial resolution

AuthorsPerrino, Alma P. ; Ryu, Y. K. ; Amo, Carlos A.; Morales, M. P. ; García García, Ricardo
KeywordsSubsurface imaging
Bimodal AFM
Multifrequency AFM
Oxidation scanning probe lithography
Issue Date27-May-2016
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
CitationNanotechnology 27(27): 275703 (2016)
AbstractNon-destructive subsurface characterization of nanoscale structures and devices is of significant interest in nanolithography and nanomanufacturing. In those areas, the accurate location of the buried structures and their nanomechanical properties are relevant for optimization of the nanofabrication process and the functionality of the system. Here we demonstrate the capabilities of bimodal and trimodal force microscopy for imaging silicon nanowire devices buried under an ultrathin polymer film. We resolve the morphology and periodicities of silicon nanowire pairs. We report a spatial resolution in the sub-10 nm range for nanostructures buried under a 70 nm thick polymer film. By using numerical simulations we explain the role of the excited modes in the subsurface imaging process. Independent of the bimodal or trimodal atomic force microscopy approach, the fundamental mode is the most suitable for tracking the topography while the higher modes modulate the interaction of the tip with the buried nanostructures and provide subsurface contrast.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/27/27/275703
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