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Boron nitride stamp for ultra-violet nanoimprinting lithography fabricated by focused ion beam lithography

Altun, Ali Ozhan and Jeong, Jun-Ho and Rha, Jong-Joo and Kim, Ki-Don and Lee, Eung-Sug (2007) Boron nitride stamp for ultra-violet nanoimprinting lithography fabricated by focused ion beam lithography. NANOTECHNOLOGY, 18 (46).

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Cubic boron nitride (c-BN) is one of the hardest known materials (second after diamond). It has a high level of chemical resistance and high UV transmittance. In this study, a stamp for ultra-violet nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) was fabricated using a bi-layered BN film deposited on a quartz substrate. Deposition of the BN was done using RF magnetron sputtering. A hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) layer was deposited for 30 min before c-BN was deposited for 30 min. The thickness of the film was measured as 160 nm. The phase of the c-BN layer was investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry, and it was found that the c-BN layer has a 40% cubic phase. The deposited film was patterned using focused ion beam ( FIB) lithography for use as a UV-NIL stamp. Line patterns were fabricated with the line width and line distance set at 150 and 150 nm, respectively. The patterning process was performed by applying different currents to observe the effect of the current value on the pattern profile. The fabricated patterns were investigated using AFM, and it was found that the pattern fabricated by applying a current value of 50 picoamperes (pA) has a better profile with a 65 nm line depth. The UV transmittance of the 160 nm thick film was measured to be 70-86%. The hardness and modulus of the BN was measured to be 12 and 150 GPa, respectively. The water contact angle of the stamp surface was measured at 75.. The stamp was applied to UV-NIL without coating with an anti-adhesion layer. Successful imprinting was proved via scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of the imprinted resin.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Analytical Science > Microscopy and probe methods
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in mechanical engineering
Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
Technology > Manufacturing processes for nanotechnology
ID Code:6284
Deposited By:IoN
Deposited On:22 Dec 2009 11:16
Last Modified:22 Dec 2009 11:16

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