NTUF Research Tool Inventory

E-beam Lithography (EBL)

The Nabity Nanometer Pattern Generation System (NPGS) combined with the Sirion SEM provides a user-friendly tool for the fabrication of nanostructures as small as 20 nm on a variety of materials including PMMA, SU8, and copolymers (MMA (8.5) and MMA EL 11). There are three basic steps involved in the generation of nano- or micro-scale patterns: (1) pattern design; (2) creation of a NPGS run file; and (3) pattern writing with alignment for multilayer lithography.

  1. Patterns are created using DesignCAD and they may also be imported from DWG, DXF, GDSII, CIF, and IGES file formats.
  2. An NPGS "run file" includes the exposure conditions for the different drawing elements in the pattern. Advanced features include global stage corrections, pattern arrays, x-y-focus, external commands, and fracturing of large patterns.
  3. The NPGS identifies the writing (PG) and alignment (AL) programs in a "run file". PG writes a pattern by simultaneously controlling the x-y scan coils and beam blanking of the microscope. AL allows the alignment of patterns to existing alignment marks without exposing the writing area.
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