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Proximity-effect induced limitations on the density of electron-beam patterned planar photonic nanostructures
Author(s): R. Wüest
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Paper Abstract

Patterning of deeply subwavelength artificial nanomaterials (photonic crystals, plasmonic metamaterials) for the visible or near-infrared optical spectrum is a challenging task. Electron-beam lithography is often the method of choice thanks to its combination of flexibility, accuracy and availability in many research laboratories. We present an analytical model for large and dense arrays of photonic nanostructures which allows to predict the maximum fill ratio (radius divided by nearest neighbor distance) before the onset of resist shrinkage between the individual elements. The model includes geometrical parameters of the design (lattice constant, lattice symmetry), resist properties (resist contrast) and proximity parameters (beam broadening, backscatter range, backscatter efficiency). It is shown that the resist contrast has a significant impact on the achievable maximum fill ratio even for large nearest neighbor distances and that the beam broadening, i.e. the quality of the EBL equipment, is of paramount importance. The background energy level which is determined by the backscatter efficiency and the lattice symmetry is shown to have a weaker influence on the maximum fill ratio. The derived model can be used as a guideline in the project planning stage to predict achievable fill ratios at a planned lattice constant and consequently an assessment whether a desired functionality at a certain wavelength is possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7353, Metamaterials IV, 735310 (12 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820562
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R. Wüest, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
ABB Ltd. (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7353:
Metamaterials IV
Vladimir Kuzmiak; Peter Markos; Tomasz Szoplik, Editor(s)

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