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Physical Self-Assembly And Nano-Patterning

  • T.-M. Lu (a1), D.-X. Ye (a1), T. Karabacak (a1) and G.-C. Wang

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It is known that oblique angle deposition (or glancing angle deposition) can create 3D architectures that are otherwise difficult to produce using the conventional lithographic techniques. The technique relies on a self-assembly mechanism originated from a physical shadowing effect during deposition. In this paper we show examples of 3D nanostructures obtained by this oblique angle deposition on a templated substrate with regularly spaced pillar seeds. We show that common to this technique is the phenomenon of side-way growth on the seeds. The side-way growth leads to a fan-like structure at the initial stages of growth if the incident oblique angle is fixed during growth. Simulations based on a steering effect due to the attractive force between the incoming atom and the existing atoms on the surface produce a fanlike structure similar to that observed experimentally. We show that a two-phase substrate rotation scheme during deposition can dramatically reduce this fan-out effect and can lead to uniform and isolated columns.

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Physical Self-Assembly And Nano-Patterning

  • T.-M. Lu (a1), D.-X. Ye (a1), T. Karabacak (a1) and G.-C. Wang

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