Nanoscale electron stimulated chemical vapor deposition of Au in an environmental transmission electron microscope

Sutharsan Ketharanathan, Renu Sharma, Jeffery Drucker

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Nanoscale Au rich dots were deposited on Si O2 and Si3 N4 substrates by decomposing an adsorbed organometallic precursor using a focused electron beam. The precursor, dimethyl acetylacetonate gold ((C H3) 2 (C5 H7 O2) Au), does not react with either substrate without electron irradiation. Deposited feature diameters are larger than that of the electron beam used for deposition by an amount comparable to the secondary electron escape depth. This result suggests that axial secondary electron emission through the surface of a growing feature limits the minimum attainable feature size. Real-time composition analysis during growth using electron energy-loss spectroscopy indicates that mature features entrain significant carbon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2403-2408
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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