A focused ion beam (FIB) instrument is almost identical to a SEM but uses a beam of ions rather than electrons – in this case Ga+ ions. The focused ion beam can directly modify or mill the specimen surface, via the sputtering process, and this milling can be controlled with nm precision. A Dual-Beam combines SEM and FIB.
The electron and ion beams intersect at a 52° angle at a coincident point near the sample surface, allowing immediate, high resolution SEM imaging of the FIB-milled surface.
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FIB, SEM, Sample preparation, Physical characterisation
FEI Helios Nanolab 600i
- STEM mode with BF and HAADF detectors (0.8nm resolution)
- Oxford Instruments X-MAX 80 for high productivity EDS analysis
- Cryo preparation for liquid and gel-like materials
- Sample size up to 6” wafers
- Nano for Quantum Technologies
- Disruptive Devices
Key Enabling Capability
- Metrology / Characterisation: Physical characterisation
A researcher is working on surface-enhanced Raman scattering/spectroscopy (SERS). A noble metallic nano-surface is required for SERS substrate. Using physical characterisation (SEM/TEM and FIB) both the cross-section and surface of the fabricated 2D gold nanoparticle array are investigated. The results provide information on the diameter and topography of the Au nano-balls. The deposition process is then optimised to obtain the required optical behaviour. [Click here for more details]