We present a mask aligner driven by three piezomotors which guides and aligns a SiN shadow mask under capacitive control towards a sample surface. The three capacitors for read out are located at the backside of the thin mask such that the mask can be placed at a μm distance from the sample surface, while keeping it parallel to the surface, without touching the sample by the mask a priori. Samples and masks can be exchanged in-situ and the mask can additionally be displaced parallel to the surface. We demonstrate an edge sharpness of the deposited structures below 100 nm, which is likely limited by the diffusion of the deposited Au on Si(111).
Mask aligner for ultrahigh vacuum with capacitive distance control
Priyamvada Bhaskar, Simon Mathioudakis, Tim Olschewski, Florian Muckel, Jan Raphael Bindel, Marco Pratzer, Marcus Liebmann, Markus Morgenstern; Mask aligner for ultrahigh vacuum with capacitive distance control. Appl. Phys. Lett. 16 April 2018; 112 (16): 161602. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5022462
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