Ion Beam Enabled Nanoscale Fabrication, Surface Patterning and Self-Assembly
Intrinsic spatial resolution and available choice of ion species, energy and fluence offer unique options for nano-scale fabrication of tailored 3D features, structures and patterns, enabling advances in plasmonics, bio-sensors, semiconductor devices, and other fields. Tools available include beam writing/lithography with <1nm beam size, cluster ion beam facilities, surface irradiation systems to promote self-organized patterning, and high energy sources for 3D effects.
Essential for future creative applications of these techniques is comprehensive understanding and predictive modeling of all ion beam-solid interactions. Papers in this Issue review the current status of such knowledge, and outline remarkable scientific pathways that have led to promising future prospects.
Guest Editor: John Baglin