Layer by layer imaging of diblock copolymer films with a scanning electron microscope

Christopher Harrison, Miri Park, P. M. Chaikin, Richard A. Register, Douglas H. Adamson, Nan Yao

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    Abstract

    We present a novel technique which allows for the investigation of block copolymer microstructures on various substrates and at different depths. Using a low voltage, high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM). we examined the topography and underlying morphology of poly(styrene)-poly(butadiene) diblock copolymer films. The internal morphology of the film was exposed for SEM imaging by using a non-selective fluorine-based reactive ion etching (RIE) technique. By controlling the depth of the RIE etch we removed the surface layer of poly(butadiene) and exposed the microphase separated structure underneath for SEM imaging. After obtaining SEM images of this exposed layer, we subsequently removed this layer with further RIE to obtain SEM images of the layer underneath. By continuing this procedure, we can obtain images of the microstructures as a function of depth with a 4-nm lateral resolution and a 10-nm depth resolution.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2733-2744
    Number of pages12
    JournalPolymer
    Volume39
    Issue number13
    StatePublished - Jun 1998

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    Block copolymers
    Electron microscopes
    Scanning
    Reactive ion etching
    Imaging techniques
    Butadiene
    Microstructure
    Styrene
    Fluorine
    Topography
    Electric potential
    Substrates
    1,3-butadiene

    Keywords

    • Diblock copolymer films
    • Reactive ion etching
    • Scanning electron microscope

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymers and Plastics

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    Harrison, C., Park, M., Chaikin, P. M., Register, R. A., Adamson, D. H., & Yao, N. (1998). Layer by layer imaging of diblock copolymer films with a scanning electron microscope. Polymer, 39(13), 2733-2744.

    Layer by layer imaging of diblock copolymer films with a scanning electron microscope. / Harrison, Christopher; Park, Miri; Chaikin, P. M.; Register, Richard A.; Adamson, Douglas H.; Yao, Nan.

    In: Polymer, Vol. 39, No. 13, 06.1998, p. 2733-2744.

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    Harrison, C, Park, M, Chaikin, PM, Register, RA, Adamson, DH & Yao, N 1998, 'Layer by layer imaging of diblock copolymer films with a scanning electron microscope', Polymer, vol. 39, no. 13, pp. 2733-2744.
    Harrison C, Park M, Chaikin PM, Register RA, Adamson DH, Yao N. Layer by layer imaging of diblock copolymer films with a scanning electron microscope. Polymer. 1998 Jun;39(13):2733-2744.
    Harrison, Christopher ; Park, Miri ; Chaikin, P. M. ; Register, Richard A. ; Adamson, Douglas H. ; Yao, Nan. / Layer by layer imaging of diblock copolymer films with a scanning electron microscope. In: Polymer. 1998 ; Vol. 39, No. 13. pp. 2733-2744.
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