HR-(S)TEM Sample Preparation of Semiconducting Materials

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High-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (HR-STEM) samples are mostly prepared using Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling. The aim of this work is to provide an alternative preparation routes for semiconducting materials using mechanical and ion thinning techniques. Samples of silicon, silicon germanium and gallium nitride are prepared. A general route is applied to understand the materials, and an alternative route (using the MultiPrep™ Polishing System from Allied High Tech) has been implemented based on the type and the characteristics of the sample material. Filtered and unfiltered bright field images are recorded from each sample, and t/λ graphs are extracted. These graphs provide an estimate of the sample thickness in relation to the mean-free path using the Log-Ratio-Method [1]. Based on the recorded t/λ maps, a conclusion and an optimal preparation route is recommended for each material prepared.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2022
Event12th ASEM Workshop: Austrian Society for Electron Microscopy - JKU Linz, Linz, Austria
Duration: 21 Apr 202222 Apr 2022


Conference12th ASEM Workshop
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Basic - Fundamental (Grundlagenforschung)

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