Review on FIB-induced damage in diamond materials

Zhen Tong, Xichun Luo, Xiangqian Jiang, Qingshun Bai, Zongwei Xiu, Liam Blunt, Yingchun Liang

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Abstract

Background: Although various advanced FIB processing methods for the fabrication of 3D nanostructures have been successfully developed by many researchers, the FIB milling has an unavoidable result in terms of the implantation of ion source materials and the formation of damaged layer at the near surface. Understanding the ion-solid interactions physics provides a unique way to control the FIB produced defects in terms of their shape and location. Methods: We have carefully selected peer-reviewed papers which mainly focusing on the review questions of this paper. A deductive content analysis method was used to analyse the methods, findings and conclusions of these papers. Based on their research methods, we classify their works in different groups. The theory of ion-matter interaction and the previous investigation on ion-induced damage in diamond were reviewed and discussed. Results: The previous research work has provided a systematic analysis of ion-induced damage in diamond. Both experimental and simulation methods have been developed to understand the damage process. The damaged layers created in FIB processing process can significantly degrade/alter the device performance and limit the applications of FIB nanofabrication technique. There are still challenges involved in fabricating large, flat, and uniform TEM samples in undoped non-conductive diamond. Conclusions: The post-facto-observation leaves a gap in understanding the formation process of ioninduced damage, forcing the use of assumptions. In contrast, MD simulations of ion bombardment have shed much light on ion beam mixing for decades. These activities make it an interesting and important task to understand what the fundamental effects of energetic particles on matter are.
LanguageEnglish
Pages685-695
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Nanoscience
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2016

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Keywords

  • focused ion beam
  • ion irradiation damage
  • diamond
  • TEM
  • moleculary dynamics
  • ion bombardment

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Tong, Z., Luo, X., Jiang, X., Bai, Q., Xiu, Z., Blunt, L., & Liang, Y. (2016). Review on FIB-induced damage in diamond materials. Current Nanoscience, 12(6), 685-695. https://doi.org/10.2174/1573413712666160530105707
Tong, Zhen ; Luo, Xichun ; Jiang, Xiangqian ; Bai, Qingshun ; Xiu, Zongwei ; Blunt, Liam ; Liang, Yingchun . / Review on FIB-induced damage in diamond materials. In: Current Nanoscience. 2016 ; Vol. 12, No. 6. pp. 685-695.
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Tong, Z, Luo, X, Jiang, X, Bai, Q, Xiu, Z, Blunt, L & Liang, Y 2016, 'Review on FIB-induced damage in diamond materials' Current Nanoscience, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 685-695. https://doi.org/10.2174/1573413712666160530105707

Review on FIB-induced damage in diamond materials. / Tong, Zhen; Luo, Xichun; Jiang, Xiangqian; Bai, Qingshun; Xiu, Zongwei; Blunt, Liam; Liang, Yingchun .

In: Current Nanoscience, Vol. 12, No. 6, 31.12.2016, p. 685-695.

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