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Nanotechnology. 2010 Jun 11;21(23):235702. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/21/23/235702. Epub 2010 May 13.

Infrared spectroscopic near-field mapping of single nanotransistors.

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Nanooptics Group, CIC nanoGUNE Consolider, E-20018 Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain.


We demonstrate the application of scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) for infrared (IR) spectroscopic material recognition in state-of-the-art semiconductor devices. In particular, we employ s-SNOM for imaging of industrial CMOS transistors with a resolution better than 20 nm, which allows for the first time IR spectroscopic recognition of amorphous SiO(2) and Si(3)N(4) components in a single transistor device. The experimentally recorded near-field spectral signature of amorphous SiO(2) shows excellent agreement with model calculations based on literature dielectric values, verifying that the characteristic near-field contrasts of SiO(2) stem from a phonon-polariton resonant near-field interaction between the probing tip and the SiO(2) nanostructures. Local material recognition by s-SNOM in combination with its capabilities of contact-free and non-invasive conductivity- and strain-mapping makes IR near-field microscopy a versatile metrology technique for nanoscale material characterization and semiconductor device analysis with application potential in research and development, failure analysis and reverse engineering.

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