E-Beam Lithography System (JEOL JBX-6300FS)

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E-Beam Lithography System (JEOL JBX-6300FS)
Tool Type Lithography
Location Bay 7
Supervisor Bill Mitchell
Supervisor Phone (805) 893-4974
Supervisor E-Mail mitchell@ece.ucsb.edu
Description Vector Scan Electron Beam Lithography System
Manufacturer JEOL USA Inc
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The 6300FS machine was installed at UCSB in May 2007.

This system uses the vector scan approach for electron beam deflection within a field, step and repeat for stage movement between fields, the combination of which allows the entire area of the sample to be exposed to the electron beam.

The machine can be run at 25, 50 and 100 kV. Note however that only the 100kV mode is used at UCSB.


  • Quantum devices in AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures
  • Photonic crystal production for various photonic band-gap applications
  • sub-50nm gates for T-Gate production in AlGaN/GaN HEMT structures
  • micro-ring resonator structures for photonic waveguide filtering
  • DBR gratings for 1.5 um lasers
  • Aligned nano-electrode fabrication for various nanowire/nanotube electronic measurements
  • Nano-MEMS structures
  • 100 nm T-Gates for millimeter wave hererojunction FETs

Detailed Specifications

  • Utilizes a “Hi-brightness” thermal field emission electron source (ZnO/W) with a minimum spot-size at the substrate of 2nm; operates at 100kV only
  • Unique two lens/deflector scanning system:
    • 4th lens => 7-8 nm minimum linewidth, 0.125nm scan step resolution, 62.5x62.5um scan field
    • 5th lens => 20-25nm minimum linewidth, 1.000nm scan step resolution, 500 x 500um scan field
  • Maximum deflector scan speed = 25MHz (=> 40ns/pixel minimum dwell time)
  • 150x150 mm writable area; stage position control to 0.6nm accuracy (λ/1024); 10mm/s maximum stage speed
  • Dynamic Focus and Stigmation Control for improved writing performance across the entire scan field.
  • UNIX computer controlled
  • Advanced Fracturing software available (Layout BEAMER from GeniSys, Inc)
    • automated proximity correction of patterns possible
    • ability to manually position write fields within a pattern for optimum writing performance
    • fine tuning of line-edge roughness by shot pitch correction

Electron Beam Resists

Currently available at UCSB are:

  • PMMA: (950K in anisole, 950K in MIBK, 495K in anisole, 50K in anisole): very high-resolution positive resist with relatively poor sensitivity (resolution scales directly and sensitivity scales inversely with molecular weight); very poor plasma etch resistance, hence used primarily to fabricate metal lines via liftoff processes (via a bi-layer resist scheme...low MW on bottom, high MW on top for single lines, or vice-versa for T-gate fabrication); utilizes an inert solvent developer (1:3 MIBK:IPA)
  • P(MMA-MAA) copolymer: (low MW methyl-methacrylate (MMA) and methacrylic acid (MAA) copolymers in ethyl lactate): a positive resist with poor resolution but with significantly higher sensitivity than the higher MW PMMA resists above; used primarily as the top layer in a bi-layer resist scheme for T-Gate fabrication, and utilizes an inert solvent developer (1:3 MIBK:IPA)
  • ZEP520: very high-resolution positive resist with very good sensitivity and excellent etch resistance; can be used in both metal lift-off processes (slight overexposure results in an excellent undercut profile) and various dry-etch processes for pattern transfer to the underlying substrate; utilizes an inert solvent developer (100% n-amyl acetate)
  • maN-2403: negative resist (that is NOT chemically amplified) with very good resolution (sub-100 nm) and sensitivity; exhibits excellent dry-etch resistance; developed using a dilute basic solution (e.g., metal-ion-free developers such as Shipley CD-26 or LDD-26W)
  • UV5/UVIII: chemically amplified positive resists with very high resolution and excellent sensitivity; exhibits poor stability in cleanroom environments and has a short (< 6 months) shelf-life; currently under development at UCSB