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1 FEMTO-ST - Franche-Comté Électronique Mécanique, Thermique et Optique - Sciences et Technologies

Abstract : We here report on the fabrication of electroplated nickel Ni masks for dry etching of sub-micron patterns in lithium niobate LiNbO3. This process allows obtaining 350-nm thick Ni masks defining high air filling fraction holey arrays e.g. openings of 1800 nm in diameter with inter-hole spacing of 300 nm, or 330 nm diameter holes spaced by 440 nm. The mask profile is perfectly vertical angle ≈ 90°. The obtained metallic masks are used to realise photonic and phononic crystals. High aspect ratio and dense arrays of holey patterns were defined and transferred into LiNbO3 through RIE Reactive Ionic Etching in sulphur hexafluoride SF6 chemistry. Nanometric holes exhibiting sidewall slope angles of the order of 60° have in this way been etched in LiNbO3. The LiNbO3-Ni selectivity is close to 6 and the etch rate around 6 nm-min.





Author: Aurélie Lecestre - Sarah Benchabane - Laurent Robert - Roland Salut - Gwenn Ulliac -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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