Nanolithography on semiconductor surfaces under an etching solution

L. A. Nagahara, T. Thundat, Stuart Lindsay

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We describe a technique for controllably etching nanometer size features into Si(100) and GaAs(100) surfaces with the scanning tunneling microscope while under a (0.05%) HF solution which dissolves oxides. The etching mechanism appears to be due to a field-induced oxide growth followed by a chemical etching of the oxide. With this technique, we can etch features as small as 20 nm in linewidth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-272
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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