C.Schulze, M. Nestler, M.Zeuner - scia Systems GmbH
A significant portion toward understanding evolution of the universe comes from X-ray astronomy since many astronomical objects of interest, such as black holes, supernovae, and distant galaxies, emit radiation in the X-ray band. As basically all materials have almost unity refractive index for X-rays focusing X-ray beams is only possible by reflection at grazing incidence. Due to the low photon flux of the objects under study (few photons per hour) each individual photon is of particular interest. Thus, the collective area of X-ray telescopes needs to be as large as possible which is achieved by a large amount of concentrically nested X-ray mirrors whose shape needs to be ideal fitting to the designed geometry for high image quality. Due to the mirrors' curvature even state of the art mechanical machining and chemical mechanical polishing processes leave a residual surface error of several hundred nanometers. Those residual errors can be significantly reduced by ion beam figuring.
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M. Nestler, S. Rumbke, E. Loos - scia Systems GmbH, A. Böhnke, N. Dohmeier - Bielefeld University
We demonstrate that high-quality CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) can be produced by combining magnetron sputtering, UV lithography, and ion beam milling (IBM). Particularly, we study the effect of different milling angles on the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR). Furthermore, we investigate the quality of devices manufactured by depositing the insulator in-situ subsequent to milling. Using a secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS), all layers can be detected while milling, enabling us to precisely define the mill stops. We found TMR values of up to 140 % for a milling angle of 30° and 90 % for a two angle milling process at 20° and 65°, proving that no critical sidewall redeposition of conductive material takes place.
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R. Rückriem, M. Zeuner - scia Systems GmbH, R. Köhler - DIAS INFRARED GMBH
Ion beam etching of pyroelectric sensors made of lithium tantalate (LT) is presented in order to get a higher specific detectivity D* compared to standard sensors. We present the etching tool which applies argon ion beam etching in production environment. The etching homogeneity was investigated by a standard silicon oxide etch and a twelve hour silicon etch with photoresist mask. Both show a homogeneity of +/- 0.7 % and a good compliance. Further investigations were done in a twelve hour process regarding the stability of the ion current regulation and ion current density. In the first two hours after process start the main variation of power and ion current density takes place. Afterwards, the system reached a steady-state. After etching of the LT samples, an analysis of the removed material and emerged etching walls was done. Finally, the important D* was compared between an ion-etched and a non-ion etched pyroelectric sensor.
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D. Klaas, J. Becker, M. C. Wurz - Institute of Micro Production Technology, Leibniz Universität Hannover,
J. Schlosser, M. Kunze – scia Systems GmbH
A new coating system for the deposition of sensors and thin layers directly onto components of arbitrary size has been invented at the Institute of Micro Production Technology. This system allows for thinner sensors without any carrier substrate and with a higher measuring accuracy. Within this paper, the basic setup and the functional principle of the new coating system is presented. The deposition process sequence is described and the system is characterized concerning layer homogeneity and evacuation time.
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M. V. Daniel, M. Demmler – scia Systems GmbH
Ion beam sputtering is well established in research and industry, despite its relatively low deposition rates compared to electron beam evaporation. Typical applications are coatings of precision optics, like filters, mirrors, and beam splitter. Anti-reflective or high-reflective multilayer stacks benefit from the high mobility of the sputtered particles on the substrate surface and the good mechanical characteristics of the layers. This work gives the basic route from single layer optimization of reactive ion beam sputtered Ta2O5 and SiO2 thin films towards complex multilayer stacks for high-reflective mirrors and anti-reflective coatings. Therefore, films were deposited using different oxygen flow into the deposition chamber. Afterwards, mechanical properties (density, stress, surface morphology, crystalline phases) and optical properties (reflectivity, absorption and refractive index) were characterized. This knowledge was used to deposit a multilayer coating for a high-reflective mirror.
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