Nanoscale space charge generation in local oxidation nanolithography

Chiesa, Marco; Garcia, Ricardo
June 2010
Applied Physics Letters;6/28/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 26, p263112
Academic Journal
We have measured the surface potential and the space charge generated during the first stages of atomic force microscopy field-induced oxidation. Space charge densities are about 1017 cm-3 for oxidation times below 10 ms. In a dry atmosphere, the surface potential is negative. However, in humid air the surface potential could be either positive or negative. This effect is attributed to a screening effect of the water molecules. These results explain and support the use of local oxidation patterns as templates for building molecular architectures. They also establish the space charge build up as an intrinsic feature in local oxidation experiments.


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