Micromirror arrays to assess luminescent nano-objects

Kawakami, Yoichi; Kanai, Akinobu; Kaneta, Akio; Funato, Mitsuru; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Kishino, Katsumi
May 2011
Review of Scientific Instruments;May2011, Vol. 82 Issue 5, p053905
Academic Journal
We propose an array of submicrometer mirrors to assess luminescent nano-objects. Micromirror arrays (MMAs) are fabricated on Si (001) wafers via selectively doping Ga using the focused ion beam technique to form p-type etch stop regions, subsequent anisotropic chemical etching, and Al deposition. MMAs provide two benefits: reflection of luminescence from nano-objects within MMAs toward the Si (001) surface normal and nano-object labeling. The former increases the probability of optics collecting luminescence and is demonstrated by simulations based on the ray-tracing and finite-difference time-domain methods as well as by experiments. The latter enables different measurements to be repeatedly performed on a single nano-object located at a certain micromirror. For example, a single InGaN/GaN nanocolumn is assessed by scanning electron microscopy and microphotoluminescence spectroscopy.


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