Focused-ion beam patterning of organolead trihalide perovskite for subwavelength grating nanophotonic applications

Mohd Sharizal Alias, Ibrahim Dursun, Dong Shi, Makhsud I. Saidaminov, Elhadj Diallo, Davide Priante, Tien Khee Ng, Osman Bakr, Boon S. Ooi

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The coherent amplified spontaneous emission and high photoluminescence quantum efficiency of organolead trihalide perovskite have led to research interest in this material for use in photonic devices. In this paper, the authors present a focused-ion beam patterning strategy for methylammonium lead tribromide (MAPbBr3) perovskite crystal for subwavelength grating nanophotonic applications. The essential parameters for milling, such as the number of scan passes, dwell time, ion dose, ion current, ion incident angle, and gas-assisted etching, were experimentally evaluated to determine the sputtering yield of the perovskite. Based on our patterning conditions, the authors observed that the sputtering yield ranged from 0.0302 to 0.0719 μm3/pC for the MAPbBr3 perovskite crystal. Using XeF2 for the focused-ion beam gas-assisted etching, the authors determined that the etching rate was reduced to between 0.40 and 0.97, depending on the ion dose, compared with milling with ions only. Using the optimized patterning parameters, the authors patterned binary and circular subwavelength grating reflectors on the MAPbBr3 perovskite crystal using the focused-ion beam technique. Based on the computed grating structure with around 97% reflectivity, all of the grating dimensions (period, duty cycle, and grating thickness) were patterned with nanoscale precision (>±3 nm), high contrast, and excellent uniformity. Our results provide a platform for utilizing the focused-ion beam technique for fast prototyping of photonic nanostructures or nanodevices on organolead trihalide perovskite.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)051207
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Materials, Processing, Measurement, and Phenomena
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 30 2015

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding support from KAUST and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology TIC (Technology Innovation Center) for Solid-State Lighting at KAUST.


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