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Profilometry and stress analysis of suspended nanostructured thin films

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The profile of suspended silicon nitride thin films patterned with one-dimensional subwavelength grating structures is investigated using atomic force microscopy. We first show that the results of the profilometry can be used as input to rigorous coupled wave analysis simulations to predict the transmission spectrum of the gratings under illumination by monochromatic light at normal incidence and compare the results of the simulations with experiments. Second, we observe sharp vertical deflections of the films at the boundaries of the patterned area due to local modifications of the tensile stress during the patterning process. These deflections are experimentally investigated for various grating structures and discussed on the basis of a simple analytical model and finite element method simulations.

TidsskriftJournal of Applied Physics
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2021

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