The Gas Field Ion Source for Finely Focused Ion Beam Systems


The Gas Field Ion Source, GFIS, promises a 109A/(cm2 str) brightness, small beam sizes, and inert gas ion species. If this performance could be demonstrated on a commercial system, the GFIS might replace the liquid metal ion source as the standard source for FIB applications. Recent work at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (MPI-K) in Heidelberg, Germany has shown that a GFIS with a ‘Super Tipped’ emitter can be reliably fabricated and can be run with stable helium beam current for more than 200 hours. However, this GFIS source must operate in a bakable UHV chamber, at cryogenic temperatures, and at high voltages with low vibration. A GFIS is now being integrated with high resolution ion optics and a vacuum chamber designed for studying GFIS image quality and ion induced chemistry.

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Thompson, W., Armstrong, A., Etchin, S. et al. The Gas Field Ion Source for Finely Focused Ion Beam Systems. MRS Online Proceedings Library 396, 687 (1995).

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