Arrayed micro ion source with ionic liquid for flexible and concurrent MEMS fabrication

Tatsuya Suzuki, Motoaki Hara, Hiroyuki Oguchi, Hiroki Kuwano

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This paper reports a micro ion source array (MISA) for flexible and concurrent fabrication of multiple micro devices. In this study, the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([EMIM]-[BF 4]) was used as the ion source material to simplify the focused ion beam (FIB) system and integrate the ion sources with high density. A reservoir for the IL was integrated into the MISA by silicon micromachining. Experimental results confirmed the emission of the ions from the [EMIM]-[BF4] and the physical etching of the metal films by the ion emission. Also, silicon fluoride volatilization could be observed by mass spectroscopy when the silicon wafer was exposed to the emitted ion beam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-166
Number of pages6
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Focused ion beam
  • Ion source
  • Ionic liquid
  • Micro-fabrication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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