Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT+

To be read first:

  • The objectives used with the Nanoscribe PPGT+ equipment are extremely sensitive and expensive. Be careful during handling mounting, dismounting and cleaning steps.
  • Cleaning of the objective is mandatory after each exposure session.
  • Please immediately inform the CMi staff in case of problems with the objectives.
  • The equipment is sensitive to vibrations. Make sure not to touch the table when exposure jobs are running.

RESERVATION RULES AND BOOKING FEES POLICY:

  1. No booking limit for now.
  2. Users with long exposure jobs (>6 hours) are encouraged to book overnight or during the weekends.
  3. 24/7 booking/use is possible with CMi+1 extended access.
  4. Reservation names must correspond to operators.

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Equipement description
  3. Users manuals
  4. Links
  5. Pictures gallery

I. Introduction

The Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT+ is a 3-dimension (3D) nanoprinter, using two-photon absorption from an infrared (780nm) femtosecond laser to expose and polymerize UV-sensitive photoresists including standard i-line photoresists. The infrared laser is focussed through a microscope objective and the light intensity at the focal point is sufficient to pass the threshold of two-photon absorption mechanism, which means that the polymer will absorb two infrared photons simultaneously producing an energy transition in the UV to initiate the photo-polymerization reaction.

The voxel (3D pixel) is scanned inside the photoresist using three different displacement methods: a coarse stage with a precision lower than 1.5µm to move between different exposure fields, a high precision piezo-stage with a travel range of 300µm in all directions to move the wafer sample during printing (PiezoScan mode), and ultrafast galvo-mirrors to scan the laser focal point in x- and y- directions through the lens (GalvoScan mode).

Several objectives are available providing different magnifications: 20x (air), 10x (immersion), 25x (immersion), 63x (immersion) in order to optimize resolution and printing speed. To achieve the highest resolution (< 200nm lateral dimensions), the 63x objective is used with Nanoscribe IP-photoresists in dip-in laser lithography (DILL) mode, which means the lens will dip in the liquid resist to provide refractive-index matching and increase the numerical aperture of the lens.

The equipment also offer options for tilt-correction (piezo-scan mode only) and for alignment on existing wafer/sample topography.

The Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT comes with a powerful slicing/hatching software called Describe that will convert a CAD-generated 3D structure with .STL format to the language of the equipment and generate your exposure job. Learning to use Describe is mandatory before organizing any training session on the Photonic Professional GT. Please find the manual in the manuals section below.

II. Equipment description

Objectives and resolution:

The Photonic Professional GT+ comes with four interchangeable objectives with 20x (air), 10x (immersion), 25x (immersion), 63x (immersion) magnification. The choice of the objective will have a direct effect on the voxel dimensions (resolution) and writing speed, according to the table below. Note that, due to the nature of focalisation through a lens, the voxel has an oval shape with a typical aspect ratio (z-/x- axis) of about 3.5.

Objectives
x-/y- diameter
z- height
63x (immersion)
< 200nm
< 700nm
25x (immersion)
< 600nm
< 2um
10x (immersion)
< 1.5um
< 8um
20x (air)
< 800nm
< 5um

Configurations:

The Photonic Professional GT+ is a very flexible equipment which can write with several different configurations depending on the target application. Below are the three standard DILL configurations, to use with IP- resists, that the user should consider:

  • High resolution mode (63x / IP-Dip). Interface detection requires a substrate with Δn > 0.05 @ 780nm, with nIP-Dip = 1.52.
  • Micro- to mesoscale mode (25x / IP-S). Interface detection requires a substrate with Δn > 0.1 @ 780nm, with nIP-S = 1.48.
  • FAST macroscale mode (10x / IP-Q). Interface detection requires a substrate with Δn > 0.5 @ 780nm, with nIP-Q= 1.48.

Users may also consider the following advanced configurations that can be used with i-line photoresists other than the Nanoscribe IP- line:

  • Conventional “through glass” OIL IMMERSION mode (25-63x / drop-casted i-line resists). Maximum structure height is 190um due to the objective working distance limit.
  • “Inverted” OIL IMMERSION mode (25-63x / spin-coated i-line resists).
  • “Air” 2D and pseudo 3D mode (20x / spin-coated i-line resists).

Sample holders:

The Photonic Professionnal GT+ comes with different sample holders can be seen below. Most of them are already configured for DILL configurations. All insets in the substrates holders are designed for a specific sample thickness ! Any change in sample thicknesses should be discussed beforehand with the CMi staff.

Nanoscribe IP- photoresists:

Nanoscribe supply five different resist formulations, listed below:

  • IP-Dip: liquid resist for high-resolution DILL mode, to use with the 63x objective.
  • IP-S: liquid resist for micro- and mesoscale DILL mode, to use with the 25x objective. Produces smooth structures with low-shrinkage.
  • IP-Q: liquid resist for meso- and macroscale DILL mode, to use with the 10x objective. Fast 3D print of mm-size parts.
  • IP-L 780: liquid resist for high-resolution OIL IMMERSION mode & through glass configuration, to use with the 63x objective.
  • IP-G 780: gel-like high-resolution resist to write suspended structures.

III. User manuals

IV. Links

V. Pictures gallery