3rd Thermal Probe Workshop

November 19, 2015  

Registration and paper submission is open now. Join our two-days workshop which is a great opportunity to network with leading researchers in the field of thermal probes, other scanning probe techniques and nanofabrication in general. In addition, the winners of the “Young Researcher Idea Competition” will also be announced.For more information, please visit tpw16.swisslitho.com and find the list of confirmed speakers and further information e.g. about the evening event where we will make our own chocolate at Lindt & Sprüngli. We are looking forward to meeting you at the workshop!
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R&D 100 Award

November 14, 2015  

SwissLitho wins one of the 2015 R&D 100 awards (also titled as "Oscars of Innovation") in the category Process/Prototyping! The R&D 100 award, now in its 54th year, is given to people and companies developing the most noteworthy and significant new products of the year. Press reviews can be found here and here. Also, thanks for the friendly greeting!
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Lift-off is commonly used for the fabrication of nanodevices, e.g. for plasmonics or electrodes. Besides high-resolution lithography, the NanoFrazor offers superb overlay accuracy. Unlike other techniques, no charged particle beam is damaging the device during the lithography process. This makes the NanoFrazor extremely interesting for device fabrication. Recently, we have been investigating various approaches to achieve a good and reliable lift-off with NanoFrazor patterns: 1.) A very simple way to create an undercut for lift-off is to use an under layer like PMGI. The PMGI can be easily developed with wet chemistry. However, the resolution is limited due to the isotropic wet etching. 2.)…
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The Economiesuisse (a Swiss corporate union) magazine features an article about SwissLitho in the category: "Pearls of Economy".
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Introduction Day at the BRNC

October 7, 2015  

brnc event
Earlier this year, ETH Zurich purchased a NanoFrazor Explore for the Binnig-Rohrer Nanotechnology Center (BRNC). In October, we organized an information event in order to show the capabilities and possibilities of the NanoFrazor to potential users at BRNC. More than 80 scientists from ETH Zurich, IBM Research Zurich and other nanotechnology facilities in Switzerland attended the 8 talks and the following networking event.
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MNE 2015 in The Hague

September 24, 2015  ,

Like last year's MNE in Lausanne, we brought a fully functional NanoFrazor Explore system to the exhibition in The Hague. Over 100 attendees took the chance to test the 3D closed-loop lithography capability themselves by writing and imaging 5 µm sized photos in just a few seconds. The NanoFrazor created further attention with 3 talks and 2 posters about the technology and applications.
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Top 100 Startups

September 18, 2015  ,

We are rank 44 in the Top 100 startups this year, six ranks up! At the TOP 100 STARTUP AWARD, startup.ch picks the 100 most innovative and promising Swiss startups from over 100.000 young companies.
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SwissLitho won the second prize of the 3D Printing Award at Startup World of the Laser World of Photonics in Munich this week. The jury recognized the unique opportunities the NanoFrazor offers for the fabrication of novel 3D optical nano devices.
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Dr. Sasa Ristic from McGill University uses their NanoFrazor for the fabrication of blazed optical grating couplers with reduced losses. He presented his work at the CMOSETR, the EIPBN and the Photonics North conferences.
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Reprinted (adapted) with permission from ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (6), pp 6188–6195. Copyright 2015 American Chemical Society.
Accurate Location and Manipulation of Nanoscaled Objects Buried under Spin-Coated Films: This paper by Colin Rawlings et al. nicely explains the physics of the spin-coating process and how the remaining topography of buried nanoscale objects is formed. It is shown that the flow during spin coating actually does not shift the position of the remaining topography of buried sub-micron features. Hence, it enables sub-5nm overlay with the NanoFrazor by imaging the topography prior to patterning. This is demonstrated with the fabrication of precisely placed metal contacts onto a nanowire. (Reprinted (adapted) with permission from ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (6), pp 6188–6195. Copyright…
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