Scanning Capacitance Force Microscopy and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy of Nanostructures Embedded in SiO2

  • G. Tallarida
  • S. Spiga
  • M. Fanciulli
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Part of the NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry book series (NAII, volume 186)


Scanning capacitance force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy are used to image Sn nanometer sized structures embedded in silicon oxide thin films. The capacitance variation occurring between probe and sample in presence of a metallic cluster modifies the oscillation amplitude of the AFM probe at twice the frequency of the applied voltage. The extreme localisation of the interaction due to the small geometries involved allows a lateral resolution of few nm. Issues related to the contrast mechanism and the spatial resolution are discussed with the support 2D finite element calculation of the electrostatic field distribution between probe and sample.


Probe Force Microscop Capacitive Force Electrostatic Field Distribution Potential Distribution Measurement Produce Capacitance Variation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Tallarida
    • 1
  • S. Spiga
    • 1
  • M. Fanciulli
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio MDM — INFMAgrate Brianza, MilanItaly

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