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New Method Monitors Semiconductor Etching As It Happens--With Light


September 28, 2012

3-D image of the height profile of UI logo University of Illinois researchers have a new, low-cost method to carve delicate features onto semiconductor wafers using light--and watch as it happens. The technique can monitor a semiconductor's surface as it is etched, in real time, with nanometer resolution. This allows the researchers to create complex patterns quickly and easily, and adjust them as needed. Full Story

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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