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Confocal microscopy for process monitoring and wide-area height determination of vertically-aligned carbon nanotube forests

: Piwko, Markus; Althues, Holger; Schumm, Benjamin; Kaskel, Stefan

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Coatings 5 (2015), No.3, pp.477-487
ISSN: 2079-6412
European Commission EC
FP7; 309530; Pliant
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IWS ()
vertically aligned carbon nanotubes; forest height characterization; confocal microscopy; optical imaging; chemical vapor deposition

Confocal microscopy is introduced as a new and generally applicable method for the characterization of the vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT) forest height. With this technique process control is significantly intensified. The topography of the substrate and VACNT can be mapped with a height resolution down to 15 nm. The advantages of confocal microscopy, compared to scanning electron microscopy (SEM), are demonstrated by investigating the growth kinetics of VACNT using Al2O3 buffer layers with varying thicknesses. A process optimization using confocal microscopy for fast VACNT forest height evaluation is presented.