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Fabrication of patterned silicon nitride nanomembranes at the LKB

Thin silicon nitride nanomembranes are attracting growing attention following a novel fabrication method which consists in patterning them with a phononic crystal. In engineering the vibrational mode profile, the dominant mechanisms of loss, radiation loss and intrinsic material loss, are simultaneously addressed and mitigated. The fabrication method employed by the optomechanics group at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel is here presented, only employing basic lithography techniques and wet etching processes.


Critical point drying of suspended structures after wet etch

In this report I monitor a full successful cycle of critical point drying (CPD) run for drying MEMS sensors after wet release using KOH etching. The pressure and temperature of the CPD tool (Tousimis) is monitored during the process and plotted in a P-T diagram with \mathrm{CO_2} critical point. A few notes for higher yield in the drying process are mentioned in this report as well.


High aspect ratio \mathrm{Si_3N_4} nanomembranes

A fabrication method for large-area, high-stress LPCVD \mathrm{Si_3N_4} membranes is presented. These devices can be used as mechanical resonators with very low dissipation, exploiting dissipation dilution. A phononic crystal pattern allows to work with a high-order localized mode, shielded from acoustic radiation in the substrate. The procedure is amenable to most research clean rooms, requiring conventional lithography techniques and wet etching in KOH for device undercut.