Ion Milling – ORION-8-IM System

Ion MillingORION-8-IM System, AJA Int. Inc.

Ion milling is a dry etching method used for creating thin film patterns. The process of ion milling takes place in a vacuum chamber in which ions Ar are accelerated by the ion gun towards the sample and bombard the areas of the sample uncovered by a mask. The collisions of the Ar ions with the surface of the film gradually remove surface atoms of the surface. This method is superior to wet chemical etching and lift-off process because it does not involve chemical reactions or film straining. It allows to remove of layers of materials with atomic precision and to form nano-sized patterns.

User Rates

Rates will be based on an hourly or per sample basis and will be decided after consultation with the customer.

Hourly rates for instrument use

  • Assisted Use: $15/hr.
  • Training including cleanroom training:$50/hr.
  • Self-Use: $10/hr.

Consumables charged at cost.

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Dr. Leszek Malkinski


  • The sample stage is water-cooled and rotatable.
  • It can be tilted out of horizontal position up to vertical position.
  • The sample stage can accommodate samples with linear size up to 6”.
  • Samples are loaded manually through the front door.
  • The maximum RF power of the ion gun is 600 W. The tuning of the gun power is manual.
  • The maximum etching rates depend on the material and are typically in the range from 0.1 to 1 nm/s.
  • All kinds of materials can be etched.
  • Samples containing toxic materials are prohibited.
  • Table of the etching rates for different materials is provided.
  • Different non-toxic gases e.g. O2, Ar, N2 can be used for ion milling (Ar is the most common).
  • The pumping system consists of a dry diaphragm backup pump and the turbomolecular pump with the pumping speed of 700 l/s (Pfeiffer Vacuum)

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