This symposium will focus on finely focused ion beam technologies and novel ion sources, with an emphasis on Gas Field Ion Sources (GFIS), Liquid Metal Ion Sources (LMIS), high-brightness plasma ion sources, and other emerging ion source concepts in order to provide a forum for researchers interested in a wide range of ion beam technologies and applications. Ion beam based tools offer a highly diverse set of capabilities in imaging, nanofabrication and spectroscopy. Some notable examples include visualization of conductive and highly insulating samples (without specialized sample prep treatment) at single nanometer resolution. Furthermore, the same tool can be utilized for surface patterning and nanofabrication with extreme precision, and virtually no sample contamination. Finally, novel in-situ combinatorial techniques, coupling ion beams to Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) offer new routes for exploring and quantifying materials at the nanoscale. Progress in LMIS based technology, which continues to be an active field of research and is often used in combination with GFIS, as well as newly emerging ion source technologies, will also be discussed.
This symposium will cover a broad range of topics associated with this emerging field, with particular focus on frontiers in nanofabrication and milling, direct-write in liquid and gas environments, imaging, and novel multimodal capabilities for process control and material study. A broad range of materials, including 2D materials, semiconductors, polymers, construction materials, and other industrially relevant compounds – pertinent to basic research and applied science, will be presented and discussed.
Interdisciplinary topic narrative related to material science, chemistry and physics will be woven into the symposium through an underlying discussion of material surface and bulk properties as probed by finely focused ion beams. Additionally, a poster session will be held to present some of the newest results and expound on findings and tool designs.