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Patent
Rolith Inc. | Date: 2014-03-28

In the proposed plasmonic nanolithography technique a transparent mask is brought into physical contact with a metal on a substrate that is coated with a photoresist. The mask is not made of metal or other material that supports surface plasmons. The metal layer is exposed to radiation of a characteristic vacuum wavelength through the mask and the photoresist or through the substrate. The mask features and the vacuum wavelength of the radiation are chosen so that the radiation excites surface plasmons at the interface between the metal and the photoresist. The excitation of surface plasmons allows for the exposure and generation of features which are well-below the free space diffraction limit and small compared to the size of the features in the mask.


Patent
Rolith Inc. | Date: 2012-05-15

An apparatus to carry out patterning of a disk includes a rotatable mask having a cone shape and a nanopattern on an exterior surface of said mask and a radiation source configured to supply radiation of a wavelength of 436 nm or less from said nanopattern, while said nanopattern is in contact with a radiation-sensitive layer of material. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.


Patent
Rolith Inc. | Date: 2012-08-01

A hard-to-dry-etch material may be patterned by forming a layer of dry-etchable material on a surface of the hard-to-dry etch substrate, and dry etching the dry-etchable material. The hard-to-dry etch substrate produces substantial quantities of non-volatile etch byproducts that redeposit when subject to the dry etching. The dry-etchable material has similar material properties to the hard-to-dry-etch substrate material is formed. The dry-etchable material is one that does not produce substantial quantities of non-volatile etch byproducts that redeposit when the dry-etchable material is subject to the dry etching. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.


Patent
Rolith Inc. | Date: 2013-02-14

Methods for fabricating nanopatterned cylindrical photomasks are disclosed. A master pattern having nanometer scale features may be formed on a master substrate. A layer of an elastomer material may be formed on a surface of a transparent cylinder. The master pattern may be transferred from the master to the layer of elastomer material on the surface of the transparent cylinder. Alternatively, a nanopatterned cylindrical photomask may be fabricated by forming a pattern having nanometer scale features on an elastomer substrate and laminating the patterned elastomer substrate to a surface of a cylinder. In another method, a layer of elastomer material may be formed on a surface of a transparent cylinder and a pattern having nanometer scale features may be formed on the elastomer material by a direct patterning process.


Embodiments of the present invention are directed to techniques for obtaining patterns of features. One set of techniques uses multiple-pass rolling mask lithography to obtain the desired feature pattern. Another technique uses a combination of rolling mask lithography and a self-aligned plasmonic mask lithography to obtain a desired feature pitch.

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