Abstract

Protection layers on double ex situ lift-out TEM specimens were investigate in this paper and two protection layer approaches for double INLO or double EXLO were introduced. The improved protection methods greatly decreased the damage layer on the top surface from 90 nm to 5 nm (or lower) during FIB milling. According to the property of different sample and its preliminary treatment in the FIB, we have the satisfactory approaches to be applied. Using this improved protection method, we demonstrate the structures within the TEM lamella can be observed without ion beam damage/implantation during FIB

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