A documented wild goose chase of attempting to produce thin films of sodium irridate using Pulsed Laser Deposition and characterizing surface topography with the Atomic Force Microscope. Towards the end of this process, a scanning electron microscope with EDS was installed. The EDS data revealed that the thin films produced were actually IrO3.
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Part of my thesis work involved developing a room temperature prototype of a scanning tunneling microscope(STM). Please refer to the full text of my thesis for a more elaborate write-up. The STM was used to study the structure of Highly ordered pyrolytic graphite(HOPG) at room temperature, and monolayer steps were imaged. The thickness of each […]
An introduction to some of the thin film deposition equipment and materials I have worked with! Overview of the vacuum chamber at the Spin-lab, IISER Mohali. During my time at the Spin-Lab at IISER Mohali, one multi-purpose vacuum chamber designed by Excel Instruments was dedicated for thin film deposition. The system was custom built in […]