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  • Kelvin Probe Microscopy


    Nanofabrication and characterization

  • KPFM

    Nanofabrication and


    Presented by :

    1) Moataz Mostafa,

    Physics Department

    2) Iman Alhamdan,

    Chemistry Department

    3) Ahmed AbdelGawad,

    Electrical Engineering

    4) Ahmed Mounir.

    Electronics Engineering

  • Slide 1


    Nanofabrication and characterization

    1. Introduction.2.Working Principle.3.Applications.

  • 1- Introduction


    Kelvin probe force microscopy was proposed by

    Nonnenmacher in 1991 as a tool to measure the local contact

    potential difference between a conducting atomic force

    microscopy (AFM) tip and the sample.

    KPFM has been used extensively as a unique method to

    characterize the Nano-scale electronic/electrical properties of

    metal/semiconductor surfaces and semiconductor devices.

    Recently, KPFM has also been used to study the electrical

    properties of organic materials/devices and biological


  • 1- Introduction


  • 1- Introduction


  • 2- Working Principle


    We applied an ac modulation

    bias VAC (frequency fAC) with a

    dc offset bias VDC between a tip

    and a sample to generate an

    electrostatic force between the

    tip and the sample as shown in

    Fig point (1).

    The cantilever deflection by an

    electrostatic force is detected by

    a photo detector, and then the

    component signal

    of frequency fAC is derived by a

    lock-in amplifier point (2).

  • 2- Working Principle


    The signal is transferred to

    a feedback controller as

    shown in Fig point (3)

  • 2- Working Principle


    The intended potential,

    that is, CPD is obtained

    by adjusting the dc offset

    bias VDC so that the

    component signal of

    frequency fAC becomes


  • 2- Working Principle


    VCPD = (tip - sample) / -e

    Where sample and tip are the work functions of the sample and tip,

    and e is the electronic charge. When an AFM tip is brought close to the

    sample surface, an electrical force is generated between the tip and

    sample surface, due to the differences in their Fermi energy levels.


  • 2- Working Principle


    (a) depicts the energy levels of the tip and

    sample surface when separated by a

    distance d and not electrically connected

    (note, the vacuum levels are aligned but

    Fermi energy levels are different).

    Equilibrium requires Fermi levels to line-up

    at steady state, if the tip and sample

    surface are close enough for electron

    tunneling. Upon electrical contact, the

    Fermi levels will align through electron

    current flow, and the system will reach an

    equilibrium state

  • 2- Working Principle


    (b). The tip and sample surface

    will be charged, and an apparent

    VCPD will form (note, the Fermi

    energy levels are aligned but

    vacuum energy levels are no

    longer the same, and a VCPD

    between the tip and sample has

    formed). An electrical force acts

    on the contact area, due to the


  • 2- Working Principle


    (c) This force can be nullified. If

    an applied external bias (VDC)

    has the same magnitude as the

    VCPD with opposite direction,

    the applied voltage eliminates

    the surface charge in the

    contact area. The amount of

    applied external bias (VDC) that

    nullifies the electrical force due

    to the VCPD is equal to the work

    function difference between the

    tip and sample

  • 2- Working Principle


  • 2- Working Principle


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  • 2- Working Principle


  • 3 - Applications


    The range of applications of KPFM has been shown in the variety

    of samples and structures studied. Including QDs, organic

    devices, multi-junction hetero-structures, solar cells and devices

    under external biasing

    KPFM shows an interesting advantage in the study of smaller devices.

    Surface impact devices perform better at smaller scales, and KPFM is

    very sensitive to surface properties. KPFM becomes an ideal tool to

    probe nanostructures for electronic properties. In this respect, KPFM

    performed in UHV can provide an advantage over in-air KPFM because

    UHV avoids contaminates that may perturb the potential profiles.

    KPFM can provide critical information about surface potential

    distribution, which can help increase solar cells efficiencies and

    device performance.

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