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The Nanolithography Toolbox



Krishna Coimbatore Balram, Daron Westly, Marcelo I. Davanco, Karen E. Grutter, Qing Li, Thomas Michels, Christopher H. Ray, Richard Kasica, Christopher B. Wallin, Ian J. Gilbert, Brian A. Bryce, Gregory Simelgor, Juraj Topolancik, Nicolae Lobontiu, Yuxiang Liu, Pavel Neuzil, Vojtech Svatos, Kristen A. Dill, Neal A. Bertrand, Meredith Metzler, Gerald Lopez, David Czaplewski, Leonidas Ocola, Kartik Srinivasan, Samuel Stavis, Vladimir Aksyuk, James Alexander Liddle, Slava Krylov, Robert Ilic


This article describes a platform-independent software package for scripted lithography pattern layout generation and complex processing. The Nanolithography Toolbox, developed at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was designed to help CNST NanoFab users create aggressively-scaled nanoscale device architectures. The Toolbox offers many parametrized shapes, including micro-and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) and nanophotonic device structure libraries. Using these shapes as building blocks, through scripting and programming, the Toolbox allows users to rapidly develop nanoscale pattern layouts of arbitrary complexity. Furthermore, the Toolbox allows users to precisely define the number of vertices for each shape or to create vectorized shapes using Bezier curves. The Toolbox can be applied to a broad range of micro- and nano-device fabrication tasks.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -


CAD, Lithography, Nanoscale design, Nanoscale curved features, Nanoscale devices, Nanophotonic, Nanoplasmonic, Nanofluidic


Coimbatore Balram, K. , Westly, D. , Davanco, M. , Grutter, K. , Li, Q. , Michels, T. , Ray, C. , Kasica, R. , Wallin, C. , Gilbert, I. , Bryce, B. , Simelgor, G. , Topolancik, J. , Lobontiu, N. , Liu, Y. , Neuzil, P. , Svatos, V. , Dill, K. , Bertrand, N. , Metzler, M. , Lopez, G. , Czaplewski, D. , Ocola, L. , Srinivasan, K. , Stavis, S. , Aksyuk, V. , Liddle, J. , Krylov, S. and Ilic, R. (2016), The Nanolithography Toolbox, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed October 17, 2021)
Created October 18, 2016, Updated October 12, 2021