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  1. Laser-driven fusion etching process

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    Ashby, Carol I. H.; Brannon, Paul J.; Gerardo, James B.

    1989-01-01

    The surfaces of solid ionic substrates are etched by a radiation-driven chemical reaction. The process involves exposing an ionic substrate coated with a layer of a reactant material on its surface to radiation, e.g. a laser, to induce localized melting of the substrate which results in the occurrance of a fusion reaction between the substrate and coating material. The resultant reaction product and excess reactant salt are then removed from the surface of the substrate with a solvent which is relatively inert towards the substrate. The laser-driven chemical etching process is especially suitable for etching ionic salt substrates, e.g., a solid inorganic salt such as LiNbO.sub.3, such as used in electro-optical/acousto-optic devices. It is also suitable for applications wherein the etching process is required to produce an etched ionic substrate having a smooth surface morphology or when a very rapid etching rate is desired.

  2. Laser-driven fusion etching process

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    Ashby, C.I.H.; Brannon, P.J.; Gerardo, J.B.

    1987-08-25

    The surfaces of solids are etched by a radiation-driven chemical reaction. The process involves exposing a substrate coated with a layer of a reactant material on its surface to radiation, e.g., a laser, to induce localized melting of the substrate which results in the occurrence of a fusion reaction between the substrate and coating material. The resultant reaction product and excess reactant salt are then removed from the surface of the substrate with a solvent which is relatively inert towards the substrate. The laser-driven chemical etching process is especially suitable for etching ionic substrates, e.g., LiNbO/sub 3/, such as used in electro-optical/acousto-optic devices. It is also suitable for applications wherein the etching process is required to produce an etched ionic substrate having a smooth surface morphology or when a very rapid etching rate is desired.

  3. Surface reaction mechanisms in plasma etching processes

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    Zhang, Da

    2000-09-01

    Plasma etching is an essential process in the fabrication of submicron features in the semiconductor industry. Plasma-surface interactions in plasma etching processes are capable of influencing bulk plasma properties as well as determining etch rates and feature profiles. To address the coupling of plasma and surface processes, the Surface Kinetics Model (SKM) was developed and was linked to the Hybrid Plasma Equipment Model (HPEM), a two-dimensional, modularized simulation tool addressing low temperature plasma processing. The SKM accepts reactive fluxes to the surface from the HPEM and generates the surface species coverages and returning fluxes to the plasma by implementing a modified site-balance algorithm. The integration of the SKM and the HPEM provides a self-consistent simulation of plasma chemistry and surface chemistry. The integrated plasma-surface model was used to investigate surface reaction mechanisms in fluorocarbon plasma etching. Fluorocarbon plasmas are widely used for silicon and silicon dioxide etching in microelectronics fabrication due to their high etch rates and good selectivity. One characteristic of fluorocarbon plasma processing is that a polymeric passivation layer is deposited on surfaces during etching. Since the passivation layer limits species diffusion and energy transfer from the plasma to the wafer, the etch rate and selectivity are sensitive to the steady state thickness of the passivation. This polymerization process was investigated. The polymer layer grows by CxFy radical deposition and is consumed by ion sputtering and F atom etching. During SiO2 etching, oxygen atoms in the substrate also etch the polymer. The steady state thickness of the polymer is achieved as a result of a balance between its growth and consumption. The polymerization kinetics relies on the plasma properties, such as ion bombarding energy and the ion-to-neutral flux ratio, which are determined by process conditions. Relationships between process

  4. Process for etching mixed metal oxides

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    Ashby, C.I.H.; Ginley, D.S.

    1994-10-18

    An etching process is described using dicarboxylic and tricarboxylic acids as chelating etchants for mixed metal oxide films such as high temperature superconductors and ferroelectric materials. Undesirable differential etching rates between different metal oxides are avoided by selection of the proper acid or combination of acids. Feature sizes below one micron, excellent quality vertical edges, and film thicknesses in the 100 Angstrom range may be achieved by this method. 1 fig.

  5. Process for etching mixed metal oxides

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    Ashby, Carol I. H.; Ginley, David S.

    1994-01-01

    An etching process using dicarboxylic and tricarboxylic acids as chelating etchants for mixed metal oxide films such as high temperature superconductors and ferroelectric materials. Undesirable differential etching rates between different metal oxides are avoided by selection of the proper acid or combination of acids. Feature sizes below one micron, excellent quality vertical edges, and film thicknesses in the 100 Angstom range may be achieved by this method.

  6. Study on the etching process GaAs-based VCSEL

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    Feng, Yuan; Liu, Guojun; Hao, Yongqin; Yan, Changling; Zhang, Jiabin; Li, Yang; Li, Zaijin

    2016-11-01

    Wet etching process is a key technology in fabrication of VCSEL and their array in order to improve opto-electric characteristics of high-power VCSEL, devices with multi-ring distribution hole VCSEL is fabricated. The H3PO4 etching solution was used in the wet etching progress and etching rate is studied by changing etching solution concentration and etching time. The optimum technological conditions were determined by studying the etching morphology and etching depth of the GaAs-VCSEL. The tested results show that the complete morphology and the appropriate depth can be obtained by using the concentration ratio of 1:1:10, which can meet the requirements of GaAs-based VCSEL micro- structure etching process.

  7. Study on sapphire microstructure processing technology based on wet etching

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    Shang, Ying-Qi; Qi, Hong; Ma, Yun-Long; Wu, Ya-Lin; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Jing

    2017-03-01

    Aiming at the problem that sapphire surface roughness is quite large after wet etching in sapphire microstructure processing technology, we optimize the wet etching process parameters, study on the influences of concentration and temperature of etching solution and etching time on the sapphire surface roughness and etching rate, choose different process parameters for the experiment and test and analyze the sapphire results after wet etching. Aiming at test results, we also optimize the process parameters and do experiment. Experimental results show that, after optimizing the parameters of etching solution, surface roughness of etched sapphire is 0.39 nm, effectively with reduced surface roughness, improved light extraction efficiency and meeting the production requirements of high-precision optical pressure sensor.

  8. The research on conformal acid etching process of glass ceramic

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    Wang, Kepeng; Guo, Peiji

    2014-08-01

    A series of experiments have been done to explore the effect of different conditions on the hydrofluoric acid etching. The hydrofluoric acid was used to etch the glass ceramic called "ZERODUR", which is invented by SCHOTT in Germany. The glass ceramic was processed into cylindrical samples. The hydrofluoric acid etching was done in a plastic beaker. The concentration of hydrofluoric acid and the etching time were changed to measure the changes of geometric tolerance and I observed the surface using a microscope in order to find an appropriate condition of hydrofluoric acid etching.

  9. Dry etched SiO2 Mask for HgCdTe Etching Process

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    Chen, Y. Y.; Ye, Z. H.; Sun, C. H.; Deng, L. G.; Zhang, S.; Xing, W.; Hu, X. N.; Ding, R. J.; He, L.

    2016-09-01

    A highly anisotropic etching process with low etch-induced damage is indispensable for advanced HgCdTe (MCT) infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) detectors. The inductively coupled plasma (ICP) enhanced reactive ion etching technique has been widely adopted in manufacturing HgCdTe IRFPA devices. An accurately patterned mask with sharp edges is decisive to accomplish pattern duplication. It has been reported by our group that the SiO2 mask functions well in etching HgCdTe with high selectivity. However, the wet process in defining the SiO2 mask is limited by ambiguous edges and nonuniform patterns. In this report, we patterned SiO2 with a mature ICP etching technique, prior to which a thin ZnS film was deposited by thermal evaporation. The SiO2 film etching can be terminated at the auto-stopping point of the ZnS layer thanks to the high selectivity of SiO2/ZnS in SF6 based etchant. Consequently, MCT etching was directly performed without any other treatment. This mask showed acceptable profile due to the maturity of the SiO2 etching process. The well-defined SiO2 pattern and the etched smooth surfaces were investigated with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscope. This new mask process could transfer the patterns exactly with very small etch-bias. A cavity with aspect-ratio (AR) of 1.2 and root mean square roughness of 1.77 nm was achieved first, slightly higher AR of 1.67 was also get with better mask profile. This masking process ensures good uniformity and surely benefits the delineation of shrinking pixels with its high resolution.

  10. Automated process control for plasma etching

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    McGeown, Margaret; Arshak, Khalil I.; Murphy, Eamonn

    1992-06-01

    This paper discusses the development and implementation of a rule-based system which assists in providing automated process control for plasma etching. The heart of the system is to establish a correspondence between a particular data pattern -- sensor or data signals -- and one or more modes of failure, i.e., a data-driven monitoring approach. The objective of this rule based system, PLETCHSY, is to create a program combining statistical process control (SPC) and fault diagnosis to help control a manufacturing process which varies over time. This can be achieved by building a process control system (PCS) with the following characteristics. A facility to monitor the performance of the process by obtaining and analyzing the data relating to the appropriate process variables. Process sensor/status signals are input into an SPC module. If trends are present, the SPC module outputs the last seven control points, a pattern which is represented by either regression or scoring. The pattern is passed to the rule-based module. When the rule-based system recognizes a pattern, it starts the diagnostic process using the pattern. If the process is considered to be going out of control, advice is provided about actions which should be taken to bring the process back into control.

  11. Alternative process for thin layer etching: Application to nitride spacer etching stopping on silicon germanium

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    Posseme, N. Pollet, O.; Barnola, S.

    2014-08-04

    Silicon nitride spacer etching realization is considered today as one of the most challenging of the etch process for the new devices realization. For this step, the atomic etch precision to stop on silicon or silicon germanium with a perfect anisotropy (no foot formation) is required. The situation is that none of the current plasma technologies can meet all these requirements. To overcome these issues and meet the highly complex requirements imposed by device fabrication processes, we recently proposed an alternative etching process to the current plasma etch chemistries. This process is based on thin film modification by light ions implantation followed by a selective removal of the modified layer with respect to the non-modified material. In this Letter, we demonstrate the benefit of this alternative etch method in term of film damage control (silicon germanium recess obtained is less than 6 A), anisotropy (no foot formation), and its compatibility with other integration steps like epitaxial. The etch mechanisms of this approach are also addressed.

  12. Model for a multiple-step deep Si etch process

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    Rauf, Shahid; Dauksher, William J.; Clemens, Stephen B.; Smith, Kenneth H.

    2002-07-01

    A multiple-step deep Si etch process involving separate etching and polymerization steps is often employed for fabrication of microelectromechanical systems, microfluidics devices, and other assorted deep structures in Si. An integrated plasma equipment-feature evolution model for this multiple-step deep Si etch process is described in this article. In the two-dimensional plasma equipment model, the etching (SF6/O2) and polymerization octafluorocyclobutane(c-C4F8) chemistries are separately simulated assuming steady-state conditions. The outputs of the equipment simulations are combined in a string-based feature profile evolution model to simulate the multiple-step deep Si etch process. In the plasma equipment models, detailed gas phase plasma chemistries including electron impact processes, ion-molecule reactions, and neutral chemistry have been considered for both the etching and polymerization gas mixtures. The plasma-surface interaction mechanisms in the feature profile evolution model are based on qualitative information available in literature and the correlation of modeling results with experimental data. Under the relevant operating conditions, F is assumed to be the primary Si etchant, film deposition in c-C4F8 is due to sticking of C, CF2, and C2F4 under ion bombardment, and the polymer is etched by energetic ions through physical sputtering. It is demonstrated that predictions of the resulting model are in close agreement with experiments. The validated model is used to understand the dynamics of the multiple-step deep Si etch process and how etching characteristics can be controlled using a variety of process parameters. Etching characteristics have been found to be quite sensitive to gas pressure, coil power, bias power, and relative step time during both etching and polymerization processes. The Si etch rate and feature sidewall angle are coupled to each other over a wide range of operating conditions. copyright 2002 American Vacuum Society.

  13. Advanced plasma etching processes for dielectric materials in VLSI technology

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    Wang, Juan Juan

    Manufacturable plasma etching processes for dielectric materials have played an important role in the Integrated Circuits (IC) industry in recent decades. Dielectric materials such as SiO2 and SiN are widely used to electrically isolate the active device regions (like the gate, source and drain from the first level of metallic interconnects) and to isolate different metallic interconnect levels from each other. However, development of new state-of-the-art etching processes is urgently needed for higher aspect ratio (oxide depth/hole diameter---6:1) in Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits technology. The smaller features can provide greater packing density of devices on a single chip and greater number of chips on a single wafer. This dissertation focuses on understanding and optimizing of several key aspects of etching processes for dielectric materials. The challenges are how to get higher selectivity of oxide/Si for contact and oxide/TiN for vias; tight Critical Dimension (CD) control; wide process margin (enough over-etch); uniformity and repeatability. By exploring all of the parameters for the plasma etch process, the key variables are found and studied extensively. The parameters investigated here are Power, Pressure, Gas ratio, and Temperature. In particular, the novel gases such as C4F8, C5F8, and C4F6 were studied in order to meet the requirements of the design rules. We also studied CF4 that is used frequently for dielectric material etching in the industry. Advanced etch equipment was used for the above applications: the medium-density plasma tools (like Magnet-Enhanced Reactive Ion Etching (MERIE) tool) and the high-density plasma tools. By applying the Design of Experiments (DOE) method, we found the key factors needed to predict the trend of the etch process (such as how to increase the etch rates, selectivity, etc.; and how to control the stability of the etch process). We used JMP software to analyze the DOE data. The characterization of the

  14. Electrolytic etching process provides effective bonding surface on stainless steel

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1966-01-01

    Electrolytic etching process prepares surfaces of a stainless steel shell for reliable, high strength adhesive bonding to dielectric materials. The process uses a 25 percent aqueous solution of phosphoric acid.

  15. Integrated phase shift measurements for advanced mask etch process control

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    Sahin, Turgut; Collard, Corey; Anderson, Scott A.; Mak, Alfred W.; Brooks, Cynthia B.; Buie, Melisa J.; Walsh, Philip; Li, George

    2003-12-01

    The phase shift effect in Alternating Phase Shift Masks (AAPSMs) and chrome-less phase shift masks is created by etching trenches directly into the quartz substrate. Since the phase shift is critically dependent on the etch depth, the quartz etch process must be tightly controlled. In the absence of an etch stop for the process, an integrated metrology solution is desirable on the mask tech tool. Traditional methods for measuring etch depth or phase shift, such as interferometry, profilometry, AFM, and SEM, are expensive, slow, and/or destructive. In addition, traditional methods cannot measure quartz etch depth without removing the resist and in some cases the chrome mask, making them unsuitable for integration into the etch process. This paper will present measurements of trench depth and phase shift on quartz phase shift mask using the n&k Analyzer 1512-RT. The n&k Analyzer measures reflectance (R) and transmittance (T) from 190-1000nm, which is analyzed according to the Forouhi-Bloomer dispersion relations to simultaneously determine n, k, film thicknesses, trench depth, and phase shift. The measurement is non-destructive and fast, typically taking 2-3 seconds per measurement point. No special test structures are required for the measurement. In addition, the n&k Analyzer can measure quartz etch depth with the chrome mask, ARC layers, and resist still intact. The n&k Analyzer measurements show good correlation with 193nm interferometer measurements, and good repeatability. The small footprint, ease of use, measurement speed, and the ability to measure quartz depth in the presence of chrome and resist make the n&k Analyzer an ideal candidate for integrated metrology applications on mask etch tools for advanced proces control (APC). The Applied Materials' Tetra II phootmask etch system has the unique capability to accommodate integrated metrology modules through the factory interface. Applications of APC with integrated phase shift measurements will be discussed.

  16. Chemical etching for automatic processing of integrated circuits

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    Kennedy, B. W.

    1981-01-01

    Chemical etching for automatic processing of integrated circuits is discussed. The wafer carrier and loading from a receiving air track into automatic furnaces and unloading onto a sending air track are included.

  17. Process development for dry etching polydimethylsiloxane for neural electrodes.

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    Anenden, Melissa P; Svehla, Martin; Lovell, Nigel H; Suaning, Gregg J

    2011-01-01

    In order to create high density electrode arrays, a reactive ion (dry) etching process was developed using sulphur hexafluoride (SF(6)) and oxygen (O(2)) plasma to pattern micro-structures in medical grade polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The surface topography and etch performance were analyzed by employing surface profilometry, scanning electron micrographs (SEM) and atomic force miscroscopy (AFM). The maximum etch rate was approximately 0.22 μm/min. The chemical modification of the PDMS structure in SF(6) and O(2) plasma was investigated through x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Micro-scale openings in PDMS were achieved using a dry etching method to allow charge injection at the electrode-tissue interface.

  18. Advanced Simulation Technology to Design Etching Process on CMOS Devices

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    Kuboi, Nobuyuki

    2015-09-01

    Prediction and control of plasma-induced damage is needed to mass-produce high performance CMOS devices. In particular, side-wall (SW) etching with low damage is a key process for the next generation of MOSFETs and FinFETs. To predict and control the damage, we have developed a SiN etching simulation technique for CHxFy/Ar/O2 plasma processes using a three-dimensional (3D) voxel model. This model includes new concepts for the gas transportation in the pattern, detailed surface reactions on the SiN reactive layer divided into several thin slabs and C-F polymer layer dependent on the H/N ratio, and use of ``smart voxels''. We successfully predicted the etching properties such as the etch rate, polymer layer thickness, and selectivity for Si, SiO2, and SiN films along with process variations and demonstrated the 3D damage distribution time-dependently during SW etching on MOSFETs and FinFETs. We confirmed that a large amount of Si damage was caused in the source/drain region with the passage of time in spite of the existing SiO2 layer of 15 nm in the over etch step and the Si fin having been directly damaged by a large amount of high energy H during the removal step of the parasitic fin spacer leading to Si fin damage to a depth of 14 to 18 nm. By analyzing the results of these simulations and our previous simulations, we found that it is important to carefully control the dose of high energy H, incident energy of H, polymer layer thickness, and over-etch time considering the effects of the pattern structure, chamber-wall condition, and wafer open area ratio. In collaboration with Masanaga Fukasawa and Tetsuya Tatsumi, Sony Corporation. We thank Mr. T. Shigetoshi and Mr. T. Kinoshita of Sony Corporation for their assistance with the experiments.

  19. Photoresist 3D profile related etch process simulation and its application to full chip etch compact modeling

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    Wu, Cheng-En; Yang, Wayne; Luan, Lan; Song, Hua

    2015-03-01

    The optical proximity correction (OPC) model and post-OPC verification that takes the developed photoresist (PR) 3D profile into account is needed in the advanced 2Xnm node. The etch process hotspots caused by poor resist profile may not be fully identified during the lithography inspection but will only be observed after the subsequent etch process. A complete mask correction that targets to final etch CD requires not only a lithography R3D profile model but also a etch process compact model. The drawback of existing etch model is to treat the etch CD bias as a function of visibility and pattern density which do not contain the information of resist profile. One important factor to affect the etch CD is the PR lateral erosion during the etch process due to non-vertical PR side wall angle (SWA) and anisotropy of etch plasma source. A simple example is in transferring patterns from PR layer to thin hard mask (HM) layer, which is frequently used in the double pattern (DPT) process. The PR lateral erosion contributes an extra HM etch CD bias which is deviated from PR CD defined by lithography process. This CD bias is found to have a nontrivial dependency on the PR profile and cannot be described by the pattern density or visibility. In this report, we study the etch CD variation to resist SWA under various etch conditions. Physical effects during etch process such as plasma ion reflection and source anisotropy, which modify the local etch rate, are taken into considerations in simulation. The virtual data are generated by Synopsys TCAD tool Sentaurus Topography 3D using Monte Carlo engine. A simple geometry compact model is applied first to explain the behavior of virtual data, however, it works to some extent but lacks accuracy when plasma ion reflection comes into play. A modified version is proposed, for the first time, by including the effects of plasma ion reflection and source anisotropy. The new compact model fits the nonlinear etch CD bias very well for a wide

  20. Surface chemistry associated with plasma etching processes

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    Graves, David B.; Humbird, David

    2002-05-01

    We present our progress towards an accurate simulation model of plasma etching of silicon. A study of the interactions of energetic argon ions with silicon surfaces using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations is reported. A dynamic balance between ion-induced damage and recrystallization of the surface is detected. By manipulating ion energy, argon ions are able to both create disordered regions near the surface, and recrystallize these disordered regions. Silicon atoms in this amorphous region are readily mixed by argon ions. Limited mixing in the crystalline layer is observed. Fluorine adsorbed on the silicon surface does not mix into the layer with argon ion impact. When an energetic F + impacts a silicon surface, the uptake and apparent sub-surface mixing of F is much greater than Ar +-induced mixing. However, a closer examination shows that the F impacts have primarily increased the Si surface area by creating crevices and cracks, and that the F remains mainly on the surface of this layer. A similar situation results when SiF 3+ impacts the surface.

  1. The wettability between etching solutions and the surface of multicrystalline silicon wafer during metal-assisted chemical etching process

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    Niu, Y. C.; Liu, Z.; Liu, X. J.; Gao, Y.; Lin, W. L.; Liu, H. T.; Jiang, Y. S.; Ren, X. K.

    2017-01-01

    In order to investigate the wettability of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) with the etching solutions during metal-assisted chemical etching process, different surface structures were fabricated on the p-type multi-wire slurry sawn mc-Si wafers, such as as-cut wafers, polished wafers, and wafers etched in different solutions. The contact angles of different etching solutions on the surfaces of the wafers were measured. It was noted that all contact angles of etching solutions were smaller than the corresponding ones of deionized water, but the contact angles of different etching solutions were quite different. Among the contact angles of the etching solutions of AgNO3-HF, H2O2-HF, TMAH and HNO3-HF, the contact angle of TMAH solution was much larger than the others and that of HNO3-HF solution was much smaller. It is suggested that the larger contact angle may lead to an unevenly etching of silicon wafer due to the long retention of big bubbles on the wafers in the etching reaction, which should be paid attention to and overcome.

  2. Surface etching and roughening in integrated processing of thermal oxides

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    Offenberg, M.; Liehr, M.; Rubloff, G. W.

    1991-04-01

    A multichamber UHV processing and analysis system has been used to study integrated thermal oxide processing, in which the final precleaning process and the thermal oxidation process are integrated by employing transfer of the wafers through ultraclean, inert ambients (purified, dry N2 and then ultrahigh vacuum). The Al-gate MOS capacitors show high breakdown fields (approximately 12 MV/cm) when a thin oxide passivation layer is present prior to oxidation, but low fields (less than 6 MV/cm) when the Si surface is initially oxygen free. This contrasting behavior is caused by the etching of Si surfaces which occurs at elevated temperature in the presence of trace concentration (approximately 100 ppb) of oxygen (e.g., 2 Si + O2 yields 2SiO2), leading to surface roughening and then field enhancement at asperities in the structure. Oxide surface passivation prevents etching and assures the dielectric integrity of the structure.

  3. Etch modeling for accurate full-chip process proximity correction

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    Beale, Daniel F.; Shiely, James P.

    2005-05-01

    The challenges of the 65 nm node and beyond require new formulations of the compact convolution models used in OPC. In addition to simulating more optical and resist effects, these models must accommodate pattern distortions due to etch which can no longer be treated as small perturbations on photo-lithographic effects. (Methods for combining optical and process modules while optimizing the speed/accuracy tradeoff were described in "Advanced Model Formulations for Optical and Process Proximity Correction", D. Beale et al, SPIE 2004.) In this paper, we evaluate new physics-based etch model formulations that differ from the convolution-based process models used previously. The new models are expressed within the compact modeling framework described by J. Stirniman et al. in SPIE, vol. 3051, p469, 1997, and thus can be used for high-speed process simulation during full-chip OPC.

  4. Etching-limiting process and origin of loading effects in silicon etching with hydrogen chloride gas

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    Morioka, Naoya; Suda, Jun; Kimoto, Tsunenobu

    2014-01-01

    The etching-limiting step in slow Si etching with HCl/H2 at atmospheric pressure was investigated. The etching was performed at a low etching rate below 10 nm/min in the temperature range of 1000-1100 °C. In the case of bare Si etching, it was confirmed that the etching rate showed little temperature dependence and was proportional to the equilibrium pressure of the etching by-product SiCl2 calculated by thermochemical analysis. In addition, the etching rates of Si(100) and (110) faces were almost the same. These results indicate that SiCl2 diffusion in the gas phase is the rate-limiting step. In the etching of the Si surface with SiO2 mask patterns, a strong loading effect (mask/opening pattern dependence of the etching rate) was observed. The simulation of the diffusion of gas species immediately above the Si surface revealed that the loading effect was attributed to the pattern-dependent diffusion of SiCl2.

  5. Carrier-lifetime-controlled selective etching process for semiconductors using photochemical etching

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    Ashby, Carol I. H.; Myers, David R.

    1992-01-01

    The minority carrier lifetime is significantly much shorter in semiconductor materials with very high impurity concentrations than it is in semiconductor materials with lower impurity concentration levels. This phenomenon of reduced minority carrier lifetime in semiconductor materials having high impurity concentration is utilized to advantage for permitting highly selective semiconductor material etching to be achieved using a carrier-driven photochemical etching reaction. Various means may be employed for increasing the local impurity concentration level in specific near-surface regions of a semiconductor prior to subjecting the semiconductor material to a carrier-driven photochemical etching reaction. The regions having the localized increased impurity concentration form a self-aligned mask inhibiting photochemical etching at such localized regions while the adjacent regions not having increased impurity concentrations are selectively photochemically etched. Liquid- or gas-phase etching may be performed.

  6. Optimization of chemical etching process in niobium cavities

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    Tajima, T.; Trabia, M.; Culbreth, W.; Subramanian, S.

    2004-01-01

    Superconducting niobium cavities are important components of linear accelerators. Buffered chemical polishing (BCP) on the inner surface of the cavity is a standard procedure to improve its performance. The quality of BCP, however, has not been optimized well in terms of the uniformity of surface smoothness. A finite element computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model was developed to simulate the chemical etching process inside the cavity. The analysis confirmed the observation of other researchers that the iris section of the cavity received more etching than the equator regions due to higher flow rate. The baffle, which directs flow towards the walls of the cavity, was redesigned using optimization techniques. The redesigned baffle significantly improves the performance of the etching process. To verify these results an experimental setup for flow visualization was created. The setup consists of a high speed, high resolution CCD camera. The camera is positioned by a computer-controlled traversing mechanism. A dye injecting arrangement is used for tracking the fluid path. Experimental results are in general agreement with CFD and optimization results.

  7. VUV and Optical Emission Characterization of Fluorocarbon SiO2 Etch Processes and Correlation to Etch Feature Quality

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    Hsueh, H.; Dandapani, E.; McGrath, R.; Messier, R.; Ji, B.; Karwacki, E.

    2000-10-01

    Fluorocarbon discharges used for SiO2 etch were characterized using optical (OES) and VUV emission spectroscopy. Actinometry was used to monitor atomic fluorine concentration (N_F) as power, pressure and gas mix were varied. Thermal oxide films were photolithographically patterned to define 0.5-2.0 μ m trench features, and then etched in an AMAT Mark II reactor. Etch rate, selectivity and feature critical dimension were measured using SEM and other techniques. DC self-bias was also recorded for each set of process conditions. Good etch features, etch rates of 1175 Åmin, and selectivity of 7.9 were obtained for reactor operation at 750 W, 80 mTorr, and with a gas mixture of CF_4/CHF_3/Ar at 85/10/5 sccm. Etch rate, selectivity and feature critical dimensions observed have been correlated to actinometric estimates of N_F, to self-bias voltage and to OES and VUV emissions. While varying process conditions around the reference values defined above, NF was found to increase monotonically between 0.75 and 1.2x10^13/cm^3 as pressure was increased from 70 to 100 mTorr, as power was increased from 650 to 850 W, and as CF4 gas fraction was increased from 5the reference gas mixture, etch rate was found to increase (1150 to 1550 Åmin) with increasing power, and to decrease (1550 to 550 Åmin) with increasing pressure. In these cases, etch rate trend tracked the self-bias voltage established. However, when CF4 gas fraction was increased from 5Åmin, while NF concentration increased by only 15self-bias varied by only 8feature profiles, and associated reaction processes will be presented.

  8. Defect transfer from immersion exposure process to etching process using novel immersion exposure and track system

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    Miyahara, Osamu; Kosugi, Hitoshi; Dunn, Shannon; van Dommelen, Youri; Grouwstra, Cedric

    2008-11-01

    For lithography technology to support the scaling down of semiconductor devices, 193-nm immersion exposure processing is being introduced to mass-production at a rapid pace. At the same time, there are still many unclear areas and many concerns to be addressed with regards to defects in 193-nm immersion lithography. To make 193-nm immersion lithography technology practical for mass production, it is essential that the defect problems be solved. Importance must be attached to understanding the conditions that give rise to defects and their transference in the steps between lithography and etching processes. It is apparent that double patterning (DP) will be the mainstream technology below 40nm node. It can be assumed that the risk of the defect generation will rise, because the number of the litho processing steps will be increased in DP. Especially, in the case of Litho-Etch-Litho-Etch (LELE) process, the concept of defect transfer becomes more important because etch processing is placed between each litho processing step. In this paper, we use 193-nm immersion lithography processing to examine the defect transference from lithography through the etching process for a representative 45nm metal layer substrate stack for device manufacturing. It will be shown which types of defects transfer from litho to etch and become killer defects.

  9. Uniform lateral etching of tungsten in deep trenches utilizing reaction-limited NF3 plasma process

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    Kofuji, Naoyuki; Mori, Masahito; Nishida, Toshiaki

    2017-06-01

    The reaction-limited etching of tungsten (W) with NF3 plasma was performed in an attempt to achieve the uniform lateral etching of W in a deep trench, a capability required by manufacturing processes for three-dimensional NAND flash memory. Reaction-limited etching was found to be possible at high pressures without ion irradiation. An almost constant etching rate that showed no dependence on NF3 pressure was obtained. The effect of varying the wafer temperature was also examined. A higher wafer temperature reduced the threshold pressure for reaction-limited etching and also increased the etching rate in the reaction-limited region. Therefore, the control of the wafer temperature is crucial to controlling the etching amount by this method. We found that the uniform lateral etching of W was possible even in a deep trench where the F radical concentration was low.

  10. Aerosol chemistry in Titan's ionosphere: simultaneous growth and etching processes

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    Carrasco, Nathalie; Cernogora, Guy; Jomard, François; Etcheberry, Arnaud; Vigneron, Jackie

    2016-10-01

    Since the Cassini-CAPS measurements, organic aerosols are known to be present and formed at high altitudes in the diluted and partially ionized medium that is Titan's ionosphere [1]. This unexpected chemistry can be further investigated in the laboratory with plasma experiments simulating the complex ion-neutral chemistry starting from N2-CH4 [2]. Two sorts of solid organic samples can be produced in laboratory experiments simulating Titan's atmospheric reactivity: grains in the volume and thin films on the reactor walls. We expect that grains are more representative of Titan's atmospheric aerosols, but films are used to provide optical indices for radiative models of Titan's atmosphere.The aim of the present study is to address if these two sorts of analogues are chemically equivalent or not, when produced in the same N2-CH4 plasma discharge. The chemical compositions of both these materials are measured by using elemental analysis, XPS analysis and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. We find that films are homogeneous but significantly less rich in nitrogen and hydrogen than grains produced in the same experimental conditions. This surprising difference in their chemical compositions is explained by the efficient etching occurring on the films, which stay in the discharge during the whole plasma duration, whereas the grains are ejected after a few minutes [3]. The impact for our understanding of Titan's aerosols chemical composition is important. Our study shows that chemical growth and etching process are simultaneously at stake in Titan's ionosphere. The more the aerosols stay in the ionosphere, the more graphitized they get through etching process. In order to infer Titan's aerosols composition, our work highlights a need for constraints on the residence time of aerosols in Titan's ionosphere. [1] Waite et al. (2009) Science , 316, p. 870[2] Szopa et al. (2006) PSS, 54, p. 394[3] Carrasco et al. (2016) PSS, 128, p. 52

  11. Optimization of silver-assisted nano-pillar etching process in silicon

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    Azhari, Ayu Wazira; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Desa, Mohd Khairunaz Mat; Zaidi, Saleem H.

    2015-12-01

    In this study, a respond surface methodology (RSM) model is developed using three-level Box-Behnken experimental design (BBD) technique. This model is developed to investigate the influence of metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) process variables on the nanopillars profiles created in single crystalline silicon (Si) substrate. Design-Expert® software (version 7.1) is employed in formulating the RSM model based on five critical process variables: (A) concentration of silver (Ag), (B) concentration of hydrofluoric acid (HF), (C) concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), (D) deposition time, and (E) etching time. This model is supported by data from 46 experimental configurations. Etched profiles as a function of lateral etching rate, vertical etching rate, height, size and separation between the Si trenches and etching uniformity are characterized using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). A quadratic regression model is developed to correlate critical process variables and is validated using the analysis of variance (ANOVA) methodology. The model exhibits near-linear dependence of lateral and vertical etching rates on both the H2O2 concentration and etching time. The predicted model is in good agreement with the experimental data where R2 is equal to 0.80 and 0.67 for the etching rate and lateral etching respectively. The optimized result shows minimum lateral etching with the average pore size of about 69 nm while the maximum etching rate is estimated at around 360 nm/min. The model demonstrates that the etching process uniformity is not influenced by either the etchant concentration or the etching time. This lack of uniformity could be attributed to the surface condition of the wafer. Optimization of the process parameters show adequate accuracy of the model with acceptable percentage errors of 6%, 59%, 1.8%, 38% and 61% for determination of the height, separation, size, the pore size and the etching rate respectively.

  12. Porous siliconformation and etching process for use in silicon micromachining

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    Guilinger, Terry R.; Kelly, Michael J.; Martin, Jr., Samuel B.; Stevenson, Joel O.; Tsao, Sylvia S.

    1991-01-01

    A reproducible process for uniformly etching silicon from a series of micromechanical structures used in electrical devices and the like includes providing a micromechanical structure having a silicon layer with defined areas for removal thereon and an electrochemical cell containing an aqueous hydrofluoric acid electrolyte. The micromechanical structure is submerged in the electrochemical cell and the defined areas of the silicon layer thereon are anodically biased by passing a current through the electrochemical cell for a time period sufficient to cause the defined areas of the silicon layer to become porous. The formation of the depth of the porous silicon is regulated by controlling the amount of current passing through the electrochemical cell. The micromechanical structure is then removed from the electrochemical cell and submerged in a hydroxide solution to remove the porous silicon. The process is subsequently repeated for each of the series of micromechanical structures to achieve a reproducibility better than 0.3%.

  13. Photonic jet μ-etching: from static to dynamic process

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    Abdurrochman, A.; Lecler, S.; Zelgowski, J.; Mermet, F.; Fontaine, J.; Tumbelaka, B. Y.

    2017-05-01

    Photonic jet etching is a direct-laser etching method applying photonic jet phenomenon to concentrate the laser beam onto the proceeded material. We call photonic jet the phenomenon of the localized sub-wavelength propagative beam generated at the shadow-side surfaces of micro-scale dielectric cylinders or spheres, when they are illuminated by an electromagnetic plane-wave or laser beam. This concentration has made possible the laser to yield sub-μ etching marks, despite the laser was a near-infrared with nano-second pulses sources. We will present these achievements from the beginning when some spherical glasses were used for static etching to dynamic etching using an optical fiber with a semi-elliptical tip.

  14. Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE) of High Aspect Ratio SiC Microstructures using a Time-Multiplexed Etch-Passivate Process

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    Evans, Laura J.; Beheim, Glenn M.

    2006-01-01

    High aspect ratio silicon carbide (SiC) microstructures are needed for microengines and other harsh environment micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Previously, deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) of low aspect ratio (AR less than or = 1) deep (greater than 100 micron) trenches in SiC has been reported. However, existing DRIE processes for SiC are not well-suited for definition of high aspect ratio features because such simple etch-only processes provide insufficient control over sidewall roughness and slope. Therefore, we have investigated the use of a time-multiplexed etch-passivate (TMEP) process, which alternates etching with polymer passivation of the etch sidewalls. An optimized TMEP process was used to etch high aspect ratio (AR greater than 5) deep (less than 100 micron) trenches in 6H-SiC. Power MEMS structures (micro turbine blades) in 6H-SiC were also fabricated.

  15. Thermal compression chip interconnection using organic solderability preservative etched substrate by plasma processing.

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    Cho, Sung-Won; Choi, JoonYoung; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2014-12-01

    The solderability of copper organic solderbility preservative (CuOSP) finished substrate was enhanced by the plasma etching. To improve the solderability of TC interconnection with the CuOSP finished substrate, the plasma etching process is used. An Oxygen-Hydrogen plasma treatment process is performed to remove OSP material. To prevent the oxidation by oxygen plasma treatment, hydrogen reducing process is also performed before TC interconnection process. The thickness of OSP material after plasma etching is measured by optical reflection method and the component analysis by Auger Electron Spectroscopy is performed. From the lowered thickness, the bonding force of TC interconnection after OSP etching process is lowered. Also the electrical open/short test was performed after assembling the completed semiconductor packaging. The improved yield due to the plasma etching process is achieved.

  16. Summary of Chalcogenide Glass Processing: Wet-Etching and Photolithography

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    Riley, Brian J.; Sundaram, S. K.; Johnson, Bradley R.; Saraf, Laxmikant V.

    2006-12-01

    This report describes a study designed to explore the different properties of two different chalcogenide materials, As2S3 and As24S38Se38, when subjected to photolithographic wet-etching techniques. Chalcogenide glasses are made by combining chalcogen elements S, Se, and Te with Group IV and/or V elements. The etchant was selected from the literature and was composed of sodium hydroxide, isopropyl alcohol, and deionized water and the types of chalcogenide glass for study were As2S3 and As24S38Se38. The main goals here were to obtain a single variable etch rate curve of etch depth per time versus NaOH overall solution concentration in M and to see the difference in etch rate between a given etchant when used on the different chalcogenide stoichiometries. Upon completion of these two goals, future studies will begin to explore creating complex, integrated photonic devices via these methods.

  17. In situ quantitative analysis of etching process of human teeth by atomic force microscopy.

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    Watari, Fumio

    2005-06-01

    Etching is one of the most fundamental steps in the restoration of teeth by adhesion of composite resin in dental clinics. Atomic force microscope (AFM) was used for the in situ observation of the etching process of human enamel, dentin and synthetic hydroxyapatite in the three different acid agents, 2% phosphoric acid, 10% citric acid and 10% polyacrylic acid. To measure the absolute depth from the initial level before etching and to correlate the surface height between the changing AFM images obtained, the depth profiles were recorded with etching time by carrying out the line scan consecutively at the representative place of the observed area. These chronological series of depth profiles enabled us to perform quantitative analysis of etched amount in addition to the surface roughness obtained from relative depth profile within one image. The course of etching process from the dissolution of smear layer, appearance of enamel prizms or dentinal tubules to progress of demineralization could clearly be observed. The depth profile, surface roughness, etching amount, etching rate and smear layer thickness could then be evaluated. The different etching characteristics of three acid agents and the effect of surface roughness produced by different mechanical prepolish were compared and discussed.

  18. Investigation of etching techniques for superconductive Nb/Al-Al2O3/Nb fabrication processes

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    Lichtenberger, A. W.; Lea, D. M.; Lloyd, F. L.

    1993-01-01

    Wet etching, CF4 and SF6 reactive ion etching (RIE), RIE/wet hybrid etching, Cl-based RIE, ion milling, and liftoff techniques have been investigated for use in superconductive Nb/Al-Al2O3/Nb fabrication processes. High-quality superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junctions have been fabricated using a variety of these etching methods; however, each technique offers distinct tradeoffs for a given process an wafer design. In particular, it was shown that SF6 provides an excellent RIE chemistry for low-voltage anisotropic etching of Nb with high selectivity to Al. The SF6 tool has greatly improved the trilevel resist junction insulation process. Excellent repeatability, selectivity with respect to quartz, and submicron resolution make Cl2 + BCl3 + CHCl3 RIE a very attractive process for trilayer patterning.

  19. Deep Etching Process Developed for the Fabrication of Silicon Carbide Microsystems

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    Beheim, Glenn M.

    2000-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC), because of its superior electrical and mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, is a nearly ideal material for the microminiature sensors and actuators that are used in harsh environments where temperatures may reach 600 C or greater. Deep etching using plasma methods is one of the key processes used to fabricate silicon microsystems for more benign environments, but SiC has proven to be a more difficult material to etch, and etch depths in SiC have been limited to several micrometers. Recently, the Sensors and Electronics Technology Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field developed a plasma etching process that was shown to be capable of etching SiC to a depth of 60 mm. Deep etching of SiC is achieved by inductive coupling of radiofrequency electrical energy to a sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) plasma to direct a high flux of energetic ions and reactive fluorine atoms to the SiC surface. The plasma etch is performed at a low pressure, 5 mtorr, which together with a high gas throughput, provides for rapid removal of the gaseous etch products. The lateral topology of the SiC microstructure is defined by a thin film of etch-resistant material, such as indium-tin-oxide, which is patterned using conventional photolithographic processes. Ions from the plasma bombard the exposed SiC surfaces and supply the energy needed to initiate a reaction between SiC and atomic fluorine. In the absence of ion bombardment, no reaction occurs, so surfaces perpendicular to the wafer surface (the etch sidewalls) are etched slowly, yielding the desired vertical sidewalls.

  20. Influence of etch process on contact hole local critical dimension uniformity in extreme-ultraviolet lithography

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    Lorusso, Gian F.; Mao, Ming; Reijnen, Liesbeth; Viatkina, Katja; Knops, Roel; Rispens, Gijsbert; Fliervoet, Timon

    2015-03-01

    Contact Hole (CH) Local Critical Dimension Uniformity (LCDU) has a direct impact on device performance. As a consequence, being able to understand and quantifying the different LCDU contributors and the way they evolve during the various process steps is critical. In this work the impact of etch process on LCDU for different resists and stacks is investigated on ASML NXE:3100 and NXE:3300. LCDU is decomposed into shot noise, mask, and metrology components. The design of the experiment is optimized to minimize the decomposition error. CD and LCDU are monitored and found to be stable. We observed that the net effect of the etch process is to improve LCDU, although the final LCDU is both stack- and resist-dependent. Different resists demonstrate the same LCDU improvement, so that the LCDU after etch will depend on the initial resist performance. Using a stack different from the one used to set up the etch process can undermine the LCDU improvement. The impact of the various etch steps is investigated in order to identify the physical mechanisms responsible for the LCDU improvement through etch. Both top-down and cross section Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) are used. The step-by-step analysis of the etch process showed that the main LCDU improvement is achieved during oxide etch, while the other process steps are either ineffective or detrimental in terms of LCDU. The main cause of the LCDU improvement is then attributed to the polymerization of the CH surface happening during the oxide etch. Finally, the LCDU improvement caused by the etch process is investigated as a function of the initial LCDU after litho in a relatively broad range (2-15nm). The ratio between LCDU after litho over LCDU after etch is investigated as a function of the initial LCDU after litho for two different resists. The results indicate that the impact of etch on LCDU is characterized by a single curve, specific to the etch process in use and independent of the resist type. In addition, we

  1. Subtractive Plasma-Assisted-Etch Process for Developing High Performance Nanocrystalline Zinc-Oxide Thin-Film-Transistors

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    2015-03-26

    SUBTRACTIVE PLASMA -ASSISTED- ETCH PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING HIGH PERFORMANCE NANOCRYSTALLINE ZINC-OXIDE...Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. AFIT-ENG-MS-15-M-027 SUBTRACTIVE PLASMA -ASSISTED- ETCH PROCESS FOR...15-M-027 SUBTRACTIVE PLASMA -ASSISTED- ETCH PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING HIGH PERFORMANCE NANOCRYSTALLINE ZINC-OXIDE THIN-FILM-TRANSISTORS Thomas

  2. Performance improvements of binary diffractive structures via optimization of the photolithography and dry etch processes

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    Welch, Kevin; Leonard, Jerry; Jones, Richard D.

    2010-08-01

    Increasingly stringent requirements on the performance of diffractive optical elements (DOEs) used in wafer scanner illumination systems are driving continuous improvements in their associated manufacturing processes. Specifically, these processes are designed to improve the output pattern uniformity of off-axis illumination systems to minimize degradation in the ultimate imaging performance of a lithographic tool. In this paper, we discuss performance improvements in both photolithographic patterning and RIE etching of fused silica diffractive optical structures. In summary, optimized photolithographic processes were developed to increase critical dimension uniformity and featuresize linearity across the substrate. The photoresist film thickness was also optimized for integration with an improved etch process. This etch process was itself optimized for pattern transfer fidelity, sidewall profile (wall angle, trench bottom flatness), and across-wafer etch depth uniformity. Improvements observed with these processes on idealized test structures (for ease of analysis) led to their implementation in product flows, with comparable increases in performance and yield on customer designs.

  3. Process for Smoothing an Si Substrate after Etching of SiO2

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    Turner, Tasha; Wu, Chi

    2003-01-01

    A reactive-ion etching (RIE) process for smoothing a silicon substrate has been devised. The process is especially useful for smoothing those silicon areas that have been exposed by etching a pattern of holes in a layer of silicon dioxide that covers the substrate. Applications in which one could utilize smooth silicon surfaces like those produced by this process include fabrication of optical waveguides, epitaxial deposition of silicon on selected areas of silicon substrates, and preparation of silicon substrates for deposition of adherent metal layers. During etching away of a layer of SiO2 that covers an Si substrate, a polymer becomes deposited on the substrate, and the substrate surface becomes rough (roughness height approximately equal to 50 nm) as a result of over-etching or of deposition of the polymer. While it is possible to smooth a silicon substrate by wet chemical etching, the undesired consequences of wet chemical etching can include compromising the integrity of the SiO2 sidewalls and undercutting of the adjacent areas of the silicon dioxide that are meant to be left intact. The present RIE process results in anisotropic etching that removes the polymer and reduces height of roughness of the silicon substrate to less than 10 nm while leaving the SiO2 sidewalls intact and vertical. Control over substrate versus sidewall etching (in particular, preferential etching of the substrate) is achieved through selection of process parameters, including gas flow, power, and pressure. Such control is not uniformly and repeatably achievable in wet chemical etching. The recipe for the present RIE process is the following: Etch 1 - A mixture of CF4 and O2 gases flowing at rates of 25 to 75 and 75 to 125 standard cubic centimeters per minute (stdcm3/min), respectively; power between 44 and 55 W; and pressure between 45 and 55 mtorr (between 6.0 and 7.3 Pa). The etch rate lies between approximately equal to 3 and approximately equal to 6 nm/minute. Etch 2 - O2 gas

  4. A Silicon-Based, Sequential Coat-and-Etch Process to Fabricate Nearly Perfect Substrate Surfaces

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    Mirkarimi, P B; Spiller, E; Baker, S L; Stearns, D G; Robinson, J C; Olynick, D L; Salmassi, F; Liddle, J A; Liang, T; Stivers, A R

    2005-07-05

    For many thin-film applications substrate imperfections such as particles, pits, scratches, and general roughness, can nucleate film defects which can severely detract from the coating's performance. Previously we developed a coat-and-etch process, termed the ion beam thin film planarization process, to planarize substrate particles up to {approx} 70 nm in diameter. The process relied on normal incidence etching; however, such a process induces defects nucleated by substrate pits to grow much larger. We have since developed a coat-and-etch process to planarize {approx}70 nm deep by 70 nm wide substrate pits; it relies on etching at an off-normal incidence angle, i.e., an angle of {approx} 70{sup o} from the substrate normal. However, a disadvantage of this pit smoothing process is that it induces defects nucleated by substrate particles to grow larger. Combining elements from both processes we have been able to develop a silicon-based, coat-and-etch process to successfully planarize {approx}70 nm substrate particles and pits simultaneously to at or below 1 nm in height; this value is important for applications such as extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) masks. The coat-and-etch process has an added ability to significantly reduce high-spatial frequency roughness, rendering a nearly perfect substrate surface.

  5. Multi-step plasma etching process for development of highly photosensitive InSb mid-IR FPAs

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    Seok, Chulkyun; Choi, Minkyung; Yang, In-Sang; Park, Sehun; Park, Yongjo; Yoon, Euijoon

    2014-06-01

    Reactive ion beam etching (RIBE) with CH4/H2/Ar or Cl2/Ar and ion beam etching (IBE) with Ar has been widely used for indium-contained compound semiconductors such as InAs, InP and InSb. To improve the performance of InSb FPAs, reduction of the ion-induced defects and the surface roughness is one of the key issues. To find the optimized plasma etching method for the fabrication of InSb devices, conventional plasma etching processes were comparatively investigated. RIBE of InSb was observed to generate residual by-products such as carbide and chloride causing the degradation of devices. On the other hand, very smooth surface was obtained by etching with N2. However, the etch rate of the N2 etching was too slow for the application to the device fabrication. As an alternative way to solve these problems, a multi-step plasma etching process, a combination of the Ar etching and the N2 etching, for InSb was developed. As gradually increasing the amount of N2 gas flow during the etching process, the plasma damage causing the surface roughen decreased and consequently smoother surface close to that of N2 RIE could be obtained. Furthermore, Raman analysis of the InSb surface after the plasma etching indicated clearly that the multi-step etching process was an effective approach in reducing the ion-induced damages on the surface.

  6. Multi-Step Deep Reactive Ion Etching Fabrication Process for Silicon-Based Terahertz Components

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    Jung-Kubiak, Cecile (Inventor); Reck, Theodore (Inventor); Chattopadhyay, Goutam (Inventor); Perez, Jose Vicente Siles (Inventor); Lin, Robert H. (Inventor); Mehdi, Imran (Inventor); Lee, Choonsup (Inventor); Cooper, Ken B. (Inventor); Peralta, Alejandro (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A multi-step silicon etching process has been developed to fabricate silicon-based terahertz (THz) waveguide components. This technique provides precise dimensional control across multiple etch depths with batch processing capabilities. Nonlinear and passive components such as mixers and multipliers waveguides, hybrids, OMTs and twists have been fabricated and integrated into a small silicon package. This fabrication technique enables a wafer-stacking architecture to provide ultra-compact multi-pixel receiver front-ends in the THz range.

  7. Design of experiment characterization of microneedle fabrication processes based on dry silicon etching

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    Held, J.; Gaspar, J.; Ruther, P.; Hagner, M.; Cismak, A.; Heilmann, A.; Paul, O.

    2010-02-01

    This paper reports on the characterization of dry etching-based processes for the fabrication of silicon microneedles using a design of experiment (DoE) approach. The possibility of using such microneedles as protruding microelectrodes able to electroporate adherently growing cells and record intracellular potentials motivates the systematic analysis of the influence of etching parameters on the needle shape. Two processes are characterized: a fully isotropic etch process and a three-step etching approach. In the first case, the shape of the microneedles is defined by a single etch step. For the stepped method, the structures are realized using the following sequence: a first, isotropic step defines the tip; this is followed by anisotropic etching that increases the height of the needle; a final isotropic procedure thins the microneedle and sharpens its tip. From the various process parameters tested, it is concluded that the isotropic fabrication is influenced mostly by four process parameters, whereas six parameters dominantly govern the outcome of the stepped etching technique. The dependence of the needle shape on the etch mask diameter is also investigated. Microneedles with diameters down to the sub-micrometer range and heights below 10 µm are obtained. The experimental design is performed using the D-optimal method. The resulting geometry, i.e. heights, diameters and radii of curvature measured at different positions, is extracted from scanning electron micrographs of needle cross-sections obtained from cuts by focused ion beam. The process parameters are used as inputs and the geometry features of the microneedles as outputs for the analysis of the process.

  8. Effect of wet etching process on the morphology and transmittance of fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO)

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    Triana, S. L.; Kusumandari; Suryana, R.

    2016-11-01

    Wet etching process was performed on the surface of FTO. The FTO coated glasses subtrates with size of 2×2 cm covered by screen were patterned using zinc powder and concentrated hydrochloric acid (1 M). The substrates were then cleaned in ultrasonic baths of special detergent(helmanex) diluted in deionized water and isopropanol in sequence. The screens with various of hole size denotes by T32, T49 and T55 were used in order to create a pattern of surface textured. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) image revealed that wet etching process changes the morphology of FTO. It indicates that texturization occured. Moreover, from the UV-Vis Spectrophotometer measurement, the transmittance of FTO increase after wet etching process. The time of etching and pattern of screen were affect to the morphology and the transmittance of FTO.

  9. Integration of Electrodeposited Ni-Fe in MEMS with Low-Temperature Deposition and Etch Processes.

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    Schiavone, Giuseppe; Murray, Jeremy; Perry, Richard; Mount, Andrew R; Desmulliez, Marc P Y; Walton, Anthony J

    2017-03-22

    This article presents a set of low-temperature deposition and etching processes for the integration of electrochemically deposited Ni-Fe alloys in complex magnetic microelectromechanical systems, as Ni-Fe is known to suffer from detrimental stress development when subjected to excessive thermal loads. A selective etch process is reported which enables the copper seed layer used for electrodeposition to be removed while preserving the integrity of Ni-Fe. In addition, a low temperature deposition and surface micromachining process is presented in which silicon dioxide and silicon nitride are used, respectively, as sacrificial material and structural dielectric. The sacrificial layer can be patterned and removed by wet buffered oxide etch or vapour HF etching. The reported methods limit the thermal budget and minimise the stress development in Ni-Fe. This combination of techniques represents an advance towards the reliable integration of Ni-Fe components in complex surface micromachined magnetic MEMS.

  10. Integration of Electrodeposited Ni-Fe in MEMS with Low-Temperature Deposition and Etch Processes

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    Schiavone, Giuseppe; Murray, Jeremy; Perry, Richard; Mount, Andrew R.; Desmulliez, Marc P. Y.; Walton, Anthony J.

    2017-01-01

    This article presents a set of low-temperature deposition and etching processes for the integration of electrochemically deposited Ni-Fe alloys in complex magnetic microelectromechanical systems, as Ni-Fe is known to suffer from detrimental stress development when subjected to excessive thermal loads. A selective etch process is reported which enables the copper seed layer used for electrodeposition to be removed while preserving the integrity of Ni-Fe. In addition, a low temperature deposition and surface micromachining process is presented in which silicon dioxide and silicon nitride are used, respectively, as sacrificial material and structural dielectric. The sacrificial layer can be patterned and removed by wet buffered oxide etch or vapour HF etching. The reported methods limit the thermal budget and minimise the stress development in Ni-Fe. This combination of techniques represents an advance towards the reliable integration of Ni-Fe components in complex surface micromachined magnetic MEMS. PMID:28772683

  11. EUV process establishment through litho and etch for N7 node

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    Kuwahara, Yuhei; Kawakami, Shinichiro; Kubota, Minoru; Matsunaga, Koichi; Nafus, Kathleen; Foubert, Philippe; Mao, Ming

    2016-03-01

    Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) technology is steadily reaching high volume manufacturing for 16nm half pitch node and beyond. However, some challenges, for example scanner availability and resist performance (resolution, CD uniformity (CDU), LWR, etch behavior and so on) are remaining. Advance EUV patterning on the ASML NXE:3300/ CLEAN TRACK LITHIUS Pro Z- EUV litho cluster is launched at imec, allowing for finer pitch patterns for L/S and CH. Tokyo Electron Ltd. and imec are continuously collabo rating to develop manufacturing quality POR processes for NXE:3300. TEL's technologies to enhance CDU, defectivity and LWR/LER can improve patterning performance. The patterning is characterized and optimized in both litho and etch for a more complete understanding of the final patterning performance. This paper reports on post-litho CDU improvement by litho process optimization and also post-etch LWR reduction by litho and etch process optimization.

  12. The influence of laser-induced surface modifications on the backside etching process

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    Zimmer, K.; Böhme, R.; Ruthe, D.; Rauschenbach, B.

    2007-05-01

    Spectroscopic measurements in the UV/VIS region show reduced transmission through laser-induced backside wet etching (LIBWE) of fused silica. Absorption coefficients of up to 10 5 cm -1 were calculated from the transmission measurements for a solid surface layer of about 50 nm. The temperatures near the interface caused by laser pulse absorption, which were analytically calculated using a new thermal model considering interface and liquid volume absorption, can reach 10 4 K at typical laser fluences. The high absorption coefficients and the extreme temperatures give evidence for an ablation-like process that is involved in the LIBWE process causing the etching of the modified near-surface region. The confinement of the ablation/etching process to the modified near-surface material region can account for the low etch rates observed in comparison to front-side ablation.

  13. Characterization of Plasma Etch Processes for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

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    2005-09-07

    PERFORMING ORGANIZATION UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS REPORT NUMBER CENTER FOR RESEARCH INC 2385 IRVING HILL ROAD LAWRENCE KS 66045-7563 9. SPONSORING/MONITORING... Langmuir probe results, which show that the electron temperature does indeed increase with the addition of helium to SF6. The design of the Langmuir probe...complexities of the etch mechanisms. The plasma diagnostic tools we will be using include mass spectrometry, optical emission spectroscopy, and Langmuir

  14. Fabrication and etching processes of silicon-based PZT thin films

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    Zhao, Hongjin; Liu, Yanxiang; Liu, Jianshe; Ren, Tian-Ling; Liu, Li-Tian; Li, Zhijian

    2001-09-01

    Lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) thin films on silicon were prepared by a sol-gel method. Phase characterization and crystal orientation of the films were investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). It was shown that the PZT thin films had a perfect perovskite structure after annealed at a low temperature of 600 degrees C. PZT thin films were chemically etched using HCl/HF solution through typical semiconductor lithographic process, and the etching condition was optimized. The scanning electron microscopy results indicated that the PZT thin film etching problem was well solved for the applications of PZT thin film devices.

  15. N2 plasma etching processes of microscopic single crystals of cubic boron nitride

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    Tamura, Takahiro; Takami, Takuya; Yanase, Takashi; Nagahama, Taro; Shimada, Toshihiro

    2017-06-01

    We studied the N2 plasma etching of cubic boron nitride (cBN). We have developed experimental techniques for handling 200-µm-size single crystals for the preparation of surfaces with arbitrary crystal indexes, plasma processes, and surface analyses. We successfully prepared smooth surfaces of cBN with roughness smaller than 10 nm and found that the etching behavior was strongly influenced by the surface indexes. The morphology of the etched surfaces can be explained by the chemical stability of (111)B surfaces.

  16. The effect of reactive ion etch (RIE) process conditions on ReRAM device performance

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    Beckmann, K.; Holt, J.; Olin-Ammentorp, W.; Alamgir, Z.; Van Nostrand, J.; Cady, N. C.

    2017-09-01

    The recent surge of research on resistive random access memory (ReRAM) devices has resulted in a wealth of different materials and fabrication approaches. In this work, we describe the performance implications of utilizing a reactive ion etch (RIE) based process to fabricate HfO2 based ReRAM devices, versus a more unconventional shadow mask fabrication approach. The work is the result of an effort to increase device yield and reduce individual device size. Our results show that choice of RIE etch gas (SF6 versus CF4) is critical for defining the post-etch device profile (cross-section), and for tuning the removal of metal layers used as bottom electrodes in the ReRAM device stack. We have shown that etch conditions leading to a tapered profile for the device stack cause poor electrical performance, likely due to metal re-deposition during etching, and damage to the switching layer. These devices exhibit nonlinear I-V during the low resistive state, but this could be improved to linear behavior once a near-vertical etch profile was achieved. Device stacks with vertical etch profiles also showed an increase in forming voltage, reduced switching variability and increased endurance.

  17. Control of the anodic aluminum oxide barrier layer opening process by wet chemical etching.

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    Han, Catherine Y; Willing, Gerold A; Xiao, Zhili; Wang, H Hau

    2007-01-30

    In this work, it has been shown that, through a highly controlled process, the chemical etching of the anodic aluminum oxide membrane barrier layer can be performed in such a way as to achieve nanometer-scale control of the pore opening. As the barrier layer is etched away, subtle differences revealed through AFM phase imaging in the alumina composition in the barrier layer give rise to a unique pattern of hexagonal walls surrounding each of the barrier layer domes. These nanostructures observed in both topography and phase images can be understood as differences in the oxalate anion contaminated alumina versus pure alumina. This information bears significant implication for catalysis, template synthesis, and chemical sensing applications. From the pore opening etching studies, the etching rate of the barrier layer (1.3 nm/min) is higher than that of the inner cell wall (0.93 nm/min), both of which are higher than the etching rate of pure alumina layer (0.5-0.17 nm/min). The established etching rates together with the etching temperature allow one to control the pore diameter systematically from 10 to 95 nm.

  18. Fabricated InGaN Membranes through a Wet Lateral Etching Process

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    Wu, Kaun-Chun; Huang, Kun-Pin; Cheng, Po-Fu; Tseng, Wang-Po; Huang, Yu-Chieh; Jiang, Ren-Hao; Wang, Jing-Hao; Shieh, Bing-Cheng; Lai, Chun-Feng; Lin, Chia-Feng

    2013-08-01

    Epitaxial layers of InGaN light-emitting diodes (LED) were separated from undoped GaN/sapphire structures through a wet lift-off process. A 0.1-µm-thick Si-heavy-doped GaN:Si (n+-GaN) layer was inserted in the InGaN LED structure that acted as a sacrificial layer for a lateral wet etching process. The lateral etching rate of the n+-GaN sacrificial layer was 315 µm/h. The Fabry-Pérot interferences of the lift-off InGaN LED membranes were observed in the angle-resolved photoluminescence spectra that indicated that the lift-off InGaN membranes had a flat etched surface. High light extraction efficiency, narrow divergent angle, and flat wet-etched GaN surface were observed on the lift-off InGaN membrane.

  19. New Deep Reactive Ion Etching Process Developed for the Microfabrication of Silicon Carbide

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    Evans, Laura J.; Beheim, Glenn M.

    2005-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is a promising material for harsh environment sensors and electronics because it can enable such devices to withstand high temperatures and corrosive environments. Microfabrication techniques have been studied extensively in an effort to obtain the same flexibility of machining SiC that is possible for the fabrication of silicon devices. Bulk micromachining using deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) is attractive because it allows the fabrication of microstructures with high aspect ratios (etch depth divided by lateral feature size) in single-crystal or polycrystalline wafers. Previously, the Sensors and Electronics Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center developed a DRIE process for SiC using the etchant gases sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and argon (Ar). This process provides an adequate etch rate of 0.2 m/min and yields a smooth surface at the etch bottom. However, the etch sidewalls are rougher than desired, as shown in the preceding photomicrograph. Furthermore, the resulting structures have sides that slope inwards, rather than being precisely vertical. A new DRIE process for SiC was developed at Glenn that produces smooth, vertical sidewalls, while maintaining an adequately high etch rate.

  20. In situ monitoring of plasma etch processes with a quantum cascade laser arrangement in semiconductor industrial environment

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    Lang, N.; Röpcke, J.; Zimmermann, H.; Steinbach, A.; Wege, S.

    2009-03-01

    Concentrations of the etch product SiF4 were measured online and in situ in technological etch plasmas with an especially designed quantum cascade laser arrangement for application in semiconductor industrial environment, the Q-MACS Etch. The combination of quantum cascade lasers and infra red absorption spectroscopy (QCLAS) opens up new attractive possibilities for plasma process monitoring and control. With the realization of a specific interface the Q-MACS Etch system is synchronized to the etch process and allows therefore automated measurements, which is important in a high volume production environment.

  1. Electronic-carrier-controlled photochemical etching process in semiconductor device fabrication

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    Ashby, Carol I. H.; Myers, David R.; Vook, Frederick L.

    1989-01-01

    An electronic-carrier-controlled photochemical etching process for carrying out patterning and selective removing of material in semiconductor device fabrication includes the steps of selective ion implanting, photochemical dry etching, and thermal annealing, in that order. In the selective ion implanting step, regions of the semiconductor material in a desired pattern are damaged and the remainder of the regions of the material not implanted are left undamaged. The rate of recombination of electrons and holes is increased in the damaged regions of the pattern compared to undamaged regions. In the photochemical dry etching step which follows ion implanting step, the material in the undamaged regions of the semiconductor are removed substantially faster than in the damaged regions representing the pattern, leaving the ion-implanted, damaged regions as raised surface structures on the semiconductor material. After completion of photochemical dry etching step, the thermal annealing step is used to restore the electrical conductivity of the damaged regions of the semiconductor material.

  2. Electronic-carrier-controlled photochemical etching process in semiconductor device fabrication

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    Ashby, C.I.H.; Myers, D.R.; Vook, F.L.

    1988-06-16

    An electronic-carrier-controlled photochemical etching process for carrying out patterning and selective removing of material in semiconductor device fabrication includes the steps of selective ion implanting, photochemical dry etching, and thermal annealing, in that order. In the selective ion implanting step, regions of the semiconductor material in a desired pattern are damaged and the remainder of the regions of the material not implanted are left undamaged. The rate of recombination of electrons and holes is increased in the damaged regions of the pattern compared to undamaged regions. In the photochemical dry etching step which follows ion implanting step, the material in the undamaged regions of the semiconductor are removed substantially faster than in the damaged regions representing the pattern, leaving the ion-implanted, damaged regions as raised surface structures on the semiconductor material. After completion of photochemical dry etching step, the thermal annealing step is used to restore the electrical conductivity of the damaged regions of the semiconductor material.

  3. The synthesis of flexible zeolite nanofibers by a polymer surface thermal etching process

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    Ji, Sang Hyun; Cho, Jeong Ho; Jeong, Young Hun; Yun, Jon Do; Yun, Ji Sun

    2017-09-01

    Flexible zeolite nanofibers with high surface area were synthesized by an electrospinning method and a thermal surface partial etching process. The thermal surface partial etching temperature range for maintaining flexibility of zeolite nanofibers was investigated based on thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and the as-spun zeolite nanofibers were thermal etched at a temperature range from 250 °C to 450 °C. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) images clearly showed that the polymer surface of the nanofibers was partially etched, and zeolite particles were exposed on the surface of the nanofibers. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirmed that a phase change did not occur in the zeolite nanofibers with a thermal etching process. The specific surface area characteristics were analyzed by N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, and the thermal surface etched zeolite nanofibers at 400 °C had a specific surface area of 816 m2/g similar to the value of zeolite powders.

  4. Effects of wet etch processing on laser-induced damage of fused silica surfaces

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    Battersby, C.L.; Kozlowski, M.R.; Sheehan, L.M.

    1998-12-22

    Laser-induced damage of transparent fused silica optical components by 355 nm illumination occurs primarily at surface defects produced during the grinding and polishing processes. These defects can either be surface defects or sub-surface damage.Wet etch processing in a buffered hydrogen fluoride (HF) solution has been examined as a tool for characterizing such defects. A study was conducted to understand the effects of etch depth on the damage threshold of fused silica substrates. The study used a 355 nm, 7.5 ns, 10 Hz Nd:YAG laser to damage test fused silica optics through various wet etch processing steps. Inspection of the surface quality was performed with Nomarski microscopy and Total Internal Reflection Microscopy. The damage test data and inspection results were correlated with polishing process specifics. The results show that a wet etch exposes subsurface damage while maintaining or improving the laser damage performance. The benefits of a wet etch must be evaluated for each polishing process.

  5. Effect of SRAF placement on process window for technology nodes that uses variable etch bias

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    Seoud, Ahmed M.; Tawfik, Tamer M.

    2009-10-01

    As technology advances to 45 nm node and below, the induced effects of etch process have an increasing contribution to the device critical dimension error budget. Traditionally, original design target shapes are drawn based on the etch target. During mask correction, etch modeling is essential to predict the new resist target that will print on the wafer. This step is known as "Model Based Retargeting" (MBR). During the initial phase of process characterization, the sub-resolution assist features (SRAF) are optimized whether based on the original design target shapes or based on a biased version of the design target (resist target). The goal of the work is to study the different possibilities of SRAF placement to maximize the accuracy and process window immunity of the final resist contour image. We will, statistically, analyze and compare process window simulation results due to various SRAFs placements by changing the reference layer used during placement.

  6. Investigation of the neutral-solution etch process for refractive SOE antireflective surfaces

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    Maish, A.B.

    1991-01-01

    Antireflection of optically clear glass used in photovoltaic concentrator refractive secondary optical elements (SOE's) was investigated using the neutral-solution etch process developed by Schott Glass. Test coupons and SOE's made from barium zinc glass, which does not solarize under ultraviolet exposure, were successfully etched at the center point process variable conditions of 87{degrees}C and 24 hours. Reflectance of the plano-plano dropped from 7.7% to 0.8%, with a corresponding increase in transmission from 91.7% to 98.5%. The etching process uses non-hydrofluoric, relatively non-toxic chemicals in a low-cost process well suited for use by photovoltaic system manufacturers during production. 10 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Deep silicon etch for biology MEMS fabrication: review of process parameters influence versus chip design

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    Magis, T.; Ballerand, S.; Bellemin Comte, A.; Pollet, Olivier

    2013-03-01

    Micro-system for biology is a growing market, especially for micro-fluidic applications (environment and health). Key part for the manufacturing of biology MEMS is the deep silicon etching by plasma to create microstructures. Usual etching process as an alternation of etching and passivation steps is a well-known method for MEMS fabrication, nowadays used in high volume production for devices like sensors and actuators. MEMS for biology applications are very different in design compared to more common micro-systems like accelerometers for instance. Indeed, their design includes on the same chip structures of very diverse size like narrow pillars, large trenches and wide cavities. This makes biology MEMS fabrication very challenging for DRIE, since each type of feature considered individually would require a specific etch process. Furthermore process parameters suited to match specifications on small size features (vertical profile, low sidewall roughness) induce issues and defects on bigger structures (undercut, micro-masking) and vice versa. Thus the process window is constrained leading to trade-offs in process development. In this paper process parameters such as source and platen powers, pressure, etching and passivation gas flows and steps duration were investigated to achieve all requirements. As well interactions between those different factors were characterized at different levels, from individual critical feature up to chip scale and to wafer scale. We will show the plasma process development and tuning to reach all these specifications. We also compared different chambers configurations of our ICP tool (source wafer distance, plasma diffusion) in order to obtain a good combination of hardware and process. With optimized etching we successfully fabricate micro-fluidic devices like micro-pumps.

  8. Optimization of plasma deposition and etching processes for commercial multicrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Ruby, D.S.; Wilbanks, W.L.; Fleddermann, C.B.; Rosenblum, M.D.; Roncin, S.; Narayanan, S.

    1996-06-01

    The authors conducted an investigation of plasma deposition and etching processes on full-size multicrystalline (mc-Si) cells processed in commercial production lines, so that any improvements obtained will be immediately relevant to the PV industry. In one case, the authors performed a statistically designed multiparameter experiment to determine the optimum PECVD-nitride deposition conditions specific to EFG silicon from ASE Americas, Inc. In a related effort, they studied whether plasma-etching techniques can use standard screen-printed gridlines as etch masks to form self-aligned, patterned-emitter profiles on mc-Si cells from Solarex Corp. Initial results found a statistically significant improvement of about half an absolute percentage point in cell efficiency when the self-aligned emitter etchback was combined with the PECVD-nitride surface passivation treatment. Additional improvement is expected when the successful bulk passivation treatment is also added to the process.

  9. Dry etching of metallization

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    Bollinger, D.

    1983-01-01

    The production dry etch processes are reviewed from the perspective of microelectronic fabrication applications. The major dry etch processes used in the fabrication of microelectronic devices can be divided into two categories - plasma processes in which samples are directly exposed to an electrical discharge, and ion beam processes in which samples are etched by a beam of ions extracted from a discharge. The plasma etch processes can be distinguished by the degree to which ion bombardment contributes to the etch process. This, in turn is related to capability for anisotropic etching. Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) and Ion Beam Etching are of most interest for etching of thin film metals. RIE is generally considered the best process for large volume, anisotropic aluminum etching.

  10. Optimization of shunt isolation processing for silicon solar cells via laser and chemical etching

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    Hao, H. L.; Zhong, S. H.; Zhang, X.; Shen, W. Z.

    2014-08-01

    We employ laser scribing combined with chemical etching process to isolate the shunts in industrial off-spec or non-prime crystalline solar cells. Liquid crystal sheet and Infrared camera measurements have been carried out to reveal the existence of the shunts and hot spot temperature under reverse bias. Following laser scribing with proper laser parameters, chemical etching has been used to further optimize the isolation effect. Through illuminated current-voltage characteristic measurements, the improved open circuit voltage, fill factor and efficiency have been obtained. These results demonstrate that this combined shunt isolation process has great potential for its application in the solar cells.

  11. HF-based etching processes for improving laser damage resistance of fused silica optical surfaces

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    Suratwala, T I; Miller, P E; Bude, J D; Steele, R A; Shen, N; Monticelli, M V; Feit, M D; Laurence, T A; Norton, M A; Carr, C W; Wong, L L

    2010-02-23

    The effect of various HF-based etching processes on the laser damage resistance of scratched fused silica surfaces has been investigated. Conventionally polished and subsequently scratched fused silica plates were treated by submerging in various HF-based etchants (HF or NH{sub 4}F:HF at various ratios and concentrations) under different process conditions (e.g., agitation frequencies, etch times, rinse conditions, and environmental cleanliness). Subsequently, the laser damage resistance (at 351 or 355 nm) of the treated surface was measured. The laser damage resistance was found to be strongly process dependent and scaled inversely with scratch width. The etching process was optimized to remove or prevent the presence of identified precursors (chemical impurities, fracture surfaces, and silica-based redeposit) known to lead to laser damage initiation. The redeposit precursor was reduced (and hence the damage threshold was increased) by: (1) increasing the SiF{sub 6}{sup 2-} solubility through reduction in the NH4F concentration and impurity cation impurities, and (2) improving the mass transport of reaction product (SiF{sub 6}{sup 2-}) (using high frequency ultrasonic agitation and excessive spray rinsing) away from the etched surface. A 2D finite element crack-etching and rinsing mass transport model (incorporating diffusion and advection) was used to predict reaction product concentration. The predictions are consistent with the experimentally observed process trends. The laser damage thresholds also increased with etched amount (up to {approx}30 {micro}m), which has been attributed to: (1) etching through lateral cracks where there is poor acid penetration, and (2) increasing the crack opening resulting in increased mass transport rates. With the optimized etch process, laser damage resistance increased dramatically; the average threshold fluence for damage initiation for 30 {micro}m wide scratches increased from 7 to 41 J/cm{sup 2}, and the statistical

  12. Carbon nanotube thin film transistors fabricated by an etching based manufacturing compatible process.

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    Tian, Boyuan; Liang, Xuelei; Xia, Jiye; Zhang, Han; Dong, Guodong; Huang, Qi; Peng, Lianmao; Xie, Sishen

    2017-03-17

    Carbon nanotube thin film transistors (CNT-TFTs) have been regarded as strong competitors to currently commercialized TFT technologies. Though much progress has been achieved recently, CNT-TFT research is still in the stage of laboratory research. One critical challenge for commercializing CNT-TFT technology is that the commonly used device fabrication method is a lift-off based process, which is not suitable for mass production. In this paper, we report an etching based fabrication process for CNT-TFTs, which is fully manufacturing compatible. In our process, the CNT thin film channel was patterned by dry etching, while wet etching was used for patterning the layers of metal and insulator. The CNT-TFTs were successfully fabricated on a 4 inch wafer in both top-gate and buried-gate geometries with low Schottky barrier contact and pretty uniform performance. High output current (>1.2 μA μm(-1)), high on/off current ratio (>10(5)) and high mobility (>30 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) were obtained. Though the fabrication process still needs to be optimized, we believe our research on the etching fabrication process pushes CNT-TFT technology a step forward towards real applications in the near future.

  13. A Simple Single Step diffusion and Emitter Etching Process for High Efficiency Gallium Antimonide Thermophotovoltaic Devices

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    G. Rajagopalan; N.S. Reddy; E. Ehsani; I.B. Bhat; P.S. Dutta; R.J. Gutmann; G. Nichols; G.W. Charache; O. Sulima

    2003-08-29

    A single step diffusion followed by precise etching of the diffused layer has been developed to obtain a diffusion profile appropriate for high efficiency GaSb thermophotovoltaic cells. The junction depth was controlled through monitoring of light current-voltage (I-V) curves (photovoltaic response) during the post diffusion emitter etching process. The measured photoresponses (prior to device fabrication) have been correlated with the quantum efficiencies and the open circuit voltages in the fabricated devices. An optimum junction depth for obtaining highest quantum efficiency and open circuit voltage is presented based on diffusion lengths (or monitoring carrier lifetimes), carrier mobility and typical diffused impurity profile in GaSb.

  14. Optimization of an electron cyclotron resonance plasma etch process for n{sup +} polysilicon: HBr process chemistry

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    Tipton, G.D.; Blain, M.G.; Westerfield, P.L.; Trutna, L.S.; Maxwell, K.L.

    1993-08-01

    Designed experiments were employed to characterize a process for etching phosphorus doped polycrystalline silicon with HBr in a close-coupled ECR plasma reactor configured for 200 mm wafers. A fractional factorial screening experiment was employed to determine the principal input factors and the main etch effects. Linear models of the process responses indicate RF power, O{sub 2} flow rate, and the position of the resonance zone (with respect to the wafer) as the three strongest factors influencing process performance. Response surfaces generated using data from a follow-on response surface methodology (RSM) experiment predicted an optimum operating region characterized by relatively low RF power, a small O{sub 2} flow, and a resonance zone position close to the wafer. The optimized process demonstrated a polysilicon etch rate of 270 nm/min, an etch rate non-uniformity of 2.2% (1s), an etch selectivity to oxide greater than 100:1, and anisotropic profiles. Particle test results for the optimized process indicated that careful selection of the O{sub 2} fraction is required to avoid polymer deposition and particle formation.

  15. Optimization of an electron cyclotron resonance plasma etch process for [ital n][sup +] polysilicon: HBr process chemistry

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    Tipton, G.D.; Blain, M.G. ); Westerfield, P.L.; Trutna, L.S.; Maxwell, K.L. )

    1994-01-01

    Designed experiments were employed to characterize a process for etching phosphorus doped polycrystalline silicon with HBr in a close-coupled electron cyclotron resonance plasma reactor configured for 200 mm wafers. A fractional factorial screening experiment was employed to determine the principal input factors and the main etch effects. Linear models of the process responses indicate rf power, O[sub 2] flow rate, and the position of the resonance zone (with respect to the wafer) as the three strongest factors influencing process performance. Response surfaces generated using data from a follow-on response surface methodology experiment predicted an optimum operating region characterized by relatively low rf power, a small O[sub 2] flow, and a resonance zone position close to the wafer. One operating point in this region demonstrated a polysilicon etch rate of 270 nm/min, an etch rate nonuniformity of 2.2% (1 std. dev.), an etch selectivity to oxide greater than 100:1, and anisotropic profiles. Particle test results for the optimized process indicated that careful selection of the O[sub 2] fraction is required to avoid residue deposition and particle formation.

  16. Modeling a Dry Etch Process for Large-Area Devices

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    Buss, R.J.; Hebner, G.A.; Ruby, D.S.; Yang, P.

    1999-07-28

    There has been considerable interest in developing dry processes which can effectively replace wet processing in the manufacture of large area photovoltaic devices. Environmental and health issues are a driver for this activity because wet processes generally increase worker exposure to toxic and hazardous chemicals and generate large volumes of liquid hazardous waste. Our work has been directed toward improving the performance of screen-printed solar cells while using plasma processing to reduce hazardous chemical usage.

  17. Surface loss rate of H and N radicals in H2/N2 plasma etching process

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    Moon, Chang Sung; Takeda, Keigo; Hayashi, Toshio; Takashima, Seigo; Sekine, Makoto; Setsuhara, Yuichi; Shiratani, Masaharu; Hori, Masaru

    2008-10-01

    As ULSI devices are down to nano-scale size, there have been many efforts to develop low dielectric constant (low-k) materials and establish the plasma etching technology. Especially, the interaction between the plasma and the surface has an enormous influence on characterizing the etching process. However, the reactions in contact with solid surface such as substrate and wall are very complicated and moreover, at present, there are many interactions unknown and they are not fully understood yet. In this study, surface loss probabilities of H, N radicals on stainless steel and organic low-k film surfaces are investigated by vacuum ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy (VUVAS) technique. The changes of H, N radical densities are quantitatively measured in H2/N2 plasma afterglow and the loss rates on each surface are evaluated. It is expected that the development of plasma etching process can be advanced by understanding the reaction of radicals with the surface during organic low-k etching process.

  18. Development of a gate metal etch process for gallium arsenide wafers

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    Bammi, Rahul; Cale, Timothy S.; Grivna, Gordon

    1994-12-01

    The reactive ion etching of TiWN, which is used as a gate metal on gallium-arsenide device wafers, was studied in a parallel-plate, single-wafer plasma reactor operating at a frequency of 13.56 MHz. We discuss our experimental program designed to develop a highly uniform TiWN etch process with low linewidth loss for 100 mm GaAs wafers, using a sulfur hexafluoride, trifluoromethane, helium chemistry. The effects of different gas compositions, plasma power, inter-electrode gap, chamber pressure, and electrode temperature on the TiWN etch rate, linewidth loss, and etch uniformity were determined. The effects of adding oxygen and/or nitrogen to the above mixture were also studied. In preliminary experiments on Si wafers, standard design of experiments methods were used to narrow the ranges of parameters for further experiments to develop an optimum process for Si wafers. The results of these experiments guided us to the optimum process for GaAs wafers. The optimum conditions, for both Si and GaAs wafers, are presented.

  19. Similarity ratio analysis for early stage fault detection with optical emission spectrometer in plasma etching process.

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    Yang, Jie; McArdle, Conor; Daniels, Stephen

    2014-01-01

    A Similarity Ratio Analysis (SRA) method is proposed for early-stage Fault Detection (FD) in plasma etching processes using real-time Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES) data as input. The SRA method can help to realise a highly precise control system by detecting abnormal etch-rate faults in real-time during an etching process. The method processes spectrum scans at successive time points and uses a windowing mechanism over the time series to alleviate problems with timing uncertainties due to process shift from one process run to another. A SRA library is first built to capture features of a healthy etching process. By comparing with the SRA library, a Similarity Ratio (SR) statistic is then calculated for each spectrum scan as the monitored process progresses. A fault detection mechanism, named 3-Warning-1-Alarm (3W1A), takes the SR values as inputs and triggers a system alarm when certain conditions are satisfied. This design reduces the chance of false alarm, and provides a reliable fault reporting service. The SRA method is demonstrated on a real semiconductor manufacturing dataset. The effectiveness of SRA-based fault detection is evaluated using a time-series SR test and also using a post-process SR test. The time-series SR provides an early-stage fault detection service, so less energy and materials will be wasted by faulty processing. The post-process SR provides a fault detection service with higher reliability than the time-series SR, but with fault testing conducted only after each process run completes.

  20. Similarity Ratio Analysis for Early Stage Fault Detection with Optical Emission Spectrometer in Plasma Etching Process

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    Yang, Jie; McArdle, Conor; Daniels, Stephen

    2014-01-01

    A Similarity Ratio Analysis (SRA) method is proposed for early-stage Fault Detection (FD) in plasma etching processes using real-time Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES) data as input. The SRA method can help to realise a highly precise control system by detecting abnormal etch-rate faults in real-time during an etching process. The method processes spectrum scans at successive time points and uses a windowing mechanism over the time series to alleviate problems with timing uncertainties due to process shift from one process run to another. A SRA library is first built to capture features of a healthy etching process. By comparing with the SRA library, a Similarity Ratio (SR) statistic is then calculated for each spectrum scan as the monitored process progresses. A fault detection mechanism, named 3-Warning-1-Alarm (3W1A), takes the SR values as inputs and triggers a system alarm when certain conditions are satisfied. This design reduces the chance of false alarm, and provides a reliable fault reporting service. The SRA method is demonstrated on a real semiconductor manufacturing dataset. The effectiveness of SRA-based fault detection is evaluated using a time-series SR test and also using a post-process SR test. The time-series SR provides an early-stage fault detection service, so less energy and materials will be wasted by faulty processing. The post-process SR provides a fault detection service with higher reliability than the time-series SR, but with fault testing conducted only after each process run completes. PMID:24755865

  1. Guiding gate-etch process development using 3D surface reaction modeling for 7nm and beyond

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    Dunn, Derren; Sporre, John R.; Deshpande, Vaibhav; Oulmane, Mohamed; Gull, Ronald; Ventzek, Peter; Ranjan, Alok

    2017-03-01

    Increasingly, advanced process nodes such as 7nm (N7) are fundamentally 3D and require stringent control of critical dimensions over high aspect ratio features. Process integration in these nodes requires a deep understanding of complex physical mechanisms to control critical dimensions from lithography through final etch. Polysilicon gate etch processes are critical steps in several device architectures for advanced nodes that rely on self-aligned patterning approaches to gate definition. These processes are required to meet several key metrics: (a) vertical etch profiles over high aspect ratios; (b) clean gate sidewalls free of etch process residue; (c) minimal erosion of liner oxide films protecting key architectural elements such as fins; and (e) residue free corners at gate interfaces with critical device elements. In this study, we explore how hybrid modeling approaches can be used to model a multi-step finFET polysilicon gate etch process. Initial parts of the patterning process through hardmask assembly are modeled using process emulation. Important aspects of gate definition are then modeled using a particle Monte Carlo (PMC) feature scale model that incorporates surface chemical reactions.1 When necessary, species and energy flux inputs to the PMC model are derived from simulations of the etch chamber. The modeled polysilicon gate etch process consists of several steps including a hard mask breakthrough step (BT), main feature etch steps (ME), and over-etch steps (OE) that control gate profiles at the gate fin interface. An additional constraint on this etch flow is that fin spacer oxides are left intact after final profile tuning steps. A natural optimization required from these processes is to maximize vertical gate profiles while minimizing erosion of fin spacer films.2

  2. Quantum cascade laser based monitoring of CF2 radical concentration as a diagnostic tool of dielectric etching plasma processes

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    Hübner, M.; Lang, N.; Zimmermann, S.; Schulz, S. E.; Buchholtz, W.; Röpcke, J.; van Helden, J. H.

    2015-01-01

    Dielectric etching plasma processes for modern interlevel dielectrics become more and more complex by the introduction of new ultra low-k dielectrics. One challenge is the minimization of sidewall damage, while etching ultra low-k porous SiCOH by fluorocarbon plasmas. The optimization of this process requires a deeper understanding of the concentration of the CF2 radical, which acts as precursor in the polymerization of the etch sample surfaces. In an industrial dielectric etching plasma reactor, the CF2 radical was measured in situ using a continuous wave quantum cascade laser (cw-QCL) around 1106.2 cm-1. We measured Doppler-resolved ro-vibrational absorption lines and determined absolute densities using transitions in the ν3 fundamental band of CF2 with the aid of an improved simulation of the line strengths. We found that the CF2 radical concentration during the etching plasma process directly correlates to the layer structure of the etched wafer. Hence, this correlation can serve as a diagnostic tool of dielectric etching plasma processes. Applying QCL based absorption spectroscopy opens up the way for advanced process monitoring and etching controlling in semiconductor manufacturing.

  3. Process optimization for lattice-selective wet etching of crystalline silicon structures

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    Dixson, Ronald G.; Guthrie, William F.; Allen, Richard A.; Orji, Ndubuisi G.; Cresswell, Michael W.; Murabito, Christine E.

    2016-01-01

    Lattice-selective etching of silicon is used in a number of applications, but it is particularly valuable in those for which the lattice-defined sidewall angle can be beneficial to the functional goals. A relatively small but important niche application is the fabrication of tip characterization standards for critical dimension atomic force microscopes (CD-AFMs). CD-AFMs are commonly used as reference tools for linewidth metrology in semiconductor manufacturing. Accurate linewidth metrology using CD-AFM, however, is critically dependent upon calibration of the tip width. Two national metrology institutes and at least two commercial vendors have explored the development of tip calibration standards using lattice-selective etching of crystalline silicon. The National Institute of Standards and Technology standard of this type is called the single crystal critical dimension reference material. These specimens, which are fabricated using a lattice-plane-selective etch on (110) silicon, exhibit near vertical sidewalls and high uniformity and can be used to calibrate CD-AFM tip width to a standard uncertainty of less than 1 nm. During the different generations of this project, we evaluated variations of the starting material and process conditions. Some of our starting materials required a large etch bias to achieve the desired linewidths. During the optimization experiment described in this paper, we found that for potassium hydroxide etching of the silicon features, it was possible to independently tune the target linewidth and minimize the linewidth nonuniformity. Consequently, this process is particularly well suited for small-batch fabrication of CD-AFM linewidth standards.

  4. Single and multilayered materials processing by argon ion beam etching: study of ion angle incidence and defect formation

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    Gosset, N.; Boufnichel, M.; Bahette, E.; Khalfaoui, W.; Ljazouli, R.; Grimal-Perrigouas, V.; Dussart, R.

    2015-09-01

    Ion beam etching (IBE) is a very promising technique in microelectronics because of its capability to etch small patterns with a high resolution and inert materials. In this study, the angular incidence of an argon ion beam on the etch rate and uniformity is discussed in the case of several materials often used in microelectronics. The capability of the IBE technique to etch multilayered stack samples with positive anisotropic profiles was demonstrated on TiNiAu, TiNiCuAu, BST and PZT. Two typical defects involved in IBE processing (fences and not etched pattern foots) due to shadow masking and redeposition effect, are explained and solutions are presented to avoid them. Deep IBE was performed on GaN with an etch depth as high as 10 μm, using a 8 μm thick SiO2 mask. The etching of other mask materials, such as TiN, was investigated in order to improve the selectivity. Using a TiN mask, a selectivity to GaN as high as 5 is reported. Finally, the etch rate enhancement needed for deep etching was studied.

  5. Challenges in the Plasma Etch Process Development in the sub-20nm Technology Nodes

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    Kumar, Kaushik

    2013-09-01

    For multiple generations of semiconductor technologies, RF plasmas have provided a reliable platform for critical and non-critical patterning applications. The electron temperature of processes in a RF plasma is typically several electron volts. A substantial portion of the electron population is within the energy range accessible for different types of electron collision processes, such as electron collision dissociation and dissociative electron attachment. When these electron processes occur within a small distance above the wafer, the neutral species, radicals and excited molecules, generated from these processes take part in etching reactions impacting selectivity, ARDE and micro-loading. The introduction of finFET devices at 22 nm technology node at Intel marks the transition of planar devices to 3-dimensional devices, which add to the challenges to etch process in fabricating such devices. In the sub-32 nm technology node, Back-end-of-the-line made a change with the implementation of Trench First Metal Hard Mask (TFMHM) integration scheme, which has hence gained traction and become the preferred integration of low-k materials for BEOL. This integration scheme also enables Self-Aligned Via (SAV) patterning which prevents via CD growth and confines via by line trenches to better control via to line spacing. In addition to this, lack of scaling of 193 nm Lithography and non-availability of EUV based lithography beyond concept, has placed focus on novel multiple patterning schemes. This added complexity has resulted in multiple etch schemes to enable technology scaling below 80 nm Pitches, as shown by the memory manufacturers. Double-Patterning and Quad-Patterning have become increasingly used techniques to achieve 64 nm, 56 nm and 45 nm Pitch technologies in Back-end-of-the-line. Challenges associated in the plasma etching of these multiple integration schemes will be discussed in the presentation. In collaboration with A. Ranjan, TEL Technology Center, America

  6. Etch-less UV-NIL process for patterning photonic crystal structure onto OLED substrate

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    Jeong, Jun-ho; Jeon, Sohee; Shim, Jongyoup; Youn, Jae Ryoun; Park, Hyung-Dol; Kang, Jae-Wook; Kim, Jang-Joo; Kim, Ki-don; Choi, Dae-geun; Choi, Junhyuk; Lee, Dong-Il; Altun, Ali Ozhan; Lee, Soon-won; Lee, Eung-sug; Kim, Se-Heon; Lee, Yong-Hee

    2008-03-01

    An etch-less ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) process is proposed for patterning a photonic crystal (PC) structure onto an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) substrate. In a conventional UV-NIL, anisotropic etching is used to remove the residual layers and to transfer the patterns onto the substrate. The proposed process does not require an etching process. In the process, a stamp with nano-scale PC patterns is pressed on the dispensed resin and UV light is then exposed to cure the resin. After tens of seconds, the stamp is separated from the patterned polymer layer on the substrate. Finally, high-refractive index material is coated onto the layer. The refractive index of the polymer should be very similar to that of glass. The enhancement of the light extraction was assessed by the three-dimensional (3D) finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. The OLED was integrated on a nanoimprinted substrate and the electro-luminance intensity was found to have increased by as much as 50% compared to a conventional device.

  7. Silica Sand Etching Behavior During a Primary Step of its Leaching Process

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    Abdelkrim, Kheloufi; Yassine, Berbar; Aissa, Kefaifi; Nadjib, Drouiche

    2011-01-01

    The actual advances in mineral processing technologies aim mainly to increase the supply of newly mined metals and to reduce the cost of enrichment process. In this contest, the silicon solar grade SoG as feedstock for photovoltaic applications required a high purity. Its cycle of production consists firstly of enriching the silica by acid leaching, which is a suitable method for enriching silica sand and also can be realized at low temperature with low energy consumption and simple instruments. Fluoride acid (HF) is currently used as leachant agent for its reactivity with silica, and other eventual acids can be used successively, to improve the silica enrichment. The most influencing parameters on silica leaching are leaching time and particles sand size. Our work consists of the study of etching behavior of silica with HF, since this acid can significantly etch silica sand and change its particles size. Thus, we have studied etching effect on particle granulometric size during a primary step of leaching process on Algerian silica sand with HF at 20% during 2, 4 and 6 hours. Therefore, a new granulometric classification of the sand is noted. Particles with proportional high size are the latest influenced and the mass loss is increased with time of leaching.

  8. Transport processes through track-etch membrane filters in a reagent delivery cell.

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    Rzepka, S; Neidhart, B

    2000-02-01

    A reagent delivery cell with a track-etch membrane filter for on-line dilution of concentrated salt solutions is described. The influence of several system parameters such as concentration of the stock solution, temperature. transmembrane pressure and the dependence on the diffusion coefficients of several salt components on the dilution was evaluated. As an application example, the use of the reagent delivery cell for on-line calibration of an atomic absorption spectrometer was studied. Fluxes through the membrane filter of 10 to 50 nL mm(-2) min(-1) with relative standard deviations of 0.8% within a day and 1.9% from day to day were achieved. The permeation experiments with the track-etch membrane filter for the dilution of aqueous solutions of several chlorides and sodium salts confirm a diffusion process. Flux rates can be estimated mathematically using Fick's first law with an agreement between measured and calculated dilution factors within 86 to 113%.

  9. Advanced inductively coupled plasma etching processes for fabrication of resonator-quantum well infrared photodetector

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    Sun, J.; Choi, K. K.; Jhabvala, M. D.; Jhabvala, C. A.; Waczynski, A.; Olver, K.

    2015-05-01

    Resonator-quantum well infrared photodetectors (R-QWIPs) are the next generation of QWIP detectors that use resonances to increase the quantum efficiency (QE). To achieve the expected performance, the detector geometry must be produced in precise specification. In particular, the height of the diffractive elements (DE) and the thickness of the active resonator must be uniformly and accurately realized to within 0.05 μm accuracy and the substrates of the detectors have to be removed totally. To achieve these specifications, two optimized inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching processes are developed. Using these etching techniques, we have fabricated a number of R-QWIP test detectors and FPAs with the required dimensions and completely removed the substrates of the test detectors and FPAs. Their QE spectra were tested to be in close agreement with the theoretical predictions. The operability and spectral non-uniformity of the FPA is about 99.57% and 3% respectively.

  10. Characterization of focused ion beam induced processes (etching and metal deposition)

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    Gandhi, A.

    1991-01-01

    Significant gains have been made in recent years in deployment of focused ion beams (FIBs) for submicron surface-topology modification. As the scope and complexity of this technology increases, a need has arisen to understand and characterize the phenomena responsible for metal deposition and etching using FIBs. To facilitate such characterization, a parametric model was developed by analyzing the relationship between the various input and output quantities. Etch rate and deposition rate are the primary output variables while the independent or adjustable variables are gas flux, scanning speed, and temperature. The process parameters, derived from the best fit between the data and the model, provide a test basis for evaluation of surface mechanisms. Additionally, the model is used to optimize the process to efficiently manipulate the desired outputs (for instance, deposition rate, etch rate, saturation factor, etc.). A key aspect of the accurate modeling procedure used here is what is called the spiked (current) delivery approach where the instantaneous value as opposed to the time-averaged value of the ion-flux impact on the target is considered.

  11. Investigating the process of white etching crack initiation in bearing steel

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    Gould, Benjamin; Greco, Aaron

    2016-04-01

    White etching cracks (WECs) have been identified as a dominant mode of premature failure within wind turbine gearbox bearings. Though WECs have been reported in the field for over a decade, the conditions leading to WECs, and the process by which this failure culminates, are both highly debated. In previously published work, the generation of WECs on a benchtop scale was linked to sliding at the surface of the test sample, it was also postulated that the generation of WECs was dependent on the cumulative energy that had been applied to the sample over the entirety of the test. Inmore » this paper, a three ring on roller bench top test rig is used to systematically alter the cumulative energy that a sample experiences through changes in normal load, sliding, and run time, in an attempt to correlate cumulative energy with the formation of WECs. It was determined that, in the current test setup, the presence of WECs can be predicted by this energy criterion. The authors then used this information to study the process by which WECs initiate. Lastly, it was found that, under the current testing conditions, the formation of a dark etching microstructure precedes the formation of a crack, and a crack precedes the formation of white etching microstructure.« less

  12. The magnetic properties and microstructure of Co-Pt thin films using wet etching process.

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    Lee, Chang-Hyoung; Cho, Young-Lae; Lee, Won-Pyo; Suh, Su-Jeong

    2014-11-01

    Perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) is a promising candidate for high density magnetic recording and has already been applied to hard disk drive (HDD) systems. However, media noise still limits the recording density. To reduce the media noise and achieve a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in hard disk media, the grains of the magnetic layer must be magnetically isolated from each other. This study examined whether sputter-deposited Co-Pt thin films can have adjacent grains that are physically isolated. To accomplish this, the effects of the sputtering conditions and wet etching process on magnetic properties and the microstructure of the films were investigated. The film structure was Co-Pt (30 nm)/Ru (30 nm)/NiFe (10 nm)/Ta (5 nm). The composition of the Co-Pt thin films was Co-30.7 at.% Pt. The Co-Pt thin films were deposited in Ar gas at 5, 10, 12.5, and 15 mTorr. Wet etching process was performed using 7% nitric acid solution at room temperature. These films had high out-of-plane coercivity of up to 7032 Oe, which is twice that of the as-deposited film. These results suggest that wet etched Co-Pt thin films have weaker exchange coupling and enhanced out-of-plane coercivity, which would reduce the medium noise.

  13. Investigating the process of white etching crack initiation in bearing steel

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    Gould, Benjamin; Greco, Aaron

    2016-04-01

    White etching cracks (WECs) have been identified as a dominant mode of premature failure within wind turbine gearbox bearings. Though WECs have been reported in the field for over a decade, the conditions leading to WECs, and the process by which this failure culminates, are both highly debated. In previously published work, the generation of WECs on a benchtop scale was linked to sliding at the surface of the test sample, it was also postulated that the generation of WECs was dependent on the cumulative energy that had been applied to the sample over the entirety of the test. In this paper, a three ring on roller bench top test rig is used to systematically alter the cumulative energy that a sample experiences through changes in normal load, sliding, and run time, in an attempt to correlate cumulative energy with the formation of WECs. It was determined that, in the current test setup, the presence of WECs can be predicted by this energy criterion. The authors then used this information to study the process by which WECs initiate. Lastly, it was found that, under the current testing conditions, the formation of a dark etching microstructure precedes the formation of a crack, and a crack precedes the formation of white etching microstructure.

  14. Endpoint in plasma etch process using new modified w-multivariate charts and windowed regression

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    Zakour, Sihem Ben; Taleb, Hassen

    2017-02-01

    Endpoint detection is very important undertaking on the side of getting a good understanding and figuring out if a plasma etching process is done in the right way, especially if the etched area is very small (0.1%). It truly is a crucial part of supplying repeatable effects in every single wafer. When the film being etched has been completely cleared, the endpoint is reached. To ensure the desired device performance on the produced integrated circuit, the high optical emission spectroscopy (OES) sensor is employed. The huge number of gathered wavelengths (profiles) is then analyzed and pre-processed using a new proposed simple algorithm named Spectra peak selection (SPS) to select the important wavelengths, then we employ wavelet analysis (WA) to enhance the performance of detection by suppressing noise and redundant information. The selected and treated OES wavelengths are then used in modified multivariate control charts (MEWMA and Hotelling) for three statistics (mean, SD and CV) and windowed polynomial regression for mean. The employ of three aforementioned statistics is motivated by controlling mean shift, variance shift and their ratio (CV) if both mean and SD are not stable. The control charts show their performance in detecting endpoint especially W-mean Hotelling chart and the worst result is given by CV statistic. As the best detection of endpoint is given by the W-Hotelling mean statistic, this statistic will be used to construct a windowed wavelet Hotelling polynomial regression. This latter can only identify the window containing endpoint phenomenon.

  15. Endpoint in plasma etch process using new modified w-multivariate charts and windowed regression

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    Zakour, Sihem Ben; Taleb, Hassen

    2017-02-01

    Endpoint detection is very important undertaking on the side of getting a good understanding and figuring out if a plasma etching process is done in the right way, especially if the etched area is very small (0.1%). It truly is a crucial part of supplying repeatable effects in every single wafer. When the film being etched has been completely cleared, the endpoint is reached. To ensure the desired device performance on the produced integrated circuit, the high optical emission spectroscopy (OES) sensor is employed. The huge number of gathered wavelengths (profiles) is then analyzed and pre-processed using a new proposed simple algorithm named Spectra peak selection (SPS) to select the important wavelengths, then we employ wavelet analysis (WA) to enhance the performance of detection by suppressing noise and redundant information. The selected and treated OES wavelengths are then used in modified multivariate control charts (MEWMA and Hotelling) for three statistics (mean, SD and CV) and windowed polynomial regression for mean. The employ of three aforementioned statistics is motivated by controlling mean shift, variance shift and their ratio (CV) if both mean and SD are not stable. The control charts show their performance in detecting endpoint especially W-mean Hotelling chart and the worst result is given by CV statistic. As the best detection of endpoint is given by the W-Hotelling mean statistic, this statistic will be used to construct a windowed wavelet Hotelling polynomial regression. This latter can only identify the window containing endpoint phenomenon.

  16. Overview of several applications of chemical downstream etching (CDE) for IC manufacturing: advantages and drawbacks versus WET processes

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    de Buttet, Côme; Prevost, Emilie; Campo, Alain; Garnier, Philippe; Zoll, Stephane; Vallier, Laurent; Cunge, Gilles; Maury, Patrick; Massin, Thomas; Chhun, Sonarith

    2017-03-01

    Today the IC manufacturing faces lots of problematics linked to the continuous down scaling of printed structures. Some of those issues are related to wet processing, which are often used in the IC manufacturing flow for wafer cleaning, material etching and surface preparation. In the current work we summarize the limitations for the next nodes of wet processing such as metallic contaminations, wafer charging, corrosion and pattern collapse. As a replacement, we promoted the isotropic chemical dry etching (CDE) which is supposed to fix all the above drawbacks. Etching steps of SI3N4 layers were evaluated in order to prove the interest of such technique.

  17. Award-Winning Etching Process Cuts Solar Cell Costs (Fact Sheet)

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    2013-08-01

    NREL scientists have invented the 'black silicon' nanocatalytic wet-chemical etch, an inexpensive, one-step process that literally turns the solar cells black, allowing them to absorb more than 98% of incident sunlight. The process costs just a few cents per watt of solar-cell power-producing capacity. Increases in manufactured cell efficiencies of up to 0.8% are possible because of the reduced reflectance of black silicon. This would reduce silicon solar module costs by $5-$10 per module.

  18. Silicon microstructure fabricated by laser micro-patterning method combined with wet etching process

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    Oishi, T.; Goto, M.; Pihosh, Y.; Kasahara, A.; Tosa, M.

    2005-02-01

    A simple method for silicon microfabrication has been successfully developed. Polypropylene (PP) film as a resist was prepared on a surface of silicon (Si) (1 0 0) plate by an rf magnetron sputtering method. A pulsed laser light was focused and irradiated to the PP film and a part of the film was removed by laser ablation process in the spot at certain laser intensity. When the sample was immersed in a potassium hydroxide solution, etching occurred only at the part that the PP film was removed by laser ablation. These results raise the possibility of this method as a process for Si microfabrication.

  19. In Situ Infrared Spectroscopic Studies of Molecular Layer Deposition and Atomic Layer Etching Processes

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    DuMont, Jaime Willadean

    In this thesis, in situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was used to study: i) the growth and pyrolysis of molecular layer deposition (MLD) films. ii) the surface chemistry of atomic layer etching (ALE) processes. Atomic layer processes such as molecular layer deposition (MLD) and atomic layer etching (ALE) are techniques that can add or remove material with atomic level precision using sequential, self-limiting surface reactions. Deposition and removal processes at the atomic scale are powerful tools for many industrial and research applications such as energy storage and semiconductor nanofabrication. The first section of this thesis describes the chemistry of reactions leading to the MLD of aluminum and tin alkoxide polymer films known as "alucone" and "tincone", respectively. The subsequent pyrolysis of these films to produce metal oxide/carbon composites was also investigated. In situ FTIR spectroscopy was conducted to monitor surface species during MLD film growth and to monitor the films background infrared absorbance versus pyrolysis temperature. Ex situ techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), four-point probe and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were utilized to study the properties of the films post-pyrolysis. TEM confirmed that the pyrolyzed films maintained conformality during post-processing. Four-point probe monitored film resistivity versus pyrolysis temperature and XRD determined the film crystallinity. The second section of this thesis focuses on the surface chemistry of Al2O3 and SiO2 ALE processes, respectively. Thermal ALE processes have been recently developed which utilize sequential fluorination and ligand exchange reactions. An intimate knowledge of the surface chemistry is important in understanding the ALE process. In this section, the competition between the Al2O3 etching and AlF 3 growth that occur during sequential HF (fluorinating agent) and TMA (ligand exchange) exposures is investigated using in situ FTIR

  20. Nanotexturing process on microtextured surfaces of silicon solar cells by SF6/O2 reactive ion etching.

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    Ji, Hyungyong; Choi, Jaeho; Lim, Gyoungho; Parida, Bhaskar; Kim, Keunjoo; Jo, Jung Hee; Kim, Hong Seub

    2013-12-01

    We investigated a nanotexturing process on the microtextured surface of single crystalline silicon solar cell by the reactive ion etching process in SF6/O2 mixed gas ambient. P-type Si wafer samples were prepared using a chemical wet etching process to address saw damage removal and achieve microtexturing. The microtextured wafers were further processed for nanotexturing by exposure to reactive ions within a circular tray of wafer carrier containing many small holes for uniform etching. As the dry etching times were increased to 2, 4 and finally to 8 min, surface structures were observed in a transition from nanoholes to nanorods, and a variation in wafer color from dark blue to black. The surface nanostructures showed a lowered photoreflectance and enhanced quantum efficiency within the visible light region with wavelengths of less than 679 nm. The nanohole structure etched for 2 min showed enhanced conversion efficiency when compared to the bare sample; however, the nanorod structure etched for 8 min exhibited the decreased efficiency with a reduced short circuit current, indicating that the surface nanostructural damage with the enlarged nanoperimetric surface area is sensitive to surface passivation from the surface recombination process.

  1. Characterization of the high density plasma etching process of CCTO thin films for the fabrication of very high density capacitors

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    Altamore, C.; Tringali, C.; Sparta', N.; Di Marco, S.; Grasso, A.; Ravesi, S.

    2010-02-01

    In this work the feasibility of CCTO (Calcium Copper Titanate) patterning by etching process is demonstrated and fully characterized in a hard to etch materials etcher. CCTO sintered in powder shows a giant relative dielectric constant (105) measured at 1 MHz at room temperature. This feature is furthermore coupled with stability from 101 Hz to 106 Hz in a wide temperature range (100K - 600K). In principle, this property can allow to fabricate very high capacitance density condenser. Due to its perovskite multi-component structure, CCTO can be considered a hard to etch material. For high density capacitor fabrication, CCTO anisotropic etching is requested by using high density plasma. The behavior of etched CCTO was studied in a HRe- (High Density Reflected electron) plasma etcher using Cl2/Ar chemistry. The relationship between the etch rate and the Cl2/Ar ratio was also studied. The effects of RF MHz, KHz Power and pressure variation, the impact of HBr addiction to the Cl2/Ar chemistry on the CCTO etch rate and on its selectivity to Pt and photo resist was investigated.

  2. Micropatterning microlens arrays fabricated by a femtosecond laser wet etch process

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    Wei, Yang; Yang, Qing; Bian, Hao; Chen, Feng

    2017-02-01

    Microlens arrays with specially required micropatterns are highly desirable for digital optical processors, microimaging systems, optical photolithography as well as various biomedical imaging and detecting applications. However, realization of such devices efficiently remains technically challenging. Here, a facile and efficient route for large-area microlens arrays (MLAs) with programmable micropatterns is demonstrated. The fabrication process involves a femtosecond laser wet etch process combined with the replication process of hot embossing. Special arranged microlens arrays, including a doublet microlens array, a three-microlens group array, a four-microlens group array, and a six-petallike microlens array as examples, were fabricated by this method. The fabricated MLAs exhibit excellent surface morphology quality and optical imaging properties. This presented technique provides an efficient way to flexibly design the size, shape and the arrangement of the MLAs by adjusting the process parameters such as the pulse energy, the number of shots etching time and the distribution of ablation-induced craters and Programming arrangement.

  3. Etching process for improving the strength of a laser-machined silicon-based ceramic article

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    Copley, S.M.; Tao, H.; Todd-Copley, J.A.

    1991-06-11

    A process is disclosed for improving the strength of laser-machined articles formed of a silicon-based ceramic material such as silicon nitride, in which the laser-machined surface is immersed in an etching solution of hydrofluoric acid and nitric acid for a duration sufficient to remove substantially all of a silicon film residue on the surface but insufficient to allow the solution to unduly attack the grain boundaries of the underlying silicon nitride substrate. This effectively removes the silicon film as a source of cracks that otherwise could propagate downwardly into the silicon nitride substrate and significantly reduce its strength. 1 figure.

  4. Etching process for improving the strength of a laser-machined silicon-based ceramic article

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    Copley, Stephen M.; Tao, Hongyi; Todd-Copley, Judith A.

    1991-01-01

    A process for improving the strength of laser-machined articles formed of a silicon-based ceramic material such as silicon nitride, in which the laser-machined surface is immersed in an etching solution of hydrofluoric acid and nitric acid for a duration sufficient to remove substantially all of a silicon film residue on the surface but insufficient to allow the solution to unduly attack the grain boundaries of the underlying silicon nitride substrate. This effectively removes the silicon film as a source of cracks that otherwise could propagate downwardly into the silicon nitride substrate and significantly reduce its strength.

  5. New Etch Monitoring Technique

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    Kaiser, Christina; Adamcyk, Martin; Levy, Yuval; Tiedje, Tom; Young, Jeff F.; Kelson, Itzhak

    2000-05-01

    Plasma etching is an important tool for the development of various types of nanostructures. The development of specific plasma etching procedures is often time-consuming. We will describe an new technique for IN-SITU monitoring of the etch rate and sidewall profile of 1D GRATINGS in a remote plasma etcher. The technique involves monitoring the energy loss of alpha particles that propagate through the layer being etched. Samples to be etched are impregnated by a thin near-surface layer of 224Ra nuclei that decay by alpha particle emission. The energy spectrum of the alpha particles is acquired at intervals in the etch process. The etch rate on flat surfaces can be determined quite simply by measuring the change in the peak energy of the transmitted particles. By using a simple geometric model that employs the Bethe Bloch formula for energy loss of charges particles the etch profile of masked samples can also be inferred.

  6. Pattern scaling with directed self assembly through lithography and etch process integration

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    Rathsack, Benjamen; Somervell, Mark; Hooge, Josh; Muramatsu, Makoto; Tanouchi, Keiji; Kitano, Takahiro; Nishimura, Eiichi; Yatsuda, Koichi; Nagahara, Seiji; Hiroyuki, Iwaki; Akai, Keiji; Hayakawa, Takashi

    2012-03-01

    Directed self-assembly (DSA) has the potential to extend scaling for both line/space and hole patterns. DSA has shown the capability for pitch reduction (multiplication), hole shrinks, CD self-healing as well as a pathway towards line edge roughness (LER) and pattern collapse improvement [1-4]. The current challenges for industry adoption are materials maturity, practical process integration, hardware capability, defect reduction and design integration. Tokyo Electron (TEL) has created close collaborations with customers, consortia and material suppliers to address these challenges with the long term goal of robust manufacturability. This paper provides a wide range of DSA demonstrations to accommodate different device applications. In collaboration with IMEC, directed line/space patterns at 12.5 and 14 nm HP are demonstrated with PS-b-PMMA (poly(styrene-b-methylmethacrylate)) using both chemo and grapho-epitaxy process flows. Pre-pattern exposure latitudes of >25% (max) have been demonstrated with 4X directed self-assembly on 300 mm wafers for both the lift off and etch guide chemo-epitaxy process flows. Within TEL's Technology Development Center (TDC), directed selfassembly processes have been applied to holes for both CD shrink and variation reduction. Using a PS-b-PMMA hole shrink process, negative tone developed pre-pattern holes are reduced to below 30 nm with critical dimension uniformity (CDU) of 0.9 nm (3s) and contact edge roughness (CER) of 0.8 nm. To generate higher resolution beyond a PS-b-PMMA system, a high chi material is used to demonstrate 9 nm HP line/ space post-etch patterns. In this paper, TEL presents process solutions for both line/space and hole DSA process integrations.

  7. SiO2 Film Etching Process Using Environment-Friendly New Gas C5F7H

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    Miyawaki, Yudai; Takeda, Keigo; Ito, Azumi; Nakamura, Masahiro; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru

    2009-10-01

    With the continuous miniaturization of semiconductor memory devices, a much precise etching process for a high aspect ratio contact hole in SiO2 film is indispensable. Furthermore, deterioration of the SiO2 selectivity over a fragile, thin ArF photoresist would cause the sidewall roughness and poor pattern-width definition. In this study, we utilized a newly designed C5F7H gas. We compared the etch performances between the new gas and conventional C5F8 . Ar and O2 were introduced with the each fluorocarbon gas to controll the etching rate. A dual frequency (60 MHz / 2 MHz) capacitively coupled plasma was employed. The SiO2 etching rate and selectivity to ArF photoresist were investigated as a function of O2 flow rate. The maximum selectivity of only 3.7 and the SiO2 etching rate of 416 nm/min were obtained at O2 flow rate of 20 sccm for the C5F8/O2/Ar plasma. For the newly developed C5F7H/O2/Ar plasma, the maximum selectivity of 13.5 with the etching rate of 356 nm/min was achieved at 25-sccm O2 flow rate. From these results, it was confirmed that almost four times higher selectivity than that of the conventional C5F8 gas was obtained by using the new C5F7H gas.

  8. Study on closed recycling regeneration process of FeCl3 waste etching solution and recovery of Copper

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    Miao, X. F.; Zhou, X. T.; Wang, R. X.; Zhai, D. H.; Ran, H. H.

    2016-08-01

    FeCl3 etching solution is widely used in etching processes due to its strong oxidation and corrosion properties. However, significant amounts of waste etching solution is produced, which pollutes the environment and wastes materials. Aiming to address problems related to the use of recycled FeCl3 waste etching solution containing Cu, the crystallization regeneration process in an enterprise was improved and the copper element was recovered in the form of copper chloride crystal. Based on the original process, a hydrocyclone was added to preseparate the slurry. By investigating the change of the inlet flow rate and separation efficiency of the hydrocyclone with inlet pressure under different concentrations, the optimal inlet pressure was determined to be approximately 0.25Mpa. Experimental results indicated that the workload of the centrifuge was reduced by approximately 80%, the average specific surface area of the copper chloride crystal was decreased by 50%, the production of copper chloride crystal byproducts after washing process was increased by approximately 20% and regeneration of FeCl3 waste etching solution was also realized.

  9. Charge-free method of forming nanostructures on a substrate

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    Hoffbauer; Mark , Akhadov; Elshan

    2010-07-20

    A charge-free method of forming a nanostructure at low temperatures on a substrate. A substrate that is reactive with one of atomic oxygen and nitrogen is provided. A flux of neutral atoms of least one of oxygen and nitrogen is generated within a laser-sustained-discharge plasma source and a collimated beam of energetic neutral atoms and molecules is directed from the plasma source onto a surface of the substrate to form the nanostructure. The energetic neutral atoms and molecules in the beam have an average kinetic energy in a range from about 1 eV to about 5 eV.

  10. Si nanowires by a single-step metal-assisted chemical etching process on lithographically defined areas: formation kinetics

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    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the formation kinetics of Si nanowires [SiNWs] on lithographically defined areas using a single-step metal-assisted chemical etching process in an aqueous HF/AgNO3 solution. We show that the etch rate of Si, and consequently, the SiNW length, is much higher on the lithographically defined areas compared with that on the non-patterned areas. A comparative study of the etch rate in the two cases under the same experimental conditions showed that this effect is much more pronounced at the beginning of the etching process. Moreover, it was found that in both cases, the nanowire formation rate is linear with temperature in the range from 20°C to 50°C, with almost the same activation energy, as obtained from an Arrhenius plot (0.37 eV in the case of non-patterned areas, while 0.38 eV in the case of lithographically patterned areas). The higher etch rate on lithographically defined areas is mainly attributed to Si surface modification during the photolithographic process. PACS: 68; 68.65-k. PMID:22087735

  11. Comparison of Process Performance and Emission Gases during Oxide Etch using Octafluoro-cyclobutane and Perfluoro-2-butene

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    Kang, Chang-Jin; Miura, Yoshizo; Nakata, Hiroyuki; Kitamura, Akinori; Sekine, Makoto

    2001-03-01

    Octafluorocyclobutane(c-C4F8) gas has been widely used in the high-aspect-ratio, highly selective contact-hole etching process. However, c-C4F8 gas is one of the PFC (perfluoro-compounds) gases that have a very high global warming potential (GWP). We investigated perfluoro-2-butene (linear-C4F8) as an alternative gas and studied the process performance and emission gases during oxide etching. A parallel-plate dual-frequency etcher was used with the gas chemistries c-C4F8/O2 /Ar or l-C4F8/O2 /Ar at a chamber pressure of 25 mTorr. The etch rate and profile of contact holes were measured by SEM. The emission gases were analyzed by a QMS and FTIR spectrometer. Etching results show that, though the profiles of etched contact holes are almost the same for both gas chemistries, the etch rate and nitride selectivity of l-C4F8 based plasma were higher than those of c-C4F8 based plasma. In the analysis of emission gases, it was found that, during contact hole etching, the decomposed c-C4F8 and linear-C4F8 gases were converted into C2F4, CF4, CHF3 and C2F6 gases, and small amounts of C3F8, C4F6 and C4F10 were also generated. Furthermore, some toxic gases such as CO, HF, and COF2 were also detected. This work was performed under the auspices of MITI's R&D program supported by NEDO.

  12. Alkaline etch system qualification

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    Goldammer, S.E.; Pemberton, S.E.; Tucker, D.R.

    1997-04-01

    Based on the data from this qualification activity, the Atotech etch system, even with minimum characterization, was capable of etching production printed circuit products as good as those from the Chemcut system. Further characterization of the Atotech system will improve its etching capability. In addition to the improved etch quality expected from further characterization, the Atotech etch system has additional features that help reduce waste and provide for better consistency in the etching process. The programmable logic controller and computer will allow operators to operate the system manually or from pre-established recipes. The evidence and capabilities of the Atotech system made it as good as or better than the Chemcut system for etching WR products. The Printed Wiring Board Engineering Department recommended that the Atotech system be released for production. In December 1995, the Atotech system was formerly qualified for production.

  13. XAFS studies of monodisperse Au nanoclusters formation in the etching process

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    Yang, Lina; Huang, Ting; Liu, Wei; Bao, Jie; Huang, Yuanyuan; Cao, Yuanjie; Yao, Tao; Sun, Zhihu; Wei, Shiqiang

    2016-05-01

    Understanding the formation mechanism of gold nanoclusters is essential to the development of their synthetic chemistry. Here, by using x-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) spectroscopy, UV-Vis and MS spectra, the formation process of monodisperse Au13 nanoclusters is investigated. We find that a critical step involving the formation of smaller Au8-Au11 metastable intermediate clusters induced by the HCl + HSR etching of the polydisperse Aun precursor clusters occurs firstly. Then these intermediate species undergo a size-growth to Au13 cores, followed by a slow structure rearrangement to reach the final stable structure. This work enriches the understanding of cluster formation chemistry and may guide the way towards the design and the controllable synthesis of nanoclusters.

  14. Real time monitoring of reticle etch process tool to investigate and predict critical dimension performance

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    Deming, Rick; Yung, Karmen; Guglielmana, Mark; Bald, Dan; Baik, Kiho; Abboud, Frank

    2007-03-01

    As mask pattern feature sizes shrink the need for tighter control of factors affecting critical dimensions (CD) increases at all steps in the mask manufacturing process. To support this requirement Intel Mask Operation is expanding its process and equipment monitoring capability. We intend to better understand the factors affecting the process and enhance our ability to predict reticle health and critical dimension performance. This paper describes a methodology by which one can predict the contribution of the dry etch process equipment to overall CD performance. We describe the architecture used to collect critical process related information from various sources both internal and external to the process equipment and environment. In addition we discuss the method used to assess the significance of each parameter and to construct the statistical model used to generate the predictions. We further discuss the methodology used to turn this model into a functioning real time prediction of critical dimension performance. Further, these predictions will be used to modify the manufacturing decision support system to provide early detection for process excursion.

  15. Development of an etch-definable lift-off process for use with step and flash imprint lithography

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    Le, Ngoc V.; Gehoski, Kathleen A.; Dauksher, William J.; Baker, Jeffrey H.; Resnick, Doug J.; Dues, Laura

    2005-05-01

    Along with other Next Generation Lithography (NGL) methods, imprint lithography has been included on the International Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) for the 32 nm node, predicted to be production-ready by 20131. Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FIL) is one of the imprinting technologies being pursued due to its impressive imprinting capabilities, where imprinted features of less than 30 nm have been demonstrated. Unlike optical-based lithography, S-FIL uses techniques similar to that of contact printing, and thereby does not require complex and expensive optics and light sources to create images. Couple this with a reliable pattern transfer, and S-FIL could become a contender as a viable NGL technology. Similar to other imprint lithography systems, S-FIL printed features possess a residual layer several hundred angstroms thick, which requires a breakthrough etch prior to etching a subsequent layer. Of a greater concern, however, is the etch barrier used as the imaging layer for S-FIL. The present silicon content is limited to approximately nine percent, and the formulation is optimized for dispensing and achieving mechanical properties for the imprinting process. As a result, oxygen-based plasmas typically used for pattern transferring more conventional bi-layer structures are not compatible with the current S-FIL resist stack, and therefore pose a challenge from an etch perspective. The development of a recent etch process incorporating an ammonia-based plasma was a key enabler for pattern transfer, and ongoing development is being done to improve critical dimensions (CD). In this study, we examined a lift-off process using S-FIL. The material stacks with and without a "glue" layer will be discussed, and the challenges from imprinting to etch will be shared. Finally, the lift-off process will be used to demonstrate fabrication of a surface acoustic wave (SAW) device in addition to demonstrating patterning of a non-reactive metallization scheme such as Ti/Au.

  16. Investigations into the electrochemical etching process of p-type silicon using ethanol-surfactant solutions

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    Balakrishnan, Sivakumar; Gun'ko, Yurii K.; Swiegers, Gerhard F.; Perova, Tatiana S.

    2017-09-01

    In this work, the electrochemical etching of p-type silicon was performed in aqueous ethanol-surfactant solutions and the dependence of morphology and luminescent properties of porous silicon with respect to the etching parameters and silicon resistivities have been studied. The obtained porous silicon structures have been studied using various characterisation techniques such as SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.

  17. High speed optical metrology solution for after etch process monitoring and control

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    Charley, Anne-Laure; Leray, Philippe; Pypen, Wouter; Cheng, Shaunee; Verma, Alok; Mattheus, Christine; Wisse, Baukje; Cramer, Hugo; Niesing, Henk; Kruijswijk, Stefan

    2014-04-01

    Monitoring and control of the various processes in the semiconductor require precise metrology of relevant features. Optical Critical Dimension metrology (OCD) is a non-destructive solution, offering the capability to measure profiles of 2D and 3D features. OCD has an intrinsic averaging over a larger area, resulting in good precision and suppression of local variation. We have studied the feasibility of process monitoring and control in AEI (after etch inspection) applications, using the same angular resolved scatterometer as used for CD, overlay and focus metrology in ADI (after develop inspection) applications1. The sensor covers the full azimuthal-angle range and a large angle-of-incidence range in a single acquisition. The wavelength can be selected between 425nm and 700nm, to optimize for sensitivity for the parameters of interest and robustness against other process variation. In this paper we demonstrate the validity of the OCD data through the measurement and comparison with the reference metrology of multiple wafers at different steps of the imec N14 fabrication process in order to show that this high precision OCD tool can be used for process monitoring and control.

  18. Electromigration study of copper lines on steps prepared by a plasma-based etch process

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    Lin, Chi-Chou; Kuo Yue

    2012-03-15

    The electromigration phenomenon of the copper line etched with a plasma-based process over the SiN{sub x} step has been investigated. Two important factors, i.e., the dielectric topography and the stress temperature, were examined using the accelerated isothermal electromigration method. The activation energy of 0.73 eV to 0.89 eV indicates two possible mass transport pathways: interfacial and copper surface diffusions. The copper line on the SiN{sub x} step has a shorter lifetime and a smaller activation energy than the copper line on the flat surface has. For the former, voids were formed at the cusp region and perpendicular to the current flow direction. For the latter, voids were formed in series and parallel to the current flow direction. The ''neck'' structure at the cusp region, which is a result of the inappropriate etching condition, further decreased the lifetime and the activation energy. The lifetime of the ''neck-free'' copper line over the SiN{sub x} step was estimated to be 7.1 x 10{sup 9} s under the high-speed IC operation condition. The thermal stress mismatch between the copper layer and TiW barrier layer as well as the underneath dielectric layer facilitated the void formation. The step effect on the lifetime was reduced when the test temperature was high because of the change of the local stress. In summary, the topography and the test temperature are critical factors for the copper line's lifetime.

  19. Realization of tellurium-based all dielectric optical metamaterials using a multi-cycle deposition-etch process

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    Liu, Sheng; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Dominguez, Jason; Gonzales, Edward F.; Eric Bower, John; Bruce Burckel, D.; Sinclair, Michael B.; Brener, Igal

    2013-04-01

    Tellurium (Te) dielectric resonator metamaterials for thermal infrared applications were fabricated using a multi-cycle deposition-etch process that circumvents pinch-off issues during deposition. Deposition and etching of Te were studied in detail. Metamaterial samples with varying resonator dimensions were fabricated using this technique. All the samples showed two transmission minima corresponding to magnetic and electric dipole resonances. Longer resonant wavelengths were observed as the resonator dimension was increased. Observation of spectral overlap between magnetic and electric resonances gives us the potential opportunity to realize a negative refractive index material.

  20. The etching process of boron nitride by alkali and alkaline earth fluorides under high pressure and high temperature

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    Guo, W.; Ma, H.A.; Jia, X.

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Appropriate etch processes of hBN and cBN under HPHT are proposed. • The degree of the crystallization of hBN was decreased. • A special cBN growth mechanism with a triangular unit is proposed. • Plate-shape cBN crystals with large ratio of length to thickness were obtained. • A strategy provides useful guidance for controlling the cBN morphology. - Abstract: Some new etching processes of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and cubic boron nitride (cBN) under high pressure and high temperature in the presence of alkali and alkaline earth fluorides have been discussed. It is found that hBN is etched distinctly by alkali and alkaline earth fluorides and the morphology of hBN is significantly changed from plate-shape to spherical-shape. Based on the “graphitization index” values of hBN, the degree of the crystallization of hBN under high pressure and high temperature decreases in the sequence of LiF > CaF{sub 2} > MgF{sub 2}. This facilitates the formation of high-quality cBN single crystals. Different etch steps, pits, and islands are observed on cBN surface, showing the strong etching by alkali and alkaline earth fluorides and the tendency of layer-by-layer growth. A special layer growth mechanism of cBN with a triangular unit has been found. Furthermore, the morphologies of cBN crystals are apparently affected by a preferential surface etching of LiF, CaF{sub 2} and MgF{sub 2}. Respectively, the plate-shape and tetrahedral cBN crystals can be obtained in the presence of different alkali and alkaline earth fluorides.

  1. Temporal evolution of surface structure and morphology in thin-film growth and etching processes

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    Drotar, Jason Todd

    The temporal evolution of surface structure and morphology in growth and etching processes is of great importance to the understanding of such processes. For example, by looking at the time dependence of the surface roughness, one can often discover the scaling symmetries inherent in a process. In addition to providing clues about what mechanisms might be at work, these symmetries are also of practical interest. While much effort has been devoted to understanding the basic mechanisms that influence the temporal scaling of such systems, many systems still cannot be explained in terms of the known universality classes. Studies of both continuum and discrete models of surface roughening are presented. The temporal scaling of the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky (KS) equation has been studied using direct numerical integration, and the existence of two distinct scaling regimes is observed. The results are discussed in the context of previous computational and analytical results and compared to existing experimental studies of ion sputtering. It is found that low-energy ion sputtering experiments are consistent with the early-time KS scaling regime; while high-energy ion sputtering experiments are consistent with asymptotic Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) behavior. Next, the temporal scaling behavior of a line-of-sight model of surface roughening has been studied. The model can be applied to both growth and etching processes. Several different limiting cases for the sticking coefficients have been examined using analytical arguments and computational techniques, and it is found that the scaling exponents are, in some cases, universal. The predicted scaling exponents, in some cases, do not belong to any of the known universality classes and therefore define a new universality class. In another case, the exponents are identical to the exponents predicted by the Edwards-Wilkinson equation. The newly discovered universality classes are used to explain experimentally observed behavior of

  2. A Dry-Etch Process for Low Temperature Superconducting Transition Edge Sensors for Far Infrared Bolometer Arrays

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    Allen, Christine A.; Chervenak, James A.; Hsieh, Wen-Ting; McClanahan, Richard A.; Miller, Timothy M.; Mitchell, Robert; Moseley, S. Harvey; Staguhn, Johannes; Stevenson, Thomas R.

    2003-01-01

    The next generation of ultra-low power bolometer arrays, with applications in far infrared imaging, spectroscopy and polarimetry, utilizes a superconducting bilayer as the sensing element to enable SQUID multiplexed readout. Superconducting transition edge sensors (TES s) are being produced with dual metal systems of superconductinghormal bilayers. The transition temperature (Tc) is tuned by altering the relative thickness of the superconductor with respect to the normal layer. We are currently investigating MoAu and MoCu bilayers. We have developed a dry-etching process for MoAu TES s with integrated molybdenum leads, and are working on adapting the process to MoCu. Dry etching has the advantage over wet etching in the MoAu system in that one can achieve a high degree of selectivity, greater than 10, using argon ME, or argon ion milling, for patterning gold on molybdenum. Molybdenum leads are subsequently patterned using fluorine plasma.. The dry-etch technique results in a smooth, featureless TES with sharp sidewalls, no undercutting of the Mo beneath the normal metal, and Mo leads with high critical current. The effects of individual processing parameters on the characteristics of the transition will be reported.

  3. A Dry-Etch Process for Low Temperature Superconducting Transition Edge Sensors for Far Infrared Bolometer Arrays

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    Allen, Christine A.; Chervenak, James A.; Hsieh, Wen-Ting; McClanahan, Richard A.; Miller, Timothy M.; Mitchell, Robert; Moseley, S. Harvey; Staguhn, Johannes; Stevenson, Thomas R.

    2003-01-01

    The next generation of ultra-low power bolometer arrays, with applications in far infrared imaging, spectroscopy and polarimetry, utilizes a superconducting bilayer as the sensing element to enable SQUID multiplexed readout. Superconducting transition edge sensors (TES s) are being produced with dual metal systems of superconductinghormal bilayers. The transition temperature (Tc) is tuned by altering the relative thickness of the superconductor with respect to the normal layer. We are currently investigating MoAu and MoCu bilayers. We have developed a dry-etching process for MoAu TES s with integrated molybdenum leads, and are working on adapting the process to MoCu. Dry etching has the advantage over wet etching in the MoAu system in that one can achieve a high degree of selectivity, greater than 10, using argon ME, or argon ion milling, for patterning gold on molybdenum. Molybdenum leads are subsequently patterned using fluorine plasma.. The dry-etch technique results in a smooth, featureless TES with sharp sidewalls, no undercutting of the Mo beneath the normal metal, and Mo leads with high critical current. The effects of individual processing parameters on the characteristics of the transition will be reported.

  4. Tall FIN formation for FINFET devices of 20nm and beyond using multi-cycles of passivation and etch processes

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    Choi, Dae-han; Yang, Dae Geun; Khanna, Puneet; Maeng, Chang; Hu, Owen; Shen, Hongliang; Wei, Andy; Kim, Sung

    2013-03-01

    In the past a few years, there has been a trend that non-planar field effect transistors (FETs) replace planar counterparts in semiconductor industry. One of critical and challenging processes to fabricate this non-planar device in bulk Si wafers is forming the array of tall Si fins with tight pitch that is used for gate channel as well as source and drain. Fin formation process typically involves deep Si etch using hard mask formed by double patterning technique (DPT). Traditional Si etch tends to results in intra-cell depth loading due to pitch walking and necking profile at the top portion of fins due to deep Si etch at small space. In addition, tall fins tend to stick to each other after post etch wet clean due to surface tension and hydrophilic fin sidewall. In this publication, 200nm tall fins with straight profile at the significant top portion of fins are demonstrated by using multi cycles of passivation and etch process. Physical and chemical parameters of each cycle were tuned respectively to generate straight top profile for gate channel control and smooth bottom profile to make it friendly for the following oxide gap fill process. Intra-cell and iso-dense depth loading is less than 3% of total depth. In addition, fin sticking is no longer observed after this multi cycle process. The exact mechanism is still under investigation but it is postulated that the fin sidewall surface condition has changed to be less hydrophilic due to multi cycle passivation.

  5. Hydrothermal etching preparation and growth process of γ-MnOOH with novel hexagram morphology

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    Yang, Xing; Zhou, Haiyan; Lv, Jing; Kang, Liping; Lei, Zhibin; Liu, Zong-huai

    2015-04-01

    Well-defined single crystal γ-MnOOH with novel hexagram morphology was prepared by hydrothermal treating a suspension of ethyl acetate and KMnO4 at 200 °C for 48 h, and its formation process had been investigated on the basis of XRD, FESEM, TEM, HRTEM, and SAED analyses. In keeping hydrothermal treatment temperature and reaction time, ethyl acetate played an important role in controlling the crystal phase and morphology of the obtained materials, which was used as both reducing agent and etchant. It hydrolyzed into acetic acid and ethanol slowly and caused an acidic reaction environment accompanied with hydrothermal reaction. The acetic acid was adsorbed on the lateral of γ-MnOOH with multiple branched nanorods, which caused a soft etching process and the lateral of the multiple branched nanorods became sharper and thinner and finally transformed into γ-MnOOH with hexagram morphology. The prepared γ-MnOOH with novel hexagram morphology is expected to be used for a fundamental study in surface science and for potential applications such as adsorbent, electro-catalyst, sensing and so on.

  6. Efficient process development for bulk silicon etching using cellular automata simulation techniques

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    Marchetti, James; He, Yie; Than, Olaf; Akkaraju, Sandeep

    1998-09-01

    This paper describes cellular automata simulation techniques used to predict the anisotropic etching of single-crystal silicon. In particular, this paper will focus on the application of wet etching of silicon wafers using typical anisotropic etchants such as KOH, TMAH, and EDP. Achieving a desired final 3D geometry of etch silicon wafers often is difficult without requiring a number of fabrication design iterations. The result is wasted time and resources. AnisE, a tool to simulate anisotropic etching of silicon wafers using cellular automata simulation, was developed in order to efficiently prototype and manufacture MEMS devices. AnisE has been shown to effectively decrease device development time and costs by up to 50% and 60%, respectively.

  7. Award-Winning Etching Process Cuts Solar Cell Costs (Revised) (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2011-05-01

    The NREL "black silicon" nanocatalytic wet-chemical etch is an inexpensive, one-step method to minimize reflections from crystalline silicon solar cells. The technology enables high-efficiency solar cells without the use of expensive antireflection coatings.

  8. Investigations on diamond nanostructuring of different morphologies by the reactive-ion etching process and their potential applications.

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    Kunuku, Srinivasu; Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Tsai, Cheng-Yen; Chang, Wen-Hao; Tai, Nyan-Hwa; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Lin, I-Nan

    2013-08-14

    We report the systematic studies on the fabrication of aligned, uniform, and highly dense diamond nanostructures from diamond films of various granular structures. Self-assembled Au nanodots are used as a mask in the self-biased reactive-ion etching (RIE) process, using an O2/CF4 process plasma. The morphology of diamond nanostructures is a close function of the initial phase composition of diamond. Cone-shaped and tip-shaped diamond nanostructures result for microcrystalline diamond (MCD) and nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films, whereas pillarlike and grasslike diamond nanostructures are obtained for Ar-plasma-based and N2-plasma-based ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films, respectively. While the nitrogen-incorporated UNCD (N-UNCD) nanograss shows the most-superior electron-field-emission properties, the NCD nanotips exhibit the best photoluminescence properties, viz, different applications need different morphology of diamond nanostructures to optimize the respective characteristics. The optimum diamond nanostructure can be achieved by proper choice of granular structure of the initial diamond film. The etching mechanism is explained by in situ observation of optical emission spectrum of RIE plasma. The preferential etching of sp(2)-bonded carbon contained in the diamond films is the prime factor, which forms the unique diamond nanostructures from each type of diamond films. However, the excited oxygen atoms (O*) are the main etching species of diamond film.

  9. Charging-free electrochemical system for harvesting low-grade thermal energy

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    Yang, Yuan; Lee, Seok Woo; Ghasemi, Hadi; Loomis, James; Li, Xiaobo; Kraemer, Daniel; Zheng, Guangyuan; Cui, Yi; Chen, Gang

    2014-01-01

    Efficient and low-cost systems are needed to harvest the tremendous amount of energy stored in low-grade heat sources (<100 °C). Thermally regenerative electrochemical cycle (TREC) is an attractive approach which uses the temperature dependence of electrochemical cell voltage to construct a thermodynamic cycle for direct heat-to-electricity conversion. By varying temperature, an electrochemical cell is charged at a lower voltage than discharge, converting thermal energy to electricity. Most TREC systems still require external electricity for charging, which complicates system designs and limits their applications. Here, we demonstrate a charging-free TREC consisting of an inexpensive soluble Fe(CN)63−/4− redox pair and solid Prussian blue particles as active materials for the two electrodes. In this system, the spontaneous directions of the full-cell reaction are opposite at low and high temperatures. Therefore, the two electrochemical processes at both low and high temperatures in a cycle are discharge. Heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 2.0% can be reached for the TREC operating between 20 and 60 °C. This charging-free TREC system may have potential application for harvesting low-grade heat from the environment, especially in remote areas. PMID:25404325

  10. Charging-free electrochemical system for harvesting low-grade thermal energy.

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    Yang, Yuan; Lee, Seok Woo; Ghasemi, Hadi; Loomis, James; Li, Xiaobo; Kraemer, Daniel; Zheng, Guangyuan; Cui, Yi; Chen, Gang

    2014-12-02

    Efficient and low-cost systems are needed to harvest the tremendous amount of energy stored in low-grade heat sources (<100 °C). Thermally regenerative electrochemical cycle (TREC) is an attractive approach which uses the temperature dependence of electrochemical cell voltage to construct a thermodynamic cycle for direct heat-to-electricity conversion. By varying temperature, an electrochemical cell is charged at a lower voltage than discharge, converting thermal energy to electricity. Most TREC systems still require external electricity for charging, which complicates system designs and limits their applications. Here, we demonstrate a charging-free TREC consisting of an inexpensive soluble Fe(CN)6(3-/4-) redox pair and solid Prussian blue particles as active materials for the two electrodes. In this system, the spontaneous directions of the full-cell reaction are opposite at low and high temperatures. Therefore, the two electrochemical processes at both low and high temperatures in a cycle are discharge. Heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 2.0% can be reached for the TREC operating between 20 and 60 °C. This charging-free TREC system may have potential application for harvesting low-grade heat from the environment, especially in remote areas.

  11. Quantum cascade laser based monitoring of CF{sub 2} radical concentration as a diagnostic tool of dielectric etching plasma processes

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    Hübner, M.; Lang, N.; Röpcke, J.; Helden, J. H. van; Zimmermann, S.; Schulz, S. E.; Buchholtz, W.

    2015-01-19

    Dielectric etching plasma processes for modern interlevel dielectrics become more and more complex by the introduction of new ultra low-k dielectrics. One challenge is the minimization of sidewall damage, while etching ultra low-k porous SiCOH by fluorocarbon plasmas. The optimization of this process requires a deeper understanding of the concentration of the CF{sub 2} radical, which acts as precursor in the polymerization of the etch sample surfaces. In an industrial dielectric etching plasma reactor, the CF{sub 2} radical was measured in situ using a continuous wave quantum cascade laser (cw-QCL) around 1106.2 cm{sup −1}. We measured Doppler-resolved ro-vibrational absorption lines and determined absolute densities using transitions in the ν{sub 3} fundamental band of CF{sub 2} with the aid of an improved simulation of the line strengths. We found that the CF{sub 2} radical concentration during the etching plasma process directly correlates to the layer structure of the etched wafer. Hence, this correlation can serve as a diagnostic tool of dielectric etching plasma processes. Applying QCL based absorption spectroscopy opens up the way for advanced process monitoring and etching controlling in semiconductor manufacturing.

  12. Absolute intensities of the vacuum ultraviolet spectra in oxide etch plasma processing discharges

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    WOODWORTH,JOSEPH R.; RILEY,MERLE E.; AMATUCCI,VINCENT A.; HAMILTON,THOMAS W.; ARAGON,BEN P.

    2000-05-01

    In this paper, the authors report the absolute intensities of ultraviolet light between 4.9 eV and 24 eV ( 250 nm to 50 mn ) striking a silicon wafer in a number of oxide-etch processing discharges. The emphasis is on photons with energies greater than 8.8 eV, which have enough energy to damage SiO{sub 2}. These discharges were in an inductively-driven Gaseous Electronics Conference reference cell which had been modified to more closely resemble commercial etching tools. Comparisons of measurements made through a side port in the cell and through a hole in the wafer indicate that the VUV light in these discharges is strongly trapped. For the pure halocarbon gases examined in these experiments (C{sub 2}F{sub 6}, CHF{sub 3}, C{sub 4}F{sub 8}), the fluxes of VUV photons to the wafer varied from 1 x 10{sup 15} to 3 x 10{sup 15} photons/cm{sup 2} sec or equivalently from 1.5 to 5 mW/cm{sup 2}. These measurements imply that 0.1% to 0.3% of the rf source power to these discharges ends up hitting the wafer as VUV photons for the typical 20 mT, 200 W rf discharges. For typical ashing discharges containing pure oxygen, the VUV intensities are slightly higher--about 8 mW/cm{sup 2} . As argon or hydrogen diluents are added to the fluorocarbon gases, the VUV intensities increase dramatically, with a 10/10/10 mixture of Ar/C{sub 2}F{sub 6}/H{sub 2} yielding VUV fluxes on the wafer 26 mW/cm{sup 2} and pure argon discharges yielding 52 mW/cm{sup 2} . Adding an rf bias to the wafer had only a small effect on the VUV observed through a side-port of the GEC cell.

  13. Molecular dynamic simulation study of plasma etching L10 FePt media in embedded mask patterning (EMP) process

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    Zhu, Jianxin; Quarterman, P.; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2017-05-01

    Plasma etching process of single-crystal L10-FePt media [H. Wang et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 102(5) (2013)] is studied using molecular dynamic simulation. Embedded-Atom Method [M. S. Daw and M. I. Baskes, Phy. Rev. B 29, 6443 (1984); X. W. Zhou, R. A. Johnson and H. N. G. Wadley, Phy. Rev. B 69, 144113 (2004)] is used to calculate the interatomic potential within atoms in FePt alloy, and ZBL potential [J.F. Ziegler, J. P. Biersack and U. Littmark, "The Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter," Volume 1, Pergamon,1985] in comparison with conventional Lennard-Jones "12-6" potential is applied to interactions between etching gas ions and metal atoms. It is shown the post-etch structure defects can include amorphized surface layer and lattice interstitial point defects that caused by etchant ions passed through the surface layer. We show that the amorphized or damaged FePt lattice surface layer (or "magnetic dead-layer") thickness after etching increases with ion energy for Ar ion impacts, but significantly small for He ions at up to 250eV ion energy. However, we showed that He sputtering creates more interstitial defects at lower energy levels and defects are deeper below the surface compared to Ar sputtering. We also calculate the interstitial defect level and depth as dependence on ion energy for both Ar and He ions. Media magnetic property loss due to these defects is also discussed.

  14. Very deep fused silica etching

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    Steingoetter, Ingo; Grosse, Axel; Fouckhardt, Henning

    2003-01-01

    Fabrication processes for wet chemical and dry etching of hollow capillary leaky optical waveguides in high-purity fused silica for extended path cells for improved optical detection in analytical chemistry are described. We focus on microstructures with etch depths on the order of 80 μm. Special attention is paid to the preparation of the etch masks for the two different etch technologies. The fused silica wet chemical etching technique uses buffered hydrofluoric acid with ultrasonic agitation achieving etch rates > 100 nm/min. We succeeded in developing an etch process based on a single-layer photoresist (AZ 5214E, Clariant Corp.) soft mask, which gives excellent results due to special adhesion promotion and a photoresist hardening cycle after the developing step. This procedure allows for the production of channels of nearly semi-cylindrical profiles with etch depths of up to 87 μm. For the dry etch process a ~10 μm thick Ni layer is used as a hard mask realized with electroplating and a thick photoresist. The etch process is performed in an ECR (Electron Cyclotron Resonance) chamber using CF4 gas. The resulting etch rate for fused silica is about 138 nm/min. Etch depths of (accidentally also) 87 μm are achieved.

  15. Chemical downstream etching of tungsten

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    Blain, M.G.; Jarecki, R.L.; Simonson, R.J.

    1998-07-01

    The downstream etching of tungsten and tungsten oxide has been investigated. Etching of chemical vapor deposited tungsten and e-beam deposited tungsten oxide samples was performed using atomic fluorine generated by a microwave discharge of argon and NF{sub 3}. Etching was found to be highly activated with activation energies approximated to be 6.0{plus_minus}0.5thinspkcal/mol and 5.4{plus_minus}0.4thinspkcal/mol for W and WO{sub 3}, respectively. In the case of F etching of tungsten, the addition of undischarged nitric oxide (NO) directly into the reaction chamber results in the competing effects of catalytic etch rate enhancement and the formation of a nearly stoichiometric WO{sub 3} passivating tungsten oxide film, which ultimately stops the etching process. For F etching of tungsten oxide, the introduction of downstream NO reduces the etch rate. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Vacuum Society.}

  16. Simulation of Plasma Etching

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    Moroz, Paul; Moroz, Daniel

    2016-09-01

    Plasma is an indispensable tool in materials processing. It provides chemically and physically active species and directional flows of energetic species enabling deep etching with good straight profiles required by the industry. At present time, the only feasible methods of simulating the resulting feature profiles are those which fall within the scope of feature-scale (FS) simulation methods, utilizing engineering-type of reactions of incoming species with solid materials. At the same time, the molecule dynamics (MD) methods are emerging as an important alternative approach to simulating extremely small features with sizes below of a few nanometers. In our presentation, we discuss both FS methods implemented into the FPS3D code and MD methods implemented into the MDSS code. We also discuss the ways of extracting information about the reactions and interactions used in FS codes from the MD simulations utilizing the approach of interatomic potentials. For this presentation, we selected two types of simulation cases for etching. The first type considers simulation of mostly etching and implantation, such as during Si etching by chlorine-argon plasma. The second type considers ALE (atomic layer etch) when etching is done by a cyclic process of surface passivation/activation with the following process of etching/removal of a single atomic layer per cycle or per a few cycles, allowing ultimate processing accuracy. The simulations are carried out with both FS and MD codes to provide the data for relation and comparison between those two very different approaches.

  17. Etching and Growth of GaAs

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    Seabaugh, A. C.; Mattauch, R., J.

    1983-01-01

    In-place process for etching and growth of gallium arsenide calls for presaturation of etch and growth melts by arsenic source crystal. Procedure allows precise control of thickness of etch and newly grown layer on substrate. Etching and deposition setup is expected to simplify processing and improve characteristics of gallium arsenide lasers, high-frequency amplifiers, and advanced integrated circuits.

  18. Etching and Growth of GaAs

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    Seabaugh, A. C.; Mattauch, R., J.

    1983-01-01

    In-place process for etching and growth of gallium arsenide calls for presaturation of etch and growth melts by arsenic source crystal. Procedure allows precise control of thickness of etch and newly grown layer on substrate. Etching and deposition setup is expected to simplify processing and improve characteristics of gallium arsenide lasers, high-frequency amplifiers, and advanced integrated circuits.

  19. Fabrication of combined-scale nano- and microfluidic polymer systems using a multilevel dry etching, electroplating and molding process

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    Tanzi, Simone; Østergaard, Peter Friis; Matteucci, Marco; Lehrmann Christiansen, Thomas; Cech, Jiri; Marie, Rodolphe; Taboryski, Rafael

    2012-11-01

    Microfabricated single-cell capture and DNA stretching devices have been produced by injection molding. The fabrication scheme employed deep reactive ion etching in a silicon substrate, electroplating in nickel and molding in cyclic olefin polymer. This work proposes technical solutions to fabrication challenges associated with chip sealing and demolding of polymer high-volume replication methods. UV-assisted thermal bonding was found to ensure a strong seal of the microstructures in the molded part without altering the geometry of the channels. In the DNA stretching device, a low aspect ratio nanoslit (1/200) connecting two larger micro-channels was used to stretch a 168.5 kbp DNA molecule, while in the other device single-HeLa cells were captured against a micro-aperture connecting two larger microfluidic channels. Different dry etching processes have been investigated for the master origination of the cell-capture device. The combination of a modified Bosch process and an isotropic polysilicon etch was found to ensure the ease of demolding by resulting in slightly positively tapered sidewalls with negligible undercut at the mask interface.

  20. Selective recovery of pure copper nanopowder from indium-tin-oxide etching wastewater by various wet chemical reduction process: Understanding their chemistry and comparisons of sustainable valorization processes.

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    Swain, Basudev; Mishra, Chinmayee; Hong, Hyun Seon; Cho, Sung-Soo

    2016-05-01

    Sustainable valorization processes for selective recovery of pure copper nanopowder from Indium-Tin-Oxide (ITO) etching wastewater by various wet chemical reduction processes, their chemistry has been investigated and compared. After the indium recovery by solvent extraction from ITO etching wastewater, the same is also an environmental challenge, needs to be treated before disposal. After the indium recovery, ITO etching wastewater contains 6.11kg/m(3) of copper and 1.35kg/m(3) of aluminum, pH of the solution is very low converging to 0 and contain a significant amount of chlorine in the media. In this study, pure copper nanopowder was recovered using various reducing reagents by wet chemical reduction and characterized. Different reducing agents like a metallic, an inorganic acid and an organic acid were used to understand reduction behavior of copper in the presence of aluminum in a strong chloride medium of the ITO etching wastewater. The effect of a polymer surfactant Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), which was included to prevent aggregation, to provide dispersion stability and control the size of copper nanopowder was investigated and compared. The developed copper nanopowder recovery techniques are techno-economical feasible processes for commercial production of copper nanopowder in the range of 100-500nm size from the reported facilities through a one-pot synthesis. By all the process reported pure copper nanopowder can be recovered with>99% efficiency. After the copper recovery, copper concentration in the wastewater reduced to acceptable limit recommended by WHO for wastewater disposal. The process is not only beneficial for recycling of copper, but also helps to address environment challenged posed by ITO etching wastewater. From a complex wastewater, synthesis of pure copper nanopowder using various wet chemical reduction route and their comparison is the novelty of this recovery process.

  1. Combination of gettering and etching in multicrystalline silicon used in solar cells processing

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    Dimassi, W.; Bouaïcha, M.; Nouri, H.; Ben Nasrallah, S.; Bessaïs, B.

    2006-12-01

    Undesired impurities can be removed away from multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers by combining porous silicon (PS) formation and heat treatments. The gettering procedure used in this work is based on the formation of a PS film at both back and front sides of the mc-Si wafers, followed by a heat treatment. The latter was achieved in an infrared furnace at different temperatures and during various periods. We show that when the based material undergoes such a gettering, the electrical properties (short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage, serial and shunt resistances) and the electronic parameters (diffusion length and grain boundary recombination velocity) of the corresponding solar cells can be improved only if some regions of the wafers are etched. Compared to reference cells based on untreated wafers, the diffusion length and grain boundary recombination velocity of solar cells fabricated from gettered and etched samples was improved by about 30% and reduced by a factor of 10, respectively.

  2. Agile dry etching of compound semiconductors for science-based manufacturing using in-situ process control

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    ASHBY,CAROL I.; VAWTER,GREGORY A.; BREILAND,WILLIAM G.; BRUSKAS,LARRY A.; WOODWORTH,JOSEPH R.; HEBNER,GREGORY A.

    2000-02-01

    In-situ optical diagnostics and ion beam diagnostics for plasma-etch and reactive-ion-beam etch (RIBE) tools have been developed and implemented on etch tools in the Compound Semiconductor Research Laboratory (CSRL). The optical diagnostics provide real-time end-point detection during plasma etching of complex thin-film layered structures that require precision etching to stop on a particular layer in the structure. The Monoetch real-time display and analysis program developed with this LDRD displays raw and filtered reflectance signals that enable an etch system operator to stop an etch at the desired depth within the desired layer. The ion beam diagnostics developed with this LDRD will permit routine analysis of critical ion-beam profile characteristics that determine etch uniformity and reproducibility on the RIBE tool.

  3. Etch By-Products in Plasma Etching

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    Radtke, Matthew T.; Coburn, J. W.; Graves, David B.

    2002-10-01

    Etch byproducts commonly play a major role in plasma composition, influencing etch rate, anisotropy, critical dimension control, and selectivity. Environmental implications associated with the etching process and subsequent chamber cleans are also a concern for new materials. In this work, experimental diagnostics were used to study silicon etch byproduct chemistry in Cl_2/O2 plasmas as a model case. We report studies using an inductively coupled plasma reactor equipped with a cooled, rf-biased chuck, a downstream FTIR spectrometer, a quartz crystal microbalance, a Langmuir probe, an ion flux wall probe, an ion mass spectrometer, a separate threshold ionization mass spectrometer for neutral radical detection, and an optical emission spectrometer . Neutral mass spectrometer measurements in pure SiCl4 were used to measure the SiCl4 electron impact direct ionization cross section and dissociative ionization thresholds for SiCl_x^+ ions. Ion and neutral mass spectrometry were used to measure plasma composition in order to demonstrate the relative importance of etch byproducts. Specie wall fluxes were then calculated and compared with in-situ wall deposition and ex-situ XPS measurements to study the wall deposition mechanism.

  4. Prediction of UV spectra and UV-radiation damage in actual plasma etching processes using on-wafer monitoring technique

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    Jinnai, Butsurin; Fukuda, Seiichi; Ohtake, Hiroto; Samukawa, Seiji

    2010-02-01

    UV radiation during plasma processing affects the surface of materials. Nevertheless, the interaction of UV photons with surface is not clearly understood because of the difficulty in monitoring photons during plasma processing. For this purpose, we have previously proposed an on-wafer monitoring technique for UV photons. For this study, using the combination of this on-wafer monitoring technique and a neural network, we established a relationship between the data obtained from the on-wafer monitoring technique and UV spectra. Also, we obtained absolute intensities of UV radiation by calibrating arbitrary units of UV intensity with a 126 nm excimer lamp. As a result, UV spectra and their absolute intensities could be predicted with the on-wafer monitoring. Furthermore, we developed a prediction system with the on-wafer monitoring technique to simulate UV-radiation damage in dielectric films during plasma etching. UV-induced damage in SiOC films was predicted in this study. Our prediction results of damage in SiOC films shows that UV spectra and their absolute intensities are the key cause of damage in SiOC films. In addition, UV-radiation damage in SiOC films strongly depends on the geometry of the etching structure. The on-wafer monitoring technique should be useful in understanding the interaction of UV radiation with surface and in optimizing plasma processing by controlling UV radiation.

  5. Direct fabrication of compound-eye microlens array on curved surfaces by a facile femtosecond laser enhanced wet etching process

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    Bian, Hao; Wei, Yang; Yang, Qing; Chen, Feng; Zhang, Fan; Du, Guangqing; Yong, Jiale; Hou, Xun

    2016-11-01

    We report a direct fabrication of an omnidirectional negative microlens array on a curved substrate by a femtosecond laser enhanced chemical etching process, which is utilized as a molding template for duplicating bioinspired compound eyes. The femtosecond laser treatment of the curved glass substrate employs a common x-y-z stage without rotating the sample surface perpendicular to the laser beam, and uniform, omnidirectional-aligned negative microlenses are generated after a hydrofluoric acid etching. Using the negative microlens array on the concave glass substrate as a molding template, we fabricate an artificial compound eye with 3000 positive microlenses of 95-μm diameter close-packed on a 5-mm polymer hemisphere. Compared to the transferring process, the negative microlenses directly fabricated on the curved mold by our method are distortion-free, and the duplicated artificial eye presents clear and uniform imaging capabilities. This work provides a facile and efficient route to the fabrication of microlenses on any curved substrates without complicated alignment and motion control processes, which has the potential for the development of new microlens-based devices and systems.

  6. Reduction of epitaxial defects on 4°-off 4Hsbnd SiC homo-epitaxial growth by optimizing in-situ etching process

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    Sun, Yongqiang; Feng, Gan; Zhang, Jianhui; Qian, Weining; Kang, Junyong

    2016-11-01

    The investigations of in-situ etching of 4Hsbnd SiC epi-growth on 4° off-axis 100 mm diameter substrates under different conditions have been carried out in a commercial warm-wall multi-wafer planetary reactor. The surface morphologies of the as-etched substrates have been characterized by atomic force microscopy on 20 × 20 μm2. Based on the step height and roughness mean square, the best etching condition for 4Hsbnd SiC 4° off-axis substrates was determined to be H2 + HCl at 1500 °C for 10 min. With the optimized in-situ etching process, high quality 4Hsbnd SiC epitaxial layers with excellent surface morphology have been obtained, and the defect density is lowered to 0.45 cm-2 resulting in a projected 2 × 2 mm die yield of ∼98%.

  7. Enhancing hydrophilicity and water permeability of PET track-etched membranes by advanced oxidation process

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    Korolkov, Ilya V.; Mashentseva, Anastassiya A.; Güven, Olgun; Zdorovets, Maxim V.; Taltenov, Abzal A.

    2015-12-01

    In this study we present results on the application of advanced oxidation systems for effective and non-toxic oxidation of poly(ethylene terephthalate) track-etched membranes (PET TeMs) to improve their wettability and water transport properties. Two oxidizing systems: H2O2 under UV irradiation (H2O2/UV) and Fenton system under visible light (Fenton/H2O2/Vis) were compared. The surface of functionalized PET TeMs was characterized by using colorimetric assay, contact angle measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Results clearly showed that water permeability of PET TeMs treated with H2O2/UV was improved by 28 ± 5% compared with etched-only membrane, the same parameter was found to increase by 13 ± 4% in the case of Fenton/H2O2/Vis treatment. The proposed oxidation technique is very simple, environment friendly and not requiring special equipment or expensive chemicals. The surface hydrophilicity of the membranes stored for 360 days in air between paper sheets was analyzed by contact angle test, colorimetric assay to measure concentration of carboxylic groups on the surface with toluidine blue and XPS analysis. The hydrophilic properties of oxidized PET TeMs were found to be stable for a long period of time.

  8. Photomask etch system and process for 10nm technology node and beyond

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    Chandrachood, Madhavi; Grimbergen, Michael; Yu, Keven; Leung, Toi; Tran, Jeffrey; Chen, Jeff; Bivens, Darin; Yalamanchili, Rao; Wistrom, Richard; Faure, Tom; Bartlau, Peter; Crawford, Shaun; Sakamoto, Yoshifumi

    2015-10-01

    While the industry is making progress to offer EUV lithography schemes to attain ultimate critical dimensions down to 20 nm half pitch, an interim optical lithography solution to address an immediate need for resolution is offered by various integration schemes using advanced PSM (Phase Shift Mask) materials including thin e-beam resist and hard mask. Using the 193nm wavelength to produce 10nm or 7nm patterns requires a range of optimization techniques, including immersion and multiple patterning, which place a heavy demand on photomask technologies. Mask schemes with hard mask certainly help attain better selectivity and hence better resolution but pose integration challenges and defectivity issues. This paper presents a new photomask etch solution for attenuated phase shift masks that offers high selectivity (Cr:Resist > 1.5:1), tighter control on the CD uniformity with a 3sigma value approaching 1 nm and controllable CD bias (5-20 nm) with excellent CD linearity performance (<5 nm) down to the finer resolution. The new system has successfully demonstrated capability to meet the 10 nm node photomask CD requirements without the use of more complicated hard mask phase shift blanks. Significant improvement in post wet clean recovery performance was demonstrated by the use of advanced chamber materials. Examples of CD uniformity, linearity, and minimum feature size, and etch bias performance on 10 nm test site and production mask designs will be shown.

  9. Precise thickness control in recess etching of AlGaN/GaN hetero-structure using photocarrier-regulated electrochemical process

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    Kumazaki, Yusuke; Uemura, Keisuke; Sato, Taketomo; Hashizume, Tamotsu

    2017-05-01

    The photocarrier-regulated electrochemical (PREC) process was developed for fabricating recessed-gate AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) for normally off operation. The PREC process is based on photo-assisted electrochemical etching using low-energy chemical reactions. The fundamental photo-electrochemical measurements on AlGaN/GaN heterostructures revealed that the photo-carriers generated in the top AlGaN layer caused homogeneous etching of AlGaN with a smooth surface, but those generated in the GaN layer underneath caused inhomogeneous etching that roughens the surface. The concept of the PREC process is to supply the photo-carriers generated only in the AlGaN layer by selecting proper conditions on light wavelength and voltage. The phenomenon of self-termination etching has been observed during the PREC process, where the etching depth was controlled by light intensity. The recessed-gate AlGaN/GaN HEMT fabricated with the PREC process showed positive threshold voltage and improvement in transconductance compared to planar-gate AlGaN/GaN HEMTs.

  10. Investigation of the layout and optical proximity correction effects to control the trench etching process on 4H-SiC

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    Kyoung, Sinsu; Jung, Eun-Sik; Sung, Man Young

    2017-07-01

    Although trench gate and super-junction technology have micro-trench problems when applied to the SiC process due to the material characteristics. In this paper, area effects are analyzed from the test element group with various patterns and optical proximity correction (OPC) methods are proposed and analyzed to reduce micro-trenches in the SiC trench etching process. First, the loading effects were analyzed from pattern samples with various trench widths (Wt). From experiments, the area must limited under a proper size for a uniform etching profile and reduced micro-trenches because a wider area accelerates the etch rate. Second, the area effects were more severely unbalanced at corner patterns because the corner pattern necessarily has an in-corner and out-corner that have different etching areas to each other. We can balance areas using OPC patterns to overcome this. Experiments with OPC represented improved micro-trench profile from when comparing differences of trench depth (Δdt) at out corner and in corner. As a result, the area effects can be used to improve the trench profile with optimized etching process conditions. Therefore, the trench gate and super-junction pillar of the SiC power MOSFET can have an improved uniform profile without micro-trenches using proper design and OPC.[Figure not available: see fulltext.

  11. Damage-free top-down processes for fabricating two-dimensional arrays of 7 nm GaAs nanodiscs using bio-templates and neutral beam etching.

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    Wang, Xuan-Yu; Huang, Chi-Hsien; Tsukamoto, Rikako; Mortemousque, Pierre-Andre; Itoh, Kohei M; Ohno, Yuzo; Samukawa, Seiji

    2011-09-07

    The first damage-free top-down fabrication processes for a two-dimensional array of 7 nm GaAs nanodiscs was developed by using ferritin (a protein which includes a 7 nm diameter iron core) bio-templates and neutral beam etching. The photoluminescence of GaAs etched with a neutral beam clearly revealed that the processes could accomplish defect-free etching for GaAs. In the bio-template process, to remove the ferritin protein shell without thermal damage to the GaAs, we firstly developed an oxygen-radical treatment method with a low temperature of 280 °C. Then, the neutral beam etched the defect-free nanodisc structure of the GaAs using the iron core as an etching mask. As a result, a two-dimensional array of GaAs quantum dots with a diameter of ∼ 7 nm, a height of ∼ 10 nm, a high taper angle of 88° and a quantum dot density of more than 7 × 10(11) cm(-2) was successfully fabricated without causing any damage to the GaAs.

  12. Improved etch and CMP process control using in-line AFM

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    Trenkler, Thomas; Kraiss, Thomas; Mantz, Ulrich; Weidner, Peter; Pinto, Rebecca H.

    2004-05-01

    As aspect ratios become higher, features become smaller, and requirements for planarity tighten, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) has begun to replace profilometry for topographic measurements such as trench and via depths, step height, and micro-planarity measurements, both in development and in production. In this paper, we describe the application of a new, high throughput AFM for line monitoring in the STI and trench capacitor modules. We focus on two key applications: the post-CMP height difference between the active area and the isolation area in the STI module, and the post-etch depth of a DRAM trench capacitor. We begin by describing the two initial AFM applications. Next, we introduce a statistical approach for determining optimal lot sampling for these applications. From the gap between throughput of our current AFMs, and statistically determined sampling requirements, we validate the need for a high throughput AFM. Next, we describe the design of such an AFM, recently developed by KLA-Tencor, and its expected benefits. Finally, we discuss the economic benefit to Infineon of detecting metrology problems in-line, without the delay and cost of cross-sectional SEM analysis.

  13. Enhanced performance of InGaN-based light emitting diodes through a special etch and regrown process in n-GaN layer.

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    Fu, Binglei; Kang, Junjie; Wei, Tongbo; Liu, Zhiqiang; Liu, Zhe; Liu, Naixin; Xiong, Zhuo; Li, Zhi; Wei, Xuecheng; Lu, Hongxi; Yi, Xiaoyan; Li, Jinmin; Wang, Junxi

    2014-08-25

    We reported that the peak efficiency together with the efficiency droop in InGaN-based light emitting diodes could be effectively modified through a simple and low-cost etch-regrown process in n-GaN layer. The etched n-GaN template contained pyramid arrays with inclined side planes. The following lateral overgrowth process from the etched n-GaN template substantially reduced the edge dislocation density and residential compressive strain in epilayers. The efficiency droop of LED samples thus could be modified due to the reduced polarization field, resulting from the strain relaxation in epilayers. What is more, the peak efficiency and reverse current leakage were also modified due to the reduction of dislocations.

  14. Enhancement on photocatalytic activity of an amorphous titanium oxide film with nano-textured surface by selective-fluorination etching process

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    Shih, Pin-Chun; Huang, Cheng-Hao; Chen, Tai-Hong; Lai, Li-Wen; Lu, Yi-Shan; Liu, Day-Shan

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • The amorphous TiO{sub x} film surface was modified via selective fluorination etching process. • The resulting nano-textured surface markedly enriched the specific surface area and surface acidity. • The photocatalytic activity was comparable to an annealed TiO{sub x} film with anatase structure. - Abstract: A selective-fluorination etching process achieved by an UV light pre-irradiation and the subsequently fluorination etching was developed to enhance the photocatalytic activity of a low-temperature deposited amorphous titanium oxide (a-TiO{sub x}) film. Textured surface on the a-TiO{sub x} films formed by this process were investigated using atomic force microscope and field emission scanning electron microscope. Evidence of the fluorine ions introduced into the a-TiO{sub x} films was examined using Fourier transform infrared spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The etching thickness of the a-TiO{sub x} film was found to be deeply relevant to the film pre-irradiated by the UV light. An a-TiO{sub x} film with nano-textured surface, which was favorable to enlarge the specific surface area, thus was obtainable from the notable etching selectivity of the film pre-irradiated by UV light through a nano-sized mask. In addition, the surface acidity of the a-TiO{sub x} film was enhanced by the formation of the Ti-F chemical bonds originating from the fluorination etching process, which also was functional to facilitate the production of surface OH free radicals. Accordingly, the resulting fluorinated a-TiO{sub x} film with nano-textured surface performed a quality photocatalytic activity comparable to that of the high-temperature achieved TiO{sub x} film with anatase structures.

  15. Individualized Learning Package about Etching.

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    Sauer, Michael J.

    An individualized learning package provides step-by-step instruction in the fundamentals of the etching process. Thirteen specific behavioral objectives are listed. A pretest, consisting of matching 15 etching terms with their definitions, is provided along with an answer key. The remainder of the learning package teaches the 13 steps of the…

  16. Ion beam etching process for high-density spintronic devices and its damage recovery by the oxygen showering post-treatment process

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    Jeong, Junho; Endoh, Tetsuo

    2017-04-01

    The electric short fail trend of the perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) caused by the ion beam etching (IBE) process is studied at various ion beam angles and cell-to-cell space widths. The number of electric short fails increases markedly at an ion beam angle greater than 35° and a cell-to-cell space width less than 30 nm at the assumed MTJ height including a hard mask (HM) of 20 nm. In order to recover these electric short fails, we propose the selective oxidation process called the oxygen showering post-treatment (OSP). By the OSP process, the number of electric short fails in sub-30-nm-spaced MTJ arrays is reduced from 25 to 0.8%, and the magnetoresistance (MR) is increased from 99 to 120%. By this result, we can verify that the damaged layer is recovered successfully by the OSP, and that the OSP can be a universal post-treatment process even beyond the 20 nm design rule for use in both reactive ion etching and IBE schemes.

  17. Ion beam sputter etching

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Rutledge, Sharon K.

    1986-01-01

    An ion beam etching process which forms extremely high aspect ratio surface microstructures using thin sputter masks is utilized in the fabrication of integrated circuits. A carbon rich sputter mask together with unmasked portions of a substrate is bombarded with inert gas ions while simultaneous carbon deposition occurs. The arrival of the carbon deposit is adjusted to enable the sputter mask to have a near zero or even slightly positive increase in thickness with time while the unmasked portions have a high net sputter etch rate.

  18. Ge and GeOx films as sacrificial layer for MEMS technology based on piezoelectric AlN: etching and planarization processes (Invited Paper)

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    Sangrador, J.; Olivares, J.; Iborra, E.; Vergara, L.; Clement, M.; Sanz-Hervas, A.

    2005-07-01

    In this article we present a study of deposition and etching techniques of germanium (Ge) and amorphous oxygen germanium (GeOx) films, with the aim of using them as sacrificial layer in the fabrication of AlN-based MEMS by surface micromachining processes. The Ge and GeOx layers were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering in Ar and Ar/O2 atmospheres. By controlling the process parameters we were able to set the final composition of the GeOx films, which was assessed by FTIR measurements. We have studied the etch rates of GeOx films with x ranging from 0 to 1 in H2O2 and H2O2/acid solutions. Depending on the etching temperature and the oxygen content in the layers, etch rates ranging from 0.2 to 2 μm/min were obtained. Nearly stoichiometric germanium oxide (GeO2) was etched in pure H2O at very high rate (>1 μm/min at room temperature). We have also developed a chemomechanical polishing (CMP) process for the planarization of Ge and GeOx. The influence of the slurries containing diverse powders (CeO2, Al2O3) and chemical agents (NH4OH, HCl), the different pads, and the various process parameters on the removal rate and the final sample topography has been studied. Finally, we have analysed the compatibility of the materials involved in the process flow with the processes of planarization and removal of the sacrificial layers.

  19. Study of Thermal Electrical Modified Etching for Glass and Its Application in Structure Etching.

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    Zhan, Zhan; Li, Wei; Yu, Lingke; Wang, Lingyun; Sun, Daoheng

    2017-02-10

    In this work, an accelerating etching method for glass named thermal electrical modified etching (TEM etching) is investigated. Based on the identification of the effect in anodic bonding, a novel method for glass structure micromachining is proposed using TEM etching. To validate the method, TEM-etched glasses are prepared and their morphology is tested, revealing the feasibility of the new method for micro/nano structure micromachining. Furthermore, two kinds of edge effect in the TEM and etching processes are analyzed. Additionally, a parameter study of TEM etching involving transferred charge, applied pressure, and etching roughness is conducted to evaluate this method. The study shows that TEM etching is a promising manufacture method for glass with low process temperature, three-dimensional self-control ability, and low equipment requirement.

  20. Study of Thermal Electrical Modified Etching for Glass and Its Application in Structure Etching

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    Zhan, Zhan; Li, Wei; Yu, Lingke; Wang, Lingyun; Sun, Daoheng

    2017-01-01

    In this work, an accelerating etching method for glass named thermal electrical modified etching (TEM etching) is investigated. Based on the identification of the effect in anodic bonding, a novel method for glass structure micromachining is proposed using TEM etching. To validate the method, TEM-etched glasses are prepared and their morphology is tested, revealing the feasibility of the new method for micro/nano structure micromachining. Furthermore, two kinds of edge effect in the TEM and etching processes are analyzed. Additionally, a parameter study of TEM etching involving transferred charge, applied pressure, and etching roughness is conducted to evaluate this method. The study shows that TEM etching is a promising manufacture method for glass with low process temperature, three-dimensional self-control ability, and low equipment requirement. PMID:28772521

  1. Stiction-free release etch with anhydrous HF/water vapor processes

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    Hanestad, Ron; Butterbaugh, Jeffery W.; ben-Hamida, Abdselem; Gelmi, Ilaria

    2001-09-01

    In today's MEMS fabrication, stiction remains one of the fundamental manufacturability challenges. A major step towards eliminating stiction problems is the use of a gas-phase process for the beam release. To date, an anhydrous HF/water vapor MEMS release process has been in production for two years with excellent repeatability and reliability. This stiction-free anhydrous HF/water vapor MEMS release process for accelerometers has been further characterized to determine and solve manufacturing challenges associated with the differences between aqueous-based and vapor-phase release processes. Detailed process characterization to further understand material compatibility with the HF/water vapor release process has been investigated. Various films such as oxides and nitrides of silicon, photoresist, and metals such as gold and aluminum have been characterized for their compatibility with the anhydrous HF/water vapor MEMS release process. Initial results with wafer dicing films are promising as these films show little degradation during extended vapor-phase release processes. The resistance of the wafer dicing films to the anhydrous HF/water vapor process makes it possible to complete the sacrificial oxide release process after substrates have been diced.

  2. Submicron patterned metal hole etching

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    McCarthy, Anthony M.; Contolini, Robert J.; Liberman, Vladimir; Morse, Jeffrey

    2000-01-01

    A wet chemical process for etching submicron patterned holes in thin metal layers using electrochemical etching with the aid of a wetting agent. In this process, the processed wafer to be etched is immersed in a wetting agent, such as methanol, for a few seconds prior to inserting the processed wafer into an electrochemical etching setup, with the wafer maintained horizontal during transfer to maintain a film of methanol covering the patterned areas. The electrochemical etching setup includes a tube which seals the edges of the wafer preventing loss of the methanol. An electrolyte composed of 4:1 water: sulfuric is poured into the tube and the electrolyte replaces the wetting agent in the patterned holes. A working electrode is attached to a metal layer of the wafer, with reference and counter electrodes inserted in the electrolyte with all electrodes connected to a potentiostat. A single pulse on the counter electrode, such as a 100 ms pulse at +10.2 volts, is used to excite the electrochemical circuit and perform the etch. The process produces uniform etching of the patterned holes in the metal layers, such as chromium and molybdenum of the wafer without adversely effecting the patterned mask.

  3. Understanding time-resolved processes in atomic-layer etching of ultra-thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film using BCl{sub 3} and Ar neutral beam

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    Jhon, Young I.; Jhon, Young Min; Min, Kyung S.; Yeom, G. Y.

    2014-09-01

    We scrutinize time-resolved processes occurring in atomic-layer etching (ALET) of ultra-thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film using BCl{sub 3} gas and Ar neutral beam by employing density functional theory calculations and experimental measurements. BCl{sub 3} gas is found to be preferentially chemisorbed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(100) in trans form with the surface atoms creating O-B and Al-Cl contacts. We disclose that the most likely sequence of etching events involves dominant detachment of Al-associated moieties at early etching stages in good agreement with our concurrent experiments on tracking Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface compositional variations during Ar bombardment. In this etching regime, we find that ALET requires half the maximum reaction energy of conventional plasma etching, which greatly increases if the etching sequence changes.

  4. Etching process mills PH 14-8 Mo alloy steel to precise tolerances

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    Chipman, B. L.; Mulland, P. W.

    1966-01-01

    Chemical milling process, which combines an aqua regia etchant with a sulfonate wetting agent, produces finishes on PH 14-8 molybdenum alloy steel to precise tolerances. This process permits precision removal of excess metal from the steel in annealed and/or aged conditions.

  5. Influence of etching processes on electronic transport in mesoscopic InAs/GaSb quantum well devices

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    Pal, Atindra Nath; Müller, Susanne; Ihn, Thomas; Ensslin, Klaus; Tschirky, Thomas; Charpentier, Christophe; Wegscheider, Werner

    2015-07-15

    We report the electronic characterization of mesoscopic Hall bar devices fabricated from coupled InAs/GaSb quantum wells sandwiched between AlSb barriers, an emerging candidate for two-dimensional topological insulators. The electronic width of the etched structures was determined from the low field magneto-resistance peak, a characteristic signature of partially diffusive boundary scattering in the ballistic limit. In case of dry-etching the electronic width was found to decrease with electron density. In contrast, for wet etched devices it stayed constant with density. Moreover, the boundary scattering was found to be more specular for wet-etched devices, which may be relevant for studying topological edge states.

  6. Etching Integrated Circuits

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    Kennedy, B. W.

    1983-01-01

    20-page report reviews methods available for etching specific layers on wafers and discusses automation techniques and features on one particular automated system. Compares two major etching methods, chemical (wet) and plasma (dry), and discusses areas in need of development. Methods covered include "dip-and-dunk" manual method of chemical etching, automated chemical etching, and plasma etching.

  7. Design and fabrication of MEMS devices using the integration of MUMPs, trench-refilled molding, DRIE and bulk silicon etching processes

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    Wu, Mingching; Fang, Weileun

    2005-03-01

    This work integrates multi-depth DRIE etching, trench-refilled molding, two poly-Si layers MUMPs and bulk releasing to improve the variety and performance of MEMS devices. In summary, the present fabrication process, named MOSBE II, has three merits. First, this process can monolithically fabricate and integrate poly-Si thin-film structures with different thicknesses and stiffnesses, such as the flexible spring and the stiff mirror plate. Second, multi-depth structures, such as vertical comb electrodes, are available from the DRIE processes. Third, a cavity under the micromachined device is provided by the bulk silicon etching process, so that a large out-of-plane motion is allowed. In application, an optical scanner driven by the self-aligned vertical comb actuator was demonstrated. The poly-Si micromachined components fabricated by MOSBE II can further integrate with the MUMPs devices to establish a more powerful MOEMS platform.

  8. Selective Si Etching Using HCl Vapor

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    Isheden, C.; Hellström, P. E.; Radamson, H. H.; Zhang, S.-L.; Östling, M.

    2004-01-01

    Selective Si etching using HCl in a reduced pressure chemical vapor deposition reactor in the temperature range 800 1000°C is investigated. At 900°C, the etch process is anisotropic, exhibiting the densely packed (100), (311) and (111) surfaces. This behavior indicates that the etch process is limited by surface reaction, since the etch rate in the directions with higher atomic concentration is lower. When the temperature is decreased to 800°C, etch pits occur. A more isotropic etch is obtained at 1000°C, however at this temperature the masking oxide is attacked and the etch surface is rough. Thus the temperature has to be under the present process conditions, confined to a narrow window to yield desirable properties.

  9. Plasma etching of cesium iodide

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    Yang, X.; Hopwood, J.; Tipnis, S.; Nagarkar, V.; Gaysinskiy, V.

    2002-01-01

    Thick films of cesium iodide (CsI) are often used to convert x-ray images into visible light. Spreading of the visible light within CsI, however, reduces the resolution of the resulting image. Anisotropic etching of the CsI film into an array of micropixels can improve the image resolution by confining light within each pixel. The etching process uses a high-density inductively coupled plasma to pattern CsI samples held by a heated, rf-biased chuck. Fluorine-containing gases such as CF4 are found to enhance the etch rate by an order of magnitude compared to Ar+ sputtering alone. Without inert-gas ion bombardment, however, the CF4 etch becomes self-limited within a few microns of depth due to the blanket deposition of a passivation layer. Using CF4+Ar continuously removes this layer from the lateral surfaces, but the formation of a thick passivation layer on the unbombarded sidewalls of etched features is observed by scanning electron microscopy. At a substrate temperature of 220 °C, the minimum ion-bombardment energy for etching is Ei~50 eV, and the rate depends on Ei1/2 above 65 eV. In dilute mixtures of CF4 and Ar, the etch rate is proportional to the gas-phase density of atomic fluorine. Above 50% CF4, however, the rate decreases, indicating the onset of net surface polymer deposition. These observations suggest that anisotropy is obtained through the ion-enhanced inhibitor etching mechanism. Etching exhibits an Arrhenius-type behavior in which the etch rate increases from ~40 nm/min at 40 °C to 380 nm/min at 330 °C. The temperature dependence corresponds to an activation energy of 0.13+/-0.01 eV. This activation energy is consistent with the electronic sputtering mechanism for alkali halides.

  10. Molecular dynamics study on fluorine radical multilayer adsorption mechanism during Si, SiO2, and Si3N4 etching processes

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    Numazawa, Satoshi; Machida, Ken; Isobe, Michiro; Hamaguchi, Satoshi

    2016-11-01

    The surface adsorption processes of fluorine (F) radicals on silicon (Si), silicon dioxide (SiO2), and silicon nitride (Si3N4) substrates during reactive ion etching (RIE) with F incident flux have been studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation with bond-order potential functions. In such processes, F radicals are trapped on adsorption sites and thin mixing layers are formed. The radicals break existing bonds near the surface and new trapping sites are generated with specific probabilities. By introducing an extended Langmuir adsorption model, the multilayer adsorption mechanism during etching has been elucidated. The newly proposed Langmuir model takes into account this dynamical site generation by considering two different states of the F mixing layer. The adsorption-desorption processes predicted by the extended Langmuir model are compared with MD simulation results.

  11. High-etch-rate deep anisotropic plasma etching of silicon for MEMS fabrication

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    Pandhumsoporn, Tam; Wang, Lei; Feldbaum, Michael; Gadgil, Prashant; Puech, Michel; Maquin, Philippe

    1998-07-01

    MEMS fabrication faces multiple technological challenges before it can become a commercially viable technology. One key fabrication process required is the deep silicon etching for forming high aspect ratio structures. There is an increasing interest in the use of dry plasma etching for this application because of its anisotropic (i.e. independent of silicon crystal orientation) etching behavior, high etch rate, and its compatibility with traditional IC processing. Alcatel has developed a patented inductively coupled high density plasma source which delivers high etch rate, uniform, anisotropic silicon etching to depths as deep as 500 micrometers . This plasma source has been used for fabricating devices such as accelerometers, yaw rate sensors etc. Etch process performance data on some of these devices will be presented. Thus the Alcatel deep etching system provides the enabling technology requires for deep silicon micromachining of microsensors.

  12. Preface: Special Topic on Atomic and Molecular Layer Processing: Deposition, Patterning, and Etching

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    Engstrom, James R.; Kummel, Andrew C.

    2017-02-01

    Thin film processing technologies that promise atomic and molecular scale control have received increasing interest in the past several years, as traditional methods for fabrication begin to reach their fundamental limits. Many of these technologies involve at their heart phenomena occurring at or near surfaces, including adsorption, gas-surface reactions, diffusion, desorption, and re-organization of near-surface layers. Moreover many of these phenomena involve not just reactions occurring under conditions of local thermodynamic equilibrium but also the action of energetic species including electrons, ions, and hyperthermal neutrals. There is a rich landscape of atomic and molecular scale interactions occurring in these systems that is still not well understood. In this Special Topic Issue of The Journal of Chemical Physics, we have collected recent representative examples of work that is directed at unraveling the mechanistic details concerning atomic and molecular layer processing, which will provide an important framework from which these fields can continue to develop. These studies range from the application of theory and computation to these systems to the use of powerful experimental probes, such as X-ray synchrotron radiation, probe microscopies, and photoelectron and infrared spectroscopies. The work presented here helps in identifying some of the major challenges and direct future activities in this exciting area of research involving atomic and molecular layer manipulation and fabrication.

  13. Preface: Special Topic on Atomic and Molecular Layer Processing: Deposition, Patterning, and Etching.

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    Engstrom, James R; Kummel, Andrew C

    2017-02-07

    Thin film processing technologies that promise atomic and molecular scale control have received increasing interest in the past several years, as traditional methods for fabrication begin to reach their fundamental limits. Many of these technologies involve at their heart phenomena occurring at or near surfaces, including adsorption, gas-surface reactions, diffusion, desorption, and re-organization of near-surface layers. Moreover many of these phenomena involve not just reactions occurring under conditions of local thermodynamic equilibrium but also the action of energetic species including electrons, ions, and hyperthermal neutrals. There is a rich landscape of atomic and molecular scale interactions occurring in these systems that is still not well understood. In this Special Topic Issue of The Journal of Chemical Physics, we have collected recent representative examples of work that is directed at unraveling the mechanistic details concerning atomic and molecular layer processing, which will provide an important framework from which these fields can continue to develop. These studies range from the application of theory and computation to these systems to the use of powerful experimental probes, such as X-ray synchrotron radiation, probe microscopies, and photoelectron and infrared spectroscopies. The work presented here helps in identifying some of the major challenges and direct future activities in this exciting area of research involving atomic and molecular layer manipulation and fabrication.

  14. Finite-size effect on the charging free energy of protein in explicit solvent.

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    Ekimoto, Toru; Matubayasi, Nobuyuki; Ikeguchi, Mitsunori

    2015-01-13

    The finite-size effect in periodic system is examined for the charging free energy of protein in explicit solvent over a variety of charged states. The key to the finite-size correction is the self-energy, which is defined as the interaction energy of the solute with its own periodic images and the neutralizing background. By employing the thermodynamic-integration method with systematically varied sizes of the unit cell of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we show for ubiquitin that the self-energy corrects the finite-size effect on the charging free energy within 1 kcal/mol at total charges of -5e, -1e, neutral, and +1e and within 5 kcal/mol even for a highly charged state with +8e. We then sought the additional correction from the solvation effect using the numerical solution to the Poisson equation of the protein with implicit solvent. This correction reduces the cell-size dependence of the charging free energy at +8e to 3 kcal/mol and is well expressed as the self-energy divided by the dielectric constant of solvent water.

  15. Method for anisotropic etching in the manufacture of semiconductor devices

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    Koontz, Steven L.; Cross, Jon B.

    1993-01-01

    Hydrocarbon polymer coatings used in microelectronic manufacturing processes are anisotropically etched by atomic oxygen beams (translational energies of 0.2-20 eV, preferably 1-10 eV). Etching with hyperthermal (kinetic energy>1 eV) oxygen atom species obtains highly anisotropic etching with sharp boundaries between etched and mask-protected areas.

  16. Method for anisotropic etching in the manufacture of semiconductor devices

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    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor); Cross, Jon B. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    Hydrocarbon polymer coatings used in microelectronic manufacturing processes are anisotropically etched by hyperthermal atomic oxygen beams (translational energies of 0.2 to 20 eV, preferably 1 to 10 eV). Etching with hyperthermal oxygen atom species obtains highly anisotropic etching with sharp boundaries between etched and mask protected areas.

  17. Large-scale micro- and nanopatterns of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells by mold-assisted chemical-etching process.

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    Wang, Yi-Chung; Cheng, Hsiang-Ying; Yen, Yu-Ting; Wu, Tsung-Ta; Hsu, Cheng-Hung; Tsai, Hung-Wei; Shen, Chang-Hong; Shieh, Jia-Min; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2015-04-28

    A reactive mold-assisted chemical etching (MACE) process through an easy-to-make agarose stamp soaked in bromine methanol etchant to rapidly imprint larger area micro- and nanoarrays on CIGS substrates was demonstrated. Interestingly, by using the agarose stamp during the MACE process with and without additive containing oil and triton, CIGS microdome and microhole arrays can be formed on the CIGS substrate. Detailed formation mechanisms of microstructures and the chemical composition variation after the etching process were investigated. In addition, various microand nanostructures were also demonstrated by this universal approach. The microstructure arrays integrated into standard CIGS solar cells with thinner thickness can still achieve an efficiency of 11.22%, yielding an enhanced efficiency of ∼18% compared with that of their planar counterpart due to an excellent absorption behavior confirmed by the simulation results, which opens up a promising way for the realization of high-efficiency micro- or nanostructured thin-film solar cells. Finally, the complete dissolution of agarose stamp into hot water demonstrates an environmentally friendly method by the mold-assisted chemical etching process through an easy-to-make agarose stamp.

  18. Electrode-selective deposition/etching processes using an SiF4/H2/Ar plasma chemistry excited by sawtooth tailored voltage waveforms

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    Wang, J. K.; Johnson, E. V.

    2017-01-01

    We report on the electrode-selective deposition and etching of hydrogenated silicon thin films using a plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition process excited by sawtooth-shaped tailored voltage waveforms (TVWs). The slope asymmetry of such waveforms leads to a different rate of sheath expansion and contraction at each electrode, and therefore different electron power absorption near each electrode. This effect was employed with an SiF4/H2/Ar plasma chemistry, as the surface processes that result from this gas mixture depend strongly on the local balance between multiple precursors. For a specific gas flow ratio, a deposition rate of 0.82 Å s-1 on one electrode and an etching rate of 1.2 Å s-1 on the other were achieved. Moreover, this deposition/etching balance is controlled by the H2 flow rate, which limits the deposition rate at low flows. When the H2 injection is sufficiently high, the processes are then limited by the dissociation of SiF4, and the relative rate of the surface processes on the two electrodes are reversed, i.e. a higher net deposition rate is observed on the electrode where the fast sheath contraction occurs due to the electronegative character of the plasma.

  19. Photoelectric characteristics of InGaP/Ga(In)As/Ge solar cells fabricated with a single-stage wet chemical etching separation process

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    Kalinovsky, Vitaly S.; Grebenshchikova, Elena A.; Dmitriev, Pavel A.; Il'inskaya, Natalia D.; Kontrosh, Evgeny V.; Malevskaya, Alexandra V.; Usikova, Anna A.; Andreev, Viacheslav M.

    2014-09-01

    In this work we present a post-growth fabrication process, in which the separation of InGaP/Ga(In)As/Ge epitaxial wafers into individual elements is done in a single-stage wet chemical etching process, which produces a smooth etching profile. This process makes it easier to apply a passivating protective layer to the element mesa sidewall, increasing both average cell efficiency and reliability. To assess fabricated multi-junction solar cell quality, dark J-V characteristics were measured directly on the epitaxial wafer at current densities of (1ṡ10-12 - 10) A/cm2 and voltages of (0 - 3) V. The dominating current flow mechanisms and their corresponding pre-exponential factors J0i were determined, and estimates of cell efficiencies made. We have demonstrated that the post-growth processes with single-stage separation etching of InGaP/Ga(In)As/Ge epitaxial wafers allows fabricating multi-junction solar cells with very similar J-V characteristics, similar low values of pre-exponential factors corresponding to "tunnel-trap" (overabundant) and "recombination" current flow mechanisms and high efficiencies.

  20. Effects of HSQ e-beam Resist Processing on the Fabrication of ICP-RIE Etched TiO2 Nanostructures

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    Hotovy, Ivan; Kostic, Ivan; Predanocy, Martin; Nemec, Pavol; Rehacek, Vlastimil

    2016-12-01

    Patterning of metal oxide nanostructures with different shapes and well-defined size may play an important role in the improvement of MEMS systems, sensors and optical devices. We investigated the effects of HSQ e-beam resist processing on the fabrication of sputtered TiO2 nanostructures. They were patterned using direct write e-beam lithography combined with ICP-RIE etching in CF4/Ar plasma. Experimental results confirmed that the HSQ resist with a thickness of about 600 nm is suitable as a masking material for optimal etching process and allows patterning of the dots array in TiO2 sputtered films with a thickness up 150 nm. TiO2 arrays with a minimal dots diameter of 180 nm and spacing of 1000 nm were successfully developed.

  1. Metal etching composition

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    Otousa, Joseph E. (Inventor); Thomas, Clark S. (Inventor); Foster, Robert E. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a chemical etching composition for etching metals or metallic alloys. The composition includes a solution of hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, ethylene glycol, and an oxidizing agent. The etching composition is particularly useful for etching metal surfaces in preparation for subsequent fluorescent penetrant inspection.

  2. The tailored inner space of TiO2 electrodes via a 30 second wet etching process: high efficiency solid-state perovskite solar cells

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    Kwon, Jeong; Kim, Sung June; Park, Jong Hyoek

    2015-06-01

    We fabricated a perovskite solar cell with enhanced device efficiency based on the tailored inner space of the TiO2 electrode by utilizing a very short chemical etching process. It was found that the mesoporous TiO2 photoanode treated with a HF solution exhibited remarkably enhanced power conversion efficiencies under simulated AM 1.5G one sun illumination. The controlled inner space and morphology of the etched TiO2 electrode provide an optimized space for perovskite sensitizers and infiltration of a hole transport layer without sacrificing its original electron transport ability, which resulted in higher JSC, FF and VOC values. This simple platform provides new opportunities for tailoring the microstructure of the TiO2 electrode and has great potential in various optoelectronic devices utilizing metal oxide nanostructures.We fabricated a perovskite solar cell with enhanced device efficiency based on the tailored inner space of the TiO2 electrode by utilizing a very short chemical etching process. It was found that the mesoporous TiO2 photoanode treated with a HF solution exhibited remarkably enhanced power conversion efficiencies under simulated AM 1.5G one sun illumination. The controlled inner space and morphology of the etched TiO2 electrode provide an optimized space for perovskite sensitizers and infiltration of a hole transport layer without sacrificing its original electron transport ability, which resulted in higher JSC, FF and VOC values. This simple platform provides new opportunities for tailoring the microstructure of the TiO2 electrode and has great potential in various optoelectronic devices utilizing metal oxide nanostructures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01714a

  3. Dynamics of self-assembled droplet etching

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    Heyn, Ch.; Stemmann, A.; Hansen, W.

    2009-10-01

    We study the self-assembled local droplet etching of nanoholes in AlGaAs surfaces with Ga droplets. The data establish an unexpected delay of both the hole drilling process as well as the removal of the liquid material after etching. Furthermore, coarsening by Ostwald ripening is found to reduce the droplet density before drilling. Basing on these findings, we propose a growth, coarsening, drilling, and removal mechanism for the droplet etching process.

  4. Deep-UV positive resist image by dry etching (DUV PRIME): a robust process for 0.3-μm contact holes

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    Louis, Didier; Laporte, Philippe; Molle, Pascale; Ullmann, H.

    1994-05-01

    Classical positive resist process for DUV is not yet available and stabilized. We noticed various limiting points such as the delay time for resist material, the limitation of thickness related to ultimate resolution, and the bulk effect. P.R.I.M.E. (Positive Resist Image by dry Etching) process technology using DUV 248 nm exposure wavelength improve solutions for each process parameters, for example, a well known and stable resist (J.S.R- U.C.B PLASMASK 200G) is used with Hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS) as silylated compound. The combination of DUV exposure and top surface imaging P.R.I.M.E. process can open contact holes down to 0.3 micrometers with a large process window and a good wafer uniformity. This publication will show the improvement of each process parameter. Extended information will be given for process latitude (focus and exposure). We demonstrated and verified the feasibility of the contact holes process by etching 1 micrometers oxide (BPSG + USG) through the PRIME process lithography.

  5. Etched Terrain

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    2003-01-01

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    Released 17 June 2003

    This stunning THEMIS visible image was acquired in 'etched terrain' near the south pole of Mars. In several places in this image there are large areas with many dark spots. These spots have been noticed to appear and disappear as the seasons progress on Mars. As the southern hemisphere of Mars gets warmer, carbon dioxide frost present in this terrain sublimates, leaving behind the dark spots.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -73.5, Longitude 351.3 East (8.7 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  6. In-Plasma Photo-Assisted Etching

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    Economou, Demetre

    2015-09-01

    A methodology to precisely control the ion energy distribution (IED) on a substrate allowed the study of silicon etching as a function of ion energy at near-threshold energies. Surprisingly, a substantial etching rate was observed, independent of ion energy, when the ion energy was below the ion-assisted etching threshold (~ 16 eV for etching silicon with chlorine plasma). Careful experiments led to the conclusion that this ``sub-threshold'' etching was due to photons, predominately at wavelengths <1700 Å. Among the plasmas investigated, photo-assisted etching (PAE) was lowest in Br2/Ar gas mixtures and highest in HBr/Cl2/Ar. Above threshold etching rates scaled with the square root of ion energy. PAE rates scaled with the product of surface halogen coverage (measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and Ar emission intensity (7504 Å). Scanning electron and atomic force microscopy (SEM and AFM) revealed that photo-etched surfaces were very rough, quite likely due to the inability of the photo-assisted process to remove contaminants from the surface. In-plasma PAE may be be a complicating factor for processes that require low ion energies, such as atomic layer etching. On the other hand PAE could produce sub-10 nm high aspect ratio (6:1) features by highly selective plasma etching to transfer nascent nanopatterns in silicon. Work supported by DOE Plasma Science Center and NSF.

  7. Advanced plasma etch technologies for nanopatterning

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    Wise, Rich

    2012-03-01

    Advances in patterning techniques have enabled the extension of immersion lithography from 65/45nm through 14/10nm device technologies. A key to this increase in patterning capability has been innovation in the subsequent dry plasma etch processing steps. Multiple exposure techniques such as litho-etch-litho-etch, sidewall image transfer, line/cut mask and self-aligned structures have been implemented to solution required device scaling. Advances in dry plasma etch process control, across wafer uniformity and etch selectivity to both masking materials and have enabled adoption of vertical devices and thin film scaling for increased device performance at a given pitch. Plasma etch processes such as trilayer etches, aggressive CD shrink techniques, and the extension of resist trim processes have increased the attainable device dimensions at a given imaging capability. Precise control of the plasma etch parameters affecting across design variation, defectivity, profile stability within wafer, within lot, and across tools have been successfully implemented to provide manufacturable patterning technology solutions. IBM has addressed these patterning challenges through an integrated Total Patterning Solutions team to provide seamless and synergistic patterning processes to device and integration internal customers. This paper will discuss these challenges and the innovative plasma etch solutions pioneered by IBM and our alliance partners.

  8. Advanced plasma etch technologies for nanopatterning

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    Wise, Rich

    2013-10-01

    Advances in patterning techniques have enabled the extension of immersion lithography from 65/45 nm through 14/10 nm device technologies. A key to this increase in patterning capability has been innovation in the subsequent dry plasma etch processing steps. Multiple exposure techniques, such as litho-etch-litho-etch, sidewall image transfer, line/cut mask, and self-aligned structures, have been implemented to solution required device scaling. Advances in dry plasma etch process control across wafer uniformity and etch selectivity to both masking materials have enabled adoption of vertical devices and thin film scaling for increased device performance at a given pitch. Plasma etch processes, such as trilayer etches, aggressive critical dimension shrink techniques, and the extension of resist trim processes, have increased the attainable device dimensions at a given imaging capability. Precise control of the plasma etch parameters affecting across-design variation, defectivity, profile stability within wafer, within lot, and across tools has been successfully implemented to provide manufacturable patterning technology solutions. IBM has addressed these patterning challenges through an integrated total patterning solutions team to provide seamless and synergistic patterning processes to device and integration internal customers. We will discuss these challenges and the innovative plasma etch solutions pioneered by IBM and our alliance partners.

  9. Effects of Different Surface Treatments on the Tensile Bond Strength of Polymethyl Methacrylate Processed against Chemically Etched Ticonium 100

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-01-01

    resin to metal components. Relining metal - denture bases, whether they involve complete denture or distal extension surfaces, could be accomplished...MPa vs. 4.77 MPa +/- 2.68 MPa). Garfield 86 applied the electrolytic etching technique to metal denture bases for relining purposes. De Delgado et al...for use in removable partial denture frameworks and the resultant increase in bond strength between the alloy and acrylic resin.-\\ The purpose of this

  10. Radicals Are Required for Thiol Etching of Gold Particles.

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    Dreier, Timothy A; Ackerson, Christopher J

    2015-08-03

    Etching of gold with an excess of thiol ligand is used in both synthesis and analysis of gold particles. Mechanistically, the process of etching gold with excess thiol is unclear. Previous studies have obliquely considered the role of oxygen in thiolate etching of gold. Herein, we show that oxygen or a radical initiator is a necessary component for efficient etching of gold by thiolates. Attenuation of the etching process by radical scavengers in the presence of oxygen, and the restoration of activity by radical initiators under inert atmosphere, strongly implicate the oxygen radical. These data led us to propose an atomistic mechanism in which the oxygen radical initiates the etching process.

  11. A Multi-Scale Study on Silicon-Oxide Etching Processes in C4F8/Ar Plasmas

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    Sui, Jiaxing; Zhang, Saiqian; Liu, Zeng; Yan, Jun; Dai, Zhongling

    2016-06-01

    A multi-scale numerical method coupled with the reactor, sheath and trench model is constructed to simulate dry etching of SiO2 in inductively coupled C4F8 plasmas. Firstly, ion and neutral particle densities in the reactor are decided using the CFD-ACE+ commercial software. Then, the ion energy and angular distributions (IEDs and IADs) are obtained in the sheath model with the sheath boundary conditions provided with CFD-ACE+. Finally, the trench profile evolution is simulated in the trench model. What we principally focus on is the effects of the discharge parameters on the etching results. It is found that the discharge parameters, including discharge pressure, radio-frequency (rf) power, gas mixture ratios, bias voltage and frequency, have synergistic effects on IEDs and IADs on the etched material surface, thus further affecting the trench profiles evolution. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11375040) and the Important National Science & Technology Specific Project of China (No. 2011ZX02403-002)

  12. Method of etching zirconium diboride

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    Heath, L.S.; Kwiatkowski, B.

    1988-03-31

    The invention described herein may be manufactured, used, and licensed by or for the Government for governmental purposes without the payment to us of any royalty thereon. This invention relates in general to a method of etching, zirconium diboride(ZrB/sub 2/) and, in particular, to a method of dry etching a thin film of ZrB/sub 2/ that has been deposited onto a substrate and patterned using photolithography. U.S. patent application S.N. 156, 124, filed 16 February, 1988, of Linda S. Heath for Method of Etching Titanium Diboride and assigned to a common assignee and with which this application is copending describes and claims a method of etching titanium diboride with a dry etch. Zirconium diboride, like titanium diboride, TiB/sub 2/, has become of interest in laboratory research because of its resistance to change or degradation at high temperatures. By adjusting the process parameters, one is able to attain etch rates of 67 to 140 A/min for ZrB/sub 2/. This is useful for patterning ZrB/sub 2/ as a diffusion barrier or a Schottky contact to semiconductors. The ZrB/sub 2/ film may be on a GaAs substrate.

  13. SAXS study on the morphology of etched and un-etched ion tracks in apatite

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    Nadzri, A.; Schauries, D.; Afra, B.; Rodriguez, M. D.; Mota-Santiago, P.; Muradoglu, S.; Hawley, A.; Kluth, P.

    2015-04-01

    Natural apatite samples were irradiated with 185 MeV Au and 2.3 GeV Bi ions to simulate fission tracks. The resulting track morphology was investigated using synchrotron small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements before and after chemical etching. We present preliminary results from the SAXS measurement showing the etching process is highly anisotropic yielding faceted etch pits with a 6-fold symmetry. The measurements are a first step in gaining new insights into the correlation between etched and unetched fission tracks and the use of SAXS as a tool for studying etched tracks.

  14. Dry etching technologies for reflective multilayer

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    Iino, Yoshinori; Karyu, Makoto; Ita, Hirotsugu; Kase, Yoshihisa; Yoshimori, Tomoaki; Muto, Makoto; Nonaka, Mikio; Iwami, Munenori

    2012-11-01

    We have developed a highly integrated methodology for patterning Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) mask, which has been highlighted for the lithography technique at the 14nm half-pitch generation and beyond. The EUV mask is characterized as a reflective-type mask which is completely different compared with conventional transparent-type of photo mask. And it requires not only patterning of absorber layer without damaging the underlying multi reflective layers (40 Si/Mo layers) but also etching multi reflective layers. In this case, the dry etch process has generally faced technical challenges such as the difficulties in CD control, etch damage to quartz substrate and low selectivity to the mask resist. Shibaura Mechatronics ARESTM mask etch system and its optimized etch process has already achieved the maximal etch performance at patterning two-layered absorber. And in this study, our process technologies of multi reflective layers will be evaluated by means of optimal combination of process gases and our optimized plasma produced by certain source power and bias power. When our ARES™ is used for multilayer etching, the user can choose to etch the absorber layer at the same time or etch only the multilayer.

  15. Controlled ion implant damage profile for etching

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    Arnold, Jr., George W.; Ashby, Carol I. H.; Brannon, Paul J.

    1990-01-01

    A process for etching a material such as LiNbO.sub.3 by implanting ions having a plurality of different kinetic energies in an area to be etched, and then contacting the ion implanted area with an etchant. The various energies of the ions are selected to produce implant damage substantially uniformly throughout the entire depth of the zone to be etched, thus tailoring the vertical profile of the damaged zone.

  16. Development of a high-yield via-last through silicon via process using notchless silicon etching and wet cleaning of the first metal layer

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    Watanabe, Naoya; Kikuchi, Hidekazu; Yanagisawa, Azusa; Shimamoto, Haruo; Kikuchi, Katsuya; Aoyagi, Masahiro; Nakamura, Akio

    2017-07-01

    A high-yield via-last through silicon via (TSV) process has been developed using notchless Si etching and wet cleaning of the first metal layer. In this process, the notching was suppressed by optimizing the deep Si etching conditions and wet cleaning was performed using an organic alkaline solution to remove reaction products generated by the etchback step on the first metal layer. By this process, a number of small TSVs (TSV diameter: 6 µm TSV depth: 22 µm number of TSVs: 20,000/chip) could be formed uniformly on an 8-in. wafer. The electrical characteristics of small TSVs formed by this via-last TSV process were investigated. The TSV resistance determined by four-terminal measurements was approximately 24 mΩ. The leakage current between the TSV and the Si substrate was 2.5 pA at 5 V. The TSV capacitance determined using an inductance-capacitance-resistance (LCR) meter was 54 fF, while the TSV yield determined from TSV chain measurements was high (83%) over an 8-in. wafer.

  17. Ultra-high aspect ratio Si nanowires fabricated with plasma etching: plasma processing, mechanical stability analysis against adhesion and capillary forces and oleophobicity

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    Zeniou, A.; Ellinas, K.; Olziersky, A.; Gogolides, E.

    2014-01-01

    Room-temperature deep Si etching using time-multiplexed deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) processes is investigated to fabricate ultra-high aspect ratio Si nanowires (SiNWs) perpendicular to the silicon substrate. Nanopatterning is achieved using either top-down techniques (e.g. electron beam lithography) or colloidal polystyrene (PS) sphere self-assembly. The latter is a faster and more economical method if imperfections in diameter and position can be tolerated. We demonstrate wire radii from below 100 nm to several micrometers, and aspect ratios (ARs) above 100:1 with etching rates above 1 μm min-1 using classical mass flow controllers with pulsing rise times of seconds. The mechanical stability of these nanowires is studied theoretically and experimentally against adhesion and capillary forces. It is shown that above ARs of the order of 50:1 for spacing 1 μm, SiNWs tend to bend due to adhesion forces between them. Such large adhesion forces are due to the high surface energy of silicon. Wetting the SiNWs with water and drying also gives rise to capillary forces. We find that capillary forces may be less important for SiNW collapse/bending compared to adhesion forces of dry SiNWs, contrary to what is observed for polymeric nanowires/nanopillars which have a much lower surface energy compared to silicon. Finally we show that SiNW arrays have oleophobic and superoleophobic properties, i.e. they exhibit excellent anti-wetting properties for a wide range of liquids and oils due to the re-entrant profile produced by the DRIE process and the well-designed spacing.

  18. Ultra-high aspect ratio Si nanowires fabricated with plasma etching: plasma processing, mechanical stability analysis against adhesion and capillary forces and oleophobicity.

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    Zeniou, A; Ellinas, K; Olziersky, A; Gogolides, E

    2014-01-24

    Room-temperature deep Si etching using time-multiplexed deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) processes is investigated to fabricate ultra-high aspect ratio Si nanowires (SiNWs) perpendicular to the silicon substrate. Nanopatterning is achieved using either top-down techniques (e.g. electron beam lithography) or colloidal polystyrene (PS) sphere self-assembly. The latter is a faster and more economical method if imperfections in diameter and position can be tolerated. We demonstrate wire radii from below 100 nm to several micrometers, and aspect ratios (ARs) above 100:1 with etching rates above 1 μm min(-1) using classical mass flow controllers with pulsing rise times of seconds. The mechanical stability of these nanowires is studied theoretically and experimentally against adhesion and capillary forces. It is shown that above ARs of the order of 50:1 for spacing 1 μm, SiNWs tend to bend due to adhesion forces between them. Such large adhesion forces are due to the high surface energy of silicon. Wetting the SiNWs with water and drying also gives rise to capillary forces. We find that capillary forces may be less important for SiNW collapse/bending compared to adhesion forces of dry SiNWs, contrary to what is observed for polymeric nanowires/nanopillars which have a much lower surface energy compared to silicon. Finally we show that SiNW arrays have oleophobic and superoleophobic properties, i.e. they exhibit excellent anti-wetting properties for a wide range of liquids and oils due to the re-entrant profile produced by the DRIE process and the well-designed spacing.

  19. Copper-assisted, anti-reflection etching of silicon surfaces

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    Toor, Fatima; Branz, Howard

    2014-08-26

    A method (300) for etching a silicon surface (116) to reduce reflectivity. The method (300) includes electroless deposition of copper nanoparticles about 20 nanometers in size on the silicon surface (116), with a particle-to-particle spacing of 3 to 8 nanometers. The method (300) includes positioning (310) the substrate (112) with a silicon surface (116) into a vessel (122). The vessel (122) is filled (340) with a volume of an etching solution (124) so as to cover the silicon surface (116). The etching solution (124) includes an oxidant-etchant solution (146), e.g., an aqueous solution of hydrofluoric acid and hydrogen peroxide. The silicon surface (116) is etched (350) by agitating the etching solution (124) with, for example, ultrasonic agitation, and the etching may include heating (360) the etching solution (124) and directing light (365) onto the silicon surface (116). During the etching, copper nanoparticles enhance or drive the etching process.

  20. TOPICAL REVIEW: Black silicon method X: a review on high speed and selective plasma etching of silicon with profile control: an in-depth comparison between Bosch and cryostat DRIE processes as a roadmap to next generation equipment

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    Jansen, H V; de Boer, M J; Unnikrishnan, S; Louwerse, M C; Elwenspoek, M C

    2009-03-01

    An intensive study has been performed to understand and tune deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) processes for optimum results with respect to the silicon etch rate, etch profile and mask etch selectivity (in order of priority) using state-of-the-art dual power source DRIE equipment. The research compares pulsed-mode DRIE processes (e.g. Bosch technique) and mixed-mode DRIE processes (e.g. cryostat technique). In both techniques, an inhibitor is added to fluorine-based plasma to achieve directional etching, which is formed out of an oxide-forming (O2) or a fluorocarbon (FC) gas (C4F8 or CHF3). The inhibitor can be introduced together with the etch gas, which is named a mixed-mode DRIE process, or the inhibitor can be added in a time-multiplexed manner, which will be termed a pulsed-mode DRIE process. Next, the most convenient mode of operation found in this study is highlighted including some remarks to ensure proper etching (i.e. step synchronization in pulsed-mode operation and heat control of the wafer). First of all, for the fabrication of directional profiles, pulsed-mode DRIE is far easier to handle, is more robust with respect to the pattern layout and has the potential of achieving much higher mask etch selectivity, whereas in a mixed-mode the etch rate is higher and sidewall scalloping is prohibited. It is found that both pulsed-mode CHF3 and C4F8 are perfectly suited to perform high speed directional etching, although they have the drawback of leaving the FC residue at the sidewalls of etched structures. They show an identical result when the flow of CHF3 is roughly 30 times the flow of C4F8, and the amount of gas needed for a comparable result decreases rapidly while lowering the temperature from room down to cryogenic (and increasing the etch rate). Moreover, lowering the temperature lowers the mask erosion rate substantially (and so the mask selectivity improves). The pulsed-mode O2 is FC-free but shows only tolerable anisotropic results at -120 °C. The

  1. Facile large-scale synthesis of brain-like mesoporous silica nanocomposites via a selective etching process

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    Chen, Yu; Wang, Qihua; Wang, Tingmei

    2015-10-01

    The core-shell structured mesoporous silica nanomaterials (MSNs) are experiencing rapid development in many applications such as heterogeneous catalysis, bio-imaging and drug delivery wherein a large pore volume is desirable. We develop a one-pot method for large-scale synthesis of brain-like mesoporous silica nanocomposites based on the reasonable change of the intrinsic nature of the -Si-O-Si- framework of silica nanoparticles together with a selective etching strategy. The as-synthesized products show good monodispersion and a large pore volume of 1.0 cm3 g-1. The novelty of this approach lies in the use of an inorganic-organic hybrid layer to assist the creation of large-pore morphology on the outermost shell thereby promoting efficient mass transfer or storage. Importantly, the method is reliable and grams of products can be easily prepared. The morphology on the outermost silica shell can be controlled by simply adjusting the VTES-to-TEOS molar ratio (VTES: triethoxyvinylsilane, TEOS: tetraethyl orthosilicate) as well as the etching time. The as-synthesized products exhibit fluorescence performance by incorporating rhodamine B isothiocyanate (RITC) covalently into the inner silica walls, which provide potential application in bioimaging. We also demonstrate the applications of as-synthesized large-pore structured nanocomposites in drug delivery systems and stimuli-responsive nanoreactors for heterogeneous catalysis.The core-shell structured mesoporous silica nanomaterials (MSNs) are experiencing rapid development in many applications such as heterogeneous catalysis, bio-imaging and drug delivery wherein a large pore volume is desirable. We develop a one-pot method for large-scale synthesis of brain-like mesoporous silica nanocomposites based on the reasonable change of the intrinsic nature of the -Si-O-Si- framework of silica nanoparticles together with a selective etching strategy. The as-synthesized products show good monodispersion and a large pore volume

  2. Preparation of multifunctional Al-Mg alloy surface with hierarchical micro/nanostructures by selective chemical etching processes

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    Shi, Tian; Kong, Jianyi; Wang, Xingdong; Li, Xuewu

    2016-12-01

    A superamphiphobic aluminum magnesium alloy surface with enhanced anticorrosion behavior has been prepared in this work via a simple and low-cost method. By successively polishing, etching and boiling treatments, the multifunctional hierarchical binary structures composed of the labyrinth-like concave-convex microstructures and twisty nanoflakes have been prepared. Results indicate that a superhydrophobic contact angle of 160.5° and superoleophobic contact angle larger than 150° as well as low adhesive property to liquids are achieved after such structures being modified with fluoroalkyl-silane. Furthermore, the anticorrosion behaviors in seawater of as-prepared samples are characterized by electrochemical tests including the impedance spectroscopies, equivalent circuits fittings and polarization curves. It is found that the hierarchical micro/nanostructures accompanying with the modified coating are proved to possess the maximal coating coverage rate of 90.0% larger than microstructures of 85.9%, nanostructures of 83.8% and bare polished surface of 67.1% suggesting the optimal anticorrosion. Finally, a great potential application in concentrators for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) analysis of toxic and pollutive ions on the superamphiphobic surface is also confirmed. This work has wider significance in extending further applications of alloys in engineering and environmental detecting fields.

  3. Simulation of Etching Profiles Using Level Sets

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    Hwang, Helen; Govindan, T. R.; Meyyappan, M.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Using plasma discharges to etch trenches and via holes in substrates is an important process in semiconductor manufacturing. Ion enhanced etching involves both neutral fluxes, which are isotropic, and ion fluxes, which are anisotropic. The angular distributions for the ions determines the degree of vertical etch, while the amount of the neutral fluxes determines the etch rate. We have developed a 2D profile evolution simulation which uses level set methods to model the plasma-substrate interface. Using level sets instead of traditional string models avoids the use of complicated delooping algorithms. The simulation calculates the etch rate based on the fluxes and distribution functions of both ions and neutrals. We will present etching profiles of Si substrates in low pressure (10s mTorr) Ar/Cl2 discharges for a variety of incident ion angular distributions. Both ion and neutral re-emission fluxes are included in the calculation of the etch rate, and their contributions to the total etch profile will be demonstrated. In addition, we will show RIE lag effects as a function of different trench aspect ratios. (For sample profiles, please see http://www.ipt.arc.nasa.gov/hwangfig1.html)

  4. Simulation of Etching Profiles Using Level Sets

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    Hwang, Helen; Govindan, T. R.; Meyyappan, M.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Using plasma discharges to etch trenches and via holes in substrates is an important process in semiconductor manufacturing. Ion enhanced etching involves both neutral fluxes, which are isotropic, and ion fluxes, which are anisotropic. The angular distributions for the ions determines the degree of vertical etch, while the amount of the neutral fluxes determines the etch rate. We have developed a 2D profile evolution simulation which uses level set methods to model the plasma-substrate interface. Using level sets instead of traditional string models avoids the use of complicated delooping algorithms. The simulation calculates the etch rate based on the fluxes and distribution functions of both ions and neutrals. We will present etching profiles of Si substrates in low pressure (10s mTorr) Ar/Cl2 discharges for a variety of incident ion angular distributions. Both ion and neutral re-emission fluxes are included in the calculation of the etch rate, and their contributions to the total etch profile will be demonstrated. In addition, we will show RIE lag effects as a function of different trench aspect ratios. (For sample profiles, please see http://www.ipt.arc.nasa.gov/hwangfig1.html)

  5. Characterization of silicon isotropic etch by inductively coupled plasma etcher for microneedle array fabrication

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    Ji, Jing; Tay, Francis E. H.; Miao, Jianmin; Sun, Jianbo

    2006-04-01

    This work investigates the isotropic etching properties in inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etcher for microneedle arrays fabrication. The effects of process variables including powers, gas and pressure on needle structure generation are characterized by factorial design of experiment (DOE). The experimental responses of vertical etching depth, lateral etching length, ratio of vertical etching depth to lateral etching length and photoresist etching rate are reported. The relevance of the etching variables is also presented. The obtained etching behaviours for microneedle structure generation will be applied to develop recipes to fabricate microneedles in designed dimensions.

  6. Enhanced ferro-actuator with a porosity-controlled membrane using the sol-gel process and the HF etching method

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    Kim, KiSu; Ko, Seong Young; Park, Jong-Oh; Park, Sukho

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a ferro-actuator using a porous polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane. In detail, we fabricated the silica-embedded PVDF membrane using a sol-gel process with PVDF solution and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) solution, where the size of the silica was determined by the ratio of the PVDF and TEOS solutions. Using hydrofluoric acid (HF) etching, the silica were removed from the silica-embedded PVDF membrane, and porous PVDF membranes with different porosities were obtained. Finally, through absorption of a ferrofluid on the porous PVDF membrane, the proposed ferro-actuator using porous PVDF membranes with different porosities was fabricated. We executed the characterization and actuation test as follows. First, the silica size of the silica-embedded PVDF membrane and the pore size of the porous PVDF membrane were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging. Second, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis showed that the silica had clearly been removed from the silica-embedded PVDF membrane by HF etching. Third, through x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) of the ferro-actuators, we found that more ferrofluids were absorbed by the porous PVDF membrane when the pore of the membrane was smaller and uniformly distributed. Finally, we executed tip displacement and a blocking force test of the proposed ferro-actuator using the porous PVDF membrane. Similar to the VSM result, the ferro-actuator that used a porous PVDF membrane with smaller pores exhibited better actuation performance. The ferro-actuator that used a porous PVDF membrane displayed a tip displacement that was about 7.2-fold better and a blocking force that was about 6.5-fold better than the ferro-actuator that used a pure PVDF membrane. Thus, we controlled the pore size of the porous PVDF membrane and enhanced the actuation performance of the ferro-actuator using a porous PVDF membrane.

  7. Fe-catalyzed etching of graphene layers

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    Cheng, Guangjun; Calizo, Irene; Hight Walker, Angela; PML, NIST Team

    We investigate the Fe-catalyzed etching of graphene layers in forming gas. Fe thin films are deposited by sputtering onto mechanically exfoliated graphene, few-layer graphene (FLG), and graphite flakes on a Si/SiO2 substrate. When the sample is rapidly annealed in forming gas, particles are produced due to the dewetting of the Fe thin film and those particles catalyze the etching of graphene layers. Monolayer graphene and FLG regions are severely damaged and that the particles catalytically etch channels in graphite. No etching is observed on graphite for the Fe thin film annealed in nitrogen. The critical role of hydrogen indicates that this graphite etching process is catalyzed by Fe particles through the carbon hydrogenation reaction. By comparing with the etched monolayer and FLG observed for the Fe film annealed in nitrogen, our Raman spectroscopy measurements identify that, in forming gas, the catalytic etching of monolayer and FLG is through carbon hydrogenation. During this process, Fe particles are catalytically active in the dissociation of hydrogen into hydrogen atoms and in the production of hydrogenated amorphous carbon through hydrogen spillover.

  8. High density plasma etching of magnetic devices

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    Jung, Kee Bum

    Magnetic materials such as NiFe (permalloy) or NiFeCo are widely used in the data storage industry. Techniques for submicron patterning are required to develop next generation magnetic devices. The relative chemical inertness of most magnetic materials means they are hard to etch using conventional RIE (Reactive Ion Etching). Therefore ion milling has generally been used across the industry, but this has limitations for magnetic structures with submicron dimensions. In this dissertation, we suggest high density plasmas such as ECR (Electron Cyclotron Resonance) and ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma) for the etching of magnetic materials (NiFe, NiFeCo, CoFeB, CoSm, CoZr) and other related materials (TaN, CrSi, FeMn), which are employed for magnetic devices like magnetoresistive random access memories (MRAM), magnetic read/write heads, magnetic sensors and microactuators. This research examined the fundamental etch mechanisms occurring in high density plasma processing of magnetic materials by measuring etch rate, surface morphology and surface stoichiometry. However, one concern with using Cl2-based plasma chemistry is the effect of residual chlorine or chlorinated etch residues remaining on the sidewalls of etched features, leading to a degradation of the magnetic properties. To avoid this problem, we employed two different processing methods. The first one is applying several different cleaning procedures, including de-ionized water rinsing or in-situ exposure to H2, O2 or SF6 plasmas. Very stable magnetic properties were achieved over a period of ˜6 months except O2 plasma treated structures, with no evidence of corrosion, provided chlorinated etch residues were removed by post-etch cleaning. The second method is using non-corrosive gas chemistries such as CO/NH3 or CO2/NH3. There is a small chemical contribution to the etch mechanism (i.e. formation of metal carbonyls) as determined by a comparison with Ar and N2 physical sputtering. The discharge should be NH3

  9. Semiconductor structure and recess formation etch technique

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    Lu, Bin; Sun, Min; Palacios, Tomas Apostol

    2017-02-14

    A semiconductor structure has a first layer that includes a first semiconductor material and a second layer that includes a second semiconductor material. The first semiconductor material is selectively etchable over the second semiconductor material using a first etching process. The first layer is disposed over the second layer. A recess is disposed at least in the first layer. Also described is a method of forming a semiconductor structure that includes a recess. The method includes etching a region in a first layer using a first etching process. The first layer includes a first semiconductor material. The first etching process stops at a second layer beneath the first layer. The second layer includes a second semiconductor material.

  10. Structure dependent hydrogen induced etching features of graphene crystals

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    Thangaraja, Amutha; Shinde, Sachin M.; Kalita, Golap; Papon, Remi; Sharma, Subash; Vishwakarma, Riteshkumar; Sharma, Kamal P.; Tanemura, Masaki

    2015-06-01

    H2 induced etching of graphene is of significant interest to understand graphene growth process as well as to fabricate nanoribbons and various other structures. Here, we demonstrate the structure dependent H2 induced etching behavior of graphene crystals. We synthesized graphene crystals on electro-polished Cu foil by an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition process, where some of the crystals showed hexagonal shaped snowflake-dendritic morphology. Significant differences in H2 induced etching behavior were observed for the snowflake-dendritic and regular graphene crystals by annealing in a gas mixture of H2 and Ar. The regular graphene crystals were etched anisotropically creating hexagonal holes with pronounced edges, while etching of all the dendritic crystals occurred from the branches of lobs creating symmetrical fractal structures. The etching behavior provides important clue of graphene nucleation and growth as well as their selective etching to fabricate well-defined structures for nanoelectronics.

  11. Si etching with reactive neutral beams of very low energy

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    Hara, Yasuhiro; Hamagaki, Manabu; Mise, Takaya; Iwata, Naotaka; Hara, Tamio

    2014-12-14

    A Si etching process has been investigated with reactive neutral beams (NBs) extracted using a low acceleration voltage of less than 100 V from CF{sub 4} and Ar mixed plasmas. The etched Si profile shows that the etching process is predominantly anisotropic. The reactive NB has a constant Si etching rate in the acceleration voltage range from 20 V to 80 V. It is considered that low-energy NBs can trigger Si etching because F radicals adsorb onto the Si surface and weaken Si–Si bonds. The etching rate per unit beam flux is 33 times higher than that with Ar NB. These results show that the low-energy reactive NB is useful for damage-free high speed Si etching.

  12. Chemically assisted ion beam etching of polycrystalline and (100)tungsten

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    Garner, Charles

    1987-01-01

    A chemically assisted ion-beam etching technique is described which employs an ion beam from an electron-bombardment ion source and a directed flux of ClF3 neutrals. This technique enables the etching of tungsten foils and films in excess of 40 microns thick with good anisotropy and pattern definition over areas of 30 sq mm, and with a high degree of selectivity. (100) tungsten foils etched with this process exhibit preferred-orientation etching, while polycrystalline tungsten films exhibit high etch rates. This technique can be used to pattern the dispenser cathode surfaces serving as electron emitters in traveling-wave tubes to a controlled porosity.

  13. ICP etching of GaAs via hole contacts

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    Shul, R.J.; Baca, A.G.; Briggs, R.D.; McClellan, G.B.; Pearton, S.J.; Constantine, C.

    1996-09-01

    Deep etching of GaAs is a critical process step required for many device applications including fabrication of through-substrate via holes for monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs). Use of high-density plasmas, including inductively coupled plasmas (ICP), offers an alternative approach to etching vias as compared to more conventional parallel plate reactive ion etch systems. This paper reports ICP etching of GaAs vias at etch rates of about 5.3 {mu}m/min with via profiles ranging from highly anistropic to conical.

  14. Modeling Wet Chemical Etching of Surface Flaws on Fused Silica

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    Feit, M D; Suratwala, T I; Wong, L L; Steele, W A; Miller, P E; Bude, J D

    2009-10-28

    Fluoride-based wet chemical etching of fused silica optical components is useful to open up surface fractures for diagnostic purposes, to create surface topology, and as a possible mitigation technique to remove damaged material. To optimize the usefulness of etching , it is important to understand how the morphology of etched features changes as a function of the amount of material removed. In this study, we present two geometric etch models that describe the surface topology evolution as a function of the amount etched. The first model, referred to as the finite-difference etch model, represents the surface as an array of points in space where at each time-step the points move normal to the local surface. The second model, referred to as the surface area-volume model, more globally describes the surface evolution relating the volume of material removed to the exposed surface area. These etch models predict growth and coalescence of surface fractures such as those observed on scratches and ground surfaces. For typical surface fractures, simulations show that the transverse growth of the cracks at long etch times scales with the square root of etch time or the net material removed in agreement with experiment. The finite-difference etch model has also been applied to more complex structures such as the etching of a CO{sub 2} laser-mitigated laser damage site. The results indicate that etching has little effect on the initial morphology of this site implying little change in downstream scatter and modulation characteristics upon exposure to subsequent high fluence laser light. In the second part of the study, the geometric etch model is expanded to include fluid dynamics and mass transport. This later model serves as a foundation for understanding related processes such as the possibility of redeposition of etch reaction products during the etching, rinsing or drying processes.

  15. The Effects of Using a Commercial Grade Plasma Etching Chamber to Etch Anodized Niobium Surfaces

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    Epperson, Christiana; Drake, Dereth; Winska, Kalina

    2015-11-01

    Anodized niobium surfaces are used in particle accelerators for construction of the superconducting cavities. These surfaces must be cleaned regularly to remove containments and maintain the surface smoothness. The most common method used is that of chemically etching the surface using acid baths; however, this process can affect the smoothness of the layer and is extremely time consuming and hazardous. Plasma etching is one alternative that has shown great promise. We are using a commercial grade plasma etching chamber to clean anodized niobium samples that have varying oxide layer thicknesses. Spectral profiles of the surfaces of the samples are taken before and after etching. All measured results are compared to a simple theoretical model in order to determine the effects of the etching process on each surface.

  16. Plasma and ion etching for failure analysis. Part 1: Review of current theory and techniques

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    Hardman, M.; Mapper, D.; Farren, J.; Stephen, J. H.

    1985-07-01

    The state-of-the-art for the etching of semiconductor device materials, as applied to failure analysis, is reviewed. The basic mechanisms and techniques of dry etching were studied. Process parameters, such as rf power, gas mixture, pressure, and temperature and their effect on the etch process are reported. The Giga-Etch 100 E method of dry etching is recommended. Equipment available on the market is listed.

  17. On the dynamic response of pressure transmission lines in the research of helium-charged free piston Stirling engines

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    Miller, Eric L.; Dudenhoefer, James E.

    1989-01-01

    The signal distortion inherent to pressure transmission lines in free-piston Stirling engine research is discussed. Based on results from classical analysis, guidelines are formulated to describe the dynamic response properties of a volume-terminated transmission tube for applications involving the helium-charged free-piston Stirling engines. The underdamped flow regime is described, the primary resonance frequency is derived, and the pressure phase and amplitude distortion are discussed. The scope and limitation of the dynamic response analysis are considered.

  18. Surface engineering of SiC via sublimation etching

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    Jokubavicius, Valdas; Yazdi, Gholam R.; Ivanov, Ivan G.; Niu, Yuran; Zakharov, Alexei; Iakimov, Tihomir; Syväjärvi, Mikael; Yakimova, Rositsa

    2016-12-01

    We present a technique for etching of SiC which is based on sublimation and can be used to modify the morphology and reconstruction of silicon carbide surface for subsequent epitaxial growth of various materials, for example graphene. The sublimation etching of 6H-, 4H- and 3C-SiC was explored in vacuum (10-5 mbar) and Ar (700 mbar) ambient using two different etching arrangements which can be considered as Si-C and Si-C-Ta chemical systems exhibiting different vapor phase stoichiometry at a given temperature. The surfaces of different polytypes etched under similar conditions are compared and the etching mechanism is discussed with an emphasis on the role of tantalum as a carbon getter. To demonstrate applicability of such etching process graphene nanoribbons were grown on a 4H-SiC surface that was pre-patterned using the thermal etching technique presented in this study.

  19. Excimer Laser Etching

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    Boatner, Lynn A; Longmire, Hu Foster; Rouleau, Christopher M; Gray, Allison S

    2008-04-01

    Excimer laser radiation at a wavelength of = 248 nm represents a new etching method for the preparation of metallographic specimens. The method is shown to be particularly effective for enhancing the contrast between different phases in a multiphase metallographic specimen.

  20. Bulk Etch Rate and Swell Rate of CR-39

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    Clarkson, David; Ume, Rubab; Sheets, Rebecca; Regan, Sean; Sangster, Craig; Padalino, Stephen; McLean, James

    2016-10-01

    The use of CR-39 plastic as a Solid State Nuclear Track Detector is an effective technique for obtaining data in high-energy particle experiments including inertial confinement fusion. To reveal particle tracks after irradiation, CR-39 is chemically etched in NaOH at 80°C, producing micron-scale signal pits at the nuclear track sites. The development of these pits depends on both the bulk etch rate and the faster etch rate along the track, and is complicated by swelling as water is absorbed. Contrary to common etching models, we find the bulk etch rate to be depth dependent within 15 μ m of the surface, as revealed by swelling TASTRACK CR-39 pieces to their maximum capacity prior to etching. The bulk etch rate was measured using the standard mass method as well as the fission fragment track diameter method. Combining models of swelling and etching rates predicts the progress of bulk etching during a standard etch, without pre-swelling. This result has implications for the understanding the chemistry of the etch process, as well as the outcome of CR-39 surface preparation methods. Funded in part by a LLE contract through the DOE.

  1. Metal assisted anodic etching of silicon

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    Lai, Chang Quan; Zheng, Wen; Choi, W. K.; Thompson, Carl V.

    2015-06-01

    Metal assisted anodic etching (MAAE) of Si in HF, without H2O2, is demonstrated. Si wafers were coated with Au films, and the Au films were patterned with an array of holes. A Pt mesh was used as the cathode while the anodic contact was made through either the patterned Au film or the back side of the Si wafer. Experiments were carried out on P-type, N-type, P+-type and N+-type Si wafers and a wide range of nanostructure morphologies were observed, including solid Si nanowires, porous Si nanowires, a porous Si layer without Si nanowires, and porous Si nanowires on a thick porous Si layer. Formation of wires was the result of selective etching at the Au-Si interface. It was found that when the anodic contact was made through P-type or P+-type Si, regular anodic etching due to electronic hole injection leads to formation of porous silicon simultaneously with metal assisted anodic etching. When the anodic contact was made through N-type or N+-type Si, generation of electronic holes through processes such as impact ionization and tunnelling-assisted surface generation were required for etching. In addition, it was found that metal assisted anodic etching of Si with the anodic contact made through the patterned Au film essentially reproduces the phenomenology of metal assisted chemical etching (MACE), in which holes are generated through metal assisted reduction of H2O2 rather than current flow. These results clarify the linked roles of electrical and chemical processes that occur during electrochemical etching of Si.Metal assisted anodic etching (MAAE) of Si in HF, without H2O2, is demonstrated. Si wafers were coated with Au films, and the Au films were patterned with an array of holes. A Pt mesh was used as the cathode while the anodic contact was made through either the patterned Au film or the back side of the Si wafer. Experiments were carried out on P-type, N-type, P+-type and N+-type Si wafers and a wide range of nanostructure morphologies were observed

  2. Black Germanium fabricated by reactive ion etching

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    Steglich, Martin; Käsebier, Thomas; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2016-09-01

    A reactive ion etching technique for the preparation of statistical "Black Germanium" antireflection surfaces, relying on self-organization in a Cl2 etch chemistry, is presented. The morphology of the fabricated Black Germanium surfaces is the result of a random lateral distribution of pyramidal etch pits with heights around (1450 ± 150) nm and sidewall angles between 80° and 85°. The pyramids' base edges are oriented along the <110> crystal directions of Germanium, indicating a crystal anisotropy of the etching process. In the Vis-NIR, the tapered Black Germanium surface structure suppresses interface reflection to <2.5 % for normal incidence and still to <6 % at an angle of incidence of 70°. The presented Black Germanium might find applications as low-cost AR structure in optoelectronics and IR optics.

  3. Epoxy bond and stop etch fabrication method

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    Simmons, Jerry A.; Weckwerth, Mark V.; Baca, Wes E.

    2000-01-01

    A class of epoxy bond and stop etch (EBASE) microelectronic fabrication techniques is disclosed. The essence of such techniques is to grow circuit components on top of a stop etch layer grown on a first substrate. The first substrate and a host substrate are then bonded together so that the circuit components are attached to the host substrate by the bonding agent. The first substrate is then removed, e.g., by a chemical or physical etching process to which the stop etch layer is resistant. EBASE fabrication methods allow access to regions of a device structure which are usually blocked by the presence of a substrate, and are of particular utility in the fabrication of ultrafast electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuits.

  4. Application of Fresnel diffraction from phase steps to measurement of etching rate of transparent materials.

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    Mahmoudi, Ali

    2015-09-10

    Based on Fresnel diffraction from phase steps, we present an optical method for real-time monitoring and measurement of thickness during the wet etching of transparent materials. It is shown experimentally that during the etching process, the visibility of diffraction fringes varies periodically with time (thickness) and the rate the etching is measured. Using dilute etching solutions, we measured an average etching rate of 5.3  nm/s for glass.

  5. Application of an RF Biased Langmuir Probe to Etch Reactor Chamber Matching, Fault Detection and Process Control

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    Keil, Douglas; Booth, Jean-Paul; Benjamin, Neil; Thorgrimsson, Chris; Brooks, Mitchell; Nagai, Mikio; Albarede, Luc; Kim, Jung

    2008-10-01

    Semiconductor device manufacturing typically occurs in an environment of both increasing equipment costs and per unit sale price shrinkage. Profitability in such a conflicted economic environment depends critically on yield, throughput and cost-of-ownership. This has resulted in increasing interest in improved fault detection, process diagnosis, and advanced process control. Achieving advances in these areas requires an integrated understanding of the basic physical principles driving the processes of interest and the realities of commercial manufacturing. Following this trend, this work examines the usefulness of an RF-biased planar Langmuir probe^1. This method delivers precise real-time (10 Hz) measurements of ion flux and tail weighted electron temperature. However, it is also mechanically non-intrusive, reliable and insensitive to contamination and deposition on the probe. Since the measured parameters are closely related to physical processes occurring at the wafer-plasma interface, significant improvements in process control, chamber matching and fault detection are achieved. Examples illustrating the improvements possible will be given. ^1J.P. Booth, N. St. J. Braithwaite, A. Goodyear and P. Barroy, Rev.Sci.Inst., Vol.71, No.7, July 2000, pgs. 2722-2727.

  6. Metal assisted anodic etching of silicon.

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    Lai, Chang Quan; Zheng, Wen; Choi, W K; Thompson, Carl V

    2015-07-07

    Metal assisted anodic etching (MAAE) of Si in HF, without H2O2, is demonstrated. Si wafers were coated with Au films, and the Au films were patterned with an array of holes. A Pt mesh was used as the cathode while the anodic contact was made through either the patterned Au film or the back side of the Si wafer. Experiments were carried out on P-type, N-type, P(+)-type and N(+)-type Si wafers and a wide range of nanostructure morphologies were observed, including solid Si nanowires, porous Si nanowires, a porous Si layer without Si nanowires, and porous Si nanowires on a thick porous Si layer. Formation of wires was the result of selective etching at the Au-Si interface. It was found that when the anodic contact was made through P-type or P(+)-type Si, regular anodic etching due to electronic hole injection leads to formation of porous silicon simultaneously with metal assisted anodic etching. When the anodic contact was made through N-type or N(+)-type Si, generation of electronic holes through processes such as impact ionization and tunnelling-assisted surface generation were required for etching. In addition, it was found that metal assisted anodic etching of Si with the anodic contact made through the patterned Au film essentially reproduces the phenomenology of metal assisted chemical etching (MACE), in which holes are generated through metal assisted reduction of H2O2 rather than current flow. These results clarify the linked roles of electrical and chemical processes that occur during electrochemical etching of Si.

  7. Fabrication and characterization of back-side illuminated InGaN/GaN solar cells with periodic via-holes etching and Bragg mirror processes.

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    Chang, Yi-An; Chen, Fang-Ming; Tsai, Yu-Lin; Chang, Ching-Wen; Chen, Kuo-Ju; Li, Shan-Rong; Lu, Tien-Chang; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Kuo, Yen-Kuang; Yu, Peichen; Lin, Chien-Chung; Tu, Li-Wei

    2014-08-25

    In this study, the design and fabrication schemes of back-side illuminated InGaN/GaN solar cells with periodic via-holes etching and Bragg mirror processes are presented. Compared to typical front-side illuminated solar cells, the improvements of open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) from 1.88 to 1.94 V and short-circuit current density (J(sc)) from 0.84 to 1.02 mA/cm(2) are observed. Most significantly, the back-side illuminated InGaN/GaN solar cells exhibit an extremely high fill factor up to 85.5%, leading to a conversion efficiency of 1.69% from 0.66% of typical front-side illuminated solar cells under air mass 1.5 global illuminations. Moreover, the effects of bottom Bragg mirrors on the photovoltaic characteristics of back-side illuminated solar cells are studied by an advanced simulation program. The results show that the J(sc) could further be improved with a factor of 10% from the original back-side illuminated solar cell by the structure optimization of bottom Bragg mirrors.

  8. Solvothermal-Etching Process Induced Ti-Doped Fe2O3 Thin Film with Low Turn-On Voltage for Water Splitting.

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    Ding, Dawei; Dong, Bitao; Liang, Jin; Zhou, Han; Pang, Yuanchao; Ding, Shujiang

    2016-09-21

    In this work, a thinning process of hematite film accompanied by simultaneous titanium (Ti) doping has been demonstrated. Ti(4+) ion was incorporated into ultrathin Fe2O3 film by solvothermally etching a hematite film fabricated on titanium nanorod array substrate. As a consequence, the onset potential (Von) of oxygen evolution reaction for final ultrathin Ti-doped Fe2O3 film shifted toward cathodic substantially, a very low Von of 0.48 VRHE was realized, approximately 0.53 V cathodic shift of the hematite film. Working mechanisms were investigated from both kinetic and thermodynamic ways. The ultrathin Ti-doped Fe2O3 film exhibited reduced Tafel slope and higher generated photovoltage than the pristine Fe2O3 electrode. Moreover, the highly doped Fe2O3 resulted in significant reduction of charge-transfer resistance at the Fe2O3∥electrolyte interface. The drastic cathodic-shift Von is believed to be a result of combined factors including thermodynamic contribution, improved surface reaction kinetics, as well as facilitated charge transfer across bulk and interface.

  9. Modeling of plasma etch profiles with ions and reactive neutrals

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    Wang, Chungdar Daniel

    1999-11-01

    The simulation of plasma etch profiles of semiconductor trenches in the wafer processing of integrated circuits is developed in a mixed analytic/numerical approach. The main contributions of this study are the derivation and use of explicit analytical expressions for the etch rates and the computation of the etch profiles by standard computer packages. The computation of the etch profiles is efficient, is used as a benchmark for more complex numerical computer codes and illuminates the parameter dependence. The etch rate due to the ions is assumed proportional to the ion energy flux as suggested by experimental evidence. The shadowing due to the mask is included in the simplified derivation of the ion energy flux in cylindrical velocity coordinates for a two-temperature ion drifting Maxwellian. Neutrals with varying sticking coefficients are modeled by interpolation between the etch rate for shadowed neutrals with unity sticking coefficients and isotropic neutrals. The etch profiles are determined by the method of characteristics from the nonlinear evolution equation for the etch profile surface. Standard Matlab packages for the graphics and integration of the ordinary differential equations for the characteristics make the computation of etch profiles more efficient and more transparent than many complicated computer codes. The SEM images for trenches etched in silicon in a SF6 plasma in a RIE reactor are modeled by the simulation method for etch profiles. The etch rate is a linear combination of the etch rates of ions and neutrals in the ion flux-limited regime. Monte Carlo simulation of ion distribution functions in a chlorine plasma are fit by a simulated annealing procedure to a set of two-temperature drifting Maxwellians. The Monte Carlo simulations are noisy due to insufficient numbers of simulation particles. Smoothing of the distribution functions produces the expected bimodal ion distribution functions in the ICP reactor. The resultant etch profiles for

  10. The effect of dynamic etching on surface quality and laser damage resistance for fused silica optics

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    Wang, Zhiqiang; Yan, Hongwei; Yuan, Xiaodong; Li, Yuan; Yang, Ke; Yan, Lianghong; Zhang, Lijuan; Liu, Taixiang; Li, Heyang

    2017-05-01

    Fused silica optics were treated by dynamic etching using buffered hydrofluoric acid (BHF) with different etching depths. The transmissivity of fused silica slightly increases in deep UV (DUV) range after dynamic etching. Surface qualities of fused silica were characterized in terms of surface roughness, surface profile and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The results show that dynamic etching has a slight impact on surface RMS roughness.PL defects gradually reduces by dynamic etching, and laser damage resistance of fused silica continuously increases with etching depth extending. When removal depth increases to 12μm, the damage threshold is the double that of the unetched surface. However, surface profile continuously deteriorates with etching depth increasing. Appropriate etching amount is very important for improving damage resistance and mitigating surface profile deteriorating of fused silica during etching process simultaneously. The study is expected to contribute to the practical application of dynamic etching for mitigating laser induced degradation of fused silica optics under UV laser irradiation.

  11. Anisotropic etching of silicon in solutions containing tensioactive compounds

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    Zubel, Irena

    2016-12-01

    The results of investigations concerning anisotropic etching in 3M KOH and 25% TMAH solutions modified by tensioactive compounds such as alcohols, diols and a typical surfactant Triton X100 have been compared. Etching anisotropy was assessed on the basis of etch rates ratio V(110)/V(100). It was stated that the relation between surface tension of the solutions and etch rates of particular planes depend not only on the kind of surfactant but also on the kind of etching solution (KOH, TMAH). It points out an important role of TMA+ ions in the etching process, probably in the process of forming an adsorption layer, consisting of the molecules of tensioactive compounds on Si surface, which decides about etch rate. We have observed that this phenomenon occurs only at high concentration of TMA+ ions (25% TMAH). Reduction of TMAH concentration changes the properties of surfactant containing TMAH solutions. From all investigated solutions, the solutions that assured developing of (110) plane inclined at the angle of 45° to (100) substrate were selected. Such planes can be used as micromirrors in MOEMS structures. The solutions provide the etch rate ratio V(110)/V(100)<0.7, thus they were selected from hydroxide solutions containing surfactants. A simple way for etch rate anisotropy V(110)/V(100) assessment based on microscopic images etched structures has been proposed.

  12. Galvanic etching for sensor fabrication

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    Ashruf, C. M. A.; French, P. J.; Sarro, P. M.; Kazinczi, R.; Xia, X. H.; Kelly, J. J.

    2000-12-01

    This paper describes the application of a novel etch-stop technique, based on galvanic element formation, to the fabrication of micromechanical sensors. The theory of operation in tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) and hydrofluoric acid (HF) solutions is discussed, together with the main limitations. A number of devices are presented. These include a piezoresistive pressure sensor made with a galvanic etch stop in a 25% TMAH solution at 80 °C and the contactless fabrication in similar solutions of a vibration sensor based on free-standing crystalline silicon beams. The thickness definition and uniformity were found to be poorer with the cantilever than with the membrane type sensors. Oxygen in the solution was used to provide the cell current, which was therefore rather low. This resulted in a low package density of the sensor elements on the wafer. Free-standing thick polysilicon structures were also formed with a galvanic etch-stop technique in HF solutions. The selectivity of this process, and the thickness definition and uniformity were good. In these solutions, the cell current could be easily increased by adding other strong oxidizing agents, such as hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, high package densities could be achieved in these solutions.

  13. Use of lower-end technology etch platforms for high-etch loads

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    Nemelka, Jefferson O.

    2003-12-01

    In order to meet the needs of multiple customers with varying design specifications, merchant photomask suppliers need to provide photomasks for a wide range of design patterns. Some masks require etching less than 1% of the total mask film, while others require etching over 80% of the mask. Etching masks with these extremes in pattern loads can often require upgrading existing tool sets, particularly as the mask specifications become tighter. One alternative to upgrading tools is to develop new load-specific processes on existing lower-end tools, which requires a substantial amount of development work. Dry etching MoSi Embedded Attenuating Phase Shift Material using sulfur hexafluoride and helium under all etch loads presents challenges in the Unaxis Generation II mask etch platform. Etch processes developed for low load masks cannot always be used for high load masks due to problems in maintaining a stable process with good performance. In order to improve the etch performance for high MoSi loads (> 70% clear), a Gen II specific hardware design which can adversely affect uniformity at high loads was identified and eliminated as a dominant source of non-uniformity. A DOE studying total gas flow, He/SF6 ratio, pressure, ICP, and RIE power was then used to identify a stable process window for high MoSi loads. Another DOE studying the effects of pressure, ICP power, and RIE power on process uniformity was then carried out within the stable process window. Process conditions were identified which produced highly loaded 248nm and 193nm EAPSM masks with phase uniformity below 3°. Sidewall profiles were vertical for 193nm MoSi films but were slightly tapered for 248nm MoSi films, both with less than 5nm of CD bias.

  14. Experiment and Results on Plasma Etching of SRF cavities

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    Upadhyay, Janardan; Im, Do; Peshl, J.; Vuskovic, Leposova; Popovic, Svetozar; Valente, Anne-Marie; Phillips, H. Lawrence

    2015-09-01

    The inner surfaces of SRF cavities are currently chemically treated (etched or electropolished) to achieve the state of the art RF performance. We designed an apparatus and developed a method for plasma etching of the inner surface for SRF cavities. The process parameters (pressure, power, gas concentration, diameter and shape of the inner electrode, temperature and positive dc bias at inner electrode) are optimized for cylindrical geometry. The etch rate non-uniformity has been overcome by simultaneous translation of the gas point-of-entry and the inner electrode during the processing. A single cell SRF cavity has been centrifugally barrel polished, chemically etched and RF tested to establish a baseline performance. This cavity is plasma etched and RF tested afterwards. The effect of plasma etching on the RF performance of this cavity will be presented and discussed.

  15. Redesigned t-PFF-v device fabricated with one-step anisotropic chemical wet etching process: enhanced separation efficiency for colloidal particles in continuous-mode

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    Nho, Hyun Woo; Park, Joon Shik; Yoon, Tae Hyun

    2017-05-01

    A pinched flow fractionation device with trapezoid-shaped pinched segment and cross-flow side channels (t-PFF-v) was redesigned and fabricated with a one-stop anisotropic chemical wet etching process and its enhanced separation capability was demonstrated for spherical polystyrene (PS) particles with diameter ranges of 2-8 µm. The tilted sidewalls and vertical focusing channels of the t-PFF-v device led to an improved separation resolution (R m,n ) via enhanced separation distance of PS particles at the pinched segment (Δx m,n ) and reduced effluent particle distribution width (s n ). Using this t-PFF-v device with W p (pinched segment width) of 25 µm, PS particles with diameters of 4, 6, and 8 µm were simultaneously separated with good separation resolution (R 4,6  =  3.2 and R 6,8  =  3.4). Moreover, by adapting even smaller pinched segment width (W p  =  15 µm), PS particles with diameters of 2 and 4 µm, not well separated in the previous studies, were clearly separated with 9.5-fold improvement in R 2,4 compared with the normal PFF device (n-PFF). The effects of inlet flow rate ratio (Q 2/Q 1) on the separation efficiency were also carefully investigated and provided additional insight on the separation processes within the pinched segment of t-PFF-v device. The drain flow through the cross-flow v-channels helps better alignment of particles at the sidewall of pinched segment and resulted in significantly reduced distribution of effluent particles, even under the operating conditions with low Q 2/Q 1 values.

  16. Extreme ultraviolet lithography mask etch study and overview

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    Wu, Banqiu; Kumar, Ajay; Chandrachood, Madhavi; Sabharwal, Amitabh

    2013-04-01

    An overview of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) mask etch is presented and a EUVL mask etch study was carried out. Today, EUVL implementation has three critical challenges that hinder its adoption: extreme ultraviolet (EUV) source power, resist resolution-line width roughness-sensitivity, and a qualified EUVL mask. The EUVL mask defect challenges result from defects generated during blank preparation, absorber and multilayer deposition processes, as well as patterning, etching and wet clean processes. Stringent control on several performance criteria including critical dimension (CD) uniformity, etch bias, micro-loading, profile control, defect control, and high etch selectivity requirement to capping layer is required during the resist pattern duplication on the underlying absorber layer. EUVL mask absorbers comprise of mainly tantalum-based materials rather than chrome- or MoSi-based materials used in standard optical masks. Compared to the conventional chrome-based absorbers and phase shift materials, tantalum-based absorbers need high ion energy to obtain moderate etch rates. However, high ion energy may lower resist selectivity, and could introduce defects. Current EUVL mask consists of an anti-reflective layer on top of the bulk absorber. Recent studies indicate that a native oxide layer would suffice as an anti-reflective coating layer during the electron beam inspection. The absorber thickness and the material properties are optimized based on optical density targets for the mask as well as electromagnetic field effects and optics requirements of the patterning tools. EUVL mask etch processes are modified according to the structure of the absorber, its material, and thickness. However, etch product volatility is the fundamental requirement. Overlapping lithographic exposure near chip border may require etching through the multilayer, resulting in challenges in profile control and etch selectivity. Optical proximity correction is applied to further

  17. Nanometer scale high-aspect-ratio trench etching at controllable angles using ballistic reactive ion etching

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    Cybart, Shane; Roediger, Peter; Ulin-Avila, Erick; Wu, Stephen; Wong, Travis; Dynes, Robert

    2012-11-30

    We demonstrate a low pressure reactive ion etching process capable of patterning nanometer scale angled sidewalls and three dimensional structures in photoresist. At low pressure the plasma has a large dark space region where the etchant ions have very large highly-directional mean free paths. Mounting the sample entirely within this dark space allows for etching at angles relative to the cathode with minimal undercutting, resulting in high-aspect ratio nanometer scale angled features. By reversing the initial angle and performing a second etch we create three-dimensional mask profiles.

  18. Wet etching fabrication of photonic quantum ring laser

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    Kim, Moojin; Kim, Dongkwon; Lee, Seongeun; Kwon, O'Dae

    2004-11-01

    We present a wet etching process to fabricate good vertical mesa structures that result in high quality (Q) factors up to 2×104, important for smooth sidewall cavities such as the photonic quantum ring (PQR) laser. Q factor analyses also indicate that it can be improved much more once the internal scattering from the wafer materials is minimized. We use an etching solution of H3PO4:CH3OH:H2O2 with a volume ratio of 3:1:1, and a single-layer photoresist etch mask for etching GaAs /AlGaAs structures of the PQR laser several micrometer deep. As the etching temperature is varied from 20to40°C, the etched surface roughness decreases from 4.690to0.703nm according to scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscopy studies. From the activation energy analysis for the above etching process and the temperature dependence, the etching process is shown to be reaction limited. The PQR lasers with an active diameter of 10μm, fabricated by the wet etching process, show the spectral linewidth of 0.04nm. Three-dimensional Rayleigh-Fabry-Perot mode spectra for the PQR laser are also reported for the angle-resolved emission modes.

  19. On the dynamic response of pressure transmission lines in the research of helium-charged free piston Stirling engines

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    Miller, Eric L.; Dudenhoefer, James E.

    1989-01-01

    In free piston Stirling engine research the integrity of both amplitude and phase of the dynamic pressure measurements is critical to the characterization of cycle dynamics and thermodynamics. It is therefore necessary to appreciate all possible sources of signal distortion when designing pressure measurement systems for this type of research. The signal distortion inherent to pressure transmission lines is discussed. Based on results from classical analysis, guidelines are formulated to describe the dynamic response properties of a volume-terminated transmission tube for applications involving helium-charged free piston Stirling engines. The scope and limitations of the dynamic response analysis are considered.

  20. Bulk molybdenum field emitters by inductively coupled plasma etching.

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    Zhu, Ningli; Cole, Matthew T; Milne, William I; Chen, Jing

    2016-12-07

    In this work we report on the fabrication of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etched, diode-type, bulk molybdenum field emitter arrays. Emitter etching conditions as a function of etch mask geometry and process conditions were systematically investigated. For optimized uniformity, aspect ratios of >10 were achieved, with 25.5 nm-radius tips realised for masks consisting of aperture arrays some 4.45 μm in diameter and whose field electron emission performance has been herein assessed.

  1. Electrical field-induced faceting of etched features using plasma etching of fused silica

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    Huff, M.; Pedersen, M.

    2017-07-01

    This paper reports a previously unreported anomaly that occurs when attempting to perform deep, highly anisotropic etches into fused silica using an Inductively-Coupled Plasma (ICP) etch process. Specifically, it was observed that the top portion of the etched features exhibited a substantially different angle compared to the vertical sidewalls that would be expected in a typical highly anisotropic etch process. This anomaly has been termed as "faceting." A possible explanation of the mechanism that causes this effect and a method to eradicate it has been developed. Additionally, the method to eliminate the faceting is demonstrated. It is theorized that this faceting is a result of the interaction of the electro-potential electrical fields that surround the patterned nickel layers used as a hard mask and the electrical fields directing the high-energy ions from the plasma to the substrate surface. Based on this theory, an equation for calculating the minimum hard mask thickness required for a desired etch depth into fused silica to avoid faceting was derived. As validation, test samples were fabricated employing hard masks of thicknesses calculated based on the derived equation, and it was found that no faceting was observed on these samples, thereby demonstrating that the solution performed as predicted. Deep highly anisotropic etching of fused silica, as well as other forms of silicon dioxide, including crystalline quartz, using plasma etching, has an important application in the fabrication of several MEMS, NEMS, microelectronic, and photonic devices. Therefore, a method to eliminate faceting is an important development for the accurate control of the dimensions of deep and anisotropic etched features of these devices using ICP etch technology.

  2. ICP etching of silicon for micro and nanoscale devices

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    Henry, Michael David

    The physical structuring of silicon is one of the cornerstones of modern microelectronics and integrated circuits. Typical structuring of silicon requires generating a plasma to chemically or physically etch silicon. Although many tools have been created to do this, the most finely honed tool is the Inductively Couple Plasma Reactive Ion Etcher. This tool has the ability to finesse structures from silicon unachievable on other machines. Extracting structures such as high aspect ratio silicon nanowires requires more than just this tool, however. It requires etch masks which can adequately protect the silicon without interacting with the etching plasma and highly tuned etch chemistry able to protect the silicon structures during the etching process. In the work presented here, three highly tuned etches for silicon, and its oxide, will be described in detail. The etches presented utilize a type of etch chemistry which provides passivation while simultaneously etching, thus permitting silicon structures previously unattainable. To cover the range of applications, one etch is tuned for deep reactive ion etching of high aspect ratio micro-structures in silicon, while another is tuned for high aspect ratio nanoscale structures. The third etch described is tuned for creating structures in silicon dioxide. Following the description of these etches, two etch masks for silicon will be described. The first mask will detail a highly selective etch mask uniquely capable of protecting silicon for both etches described while being compatible with mainstream semiconductor fabrication facilities. This mask is aluminum oxide. The second mask detailed permits for a completely dry lithography on the micro and nanoscale, FIB implanted Ga etch masks. The third chapter will describe the fabrication and in situ electrical testing of silicon nanowires and nanopillars created using the methods previously described. A unique method for contacting these nanowires is also described which has

  3. LDRD final report : on the development of hybrid level-set/particle methods for modeling surface evolution during feature-scale etching and deposition processes.

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    McBride, Cory L.; Schmidt, Rodney Cannon; Musson, Lawrence Cale

    2005-01-01

    Two methods for creating a hybrid level-set (LS)/particle method for modeling surface evolution during feature-scale etching and deposition processes are developed and tested. The first method supplements the LS method by introducing Lagrangian marker points in regions of high curvature. Once both the particle set and the LS function are advanced in time, minimization of certain objective functions adjusts the LS function so that its zero contour is in closer alignment with the particle locations. It was found that the objective-minimization problem was unexpectedly difficult to solve, and even when a solution could be found, the acquisition of it proved more costly than simply expanding the basis set of the LS function. The second method explored is a novel explicit marker-particle method that we have named the grid point particle (GPP) approach. Although not a LS method, the GPP approach has strong procedural similarities to certain aspects of the LS approach. A key aspect of the method is a surface rediscretization procedure--applied at each time step and based on a global background mesh--that maintains a representation of the surface while naturally adding and subtracting surface discretization points as the surface evolves in time. This method was coded in 2-D, and tested on a variety of surface evolution problems by using it in the ChISELS computer code. Results shown for 2-D problems illustrate the effectiveness of the method and highlight some notable advantages in accuracy over the LS method. Generalizing the method to 3D is discussed but not implemented.

  4. Silicon vertical microstructure fabrication by catalytic etching

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    Huang, Mao-Jung; Yang, Chii-Rong; Chang, Chun-Ming; Chu, Nien-Nan; Shiao, Ming-Hua

    2012-08-01

    This study presents an effective, simple and inexpensive process for forming micro-scale vertical structures on a (1 0 0) silicon wafer. Several modified etchants and micro-patterns including rectangular, snake-like, circular and comb patterns were employed to determine the optimum etching process. We found that an etchant solution consisting of 4.6 M hydrofluoric acid, 0.44 M hydrogen peroxide and isopropyl alcohol produces microstructures at an etching rate of 0.47 µm min-1 and surface roughness of 17.4 nm. All the patterns were transferred faithfully to the silicon substrate.

  5. Advanced deep reactive-ion etching technology for hollow microneedles for transdermal blood sampling and drug delivery.

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    Liu, Yufei; Eng, Pay F; Guy, Owen J; Roberts, Kerry; Ashraf, Huma; Knight, Nick

    2013-06-01

    Using an SPTS Technologies Ltd. Pegasus deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE) system, an advanced two-step etching process has been developed for hollow microneedles in applications of transdermal blood sampling and drug delivery. Because of the different etching requirements of both narrow deep hollow and large open cavity, hollow etch and cavity etch steps have been achieved separately. This novel two-step etching process is assisted with a bi-layer etching mask. Results show that the etch rate of silicon during this hollow etch step was about 7.5 microm/min and the etch rate of silicon during this cavity etch step was about 8-10 microm/min, using the coil plasma etching power between 2.0 and 2.8 kW. Especially for the microneedle bores etch, the deeper it etched, the slower the etch rate was. The microneedle bores have successfully been obtained 75-150 microm in inner diametre and 700-1000 microm long with high aspect ratio DRIE, meanwhile, the vertical sidewall structures have been achieved with the high etch load exposed area over 70% for the cavity etch step.

  6. Quantitative Analysis of CF4 Produced in the SiO2 Etching Process Using c-C4F8, C3F8, and C2F6 Plasmas by In Situ Mass Spectrometry

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    Furuya, Kenji; Hatano, Yoshihiko

    2004-01-01

    The use of CF32+ as a specific product ion to selectively quantify CF4 produced in the SiO2 etching process using plasmas of perfluorocompounds (PFCs), such as c-C4F8, C3F8, and C2F6, has been proposed and investigated in the present experiments by measuring mass spectra inside and outside the plasmas. It is known that the CF32+ ion does not appear in the mass spectra of any stable PFCs, except for CF4. It is confirmed in the present experiments that the quantity of CF32+ originating from the CF3 radical in the mass spectra measured in situ is negligible. Other unstable chemical species in the plasmas are too small in quantity to explain the intensity of CF32+ appearing in the mass spectra measured in situ, even if they could produce stable CF32+ by ionization. It is therefore concluded that CF32+ can be used as a fingerprint of CF4 in mass spectrometry. Application of this new method for the quantitative analysis of CF4 produced in the SiO2 etching process using PFC plasmas results in CF4 production advancing significantly not only in the etching region of SiO2 but also in the downstream region of the plasmas.

  7. The endpoint detection technique for deep submicrometer plasma etching

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    Wang, Wei; Du, Zhi-yun; Zeng, Yong; Lan, Zhong-went

    2009-07-01

    The availability of reliable optical sensor technology provides opportunities to better characterize and control plasma etching processes in real time, they could play a important role in endpoint detection, fault diagnostics and processes feedback control and so on. The optical emission spectroscopy (OES) method becomes deficient in the case of deep submicrometer gate etching. In the newly developed high density inductively coupled plasma (HD-ICP) etching system, Interferometry endpoint (IEP) is introduced to get the EPD. The IEP fringe count algorithm is investigated to predict the end point, and then its signal is used to control etching rate and to call end point with OES signal in over etching (OE) processes step. The experiment results show that IEP together with OES provide extra process control margin for advanced device with thinner gate oxide.

  8. Etching fission tracks in zircons.

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    Naeser, C W

    1969-07-25

    A new technique has been developed whereby fission tracks can be etched in zircon with a solution of sodiuim hydroxide at 220 degrees C. Etching time varied between 15 minutes and 5 houtrs. Colored zircon required less etching time than the colorless varieties.

  9. Study of model based etch bias retarget for OPC

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    Liu, Qingwei; Cheng, Renqiang; Zhang, Liguo

    2010-04-01

    Model based Optical proximity correction is usually used to compensate for the pattern distortion during the microlithography process. Currently, almost all the lithography effects, such as the proximity effects from the limited NA, the 3D mask effects due to the shrinking critical dimension, the photo resist effects, and some other well known physical process, can all be well considered into modeling with the OPC algorithm. However, the micro-lithography is not the final step of the pattern transformation procedure from the mask to the wafer. The etch process is also a very important stage. It is well known that till now, the etch process still can't be well explained by physics theory. As we all know, the final critical dimension is decided by both the lithography and the etch process. If the etch bias, which is the difference between the post development CD and the post etch CD, is a constant value, it will be simple to control the final CD. But unfortunately this is always not the case. For advanced technology nodes with shrinking critical dimension, the etch loading effect is the dominate factor that impacts the final CD control. And some people tried to use the etch-based model to do optical proximity correction, but one drawback is the efficiency of the OPC running will be hurt. In this paper, we will demonstrate our study on the model based etch bias retarget for OPC.

  10. Isotropic plasma etching of Ge Si and SiNx films

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    Henry, Michael David; Douglas, Erica Ann

    2016-08-31

    This study reports on selective isotropic dry etching of chemically vapor deposited (CVD) Ge thin film, release layers using a Shibaura chemical downstream etcher (CDE) with NF3 and Ar based plasma chemistry. Relative etch rates between Ge, Si and SiNx are described with etch rate reductions achieved by adjusting plasma chemistry with O2. Formation of oxides reducing etch rates were measured for both Ge and Si, but nitrides or oxy-nitrides created using direct injection of NO into the process chamber were measured to increase Si and SiNx etch rates while retarding Ge etching.

  11. Isotropic plasma etching of Ge Si and SiNx films

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    Henry, Michael David; Douglas, Erica Ann

    2016-08-31

    This study reports on selective isotropic dry etching of chemically vapor deposited (CVD) Ge thin film, release layers using a Shibaura chemical downstream etcher (CDE) with NF3 and Ar based plasma chemistry. Relative etch rates between Ge, Si and SiNx are described with etch rate reductions achieved by adjusting plasma chemistry with O2. Formation of oxides reducing etch rates were measured for both Ge and Si, but nitrides or oxy-nitrides created using direct injection of NO into the process chamber were measured to increase Si and SiNx etch rates while retarding Ge etching.

  12. Isotropic plasma etching of Ge Si and SiNx films

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    Henry, Michael David; Douglas, Erica Ann

    2016-08-31

    This study reports on selective isotropic dry etching of chemically vapor deposited (CVD) Ge thin film, release layers using a Shibaura chemical downstream etcher (CDE) with NF3 and Ar based plasma chemistry. Relative etch rates between Ge, Si and SiNx are described with etch rate reductions achieved by adjusting plasma chemistry with O2. Formation of oxides reducing etch rates were measured for both Ge and Si, but nitrides or oxy-nitrides created using direct injection of NO into the process chamber were measured to increase Si and SiNx etch rates while retarding Ge etching.

  13. Modeling of the angular dependence of plasma etching

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    Guo Wei; Sawin, Herbert H.

    2009-11-15

    An understanding of the angular dependence of etching yield is essential to investigate the origins of sidewall roughness during plasma etching. In this article the angular dependence of polysilicon etching in Cl{sub 2} plasma was modeled as a combination of individual angular-dependent etching yields for ion-initiated processes including physical sputtering, ion-induced etching, vacancy generation, and removal. The modeled etching yield exhibited a maximum at {approx}60 degree sign off-normal ion angle at low flux ratio, indicative of physical sputtering. It transformed to the angular dependence of ion-induced etching with the increase in the neutral-to-ion flux ratio. Good agreement between the modeling and the experiments was achieved for various flux ratios and ion energies. The variation of etching yield in response to the ion angle was incorporated in the three-dimensional profile simulation and qualitative agreement was obtained. The surface composition was calculated and compared to x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The modeling indicated a Cl areal density of 3x10{sup 15} atoms/cm{sup 2} on the surface that is close to the value determined by the XPS analysis. The response of Cl fraction to ion energy and flux ratio was modeled and correlated with the etching yields. The complete mixing-layer kinetics model with the angular dependence effect will be used for quantitative surface roughening analysis using a profile simulator in future work.

  14. Pulsed plasma etching for semiconductor manufacturing

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    Economou, Demetre J.

    2014-07-01

    Power-modulated (pulsed) plasmas have demonstrated several advantages compared to continuous wave (CW) plasmas. Specifically, pulsed plasmas can result in a higher etching rate, better uniformity, and less structural, electrical or radiation (e.g. vacuum ultraviolet) damage. Pulsed plasmas can also ameliorate unwanted artefacts in etched micro-features such as notching, bowing, micro-trenching and aspect ratio dependent etching. As such, pulsed plasmas may be indispensable in etching of the next generation of micro-devices with a characteristic feature size in the sub-10 nm regime. This work provides an overview of principles and applications of pulsed plasmas in both electropositive (e.g. argon) and electronegative (e.g. chlorine) gases. The effect of pulsing the plasma source power (source pulsing), the electrode bias power (bias pulsing), or both source and bias power (synchronous pulsing), on the time evolution of species densities, electron energy distribution function and ion energy and angular distributions on the substrate is discussed. The resulting pulsed plasma process output (etching rate, uniformity, damage, etc) is compared, whenever possible, to that of CW plasma, under otherwise the same or similar conditions.

  15. In-situ diagnostics and characterization of etch by-product deposition on chamber walls during halogen etching of silicon

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    Rastgar, Neema; Sriraman, Saravanapriyan; Marsh, Ricky; Paterson, Alex

    2014-10-01

    Plasma etching is a critical technology for nanoelectronics fabrication, but the use of a vacuum chamber limits the number of in-situ, real-time diagnostics measurements that can be performed during an etch process. Byproduct deposition on chamber walls during etching can affect the run-to-run performance of an etch process if there is build-up or change of wall characteristics with time. Knowledge of chamber wall evolution and the composition of wall-deposited films are critical to understanding the performance of plasma etch processes, and an in-situ diagnostics measurement is useful for monitoring the chamber walls in real time. We report the use of attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) to perform in-situ diagnostics of a vacuum chamber's walls during plasma etching. Using ATR-FTIR, we are able to monitor the relative thickness and makeup of chamber wall deposits in real time. We then use this information to develop a chamber wall cleaning process in order to maintain reproducible etching conditions from wafer to wafer. In particular, we report mid-IR (4000-650 cm-1) absorption spectra of chamber wall-deposited silicon byproducts formed during halogen etching of silicon wafers.

  16. A paradigm shift in patterning foundation from frequency multiplication to edge-placement accuracy: a novel processing solution by selective etching and alternating-material self-aligned multiple patterning

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    Han, Ting; Liu, Hongyi; Chen, Yijian

    2016-03-01

    Overlay errors, cut/block and line/space critical-dimension (CD) variations are the major sources of the edge-placement errors (EPE) in the cut/block patterning processes of complementary lithography when IC technology is scaled down to sub-10nm half pitch (HP). In this paper, we propose and discuss a modular technology to reduce the EPE effect by combining selective etching and alternating-material (dual-material) self-aligned multiple patterning (altSAMP) processes. Preliminary results of altSAMP process development and material screening experiment are reported and possible material candidates are suggested. A geometrical cut-process yield model considering the joint effect of overlay errors, cut-hole and line CD variations is developed to analyze its patterning performance. In addition to the contributions from the above three process variations, the impacts of key control parameters (such as cut-hole overhang and etching selectivity) on the patterning yield are examined. It is shown that the optimized altSAMP patterning process significantly improves the patterning yield compared with conventional SAMP processes, especially when the half pitch of device patterns is driven down to 7 nm and below.

  17. Thermally controlled widening of droplet etched nanoholes

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    Heyn, Christian; Schnüll, Sandra; Jesson, David E.; Hansen, Wolfgang

    2014-06-01

    We describe a method to control the shape of nanoholes in GaAs (001) which combines the technique of local droplet etching using Ga droplets with long-time thermal annealing. The cone-like shape of inverted nanoholes formed by droplet etching is transformed during long-time annealing into widened holes with flat bottoms and reduced depth. This is qualitatively understood using a simplified model of mass transport incorporating surface diffusion and evaporation. The hole diameter can be thermally controlled by varying the annealing time or annealing temperature which provides a method for tuning template morphology for subsequent nanostructure nucleation. We also demonstrate the integration of the combined droplet/thermal etching process with heteroepitaxy by the thermal control of hole depth in AlGaAs layers.

  18. Three step deep reactive ion etch for high density trench etching

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    Lips, B.; Puers, R.

    2016-10-01

    A three step Deep Reactive Ion Etch (DRIE) process is developed to etch trenches of 10μm wide to a depth of 130μm into silicon with an etch rate of 2.5μm min-1. The aim of this process is to obtain sidewalls with an angle close to 90°. The process allows the etching of multiple trenches with high aspect ratios that are closely placed together. A three step approach is used as opposed to the more conventional two step approach in an attempt to improve the etching selectivity with respect to the masking material. By doing so, a simple AZ6632 positive photoresist could be used instead of the more commonly used metal masks which are harder to remove afterwards. In order to develop this process, four parameters, which are the bias power, processing pressure, step times and number of cycles, are evaluated an optimized on a PlasmaPro 300 Cobra DRIE tool from Oxford Plasma Technology.

  19. Atomic precision etch using a low-electron temperature plasma

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    Dorf, L.; Wang, J.-C.; Rauf, S.; Zhang, Y.; Agarwal, A.; Kenney, J.; Ramaswamy, K.; Collins, K.

    2016-03-01

    Sub-nm precision is increasingly being required of many critical plasma etching processes in the semiconductor industry. Accurate control over ion energy and ion/radical composition is needed during plasma processing to meet these stringent requirements. Described in this work is a new plasma etch system which has been designed with the requirements of atomic precision plasma processing in mind. In this system, an electron sheet beam parallel to the substrate surface produces a plasma with an order of magnitude lower electron temperature Te (~ 0.3 eV) and ion energy Ei (< 3 eV without applied bias) compared to conventional radio-frequency (RF) plasma technologies. Electron beam plasmas are characterized by higher ion-to-radical fraction compared to RF plasmas, so a separate radical source is used to provide accurate control over relative ion and radical concentrations. Another important element in this plasma system is low frequency RF bias capability which allows control of ion energy in the 2-50 eV range. Presented in this work are the results of etching of a variety of materials and structures performed in this system. In addition to high selectivity and low controllable etch rate, an important requirement of atomic precision etch processes is no (or minimal) damage to the remaining material surface. It has traditionally not been possible to avoid damage in RF plasma processing systems, even during atomic layer etch. The experiments for Si etch in Cl2 based plasmas in the aforementioned etch system show that damage can be minimized if the ion energy is kept below 10 eV. Layer-by-layer etch of Si is also demonstrated in this etch system using electrical and gas pulsing.

  20. Litho-freeze-litho-etch (LFLE) enabling dual wafer flow coat/develop process and freeze CD tuning bake for >200wph immersion ArF photolithography double patterning

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    Pieczulewski, Charles N.; Rosslee, Craig A.

    2009-12-01

    The SOKUDO DUO track system incorporates a dual-path wafer flow to reduce the burden on the wafer handling unit and enables high-throughput coat/develop/bake processing in-line with semiconductor photolithography exposure (scanner) equipment. Various photolithography-based double patterning process flows were modeled on the SOKUDO DUO system and it was confirmed to be able to process both Litho-Process-Litho-Etch (LPLE)*2 and negative-tone develop process wafers at greater than 200 wafer-per-hour (wph) capability for each litho-pass through the in-line exposure tool. In addition, it is demonstrated that Biased Hot Plates (BHP) with "cdTune" software improves litho pattern #1 and litho pattern #2 within wafer CD uniformity. Based primarily on JSR Micro materials for Litho-Freeze- Litho-Etch (LFLE) the coat, develop and bake process CD uniformity improvement results are demonstrated on the SOKUDO RF3S immersion track in-line with ASML XT:1900Gi system at IMEC, Belgium.

  1. Silicon nanowire photodetectors made by metal-assisted chemical etching

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    Xu, Ying; Ni, Chuan; Sarangan, Andrew

    2016-09-01

    Silicon nanowires have unique optical effects, and have potential applications in photodetectors. They can exhibit simple optical effects such as anti-reflection, but can also produce quantum confined effects. In this work, we have fabricated silicon photodetectors, and then post-processed them by etching nanowires on the incident surface. These nanowires were produced by a wet-chemical etching process known as the metal-assisted-chemical etching, abbreviated as MACE. N-type silicon substrates were doped by thermal diffusion from a solid ceramic source, followed by etching, patterning and contact metallization. The detectors were first tested for functionality and optical performance. The nanowires were then made by depositing an ultra-thin film of gold below its percolation thickness to produce an interconnected porous film. This was then used as a template to etch high aspect ratio nanowires into the face of the detectors with a HF:H2O2 mixture.

  2. Chemical etching and organometallic chemical vapor deposition on varied geometries of GaAs

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    Bailey, Sheila G.; Landis, Geoffrey A.; Wilt, David M.

    1989-01-01

    Results of micron-spaced geometries produced by wet chemical etching and subsequent OMCVD growth on various GaAs surfaces are presented. The polar lattice increases the complexity of the process. The slow-etch planes defined by anisotropic etching are not always the same as the growth facets produced during MOCVD deposition, especially for deposition on higher-order planes produced by the hex groove etching.

  3. Technique for etching monolayer and multilayer materials

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    Bouet, Nathalie C. D.; Conley, Raymond P.; Divan, Ralu; Macrander, Albert

    2015-10-06

    A process is disclosed for sectioning by etching of monolayers and multilayers using an RIE technique with fluorine-based chemistry. In one embodiment, the process uses Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) alone or in combination with Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) using fluorine-based chemistry alone and using sufficient power to provide high ion energy to increase the etching rate and to obtain deeper anisotropic etching. In a second embodiment, a process is provided for sectioning of WSi.sub.2/Si multilayers using RIE in combination with ICP using a combination of fluorine-based and chlorine-based chemistries and using RF power and ICP power. According to the second embodiment, a high level of vertical anisotropy is achieved by a ratio of three gases; namely, CHF.sub.3, Cl.sub.2, and O.sub.2 with RF and ICP. Additionally, in conjunction with the second embodiment, a passivation layer can be formed on the surface of the multilayer which aids in anisotropic profile generation.

  4. Anisotropic Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} waveguide etching using inductively coupled plasma etching

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    Muttalib, Muhammad Firdaus A. Chen, Ruiqi Y.; Pearce, Stuart J.; Charlton, Martin D. B.

    2014-07-01

    Smooth and vertical sidewall profiles are required to create low loss rib and ridge waveguides for integrated optical device and solid state laser applications. In this work, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching processes are developed to produce high quality low loss tantalum pentoxide (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}) waveguides. A mixture of C{sub 4}F{sub 8} and O{sub 2} gas are used in combination with chromium (Cr) hard mask for this purpose. In this paper, the authors make a detailed investigation of the etch process parameter window. Effects of process parameters such as ICP power, platen power, gas flow, and chamber pressure on etch rate and sidewall slope angle are investigated. Chamber pressure is found to be a particularly important factor, which can be used to tune the sidewall slope angle and so prevent undercut.

  5. Consideration of VT5 etch-based OPC modeling

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    Lim, ChinTeong; Temchenko, Vlad; Kaiser, Dieter; Meusel, Ingo; Schmidt, Sebastian; Schneider, Jens; Niehoff, Martin

    2008-03-01

    Including etch-based empirical data during OPC model calibration is a desired yet controversial decision for OPC modeling, especially for process with a large litho to etch biasing. While many OPC software tools are capable of providing this functionality nowadays; yet few were implemented in manufacturing due to various risks considerations such as compromises in resist and optical effects prediction, etch model accuracy or even runtime concern. Conventional method of applying rule-based alongside resist model is popular but requires a lot of lengthy code generation to provide a leaner OPC input. This work discusses risk factors and their considerations, together with introduction of techniques used within Mentor Calibre VT5 etch-based modeling at sub 90nm technology node. Various strategies are discussed with the aim of better handling of large etch bias offset without adding complexity into final OPC package. Finally, results were presented to assess the advantages and limitations of the final method chosen.

  6. Disilane-based cyclic deposition/etch of Si, Si:P and Si1-yCy:P layers: I. The elementary process steps

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    Hartmann, J. M.; Benevent, V.; Barnes, J. P.; Veillerot, M.; Deguet, C.

    2013-02-01

    We have benchmarked the 550 °C, 20 Torr growth of Si:P and Si1-yCy:P using SiH4 and Si2H6. P segregation has prevented us from reaching P+ ion concentrations in Si higher than a few 1019 cm-3 using SiH4; the resulting surface ‘poisoning’ led to a severe growth rate reduction. Meanwhile, [P+] increased linearly with the phosphine flow when using Si2H6 as the Si precursor; values as high as 1.7 × 1020 cm-3 were obtained. The Si:P growth rate using Si2H6 was initially stable then increased as the PH3 flow increased. Mono-methylsilane flows 6.5-10 times higher were needed with Si2H6 than with SiH4 to reach the same substitutional C concentrations in intrinsic Si1-yCy layers ([C]subst. up to 1.9%). Growth rates were approximately six times higher with Si2H6 than with SiH4, however. 30 nm thick Si1-yCy layers became rough as [C]subst. exceeded 1.6% (formation of increasing numbers of islands). We have also studied the structural and electrical properties of ‘low’ and ‘high’ C content Si1-yCy:P layers (˜ 1.5 and 1.8%, respectively) grown with Si2H6. Adding significant amounts of PH3 led to a reduction of the tensile strain in the films. This was due to the incorporation of P atoms (at the expense of C atoms) in the substitutional sites of the Si matrix. Si1-yCy:P layers otherwise became rough as the PH3 flow increased. Resistivities lower than 1 mΩ cm were nevertheless associated with those Si1-yCy:P layers, with P atomic concentrations at most 3.9 × 1020 cm-3. Finally, we have quantified the beneficial impact of adding GeH4 to HCl for the low-temperature etching of Si. Etch rates 12-36 times higher with HCl + GeH4 than with pure HCl were achieved at 20 Torr. Workable etch rates close to 1 nm min-1 were obtained at 600 °C (versus 750 °C for pure HCl), enabling low-temperature cyclic deposition/etch strategies for the selective epitaxial growth of Si, Si:P and Si1-yCy:P layers on patterned wafers.

  7. High-Performance and Damage-Free Magnetic Film Etching using Pulse-Time-Modulated Cl2 Plasma

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    Mukai, Tomonori; Hada, Hiromitsu; Tahara, Shuichi; Yoda, Hiroaki; Samukawa, Seiji

    2006-06-01

    We have developed a reactive ion etching (RIE) technique for magnetic films using pulse-time-modulated (TM) plasma. Using TM plasma etching can make the etching process high-performance and free of magnetic damage and corrosion. On the other hand, the conventional continuous wave discharge (CW) plasma etching process causes corrosion problems and degrades magnetic properties. We speculate that the negative ions injected from the TM plasma enhanced the chemical reaction on the magnetic film surface. We conclude that the TM plasma etching is a high-performance magnetic film etching process for fabricating magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM).

  8. Highly selective dry etching of polystyrene-poly(methyl methacrylate) block copolymer by gas pulsing carbon monoxide-based plasmas

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    Miyazoe, Hiroyuki; Jagtiani, Ashish V.; Tsai, Hsin-Yu; Engelmann, Sebastian U.; Joseph, Eric A.

    2017-05-01

    We propose a very selective PMMA removal method from poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) copolymer using gas pulsing cyclic etching. Flow ratio of hydrogen (H2) added to carbon monoxide (CO) plasma was periodically changed to control etch and deposition processes on PS. By controlling the process time of each etch and deposition step, full PMMA removal including etching of the neutral layer was demonstrated at 28 nm pitch, while PS thickness remained intact. This is more than 10 times higher etch selectivity than conventional continuous plasma etch processes using standard oxygen (O2), CO-H2 and CO-O2-based chemistries.

  9. High temperature reactive ion etching of iridium thin films with aluminum mask in CF4/O2/Ar plasma

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    Yeh, Chia-Pin; Lisker, Marco; Kalkofen, Bodo; Burte, Edmund P.

    2016-08-01

    Reactive ion etching (RIE) technology for iridium with CF4/O2/Ar gas mixtures and aluminum mask at high temperatures up to 350 °C was developed. The influence of various process parameters such as gas mixing ratio and substrate temperature on the etch rate was studied in order to find optimal process conditions. The surface of the samples after etching was found to be clean under SEM inspection. It was also shown that the etch rate of iridium could be enhanced at higher process temperature and, at the same time, very high etching selectivity between aluminum etching mask and iridium could be achieved.

  10. Reactive ion etching of quartz and Pyrex for microelectronic applications

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    Zeze, D. A.; Forrest, R. D.; Carey, J. D.; Cox, D. C.; Robertson, I. D.; Weiss, B. L.; Silva, S. R. P.

    2002-10-01

    The reactive ion etching of quartz and Pyrex substrates was carried out using CF4/Ar and CF4/O2 gas mixtures in a combined radio frequency (rf)/microwave (μw) plasma. It was observed that the etch rate and the surface morphology of the etched regions depended on the gas mixture (CF4/Ar or CF4/O2), the relative concentration of CF4 in the gas mixture, the rf power (and the associated self-induced bias) and microwave power. An etch rate of 95 nm/min for quartz was achieved. For samples covered with a thin metal layer, ex situ high resolution scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy imaging indicated that, during etching, surface roughness is produced on the surface beneath the thin metallic mask. Near vertical sidewalls with a taper angle greater than 80° and smooth etched surfaces at the nanometric scale were fabricated by carefully controlling the etching parameters and the masking technique. A simulation of the electrostatic field distribution was carried out to understand the etching process using these masks for the fabrication of high definition features.

  11. Metal-assisted chemical etching of silicon: a review.

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    Huang, Zhipeng; Geyer, Nadine; Werner, Peter; de Boor, Johannes; Gösele, Ulrich

    2011-01-11

    This article presents an overview of the essential aspects in the fabrication of silicon and some silicon/germanium nanostructures by metal-assisted chemical etching. First, the basic process and mechanism of metal-assisted chemical etching is introduced. Then, the various influences of the noble metal, the etchant, temperature, illumination, and intrinsic properties of the silicon substrate (e.g., orientation, doping type, doping level) are presented. The anisotropic and the isotropic etching behaviors of silicon under various conditions are presented. Template-based metal-assisted chemical etching methods are introduced, including templates based on nanosphere lithography, anodic aluminum oxide masks, interference lithography, and block-copolymer masks. The metal-assisted chemical etching of other semiconductors is also introduced. A brief introduction to the application of Si nanostructures obtained by metal-assisted chemical etching is given, demonstrating the promising potential applications of metal-assisted chemical etching. Finally, some open questions in the understanding of metal-assisted chemical etching are compiled.

  12. Box 13: Silicon Micro/Nano-Fabrication Using Proton Beam Writing and Electrochemical Etching

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    Blackwood, Daniel J.; Teo, Ee Jin

    The fabrication of 3D structures in silicon is at the heart of many state-of-the-art technologies. Conventional etching technologies require multiple processing steps to fabricate free-standing multilevel structures [1, 2]. The two main wet chemistry procedures are chemical etching in KOH, which is unfortunately isotropic with very slow etching of <111> planes, and electrochemical etching in HF [3]. The electrochemical etching rate is proportional to the flux of holes to the silicon/electrolyte interface, i.e., the applied current density, so it is easy to control and anisotropic. Etching Si in HF at low current densities produces porous silicon, which can be selectively removed by KOH. The low cost and easy implementation of electrochemical etching has made it an attractive alternative to dry etching.

  13. Deep and vertical silicon bulk micromachining using metal assisted chemical etching

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    Zahedinejad, Mohammad; Delaram Farimani, Saeed; Khaje, Mahdi; Mehrara, Hamed; Erfanian, Alireza; Zeinali, Firooz

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, a newfound and simple silicon bulk micromachining process based on metal-assisted chemical etching (MaCE) is proposed which opens a whole new field of research in MEMS technology. This method is anisotropic and by controlling the etching parameters, deep vertical etching, relative to substrate surface, can be achieved in micrometer size for <1 0 0> oriented Si wafer. By utilizing gold as a catalyst and a photoresist layer as the single mask layer for etching, 60 µm deep gyroscope micromachined structures have been fabricated for 2 µm features. The results indicate that MaCE could be the only wet etching method comparable to conventional dry etching recipes in terms of achievable etch rate, aspect ratio, verticality and side wall roughness. It also does not need a vacuum chamber and the other costly instruments associated with dry etching techniques.

  14. Dry etching technologies for the advanced binary film

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    Iino, Yoshinori; Karyu, Makoto; Ita, Hirotsugu; Yoshimori, Tomoaki; Azumano, Hidehito; Muto, Makoto; Nonaka, Mikio

    2011-11-01

    ABF (Advanced Binary Film) developed by Hoya as a photomask for 32 (nm) and larger specifications provides excellent resistance to both mask cleaning and 193 (nm) excimer laser and thereby helps extend the lifetime of the mask itself compared to conventional photomasks and consequently reduces the semiconductor manufacturing cost [1,2,3]. Because ABF uses Ta-based films, which are different from Cr film or MoSi films commonly used for photomask, a new process is required for its etching technology. A patterning technology for ABF was established to perform the dry etching process for Ta-based films by using the knowledge gained from absorption layer etching for EUV mask that required the same Ta-film etching process [4]. Using the mask etching system ARES, which is manufactured by Shibaura Mechatronics, and its optimized etching process, a favorable CD (Critical Dimension) uniformity, a CD linearity and other etching characteristics were obtained in ABF patterning. Those results are reported here.

  15. Structural and magnetic etch damage in CoFeB

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    Krayer, L.; Lau, J. W.; Kirby, B. J.

    2014-05-07

    A detailed understanding of the interfacial properties of thin films used in magnetic media is critical for the aggressive component scaling required for continued improvement in storage density. In particular, it is important to understand how common etching and milling processes affect the interfacial magnetism. We have used polarized neutron reflectometry and transmission electron microscopy to characterize the structural and magnetic properties of an ion beam etched interface of a CoFeB film. We found that the etching process results in a sharp magnetic interface buried under a nanometer scale layer of non-magnetic, compositionally distinct material.

  16. Photo-assisted etching of silicon in chlorine- and bromine-containing plasmas

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    Zhu, Weiye; Sridhar, Shyam; Liu, Lei; Hernandez, Eduardo; Donnelly, Vincent M.; Economou, Demetre J.

    2014-05-01

    Cl2, Br2, HBr, Br2/Cl2, and HBr/Cl2 feed gases diluted in Ar (50%-50% by volume) were used to study etching of p-type Si(100) in a rf inductively coupled, Faraday-shielded plasma, with a focus on the photo-assisted etching component. Etching rates were measured as a function of ion energy. Etching at ion energies below the threshold for ion-assisted etching was observed in all cases, with Br2/Ar and HBr/Cl2/Ar plasmas having the lowest and highest sub-threshold etching rates, respectively. Sub-threshold etching rates scaled with the product of surface halogen coverage (measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and Ar emission intensity (7504 Å). Etching rates measured under MgF2, quartz, and opaque windows showed that sub-threshold etching is due to photon-stimulated processes on the surface, with vacuum ultraviolet photons being much more effective than longer wavelengths. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopy revealed that photo-etched surfaces were very rough, quite likely due to the inability of the photo-assisted process to remove contaminants from the surface. Photo-assisted etching in Cl2/Ar plasmas resulted in the formation of 4-sided pyramidal features with bases that formed an angle of 45° with respect to ⟨110⟩ cleavage planes, suggesting that photo-assisted etching can be sensitive to crystal orientation.

  17. Evaluation of Pentafluoroethane and 1,1-Difluoroethane for a Dielectric Etch Application in an Inductively Coupled Plasma Etch Tool

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    Karecki, Simon; Chatterjee, Ritwik; Pruette, Laura; Reif, Rafael; Sparks, Terry; Beu, Laurie; Vartanian, Victor

    2000-07-01

    In this work, a combination of two hydrofluorocarbon compounds, pentafluoroethane (FC-125, C2HF5) and 1,1-difluoroethane (FC-152a, CF2H-CH3), was evaluated as a potential replacement for perfluorocompounds in dielectric etch applications. A high aspect ratio oxide via etch was used as the test vehicle for this study, which was conducted in a commercial inductively coupled high density plasma etch tool. Both process and emissions data were collected and compared to those provided by a process utilizing a standard perfluorinated etch chemistry (C2F6). Global warming (CF4, C2F6, CHF3) and hygroscopic gas (HF, SiF4) emissions were characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. FC-125/FC-152a was found to produce significant reductions in global warming emissions, on the order of 68 to 76% relative to the reference process. Although etch stopping, caused by a high degree of polymer deposition inside the etched features, was observed, process data otherwise appeared promising for an initial study, with good resist selectivity and etch rates being achieved.

  18. Removal of field and embedded metal by spin spray etching

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    Contolini, R.J.; Mayer, S.T.; Tarte, L.A.

    1996-01-23

    A process of removing both the field metal, such as copper, and a metal, such as copper, embedded into a dielectric or substrate at substantially the same rate by dripping or spraying a suitable metal etchant onto a spinning wafer to etch the metal evenly on the entire surface of the wafer. By this process the field metal is etched away completely while etching of the metal inside patterned features in the dielectric at the same or a lesser rate. This process is dependent on the type of chemical etchant used, the concentration and the temperature of the solution, and also the rate of spin speed of the wafer during the etching. The process substantially reduces the metal removal time compared to mechanical polishing, for example, and can be carried out using significantly less expensive equipment. 6 figs.

  19. System for etching thick aluminum layers minimizes bridging and undercutting

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    1966-01-01

    Four step photoresist process for etching thick aluminum layers for semiconductor device contacts produces uniform contact surfaces, eliminates bridging, minimizes undercutting, and may be used on various materials of any thickness.

  20. Removal of field and embedded metal by spin spray etching

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    Contolini, Robert J.; Mayer, Steven T.; Tarte, Lisa A.

    1996-01-01

    A process of removing both the field metal, such as copper, and a metal, such as copper, embedded into a dielectric or substrate at substantially the same rate by dripping or spraying a suitable metal etchant onto a spinning wafer to etch the metal evenly on the entire surface of the wafer. By this process the field metal is etched away completely while etching of the metal inside patterned features in the dielectric at the same or a lesser rate. This process is dependent on the type of chemical etchant used, the concentration and the temperature of the solution, and also the rate of spin speed of the wafer during the etching. The process substantially reduces the metal removal time compared to mechanical polishing, for example, and can be carried out using significantly less expensive equipment.

  1. Low-temperature and damage-free transition metal and magnetic material etching using a new metallic complex reaction

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    Nozawa, Toshihisa; Miyama, Ryo; Kubota, Shinji; Moyama, Kazuki; Kubota, Tomihiro; Samukawa, Seiji

    2015-03-01

    A neutral beam etching process has been developed that achieves damage- free (chemically and physically) etching. Recently, it was found that transition metals could be etched using neutral beam etching through metallic complex reactions. In this process, a neutral beam is extracted from a plasma generation region into a reaction chamber. Complex reactant gases are injected into a reaction chamber which is screened from the plasma during neutral beam etching. In this paper, etching of Pt and CoFeB, candidate materials for MRAM structures by a neutral beam system is described. It was found that etch rate enhancement of Pt/CoFeB surfaces resulted from their exposure to a neutral beam from Ar/O2 plasma with simultaneous injection of EtOH /acetic acid into the reaction chamber. Etching damage was also evaluated and no magnetic hysteresis degradation has been observed. Neutral beam etching technology has the capability to make breakthrough for fabricating MRAM device.

  2. Spectrometric analysis of process etching solutions of the photovoltaic industry--determination of HNO3, HF, and H2SiF6 using high-resolution continuum source absorption spectrometry of diatomic molecules and atoms.

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    Bücker, Stefan; Acker, Jörg

    2012-05-30

    The surface of raw multicrystalline silicon wafers is treated with HF-HNO(3) mixtures in order to remove the saw damage and to obtain a well-like structured surface of low reflectivity, the so-called texture. The industrial production of solar cells requires a consistent level of texturization for tens of thousands of wafers. Therefore, knowing the actual composition of the etch bath is a key element in process control in order to maintain a certain etch rate through replenishment of the consumed acids. The present paper describes a novel approach to quantify nitric acid (HNO(3)), hydrofluoric acid (HF), and hexafluosilicic acid (H(2)SiF(6)) using a high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace absorption spectrometer. The concentrations of Si (via Si atom absorption at the wavelength 251.611 nm, m(0),(Si)=130 pg), of nitrate (via molecular absorption of NO at the wavelength 214.803 nm, [Formula: see text] ), and of total fluoride (via molecular absorption of AlF at the wavelength 227.46 nm, m(0,F)=13 pg) were measured against aqueous standard solutions. The concentrations of H(2)SiF(6) and HNO(3) are directly obtained from the measurements. The HF concentration is calculated from the difference between the total fluoride content, and the amount of fluoride bound as H(2)SiF(6). H(2)SiF(6) and HNO(3) can be determined with a relative uncertainty of less than 5% and recoveries of 97-103% and 96-105%, respectively. With regards to HF, acceptable results in terms of recovery and uncertainty are obtained for HF concentrations that are typical for the photovoltaic industry. The presented procedure has the unique advantage that the concentration of both, acids and metal impurities in etch solutions, can be routinely determined by a single analytical instrument.

  3. Ultrasonic metal etching for metallographic analysis

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    Young, S. G.

    1971-01-01

    Ultrasonic etching delineates microstructural features not discernible in specimens prepared for metallographic analysis by standard chemical etching procedures. Cavitation bubbles in ultrasonically excited water produce preferential damage /etching/ of metallurgical phases or grain boundaries, depending on hardness of metal specimens.

  4. Layer by layer etching of LaAlSiOx

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    Hayashi, Hisataka

    2016-09-01

    In order to fabricate a gate transistor with high-k oxide materials, removal of high-k oxide films after gate electrode etching is necessary for the formation of ohmic contacts on source and drain regions. It is crucial that the removal process of high-k oxide film by dry etching is highly selective to and low in damage to the Si substrate in order to avoid the degradation of device performances. Sasaki et al. have achieved a high LaAlSiOx-to-Si selectivity of 6.7 using C4F8/Ar/H2 plasma. In the LaAlSiOx etching process using C4F8/Ar/H2 plasma, H2 plays a role in breaking the metal-oxygen bond to enhance etching of LaAlSiOx. Based on this result, the process was decomposed into two steps: a surface modification step using H2 plasma to break the metal-oxygen bond, and a removal step using C4F8/Ar plasma. A sequential layer by layer etching could realize low damage etching, similar to atomic layer etching. Therefore, a sequential LaAlSiOx etching process using a H2 surface modification step followed by a removal step using C4F8/Ar plasma is investigated. Experiments were carried out on 300 mm diameter wafers using the 100/13.56 MHz dual frequency superimposed capacitively coupled plasma reactor. The etching gases were H2 and C4F8/Ar for each step, respectively. Plasma process conditions were 100 MHz power of 1000 W (plasma generation), 13.56MHz power varied from 0 W to 300W (ion energy control). The substrate temperature was 40 °C. 15nm thick LaAlSiOx blanket film was used for evaluation of the etched amount. Film thickness was measured by X-ray fluorescent analysis thickness meter before and after plasma exposure. The etched amount of LaAlSiOx by the C4F8/Ar plasma step doubled with H2 modification. It is confirmed that when the C4F8/Ar plasma treatment time is sufficient to remove the surface modification layer, a self-limiting reaction is realized. Furthermore, it is confirmed that the etched amount per step can be controlled by control of the ion energy of H2

  5. Surface roughness and morphology evolution of optical glass with micro-cracks during chemical etching.

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    Xiao, Huapan; Wang, Hairong; Fu, Guanglong; Chen, Zhi

    2017-01-20

    Chemical etching is usually utilized to measure, reduce, and remove the subsurface micro-cracks in optical components, which makes it significant to study the surface evolution of optical components during the etching process. Etching experiments were carried out for glass with artificial cracks and micro-cracks under different etching conditions. The etching rate was obtained, which is linear with the hydrofluoric acid (HF) concentration and greatly affected by etching temperature. By measuring the surface roughness (SR) and morphology of glasses after etching, it is found that the crack width always increases with etching time, while the crack depth remains unchanged after the crack is completely exposed. Meanwhile, the SR increases sharply at first, then increases slowly, and finally decreases with the increase of etching time. Considering the influence of HF concentration, etching temperature, and the diffusion coefficient on the etching rate, simulation models were established for etching trailing indent cracks (TICs) to further analyze the evolution of SR and morphology. The simulation results were compared with the experimental ones, also indicating that the maximum SR (Ra) increases greatly with the crack's aspect ratio and the model for analyzing the crack's morphology evolution is more reasonable.

  6. Photo-assisted etching of silicon in halogen-containing plasmas

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    Sridhar, Shyam; Zhu, Weiye; Liu, Lei; Economou, Demetre; Donnelly, Vincent

    2013-09-01

    Cl2, Br2, HBr, and HBr/Cl2 feed gases diluted in Ar were used to study etching of p-type Si(100) in a RF inductively coupled, Faraday-shielded plasma. Etching rates were measured as a function of ion energy. Etching at ion energies below the threshold for ion-assisted etching was observed in all cases, with Br2/Ar and HBr/Cl2/Ar plasmas having the lowest and highest sub-threshold etching rates, respectively. Sub-threshold etching rates scaled with the product of surface halogen coverage (measured by XPS) and Ar emission intensity (7504Å). Etching rates measured under MgF2, quartz, and opaque windows, or biased grids, showed that sub-threshold etching is due to photon-stimulated processes on the surface, with VUV photons being much more effective than longer wavelengths. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopy (SEM and AFM) revealed that photo-etched surfaces were very rough, quite likely due to the inability of the photo-assisted process to remove contaminants from the surface. Photo-assisted etching in Cl2/Ar plasmas resulted in the formation of 4-sided pyramidal features with bases that form an angle of 45° with respect to < 110 > . cleavage planes, suggesting that the photo-assisted etching process is sensitive to crystal orientation, at least for chlorine. Work supported by DOE Plasma Science Center and NSF.

  7. Fabrication of resonator-quantum well infrared photodetector focal plane array by inductively coupled plasma etching

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    Sun, Jason; Choi, Kwong-Kit

    2016-02-01

    Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching has distinct advantages over reactive ion etching in that the etching rates are considerably higher, the uniformity is much better, and the sidewalls of the etched material are highly anisotropic due to the higher plasma density and lower operating pressure. Therefore, ICP etching is a promising process for pattern transfer required during microelectronic and optoelectronic fabrication. Resonator-quantum well infrared photodetectors (R-QWIPs) are the next generation of QWIP detectors that use resonances to increase the quantum efficiency (QE). To fabricate R-QWIP focal plane arrays (FPAs), two optimized ICP etching processes are developed. Using these etching techniques, we have fabricated R-QWIP FPAs of several different formats and pixel sizes with the required dimensions and completely removed the substrates of the FPAs. Their QE spectra were tested to be 30 to 40%. The operability and spectral nonuniformity of the FPA is ˜99.5 and 3%, respectively.

  8. Ion beam sputtering of fluoropolymers. [etching polymer films and target surfaces

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    Sovey, J. S.

    1978-01-01

    Ion beam sputter processing rates as well as pertinent characteristics of etched targets and films are described. An argon ion beam source was used to sputter etch and deposit the fluoropolymers PTFE, FEP, and CTFE. Ion beam energy, current density, and target temperature were varied to examine effects on etch and deposition rates. The ion etched fluoropolymers yield cone or spire-like surface structures which vary depending upon the type of polymer, ion beam power density, etch time, and target temperature. Sputter target and film characteristics documented by spectral transmittance measurements, X-ray diffraction, ESCA, and SEM photomicrographs are included.

  9. Characterization of metal smear in consideration of prepenetrant etch requirements

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    Henkener, Julie; Salkowski, Charles

    1995-07-01

    A controversy exists within the aerospace community as to whether etching of components before dye penetrant testing to remove metal smear is always necessary. A test program was initiated to detect the degree of metal smear present in aluminum alloy 2024-T851 after machining by various techniques. Use of the scanning electron microscope confirmed the presence of metal smear. In addition, dye penetrant tests were performed before and after a chemical etching process that removed approximately 0.0005 in. It was determined that etching always improves flaw detectability, even for cracks that have not been smeared.

  10. Optical properties of micromachined polysilicon reflective surfaces with etching holes

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    Zou, Jun; Byrne, Colin; Liu, Chang; Brady, David J.

    1998-08-01

    MUMPS (Multi-User MEMS Process) is receiving increasingly wide use in micro optics. We have investigated the optical properties of the polysilicon reflective surface in a typical MUMPS chip within the visible light spectrum. The effect of etching holes on the reflected laser beam is studied. The reflectivity and diffraction patterns at five different wavelengths have been measured. The optical properties of the polysilicon reflective surface are greatly affected by the surface roughness, the etching holes, as well as the material. The etching holes contribute to diffraction and reduction of reflectivity. This study provides a basis for optimal design of micromachined free-space optical systems.

  11. Super-selective cryogenic etching for sub-10 nm features.

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    Liu, Zuwei; Wu, Ying; Harteneck, Bruce; Olynick, Deirdre

    2013-01-11

    Plasma etching is a powerful technique for transferring high-resolution lithographic masks into functional materials. Significant challenges arise with shrinking feature sizes, such as etching with thin masks. Traditionally this has been addressed with hard masks and consequently additional costly steps. Here we present a pathway to high selectivity soft mask pattern transfer using cryogenic plasma etching towards low-cost high throughput sub-10 nm nanofabrication. Cryogenic SF(6)/O(2) gas chemistry is studied for high fidelity, high selectivity inductively coupled plasma etching of silicon. Selectivity was maximized on large features (400 nm-1.5 μm) with a focus on minimizing photoresist etch rates. An overall anisotropic profile with selectivity around 140:1 with a photoresist mask for feature size 1.5 μm was realized with this clean, low damage process. At the deep nanoscale, selectivity is reduced by an order of magnitude. Despite these limits, high selectivity is achieved for anisotropic high aspect ratio 10 nm scale etching with thin polymeric masks. Gentler ion bombardment resulted in planar-dependent etching and produced faceted sub-100 nm features.

  12. Patterned Platinum Etching Studies in an Argon High Density Plasma

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    Delprat, Sébastien; Chaker, Mohamed; Margot, Joëlle; Pépin, Henri; Tan, Liang; Smy, Tom

    1998-10-01

    A high-density surface-wave Ar plasma operated in the low pressure regime is used to study pure physical etching characteristics of platinum thin films. The platinum samples are RF biased so as to obtain a maximum DC self-bias voltage of 150 V. The sputter-etching characteristics are investigated as a function of the magnetic field intensity, the self-bias voltage and the gas pressure. At 1 mtorr, the etch rate is found to be a unique linear function of both the self-bias voltage and the ion density, independently of the magnetic field intensity value. However, even though the ion density increases, the etch rate is found to decrease with increasing pressure. In the low pressure regime, etch rates as high as 2000 A/min are obtained with a good selectivity over resist. Without any optimization of the etching process, we were able to etch 0.5 micron Pt trenches, 0.6 micron thick yielding fence-free profiles and sidewall angles (75º) that already meets the present industrial requirements of NVRAM technology.

  13. The Evolution of Plasma Etching in Integrated Circuit Manufacturing

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    Coburn, John W.

    2003-10-01

    Remarkable progress has been made in the implementation of plasma etching into integrated circuit manufacturing during the past 30 years. One perspective of some of the highlights responsible for this progress will be presented. The evolution of the etching equipment from the batch barrel systems of the 1960s to the high density single wafer plasma systems in use today will be reviewed. A few of the key advances in the processing chemistry will be summarized along with some of the more important technical developments. More recent progress in understanding and controlling the effects of the reactor wall and other internal surfaces will also be presented. Today each wafer is exposed to a plasma etching environment between 10 and 20 times during its manufacture and without the highly anisotropic etching provided by this critical process, high density integrated circuit manufacturing would not be possible

  14. Plasma etching for advanced polymer optical devices

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    Bitting, Donald S.

    Plasma etching is a common microfabrication technique which can be applied to polymers as well as glasses, metals, and semiconductors. The fabrication of low loss and reliable polymer optical devices commonly makes use of advanced microfabrication processing techniques similar in nature to those utilized in standard semiconductor fabrication technology. Among these techniques, plasma/reactive ion etching is commonly used in the formation of waveguiding core structures. Plasma etching is a powerful processing technique with many potential applications in the emerging field of polymer optical device fabrication. One such promising application explored in this study is in the area of thin film-substrate adhesion enhancement. Two approaches involving plasma processing were evaluated to improve substrate-thin film adhesion in the production of polymer waveguide optical devices. Plasma treatment of polymer substrates such as polycarbonate has been studied to promote the adhesion of fluoropolymer thin film coatings for waveguide device fabrication. The effects of blanket oxygen plasma etchback on substrate, microstructural substrate feature formation, and the long term performance and reliability of these methods were investigated. Use of a blanket oxygen plasma to alter the polycarbonate surface prior to fluoropolymer casting was found to have positive but limited capability to improve the adhesive strength between these polymers. Experiments show a strong correlation between surface roughness and adhesion strength. The formation of small scale surface features using microlithography and plasma etching on the polycarbonate surface proved to provide outstanding adhesion strength when compared to any other known treatment methods. Long term environmental performance testing of these surface treatment methods provided validating data. Test results showed these process approaches to be effective solutions to the problem of adhesion between hydrocarbon based polymer

  15. Novel spin-on organic hardmask with high plasma etch resistance

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    Oh, Chang-Il; Lee, Jin-Kuk; Kim, Min-Soo; Yoon, Kyong-Ho; Cheon, Hwan-Sung; Tokareva, Nataliya; Song, Jee-Yun; Kim, Jong-Seob; Chang, Tu-Won

    2008-03-01

    In recent years for memory devices under 70nm using ArF lithography, spin-on organic hardmask has become an attractive alternative process to amorphous carbon layer hardmark (ACL) in mass production due to ACL hardmask's limited capacity, high cost-of-ownership, and low process efficiency in spite of its excellent etch performance. However, insufficient plasma etch resistance of spin-on hardmask makes the etch process an issue resulting in inadequate vertical profiles, large CD bias, and narrow etch process window compared to ACL hardmask. In order to be able to apply these spin on hardmasks to varies layers including critical layers, the aforementioned problems need to be resolved and verified using several evaluation methods including etch pattern evaluation. In this paper, we report the synthesis of novel organic spin-on hardmasks (C-SOH) that incorporate various fused aromatic moieties into polymer chain and the evaluation of etch performance using dry etch tools. Organic spin-on hardmasks with 79-90 wt% carbon contents were synthesized in-house. Oxygen and fluorine based plasma etch processes were used to evaluate the etch resistance of the C-SOH. The results show our 3rd generation C-SOH has etch profiles comparable to that of ACL in a 1:1 dense pattern.

  16. Note: Electrochemical etching of cylindrical nanoprobes using a vibrating electrolyte

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    Wang, Yufeng; Zeng, Yongbin Qu, Ningsong; Zhu, Di

    2015-07-15

    An electrochemical etching process using a vibrating electrolyte of potassium hydroxide to prepare tungsten cylindrical nanotips is developed. The vibrating electrolyte eases the effects of a diffusion layer and extends the etching area, which aid in the production of cylindrical nanotips. Larger amplitudes and a vibration frequency of 35 Hz are recommended for producing cylindrical nanotips. Nanotips with a tip radius of approximately 43 nm and a conical angle of arctan 0.0216 are obtained.

  17. Etching with atomic precision by using low electron temperature plasma

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    Dorf, L.; Wang, J.-C.; Rauf, S.; Monroy, G. A.; Zhang, Y.; Agarwal, A.; Kenney, J.; Ramaswamy, K.; Collins, K.

    2017-07-01

    There has been a steady increase in sub-nm precision requirement for many critical plasma etching processes in the semiconductor industry. In addition to high selectivity and low controllable etch rate, an important requirement of atomic precision etch processes is no (or minimal) damage to the remaining material surface. It has traditionally not been possible to avoid damage in conventional radio-frequency (RF) plasma processing systems, even during layer-by-layer or ‘atomic layer’ etch. To meet these increasingly stringent requirements, it is necessary to have an accurate control over ion energy and ion/radical composition during plasma processing. In this work, a new plasma etch system designed to facilitate atomic precision plasma processing is presented. An electron sheet beam parallel to the substrate surface is used to produce a plasma in this system. This plasma has a significantly lower electron temperature T e ~ 0.3 eV and ion energy E i  <  3 eV (without applied bias) compared to inductively and capacitively coupled RF plasmas. Electron beam plasmas also have a higher ion-to-radical ratio compared to RF plasmas, so this plasma etch system employs an independent radical source for accurate control over relative ion and radical concentrations. A low frequency RF bias capability that allows control of ion energy in the 2-50 eV range is another important component of this plasma etch system. The results of etching of a variety of materials and structures in this low-electron temperature plasma system are presented in this study: (1) layer-by-layer etching of p-Si at E i ~ 25-50 eV using electrical and gas cycling is demonstrated; (2) continuous etching of epi-grown µ-Si in Cl2-based plasmas is performed, showing that surface damage can be minimized by keeping E i  <  10 eV. Also presented are the results of molecular dynamics modeling of atomic precision etching at low E i.

  18. Postoperative sensitivity of self etch versus total etch adhesive.

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    Yousaf, Ajmal; Aman, Nadia; Manzoor, Manzoor Ahmed; Shah, Jawad Ali; Dilrasheed

    2014-06-01

    To compare postoperative sensitivity following composite restoration placed in supra gingival class-V cavities using self etch adhesive and total etch adhesive. A randomized clinical trial. Operative Dentistry Department of Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry, Rawalpindi, from July to December 2009. A total of 70 patients having class-V supra gingival carious lesions were divided into two groups. Classes-V cavities not exceeding 3 mm were prepared. One treatment group was treated with self etch adhesive (adhe SE one Ivoclar) and the control group was treated with total-etch adhesive (Eco-Etch Ivoclar) after acid etching with 37% phosphoric acid. Light cured composite (Te-Econom Ivoclar) restoration was placed for both groups and evaluated for postoperative sensitivity immediately after restoration, after 24 hours and after one week. Data was recorded on visual analogue scale. Comparison of sensitivity between the two treatment groups on application cold stimulus after 24 hours of restoration showed significant difference; however, no statistically significant difference was observed at baseline, immediately after restoration and at 1 week follow-up with cold stimulus or compressed air application. Less postoperative sensitivity was observed at postoperative 24 hours assessment in restoration placed using SE adhesives compared to TE adhesives. Thus, the use of SE adhesives may be helpful in reducing postoperative sensitivity during 24 hours after restoration placement.

  19. Selective and uniform high rate etching of polysilicon in a magnetically confined microwave discharge

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    Gadgil, P.; Dane, D.; Mantei, T.D.

    1993-03-01

    An electron cyclotron resonance plasma reactor with multipolar magnetic confinement has been characterized for potential applications in polysilicon gate patterning. A two-step, low pressure, 100% Cl{sub 2} etch process is used, in which a small substrate bias is applied only during the polysilicon etch step. This system etches anisotropic profiles into undoped polysilicon with an etch rate of 4000-4500 {Angstrom}/min and polysilicon-oxide etch selectivities of 150-300. The downstream ion current density and plasma potential are radially uniform to within 1% (1{sigma}) over a 200 mm diam. The polysilicon etch rate is radially uniform to within {plus_minus}2% of the mean etch rate across a 150 mm wafer. 20 refs., 15 figs., 4 tabs.

  20. ChISELS 1.0: theory and user manual :a theoretical modeler of deposition and etch processes in microsystems fabrication.

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    Plimpton, Steven James; Schmidt, Rodney Cannon; Ho, Pauline; Musson, Lawrence Cale

    2006-09-01

    Chemically Induced Surface Evolution with Level-Sets--ChISELS--is a parallel code for modeling 2D and 3D material depositions and etches at feature scales on patterned wafers at low pressures. Designed for efficient use on a variety of computer architectures ranging from single-processor workstations to advanced massively parallel computers running MPI, ChISELS is a platform on which to build and improve upon previous feature-scale modeling tools while taking advantage of the most recent advances in load balancing and scalable solution algorithms. Evolving interfaces are represented using the level-set method and the evolution equations time integrated using a Semi-Lagrangian approach [1]. The computational meshes used are quad-trees (2D) and oct-trees (3D), constructed such that grid refinement is localized to regions near the surface interfaces. As the interface evolves, the mesh is dynamically reconstructed as needed for the grid to remain fine only around the interface. For parallel computation, a domain decomposition scheme with dynamic load balancing is used to distribute the computational work across processors. A ballistic transport model is employed to solve for the fluxes incident on each of the surface elements. Surface chemistry is computed by either coupling to the CHEMKIN software [2] or by providing user defined subroutines. This report describes the theoretical underpinnings, methods, and practical use instruction of the ChISELS 1.0 computer code.

  1. Level Set Approach to Anisotropic Wet Etching of Silicon

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    Radjenović, Branislav; Radmilović-Radjenović, Marija; Mitrić, Miodrag

    2010-01-01

    In this paper a methodology for the three dimensional (3D) modeling and simulation of the profile evolution during anisotropic wet etching of silicon based on the level set method is presented. Etching rate anisotropy in silicon is modeled taking into account full silicon symmetry properties, by means of the interpolation technique using experimentally obtained values for the etching rates along thirteen principal and high index directions in KOH solutions. The resulting level set equations are solved using an open source implementation of the sparse field method (ITK library, developed in medical image processing community), extended for the case of non-convex Hamiltonians. Simulation results for some interesting initial 3D shapes, as well as some more practical examples illustrating anisotropic etching simulation in the presence of masks (simple square aperture mask, convex corner undercutting and convex corner compensation, formation of suspended structures) are shown also. The obtained results show that level set method can be used as an effective tool for wet etching process modeling, and that is a viable alternative to the Cellular Automata method which now prevails in the simulations of the wet etching process. PMID:22399916

  2. Influence of copper foil polycrystalline structure on graphene anisotropic etching

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    Sharma, Kamal P.; Mahyavanshi, Rakesh D.; Kalita, Golap; Tanemura, Masaki

    2017-01-01

    Anisotropic etching of graphene and other two dimensional materials is an important tool to understand the growth process as well as enabling fabrication of various well-defined structures. Here, we reveal the influence of copper foil polycrystalline structure on anisotropic etching process of as-synthesized graphene. Graphene crystals were synthesized on the polycrystalline Cu foil by a low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) system. Microscopic analysis shows difference in shape, size and stripes alignment of graphene crystals with dissimilar nucleation within closure vicinity of neighboring Cu grains. Post-growth etching of such graphene crystals also significantly affected by the crystallographic nature of Cu grains as observed by the field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) analysis. Hexagonal hole formation with anisotropic etching is observed to be independent of the stripes and wrinkles in the synthesized graphene. We also observed variation in etched pattern of the graphene depending on the base Cu grain orientations, attributing to difference in nucleation and growth process. The findings can facilitate to understand the nature of microscopic etched pattern depending on metal catalyst crystallographic structure.

  3. Vapor etching of nuclear tracks in dielectric materials

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    Musket, Ronald G.; Porter, John D.; Yoshiyama, James M.; Contolini, Robert J.

    2000-01-01

    A process involving vapor etching of nuclear tracks in dielectric materials for creating high aspect ratio (i.e., length much greater than diameter), isolated cylindrical holes in dielectric materials that have been exposed to high-energy atomic particles. The process includes cleaning the surface of the tracked material and exposing the cleaned surface to a vapor of a suitable etchant. Independent control of the temperatures of the vapor and the tracked materials provide the means to vary separately the etch rates for the latent track region and the non-tracked material. As a rule, the tracked regions etch at a greater rate than the non-tracked regions. In addition, the vapor-etched holes can be enlarged and smoothed by subsequent dipping in a liquid etchant. The 20-1000 nm diameter holes resulting from the vapor etching process can be useful as molds for electroplating nanometer-sized filaments, etching gate cavities for deposition of nano-cones, developing high-aspect ratio holes in trackable resists, and as filters for a variety of molecular-sized particles in virtually any liquid or gas by selecting the dielectric material that is compatible with the liquid or gas of interest.

  4. Northern Arabia Etched Terrain

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    2002-01-01

    (Released 23 May 2002) The Science Many places on Mars display scabby, eroded landscapes that commonly are referred to as etched terrain. These places have a ragged, tortured look that reveals a geologic history of intense deposition and erosion. This THEMIS image shows such a place. Here a 10 km diameter crater is superposed on the floor of a 40 km diameter crater, most of which is outside of the image but apparent in the MOLA context image. The rugged crater rim material intermingles with low, flat-topped mesas and layers with irregular outlines along with dune-like ridges on many of the flat surfaces. The horizontal layers that occur throughout the scene at different elevations are evidence of repeated episodes of deposition. The apparent ease with which these deposits have been eroded, most likely by wind, suggests that they are composed of poorly consolidated material. Air-fall sediments are the likely candidate for this material rather than lava flows. The dune-like ridges are probably inactive granule ripples produced from the interaction of wind and erosional debris. The large interior crater displays features that are the result of deposition and subsequent erosion. Its raised rim is barely discernable due to burial while piles and blocks of slumped material along the interior circumference attest to the action of erosion. Some of the blocks retain the same texture as the surrounding undisrupted surface. It appears as if the crater had been buried long enough for the overlying material to be eroded into the texture seen today. Then at some point this overburden foundered and collapsed into the crater. Continuing erosion has caused the upper layer to retreat back from what was probably the original rim of the crater, producing the noncircular appearance seen today. The length of time represented by this sequence of events as well as the conditions necessary to produce them are unknown. The Story Have you ever seen an ink etching, where the artistic cross

  5. Northern Arabia Etched Terrain

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    2002-01-01

    (Released 23 May 2002) The Science Many places on Mars display scabby, eroded landscapes that commonly are referred to as etched terrain. These places have a ragged, tortured look that reveals a geologic history of intense deposition and erosion. This THEMIS image shows such a place. Here a 10 km diameter crater is superposed on the floor of a 40 km diameter crater, most of which is outside of the image but apparent in the MOLA context image. The rugged crater rim material intermingles with low, flat-topped mesas and layers with irregular outlines along with dune-like ridges on many of the flat surfaces. The horizontal layers that occur throughout the scene at different elevations are evidence of repeated episodes of deposition. The apparent ease with which these deposits have been eroded, most likely by wind, suggests that they are composed of poorly consolidated material. Air-fall sediments are the likely candidate for this material rather than lava flows. The dune-like ridges are probably inactive granule ripples produced from the interaction of wind and erosional debris. The large interior crater displays features that are the result of deposition and subsequent erosion. Its raised rim is barely discernable due to burial while piles and blocks of slumped material along the interior circumference attest to the action of erosion. Some of the blocks retain the same texture as the surrounding undisrupted surface. It appears as if the crater had been buried long enough for the overlying material to be eroded into the texture seen today. Then at some point this overburden foundered and collapsed into the crater. Continuing erosion has caused the upper layer to retreat back from what was probably the original rim of the crater, producing the noncircular appearance seen today. The length of time represented by this sequence of events as well as the conditions necessary to produce them are unknown. The Story Have you ever seen an ink etching, where the artistic cross

  6. Controlled in situ etch-back

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    Mattauch, R. J.; Seabaugh, A. C. (Inventor)

    1981-01-01

    A controlled in situ etch-back technique is disclosed in which an etch melt and a growth melt are first saturated by a source-seed crystal and thereafter etch-back of a substrate takes place by the slightly undersaturated etch melt, followed by LPE growth of a layer by the growth melt, which is slightly supersaturated.

  7. Etching Of Semiconductor Wafer Edges

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    Kardauskas, Michael J.; Piwczyk, Bernhard P.

    2003-12-09

    A novel method of etching a plurality of semiconductor wafers is provided which comprises assembling said plurality of wafers in a stack, and subjecting said stack of wafers to dry etching using a relatively high density plasma which is produced at atmospheric pressure. The plasma is focused magnetically and said stack is rotated so as to expose successive edge portions of said wafers to said plasma.

  8. Hierarchical micro-nano structured Ti6Al4V surface topography via two-step etching process for enhanced hydrophilicity and osteoblastic responses.

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    Moon, Byeong-Seok; Kim, Sungwon; Kim, Hyoun-Ee; Jang, Tae-Sik

    2017-04-01

    Hierarchical micro-nano (HMN) surface structuring of dental implants is a fascinating strategy for achieving fast and mechanically stable fixation due to the synergetic effect of micro- and nano-scale surface roughness with surrounding tissues. However, the introduction of a well-defined nanostructure on a microstructure having complex surface geometry is still challenging. As a means of fabricating HMN surface on Ti6Al4V-ELI, target-ion induced plasma sputtering (TIPS) was used onto a sand-blasted, large-grit and acid-etched substrate. The HMN surface topography was simply controlled by adjusting the tantalum (Ta) target power of the TIPS technique, which is directly related to the Ta ion flux and the surface chemical composition of the substrate. Characterization using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and laser scanning microscopy (LSM) verified that well-defined nano-patterned surface structures with a depth of ~300 to 400nm and a width of ~60 to 70nm were uniformly distributed and followed the complex micron-sized surface geometry. In vitro cellular responses of pre-osteoblast cells (MC3T3-E1) were assessed by attachment and proliferation of cells on flat, nano-roughened, micro-roughened, and an HMN surface structure of Ti6Al4V-ELI. Moreover, an in vivo dog mandible defect model study was used to investigate the biological effect of the HMN surface structure compared with the micro-roughened surface. The results showed that the surface nanostructure significantly increased the cellular activities of flat and micro-roughened Ti, and the bone-to-implant contact area and new bone volume were significantly improved on the HMN surface structured Ti. These results support the idea that an HMN surface structure on Ti6Al4V-ELI alloy has great potential for enhancing the biological performance of dental implants.

  9. Effect of chemical etching and aging in boiling water on the corrosion resistance of Nitinol wires with black oxide resulting from manufacturing process.

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    Shabalovskaya, S; Rondelli, G; Anderegg, J; Simpson, B; Budko, S

    2003-07-15

    The effect of chemical etching in a HF/HNO(3) acid solution and aging in boiling water on the corrosion resistance of Nitinol wires with black oxide has been evaluated with the use of potentiodynamic, modified potentiostatic ASTM F746, and scratch tests. Scanning-electron microscopy, elemental XPS, and Auger analysis were employed to characterize surface alterations induced by surface treatment and corrosion testing. The effect of aging in boiling water on the temperatures of martensitic transformations and shape recovery was evaluated by means of measuring the wire electroresistance. After corrosion tests, as-received wires revealed uniformly cracked surfaces reminiscent of the stress-corrosion-cracking phenomenon. These wires exhibited negative breakdown potentials in potentiostatic tests and variable breakdown potentials in potentiodynamic tests (- 100 mV to + 400 mV versus SCE). Wires with treated surfaces did not reveal cracking or other traces of corrosion attacks in potentiodynamic tests up to + 900-1400-mV potentials and no pitting after stimulation at + 800 mV in potentiostatic tests. They exhibited corrosion behavior satisfactory for medical applications. Significant improvement of corrosion parameters was observed on the reverse scans in potentiodynamic tests after exposure of treated wires to potentials > 1000 mV. In scratch tests, the prepared surfaces repassivated only at low potentials, comparable to that of stainless steel. Tremendous improvement of the corrosion behavior of treated Nitinol wires is associated with the removal of defect surface material and the growth of stable TiO(2) oxide. The role of precipitates in the corrosion resistance of Nitinol-scratch repassivation capacity in particular-is emphasized in the discussion.

  10. Etching of silicon surfaces using atmospheric plasma jets

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    Paetzelt, H.; Böhm, G.; Arnold, Th

    2015-04-01

    Local plasma-assisted etching of crystalline silicon by fine focused plasma jets provides a method for high accuracy computer controlled surface waviness and figure error correction as well as free form processing and manufacturing. We investigate a radio-frequency powered atmospheric pressure He/N2/CF4 plasma jet for the local chemical etching of silicon using fluorine as reactive plasma gas component. This plasma jet tool has a typical tool function width of about 0.5 to 1.8 mm and a material removal rate up to 0.068 mm3 min-1. The relationship between etching rate and plasma jet parameters is discussed in detail regarding gas composition, working distance, scan velocity and RF power. Surface roughness after etching was characterized using atomic force microscopy and white light interferometry. A strong smoothing effect was observed for etching rough silicon surfaces like wet chemically-etched silicon wafer backsides. Using the dwell-time algorithm for a deterministic surface machining by superposition of the local removal function of the plasma tool we show a fast and efficient way for manufacturing complex silicon structures. In this article we present two examples of surface processing using small local plasma jets.

  11. Low damage dry etch for III-nitride light emitters

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    Nedy, Joseph G.; Young, Nathan G.; Kelchner, Kathryn M.; Hu, Yanling; Farrell, Robert M.; Nakamura, Shuji; DenBaars, Steven P.; Weisbuch, Claude; Speck, James S.

    2015-08-01

    We have developed a dry etch process for the fabrication of lithographically defined features close to light emitting layers in the III-nitride material system. The dry etch was tested for its effect on the internal quantum efficiency of c-plane InGaN quantum wells using the photoluminescence of a test structure with two active regions. No change was observed in the internal quantum efficiency of the test active region when the etched surface was greater than 71 nm away. To demonstrate the application of the developed dry etch process, surface-etched air gaps were fabricated 275 nm away from the active region of an m-plane InGaN/GaN laser diode and served as the waveguide upper cladding. Electrically injected lasing was observed without the need for regrowth or recovery anneals. This dry etch opens up a new design tool that can be utilized in the next generation of GaN light emitters.

  12. Cryogenic Etching of High Aspect Ratio 400 nm Pitch Silicon Gratings

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    Miao, Houxun; Chen, Lei; Mirzaeimoghri, Mona; Kasica, Richard; Wen, Han

    2016-01-01

    The cryogenic process and Bosch process are two widely used processes for reactive ion etching of high aspect ratio silicon structures. This paper focuses on the cryogenic deep etching of 400 nm pitch silicon gratings with various etching mask materials including polymer, Cr, SiO2 and Cr-on-polymer. The undercut is found to be the key factor limiting the achievable aspect ratio for the direct hard masks of Cr and SiO2, while the etch selectivity responds to the limitation of the polymer mask. The Cr-on-polymer mask provides the same high selectivity as Cr and reduces the excessive undercut introduced by direct hard masks. By optimizing the etching parameters, we etched a 400 nm pitch grating to ≈ 10.6 μm depth, corresponding to an aspect ratio of ≈ 53. PMID:27799726

  13. Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching of III-nitride semiconductors

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    Shah, A. P.; Laskar, M. R.; Rahman, A. A.; Gokhale, M. R.; Bhattacharya, A.

    2013-02-01

    III-Nitride semiconductor materials are resistant to most wet chemical etch processes, and hence the only viable alternative is to use dry etching for device processing. However, the conventional Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) process results in very slow etch-rates because of low reactive ion density, and larger surface damage due to high energy ion bombardment. Using Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) RIE, a very fast etch-rate and smooth morphology is achieved due to independent control of ion density and ion energy. In this paper, we present our results on ICP-RIE of epitaxial III-N materials, namely c-plane and a-plane oriented GaN, AlN, AlxGa1-xN using various chlorine plasma chemistries based on Cl2 and BCl3. We have examined the role of BCl3 deoxidising pre-treatment on the etching of AlGaN alloys.

  14. High-precision structure fabrication based on an etching resistance layer

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    Zhang, Man; Deng, Qiling; Shi, Lifang; Cao, Axiu; Pang, Hui; Liu, Xin; Wang, Jiazhou; Hu, Song

    2016-10-01

    The high-precision fabrication of micro-/nano-structure is a challenge. In this paper, we proposed a new fabrication method of high-precision structure based on an etching resistance layer. The high-precision features were fabricated by photolithography technique, followed by the etching process to transfer the features to the substrate. During this process, the etching uniformity and error lead to the feature distortion. We introduced an etching resistance layer between feature layer and substrate. The etching process will stop when arriving at the resistance layer. Due to the high precision of the plating film, the high-precision structure depth was achieved. In our experiment, we introduced aluminum trioxide as the etching resistance layer. The structures with low depth error of less than 5% were fabricated.

  15. Cryogenic Etching of High Aspect Ratio 400 nm Pitch Silicon Gratings.

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    Miao, Houxun; Chen, Lei; Mirzaeimoghri, Mona; Kasica, Richard; Wen, Han

    2016-10-01

    The cryogenic process and Bosch process are two widely used processes for reactive ion etching of high aspect ratio silicon structures. This paper focuses on the cryogenic deep etching of 400 nm pitch silicon gratings with various etching mask materials including polymer, Cr, SiO2 and Cr-on-polymer. The undercut is found to be the key factor limiting the achievable aspect ratio for the direct hard masks of Cr and SiO2, while the etch selectivity responds to the limitation of the polymer mask. The Cr-on-polymer mask provides the same high selectivity as Cr and reduces the excessive undercut introduced by direct hard masks. By optimizing the etching parameters, we etched a 400 nm pitch grating to ≈ 10.6 μm depth, corresponding to an aspect ratio of ≈ 53.

  16. Dry Ice Etches Terrain

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Figure 1

    Every year seasonal carbon dioxide ice, known to us as 'dry ice,' covers the poles of Mars. In the south polar region this ice is translucent, allowing sunlight to pass through and warm the surface below. The ice then sublimes (evaporates) from the bottom of the ice layer, and carves channels in the surface.

    The channels take on many forms. In the subimage shown here (figure 1) the gas from the dry ice has etched wide shallow channels. This region is relatively flat, which may be the reason these channels have a different morphology than the 'spiders' seen in more hummocky terrain.

    Observation Geometry Image PSP_003364_0945 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 15-Apr-2007. The complete image is centered at -85.4 degrees latitude, 104.0 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 251.5 km (157.2 miles). At this distance the image scale is 25.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects 75 cm across are resolved. The image shown here has been map-projected to 25 cm/pixel . The image was taken at a local Mars time of 06:57 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 75 degrees, thus the sun was about 15 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 219.6 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Autumn.

  17. Dry Ice Etches Terrain

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Figure 1

    Every year seasonal carbon dioxide ice, known to us as 'dry ice,' covers the poles of Mars. In the south polar region this ice is translucent, allowing sunlight to pass through and warm the surface below. The ice then sublimes (evaporates) from the bottom of the ice layer, and carves channels in the surface.

    The channels take on many forms. In the subimage shown here (figure 1) the gas from the dry ice has etched wide shallow channels. This region is relatively flat, which may be the reason these channels have a different morphology than the 'spiders' seen in more hummocky terrain.

    Observation Geometry Image PSP_003364_0945 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 15-Apr-2007. The complete image is centered at -85.4 degrees latitude, 104.0 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 251.5 km (157.2 miles). At this distance the image scale is 25.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects 75 cm across are resolved. The image shown here has been map-projected to 25 cm/pixel . The image was taken at a local Mars time of 06:57 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 75 degrees, thus the sun was about 15 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 219.6 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Autumn.

  18. Seeking Methods to Reduce the Aspect Ratio Dependence in Deep Silicon Etch

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    Bates, Robert L.; Goeckner, M. J.; Overzet, L. J.

    2012-10-01

    We are examining how to reduce the Aspect Ratio Dependence (ARD) of deep silicon etch processes while maintaining both smooth sidewalls and an acceptable etch rate. In particular, SF6/O2/Ar and SF6/C4F8/Ar plasmas have both been shown to etch silicon with good anisotropy in a continuous etch process producing good sidewall profiles and at acceptable etch rates. Unfortunately, these processes also suffer from significant ARD. We are proposing to use an ARD deposition process to balance the ARD of the etch process and thereby find a reasonably AR independent process having an acceptable overall etch rate. To do this, we propose to examine both the ARD deposition rate into various AR trenches and the ARD etch rate of the passivation layer in those trenches. We are pursuing this in part because other researchers have shown that the etch rate of low AR features can be reduced (by depositing a passivation layer) and allow larger AR features to ``catch up.'' As a result, the same depth trench can be obtained [1]. The work is being carried out in a Plasma-Therm Versaline reactor in the UTD clean room. [4pt] [1] See for example: S. Lai, D. Johnson & R. Westerman, J.Vac. Sci. Tech. A, 24, 1283, (2006).

  19. Etching mechanism and morphology evolution in dry etching

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    Lee, Sang Ho

    III-V compound semiconductors (GaAs(100), GaP(100), InP(100), and GaN(0001)) and an insulator (amorphous SiO2) were etched, then their morphological dependencies on etch conditions were studied. All of them were etched in Cl 2/H2/Ar plasmas. Low energy electron enhanced etching (LE4) technique was mostly used to prevent surface and subsurface damage that may interfere with surface roughness. This technique exploits electrons from a DC plasma positive column instead of ion bombardment for the chemical reaction enhancement on sample surfaces. However, the effects of ion bombardment were also studied. The selection of bombarding species (electrons or ions) and energy of the bombarding species were controlled by biasing potentials for samples. In any case, the bias potential to sample surfaces was kept within a range of low energy during bombardment to prevent etch-induced damage which may affect the morphological evolution. The x-ray Triple Axis Diffractometer (TAD) was used to monitor structural damage after etching; energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), for chemical impurities or etch product residues. However, no structural damage nor residue was detected within the experimental conditions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe surface morphologies; then, height variations over the surfaces were obtained using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM data quantified statistical behavior (i.e. rms height variation, skewness, auto-covariance function, structure factor) of the surfaces. Such statistical behavior was linked with atomic mechanisms through scaling theory. This methodology revealed that quenched noise and thermochemical properties, which are highly dependent on temperature, govern surface morphologies for GaAs(100), GaP(100), and Inp(100). Although the nature of quenched noise is not well understood, this study shows that ridges in the mum range act as quenched noise. The quenched noise originates in nonuniform thermochemical

  20. Formation of plasma induced surface damage in silica glass etching for optical waveguides

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    Choi, D. Y.; Lee, J. H.; Kim, D. S.; Jung, S. T.

    2004-06-01

    Ge, B, P-doped silica glass films are widely used as optical waveguides because of their low losses and inherent compatibility with silica optical fibers. These films were etched by ICP (inductively coupled plasma) with chrome etch masks, which were patterned by reactive ion etching (RIE) using chlorine-based gases. In some cases, the etched surfaces of silica glass were very rough (root-mean square roughness greater than 100 nm) and we call this phenomenon plasma induced surface damage (PISD). Rough surface cannot be used as a platform for hybrid integration because of difficulty in alignment and bonding of active devices. PISD reduces the etch rate of glass and it is very difficult to remove residues on a rough surface. The objective of this study is to elucidate the mechanism of PISD formation. To achieve this goal, PISD formation during different etching conditions of chrome etch mask and silica glass was investigated. In most cases, PISD sources are formed on a glass surface after chrome etching, and metal compounds are identified in theses sources. Water rinse after chrome etching reduces the PISD, due to the water solubility of metal chlorides. PISD is decreased or even disappeared at high power and/or low pressure in glass etching, even if PISD sources were present on the glass surface before etching. In conclusion, PISD sources come from the chrome etching process, and polymer deposition on these sources during the silica etching cause the PISD sources to grow. In the area close to the PISD source there is a higher ion flux, which causes an increase in the etch rate, and results in the formation of a pit.

  1. A wet etching technique for accurate etching of GaAs/AlAs distributed Bragg reflectors

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    Bacher, K.; Harris, J.S. Jr.

    1995-07-01

    The authors have demonstrated a wet etching technique capable of producing accurate and uniform etch depths in distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) and other GaAs/AlAs superlattice structures. The process utilizes two selective etchants, citric acid/hydrogen peroxide in a 4:1 ratio and phosphoric acid/hydrogen peroxide/water in a 3:1:50 ratio, to sequentially etch away each pair of superlattice layers. The authors have used this technique to expose a 680 {angstrom} thick conduction GaAs layer buried beneath a 15 period, 2.1 {micro}m thick, undoped GaAs/AlAs DBR mirror. Transmission line measurements pads were formed on the exposed layer to determine the contact and sheet resistance. Comparison with a similar layer on the surface of the wafer reveals that the exposed layer is easily contacted with only a slight increase in sheet resistance indicating less than 125 {angstrom} of overetching, 0.6% of the total etch depth.

  2. Dry-plasma-free chemical etch technique for variability reduction in multi-patterning (Conference Presentation)

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Mohanty, Nihar; Farrell, Richard A.; Franke, Elliott; Raley, Angelique; Thibaut, Sophie; Pereira, Cheryl; Pillai, Karthik; Ko, Akiteru; Mosden, Aelan; Biolsi, Peter

    2017-04-01

    Scaling beyond the 7nm technology node demands significant control over the variability down to a few angstroms, in order to achieve reasonable yield. For example, to meet the current scaling targets it is highly desirable to achieve sub 30nm pitch line/space features at back-end of the line (BEOL) or front end of line (FEOL); uniform and precise contact/hole patterning at middle of line (MOL). One of the quintessential requirements for such precise and possibly self-aligned patterning strategies is superior etch selectivity between the target films while other masks/films are exposed. The need to achieve high etch selectivity becomes more evident for unit process development at MOL and BEOL, as a result of low density films choices (compared to FEOL film choices) due to lower temperature budget. Low etch selectivity with conventional plasma and wet chemical etch techniques, causes significant gouging (un-intended etching of etch stop layer, as shown in Fig 1), high line edge roughness (LER)/line width roughness (LWR), non-uniformity, etc. In certain circumstances this may lead to added downstream process stochastics. Furthermore, conventional plasma etches may also have the added disadvantage of plasma VUV damage and corner rounding (Fig. 1). Finally, the above mentioned factors can potentially compromise edge placement error (EPE) and/or yield. Therefore a process flow enabled with extremely high selective etches inherent to film properties and/or etch chemistries is a significant advantage. To improve this etch selectivity for certain etch steps during a process flow, we have to implement alternate highly selective, plasma free techniques in conjunction with conventional plasma etches (Fig 2.). In this article, we will present our plasma free, chemical gas phase etch technique using chemistries that have high selectivity towards a spectrum of films owing to the reaction mechanism ( as shown Fig 1). Gas phase etches also help eliminate plasma damage to the

  3. Uniform vertical trench etching on silicon with high aspect ratio by metal-assisted chemical etching using nanoporous catalysts.

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    Li, Liyi; Liu, Yan; Zhao, Xueying; Lin, Ziyin; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2014-01-08

    Recently, metal-assisted chemical etching (MaCE) has been proposed as a promising wet-etching method for the fabrication of micro- and nanostructures on silicon with low cost. However, uniform vertical trench etching with high aspect ratio is still of great challenge for traditional MaCE. Here we report an innovated MaCE method, which combined the use of a nanoporous gold thin film as the catalyst and a hydrofluoric acid (HF)-hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) mixture solution with a low HF-to-H2O2 concentration ratio (ρ) as the etchant. The reported method successfully fabricated vertical trenches on silicon with a width down to 2 μm and an aspect ratio of 16. The geometry of the trenches was highly uniform throughout the 3D space. The vertical etching direction was favored on both (100)- and (111)-oriented silicon substrates. The reported method was also capable of producing multiple trenches on the same substrate with individually-tunable lateral geometry. An etching mechanism including a through-catalyst mass-transport process and an electropolishing-favored charge-transport process was identified by a comparative study. The novel method fundamentally solves the problems of distortion and random movement of isolated catalysts in MaCE. The results mark a breakthrough in high-quality silicon trench-etching technology with a cost of more than 2 orders of magnitude lower than that of the currently available methods.

  4. High-density plasma etching of aluminum copper on titanium tungsten

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    Dang, Kim

    1999-09-01

    A multi-step high density plasma etch process, based on chlorine and sulfur hexafluoride chemistry (SF6), for LRC single wafer metal etcher was developed, characterized and optimized to anisotropically etch the metal stack which consists of a thin titanium tungsten ARC, hot deposited aluminum copper over titanium tungsten. The titanium tungsten used in the metal structure presents unique constraints on etch selectivity to underlying film while simultaneously requiring clearing metal stringers. The etching was further complicated by lateral etching of aluminum copper (AlCu) during titanium tungsten (TiW) etch and overetch steps. With the help of design-of-experiment techniques, multi-variable factorial experiments were conducted to determine the optimum processes for the bulk metal etch, barrier metal layer etch and overetch steps. Characterization parameters include the metal etch rate, etch selectivity, CD line-width, metal resistance and plasma charging damages. Special attention was paid to the overetch window since the metal quality is very sensitive to the overetch conditions. Insufficient overetch may leave metal stingers or metal shorts. Excessive overetch may cause severe CD undercutting and great loss of TEOS oxide under-layer.

  5. ZERODUR: bending strength data for etched surfaces

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    Hartmann, Peter; Leys, Antoine; Carré, Antoine; Kerz, Franca; Westerhoff, Thomas

    2014-07-01

    In a continuous effort since 2007 a considerable amount of new data and information has been gathered on the bending strength of the extremely low thermal expansion glass ceramic ZERODUR®. By fitting a three parameter Weibull distribution to the data it could be shown that for homogenously ground surfaces minimum breakage stresses exist lying much higher than the previously applied design limits. In order to achieve even higher allowable stress values diamond grain ground surfaces have been acid etched, a procedure widely accepted as strength increasing measure. If surfaces are etched taking off layers with thickness which are comparable to the maximum micro crack depth of the preceding grinding process they also show statistical distributions compatible with a three parameter Weibull distribution. SCHOTT has performed additional measurement series with etch solutions with variable composition testing the applicability of this distribution and the possibility to achieve further increase of the minimum breakage stress. For long term loading applications strength change with time and environmental media are important. The parameter needed for prediction calculations which is combining these influences is the stress corrosion constant. Results from the past differ significantly from each other. On the basis of new investigations better information will be provided for choosing the best value for the given application conditions.

  6. Innovative, Inexpensive Etching Technique Developed for Polymer Electro- Optical Structures

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    Nguyen, Hung D.

    1999-01-01

    Electro-optic, polymer-based integrated optic devices for high-speed communication and computing applications offer potentially significant advantages over conventional inorganic electro-optic crystals. One key area of integrated optical technology--primary processing and fabrication--may particularly benefit from the use of polymer materials. However, as efforts concentrate on the miniaturization of electro-integrated circuit pattern geometries, the ability to etch fine features and smoothly sloped sidewalls is essential to make polymers useful for electro-integrated circuit applications. There are many existing processes available to etch polymer materials, but they all yield nearly vertical sidewalls. Vertical sidewalls are too difficult to reliably cover with a metal layer, and incomplete metalization degrades microwave performance, particularly at high frequency. However, obtaining a very sloped sidewall greatly improves the deposition of metal on the sidewall, leading to low-loss characteristics, which are essential to integrating these devices in highspeed electro-optic modulators. The NASA Lewis Research Center has developed in-house an inexpensive etching technique that uses a photolithography method followed by a simple, wet chemical etching process to etch through polymer layers. In addition to being simpler and inexpensive, this process can be used to fabricate smoothly sloped sidewalls by using a commercial none rodible mask: Spin-On-Glass. A commercial transparent material, Spin-On-Glass, uses processes and equipment similar to that for photoresist techniques.

  7. Innovative, Inexpensive Etching Technique Developed for Polymer Electro- Optical Structures

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    Nguyen, Hung D.

    1999-01-01

    Electro-optic, polymer-based integrated optic devices for high-speed communication and computing applications offer potentially significant advantages over conventional inorganic electro-optic crystals. One key area of integrated optical technology--primary processing and fabrication--may particularly benefit from the use of polymer materials. However, as efforts concentrate on the miniaturization of electro-integrated circuit pattern geometries, the ability to etch fine features and smoothly sloped sidewalls is essential to make polymers useful for electro-integrated circuit applications. There are many existing processes available to etch polymer materials, but they all yield nearly vertical sidewalls. Vertical sidewalls are too difficult to reliably cover with a metal layer, and incomplete metalization degrades microwave performance, particularly at high frequency. However, obtaining a very sloped sidewall greatly improves the deposition of metal on the sidewall, leading to low-loss characteristics, which are essential to integrating these devices in highspeed electro-optic modulators. The NASA Lewis Research Center has developed in-house an inexpensive etching technique that uses a photolithography method followed by a simple, wet chemical etching process to etch through polymer layers. In addition to being simpler and inexpensive, this process can be used to fabricate smoothly sloped sidewalls by using a commercial none rodible mask: Spin-On-Glass. A commercial transparent material, Spin-On-Glass, uses processes and equipment similar to that for photoresist techniques.

  8. Dry Etching Characteristics of MOVPE-Grown CdTe Epilayers in CH4, H2, Ar ECR Plasmas

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    Yasuda, K.; Niraula, M.; Araki, N.; Miyata, M.; Kitagawa, S.; Kojima, M.; Ozawa, J.; Tsubota, S.; Yamaguchi, T.; Agata, Y.

    2017-09-01

    Dry etching characteristics of single crystal (100) CdTe epitaxial layers grown on GaAs substrates were studied using CH4, H2, and Ar as process gases in an electron cyclotron resonance plasma. A smooth and anisotropic etching was obtained with CH4, H2, and Ar. No hydrocarbon polymer was found on the etched surface, which was confirmed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement. Etching of the CdTe surface was also possible with H2 and Ar; however, no etching was observed in the absence of H2. Dependence of the etch rate on plasma gas composition and flow rates was studied. Mechanisms of etching with and without CH4 supply were also studied. Etched CdTe layers also showed no deterioration of electrical properties, which was confirmed by photoluminescence measurement at 4.2 K and Hall measurement at 300 K.

  9. High rate dry etching of (BiSb)2Te3 film by CH4/H2-based plasma

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    Song, Junqiang; Shi, Xun; Chen, Lidong

    2014-10-01

    Etching characteristics of p-type (BiSb)2Te3 films were studied with CH4/H2/Ar gas mixture using an inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-reactive ion etching (RIE) system. The effects of gas mixing ratio, working pressure and gas flow rate on the etch rate and the surface morphology were investigated. The vertical etched profile with the etch rate of 600 nm/min was achieved at the optimized processing parameters. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis revealed the non-uniform etching of (BiSb)2Te3 films due to disparate volatility of the etching products. Micro-masking effects caused by polymer deposition and Bi-rich residues resulted in roughly etched surfaces. Smooth surfaces can be obtained by optimizing the CH4/H2/Ar mixing ratio.

  10. Controlled Layer-by-Layer Etching of MoS₂.

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    Lin, TaiZhe; Kang, BaoTao; Jeon, MinHwan; Huffman, Craig; Jeon, JeaHoo; Lee, SungJoo; Han, Wei; Lee, JinYong; Lee, SeHan; Yeom, GeunYoung; Kim, KyongNam

    2015-07-29

    Two-dimensional (2D) metal dichalcogenides like molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) may provide a pathway to high-mobility channel materials that are needed for beyond-complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) devices. Controlling the thickness of these materials at the atomic level will be a key factor in the future development of MoS2 devices. In this study, we propose a layer-by-layer removal of MoS2 using the atomic layer etching (ALET) that is composed of the cyclic processing of chlorine (Cl)-radical adsorption and argon (Ar)(+) ion-beam desorption. MoS2 etching was not observed with only the Cl-radical adsorption or low-energy (<20 eV) Ar(+) ion-beam desorption steps; however, the use of sequential etching that is composed of the Cl-radical adsorption step and a subsequent Ar(+) ion-beam desorption step resulted in the complete etching of one monolayer of MoS2. Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) indicated the removal of one monolayer of MoS2 with each ALET cycle; therefore, the number of MoS2 layers could be precisely controlled by using this cyclical etch method. In addition, no noticeable damage or etch residue was observed on the exposed MoS2.

  11. Method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors

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    Qiu, Weibin; Goddard, Lynford L.

    2012-12-25

    A method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors includes providing a process chamber and a source electrode adjacent to the process chamber. The process chamber contains a sample comprising a Ga-based compound semiconductor. The sample is in contact with a platen which is electrically connected to a first power supply, and the source electrode is electrically connected to a second power supply. The method includes flowing SiCl.sub.4 gas into the chamber, flowing Ar gas into the chamber, and flowing H.sub.2 gas into the chamber. RF power is supplied independently to the source electrode and the platen. A plasma is generated based on the gases in the process chamber, and regions of a surface of the sample adjacent to one or more masked portions of the surface are etched to create a substantially smooth etched surface including features having substantially vertical walls beneath the masked portions.

  12. Plasma atomic layer etching using conventional plasma equipment

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    Agarwal, Ankur; Kushner, Mark J.

    2009-01-15

    The decrease in feature sizes in microelectronics fabrication will soon require plasma etching processes having atomic layer resolution. The basis of plasma atomic layer etching (PALE) is forming a layer of passivation that allows the underlying substrate material to be etched with lower activation energy than in the absence of the passivation. The subsequent removal of the passivation with carefully tailored activation energy then removes a single layer of the underlying material. If these goals are met, the process is self-limiting. A challenge of PALE is the high cost of specialized equipment and slow processing speed. In this work, results from a computational investigation of PALE will be discussed with the goal of demonstrating the potential of using conventional plasma etching equipment having acceptable processing speeds. Results will be discussed using inductively coupled and magnetically enhanced capacitively coupled plasmas in which nonsinusoidal waveforms are used to regulate ion energies to optimize the passivation and etch steps. This strategy may also enable the use of a single gas mixture, as opposed to changing gas mixtures between steps.

  13. Etching yields and surface reactions of amorphous carbon by fluorocarbon ion irradiation

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    Karahashi, Kazuhiro; Li, Hu; Yamada, Kentaro; Ito, Tomoko; Numazawa, Satoshi; Machida, Ken; Ishikawa, Kiyoshi; Hamaguchi, Satoshi

    2017-06-01

    Etching yields of amorphous carbon (a-C) have been determined for Ar+, Ne+, F+, CF+, and CF3 + ion irradiation as functions of ion incident energy in the range from 300 to 2,000 eV. Amorphous carbon is often used as a hard mask material for reactive ion etching (RIE) of Si-based materials and its durability against chemically reactive etching is of primary importance. In this study, experiments on the ion-beam etching of a-C films were performed with a mass-selected ion beam system, which irradiated a sample surface with a single ion species at a specified incident energy under ultra high vacuum conditions. It is found that the etching yield of a-C can be strongly enhanced by the chemical effects of fluorine (F) contained in the incident ions over the corresponding physical sputtering yield. The yield data also show that the etching yield of a-C by fluorocarbon ions depends more sensitively on the amount of fluorine supplied to the surface than those of Si-based materials such as Si, SiO2, and Si3N4. Therefore, to minimize the erosion of a-C mask structures in an etching process for Si-based materials by fluorocarbon plasmas, one must optimize the fluorine content in the etching gas while maintaining sufficiently large etching rates for Si-based materials to be etched.

  14. Transient Clustering of Reaction Intermediates during Wet Etching of Silicon Nanostructures.

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    Aabdin, Zainul; Xu, Xiu Mei; Sen, Soumyo; Anand, Utkarsh; Král, Petr; Holsteyns, Frank; Mirsaidov, Utkur

    2017-05-10

    Wet chemical etching is a key process in fabricating silicon (Si) nanostructures. Currently, wet etching of Si is proposed to occur through the reaction of surface Si atoms with etchant molecules, forming etch intermediates that dissolve directly into the bulk etchant solution. Here, using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), we follow the nanoscale wet etch dynamics of amorphous Si (a-Si) nanopillars in real-time and show that intermediates generated during alkaline wet etching first aggregate as nanoclusters on the Si surface and then detach from the surface before dissolving in the etchant solution. Molecular dynamics simulations reveal that the molecules of etch intermediates remain weakly bound to the hydroxylated Si surface during the etching and aggregate into nanoclusters via surface diffusion instead of directly diffusing into the etchant solution. We confirmed this model experimentally by suppressing the formation of nanoclusters of etch intermediates on the Si surfaces by shielding the hydroxylated Si sites with large ions. These results suggest that the interaction of etch intermediates with etching surfaces controls the solubility of reaction intermediates and is an important parameter in fabricating densely packed clean 3D nanostructures for future generation microelectronics.

  15. Chemical Etch Effects on Laser-Induced Surface Damage Growth in Fused Silica

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    Hrubesh, L W; Norton, M A; Molander, W A; Wegner, P J; Staggs, M; Demos, S G; Britten, J A; Summers, L J; Lindsey, E F; Kozlowski, M R

    2000-12-22

    We investigated chemical etching as a possible means to mitigate the growth of UV laser-induced surface damage on fused silica. The intent of this work is to examine the growth behavior of existing damage sites that have been processed to remove the UV absorbing, thermo-chemically modified material within the affected area. The study involved chemical etching of laser-induced surface damage sites on fused silica substrates, characterizing the etched sites using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser fluorescence, and testing the growth behavior of the etched sites upon illumination with multiple pulses of 351nm laser light. The results show that damage sites that have been etched to depths greater than about 9 {micro}m have about a 40% chance for zero growth with 1000 shots at fluences of 6.8-9.4 J/cm{sup 2}. For the etched sites that grow, the growth rates are consistent with those for non-etched sites. There is a weak dependence of the total fluorescence emission with the etch depth of a site, but the total fluorescence intensity from an etched site is not well correlated with the propensity of the site to grow. Deep wet etching shows some promise for mitigating damage growth in fused silica, but fluorescence does not seem to be a good indicator of successful mitigation.

  16. Effect of reactive gas (oxygen/chlorine/fluorine) etching on the magnetic flux of a high moment write pole material

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    Zhang Jinqiu; Liu Feng; Chen Lifan; Miloslavsky, Lena

    2010-05-15

    Effect of reactive gas (oxygen/chlorine/fluorine) etching on NiFe magnetic properties was investigated. Experimental data showed 40% magnetic property degradation for F-containing gas etching, 10% degradation for O-containing gas etching, and 5% degradation for Cl-containing gas etching processes. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the crystallographic orientation remained the same upon the reactive gas etching, which is due to the low ion energy in plasma etching process as opposed to ion milling process with high input energy. It is proposed that the reported magnetic property degradation was mainly caused by the nonmagnetic dead layer formation, rather than the changes in the crystallographic orientation. The dead layer was determined by the NiFe thickness dependence of remnant magnetic flux variations between pre-etched and postetched samples. The dead layer remained nearly constant for O-containing gas etching process with increasing plasma processing time. The nonmagnetic dead layer of {approx}40-50 A formed in O-containing etching gas was observed in transmission electron microscopy cross-sectional image and was in very good agreement with the calculated value based on magnetic flux measurements. Combined magnetic and physical characterizations suggest that the dead layer thickness saturates at the initial stage of the plasma etching and magnetic property remained unchanged with increasing etching duration upon formation of the dead layer.

  17. Regenerative Electroless Etching of Silicon.

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    Kolasinski, Kurt W; Gimbar, Nathan J; Yu, Haibo; Aindow, Mark; Mäkilä, Ermei; Salonen, Jarno

    2017-01-09

    Regenerative electroless etching (ReEtching), described herein for the first time, is a method of producing nanostructured semiconductors in which an oxidant (Ox1 ) is used as a catalytic agent to facilitate the reaction between a semiconductor and a second oxidant (Ox2 ) that would be unreactive in the primary reaction. Ox2 is used to regenerate Ox1 , which is capable of initiating etching by injecting holes into the semiconductor valence band. Therefore, the extent of reaction is controlled by the amount of Ox2 added, and the rate of reaction is controlled by the injection rate of Ox2 . This general strategy is demonstrated specifically for the production of highly luminescent, nanocrystalline porous Si from the reaction of V2 O5 in HF(aq) as Ox1 and H2 O2 (aq) as Ox2 with Si powder and wafers.

  18. Lithium Niobate Reactive Ion Etching

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    2000-07-01

    sputter method. The coated substrates were then patterned using a photolithographic mask with AZP 4620 photoresist. The NiCr layer was sputter etched to...create the NiCr RIE mask and the photoresist residual removed. Sputter etch was the chosen technology to pattern the NiCr for two main reasons; - An...2. Experimental Description 2.1 Preparation of Lithium Niobate Samples The LiNbO3 substrates were coated with a 3000 A layer of NiCr using the RF

  19. Selective atomic-level etching using two heating procedures, infrared irradiation and ion bombardment, for next-generation semiconductor device manufacturing

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    Shinoda, K.; Miyoshi, N.; Kobayashi, H.; Miura, M.; Kurihara, M.; Maeda, K.; Negishi, N.; Sonoda, Y.; Tanaka, M.; Yasui, N.; Izawa, M.; Ishii, Y.; Okuma, K.; Saldana, T.; Manos, J.; Ishikawa, K.; Hori, M.

    2017-05-01

    The demand for precisely controlled etching is increasing as semiconductor device geometries continue to shrink. To fulfill this demand, cyclic atomic level/layer etching will become one of the key technologies in semiconductor device manufacturing at nanometer dimensions. This review describes recent trends in semiconductor devices and some of the latest results on cyclic atomic-level etching. In particular, it focuses on two types of cyclic etching that use different heating procedures: infrared irradiation for isotropic etching and Ar+ ion bombardment for anisotropic etching. It describes how an inductively-coupled-plasma down-flow etching apparatus with infrared lamps can be used for isotropic cyclic etching. The isotropic cyclic etching of SiN involves the formation and thermal desorption of ammonium hexafluorosilicate-based surface modified layers. This method features high selectivity with respect to SiO2, atomic-level control of the amount of SiN etching, and isotropic etched features. On the other hand, the anisotropic cyclic etching with Ar+ ion bombardment uses a microwave electron-cyclotron-resonance plasma etching apparatus. The anisotropic process for poly Si is composed of cyclic repetitions of chlorine adsorption and Ar+ ion bombardment. The anisotropic process for SiN is composed of cyclic repetitions involving an adsorption step using hydrofluorocarbon chemistry and a desorption step using Ar+ ion bombardment. Potential applications of these isotropic/anisotropic cyclic etching processes are described.

  20. Surfactant-enhanced control of track-etch pore morphology

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    Apel, P. Yu; Blonskaya, I. V.; Didyk, A. Yu; Dmitriev, S. N.; Orelovitch, O. L.; Root, D.; Samoilova, L. I.; Vutsadakis, V. A.

    2001-06-01

    The influence of surfactants on the process of chemical development of ion tracks in polymers is studied. Based on the experimental data, a mechanism of the surfactant effect on the track-etch pore morphology is proposed. In the beginning of etching the surfactant is adsorbed on the surface and creates a layer that is quasi-solid and partially protects the surface from the etching agent. However, some etchant molecules diffuse through the barrier and react with the polymer surface. This results in the formation of a small hole at the entrance to the ion track. After the hole has attained a few nanometers in diameter, the surfactant molecules penetrate into the track and cover its walls. Further diffusion of the surfactant into the growing pore is hindered. The adsorbed surfactant layer is not permeable for large molecules. In contrast, small alkali molecules and water molecules diffuse into the track and provide the etching process enlarging the pore. At this stage the transport of the surfactant into the pore channel can proceed only due to the lateral diffusion in the adsorbed layer. The volume inside the pore is free of surfactant molecules and grows at a higher rate than the pore entrance. After a more prolonged etching the bottle-like (or "cigar-like") pore channels are formed. The bottle-like shape of the pore channels depends on the etching conditions such as alkali and surfactant concentration, temperature, and type of the surfactant. The use of surfactants enables one to produce track-etch membranes with improved flow rate characteristics compared with those having cylindrical pores with the same nominal pore diameters.

  1. A highly selective, chlorofluorocarbon-free GaAs on AlGaAs etch

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    Smith, L.E. . Solid State Technology Center)

    1993-07-01

    A highly selective reactive ion etching process using SiCl[sub 4], CF[sub 4], O[sub 2], and He is reported. The selectivity of the etch, which is adjustable, ranges from 308:1 to 428:1 for GaAs to Al[sub 0.11]Ga[sub 0.89]As. This variability in selectivity is achieved by adjusting the helium flow rate. One very attractive feature of this etch is that it uses no chlorofluorocarbons and therefore complies with future bans on these substances imposed at both federal and corporate levels. The etch is demonstrated on a GaAs field effect transistor structure with an underlying Al[sub 0.11]Ga[sub 0.89]As stop-etch layer. The etch can be used for both anisotropic and isotropic applications.

  2. Layer-by-layer etching of LaAlSiO x

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    Omura, Mitsuhiro; Furumoto, Kazuhito; Matsuda, Kazuhisa; Sasaki, Toshiyuki; Sakai, Itsuko; Hayashi, Hisataka

    2017-06-01

    Layer-by-layer etching of LaAlSiO x using surface modification and selective removal steps was investigated. Selective removal of the LaAlSiO x layer modified by H2 plasma treatment was achieved by bias-power-adjusted C4F8/Ar plasma treatment. Self-limiting etching of LaAlSiO x with respect to the C4F8/Ar plasma step time was realized by initializing the chamber condition using O2 plasma. It was possible to control the saturation etching depth by changing the ion energy of the H2 plasma treatment. The repeatability of the self-limiting etching was confirmed, and the etching depth per cycle was about 0.6 nm. Layer-by-layer etching of LaAlSiO x was thus successfully realized using a three-step sequential process employing H2, C4F8/Ar and O2 plasmas.

  3. Understanding anisotropic plasma etching of two-dimensional polystyrene opals for advanced materials fabrication.

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    Akinoglu, Eser M; Morfa, Anthony J; Giersig, Michael

    2014-10-21

    Anisotropic deformation of polystyrene particles in an oxygenated (O2/Ar) plasma is observed for radio frequency (rf) plasma and inductively coupled plasma (ICP). A facile model based on a ratio of completely isotropic and completely anisotropic etching is presented to describe the anisotropy of the etching process and is implemented to determine the height of the spheroid-shaped polystyrene particles. In our systems, we find the plasma etching to be 54% isotropic in the rf plasma and 79% isotropic in the ICP. With this model, the maximum material deposition thickness for nanofabrication with plasma-etched nanosphere lithography or colloid lithography can be predicted. Moreover, the etching of polystyrene particles in an oxygenated plasma is investigated versus the etching time, gas flow, gas composition, temperature, substrate material, and particle size. The results of this study allow precise shape tuning during the fabrication of nanostructured surfaces with size-dependent properties for bionic, medical, and photonic applications.

  4. Kinetic model of local droplet etching

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    Heyn, Christian

    2011-04-01

    The self-organized in situ drilling of nanoholes into semiconductor surfaces by using liquid metallic droplets during conventional molecular beam epitaxy represents a new degree of freedom for the design of heterostructure devices. A model of this local droplet etching is presented that is based on a core-shell droplet structure. With the model, the evolution of the droplet and substrate morphology is calculated. We demonstrate quantitative agreement between model results and measured morphologies. Furthermore, also the influence of the process temperature is correctly reproduced by the model.

  5. Decontamination of metals using chemical etching

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    Lerch, Ronald E.; Partridge, Jerry A.

    1980-01-01

    The invention relates to chemical etching process for reclaiming contaminated equipment wherein a reduction-oxidation system is included in a solution of nitric acid to contact the metal to be decontaminated and effect reduction of the reduction-oxidation system, and includes disposing a pair of electrodes in the reduced solution to permit passage of an electrical current between said electrodes and effect oxidation of the reduction-oxidation system to thereby regenerate the solution and provide decontaminated equipment that is essentially radioactive contamination-free.

  6. Reduced threshold all-optical bistability in etched quantum well microresonators

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    Rivera, T.; Ladan, F. R.; Izrael, A.; Azoulay, R.; Kuszelewicz, R.; Oudar, J. L.

    1994-02-01

    Etched vertical microresonators made of GaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells produced by reactive ion etching was investigated to study the optical bistability phenomena. Reactive ion etching was preferred because of smooth vertical and minimization of density of surface recombination centers. A high cavity finesse was observed in the microresonators producing an optical bistability with wide hysteresis loops. A low threshold power of 70 microwatts was measured due to carrier confinement and vertical walls. The low bistability threshold power was attributed to self passivation happening during etching process, which produced a small surface recombination rate.

  7. CF3Br plasma cryo etching of low-k porous dielectric

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    Clemente, I.; Koehler, N.; Miakonkikh, A.; Zimmermann, S.; Schulz, S. E.; Rudenko, K.

    2016-08-01

    Process of plasma etching of CVD low-k dielectric was studied. We used CF3Br low pressure ICP plasma for etching at cryo temperatures (-20°C — -100°C), pressures (5-20 mTorr) and RF bias with effective DC voltage 80-140 V. Refractive index of film and its thickness were measured by spectral ellipsometry. Ellipsometric porosimetry was employed to compare pore size distribution before and after etching of films. Measurements show increasing of etch rate increase with decreasing sample temperature.

  8. Plasma Etching Improves Solar Cells

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    Bunyan, S. M.

    1982-01-01

    Etching front surfaces of screen-printed silicon photovoltaic cells with sulfur hexafluoride plasma found to increase cell performance while maintaining integrity of screen-printed silver contacts. Replacement of evaporated-metal contacts with screen-printed metal contacts proposed as one way to reduce cost of solar cells for terrestrial applications.

  9. Study of surfactant-added TMAH for applications in DRIE and wet etching-based micromachining

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    Tang, B.; Shikida, M.; Sato, K.; Pal, P.; Amakawa, H.; Hida, H.; Fukuzawa, K.

    2010-06-01

    In this paper, etching anisotropy is evaluated for a number of different crystallographic orientations of silicon in a 0.1 vol% Triton-X-100 added 25 wt% tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solution using a silicon hemisphere. The research is primarily aimed at developing advanced applications of wet etching in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The etching process is carried out at different temperatures in the range of 61-81 °C. The etching results of silicon hemisphere and different shapes of three-dimensional structures in {1 0 0}- and {1 1 0}-Si surfaces are analyzed. Significantly important anisotropy, different from a traditional etchant (e.g. pure KOH and TMAH), is investigated to extend the applications of the wet etching process in silicon bulk micromachining. The similar etching behavior of exact and vicinal {1 1 0} and {1 1 1} planes in TMAH + Triton is utilized selectively to remove the scalloping from deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE) etched profiles. The direct application of the present research is demonstrated by fabricating a cylindrical lens with highly smooth etched surface finish. The smoothness of a micro-lens at different locations is measured qualitatively by a scanning electron microscope and quantitatively by an atomic force microscope. The present paper provides a simple and effective fabrication method of the silicon micro-lens for optical MEMS applications.

  10. Photo-assisted etching of silicon in chlorine- and bromine-containing plasmas

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    Zhu, Weiye; Sridhar, Shyam; Liu, Lei; Hernandez, Eduardo; Donnelly, Vincent M. Economou, Demetre J.

    2014-05-28

    Cl{sub 2}, Br{sub 2}, HBr, Br{sub 2}/Cl{sub 2}, and HBr/Cl{sub 2} feed gases diluted in Ar (50%–50% by volume) were used to study etching of p-type Si(100) in a rf inductively coupled, Faraday-shielded plasma, with a focus on the photo-assisted etching component. Etching rates were measured as a function of ion energy. Etching at ion energies below the threshold for ion-assisted etching was observed in all cases, with Br{sub 2}/Ar and HBr/Cl{sub 2}/Ar plasmas having the lowest and highest sub-threshold etching rates, respectively. Sub-threshold etching rates scaled with the product of surface halogen coverage (measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and Ar emission intensity (7504 Å). Etching rates measured under MgF{sub 2}, quartz, and opaque windows showed that sub-threshold etching is due to photon-stimulated processes on the surface, with vacuum ultraviolet photons being much more effective than longer wavelengths. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopy revealed that photo-etched surfaces were very rough, quite likely due to the inability of the photo-assisted process to remove contaminants from the surface. Photo-assisted etching in Cl{sub 2}/Ar plasmas resulted in the formation of 4-sided pyramidal features with bases that formed an angle of 45° with respect to 〈110〉 cleavage planes, suggesting that photo-assisted etching can be sensitive to crystal orientation.

  11. Modeling aluminum etch chemistry in high density plasmas

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    Meeks, E.; Ho, P.; Buss, R.

    1997-08-01

    The authors have assembled a chemical reaction mechanism that describes the BCl{sub 3}/Cl{sub 2}/Ar plasma etch of Al metallization layers. The reaction set for gas-phase and surface processes was derived either from literature data or estimated from data on related systems. A well-mixed reactor model was used to develop the mechanism and test it against experimental measurements of plasma species and etch-rates in processing reactors. Finally, use of reduced chemistry mechanisms are demonstrated in 2-D simulations for a complex reactor geometry.

  12. Fabrication of pyramidal corrugated quantum well infrared photodetector focal plane arrays by inductively coupled plasma etching with BCl/Ar

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    Sun, Jason; Choi, Kwong-Kit; Lee, Unchul

    2012-10-01

    We developed an optimized inductively coupled plasma etching process to produce gallium arsenide (GaAs) pyramidal corrugated quantum well infrared photodetector focal plane arrays (C-QWIP FPAs). A statistically designed experiment was performed to optimize the etching parameters. The resulting parameters are discussed in terms of the effect on the etching rate and profile. This process uses a small amount of mask corrosion and the control of the etching mask gap to give a 45 deg to 50 deg V-groove etching profile, which is independent of the crystal orientation of GaAs. In the etching development, scanning electron microscope was used to observe the surface morphology and the pattern profile. In addition, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to obtain the elemental composition and contamination of the etching surface. It is found that extremely small stoichiometric change and surface damage of the etching surface can be achieved while keeping a relatively high etching rate and ˜45 deg V-groove etching profile. This etching process is applied to the fabrication of pyramidal C-QWIP FPAs successfully, which are expected to have better performance than the regular prism-shaped C-QWIPs according to electromagnetic modeling.

  13. Characterization of reactive ion etching of sol-gel SiO2 using Taguchi optimization method

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    Wee, Terence C.; Ooi, Boon Siew; Zhou, Yan; Chan, Yuen Chuen; Lam, Yee Loy

    1999-11-01

    SiO2 films prepared using sol-gel technique have found enormous potential applications in photonics, electronics and sensor devices. However, the feasibility of the devices utilizing sol-gel technology lies on the ease of the fabrication processes such as patterns transfer using wet or dry etchings. Dry etching is preferred over wet etching as it is able to produce finer features with high anisotropic etch profile. In this paper, we report the development of a dry reactive ion etching process for sol-gel SiO2 using a mixture of CF4 and O2 plasma. Parameters such as RF power, chamber pressure, CF4 and O2 flow rate, were optimized using a statistical method called Taguchi Technique. Etch rate of as high as 50nm/min, with high anisotropy etched profile, has been obtained.

  14. Self-organization of hydrogen gas bubbles rising above laser-etched metallic aluminum in a weakly basic aqueous solution.

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    Barmina, E V; Kuzmin, P G; Shafeev, G A

    2011-10-01

    Self-organization of hydrogen bubbles is reported under etching of metallic Aluminum in a weakly basic solution. The ascending gas bubbles drift to the areas with higher density of bubbles. As a result, ascending bubbles form various stationary structures whose symmetry is determined by the symmetry of the etched area. Bubbles are aligned along the bisectors of the contour of the etched area. The special laser-assisted profiling of the etched area in shape of a vortex induces a torque in the fluid above the etched area. The process is interpreted on the basis of Bernoulli equation.

  15. UV Enhancement of CR-39 Nuclear Track Detector Etch Parameters

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    Traynor, Nathan; McLauchlin, Christopher; Dodge, Kenneth; McLean, James; Padalino, Stephen; Burke, Michelle; Sangster, Craig

    2014-03-01

    CR-39 plastic is an effective and commonly used solid state nuclear track detector. High-energy charged particles leave tracks of chemical damage. When CR-39 is chemically etched with NaOH at elevated temperatures, pits are produced at the track sites that are measurable by an optical microscope. We have shown that by exposing the CR-39 to high intensity UV light between nuclear irradiation and chemical etching, the rate at which the pits grow during etching is increased. The effect has been observed for wavelengths shorter than 350 nm, to at least 250 nm. Heating of samples during UV exposure dramatically increases the etch rates, although heating alone does not produce the effect. The pit enhancement is the result of an increase in both the bulk and track etch rates, while the ratio of these rates (which determines sensitivity to particles) remains roughly constant. By determining the best processing parameters, this effect promises to significantly reduce the time required to process CR-39 track detectors. Funded in part by a grant from the DOE through the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

  16. Nanostructured porous silicon by laser assisted electrochemical etching

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    Li, J.; Lu, C.; Hu, X. K.; Yang, Xiujuan; Loboda, A. V.; Lipson, R. H.

    2009-08-01

    Nanostructured porous silicon (pSi) was fabricated by combining electrochemical etching with 355 nm laser processing. pSi prepared in this way proves to be an excellent substrate for desorption/ionization on silicon (DIOS) mass spectrometry (MS). Surfaces prepared by electrochemical etching and laser irradiation exhibit strong quantum confinement as evidenced by the observation of a red shift in the Si Raman band at ~520-500 cm-1. The height of the nanostructured columns produced by electrochemical etching and laser processing is on the order of microns compared with tens of nanometers obtained without laser irradiation. The threshold for laser desorption and ionization of 12 mJ/cm2 using the pSi substrates prepared in this work is lower than that obtained for conventional matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI)-MS using a standard matrix compound such as [alpha]-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA; 30 mJ/cm2). Furthermore, the substrates prepared by etching and laser irradiation appear to resist laser damage better than those prepared by etching alone. These results enhance the capability of pSi for the detection of small molecular weight analytes by DIOS-MS.

  17. Semiconductor etching by hyperthermal neutral beams

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    Minton, Timothy K. (Inventor); Giapis, Konstantinos P. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    An at-least dual chamber apparatus and method in which high flux beams of fast moving neutral reactive species are created, collimated and used to etch semiconductor or metal materials from the surface of a workpiece. Beams including halogen atoms are preferably used to achieve anisotropic etching with good selectivity at satisfactory etch rates. Surface damage and undercutting are minimized.

  18. Methods for dry etching semiconductor devices

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    Bauer, Todd; Gross, Andrew John; Clews, Peggy J.; Olsson, Roy H.

    2016-11-01

    The present invention provides methods for etching semiconductor devices, such aluminum nitride resonators. The methods herein allow for devices having improved etch profiles, such that nearly vertical sidewalls can be obtained. In some examples, the method employs a dry etch step with a primary etchant gas that omits BCl.sub.3, a common additive.

  19. Selective Plasma Etching of Polymeric Substrates for Advanced Applications

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    Puliyalil, Harinarayanan; Cvelbar, Uroš

    2016-01-01

    In today’s nanoworld, there is a strong need to manipulate and process materials on an atom-by-atom scale with new tools such as reactive plasma, which in some states enables high selectivity of interaction between plasma species and materials. These interactions first involve preferential interactions with precise bonds in materials and later cause etching. This typically occurs based on material stability, which leads to preferential etching of one material over other. This process is especially interesting for polymeric substrates with increasing complexity and a “zoo” of bonds, which are used in numerous applications. In this comprehensive summary, we encompass the complete selective etching of polymers and polymer matrix micro-/nanocomposites with plasma and unravel the mechanisms behind the scenes, which ultimately leads to the enhancement of surface properties and device performance. PMID:28335238

  20. Selective Plasma Etching of Polymeric Substrates for Advanced Applications.

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    Puliyalil, Harinarayanan; Cvelbar, Uroš

    2016-06-07

    In today's nanoworld, there is a strong need to manipulate and process materials on an atom-by-atom scale with new tools such as reactive plasma, which in some states enables high selectivity of interaction between plasma species and materials. These interactions first involve preferential interactions with precise bonds in materials and later cause etching. This typically occurs based on material stability, which leads to preferential etching of one material over other. This process is especially interesting for polymeric substrates with increasing complexity and a "zoo" of bonds, which are used in numerous applications. In this comprehensive summary, we encompass the complete selective etching of polymers and polymer matrix micro-/nanocomposites with plasma and unravel the mechanisms behind the scenes, which ultimately leads to the enhancement of surface properties and device performance.

  1. Dissolution kinetics and etch pit studies of potassium aluminium sulphate

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    van der Hoek, B.; Van Enckevort, W. J. P.; Van Der Linden, W. H.

    1983-03-01

    The dissolution process of the {111} faces of potash alum is studied, both by microtopographic examinations of the etch pit patterns and by measurement of the dissolution kinetics in a rotating disc crystallizer. Both methods showed that the Cabrera-Levine dissolution theory holds for the two most common dislocation types ending on the {111} faces of potash alum. On the basis of the rotating disc experiments, the interfacial supersaturation of the etch pit experiments was roughly estimated. Using this, it was found that at interfacial supersaturations below -0.6% (dislocations with <110> Burgers vector) or below -0.85% (dislocations with <100> Burgers vector) numerous etch pits related to those dislocation types appeared. Below those undersaturations the dissolution process is mainly determined by volume diffusion. From the critical undersaturation, determined in the rotating disc crystallizer, the value of the edge free energy of a step was found to be approximately 0.01 J/m 2.

  2. Luminescent porous silicon prepared by reactive ion etching

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    Karbassian, Farshid; Rajabali, Shima; Chimeh, Abbas; Mohajerzadeh, Shams; Asl-Soleimani, Ebrahim

    2014-09-01

    Realization of luminescent porous silicon structures by a sequential reactive ion etching is reported. The process is composed of one etching and two passivation subsequences. The impact of substrate resistivity, plasma power and the duration of the etching subsequence on the porosity and thickness of the fabricated porous silicon layer are investigated, as are the roles of two passivation subsequences. The porous silicon layer shows stable photoluminescence in the blue portion of the spectrum. Luminescence stability is due to the stable passivating oxyfluoride layer formed in the two passivation subsequences. Formation of the stable passivating layer is due to the controlled oxidation of the porous silicon surface and the passivation of the dangling bonds in the fluorination subsequence. Since the fabrication process is performed at room temperature, it can be used as a post-fabrication treatment to integrate light-emitting structures with microelectronic circuits.

  3. Characteristics of silicon etching by silicon chloride ions

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    Ito, Tomoko; Karahashi, Kazuhiro; Hamaguchi, Satoshi; Kang, Song-Yun

    2013-05-15

    Plasmas generated from halogen-containing gases, such as Cl{sub 2} or HBr, have been widely used in gate etching processes for semiconductor chip manufacturing. Such plasmas may contain silicon halide ions formed by the ionization of etching products that enter the plasma. In this study, to illustrate Si etching by such silicon halide ions, the sputtering yield of Si by SiCl{sub x}{sup +} (with x = 1 or 3) ions has been obtained as a function of the incident ion energy by using a mass-selected ion beam injection system. It has been found that, at sufficiently low energy, the incidence of SiCl{sup +} ions leads to the deposition of Si which may affect profile control in microelectronic device fabrication processes.

  4. Fabrication of sub-15 nm aluminum wires by controlled etching

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    Morgan-Wall, T.; Hughes, H. J.; Hartman, N.; McQueen, T. M.; Marković, N.

    2014-04-01

    We describe a method for the fabrication of uniform aluminum nanowires with diameters below 15 nm. Electron beam lithography is used to define narrow wires, which are then etched using a sodium bicarbonate solution, while their resistance is simultaneously measured in-situ. The etching process can be stopped when the desired resistance is reached, and can be restarted at a later time. The resulting nanowires show a superconducting transition as a function of temperature and magnetic field that is consistent with their smaller diameter. The width of the transition is similar to that of the lithographically defined wires, indicating that the etching process is uniform and that the wires are undamaged. This technique allows for precise control over the normal state resistance and can be used to create a variety of aluminum nanodevices.

  5. Release etch modeling analysis and the use of laser scanning microscopy for etch time prediction of micromachined structures

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    Matamis, George; Gogoi, Bishnu P.; Monk, David J.; McNeil, Andrew; Burrows, Veronica A.

    2000-08-01

    An alternative non-destructive analysis method using laser scanning microscopy (LSM) was used to study etch release distances in MEMS pressure sensor. The LSM method eliminates samples preparation and is easy to implement in a MEMS manufacturing environment. In this study, various diaphragm structures were etched using a highly concentrated HF based solution. Experimental etch data were obtained for both SiO2 and PSG films under these various structures. Both the height and the width of the sacrificial layer port/channel had a significant effect on etch rate for both films. As expected, a non-linear etch rate was obtained for both SiO2 and PSG films. Since the HF concentration changes over time in a manufacturing bath process, careful selection of processing time is required in order to fully release MEMS structures. Future theoretical modeling with the assistance of experimental data obtained in this study is being pursued to strengthen past work done by Eaton et al, Monk et al, and Liu et al.

  6. A Reactive-Ion Etch for Patterning Piezoelectric Thin Film

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    Yang, Eui-Hyeok; Wild, Larry

    2003-01-01

    Reactive-ion etching (RIE) under conditions described below has been found to be a suitable means for patterning piezoelectric thin films made from such materials as PbZr(1-x)Ti(x)O3 or Ba(x)Sr(1.x)TiO3. In the original application for which this particular RIE process was developed, PbZr(1-x)Ti(x)O3 films 0.5 microns thick are to be sandwiched between Pt electrode layers 0.1 microns thick and Ir electrode layers 0.1 microns thick to form piezoelectric capacitor structures. Such structures are typical of piezoelectric actuators in advanced microelectromechanical systems now under development or planned to be developed in the near future. RIE of PbZr(1-x)Ti(x)O3 is usually considered to involve two major subprocesses: an ion-assisted- etching reaction, and a sputtering subprocess that removes reactive byproducts. RIE is favored over other etching techniques because it offers a potential for a high degree of anisotropy, high-resolution pattern definition, and good process control. However, conventional RIE is not ideal for patterning PbZr(1-x)Ti(x)O3 films at a thickness as great as that in the original intended application. In order to realize the potential benefits mentioned above, it is necessary to optimize process conditions . in particular, the composition of the etching gas and the values of such other process parameters as radio-frequency power, gas pressure, gas-flow rate, and duration of the process. Guidelines for determining optimum conditions can be obtained from experimental determination of etch rates as functions of these parameters. Etch-gas mixtures of BCl3 and Cl2, some also including Ar, have been found to offer a high degree of selectivity as needed for patterning of PbZr(1-x)Ti(x)O3 films on top of Ir electrode layers in thin-film capacitor structures. The selectivity is characterized by a ratio of approx.10:1 (rate of etching PbZr(1-x)Ti(x)O3 divided by rate of etching Ir and IrO(x)). At the time of reporting the information for this article

  7. Enhancement of Efficiency of a Solar Cell Fabricated on Black Si Made by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Reactive Ion Etching Process: A Case Study of a n-CdS/p-Si Heterojunction Cell.

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    Katiyar, Ajit K; Mukherjee, S; Zeeshan, M; Ray, Samit K; Raychaudhuri, A K

    2015-10-28

    We show that a significant enhancement of solar cell efficiency can be achieved in cells fabricated on black Si made using inductively coupled plasma-reactive ion etching (ICP-RIE). The ICP-RIE-fabricated black Si results in an array of vertically oriented defect-free Si nanocones (average height ∼150 nm; apex diameter ∼25 nm) exhibiting an average reflectance ≤2% over most of the relevant solar spectral range. The enabling role of the ultralow reflectance of the nanostructured black Si has been demonstrated using a heterojunction solar cell fabricated by depositing a n-type CdS film on p-Si nanocones followed by a transparent conducting coating of Al-doped ZnO (AZO). The fabricated n-CdS/p-Si heterojunction exhibits promising power conversion efficiency close to 3%, up from a mere efficient 0.15% for a similar cell fabricated on a planar Si. The effect of the fabrication process for the black Si on solar cell performance has been investigated through the measurements of carrier lifetime and surface recombination velocity. The accompanying model and simulation analysis shows that the conical structure leads to the effective dielectric constant varying smoothly from the value of the air at the top to the value of Si at the base over the length of the nanocone, leading to a substantial reduction of its reflectance.

  8. Copper dry etching by sub-atmospheric-pressure pure hydrogen glow plasma

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    Ohmi, Hiromasa; Sato, Jumpei; Hirano, Tatsuya; Kubota, Yusuke; Kakiuchi, Hiroaki; Yasutake, Kiyoshi

    2016-11-01

    Copper (Cu) dry etching is demonstrated using a narrow-gap hydrogen plasma generated at 13.3 kPa (100 Torr) for applications in the Cu wiring technology of integrated circuits. A localized hydrogen plasma is generated around the apex of a fine pipe electrode. The Cu etching can be observed only when the process gas contains hydrogen, and the etching rates decrease with decreased hydrogen concentration. The plasma heating effect owing to plasma localization is negligible for the Cu etching because no etching occurs in the presence of pure N2 plasma whose volume is almost equal to that of the pure H2 plasma. Furthermore, the influences of physical sputtering and vacuum ultraviolet irradiation on the Cu etching are confirmed to be insignificant by exposing the samples to rare-gas plasma. The maximum Cu etching rate of 500 nm/min can be achieved at a stage temperature of 0 °C. However, the Cu etching rate has no obvious dependence on the stage temperature in a range from -20 to 330 °C. In contrast, the etching rates for Si and SiO2 at a stage temperature of 0 °C are 100 μm/min and 50 nm/min, respectively. The Cu etching rate is 10 times higher than that of SiO2, which implies that this etching technique has potential applications for Cu wiring on an SiO2 layer. The Cu surface etched by the hydrogen plasma is roughened and exhibits many round pits and bumps, which seems to be owing to excessive incorporation of the diffused hydrogen in the Cu bulk.

  9. Fabrication Characteristics of Silicon Nanowires via the Electrochemical Electroless Etching Method.

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    Kang, ByeongSu; Jeong, Chae Hwan; Kim, Changheon; Kim, Min-Young; Choi, Bum Ho; Lee, Moo Sung; Kim, Ho-Sung

    2015-07-01

    A silicon nanowire structure was fabricated using the electrochemical electroless etching method, involving electroless plating and the electrochemical etching process. The reflection of the absorption layer with the nanowires' structure was about 5%, which is better than a bulk-type solar cell (10%).

  10. A statistical approach to optimization of alumina etching in a high density plasma

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    Li Xiao; Gupta, Subhadra; Highsmith, Alton; Paranjpe, Ajit; Rook, Katrina

    2008-08-01

    Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) reactive ion etching of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with fluorine-based gas chemistry in a high density plasma reactor was carried out in an initial investigation aimed at data storage applications. A statistical design of experiments was implemented to optimize etch performance with respect to process variables such as ICP power, platen power, direct current (dc) bias, and pressure. Both soft photoresist masks and hard metal masks were investigated in terms of etch selectivity and surface properties. The reverse power dependence of dc bias on the ratio of ICP to platen power was elucidated. Etch mechanisms in terms of physical and ion enhanced chemical etchings were discussed. The F-based chemistry greatly enhances the etch rate of alumina compared to purely physical processes such as ion milling. Etch rates as high as 150 nm/min were achieved using this process. A practical process window was developed for high etch rates, with reasonable selectivity to hard masks, with the desired profile, and with low substrate bias for minimal damage.

  11. Investigation of etching method for fabricating deep through holes on ultra-high resistivity silicon

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    Du, Lin; Xu, Shengrui; Wang, Ying; Lü, Ling; Zhang, Jincheng; Hao, Yue

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, the etching characteristics of the ultra-high resistivity silicon (UHRS) by using the Bosch process were investigated. The experimental results indicated that the sulfur hexafluoride flux, the temperature of the substrate, the platen power and the etching intermittence had important influence on the etching rate and the etching morphology of the UHRS. The profiles and morphologies of sidewall were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). By using an improved three-stage Bosch process, 380-μm deep through holes were fabricated on the UHRS with the average etching rate of about 3.14 μm/min. Meanwhile, the fabrication mechanism of deep through holes on the UHRS by using the three-stage Bosch process was illustrated on the basis of the experimental results. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61574108, 61574112, 61504099)

  12. Improvement in etching rate for epilayer lift-off with surfactant

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    Wu, Fan-Lei; Horng, Ray-Hua; Lu, Jian-Heng; Chen, Chun-Li; Kao, Yu-Cheng

    2013-03-01

    In this study, the GaAs epilayer is quickly separated from GaAs substrate by epitaxial lift-off (ELO) process with mixture etchant solution. The HF solution mixes with surfactant as mixture etchant solution to etch AlAs sacrificial layer for the selective wet etching of AlAs sacrificial layer. Addiction surfactants etchant significantly enhance the etching rate in the hydrofluoric acid etching solution. It is because surfactant provides hydrophilicity to change the contact angle with enhances the fluid properties of the mixture etchant between GaAs epilayer and GaAs substrate. Arsine gas was released from the etchant solution because the critical reaction product in semiconductor etching is dissolved arsine gas. Arsine gas forms a bubble, which easily displaces the etchant solution, before the AlAs layer was undercut. The results showed that acetone and hydrofluoric acid ratio of about 1:1 for the fastest etching rate of 13.2 μm / min. The etching rate increases about 4 times compared with pure hydrofluoric acid, moreover can shorten the separation time about 70% of GaAs epilayer with GaAs substrate. The results indicate that etching ratio and stability are improved by mixture etchant solution. It is not only saving the epilayer and the etching solution exposure time, but also reducing the damage to the epilayer structure.

  13. Wafer edge protection kit for MEMS and TSV Si-etching

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    Wieland, Robert; Nguyen, K.; Seidelmann, U.; Scholz, M.; Schrag, G.

    2015-05-01

    A new process kit for a SPTS Pegasus DRIE Si-Etch tool has been developed and tested for several different process regimes, e.g. bulk-Si cavity etching and TSV (through-Silicon-Via) etching with high aspect ratios <10:1, using the socalled Bosch process. Additionally, Si-etch back (recess etching) with a single step process has been tested as well. The especially developed "edge protection kit", consisting of Al2O3 material and optionally of PEEK material, covers the edge of a wafer, preventing it from being etched or even being etched away. However, placing such a part on top of the cathode, results in changes of the electric field distribution and the gas flow behavior compared to the standard process kit supplied by SPTS. The consequences may be altered Si-etch rates combined with changes of the tilt and side wall taper of the etched structures, mainly near the outside regions of the wafer. To this end, extensive investigations on the mask and bulk-Si etch rates, the tilt and taper angle of various MEMS test structures and their respective uniformity over the wafer surface have been performed. Additionally, simulations applying Comsol Multiphysics have been carried out to visualize the potential impact of the new process kit on the electrical field distribution. A simplex-optimization was carried out, varying the platen power and source power, in order to improve the tilt and to maintain the proper taper angle. One major advantage of the new process kit design compared to the original one is the reduction of movable parts to a minimum.

  14. Dry etch development of W/WSi short Gate MESFETs

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    Shul, R.J.; Sherwin, M.E.; Baca, A.G.; Zolper, J.C.; Rieger, D.J.

    1996-01-01

    The use of refractory metal thin films in the fabrication of high-speed, high-density GaAs field effect transistors (FETs) are prominent with applications as interconnects, via plugs, and ohmic and Schottky contacts. Tungsten and tungsten silicide can be used in a self-aligned gate process as the ion implantation mask during the formation of source and drain regions for metal-semiconductor FETs (MESFETs). The gate etch must be highly anisotropic to accurately define the implant region. Reactive ion etch (RIE) techniques have been used to etch W and WSi films in fluorine-based discharges. The etch mechanism tends to be very chemical and often results in severe undercutting of the feature due to the lateral attack of the refractory metal. The undercut is often so severe that critical dimensions are not maintained and gate profiles do not properly align to the implant region resulting in poor device characteristics. As device design rules shrink, the etch requirements and patterning techniques become even more critical.

  15. Fabrication of polymer nanowires via maskless O2 plasma etching.

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    Du, Ke; Wathuthanthri, Ishan; Liu, Yuyang; Kang, Yong Tae; Choi, Chang-Hwan

    2014-04-25

    In this paper, we introduce a simple fabrication technique which can pattern high-aspect-ratio polymer nanowire structures of photoresist films by using a maskless one-step oxygen plasma etching process. When carbon-based photoresist materials on silicon substrates are etched by oxygen plasma in a metallic etching chamber, nanoparticles such as antimony, aluminum, fluorine, silicon or their compound materials are self-generated and densely occupy the photoresist polymer surface. Such self-masking effects result in the formation of high-aspect-ratio vertical nanowire arrays of the polymer in the reactive ion etching mode without the necessity of any artificial etch mask. Nanowires fabricated by this technique have a diameter of less than 50 nm and an aspect ratio greater than 20. When such nanowires are fabricated on lithographically pre-patterned photoresist films, hierarchical and hybrid nanostructures of polymer are also conveniently attained. This simple and high-throughput fabrication technique for polymer nanostructures should pave the way to a wide range of applications such as in sensors, energy storage, optical devices and microfluidics systems.

  16. Ion-beam-assisted etching of diamond

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    Efremow, N. N.; Geis, M. W.; Flanders, D. C.; Lincoln, G. A.; Economou, N. P.

    1985-01-01

    The high thermal conductivity, low RF loss, and inertness of diamond make it useful in traveling wave tubes operating in excess of 500 GHz. Such use requires the controlled etching of type IIA diamond to produce grating like structures tens of micrometers deep. Previous work on reactive ion etching with O2 gave etching rates on the order of 20 nm/min and poor etch selectivity between the masking material (Ni or Cr) and the diamond. An alternative approach which uses a Xe(+) beam and a reactive gas flux of NO2 in an ion-beam-assisted etching system is reported. An etching rate of 200 nm/min was obtained with an etching rate ratio of 20 between the diamond and an aluminum mask.

  17. Design of an etch-resistant cyclic olefin photoresist

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    Allen, Robert D.; Opitz, Juliann; Wallow, Thomas I.; Di Pietro, Richard A.; Hofer, Donald C.; Jayaraman, Saikumar; Hullihan, Karen A.; Rhodes, Larry F.; Goodall, Brian L.; Shick, Robert A.

    1998-06-01

    In the quest for a high performance 193 nm photoresist with robust plasma etching resistance equivalent to or better than the DUV resists of today, we have focused on the use of cyclic olefin polymers. In this paper, we will discuss monomer synthesis, polymerization approaches, polymer properties and early lithographic results of 193 nm photoresists formulated from cyclic olefin polymeric materials made from a metal-catalyzed addition polymerization process. The goal of this work is to produce a 193 nm photoresist with excellent imaging performance and etch resistance exceeding DUV resists, and in fact approaching novolak-based photoresists.

  18. Polymeric mask protection for alternative KOH silicon wet etching

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    Canavese, G.; Marasso, S. L.; Quaglio, M.; Cocuzza, M.; Ricciardi, C.; Pirri, C. F.

    2007-07-01

    A new cost-effective setup for silicon bulk micromachining is presented which makes use of a polymeric protective coating, ProTEK® B2 coating, instead of a conventional hardmask. Different concentrations of KOH and bath conditions (pure, with surfactant, with stirrer, with both surfactant and stirrer) have been considered. ProTEK® B2 coating exhibits good adhesion to Si substrates, no degradation, etching rates and surface roughness comparable to literature data, and etching times greater than 180 min without damaging front side microstructures. Microcantilevers have also been fabricated using two different process flows in order to demonstrate the suitability of such a protective coating in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology.

  19. Method of plasma etching GA-based compound semiconductors

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    Qiu, Weibin; Goddard, Lynford L.

    2013-01-01

    A method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors includes providing a process chamber and a source electrode adjacent thereto. The chamber contains a Ga-based compound semiconductor sample in contact with a platen which is electrically connected to a first power supply, and the source electrode is electrically connected to a second power supply. SiCl.sub.4 and Ar gases are flowed into the chamber. RF power is supplied to the platen at a first power level, and RF power is supplied to the source electrode. A plasma is generated. Then, RF power is supplied to the platen at a second power level lower than the first power level and no greater than about 30 W. Regions of a surface of the sample adjacent to one or more masked portions of the surface are etched at a rate of no more than about 25 nm/min to create a substantially smooth etched surface.

  20. Study of etching rate uniformity in SRF cavities

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    Janardan Upadhyay, Svetozar Popovic, Leposova Vuskovic, H. Phillips, Anne-Marie Valente

    2012-07-01

    Plasma based surface modification is a promising alternative to wet etching of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. The crucial aspect of the technology development is dependence of the etching rate and surface roughness on the frequency of the power supply, pressure, power level, driven electrode shape and chlorine concentration in the gas mixture during plasma processing. To optimize the plasma parameters, we are using a single cell cavity with 20 sample holders symmetrically distributed over the cell. These holders are used as diagnostic ports for the measurement of the plasma parameters and as holders for the samples to be etched. The plasma properties are highly correlated with the shape of the driven electrode and chlorine concentration in the Argon/Chlorine gas mixtures.

  1. Deep wet etching on fused silica material for fiber optic sensors

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    Chen, Xiaopei; Yu, Bing; Zhu, YiZheng; Wang, Anbo

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, deep microstructures on fused silica material, which are useful for fabrication of the fiber optic sensors, were obtained by using a wet chemical etching process. The etching solutions and the masking materials used for developing deep structure are described in this paper. The etch rate of a fused silica diaphragm in room temperature ranged from 46nm per minute to 83nm per minute with different concentrations of Buffered Hydrogen Fluoride (BHF). The etch depth of one step etching was 25μm with the surface roughness less than 20nm (peak-to-peak value). The optical reflectance from the deep etched surface was 4%, which is the same as a well-cleaved fiber end face. This result made the visibility of interference fringes from the single mode fiber optic sensors to be as high as 96%. Furthermore, two-step structures on the fused silica diaphragms with the total depth greater than 35μm are demonstrated. To the best knowledge of the authors, this is the deepest structure produced by wet etching process on fused silica material. Fiber optic pressure sensors based on deep etched diaphragms were fabricated and tested. Fabrication of microstructures on the fiber end faces by using this process is therefore possible.

  2. Reactive ion etching of sputtered silicon carbide and tungsten thin films for device applications. Final report

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    Pan, W.S.; Steck, A.J.

    1989-01-01

    For high-temperature processing and device applications, refractory materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and tungsten (W), are actively considered or evaluated as the basic semiconductor and metallization materials for future generations of integrated circuits. In order to pattern fine lines in SiC and W thin films, a selective and anisotropic etching technique needs to be developed for future device applications. Therefore, the etching process including basic mechanisms and process requirement have been chosen as the overall research goals of this project. Reactive ion etching (RIE) of SiC thin films in a variety of fluorinated gas plasmas, such as SF{sub 6}, CBrF{sub 3} and CHF{sub 3} mixed with oxygen was investigated in depth. The best anisotropic profile was observed by using CHF{sub 3} gas in the RIE mode. A typical DC bias, -300V, is concluded from etching experiments to determine the dependence of SiC etch rate and physical reaction under RIE mode. Reactive ion etching of tungsten (W) thin film was also investigated by using the different fluorinated gas plasmas, such as CF{sub 4}, SF{sub 6}, CBrF{sub 3} and CHF{sub 3} mixed with oxygen. The obtaining of anisotropic etching profiles in W etching was suggested and the mechanisms were also studied.

  3. Etching high aspect ratio structures in silicon using sulfur hexafluoride/oxygen plasma

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    Belen, Rodolfo Jun

    Plasma etching of high aspect ratio structures in Si is an important step in manufacturing capacitors for memory devices and integrated components of microelectromechanical systems. In these applications, the goal is to etch deep features anisotropically with high etch rates and selectivities to the mask while maintaining good uniformity and reproducibility. This study investigates the etching of deep sub-half-micron diameter holes in Si using SF6/O 2 plasma. Etching experiments and plasma diagnostics are combined with modeling to gain a fundamental understanding of the etching and passivation kinetics and mechanism necessary in developing and scaling-up processes. Etching experiments are conducted in an inductively coupled plasma reactor with a planar coil. The substrate electrode is biased with a separate rf power supply to achieve independent control of the ion flux and energy. The effects of pressure, rf-bias and SF6-to-O2 ratio in the feed gas on the etch rate, selectivity and feature profile shape are studied using Si wafers patterned with 0.35 mum-diameter holes in a SiO2 mask. Visualization of profiles using scanning electron microscopy is complemented by plasma diagnostics such as mass spectrometry and actinometry. Simultaneous with experiments, reactor-scale and feature-scale models are developed to quantify the etching and passivation kinetics and identify the important kinetic parameters that affect feature profile evolution. Information from plasma diagnostics and previously published data are used to reduce the degrees of freedom in the model. Experiments are designed to directly measure kinetic parameters such as the chemical etch rate constant and the incidence angle dependence of the etching yield. Experimentally inaccessible parameters such as the sticking coefficients, etching yield and ion scattering parameters are determined through feature profile simulation. The key internal plasma parameters that affect profile evolution are the F-to-O and F

  4. Dry etching characteristics of GaN using Cl 2/BCl 3 inductively coupled plasmas

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    Zhou, Shengjun; Cao, Bin; Liu, Sheng

    2010-11-01

    ICP power/RF power, operating pressure, and Cl 2/BCl 3 gas mixing ratio are altered to investigate the effect of input process parameters on the etch characteristics of GaN films. The etch selectivity of GaN over SiO 2 and photoresist is studied. Although higher ICP/RF power can obtain higher GaN/photoresist etch selectivity, it can result in faceting of sidewall and weird sidewall profile due to photoresist mask erosion. Etch rates of GaN and SiO 2 decrease with the increase of operating pressure, and etch selectivity of GaN over SiO 2 increases with the increasing operating pressure at fixed ICP/RF power and mixture component. The highest etch selectivity of GaN over SiO 2 is 7.92, and an almost vertical etch profile having an etch rate of GaN close to 845.3 nm/min can be achieved. The surface morphology and root-mean-square roughness of the etched GaN under different etching conditions are evaluated by atomic force microscopy. The plasma-induced damage of GaN is analyzed using photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The optimized etching process, used for mesa formation during the LED fabrication, is presented. The periodic pattern can be transferred into GaN using a combination of Cl 2/BCl 3 plasma chemistry and hard mask SiO 2. Patterning of the sapphire substrate for fabricating LED with improved extraction efficiency is also possible using the same plasma chemistry.

  5. Plasma etching of high-resolution features in a fullerene molecular resist

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    Manyam, J.; Manickam, M.; Preece, J. A.; Palmer, R. E.; Robinson, A. P. G.

    2011-04-01

    As resist films become thinner, so as to reduce problems of aspect ratio related pattern collapse at high-resolution, it is becoming increasingly difficult to transfer patterns with useful aspect ratio by directly etching the resist. It has become common to use the photoresist to pattern an intermediate hardmask, which then protects the silicon substrate during etching, allowing useful aspect ratios but adding process complexity. We have previously described a fullerene based electron beam lithography resist capable of 20 nm halfpitch and 12 nm sparse features, at a sensitivity of less than 10 μC/cm2 at 20 keV. The fullerene resist has high etch durability - comparable to that of commercial novolac resists - and has previously demonstrated an etch selectivity of 3:1 to silicon using electron cyclotron resonance microwave plasma etching with SF6. Here a study of the capabilities of this resist when using Inductively Coupled Plasma etching is presented. Line-space patterns with half-pitches in the range 25 nm to 100 nm, together with sparse features (~20 nm linewidth on a 200 nm pitch) were produced in ~30 nm thick resist films using electron beam lithography, and transferred to silicon using an inductively coupled plasma etcher. Several combinations of SF6, CF4, CHF3 and C4F8process gases were explored. Etch selectivity and anisotropy were studied as a range of etching parameters, such as ICP and RF power, gas flow rate, pressure and temperature were varied. Etch selectivities in excess of 9:1 were demonstrated. Techniques for minimizing aspect ratio dependent etching effects in dense features, including the use of ashing or high etching pressures were also examined.

  6. Fabrication of nanostructures on polyethylene terephthalate substrate by interference lithography and plasma etching.

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    Zhu, Mei; Li, Bihan; Choi, W K

    2013-08-01

    We report results of an attempt to create nanostructures on polyethylene terephthalate substrate using the interference lithography and plasma etching technique. Methods to create nanogrooves, nanopillars, nanofins and nanoholes have been presented. The effects of chemical and physical etching associated with plasma etching on the synthesis of nanostructures were examined in detail. Different etch rates and anisotropy as a function of plasma power and pressure were reported and explained, offering good understanding of the physics of the etching process. Ways to improve anisotropy have been suggested and experimentally verified. We show that this method can produce nanostructured substrate with wide surface coverage and good uniformity. The flexibility of this method was demonstrated in that the period and shapes of the nanopattern can be varied easily without resorting to complicated fabrication processes and machinery. Our method brings forth an easy and cost-effective way to create uniform nanostructures on a large area in a controllable fashion.

  7. Charging free energy calculations using the Generalized Solvent Boundary Potential (GSBP) and periodic boundary condition: a comparative analysis using ion solvation and oxidation free energy in proteins.

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    Lu, Xiya; Cui, Qiang

    2013-02-21

    Free energy simulations using a finite sphere boundary condition rather than a periodic boundary condition (PBC) are attractive in the study of very large biomolecular systems. To understand the quantitative impact of various approximations in such simulations, we compare charging free energies in both solution and protein systems calculated in a linear response framework with the Generalized Solvent Boundary Potential (GSBP) and PBC simulations. For simple ions in solution, we find good agreements between GSBP and PBC charging free energies, once the relevant correction terms are taken into consideration. For PBC simulations with the particle-mesh-Ewald for long-range electrostatics, the contribution (ΔG(P-M)) due to the use of a particle rather than molecule based summation scheme in real space is found to be significant, as pointed out by Hünenberger and co-workers. For GSBP, when the inner region is close to be charge neutral, the key correction is the overpolarization of water molecules at the inner/outer dielectric boundary; the magnitude of the correction (ΔG(s-pol)), however, is relatively small. For charging (oxidation) free energy in proteins, the situation is more complex, although good agreement between GSBP and PBC can still be obtained when care is exercised. The smooth dielectric boundary approximation inherent to GSBP tends to make significant errors when the inner region is featured with a high net charge. However, the error can be corrected with Poisson-Boltzmann calculations using snapshots from GSBP simulations in a straightforward and robust manner. Because of the more complex charge and solvent distributions, the magnitudes of ΔG(P-M) and ΔG(s-pol) in protein simulations appear to be different from those derived for solution simulations, leading to uncertainty in directly comparing absolute charging free energies from PBC and GSBP simulations for protein systems. The relative charging/oxidation free energies, however, are robust. With the

  8. AAPSM repair utilizing transparent etch stop layer

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    Taylor, Darren; Cangemi, Michael; Lassiter, Matthew; Cangemi, Marc; Poortinga, Eric

    2004-12-01

    Repair of etched quartz defects on AAPSM products negatively affect manufacturability in the mask shop. Currently there are few solutions to repair etched quartz defects, two of these include mechanical removal or a combination of topography mapping and FIB milling of the defect. Both of the above methods involve large capital investments specifically for etched quartz repair. The method presented in this study readily repairs etched quartz without the need to purchase additional tools for AAPSM repair. Photronics' Advanced Materials Program has developed a transparent etch stop layer (TESL) integrated into the binary blank for the purpose of building AAPSM products with a high yield component. This etch stop layer is located under a layer of sputtered SiO2 deposited to 180° for a given lithography wavelength. These blanks can be used for a variety of etched quartz applications including cPSM and CPL. Photronics has developed software that reads in defect locations from automatic inspection tools and the jobdeck. A "repair" layer is created for the defect file and the plate is then re-exposed on the mask lithography tool. The defects are then etched away using the etch stop to control the phase of the surrounding trench. The repair method was tested using programmed defect masks from single etched 193nm AAPSM technologies. Inspection, SEM, AIMS and profilometry results will be shown.

  9. Evaluation of dry etching and defect repair of EUVL mask absorber layer

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    Abe, Tsukasa; Nishiguchi, Masaharu; Amano, Tsuyoshi; Motonaga, Toshiaki; Sasaki, Shiho; Mohri, Hiroshi; Hayashi, Naoya; Tanaka, Yuusuke; Nishiyama, Iwao

    2004-12-01

    EUVL mask process of absorber layer, buffer layer dry etching and defect repair were evaluated. TaGeN and Cr were selected for absorber layer and buffer layer, respectively. These absorber layer and buffer layer were coated on 6025 Qz substrate. Two dry etching processes were evaluated for absorber layer etching. One is CF4 plasma process and the other is Cl2 plasma process. Etch bias uniformity, selectivity, cross section profile and resist damage were evaluated for each process. Disadvantage of CF4 plasma process is low resist selectivity and Cl2 plasma process is low Cr selectivity. CF4 plasma process caused small absorber layer damage on isolate line and Cl2 plasma process caused Cr buffer layer damage. To minimize these damages overetch time was evaluated. Buffer layer process was also evaluated. Buffer layer process causes capping layer damage. Therefore, etching time was optimized. FIB-GAE and AFM machining were applied for absorber layer repair test. XeF2 gas was used for FIB-GAE. Good selectivity between absorber layer and buffer layer was obtained using XeF2 gas. However, XeF2 gas causes side etching of TaGeN layer. AFM machining repair technique was demonstrated for TaGeN layer repair.

  10. SF6 plasma etching of silicon nanocrystals.

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    Liptak, R W; Devetter, B; Thomas, J H; Kortshagen, U; Campbell, S A

    2009-01-21

    An SF(6)-based plasma has been employed to perform in-flight etching of silicon nanocrystals (Si-NCs) after they were synthesized in an SiH(4)-based plasma. The photoluminescence of the Si-NCs blue-shifts after etching, indicating an etching-induced size reduction of the Si-NCs. It is shown that both the SF(6) plasma power and the flow rate can be utilized to control the etch rate (and thus the size reduction) of the Si-NCs. The SF(6) etched Si-NCs show only low concentrations of residual impurities other than fluorine. Quantum yields as high as 50% have been observed from these SF(6) etched Si-NCs despite oxidation.

  11. Etching method for photoresists or polymers

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    Lerner, Narcinda R. (Inventor); Wydeven, Theodore J., Jr. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A method for etching or removing polymers, photoresists, and organic contaminants from a substrate is disclosed. The method includes creating a more reactive gas species by producing a plasma discharge in a reactive gas such as oxygen and contacting the resulting gas species with a sacrificial solid organic material such as polyethylene or polyvinyl fluoride, reproducing a highly reactive gas species, which in turn etches the starting polymer, organic contaminant, or photoresist. The sample to be etched is located away from the plasma glow discharge region so as to avoid damaging the substrate by exposure to high energy particles and electric fields encountered in that region. Greatly increased etching rates are obtained. This method is highly effective for etching polymers such as polyimides and photoresists that are otherwise difficult or slow to etch downstream from an electric discharge in a reactive gas.

  12. Calibrating etch model with SEM contours

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    Weisbuch, François; Omran, A.; Jantzen, Kenneth

    2015-03-01

    To ensure a high patterning quality, the etch effects have to be corrected within the OPC recipe in addition to the traditional lithographic effects. This requires the calibration of an accurate etch model and optimization of its implementation in the OPC flow. Using SEM contours is a promising approach to get numerous and highly reliable measurements especially for 2D structures for etch model calibration. A 28nm active layer was selected to calibrate and verify an etch model with 50 structures in total. We optimized the selection of the calibration structures as well as the model density. The implementation of the etch model to adjust the litho target layer allows a significant reduction of weak points. We also demonstrate that the etch model incorporated to the ORC recipe and run on large design can predict many hotspots.

  13. Etching of glass microchips with supercritical water.

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    Karásek, Pavel; Grym, Jakub; Roth, Michal; Planeta, Josef; Foret, František

    2015-01-07

    A novel method of etching channels in glass microchips with the most tunable solvent, water, was tested as an alternative to common hydrogen fluoride-containing etchants. The etching properties of water strongly depend on temperature and pressure, especially in the vicinity of the water critical point. The chips were etched at the subcritical, supercritical and critical temperature of water, and the resulting channel shape, width, depth and surface morphology were studied by scanning electron microscopy and 3D laser profilometry. Channels etched with the hot water were compared with the chips etched with standard hydrogen fluoride-containing solution. Depending on the water pressure and temperature, the silicate dissolved from the glass could be re-deposited on the channel surface. This interesting phenomenon is described together with the conditions necessary for its utilization. The results illustrate the versatility of pure water as a glass etching and surface morphing agent.

  14. Selective etching of silicon carbide films

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    Gao, Di; Howe, Roger T.; Maboudian, Roya

    2006-12-19

    A method of etching silicon carbide using a nonmetallic mask layer. The method includes providing a silicon carbide substrate; forming a non-metallic mask layer by applying a layer of material on the substrate; patterning the mask layer to expose underlying areas of the substrate; and etching the underlying areas of the substrate with a plasma at a first rate, while etching the mask layer at a rate lower than the first rate.

  15. Results from modeling and simulation of chemical downstream etch systems

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    Meeks, E.; Vosen, S.R.; Shon, J.W.; Larson, R.S.; Fox, C.A.; Buchenauer

    1996-05-01

    This report summarizes modeling work performed at Sandia in support of Chemical Downstream Etch (CDE) benchmark and tool development programs under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with SEMATECH. The Chemical Downstream Etch (CDE) Modeling Project supports SEMATECH Joint Development Projects (JDPs) with Matrix Integrated Systems, Applied Materials, and Astex Corporation in the development of new CDE reactors for wafer cleaning and stripping processes. These dry-etch reactors replace wet-etch steps in microelectronics fabrication, enabling compatibility with other process steps and reducing the use of hazardous chemicals. Models were developed at Sandia to simulate the gas flow, chemistry and transport in CDE reactors. These models address the essential components of the CDE system: a microwave source, a transport tube, a showerhead/gas inlet, and a downstream etch chamber. The models have been used in tandem to determine the evolution of reactive species throughout the system, and to make recommendations for process and tool optimization. A significant part of this task has been in the assembly of a reasonable set of chemical rate constants and species data necessary for successful use of the models. Often the kinetic parameters were uncertain or unknown. For this reason, a significant effort was placed on model validation to obtain industry confidence in the model predictions. Data for model validation were obtained from the Sandia Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry (MBMS) experiments, from the literature, from the CDE Benchmark Project (also part of the Sandia/SEMATECH CRADA), and from the JDP partners. The validated models were used to evaluate process behavior as a function of microwave-source operating parameters, transport-tube geometry, system pressure, and downstream chamber geometry. In addition, quantitative correlations were developed between CDE tool performance and operation set points.

  16. Post-synthetic Anisotropic Wet-Chemical Etching of Colloidal Sodalite ZIF Crystals

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    Avci, Civan; Ariñez-Soriano, Javier; Carné-Sánchez, Arnau; Guillerm, Vincent; Carbonell, Carlos; Imaz, Inhar; Maspoch, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Controlling the shape of metal-organic framework (MOF) crystals is important for understanding their crystallization and useful for myriad applications. However, despite the many advances in shaping of inorganic nanoparticles, post-synthetic shape control of MOFs and, in general, molecular crystals remains embryonic. Herein we report using a simple wet-chemistry process at room temperature to control the anisotropic etching of colloidal ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 crystals. Our work enables uniform reshaping of these porous materials into unprecedented morphologies, including cubic and tetrahedral crystals, and even hollow boxes, via acid-base reaction and subsequent sequestration of leached metal ions. Etching tests on these ZIFs reveal that etching occurs preferentially in the crystallographic directions richer in metal-ligand bonds; that, among these directions, the etching rate tends to be faster on the crystal surfaces of higher dimensionality; and that the etching can be modulated by adjusting the pH of the etchant solution. PMID:26458081

  17. Reactive ion etching of indium-tin oxide films by CCl4-based Inductivity Coupled Plasma

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    Juneja, Sucheta; Poletayev, Sergey D.; Fomchenkov, Sergey; Khonina, Svetlana N.; Skidanov, Roman V.; Kazanskiy, Nikolay L.

    2016-08-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) films have been a subject of extensive studies in fabrication of micro-electronic devices for opto-electronic applications ranging from anti-reflection coatings to transparent contacts in photovoltaic devices. In this paper, a new and effective way of reactive ion etching of a conducting indium-tin oxide (ITO) film with Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) has been investigated. CCl4 plasma containing an addition of gases mixture of dissociated argon and oxygen were used. Oxygen is added to increase the etchant percentage whereas argon was used for stabilization of plasma. The etching characteristics obtained with these gaseous mixtures were explained based on plasma etch chemistry and etching regime of ITO films. An etch rate as high as ∼20 nm/min can be achieved with a controlled process parameter such as power density, total flow rate, composition of reactive gases gas and pressure. Our Investigation represents some of the extensive work in this area.

  18. Post-Synthetic Anisotropic Wet-Chemical Etching of Colloidal Sodalite ZIF Crystals.

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    Avci, Civan; Ariñez-Soriano, Javier; Carné-Sánchez, Arnau; Guillerm, Vincent; Carbonell, Carlos; Imaz, Inhar; Maspoch, Daniel

    2015-11-23

    Controlling the shape of metal-organic framework (MOF) crystals is important for understanding their crystallization and useful for myriad applications. However, despite the many advances in shaping of inorganic nanoparticles, post-synthetic shape control of MOFs and, in general, molecular crystals remains embryonic. Herein, we report using a simple wet-chemistry process at room temperature to control the anisotropic etching of colloidal ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 crystals. Our work enables uniform reshaping of these porous materials into unprecedented morphologies, including cubic and tetrahedral crystals, and even hollow boxes, by an acid-base reaction and subsequent sequestration of leached metal ions. Etching tests on these ZIFs reveal that etching occurs preferentially in the crystallographic directions richer in metal-ligand bonds; that, along these directions, the etching rate tends to be faster on the crystal surfaces of higher dimensionality; and that the etching can be modulated by adjusting the pH of the etchant solution.

  19. ALTERNATIVE TO CHROME ETCHING PROCESSES FOR METALS

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    Several industries, including the National Center for Manufacturing Science have initiated programs for chrome abatement. The programs, however, generally focus on chrome reduction by use of existing technologies and do not address the elimination of chrome in pretreatment proces...

  20. ALTERNATIVE TO CHROME ETCHING PROCESSES FOR METALS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Several industries, including the National Center for Manufacturing Science have initiated programs for chrome abatement. The programs, however, generally focus on chrome reduction by use of existing technologies and do not address the elimination of chrome in pretreatment proces...

  1. Etching radical controlled gas chopped deep reactive ion etching

    DOEpatents

    Olynick, Deidre; Rangelow, Ivo; Chao, Weilun

    2013-10-01

    A method for silicon micromachining techniques based on high aspect ratio reactive ion etching with gas chopping has been developed capable of producing essentially scallop-free, smooth, sidewall surfaces. The method uses precisely controlled, alternated (or chopped) gas flow of the etching and deposition gas precursors to produce a controllable sidewall passivation capable of high anisotropy. The dynamic control of sidewall passivation is achieved by carefully controlling fluorine radical presence with moderator gasses, such as CH.sub.4 and controlling the passivation rate and stoichiometry using a CF.sub.2 source. In this manner, sidewall polymer deposition thicknesses are very well controlled, reducing sidewall ripples to very small levels. By combining inductively coupled plasmas with controlled fluorocarbon chemistry, good control of vertical structures with very low sidewall roughness may be produced. Results show silicon features with an aspect ratio of 20:1 for 10 nm features with applicability to nano-applications in the sub-50 nm regime. By comparison, previous traditional gas chopping techniques have produced rippled or scalloped sidewalls in a range of 50 to 100 nm roughness.

  2. Micromorphological characterization of adhesive interface of sound dentin and total-etch and self-etch adhesives.

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    Drobac, Milan; Stojanac, Igor; Ramić, Bojana; Premović, Milica; Petrović, Ljubomir

    2015-01-01

    The ultimate goal in restorative dentistry has always been to achieve strong and permanent bond between the dental tissues and filling materials. It is not easy to achieve this task because the bonding process is different for enamel and dentin-dentin is more humid and more organic than enamel. It is moisture and organic nature of dentin that make this hard tissue very complex to achieve adhesive bond. One of the first and most widely used tools for examining the adhesive bond between hard dental tissues and composite restorative materials is scanning electron microscopy. The aim of this study was scanning electron microscopy analyzes the interfacial micro morphology of total-etch and self-etch adhesives. Micro morphological characteristics of interface between total-etch adhesive (Prime & Bond NT) in combination with the corresponding composite (Ceram X Mono) were compared with those of self-etching adhesive (AdheSE One) in, combination with the corresponding composite (Tetric EvoCeram). The specimens were observed under 1000 x magnification of scanning electron microscopy (JEOL, JSM-6460 Low Vacuum). Measurement of the thickness of the hybrid layer of the examined com posite systems was performed with the software of the device used (NIH Image Analyser). Micromorphological analysis of interface showed that the hybrid layer in sound dentin was well formed, its average thickness being 2.68 microm, with a large number of resin tags and a large amount of lateral branches for specimens with a composite system Prime & Bond NT-Ceram X Mono. However, the specimens' with composite systems Adhese One-Tetric EvoCeram did not show the presence of hybrid layer and the resin tags were poorly represented. The results of this study suggest that total-etch adhesives bond better with sound dentin than self-etch adhesive.

  3. Etching.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-09-01

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  4. Combined resist and etch modeling and correction for the 45-nm node

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    Drapeau, Martin; Beale, Dan

    2006-10-01

    Emerging resist and etch process technologies for the 45 nm node exhibit new types of non-optical proximity errors, thus placing new demands on OPC modeling tools. In a previous paper (SPIE Vol. 6283-75) we had experimentally demonstrated a full resist and etch model calibration and verified the stability of the model using 45nm node standard logic cells. The etch model used a novel non-linear etch modeling object in combination with conventional convolution Kernels. Building upon those results, this paper focuses on the correction of patterns. We demonstrate a two-stage optical/resist and etch correction using calibrated models, including the use of non-linear etch modeling objects. Optical/resist and etch models are built separately and used sequentially to correct a 45nm logic pattern. Critical areas of the pattern affected by etch are analyzed and used to verify the correction. Verification of the correction is obtained through comparison between the simulated contours with the design intent.

  5. Secret of formulating a selective etching or cleaning solution for boron nitride (BN) thin film

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    Hui, Wing C.

    2004-04-01

    Boron nitride thin film has a very unique characteristic of extremely high chemical inertness. Thus, it is a better hard mask than silicon nitride for aggressive etching solutions, such as the isotropic HF/HNO3/CH3COOH (or HNA) etchant for silicon. However, because of its high chemical inertness, it is also difficult to remove it. Plasma etching with Freon gases can etch the boron nitride film, but it is unselective to silicon, silicon dioxide or silicon nitride. Cleaning up the boron nitride film with plasma etching will usually leave a damaged or foggy surface. A special wet chemical solution has been developed for etching or cleaning boron nitride film selectively. It can etch boron nitride, but not the coatings or substrates of silicon, silicon nitride and silicon dioxide. It is a very strong oxidizing agent consisting of concentrated sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), but different from the common Piranha Etch. It may be even more interesting to understand the logic or secret behind of how to formulate a new selective etching solution. Various chemical and chemical engineering aspects were considered carefully in our development process. These included creating the right electrochemical potential for the etchant, ensuring large differences in chemical kinetics to make the reactions selective, providing proper mass transfer for removing the by products, etc.

  6. Wet Etching Characterization of InSb for Thermal Imaging Applications

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    Chang, Kow‑Ming; Luo, Jiunn‑Jye; Chiang, Cheng‑Der; Liu, Kou‑Chen

    2006-03-01

    A citric acid/hydrogen peroxide-based chemical system has been reported for the first time to meet the requirements of continuously scaling down the pixel area for InSb high-density infrared camera applications. This chemical system with a reaction-rate-limited mechanism was concluded to have superior etching performance compared with the nitric acid-based solution. It is established that this etching mechanism has better control over device structure uniformity due to its linear proportionality to etching time and its nondependence on agitation and exposed etched area. Two different chemical systems have been studied to form the high-density mesa structures in this study. The wet etching characteristics corresponding to these chemical solutions were measured and analyzed. From atomic force microscopy (AFM), the results clearly indicate that the surface-reaction-rate-limited dominant-control mechanism for InSb mesa etching in citric acid/hydrogen peroxide produces a fairly smooth morphology near junction edges and well-controlled sidewall profiles. Good step coverage for dielectric deposition as shown by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and a highly uniformly distributed dark current of InSb pn junction arrays at 77 K have proven the feasibility of the citric acid/hydrogen peroxide wet etching process to bring superior etching performance compared with the nitric acid-based solution.

  7. Etching of CVD diamond films using oxygen ions in ECR plasma

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    Ma, Zhibin; Wu, Jun; Shen, Wulin; Yan, Lei; Pan, Xin; Wang, Jianhua

    2014-01-01

    Etching with oxygen ions produced by ECR plasma with an asymmetric magnetic mirror field was investigated as a potential technique for polishing CVD diamond. The morphology, structure and roughness of the diamond film surface before and after etching were analyzed respectively using scanning electron microscope (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and surface roughness measuring instrument. It was found that the ridges on diamond surface had been preferentially etched away and thereby the surface roughness decreased from 3.061 to 1.083 μm after 4 h etching. Meanwhile, non-diamond phase appeared on surface and dramatically increased with the extending of etching time. In order to fundamentally understand the etching mechanism, an etching model of diamond film was reasonably proposed on the ground of the experimental results and the theory of plasma physics. The as-generated ions taking screw movement are firstly accelerated along the magnetic field lines in the plasma and collisional presheath, and then deflected from their route towards the diamond film in the MP. When coming into Debye sheath, the motion of ions will be deflected further and strongly accelerated by electric field in the direction normal to the (1 1 1) crystal facets. This process gave rise to energetic ion bombardment towards every (1 1 1) crystal face, and thereby caused preferential etching of pyramidal crystallites.

  8. Method for dry etching of transition metals

    DOEpatents

    Ashby, C.I.H.; Baca, A.G.; Esherick, P.; Parmeter, J.E.; Rieger, D.J.; Shul, R.J.

    1998-09-29

    A method for dry etching of transition metals is disclosed. The method for dry etching of a transition metal (or a transition metal alloy such as a silicide) on a substrate comprises providing at least one nitrogen- or phosphorus-containing {pi}-acceptor ligand in proximity to the transition metal, and etching the transition metal to form a volatile transition metal/{pi}-acceptor ligand complex. The dry etching may be performed in a plasma etching system such as a reactive ion etching (RIE) system, a downstream plasma etching system (i.e. a plasma afterglow), a chemically-assisted ion beam etching (CAIBE) system or the like. The dry etching may also be performed by generating the {pi}-acceptor ligands directly from a ligand source gas (e.g. nitrosyl ligands generated from nitric oxide), or from contact with energized particles such as photons, electrons, ions, atoms, or molecules. In some preferred embodiments of the present invention, an intermediary reactant species such as carbonyl or a halide ligand is used for an initial chemical reaction with the transition metal, with the intermediary reactant species being replaced at least in part by the {pi}-acceptor ligand for forming the volatile transition metal/{pi}-acceptor ligand complex.

  9. Method for dry etching of transition metals

    DOEpatents

    Ashby, Carol I. H.; Baca, Albert G.; Esherick, Peter; Parmeter, John E.; Rieger, Dennis J.; Shul, Randy J.

    1998-01-01

    A method for dry etching of transition metals. The method for dry etching of a transition metal (or a transition metal alloy such as a silicide) on a substrate comprises providing at least one nitrogen- or phosphorous-containing .pi.-acceptor ligand in proximity to the transition metal, and etching the transition metal to form a volatile transition metal/.pi.-acceptor ligand complex. The dry etching may be performed in a plasma etching system such as a reactive ion etching (RIE) system, a downstream plasma etching system (i.e. a plasma afterglow), a chemically-assisted ion beam etching (CAIBE) system or the like. The dry etching may also be performed by generating the .pi.-acceptor ligands directly from a ligand source gas (e.g. nitrosyl ligands generated from nitric oxide), or from contact with energized particles such as photons, electrons, ions, atoms, or molecules. In some preferred embodiments of the present invention, an intermediary reactant species such as carbonyl or a halide ligand is used for an initial chemical reaction with the transition metal, with the intermediary reactant species being replaced at least in part by the .pi.-acceptor ligand for forming the volatile transition metal/.pi.-acceptor ligand complex.

  10. Crystallographic anisotropy of growth and etch rates of CVD diamond

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    Wolfer, M; Biener, J; El-dasher, B S; Biener, M M; Hamza, A V; Kriele, A; Wild, C

    2008-08-05

    The investigation of orientation dependent crystal growth and etch processes can provide deep insights into the underlying mechanisms and thus helps to validate theoretical models. Here, we report on homoepitaxial diamond growth and oxygen etch experiments on polished, polycrystalline CVD diamond wafers by use of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and white-light interferometry (WLI). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was applied to provide additional atomic scale surface morphology information. The main advantage of using polycrystalline diamond substrates with almost random grain orientation is that it allows determining the orientation dependent growth (etch) rate for different orientations within one experiment. Specifically, we studied the effect of methane concentration on the diamond growth rate, using a microwave plasma CVD process. At 1 % methane concentration a maximum of the growth rate near <100> and a minimum near <111> is detected. Increasing the methane concentration up to 5 % shifts the maximum towards <110> while the minimum stays at <111>. Etch rate measurements in a microwave powered oxygen plasma reveal a pronounced maximum at <111>. We also made a first attempt to interpret our experimental data in terms of local micro-faceting of high-indexed planes.

  11. Chemical-mechanical planarization aided dimple etching for self alignment.

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    Jeong, Moonki; Choi, Sungha; Guo, Yongchang; Park, Jaehong; Jeong, Haedo

    2012-04-01

    Through silicon via (TSV) technology is becoming a mainstream method of building 3-dimensional integrated circuits (3D IC). In particular, TSV Cu CMP is a critical process to remove excess Cu and makes a planar surface which requires a removal rate higher than 5 microm/min and a dishing lower than 0.3 microm. This paper focuses on the development of a new self-alignment method using dimples on the TSV Cu back surface. We tried to find an application potential of a bump-dimple structure for self alignment using a pretest tool of a solder ball array structure. Chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) aided dimple etching is carefully studied as a key solution for deep and uniform dimple formation. The experiment shows that CMP is an excellent process to generate a clean oxide surface and a clear dishing on the Cu TSV, resulting in a seed for etching. Finally, etching realizes a uniform dimple depth of 7 microm to 9 microm in spite of changes of via diameter from 10 microm to 50 microm after only 15 sec etching.

  12. Self-etch and etch-and-rinse adhesive systems in clinical dentistry.

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    Ozer, Fusun; Blatz, Markus B

    2013-01-01

    Current adhesive systems follow either an "etch-and-rinse" or "self-etch" approach, which differ in how they interact with natural tooth structures. Etch-and-rinse systems comprise phosphoric acid to pretreat the dental hard tissues before rinsing and subsequent application of an adhesive. Self-etch adhesives contain acidic monomers, which etch and prime the tooth simultaneously. Etch-and-rinse adhesives are offered as two- or three-step systems, depending on whether primer and bonding are separate or combined in a single bottle. Similarly, self-etch adhesives are available as one- or two-step systems. Both etch-and-rinse and self-etch systems form a hybrid layer as a result of resins impregnating the porous enamel or dentin. Despite current trends toward fewer and simpler clinical application steps, one-step dentin bonding systems exhibit bonding agent lower bond strengths and seem less predictable than multi-step etch-and-rinse and self-etch systems. The varying evidence available today suggests that the choice between etch-and-rinse and self-etch systems is often a matter of personal preference. In general, however, phosphoric acid creates a more pronounced and retentive etching pattern in enamel. Therefore, etch-and-rinse bonding systems are often preferred for indirect restorations and when large areas of enamel are still present. Conversely, self-etch adhesives provide superior and more predictable bond strength to dentin and are, consequently, recommended for direct composite resin restorations, especially when predominantly supported by dentin.

  13. Fabrication of different pore shapes by multi-step etching technique in ion-irradiated PET membranes

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    Mo, D.; Liu, J. D.; Duan, J. L.; Yao, H. J.; Latif, H.; Cao, D. L.; Chen, Y. H.; Zhang, S. X.; Zhai, P. F.; Liu, J.

    2014-08-01

    A method for the fabrication of different pore shapes in polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-based track etched membranes (TEMs) is reported. A multi-step etching technique involving etchant variation and track annealing was applied to fabricate different pore shapes in PET membranes. PET foils of 12-μm thickness were irradiated with Bi ions (kinetic energy 9.5 MeV/u, fluence 106 ions/cm2) at the Heavy Ion Research Facility (HIRFL, Lanzhou). The cross-sections of fundamental pore shapes (cylinder, cone, and double cone) were analyzed. Funnel-shaped and pencil-shaped pores were obtained using a two-step etching process. Track annealing was carried out in air at 180 °C for 120 min. After track annealing, the selectivity of the etching process decreased, which resulted in isotropic etching in subsequent etching steps. Rounded cylinder and rounded cone shapes were obtained by introducing a track-annealing step in the etching process. Cup and spherical funnel-shaped pores were fabricated using a three- and four-step etching process, respectively. The described multi-step etching technique provides a controllable method to fabricate new pore shapes in TEMs. Introduction of a variety of pore shapes may improve the separation properties of TEMs and enrich the series of TEM products.

  14. Study of selective chemical downstream plasma etching of silicon nitride and silicon oxide for advanced patterning applications

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    Prévost, Emilie; Cunge, Gilles; De-Buttet, Côme; Lagrasta, Sebastien; Vallier, Laurent; Petit-Etienne, Camille

    2017-03-01

    The evolution of integrated components in the semiconductors industry is nowadays looking for ultra-high selective etching processes in order to etch high aspect ratio structures in complicated stacks of ultrathin layers. For ultra-high selective processes, typical plasma etching show limitations, while wet etching processes reach limitations due to capillary forces. For these reasons there is a great regain of interest today in chemical downstream etching systems (CDE), which combine the advantages of plasma and wet treatments. The absence of photons and ions allow to minimize damages and to achieve very high selectivity (in isotropic etching). In this work we investigated the parameters enabling to etch selectively the Si3N4 to the SiO2 by CDE. We shown that the correlation between the gas mixture and the wafer temperature is the key to obtain the desired selectivity. In order to optimize the processing window, the mixture composition (NF3/N2/O2/He) and the temperatures were screened by several DOE (Designs Of Experiments). Conditions are found in which the etching selectivity between the two silicon alloys is higher than 100, which allowed us to clean out sacrificial Si3N4 layers in very high aspect ratio (about 100) silicon trenches of nanometric size (60nm) without damaging the 10nm thin SiO2 caping layer (between the Si and the Si3N4). This demonstrates that downstream plasma etching can perform better than wet treatments in this case.

  15. Consideration of correlativity between litho and etching shape

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    Matsuoka, Ryoichi; Mito, Hiroaki; Shinoda, Shinichi; Toyoda, Yasutaka

    2012-03-01

    We developed an effective method for evaluating the correlation of shape of Litho and Etching pattern. The purpose of this method, makes the relations of the shape after that is the etching pattern an index in wafer same as a pattern shape on wafer made by a lithography process. Therefore, this method measures the characteristic of the shape of the wafer pattern by the lithography process and can predict the hotspot pattern shape by the etching process. The method adopts a metrology management system based on DBM (Design Based Metrology). This is the high accurate contouring created by an edge detection algorithm used wafer CD-SEM. Currently, as semiconductor manufacture moves towards even smaller feature size, this necessitates more aggressive optical proximity correction (OPC) to drive the super-resolution technology (RET). In other words, there is a trade-off between highly precise RET and lithography management, and this has a big impact on the semiconductor market that centers on the semiconductor business. 2-dimensional shape of wafer quantification is important as optimal solution over these problems. Although 1-dimensional shape measurement has been performed by the conventional technique, 2-dimensional shape management is needed in the mass production line under the influence of RET. We developed the technique of analyzing distribution of shape edge performance as the shape management technique. In this study, we conducted experiments for correlation method of the pattern (Measurement Based Contouring) as two-dimensional litho and etch evaluation technique. That is, observation of the identical position of a litho and etch was considered. It is possible to analyze variability of the edge of the same position with high precision.

  16. Etch challenges for DSA implementation in CMOS via patterning

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    Pimenta Barros, P.; Barnola, S.; Gharbi, A.; Argoud, M.; Servin, I.; Tiron, R.; Chevalier, X.; Navarro, C.; Nicolet, C.; Lapeyre, C.; Monget, C.; Martinez, E.

    2014-03-01

    This paper reports on the etch challenges to overcome for the implementation of PS-b-PMMA block copolymer's Directed Self-Assembly (DSA) in CMOS via patterning level. Our process is based on a graphoepitaxy approach, employing an industrial PS-b-PMMA block copolymer (BCP) from Arkema with a cylindrical morphology. The process consists in the following steps: a) DSA of block copolymers inside guiding patterns, b) PMMA removal, c) brush layer opening and finally d) PS pattern transfer into typical MEOL or BEOL stacks. All results presented here have been performed on the DSA Leti's 300mm pilot line. The first etch challenge to overcome for BCP transfer involves in removing all PMMA selectively to PS block. In our process baseline, an acetic acid treatment is carried out to develop PMMA domains. However, this wet development has shown some limitations in terms of resists compatibility and will not be appropriated for lamellar BCPs. That is why we also investigate the possibility to remove PMMA by only dry etching. In this work the potential of a dry PMMA removal by using CO based chemistries is shown and compared to wet development. The advantages and limitations of each approach are reported. The second crucial step is the etching of brush layer (PS-r-PMMA) through a PS mask. We have optimized this step in order to preserve the PS patterns in terms of CD, holes features and film thickness. Several integrations flow with complex stacks are explored for contact shrinking by DSA. A study of CD uniformity has been addressed to evaluate the capabilities of DSA approach after graphoepitaxy and after etching.

  17. Reactive ion etching of tellurite and chalcogenide waveguides using hydrogen, methane, and argon

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    Vu, K. T.; Madden, S. J.

    2011-01-15

    The authors report in detail on the reactive plasma etching properties of tellurium and demonstrate a high quality etching process using hydrogen, methane, and argon. Very low loss planar ridge waveguides are demonstrated. Optical losses in tellurium dioxide waveguides below 0.1 dB/cm in most of the near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum and at 1550 nm have been achieved--the lowest ever reported by more than an order of magnitude and clearly suitable for planar integrated devices. The etch process is also shown to be suitable for chalcogenide glasses which may be of importance in applications such as phase change memory devices and nonlinear integrated optics.

  18. Halogen-based plasma etching of novel field-effect transistor gate materials

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    Kiehlbaugh, Kasi Michelle

    Vacuum Beam Studies of Ruthenium Etching. Ru is known to have two volatile oxidation products, RuO3 and RuO4, although the etch rate is negligible when Ru is exposed to an O2 plasma discharge. The introduction of a small amount of additive gas, such as Cl2, has been shown to increase the Ru etch rate sixfold. The reason for this dramatic shift in etching is poorly understood, primarily because it is difficult if not impossible to study plasma-surface interactions in a plasma environment. The unique capabilities of the beam system have made it possible to explore the mechanism of Ru etching. It has been shown that under 500 eV Ar+ ion bombardment, the addition of O radicals lowered the etch rate by a factor of 2.5. This process was relatively insensitive to temperature over the range studied (room temperature to ˜175°C). It was also shown that O radicals alone spontaneously etched Ru at a very slow rate over the entire temperature range. Statistical Analysis of Polysilicon Etching and Gate Profile Evolution in Dual-Doped Polysilicon Gates. Polysilicon gate etching for the 90nm lithography node and below requires extremely precise control of the gate CD and profile. Generally speaking, the current requirement for Gate CD control is that the 3 sigma should less than ˜5nm for all gates, including across the chip, across the wafer, wafer-to-wafer, lot-to-lot, and tool-to-tool variations. Similarly, for gate sidewall angle control, the 3 sigma angle variation should be less than ˜1 degree, inclusive of all sources of variation. This is particularly challenging for technologies which employ dual-doped gates, since the chemistry and physics of the etching process induces a different profile evolution between gates with different doping. The goal of this project was to identify a parameter space where the differences in gate profile evolution across different polysilicon dopant types were minimized. Blanket etch rates and patterned wafers were used to determine the

  19. Angular etching yields of polysilicon and dielectric materials in Cl{sub 2}/Ar and fluorocarbon plasmas

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    Yin Yunpeng; Sawin, Herbert H.

    2008-01-15

    The angular etching yields of polysilicon in Cl{sub 2}/Ar plasmas, and dielectric materials (thermal silicon dioxide and low-k dielectric coral) in fluorocarbon plasmas, have been characterized in an inductively coupled plasma beam apparatus. The effects of ion energy, feed gas composition, and plasma source pressure are studied. The experimental results showed that these etching parameters had a significant impact on the resulting angular etching yield curve. In particular, the angular etching yield curve was more sputteringlike at low plasma source pressure and/or low effective gas percentage (Cl{sub 2} and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}), with a peak around 60 deg. -70 deg. off-normal ion incident angle. In contrast, ion-enhanced-etching-like angular curves, which dropped gradually with off-normal angle, were formed at high plasma source pressure and/or high effective gas percentage. Further analysis indicated that the effective neutral-to-ion flux ratio reaching the surface was the primary factor influencing the angular etching yield curve. More specifically, the angular etching yield curve had physical sputtering characteristics at low neutral-to-ion flux ratios; while etching process was really dominated by ion-enhanced etching at high ratios and the angular curve was ion-enhanced-etching-like. The polymer deposition effects are also discussed in this article.

  20. Aggressiveness of contemporary self-etching adhesives. Part II: etching effects on unground enamel.

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    Pashley, D H; Tay, F R

    2001-09-01

    The aggressiveness of three self-etching adhesives on unground enamel was investigated. Ultrastructural features and microtensile bond strength were examined, first using these adhesives as both the etching and resin-infiltration components, and then examining their etching efficacy alone through substitution of the proprietary resins with the same control resins. For SEM examination, buccal, mid-coronal, unground enamel from human extracted bicuspids were etched with either Clearfil Mega Bond (Kuraray), Non-Rinse Conditioner (NRC; Dentsply DeTrey) or Prompt L-Pop (ESPE). Those in the control group were etched with 32% phosphoric acid (Bisco) for 15s. They were all rinsed off prior to examination of the etching efficacy. For TEM examination, the self-etching adhesives were used as recommended. Unground enamel treated with NRC were further bonded using Prime&Bond NT (Dentsply), while those in the etched, control group were bonded using All-Bond 2 (Bisco). Completely demineralized, resin replicas were embedded in epoxy resin for examination of the extent of resin infiltration. For microtensile bond strength evaluation, specimens were first etched and bonded using the self-etching adhesives. A second group of specimens were etched with the self-etching adhesives, rinsed but bonded using a control adhesive. Following restoration with Z100 (3M Dental Products), they were sectioned into beams of uniform cross-sectional areas and stressed to failure. Etching patterns of aprismatic enamel, as revealed by SEM, and the subsurface hybrid layer morphology, as revealed by TEM, varied according to the aggressiveness of the self-etching adhesives. Clearfil Mega Bond exhibited the mildest etching patterns, while Prompt L-Pop produced an etching effect that approached that of the total-etch control group. Microtensile bond strength of the three experimental groups were all significantly lower than the control group, but not different from one another. When the self-etching

  1. Etch modeling in RET synthesis and verification flow

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    Beale, Daniel F.; Shiely, James P.

    2005-06-01

    The challenges of the 65 nm node and beyond require new formulations of the compact convolution models used in OPC. In addition to simulating more optical and resist effects, these models must accommodate pattern distortions due to etch which can no longer be treated as small perturbations on photo-lithographic effects. (Methods for combining optical and process modules while optimizing the speed/accuracy tradeoff were described in "Advanced Model Formulations for Optical and Process Proximity Correction", D. Beale et al, SPIE 2004.) In this paper, we evaluate new physics-based etch model formulations that differ from the convolution-based process models used previously. The new models are expressed within the compact modeling framework described by J. Stirniman et al. in SPIE, vol. 3051, p469, 1997, and thus can be used for high-speed process simulation during full-chip OPC.

  2. Charging effect simulation model used in simulations of plasma etching of silicon

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    Ishchuk, Valentyn; Volland, Burkhard E.; Hauguth, Maik; Rangelow, Ivo W.; Cooke, Mike

    2012-10-15

    Understanding the consequences of local surface charging on the evolving etching profile is a critical challenge in high density plasma etching. Deflection of the positively charged ions in locally varying electric fields can cause profile defects such as notching, bowing, and microtrenching. We have developed a numerical simulation model capturing the influence of the charging effect over the entire course of the etching process. The model is fully integrated into ViPER (Virtual Plasma Etch Reactor)-a full featured plasma processing simulation software developed at Ilmenau University of Technology. As a consequence, we show that local surface charge concurrently evolves with the feature profile to affect the final shape of the etched feature. Using gas chopping (sometimes called time-multiplexed) etch process for experimental validation of the simulation, we show that the model provides excellent fits to the experimental data and both, bowing and notching effects are captured-as long as the evolving profile and surface charge are simultaneously simulated. In addition, this new model explains that surface scallops, characteristic of gas chopping technique, are eroded and often absent in the final feature profile due to surface charging. The model is general and can be applied across many etching chemistries.

  3. Etch-stop behavior of buried layers formed by substoichiometric nitrogen ion implantation into silicon

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    Perez-Rodriguez, A.; Romano-Rodriguez, A.; Morante, J.R.; Acero, M.C. Esteve, J.; Montserrat, J.; El-Hassani, A.

    1996-03-01

    In this work the etch-stop behavior of buried layers formed by substoichiometric nitrogen ion implantation into silicon is studied as a function of the processing parameters, the implantation dose and temperature, and the presence of capping layers during implantation. Etching characteristics have been probed using tetramethylammonium hydroxide or KOH solutions for different times up to 6 h. Results show that, after annealing, the minimum dose required for the formation of an efficient etch-stop layer is about 4 {times} 10{sup 17} cm{sup {minus}2}, for an implantation energy of 75 keV. This is defined as a layer with an efficient etch selectivity in relation to Si of s {ge} 100. For larger implantation doses efficient etch selectivities larger than 100 are obtained. However, for these doses a considerable density of pits is observed in the etch-stop layer. These are related to the presence of nitrogen poor Si regions in the buried layer after annealing, due to a partial separation of silicon and silicon nitride phases during the annealing process. The influence of this separation of phases as well as nitrogen gettering in the buried layer on the etch-stop behavior is discussed as a function of the processing parameters.

  4. Fundamental Technical Elements of Freeze-fracture/Freeze-etch in Biological Electron Microscopy

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    Freeze-fracture/freeze-etch describes a process whereby specimens, typically biological or nanomaterial in nature, are frozen, fractured, and replicated to generate a carbon/platinum "cast" intended for examination by transmission electron microscopy. Specimens are subjected to u...

  5. Fundamental Technical Elements of Freeze-fracture/Freeze-etch in Biological Electron Microscopy

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    Freeze-fracture/freeze-etch describes a process whereby specimens, typically biological or nanomaterial in nature, are frozen, fractured, and replicated to generate a carbon/platinum "cast" intended for examination by transmission electron microscopy. Specimens are subjected to u...

  6. Microelectrode array fabrication by electrical discharge machining and chemical etching.

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    Fofonoff, Timothy A; Martel, Sylvain M; Hatsopoulos, Nicholas G; Donoghue, John P; Hunter, Ian W

    2004-06-01

    Wire electrical discharge machining (EDM), with a complementary chemical etching process, is explored and assessed as a method for developing microelectrode array assemblies for intracortically recording brain activity. Assembly processes based on these methods are highlighted, and results showing neural activity successfully recorded from the brain of a mouse using an EDM-based device are presented. Several structures relevant to the fabrication of microelectrode arrays are also offered in order to demonstrate the capabilities of EDM.

  7. Potential smear layer interference with bonding of self-etching adhesives to dentin.

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    Suyama, Yuji; Lührs, Anne-Katrin; De Munck, Jan; Mine, Atsushi; Poitevin, André; Yamada, Toshimoto; Van Meerbeek, Bart; Cardoso, Marcio Vivan

    2013-08-01

    To evaluate the effect of smear-layer interposition on the bonding effectiveness of self-etching adhesives with different etching potential. Bur-cut dentin specimens were obtained from 25 human molars after preparation of the dentin surface with a medium-grit diamond bur (bur-cut). An additional 25 molars were fractured at the midcoronal dentin to create a smear-layer-free surface (smear-free dentin). The prepared teeth were assigned to 5 groups, according to the adhesive to be applied: a strong one-step self-etching adhesive (PLP, Adper Prompt L-Pop, 3M ESPE, pH = 0.8); two ultra-mild one-step self-etching adhesives (C3S, Clearfil Tri-S Bond, Kuraray, pH = 2.7; AEB, Adper Easy Bond, 3M ESPE; pH = 2.7 ); as the self-etching control, a mild two-step self-etching adhesive (CSE, Clearfil SE Bond, Kuraray, pH of primer = 1.9); and as the etch-and-rinse control, a three-step etch-and-rinse adhesive (OFL, Optibond FL, Kerr). After composite buildups were made, all specimens were stored in distilled water (24 h/37°C) prior to microtensile bond strength testing (µTBS). The failure mode was determined with a stereomicroscope at 50X magnification. Representative µTBS specimens were processed for analysis in a Feg-SEM. The Kruskal-Wallis test was performed to determine statistical differences (p < 0.05). Except for the strong one-step self-etching adhesive, all other self-etching adhesives (mild and ultramild) revealed a significantly lower bond strength to bur-cut dentin than to smear-free dentin. The etch-and-rinse adhesive presented the highest µTBS, which was not significantly different when bonded to bur-cut or smear-free dentin. Fracture analysis demonstrated a prevalence of adhesive failures for the self-etching adhesives, while OFL revealed more mixed failures. SEM revealed that smear debris remained part of the adhesive interfacial complex produced by the ultra-mild one-step self-etching adhesive C3S when applied on bur-cut dentin. Smear debris interferes with

  8. Low damage etching method of low-k material with a neutral beam for interlayer dielectric of semiconductor device

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    Kang, Seung Hyun; Kim, Jong Kyu; Lee, Sung Ho; Kim, Jin Woo; Yeom, Geun Young

    2015-03-15

    To reduce the cross-talk between nanoscale devices, low-k materials such as methyl silsesquioxane (MSQ), which is damaged easily during plasma etching, are introduced as an intermetallic dielectric material in addition to the use of copper as the conducting material for the reduction of parasitic resistance and capacitance. In this study, beam techniques such as neutral/ion beams were used in the etching of MSQ and the effect of these beam techniques on the reduction of the degradation of the MSQ were investigated. When MSQ was etched using the same CF{sub 4} etch gas at the similar etch rate as that used for conventional MSQ etching using inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs), the neutral/ion beam etching showed lower F contents and lower penetration depth of F, indicating decreased degradation by fluorination of MSQ during etching using the beam techniques. Especially, the neutral beam etching technique showed the lowest F contamination and the lower penetration depth of F among the etch methods. When the dielectric constant was measured after the etching of the same depth, the MSQ etched with the neutral beam showed the lowest change of the dielectric constant, while that etched using the ICP showed the highest change of dielectric constant. The lower degradation, that is, the lower chemical modification of MSQ material with the beam technique is believed to be related to the decreased concentration of radical species in the processing chamber reacting with the MSQ surface, while the lowest degradation using the neutral beam is believed to be due to the lower reaction rate of the reactive neutral compared to reactive ions.

  9. Roughness kinetic and multiaffinity of anisotropic etched silicon

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    Hosseinabadi, S.; Rajabi, M.

    2017-02-01

    The effect of etching time (20-200 min) on surface roughness, statistical and fractal properties of silicon wafers during anisotropic chemical etching by KOH is investigated experimentally and theoretically. The evolution of surface morphology of silicon wafers during an anisotropic chemical etching is investigated by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and statistical methods. FESEM investigation shows the formation of pyramid like silicon micro structures that disappear in large time scales. The surface roughness increases and decreases periodically in time with a decreasing exponentially trend. The statistical analysis were performed by calculating the roughness and correlation length, distribution of height fluctuations and two-dimensional multifractal detrending moving average (MFDMA). The fractal nature of silicon wafer changes from mono fractal to multi fractal scaling by etching process and formation of pyramid like silicon nanostructures on it. The strength of multi-fractallity has not an increasing monotonic behavior. The enhancement of irregularities could be a reason for reduction of surface roughness and structure downfall.

  10. Bulk micromachining of Si by metal-assisted chemical etching.

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    Kim, Sang-Mi; Khang, Dahl-Young

    2014-09-24

    Bulk micromachining of Si is demonstrated by the well-known metal-assisted chemical etching (MaCE). Si microstructures, having lateral dimension from 5 μm up to millimeters, are successfully sculpted deeply into Si substrate, as deep as >100 μm. The key ingredient of this success is found to be the optimizations of catalyst metal type and its morphology. Combining the respective advantages of Ag and Au in the MaCE as a Ag/Au bilayer configuration leads to quite stable etch reaction upon a prolonged etch duration up to >5 h. Further, the permeable nature of the optimized Ag/Au bilayer metal catalyst enables the etching of pattern features having very large lateral dimension. Problems such as the generation of micro/nanostructures and chemical attacks on the top of pattern surface are successfully overcome by process optimizations such as post-partum sonication treatment and etchant formulation control. The method can also be successful to vertical micromachining of Si substrate having other crystal orientations than Si(100), such as Si(110) and Si(111). The simple, easy, and low-cost nature of present approach may be a great help in bulk micromachining of Si for various applications such as microelectromechanical system (MEMS), micro total analysis system (μTAS), and so forth. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Funnel-type etched ion tracks in polymers

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    Fink, D.; Vacík, J.; Hnatowicz, V.; Muñoz, G. H.; Alfonta, L.; Klinkovich, I.

    2010-05-01

    It is shown that conical track etching is a much more complicated process than generally assumed. The choice of the corresponding parameters (i.e. the ratios of concentrations and diffusion coefficients of both etchant (e.g. NaOH) and stopping solutions (e.g. HCl) and the etching temperature) determines the ratio of polymer dissolution to etchant penetration. The latter value controls the counterplay of diffusion, etching, ionic conductivity, field emission and capacitive effects, which is decisive for both the final track shapes and their electronic properties. The stages of track evolution during etching under different conditions are outlined in detail. Both transparent conical nanopores and "funnel-type" tracks can be obtained, the latter consisting of a shorter cone and a residual latent track. Depending on the internal structure of that latent track segment, such funnel-type tracks either allow smooth transmission of the rectified currents or they emit unipolar current spikes. Not only the study of electronic properties of single ion tracks, but also of a multitude of tracks makes sense. Depending on the applied parameters, the individual track properties may either just add up, or new effects may be found that emerge from the interaction of the tracks among each other. This is preferentially the case for spike-emitting tracks, where effects such as phase-locked spike synchronization can be found as described by neural network theory.

  12. Controlled MoS₂ layer etching using CF₄ plasma.

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    Jeon, Min Hwan; Ahn, Chisung; Kim, HyeongU; Kim, Kyong Nam; LiN, Tai Zhe; Qin, Hongyi; Kim, Yeongseok; Lee, Sehan; Kim, Taesung; Yeom, Geun Young

    2015-09-04

    A few-layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) thin film grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition was etched using a CF4 inductively coupled plasma, and the possibility of controlling the MoS2 layer thickness to a monolayer of MoS2 over a large area substrate was investigated. In addition, damage and contamination of the remaining MoS2 layer surface after etching and a possible method for film recovery was also investigated. The results from Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy showed that one monolayer of MoS2 was etched by exposure to a CF4 plasma for 20 s after an initial incubation time of 20 s, i.e., the number of MoS2 layers could be controlled by exposure to the CF4 plasma for a certain processing time. However, XPS data showed that exposure to CF4 plasma induced a certain amount of damage and contamination by fluorine of the remaining MoS2 surface. After exposure to a H2S plasma for more than 10 min, the damage and fluorine contamination of the etched MoS2 surface could be effectively removed.

  13. Surface Modification of Polymer Photoresists in Fluorocarbon Plasma Etching

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    Wang, Mingmei; Kushner, Mark

    2009-10-01

    In plasma etching of high aspect ratio (AR), nm sized features, erosion of polymer photoresist (PR) can perturb the feature profile (e.g., bowing). Although cross-linking of PR due to ion and VUV fluxes could make it more resistive to etching, typically the PR etch rate is too high to maintain the pattern when the AR is large (> 20). In dielectric plasma etching using fluorocarbon gases, one strategy to prevent PR erosion is to deposit a (CxFy)n polymer on its surface. This process may be enhanced in dc-augmented capacitively coupled plasmas (CCPs) by sputtering of Si and CxFy from the dc biased electrode. Dangling bonds generated on the PR surface by ion, photon or electron bombardment trap Si and CxFy radicals forming Si-C and C-C bonds. Sputtered Si atoms can also react with CxFy radicals to produce more reactive CxFy-1 radicals which are more easily incorporated into the PR. In this talk we discuss scaling laws for radical production derived from a computational investigation of a dc-augmented dual frequency CCP reactor sustained in Ar/C4F8/O2. Fluxes of Si radicals are produced by sputtering of the dc electrode. Rates of polymer deposition on and sputtering of PR, and consequences of PR erosion (and deposition) on feature profiles will be discussed.

  14. Plasma-etched nanostructures for optical applications (Presentation Recording)

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    Schulz, Ulrike; Rickelt, Friedrich; Munzert, Peter; Kaiser, Norbert

    2015-08-01

    A basic requirement for many optical applications is the reduction of Fresnel-reflections. Besides of interference coatings, nanostructures with sub-wavelength size as known from the eye of the night-flying moth can provide antireflective (AR) properties. The basic principle is to mix a material with air on a sub-wavelength scale to decrease the effective refractive index. To realize AR nanostructures on polymers, the self-organized formation of stochastically arranged antireflective structures using a low-pressure plasma etching process was studied. An advanced procedure involves the use of additional deposition of a thin oxide layer prior etching. A broad range of different structure morphologies exhibiting antireflective properties can be generated on almost all types of polymeric materials. For applications on glass, organic films are used as a transfer medium. Organic layers as thin film materials were evaluated to identify compounds suitable for forming nanostructures by plasma etching. The vapor deposition and etching of organic layers on glass offers a new possibility to achieve antireflective properties in a broad spectral range and for a wide range of light incidence.

  15. Pyruvic acid as an etching agent.

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    Retief, D H; Bischoff, J; van der Merwe, E H

    1976-07-01

    Phosphoric acid at different concentrations has been extensively used as an etching agent to improve bonding of dental materials to enamel surfaces. Recently attention has been drawn to the possible use of polyfunctional organic acids as conditioning agents. The object of this investigation was to determine the optimal concentration of pyruvic acid as an etching agent. A commercial composite resin with an intermediary bonding system supplied with 37% H3PO4 as an etching agent was used as the control system. In addition, a comparative study was carried out to evaluate 37% H3PO4, 20% lactic acid and the optimal concentration of pyruvic acid as conditioning solutions. Etching enamel surfaces with 10% pyruvic acid resulted in the optimal tensile bond strength of the resin to etched enamel surfaces. The use of 10% pyruvic acid did not adversely affect the bond strength of the resin system when compared to enamel surfaces etched with 37% H3PO4 for the same time period. Significantly lower tensile bond strengths were recorded on enamel surfaces etched with 20% lactic acid. The rate and depth of etching obtained with 37% H3PO4 can be considerably reduced by using 10% pyruvic acid as the conditioning agent.

  16. Note: Electrochemical etching of sharp iridium tips

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    Lalanne, Jean-Benoît; Paul, William; Oliver, David; Grütter, Peter H.

    2011-11-01

    We describe an etching procedure for the production of sharp iridium tips with apex radii of 15-70 nm, as determined by scanning electron microscopy, field ion microscopy, and field emission measurements. A coarse electrochemical etch followed by zone electropolishing is performed in a relatively harmless calcium chloride solution with high success rate.

  17. Etching of Niobium Sample Placed on Superconducting Radio Frequency Cavity Surface in Ar/CL2 Plasma

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    Janardan Upadhyay, Larry Phillips, Anne-Marie Valente

    2011-09-01

    Plasma based surface modification is a promising alternative to wet etching of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. It has been proven with flat samples that the bulk Niobium (Nb) removal rate and the surface roughness after the plasma etchings are equal to or better than wet etching processes. To optimize the plasma parameters, we are using a single cell cavity with 20 sample holders symmetrically distributed over the cell. These holders serve the purpose of diagnostic ports for the measurement of the plasma parameters and for the holding of the Nb sample to be etched. The plasma properties at RF (100 MHz) and MW (2.45 GHz) frequencies are being measured with the help of electrical and optical probes at different pressures and RF power levels inside of this cavity. The niobium coupons placed on several holders around the cell are being etched simultaneously. The etching results will be presented at this conference.

  18. Applications of total-etch adhesive bonding.

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    Strassler, Howard E

    2003-06-01

    The concept of total-etch adhesion for enamel and dentin is well accepted. Although new techniques with self-etching adhesives have been introduced, there needs to be more reported clinical trials before making a complete switch to these systems. Currently, the only adhesive systems with long-term data to support confidence and success with their clinical use are total-etch systems. Applications for using a total-etch adhesive bonding technique include sealants, orthodontic brackets, anterior composite resins, posterior composite resins, bonded dental silver amalgam, resin cementation with posts, all-metal, porcelain-metal, composite resin, and ceramic restorations, splinting, core foundations, and conservative treatment of the worn dentition. This article will review the concepts for clinical success with total-etch adhesion for a wide range of clinical applications.

  19. Mechanisms of Hydrocarbon Based Polymer Etch

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    Lane, Barton; Ventzek, Peter; Matsukuma, Masaaki; Suzuki, Ayuta; Koshiishi, Akira

    2015-09-01

    Dry etch of hydrocarbon based polymers is important for semiconductor device manufacturing. The etch mechanisms for oxygen rich plasma etch of hydrocarbon based polymers has been studied but the mechanism for lean chemistries has received little attention. We report on an experimental and analytic study of the mechanism for etching of a hydrocarbon based polymer using an Ar/O2 chemistry in a single frequency 13.56 MHz test bed. The experimental study employs an analysis of transients from sequential oxidation and Ar sputtering steps using OES and surface analytics to constrain conceptual models for the etch mechanism. The conceptual model is consistent with observations from MD studies and surface analysis performed by Vegh et al. and Oehrlein et al. and other similar studies. Parameters of the model are fit using published data and the experimentally observed time scales.

  20. Correlation between surface chemistry and ion energy dependence of the etch yield in multicomponent oxides etching

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    Berube, P.-M.; Poirier, J.-S.; Margot, J.; Stafford, L.; Ndione, P. F.; Chaker, M.; Morandotti, R.

    2009-09-15

    The influence of surface chemistry in plasma etching of multicomponent oxides was investigated through measurements of the ion energy dependence of the etch yield. Using pulsed-laser-deposited Ca{sub x}Ba{sub (1-x)}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CBN) and SrTiO{sub 3} thin films as examples, it was found that the etching energy threshold shifts toward values larger or smaller than the sputtering threshold depending on whether or not ion-assisted chemical etching is the dominant etching pathway and whether surface chemistry is enhancing or inhibiting desorption of the film atoms. In the case of CBN films etched in an inductively coupled Cl{sub 2} plasma, it is found that the chlorine uptake is inhibiting the etching reaction, with the desorption of nonvolatile NbCl{sub 2} and BaCl{sub 2} compounds being the rate-limiting step.

  1. Using an energized oxygen micro-jet for improved graphene etching by focused electron beam

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    Kim, Songkil; Henry, Mathias; Fedorov, Andrei G.

    2015-12-07

    We report on an improved Focused Electron Beam Induced Etching (FEBIE) process, which exploits heated oxygen delivery via a continuous supersonic micro-jet resulting in faster graphene patterning and better etch feature definition. Positioning a micro-jet in close proximity to a graphene surface with minimal jet spreading due to a continuous regime of gas flow at the exit of the 10 μm inner diameter capillary allows for focused exposure of the surface to reactive oxygen at high mass flux and impingement energy of a supersonic gas stream localized to a small etching area exposed to electron beam. These unique benefits of focused supersonic oxygen delivery to the surface enable a dramatic increase in the etch rate of graphene with no parasitic carbon “halo” deposition due to secondary electrons from backscattered electrons (BSE) in the area surrounding the etched regions. Increase of jet temperature via local nozzle heating provides means for enhancing kinetic energy of impinging oxygen molecules, which further speed up the etch, thus minimizing the beam exposure time and required electron dose, before parasitic carbon film deposition due to BSE mediated decomposition of adsorbed hydrocarbon contaminants has a measurable impact on quality of graphene etched features. Interplay of different physical mechanisms underlying an oxygen micro-jet assisted FEBIE process is discussed with support from experimental observations.

  2. Controlled Patterning of Vertical Silicon Structures Using Polymer Lithography and Wet Chemical Etching.

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    Kim, Han-Jung; Lee, Su-Han; Lee, Jihye; Lee, Eung-Sug; Choi, Jun-Hyuk; Jung, Joo-Yun; Jeong, Jun-Ho; Choi, Dae-Geun

    2015-06-01

    In order to improve their performance for various applications, a facile method for the wafer-scale fabrication of micro/nano-patterned vertical silicon (Si) structures such as silicon nanowires (SiNWs), silicon nanorods (SiNRs), and porous silicon (p-Si) was developed. The method is based on the combination of lithography techniques (photolithography, thermal nano-imprint lithography, nanosphere lithography) and wet chemical etching (electro-chemical etching, metal-assisted chemical etching) processes. Micro-patterned p-Si with various pore diameters from 30 nm to 1.2 um were fabricated via electro-chemical etching. Micro/nano-patterned Si microstructures, nanorods, and nanowires were also successfully fabricated by changing the thickness of the metal layer of 5 nm or 20 nm in the metal-assisted chemical etching process. This study also investigated the effect of the etching time and patterning on the etched SiNWs length. This method provides advantages of simplicity, speed, large-scale production, easy size and shape manipulation, and low cost.

  3. Using an energized oxygen micro-jet for improved graphene etching by focused electron beam

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    Kim, Songkil; Henry, Mathias; Fedorov, Andrei G.

    2015-12-07

    We report on an improved Focused Electron Beam Induced Etching (FEBIE) process, which exploits heated oxygen delivery via a continuous supersonic micro-jet resulting in faster graphene patterning and better etch feature definition. Positioning a micro-jet in close proximity to a graphene surface with minimal jet spreading due to a continuous regime of gas flow at the exit of the 10 micrometer inner diameter capillary allows for focused exposure of the surface to reactive oxygen at high mass flux and impingement energy of a supersonic gas stream localized to a small etching area exposed to electron beam. These unique benefits of focused supersonic oxygen delivery to the surface enable a dramatic increase in the etch rate of graphene with no parasitic carbon ‘halo’ deposition due to secondary electrons (SE) from backscattered electrons (BSE) in the area surrounding the etched regions. Increase of jet temperature via local nozzle heating provides means for enhancing kinetic energy of impinging oxygen molecules, which further speed up the etch, thus minimizing the beam exposure time and required electron dose, before parasitic carbon film deposition due to BSE mediated decomposition of adsorbed hydrocarbon contaminants has a measurable impact on quality of graphene etched features. Interplay of different physical mechanisms underlying an oxygen micro-jet assisted FEBIE process is discussed with support from experimental observations.

  4. Characterization of Thermal and Photo-Enhanced Remote Plasma Etching of Gallium Arsenide and Indium Phosphide

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    Lishan, David George

    The desire to shrink dimensions and improve performance of devices has focused attention on fabrication processes that induce a minimum of material damage. A technique which accomplishes this goal involves the utilization of remote plasma etching. In this work, the design of a flexible, high vacuum, remote plasma dry etch processing chamber with multiple in situ analytical capabilities is described. With this new chamber, a systematic study of temperature and flux dependence using hydrogen chloride (HCl) and chlorine (Cl_2) to etch GaAs and InP is performed. Reactant flux limited etching was observed using HCl. These results agree qualitatively with thermodynamic predictions and provide a more complete understanding of reactant flux and product desorption dynamics. Along with the insight into the mechanisms associated with halogen etching of III-V materials, the control, low damage, and material selectivity aspects of remote plasma etching are discussed using as examples, photochemical enhanced etching, fabrication of quantum wires, and in situ real time current monitoring.

  5. Using an energized oxygen micro-jet for improved graphene etching by focused electron beam

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    Kim, Songkil; Henry, Mathias; Fedorov, Andrei G.

    2015-12-07

    We report on an improved Focused Electron Beam Induced Etching (FEBIE) process, which exploits heated oxygen delivery via a continuous supersonic micro-jet resulting in faster graphene patterning and better etch feature definition. Positioning a micro-jet in close proximity to a graphene surface with minimal jet spreading due to a continuous regime of gas flow at the exit of the 10 micrometer inner diameter capillary allows for focused exposure of the surface to reactive oxygen at high mass flux and impingement energy of a supersonic gas stream localized to a small etching area exposed to electron beam. These unique benefits ofmore » focused supersonic oxygen delivery to the surface enable a dramatic increase in the etch rate of graphene with no parasitic carbon ‘halo’ deposition due to secondary electrons (SE) from backscattered electrons (BSE) in the area surrounding the etched regions. Increase of jet temperature via local nozzle heating provides means for enhancing kinetic energy of impinging oxygen molecules, which further speed up the etch, thus minimizing the beam exposure time and required electron dose, before parasitic carbon film deposition due to BSE mediated decomposition of adsorbed hydrocarbon contaminants has a measurable impact on quality of graphene etched features. Interplay of different physical mechanisms underlying an oxygen micro-jet assisted FEBIE process is discussed with support from experimental observations.« less

  6. Suboxide/subnitride formation on Ta masks during magnetic material etching by reactive plasmas

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    Li, Hu; Muraki, Yu; Karahashi, Kazuhiro; Hamaguchi, Satoshi

    2015-07-15

    Etching characteristics of tantalum (Ta) masks used in magnetoresistive random-access memory etching processes by carbon monoxide and ammonium (CO/NH{sub 3}) or methanol (CH{sub 3}OH) plasmas have been examined by mass-selected ion beam experiments with in-situ surface analyses. It has been suggested in earlier studies that etching of magnetic materials, i.e., Fe, Ni, Co, and their alloys, by such plasmas is mostly due to physical sputtering and etch selectivity of the process arises from etch resistance (i.e., low-sputtering yield) of the hard mask materials such as Ta. In this study, it is shown that, during Ta etching by energetic CO{sup +} or N{sup +} ions, suboxides or subnitrides are formed on the Ta surface, which reduces the apparent sputtering yield of Ta. It is also shown that the sputtering yield of Ta by energetic CO{sup +} or N{sup +} ions has a strong dependence on the angle of ion incidence, which suggests a correlation between the sputtering yield and the oxidation states of Ta in the suboxide or subnitride; the higher the oxidation state of Ta, the lower is the sputtering yield. These data account for the observed etch selectivity by CO/NH{sub 3} and CH{sub 3}OH plasmas.

  7. Prediction of SiO2 etching profile under the presence of RIE-lag effect

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    Yagisawa, Takashi; Makabe, Toshiaki

    2008-10-01

    As the size of ULSI elements shrinks further, functional design for a top-down plasma processing will be strongly required in order to predict and overcome many types of damages induced by plasma etching. The reactive ion etching (RIE) of high-aspect contact hole (HARC) or inter-layer dielectric (ILD) has been traditionally performed by fluorocarbon chemistry under the presence of high-energy ion bombardment in a two-frequency capacitively coupled plasma (2f-CCP) reactor. It is experimentally known as RIE-lag effect that the etching rate at the bottom decreases with increasing the aspect ratio of the pattern. The dependence of etch rate on the aspect ratio will be a crucial issue to be addressed in a top-down plasma nano-processing. In the present study, a feature profile evolution of SiO2 trench pattern is predicted under competition among etching and polymer deposition by the level-set method. When the etch depth is small, the incident ions are reflected at the sidewall and focused in the center of the trench, resulting in a slight enhancement of the etch rate at the bottom. On the other hand, the geometrical shadowing effect which reduces both ions and radicals striking the bottom surface will be dominant at high aspect ratio. Dependence of RIE-lag on a biasing voltage will also be discussed.

  8. Ultradeep fused silica glass etching with an HF-resistant photosensitive resist for optical imaging applications

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    Nagarah, John M.; Wagenaar, Daniel A.

    2012-03-01

    Microfluidic and optical sensing platforms are commonly fabricated in glass and fused silica (quartz) because of their optical transparency and chemical inertness. Hydrofluoric acid (HF) solutions are the etching media of choice for deep etching into silicon dioxide substrates, but processing schemes become complicated and expensive for etching times greater than 1 h due to the aggressiveness of HF migration through most masking materials. We present here etching into fused silica more than 600 µm deep while keeping the substrate free of pits and maintaining a polished etched surface suitable for biological imaging. We utilize an HF-resistant photosensitive resist (HFPR) which is not attacked in 49% HF solution. Etching characteristics are compared for substrates masked with the HFPR alone and the HFPR patterned on top of Cr/Au and polysilicon masks. We used this etching process to fabricate suspended fused silica membranes, 8-16 µm thick, and show that imaging through the membranes does not negatively affect image quality of fluorescence microscopy of biological tissue. Finally, we realize small through-pore arrays in the suspended membranes. Such devices will have applications in planar electrophysiology platforms, especially where optical imaging is required.

  9. Nanoscale etching and flattening of metals with ozone water.

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    Hatsuki, Ryuji; Yamamoto, Takatoki

    2012-06-13

    Etchants used for metal etching are generally harmful to the environment. We propose an environmentally friendly method that uses ozone water to etch metals. We measured the dependencies of ozone water etching on the temperature and ozone concentration for several metals and evaluated the surface roughness of the etched surfaces. The etching rate was proportional to the dissolved ozone concentration, and the temperature and the surfaces were smoothed by etching.

  10. Dry etching of CdTe/GaAs epilayers using CH{sub 4}H{sub 2} gas mixtures

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    Neswal, M.; Gresslehner, K.H.; Lischka, K.

    1993-05-01

    A CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2} gas mixture has been used for the dry etching of (100) and (111) oriented CdTe epilayers in a barrel reactor. The effects of various process parameters on etch rate and surface morphology were studied with special attention paid to the gas composition and the total chamber pressure as well as the crystallographic orientation of the sample. Clear evidence is found for both isotropic and preferential etching along crystalolographic planes depending on the set of etch parameters used. 14 refs., 7 figs.

  11. Modeling and profile simulation of silicon and metal etching in integrated circuit manufacturing

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    Zheng, Jie

    1998-12-01

    Plasma etching is one of the semiconductor processing technologies, which has advanced tremendously over the last decade in order to meet the demands of ever increasing density of devices manufacturable in integrated circuits. A plasma etch process is usually based on a combination of chemical and physical mechanisms and has to be developed case by case in order to meet the specific demands of a process flow. Most of these processes have been accomplished by using low pressure discharge plasma systems. However, because of the complexities of such systems and our limited understanding of the many types of discharge plasmas and plasma surface interactions, a good amount of the process development work has been done on an empirical basis. This thesis is built upon the development and applications of SPEEDIE, the Stanford etching and deposition profile simulator, which is aimed at helping process engineers to develop and understand plasma etch processes. It starts with an introduction to semiconductor processing, which focuses on etching and discusses about the many requirements a good etching process has to meet. A detailed description of etching plasmas and the etching plasma systems follows after this introduction. We then give an overview of the SPEEDIE program, which covers the flow structure, the physics and the mathematics behind the basic part of the codes and the surface movement algorithm. The rest of the thesis is a demonstration of how SPEEDIE can be applied to various cases such as silicon and metal etching. These applications have lead to the discovery of the effect of the pre-sheath of a discharge plasma on the ion angular and energy distributions at the wafer surface. We have also clarified a few concepts associated with energetic ion assisted surface reactions. We have found that the surface catalyzed reactive species recombination is crucial to explain the strong aspect ratio dependency during metal etching. SPEEDIE is shown here to produce many

  12. Role of metal nanoparticles on porosification of silicon by metal induced etching (MIE)

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    Saxena, Shailendra K.; Yogi, Priyanka; Yadav, Pooja; Mishra, Suryakant; Pandey, Haardik; Rai, Hari Mohan; Kumar, Vivek; Sagdeo, Pankaj R.; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-06-01

    Porosification of silicon (Si) by metal induced etching (MIE) process has been studied here to understand the etching mechanism. The etching mechanism has been discussed on the basis of electron transfer from Si to metal ion (Ag+) and metal to H2O2. Role of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in the etching process has been investigated by studying the effect of AgNPs coverage on surface porosity. A quantitative analysis of SEM images, done using Image J, shows a direct correlation between AgNPs coverage and surface porosity after the porosification. Density of Si nanowires (NWs) also varies as a function of AgNPs fractional coverage which reasserts the fact that AgNPs governs the porosification process during MIE. The Raman and PL spectrum show the presence of Si NSs in the samples.

  13. Flux based modeling and simulation of dry etching for fabrication of silicon deep trench structures

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    Malik, Rizwan; Shi, Tielin; Tang, Zirong; Liu, Shiyuan

    2011-02-01

    Deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) process is a key growth for fabrication of micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) devices. Due to complexity of this process, including interaction of the process steps, full analytical modeling is complex. Plasma process holds deficiency of understanding because it is very easy to measure the results empirically. However, as device parameters shrink, this issue is more critical. In this paper, our process was modeled qualitatively based on "High Density Plasma Etch Model". Deep trench solutions of etch rate based on continuity equation were successfully generated first time through mathematical analysis. It was also proved that the product of fluorine and gas phase concentration in SF6 remains identical during both deposition and etching stages. The etching process was treated as a combination of isotropic, directional and angle-dependent component parts. It exploited a synergistic balance of chemical as well as physical etching for promoting silicon trenches and high aspect ratio structures. Simulations were performed for comprehensive analysis of fluxes coming towards the surface during chemical reaction of gas. It is observed that near the surface, the distribution of the arrival flux follows a cosine distribution. Our model is feasible to analyze various parameters like gas delivery, reactor volume and temperature that help to assert large scale effects and to optimize equipment design.

  14. Etch-a-Sketch Nanoelectronics

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    Levy, Jeremy

    2009-10-01

    The popular children's toy Etch-a-Sketch has motivated the invention of a new material capable of writing and erasing wires so small they approach the spacing between atoms. The interface between two normally insulating materials, strontium titanate and lanthanum aluminate, can be switched between the insulating and conducting state with the use of the sharp metallic probe of an atomic-force microscope. By ``sketching'' this probe in various patterns, one can create electronic materials with remarkably diverse properties. This material system shows promise both for ultra-high density storage and as possible replacements for silicon-based logic (CMOS). This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Army Research Office and Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

  15. Determination of nuclear tracks parameters on sequentially etched PADC detectors

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    Horwacik, Tomasz; Bilski, Pawel; Koerner, Christine; Facius, Rainer; Berger, Thomas; Nowak, Tomasz; Reitz, Guenther; Olko, Pawel

    Polyallyl Diglycol Carbonate (PADC) detectors find many applications in radiation protection. One of them is the cosmic radiation dosimetry, where PADC detectors measure the linear energy transfer (LET) spectra of charged particles (from protons to heavy ions), supplementing TLD detectors in the role of passive dosemeter. Calibration exposures to ions of known LET are required to establish a relation between parameters of track observed on the detector and LET of particle creating this track. PADC TASTRAK nuclear track detectors were exposed to 12 C and 56 Fe ions of LET in H2 O between 10 and 544 keV/µm. The exposures took place at the Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator (HIMAC) in Chiba, Japan in the frame of the HIMAC research project "Space Radiation Dosimetry-Ground Based Verification of the MATROSHKA Facility" (20P-240). Detectors were etched in water solution of NaOH with three different temperatures and for various etching times to observe the appearance of etched tracks, the evolution of their parameters and the stability of the etching process. The applied etching times (and the solution's concentrations and temperatures) were: 48, 72, 96, 120 hours (6.25 N NaOH, 50 O C), 20, 40, 60, 80 hours (6.25 N NaOH, 60 O C) and 8, 12, 16, 20 hours (7N NaOH, 70 O C). The analysis of the detectors involved planimetric (2D) measurements of tracks' entrance ellipses and mechanical measurements of bulk layer thickness. Further track parameters, like angle of incidence, track length and etch rate ratio were then calculated. For certain tracks, results of planimetric measurements and calculations were also compared with results of optical track profile (3D) measurements, where not only the track's entrance ellipse but also the location of the track's tip could be directly measured. All these measurements have been performed with the 2D/3D measurement system at DLR. The collected data allow to create sets of V(LET in H2 O) calibration curves suitable for short, intermediate and

  16. Porous to Nonporous Transition in the Morphology of Metal Assisted Etched Silicon Nanowires

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    Lotty, Olan; Petkov, Nikolay; Georgiev, Yordan M.; Holmes, Justin D.

    2012-11-01

    A single step metal assisted etching (MAE) process, utilizing metal ion-containing HF solutions in the absence of an external oxidant, has been developed to generate heterostructured Si nanowires with controllable porous (isotropically etched) and non-porous (anisotropically etched) segments. Detailed characterisation of both the porous and non-porous sections of the Si nanowires was provided by transmission electron microscopy studies, enabling the mechanism of nanowire roughening to be ascertained. The versatility of the MAE method for producing heterostructured Si nanowires with varied and controllable textures is discussed in detail.

  17. Laser etching of quartz and teflon with 157 nm and 193 nm laser radiation

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    Herman, Peter R.; Chen, Boyi; Moore, J. David

    1993-10-01

    Laser etching rates are presented for Teflon and quartz at 193 nm and 157 nm wavelengths. The shorter 157 nm wavelength yields high-quality surfaces with etching thresholds at low fluences of 57 and 470 mJ/cm2, respectively, affording features well-suited to micromachining applications in the electronics and photonics industries. At 193 nm, etching profiles are severely degraded. A computer model was developed to model the ablation, swelling, incubation, and plume absorption processes observed in Teflon under 193 nm irradiation. The computer results satisfactorily represent the experimental data over a large fluence range of 0.6 to 13 J/cm2 with four adjustable parameters.

  18. The Effect of HF/NH4F Etching on the Morphology of Surface Fractures on Fused Silica

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    Wong, L; Suratwala, T; Feit, M D; Miller, P E; Steele, R A

    2008-04-03

    function of etch time. The initial removal rate for the ground surface was typically 3.5 x the bulk etch rate. The evolving morphology of ground surfaces during etching was simulated using an isotropic finite difference model. This model illustrates the importance that the initial distributions of fracture sizes and spatial locations have on the evolution of roughness and the rate at which material is removed during the etching process. The etching of ground surfaces can be used during optical fabrication to convert subsurface damage into surface roughness thereby reducing the time required to produce polished surfaces that are free of subsurface damage.

  19. Bias-assisted KOH etching of macroporous silicon membranes

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    Mathwig, K.; Geilhufe, M.; Müller, F.; Gösele, U.

    2011-03-01

    This paper presents an improved technique to fabricate porous membranes from macroporous silicon as a starting material. A crucial step in the fabrication process is the dissolution of silicon from the backside of the porous wafer by aqueous potassium hydroxide to open up the pores. We improved this step by biasing the silicon wafer electrically against the KOH. By monitoring the current-time characteristics a good control of the process is achieved and the yield is improved. Also, the etching can be stopped instantaneously and automatically by short-circuiting Si and KOH. Moreover, the bias-assisted etching allows for the controlled fabrication of silicon dioxide tube arrays when the silicon pore walls are oxidized and inverted pores are released.

  20. Mesoporous hollow sphere titanium dioxide photocatalysts through hydrothermal silica etching.

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    Leshuk, Tim; Linley, Stuart; Baxter, George; Gu, Frank

    2012-11-01

    Robust, monodisperse, mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO₂) submicrometer hollow spheres were synthesized through a single step hydrothermal silica etching reaction under mild conditions. Efficient silica (SiO₂) removal was achieved without the use of toxic reagents, and a unique controllable silica redeposition mechanism was identified, imparting the hollow spheres with excellent structural integrity. The parameters of the hydrothermal reaction affecting the etching process, including pH, temperature, and silica concentration, were systematically investigated and optimized for the production of silica-templated hollow structures. The resulting processing conditions yielded TiO₂ hollow spheres with a surface area of ∼300 m² g⁻¹ and anatase phase crystallization, which exhibited high adsorption capacity for methylene blue dye and good photocatalytic activity without requiring high-temperature calcination.

  1. Etch Characteristics of GaN using Inductively Coupled Cl2 Plasma Etching

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    Rosli, Siti Azlina; Aziz, A. Abdul

    2008-05-01

    In this study, the plasma characteristics and GaN etch properties of inductively coupled Cl2/Ar plasmas were investigated. It has shown that the results of a study of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching of gallium nitride by using Cl2/Ar is possible to meet the requirement (anisotropy, high etch rate and high selectivity), simultaneously. We have investigated the etching rate dependency on the percentage of Argon in the gas mixture, the total pressure and DC voltage. We found that using a gas mixture with 20 sccm of Ar, the optimum etch rate of GaN was achieved. The etch rate were found to increase with voltage, attaining a maximum rate 2500 Å/min at -557 V. The addition of an inert gas, Ar is found to barely affect the etch rate. Surface morphology of the etched samples was verified by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. It was found that the etched surface was anisotropic and the smoothness of the etched surface is comparable to that of polished wafer.

  2. Nanoparticle-based etching of silicon surfaces

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    Branz, Howard [Boulder, CO; Duda, Anna [Denver, CO; Ginley, David S [Evergreen, CO; Yost, Vernon [Littleton, CO; Meier, Daniel [Atlanta, GA; Ward, James S [Golden, CO

    2011-12-13

    A method (300) of texturing silicon surfaces (116) such to reduce reflectivity of a silicon wafer (110) for use in solar cells. The method (300) includes filling (330, 340) a vessel (122) with a volume of an etching solution (124) so as to cover the silicon surface 116) of a wafer or substrate (112). The etching solution (124) is made up of a catalytic nanomaterial (140) and an oxidant-etchant solution (146). The catalytic nanomaterial (140) may include gold or silver nanoparticles or noble metal nanoparticles, each of which may be a colloidal solution. The oxidant-etchant solution (146) includes an etching agent (142), such as hydrofluoric acid, and an oxidizing agent (144), such as hydrogen peroxide. Etching (350) is performed for a period of time including agitating or stirring the etching solution (124). The etch time may be selected such that the etched silicon surface (116) has a reflectivity of less than about 15 percent such as 1 to 10 percent in a 350 to 1000 nanometer wavelength range.

  3. Galvanic etch stop for Si in KOH

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    Connolly, E. J.; French, P. J.; Xia, X. H.; Kelly, J. J.

    2004-08-01

    Etch stops and etch-stopping techniques are essential 'tools' for 2D and 3D MEMS devices. Until now, use of a galvanic etch stop (ES) for micromachining in alkaline solutions was usually prohibited due to the large Au:Si area needed and/or high oxygen content required to achieve the ES. We report a new galvanic ES which requires a Au:exposed silicon area ratio of only ~1. Thus for the first time a practical galvanic ES for KOH has been achieved. The ES works by adding small amounts of sodium hypochlorite, NaOCl, to KOH solutions. Essentially the NaOCl increases the oxygen content in the KOH etchant. The dependancy of the galvanic ES on KOH concentration and temperature is investigated. Also, we report on the effects of the added NaOCl on etch rates. SEM images are used to examine the galvanically etch-stopped membranes and their surface morphology. For 33% KOH solutions the galvanic etch stop worked well, producing membranes with uniform thickness ~6 µm (i.e. slightly greater than the deposited epilayer). For 20% KOH solutions, the galvanic etch stop still worked, but the resulting membranes were a little thicker (~10 µm).

  4. Improved Cryofixation Applicable to Freeze Etching

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    Bachmann, L.; Schmitt, W. W.

    1971-01-01

    Freeze etching of solute model systems (e.g., glycerol or ferritin solutions) demonstrates that cryofixation can introduce serious artifacts due to the segregation of the dissolved or dispersed material from the solvent. Since, in principle, this problem can be reduced by increasing the cooling rate, a new technique has been developed which combines spray freezing with freeze etching. This spray-freeze-etching is applied by first spraying the specimen into a liquid cryomedium. The frozen droplets are then “glued” together with butylbenzene to form a regular freeze-etch specimen, while the temperature of the sample is kept at -85°C. The results obtained by spray-freeze-etching are far superior to those obtained by standard freezing. Our results, using 5% glycerol as a test specimen, are equivalent to those obtained by the high-pressure method (1). The reduction of segregation during freezing makes freeze etching a method applicable for the investigation of solute systems. Furthermore, the study of unicellular organisms or cellular fractions by freeze etching without the use of antifreeze is made possible. Images PMID:4943787

  5. Deep dry-etch of silica in a helicon plasma etcher for optical waveguide fabrication

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    Li, W. T.; Bulla, D. A. P.; Love, J.; Luther-Davies, B.; Charles, C.; Boswell, R.

    2005-01-01

    Dry-etch of SiO2 layers using a CF4 plasma in a helicon plasma etcher for optical waveguide fabrication has been studied. Al2O3 thin films, instead of the conventional materials, such as Cr or photoresist, were employed as the masking materials. The Al2O3 mask layer was obtained by periodically oxidizing the surface of an Al mask in an oxygen plasma during the breaks of the SiO2 etching process. A relatively high SiO2/Al2O3 etching selectivity of ~100:1, compared with a SiO2/Al selectivity of ~15:1, was achieved under certain plasma condition. Such a high etching selectivity greatly reduced the required Al mask thickness from over 500 nm down to ~100 nm for etching over 5-μm-thick silica, which make it very easy to obtain the mask patterns with near vertical and very smooth sidewalls. Accordingly, silica wavegudies with vertical sidewalls whose roughness was as low as 10 nm were achieved. In addition, the mechanism of the profile transformation from a mask to the etched waveguide was analyzed numerically; and it was found that the slope angle of the sidewalls of the mask patterns only needed to be larger than 50° for achieving vertical sidewalls of the waveguides, if the etching selectivity was increased to 100.

  6. Chemical etching behaviors of semipolar (11̄22) and nonpolar (11̄20) gallium nitride films.

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    Jung, Younghun; Baik, Kwang Hyeon; Mastro, Michael A; Hite, Jennifer K; Eddy, Charles R; Kim, Jihyun

    2014-08-14

    Wet chemical etching using hot KOH and H3PO4 solutions was performed on semipolar (11̄22) and nonpolar (11̄20) GaN films grown on sapphire substrates. An alternating KOH/H3PO4/KOH etch process was developed to control the orientation of the facets on the thin-film surface. The initial etch step in KOH produced c- and m-plane facets on the surface of both semipolar (11̄22) and nonpolar (11̄20) GaN thin-films. A second etch step in H3PO4 solution additionally exposed a (̄1̄12̄2) plane, which is chemically stable in H3PO4 solution. By repeating the chemical etch with KOH solution, the m-plane facets as seen in the original KOH etch step were recovered. The etching methods developed in our work can be used to control the surface morphologies of nonpolar and semipolar GaN-based optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes and solar cells.

  7. Silicon etching using only Oxygen at high temperature: An alternative approach to Si micro-machining on 150 mm Si wafers

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    Chai, Jessica; Walker, Glenn; Wang, Li; Massoubre, David; Tan, Say Hwa; Chaik, Kien; Hold, Leonie; Iacopi, Alan

    2015-01-01

    Using a combination of low-pressure oxygen and high temperatures, isotropic and anisotropic silicon (Si) etch rates can be controlled up to ten micron per minute. By varying the process conditions, we show that the vertical-to-lateral etch rate ratio can be controlled from 1:1 isotropic etch to 1.8:1 anisotropic. This simple Si etching technique combines the main respective advantages of both wet and dry Si etching techniques such as fast Si etch rate, stiction-free, and high etch rate uniformity across a wafer. In addition, this alternative O2-based Si etching technique has additional advantages not commonly associated with dry etchants such as avoiding the use of halogens and has no toxic by-products, which improves safety and simplifies waste disposal. Furthermore, this process also exhibits very high selectivity (>1000:1) with conventional hard masks such as silicon carbide, silicon dioxide and silicon nitride, enabling deep Si etching. In these initial studies, etch rates as high as 9.2 μm/min could be achieved at 1150 °C. Empirical estimation for the calculation of the etch rate as a function of the feature size and oxygen flow rate are presented and used as proof of concepts. PMID:26634813

  8. Benefit of precise control of surface reaction by new patterning technique for small-contact etching with TiN hard mask

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    Tabata, Masahiro; Tsuji, Akihiro; Katsunuma, Takayuki; Honda, Masanobu

    2017-06-01

    We introduce state-of-the art small-contact etching by a new patterning technique using atomic layer etching (ALE) for sub-5 nm technology generation. In small-contact etching, SiO2 is etched by using a TiN hard mask with the progress of the miniaturization process. However, when applying the conventional method to small-contact etching with a TiN mask, etch stop is caused by excess deposition on the SiO2 film. From the results of surface analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDX), it is considered that the deposition is formed by the reaction of fluorocarbon (FC) plasma and TiN. To solve this problem, we have developed a quasi-ALE technique to improve the ALE process to make it more suitable for SiO2 etching. By adopting this technique to small-contact etching with a TiN hard mask, etch stop was significantly reduced. Quasi-ALE precisely controls the surface reaction by controlling the radical flux and ion flux independently. Therefore, the reaction of FC plasma and TiN leading to etch stop can be minimized. Quasi-ALE can resolve the etch-stop issue due to the TiN mask used in the conventional method.

  9. Silicon etching using only Oxygen at high temperature: An alternative approach to Si micro-machining on 150 mm Si wafers

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    Chai, Jessica; Walker, Glenn; Wang, Li; Massoubre, David; Tan, Say Hwa; Chaik, Kien; Hold, Leonie; Iacopi, Alan

    2015-12-01

    Using a combination of low-pressure oxygen and high temperatures, isotropic and anisotropic silicon (Si) etch rates can be controlled up to ten micron per minute. By varying the process conditions, we show that the vertical-to-lateral etch rate ratio can be controlled from 1:1 isotropic etch to 1.8:1 anisotropic. This simple Si etching technique combines the main respective advantages of both wet and dry Si etching techniques such as fast Si etch rate, stiction-free, and high etch rate uniformity across a wafer. In addition, this alternative O2-based Si etching technique has additional advantages not commonly associated with dry etchants such as avoiding the use of halogens and has no toxic by-products, which improves safety and simplifies waste disposal. Furthermore, this process also exhibits very high selectivity (>1000:1) with conventional hard masks such as silicon carbide, silicon dioxide and silicon nitride, enabling deep Si etching. In these initial studies, etch rates as high as 9.2 μm/min could be achieved at 1150 °C. Empirical estimation for the calculation of the etch rate as a function of the feature size and oxygen flow rate are presented and used as proof of concepts.

  10. Silicon etching using only Oxygen at high temperature: An alternative approach to Si micro-machining on 150 mm Si wafers.

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    Chai, Jessica; Walker, Glenn; Wang, Li; Massoubre, David; Tan, Say Hwa; Chaik, Kien; Hold, Leonie; Iacopi, Alan

    2015-12-04

    Using a combination of low-pressure oxygen and high temperatures, isotropic and anisotropic silicon (Si) etch rates can be controlled up to ten micron per minute. By varying the process conditions, we show that the vertical-to-lateral etch rate ratio can be controlled from 1:1 isotropic etch to 1.8:1 anisotropic. This simple Si etching technique combines the main respective advantages of both wet and dry Si etching techniques such as fast Si etch rate, stiction-free, and high etch rate uniformity across a wafer. In addition, this alternative O2-based Si etching technique has additional advantages not commonly associated with dry etchants such as avoiding the use of halogens and has no toxic by-products, which improves safety and simplifies waste disposal. Furthermore, this process also exhibits very high selectivity (>1000:1) with conventional hard masks such as silicon carbide, silicon dioxide and silicon nitride, enabling deep Si etching. In these initial studies, etch rates as high as 9.2 μm/min could be achieved at 1150 °C. Empirical estimation for the calculation of the etch rate as a function of the feature size and oxygen flow rate are presented and used as proof of concepts.

  11. The application of advanced pulsed plasma in Fin etch loading improvement

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    Xiao, Fang-Yuan; Han, Qiu-Hua; Zhang, Hai-Yang

    2017-03-01

    Following Moore's law, integrated circuit requires scaling gate length to 14nm and beyond. To enable such gate-length scaling, finFETs have widely replaced planar metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) due to its special 3D structure could provide larger effective channel width and better short channel controllability. However, Fin critical dimension (CD) and profile variation between dense and ISO fin in a conventional etch process can introduce additional device degradation. Therefore, rigorous process loading control in reactive ion etch (RIE) becomes more critical. This paper mainly focused on self-aligned double patterning mandrel etch and fin etch by using advanced pulsed plasma to deliver a well-loading fin.

  12. Grafting of acrylic acid on etched latent tracks induced by swift heavy ions on polypropylene films

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    Mazzei, R.; Fernández, A.; García Bermúdez, G.; Torres, A.; Gutierrez, M. C.; Magni, M.; Celma, G.; Tadey, D.

    2008-06-01

    In order to continue with a systematic study that include different polymers and monomers, the residual active sites produced by heavy ion beams, that remain after the etching process, were used to start the grafting process. To produce tracks, foils of polypropylene (PP) were irradiated with 208Pb of 25.62 MeV/n. Then, these were etched and grafted with acrylic acid (AA) monomers. Experimental curves of grafting yield as a function of grafting time with the etching time as a parameter were measured. Also, the grating yield as a function of the fluence and etching time was obtained. In addition, the permeation of solutions, with different pH, through PP grafted foils was measured.

  13. A deep etching mechanism for trench-bridging silicon nanowires.

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    Tasdemir, Zuhal; Wollschläger, Nicole; Österle, Werner; Leblebici, Yusuf; Alaca, B Erdem

    2016-03-04

    Introducing a single silicon nanowire with a known orientation and dimensions to a specific layout location constitutes a major challenge. The challenge becomes even more formidable, if one chooses to realize the task in a monolithic fashion with an extreme topography, a characteristic of microsystems. The need for such a monolithic integration is fueled by the recent surge in the use of silicon nanowires as functional building blocks in various electromechanical and optoelectronic applications. This challenge is addressed in this work by introducing a top-down, silicon-on-insulator technology. The technology provides a pathway for obtaining well-controlled silicon nanowires along with the surrounding microscale features up to a three-order-of-magnitude scale difference. A two-step etching process is developed, where the first shallow etch defines a nanoscale protrusion on the wafer surface. After applying a conformal protection on the protrusion, a deep etch step is carried out forming the surrounding microscale features. A minimum nanowire cross-section of 35 nm by 168 nm is demonstrated in the presence of an etch depth of 10 μm. Nanowire cross-sectional features are characterized via transmission electron microscopy and linked to specific process steps. The technology allows control on all dimensional aspects along with the exact location and orientation of the silicon nanowire. The adoption of the technology in the fabrication of micro and nanosystems can potentially lead to a significant reduction in process complexity by facilitating direct access to the nanowire during surface processes such as contact formation and doping.

  14. Investigations of defect evolution and basal plane dislocation elimination in CVD epitaxial growth of silicon carbide on eutectic etched epilayers

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    Song, Haizheng; Rana, Tawhid; Sudarshan, Tangali S.

    2011-04-01

    Defects in silicon carbide (SiC) epilayers are examined by a growth (the first epilayer)-etch-regrowth (the second epilayer) process. The first SiC epilayer is mildly etched by molten KOH-NaOH eutectic to generate etch pit sizes of 2-12 μm using a well-controlled process with good reproducibility, and then the second epilayer is grown on the etched epilayer. The evolution of defects from the first epilayer to the second epilayer is investigated. All of the individual basal plane dislocations (BPDs) in the first epilayer are converted to threading edge dislocations (TEDs) in the second epilayer, regardless of the etch pit size of the BPDs. The BPD conversion may be accompanied by dislocation migration towards the up-step direction depending on the size of the etch pits. All of the in-grown stacking faults (IGSFs) with triangular shape in the first epilayer are propagated into the second epilayer. The IGSFs are shown to be introduced only by the growth process. Due to the mild nature of eutectic etching, the etching process does not enhance the generation of any defects, especially stacking faults, or degrade the epilayer surface morphology. Since no new individual BPDs are generated in the second epilayer, a BPD-free epilayer is achieved successfully with good surface morphology.

  15. Dislocation etching of rough crystal faces

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    Van Enckevort, W. J. P.; Smet, F.

    1988-07-01

    A model for the preferential dissolution near the outcrops of dislocations at rough (K, S or F faces above the roughening temperature) crystal faces has been developed. In contrast to F faces below the roughening transition, no lateral flow of steps from the etched dislocation centre occurs and therefore only small etch pits, either not or only barely visible by optical microscopy are expected to be formed. This was confirmed by etching of K, S and F faces of Bi 4(GeO 4) 3, KH 2PO 4 and potash alum crystals.

  16. Electroless epitaxial etching for semiconductor applications

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    McCarthy, Anthony M.

    2002-01-01

    A method for fabricating thin-film single-crystal silicon on insulator substrates using electroless etching for achieving efficient etch stopping on epitaxial silicon substrates. Microelectric circuits and devices are prepared on epitaxial silicon wafers in a standard fabrication facility. The wafers are bonded to a holding substrate. The silicon bulk is removed using electroless etching leaving the circuit contained within the epitaxial layer remaining on the holding substrate. A photolithographic operation is then performed to define streets and wire bond pad areas for electrical access to the circuit.

  17. Dry etching method for compound semiconductors

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    Shul, Randy J.; Constantine, Christopher

    1997-01-01

    A dry etching method. According to the present invention, a gaseous plasma comprising, at least in part, boron trichloride, methane, and hydrogen may be used for dry etching of a compound semiconductor material containing layers including aluminum, or indium, or both. Material layers of a compound semiconductor alloy such as AlGaInP or the like may be anisotropically etched for forming electronic devices including field-effect transistors and heterojunction bipolar transistors and for forming photonic devices including vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, edge-emitting lasers, and reflectance modulators.

  18. Dry etching method for compound semiconductors

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    Shul, R.J.; Constantine, C.

    1997-04-29

    A dry etching method is disclosed. According to the present invention, a gaseous plasma comprising, at least in part, boron trichloride, methane, and hydrogen may be used for dry etching of a compound semiconductor material containing layers including aluminum, or indium, or both. Material layers of a compound semiconductor alloy such as AlGaInP or the like may be anisotropically etched for forming electronic devices including field-effect transistors and heterojunction bipolar transistors and for forming photonic devices including vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, edge-emitting lasers, and reflectance modulators. 1 fig.

  19. Etching Semiconductors With Beams Of Reactive Atoms

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    Minton, Timothy K.; Giapis, Konstantinos P.; Moore, Teresa A.

    1995-01-01

    Method of etching semiconductors with energetic beams of electrically neutral, but chemically reactive, species undergoing development. Enables etching of straight walls into semiconductor substrates at edges of masks without damage to underlying semiconductor material. In addition to elimination of charge damage, technique reduces substrate bombardment damage because translational energy of neutral species in range 2-12 eV, below damage threshold of many semiconductor materials. Furthermore, low-energy neutrals cause no mask erosion allowing for etching features with very high aspect ratios.

  20. Method of sputter etching a surface

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    Henager, C.H. Jr.

    1984-02-14

    The surface of a target is textured by co-sputter etching the target surface with a seed material adjacent thereto, while the target surface is maintained at a pre-selected temperature. By pre-selecting the temperature of the surface while sputter etching, it is possible to predetermine the reflectance properties of the etched surface. The surface may be textured to absorb sunlight efficiently and have minimal emittance in the infrared region so as to be well-suited for use as a solar absorber for photothermal energy conversion. 4 figs.

  1. Method of sputter etching a surface

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    Henager, Jr., Charles H.

    1984-01-01

    The surface of a target is textured by co-sputter etching the target surface with a seed material adjacent thereto, while the target surface is maintained at a pre-selected temperature. By pre-selecting the temperature of the surface while sputter etching, it is possible to predetermine the reflectance properties of the etched surface. The surface may be textured to absorb sunlight efficiently and have minimal emittance in the infrared region so as to be well-suited for use as a solar absorber for photothermal energy conversion.

  2. Overview of atomic layer etching in the semiconductor industry

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    Kanarik, Keren J. Lill, Thorsten; Hudson, Eric A.; Sriraman, Saravanapriyan; Tan, Samantha; Marks, Jeffrey; Vahedi, Vahid; Gottscho, Richard A.

    2015-03-15

    Atomic layer etching (ALE) is a technique for removing thin layers of material using sequential reaction steps that are self-limiting. ALE has been studied in the laboratory for more than 25 years. Today, it is being driven by the semiconductor industry as an alternative to continuous etching and is viewed as an essential counterpart to atomic layer deposition. As we enter the era of atomic-scale dimensions, there is need to unify the ALE field through increased effectiveness of collaboration between academia and industry, and to help enable the transition from lab to fab. With this in mind, this article provides defining criteria for ALE, along with clarification of some of the terminology and assumptions of this field. To increase understanding of the process, the mechanistic understanding is described for the silicon ALE case study, including the advantages of plasma-assisted processing. A historical overview spanning more than 25 years is provided for silicon, as well as ALE studies on oxides, III–V compounds, and other materials. Together, these processes encompass a variety of implementations, all following the same ALE principles. While the focus is on directional etching, isotropic ALE is also included. As part of this review, the authors also address the role of power pulsing as a predecessor to ALE and examine the outlook of ALE in the manufacturing of advanced semiconductor devices.

  3. In vitro evaluation of microleakage under orthodontic brackets using two different laser etching, self etching and acid etching methods.

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    Hamamci, Nihal; Akkurt, Atilim; Başaran, Güvenç

    2010-11-01

    This study evaluated the microleakage of brackets bonded by four different enamel etching techniques. Forty freshly extracted human premolars were divided randomly into four equal groups and received the following treatment: group 1, acid etching; group 2, self-etching primer (SEP); group 3, erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser etching; and group 4, erbium, chromium:yttrium-scandium-gallium-garnet (Er,Cr:YSGG) laser etching. After photopolymerization, the teeth were kept in distilled water for 1 month and then subjected to 500 thermal cycles. Then, the specimens were sealed with nail varnish, stained with 0.5% basic fuchsin for 24 h, sectioned, and examined under a stereomicroscope. In addition, they were scored for marginal microleakage at the adhesive-enamel and bracket-adhesive interfaces from the incisal and gingival margins. Statistical analyses consisted of the Kruskal-Wallis test and the Mann-Whitney U test with Bonferroni correction. Microleakage occurred between the adhesive-enamel and bracket-adhesive interfaces in all groups. For the adhesive-enamel surface, a significant difference was observed between group 1 and groups 2 (P = 0.011), 3 (P = 0.002), and 4 (P = 0.000) on the gingival side. Overall, significant differences were observed between group 1 and groups 3 (P = 0.003) and 4 (P = 0.000). In dental bonding procedures, acid etching was found to result in the least microleakage. Since etching with a laser decreases the risk of caries and is time-saving, it may serve as an alternative to acid etching.

  4. Structuring of DLC:Ag nanocomposite thin films employing plasma chemical etching and ion sputtering

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    Tamulevičius, Tomas; Tamulevičienė, Asta; Virganavičius, Dainius; Vasiliauskas, Andrius; Kopustinskas, Vitoldas; Meškinis, Šarūnas; Tamulevičius, Sigitas

    2014-12-01

    We analyze structuring effects of diamond like carbon based silver nanocomposite (DLC:Ag) thin films by CF4/O2 plasma chemical etching and Ar+ sputtering. DLC:Ag films were deposited employing unbalanced reactive magnetron sputtering of silver target with Ar+ in C2H2 gas atmosphere. Films with different silver content (0.6-12.9 at.%) were analyzed. The films (as deposited and exposed to plasma chemical etching) were characterized employing scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDS), optical microscopy, ultraviolet-visible light (UV-VIS) spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. After deposition, the films were plasma chemically etched in CF4/O2 mixture plasma for 2-6 min. It is shown that optical properties of thin films and silver nano particle size distribution can be tailored during deposition changing the magnetron current and C2H2/Ar ratio or during following plasma chemical etching. The plasma etching enabled to reveal the silver filler particle size distribution and to control silver content on the surface that was found to be dependent on Ostwald ripening process of silver nano-clusters. Employing contact lithography and 4 μm period mask in photoresist or aluminum the films were patterned employing CF4/O2 mixture plasma chemical etching, direct Ar+ sputtering or combined etching processes. It is shown that different processing recipes result in different final grating structures. Selective carbon etching in CF4/O2 gas mixture with photoresist mask revealed micrometer range lines of silver nanoparticles, while Ar+ sputtering and combined processing employing aluminum mask resulted in nanocomposite material (DLC:Ag) micropatterns.

  5. Etch proximity correction through machine-learning-driven etch bias model

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    Shim, Seongbo; Shin, Youngsoo

    2016-03-01

    Accurate prediction of etch bias has become more important as technology node shrinks. A simulation is not feasible solution in full chip level due to excessive runtime, so etch proximity correction (EPC) often relies on empirically obtained rules or models. However, simple rules alone cannot accurately correct various pattern shapes, and a few empirical parameters in model-based EPC is still not enough to achieve satisfactory OCV. We propose a new approach of etch bias modeling through machine learning (ML) technique. A segment of interest (and its surroundings) are characterized by some geometric and optical parameters, which are received by an artificial neural network (ANN), which then outputs predicted etch bias of the segment. The ANN is used as our etch bias model for new EPC, which we propose in this paper. The new etch bias model and EPC are implemented in commercial OPC tool and demonstrated using 20nm technology DRAM gate layer.

  6. Damage-Free Smooth-Sidewall InGaAs Nanopillar Array by Metal-Assisted Chemical Etching.

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    Kong, Lingyu; Song, Yi; Kim, Jeong Dong; Yu, Lan; Wasserman, Daniel; Chim, Wai Kin; Chiam, Sing Yang; Li, Xiuling

    2017-09-29

    Producing densely packed high aspect ratio In0.53Ga0.47As nanostructures without surface damage is critical for beyond Si-CMOS nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices. However, conventional dry etching methods are known to produce irreversible damage to III-V compound semiconductors because of the inherent high-energy ion-driven process. In this work, we demonstrate the realization of ordered, uniform, array-based In0.53Ga0.47As pillars with diameters as small as 200 nm using the damage-free metal-assisted chemical etching (MacEtch) technology combined with the post-MacEtch digital etching smoothing. The etching mechanism of InxGa1-xAs is explored through the characterization of pillar morphology and porosity as a function of etching condition and indium composition. The etching behavior of In0.53Ga0.47As, in contrast to higher bandgap semiconductors (e.g., Si or GaAs), can be interpreted by a Schottky barrier height model that dictates the etching mechanism constantly in the mass transport limited regime because of the low barrier height. A broader impact of this work relates to the complete elimination of surface roughness or porosity related defects, which can be prevalent byproducts of MacEtch, by post-MacEtch digital etching. Side-by-side comparison of the midgap interface state density and flat-band capacitance hysteresis of both the unprocessed planar and MacEtched pillar In0.53Ga0.47As metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors further confirms that the surface of the resultant pillars is as smooth and defect-free as before etching. MacEtch combined with digital etching offers a simple, room-temperature, and low-cost method for the formation of high-quality In0.53Ga0.47As nanostructures that will potentially enable large-volume production of In0.53Ga0.47As-based devices including three-dimensional transistors and high-efficiency infrared photodetectors.

  7. Sensitivity Enhancement of RF Plasma Etch Endpoint Detection With K-means Cluster Analysis

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    Lee, Honyoung; Jang, Haegyu; Lee, Hak-Seung; Chae, Heeyeop

    2015-09-01

    Plasma etching process is the core process in semiconductor fabrication, and the etching endpoint detection is one of the essential FDC (Fault Detection and Classification) for yield management and mass production. In general, Optical emission spectrocopy (OES) has been used to detect endpoint because OES can be a non-invasive and real-time plasma monitoring tool. In OES, the trend of a few sensitive wavelengths is traced. However, in case of small-open area etch endpoint detection (ex. contact etch), it is at the boundary of the detection limit because of weak signal intensities of reaction reactants and products. Furthemore, the various materials covering the wafer such as photoresist, dielectric materials, and metals make the analysis of OES signals complicated. In this study, full spectra of optical emission signals were collected and the data were analyzed by a data-mining approach, modified K-means cluster analysis. The K-means cluster analysis is modified suitably to analyze a thousand of wavelength variables from OES. This technique can improve the sensitivity of EPD for small area oxide layer etching processes: about 1.0% oxide area. This technique is expected to be applied to various plasma monitoring applications including fault detections as well as EPD. Plasma Etch, EPD, K-means Cluster Analysis.

  8. Freeze fracture and freeze etching.

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    Chandler, Douglas E; Sharp, William P

    2014-01-01

    Freeze fracture depends on the property of frozen tissues or cells, when cracked open, to split along the hydrophobic interior of membranes, thus revealing broad panoramas of membrane interior. These large panoramas reveal the three-dimensional contours of membranes making the methods well suited to studying changes in membrane architecture. Freshly split membrane faces are visualized by platinum or tungsten shadowing and carbon backing to form a replica that is then cleaned of tissue and imaged by TEM. Etching, i.e., removal of ice from the frozen fractured specimen by sublimation prior to shadowing, can also reveal the true surfaces of the membrane as well as the extracellular matrix and cytoskeletal networks that contact the membranes. Since the resolution of detail in the metal replicas formed is 1-2 nm, these methods can also be used to visualize macromolecules or macromolecular assemblies either in situ or displayed on a mica surface. These methods are available for either specimens that have been chemically fixed or specimens that have been rapidly frozen without chemical intervention.

  9. Inductively coupled plasma etching of AlGaN using Cl II/Ar/BCl 3 gases

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    Chen, Liang; Huang, Yimin; Chen, Jun; Sun, Yan; Li, Tianxin; Zhao, De-gang; Gong, Haimei

    2008-02-01

    AlGaN is am important ultraviolet optoelectronic material and inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching plays an important role in fabrication of mesa structures of AlGaN-based photodiodes. In this work, we investigate ICP etching processes of Al 0.32Ga 0.68N and Al 0.47Ga 0.53N. The Al 0.32Ga 0.68N and Al 0.47Ga 0.53N materials were firstly tested by transmission spectra and it indicates that they are different materials with different epitaxial quality. Cl II/Ar/BCl 3 were used as the ICP gases, and Cl II/Ar mixing ratio was fixed at 4:1. Etching behaviors were characterized by varying the ICP power, the dc bias, Cl II/Ar/BCl 3 mixing ratio. ICP power influences etching rates. Dc bias heavily influences the etching rates, and the etching rates increase monotonously with dc bias, which suggests that the ion-bombardment effect is an important factor of these etching processes. BCl 3 is the effective removal of oxygen during the etching, and also influences etching rates. The surface rms roughness was measured by an at omic force microscope. The ICP etching surface morphologies were studied by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The results show dc bias and BCl 3 are important to electrical characteristics of epitaxial materials. At a relative high dc bias and more BCl 3, the etching rate is low, but the damage is low. These results have direct application to the fabrication of AlGaN-based ultraviolet optoelectronic devices.

  10. Effect of phosphoric acid etching on the shear bond strength of two self-etch adhesives.

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    Sabatini, Camila

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate the effect of optional phosphoric acid etching on the shear bond strength (SBS) of two self-etch adhesives to enamel and dentin. Ninety-six bovine mandibular incisors were ground flat to obtain enamel and dentin substrates. A two-step self-etch adhesive (FL-Bond II) and a one-step self-etch adhesive (BeautiBond) were applied with and without a preliminary acid etching to both the enamel and dentin. The specimens were equally and randomly assigned to 4 groups per substrate (n=12) as follows: FL-Bond II etched; FL-Bond II un-etched; BeautiBond etched; BeautiBond un-etched. Composite cylinders (Filtek Z100) were bonded onto the treated tooth structure. The shear bond strength was evaluated after 24 hours of storage (37°C, 100% humidity) with a testing machine (Ultra-tester) at a speed of 1 mm/min. The data was analyzed using a two-way ANOVA and post-hoc Tukey's test with a significance level of p<0.05. A field emission scanning electron microscope was used for the failure mode analysis. Both adhesives evidenced a significant decrease in the dentin SBS with the use of an optional phosphoric acid-etching step (p<0.05). Preliminary phosphoric acid etching yielded significantly higher enamel SBS for FL-Bond II (p<0.05) only, but not for BeautiBond. FL-Bond II applied to un-etched dentin demonstrated the highest mean bond strength (37.7±3.2 MPa) and BeautiBond applied to etched dentin showed the lowest mean bond strength (18.3±6.7 MPa) among all tested groups (p<0.05). The use of a preliminary acid-etching step with 37.5% phosphoric acid had a significant adverse effect on the dentin bond strength of the self-etch adhesives evaluated while providing improvement on the enamel bond strength only for FL-Bond II. This suggests that the potential benefit that may be derived from an additional etching step with phosphoric acid does not justify the risk of adversely affecting the bond strength to dentin.

  11. Etch pitting and subsurface pore growth during the thermal etching of silver

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    Ollivier, M.; Harker, R. M.; Gourlay, C. M.

    2015-11-01

    The thermal etching of silver was extensively studied in the middle of twentieth century, revealing the key role of oxygen on surface morphology changes including: grains striation, grain-boundary grooving and etch pitting. Here we probe the role of the subsurface and defects induced by rolling on the thermal etching of pure silver sheet. Nanometre- and micrometre-sized faceted pores have been observed in the subsurface region after heat treatments in air. The relationship between these subsurface pores and rolling defects is demonstrated. A mechanism for the formation of subsurface pores based on the precipitation/reaction of dissolved oxygen is suggested which can also explain the aligned etch pitting observed.

  12. Comparative study of GaN mesa etch characteristics in Cl{sub 2} based inductively coupled plasma with Ar and BCl{sub 3} as additive gases

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    Rawal, Dipendra Singh Arora, Henika; Sehgal, Bhupender Kumar; Muralidharan, Rangarajan

    2014-05-15

    GaN thin film etching is investigated and compared for mesa formation in inductively coupled plasma (ICP) of Cl{sub 2} with Ar and BCl{sub 3} gas additives using photoresist mask. Etch characteristics are studied as a function of ICP process parameters, viz., ICP power, radio frequency (RF) power, and chamber pressure at fixed total flow rate. The etch rate at each ICP/RF power is 0.1–0.2 μm/min higher for Cl{sub 2}/Ar mixture mainly due to higher Cl dissociation efficiency of Ar additive that readily provides Cl ion/radical for reaction in comparison to Cl{sub 2}/BCl{sub 3} mixture. Cl{sub 2}/Ar mixture also leads to better photoresist mask selectivity. The etch-induced roughness is investigated using atomic force microscopy. Cl{sub 2}/Ar etching has resulted in lower root-mean-square roughness of GaN etched surface in comparison to Cl{sub 2}/BCl{sub 3} etching due to increased Ar ion energy and flux with ICP/RF power that enhances the sputter removal of etch product. The GaN surface damage after etching is also evaluated using room temperature photoluminescence and found to be increasing with ICP/RF power for both the etch chemistries with higher degree of damage in Cl{sub 2}/BCl{sub 3} etching under same condition.

  13. Nonhomogeneous surface properties of parylene-C film etched by an atmospheric pressure He/O2 micro-plasma jet in ambient air

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    Wang, Tao; Yang, Bin; Chen, Xiang; Wang, Xiaolin; Yang, Chunsheng; Liu, Jingquan

    2016-10-01

    Surface properties of parylene-C film etched by an atmospheric pressure He/O2 micro-plasma jet in ambient air were investigated. The morphologies and chemical compositions of the etched surface were analyzed by optical microscopy, SEM, EDS, XPS and ATR-FTIR. The microscopy and SEM images showed the etched surface was nonhomogeneous with six discernable ring patterns from the center to the outside domain, which were composed of (I) a central region; (II) an effective etching region, where almost all of the parylene-C film was removed by the plasma jet with only a little residual parylene-C being functionalized with carboxyl groups (Cdbnd O, Osbnd Cdbnd O-); (III) an inner etching boundary; (IV) a middle etching region, where the film surface was smooth and partially removed; (V) an outer etching boundary, where the surface was decorated with clusters of debris, and (VI) a pristine parylene-C film region. The analysis of the different morphologies and chemical compositions illustrated the different localized etching process in the distinct regions. Besides, the influence of O2 flow rate on the surface properties of the etched parylene-C film was also investigated. Higher volume of O2 tended to weaken the nonhomogeneous characteristics of the etched surface and improve the etched surface quality.

  14. Deep ultraviolet enhanced wet chemical etching of gallium nitride

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    Peng, L.-H.; Chuang, C.-W.; Ho, J.-K.; Huang, C.-N.; Chen, C.-Y.

    1998-02-01

    We report a study of the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation effects on the wet chemical etching of unintentionally doped n-type gallium nitride (GaN) layers grown on sapphire substrates. When illuminated with a 253.7 nm mercury line source, etching of GaN is found to take place in aqueous phosphorus acid (H3PO4) and potassium hydroxide (KOH) solutions of pH values ranging from -1 to 2 and 11 to 15, respectively. Formation of gallium oxide is observed on GaN when illuminated in dilute H3PO4 and KOH solutions. These results are attributed to a two-step reaction process upon which the UV irradiation is shown to enhance the oxidative dissolution of GaN.

  15. PFabrication of gold tips by chemical etching in aqua regia

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    Bonaccorso, F.; Calogero, G.; Di Marco, G.; Maragò, O. M.; Gucciardi, P. G.; Giorgianni, U.; Channon, K.; Sabatino, G.

    2007-10-01

    We present a method to produce sharp gold tips for applications in apertureless near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy. Thin gold wires are tapered by chemical etching in aqua regia, covered by an isooctane protective layer. Tips with apical radii of curvature of <50 nm are obtained with a 40% yield. The tip performances have been checked by shear-force imaging of amyloid fibrils samples and compared to optical fiber probes. The analysis of the tip morphology, carried out by scanning electron microscopy, shows the existence of two different etching processes occurring in bulk and at the liquid-liquid interface. A simple analytical model is presented to describe the dynamics of the tip formation at the liquid-liquid meniscus interface that fits remarkably well the experimental results in terms of tip shape and length.

  16. Anisotropic etching in inductive plasma source with no rf biasing

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    Park, Wontaek

    2008-09-15

    An inductive plasma source driven with phase shifted antenna coils at 2 MHz has been developed to accelerate ions for semiconductor etching process. The experiment was carried out in SF{sub 6}/O{sub 2}/Ar gas mixtures in the pressure range between 0.3 and 0.9 mTorr and rf power between 0.6 and 1.5 kW. Measurement of the ion energy spectra behind the wafer has shown high energy ions (up to 70 eV). An anisotropic etching (without rf biasing) of a polysilicon film has been demonstrated in this experiment. The acceleration of the electrons was numerically studied based on the fluid theory. The numerical results show that electrons affected by Lorentz force and thermal pressure gradient make axial electron currents, which contribute to form axial electric fields and ion acceleration.

  17. Etch selectivity of a wet chemical formulation for premetal cleaning

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    Epton, Jeremy W.; Jarrett, Deborah L.; Doohan, Ian J.

    2001-04-01

    This paper examines the relative etching rates of doped and thermal silicon dioxide when using NSSL etchant, comprising of a mixture of ammonium fluoride, water and ammonium dihydrogen phosphate [(NH4)H2PO4] and investigates their dependence on both temperature and mixture composition. The possible reaction mechanism is discussed and compared with the known mechanism for standard buffered oxide etchants (BOE). The observed etch selectivity and mechanisms of BOE and NSSL are also compared with the behavior of a third chemical formulation, referred to as mixed oxide etchant, which comprises of ammonium fluoride (NH4F) solution, diammonium hydrogen phosphate [(NH4)2HPO4] and orthophosphoric acid (H3PO4). It is concluded that no major change in oxide selectivity is observed if either BOE or NSSL etchants are used in the metal pre-clean process.

  18. Reduction of Aspect Ratio Dependency in Silicon Trench Etch

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    Bates, Robert

    2013-09-01

    The etch rate of deep features in silicon, such as trenches and vias, can vary significantly with the changing aspect ratio (AR) of the feature. This work focused on using a continuous plasma process utilizing a gas mixture of SF6-C4F8-Ar to produce trenches of varying widths and depths. Optical and electrical diagnostics of percent flow, total flow and RF bias on trench profiles were investigated. Experiments were also performed to show that the etch rate of low AR features can be reduced through the deposition of a passivation layer and thereby allow larger AR features to ``catch up''. It is also possible to invert the ARDE in certain circumstances. Financial Support: TI/SRC Award # 2261.001.

  19. Plasma etching of ion-implanted polysilicon

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    Karulkar, P.C.; Wirzbicki, M.A.

    1989-09-01

    Ion implantation is increasingly used to dope polysilicon gates to obtain lower resistivities and also to control the cumulative time-temperature cycling of VLSI wafers. Dry etching of polysilicon doped with phosphorus by ion implantation was studied using a parallel-plate etcher and two different etch chemistries sulfur haxafluoride-O{sub 2}-argon and SF6-CCl2F2-Ar. These two etch procedures were previously found to result in excellent etching of polysilicon which was doped with phosphorus by solid-source diffusion. Large differences in the cross-sectional profiles of ion-implanted polysilicon were found while using the two chemistries. SF6-dichlorodifluoromethane-Ar chemistry caused sharp notch-like undercuts, while the SF6-O2-Ar chemistry exhibited linewidth loss without any notching. Examples of the cross sections of ion-implanted polysilicon are presented along with a discussion of the possible mechanisms that cause the different cross-sectional profiles in the two etch chemistries. The notching is explained in terms of the variation in the dopant concentration and in the structure of ion-implanted polysilicon at different depths. The absence of notching in the cross section of ion-implanted polysilicon etched in the SF6-O2-Ar chemistry is explained by proposing that the interaction of oxygen in the SF6-O2-Ar chemistry with the etched surface makes the chemistry less sensitive to the dopant concentration in the etched material. Results of a simple experiment which support the proposed explanation are presented.

  20. Plasma/Neutral-Beam Etching Apparatus

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    Langer, William; Cohen, Samuel; Cuthbertson, John; Manos, Dennis; Motley, Robert

    1989-01-01

    Energies of neutral particles controllable. Apparatus developed to produce intense beams of reactant atoms for simulating low-Earth-orbit oxygen erosion, for studying beam-gas collisions, and for etching semiconductor substrates. Neutral beam formed by neutralization and reflection of accelerated plasma on metal plate. Plasma ejected from coaxial plasma gun toward neutralizing plate, where turned into beam of atoms or molecules and aimed at substrate to be etched.