A deep reactive ion etching (RIE) technique that uses sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas has been developed for lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, PZT) three-dimensional microfabrication from PZT ceramic blocks. The etching was performed by using an inductively coupled plasma that was generated in a narrow-gap vacuum chamber. The etch depth was 70 urn with a maximum etch rate of 0.3 μm/min and a selectivity of PZT to the electroplated nickel mask of >35:1. The sidewalls of the PZT structures were tapered, with base angles of ∼75°. Both positive RIE lag and unexpected ultrafine-slit etching phenomena were observed.
|Number of pages||303|
|Journal||Journal of the American Ceramic Society|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry