Development of high-density plasma reactor for high-performance processing and future prospects

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We have proposed three novel etching techniques, such as (1) pulse-time-modulated plasma; (2) ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) plasma source with a spokewise antenna; and (3) a new radical-injection method with non-perfluorocompound gas chemistries. The pulse-time-modulated plasma makes possible highly selective, high-rate, and charge-build-up-damage-free etching of gate electrodes and Al electrodes. These superior etching characteristics are results of being able to produce, within a few tens of microseconds, a large quantity of negative ions at a low-electron-temperature during the pulsed plasma after-glow. The UHF plasma source with the spokewise antenna can produce uniform (within ±5%), plasma with a density of more than 10 11 cm -3 and low temperature of 1.5-2.0 eV in a large-scale plasma source more than 30 cm in diameter. No magnetic field is needed to maintain the high-density plasma. Consequently, the plasma source is fairly simple and lightweight. A new radical-injection method for high-performance SiO 2 patterning using non-perfluorocarbon gases (CF 3 I and C 2 F 4 ) in high-density plasma have been proposed recently. This method enables polymerization and etching to be controlled independently through the selective generation of CF 2 and CF 3 radicals. As a result, it can provide both a high etching rate and a high etching selectivity during the formation of high aspect contact-hole (more than 10). The gas chemistries can also suppress charging damage during SiO 2 etching by maintaining a low-electron-temperature in the plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-243
Number of pages28
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 May 30


  • Alternative gas chemistries to PFC
  • Charge-up damage
  • High-density plasma
  • PFC
  • Pulse-time-modulated plasma
  • Ultrahigh-frequency plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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