Study on CF4/O2 plasma resistance of O-ring elastomer materials

Tetsuya Goto, Shogo Obara, Tomoya Shimizu, Tsuyoshi Inagaki, Yasuyuki Shirai, Shigetoshi Sugawa

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The CF4/O2 plasma resistance of the O-ring elastomer samples was investigated using a microwave-excited surface-wave plasma source. The elastomer samples include a fluoroelastomer (FKM) and a perfluoroelastomer (FFKM), both of which are widely used for plasma process equipment. In semiconductor manufacturing, the CF4/O2 plasma was widely used for plasma etching and cleaning processes. To investigate the relation between the plasma resistance of the elastomers and plasma parameters, the Langmuir probe measurement was carried out. The kinetic energy of bombarding ions was increased by applying an rf power to a wafer substrate in some of the experiments. The results suggested that both FKM and FFKM were eroded by the low-energy (less than 10 eV) ion bombardment. The kinetic energy of bombarding ions was also a dominant factor to determine the amount of erosion of both the FKM and the FFKM elastomers. In addition, it is suggested that neutral radical attacks were also a dominant factor to increase the erosion of the elastomer for the FKM elastomer, whereas the stability of the FFKM elastomer against neutral radicals was much better than that of the FKM elastomer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013002
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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