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Line roughness formation during plasma etch: mechanism and reduction
Author(s): Lingkuan Meng; Xiaobin He; Chunlong Li; Junfeng Li; Chao Zhao; Jiang Yan
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Paper Abstract

In this work, we have investigated the evolution of line roughness from e-beam lithography to final gate patterning based on conventional SiO2/Si3N4/SiO2 (ONO) hard mask using a Capacitively Coupled Plasma (CCP) etcher. A severe roughness was observed on gate patterning line when PR patterns were directly transferred into ONO hard mask even if a high etch selectivity of ONO hard mask to PR was used by CF4/CH2F2/Ar plasma. The formation mechanisms of line roughness were presented by a) effect of decomposed oxygen radical from bulk SiO2 by ion bombardment, b) rough surface morphology of poly-silicon accelerates etch of both hard mask and PR sidewalls by reflected ion. It is found that a combination of a capping layer and α-Si gate can reduce strong dependence on PR mask and eliminate ion reflection effect from rough surface morphology. Our results show that gate pattern indicates a smooth line without deformation and final gate length of 29nm with Line Width Roughness of 3.5nm is achieved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9054, Advanced Etch Technology for Nanopatterning III, 90540D (28 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2046327
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Lingkuan Meng, Institute of Microelectronics (China)
Xiaobin He, Institute of Microelectronics (China)
Chunlong Li, Institute of Microelectronics (China)
Junfeng Li, Institute of Microelectronics (China)
Chao Zhao, Institute of Microelectronics (China)
Jiang Yan, Institute of Microelectronics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9054:
Advanced Etch Technology for Nanopatterning III
Gottlieb S. Oehrlein; Qinghuang Lin; Ying Zhang, Editor(s)

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