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In-situ ellipsometry: applications to thin film research, development, and production
Author(s): M. T. Kief
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Paper Abstract

Many industries including the optics industry, semiconductor industry, and magnetic storage industry are deeply rooted in the science and technology of thin film materials and thin film based devices. Research in novel thin film systems and the engineering of artificial structures increasingly requires a control on the atomic scale in both thickness and lateral order. Development of the deposition and fabrication processes for these thin film structures requires technical sophistication and efficiency combined with an understanding of the multi-faceted process interactions. The production of these materials necessitates a remarkable degree of control to minimize scrap and assure good performance. Furthermore, in today’s industry these operations must occur at an ever accelerating pace. In this article, we will review one technique which can make these challenges more tractable - insitu ellipsometry. This is a very powerful tool which is capable of characterizing thin film processes in real-time. We review the art and illustrate with novel applications to metal thin film growth. In addition, we will illustrate how information obtained with insitu ellipsometry can predict the end use thin film properties such as the transport properties. In conclusion, further advances in insitu ellipsometry and its applications will be discussed in terms of needs and trends as a tool for thin film research, development and production.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1999
PDF: 29 pages
Proc. SPIE 10294, Optical Metrology: A Critical Review, 1029403 (19 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351666
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M. T. Kief, Seagate Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10294:
Optical Metrology: A Critical Review
Ghanim A. Al-Jumaily, Editor(s)

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