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Influence of pyrometer signal absorption due to process gas on temperature control in rapid thermal processing
Author(s): Julius C. Chang; Tue Nguyen; James S. Nakos; Josef W. Korejwa
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Paper Abstract

Future DRAM devices require higher performance dielectrics for which novel process chemistries must be studied. Nitrous oxide (N20) has shown promising results as a process gas for rapid thermal oxidation. However, current practice in rapid thermal processing (RTP) has neglected the effect of process gas on temperature control. For N20, this results in a large temperature offset and oscillation, and poor thickness uniformity. Evidence is presented indicating that gas-phase absorption of the pyrometer signal produces the difficulties observed when using N20. These difficulties do not occur if the pyrometer is operated at a wavelength not absorbed by the N20. This behavior also does not occur when using 02 as the process gas since it is transparent at the pyrometer wavelengths used. The data shows that one must examine the absorption spectra of the process gas for compatibility with the pyrometer wavelength used for temperature measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1992
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1595, Rapid Thermal and Integrated Processing, (1 February 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.56660
Show Author Affiliations
Julius C. Chang, IBM/General Technology Div. (United States)
Tue Nguyen, IBM/General Technology Div. (United States)
James S. Nakos, IBM/General Technology Div. (United States)
Josef W. Korejwa, IBM/General Technology Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1595:
Rapid Thermal and Integrated Processing
Mehrdad M. Moslehi; Rajendra Singh; Dim-Lee Kwong, Editor(s)

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