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Dual-illumination NIR system for wafer level defect inspection
Author(s): Yana Williams; Kevin Harding; Gil Abramovich; Christopher Nafis; Eric Tkaczyk; Kristian Andreini; Henry Chen; Glenn Bindley
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Paper Abstract

CdZnTe is a high efficiency, room temperature radiation detection material that has attracted great interesting in medical and security applications. CZT crystals can be grown by various methods. Particularly, CZT grown with the Transfer Heater Method (THM) method have been shown to have fewer defects and greater material uniformity. In this work, we developed a proof-of-concept dual lighting NIR imaging system that can be implemented to quickly and nondestructively screen CZT boule and wafers during the manufacturing process. The system works by imaging the defects inside CZT at a shallow depth of focus, taking a stack of images step by step at different depths through the sample. The images are then processed with in-house software, which can locate the defects at different depths, construct the 3D mapping of the defects, and provide statistical defect information. This can help with screening materials for use in detector manufacturing at an early stage, which can significantly reduce the downstream cost of detector fabrication. This inspection method can also be used to help the manufacturer understand the cause of the defect formation and ultimately improve the manufacturing process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7793, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV, 77930I (3 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861038
Show Author Affiliations
Yana Williams, GE Global Research (United States)
Kevin Harding, GE Global Research (United States)
Gil Abramovich, GE Global Research (United States)
Christopher Nafis, GE Global Research (United States)
Eric Tkaczyk, GE Global Research (United States)
Kristian Andreini, GE Global Research (United States)
Henry Chen, Redlen Technologies (Canada)
Glenn Bindley, Redlen Technologies (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7793:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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