Feature scale model of Si etching in S F6 O2 HBr plasma and comparison with experiments

Rodolfo Jun Belen, Sergi Gomez, Mark Kiehlbauch, Eray S. Aydil

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We have developed a semiempirical feature scale model of Si etching in S F6 O2 HBr plasma. Surface kinetics are modeled using parameters that describe F-based Si etching in S F6 and S F6 O2 plasmas and Br-based Si etching in HBr plasma. The kinetic parameters in the model are constrained by matching simulated feature profiles with those experimentally obtained at various feed gas compositions. Excellent agreement between experiments and simulations is obtained. The combined experimental and profile simulation study reveals that the addition of HBr to S F6 O2 plasmas results in improved sidewall passivation and elimination of the mask undercut. The vertical etch rate increases as a result of F and Br fluxes focusing toward the bottom of the feature by reflections from passivated sidewalls. Addition of S F6 to HBr discharge increases the etch rate through chemical etching that produces volatile Si Br4-x Fx etch products and ion-enhanced chemical sputtering of fluorinated and brominated Si surfaces by F-containing ions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-361
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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