Modeling of SiO2 deposition in high density plasma reactors and comparisons of model predictions with experimental measurements

Ellen Meeks, Richard S. Larson, Pauline Ho, Christopher Apblett, Sang M. Han, Erik Edelberg, Eray S. Aydil

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High-density-plasma deposition of SiO2 is an important process in integrated circuit manufacturing. A list of gas-phase and surface reactions has been compiled for modeling plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of SiO2 from SiH4, O2, and Ar gas mixtures in high-density-plasma reactors. The gas-phase reactions include electron impact, neutral-neutral, ion-ion, and ion-neutral reactions. The surface reactions and deposition mechanism is based on insights gained from attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy experiments and includes radical adsorption onto the SiO2 surface, ion-enhanced desorption from the surface layer, radical abstractions, as well as direct ion-energy-dependent sputtering of the oxide film. A well-mixed reactor model that consists of mass and energy conservation equations averaged across the reactor volume was used to model three different kinds of high-density plasma deposition chambers. Experimental measurements of total ion densities, relative radical densities, and net deposition rate, as functions of plasma operating conditions, have been compared to model predictions. The results show good quantitative agreement between model predictions and experimental measurements. The compiled reaction set and surface reaction network description was thus validated and can be employed in more sophisticated two- or three-dimensional plasma simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-563
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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