In situ study of processes taking place on silicon surface during its bombardment by CFx/Ar ions

Etching versus polymerization

T. Šikola, D. G. Armour, J. A. Van Den Berg

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Abstract

The application of a Kaufman ion source in the study of the etching/polymerization processes taking place at the surface of a silicon substrate being exposed to ion beams generated from CF4/Ar gas mixtures is reported. The processes were analyzed by means of in situ mass and energy spectroscopy of the secondary ions sputtered from the substrate surface and the charge-exchange ions, respectively. These analytical methods confirmed the growth of the polymer C-F thin films on the silicon surface at higher concentrations of CF4 in the mixture. It was found that there existed a primary beam threshold energy above which the polymer thin film stopped growing and the etch yield of silicon atoms was increased. The simplified activated growth model presented here describes this behavior qualitatively as a competition between creative and destructive processes leading to deposition and removal of the thin polymer film, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3156-3163
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Ion Implantation Technology - Austin, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 199621 Jun 1996
Conference number: 11

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charge exchange
Gas mixtures
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