Rigaku NEX CG EDXRF for Thin Films on Silicon Wafers

Austin, TX – February 22, 2012. Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc. has announced a new method, detailed in Rigaku Application Note #1054, for the analysis of thin metallic films on silicon wafers. Empirical calibrations are demonstrated for SiO2, AlSi, Ti, TiN, Pt, AlCu, and BPSG single layer films on silicon monitor wafers for quality control in the semiconductor industry.

Semiconductor integrated circuit device manufacturing involves the sequential application of multiple layers of material to complete the assembly, and process control in manufacturing is critical. With little margin for error in the processing of semiconductor materials, film thickness and composition metrics are vital to proper device performance. Any errors during construction can lead to product failure or degradation, as well as undesirable effects in future processing.

All single layer films were deposited on silicon monitor wafers with 1000 Å of SiO2 (used as an adhesion layer). To demonstrate the performance of the Rigaku NEX CG, a series of 6 different calibrations were developed for the thickness of the films AlCu, AlSi, Pt, Ti, and TiN. BPSG composition was determined by measuring P, and the B:P ratio was constant at 1:1.

This report may be requested at: http://www.rigakuedxrf.com/edxrf/app-notes.html?id=1054_AppNote

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For further information, contact:

Scott Fess
Product Manager
Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc.
tel: +1. 512-225-1796