INSTRUMENTATION FOR PROCESS MONITORING OF PLASMA ETCHING

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5368
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences Inc
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Alan C. Stanton
President
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
PLASMA ETCHING IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT METHODS USED FORPATTERNING OF ELECTRONIC MATERIALS AND FOR FABRICATION OF VLSI CIRCUITS. CRITICAL TO THE UNDERSTANDING AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF PROCESSES SUCH AS PLASMA ETCHING IS THE AVAILABILITY OF DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS THAT PERMIT STUDY AND EVENTUAL MONITORING OR CONTROL OF THE PROCESS. SOUTHWEST SCIENCES, INC. PROPOSES TO STUDY THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH INSTRUMENTATION BASED ON LEAD-SALT DIODE LASER ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY TO MONITOR IMPORTANT GAS PHASE SPECIES IN THE ETCHING PROCESS. THE MAJOR OBJECTIVE OF THE PHASE I PROGRAM IS THE INVESTIGATION OF SENSITIVE NEW MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES USING DIODE LASERS AND THE DEMONSTRATION OF THESE TECHNIQUES TO MONITORING APPLICATIONS IN PLASMA ETCHING REACTORS. IN PARTICULAR, THE RESEARCHERS WILL STUDY HIGH FREQUENCY OPTICAL HETERODYNE TECHNIQUES THAT SHOULD PERMIT A SIGNIFICANT SIMPLIFICATION IN THE OPTICAL DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM. THEY WILL DEMONSTRATE THE TECHNIQUE BY MEASUREMENT OF BORON TRICHLORIDE AND ITS IMPORTANT DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS IN A DO DISCHARGE. RESULTS OF THE PHASE I STUDY WILL PROVIDE THE REQUIRED DESIGN INFORMATION FOR THE PHASE II DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPACT INSTRUMENT FOR ON-LINE MONITORING OF PLASMA ETCHING, PLASMA DEPOSITION, CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION, OR OTHER CHEMICAL PROCESSES.

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