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Development of Designs, Processes and Technology for 200mm Silicon Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0013738
Agency Tracking Number: 218377
Amount: $149,777.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 30f
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001227
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-03-07
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Principal Investigator
 Robert Patti
 (630) 505-0404
Business Contact
 Robert Patti
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Phone: (630) 505-0404
Research Institution

Silicon-based detectors are central to all modern particle physics collider experiments. The functional area of these systems has increased from a few square centimeters in the mid-80s to 200 square meters for the CMS tracker in the early 2000s. Upgrades being considered for the high luminosity LHC will require more than 200 square meters for CMS and ATLAS experiments as well as over 600 square meters for the proposed CMS High Granularity Calorimeter. In spite of this huge increase in area, the silicon sensors are still limited to 4" or 6" wafers, which increases the overall cost as well as the number of modules that must be fabricated. In addition, the sensors must be radiation hard, which implies thin ~100 micron) sensitive regions to minimize bias voltage. Producing thin, large area sensors is a significant challenge which must be solved for the next generation of trackers. Tezzaron proposes to develop the capability to produce large areas of thin 200mm 8) silicon detectors at its wholly owned subsidiary foundry, Novati Technologies, in Texas. The work will be based on a pilot run currently underway, funded by Fermilab, US CMS, and a Tezzaron contribution, to demonstrate production of sensors for the CMS tracker and High Granularity Calorimeter. The run incorporates designs from Fermilab, SLAC, and Argonne, with the base wafers provided by Brookhaven. We propose to use the designs developed for these runs in collaboration with other groups coordinated by Fermilab to demonstrate the production of large area, radiation hard, thinned sensors with polysilicon bias and AC coupled strips. We hope to demonstrate these technologies in time to qualify for the CERN market survey for the next generation of silicon sensors. Novati has both 200mm and 300mm wafer handling capability with a capacity of 13,000 wafers per month. The foundry is currently capable of producing semiconductors down to a 65nm equivalent CMOS technology node. The basic unit processes for these sensors exist at Novati; however, the specific processes required for sensors need to be further developed, characterized, and tested. The breadth of our foundrys capabilities far exceeds other existing sensor fabs, not only in terms of the wafer size, but also in the materials and available technology at the fab. The fab has handled more than 70 different elements and can provide unique processes such as Atomic Layer Deposition ALD) and lithograph at 193nm. Further, Tezzaron currently works with Fermilab and others to produce 200mm 3D integrated ROIC devices that could take direct advantage of 200mm sensor wafers for wafer level 3D integration for improving performance, yields, and costs.

During Phase I Tezzaron will test and analyze the silicon sensors currently being fabricated, create plans for process improvements, and build a commercialization support plan providing design primitives and PDKs and a low to moderate volume production plan. It is Tezzarons intent to support the HEP

community and, in future, to apply the technology to commercial applications like digital X-ray and PET scanners.

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