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Effects of Electron Beam Exposure on Poly(Arylene Ether) Dielectric Films

  • J. S. Drage (a1), J. J. Yang (a1), D. K. Choi (a1), R. Katsanes (a1), K. S. Y. Lau (a1), S.-Q. Wang (a1), L. Forester (a1), P. E. Schilling (a1) and M. Ross (a2)...

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This paper presents a study of the effects of electron beam (e-beam) exposure on the chemical and physical properties of FLARE™ 1.0X, a non-fluorinated member of the FLARE™ family of poly(arylene ether) dielectric coatings. Spin-coated films of this poly(arylene ether) were cured by large-area e-beam exposure, as well as by conventional thermal processing. Neither swelling nor dissolution was observed for the e-beam cured films after immersion in N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) at 90 °C for 1 hour. The glass transition temperature (Tg) for films cured with a low e-beam dose is slightly higher than, or nearly the same as, the (Tg) for thermally-cured films (∼ 270 °C). However, the Tg for films cured with a high e-beam dose exceeds 400 °C. Dielectric constants of e-beam cured films and thermally cured films are nearly the same. FTIR spectra of FLARE™ films obtained before and after e-beam exposure suggest that e-beam curing does not induce any significant change in the chemical structure. Increased solvent resistance, higher Tg, and low dielectric constant are properties that make this e-beam cured poly(arylene ether) film an excellent candidate for interlevel dielectric integration processes.

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