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Etching Characteristics During Cleaning of Silicon Surfaces by NF3-added Hydrogen and Water-Vapor Plasma Downstream Treatment

  • Miki T. Suzuki (a1), Jun Kikuchi (a1), Mitsuaki Nagasaka (a1) and Shuzo Fujimura (a1)

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Hydrogen and water vapor plasma downstream treatment with the downstream injection of NF3 removes native oxide from silicon surfaces. In contact hole cleaning, this dry processing is a promising alternative to HF wet treatment, which has a problem of expansion of hole diameter. We examined the etching characteristics of boron-phosphosilicate glass (B-PSG) films, as a typical oxide material for the side-walls of the contact holes and compared the etching depths of B-PSG and thermal oxide films. We found that the etching depths of B-PSG films fell to one third of those of thermal oxide films at lower treatment temperature. This result indicates that the expansion of contact hole diameters can be minimized.

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Etching Characteristics During Cleaning of Silicon Surfaces by NF3-added Hydrogen and Water-Vapor Plasma Downstream Treatment

  • Miki T. Suzuki (a1), Jun Kikuchi (a1), Mitsuaki Nagasaka (a1) and Shuzo Fujimura (a1)

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