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In Situ Studies of Electron Cyclotron Resonance Plasma Etching of Semiconductors by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

  • S. Nafis (a1), N. J. Ianno (a1), Paul G. Snyder (a1), John A. Woollam (a2) and Blame Johs (a2)...


In situ ellipsometry at selected wavelengths in the spectral range 280 nm to 1000 nnn was performed during the rf bias assisted electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) etching of bulk silicon, GaAs, InP, and GaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs, and InGaAs/InP layered strcutures by a CCl2F2 based etch gas.

While real time thickness changes for bulk materials cannot be determined ellipsometrically, some insight into the etch mechanism may be gained by observing the effect of the process on the surface dynamically, and after the etch process has been completed. Monitoring of the layered structures during etching can provide a real time measure of the amount of material remaining in the layer being etched, and provide tight process control.



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