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Thermal Stability of a-C:F,H Films Deposited by Electron Cyclotron Resonance Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

  • Jeremy A. Theil (a1), Francoise Mertz (a1), Micah Yairi (a1), Karen Seaward (a1), Gary Ray (a1) and Gerrit Kooi (a1)...


Amorphous carbon films grown with fluorohydrocarbons can be grown to have dielectric constant values around 2.0. The behavior of these films when subjected to thermal excursion is studied. We have investigated material deposited in an ECR plasma, and find that the F:H ratio of the gas mixture is a good guide to material properties. Films deposited at 5°C were placed in a vacuum chamber at 400°C as long as 60 minutes. The film thickness, dielectric constant, and infrared absorption spectrum change with the F:H ratio of the incoming gas and thermal cycling. It was found that the dielectric constant and loss tangent decrease upon heating and that there is an apparent increase in C=C groups. As expected, as the F:H ratio increases, the dielectric constant and thermal stability decrease. Good thermal stability is shown for F:H ratios of 1.5, which result in films with a dielectric constant of ∼2.4 after heating.



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