Slip is a primary concern in Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP). Diagnostics for slip are compared, including: visual inspection, differential interference contrast microscopy (Nomarski), X-ray topography, decorative etching and optical surface scanning. Data from each technique are presented. RTP control parameters (temperature uniformity, heat up and cool down rates, edge cooling) and substrate parameters (wafer size, oxygen content, edge damage) which may have an effect on slip are discussed. Typical results for implant annealing sequences on a water-wall DC arc lamp RTP system are presented and used to suggest techniques for process optimization.