In the paper, we firstly publish a new method of internal micrographic visualization of semiconductor and IC. The quality and reliability of the semiconductor materials (SM) and the integrated circuits (IC) have always been concerned Having a high resolution, high reliable and nondestructive detection method is the key element for their improvements.
Silicon oxide layers are used to provide the electrical insulation in the multi-structured ICs. The IC device surfaces are often protected by silicon oxide and silicon nitride layers. Therefore, these insulation layers also cover any inhomogeneity and defect located within the IC devices. It is necessary to have an examining method to detect those defects that are under the insulation layers without damaging the samples. However, the conventional scanning electron microscope (SEM) cannot be utilized to image and examine the surfaces that are positioned below the insulation layers.
Novel nondestructive and contactless method has been developed in our laboratory to obtain the internal micrograph that crosses the surface of the semiconductor material and the integrated circuit.