Effectiveness of high energy ion beam techniques for the characterization of mesoporous low dielectric-constant materials

S. Thevuthasan, S. Baskaran, K. Domansky, J. Liu, M. Engelhard

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Highly porous silica films can potentially reduce power dissipation, cross talk, and interconnection delay in the deep submicron regime of semiconductor devices. We have synthesized 'mesoporous' silica films using both cationic and non-ionic surfactants to template porosity in spin-on sol-gel silica. During this development we have effectively used high-energy ion beam techniques along with optical profilometry to characterize the porosity of these films. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and 16O(d, p1)17O nuclear reaction were used to determine the total number of Si and O atoms in the films. Interaction of these films with water was characterized by the 1H(19F, αγ)16O resonant nuclear reaction. Combination of these techniques provides fast, accurate, and quantitative methods for characterizing these films. However, the high-energy ion beams appear to cause significant damage in the films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements from the ion beam interacted region show a tail in the low binding energy side of the Si 2p core level spectrum which is characteristic to metal Si. In addition, craters as deep as 175 nm were left in the films where the ion beams interacted with the material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-481
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume161
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Ion beams
Permittivity
ion beams
permittivity
Nuclear reactions
energy
Silica
nuclear reactions
Silicon Dioxide
Porosity
silicon dioxide
porosity
Profilometry
Core levels
Silica Gel
Nonionic surfactants
Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy
silica gel
Semiconductor devices
Binding energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Instrumentation
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Effectiveness of high energy ion beam techniques for the characterization of mesoporous low dielectric-constant materials. / Thevuthasan, S.; Baskaran, S.; Domansky, K.; Liu, J.; Engelhard, M.

In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, Vol. 161, 03.2000, p. 476-481.

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