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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2000|
|Event||The 14th International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis - 6th European Conference on Accelerators in Applied Research and Technology - Dresden, Ger|
Duration: 26 Jul 1999 → 30 Jul 1999
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics