Accession Number:

ADA415273

Title:

Intelligent Electronics Manufacturing: Modeling and Control of Plasma Processing

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 15 Sep 1995-14 Sep 2001

Corporate Author:

MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Report Date:

2003-05-13

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

The MURI Center on Modeling and Control of Plasma Processing at the University of Michigan started in September, 1995, and concluded technical work at the end of August 2001. As the name indicates, the major research goals of the center are in the areas of modeling and control of plasma deposition and etching processing. These plasma processes are used extensively in the manufacture of integrated circuits as well as active matrix liquid crystal displays. These applications areas motivate our selection of research problems in modeling and control. Significant accomplishments were made in all of these areas as will be discussed in the body of the report Particular program highlights include 1 An optical technique was developed to monitor in situ and in real time the critical dimensions and wall-shapes of evolving features in reactive ion etchers. An advanced signal processing scheme was devised to use this technique to perform the first fully-automated etch-to-target-dimension etches. One-nanometer-level or better accuracy was demonstrated enabling possibilities for extremely high accuracy semiconductor fabrication control. 2 The state-of-the-art of 1st principles plasma equipment modeling was advanced so that the entire system of the sensors, plasma process equipment, and control systems could be modeled numerically. 3 Novel RF Sensing to non-invasively measure the electrical state of plasma systems was developed and applications to detecting common faults were demonstrated. 4 Improved statistical methods for detecting and identifying the causes of spatially clustered defects in semiconductor manufacturing. 5 Development of a novel ion-beam modification process for the deposition of Al films which are more resistant to grain-growth.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE