Heavy ion backscattering spectrometry at the University of Central Florida
Abbreviated Journal Title
Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. Sect. B-Beam Interact. Mater. Atoms
ion beam analysis; surface analysis; trace-element analysis; time-of-flight; micro contamination; silicon cleaning; TRACE-ELEMENT SENSITIVITY; FLIGHT SPECTROMETER; SCATTERING; Instruments & Instrumentation; Nuclear Science & Technology; Physics, ; Atomic, Molecular & Chemical; Physics, Nuclear
The need for increased sensitivity in the detection of metallic contamination, in microelectronics fabrication, led to the development of heavy ion backscattering spectrometry (HIBS). This technique, based on principles similar to those of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, permits one to quantitatively detect heavy impurities, at a level below 1 x 10(10) atoms/cm(2), on the surface of an otherwise clean silicon substrate. The approach was developed at Sandia National Laboratories, in collaboration with SEMATECH member companies, and Vanderbilt University. Recently, the HIBS instrument was transferred to the Department of Physics of the University of Central Florida, with the purpose of continuing the development of this unique resource, and making it available to industrial and academic investigators. The instrument has been successfully returned to operation, and preliminary tests showed sensitivity levels similar to those obtained at Sandia. A program is being developed to further increase the sensitivity of the instrument, as well as to explore potential new applications, A progress report of these efforts is presented. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B-Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Article; Proceedings Paper
"Heavy ion backscattering spectrometry at the University of Central Florida" (2004). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 4227.