The Ph Effect On Chemical Mechanical Planarization Of Copper


This study explores the effect of pH on the chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) characteristics of copper in H2O2 and KIO 3 based slurries under various dynamic and static conditions. High purity copper disc was used to study the dissolution and oxidation kinetics at various pH (2 to 10) with 5% H2O2 or 0.1M KIO 3. Electrochemical techniques were used to investigate the dissolution/passivation behavior of Cu. The affected surface layers of the statically etched Cu-disc were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In 5% H 2O2, the Cu removal rate decreases with an increase in pH and reaches minimum at pH 6, and then increases under alkaline conditions. XPS results indicate that the surface oxide formed at various pH values was responsible for this CMP trend. However, with 0.1M KIO3, the CMP removal rates were found to be lower at pH 2. The maximum was observed at pH 4, then the removal rate decreased with the increase of pH. The lower value of removal rate at pH2 was due to the fast interaction between Cu and KIO 3 and the precipitation of CuI on the pad, which makes the pad glassy, resulting in lowered removal rates. This was confirmed by XPS measurements. The decreased CMP removal rates when the pH is higher than 4 might be due to the weaker oxidation power of KIO3 with the increase of pH.

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Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings



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