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Development of SiGe Indentation Process Control to Enable Stacked Nanosheet FET Technology

May 1, 2020 @ ASMC 2020
Authored by: Dexin Kong, Daniel Schmidt, Mary Breton, Abraham Arceo de la peña, Julien Frougier, Andrew Greene, Jingyun Zhang, Veeraraghavan Basker, Nicolas Loubet, Ishtiaq Ahsan, Aron Cepler, Mark Klare, Marjorie Cheng, Roy Koret, Igor Turovets


The methodology of measuring the lateral etch, or indentation, of SiGe nanosheets by using optical scatterometry, x-ray fluorescence, and machine learning algorithms is presented and discussed. Stacked nanosheet device structures were fabricated with different etch conditions in order to induce variations in the indent. It was found that both scatterometry in conjunction with Spectral Interferometry and novel interpretation algorithms as well as TEM calibrated LE-XRF are suitable techniques to quantify the indent. Machine learning algorithms enabled an additional solution path by combining LE-XRF data with scatterometry spectra therefore avoiding the need for a full optical model.