Pattern dependency and loading effect of pure-boron-layer chemical-vapor deposition

V. Mohammadi, W. B. De Boer, T. L.M. Scholtes, L. K. Nanver

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The pattern dependency of pure-boron (PureB) layer chemical-vapor Deposition (CVD) is studied with respect to the correlation between the deposition rate and features like loading effects, deposition parameters and deposition window sizes. It is shown experimentally that the oxide coverage ratio and the size of windows to the Si on patterned wafers are the main parameters affecting the deposition rate. This is correlated to the gas depletion of the reactant species in the stationary/low-velocity boundary layer over the wafer. An estimation of the radius of gas depletion for Si openings and/or diffusion length of diborane in this study yield lengths in the order of centimeters, which is related to the boundary layer thickness. The deposition parameters; pressure and flow rates are optimized to minimize the pattern dependency of the PureB deposition rates. A very low standard deviation, less than 0.02, is achieved while at the same time making it independent of oxide coverage ratios and window sizes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalECS journal of solid state science and technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


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