Study of the High Rate Chemical Mechanical Polishing of Heavily Boron-doped Polysilicon for 3D Applications

  • Author / Creator
    Pirayesh, Hamidreza
  • The chemical mechanical polishing of polysilicon is a complex process and is not well understood. Despite this, it is used in the semiconductor industry for applications such as via filling and 3D packaging. Although the doping of polysilicon enables applying a wide range of conductivities, boron-doped polysilicon has shown a poor polish removal rates. This is mainly due to role of boron ions in limiting the chemical agent transportation to the surface. Some applications require the removal of more than 10 m of B-doped polysilicon and improvement in the polish rate would reduce the fabrication costs and significantly improve throughput. In this study, it is shown that the adverse effects of boron on polysilicon polishing rate can be minimized by increasing the mechanical interactions during CMP. This was achieved by control of the lubrication behavior during polishing. In addition, enhancement of the process methodology and slurry properties led to an increase of up to 100% in polish rate compared to standard boron-doped polysilicon polish methods. The increase in polish rate did not show any significant wafer surface defect inducing damage.

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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
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    • Materials Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Cadien, Kenneth (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Cadien, Kenneth (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Xu, Zhenghe (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Zeng, Hongbo (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • S. V. Babu (Clarkson University)
    • Barlage, Douglas (Chemical and Materials Engineering)