Optical Diagnostics for Thin Film Processing

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123991614
eBook ISBN: 9780080538082
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th October 1995
Page Count: 783
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This volume describes the increasing role of in situ optical diagnostics in thin film processing for applications ranging from fundamental science studies to process development to control during manufacturing. The key advantage of optical diagnostics in these applications is that they are usually noninvasive and nonintrusive. Optical probes of the surface, film, wafer, and gas above the wafer are described for many processes, including plasma etching, MBE, MOCVD, and rapid thermal processing. For each optical technique, the underlying principles are presented, modes of experimental implementation are described, and applications of the diagnostic in thin film processing are analyzed, with examples drawn from microelectronics and optoelectronics. Special attention is paid to real-time probing of the surface, to the noninvasive measurement of temperature, and to the use of optical probes for process control.

Optical Diagnostics for Thin Film Processing is unique. No other volume explores the real-time application of optical techniques in all modes of thin film processing. The text can be used by students and those new to the topic as an introduction and review of the subject. It also serves as a comprehensive resource for engineers, technicians, researchers, and scientists already working in the field.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* The only volume that comprehensively explores in situ, real-time, optical probes for all types of thin film processing

  • Useful as an introduction to the subject or as a resource handbook
  • Covers a wide range of thin film processes including plasma etching, MBE, MOCVD, and rapid thermal processing
  • Examples emphasize applications in microelectronics and optoelectronics
  • Introductory chapter serves as a guide to all optical diagnostics and their applications
  • Each chapter presents the underlying principles, experimental implementation, and applications for a specific optical diagnostic


This book is a good introduction for novices in the field and a valuable resource handbook for those with experience. The primary audience includes: academic and industrial researchers, scientists, technicians and engineers inthin film processing, spectroscopy, optical diagnostics, electrical engineering, materials science, and condensed matter physics. The book is also useful for optical scientists, applied physicists, chemists, and materials scientists. In addition, it can serve as a teaching text for graduate courses, society-sponsored short courses (such as AVS, MRS, SPIE, and ECS meetings), and on-site training courses at industrial fabrication facilities. It will especially be of interest to those in the United States,Western Europe, and Japan.

Table of Contents

Overview of Optical Diagnostics: Diagnostics vs. Sensors vs. Transducers. Attributes of in Situ Optical Diagnostics. Performance Characteristics of Sensors. The Need for in Situ Diagnostics. Survey of OpticalProbes. Survey of Nonoptical Probes. Thin Film Processes and Their Diagnostics Needs. The Properties of Light:Propagation. Imaging. Polarization Properties of Light. The Structure of Matter: Separation of Electronic and Nuclear Motion. EnergyLevels in Atoms, Molecules, and Ions. Energy Levels in Solids.The Interactions of Light with Matter for Spectroscopy: Dipole Moments and Polarization. Quantum Mechanics of the Interaction of Light with Matter. Spectroscopy. Nonlinear Optical Interactions. Heating by the Probing Laser. Diagnostics Equipment and Methods: Optical Components. Signal Collection and Analysis.Optical Emission Spectroscopy: Mechanisms for Optical Excitation. Instrumentation. Applications in Processing. Plasma Etching. Laser-Induced Fluorescence: Experimental Considerations. Applications. Transmission (Absorption): Experimental Considerations. Gas-Phase Absorption. Transmission through Adsorbates or Thin Films. Transmission through Substrates for Thermometry. Reflection: Optics of Reflection. Reflectometry, Ellipsometry, and Polarimetry. Optical Dielectric Functions. Reflection at an Interface with a Semi Infinite Medium. Interferometry. Photoreflectance. Infrared Reflection-Absorption Spectroscopy. Differential Reflectometry. Surface Photoabsorption and Brewster Angle Reflectometry. Reflectance-Difference (Anisotropy) Spectroscopy. Ellipsometry.Interferometry and Photography: Interferometry. Photography, Imaging, and Microscopy. Elastic Scattering and Diffraction from Particles and Nonplanar Surfaces (Scatterometry): Detection of Particles. Diffrac


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@qu:"The greatest value of Optical Diagnostics for Thin Film Processing is a comprehensive reference text. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to seriously delve into the field of thin film optical diagnostics or wants a single source book of well-organized and very high-density information on this subject." @source:--William G. Breiland, Sandia National Laboratories, OPTICAL ENGINEERING.