Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 239–257 | Cite as

On the LPCVD-Formed SiO2 Etching Mechanism in CF4/Ar/O2 Inductively Coupled Plasmas: Effects of Gas Mixing Ratios and Gas Pressure

  • Jinyoung Son
  • Alexander Efremov
  • Inwoo Chun
  • Geun Young Yeom
  • Kwang-Ho Kwon
Original Paper


An investigation of etching mechanism of low-temperature SiO2 thin films in CF4/Ar/O2 inductively coupled plasmas at constant input power (900 W) and bias power (200 W) was carried out. It was found that that the variations of Ar/O2 mixing ratio (0–50 %) at constant 50 % CF4 fraction as well as the change in gas pressure (4–10 mTorr) resulted in non-monotonic SiO2 etching rates. The zero-dimensional plasma model with Langmuir probe diagnostics data provided the detailed information on formation-decay kinetics for plasma active species. The model-based analysis of etching kinetics showed that these effects were not connected with the non-monotonic change of fluorine atom density (as was found in several works for the binary CF4/O2 system), but resulted from the decrease in reaction probability and with the transition from neutral-flux to ion-flux-limited regimes of ion assisted chemical reaction.


Low-temperature SiO2 CF4 plasma Diagnostics Modeling Etching mechanism 



This work was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program (10041681, Development of fundamental technology for 10 nm process semiconductor and 10 G size large area process with high plasma density and VHF condition) funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE, Korea).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinyoung Son
    • 1
  • Alexander Efremov
    • 2
  • Inwoo Chun
    • 1
  • Geun Young Yeom
    • 3
  • Kwang-Ho Kwon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Control and Instrumentation EngineeringKorea UniversitySejongSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Electronic Devices and Materials TechnologyState University of Chemistry and TechnologyIvanovoRussia
  3. 3.Department of Advanced Materials Science and EngineeringSungkyunkwan UniversitySuwonSouth Korea

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