Copper Post-CMP Cleaning

  • D. Starosvetsky
  • Y. Ein-Eli


Copper on-chip interconnects Damascene technology utilizes chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) in order to remove copper overburden after its electro deposition and achieve global planarization of patterned surface. CMP is a simultaneous action of mechanical overburden metal removal and its electrochemical dissolution. It is performed with the movement of a polisher pad in acidic or alkaline aqueous CMP electrolytes (slurry) containing dispersive abrasive particles (Al2O3 or SiO2), pH buffer, certain electrolyte salts to control ionic strength, oxidants, and corrosion inhibitors. Mechanical and chemical interactions with a patterned wafer surface introduce different defects and contaminations in interlayer dielectric (ILD) surfaces and copper layers. These can either be mechanical (physical) or chemical-based defects and contaminants [1–6].


Corrosion Product Abrasive Particle Copper Surface Chemical Mechanical Polishing Wafer Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Starosvetsky
    • 1
  • Y. Ein-Eli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Material Science and EngineeringTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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