PLEASE PLEASE help with STS etcher footing problem

Elvis Der-Song Lin elvislin at
Thu Oct 20 15:23:21 PDT 2005

Hi my knowledgeable and experienced friends,


My groupmember and I have a question regarding methods to minimize the
footing problem when using the STS ether to etch trenches with oxide as etch
stop.  I used the "deep" recipe to etch 120 um deep trenches which are 10 um
wide.  I did about 5 minutes of over etching.  After etching, the footing
was very severe, especially at places where two trenches cross etch other.
The footing was at least 5 um on each side.  Is there a recipe that is tuned
to miniminze the "footing" problem?  Any suggestions will be high



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