fiji status update

J Provine jprovine at
Thu Jul 21 06:30:01 PDT 2011

looking good.

the acceptance test was completed successfully.  hafnia (thermal and plasma)
and alumina (thermal and plasma) were both demonstrated with ~<1% thickness
non-uniformity achieved on 100mm wafers.  additionally a TiN plasma film was
deposited of 10nm thickness.  it was conductive under simple two probe test
and compositional analysis and further electrical testing will be undertaken
for all of these films.  over the next couple of days i'll be checking
deposition rates for hafnia and alumina and finalize the documentation so
that folks can begin getting access. characterization of the films and
optimization of the processes are still required, but i know some
applications are pretty forgiving about the film specifics so folks can get
started or (better yet) chip in on characterization work.


On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 2:06 AM, J Provine <jprovine at> wrote:

> hello all,
> update from the ald front.
> along with joe krueger of cambridgenanotech we successfully deposited the
> first qualification film with the fiji-l chamber today.  we ran 200 cycles
> of TDMA-Hf with O2 plasma on a blank Si wafer.  221A of HfO2 resulted (there
> was definitely some native oxide present as the wafers were diffusion
> cleaned many hours earlier).  the non-uniformity over a 100mm wafer was 1%.
>  measurements were performed by ellipsometry.  tomorrow we will test thermal
> hafnia, alumina by plasma and thermal process and a plasma TiN film.  the
> qualification for the ozone generator has been postponed currently.  a great
> step forward for the ald capability at snf.  obviously significant
> characterization work lies ahead for us, but it looks like the system is
> well ready to move forward.
> a leak on the pump line at the stop valve for fiji-r was discovered today
> in prepping the chamber for acceptance test.  a replacement part was
> requested from CNT today and should arrive later this week.  fiji-r
> acceptance test will continue after that fix is employed.
> i hope you are all as excited about this development as i.  the acceptance
> tests continue tomorrow and thursday.  training information will go up on
> the fiji website in the coming days (certainly by the weekend).
> this test data was measured within the last hour as the first run was
> completed.  perhaps this continued effort in rapid dissemination of
> information will continue to impress upon recipients of this email that i do
> not withhold details about the system's progress from potential users.
> j
> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM, J Provine <jprovine at> wrote:
>> hi everyone,
>> due to other commitments cambridge nanotech has to slide the acceptance
>> test date until tuesday july 19th).  tuesday the 19th has been confirmed and
>> i will update everyone following the efforts of that day.
>>  j
>> On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:34 AM, J Provine <jprovine at> wrote:
>>> hello again,
>>> the fiji acceptance test has been scheduled for July 14th (backup date if
>>> it needs to slip is July 18th).
>>> the light at the end of the tunnel keeps getting brighter.
>>> j
>>> On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM, J Provine <jprovine at>wrote:
>>>> the fiji systems passed the vigilant and critical eye of our county fire
>>>> marshall's office yesterday.  many thanks go to ted berg and john shott who
>>>> dealt with inspection for nearly the entire day (it also covered upgrades to
>>>> the TGO and some things concerning the new RTAs and the future PECVD
>>>> systems).
>>>> in a word:  hurrah.
>>>> the next step is the acceptance test from cambridge nanotech.  this is
>>>> being scheduled but will occur after the avs-ald 2011 conference...hopefully
>>>> very quickly thereafter.  we will bleed into july but the progress is coming
>>>> fast and furious now.
>>>> j
>>>> On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM, J Provine <jprovine at>wrote:
>>>>> more progress.  ted got the new ozone sensor.  it has been installed
>>>>> and tested, and passed the test.  inspection with the county is scheduled
>>>>> for monday morning june 20th.  we are trying to nail down a date and time
>>>>> for the acceptance test with cambridge nanotech for after the successful
>>>>> completion of the inspection.
>>>>> FYI:  i will be away june 27-30th at the ald 2011 conference.
>>>>> j
>>>>> On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM, J Provine <jprovine at>wrote:
>>>>>> updates are coming pretty fast now.  from the sensor tests yesterday
>>>>>> everything on the fiji is good to go with the exception of the ozone sensor.
>>>>>>  it creates an open circuit upon detection and ted berg and the snf
>>>>>> maintenance gang would prefer an closed circuit.  a new ozone sensor is
>>>>>> being sent and will be installed next week with the inspection scheduled as
>>>>>> soon after installation of the ozone sensor as possible.  upon successful
>>>>>> inspection the acceptance test will be performed and we are still on target
>>>>>> and cautiously optimistic for a June start up.
>>>>>> please let me know if you have any questions.
>>>>>> j
>>>>>> On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 9:59 AM, J Provine <jprovine at>wrote:
>>>>>>> hello fiji enthusiasts,
>>>>>>> a representative from cambridge nanotech was out at stanford a few
>>>>>>> weeks ago to finish setting up the fiji.  everything checked out fine and
>>>>>>> ted berg finished the last few interlocks earlier this week.  there was a
>>>>>>> pre-test of the sensors this morning and the county inspection is scheduled
>>>>>>> for early next week.  i'm currently scheduling the acceptance test visit
>>>>>>> from cambridge nanotech to happen as soon as after the county inspection as
>>>>>>> possible.
>>>>>>> we are still on target for the machine to begin test depositions in
>>>>>>> mid-June, depending on rapidity of the various schedulings.
>>>>>>> j
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