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1 Wet Bulk Micromachining Dr. Marc Madou, Fall 2012 UCI Class 8

2 Table of Content  Single crystal growth  Si lattice structure  Miller Indices  Wafer flats  Isotropic and anisotropic etching  Example

3 Bulk Micromachining  Semiconductor grade devices cannot be fabricated directly from Poly-Si, first we need to produce single crystal ingots, also the mechanical properties of single crystal Si are superior  Major methods are: Czochralski and Float Zone method from Mitsubishi Materials Silicon Corporation Si crystal growth- Czochralsky method

4 from Mitsubishi Materials Silicon Corporation Bulk Micromachining Si crystal growth: float-zone crystal growth

5  The Si diamond lattice is composed of two interpenetrating fcc lattices, one displaced 1/4 of a lattice constant from the other. Each site is tetrahedrally coordinated with four other sites in the other sublattice. When the two sublattices are of different atoms, then the diamond lattice becomes the zincblende or sphalerite lattice. Examples of materials with the diamond crystal structure are diamond, silicon and germanium. Bulk Micromachining Diamond structure

6 Si crystal orientation Each site is tetrahedrally coordinated with four other sites in the other sub-lattice Equivalent planes i.e. families {} More atoms per cm 2 (oxidizes faster than 100) but etches much slower Bulk Micromachining

7 Miller indices  Miller Indices are a symbolic vector representation for the orientation of an atomic plane in a crystal lattice and are defined as the reciprocals of the fractional intercepts which the plane makes with the crystallographic axes  To determine Miller indices of a plane take the following steps: 1. Determine the intercepts of the plane along each of the three crystallographic directions 2. Take the reciprocals of the intercepts 3. If fractions result, multiply each by the denominator of the smallest fraction Bulk Micromachining

8 Miller indices  The first thing that must be ascertained is the fractional intercepts that the plane/face makes with the crystallographic axes, in other words, how far along the unit cell lengths does the plane intersect the axis? in the figure, the plane intercepts each axis at exact one unit length (1)  Step two involves taking the reciprocal of the fractional intercept of each unit length for each axis, in the figure above, the values are all 1/1. (2)  Finally the fractions are cleared (i.e., make 1 as the common denominator) (3)  These integer numbers are then parenthetically enclosed and designate that specific crystallographic plane within the lattice. Since the unit cell repeats in space, the notation actually represents a family of planes, all with the same orientation. In the figure above, the Miller indices for the plane are (111) Miller Indices gly630/millerindices.html Bulk Micromachining

9  This figure shows a 4 inch 100 plane crystal Silicon wafer, typically between 250-600 microns thick  The current fab standards are up to 12 inch wafers  For CMOS work (100) and (111) (for bipolar) wafers are most important but in MEMS other orientations are used as well (especially (110)  Wafer flats indicate orientation (primary) and conductivity type (secondary) Bulk Micromachining

10 The primary flat on (100) and (111) wafers marks the direction (111) (100) Bulk Micromachining Primary Flat = The flat of longest length located in the circumference of the wafer. The primary flat has a specified crystal orientation relative to the wafer surface; major flat. Secondary Flat = Indicates the crystal orientation and doping of the wafer. The location of this flat varies. P type No secondary Flat P type 90°±5° Clockwise from Primary Flat N type 45°±5° Clockwise from Primary Flat N type 180°±5° Clockwise from Primary Flat

11  Chemical milling: using a maskant and a scribe followed by acid to etch the scribed area – Chemical milling (15 th century decorating armor) – Chemical milling by the 1960’s especially used by the aerospace industry  Photosenstive masks instead of scribing by hand (Niepce in 1822)  Printed circuit board (WW II)  Isotropic etching of Si (mid 1950’s)  IC’s (1961)  First Si micromechanical element (1961-1962)  Anisotropic etching of Si (mid 1960’s) Bulk Micromachining

12 Flat [110]  Proper alignment leads to {111} sidewalls, (100) bottom, directed edges and directed ribs  Consider the unit cube and the off- normal angle  of the intersection of a (111) sidewall and a (110) cross-secting plane L a (110)   =arctan = 35.26°or 54.74° for the complementary angle (111) Bulk Micromachining Anisotropic etching: [100] Si

13  The width of the square bottom cavity w o is determined by the etch depth z, the mask opening and the angle  we just calculated  To create a dense array of vias the Si wafer must be thinned Bulk Micromachining

14 Anisotropic etching: [100] Si Flat [110] (100) planes  There are {100} planes perpendicular to the wafer surface (at a 45° angle with the wafer flat i.e.the {110} direction) Bulk Micromachining

15 Isotropic etching (HF:Nitric Acid: Acetic Acid)Anisotropic etching (KOH) (110) (100) Bulk Micromachining

16  Isotropic etchants etch in all crystallographic directions at the same rate: – Usually acidic (HNA i.e. HF, HNO 3 and CH 3 COOH) – Room temperature or slightly above (< 50 °C) – Diffusion limited – Etching is very fast (e.g. up to 50 µm min -1 ) – Undercuts mask  Masking very difficult e.g Au/Cr or LPCVD Si 3 N 4 is good, but SiO 2 is used because it is so simple Stirring No stirring

17  Anisotropic etchants etch at different rates depending on the orientation of the exposed crystal plane: – Usually alkaline (pH> 12 e.g. KOH) – Higher temperatures (> 50 °C e.g. 85 to 115 °C) – Reaction rate limited – Slower e.g 1 µm/min (for direction) – Does not undercut the mask – Not very agitation sensitive  Masking very difficult e.g. LPCVD Si 3 N 4 Bulk Micromachining

18 Example: electrochemical sensor array  A typical bulk micromachining example: to make an array of electrochemical sensors in a catheter (e.g. to measure pH, O 2 and CO 2 in blood)  The etch stop in this case is a sacrificial oxide layer  Yet smaller structurs could be used to experiment in picoliter microvials (e.g. to investigate a single biological cell)- go visit /feb/exper.html /feb/exper.html Bulk Micromachining

19 Example: electrochemical sensor array  As in most cases the packaging is the more difficult and more expensive part of the sensor fabrication Bulk Micromachining

20  The sensor array is mounted in a catheter (750 µm diameter)  Biocompatible materials is still a very big issue  CAD of the sensor array Example: electrochemical sensor array Bulk Micromachining

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