For a low dielectric constant inter-metal dielectric application, the low-A: SiCOH film with a dielectric constant of 2.8-3.2 has been deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD) with trimethylsilane (3MS), oxygen, and the carrier gas. In this work, we present the effects of the carrier gas on the characterizations of the low-k films, including reaction mechanism, the deposition rate, and the mechanical and electrical properties. According to the experimental results, the low-k film in Ar carrier gas exhibits the improvement in deposition rate, nonuniformity, leakage current, and hardness. In addition, the dielectric constant of the deposited low-k film is slightly sacrificed due to the decrease of micropores in the deposited films.
- Carrier gas
- Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition