Resists are regarded as protective layers for underlying devices during plasma ashing. In previous studies, resists were deliberately removed by a wet etching process prior to plasma exposure in an effort to achieve significant device degradation. In this paper we report that, contrary to conventional belief, devices with a resist overlayer actually suffer from more severe degradation than those without a resist covering. This resist-enhanced degradation effect, although not observed for devices with a thick gate oxide of 8 nm. becomes significant as the oxide thickness is scaled down below 6nm. The most severe device degradation is found to be located at the center of the wafer and is found to increase with increasing antenna area ratio. Damage is also found to occur not during the overashing period, but primarily during the initial ashing stage when the resist is still on the electrodes. Using a combination of a simple equivalent capacitor circuit model and the self-adjustment behavior of potential between the wafer surface and substrate, good correlation with the experimental results is obtained.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers|
|Issue number||7 SUPPL. B|
|State||Published - 1 Jul 1997|