Dopant profiling of metal-oxide semiconductor (MOS) structures with scanning electron microscopy

W. C. Hsiao, C. P. Liu, C. L. Yang, L. C. Sun, Thomas Hung

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This article describes the results of a detailed study on semiconductor dopant profiling with the scanning electron microscope using secondary electrons. The technique has been widely used to study the contrast of doped silicon as well as a metal-oxide semiconductor structure. The optimum experimental conditions for observing the contrast of the p/n junction areas were established by investigating the effect of microscope and material parameters including accelerating voltage [1], working distance, spot size, tilt angle [2,3] and chemical treatment [4]. The preparation of the cross-sectional sample for the imaging of the semiconductor doping profile in MOS structures is successfully demonstrated for the first time by direct-polishing. The contrast between the brighter p-type areas and the darker n-type areas is maximized at an accelerating voltage of 1 kV [5], and when a through-the-lens detector is used. We have studied the variation of doping contrast with specimen tilt and various chemical pre-treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterfaces in Electronic Materials - Proceedings of the International Symposium
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event204th Electrochemical Society Fall Meeting - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2003 Oct 122003 Oct 16

Publication series

NameProceedings - Electrochemical Society
VolumePV 2003-31


Other204th Electrochemical Society Fall Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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