화학공학소재연구정보센터
Applied Surface Science, Vol.252, No.22, 7760-7765, 2006
Characterization of post-copper CMP surfaces with scanning probe microscopy - Part 1: Surface leakage measurement with conductive atomic force microscopy
We demonstrate in this paper for the first time the use of conductive atomic force microscopy (AFM) to measure surface leakage between copper structures with varying line width and spacing in the micro and sub micrometer ranges. Conducting atomic force microscopy allows subsequent measurement of the topography as well as the electrical properties of surfaces. The feasibility and interest of these measurements will be shown by studying the impact of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of an electrical interface bearing different micrometric copper structures. As expected the polishing time has a crucial impact on the current determined between closely spaced copper structures. This paper will also deal with issues observed during the measurement. (c) 2005 Published by Elsevier B.V.