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Title Intercomparison of silicon dioxde thickness measurements made by multiple techniques
Abstract A pilot project has been launched under the auspices of the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance to evaluate the quantification for SiO2 on (100) and (111) Si in the thickness range 1.5?8 nm. Wafers and methodologies have been carefully prepared. Forty-five sets of measurements have been made in different laboratories using eight methods: medium energy ion scattering spectrometry (MEIS), nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), elastic backscattering spectrometry (EBS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ellipsometry, grazing incidence x-ray reflectometry (GIXRR), neutron reflectometry (NR), and transmission electron microscopy. The results have been assessed, against the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) XPS data, using d(respondee) = md(NPL) + c. All show excellent linearity. The main sets correlate with the NPL data with average root-mean-square scatters of 0.13 nm with half being <0.1 nm. Each set allows the relative scaling constant, m, and the zero thickness offset, c to be determined. Each method has 0<c<1 nm and it is these offsets, measured here, that have caused many problems in the past. Each technique has a different accuracy for m and consistent results have been achieved. XPS has poor accuracy for m but a high precision and, critically, has zero offset if used correctly. Achieving a consistent scaling constant and zero offset for XPS requires reference conditions that dramatically improve data consistency and validity. A combination of XPS and other methods allows an accurate determination of the XPS scaling constant, m = 0.986±0.004. XPS may then have an uncertainty approaching 2%, traceable via other methods. NR, GIXRR, MEIS, NRA, RBS, and EBS have small offsets which, if they can be controlled, will enable these methods also to be used with high accuracy
Organisation CCLRC , SND , MEIS
Keywords Materials
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Journal Article J Vac Sci Technol A 22, no. 4 (2004): 1564-1571. doi:10.1116/1.1705594 2004
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