Characterization of laser induced charging damage in laser micromachining

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Laser induced damage has been observed from laser micromachining of Si with insulating mate-rial on device structures. Characterization of damage suggests the potential mechanism as laser in-duced charging damage. Static measurements using a Langmuir type probe for measuring average spatial charge distributions, accumulated charges, and maximum current are conducted to under-stand the charge characteristics of laser micromachining on Si and on insulating layer/Si. The amount of charge accumulating on the probe is seen to be proportional to the increase in laser en-ergy, repetition rate, spatial overlap, and probe bias. Machining of insulating layer coating on Si shows the accumulation of positive charge while machining of bare Si indicates cumulative small positive or negative charges depending on the location of the probe. Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) as-sisted ablation generates an order of magnitude smaller amount of charge compared to no assist ab-lation. Spatial charge profiles show a rapidly decaying distribution with distance away from ablation region and a fit of these data to a cosnθ function shows an increasing value of n as a function of dis-tance from the wafer surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Laser Micro Nanoengineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 1

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© 2007, Japan Laser Processing Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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