Electrochemical local etching of silicon in etchant vapor

Bugeun Ki, Keorock Choi, Kyunghwan Kim, Jungwoo Oh

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Direct machining and imprinting of Si are beneficial for simplifying the fabrication of microelectromechanical systems, nanoelectromechanical systems, optical devices, and fin field-effect transistors, and for reducing process costs. Electrochemical micromachining has been introduced for highly doped Si, but complex structures cannot be imprinted directly. With chemical imprinting, complex nano/micropatterns can be imprinted even on low-doped Si, but the physical contact can damage the templates. In this study, we demonstrated an electrochemical local etching (ELE) method for fabricating nano/micrometer structures on semiconductors in a noncontact manner. Polygon tips were prepared as templates on highly doped n-type Si via etching in KOH. A constant space is maintained between the template and the target Si using a gap layer to prevent damage and contamination. In the etchant vapor, the voltage bias between the template and the target Si leads to condensation of the etchant. Because the etching region is localized by the condensation of the etchant, even low-doped semiconductors can be imprinted in submicrometer patterns in a single step. When the etchant condensation is suppressed, the etching area is reduced and the resolution is increased, allowing direct imprinting of the polygonal submicrometer pattern. ELE has the potential to produce complex nano/micrometer structures in a single step without photoresists and physical contact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6411-6419
Number of pages9
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 21

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  • General Materials Science


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