Microfabrication Processes

Useful information related to microfabrication processes including lithography, chemical etching, substrate cleaning, photoresists, RIE etching, metal and dielectric thin film deposition, oxide growth, ion implantation, diffusion, photomask design, and much more!

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General Information

The Process of Fabricating a MOSFET

This tutorial shows the basic steps involved in creating an N-MOS transistor

Chemistry Recipe Calculators ('Moles to Anything')

This page includes many helpful calculators for calculating measurements in chemical recipes.


Etching Resources (Expand /Compress)

Chemical Etching

This guide provides information on etching metals and semiconductors including mixing ratios of different etchants.

RIE Etching

Explains the process of Reactive Ion Etching and lists recipes for etching of different materials, including silicon, silicon nitride, silicon dioxide, and photoresist.


Photolithography Resources (Expand /Compress)

Lithography Materials

Information on photoresists, adhesion promoters, and spin-on materials used in the IML.

Lithography Procedures

Contains a basic lithography tutorial, a tutorial for mask alignment, and step by step instructions for doing lithography in the IML.


Contains a tutorial for designing photomasks using Cadence and instructions on getting a photomask fabricated here in the IML or through an outside company.


Thin Film Deposition and Growth

Ellipsometry Calculator

The Ellipsometry calculator uses the P1, A1, P2, and A2 angles found using an ellipsometer to calculate delta, psi, index and thickness. A "Time and Rate Calculator" is also included; it uses the thickness calculated from the Ellipsometry calculator along with the test wafer growth time and desired thickness to calculate the rate of growth and the time needed to grow the desired thickness at that rate.

PECVD Deposition

Recipies for Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition of silicon nitride, silicon dioxide, amphorous silicon, and silicon oxynitride.

PVD Metal Deposition

Information on different methods of metal deposition including E-beam evaporation, thermal filament evaporation, and sputtering. Also includes information on deposition uniformity and step coverage.

Thin Film Evaporation Reference

This guide lists many properties of common thin film materials including density, Z-ratio, melting point, vapor pressures. Preferred evaporation methods and crucible liners are also listed.


Oxide Growth Resources

Oxide Growth Time Calculator

Input the initial and desired thickness, temperature, crystal orientation, and environment to calculate the thermal oxide growth time on silicon.

Oxide Thickness Calculator

Enter the initial thickness, temperature, crystal orientation, environment, and time to determine final thickness of thermally grown oxide on silicon.

Oxide Film Color Calculator and Chart

Determines the visible color for silicon dioxide and silicon nitride films given the film thickness and viewing angle.


Ion Implant Resources

Calculators and interactive graphs for ion implantation profiles, projected range and straggle, and ionization breakdown for various dopants and substrates. Also provides links to some commercial ion implantation houses.

Ion Implantation Profile Calculator

Arsenic, Boron, and Phosphorous implantation into silicon substrates. Diffusion can also be calculated. Interactive graph plots up to six implants and their sum. Data available in CSV format.

Projected Ion Range and Straggle Calculator

Calculate the projected range and straggle for ion implantation of various dopants, substrates, and ionization energies.

Ion Implantation Services

Provides links to several ion implantation houses and other services.


Semiconductor Doping Resources

Diffusion Calculator and Graph

Calculate impurity and dopant concentrations at various depths in silicon, gallium arsenide, and other semiconductor substrates for intrinsic diffusion. This calculator includes both constant-total and constant-surface concentration profiles! Interactive graph plots the impurity concentration vs. substrate depth or diffusion profile for various input parameters such as annealing temperature and time.


Silicon Wafer Bonding

Silicon Wafer Bonding Process

A simple instrucional guide to the basic steps of silicon wafer bonding.