Effect of CH4 concentration on the dielectric properties of SiOC(-H) film deposited by PECVD

Dong Hee Shin, Jong Hoon Kim, Dae Soon Lim, Chan Bae Kim

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The development of low-k materials is essential for modern semiconductor processes to reduce the cross-talk, signal delay and capacitance between multiple layers. The effect of the CH4 concentration on the formation of SiOC(-H) films and their dielectric characteristics were investigated. SiOC(-H) thin films were deposited on Si(100)/SiO2/Ti/Pt substrates by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) with SiH4, CO2 and CH4 gas mixtures. After the deposition, the SiOC(-H) thin films were annealed in an Ar atmosphere using rapid thermal annealing (RTA) for 30min. The electrical properties of the SiOC(-H) films were then measured using an impedance analyzer. The dielectric constant decreased as the CH4 concentration of low-k SiOC(-H) thin film increased. The decrease in the dielectric constant was explained in terms of the decrease of the ionic polarization due to the increase of the relative carbon content. The spectrum via Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy showed a variety of bonding configurations, including Si-O-Si, H-Si-O, Si-(CH3)2, Si-CH3 and CHx in the absorbance mode over the range from 650 to 4000 cm-1. The results showed that dielectric properties with different CH4 concentrations are closely related to the (Si-CH3) / [(Si-CH3)+(Si-O)] ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-94
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Materials Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • CH4 concentration
  • Electrical properties
  • FT-IR
  • SiOC(-H)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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