Iron nitride mask and reactive ion etching of GaN films

Heon Lee, James S. Harris

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Abstract

One of the major GaN processing challenges is useful pattern transfer. Serious photoresist mask erosion and hardening are often observed in reactive ion etching of GaN. Fine pattern transfer to GaN films using photoresist masks and complete removal of remaining photoresist after etching are very difficult. By replacing the etch mask from conventional photoresist to a sputtered iron nitride (Fe-8% N) film, which is easily patterned by wet chemical etching and is very resistive to Cl based plasmas, GaN films can be finely patterned with vertical etched sidewalls. Successful pattern transfer is realized by reactive ion etching using Cl (H) containing plasmas. CHF 3/Ar, C 2ClF 5/Ar, C 2ClF 5/Ar/O 2, SiCl 4, and CHCl 3 plasmas were used to etch GaN. The GaN etch rate is dependent on the crystalline quality of GaN. Higher crystalline quality GaN films exhibit slower etch rates than GaN films with higher dislocation and stacking fault density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Volume27
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

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Reactive ion etching
Nitrides
nitrides
Masks
Photoresists
masks
Iron
photoresists
etching
iron
ions
Plasmas
Crystalline materials
Wet etching
Stacking faults
Dislocations (crystals)
crystal defects
hardening
erosion
Hardening

Keywords

  • CHCl , CHF , C ClF
  • GaN film
  • Iron nitride film
  • Photoresist mask erosion
  • Photoresist mask hardening
  • Reactive ion etching (RIE)
  • SiCl

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Iron nitride mask and reactive ion etching of GaN films. / Lee, Heon; Harris, James S.

In: Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol. 27, No. 4, 01.04.1998, p. 185-189.

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Lee, Heon ; Harris, James S. / Iron nitride mask and reactive ion etching of GaN films. In: Journal of Electronic Materials. 1998 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 185-189.
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