Isotropic Etching of SiC
Isotropic etching of silicon carbide was achieved using a capacitive coupled parallel plate reactor in plasma etching mode and SF6 at elevated substrate temperatures. It was observed to be remarkable at substrate temperatures above 350°C. The influence of chamber pressure, masking materials, rf-power and substrate temperature were analyzed. Thereby, 8.5° off-axis oriented 4HSiC wafers exhibit a larger vertical and lateral etching rate compared to on-axis oriented SiC wafers. Additionally, the erosion of nitrogen containing masking material results in a reduction of the etching rates.
Akira Suzuki, Hajime Okumura, Tsunenobu Kimoto, Takashi Fuyuki, Kenji Fukuda and Shin-ichi Nishizawa
T. Stauden et al., "Isotropic Etching of SiC", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 600-603, pp. 651-654, 2009