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1. US6027574 - Method of drying a substrate by lowering a fluid surface level

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United States of America
Application Number 09216359
Application Date 18.12.1998
Publication Number 6027574
Publication Date 22.02.2000
Grant Number 6027574
Grant Date 22.02.2000
Publication Kind A
IPC
B08B 5/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
08CLEANING
BCLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL
5Cleaning by methods involving the use of air flow or gas flow
B08B 3/04
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
08CLEANING
BCLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL
3Cleaning by methods involving the use or presence of liquid or steam
04Cleaning involving contact with liquid
F26B 5/00
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
26DRYING
BDRYING SOLID MATERIALS OR OBJECTS BY REMOVING LIQUID THEREFROM
5Drying solid materials or objects by processes not involving the application of heat
F26B 9/06
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
26DRYING
BDRYING SOLID MATERIALS OR OBJECTS BY REMOVING LIQUID THEREFROM
9Machines or apparatus for drying solid materials or objects at rest or with only local agitation; Domestic airing cupboards
06in stationary drums or chambers
F26B 21/00
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
26DRYING
BDRYING SOLID MATERIALS OR OBJECTS BY REMOVING LIQUID THEREFROM
21Arrangements for supplying or controlling air or gases for drying solid materials or objects
H01L 21/00
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
CPC
H01L 21/68728
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
683for supporting or gripping
687using mechanical means, e.g. chucks, clamps or pinches
68714the wafers being placed on a susceptor, stage or support
68728characterised by a plurality of separate clamping members, e.g. clamping fingers
H01L 21/67034
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67005Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67011Apparatus for manufacture or treatment
67017Apparatus for fluid treatment
67028for cleaning followed by drying, rinsing, stripping, blasting or the like
67034for drying
Y10S 134/902
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
STECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
134Cleaning and liquid contact with solids
902Semiconductor wafer
Applicants Applied Materials, Inc.
Inventors Fishkin Boris
Hearne John S.
Lowrance Robert B.
Agents Janah & Associates
Priority Data 08908245 07.08.1997 US
Title
(EN) Method of drying a substrate by lowering a fluid surface level
Abstract
(EN)

A method of removing liquid on a substrate, the method comprising the steps of placing the substrate in a fluid reservoir having a surface level, maintaining a partial pressure of vapor over the fluid surface level, lowering the fluid surface level of the reservoir while adding fluid, whereby the liquid flows off the substrate, and holding the substrate at different holding points, while lowering the fluid surface level so that the lowering surface level does not pass across a holding point that is being used to hold the substrate.