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1. US20040026235 - System and apparatus for control of sputter deposition process

Office United States of America
Application Number 10438380
Application Date 15.05.2003
Publication Number 20040026235
Publication Date 12.02.2004
Grant Number 7247221
Grant Date 24.07.2007
Publication Kind B2
IPC
C23C 14/35
CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
23COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; CHEMICAL SURFACE TREATMENT; DIFFUSION TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL; INHIBITING CORROSION OF METALLIC MATERIAL OR INCRUSTATION IN GENERAL
CCOATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL
14Coating by vacuum evaporation, by sputtering or by ion implantation of the coating forming material
22characterised by the process of coating
34Sputtering
35by application of a magnetic field, e.g. magnetron sputtering
H05H 1/46
HELECTRICITY
05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
HPLASMA TECHNIQUE; PRODUCTION OF ACCELERATED ELECTRICALLY- CHARGED PARTICLES OR OF NEUTRONS; PRODUCTION OR ACCELERATION OF NEUTRAL MOLECULAR OR ATOMIC BEAMS
1Generating plasma; Handling plasma
24Generating plasma
46using applied electromagnetic fields, e.g. high frequency or microwave energy
C23C 14/34
CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
23COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; CHEMICAL SURFACE TREATMENT; DIFFUSION TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL; INHIBITING CORROSION OF METALLIC MATERIAL OR INCRUSTATION IN GENERAL
CCOATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL
14Coating by vacuum evaporation, by sputtering or by ion implantation of the coating forming material
22characterised by the process of coating
34Sputtering
H01J 37/32
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes
H01J 37/34
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes
34operating with cathodic sputtering
CPC
C23C 14/35
CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
23COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; CHEMICAL SURFACE TREATMENT; DIFFUSION TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL; INHIBITING CORROSION OF METALLIC MATERIAL OR INCRUSTATION IN GENERAL
CCOATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL
14Coating by vacuum evaporation, by sputtering or by ion implantation of the coating forming material
22characterised by the process of coating
34Sputtering
35by application of a magnetic field, e.g. magnetron sputtering
H01J 37/3405
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
JELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
37Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof
32Gas-filled discharge tubes, ; e.g. for surface treatment of objects such as coating, plating, etching, sterilising or bringing about chemical reactions
34operating with cathodic sputtering
3402using supplementary magnetic fields
3405Magnetron sputtering
Applicants Applied Films Corporation
Inventors Stowell, Jr. Michael W.
Agents Storm Paul V.
Patti John J.
Storm LLP
Priority Data 10438380 15.05.2003 US
60381482 17.05.2002 US
Title
(EN) System and apparatus for control of sputter deposition process
Abstract
(EN)

A method and apparatus for sputter deposition in which both a pulsed DC power supply and an RF power supply apply power to the target in the sputter deposition equipment. The pulsed DC power supply provides an on cycle where power is applied to the target, and an off cycle, in which a reverse polarity is applied to the target. The application of the reverse polarity has the effect of removing any charge that may have built up on the surface of the target. This reduces the likelihood of arcing occurring on the surface of the target, which can degrade the quality of the film being deposited on the substrate. By applying RF power simultaneously with the pulsed DC power to the target, the ionization efficiency on the target surface is increased. This results in a greater amount of material being removed from the target surface more quickly.