Internal IC probing has become an important tool for failure analysis and defect localization. Optical stimulation of logical transients enables the investigation of electrical pulse propagation through IC-regions which are not directly connected to an external input. The signal detection should be as directly as possible to avoid misinterpretation of experimental results, especially for time-resolved measurements. This paper describes the implementation of a capacitive coupling technique on a laser scanning microscope and on a needle prober. Results of static and time-resolved measurements are presented and compared to those obtained by OBIC measurements.

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