Advances in semiconductor technology are driving the need for new metrology and failure analysis techniques. Failures due to missing, or misregistered implants are particularly difficult to resolve. Two-dimensional implant profiling techniques such as scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) rely on polish preparation, which makes reliably targeting sub 0.25 um structures nearly impossible.1 Focused ion beam (FIB) machining is routinely used to prepare site-specific cross-sections for electron microscopy inspection; however, FIB induced artifacts such as surface amorphization and Ga ion implantation render the surface incompatible with SCM (and selective etching techniques). This work describes a novel combination of FIB machining and polish preparation that allows for sitespecific implant profiling using SCM.

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