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 site-specific implant profiling using SCM.

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