Abstract

Scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) is a 2-D carrier and/or dopant concentration profiling technique under development that utilizes the excellent spatial resolution of scanning probe microscopy. However, PV-SCM has limited capability to achieve the goal due to inherent "plane" trait. On top of that, deeper concentration profile just like deep N-well is also one of restrictions to use. For representing above contents more clearly, this paper presents a few cases that demonstrate the alternated and optimized application of PV-SCM and X-SCM. The case studies concern Joint Test Action Group failure and stand-by failure. These cases illustrate that the correct selection from either plane-view or cross-sectional SCM analysis according to the surrounding of defect could help to exactly and rapidly diagnose the failure mechanism. Alternating and optimizing PV-SCM and X-SCM techniques to navigate various implant issue could provide corrective actions that suit local circumstance of defects and identify the root cause.

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