Abstract

Dual-beam focused ion beam (DB-FIB) system is widely used in the semiconductor industry to prepare cross-sections and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) lamellae, modify semiconductor devices and verify layout. One of the factors that limits its success rate is sample charging, which is caused by a lack of conductive path to discharge the accumulated charges. In this paper, an approach using an insitu micromanipulator was investigated to alleviate the charging effects. With this approach, a simple front side semiconductor device modification was carried out and the corresponding stage current was monitored to correlate to the milling process.

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