A recently developed technique known as Electron Beam Induced Resistance Change (EBIRCH) equipped with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) utilizes a constant electron beam (e-beam) voltage across or current through the defect of interest and amplifies its resistance variation. In this study, EBIRCH is applied for a 3D NAND structure device fault isolation but suffered from nearby dielectric film deformation. The characterization of such dielectric deformation and the possible mechanisms of e-beam induced damage are discussed. As well, a threshold condition to avoid from triggering the occurrence of dielectric damage is presented for shallow defect analysis in EBIRCH application.

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