Optical Film Thickness (Nanometric)

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Optical Film Thickness (Nanometric)
Tool Type Inspection, Test and Characterization
Supervisor Bill Millerski
Supervisor Phone (805) 893-2655
Supervisor E-Mail wmillerski@ucsb.edu
Description Reflectometer for optical thin film measurement
Manufacturer Nanometrics

Equipment removed from lab due to low usage on 2022-03-22
Repalced by the newer Filmetrics F40


This tool is for thickness and optical property measurements of films on silicon substrates. Other substrates are permitted, but results will not be accurate. The technique used is white light reflection. Data is taken with normal incidence reflection of white light (480 nm – 850 nm) from the surface and spectral data is captured through a spectrometer attached to the camera port of the microscope. The data is modeled and the optical parameters are adjusted to give a best least-squared fit to the data. Refractive index can be manually entered or used as a parameter in the fitting routine. Absorbing films will give incorrect results. This unit can measure thicknesses of films in spots down to approximately 10 um, allowing for measurement of thin films at various points in the processing.

Equipment Specifications

  • 480-850 nm reflection spectrum
  • Designed for silicon substrates; others allowed, but accuracy not guaranteed
  • 150 A to tens of microns thickness measurements
  • Do not use refractive index option for very thin films
  • Manual wafer placement, up to 6" wafers
  • Objectives of 5x, 10x, and 20x for 40 um, 20 um, and 10 um spot sizes.; can measure film properties in small areas
  • Thicker films require lower objective magnification due to depth of focus
  • Programs for PR, SiO2, SiN on silicon