ICP-RIE dry etching using Cl2-based on GaN

Siti Azlina Rosli, and Azlan Abdul Aziz, and Md Roslan Hashim, (2011) ICP-RIE dry etching using Cl2-based on GaN. Sains Malaysiana, 40 (1). pp. 79-82. ISSN 0126-6039


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In this study, the plasma characteristics and GaN etch properties of inductively coupled Cl2/Ar and Cl2/H2 plasmas were investigated. Our results showed that inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching of gallium nitride by using Cl2/Ar and Cl2/H2 were possible to meet the requirements (anisotropy, high etch rate and high selectivity). We have investigated the etching rate dependency on the percentage of argon and hydrogen in the gas mixture and the DC voltage. Surface morphology of the etched samples was checked by SEM and AFM. It was found that the etched surface was anisotropic and the smoothness of the etched surface is comparable to that of polished wafer. As results, gas mixture using Cl2/Ar, we obtained highest etching rates; 5000 Å/min and ~0.5 nm rms roughness for n-GaN and for p-GaN, the etching rates was 3300 Å/min and ~0.7 nm for rms roughness. Meanwhile, for gas mixture using Cl2/H2, the etching was 1580 Å/min for n-GaN and 950 Å/min for p-GaN.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Argon; gallium nitride; hydrogen; inductively coupled plasma etching
Journal:Sains Malaysiana
ID Code:2454
Deposited By: Mr Azam
Deposited On:02 Aug 2011 06:52
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:31

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