STS Pegasus 4/Processes/LNF Recipe 4

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About this Process
Process Details
Equipment STS Pegasus 4
Technology DRIE
Material Si
Mask Materials PR, SiO2
Gases Used SF6, C4F8, O2
Date Created Jan 1, 2011
Authored By Kevin Owen

This highly specialized recipe is designed for high aspect ratio etching of small features (1-5 μm) with very low open area (<10%). The etch produces the most vertical sidewall with the least undercut, particularly at the top of the trench. It is primarily used with trench refill processes.


Run LNF Recipe 4 for up to 20 minutes with the 1 minute automated clean recipe, longer etches should be run with the 3 minute automated clean recipe.

Recipe Parameters

Parameter Dep Etch
Boost Main
ICP Power 2000 W 2500 W
Bias Power 0 W 80-100 W* 30 W
Bias Pulsing N/A 40 Hz 80%
Pressure 25 mTorr 30 mTorr
C4F8 Flow 90-140 sccm* 0 sccm
SF6 Flow 0 sccm 110 sccm
O2 Flow 0 sccm 10 sccm
Time 2.5 s 3 s 4 s
Chuck Temperature 10°C

* Ramped through process. Must be adjusted according to process time.


Etch Rate

The etch rate will vary with the size of the trench being etched. Larger trenches tend to etch faster, this trend can be seen below.

Mask Selectivity

  • Photoresist Etch Rate
    • SPR 220: 600 A/min
    • Thermal oxide/HTO: unknown

Side Profile


Running recipe 4 for 20 minutes with 3 µm of SPR 220 on a silicon wafer with our standard DRIE characterization mask can produce a profile like this. The minimum trench size is 0.24 µm.


  • 80 nm wide X 300 nm tall


  • 225 nm


An example of grassing can be seen below. This can happen if there is too much exposed area (>25%) on the mask.


Etch Length


Feature Size

Feature sizes of 1-10 μm (exposed) are known to work well. Larger features may cause grass.

Aspect ratio


Open area

An exposed area of <10% across the wafer is recommended. Larger exposed area may cause grass.

Multi-step etching

Multi-step processing (i.e. running two or more etches with overlapping features) with the Bosch process is known to cause undesirable results. Please contact the tool engineers if you wish to run such a process so we can help reduce or eliminate issues.


Currently Recipe 4 is not routinely qualified.