Glen 1000P Plasma Cleaner

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Glen 1000P Plasma Cleaner
Equipment Details
Technology Plasma etching
Materials Restriction Metals
Gases Used O2, Ar, CF4
Equipment Manual
Overview System Overview
Operating Procedure SOP
Supported Processes Supported Processes
Maintenance Maintenance

The Glen 1000P Plasma Cleaner is a 1000 Watt parallel plate plasma cleaning system designed to give uniform plasma over up to four large (16 x 16-inch) sample trays. It has three plasma gas inputs and an inert gas input to enable the chamber contents to be bought back to atmospheric pressure in a controlled environment. The system has 10 recipes selectable using pushbuttons on the front of the tool.


September 29, 2023: New SOP and new pump

  Recipes now require a pumpdown to 20 mTorr before flowing gases
  Recipe IDs have been changed, check the SOP for updated recipes
  The new pump is a wet pump and requires you to turn it on and off
  Recipes have been altered to maintain similar processing conditions as with older pump

Because of pump change the recipes final pressure have changed.

  Pumping down has increased by a few minutes because of the new pump is smaller
  Recipes have been updated to reflect the changes

CF4 has been removed from this plasma tool - No longer available in this chamber

  The use of CF4 in a plasma tool requires a prechamber to avoid breathing the gases during venting
  CF4 adsorbs everywhere and slowly desorbs, contaminating surfaces especially during the plasma process
  CF4 changes the surface energy of PDMS to the point that it can't bond to glass or to itself. PDMS bonding is one of the processes that happen in this chamber

Surface activation for PDMS bonding happens in this tool. This process requires the vacuum chamber environment is clean, free of contaminants that can affect surface energies like C and F. In order to ensure thise recipe works all users are required to:

  Run recipe 80 on an empty chamber before and after using the tool
  Make sure samples you process in this tool are as clean as possible 
  Make sure your process has been approved in this tool
  When done, pump the chamber as low as possible <10mT

Also, be careful when moving trays around. Most of the connectors are in precarious conditions, the floating trays tabs, especially, are delicate easy to break.


  • Photoresist Descum/Ashing
  • Cleaning prior to electroplating
  • Organics removal
  • Surface activation of PDMS prior to bonding
  • Etching (mild)

System overview

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Hardware details

  • 1000 watt RF generator operating at 40 kHz
  • Process Gases: Ar, O2, metered by Mass Flow Controllers (0-100 sccm). N2 for vent and purge gas, and pneumatic control
  • Plasma generated between 120-180 mTorr, controlled by gas flow into chamber.
  • Chamber can accommodate up to 14 trays
  • Active, ground, and floating trays 16"x 16"
    • See SOP for description of trays and their uses

Substrate requirements

There are no restrictions on substrate size or type in this tool.

Material restrictions

The Glen 1000P Plasma Cleaner is designated as a Metals class tool. Below is a list of approved materials for the tool. Approved means the material is allowed in the tool under normal circumstances. If a material is not listed, please create a helpdesk ticket or email for any material requests or questions.

Supported processes

There are several processes for this tool supported by the LNF.

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Changing the plasma time is the only recipe editing that is permitted in this tool. Please see tool engineer if you need to edit plasma time. Please restore the recipe to the original time after your processing is complete. If you are curious if your material can be processed in this tool or have other special requirements, please contact the tool engineers via the helpdesk ticket system.

Standard operating procedure

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Checkout procedure

  1. Read through this page and the Standard Operating Procedure above.
  2. Create a Helpdesk Ticket requesting training.
  3. A tool engineer will schedule a time for initial training.
  4. Practice with your mentor or another authorized user until you are comfortable with tool operation.
  5. Schedule a checkout session with a tool engineer via the helpdesk ticket system. If this checkout is successful, the engineer will authorize you on the tool.


Trays are removed and chamber is wiped clean with IPA regularly. Door seal is inspected regularly. Vacuum pump oil is changed yearly.

Common problems

Tool will not vent: Check that your reservation is active. Chamber will not vent without an active reservation (green scheduler light must be lit)

Tool aborts immediately after process start: Check that vacuum pump is turned on. The tool must achieve 700 Torr chamber pressure within 6 seconds after process start. If this occurs, press the red “Reset/Load” button, turn on the vacuum pump and start process again

Tool aborts 3 minutes after process start: The tool must achieve 150 mTorr chamber pressure within 180 seconds in order to flow plasma gas. This abort is usually caused by debris on the door seal which interferes with chamber pumping. If this occurs, vent the chamber and clean the door seal (Orange O-ring) with a lint free wipe and IPA. Then begin your process again. This can also be caused by excessive chamber heating with prolonged processing at high plasma power. You must wait until the chamber cools before additional processing if this occurs.