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Module

EEE8125 : Advanced Device Fabrication

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Olsen
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide an advanced knowledge of electronic device manufacture; to explain the importance of yield and reliability; to consider future directions available to electronic device technology; to gain practical experience of electronic device fabrication and test in a clean room.

Outline Of Syllabus

Silicon Epitaxy -
Applications, vapour phase expitaxy, doping and autodoping; molecular beam epitaxy; nanoscale characterisation

Polysilicon Deposition -
Applications, deposition process and rate, electrical characteristics, step coverage, oxidation of polysilicon.

Oxidation -
Uses of thermal oxide and CVD oxide, growth and properties of dry and wet oxide, dopant distribution, oxide quality, CVD process, doped oxide and its applications, step coverage and planarisation; high-k dielectrics.

Metallisation -
Uses and desired properties of metallization, evaporation and sputtering, aluminium, silicide and gold metalisation technology, general properties of metalisation.

Etching -
Types, etch rate, selectivity, anisotropy, uniformity, case study; reactive ion etching, process monitoring and end point detection, pattern transfer problems, defects and impurities, deep reactive ion etching.

Surface Contamination -
Particles and films, sources of contamination, cleaning methods; photoresist removal.

Process Monitoring -
Junction depth, resistivity and sheet resistance, Hall effect, majority carrier mobility, doping profiles, current-voltage characteristics, line width.

Deep Submicron Lithography -
G Line, I line, Deep UV, resolution, depth of focus, phase shift lithography, electron beam lithography, x-ray lithography, costs.

Interconnect -
Need for planar process, CR delay, material system wish list, electromigration and reliability, median time to failure.

Doping Technology -
Ion implantation, equipment, masking, dopant profiles, channelling, implantation damage, annealing, diffusion doping. Electrical and physical characterisation of doping.

New materials and technologies -
Novel gate stacks (metal gates, high k dielectrics, atomic layer deposition), new channel materials (strained Si/SiGe), SiC for high temperature electronics, advanced interconnect (Cu-low k), nanotechnology.

Fabrication and test of electronic devices using clean room technology.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Formative assignment (exam)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials540:2018:0020 minute non-synchronous – replacing lectures with similar material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Present-in-person (PiP) practical lab sessions
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Writing up notes from practical lab sessions, reading activity to supplement understanding of practi
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Online synchronous tutorial, open format responding to student questions, reviewing non-synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study540:2018:00Student study time of non-synchronous pre-recorded material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1104:00104:00Student independent study: Reading papers, reflecting on lecture material, writing up lecture notes
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The online sessions provide core material and guidance for further reading. Tutorials reinforce self-directed learning while private study allows reading of material for advanced understanding.
Problem solving and examples are integrated into lecture and tutorial work. Practical clean room experience reinforces and enhances lecture material.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100To be completed within 24 hours of being set
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assignment provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their knowledge and skills developed from course material, tutorials, student directed learning and practical elements. The take home format allows them to use their notes from the module and demonstrate their understanding to answer examination style questions.

Reading Lists

Timetable