Estimation of negative ions in VHF SiH4/H2 plasma

Tsukasa Yamane, Shinya Nakano, Sachiko Nakao, Yoshiaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ichiki, Hiroshi Muta, Kiichiro Uchino, Yoshinobu Kawai

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The characteristics of a VHF SiH4/H2 plasma (frequency: 60 MHz) at high pressures were examined as a function of silane concentration with a heated Langmuir probe. Anomalous reductions in electron saturation current were observed, suggesting the existence of many negative ions. An estimation of the concentration of negative ions was attempted using the sheath theory including negative ions. It was found that there exist H- and SiH3- ions as dominant negative ions in the VHF SiH4/H2 plasma. In addition, the measured floating potential agreed with the theoretical value.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116101
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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