Effect of conditioner type and downforce, and pad surface micro-texture on SiO 2 chemical mechanical planarization performance

Jeffrey McAllister, Calliandra Stuffle, Yasa Sampurno, Dale Hetherington, Jon Sierra Suarez, Leonard Borucki, Ara Philipossian

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Based on a previous work where we investigated the effect of conditioner type and downforce on the evolution of pad surface micro-texture during break-in, we have chosen certain break-in conditions to carry out subsequent blanket SiO 2 wafer polishing studies. Two different conditioner discs were used in conjunction with up to two different conditioning downforces. For each disc-downforce combination, mini-marathons were run using SiO 2 wafers. Prior to polishing, each pad was broken-in for 30 min with one of the conditioner-downforce combinations. The goal of this study was to polish wafers after this break-in to see how the polishing process behaved immediately after break-in. One of the discs used in this study produced similar micro-texture results at both downforces, which echoed the results seen in the mini-marathon. When comparing the different polishing results obtained from breaking-in the pad with the different discs used in this study, the coefficient of friction (COF) and SiO 2 removal rate (RR) were uncorrelated in all cases. However, the use of different discs resulted in different COF and RR trends. The uncorrelated COF and RR, as well as the differing trends, were explained by pad micro-texture results (i.e. the differing amount of fractured, poorly supported pad asperity summits).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number258
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • Chemical mechanical planarization
  • Conditioner disc
  • Pad surface micro-texture
  • SiO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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