Nano Device Technologies

Dielectric Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)

The chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is one of the basic techniques for thin film deposition in the field of BEOL processing. The department Nano Device Technologies in collaboration with the Center for Microtechnologies has a long time expert knowledge in CVD of various dielectric films.


CVD deposition techniques and dielectric materials

Thermal Low-pressure CVD (LPCVD), ≤ 800 °C:

  • SixNy, SiOx (TEOS)

Plasma Enhanced CVD (PECVD), ≤ 450 °C:

  • SixNy, SiOx (TEOS, SiH4), SiOxNy
  • SiC:H, SiCN:H
  • SiCOH (low-k dielectric, BlackDiamondTM)
  • CF-polymer, a-C:H


Application of the dielectric films

  • Inter- and Intra-Metal Dielectrics (IMD) in interconnect systems
  • Diffusion barriers
  • Stop and hard mask films during patterning
  • Capping films (e.g. pore sealing)
  • Sacrificial films
  • Stressor films for enhancement of MOS transistor channel carrier mobility


Research and development topics

In connection with the listed fields of application distinct properties of the dielectric films are optimized. On the one hand the previous and current activities of the department NDT aim on the following basic characteristics:

  • electrical properties (k-value, leakage current, field breakdown strength),
  • mechanical properties (Young’s modulus, Hardness, yield stress, intrinsic stress, adhesion strength),
  • thermal properties (thermal conductivity, thermal stability).

On the other hand process compatibility as well as BEOL integration issues of dielectric films are in the focus of our groups work.



The department Nano Device Technologies of the Fraunhofer ENAS in Chemnitz applies commercial CVD tools. The deposition of LPCVD films is performed by a LP-Thermtech tool with a maximum wafer size of 6 inch. In addition, two Applied Materials P5000TM are available for the deposition of PECVD thin films on wafers with a maximum diameter of 8 inches. Moreover, in situ plasma treatments of dielectric films are feasible.


The following innovations were realized recently

  • In situ UV-treatment of dielectric films in a chamber of an Applied Materials P5000TM tool
  • Liquid injection system for screening of advanced precursors for PECVD dielectric films, e.g. of novel highly stressed materials