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XRD analysis of Cu-Al interconnect intermetallic compound in an annealed micro-chip

T., Joseph Sahaya Anand and Chua, Kok Yau and Cher, Chia Lee and Hng, May Ting (2013) XRD analysis of Cu-Al interconnect intermetallic compound in an annealed micro-chip. Advanced Materials Research, 620. pp. 166-172. ISSN 10226680

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Cu-Al intermetallic compound (IMC) in Cu wire-Al bond pad interconnect interface is drawing attention of researches. However, due to thin IMC thickness, the characterizations of the IMC are limited to expensive and time consuming techniques. An evaluation is performed to use common X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) technique to identify the IMC in the Cu wired micro-chip samples in powder form. Existence of mixture of CuAl and CuAl2 was first confirmed by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). In XRD analysis, peak correspond to CuAl phase is identified from measurement with slower scan configuration. The difficulty for IMC peak detection in diffractogram is due to low composition ratio of IMC relative to other materials available in the sample. KOH treatment for enhancing IMC peaks intensity does not work as expected as it etches the IMC as well.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intermetallic compound, X-ray diffraction, micro-chip, wire-bonding.
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Engineering Materials
Depositing User: Dr. T. Joseph Sahaya Anand
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2013 07:57
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 04:10

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