Geometric characteristics of silicon cavities etched in EDP

Hui Ju, Takayuki Ohta, Masafumi Ito, Minoru Sasaki, Kazuhiro Hane, Masaru Hori

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Etching characteristics of hexagonal and triangular cavities on a 〈1 1 1〉-oriented silicon wafer in the etchant of ethylene diamine, pyrocatechol and water (EDP/EPW) were investigated. The patterns are aligned to keep the sides perpendicular to 〈1 1 0〉 crystal orientations, in order that the sidewalls of cavities are parallel to {1 1 0} crystalline planes. RIE-ICP etching is used to define the depth of the triangular and hexagonal cavities, and EDP etching is followed for different etching times. The final self-etch-stop profiles of cavities are determined by the dimension of mask patterns and the depth of cavities in the wafer. The etching process of the hexagon and triangle cavities is modeled, based on the crystal structure and wet etching principle. The results of etched cavities confirm the condition to determine the final etching profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022
Pages (from-to)1012-1016
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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