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Title:
CARRIER HEAD MEMBRANE ROUGHNESS TO CONTROL POLISHING RATE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2010/068691
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
An apparatus comprises a flexible membrane for use with a carrier head of a substrate chemical mechanical polishing apparatus. The membrane comprises an outer surface providing a substrate receiving surface, wherein the outer surface has a central portion and an edge portion surrounding the central portion, wherein the central portion has a first surface roughness and the edge portion has a second surface roughness, the first surface roughness being greater than the second surface roughness.

Inventors:
PAIK YOUNG J (US)
BHATNAGAR ASHISH (US)
NARENDRNATH KADTHALA RAMAYA (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2009/067376
Publication Date:
June 17, 2010
Filing Date:
December 09, 2009
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
APPLIED MATERIALS INC (US)
PAIK YOUNG J (US)
BHATNAGAR ASHISH (US)
NARENDRNATH KADTHALA RAMAYA (US)
International Classes:
H01L21/304
Foreign References:
US20020094767A12002-07-18
US20010041526A12001-11-15
US20020039879A12002-04-04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ZANOCCO, Jennifer A. (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An apparatus, comprising: a flexible membrane for use with a carrier head of a substrate chemical mechanical polishing apparatus, the membrane comprising: an outer surface providing a substrate receiving surface, wherein the outer surface has a central portion and an edge portion surrounding the central portion, wherein the central portion has a first surface roughness and the edge portion has a second surface roughness, the first surface roughness being greater than the second surface roughness.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the edge portion of the outer surface of the membrane further comprises a peripheral portion extending upward from the outer surface.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the second surface roughness is less than about 5 microinches, and the first surface roughness is greater than about 15 microinches.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the membrane further comprises features that have a first mean spacing over the central portion and a second mean spacing over the edge portion.

5. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein the features in the central portion are roughly spherical bumps, and the features in the edge portion are of negligible size.

6. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein the membrane comprises at least one material from a group consisting of chloroprene, silicon, and ethylene propylene diene M-class rubber, and the features of the membrane consist of the same material as the membrane.

7. An apparatus, comprising: a carrier head comprising: a retaining ring; and a flexible membrane configured to press a substrate against a polishing pad, the membrane including an inner surface that forms a boundary of a pressurizable chamber and an outer surface providing a substrate receiving surface; wherein the retaining ring surrounds the flexible membrane and the outer surface comprises a central portion and an edge portion surrounding the central portion, wherein the central portion has a first surface roughness and the edge portion has a second surface roughness, the first surface roughness being greater than the second surface roughness.

8. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein the second surface roughness is less than about 5 microinches and wherein the first surface roughness is greater than about 15 microinches.

9. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein the membrane further comprises features that have a first mean spacing over the central portion and a second mean spacing over the edge portion.

10. The apparatus of claim 9, features in the central portion are roughly spherical bumps, and the edge portion is substantially free of spherical bumps.

11. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein the membrane comprises at least one material from a group consisting of chloroprene, silicon, and ethylene propylene diene M-class rubber, and the features of the membrane consist of the same material as the membrane.

12. A method comprising: applying a load to a substrate with a carrier head, the carrier head comprising: a retaining ring; and a flexible membrane configured to press the substrate against a polishing pad, the membrane including an inner surface that forms the boundary of a pressurizable chamber and an outer surface providing a substrate receiving surface; wherein the retaining ring surrounds the flexible membrane and the outer surface comprises a central portion and an edge portion surrounding the central portion, wherein the central portion has a first surface roughness and the edge portion has a second surface roughness, the first surface roughness being greater than the second surface roughness; creating a relative motion between the substrate and a polishing pad while applying the load, wherein the relative motion causes polishing of the substrate and the second surface roughness causes an edge of the substrate to be polished at a rate greater than polishing the substrate with a carrier head having a membrane having the first roughness across an entirety of the outer surface; and releasing the substrate from the membrane, wherein the central portion of the flexible membrane enables release of the substrate from the membrane.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the membrane comprises: at least one material from a group comprising: chloroprene, silicon, and ethylene propylene diene M-class rubber; and features that have a first mean spacing over the central portion and a second mean spacing over the edge portion; wherein the features of the membrane consist of the same material as the membrane.

14. The method of claim 12, wherein polishing comprises increasing a pressure within the pressurizable chamber against the inner surface of the membrane.

15. The method of claim 12, wherein releasing comprises decreasing a pressure within the pressurizable chamber against the inner surface of the membrane until at least a portion of the membrane is separated from the substrate.

Description:
Carrier Head Membrane Roughness to Control Polishing Rate

TECHNICAL FIELD

This invention relates to chemical mechanical polishing, and more particularly to a flexible membrane for use a carrier head for chemical mechanical polishing.

BACKGROUND Integrated circuits are typically formed on substrates, particularly silicon wafers, by the sequential deposition of conductive, semiconductive or insulative layers. After each layer is deposited, it is etched to create circuitry features. As a series of layers are sequentially deposited and etched, the outer or uppermost surface of the substrate, i.e., the exposed surface of the substrate, becomes increasingly nonplanar. This nonplanar surface can present problems in the photolithographic steps of the integrated circuit fabrication process. Therefore, there is a need to periodically planarize the substrate surface. In addition, planarization is needed when polishing back a filler layer, e.g., when filling trenches in a dielectric layer with metal.

Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) is one accepted method of planarization. This planarization method typically requires that the substrate be mounted on a carrier or polishing head. The exposed surface of the substrate is placed against a polishing pad, such as circular pad or linear belt, that moves relative to the substrate. The carrier head provides a controllable load on the substrate to push it against the polishing pad. Some carrier heads include a flexible membrane that provides a mounting surface for the substrate, and a retaining ring to hold the substrate beneath the mounting surface.

Pressurization or evacuation of a chamber behind the flexible membrane controls the load on the substrate. A polishing liquid, such as a slurry with abrasive particles, is supplied to the surface of the polishing pad.

A reoccurring problem in CMP is non-uniform polishing, i.e., variation in the polishing rate across the substrate surface. For example, polishing may thoroughly remove conductive material in some areas while leaving conductive material residue in other areas.

SUMMARY

In one aspect, a membrane is described for use with a carrier head of a substrate chemical mechanical polishing apparatus. The membrane has an outer surface providing a substrate receiving surface. The outer surface has a central portion and an edge portion surrounding the central portion. The central portion has a first surface roughness and the edge portion has a second surface roughness, the first surface roughness being greater than the second surface roughness. Embodiments of the membrane may include one or more of the following features. The edge portion of the outer surface of the membrane further comprises a peripheral portion extending upward from the outer surface. The second surface roughness is less than about 5 microinches. The first surface roughness is greater than about 15 microinches. A width of the edge portion is less than about 25 percent of a width of the central portion. The membrane further comprises features that have a first mean spacing over the central portion and a second mean spacing over the edge portion. The features in the central portion are roughly spherical bumps, a.nd the features in the edge portion are of negligible size. The membrane comprises at least one material from a group consisting of chloroprene, silicon, and ethylene propylene diene M-class rubber, and the features of the membrane consist of the same material as the membrane. The edge portion and the central portion consist of the same material.

The membranes described herein can be used with a carrier head with a retaining ring. The membrane includes an inner surface that forms a boundary of a pressurizable chamber. The retaining ring surrounds the flexible membrane. A method of using the membranes described herein is provided. The method includes applying a load to a substrate with a carrier head. A relative motion is created between the substrate and a polishing pad while applying the load. The relative motion causes polishing of the substrate and the second surface roughness causes an edge of the substrate to be polished at a rate greater than polishing the substrate with a carrier head having a membrane having the first roughness across an entirety of the outer surface. The substrate is released from the membrane. The central portion of 1he flexible membrane enables release of the substrate from the membrane.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS Fig. 1 is a schematic cross-sectional view of a carrier head.

Fig. 2 is an illustration of a flexible membrane for use in a carrier head. Fig. 3 is a schematic cross-sectional view of part of a flexible membrane for use in a carrier head. Fig. 4 is an illustration of a die map across a substrate.

Fig. 5 is a schematic bottom view of an outer surface of a flexible membrane.

Like reference symbols in the various drawings indicate like elements.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION One reoccurring problem in CMP is underpolishing at an edge portion of the substrate. While various solutions, such as applying additional load to an edge of the substrate during polishing, can equalize the polishing rate across the substrate, the solutions often require redesign of a non-consumable part used in polishing, that is, the carrier head. A membrane used to back the substrate during polishing that has regions of decreased roughness can control the polishing rate in regions of the substrate that otherwise tend to be underpolished. A membrane with a substrate backing surface that has a smooth region surrounding a rough regions can provide uniform polishing across a substrate without modifying the carrier head itself.

Referring to Fig. 1, one or more substrates 10 will be polished by a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) apparatus that includes a carrier head 100. A description of a similar CMP apparatus may be found in U.S. Pat. No. 5,738,574.

Referring to Fig. 1 , an exemplary carrier head 100 includes a housing 102, a base 104, a gimbal mechanism 106, a loading chamber 200, a retaining ring 110, and a flexible membrane 118 with a substrate receiving surface that has regions of differing surface roughness. A description of a carrier head that can be used with such a membrane may be found in U.S. Patent Publication No. 2008-0119118, U.S. Patent No. 6,857,945, U.S. Patent No. 6,422,927, U.S. Patent No. 6,277,014, U.S. Patent No. 6,183,354 or U.S. Patent No. 6,146,259. Other types of carrier heads with differeni components can alternatively be used and carrier head 100 is described merely as an example of one type of carrier head.

Flexible membrane 118 extends below base 104 to provide a mounting surface 274 for the substrate. Pressurization of a chamber 276 positioned below base 104 forces flexible membrane 118 downwardly to press the substrate against the polishing pad. Flexible membrane 118 is further illustrated in Fig. 2. Flexible membrane 118 is a generally circular sheet formed of a flexible and elastic material, such as a polymer of chloroprene, ethylene propylene, silicon, ethylene propylene diene M-class rubber or silicone rubber. A perimeter portion of flexible membrane 118 is secured to the base, e.g., clamped between the retaining ring 110 and the base 104. A bead 254 is formed around the boundary, e.g., outer edge of the perimeter portion of flexible membrane 118. In some embodiments, one or more cylindrical flaps extend upward from a main portion 208 of the membrane and bead 254 is at the end of cylindrical flap 252.

Fig. 3 illustrates a diametric cross-section of part of flexible membrane 118. Referring back to Fig. 1 , a bottom surface or the mounting surface 274 of flexible membrane 118 is in contact with substrate 10 during polishing. The sealed volume between flexible membrane 118, and base 104 defines pressurizable chamber 276. A pump (not shown) may be fluidly connected to chamber 276 to control the pressure in the chamber and thus the downward forces of the flexible membrane on the substrate. In operation, fluid is pumped into chamber 276 to control the downward pressure applied by flexible membrane 118 against the center portion of the substrate. When chamber 276 is pressurized, flexible membrane 118 will also expand laterally outward.

As noted above, a reoccurring problem in CMP is underpolishing at an edge portion of the substrate. Consequences of such underpolishing are illustrated in Fig. 4. Each square in the diagram represents a die on a wafer substrate. The edge dies 343 with "X"s on an edge portion of the substrate represent portions with conductive material residue, such as copper residue, after polishing has completed at a central region of the substrate. If the substrate were polished sufficiently long to remove all of the residue from edge dies 343, overpolishing can occur at central dies 360. Overpolishing can result in dies with dishing or insufficient conductive material where conductive features are required. Polishing completion means that a target layer, e.g., copper, has been removed from over certain regions, such as non-conductive regions and between features on a die.

Polishing rates can be affected by a surface roughness of an outer surface of flexible membrane 118. In some embodiments, a surface roughness less than about 5 microinches has a higher polishing rate than the membranes with higher surface roughness values. A membrane with areas of varying surface roughness can be used to address the polishing requirements at different areas on the wafer.

Referring to Fig. 5, in order to address underpolishing, such as at an edge portion of a substrate, the outer surface of flexible membrane 118 has a central portion 422 and an edge portion 424 surrounding central portion 422 with different surface roughness values. In some embodiments, the central portion of the outer surface of flexible membrane 118 has a surface roughness than the edge portion of the outer surface of flexible membrane 118. In some embodiments, the central portion's surface roughness is greater than about 15 microinches, such as greater than 20 microinches. In some embodiments, the edge portion's surface roughness is less than about 10 microinches, such as less than about 5 microinches, such as less than 3 microinches. The surface roughness of the edge portion 424 is less than the surface roughness of the central portion and in some embodiments, the surface roughness of the central portion is sufficient to prevent the membrane from sticking to a backside of a substrate. The precise surface roughness required to prevent sticking to the substrate can depend on the membrane material. Also, if the membrane is used in combination with a carrier head that is able to provide different loads to different parts of a substrate during polishing, the differential in roughness in the central portion 422 and the edge portion 424 may not need to be as great. For example, the central portion 422 can have a surface roughness greater than 10 microinches and the edge portion can have a surface roughness less than 10 microinches. Alternatively, the central portion 422 can have a surface roughness greater than 5 microinches and the edge portion can have a surface roughness less than 5 microinches. the central portion 422 can have a surface roughness greater than 15 microinches and the edge portion can have a surface roughness less than 15 microinches.

The edge portion of the outer surface of flexible membrane 118 with the reduced surface roughness can have a width that is less than about 25 percent of a width of the central portion of the outer surface of flexible membrane 118, such as less than 20%, less than 15%, less than 10% or less than 5% of the width of the central portion. The ratio of the width of the central portion to the ratio of the width of the edge portion can depend on the region of the substrate that needs increased polishing at the edge. In some embodiments, at least 50% of the membrane surface has a roughness greater than 15 microinches to reduce a surface tension between the membrane and the substrate to dechucking, as described below. In some embodiments, the central portion 422 and the edge portion 424 are composed of the same material. That is, there is no coating of a different material from the membrane required to form the smooth or rough regions on the membrane. In some embodiments, flexible membrane 118 has a surface roughness profile across the membrane such that the gradient of the surface roughness profile with respect to a distance from a center point of the membrane is negative. In some embodiments, the central portion has a circular shape and the edge portion has an annular shape. Surface roughness profiles can be generated via a mold designed to form features of varying size and density on the outer surface of flexible membrane 118. In this way, the features can be formed of the same material as that of flexible membrane 118. The mold can be formed of a rigid material, such as stainless steel. A portion of the mold can be polished to form the smooth region or regions of the membrane and a portion of the mold can be treated, such as by sandblasting, to form the rougher regions of the membrane. In some embodiments, a mold can be constructed such that a flexible membrane formed by the mold has features that have a first mean spacing over the central portion of the outer surface of the flexible membrane and a second mean spacing over the edge portion of the outer surface of the flexible membrane. In some embodiments, the features in the central portion 422 may take the form of e.g., spherical bumps, pyramidal bumps, or linear bumps, and the features in the edge portion 424 are of negligible size or the edge portion 424 lacks bumps.

Polishing a substrate with carrier head using a flexible membrane having a smooth edge region and a rougher central region involves applying a load to substrate with the carrier head by increasing a pressure within a pressurizable chamber defined in part by the membrane. As stated above, the increase of pressure can be effected by introducing a fluid into pressurizable chamber.

The carrier head then creates a relative motion between substrate and polishing pad while applying the load. While the relative motion causes polishing of the substrate, the difference in surface roughness between the central and edge portions of the outer surface of flexible membrane causes a difference in polishing rates in the corresponding regions of substrate. The greater surface roughness at the edge of the membrane causes an edge of the substrate to be polished at a rate greater than polishing the substrate with a carrier head using a membrane having the a uniform roughness across an entirety of the outer surface. In polishing processes which tend to cause underpolishing in the edge regions of the substrate with a uniform surface roughness profile, such a multizone rough and smooth membrane may result in uniform polishing across substrate.

Upon completion of the polishing of substrate, the carrier head ideally releases substrate without breaking the substrate. Typically, release of substrate is achieved through pressurizing the pressurizable chamber backing the substrate until at least a portion of substrate is separated from the flexible membrane. An increased surface roughness in the central portion of the outer surface of flexible membrane results in a less sticky surface. The less sticky surface enables separation of the substrate from flexible membrane and eases dechuck.

The apparatuses and methods described above have been described in terms of a number of embodiments. The apparatuses and methods, however, are not limited to the embodiments depicted and described. Accordingly, other embodiments are within the scope of the following claims.