Polishing behaviors of ceria abrasives on silicon dioxide and silicon nitride CMP

Myoung Hwan Oh, Jun Seok Nho, Seung Beom Cho, Jae Seok Lee, Rajiv K. Singh

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The effects of ceria (CeO2) abrasives in chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) slurries were investigated on silicon dioxide (SiO2) and silicon nitride (Si3N4) polishing process. The ceria abrasives were prepared by the flux method, using potassium hydroxide (KOH) as the grain growth accelerator. The primary particle size of the ceria abrasives was controlled in the range of ~84-417nm by changing the concentration of potassium hydroxide and the calcination temperature without mechanical milling process. The removal rate of silicon dioxide film strongly depended upon abrasive size up to an optimum abrasive size (295nm) after CMP process. However, the surface uniformity deteriorated as abrasive size increases. The observed polishing results confirmed that there exists an optimum abrasive size (295nm) for maximum removal selectivity between oxide and nitride films. In this study, polishing behaviors of the ceria abrasives were discussed in terms of morphological characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalPowder Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Ceria
  • Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP)
  • Flux method
  • Grain growth accelerator
  • Sintering process


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