SEMI M73 - Test Method for Extracting Relevant Characteristics from Measured Wafer Edge Profiles

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SEMI M1 specifies the contour of the shaped edge of silicon wafers by using templates that allow a wide variation in wafer edge profiles manufactured by silicon suppliers to still meet the specification.


In many advanced wafer applications, a much tighter specification of the edge profile is required to control variations in subsequent circuit processing. These specifications frequently include values for certain characteristics that describe the segments of the edge profile contour.


A prerequisite for specifying tighter tolerances on edge profiles is an agreement about the names of the relevant characteristics used for describing edge profiles and a method for extracting these characteristics from a measured edge profile. Therefore in these test methods, terms used to describe the characteristics of the edge profile of silicon wafers are named and their meaning is illustrated by a schematic drawing.


This Standard covers two test methods for deriving these characteristics from a measured edge profile.

These test methods are both in use within the industry. They are based on fitting the measured edge profile over certain segments with straight lines, circular arcs, or tangent lines to obtain values for profile segment parameters such as:

·    bevel angles,

·    edge widths,

·    apex lengths,

·    apex angles, and

·    shoulder radii.


In addition, the locations of the reference points that separate the various segments of the edge profile are determined.


Referenced SEMI Standards

SEMI M1 — Specification for Polished Single Crystal Silicon Wafers

SEMI M20 — Practice for Establishing a Wafer Coordinate System

SEMI M59 — Terminology for Silicon Technology

SEMI M76 — Specification for Developmental 450 mm Diameter Polished Single Crystal Silicon Wafers


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