SEMI M83 - Test Method for Determination of Dislocation Etch Pit Density in Monocrystals of III-V Compound Semiconductors

Volume(s): Materials
Language: English
Type: Single Standards Download (.pdf)

This Standard was technically approved by the Compound Semiconductor Materials Global Technical Committee. This edition was approved for publication by the global Audits and Reviews Subcommittee on June 4, 2013. Available at and in September 2013. Originally published November 2012.


The purpose of this Document is to specify a test method for determination of the dislocation etch pit density of monocrystals and wafers of the III-V compound semiconductors GaAs, InP and GaP.


This standard test method covers the determination of dislocation etch pit density on round test slices and commercial wafers of III-V compound semiconductors using optical microscopy for identification and registration of dislocation etch pits.


The dislocation etch pit density is used as a measure for the dislocation density or the crystallographic perfection of a crystal, respectively.


This Test Method describes methods for preparation of slices and wafers of the III-V compound semiconductors GaAs, InP and GaP by structural etching. These etching procedures are performed to reveal dislocations by formation of etch pits on the surface of the test specimens.


The described methods for identification and registration of etch pits as well as the procedures for evaluation can be applied also to monocrystalline semiconductor slices or wafers of other materials or orientations, provided that there are suitable structural etching procedures available.


This Test Method is applicable to material with dislocation densities up to 200,000 cm-2. The resistivity and conductivity type of the material is irrelevant.


Referenced SEMI Standards

SEMI M10 — Standard Nomenclature for Identification of Structures and Features Seen on Gallium Arsenide Wafers
SEMI M40 — Guide for Measurement of Roughness of Planar Surfaces on Silicon Wafers
SEMI M59 — Terminology for Silicon Technology
SEMI MF26 — Test Method for Determining the Orientation of a Semiconductive Single Crystal

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