- Volume 9 Issue 9
A downstream oxygen plasma is generated by capacitively coupled RF power and applied to photoresist stripping. Stripping rate (ashing rate) is measured in terms of RF power, chamber pressure, oxygen flow rate and temperature. Ashing reaction is thermally activated and depends on oxygen radical density. The ashing process is optimized to have the high ashing rate, good uniformity and minimal plasma damage using a statistical method.