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|RoomLocation = B203 Steele
|RoomLocation = B203 Steele
|LabPhone = 626-395-1542
|LabPhone = 626-395-1542
|PrimaryStaff = [[Matthew S. Hunt, PhD]]
|PrimaryStaff = Alireza Ghaffari
|StaffEmail = matthew.hunt@caltech.edu
|StaffEmail = ghaffari@caltech.edu
|StaffPhone = 626-395-5994
|StaffPhone = 626-395-3984
|Manufacturer = PIE Scientific
|Manufacturer = PIE Scientific
|Model = Tergeo Plus
|Model = Tergeo Plus
|Techniques = Plasma Cleaning,<br>Direct Mode (ICP),<br>Remote Mode (CCP)
|Techniques = Plasma Cleaning,<br>Direct Mode (ICP),<br>Remote Mode (CCP)
|EmailList = kni-sem-fib@caltech.edu
|EmailList = kni-sem-fib
|EmailListName =  SEM-FIB
|EmailListName =  SEM-FIB
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== Resources ==
== Resources ==
[[Image:Tergeo-Plus-Plasma-Cleaner–Parameters-Overview-Graphic.jpg|thumb|top|upright=1.35|An overview of the available modes and parameter ranges]]  
===== Equipment Data =====
===== SOP =====
[[Image:Tergeo-Plus-Plasma-Cleaner–Parameters-Overview-Graphic.jpg|thumb|top|upright=1.35|An overview of the available modes and parameter ranges]]
* [https://caltech.box.com/s/0dkpffpstz2y1mmnywa4br9er07irvsv SOP]
 
===== SOP & Troubleshooting =====
* [https://caltech.box.com/s/0dkpffpstz2y1mmnywa4br9er07irvsv SOP & Troubleshooting Document]
 
===== Graphical Handouts =====
===== Graphical Handouts =====
* [https://caltech.box.com/s/ics22ljdscnz5zcdct351iw10os97u01 Graphical Handout] (see it also pictured at right)
* [https://caltech.box.com/s/ics22ljdscnz5zcdct351iw10os97u01 Graphical Handout] (see it also pictured at right)
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== Specifications ==
== Specifications ==
===== Manufacturer Specifications =====
===== Manufacturer Specifications =====
* [https://caltech.box.com/s/nmws6w7643ne8mraljjar6c4epw0anpp Manufacturer Data Sheet]
* [https://caltech.box.com/s/k2dsd20hzq0vu8mhk1oohh4o5hfcdpfq Manufacturer Data Sheet]


===== Mode 1 Specifications =====
===== Mode 1 Specifications =====
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* Gas Flow Rates: 0.1 to 100.0 sccm
* Gas Flow Rates: 0.1 to 100.0 sccm
* Ultimate Vacuum: < 30 mTorr
* Ultimate Vacuum: < 30 mTorr
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== Related Instrumentation in the KNI ==
===== Sample Preparation for Microscopy =====
* [[Tergeo Plus ICP- & CCP-RIE: Oxygen & Argon Plasma Cleaner | Oxygen & Argon Plasma Cleaner (Tergeo Plus ICP- & CCP-RIE) to remove hydrocarbons from surface]]
* [[Carbon Evaporator | Carbon Evaporator (Leica EM ACE600) to make samples conductive]]
* [[TEM Sample Preparation Equipment | TEM Sample Preparation Equipment: Polishing Stations, 3 mm Disk Cutter, Dimpler, Argon Ion Mill]]
===== Scanning Electron & Ion Microscopes =====
* [[Nova 600 NanoLab: SEM, Ga-FIB, GIS & Omniprobe|Nova 600 NanoLab: SEM, Ga-FIB, GIS & Omniprobe]]
* [[Nova 200 NanoLab: SEM, EDS & WDS | Nova 200 NanoLab: SEM, EDS & WDS]]
* [[Sirion: SEM & EDS | Sirion: SEM & EDS]]
* [[Quanta 200F: SEM, ESEM, Lithography & Probe Station | Quanta 200F: SEM, ESEM, Lithography & Probe Station]]
* [[ORION NanoFab: Helium, Neon & Gallium FIB | ORION NanoFab: Helium, Neon & Gallium FIB]]

Latest revision as of 05:24, 30 June 2022

Tergeo Plus Plasma Cleaner
Tergeo-Plus-O2-Ar-Plasma-Cleaner.jpg
Instrument Type Etching,
Sample Prep for Microscopy
Techniques Plasma Cleaning,
Direct Mode (ICP),
Remote Mode (CCP)
Staff Manager Alireza Ghaffari
Staff Email ghaffari@caltech.edu
Staff Phone 626-395-3984
Reserve time on LabRunr
Request training by email
Sign up for SEM-FIB email list
Lab Location B203 Steele
Lab Phone 626-395-1542
Manufacturer PIE Scientific
Model Tergeo Plus

Description

The Tergeo Plus is an easy-to-use, versatile plasma cleaner that can operate in a number of different modes using a range of gases. Currently, only oxygen and argon gases are hooked up to the instrument, which are suitable for many sample cleaning and resist ashing (i.e. resist removal) applications, though a third gas connection exists if there is a need to use another gas (e.g. hydrogen for plasma cleaning with a reducing environment). This cleaner can be operated in Direct Mode (aka Immersion Mode), which involves striking an inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) directly in the sample chamber, or Remote Mode (aka Indirect Mode), which involves striking a capacitively-coupled plasma (CCP) in a remote chamber. The Remote Mode is the more gentle cleaning mode because it only allows neutral species to make their way into the chamber and participate in cleaning by means of chemical reaction (e.g. oxygen radicals react with surface hydrocarbons to create volatile species like CO and CO2 that can then be removed via the vacuum). Low power modes can also be achieved in either Direct or Remote Mode by varying the pulsing ratio. See below for the full list of resources related to this instrument.

Applications
  • Remove hydrocarbons from SEM/FIB samples to prevent "black box" effect from happening while imaging (use O2 or O2/Ar plasma)
  • Remove residual resist from developed lithography processes, aka "descumming" of the substrate surface (use O2 or O2/Ar plasma)
  • Sputter away small amounts of surface materials (use high-power Ar plasma)
  • Activate the surface of PDMS polymer to make it adhesive to e.g. glass slides, for use in microfluidic device fabrication (use O2 plasma)
  • Running a hydrogen plasma has not yet been tried but could theoretically clean e.g. graphene without oxidizing it (O2 plasma would)
  • Any other process that requires the non-directional removal of material by reactive-ion plasma

Resources

Equipment Data
An overview of the available modes and parameter ranges
SOP & Troubleshooting
Graphical Handouts
Video
Manufacturer Manuals
Note on Cleaning for SEM & FIB Samples
An example fo the "black box effect" that one tries to avoid by plasma cleaning the sample before SEM or FIB imaging. It is caused by scanning a beam over an area that is covered by copious amounts of hydrocarbons.
  • During SEM or FIB imaging, the local specimen area will heat up due to added energy from the beam. If there is organic matter on the surface from a previous process (e.g. solvent treatment) or from simply being exposed to the ambient environment, the heat causes hydrocarbons to evolve from the surface, whereupon they become a precursor gas for an electron-beam- or ion-beam-aided, chemical-vapor-deposition of carbon back onto the surface, now in a denser form. This carburization of the surface often results in a “black box” appearing in areas where the beam was highly concentrated, e.g. where a reduced area window was used for a focusing step (carbon has a low yield of secondary electrons, SEs, and thus the carbon area appears darker). Note that the carburization process happens more quickly at lower e-beam accelerating voltages because the chemical vapor deposition is dependent on the presence of SEs, which are emitted in higher quantities at low voltage. Cleaning a specimen with an O2 and/or Ar plasma (or H2 if a reducing environment is necessary to prevent oxidation) will remove the hydrocarbons and prevent this process from happening to a noticeable degree while imaging.

Specifications

Manufacturer Specifications
Mode 1 Specifications
  • Power Range: 1 to 150 W
  • Pulsing Duty Ratio Range (N/255): 1 to 255, where
    • Example: With 10 W power, if N=25 then the average power as a function of pulsing would be [10 W * (25/255) = 0.98 W, on average]
  • Gas Flow Rates: 0.1 to 100.0 sccm
  • Ultimate Vacuum: < 30 mTorr



Related Instrumentation in the KNI

Sample Preparation for Microscopy
Scanning Electron & Ion Microscopes