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Applied Physics Letters
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Mechanism of oxygen plasma etching of polydimethyl siloxane films

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Abstract

We have used x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and multiple internal reflection infrared spectroscopy to study the etching of polysiloxane films in an rf oxygen plasma. The results indicate that a structurally strained SiO 2 layer, ∼1 nm thick, is formed on the film exposed to oxygen plasma. For a given rf power input this oxidized overlayer recedes with the etching front in a steady state fashion, acting as a protective layer for the underlying polysiloxane film. The etching mechanism is effectively a combination of two competitive processes, namely, ion sputtering and oxidation.

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01 Jan 1985

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Applied Physics Letters

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