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Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Technology
Due to concerns about energy purity and reduced beam current, the use of multiply charged ions to achieve higher effective ion energies with a fixed acceleration potential has not been common for implantation users in the semiconductor industry. Energy purity is compromised primarily by charge exchange in the implanter beamline, caused by neutral gas originating from the ion source extraction aperture. Beam current has been an issue, since traditional implanter ion sources, such as the Freeman source, produce very limited currents of multiply charged species. At low beam currents, the implanter is not economical to use, hence the lack of commercial use of multiply charged ion implantation. Ion sources that address these issues must also meet requirements for adequate source lifetime, simplicity of operation (for computer control) and maintenance, and low cost of ownership. This paper details beam energy purity and usable beam currents for a new medium current Bernas ion source as compared to a standard Freeman ion source. The results show significant performance improvements, while also increasing the ion source lifetime.
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