Tilt series STEM simulation of a 25×25×25 nm semiconductor with characteristic X-ray emission

R. Aveyard, B. Rieger*

*Corresponding author for this work

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    The detection and quantification of fabrication defects is vital to the ongoing miniaturization of integrated circuits. The atomic resolution of HAADF-STEM combined with the chemical sensitivity of EDS could provide the means by which this is achieved for the next generation of semiconductor devices. To realize this, however, a streamlined acquisition and analysis procedure must first be developed. Here, we report the simulation of a HAADF-STEM and EDS tilt-series dataset of a PMOS finFET device which will be used as a testbed for such a development. The methods used to calculate the data and the details of the specimen model are fully described here. The dataset consists of 179 projections in 2° increments with HAADF images and characteristic X-ray maps for each projection. This unusually large calculation has been made possible through the use of a national supercomputer and will be made available for the development and assessment of reconstruction and analysis procedures for this highly significant industrial application.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-103
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


    • EDS
    • HAADF
    • Semiconductor
    • Simulation
    • STEM
    • Tomography
    • X-ray


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