Filmetrics F40-UV Quick Start

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Demis D. John, UCSB NanoFab, Updated: 2018-07-17

Microscope-mounted Optical Thin-Film Analyzer

Startup and Calibration

  1. Turn on light source to about 12 o'clock
    1. Optionally wait 1 min for light intensity to stabilize.
      Set the light source to 12 o'clock
  2. Open Software "FILMeasure".
  3. Activate the "Live Video" Tab.
  4. Load "Filmetrics Focus / Reference Wafer" onto stage, avoiding hole
    Approximate placement of a 4-inch wafer
  5. Rotate uScope turret to desired microscope objective
  6. Focus on wafer - use edge of blue (SiO2) features
  7. In "Live Video" tab, make sure wafer is in focus, and black spot (measurement region) is on grey Silicon region only.
    "Live Video" tab showing focused wafer
    Focus on the bare silicon in the FILMeasure software, for Si Reference scan
  8. Set software to use appropriate Objective calibration from dropdown list, eg. "10x"
    Choose objective calibration in software
  9. Click [Baseline…], set to "Si" and [Take Reflectance Standard] & [Next-->]
    1. If a warning about intensity change pops up, ignore it and hit [OK]
  10. Move stage so microscope shoots through hole in stage
  11. Click [Take Background] & [Finish]
    microscope aiming through hole in stage
    For Background measurement, aim the microscope through the hole in the stage.

Sample Measurement

  1. Focus on your sample/feature of interest & place the black aperture spot on the measurement region. Here we will measure the SiO2 on the Filmetrics Reference Wafer.
    1. It is ok to change the objective, just make sure the same calibrated objective is chosen before measuring.
  2. Select a recipe from the Dropdown list (ok to discard changes), and Click [Edit Recipe…] to set the layers to approximately what you expect to measure.
    1. Enable the checkbox next to the thicknesses you want it to measure/calculate, and Disable checkboxes next to any values you want the software to use pre-programmed values for.
    2. Optionally enable the check box next to n & k - but only if you know what refractive index and extinction you expect.  If you don't know these values, Disable the "Meas" checkbox for n & k.  When enabled, you'll want to make sure the calculated refractive index (n) is close to the expected value.
  3. Re-Select the correct microscope objective & Click [Measure]
  4. Make sure the blue (measured) and red (calc'd) curves have reasonably good agreement.  Goodness of fit >90% is pretty good.  Refractive Index (n), if calc'd, should be near the expected value for the film.
    1. If fit is bad (low GoF) or refractive index is far off, this measurement is inaccurate.  If Red curve is much too wavy or too smooth, then your guess of thickness was not close enough - [Edit Recipe] & [Analyze] again until you get a good fit.
    2. Don't hesitate to ask Ning or Demis for help with the curve-fitting, it can be complicated!
example spectrum curve fit
A good fit should show the Calculated (red) curve overlay on top of the Measureed (blue) curve.


  1. Set objective to 10x & Remove Sample
    1. The halogen light source does die eventually, so prolong the life by turning off when not in use.
    2. If doing repeated measurements, leave a note with date/time.