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Volume 162, 2017International Conference on Applied Photonics and Electronics 2017 (InCAPE2017)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||22 November 2017|
Optimization of reactive-ion etching (RIE) parameters for fabrication of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) waveguide using Taguchi method
School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom.
2 School of Bioprocess Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, Arau 02600, Malaysia.
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Published online: 22 November 2017
In this paper, we demonstrate the optimization of reactive-ion etching (RIE) parameters for the fabrication of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) waveguide with chromium (Cr) hard mask in a commercial OIPT Plasmalab 80 RIE etcher. A design of experiment (DOE) using Taguchi method was implemented to find optimum RF power, mixture of CHF3 and Ar gas ratio, and chamber pressure for a high etch rate, good selectivity, and smooth waveguide sidewall. It was found that the optimized etch condition obtained in this work were RF power = 200 W, gas ratio = 80 %, and chamber pressure = 30 mTorr with an etch rate of 21.6 nm/min, Ta2O5/Cr selectivity ratio of 28, and smooth waveguide sidewall.
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