Patents by Inventor Masahiro Tabata

Masahiro Tabata has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220005700
    Abstract: A selectivity can be improved in a desirable manner when etching a processing target object containing silicon carbide. An etching method of processing the processing target object, having a first region containing silicon carbide and a second region containing silicon nitride and in contact with the first region, includes etching the first region to remove the first region atomic layer by atomic layer by repeating a sequence comprising: generating plasma from a first gas containing nitrogen to form a mixed layer containing ions contained in the plasma generated from the first gas in an atomic layer of an exposed surface of the first region; and generating plasma from a second gas containing fluorine to remove the mixed layer by radicals contained in the plasma generated from the second gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Sho Kumakura, Masahiro Tabata
  • Publication number: 20210384039
    Abstract: An etching method includes a step of selectively forming deposit on a top surface of a mask disposed on a film of a substrate, a step of etching the film after the step of forming the deposit, a step of forming a layer of chemical species included in plasma of a processing gas, on the substrate, and a step of supplying ions from plasma of an inert gas to the substrate so that the chemical species react with the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Takayuki HOSHI, Masanobu HONDA, Masahiro TABATA, Toru HISAMATSU
  • Publication number: 20210327719
    Abstract: In an embodiment, in the method for processing a workpiece including an etching target layer containing silicon oxide, a mask provided on the etching target layer, and an opening provided in the mask and exposing the etching target layer, according to the embodiment, the etching target layer is etched by removing the etching target layer for each atomic layer through repetitive execution of a sequence of generating plasma of a first processing gas containing nitrogen, forming a mixed layer containing ions included in the plasma on an atomic layer on an exposed surface of the etching target layer, generating plasma of a second processing gas containing fluorine, and removing the mixed layer by radicals included in the plasma. The plasma of the second processing gas contains the radicals that remove the mixed layer containing silicon nitride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro TABATA, Toru HISAMATSU, Yoshihide KIHARA, Masanobu HONDA
  • Patent number: 11145518
    Abstract: A selectivity can be improved in a desirable manner when etching a processing target object containing silicon carbide. An etching method of processing the processing target object, having a first region containing silicon carbide and a second region containing silicon nitride and in contact with the first region, includes etching the first region to remove the first region atomic layer by atomic layer by repeating a sequence comprising: generating plasma from a first gas containing nitrogen to form a mixed layer containing ions contained in the plasma generated from the first gas in an atomic layer of an exposed surface of the first region; and generating plasma from a second gas containing fluorine to remove the mixed layer by radicals contained in the plasma generated from the second gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Sho Kumakura, Masahiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 11139175
    Abstract: A method includes anisotropically etching an etching target layer of a target object through an opening of the target object by generating plasma of a first gas within a processing vessel in which the target object is accommodated; and then forming a film on an inner surface of the opening by repeating a sequence comprising: a first process of supplying a second gas into the processing vessel; a second process of purging a space within the processing vessel; a third process of generating plasma of a third gas containing an oxygen atom within the processing vessel; and a fourth process of purging the space within the processing vessel. The first gas contains a carbon atom and a fluorine atom. The second gas contains an aminosilane-based gas. The etching target layer is a hydrophilic insulating layer containing silicon. Plasma of the first gas is not generated in the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshihide Kihara, Toru Hisamatsu, Masahiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 11133192
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a method of processing a workpiece in which a plurality of holes are formed on a surface of the workpiece. The method includes a first sequence including a first process of forming a film with respect to an inner surface of each of the holes and a second process of isotropically etching the film. The first process includes a film forming process using a plasma CVD method, and the film contains silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Toru Hisamatsu, Yoshihide Kihara
  • Patent number: 11127598
    Abstract: An etching method includes a step of selectively forming deposit on a top surface of a mask disposed on a film of a substrate, a step of etching the film after the step of forming the deposit, a step of forming a layer of chemical species included in plasma of a processing gas, on the substrate, and a step of supplying ions from plasma of an inert gas to the substrate so that the chemical species react with the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Takayuki Hoshi, Masanobu Honda, Masahiro Tabata, Toru Hisamatsu
  • Patent number: 11081360
    Abstract: In an embodiment, in the method for processing a workpiece including an etching target layer containing silicon oxide, a mask provided on the etching target layer, and an opening provided in the mask and exposing the etching target layer, according to the embodiment, the etching target layer is etched by removing the etching target layer for each atomic layer through repetitive execution of a sequence of generating plasma of a first processing gas containing nitrogen, forming a mixed layer containing ions included in the plasma on an atomic layer on an exposed surface of the etching target layer, generating plasma of a second processing gas containing fluorine, and removing the mixed layer by radicals included in the plasma. The plasma of the second processing gas contains the radicals that remove the mixed layer containing silicon nitride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Toru Hisamatsu, Yoshihide Kihara, Masanobu Honda
  • Publication number: 20210050219
    Abstract: A substrate includes an etching target film as a target of etching and a first film. The first film is formed on the etching target film and is made of a material having an etching rate smaller than an etching rate of the etching target film. The first film has multiple first openings formed at a first distance therebetween in one direction of a surface of the first film. The first film has a second opening formed at an outside of the multiple first openings in the one direction while being spaced apart from an outermost one of the first openings by a second distance equivalent to the first distance. The second opening has a width larger than a width of the first openings and a depth smaller than a depth of the first openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Masahiro Tadokoro
  • Patent number: 10923332
    Abstract: A plasma processing method is performed in a state where a focus ring is disposed on a supporting table to surround an edge of a substrate by a plasma processing apparatus. The plasma processing apparatus includes a chamber and the supporting table provided in the chamber and configured to support the substrate mounted thereon. The plasma processing method includes forming an organic film on the focus ring to reduce a difference between a position of an upper surface of the focus ring in a vertical direction and a reference position, and performing plasma processing on the substrate after the formation of the organic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryuichi Asako, Masahiro Tabata, Takao Funakubo
  • Patent number: 10916420
    Abstract: A substrate processing method includes: providing a substrate in a processing container; selectively forming a first film on a surface of a substrate by plasma enhanced vapor deposition (PECVD); and forming a second film by atomic layer deposition (ALD) in a region of the substrate where the first film does not exist. The second film is formed by repeatedly performing a sequence including: forming a precursor layer on the surface of the substrate; purging an interior of the processing container after forming of the precursor; converting the precursor layer into the second film; and purging a space in the processing container after the converting. A plasma processing apparatus performing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Toru Hisamatsu, Maju Tomura, Sho Kumakura, Hironari Sasagawa
  • Publication number: 20210025060
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a substrate is provided. The apparatus includes a processing apparatus and a controller. The processing apparatus includes a chamber. The controller includes a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The memory stores computer-executable instructions for controlling the processor to control a process of the processing apparatus. The process includes first forming a first film in a first region of the substrate in the chamber by chemical vapor deposition. The process further includes second forming a second film in a second region of the substrate in the chamber by atomic layer deposition. The first forming and the second forming are performed without moving the substrate out of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Masahiro TABATA
  • Patent number: 10903085
    Abstract: There is provided a method for etching an organic region of a substrate. In the method, an organic film is formed on a surface in a chamber of a plasma processing apparatus. The surface extends out around a region where the substrate is to be disposed in the chamber of the plasma processing apparatus, and the organic region is etched by chemical species from plasma in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryuichi Asako, Masahiro Tabata, Takao Funakubo
  • Publication number: 20200381263
    Abstract: A method of processing a target object is provided. The target object includes a first protrusion portion, a second protrusion portion, and a groove portion provided on a main surface of the target object and defined by the first protrusion portion and the second protrusion portion and an inner surface of the groove portion is included in the main surface of the target object. The method comprises forming a protection film conformally on the main surface of the target object after the forming of the protection film conformally, repeatedly performing a plasma etching on a bottom portion of the groove portion of the target object and performing the forming of the protection film and the performing of the plasma etching N times (N is an integer equal to or larger than 2). The protection film is formed depending on a shape of the groove portion which has been changed by the plasma etching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Yoshihide Kihara
  • Publication number: 20200381265
    Abstract: A method of processing a substrate is provided. The substrate includes an etching target region and a patterned region. The patterned region is provided on the etching target region. In the method, an organic film is formed on a surface of the substrate. Subsequently, the etching target region is etched by plasma generated from a processing gas. The organic film is formed in a state that the substrate is placed in a processing space within a chamber. When the organic film is formed, a first gas containing a first organic compound is supplied toward the substrate, and then, a second gas containing a second organic compound is supplied toward the substrate. An organic compound constituting the organic film is generated by polymerization of the first organic compound and the second organic compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Toru Hisamatsu, Sho Kumakura, Ryuichi Asako, Shinya Ishikawa, Masanobu Honda
  • Publication number: 20200343091
    Abstract: Based on the fact that a film thickness of a film formed in a film formation processing of repeatedly performing a first sequence varies according to a temperature of the surface on which the film is to be formed, the film formation processing is performed after the temperature of each region of the surface of the wafer is adjusted to reduce a deviation of a trench on the surface of the wafer, so that the film is very precisely formed on the inner surface of the trench while reducing the deviation of the trench on the surface of the wafer. When the trench width is narrower than a reference width, an etching processing of repeatedly performing a second sequence is performed in order to expand the trench width, so that the surface of the film provided in the inner surface of the trench is isotropically and uniformly etched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Masahiro TABATA
  • Patent number: 10781519
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a substrate is provided. The apparatus includes a processing apparatus and a controller. The processing apparatus includes a chamber. The controller includes a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The memory stores computer-executable instructions for controlling the processor to control a process of the processing apparatus. The process includes first forming a first film in a first region of the substrate in the chamber by chemical vapor deposition. The process further includes second forming a second film in a second region of the substrate in the chamber by atomic layer deposition. The first forming and the second forming are performed without moving the substrate out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Masahiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 10777425
    Abstract: A method of processing a substrate is provided. The substrate includes an etching target region and a patterned region. The patterned region is provided on the etching target region. In the method, an organic film is formed on a surface of the substrate. Subsequently, the etching target region is etched by plasma generated from a processing gas. The organic film is formed in a state that the substrate is placed in a processing space within a chamber. When the organic film is formed, a first gas containing a first organic compound is supplied toward the substrate, and then, a second gas containing a second organic compound is supplied toward the substrate. An organic compound constituting the organic film is generated by polymerization of the first organic compound and the second organic compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Toru Hisamatsu, Sho Kumakura, Ryuichi Asako, Shinya Ishikawa, Masanobu Honda
  • Publication number: 20200273699
    Abstract: A technique regarding film formation capable of forming a three-dimensional pattern successfully is provided. A film forming method for a processing target object is provided. The processing target object has a supporting base body and a processing target layer. The processing target layer is provided on a main surface of the supporting base body and includes protrusion regions. Each protrusion region is extended upwards from the main surface, and an end surface of each protrusion region is exposed when viewed from above the main surface. The film forming method includes a first process of forming a film on the end surface of each protrusion region; and a second process of selectively exposing one or more end surfaces by anisotropically etching the film formed through the first process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Sho Kumakura, Masahiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 10755944
    Abstract: An etching method selectively etches a first region of a substrate with respect to a second region of the substrate. At least a portion of the first region, which includes the surface of the first region, is modified by plasma to form a first modified region. At least a portion of the second region, which includes the surface of the second region, is modified by plasma to form a second modified region. The first modified region is selectively etched with respect to the second modified region by plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Tabata, Sho Kumakura