Patents by Inventor Xiaoquan MIN

Xiaoquan MIN 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).

  • Patent number: 11322352
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and apparatus for forming carbon hard masks to improve deposition uniformity and etch selectivity. The carbon hard mask may be formed in a PECVD process chamber and is a nitrogen-doped carbon hardmask. The nitrogen-doped carbon hardmask is formed using a nitrogen containing gas, an argon containing gas, and a hydrocarbon gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoquan Min, Lu Xu, Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Kwangduk Douglas Lee
  • Publication number: 20220076945
    Abstract: Methods for depositing an amorphous carbon layer on a substrate and for filling a substrate feature with an amorphous carbon gap fill are described. The method comprises performing a deposition cycle comprising: introducing a hydrocarbon source into a processing chamber; introducing a plasma initiating gas into the processing chamber; generating a plasma in the processing chamber at a temperature of greater than 600° C.; forming an amorphous carbon layer on a substrate with a deposition rate of greater than 200 nm/hr; and purging the processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoquan Min, Kwangduk D. Lee
  • Publication number: 20210327713
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and apparatus for forming carbon hard masks to improve deposition uniformity and etch selectivity. The carbon hard mask may be formed in a PECVD process chamber and is a nitrogen-doped carbon hardmask. The nitrogen-doped carbon hardmask is formed using a nitrogen containing gas, an argon containing gas, and a hydrocarbon gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Xiaoquan MIN, Lu XU, Prashant Kumar KULSHRESHTHA, Kwangduk Douglas LEE
  • Publication number: 20210202218
    Abstract: Exemplary semiconductor processing chambers may include a chamber body including sidewalls and a base. The chambers may include a substrate support extending through the base of the chamber body. The substrate support may include a support platen configured to support a semiconductor substrate. The substrate support may include a shaft coupled with the support platen. The substrate support may include a shield coupled with the shaft of the substrate support. The shield may include a plurality of apertures defined through the shield. The substrate support may include a block seated in an aperture of the shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkata Sharat Chandra Parimi, Satish Radhakrishnan, Xiaoquan Min, Sarah Michelle Bobek, Sungwon Ha, Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Vinay Prabhakar
  • Publication number: 20210159048
    Abstract: A plasma processing system is described. The system may include a showerhead. The system may further include a first RF generator in electrical communication with the showerhead. The first RF generator may be configured to deliver a first voltage at a first frequency to the showerhead. Additionally, the system may include a second RF generator in electrical communication with a pedestal. The second RF generator may be configured to deliver a second voltage at a second frequency to the pedestal. The second frequency may be less than the first frequency. The system may also include a terminator in electrical communication with the showerhead. The terminator may provide a path to ground for the second voltage. Methods of depositing material using the plasma processing system are described. A method of seasoning a chamber by depositing silicon oxide and silicon nitride on the wall of the chamber is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkata Sharat Chandra Parimi, Xiaoquan Min, Zheng John Ye, Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Vinay K. Prabhakar, Lu Xu, Kwangduk Douglas Lee
  • Publication number: 20210143010
    Abstract: Exemplary methods of semiconductor processing may include treating a surface of a substrate with a hydrogen-containing precursor. The substrate may be disposed within a processing region of a semiconductor processing chamber. The methods may include contacting the substrate with a tungsten-containing precursor. The methods may include forming an initiation layer comprising tungsten on the substrate. The methods may include treating the initiation layer with a hydrogen-containing precursor. The methods may include forming a plasma of the tungsten-containing precursor and a carbon-containing precursor. Hydrogen in the plasma may be limited to hydrogen included in the carbon-containing precursor. The methods may include forming a tungsten-containing hardmask layer on the initiation layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoquan Min, Venkata Sharat Chandra Parimi, Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Kwangduk Lee
  • Publication number: 20210130949
    Abstract: Exemplary methods of semiconductor processing may include forming a silicon oxide material on exposed surfaces of a processing region of a semiconductor processing chamber. The methods may include forming a silicon nitride material overlying the silicon oxide material. The methods may include performing a deposition process on a semiconductor substrate disposed within the processing region of the semiconductor processing chamber. The methods may include performing a chamber cleaning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoquan Min, Byung Ik Song, Hyung Je Woo, Venkata Sharat Chandra Parimi, Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Kwangduk Lee
  • Publication number: 20210082696
    Abstract: A method of and system for substrate fabrication is disclosed herein. The method includes performing a first plasma-enhanced surface treatment in a chamber prior to disposal of a substrate, then, subsequently, depositing a season material in the process chamber. After depositing the plurality of season materials in the process chamber, a substrate is disposed in the chamber. The substrate is positioned in the process chamber in contact with the season material. A substrate treatment is performed. The substrate treatment can include one or more of: performing a second plasma-enhanced surface treatment, forming a barrier layer on the substrate, or performing a low frequency RF treatment prior to forming a metal-based hardmask film on the substrate. The metal-based hardmask film includes one or more metals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Xiaoquan MIN, Prashant Kumar KULSHRESHTHA, Kwangduk Douglas LEE, Vinay K. PRABHAKAR
  • Patent number: 10950445
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to methods and apparatus for depositing metal silicide layers on substrates and chamber components. In one embodiment, a method of forming a hardmask includes positioning the substrate having a target layer within a processing chamber, forming a seed layer comprising metal silicide on the target layer and depositing a tungsten-based bulk layer on the seed layer, wherein the metal silicide layer and the tungsten-based bulk layer form the hardmask. In another embodiment, a method of conditioning the components of a plasma processing chamber includes flowing an inert gas comprising argon or helium from a gas applicator into the plasma processing chamber, exposing a substrate support to a plasma within the plasma processing chamber and forming a seasoning layer including metal silicide on an aluminum-based surface of the substrate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Jiarui Wang, Kwangduk Douglas Lee, Milind Gadre, Xiaoquan Min, Paul Connors
  • Publication number: 20210025056
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to an improved electrostatic chuck for use in a processing chamber to fabricate semiconductor devices. In one embodiment, a processing chamber includes a chamber body having a processing volume defined therein and an electrostatic chuck disposed within the processing volume. The electrostatic chuck includes a support surface with a plurality of mesas located thereon, one or more electrodes disposed within the electrostatic chuck, and a seasoning layer deposited on the support surface over the plurality of mesas. The support surface is made from an aluminum containing material. The one or more electrodes are configured to form electrostatic charges to electrostatically secure a substrate to the support surface. The seasoning layer is configured to provide cushioning support to the substrate when the substrate is electrostatically secured to the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Prashant Kumar KULSHRESHTHA, Zheng John YE, Kwangduk Douglas LEE, Dong Hyung LEE, Vinay PRABHAKAR, Juan Carlos ROCHA-ALVAREZ, Xiaoquan MIN
  • Publication number: 20200357643
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to methods and apparatus for depositing metal silicide layers on substrates and chamber components. In one embodiment, a method of forming a hardmask includes positioning the substrate having a target layer within a processing chamber, forming a seed layer comprising metal silicide on the target layer and depositing a tungsten-based bulk layer on the seed layer, wherein the metal silicide layer and the tungsten-based bulk layer form the hardmask. In another embodiment, a method of conditioning the components of a plasma processing chamber includes flowing an inert gas comprising argon or helium from a gas applicator into the plasma processing chamber, exposing a substrate support to a plasma within the plasma processing chamber and forming a seasoning layer including metal silicide on an aluminum-based surface of the substrate support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Prashant Kumar KULSHRESHTHA, Jiarui WANG, Kwangduk Douglas LEE, Milind GADRE, Xiaoquan MIN, Paul CONNORS
  • Patent number: 10734232
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to methods and apparatus for depositing metal silicide layers on substrates and chamber components. In one embodiment, a method of forming a hardmask includes positioning the substrate having a target layer within a processing chamber, forming a seed layer comprising metal silicide on the target layer and depositing a tungsten-based bulk layer on the seed layer, wherein the metal silicide layer and the tungsten-based bulk layer form the hardmask. In another embodiment, a method of conditioning the components of a plasma processing chamber includes flowing an inert gas comprising argon or helium from a gas applicator into the plasma processing chamber, exposing a substrate support to a plasma within the plasma processing chamber and forming a seasoning layer including metal silicide on an aluminum-based surface of the substrate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Jiarui Wang, Kwangduk Douglas Lee, Milind Gadre, Xiaoquan Min, Paul Connors
  • Publication number: 20180330951
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to methods and apparatus for depositing metal silicide layers on substrates and chamber components. In one embodiment, a method of forming a hardmask includes positioning the substrate having a target layer within a processing chamber, forming a seed layer comprising metal silicide on the target layer and depositing a tungsten-based bulk layer on the seed layer, wherein the metal silicide layer and the tungsten-based bulk layer form the hardmask. In another embodiment, a method of conditioning the components of a plasma processing chamber includes flowing an inert gas comprising argon or helium from a gas applicator into the plasma processing chamber, exposing a substrate support to a plasma within the plasma processing chamber and forming a seasoning layer including metal silicide on an aluminum-based surface of the substrate support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Kumar KULSHRESHTHA, Jiarui WANG, Kwangduk Douglas LEE, Milind GADRE, Xiaoquan MIN, Paul CONNORS