Patents by Inventor Zheng John Ye

Zheng John Ye 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: 11501993
    Abstract: Exemplary support assemblies may include an electrostatic chuck body defining a substrate support surface. The assemblies may include a support stem coupled with the electrostatic chuck body. The assemblies may include a heater embedded within the electrostatic chuck body. The assemblies may also include an electrode embedded within the electrostatic chuck body between the heater and the substrate support surface. The substrate support assemblies may be characterized by a leakage current through the electrostatic chuck body of less than or about 4 mA at a temperature of greater than or about 500° C. and a voltage of greater than or about 600 V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez, Zheng John Ye, Daemian Raj Benjamin Raj, Shailendra Srivastava, Xinhai Han, Deenesh Padhi, Kesong Hu, Chuan Ying Wang
  • Publication number: 20220119952
    Abstract: Exemplary deposition methods may include electrostatically chucking a semiconductor substrate at a first voltage within a processing region of a semiconductor processing chamber. The methods may include performing a deposition process. The deposition process may include forming a plasma within the processing region of the semiconductor processing chamber. The methods may include halting formation of the plasma within the semiconductor processing chamber. The methods may include, simultaneously with the halting, increasing the first voltage of electrostatic chucking to a second voltage. The methods may include purging the processing region of the semiconductor processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana Howlader, Hang Yu, Madhu Santosh Kumar Mutyala, Zheng John Ye, Abhigyan Keshri, Sanjay Kamath, Daemian Raj Benjamin Raj, Deenesh Padhi
  • Publication number: 20220102179
    Abstract: Exemplary semiconductor processing systems may include a processing chamber and an electrostatic chuck disposed at least partially within the processing chamber. The electrostatic chuck may include at least one electrode and a heater. A semiconductor processing system may include a power supply to provide a signal to the electrode to provide electrostatic force to secure a substrate to the electrostatic chuck. The system may also include a filter communicatively coupled between the power supply and the electrode. The filter is configured to remove or reduce noise introduced into the chucking signal by operating the heater while the electrostatic force on the substrate is maintained. The filter may include active circuitry, passive circuitry, or both, and may include an adjustment circuit to set the gain of the filter so that an output signal level from the filter corresponds to an input signal level for the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng John Ye, Daemian Raj Benjamin Raj, Rana Howlader, Abhigyan Keshri, Sanjay G. Kamath, Dmitry A. Dzilno, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez, Shailendra Srivastava, Kristopher R. Enslow, Xinhai Han, Deenesh Padhi, Edward P. Hammond
  • Patent number: 11276562
    Abstract: A system for modifying the uniformity pattern of a thin film deposited in a plasma processing chamber includes a single radio-frequency (RF) power source that is coupled to multiple points on the discharge electrode of the plasma processing chamber. Positioning of the multiple coupling points, a power distribution between the multiple coupling points, or a combination of both are selected to at least partially compensate for a consistent non-uniformity pattern of thin films produced by the chamber. The power distribution between the multiple coupling points may be produced by an appropriate RF phase difference between the RF power applied at each of the multiple coupling points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng John Ye, Ganesh Balasubramanian, Thuy Britcher, Jay D. Pinson, II, Hiroji Hanawa, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez, Kwangduk Douglas Lee, Martin Jay Seamons, Bok Hoen Kim, Sungwon Ha
  • Publication number: 20210375586
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to semiconductor processing apparatus. More specifically, embodiments of the disclosure relate to an ICP process chamber. The ICP process chamber includes a chamber body and a lid disposed over the chamber body. The lid is fabricated from a ceramic material. The lid has a monolithic body, and one or more heating elements and one or more coils are embedded in the monolithic body of the lid. The number of components disposed over the lid is reduced with the one or more heating elements and one or more coils embedded in the lid. Furthermore, with the embedded one or more heating elements, the controlling of the thermal characteristics of the lid is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Abhijit KANGUDE, Jay D. PINSON, II, Zheng John YE
  • Patent number: 11189517
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to apparatus and methods for substantially reducing an occurrence of radio frequency (RF) coupling through a chucking electrode. The chucking electrode is disposed in an electrostatic chuck positioned on a substrate support. The substrate support is coupled to a process chamber body. An RF source is used to generate a plasma in a process volume adjacent to the substrate support. An impedance matching circuit is disposed between the RF source and the chucking electrode is disposed in the electrostatic chuck. An electrostatic chuck filter is coupled between the chucking electrode and the chucking power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng John Ye, Edward Haywood, Adam Fischbach, Timothy Joseph Franklin
  • Publication number: 20210313147
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to a capacitively coupled plasma source in which VHF power is applied through an impedance-matching coaxial resonator having a symmetrical power distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Kartik Ramaswamy, Igor Markovsky, Zhigang Chen, James D. Carducci, Kenneth S. Collins, Shahid Rauf, Nipun Misra, Leonid Dorf, Zheng John Ye
  • Patent number: 11130142
    Abstract: Embodiments of showerheads having a detachable gas distribution plate are provided herein. In some embodiments, a showerhead for use in a substrate processing chamber includes a body having a first side and an opposing second side; a gas distribution plate disposed proximate the second side of the body; and a clamp disposed about a peripheral edge of the gas distribution plate to removably couple the gas distribution plate to the body, wherein the body is electrically coupled to the gas distribution plate through the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Dmitry Lubomirsky, Vladimir Knyazik, Hamid Noorbakhsh, Jason Della Rosa, Zheng John Ye, Jennifer Y. Sun, Sumanth Banda
  • Publication number: 20210296144
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a heated substrate support pedestal is provided. In one embodiment, a substrate support pedestal includes a ceramic body having a top surface and a bottom surface. The substrate support pedestal has a stem coupled to the bottom surface of the ceramic body. A top electrode is disposed within the ceramic body. A conductive rod is disposed through the stem and coupled to the top electrode. A plurality of heater elements is disposed within the ceramic body below the top electrode. A ground mesh is disposed within the ceramic body, below the plurality of heater elements, and above the bottom surface of the ceramic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Xing LIN, Vijay D. PARKHE, Jianhua ZHOU, Edward P. HAMMOND, IV, Jaeyong CHO, Zheng John YE, Zonghui SU, Juan Carlos ROCHA-ALVAREZ
  • Patent number: 11043361
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to a capacitively coupled plasma source in which VHF power is applied through an impedance-matching coaxial resonator having a symmetrical power distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Kartik Ramaswamy, Igor Markovsky, Zhigang Chen, James D. Carducci, Kenneth S. Collins, Shahid Rauf, Nipun Misra, Leonid Dorf, Zheng John Ye
  • 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: 20210111000
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure generally relate to methods and apparatus for generating and controlling plasma, for example RF filters, used with plasma chambers. In one implementation, a plasma processing apparatus is provided. The plasma processing apparatus comprises a chamber body, a powered gas distribution manifold enclosing a processing volume and a radio frequency (RF) filter. A pedestal having a substrate-supporting surface is disposed in the processing volume. A heating assembly comprising one or more heating elements is disposed within the pedestal for controlling a temperature profile of the substrate-supporting surface. A tuning assembly comprising a tuning electrode is disposed within the pedestal between the one or more heating elements and the substrate-supporting surface. The RF filter comprises an air core inductor, wherein at least one of the heating elements, the tuning electrode, and the gas distribution manifold is electrically coupled to the RF filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Zheng John Ye, Abdul Aziz Khaja, Amit Kumar Bansal, Kwangduk Douglas Lee, Xing Lin, Jianhua Zhou, Addepalli Sai Susmita, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10950477
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an improved electrostatic chuck for supporting a substrate. The electrostatic chuck comprises a chuck body coupled to a support stem, the chuck body having a substrate supporting surface, a plurality of tabs projecting from the substrate supporting surface of the chuck body, wherein the tabs are disposed around the circumference of the chuck body, an electrode embedded within the chuck body, the electrode extending radially from a center of the chuck body to a region beyond the plurality of tabs, and an RF power source coupled to the electrode through a first electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Xing Lin, Jianhua Zhou, Zheng John Ye, Jian Chen, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez
  • Publication number: 20210059037
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling RF plasma attributes is disclosed. Some embodiments of the disclosure provide RF sensors within processing chambers operable at high temperatures. Some embodiments provide methods of measuring RF plasma attributes using RF sensors within a processing chamber to provide feedback control for an RF generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng John Ye, Daemian Raj Benjamin Raj, Shailendra Srivastava, Nikhil Sudhindrarao Jorapur, Ndanka O. Mukuti, Dmitry A. Dzilno, Juan Carlos Rocha
  • Patent number: 10930475
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to processing chamber seasoning layers having a graded composition. In one example, the seasoning layer is a boron-carbon-nitride (BCN) film. The BCN film may have a greater composition of boron at the base of the film. As the BCN film is deposited, the boron concentration may approach zero, while the relative carbon and nitrogen concentration increases. The BCN film may be deposited by initially co-flowing a boron precursor, a carbon precursor, and a nitrogen precursor. After a first period of time, the flow rate of the boron precursor may be reduced. As the flow rate of boron precursor is reduced, RF power may be applied to generate a plasma during deposition of the seasoning layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Ziqing Duan, Abdul Aziz Khaja, Zheng John Ye, Amit Kumar Bansal
  • Patent number: 10923334
    Abstract: One or more embodiments described herein generally relate to selective deposition of substrates in semiconductor processes. In these embodiments, a precursor is delivered to a process region of a process chamber. A plasma is generated by delivering RF power to an electrode within a substrate support surface of a substrate support disposed in the process region of the process chamber. In embodiments described herein, delivering the RF power at a high power range, such as greater than 4.5 kW, advantageously leads to greater plasma coupling to the electrode, resulting in selective deposition to the substrate, eliminating deposition on other process chamber areas such as the process chamber side walls. As such, less process chamber cleans are necessary, leading to less time between depositions, increasing throughput and making the process more cost-effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Satya Thokachichu, Edward P. Hammond, IV, Viren Kalsekar, Zheng John Ye, Sarah Michelle Bobek, Abdul Aziz Khaja, Vinay K. Prabhakar, Venkata Sharat Chandra Parimi, Prashant Kumar Kulshreshtha, Kwangduk Douglas Lee
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10879041
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure generally relate to methods and apparatus for generating and controlling plasma, for example RF filters, used with plasma chambers. In one implementation, a plasma processing apparatus is provided. The plasma processing apparatus comprises a chamber body, a powered gas distribution manifold enclosing a processing volume and a radio frequency (RF) filter. A pedestal having a substrate-supporting surface is disposed in the processing volume. A heating assembly comprising one or more heating elements is disposed within the pedestal for controlling a temperature profile of the substrate-supporting surface. A tuning assembly comprising a tuning electrode is disposed within the pedestal between the one or more heating elements and the substrate-supporting surface. The RF filter comprises an air core inductor, wherein at least one of the heating elements, the tuning electrode, and the gas distribution manifold is electrically coupled to the RF filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng John Ye, Abdul Aziz Khaja, Amit Kumar Bansal, Kwangduk Douglas Lee, Xing Lin, Jianhua Zhou, Addepalli Sai Susmita, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez
  • Publication number: 20200343123
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to apparatus and methods for substantially reducing an occurrence of radio frequency (RF) coupling through a chucking electrode. The chucking electrode is disposed in an electrostatic chuck positioned on a substrate support. The substrate support is coupled to a process chamber body. An RF source is used to generate a plasma in a process volume adjacent to the substrate support. An impedance matching circuit is disposed between the RF source and the chucking electrode is disposed in the electrostatic chuck. An electrostatic chuck filter is coupled between the chucking electrode and the chucking power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Zheng John YE, Edward HAYWOOD, Adam FISCHBACH, Timothy Joseph FRANKLIN
  • Publication number: 20200238303
    Abstract: Embodiments of showerheads having a detachable gas distribution plate are provided herein. In some embodiments, a showerhead for use in a substrate processing chamber includes a body having a first side and an opposing second side; a gas distribution plate disposed proximate the second side of the body; and a clamp disposed about a peripheral edge of the gas distribution plate to removably couple the gas distribution plate to the body, wherein the body is electrically coupled to the gas distribution plate through the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Dmitry LUBOMIRSKY, Vladimir KNYAZIK, Hamid NOORBAKHSH, Jason DELLA ROSA, Zheng John YE, Jennifer Y. SUN, Sumanth BANDA