Low-temperature bonding of thick-film polysilicon for microelectromechanical system (MEMS)

Hannu Luoto (Corresponding Author), Tommi Suni, Martin Kulawski, Kimmo Henttinen, Hannu Kattelus

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Polysilicon thick films have been found to be an irreplaceable option in various sensors and other microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-designs. Polysilicon is also a prospective option for replacing single-crystal silicon in customized silicon-on-insulator-substrates. Due to the nature of polysilicon, bonding for MEMS-purposes has so far concentrated on anodic bonding, which has drawbacks for instance in terms of process duration and thermal load. The objective of this work is to develop low-temperature direct bonding for various polysilicon films. Polysilicon films were grown at varying temperatures and pressures with and without boron doping. The films were polished by chemical–mechanical polishing and cleaned. Surface qualities were studied by atomic-force-microscope before bonding. Wafers were then activated with argon plasma and bonded to oxidized silicon, quartz and glass. Bonding quality was evaluated with scanning-acoustic-microscope, the crack-opening-method and HF-etching. Scanning-electron-microscopy was used to investigate film and interface quality. This development has led to a new kind of polishing process, where several microns of polysilicon are removed still leaving surface direct bondable. This is accomplished by a dedicated and effectively planarizing polishing process. Spontaneous bonding took place and good bonding quality was achieved after annealing at 200°C.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-405
JournalMicrosystem Technologies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • LT-bonding
  • low temperatures
  • polysilicon
  • poly
  • CMP
  • MEMS


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