TCAD - Modeling of Processes and Devices
We investigate diffusion and implantation processes, as encountered in semiconductor technology, both theoretically and experimentally. We develop models and determine the parameters required for process simulation. Our research activities include the investigation of diffusion in multilayer structures, of the electrical activation of dopant atoms, measurements of vacancy concentrations in silicon wafers, for instance using platinum diffusion and DLTS, and theoretical work on diffusion mechanisms.
Another topic covered by our group is the simulation of topography processes, for which we use commercial software, open-source tools, and in-house software modules. This includes:
- Modeling of dry etching processes as well as of plasma-based, chemical, and physical deposition processes
- Coupling of feature-scale and equipment-scale simulation for thermal and plasma reactors
In order to investigate how modifications of the technology processes affect device behavior, we study the electrical characteristics of various kinds of devices by means of simulation. To this end, the process simulation modules are tighlty coupled to the device simulation tools.