Thin Film Measurement Systems

Thin Film Measurement Systems


Spectroscopic reflectometer (SR) tools are relative low cost and easy to use. To enusre accurate measurement on spectra, a long working distance and also adjustable working distance set up are professionaly desgined and considered. Since reflection spectra measurments require to use known reference to calibrate light intensity, it is hard to image that user could get accurate spectra without optimizing signal during such calibration because reference thickness is different from sample substrate's thickness in most of cases. Adjusting power output to lamp is our another consideration in ensuring a good measurement by reducing non-linearity effect of the detector.

We have developed several version of software for spectroscopic reflectometers. TFProbe 2.4 works under both 32 Bit  and  64 Bit window operating systems.  A more advanced version TFProbe 3.3 has also TFProbe 2.4 module integrated into it. As such, we have a complete solution for user to consider based on window's OS, advanced functionality and how simple user interface, like scientific mode or simple operator mode.....

With support in a more professional and advanced way, we offer spectroscipic ellipsometry technical support to our reflectometer users at no cost at all. With estabilished confidence in modeling with ellipsometry technique, you are able to obtain confident results at low cost!

Reflectometry Working Principle:

RSample = ISample / Io
RReference = IReference / Io
RSample = RReference x ISample / IReference

With reflectometry, a reference or standard (known its reflection) must be used to calibrate light intensity Io. By acquiring signal (IReference) from this reference and known reflection (RReference), Light intensity Io under the same measurement condition can be obtained. By getting signal from sample, RSample is finally obtained. If the film thickness or its optical constants are needed, then a mathematic fitting algorithm is applied to obtain them via an assumed model (Layer Stack).

A 6 around 1 reflection probe is typically used in setup. 6 fibers deliver light beam on to sample and one reading fiber guides reflected signal to detector. With such configuration, reflectometer can be conveniently implemented in an in-situ or in-line applications..


Film stress and and wafer bow measurements are an integral part in the process of reliability monitoring of deposited thin films during the chip making process.
Stress monitoring has become increasingly critical with the advent of 3D integrated circuits. 

There are three types of film stress: global, local, and lattice level stress. FSM offers solutions for all three types in our 128/500/900 Series, 127 Series, and Raman 360 tools.


Global film stress measurements at room Temperature


Stress Hysteresis Measurement up to 500C for thermal property and stability tests of thin films in air.


Stress Hysteresis in vacuum or gas up to 900C for the study of annealing cycles. Thermal Desorption, Film Shrinkage, Reflectivity, and Resistivity options provide additional insight to causes of material changes with temperature.