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Obtaining Topographic Plots Of Insulator Film Thickness Using A Temporary Liquid Metal Electrode

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049086D
Original Publication Date: 1982-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Hammer, R [+details]

Abstract

An improved liquid metal electrode allows scanning of dielectrics for measurement of surface topography to determine whether sufficient uniformity exists. This is a method of measuring the film thickness of a dielectric film for use in the packaging of chips by using a liquid metal electrode to contact the upper surface of a dielectric layer, i.e., polyimide film coated over underlying metallurgy. A mercury electrode is scanned over the surface of the polyimide while the capacitance of the dielectric is measured by an instrument connected to the underlying metallurgy and the mercury electrode.