Sealing of adhesive bonded devices on wafer level
2004 (English)In: Sensors and Actuators A-Physical, ISSN 0924-4247, Vol. 110, no 1-3, 407-412 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper. we present a low temperature wafer-level encapsulation technique to hermetically seal adhesive bonded microsystem structures by cladding the adhesive with an additional diffusion barrier. Two wafers containing cavities for MEMS devices were bonded together using benzocyclobutene (BCB). The devices were sealed by a combined dicing and self-aligning etching technique and by finally coating the structures with evaporated gold or PECVD silicon nitride. The sealing layer was inspected visually by SEM and helium leak tests were carried out. Devices sealed with silicon nitride and with known damage of the sealing layer showed a helium leak rate of about 7-14 times higher than the background level. Devices of the same size without damage in the sealing layer had a leak rate of only 1.5 times higher than the background level. Experiments with evaporated gold as cladding layer revealed leaking cracks in the film even up to a gold thickness of 5 mum. The sealing technique with silicon nitride shows a significant improvement of the hermeticity properties of adhesive bonded cavities, making this bonding technique suitable for applications with certain demands on gas-tightness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 110, no 1-3, 407-412 p.
hermetic sealing, wafer-level encapsulation, adhesive bonding, benzocyclobutene, fabrication, cavities, mems
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-13415DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2003.06.003ISI: 000188700700064ScopusID: 2-s2.0-1642566508OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-13415DiVA: diva2:325198
QC 201006172010-06-172010-06-172011-10-31Bibliographically approved