A WSi⁻WSiN⁻Pt Metallization Scheme for Silicon Carbide-Based High Temperature Microsystems

Micromachines (Basel). 2016 Oct 20;7(10):193. doi: 10.3390/mi7100193.


In this paper, we present and discuss our new WSi⁻WSiN⁻Pt metallization scheme for SiC-based microsystems for applications in harsh environments. Stoichiometric material WSi was selected as contact material for SiC. The diffusion barrier material WSiN was deposited from the same target as the contact material in order to limit the number of different chemical elements in the scheme. Our scheme was kept as simple as possible regarding the number of layers and chemical elements. Our scheme shows very good long-term stability and suitability for SiC-based microsystems. The experimental evaluation concept used here includes a combination of physical, electrical, and mechanical analysis techniques. This combined advance is necessary since modern physical analysis techniques still offer only limited sensitivity for detecting minimal changes in the metallization scheme.

Keywords: SiC-based microsystems; microelectromechanical system (MEMS); sensors for harsh environment; sensors for high temperature.