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Measurement Traceability and Quality Assurance in a Nanomanufacturing Environment

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Author(s)

Ndubuisi G. Orji, Ronald G. Dixson, Aaron Cordes, Benjamin Bunday, John Allgair

Abstract

A key requirement for nano-manufacturing is maintaining acceptable traceability of measurements performed to determine size. Given that properties and functionality at the nanoscale are governed by absolute size, maintaining the traceability of dimensional measurements of nanoscale devices is crucial to the success of nanomanufacturing. There are various strategies for introducing traceability into the nano-manufacturing environment. Some involve first principles realization, but most entail the use of calibrated artifacts. In an environment where different types of products are manufactured, it is challenging to maintain traceability across different products mix. In this paper we present some of the work we have done in developing methods to track the traceability of dimensional measurements performed in a wafer fabrication facility. We combine the concepts of reference measurement system, measurement assurance, and metrological timelines to ensure that traceability is maintained through series of measurements that involve different instruments and products mix, and span over a four years period. We show how to use knowledge of process-induced and instrument systematic errors among others to ensure that the traceability of the measurements is maintained
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of SPIE Volume 7042 -Instrumentation, Metrology, and Standards for Nanomanufacturing III
Volume
7405
Conference Dates
August 2-7, 2009
Conference Location
San Diego, CA

Keywords

Traceability, metrological timelines, measurement assurance, reference measurement system

Citation

Orji, N. , Dixson, R. , Cordes, A. , Bunday, B. and Allgair, J. (2009), Measurement Traceability and Quality Assurance in a Nanomanufacturing Environment, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 7042 -Instrumentation, Metrology, and Standards for Nanomanufacturing III, San Diego, CA, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=903286 (Accessed June 13, 2024)

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Created September 25, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017