Coherent COMPexPro 110F Excimer UV laser.
Ultraviolett laser for damage free ablation.
The UV laser with flat top variable spot size is integrated with a high-precision four-axis stage which achieves µm accuracy over a scan area of 200 mm x 200 mm.
|Pulse width||25 ns|
|Repetition rate||0-100 Hz|
|Pulse energy||0-4 J/cm²|
|Beam profile||Flat top with variable spot size|
|Aperture||0-500 µm variable spot size separately for x and y or custom mask|
|Micromachining setup||Four-axis stage, µm accuracy, 200mm xy-scan range|
Selective removal of dielectric materials from silicon for opening up regions for local contacts or local doping windows is achieved simply and elegantly by laser ablation. The ideal ablation process is a mimic of photolithography but is by contrast a highly industrially applicable process.
Green, IR or UV lasers can all be used to remove materials with minimal or no damage to the underlying silicon. However, for many of the materials of interest to solar cell manufacturing, UV laser ablation seems the most promising option – offering the ability to remove thin layers of different dielectrics with each laser pulse while resulting in minimal change to surface electronic quality. Dielectric materials currently under investigation include silicon dioxide, silicon nitride, aluminium oxide, and titanium dioxide.
Excimer laser in action.
The high-resolution alignment camera enables repeatable alignment accuracy.
Excimer laser ablation.
3-dimensional depth profile produced using a high-resolution optical profilometer.
2-dimensional cross section, produced by Excimer laser ablation of PECVD silicon nitride.