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RHEA (resist-hardened etch and anodization) process for fine-geometry Josephson junction fabrication

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6 Author(s)
L. P. S. Lee ; TRW, Redondo Beach, CA, USA ; E. R. Arambula ; G. Hanaya ; C. Dang
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An advanced Josephson junction fabrication process has been developed for making high-quality junctions for Nb or NbCN integrated circuits. The RHEA (resist-hardened etch and anodization) process uses a successive plasma hardening of photoresist, reactive-ion-etch, and anodization process sequence to pattern and fabricate fine-geometry junction devices to below 1-μm feature size. It is a simple, low-defect process that minimizes critical dimension bias, reduces critical dimension bias dependence on junction geometry, and allows the design flexibility of making either overlap or inside contact from interconnect layer to the junction devices. Key features of the process and experimental results are presented. This process is compared with other existing Josephson junction patterning processes, and the extendibility of the process to VLSI Josephson junction technology is discussed

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )