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Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury,Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: editor@jenks.info

Moore’s law* dictates microelectronics researchers to make integrated circuit (IC) devices smaller and to put them as close to each other as possible on a chip. This results in a better performance and a larger functionality of the chips. However, these devices also require a good electrical isolation from each other. This is in general done by the formation of a thick local oxide in the “field region” between the devices. In 1970, researchers from Philips1 invented the so-called LOCOS (LOCal Oxidation of Silicon) technique to achieve this isolation. Using a Si3N4 mask, the silicon is thermally oxidised in the nitride-free field regions. Figure 1 (left) shows a typical LOCOS structure. Although LOCOS seemed a perfect solution at that time, it came with a lot of problems, many of them related to mechanical stresses. Thermal oxidation of Si to SiO2 occurs together with a 125% volume expansion. As a result, the oxide grown in the field region, called the “field oxide,” exerts large forces on the surrounding silicon. Another major drawback of this technique is the so-called “bird’s beak,” caused by the lateral growth of the oxide under the nitride mask. This bird’s beak not only affects the intended device length, it also introduces large local mechanical stresses in the silicon, because of volume expansion, and it also deforms the nitride film. These stresses often resulted in the generation of dislocations in the silicon, which are quite harmful for the devices.

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury,Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: editor@jenks.info

S.Y. Luk,a N. Patela and M.C. Daviesb

aMolecular Profiles Ltd, 1 Faraday Building, Nottingham Science & Technology Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2QP, UK. E-mail: sluk@molprofiles.co.uk
bLaboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK

Alan Street

Technical Director, Oxford Instruments Superconductivity

Tony Davies

External Professor, University of Glamorgan, UK c/o Creon Lab Control AG, Europaallee 27–29, 50226 Frechen, Germany

Heinrich Kipphardt (Guest Contributor)

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und prüfung (BAM), D-12000 Berlin, Germany. E-mail: heinrich.kipphardt@bam.de

A.M.C.Davies,a and Tom Fearn,b

aNorwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA,UK
bDepartment of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London

Dipl. Chem. FH Ch. Schanzer and Prof. Dr H.G. Bührer

Department of Chemistry, Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur (ZHW), CH-8401 Winterthur, Switzerland

S.E.J. Bell,a* E.S.O. Bourguignon,a A. O’Grady,a J. Villaumiea and A.C. Dennisb

aSchool of Chemistry, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, BT9 5AG, Northern Ireland, UK
bAvalon Instruments Ltd, 10 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 5BN, Northern Ireland, UK

J. Sabine Becker

Central Department of Analytical Chemistry, Research Centre Jülich, D-52425 Jülich, Germany

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road,Alderbury,Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: editor@rmreport.com

Luis Oliveira and Manuel Pais Clemente

CETO – Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Ópticas, Rua Caldas Xavier, Nº38, 6º E, 4150 Porto, Portugal. E-mail: ceto@google.pt

The study of the mineralogical phases of archaeological ceramics may be very helpful in unravelling the history of an ancient sherd, particularly by means that investigate the process of its production. Micro-Raman spectroscopy offers advantages as a non-destructive, or even better, a non-sampling technique.

An introduction to photoacoustic spectroscopy.

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: jenkspj@aol.com

D.B. Coates

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Davies Laboratory, PMB PO Aitkenvale, Qld 4814, Australia

It is now more than fifty years ago that Felix Bloch and Edward Mills Purcell independently discovered a phenomenon called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Only a few years later, in 1952, both received the Nobel Laureate Physics award for this discovery. Purcell and Bloch were the first to “listen” to the whisperings of hydrogen. They eventually obtained an NMR spectrum representing the different “pitches” of the nuclei, a property, which reflects the physico–chemical (electronic) neighbourhood of the nucleus.

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: jenkspj@aol.com

Tony Davies

External Professor, University of Glamorgan, UK. c/o Creon Lab Control AG, Europaallee 27-29, 50226 Frechen, Germany

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