Measurement Tools and Test Structures

Juan Pablo Borja, Toh Ming Lu, Joel Plawsky

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This section provides a brief summary of the instruments, data acquisition processes, and test vehicles now used for studying dielectric breakdown. The range of instruments includes both bench-top and large throughput systems. Bench-top systems are conventionally used to gather information about fundamental material and device properties, while large throughput systems provide significant advantages for gathering statistically meaningful data on device properties and performance and on production capabilities. Test structures described in this section include simple planar capacitors, comb–comb, comb–serpentine, and new p-cap devices. The inherent design of each test structure will be shown to be appropriate for understanding certain fundamental aspects of dielectric failure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Materials
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Materials
ISSN (Print)2192-1091
ISSN (Electronic)2192-1105

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, The Author(s).


  • Comb
  • Dielectric characterization
  • MIS
  • MOS
  • P-cap
  • Planar capacitors
  • Serpentine
  • Test structures


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