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Use of Excimer Lasers in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry

G.D. Poulin (Lumonics Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada)
P.A. Eisele (Lumonics Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada)
H.B.G. Wong (Lumonics Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada)
T.A. Znotins (Lumonics Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada)

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 1 February 1989



Excimer lasers are finding increasing use in the electronics manufacturing industry. In contrast to other types of laser processing in which material is removed by localised heating, excimer laser processing involves a non‐thermal ablative material removal mechanism. This is due to the ultra‐violet output and short pulse duration of these unique light sources. The result is a high precision means of patterning thin dielectric films, removing such films from metal substrates, or removing thin metal films from underlying dielectrics. Through proper selection of operating parameters it is possible to achieve smooth sidewall profiles with selectable amount of taper while leaving the surrounding and, in the case of film removal, the underlying material virtually untouched. This paper will review the growing use of excimer lasers in applications such as the skiving of access holes and windows in flexible wiring, the drilling of via holes for multilayer boards, the stripping of microwires and other chip bonding applications. The differences between excimer laser processing and conventional laser based techniques will be highlighted.


Poulin, G.D., Eisele, P.A., Wong, H.B.G. and Znotins, T.A. (1989), "Use of Excimer Lasers in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry", Circuit World, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 5-8.




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