Fume hood for silicon wafer cleaning (reverse RCA clean)

This hood is equiped with a Nyont alarm (on the left side); the alarm indicates inadequate reduced pressure in the exhaust line to provide fume hood protection. If it sounds, lower the sash all the way, leave the room, and notify authorities.

Reference for RCA clean technique (by an originator):
Handbook of Semiconductor Wafer Cleaning Technology, Werner Kern, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge NJ, 1993.
Also: W. Kern and D. Puotinen, RCA Review 31:187-206 (1970)

Clean Procedure (see figure below):
	A.  Organic removal: 5 minutes in SC-1 solution
            (also known as standard clean 1, Huang A, and
            and APM for Ammonia/peroxide mix)
            of 4:1:1 DI:H2O2:NH4OH solution at 75C
            to remove organics and particles.
	B.  Cascade Rinse in DI water.
	C.  Oxide removal:  30 seconds in DHF solution
            (for dilute hydrofluoric acid)
	    of 50:1 DI:HF solution
            to remove oxide and metal contamination.
	D.  Cascade Rinse in DI water.
	E.  Metal removal:  5 minutes in SC-2 solution
            (also known as standard clean 2, Huang B, and
            HPM for Hydrochloric/peroxide mix)
            of 4:1:1 DI:H2O2:HCl solution at 75C
            to remove metals and for a clean thin oxide.
	F.  Cascade Rinse in DI water.
	G.  Blow dry with UHP grade nitrogen gas.
Safety precautions:

You must be trained to use the RCA clean, and you must wear:

Skull&Crossbones Safety data: Chemical storage locations

RCA Hood layout and proceedure

Hood Layout/Protocol
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