Laser joining of glass to silicon using adhesive for MEMS packaging applications

F. Bardin, S. Kloss, C. H. Wang, A. Moore, A. Jourdain, I. De Wolf, D. P. Hand

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Laser joining is a promising technique for wafer-level bonding. It avoids subjecting the complete MEMS package to a high temperature and/or the high electric field associated with conventional wafer-level bonding processes, using the laser to provide only localized heating. We demonstrate that a benzo-cyclo-butene (BCB) polymer, used as an intermediate bonding layer in packaging of MEMS devices, can be satisfactorily cured with a substantial reduction of curing time compared with an oven-based process by using laser heating. A glass-on-silicon cavity bonded with a BCB ring can be produced in few seconds at typical laser intensity of 1 W/mm2 resulting in a local temperature of ~ 300°C. Hermeticity and bond strength tests show that such cavities have similar or better performance than cavities sealed by a commercial substrate bonders which require a minimum curing time of 10 minutes. The influence of exposure time, laser power and pressure on degree of cure, bond strength and hermeticity is investigated. The concept of using a large area, uniform laser beam together with a simple mirror mask is tested, demonstrating that such a mask is capable of protecting the centre of the cavity from the laser beam; however to prevent lateral heating via conduction through the silicon a high conductivity heat sink is required to be in good thermal contact with the rear of the silicon.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventFiber Lasers III: Technology, Systems, and Applications - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 23 Jan 200626 Jan 2006


ConferenceFiber Lasers III: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Laser bonding
  • MEMS packaging
  • Wafer bonding


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