Bacelli, Giorgio and Ringwood, John and Iordanov, Petar
Impedance matching controller for an inductively coupled plasma chamber: L-type Matching Network Automatic Controller.
In: ICINCO 2007, 4th International Conference on Information in Control, Automation and Robotics, 9 - 12 May, 2007, Angers, France.
Plasma processing is used in a variety of industrial systems, including semiconductor manufacture (deposition
and etching) and accurate control of the impedance matching network is vital if repeatable quality is to be
achieved at the manufacturing process output. Typically, impedance matching networks employ series (tune)
and parallel (load) capacitors to drive the reflection coefficient on the load side of the network to zero. The
reflection coefficient is normally represented by real and imaginary parts, giving two variables to be controlled
using the load and tune capacitors. The resulting problem is therefore a nonlinear, multivariable control problem.
Current industrial impedance matching units employ simple single-loop proportional controllers, which take no account of interaction between individual channels and, in many cases, may fail to tune altogether, if the starting point is far away from the matching point. A hierarchical feedback controller is developed which, at the upper level, performs a single-loop tuning, but with the important addition of a variable sign feedback gain. When convergence to a region in the neighbourhood of the matching point is achieved, a dual single-loop controller takes over, which gives fine tuning of the matching network.
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