ISBN: 978-981-09-5471-0 DOI: 10.18178/wcse.2015.04.056
Diameter Control for Silicon Rod Growth
Abstract— In this paper we describe a system for diameter control of silicon rod growth by using
PID control and image processing algorithms. Image processing algorithms are developed for
measuring the radius of meniscus of silicon rods while pulling from the melt. We describe the
image processing steps that are performed for segmentation of meniscus region line filtering in
complex domain and radius estimation that is based on the bisectors of chords algorithm by
incorporating angular information. We test 3 radius measurement methods of meniscus region and
analyze the stability on synthetic images as well as on video from the growth process. We also
performed an experiment where silicon rod was grown using the developed image processing and
control algorithm. We obtained the final result of 2 mm radius stability on the silicon rod.
Index Terms— Silicon rod growth, image processing, meniscus radius measurement.
Rihards Fuksis, Mihails Pudzs
Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, LATVIA
Alexey Kravtsov, Anatoly Kravtsov
SIA “KEPP EU”, LATVIA
Cite: Rihards Fuksis, Mihails Pudzs, Alexey Kravtsov, Anatoly Kravtsov, "Diameter Control for Silicon Rod Growth," 2015 The 5th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering-Information Processing and Control Engineering (WCSE 2015-IPCE), pp. 335-343, Moscow, Russia, April 15-17, 2015.