Conference paper

Laser soldering of LTCC hermetic packages with minimal thermal impact

A novel laser soldering method for hermetic packaging of temperature sensitive devices such as organic electronics, micro- and nanostructures is presented in this work. The package combines a thermally optimized LTCC (Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic) base with a glass lid. These two parts are soldered together by the use of a laser diode. The advantages of the laser soldered joint is its hermeticity to water and air in regard to glue and plastic, as well as the possibility to heat only the soldered joint. The power of the laser diode has to be controlled during the soldering process. We propose a solution based on temperature monitoring by the mean of a pyrometer. Heat transfer from the heated solder joint to the encapsulated device can be reduced by structuring the LTCC base, which also reduces the required optical power. Several schemes such as cavities under the joint and local thinning of the base are studied. Key words: Packaging, LTCC, laser soldering, thermal impact

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