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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Image-processing approach to vibration isolation of a scanning electron microscope
Author(s): Koichi Matsuda; Yoichi Kanemitsu; Shinya Kijimoto; Ryuichi Tanaka
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Paper Abstract

We propose a new approach to estimating a pointing error of the electron probe of a scanning electron microscope. The approach is formulated to estimate the pointing errors using a specimen image. Specimen images are numerically simulated by a mathematical model and identified with measured images of the specimen using a least-squares procedure to determine the pointing errors. The pointing errors are estimated by the proposed approach and used to design a controller for vibration isolation of a scanning electron microscope. Acceleration sensors are located at the root of the specimen chamber and are used to detect any environmental disturbance into the microscope. The designed controller is based on a transfer function from the sensor outputs to the pointing errors, and the transfer function is determined by sinusoidal excitation tests for the microscope. The controller is implemented as a digital filter on a PC and is used to move the electron probe to cancel the pointing errors using image-shifting coils. The pointing errors are successfully reduced by the controller in a lower frequency region that contains the first four natural frequencies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2004
PDF: 8 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS 3(1) doi: 10.1117/1.1631444
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 3, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Koichi Matsuda, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Yoichi Kanemitsu, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Shinya Kijimoto, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Ryuichi Tanaka, Hitachi Science Systems, Ltd. (Japan)

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