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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Photomask dimensional metrology in the scanning electron microscope, part II: High-pressure/environmental scanning electron microscope
Author(s): Michael T. Postek; András E. Vladár; Marylyn Hoy Bennett; Trisha M. Rice; Ralph Knowles
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Paper Abstract

Binary and phase-shifting chromium on quartz optical photomasks have been successfully investigated with high-pressure/environmental scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The successful application of this methodology to semiconductor photomask metrology is new because of the recent availability of high-pressure SEM instrumentation equipped with high-resolution, high-signal, field emission technology in conjunction with large chamber and sample transfer capabilities. The high-pressure SEM methodology employs a gaseous environment to help diminish the charge buildup that occurs under irradiation with the electron beam. Although very desirable for charge reduction, this methodology has not been employed in production photomask or wafer metrology until now. This is a new application of this technology to this area, and it shows great promise in the inspection, imaging and metrology of photomasks in a charge-free operational mode. This methodology also holds the potential of similar implications for wafer metrology. For accurate metrology, high-pressure SEM methodology also affords a path that minimizes, if not eliminates, the need for charge modeling. This paper presents some new results in high-pressure SEM metrology of photomasks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2004
PDF: 8 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. 3(2) doi: 10.1117/1.1668272
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 3, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Michael T. Postek, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
András E. Vladár, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Marylyn Hoy Bennett, International SEMATECH (United States)
Trisha M. Rice, FEI Co. (United States)
Ralph Knowles, FEI Co. (United States)


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