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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Extreme ultraviolet lithography patterned mask defect detection performance evaluation toward 16- to 11-nm half-pitch generation
Author(s): Ryoichi Hirano; Susumu Iida; Tsuyoshi Amano; Hidehiro Watanabe; Masahiro Hatakeyama; Takeshi Murakami; Shoji Yoshikawa; Kenji Terao
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Paper Abstract

High-sensitivity and low-noise extreme ultraviolet (EUV) mask pattern defect detection is one of the major issues remaining to be addressed in device fabrication using extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL). We have designed a projection electron microscopy (PEM) system, which has proven to be quite promising for half-pitch (hp) 16-nm node to hp 11-nm node mask inspection. The PEM system was integrated into a pattern inspection system for defect detection sensitivity evaluation. To improve the performance of hp 16-nm patterned mask defect detection toward hp 11-nm EUVL patterned mask, defect detection signal characteristics, which depend on hp 64-nm pattern image intensity deviation on EUVL mask, were studied. Image adjustment effect of the captured images for die-to-die defect detection was evaluated before the start of the defect detection image-processing sequence. Image correction of intrafield intensity unevenness and L/S pattern image contrast deviation suppresses the generation of false defects. Captured images of extrusion and intrusion defects in hp 64-nm L/S patterns were used for detection. Applying the image correction for defect detection, 12-nm sized intrusion defect, which was smaller than our target size for hp 16-nm defect detection requirements, was identified without false defects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2015
PDF: 8 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. 14(3) 033512 doi: 10.1117/1.JMM.14.3.033512
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 14, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Ryoichi Hirano, EUVL Infrastructure Development Ctr., Inc. (Japan)
Susumu Iida, EUVL Infrastructure Development Ctr., Inc. (Japan)
Tsuyoshi Amano, EUVL Infrastructure Development Ctr., Inc. (Japan)
Hidehiro Watanabe, EUVL Infrastructure Development Ctr., Inc. (Japan)
Masahiro Hatakeyama, EBARA Corp. (Japan)
Takeshi Murakami, EBARA Corp. (Japan)
Shoji Yoshikawa, EBARA Corp. (Japan)
Kenji Terao, EBARA Corp. (Japan)


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