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Advances in optical metrology for the 1990s
Author(s): Nigel P. Smith; Richard William Gale
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Paper Abstract

The relative simplicity of conventional optical microscopes makes them well suited to the role of automated instruments for process control, but there are doubts about their ability to meet the demands of O.5m processes because of insufficient resolution. The resolution limit derived from the Rayleigh criterion is misleading when applied to the measurement of lines on wafers, for which it is shown that measurement linearity can be achieved with feature sizes as small as O.3pm by reducing the illumination wavelength below 450nm. The sensitivity of the instrument to changes in the shape of O.3m and larger features caused by process variations can be reduced to acceptable levels by a careful choice of measurement and focusing algorithms. The measurement of overlay error requires careful choice of optical components and accurate alignment if unacceptable systematic errors are to be avoided. Random errors can be minimised by using focused images and eliminating shifts in the wafer position during the measurement. As a result, measurement repeatability of O.O2m (three time standard deviation) and accuracy of better than O.O1m can be obtained with layer separations from up to at least 4pm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1261, Integrated Circuit Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control IV, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20038
Show Author Affiliations
Nigel P. Smith, Nanoquest Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Richard William Gale, Nanoquest Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1261:
Integrated Circuit Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control IV
William H. Arnold, Editor(s)

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