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Control of optical and mechanical properties of polycrystalline silicon membranes for x-ray masks
Author(s): Lee E. Trimble; George K. Celler; John Frackoviak
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Paper Abstract

We report improvements in optical and mechanical properties of x-ray lithography masks based on polycrystalline Si membranes. The optical transmittance of polycrystalline Si was increased to match that of single crystalline Si in 0.6 to 0.9 j.tm spectral range. This was accomplished by modifying deposition temperature and gas composition during LPCVD film growth. The new films are intrinsically tensile, allowing formation of taut membranes on crystalline Si substrates and on glass disks that are matched in thermal expansion to Si, in contrast to earlier polysilicon films which required thermal expansion mismatch. The mechanical integrity of the masks was further improved by direct deposition of Si on thick machined glass disks, thus eliminating bonding of thin substrates to rigid support rings. The monolithic mask blanks are considerably more flat than the bonded structures, either single- or polycrystalline.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1263, Electron-Beam, X-Ray, and Ion-Beam Technology: Submicrometer Lithographies IX, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20164
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Lee E. Trimble, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
George K. Celler, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
John Frackoviak, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1263:
Electron-Beam, X-Ray, and Ion-Beam Technology: Submicrometer Lithographies IX
Douglas J. Resnick, Editor(s)

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