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Resolution performance of a 0.60-NA, 364-nm laser direct writer
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Paper Abstract

ATEQ has developed a high resolution laser scanning printing engine based on the 8 beam architecture of the CORE- 2000. This printing engine has been incorporated into two systems: the CORE-2500 for the production of advanced masks and reticles and a prototype system for direct write on wafers. The laser direct writer incorporates a through-the-lens alignment system and a rotary chuck for theta alignment. Its resolution performance is delivered by a 0. 60 NA laser scan lens and a novel air-jet focus system. The short focal length high resolution lens also reduces beam position errors thereby improving overall pattern accuracy. In order to take advantage of the high NA optics a high performance focus servo was developed capable of dynamic focus with a maximum error of 0. 15 tm. The focus system uses a hot wire anemometer to measure air flow through an orifice abutting the wafer providing a direct measurement to the top surface of resist independent of substrate properties. Lens specifications are presented and compared with the previous design. Bench data of spot size vs. entrance pupil filling show spot size performance down to 0. 35 m FWHM. The lens has a linearity specification of 0. 05 m system measurements of lens linearity indicate system performance substantially below this. The aerial image of the scanned beams is measured using resist as a threshold detector. An effective spot size is

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1264, Optical/Laser Microlithography III, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20200
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Paul C. Allen, ATEQ Corp. (United States)
Peter D. Buck, ATEQ Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1264:
Optical/Laser Microlithography III
Victor Pol, Editor(s)

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