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Lithography process controllers and photoresist monitoring by signal response metrology (SRM)
Author(s): He Rong Yang; Tang Chun Weng; Wei-Jhe Tzai; Chien-Hao Chen; Chun-Chi Yu; Wei-Yuan Chu; Sungchul Yoo; Chien-Jen Huang; Chao-Yu Cheng
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Paper Abstract

For advanced lithography metrology, SCD (Scatterometry Critical Dimension) is a common metrology technique applied to control processes. SCD has the capability to report accurate data information such as CD (Critical Dimensions), photoresist SWA (Side Wall Angle) and photoresist HT (Height). The shape of photoresist correlates with inline process controllers, namely scanner focus and dose. However, SCD is a model-based metrology method. In order to decode the process controllers, it requires computation from a geometric model. Once the model extracts the resist shape information from the spectra, one needs further correlation of those geometric parameters with the process controllers for monitoring. Thus, information loss through multiple modeling is a major concern. Indeed, during data transformation, noise and model approximation can distort the signals, in other words, the critical parameters, focus and dose, may not be measured accurately. This study therefore seeks a methodology to monitor focus and dose with the least amount of information transformation. Signal Response Metrology is a new measurement technique that obviates the need for geometric modeling by directly correlating focus, dose or CD to the spectral response of a SCD-based metrology tool.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 March 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9424, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIX, 94242C (19 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085271
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He Rong Yang, United Microelectronics Corp. (Taiwan)
Tang Chun Weng, United Microelectronics Corp. (Taiwan)
Wei-Jhe Tzai, United Microelectronics Corp. (Taiwan)
Chien-Hao Chen, United Microelectronics Corp. (Taiwan)
Chun-Chi Yu, United Microelectronics Corp. (Taiwan)
Wei-Yuan Chu, KLA-Tencor Corp. (United States)
Sungchul Yoo, KLA-Tencor Corp. (United States)
Chien-Jen Huang, KLA-Tencor Corp. (United States)
Chao-Yu Cheng, KLA-Tencor Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9424:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIX
Jason P. Cain; Martha I. Sanchez, Editor(s)

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