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Patterned mask inspection technology with Projection Electron Microscope (PEM) technique for 11 nm half-pitch (hp) generation EUV masks
Author(s): Ryoichi Hirano; Susumu Iida; Tsuyoshi Amano; Hidehiro Watanabe; Masahiro Hatakeyama; Takeshi Murakami; Shoji Yoshikawa; Kenichi Suematsu; Kenji Terao
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Paper Abstract

High-sensitivity EUV mask pattern defect detection is one of the major issues in order to realize the device fabrication by using the EUV lithography. We have already designed a novel Projection Electron Microscope (PEM) optics that has been integrated into a new inspection system named EBEYE-V30 (“Model EBEYE” is an EBARA’s model code), and which seems to be quite promising for 16 nm hp generation EUVL Patterned mask Inspection (PI). Defect inspection sensitivity was evaluated by capturing an electron image generated at the mask by focusing onto an image sensor. The progress of the novel PEM optics performance is not only about making an image sensor with higher resolution but also about doing a better image processing to enhance the defect signal. In this paper, we describe the experimental results of EUV patterned mask inspection using the above-mentioned system. The performance of the system is measured in terms of defect detectability for 11 nm hp generation EUV mask. To improve the inspection throughput for 11 nm hp generation defect detection, it would require a data processing rate of greater than 1.5 Giga- Pixel-Per-Second (GPPS) that would realize less than eight hours of inspection time including the step-and-scan motion associated with the process. The aims of the development program are to attain a higher throughput, and enhance the defect detection sensitivity by using an adequate pixel size with sophisticated image processing resulting in a higher processing rate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9658, Photomask Japan 2015: Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XXII, 96580L (9 July 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2197151
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)
Kenichi Suematsu, EBARA Corp. (Japan)
Kenji Terao, EBARA Corp. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9658:
Photomask Japan 2015: Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XXII
Nobuyuki Yoshioka, Editor(s)

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