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Energy deposition and charging in EUV lithography: Monte Carlo studies
Author(s): Liam Wiseheart; Amrit Narasimhan; Steven Grzeskowiak; Mark Neisser; Leonidas E. Ocola; Greg Denbeaux; Robert L. Brainard
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Paper Abstract

EUV photons expose photoresists by complex interactions including photoionization to create primary electrons (~80 eV), and subsequent ionization steps that create secondary electrons (10-60 eV). The mechanisms by which these electrons interact with resist components are key to optimizing the performance of EUV resists and EUV lithography as a whole. As these photoelectrons and secondary electrons are created, they deposit their energy within the resist, creating ionized atoms along the way. Because many photo- and secondary electrons can escape the resist through the surface, resists can become charged. Charging and energy deposition profiles within the resist may play a role in the sensitivity and line-edge roughness of EUV resists. In this paper, we present computational analysis of charging-influenced electron behavior in photoresists using LESiS (Low energy Electron Scattering in Solids), a software developed to understand and model electron-matter interactions. We discuss the implementation of charge and tracking and the model used to influence electron behavior. We also present the potential effects of charging on EUV and electron beam lithography by investigating secondary electron blur in charging and non-charging models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 March 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9776, Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography VII, 97762O (18 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219849
Show Author Affiliations
Liam Wiseheart, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Amrit Narasimhan, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Steven Grzeskowiak, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Mark Neisser, SUNY Poly SEMATECH (United States)
Leonidas E. Ocola, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Greg Denbeaux, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Robert L. Brainard, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9776:
Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography VII
Eric M. Panning, Editor(s)

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