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Improvement of photomask CD uniformity using spatially resolved optical emission spectroscopy
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Paper Abstract

According to the design rule shrinkage, more precise control of mask CD, including mean to target and uniformity, is required in lithography process. Since dry etching is one of the most critical processes to determine CD qualities in photomask, optical emission spectroscopy (OES) to monitor plasma status during dry etching process could be useful. However, it is not possible to obtain distributional information of plasma with a conventional OES tool because the OES acquires totally integrated signals of light from the chamber. To overcome the limit of OES, we set up a spatially resolved (SR)-OES tool and measure the distribution of radicals in plasma during dry etch process. The SR-OES consists of a series of lenses, apertures, and a pinhole as a spatial filter which enable us to focus on certain area in the chamber, to extract the emitted light from plasma, and to perform the spectroscopic analysis. The Argon based actinometry combined with SR-OES shows spatially distinguished peaks related to the etch rate of Chromium on photomask. In this paper, we present experimental results of SR-OES installed on a commercial photomask dry etcher and discuss its practical effectiveness by correlation of the results with chamber etch rate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9985, Photomask Technology 2016, 99851S (17 November 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2242406
Show Author Affiliations
Junhwa Jung, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Youngkeun Kim, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Il-Yong Jang, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Byung-Gook Kim, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Chan-Uk Jeon, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Minwook Kang, Yonsei Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Changmin Lee, Yonsei Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Jae W. Hahn, Yonsei Univ. (Korea, Republic of)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9985:
Photomask Technology 2016
Bryan S. Kasprowicz; Peter D. Buck, Editor(s)

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