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Etch bias inversion during EUV mask ARC etch
Author(s): Alexander Lajn; Haiko Rolff; Richard Wistrom
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Paper Abstract

The introduction of EUV lithography to high volume manufacturing is now within reach for 7nm technology node and beyond (1), at least for some steps. The scheduling is in transition from long to mid-term. Thus, all contributors need to focus their efforts on the production requirements. For the photo mask industry, these requirements include the control of defectivity, CD performance and lifetime of their masks. The mask CD performance including CD uniformity, CD targeting, and CD linearity/ resolution, is predominantly determined by the photo resist performance and by the litho and etch processes. State-of-the-art chemically amplified resists exhibit an asymmetric resolution for directly and indirectly written features, which usually results in a similarly asymmetric resolution performance on the mask. This resolution gap may reach as high as multiple tens of nanometers on the mask level in dependence of the chosen processes. Depending on the printing requirements of the wafer process, a reduction or even an increase of this gap may be required. A potential way of tuning via the etch process, is to control the lateral CD contribution during etch. Aside from process tuning knobs like pressure, RF powers and gases, which usually also affect CD linearity and CD uniformity, the simplest knob is the etch time itself. An increased over etch time results in an increased CD contribution in the normal case. , We found that the etch CD contribution of ARC layer etch on EUV photo masks is reduced by longer over etch times. Moreover, this effect can be demonstrated to be present for different etch chambers and photo resists.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2017
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10454, Photomask Japan 2017: XXIV Symposium on Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology, 104540L (13 July 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2278718
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander Lajn, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Haiko Rolff, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Richard Wistrom, GOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10454:
Photomask Japan 2017: XXIV Symposium on Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology
Kiwamu Takehisa, Editor(s)

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