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A study of the TMAH based clean performance on advanced photomask
Author(s): Fen Xue; Irene Shi; Alan Li; Eric Tian; Ming Chen; Max Lu; Fei Xu; Wei Jiang; Jian Shen
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Paper Abstract

As semiconductor devices become extremely integrated and their geometry continues to shrink, even slight critical dimension (CD) move or phase decay during photomask cleaning may have a negative impact on the CD uniformity performance of photomask. In addition, the printing of sub-resolution assist-features (SRAF) on photomask becomes the main limiting factor in using high power and low frequency Mega-sonic cleaning process, therefore, the balance between SRAF damage and clean performance becomes extremely important. In this research, the CD movement both on Chrome layer and MoSi layer and the phase and transmission decay on MoSi layer of advanced PSM photomask induced by Tetra-Methyl-Ammonium-Hydroxide (TMAH) based cleaning process were studied. Meanwhile, the difference between TMAH and SC1 were emphasized. The results showed that TMAH has significant advantage in CD move and phase decay. We also researched the SRAF damage condition after cleaning by the chemical of TMAH with Multi-Beam and Multi-Frequency (MBMF) mode. In addition, we collected different kinds of particles to study the particle remove capability of TMAH under MBMF mode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10810, Photomask Technology 2018, 108101B (3 October 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2500804
Show Author Affiliations
Fen Xue, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Irene Shi, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Alan Li, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Eric Tian, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Ming Chen, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Max Lu, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Fei Xu, REC Changzhou Ruize Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (China)
Wei Jiang, REC Changzhou Ruize Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (China)
Jian Shen, REC Changzhou Ruize Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10810:
Photomask Technology 2018
Emily E. Gallagher; Jed H. Rankin, Editor(s)

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