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Multiple exposure on single blank for electron-beam writer characterization
Author(s): André Eilert; Michael Finken; Christian Bürgel; Mark Herrmann; Ronald Hellriegel; Rico Nestler; Oliver Löffler; Frank Hübenthal; Rico Büttner; Katja Steidel
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Paper Abstract

Electron-beam writer characterization is key to enable predictable product performance in a photomask shop. This is traditionally done by writing test patterns with one distinct tool on one blank. Within this article, we introduce a method that reduces uncertainty caused by variation of blanks and process parameters, by using multiple, subsequent electronbeam exposure steps with different same-of-a-kind tools. The method is demonstrated for the disentanglement of two of the most fundamental parameters in an e-beam tool, current density and blanker latency, which together determine the actual dose. Additional accuracy can be achieved by probing the same tool parameter with different methods, which is shown by comparing Critical Dimension Scanning Electron Microscopy of line-space patterns below the maximum shot size with Thin Film Optical Scatterometry of comparatively large pads. The multiple exposure method needs a proper correction of systematic effects caused by contact of exposed areas with air during mask transfer from one writer to another, which are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10810, Photomask Technology 2018, 108101G (3 October 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2501760
Show Author Affiliations
André Eilert, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Michael Finken, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Christian Bürgel, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Mark Herrmann, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Ronald Hellriegel, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Rico Nestler, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Oliver Löffler, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Frank Hübenthal, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Rico Büttner, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)
Katja Steidel, Advanced Mask Technology Ctr. GmbH Co. KG (Germany)


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

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