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Progress in imaging performance with EUV pellicles
Author(s): O. Romanets; K. Ricken; M. Kupers; F. Wählisch; C. Piliego; P. Broman; D. de Graaf
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of pellicles is to protect reticles from particle contamination, thus reducing the number of defects and increasing yield. In this paper we show how recent progress in pellicle technology has succeeded in solving the main challenges in imaging with EUV pellicles. We demonstrate this using the recent results of imaging tests in scanner, EUV reflectivity measurements, and lifetime testing. EUV light reflectivity of pellicles is one of the effects that have negatively impacted imaging with pellicles in the past. Light reflected from pellicles leads to the overexposure of neighboring fields in the corners and edges. Tests with pellicles produced using a new process show EUV reflectivity within specification of 0.04%, and measured impact on critical dimension in the corners below 0.15nm for multiple pellicles. Lifetime performance was tested by exposing up to 3000 wafers with a pellicle while periodically assessing the stability of imaging metrics. The lithometrics studies include: critical dimension (CD) and critical dimension uniformity (CDU), and contrast (via line width roughness). DoseMapper, which is an EUV scanner application developed to improve CDU, was applied during the lifetime test. Here we show that it can successfully reduce the pellicle-induced CDU and CDU over lifetime (previously shown to be dominated by pellicle EUV transmission drift). Our results using DoseMapper show that whilst intrafield CDU 3sigma increases over lifetime, it stays comfortably within the 1.1nm NXE3400 ATP specification using DoseMapper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11177, 35th European Mask and Lithography Conference (EMLC 2019), 111770Z (29 August 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2535675
Show Author Affiliations
O. Romanets, ASML Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)
K. Ricken, ASML Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)
M. Kupers, ASML Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)
F. Wählisch, ASML Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)
C. Piliego, ASML Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)
P. Broman, ASML Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)
D. de Graaf, ASML Netherlands B.V. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11177:
35th European Mask and Lithography Conference (EMLC 2019)
Uwe F.W. Behringer; Jo Finders, Editor(s)

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