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Potential causes of across field CD variation
Author(s): Christopher J. Progler; Hong Du; Greg Wells
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Paper Abstract

The variation in critical dimension (i.e., CD) as a function of exposure field position is an important error component in total linewidth control. In this paper, we describe method for uncovering root causes of the across field CD variation in a lithographic projection system. For example, using a special reticle artifact we form images of the exposure system source distribution at various points in the lens field. These field dependent source distributions provide important clues into the variation of partial coherence, dose and numerical aperture around the exposure field. We also present a novel technique for inferring the residual projection lens aberration signature from CD measurements in photoresist. Tests to understand the role of stray light in across field CD variation are also investigated. Exposure system specifications consistent with small variation in across field CD are provided on the basis of these test vehicles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3051, Optical Microlithography X, (7 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275986
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher J. Progler, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)
Hong Du, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)
Greg Wells, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3051:
Optical Microlithography X
Gene E. Fuller, Editor(s)

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