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Selection of attenuated phase shift mask compatible contact hole resists for KrF optical lithography
Author(s): Zhijian G. Lu; Yuping Cui; Alan C. Thomas; Scott M. Mansfield; Gerhard Kunkel; David Dobuzinsky; Franz X. Zach; Daniel Liu; K. Rex Chen; George M. Jordhamo; Alois Gutmann; Timothy R. Farrell
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Paper Abstract

Multiple contact hole resist samples from a variety of DUV resist suppliers, including both acetal and ESCAP chemistries are evaluated on an organic anti-reflective under layer (ARC) using an attenuated phase shift mask (APSM). One sample exhibited excellent surface inhibition and superior lithographic performance for patterning contact holes of 0.2 micrometers imaging size. For most of resists, the process windows are limited by unwanted sidelobe printing through focus. The sensitivity of sidelobe printing to focus can be attributed to lens aberrations. For the first time, we prose to use Depth-of-focus (DOF) loss PWLdof and Exposure latitude (EL) loss PWLel to characterize resists surface inhibition, as well discovered that DOF loss is a sensitive measure of surface inhibition. Similar lithographic performance is obtained from acetal and ESCAP based materials. The two ESCAP resists EB3 and EA2 have better oxide etch resistance than the acetal resist AC1. The top surface reticulation is observed on ESCAP resist EB3 and EA2 during the oxide etch, but not on the acetal resist AC1. 110 nm underexposed resolutions achieved with the resist EA4 at a mask size of 250 nm. Faster resists generally exhibit better resolution but have smaller process windows when side lobe printing is included as a criterion. Selection of a resist formulation for attenuated phase shift applications has to face a compromise between resolution, photospeed, process window and surface inhibition. Finally, ARC operational modes and optical properties had little effect on sidelobe printing, and optimization of PEB temperature is important in suppressing sidelobe printing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 June 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3678, Advances in Resist Technology and Processing XVI, (11 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350280
Show Author Affiliations
Zhijian G. Lu, Seimens Microelectronics (United States)
Yuping Cui, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)
Alan C. Thomas, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)
Scott M. Mansfield, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)
Gerhard Kunkel, Siemens Microelectronics (Germany)
David Dobuzinsky, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)
Franz X. Zach, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)
Daniel Liu, Siemens Microelectronics (United States)
K. Rex Chen, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)
George M. Jordhamo, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)
Alois Gutmann, Siemens Microelectronics (United States)
Timothy R. Farrell, IBM Microelectronics Div. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3678:
Advances in Resist Technology and Processing XVI
Will Conley, Editor(s)

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