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Measurement of sidewall, line, and line-edge roughness with scanning probe microscopy
Author(s): Kelvin Walch; A. Meyyappan; Sylvain Muckenhirn; Jacques Margail
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Paper Abstract

Decreasing dimensions of features in semiconductor device manufacturing makes it imperative to control the sidewall, line and line-edge roughness. The roughness contributes to the variation in critical dimension (CD) and it might affect device functions and reliability. Roughness of vertical surfaces is needed in order to understand its effect on the performance, especially in the case of structures such as optical wave-guides. One of the ways to measure the sidewall, line and line-edge roughness is to use a scanning probe microscope. By using specific techniques in operating the scanning probe microscope and special analysis, we obtain the sidewall, line and line-edge roughness. We also use high-resolution image of the sidewall to characterize its roughness with various techniques including spatial frequency analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative evaluations are demonstrated. These measurements are made with an automated tool in a non-destructive fashion and are useful in production control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4344, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XV, (22 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.436800
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Kelvin Walch, Surface/Interface Inc. (United States)
A. Meyyappan, Surface/Interface Inc. (United States)
Sylvain Muckenhirn, Surface/Interface Inc. (United States)
Jacques Margail, CEA-LETI (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4344:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XV
Neal T. Sullivan, Editor(s)

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