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Focused ion beam repair for quartz bump defect of alternating phase-shift masks
Author(s): Ichiro Kagami; Daichi Kakuta; Tooru Komizo; Hiroichi Kawahira
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Paper Abstract

An alternating phase shift mask (Alt-PSM) technique is one of the candidates to extend the KrF excimer laser lithography generation. One of the issues for practical fabrication of Alt-PSMs is a repair of quartz bump defects. A conventional focused-ion beam (FIB) repair technique has been investigated for quartz bump defect etching using (beta) -gas which has been introduced as a gas assist etching (GAE) gas for MoSi based att-PSMs. Tow kinds of software developed by Seiko Instruments are newly introduced to etch precisely quartz bump defects. We have prepared dual trench type alt-PSMs, which have programmed defects with various heights and sizes. It is confirmed that the FIB repair tool can image a quartz defect of 50nm height and 0.1micrometers size. We have optimized the parameters for quartz etching rate for each defect type. Transmittance and printability of repaired points are confirmed with AIMS. This paper describes the feasibility of FIB repair of alt-PSMs in terms of quartz etching rate repeatabiliity, and printability of repaired points.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4409, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology VIII, (5 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.438391
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Ichiro Kagami, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Daichi Kakuta, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Tooru Komizo, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Hiroichi Kawahira, Sony Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4409:
Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology VIII
Hiroichi Kawahira, Editor(s)

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