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Integration of antireflection coatings on EUV absorber stacks
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Paper Abstract

Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) is the leading candidate for next generation lithography with the potential for extendibility beyond the 50-nm node. The inspection contrast of DUV and 193nm optical reticles is essentially 100%; however, EUVL reticles are reflective in nature and do not allow for transmissive inspection. The Mo/Si multilayer (ML) mirror has a reflectivity of 55-60% with 257nm illumination. The reflectivity of the multilayer at the inspection wavelength dictates that the patterned areas of the mask must be dark to achieve high inspection contrast (i.e., 0% reflectivity at the inspection wavelength). Furthermore, the reticle should retain the same tone during the pre-repair stage and the final reticle stage to allow reuse of inspection algorithms and easier defect repair verification. The use of an anti-reflection coating (ARC) on a TaN absorber has been shown . This article will describe additional options for a wide range of anti-reflection coatings and their impact on the design and fabrication of the EUV absorber stack. Both experimental and modeling results will be presented for different absorber stack configurations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4889, 22nd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology, (27 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468104
Show Author Affiliations
James R. Wasson, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
Sang-In Han, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
N. V. Edwards, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
Eric Weisbrod, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
William J. Dauksher, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
Pawitter J. S. Mangat, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
Donald W. Pettibone, KLA-Tencor Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4889:
22nd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology
Brian J. Grenon; Kurt R. Kimmel, Editor(s)

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