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Expansion of SU-8 application scope by PAG concentration modification
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Paper Abstract

In recent year SU-8 has became the most attractive photoresist in both optical and x-ray lithography. In our early work we have optimized its exposure parameters to improve the patterning quality in UV lithography and concluded that the UV absorption in SU-8 is proportional to the concentration of photoacidgenerator (PAG) and limiting the applicable SU-8 thickness in UV lithography. Actually, the PAG concentration plays an important role in all aspects of SU-8 processing in both optical and x-ray lithography. The motivation of this work is to expand the applicable thickness and application scope and improve processing control of SU-8 by optimizing its PAG concentration. In this paper we present the most recent experimental results on lithographic performance of SU-8 with different PAG concentration (varying up to 2 orders of magnitude). It includes determining the minimum bottom dose and minimum effective energy density in x-ray and UV lithography of SU-8, respectively, observing the dimensional change of SU-8 microstructure at different post exposure bake (PEB) temperature and time and measuring UV absorption spectrum of SU-8 as the function of PAG concentration. The modified SU-8 resists have moderate sensitivities and lower absorption coefficients. The application of the modified SU-8 will be addressed and demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4979, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VIII, (15 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.478254
Show Author Affiliations
Zhong-geng Ling, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Kun Lian, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4979:
Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VIII
John A. Yasaitis; Mary Ann Perez-Maher; Jean Michel Karam, Editor(s)

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