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CD controllability of proximity effect correction in EPL
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Paper Abstract

In Electron Projection Lithography (EPL) that is desigend for 65nm production tool, proximity effect correction (PEC) is an important issue for an accurate feature size control. Reticle resizing meethod is adopted for its correction. High controllability (ΔCD within ±10%) of critical dimension (CD) is required after proximity effect correction. For estimating the CD controllability, we have evaluated its dependency on exposure dose and beam blur in resizing method for the first time in EPL using Nikon's EPL experimental column (acceleration voltage=100kV, magnification=1/4, sub field size=250×250μm). Evaluating patterns were the target size of 100nm isolated line and twin lines. Beam blur was controlled by changing focus and was measured by Aerial Image Sensor (AIS). Groups of different biased patterns were located at different distances from large pattern on the wafer respectively. As a result, CD variation by proximity effect was 35-40 nm for 100nm-isolated. Under our recommended condition that resizing range in puls side was equal to that in minus side (±20%), blur latitude and dose latitude satisfied our CD uniformity budget and mask enhanced error factor (MEF) was around 1, then reticle fabrication CD controllability from budget requirement was satisfied. Therefore it was shown that proposed proximity effect correction method achieved high CD controllability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5037, Emerging Lithographic Technologies VII, (16 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484724
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Sumito Shimizu, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Kazuaki Suzuki, Nikon Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5037:
Emerging Lithographic Technologies VII
Roxann L. Engelstad, Editor(s)

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