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Identification of defect source to control reticle defect density for CAR and dry etching in the photomask process
Author(s): Sung-Yong Cho; Won-Suk Ahn; Won-Il Cho; Moon-Gyu Sung; Yong-Hoon Kim; Sung-Woon Choi; Hee-Sun Yoon; Jung-Min Sohn
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Paper Abstract

As the design rule of lithography becomes smaller, printability of reticle defect to wafer is critical for the photomask manufacturing technology. In order to improve the controllability of reticle defects, inspection and repair systems are expanding their capability by continuously modifying hardware and software. This is a good solution to detect and review the defect but it is indirect approaching to reduce the defect in the photomask process. To produce the photomask of defect free or low defect density, effort is needed to improve the capability of defect control in the mask-making process and to evaluate the source of hard defect as well as soft defect. In this paper, we concern the defect source and the feature of printed defects in photomask manufacturing steps. We also discuss the efforts to eliminate the defect source and to control the mask-making process with low defect density. In order to eliminate the source of defects, we partition the mask-making process with defect inspection system, SLF27 TeraStar and Lasertec MD2000, and review a defect shape with CD SEM and AFM. And we compare printed defects, which exist in each process steps, after dry etching process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5130, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology X, (28 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.504055
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Sung-Yong Cho, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Won-Suk Ahn, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Won-Il Cho, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Moon-Gyu Sung, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Yong-Hoon Kim, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Sung-Woon Choi, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Hee-Sun Yoon, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Jung-Min Sohn, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5130:
Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology X
Hiroyoshi Tanabe, Editor(s)

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