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Reticle inspection using an image filter method
Author(s): Tomoyuki Okada; Masahiko Minemura; Kazuhiko Takahashi; Mitsuo Sakurai; Satoshi Akutagawa
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports a technique of reticle inspection incorporating the use of an image filter. In this technique, optical intensity distribution is calculated by optical simulation of electron beam lithography (EB) data or an image file obtained from a SEM photograph to evaluate the printability of defects on a reticle. When an image file is compared with the EB data, the image file has differences at the rounded corners as well as at the areas with defects because the image file is obtained from the reticle pattern. To reduce the differences, an image filter (or reticle filter), which simulates the pattern creation process on a reticle, was applied to the EB data. The simulated EB data is defined as the non-defect reference pattern. The optical intensity and critical dimension (CD) were then obtained. Image files of defects were obtained from the SEM photographs of reticle patterns having various sizes of defects. By applying optical simulation to patterns obtained from the image files, the optical intensity and CD were calculated and compared with those of the reference pattern, and the differences are evaluated. The evaluation results showed that optical intensity and CD changes fluctuate regardless of the size or type of defect. Correlation was confirmed between the differences in optical intensity and the CD changes in the defect area. It was thus concluded that defect printability can be evaluated by the differences in optical intensity obtained from image files.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5130, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology X, (28 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.504203
Show Author Affiliations
Tomoyuki Okada, Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan)
Masahiko Minemura, Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan)
Kazuhiko Takahashi, Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan)
Mitsuo Sakurai, Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan)
Satoshi Akutagawa, Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan)

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

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