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Current status of next-generation EUVL mask blank tool development
Author(s): Andy Ma; Kevin G. Kemp; Rajul Randive; Al Weaver; Mark Roberti; Alan V. Hayes; Daniel L. Abraham; Paul B. Mirkarimi; Eberhard Adolf Spiller; Patrick A. Kearney
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Paper Abstract

Mask blanks for extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) are fabricated by depositing Mo/Si multilayer films on super polished substrates. These mask blanks must be nearly defect-free, and therefore particles occurring during the deposition process are a serious concern. Development of the next-generation ultra low defect deposition tool for fabricating EUVL mask blanks is crucial for the commercialization of the EUVL technology. ISMT initiated a project at the ISMT-N (Albany, NY) facility to provide an ion beam sputter deposition tool for multilayer deposition on 6” square format substrates to support the development and production of EUV mask blanks. The project has access to state-of-the-art metrology tools recently installed at the Albany facility and also has process development support from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Veeco. The project goal is to work with suppliers, LLNL, Veeco, to baseline, perform defect and root cause analysis, and improve the current tool with an upgrade path to meet the final specification for EUV mask blanks. We will provide results on the quality of the mask blanks produced during the benchmarking phase of this tool; data will be presented for the EUV reflectivity, reflectance uniformity, centroid wavelength, and uniformity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5256, 23rd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology, (17 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.535866
Show Author Affiliations
Andy Ma, International SEMATECH (United States)
Kevin G. Kemp, International SEMATECH (United States)
Rajul Randive, Veeco Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Al Weaver, Veeco Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Mark Roberti, Veeco Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Alan V. Hayes, Veeco Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Daniel L. Abraham, Veeco Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Paul B. Mirkarimi, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Eberhard Adolf Spiller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Patrick A. Kearney, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5256:
23rd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology
Kurt R. Kimmel; Wolfgang Staud, Editor(s)

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