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Application of CPL with Interference Mapping Lithography to generate random contact reticle designs for the 65-nm node
Author(s): Douglas J. Van Den Broeke; Thomas L. Laidig; J. Fung Chen; Kurt E. Wampler; Stephen D. Hsu; Xuelong Shi; Robert John Socha; Mircea V. Dusa; Noel P. Corcoran
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Paper Abstract

Imaging contact and via layers continues to be one of the major challenges to be overcome for 65nm node lithography. Initial results of using ASML MaskTools' CPL Technology to print contact arrays through pitch have demonstrated the potential to further extend contact imaging to a k1 near 0.30. While there are advantages and disadvantages for any potential RET, the benefits of not having to solve the phase assignment problem (which can lead to unresolvable phase conflicts), of it being a single reticle - single exposure technique, and its application to multiple layers within a device (clear field and dark field) make CPL an attractive, cost effective solution to low k1 imaging. However, real semiconductor circuit designs consist of much more than regular arrays of contact holes and a method to define the CPL reticle design for a full chip circuit pattern is required in order for this technique to be feasible in volume manufacturing. Interference Mapping Lithography (IML) is a novel approach for defining optimum reticle patterns based on the imaging conditions that will be used when the wafer is exposed. Figure 1 shows an interference map for an isolated contact simulated using ASML /1150 settings of 0.75NA and 0.92/0.72/30deg Quasar illumination. This technique provides a model-based approach for placing all types features (scattering bars, anti-scattering bars, non-printing assist features, phase shifted and non-phase shifted) for the purpose of enhancing the resolution of the target pattern and it can be applied to any reticle type including binary (COG), attenuated phase shifting mask (attPSM), alternating aperture phase shifting mask (altPSM), and CPL. In this work, we investigate the application of IML to generate CPL reticle designs for random contact patterns that are typical for 65nm node logic devices. We examine the critical issues related to using CPL with Interference Mapping Lithography including controlling side lobe printing, contact patterns with odd symmetry, forbidden pitch regions, and reticle manufacturing constraints. Multiple methods for deriving the interference map used to define reticle patterns for various RET's will be discussed. CPL reticle designs that were created from implementing automated algorithms for contact pattern decomposition using MaskWeaver will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5446, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XI, (20 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.557751
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas J. Van Den Broeke, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
Thomas L. Laidig, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
J. Fung Chen, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
Kurt E. Wampler, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
Stephen D. Hsu, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
Xuelong Shi, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
Robert John Socha, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
Mircea V. Dusa, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)
Noel P. Corcoran, ASML MaskTools, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5446:
Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XI
Hiroyoshi Tanabe, Editor(s)

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