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Effects of feature edges on thickness readings of thin oxides
Author(s): Jon L. Opsal; David Willenborg; Jeffrey T. Fanton; Susan M. Kelso; Jim P. Simmons; Allan Rosencwaig
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Paper Abstract

Measurements of ultra-thin films (<100A) and small geometries (< 1/mm) of IC product wafers require more than simply a smaller measurement spot size. An optical artifact has been discovered when using spectrophotometers to measure ultra-thin films near feature edges. A model of this effect will be presented. This artifact is a subtle effect that produces measurable reflectivity errors tens of microns from a feature edge. While this error is small, it is not negligible for film thickness measurements below 400A. Experiments have been performed on typical spectrophotometers and data from these experiments will be presented. These data will be compared to a newly developed laser-based dielectric film thickness measurement system that significantly reduces this edge effect.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1594, Process Module Metrology, Control and Clustering, (1 January 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.56645
Show Author Affiliations
Jon L. Opsal, Therma-Wave, Inc. (United States)
David Willenborg, Therma-Wave, Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey T. Fanton, Therma-Wave, Inc. (United States)
Susan M. Kelso, Therma-Wave, Inc. (United States)
Jim P. Simmons, Therma-Wave, Inc. (United States)
Allan Rosencwaig, Therma-Wave, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1594:
Process Module Metrology, Control and Clustering
Cecil J. Davis; Irving P. Herman; Terry R. Turner, Editor(s)

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