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MEEF-based mask inspection
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Paper Abstract

Mask making yield is seriously affected by un-repairable mask defects. Up to now, there is only one size specification for critical defects, which has to be applied to any defect found. Since recently, some mask inspection tools offer the capability to inspect different features on one mask with different sensitivity. Boolean operations can be used to segregate mask features into more and less critical. In this paper we show the MEEF (Mask Error Enhancement Factor), which determines from the mask / wafer pattern transfer the actual effectiveness of mask errors, as an objective and relatively easily determinable parameter to assess the printability of mask defects. Performing OPC, a model-based OPC tool is aware of the MEEF, and can also provide the capability for the additional information handling, which is needed to supply the mask maker with a set of data layers of different defect printability for one mask layer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5567, 24th Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology, (6 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.569330
Show Author Affiliations
Wilhelm Maurer, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)
James Word, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)
Steffen F. Schulze, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)
Shumay Dou Shang, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5567:
24th Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology
Wolfgang Staud; J. Tracy Weed, Editor(s)

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