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Exploring advanced mask repair options
Author(s): Emily Fisch; Colin Brodsky; Philip Flanigan; Mark Lawliss; Jed Rankin; David Thibault
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Paper Abstract

The extension of 193 nm lithography to the 65 and 45nm nodes transfers the development challenges from those associated with a new wavelength to those required to push an existing technology further. With respect to mask repair, new challenges are introduced as the mask features shrink and OPC becomes increasingly aggressive. These same factors increase mask costs to provide strong motivation for enhancing existing repair capabilities. The business case for investing in repair has only become stronger for leading edge 193 nm masks. This paper evaluates several repair techniques on a range of clear and opaque defects in Cr, MoSi and quartz features. A systematic approach is used to evaluate options for understanding the quality of a repair. Though conventional reconstruction techniques are used, we also explore non-intuitive repairs. These non-standard repairs attempt to reconstruct the printed image without duplicating the designed physical structure. An understanding of each method's process latitude is gained. AIMS analysis, lithographic simulations, and wafer print results are used to refine the understanding of repair specifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5752, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XIX, (10 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.600101
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Emily Fisch, IBM Corp. (United States)
Colin Brodsky, IBM Corp. (United States)
Philip Flanigan, IBM Corp. (United States)
Mark Lawliss, IBM Corp. (United States)
Jed Rankin, IBM Corp. (United States)
David Thibault, IBM Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5752:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XIX
Richard M. Silver, Editor(s)

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