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Local IP evaluations of EPL reticle with 4 mm-sq Si membranes
Author(s): Kaoru Koike; Hiroshi Sakaue; Hiroshi Arimoto; Tukasa Yamazaki; Hiroshi Sugimura; Takashi Susa; Kojiro Ito; Akira Tamura
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Paper Abstract

Electron projection lithography (EPL) is one of the most promising candidates for the next generation lithography toward the hp 45 nm-node and beyond. EPL employs a stencil mask made from 200 mm Si wafer without a support frame, therefore chucking of an EPL tool and a metrology tool causes deformation in an EPL reticle. However, linear components of sub-field (SF) position error can be corrected by reticle alignment features of an EPL tool, whereas the non-linear components of SF position error can be corrected where each SF is measured beforehand and the corresponding reticle distortion correction (RDC) data is fed into the EPL exposure tool. In order to realize higher throughput, expanding SF to 4 mm-sq on reticle scale from the present 1 mm-sq is examined at the future EPL tool. For our studies we have investigated global image placement (IP), local IP, and pattern distortion of two kinds of EPL reticle. Currently we find the effect of mask IP on wafer scale is less than 9 nm, and we believe that in the near future the EPL mask IP target for the hp 45 nm-node could be realized for both of SF size.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5853, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XII, (28 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617467
Show Author Affiliations
Kaoru Koike, Semiconductor Leading Edge Technologies Inc. (Japan)
Hiroshi Sakaue, Semiconductor Leading Edge Technologies Inc. (Japan)
Hiroshi Arimoto, Semiconductor Leading Edge Technologies Inc. (Japan)
Tukasa Yamazaki, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Hiroshi Sugimura, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Takashi Susa, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Kojiro Ito, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Akira Tamura, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5853:
Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XII
Masanori Komuro, Editor(s)

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