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Development of an actinic photomask review and phase metrology tool for 193-nm lithography
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Paper Abstract

We describe an improved solid-state 193-nm laser source tailored specifically for high resolution photomask phase metrology. This source operates at a repetition rate of 5 kHz and produces 10-mW average power with a spectral bandwidth of 30 pm and near-TEM00 mode quality. The enhanced optical performance results from an optical parametric oscillator of improved design, and the use of the nonlinear crystal cesium-lithium-borate for fourth-harmonic generation. We also discuss the design evolution of our photomask phase metrology tool. The use of actinic illumination facilitates imaging of photomask phase structures, and ensures that optical path difference measurements and printing simulations are performed in-band and without off-wavelength accuracy errors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 November 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5992, 25th Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology, 59924J (8 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.632309
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Andrew J. Merriam, Actinix (United States)
James J. Jacob, Actinix (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5992:
25th Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology
J. Tracy Weed; Patrick M. Martin, Editor(s)

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