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ArF photo resist pattern sample preparation method using FIB without protective coating
Author(s): Hirohisa Okushima; Toshihiko Onozuka; Yasushi Kuroda; Toshie Yaguchi; Kaoru Umemura; Ryuichiro Tamochi; Kenji Watanabe; Norio Hasegawa; Isao Kawata; Bart Rijpers
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a novel method of FIB (FIB: focused ion beam) sample preparation to accurately evaluate critical dimensions and profiles of ArF photo resist patterns without the use of a protective coating on the photo resist. In order to accomplish this, the FIB micro-sampling method that is one of effective FIB milling and fabrication method was employed. First a Si cap is picked up from a silicon wafer and fixed to ArF photo resist patterns to protect against ion beam irradiation. Then, a micro-sample, a piece of Si-capped ArF photo resist, was extracted from the bulk ArF photo resist. In this procedure, this silicon cap always protects ArF photo resist patterns against ion beam irradiation. For the next step, the micro-sample is fixed to a needle stub of the FIB-STEM (STEM: scanning transmission electron microscopy) compatible rotation holder. This sample on the needle stub was rotated 180 degrees and milled from the side of Si substrate. Lastly, the sample is milled to the thickness of 2μm. In this process, the ion beam is irradiating from the silicon substrate side to minimize the ion beam irradiation damages on the ArF photo resist patterns. EDX (EDX: Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) analysis proved that no gallium ions were detected on the surface of the ArF photo resist patterns. The feasibility of high accelerating voltage observation of STEM to observe line edge roughness of a thick sample like 2μm without shrinkage has been demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6152, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XX, 615244 (24 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.655984
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Hirohisa Okushima, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Toshihiko Onozuka, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Yasushi Kuroda, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Toshie Yaguchi, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Kaoru Umemura, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Ryuichiro Tamochi, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Kenji Watanabe, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Norio Hasegawa, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Isao Kawata, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Bart Rijpers, ASML (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6152:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XX
Chas N. Archie, Editor(s)

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