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Observing morphology on surface of poly(methacrylate) in ArF lithography using AFM phase image
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, ArF lithography has required a half-pitch size (DRAM) of 45 nm or less. To achieve the requirement, line edge roughness (LER) is recognized as one of the most serious problems in lithography today, because LER directly degrades device characteristics and affects system performances. Although the uniformity of polymer film is important for reducing LER, little is known about polymer morphology after coating. In this study, we observed the surface of poly(methacrylate) samples after coating with AFM tapping mode and found specific morphology in the phase images for the first time (the height image was flat).

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Date Published: 22 March 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6519, Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXIV, 65193W (22 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.711392
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Shuji Matsunaga, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Ichihiro Aratani, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Fumihiko Okabe, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Masahiko Kitayama, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6519:
Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXIV
Qinghuang Lin, Editor(s)

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