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Traceable calibration of AFM step height measurements for integrated circuit manufacturing
Author(s): James Robert; Bill Banke; Ronald Dixson; Carlos Strocchia-Rivera
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Paper Abstract

The growing demands of metrology have tightened the allowable tolerances of depth and step height measurements in semiconductor and nanotechnology fabrication. With manufacturing tolerances in the range of 1 nm to 3 nm, special care is required to achieve calibration traceable to the SI (Systeme International d'Unites, or International System of Units) meter in order to meet manufacturing requirements. This paper describes the steps taken to achieve this level of measurement capability. The methodology used to achieve this traceable calibration is to use an inclined plane to establish linearity over the step height range of interest of a reference critical dimension atomic force microscope (CDAFM) and then to link a single traceable step height somewhere within this range. The deviations from perfect linearity in the vertical position are shown in the paper. Then using this newly calibrated reference CD-AFM, various step height structures were used to transfer the traceable calibration from the reference CD-AFM to one-dimensional AFMs (1DAFM) used for manufacturing process control. A traceable step height calibration, with an expanded uncertainty of 2.24 nm (k = 3) is demonstrated for the reference CD-AFM. From this result, a traceable calibration of the manufacturing AFMs with a combined expanded uncertainty of 2.8 nm (k = 3) for a nominal 164 nm step height is developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2008
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 6922, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXII, 69223V (25 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.778463
Show Author Affiliations
James Robert, IBM Microelectronics (United States)
Bill Banke, IBM Microelectronics (United States)
Ronald Dixson, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Carlos Strocchia-Rivera, IBM Microelectronics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6922:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXII
John A. Allgair; Christopher J. Raymond, Editor(s)

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