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Mask CD measurement approach by diffraction intensity for lithography equivalent
Author(s): Takaharu Nagai; Kei Mesuda; Takanori Sutou; Yuichi Inazuki; Hiroyuki Hashimoto; Toshifumi Yokoyama; Nobuhito Toyama; Yasutaka Morikawa; Hiroshi Mohri; Naoya Hayashi
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Paper Abstract

In 45nm node and beyond with hyper NA lithography, mask topography effect is not ignorable and mask CD bias impacts printing performance such as MEEF or exposure latitude. In that situation, 3D simulation is required for precise evaluation of printing performance and the accuracy of 3D mask model on simulation is a key issue. Verification of 3D mask model by diffraction intensity measurement with AIMSTM45-193i was discussed in our previous works. Through the verification, though real mask successfully creates effective or simulated diffractions, CD on 3D mask model on simulation was different to that on AIMSTM result which was measured by CD-SEM. Therefore, purpose of this work is to analyze the cause of CD differences through AIMSTM diffraction intensity evaluation in various conditions (mask material, pattern pitch, mask CD bias and mask CD-SEM system). Furthermore, lithography equivalent CD is proposed as width of "ideal" mask shape. As a result achieved from the experiments, constant CD shift was successfully observed at hp40-70nm L/S pattern with varied bias for both 6% EAPSM and Binary masks. It can be said that mask topography difference related to mask material and pattern dimensions has not been observed. On the other hand, the value of CD shift was smaller on the condition of newer generation CD-SEM measurement. Other result achieved from further discussion and analysis, cause of the CD difference was explained using simple SEM image simulation. The CD difference was mainly changed by electron beam size factor, and it was stable with side wall angle in the range of 80 to 90 degree if the middle CD, which is the width of 3D model defined at the half height of the mask film's thickness, is constant. Since side wall angles on actual masks are nearly 90 degree, lithography equivalent CD could be measured by CD-SEM with constant offset.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6792, 24th European Mask and Lithography Conference, 67920N (2 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.798781
Show Author Affiliations
Takaharu Nagai, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Kei Mesuda, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Takanori Sutou, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Yuichi Inazuki, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Toshifumi Yokoyama, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Nobuhito Toyama, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Yasutaka Morikawa, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Hiroshi Mohri, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Naoya Hayashi, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6792:
24th European Mask and Lithography Conference

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