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A study of the limited area scanning system in the mask CD-SEM
Author(s): Toshi Iwai; Soichi Shida; Mitsuo Hiroyama; Takayuki Nakamura; Hisaya Sakaguchi; Hiroki Ueno; Masaru Higuchi; Tatsuya Aihara
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Paper Abstract

Measurement of resist critical dimensions (CDs) utilizing a scanning electron microscope (SEM) based metrology system causes the resist to change due to irradiation effects of the electrons. A new and novel scanning approach has been developed in an effort to minimize the effects electron irradiation and exposure during the measurement process. This technique is especially pertinent in view of the tightening requirements for process control to achieve single digit CD uniformity on leading edge photo masks being produced today. The measurement of OPC features necessitates utilization of SEM based metrology due to resolution requirements, but the effects of high magnification imaging presents unique challenges. By controlling the scanned region of interest (ROI) it is possible to reduce exposure and irradiation effects. This paper will detail this new approach as it is utilized on the LWM9045 SEM Metrology system. The LWM9000SEM mask CD SEM was introduced earlier.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7122, Photomask Technology 2008, 71222R (17 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.801418
Show Author Affiliations
Toshi Iwai, Advantest Corp. (Japan)
Soichi Shida, Advantest Corp. (Japan)
Mitsuo Hiroyama, Advantest Corp. (Japan)
Takayuki Nakamura, Advantest Corp. (Japan)
Hisaya Sakaguchi, Vistec Semiconductor Systems K.K. (Japan)
Hiroki Ueno, Vistec Semiconductor Systems K.K. (Japan)
Masaru Higuchi, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Tatsuya Aihara, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7122:
Photomask Technology 2008
Hiroichi Kawahira; Larry S. Zurbrick, Editor(s)

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