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Sub-50-nm pitch size grating reference for CD-SEM magnification calibration
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a novel multi-layer grating pattern with a sub-50-nm pitch size for CD-SEM magnification calibration instead of the conventional 100-nm pitch grating reference. The sub-50-nm pitch size grating reference was fabricated by multi-layer deposition of alternative two alternating materials and then the material-selective chemical etching of the cleaved cross-sectional surface. A line and space pattern with 10-nm pitch size was easily resolved and a high-contrast secondary electron image of the grating pattern was obtained under 1-kV acceleration voltage using CD-SEM. The uniformity of the 20-nm pitch size of the grating was less than 1 nm in 3σ. The line edge roughness of the grating pattern was also less than 1 nm. Such a fine and uniform grating pattern will fulfill the requirements of a magnification calibration reference for next-generation CD-SEM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7272, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIII, 727224 (23 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814048
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Yoshinori Nakayama, Hitachi, Ltd. (Japan)
Jiro Yamamoto, Hitachi, Ltd. (Japan)
Hiroki Kawada, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7272:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIII
John A. Allgair; Christopher J. Raymond, Editor(s)

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