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Chemically amplified resist modeling in OPC
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Paper Abstract

The mechanism of chemically amplified resist plays a critical role in the modeling of the latent image. To achieve a practical model which can fit into the time frame of OPC, some simplifications and assumptions have to be made. We introduced regression kernels that take into account best exposure focus difference between isotropic pitch, dense, and line end features for the evaluation of image intensity. It compares the image intensity (signal) over small changes above and/or below the regressed "nominal" image position, which in principle corresponds to evaluating the intensity signal at various depths of a fixed resist profile thus can also be regressed for optimization during model development. Our calibration has shown that the model brought a great improvement in prediction for difficult structures such as dense features at or near the optical resolution limit and 2-dimensional features, which are the limiter of the overall model fitting accuracy for 45nm node and below. By replacing other existing techniques, total number of output kernels used for OPC operation is actually reduced with improvement of model accuracy. This model is proven to be a very effective yet accurate addition to the current OPC technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7274, Optical Microlithography XXII, 727435 (16 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814354
Show Author Affiliations
Xin Zheng, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Jason Huang, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Fred Kuo, Synopsys, Inc. (Taiwan)
Aram Kazarian, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Fook Chin, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Yongfa Fan, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7274:
Optical Microlithography XXII
Harry J. Levinson; Mircea V. Dusa, Editor(s)

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