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Practical implementation of immersion resist materials
Author(s): Hamid Khorram; Katsushi Nakanob; Tomoharu Fujiwara; Yasuhiro Iriuchijima; Y. Ishii; Natsuko Sagawa; Tadamasa Kawakubo; Shirou Nagaoka
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Paper Abstract

Immersion lithography has gone through its first phase of introduction and acceptance as the main solution for critical layer lithography for 45nm node and beyond. In this phase, the industry has found that immersion technology has its own unique challenges associated with introducing water as a medium between the projection lens and wafer. Resist process qualification is once again under the spot light. Due to the rapid introduction of immersion technology resist suppliers did not have sufficient time to reformulate their standard ArF resist processes to be compatible with water while at the same time satisfying critical imaging, etching and other requirements. For this reason a barrier (topcoat) had to be introduced in order to prevent resist leaching as well as to produce a more desirable surface for water to glide over. Introducing a top-coat created challenges for all parties involved: scanner manufacturers resist vendors and the end users. Since each manufacturer has its own unique technology for introducing immersion water, top-coat/resist processes needed not only to meet the end users' performance criteria but also meet each scanner manufacturer's requirements. Therefore material screening process and process evaluation became an important factor in immersion technology processes. Defectivity became the primary criterion for the resist process. The responsibility of the scanner manufacturer is twofold: first, to produce a system compatible with many different resist processes while not introducing additional defects, and second, to give resist manufacturers clear and concise requirements for achieving performance. In this paper we show how we have met the industry's needs in this area. First, we discuss the importance of material screening, including requirements for hydrophobicity, leaching, and peeling. Second, we present defectivity and other experimental data from practical materials that fulfill all requirements. Cases will be shown wherein an immersion process using commercially available resist processes introduces no additional defects. Several of these now do not require a topcoat. We therefore show that the industry's needs have been met with both topcoat and topcoat-less processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2009
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7273, Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVI, 72732V (1 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814946
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Hamid Khorram, Nikon Precision Inc. (United States)
Katsushi Nakanob, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Tomoharu Fujiwara, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Yasuhiro Iriuchijima, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Y. Ishii, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Natsuko Sagawa, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Tadamasa Kawakubo, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Shirou Nagaoka, Nikon Precision Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7273:
Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVI
Clifford L. Henderson, Editor(s)

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