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Fine pattern fabrication property of binary mask and attenuated phase shift mask
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Paper Abstract

For 45nm and 32nm node technology, the challenges for resolution and CD control of mask patterns become the steeper mountain path. Especially, Sub Resolution Assist Feature (SRAF) is the smallest pattern on mask and amplifies the difficulty of mask fabrication. In order to improve the resolution of fine patterns, the influence of wet processing cannot be neglected, because it causes the pattern collapsing. Wet processing of mask-making can be divided into resist development and cleaning. In this study, the root causes of pattern collapsing are investigated at each wet processing. It is confirmed that thin resist can enhance the resolution limit of resist pattern and hard-mask blank, such as OMOG: Opaque MoSi On Glass, is suitable for thinner resist under 1500A. The pattern collapsing of OMOG is compared with that of Att.PSM at the cleaning before and after Cr stripping. Mask inspection finds that pattern collapsing can be suppressed by OMOG at both cleanings. It is because OMOG has lower cleaning stress than Att.PSM due to lower aspect-ratio. This benefit is demonstrated by cleaning stress simulation. Additionally, it is found that the SRAF size of OMOG can be wider than Att.PSM by optical simulation. From these results, OMOG has much advantage of fine pattern fabrication and is the optimal blank for 32nm node and beyond.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7379, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XVI, 73791V (11 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824307
Show Author Affiliations
Taichi Yamazaki, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Yosuke Kojima, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Mitsuharu Yamana, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Takashi Haraguchi, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7379:
Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XVI
Kunihiro Hosono, Editor(s)

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