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Application of analytic SEM to CD metrology at nanometer scale
Author(s): Justin J. Hwu; Sergey Babin; Konstantin Bay
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Paper Abstract

SEM metrology involves uncertainty of the linewidth measurement because the SEM signal formation is an extremely complex process. In this work, we used an analytical SEM for CD metrology applications on quartz nanoimprint template. The SEM was tuned first to find the best reasonable condition for consistent operation. Beam characterization was done using BEAMETR beam measurement technique. SEM images of templates were taken at optimum conditions. The measurements were done using a) regular imaging processing software and b) using physical model based processing tool myCD. The quartz template was then measured using TEM crossections at selected sites to reveal profile information as metrology comparison reference. The metrology capability and fundamental limitation of analytical SEM operation with regular imaging processing was identified. Information about SEM setup and materials was used. The considerable improvement using the physical modeling imaging process was found.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7638, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIV, 76383O (1 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.851106
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Justin J. Hwu, Seagate Technology LLC (United States)
Sergey Babin, aBeam Technologies (United States)
Konstantin Bay, aBeam Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7638:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIV
Christopher J. Raymond, Editor(s)

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