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Model-based mask data preparation (MB-MDP) and its impact on resist heating
Author(s): Aki Fujimura; Takashi Kamikubo; Ingo Bork
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Paper Abstract

Complex mask shapes will be required on critical layer masks for 20nm logic node, threatening to explode the mask write times. Model-Based Mask Data Preparation (MB-MDP) has been introduced to reduce the shot count required to write complex masks while simultaneously improving resolution and dose margin of sub-100nm features. For production use of MB-MDP, a number of questions have been raised and answered. This paper summarizes these potential issues and their resolutions. In particular, the paper takes an in-depth look at one of the questions: impact of overlapping shots on heating effect. The paper concludes that while heating effect is an important issue for all e-beam writing even with conventional non-overlapping shots, overall dose density per unit time over microns of space is the principal driver behind heating effects. Highly local shot density and shot sequencing does not affect heating significantly, particularly for smaller shots. MB-MDP does not introduce any additional concerns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7970, Alternative Lithographic Technologies III, 797012 (4 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883122
Show Author Affiliations
Aki Fujimura, D2S, Inc. (United States)
Takashi Kamikubo, NuFlare Technology, Inc. (Japan)
Ingo Bork, D2S, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7970:
Alternative Lithographic Technologies III
Daniel J. C. Herr, Editor(s)

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