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Measurement of the point spread function of a soft x-ray microscope by single pixel exposure of photoresists
Author(s): Adam F. G. Leontowich; Tolek Tyliszczak; Adam P. Hitchcock
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Paper Abstract

The monochromatic zone plate focused soft X-rays of scanning transmission X-ray microscopes (STXM) can be used to directly write patterns in common photoresists, analogous to lithography with a focused electron or ion beam. A radiation damage spreading phenomenon when patterning with high doses was recently determined to be due to the point spread function of the optical system (Leontowich et al., Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing 103, 1 (2011)). We have used this phenomenon to measure the point spread function of three different STXMs by making a series of single pixel exposures in a photoresist at focus over a controlled dose range. Our results suggest this measurement is sensitive to zone plate aberrations; thus, it could be valuable feedback for optimizing zone plate fabrication schemes and STXM performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8077, Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics III, 80770N (18 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.887553
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Adam F. G. Leontowich, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Tolek Tyliszczak, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Adam P. Hitchcock, McMaster Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8077:
Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics III
Libor Juha; Saša Bajt; Richard A. London, Editor(s)

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