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Developing directly photodefinable substrate guiding layers for block copolymer directed self-assembly (DSA) patterning
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Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers has gained significant attention in recent years as a possible alternative for large area fabrication of future sub-30 nm lithographic patterns. To achieve this patterning, at least three critical pieces are needed: (1) a block copolymer with sufficient immiscibility of the two blocks to drive phase separation at the low molecular weights required to achieve such small phase domains, (2) a method for selectively removing one of the blocks after phase separation to achieve formation of a relief pattern, and (3) a method for producing the templated surfaces used to guide and register the phase separated patterns on the substrate of interest. Current methods for achieving the patterned substrate template, whether they are of chemoepitaxial or graphoepitaxial nature, are generally complex involving a large number of steps that are not easily applied to a variety of different substrate surfaces. For example, numerous substrates have been studied to provide neutral wettability to the styrene-methacrylate (PS-b- PMMA) block copolymers, such as random styrene-methacrylate copolymer films (PS-r-PMMA) or self-assembled monolayer (SAM) modified surfaces, which induce perpendicularly oriented morphologies for PS-b-PMMA self-assembly. In the case of chemical epitaxy processes, a layer of photoresist is generally then coated on such neutral substrate films and patterned to render commensurability to the periodicity of the PS-b-PMMA being used. The open (i.e. space) regions in the resist are then exposed to alter their chemistry, e.g. soft X-ray or oxygen plasma exposures have been used, to achieve hydrophilicity which should preferentially wet PMMA. Finally, the resist is stripped and the block copolymer is coated and assembled on the template surface. Obviously such multi-step processes would not be preferred if alternatives existed. As a step toward that goal of making DSA processes simpler, a photodefinable substrate film that can be used for PS-b-PMMA self-assembly has been developed in this work that is coated, exposed, and baked in a manner analogous to current optical photoresists. The polymer resin for this material is a form of protected poly(hydroxystyrene) that is cross-linkable. The new material is suitable for DSA processes using both solvent and thermal annealing methods. Results of PS-b-PMMA DSA on this new material will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7972, Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVIII, 79722I (15 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894702
Show Author Affiliations
Jing Cheng, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Richard A. Lawson, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Wei-Ming Yeh, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Laren M. Tolbert, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Clifford L. Henderson, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7972:
Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVIII
Robert D. Allen; Mark H. Somervell, Editor(s)

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