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Synergistic Effects Of Softbake And Hardbake On Thermal Softening Using Statistically Designed Experiments
Author(s): K. L. Bell; E. M. Holicky; L. D. H. Christensen
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present a statistically designed approach to identify and characterize the observed interactions between hardbake and softbake on thermal softening and the ensuing post-hardbake feature deformities. A statistically designed experiment (SDE) was employed for the simplicity of experimentation and maximal results obtained with such an approach. The processing parameters evaluated and optimized in this SDE included softbake temperature (Ts), softbake time (ts), and hardbake temperature, (Th). The magnitude of the interaction between softbake and hardbake processing parameters was calculated according to a quadratic fit of the primary response attribute. Softbake and hardbake process steps were characterized and found to be synergistic with respect to their effects on the resulting post-hardbake microlithographic feature shape.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1087, Integrated Circuit Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control III, (19 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.953121
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K. L. Bell, Morton Thiokol, Inc. (United States)
E. M. Holicky, Morton Thiokol, Inc. (United States)
L. D. H. Christensen, Morton Thiokol, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1087:
Integrated Circuit Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control III
Kevin M. Monahan, Editor(s)

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