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Characterization Of A New Organosilicon Photoresist
Author(s): Wells C. Cunningham; Janet C. McFarland; Chan-Eon Park
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Paper Abstract

For a number of years, there has been great interest in organometallic based photoresists for use as the top layer in multilevel resist schemes. In general, bilevel approaches to lithography are forced upon the industry as a means of planarizing topography for a subsequent patterning step. This pattern is initially defined by exposure and development of a thin top layer (0.3 to 0.5um) over the thicker bottom layer (1.0 to 2.0um). In a conventional bilevel approach, the chosen bottom layer is photoactive at a wavelength for which the top is relatively opaque. The top level acts as a portable conformable mask (PCM) for image transfer through the bottom layer after its exposure and wet development. By using a silicon containing photoresist on the top image transfer may be accomplished using an oxygen plasma instead of a second exposure and development. The PCM in this case acts as an etch mask by forming a silicon dioxide crust in the plasma which slows the etch rate of the top versus the bottom layer. A generic curve of etch rate of a photoresist versus percent pilicon by weight is shown in Figure 2. The shape is similar over a wide range of organos il icon polymers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0811, Optical Microlithographic Technology for Integrated Circuit Fabrication and Inspection, (17 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.975611
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Wells C. Cunningham, Shipley Company (United States)
Janet C. McFarland, Shipley Company (United States)
Chan-Eon Park, Shipley Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0811:
Optical Microlithographic Technology for Integrated Circuit Fabrication and Inspection
Harry L. Stover; Stefan Wittekoek, Editor(s)

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