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Diagnostic monitoring procedure for automated measurement systems
Author(s): Robert R. Hershey; Richard C. Elliott
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a new method for monitoring the performance of metrology systems. The objective of the technique is to both identify deviant performance and estimate the likely cause. The method is driven by the assumption that all variation in a measurement system is systematic until proven random. This assumption in turn guides the choice of sampling plan and analysis to extract the maximum amount of information possible from a given number of measurements. Diagnostic capability is achieved by selecting a sampling plan which yields data for estimates of all known error modes of the instrument. Consequently, somewhat larger sampling plans are required and the technique is generally more appropriate for automated measurement systems. The concept is illustrated by example using automated scanning electron microscopes used for critical dimension measurement in the semiconductor manufacturing process. Experimental results illustrating the response of the monitor to programmed deviation are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2196, Integrated Circuit Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control VIII, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174133
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Robert R. Hershey, SEMATECH/Motorola (United States)
Richard C. Elliott, Motorola (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2196:
Integrated Circuit Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control VIII
Marylyn Hoy Bennett, Editor(s)

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