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Synchrotron irradiation stability of x-ray masks utilizing stress-free W-Ti absorbers and SiC membranes
Author(s): Hiroshi Okuyama; Yoshio Yamashita; Kenji Marumoto; Hideki Yabe; Yasuji Matsui; Yoichi Yamaguchi; Tsutomu Shoki; Hiroyuki Nagasawa
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Paper Abstract

The radiation damage of the component materials of x-ray masks such as W-Ti absorbers, SiC membranes, and indium tin oxide (ITO) films as anti-reflection coating materials was investigated mechanically and optically. The stress change of the stress-free W-Ti absorber after an SR irradiation dose of 670 MJ/cm3 was less than 1 MPa. The radiation stability of the absorber was confirmed even after stress-free annealing treatment. Exposure of the SiC membranes was conducted for the entire area of the window under the conditions similar to those for pattern exposure. The SR-induced distortion of the SiC membrane was less than 20 nm with a dose of 130 MJ/cm3 and the decrease of the transmission after the SR irradiation was less than 1% over the entire visible region. The dependence of the membrane stress on the radiation damage was not observed. As for the ITO films, it was observed that the stress changed to the compressive side with the increase in the SR irradiation dose independent of the initial stress condition and deposition techniques. In this experiment, the spin-coated ITO showed the best stability against SR irradiation in comparison with the sputtering and electron beam (EB) evaporation techniques. The refractive index of the ITO film did not show a marked change before and after SR irradiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2194, Electron-Beam, X-Ray, and Ion-Beam Submicrometer Lithographies for Manufacturing IV, (13 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175799
Show Author Affiliations
Hiroshi Okuyama, SORTEC Corp. (Japan)
Yoshio Yamashita, SORTEC Corp. (Japan)
Kenji Marumoto, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Hideki Yabe, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Yasuji Matsui, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Yoichi Yamaguchi, Hoya Corp. (Japan)
Tsutomu Shoki, Hoya Corp. (Japan)
Hiroyuki Nagasawa, Hoya Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2194:
Electron-Beam, X-Ray, and Ion-Beam Submicrometer Lithographies for Manufacturing IV
David O. Patterson, Editor(s)

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