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DSA process characterization using BSE metrology (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Remi Le Tiec; Shimon Levi; Ahmed Gharbi; Maxime Argoud; Raluca Tiron; Gaelle Chamiot Maitral; Stephane Rey

Paper Abstract

Incorporated in relevant design of guiding templates, DSA (Direct Self Assembly) patterning offers a cost-effective manufacturing method to support pattern shrink for advanced technology nodes. The physical characteristics of the BCP moieties and the self-assembly process, pose unique 3D metrology challenges. Pattern fidelity issues of DSA caused by dislocations, forms residual later that can impact pattern fidelity after Etch. Addressing this challenge can assist the R&D groups to monitor material and process quality to meet patterning specifications. In this paper, we highlight the usage of BSE (Back Scattered Electron) metrology as an innovative approach to characterize the DSA process. Experimental data demonstrate the possibility to characterize the polymer residual layer quality and even assess its thickness for the pattern etch transfer. The quality of the information brought by the BSE imaging make it a must-have to quantify the bottom opening for processed of DSA techniques of pitch multiplication and shrink, from which are not visible with conventional SEM images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 March 2018
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Proc. SPIE 10586, Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXV, 1058610 (19 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2299634
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Remi Le Tiec, Applied Materials France (France)
Shimon Levi, Applied Materials, Ltd. (Israel)
Ahmed Gharbi, CEA-LETI (France)
Maxime Argoud, CEA-LETI (France)
Raluca Tiron, CEA-LETI (France)
Gaelle Chamiot Maitral, CEA-LETI (France)
Stephane Rey, CEA-LETI (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10586:
Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXV
Christoph K. Hohle, Editor(s)

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