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Stochastic effects on EUV CAR systems: investigation of materials impact
Author(s): Katsuaki Nishikori; Kazuki Kasahara; Tetsurou Kaneko; Tomohiko Sakurai; Satoshi Dei; Ken Maruyama; Ramakrishnan Ayothi
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Paper Abstract

Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is in the phase of first generation of high volume manufacturing. Next generation EUV lithography requires further improvement of resist performance such as resolution, sensitivity and pattern roughness. Therefore, it is important to understand deeply both photon and materials stochastic effects for 5 nm node and beyond. Stochastic effects in EUV resist is much sever than that in ArF resist due to less photon number. In this paper, we investigate EUV resist stochastic effect to find suitable material approaches for further improvement. Many research groups have reported that additives such as PAG and Quencher distribution and aggregation in resist film cause resist stochastic. We have also investigated additive distribution and aggregation behavior in EUV-CAR system using advanced resist analysis method. Film analysis result indicates that both additives distribution and aggregation are not main factors causing resist stochastic degradation. To improve resist stochastic, we have been trying to control chemical reaction during and after exposure. As one of our strategy, new type of PAG with high acid yield to utilize EUV photons effectively has been developed. In addition to PAG, we also developed uniform polymer and high contrast polymer for better resist dissolution during development process. Resist systems with new high acid yield PAG and new polymers show excellent resist and defect performance through resist stochastic improvement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2020
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11326, Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXVII, 1132612 (23 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2551968
Show Author Affiliations
Katsuaki Nishikori, JSR Corp. (Japan)
Kazuki Kasahara, JSR Corp. (Japan)
Tetsurou Kaneko, JSR Corp. (Japan)
Tomohiko Sakurai, JSR Micro Inc. (United States)
Satoshi Dei, JSR Corp. (Japan)
Ken Maruyama, JSR Corp. (Japan)
Ramakrishnan Ayothi, JSR Micro Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11326:
Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXVII
Roel Gronheid; Daniel P. Sanders, Editor(s)

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