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Novel overlay correction using inline alignment station (iAS) for scanner
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Paper Abstract

Demand for on-product overlay (OPO) improvement is becoming increasingly crucial in semiconductor manufacturing. Alignment sampling plan is closely linked to OPO. However, alignment sampling plan is constrained by productivity. Inline Alignment Station (iAS) is the groundbreaking system which enable dense alignment without throughput impact. Remaining linear and high order grid of OPO can be corrected with iAS correction. iAS is a measurement tool placed inline with NSR and has its own measurement stage. Therefore, it is possible to measure dense sampling without throughput impact. However, matching two stages generally pose some difficulties. Chucking deformation of wafer is one of the challenging factors. We have overcome the problem by integrating new methods. In this paper, we introduce the detail of the method and show some actual results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2020
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 11327, Optical Microlithography XXXIII, 113270W (23 March 2020);
Show Author Affiliations
Takahisa Kikuchi, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Ayako Sugimoto, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Shigeru Eto, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Akira Okutomi, Nikon Corp. (Japan)
Naoki Morita, Nikon Corp. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11327:
Optical Microlithography XXXIII
Soichi Owa, Editor(s)

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