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Fabrication of MoSiON halftone masks using ZEP7000 for MEBES 4500
Author(s): Kazuyuki Maetoko; Koji Tange; Hitoshi Fukuma; Nobuyuki Yoshioka; Susumu Kawada; Masahiko Ishizuka; Takaei Sasaki; Charles A. Sauer
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Paper Abstract

Halftone (HT) masks are a well-accepted method of manufacturing Phase Shift Masks (PSM). Recently, investigations of the suitability of HT masks for manufacturing have shifted from contact layers to gate devices. A regular supply of MoSiON-shifter HT mask blanks was obtained for this study. The MEBES 4500 pattern generator has been used for the electron beam writing of 250 nm design rule masks. However, this writing tool has sufficient performance to use in the next generation of masks. We have investigated the fabrication of MoSiON-HT mask using MEBES 4500. In general, because MoSiON is a very low conducting material, there are issues with pattern placement errors caused by charging. This charging effect can be reduced by utilizing an electrical conducting polymer (aquaSAVE) coated on the ZEP resist surface. The resulting registration error is corrected to the same level as that of conventional chrome blanks. Moreover we manufactured KrF-HT masks with contact-type patterns using HT blanks which were coated with electrical conducing polymer on the resist surface. From the results, we determined that we could manufacture production masks without any serious issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3748, Photomask and X-Ray Mask Technology VI, (25 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360216
Show Author Affiliations
Kazuyuki Maetoko, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Koji Tange, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Hitoshi Fukuma, Ryoden Semiconductor System Engineering Corp. (Japan)
Nobuyuki Yoshioka, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Susumu Kawada, Ulvac Coating Corp. (Japan)
Masahiko Ishizuka, Ulvac Coating Corp. (Japan)
Takaei Sasaki, Ulvac Coating Corp. (Japan)
Charles A. Sauer, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3748:
Photomask and X-Ray Mask Technology VI
Hiroaki Morimoto, Editor(s)

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