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Pattern shape analysis tool for quantitative estimate of photomask and process
Author(s): Isao Yonekura; Yuhichi Fukushima; Fuyuhiko Matsuo; Masao Otaki; Norihito Fukugami
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Paper Abstract

We developed a pattern shape analysis tool (MaskEXPRESS) which can evaluate quantitatively photomask pattern and fabrication process by means of image processing arising from CD-SEM or UV microscope, or inspection machine. Although evaluation of complicated mask pattern has been performed qualitatively as yet, MaskEXPRESS makes it possible to evaluate it quantitatively. MaskEXPRESS can also be applied to quantitative evaluation of sensitivity of inspection machine, accuracy of EB writing, and optimization of photomask fabrication process. This paper describes the outline of MaskEXPRESS and its functions. We investigated about the precision criteria of MaskEXPRESS and found out the conditions of image processing for having accuracy equal to repeatability accuracy of measurement SEM. By changing experimentally mask fabrication conditions and analyzing the patterns, the following things became clear. Hole pattern's area increase with keeping analogous shape as etching time increases. Inner serif pattern tends to change in the direction of slant as writing dose increases. The rectangle fidelity of inner and outer serif pattern is improved according to the condition of resist process. We also present the relationship between defect size and aerial image on wafer simulated utilizing MaskEXPRESS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4409, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology VIII, (5 September 2001);
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Isao Yonekura, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Yuhichi Fukushima, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Fuyuhiko Matsuo, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Masao Otaki, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Norihito Fukugami, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4409:
Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology VIII
Hiroichi Kawahira, Editor(s)

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