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Monte Carlo simulation of SEM for target with complex geometry
Author(s): Vadim Manuylov
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Paper Abstract

SEM is a powerful tool to analyze a non-planar surface using back-scattered (BS) and/or transmitted (TR) electrons. When an incident beam is scanned over a target surface, both BS and TR yields vary depending on the target topology. Determining the correspondence between the yield level and the exact position of target edges is one of the main tasks of SEM analysis. A generic solution can not be achieved due to the non-local character of electron yields and the effects of actual beam size and non-perfect edges of the target elements, together with other fine effects. However, computing experiments using Monte Carlo based simulations allow investigation of effects due to different target elements on the yield level for specific conditions1,2. Moreover, simulation of the beam scanning can be very useful for 'reconstruction' of the geometry from electron yield. This paper presents a Monte Carlo based SEM simulator and analyzes the results obtained. An approach to accurately localize target edge features is proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4689, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XVI, (16 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.473529
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Vadim Manuylov, SILVACO International (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4689:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XVI
Daniel J. C. Herr, Editor(s)

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