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Estimation-EUV mask flatness for allowable pattern shift
Author(s): Akira Chiba; Minoru Sugawara; Iwao Nishiyama
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Paper Abstract

An isolated local non-flatness model was devised to investigate the influence of a non-flat mask on pattern shift. The causes of pattern shift were divided into two types: out-of-plane displacement (OPD) of the mask, and the global height variation (GHV) resulting from OPD. GHV induces a pattern shift that depends on the incident angle of the EUV beam. Reducing the incident angle was found to mitigate pattern shift on a wafer. Although the pattern shift due to OPD is negligible when the P-V flatness is more than 100 mm, the effect of GHV is not negligible. To keep the pattern shift on a mask below 12 nm, the upper limit on the non-flatness of the mask is a P-V flatness of less than 100 nm and a period of more than 300 mm. In addition, the global slope must be less than 1 μrad for an EUV mask substrate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5037, Emerging Lithographic Technologies VII, (16 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.483742
Show Author Affiliations
Akira Chiba, Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technologies (Japan)
Minoru Sugawara, Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technologies (Japan)
Iwao Nishiyama, Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technologies (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5037:
Emerging Lithographic Technologies VII
Roxann L. Engelstad, Editor(s)

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