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Boundary layer model to account for thick mask effects in photolithography
Author(s): Jaione Tirapu-Azpiroz; Paul Burchard; Eli Yablonovitch
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Paper Abstract

The lack of transparent optical components at short wavelengths limits the available wavelengths in Deep Ultraviolet lithography, while the required minimum feature on wafer continues to shrink towards deeper sub-wavelength scales. This places a serious limitation on Kirchhoff boundary conditions that replace the field on the mask openings by the incident field, since this approximation fails to account for the increasingly important topographical effects (thick mask effects) in the computation of the lithographic image. In this paper we present a sophisticated various on Kirchhoff approximation capable of modeling rigorous near field effects while retaining the simplicity of the scalar model. Our model is based on a comparison of the fields produced by both the thick and ideal thin masks on the wafer. Polarization and edge diffraction effects as well as phase and transmission errors, are included in our model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5040, Optical Microlithography XVI, (26 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488803
Show Author Affiliations
Jaione Tirapu-Azpiroz, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Paul Burchard, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Eli Yablonovitch, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5040:
Optical Microlithography XVI
Anthony Yen, Editor(s)

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