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Characteristics of an autofocus system on a grating with period smaller than the focus-beam wavelength
Author(s): Riki Ogawa; Shinji Sugihara; Yoshinori Honguh; Hiroyuki Nagahama; Toshiyuki Watanabe; Hideo Tsuchiya
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, characteristics of an autofocus system on a grating with period smaller than the focus beam wavelength are investigated. The through-the-lens autofocus system, which has a visible light source of 670nm wavelength and light radiation mechanism for causing light to be obliquely incident on a sample surface, has been prepared for experiments. It is shown in experiments that the focusing error for a grating with 0.6-micrometer period is larger than 0.2 micrometer, and polarization of reflected light is changed from circular to elliptic. By performing RCWA simulations, the qualitative correspondence of theoretical expectations with experimental results is obtained. Based on the result of experiments and simulations, methods of reducing the focusing error are proposed. One of the methods is to use the polarization information to correct the focusing error. The method is evaluated experimentally and is shown to achieve autofocus accuracy of ± 0.1 micrometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5256, 23rd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology, (17 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.517820
Show Author Affiliations
Riki Ogawa, Toshiba Corp. (Japan)
Shinji Sugihara, Toshiba Corp. (Japan)
Yoshinori Honguh, Toshiba Corp. (Japan)
Hiroyuki Nagahama, Topcon Corp. (Japan)
Toshiyuki Watanabe, Toshiba Corp. (Japan)
Hideo Tsuchiya, Toshiba Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5256:
23rd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology
Kurt R. Kimmel; Wolfgang Staud, Editor(s)

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