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Multi-purpose optical profiler for characterization of materials, film stacks, and for absolute topography measurement
Author(s): X. Colonna de Lega; Martin Fay; Peter de Groot; Boris Kamenev; J. Ryan Kruse; Mitch Haller; Mark Davidson; Lena Miloslavsky; Duncan Mills
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a scanning white-light interference microscope that offers two complementary modes of operation on a common metrology platform. The first mode measures the topography and the second mode measures the complex reflectivity of an object surface over a range of wavelengths, angles of incidence and polarization states. This second mode characterizes material optical properties and determines film thickness in multi-layer film stacks with an effective measurement spot size typically smaller than 10 μm. These data compensate for material and film effects in the surface topography data collected in the first mode. We illustrate the application of this dual-mode technology for post-CMP production-line metrology for the data storage industry. Our tool concurrently measures critical layer thickness and step height for this application. The accuracy of the latter measurement is confirmed by correlation to AFM measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7272, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIII, 72723Z (23 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814629
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X. Colonna de Lega, Zygo Corp. (United States)
Martin Fay, Zygo Corp. (United States)
Peter de Groot, Zygo Corp. (United States)
Boris Kamenev, Zygo Corp. (United States)
J. Ryan Kruse, Zygo Corp. (United States)
Mitch Haller, Zygo Corp. (United States)
Mark Davidson, Spectel Research Corp. (United States)
Lena Miloslavsky, Western Digital Corp. (United States)
Duncan Mills, Western Digital Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7272:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIII
John A. Allgair; Christopher J. Raymond, Editor(s)

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