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An analysis of correlation between scanning direction and defect detection at ultra high resolution
Author(s): Kwon Lim; SungPil Choi; Wonil Cho; Dong Hoon Chung; Chan-Uk Jeon; HanKu Cho
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Paper Abstract

As the design rule of wafer has been shrinking, the patterns on the mask also need to be getting smaller and even smaller for some sub-resolution assist features, which makes mask inspection process need a high resolution (HR) inspection systems. For this HR mask inspection, most mask inspector makers adopt a TDI(Time Delay & Integration) sensor to enhance acquired image quality with the acceptable scan speed, thus, to minimize the inspection cost. However, even TDI sensor may not get a sufficient gray level of pattern image for the most advanced mask patterns. Furthermore, it might generate some false defects depending on the pattern shape and scan direction (in combination with pattern direction). We manufactured two programmed defect masks (PDM); one is a ArF EPSM and another is a EUV mask. By inspecting these masks with perpendicular scan directions, respectively, we evaluated the correlation between scan direction and defect size/shape experimentally. We found that the inspection with the parallel direction to pattern direction can increase the inspectability for the patterns and the defect sensitivity since this helps to enhance signal to noise ratio from the TDI sensor. Our analysis can increase sensitivity of TDI sensor effectively without any additional hardware modification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7823, Photomask Technology 2010, 782334 (24 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.866017
Show Author Affiliations
Kwon Lim, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
SungPil Choi, Sungkyunkwan Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Wonil Cho, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Dong Hoon Chung, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Chan-Uk Jeon, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
HanKu Cho, SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7823:
Photomask Technology 2010
M. Warren Montgomery; Wilhelm Maurer, Editor(s)

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