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Phase sensitive parametric optical metrology: exploring the limits of three-dimensional optical metrology
Author(s): Richard M. Silver; Jing Qin; Bryan M. Barnes; Hui Zhou; Ronald Dixson; Francois Goasmat
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Paper Abstract

There has been much recent work in developing advanced optical metrology applications that use imaging optics for critical dimension measurements, defect detection and for potential use with in-die metrology. Sensitivity to nanometer scale changes has been observed when measuring critical dimensions of sub-wavelength features or when imaging defects below 20 nm using angle-resolved and focus-resolved optical data. However, these methods inherently involve complex imaging optics and analysis of complicated three-dimensional electromagnetic fields. This paper will develop a new approach to enable the rigorous analysis of three-dimensional through-focus optical images. We use rigorous electromagnetic simulation tools and statistical methods to evaluate sensitivities and uncertainties in the measurement of three dimensional layouts encountered in critical dimension, contour metrology and defect inspection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8324, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXVI, 83240N (5 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.916988
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Richard M. Silver, NIST (United States)
Jing Qin, NIST (United States)
Bryan M. Barnes, NIST (United States)
Hui Zhou, NIST (United States)
Ronald Dixson, NIST (United States)
Francois Goasmat, NIST (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8324:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXVI
Alexander Starikov, Editor(s)

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