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Electron Beam/Optical Hybrid Lithography For The Production Of Gallium Arsenide Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (Mimics)
Author(s): Rao M Nagarajan; Steven D Rask
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Paper Abstract

A hybrid lithography technique is described in which selected levels are fabricated by high resolution direct write electron beam lithography and all other levels are fabricated optically. This technique permits subhalf micron geometries and the site-by-site alignment for each field written by electron beam lithography while still maintaining the high throughput possible with optical lithography. The goal is to improve throughput and reduce overall cost of fabricating MIMIC GaAS chips without compromising device performance. The lithography equipment used for these experiments is the Cambridge Electron beam vector scan system EBMF 6.4 capable of achieving ultra high current densities with a beam of circular cross section and a gaussian intensity profile operated at 20 kev. The optical aligner is a Karl Suss Contact aligner. The flexibility of the Cambridge electron beam system is matched to the less flexible Karl Suss contact aligner. The lithography related factors, such as image placement, exposure and process related analyses, which influence overlay, pattern quality and performance, are discussed. A process chip containing 3.2768mm fields in an eleven by eleven array was used for alignment evaluation on a 3" semi-insulating GaAS wafer. Each test chip contained five optical verniers and four Prometrix registration marks per field along with metal bumps for alignment marks. The process parameters for these chips are identical to those of HEMT/epi-MESFET ohmic contact and gate layer processes. These layers were used to evaluate the overlay accuracy because of their critical alignment and dimensional control requirements. Two cases were examined: (1) Electron beam written gate layers aligned to optically imaged ohmic contact layers and (2) Electron beam written gate layers aligned to electron beam written ohmic contact layers. The effect of substrate charging by the electron beam is also investigated. The resulting peak overlay error accuracies are: (1) Electron beam to optical with t 0.2μm (2 sigma) and (2) Electron beam to electron beam with f 0.lμm (2 sigma). These results suggest that the electron beam/optical hybrid lithography techniques could be used for MIMIC volume production as alignment tolerances required by GaAS chips are met in both cases. These results are discussed in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0923, Electron-Beam, X-Ray, and Ion Beam Technology: Submicrometer Lithographies VII, (14 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945660
Show Author Affiliations
Rao M Nagarajan, Unisys Corporation (United States)
Steven D Rask, Unisys Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0923:
Electron-Beam, X-Ray, and Ion Beam Technology: Submicrometer Lithographies VII
Arnold W. Yanof, Editor(s)

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