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11 June 1999 Development of an incremental structural parameter model for predicting reactive ion etch rates of 193-nm photoresist polymer platforms
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The design of 193 nm photoresists with improved reactive ion etch (RIE) resistance has been a longstanding aim of both industrial and academic research and development programs. A variety of correlations between photoresist polymer structure and etch resistance have been developed, however, the universality of these approaches, and in particular, the practicality of marking comparisons across specific polymer families and specific RIE processes has recently been called in to question. In order to examine structure: RIE correlations in more detail, we have developed a new model based on the incremental structural parameters (ISP). This model makes use of a molecular fragment-based definition of polymer structure which incorporates and extends aspects of previous parameters such as the Ohnishi and Ring parameters. An initial study revealed that this model allowed quantitative correlations between polymer families and across etch processes to be made. Continuing studies which examine the use of the ISP model in integrating 193 nm photoresists in prototype production processes will be described. Various polymer families used in deep-UV and 193 nm photoresists including methacrylates, alternating copolymers, styrenes and cyclic olefins will be compared. We will present a more detailed description of the ISP a model and of the follow-on 'new' ISP method which has been developed base don insights gained from the original ISP model, and made extended comparisons between the tow ISP models.
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Thomas I. Wallow, Phillip J. Brock, Richard A. Di Pietro, Robert D. Allen, Juliann Opitz, Ratnam Sooriyakumaran, Donald C. Hofer, Ann Marie Mewherter, Yuping Cui, Wendy Yan, G. Worth, Wayne M. Moreau, Jeff Meute, Jeff D. Byers, Georgia K. Rich, Martin McCallum, Saikumar Jayaraman, Richard Vicari, Joy Cagle, Shenliang Sun, and Karen A. Hullihen "Development of an incremental structural parameter model for predicting reactive ion etch rates of 193-nm photoresist polymer platforms", Proc. SPIE 3678, Advances in Resist Technology and Processing XVI, (11 June 1999);


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