16 July 2002 Improved characteristics of rainbow defects with novel wafer edge exposure technique
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Abstract
The demand for manufacturing integrated circuit with high circuit speed and high packing density requires reduced feature sizes in ULSI structures. As the device feature size shrinks below sub-130 nm it needs the tight control of defect reduction in lithography process. Especially, resist peeling at the wafer edge is one of the major sources for particle generation. The WEE process removes resist up to a width of a few mm from the wafer edge in order to prevent particle generation in succeeding process. The defect induced form wafer edge after WEE has given the critical damage to electrical properties and device yield. In this paper, we have applied novel WEE kit to reduce the rainbow bandwidth caused by WEE step in wafer wedge. The novel WEE kit consists of chrome slit and lens assembly to minimize the scattering of UV beam from the optic fiber in comparison with the conventional WEE kit. The change of rainbow bandwidth was also characterized by OM and SEM. With the novel WEE kit the bandwidth of rainbow is reduced to 5 micrometers , while the conventional WEE kit has been induced 20 micrometers of bandwidth on bare silicon wafer. In the case of patterned wafer, the bandwidth of rainbow is reduced to 60 micrometers for the novel WEE kit, while the conventional WEE kit has induced 230 micrometers of bandwidth. Therefore, ti is confirmed that the application of novel WEE kit has induced 230 micrometers of bandwidth. Therefore, it is confirmed that the application of novel WEE kit for patterned process makes less rainbow defect and finally increases the device yield for mass production.
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Kew-Chan Shim, Kew-Chan Shim, Myoung-Soo Kim, Myoung-Soo Kim, Eung-Sok Lee, Eung-Sok Lee, Chang-Seong Lee, Chang-Seong Lee, Chul-Seung Lee, Chul-Seung Lee, Myung-Goon Gil, Myung-Goon Gil, Bong-Ho Kim, Bong-Ho Kim, Jae-Sig In, Jae-Sig In, Tae Bong Yoon, Tae Bong Yoon, Jai-soon Kim, Jai-soon Kim, } "Improved characteristics of rainbow defects with novel wafer edge exposure technique", Proc. SPIE 4689, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XVI, (16 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.473420; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.473420
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