28 May 2003 Compact excimer laser: light source for optical (mask) inspection systems
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Proceedings Volume 5148, 19th European Conference on Mask Technology for Integrated Circuits and Microcomponents; (2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515083
Event: 19th European Conference on Mask Technology for Integrated Circuits and Microcomponents, 2003, Sonthofen, Germany
Abstract
The discharge pumped excimer laser is a gas laser providing ultra violet (UV) radiation with well defined spectral, temporal and spatial properties. The fast development of excimer lasers in recent years has succeeded in designing very compact, turn-key systems delivering up to 10 W of radiation at 248 nm (5 W at 193 nm and 1 W at 157 nm) with repetition rates up to 1000 Hz [1]. Experimental data on important beam properties of excimer lasers in the field of mask inspection are being presented and discussed. Relevant parameters are spectral bandwidth, energetic pulse-to-pulse stability, pulse duration, beam pointing stability, beam direction stability, beam dimension, beam profile and coherence. We will compare the excimer laser with lamp sources and continuous wave (CW) lasers in the framework of these parameters. The discussion will show future opportunities of compact excimer lasers in optical inspection as well as in mask writing systems, improving resolution and throughput.
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Tobias Pflanz, Heinz Huber, "Compact excimer laser: light source for optical (mask) inspection systems", Proc. SPIE 5148, 19th European Conference on Mask Technology for Integrated Circuits and Microcomponents, (28 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515083; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.515083
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Excimer lasers

Inspection

Light sources

Photomasks

Lamps

Pulsed laser operation

Gas lasers

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