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27 March 2007 Double patterning with multilayer hard mask shrinkage for sub-0.25 k1 lithography
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In order to reduce the overall size of device features, continuing development in the low k1 lithography process is essential for achieving the feature reduction. Although ArF immersion lithography has extended the feature size scaling to 45nm node, investigation of low k1 lithography process is still important for either ArF dry or wet lithography. Double patterning is one procedure pushing down the k1 limit below 0.25. It combines the multilayer hard mask application and resist shrinkage process to get the feature size reduced to quarter pitch of the illumination limit. In recent spin-on hard mask studies, silicon containing bottom antireflective coatings (BARC) have been developed to combine the function of reflective control and great etching selectivity to the photoresist. Trilayer resist including the photoresist, silicon containing BARC and planarizing organic underlay can improve the reflectivity by optical index tuning of dual hard mask layer effectively and reduce photoresist thickness to avoid the pattern collapse with small features. In our study, we found some interesting characteristics of trilayer resist could be used for double patterning technology and made the low k1 process more feasible. This procedure we investigated can make the feature size of half pitch reduce to 37nm and beyond at 0.92NA under ArF dry lithography. Among the resolution enhancement for ArF dry illumination, double patterning scheme, overlay controllability and pattern transfer process by reactive ion etching (RIE) will be discussed in this paper.
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Hung Jen Liu, Wei Hsien Hsieh, Chang Ho Yeh, Jan Shiun Wu, Hung Wei Chan, Wen Bin Wu, Feng Yi Chen, Tse Yao Huang, Chiang Lin Shih, and Jeng Ping Lin "Double patterning with multilayer hard mask shrinkage for sub-0.25 k1 lithography", Proc. SPIE 6520, Optical Microlithography XX, 65202J (27 March 2007);


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