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24 March 2008 Challenges of OPC model calibration from SEM contours
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Traditionally OPC models are calibrated to match CD measurements from selected test pattern locations. This demand for massive CD data drives advances in metrology. Considerable progress has recently been achieved in complimenting this CD data with SEM contours. Here we propose solutions to some challenges that emerge in calibrating OPC models from the experimental contours. We discuss and state the minimization objective as a measure of the distance between simulation and experimental contours. The main challenge is to correctly process inevitable gaps, discontinuities and roughness of the SEM contours. We discuss standardizing the data interchange formats and procedures between OPC and metrology vendors.
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Yuri Granik and Ir Kusnadi "Challenges of OPC model calibration from SEM contours", Proc. SPIE 6922, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXII, 69221H (24 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.772060;

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