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29 March 2013 Evaluating spin-on carbon materials at low temperatures for high wiggling resistance
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Spin-on carbon (SOC) materials play an important role in the multilayer lithography scheme for the mass production of advanced semiconductor devices. One of the SOC’s key roles in the multilayer process (photoresist, silicon-containing hardmask, SOC) is the reactive ion etch (RIE) for pattern transfer into the substrate. As aspect ratios of the SOC material increase and feature sizes decrease, the pattern transfer from SOC to substrate by a fluorine-containing RIE induces severe pattern deformation (“wiggling”), which ultimately prevents successful pattern transfer into the substrate. One process that reduces line wiggling is a high-temperature (>250°C) post-application bake of the SOC material. In this study, we developed a process for evaluating SOC materials with respect to their pattern transfer performance. This process allowed us to evaluate line-wiggling behavior with several SOC materials at lower bake temperatures. This paper will discuss novel materials design in relation to high-aspect-ratio SOC layers and wiggling resistance.
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Michael Weigand, Vandana Krishnamurthy, Yubao Wang, Qin Lin, Douglas Guerrero, Sean Simmons, and Brandy Carr "Evaluating spin-on carbon materials at low temperatures for high wiggling resistance", Proc. SPIE 8685, Advanced Etch Technology for Nanopatterning II, 86850R (29 March 2013);

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