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28 June 2013 E-beam resist outgassing for study of correlation between resist sensitivity and e-beam optic contamination
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Proceedings Volume 8701, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XX; 87010Z (2013)
Event: Photomask and NGL Mask Technology XX, 2013, Yokohama, Japan
EUV lithography has been investigated as one of the next generation lithography technologies for sub-20 nm patterning because of its high resolution capability. However, outgassing from EUV resists should be improved in order to prevent optic contamination and to implement EUV lithography for high-volume manufacturing. Recently, in e-beam lithography for fabrication of photomask, the resist related outgassing has been also considered as one of the critical issues like that of EUV resists. E-beam exposure dose has been increased gradually in order to make fine patterns with better resolution and line edge roughness. As a result, the total resist outgassing in the application of lower sensitive resists could be increased due to longer exposure time in high vacuum and higher amount of organic compounds such as a photoacid generator and a quencher during e-beam irradiation. Therefore, the study of e-beam resist outgassing needs to understand correlations between outgassed chemical components from resists and e-beam optic contamination. The outgassing evaluations of current three kinds of positive e-beam resists were performed by using a EUV outgassing machine. The commercial e-beam resists show less contamination results compared to that of general EUV resists, relatively. However, the outgassing of e-beam resists was increased with decreasing resist sensitivity. In this view point, the outgassing should be considered as one of the important properties of the newly developed chemically amplified e-beam resists. Therefore, these e-beam resist outgassing results could be used as important data for development of next generation e-beam resists with lower sensitivity, to prevent the e-beam exposure equipment contamination.
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Sung-Il Lee, Yun Song Jeong, Cheol Hong Park, Hee Bom Kim, Inkyun Shin, and Chan-Uk Jeon "E-beam resist outgassing for study of correlation between resist sensitivity and e-beam optic contamination", Proc. SPIE 8701, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XX, 87010Z (28 June 2013);


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