17 October 2014 Compact model experimental validation for grapho-epitaxy hole processes and its impact in mask making tolerances
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Proceedings Volume 9231, 30th European Mask and Lithography Conference; 92310Q (2014) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2065840
Event: 30th European Mask and Lithography Conference, 2014, Dresden, Germany
There has been significant research in the area of modeling self-assembling molecular systems. Directed self-assembly (DSA) has proven to be a promising candidate for cost reduction of processes which use double patterning and an enabler of new technology nodes. Self-consistent field theory and Monte Carlo simulators have the capability to probe and explore the mechanisms driving the different phases of a diblock copolymer system. While such methods are appropriate to study the nature of the self-assembly process, they are computationally expensive and they cannot be used to perform mask synthesis operations nor full chip verification. In this case we focus our effort in establishing the minimum set of conditions that a compact model for the manufacture of contact holes using a grapho epitaxy process for a PS-b-PMMA diblock copolymer system needs. The compact model’s main objectives are to find the guiding pattern that produces the lowest possible placement error, as well as verifying that the intended target structures are present after processing. Given that masks are not perfect, and lithographic process variations are not negligible, it is necessary to understand the mask requirements and the types of Optical Proximity Correction techniques that will be used to build guiding patterns. This paper explores the guiding pattern conditions under which proper assembly is achieved, and how the compact model formulation is able to determine placement of reliably assembling structures as well as identification of the guiding patterns which lead to improper assembly. The research leading to these results has been performed in the frame of the industrial collaborative consortium IDeAL focused on the development of Directed Self-assembly technique by block copolymers.
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Germain Fenger, Germain Fenger, J. Andres Torres, J. Andres Torres, Yuansheng Ma, Yuansheng Ma, Yuri Granik, Yuri Granik, Polina Krasnova, Polina Krasnova, Antoine Fouquet, Antoine Fouquet, Jérôme Belledent, Jérôme Belledent, Ahmed Gharbi, Ahmed Gharbi, Raluca Tiron, Raluca Tiron, "Compact model experimental validation for grapho-epitaxy hole processes and its impact in mask making tolerances", Proc. SPIE 9231, 30th European Mask and Lithography Conference, 92310Q (17 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2065840; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2065840

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