28 October 2016 Research on thickness uniformity correction of thin film by IBF
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Proceedings Volume 9683, 8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies; 96830E (2016) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2245712
Event: Eighth International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technology (AOMATT2016), 2016, Suzhou, China
Abstract
Since it is difficult to control the lateral coating thickness with super high accuracy only in the depositing process, and the requirement of that is strict in deep ultraviolet lithography (DUV) objective or other systems, a method using Ion beam figuring (IBF) technique to correct lateral thickness non-uniformity of thin film has been developed, which can also be used to optimize optical elements’ surface profiles after it’s been coated. Experiments were done to test the correct effect of thickness non-uniformity by IBF. The substrate used in the experiments is a SiO2 flat and the thin film material is TiO2. The thickness non-uniformity of the thin film is measured by interferometer and expressed as surface errors, which was about root mean square (RMS) value 1.2nm before IBF correction. After 2 iterative IBF process, the RMS value of TiO2 thin film’s surface was reduced to about 0.5nm. The improvement of the surface profile indicates that the new proposed method is effective. The waviness and roughness of the TiO2 thin film were also measured by white light interferometer and atom force microscope separately before and after IBF correction; the differences of the measured results indicate that the microstructure of the thin film doesn’t change too much. Finally the transmitted and reflection spectrums of the TiO2 thin film were also measured and the variations of optical characteristics are discussed.
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Yongqiang Gu, Yongqiang Gu, Xiaoye Wu, Xiaoye Wu, Guang Shi, Guang Shi, Xikun Cai, Xikun Cai, Lei Dai, Lei Dai, Chunlei Zhang, Chunlei Zhang, } "Research on thickness uniformity correction of thin film by IBF", Proc. SPIE 9683, 8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies, 96830E (28 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2245712; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2245712
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