17 November 2016 Improvement of photomask CD uniformity using spatially resolved optical emission spectroscopy
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According to the design rule shrinkage, more precise control of mask CD, including mean to target and uniformity, is required in lithography process. Since dry etching is one of the most critical processes to determine CD qualities in photomask, optical emission spectroscopy (OES) to monitor plasma status during dry etching process could be useful. However, it is not possible to obtain distributional information of plasma with a conventional OES tool because the OES acquires totally integrated signals of light from the chamber. To overcome the limit of OES, we set up a spatially resolved (SR)-OES tool and measure the distribution of radicals in plasma during dry etch process. The SR-OES consists of a series of lenses, apertures, and a pinhole as a spatial filter which enable us to focus on certain area in the chamber, to extract the emitted light from plasma, and to perform the spectroscopic analysis. The Argon based actinometry combined with SR-OES shows spatially distinguished peaks related to the etch rate of Chromium on photomask. In this paper, we present experimental results of SR-OES installed on a commercial photomask dry etcher and discuss its practical effectiveness by correlation of the results with chamber etch rate.
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Junhwa Jung, Youngkeun Kim, Il-Yong Jang, Byung-Gook Kim, Chan-Uk Jeon, Minwook Kang, Changmin Lee, Jae W. Hahn, "Improvement of photomask CD uniformity using spatially resolved optical emission spectroscopy", Proc. SPIE 9985, Photomask Technology 2016, 99851S (17 November 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2242406; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2242406


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