1 July 2011 Overlay measurements by Mueller polarimetry in back focal plane
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Abstract
Angle resolved Mueller polarimetry implemented as polarimetric imaging of a back focal plane of a high NA microscope objective has already demonstrated a good potential for CD metrology. Here we present the experimental and numerical results indicating that this technique may also be competitive for the measurements of overlay error δ. A series of samples of superimposed gratings with well controlled overlay errors have been manufactured and measured with the angle resolved Mueller polarimeter. The overlay targets were 20-μm wide. When the overlay error is δ is equal to 0, absolute values of elements of real 4×4 Mueller matrix M are invariant by matrix transposition. Otherwise this symmetry breaks down. Consequently, we define the following overlay estimator matrix as E = |M||M|<sup>t. The simulations show that matrix element E14 is the most sensitive to the overlay error. The scalar estimator of E14 was calculated by averaging the pixel values over a specifically chosen mask. This estimator is found to vary linearly with δ for overlay values up to 50 nm. Our technique allows entering small overlay marks (down to 5-μm wide). Only one target measurement is needed for each overlay direction. The actual overlay value can be determined without detailed simulation of the structure provided two calibrated overlay structures are available for each direction.
Clément Fallet, Clément Fallet, Tatiana Novikova, Tatiana Novikova, Martin Foldyna, Martin Foldyna, Sandeep Manhas, Sandeep Manhas, Bicher Haj Ibrahim, Bicher Haj Ibrahim, Antonello De Martino, Antonello De Martino, Cyril Vannuffel, Cyril Vannuffel, Christophe Constancias, Christophe Constancias, } "Overlay measurements by Mueller polarimetry in back focal plane," Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS 10(3), 033017 (1 July 2011). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3626852 . Submission:
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