1 July 2013 Scaling-down lithographic dimensions with block-copolymer materials: 10-nm-sized features with poly(styrene)-block-poly(methylmethacrylate)
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Poly(styrene)-block-poly(methylmethacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) block-copolymers (BCP) systems synthesized on an industrial scale and satisfying microelectronic’s requirements for metallic contents specifications are studied in terms of integration capabilities for lithographic applications. We demonstrate in particular that this kind of polymer can efficiently achieve periodic features close to 10 nm. These thin films can be transferred in various substrates through dry-etching techniques. The self-assembly optimization for each polymer is first performed on freesurface, leading to interesting properties, and the changes in self-assembly rules for low molecular-weight polymers are investigated and highlighted through different graphoepitaxy approaches. The improvements in self-assembly capabilities toward low periodic polymers, as well as the broad range of achievable feature sizes, make the PS-b-PMMA system very attractive for lithographic CMOS applications. We conclude by showing that high-χ polymer materials developed in Arkema’s laboratories can be efficiently used to reduce the pattern’s size beyond the ones of PS-b-PMMA based BCP’s capabilities.
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Xavier Chevalier, Xavier Chevalier, Célia Nicolet, Célia Nicolet, Raluca Tiron, Raluca Tiron, Ahmed Gharbi, Ahmed Gharbi, Maxime Argoud, Maxime Argoud, Jonathan Pradelles, Jonathan Pradelles, Michael Delalande, Michael Delalande, Gilles Cunge, Gilles Cunge, Guillaume Fleury, Guillaume Fleury, Georges Hadziioannou, Georges Hadziioannou, Christophe Navarro, Christophe Navarro, } "Scaling-down lithographic dimensions with block-copolymer materials: 10-nm-sized features with poly(styrene)-block-poly(methylmethacrylate)," Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS 12(3), 031102 (1 July 2013). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JMM.12.3.031102 . Submission:

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