14 March 2016 Optical critical dimension metrology for directed self-assembly assisted contact hole shrink
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Directed self-assembly (DSA) is a potential patterning solution for future generations of integrated circuits. Its main advantages are high pattern resolution (∼10  nm), high throughput, no requirement of high-resolution mask, and compatibility with standard fab-equipment and processes. The application of Mueller matrix (MM) spectroscopic ellipsometry-based scatterometry to optically characterize DSA patterned contact hole structures fabricated with phase-separated polystyrene-b-polymethylmethacrylate (PS-b-PMMA) is described. A regression-based approach is used to calculate the guide critical dimension (CD), DSA CD, height of the PS column, thicknesses of underlying layers, and contact edge roughness of the post PMMA etch DSA contact hole sample. Scanning electron microscopy and imaging analysis is conducted as a comparative metric for scatterometry. In addition, optical model-based simulations are used to investigate MM elements’ sensitivity to various DSA-based contact hole structures, predict sensitivity to dimensional changes, and its limits to characterize DSA-induced defects, such as hole placement inaccuracy, missing vias, and profile inaccuracy of the PMMA cylinder.
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Dhairya Dixit, Dhairya Dixit, Avery Green, Avery Green, Erik R. Hosler, Erik R. Hosler, Vimal Kamineni, Vimal Kamineni, Moshe E. Preil, Moshe E. Preil, Nick Keller, Nick Keller, Joseph Race, Joseph Race, Jun Sung Chun, Jun Sung Chun, Michael O’Sullivan, Michael O’Sullivan, Prasanna Khare, Prasanna Khare, Warren Montgomery, Warren Montgomery, Alain C. Diebold, Alain C. Diebold, } "Optical critical dimension metrology for directed self-assembly assisted contact hole shrink," Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS 15(1), 014004 (14 March 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JMM.15.1.014004 . Submission:

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