27 September 2017 Elucidating the patterning mechanism of zirconium-based hybrid photoresists
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We report a series of studies aimed at shedding more light on the development mechanism of zirconium (Zr)-based extreme-UV hybrid photoresists. In earlier works, our group demonstrated that Zr-based hybrid resists are capable of resolving 30-nm half-pitch features with a very high sensitivity in the range of 1 to 20  mJ/cm2, which renders these materials potential candidates in the area of nonchemically amplified inorganic resists. While attractive because of its high sensitivity, Zr-methacrylic acid suffers from scumming problems. In an effort to better understand what controls sensitivity and scumming phenomena, we employed a combination of analytical techniques (electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) to study the patterning mechanism in detail, to be able to optimize the development process and develop systems with optimal features.
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Vasiliki Kosma, Vasiliki Kosma, Kazuki Kasahara, Kazuki Kasahara, Hong Xu, Hong Xu, Jérémy Odent, Jérémy Odent, Christopher K. Ober, Christopher K. Ober, Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Emmanuel P. Giannelis, } "Elucidating the patterning mechanism of zirconium-based hybrid photoresists," Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS 16(4), 041007 (27 September 2017). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JMM.16.4.041007 . Submission: Received: 27 May 2017; Accepted: 31 August 2017
Received: 27 May 2017; Accepted: 31 August 2017; Published: 27 September 2017

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