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Reconstruction of sub-wavelength features and nano-positioning of gratings using coherent Fourier scatterometry

Kumar, N. and Petrik, Péter and Ramanandan, G. K. P. and El Gawhary, O. and Roy, S. (2014) Reconstruction of sub-wavelength features and nano-positioning of gratings using coherent Fourier scatterometry. OPTICS EXPRESS, 22 (20). pp. 24678-24688. ISSN 1094-4087

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Abstract

Optical scatterometry is the state of art optical inspection technique for quality control in lithographic process. As such, any boost in its performance carries very relevant potential in semiconductor industry. Recently we have shown that coherent Fourier scatterometry (CFS) can lead to a notably improved sensitivity in the reconstruction of the geometry of printed gratings. In this work, we report on implementation of a CFS instrument, which confirms the predicted performances. The system, although currently operating at a relatively low numerical aperture (NA = 0.4) and long wavelength (633 nm) allows already the reconstruction of the grating parameters with nanometer accuracy, which is comparable to that of AFM and SEM measurements on the same sample, used as reference measurements. Additionally, 1 nm accuracy in lateral positioning has been demonstrated, corresponding to 0.08% of the pitch of the grating used in the actual experiment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sub-wavelength; Scatterometry; Nano-positioning; Fourier
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QC Physics / fizika > QC02 Optics / fénytan
SWORD Depositor: MTMT SWORD
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 11:13
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 11:13
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/31747

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