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EUV actinic mask blank defect inspection: results and status of concept realization

[+] Author Affiliations
Aleksey Maryasov, Stefan Herbert, Larissa Juschkin

RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany)

Rainer Lebert

Bruker Advanced Supercon GmbH (Germany)

Klaus Bergmann

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Germany)

Proc. SPIE 7985, 27th European Mask and Lithography Conference, 79850C (April 01, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.896890
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  • 27th European Mask and Lithography Conference
  • Uwe F.W. Behringer
  • Dresden, Germany | January 18, 2011

abstract

One of the most challenging requirements for the next generation EUV lithography is an extremely low amount of critically sized defects on mask blanks. Fast and reliable inspection of mask blanks is still a challenge. Here we present the current status of the development of our actinic Schwarzschild objective based microscope operating in dark field with EUV discharge produced plasma source. For characterization of the microscope performance, several programmed defect structures - artificial pits and bumps were created on top of multilayer mirror (ML) surfaces and investigated both with EUV microscope and atomic force microscope (AFM). Defect size sensitivity of actinic inspection in dark field mode without resolving the defects is under study. The dependency between defect shape, size and position in relation to the ML surface and its scattering signal will be discussed. Furthermore, first results of a defect mapping algorithm are presented.

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Aleksey Maryasov ; Stefan Herbert ; Larissa Juschkin ; Rainer Lebert and Klaus Bergmann
"EUV actinic mask blank defect inspection: results and status of concept realization", Proc. SPIE 7985, 27th European Mask and Lithography Conference, 79850C (April 01, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.896890; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.896890


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