Manufacturing considerations for implementation of scatterometry for process monitoring Academic Article uri icon


  • The continuing demand for higher frequency microprocessors and larger memory arrays has led to decreasing device dimensions and smaller process control windows. Decreasing process control windows have created a need for higher precision metrology to maintain an acceptable precision to tolerance ratio with a reasonable sampling rate. In order to determine and reduce across chip, across wafer, and across lot linewidth variations, higher sampling is required which, in turn, demands faster move acquire measure (MAM) times to maintain throughput. Finally, the need to detect and quantify sidewall angle changes in addition to CD measurements is becoming critical. Spectroscopic Scatterometry is a metrology technique which offers the potential to meet these requirements. This work explores some of the fundamental technology concerns for implementing scatterometry in …

publication date

  • January 1, 2000