A technique to probe defects buried inside extreme ultraviolet EUV masks has been implemented using a dark-field microscopy detection setup. Specific samples have been fabricated to evaluate the sensitivity of this technique. They consist of silicon oxide gratings of a few nanometers height, coated with 40 layer pairs of molybdenum–silicon. We observed images with a good contrast on samples with defects as low as 3 nm. However, the imaging mechanism of scanning dark-field microscopy is not linear and can produce image distortions. Conditions of correct imaging have been analyzed, and simulations have been performed that show good agreement with the experimental data. This work opens the way for a better understanding of the capability of at-wavelength inspection technique for EUV mask.

Highly sensitive detection technique of buried defects in extreme ultraviolet masks using at-wavelength scanning dark-field microscopy

CAUTERO, GIUSEPPE;
2005

Abstract

A technique to probe defects buried inside extreme ultraviolet EUV masks has been implemented using a dark-field microscopy detection setup. Specific samples have been fabricated to evaluate the sensitivity of this technique. They consist of silicon oxide gratings of a few nanometers height, coated with 40 layer pairs of molybdenum–silicon. We observed images with a good contrast on samples with defects as low as 3 nm. However, the imaging mechanism of scanning dark-field microscopy is not linear and can produce image distortions. Conditions of correct imaging have been analyzed, and simulations have been performed that show good agreement with the experimental data. This work opens the way for a better understanding of the capability of at-wavelength inspection technique for EUV mask.
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