Novel approach to surface imaging

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Author(s)

  • Mark A. Spak
  • Fred Mohr
  • Ronald Bradbury
  • Ralph R. Dammel
  • Jason W. Weigold

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1017-1023
Journal / PublicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume3333
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Conference

TitleAdvances in Resist Technology and Processing XV
PlaceUnited States
CitySanta Clara, CA
Period23 February 1998

Abstract

In the past, a number of authors have described the advantages of the silylation reaction performed in a novolak resist's latent image. Both the advantages and difficulties were described. A process based on silylation of latent images was shown to improve the working resolution in a novolak resist due to the surface imaging principle. The difficulties included swelling of the resist film during silylation resulting in some loss of dimensional control of critical dimensions. This paper describes a different approach to near surface imaging. The method relies on the use of spin-on, closely planarizing polymeric antireflective coating, such as AZ®BARLi® coating, followed by imaging thin (less than 0.5 micron) i-line resist. After a conventional lithographic process which includes a wet develop step, a silylation reaction is performed. Swelling of the real resist image due to silylation is controllable within necessary tolerances. Image transfer process of the silylated image is also described. ©2003 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.

Research Area(s)

  • Bilayer resist, DNQ/novolak resist, Dry etch image transfer, Liquid phase silylation

Citation Format(s)

Novel approach to surface imaging. / Spak, Mark A.; Mohr, Fred; Bradbury, Ronald; Dammel, Ralph R.; Weigold, Jason W.; Pang, Stella W.

In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 3333, 1998, p. 1017-1023.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal