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|1. (WO2017176314) PROCESS COMPATIBILITY IMPROVEMENT BY FILL FACTOR MODULATION|
ADEL, Michael E.
SMITH, Mark D
|Title:||PROCESS COMPATIBILITY IMPROVEMENT BY FILL FACTOR MODULATION|
Metrology targets and target design methods are provided, in which target elements are defined by replacing elements from a periodic pattern having a pitch p, by assist elements having at least one geometric difference from the replaced elements, to form a composite periodic structure that maintains the pitch p as a single pitch. Constructing targets within the bounds of compatibility with advanced multiple patterning techniques improves the fidelity of the targets and fill factor modulation enables adjustment of the targets to produce sufficient metrology sensitivity for extracting the overlay while achieving process compatibility of the targets.