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1. US20170255738 - Method and apparatus to determine a patterning process parameter, associated with a change in a physical configuration, using measured pixel optical characteristic values

Office United States of America
Application Number 15445536
Application Date 28.02.2017
Publication Number 20170255738
Publication Date 07.09.2017
Grant Number 10615084
Grant Date 07.04.2020
Publication Kind B2
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HELECTRICITY
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NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
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7Photomechanical, e.g. photolithographic, production of textured or patterned surfaces, e.g. printed surfaces; Materials therefor, e.g. comprising photoresists; Apparatus specially adapted therefor
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9Registration or positioning of originals, masks, frames, photographic sheets or textured or patterned surfaces, e.g. automatically
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7003Alignment type or strategy, e.g. leveling, global alignment
Applicants ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
Inventors Adriaan Johan Van Leest
Anagnostis Tsiatmas
Paul Christiaan Hinnen
Elliott Gerard McNamara
Alok Verma
Thomas Theeuwes
Hugo Augustinus Joseph Cramer
Agents Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Title
(EN) Method and apparatus to determine a patterning process parameter, associated with a change in a physical configuration, using measured pixel optical characteristic values
Abstract
(EN)

A method of configuring a parameter determination process, the method including: obtaining a mathematical model of a structure, the mathematical model configured to predict an optical response when illuminating the structure with a radiation beam and the structure having geometric symmetry at a nominal physical configuration; using, by a hardware computer system, the mathematical model to simulate a perturbation in the physical configuration of the structure of a certain amount to determine a corresponding change of the optical response in each of a plurality of pixels to obtain a plurality of pixel sensitivities; and based on the pixel sensitivities, determining a plurality of weights for combination with measured pixel optical characteristic values of the structure on a substrate to yield a value of a parameter associated with change in the physical configuration, each weight corresponding to a pixel.