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1. US20170256465 - METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE A PATTERNING PROCESS PARAMETER

Office United States of America
Application Number 15445465
Application Date 28.02.2017
Publication Number 20170256465
Publication Date 07.09.2017
Publication Kind A1
IPC
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02Manufacture or treatment of semiconductor devices or of parts thereof
04the devices having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier, e.g. PN junction, depletion layer, carrier concentration layer
18the devices having semiconductor bodies comprising elements of group IV of the Periodic System or AIIIBV compounds with or without impurities, e.g. doping materials
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302to change the physical characteristics of their surfaces, or to change their shape, e.g. etching, polishing, cutting
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308using masks
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21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
02Manufacture or treatment of semiconductor devices or of parts thereof
04the devices having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier, e.g. PN junction, depletion layer or carrier concentration layer
18the devices having semiconductor bodies comprising elements of Group IV of the Periodic System or AIIIBV compounds with or without impurities, e.g. doping materials
30Treatment of semiconductor bodies using processes or apparatus not provided for in groups H01L21/20 - H01L21/26
302to change their surface-physical characteristics or shape, e.g. etching, polishing, cutting
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308using masks
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84Systems specially adapted for particular applications
88Investigating the presence of flaws or contamination
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84Systems specially adapted for particular applications
88Investigating the presence of flaws or contamination
95characterised by the material or shape of the object to be examined
9501Semiconductor wafers
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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
Title
(EN) METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE A PATTERNING PROCESS PARAMETER
Abstract
(EN)

A method of determining overlay of a patterning process, the method including: illuminating a substrate with a radiation beam such that a beam spot on the substrate is filled with one or more physical instances of a unit cell, the unit cell having geometric symmetry at a nominal value of overlay; detecting primarily zeroth order radiation redirected by the one or more physical instances of the unit cell using a detector; and determining, by a hardware computer system, a non-nominal value of overlay of the unit cell from values of an optical characteristic of the detected radiation.