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Publication Citation: Nanoscale Measurements with a Through-Focus Scanning-Optical-Microscope

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Author(s): Ravikiran Attota; Richard M. Silver; Thomas A. Germer;
Title: Nanoscale Measurements with a Through-Focus Scanning-Optical-Microscope
Published: July 15, 2009
Abstract: We present a novel optical technique that produces nanometer dimensional measurement sensitivity using a conventional optical microscope, by analyzing through-focus scanning-optical-microscope (TSOM) images obtained at different focus positions. In principle, this technique can be used to identify which dimension is changing between two nanosized targets and to determine the dimension using a library-matching method. This methodology has potential utility for a wide range of target geometries and application areas, including, nanometrology, nanomanufacturing, defect analysis, semiconductor process control, and biotechnology.
Citation: Future Fab International
Pages: 6 pp.
Keywords: Through Focus, Scanning, Optical Microscope, Nanometrology, TSOM, Nanomanufacturing,
Research Areas: Process Metrology, Nanobiotechnology, Optical microscopy, Critical Dimension and Overlay Metrology, U.S. Measurement System, Electronics & Telecommunications, Nanotechnology
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