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1. Effects of wafer noise on the detection of 20 nm defects using optical volumetric inspection
Bryan M Barnes, Francois R. Goasmat, Martin Y Sohn, Hui H. Zhou, Andras Vladar, Richard M Silver
Patterning imperfections in semiconductor device fabrication may either be noncritical [e.g., line edge roughness (LER)] or critical, such as defects that impact manufacturing yield. As the sizes of the pitches and linewidths decrease in lithography, ...
2. New Insights into Subsurface Imaging of Carbon Nanotubes in Polymer Composites via Scanning Electron Microscopy
Minhua Zhao, Bin Ming, Jae-Woo Kim, Luke J Gibbons, Xiaohong Gu, Tinh Nguyen, Cheol Park, Peter T Lillehei, John S Villarrubia, Andras Vladar, James Alexander Liddle
Despite many studies of subsurface imaging of carbon nanotube (CNT)-polymer composites via scanning electron microscopy (SEM), significant controversy exists concerning the imaging depth and contrast mechanisms. We studied CNT-polyimide composites an ...
3. Low-Loss Electron Imagine for Enhanced Surface Detail in the Scanning Electron Microscope: The Contributions of Oliver C. Wells
Michael T Postek, Andras Vladar
Low-loss electron (LLE) imaging in the scanning electron microscope (SEM) is based on the collection of energy-filtered backscattered electrons that have undergone minimal elastic interactions within a sample and therefore can carry high-resolution, ...
4. Recovery of background structures in nanoscale Helium Ion Microscope imaging, and the use of
progressive fractional diffusion smoothing.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES)
This paper discusses a two step enhancement technique applicable to noisy Helium Ion Microscope
images in which background structures are not easily discernible due to a weak signal. The
method is based on a preliminary adaptive histogram equaliz ...
5. Nanomanufacturing Concerns about Measurements made in the SEM
Part III: Vibration and Drift
Michael T Postek, Andras Vladar, Petr Cizmar
Many advanced manufacturing processes employ scanning electron microscopes (SEM) for on-line critical measurements for process and quality control. This is the third of a series of papers discussing various causes of measurement uncertainty in scanne ...
6. 3D Monte Carlo modeling of the SEM: Are there applications to photomask metrology?
John S Villarrubia, Andras Vladar, Michael T Postek
The ability to model the effect of fields due to charges trapped in insulators with floating conductors has been added to JMONSEL (Java Monte Carlo simulator for Secondary Electrons) and applied to a simple photomask metal on glass geometry. These ca ...
7. Does Your SEM Really Tell the Truth? How Would You Know? Part 2
Michael T Postek, Andras Vladar, Premsagar Purushotham Kavuri
The scanning electron microscope (SEM)has gone through a tremendous evolution to become
indispensable for many and diverse scientific and industrial applications. The improvements have significantly enriched and augmented the overall SEM performance ...
8. Optimizing Hybrid Metrology through a Consistent Multi-Tool Parameter Set and Uncertainty Model
Richard M Silver, Bryan M Barnes, Nien F Zhang, Hui H. Zhou, Andras Vladar, John S Villarrubia, Regis J Kline, Daniel Franklin Sunday, Alok Vaid
There has been significant interest in hybrid metrology as a novel method for reducing overall measurement uncertainty and optimizing measurement throughput (speed) through rigorous combinations of two or more different measurement techniques into a ...
9. 10 nm Three-Dimensional CD-SEM Metrology
Andras Vladar, John S Villarrubia, Bin Ming, Regis J Kline, Jasmeet Chawla, Scott List, Michael T Postek
The shape and dimensions of a challenging pattern have been measured using a model-based library scanning electron microscope
(MBL SEM) technique. The sample consisted of a 4-line repeating pattern. Lines were narrow (10 nm), asymmetric (different ...
10. Optical volumetric inspection of sub-20 nm patterned defects with wafer noise
Bryan M Barnes, Francois R. Goasmat, Martin Y Sohn, Hui H. Zhou, Richard M Silver, Andras Vladar, Abraham Arceo
We have previously introduced a new data analysis method that more thoroughly utilizes scattered optical intensity data collected during defect inspection using bright-field microscopy. This volumetric approach allows conversion of focus resolved 2-D ...