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Optical Critical Dimension Measurement of Silicon Grating Targets Using Back Focal Plane Scatterfield Microscopy



Heather J. Patrick, Ravikiran Attota, Bryan M. Barnes, Thomas A. Germer, Michael T. Stocker, Richard M. Silver, Michael R. Bishop


We demonstrate optical critical dimension measurement of lines in silicon grating targets using back focal plane scatterfield microscopy. In this technique, angle-resolved diffraction signatures are obtained from grating targets by imaging the back focal plane of a bright-field microscope that has been modified to allow selection of the angular distribution and polarization of the incident illumination. The target line profiles, including critical dimension linewidth and sidewall angle, are extracted using a scatterometry method that compares the diffraction signatures to a library of theoretical signatures. Because we use the zero-order component of the diffraction, the target features need not be resolved in order to obtain the line profile. We extracted line profiles from two series of targets with fixed pitch but varying linewidth: a sub-resolution 300 nm pitch series, and a resolved 600 nm pitch series. Linewidths of 131 nm to 139 nm were obtained, with nanometer-level sensitivity to linewidth, and a linear relationship of linewidth obtained from scatterfield microscopy to linewidth measured by scanning electron microscopy was demonstrated. Conventional images can be easily collected on the same microscope, providing a powerful tool for combining imaging metrology with scatterometry for optical critical dimension measurement.
Journal of Microlithography Microfabrication and Microsystems


critical dimension, microscopy, scatterometry


Patrick, H. , Attota, R. , Barnes, B. , Germer, T. , Stocker, M. , Silver, R. and Bishop, M. (2008), Optical Critical Dimension Measurement of Silicon Grating Targets Using Back Focal Plane Scatterfield Microscopy, Journal of Microlithography Microfabrication and Microsystems, [online], (Accessed May 19, 2024)


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Created January 2, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017