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On uncertainties in the reconstruction of nanostructures in EUV scatterometry and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering

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posted on 2023-01-11, 22:11 authored by Analía Fernández Herrero, Victor Soltwisch, Mika Pflüger, Jana Puls, Frank Scholze
Increasing miniaturization and complexity of nanostructures require innovative metrology solutions with high throughput that can assess complex 3D structures in a non-destructive manner. EUV scatterometry is investigated for the characterization of nanostructured surfaces. The reconstruction is based on a rigorous simulation using a Maxwell solver based on finite-elements and is statistically validated with a Markov-Chain Monte Carlo sampling method. Here it is shown that this method is suitable for the dimensional characterization of the nanostructures and the investigation of oxide or contamination layers. In comparison to grazing-incidence small-angle X-rayscattering (GISAXS) EUV allows to probe smaller areas. The influence of the divergence on the diffracted intensities in EUV is much lower than in GISAXS, which also reduces the computational effort of the reconstruction.

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