Abstract

A refined model of an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) mask stack consisting of the Mo/Si multilayer coated by a Ru protective layer and a TaBN/TaBO absorber layer was developed to facilitate accurate simulations of EUV mask performance for high-NA EUV photo-lithography (EUVL) imaging. The model is derived by combined analysis of the measured EUV and x ray reflectivity of an industry-representative mask blank. These two sets of measurements were analyzed using a combined free-form analysis procedure that delivers high-resolution x ray and EUV optical constant depth profiles based on self-adapted sets of sublayers as thin as 0.25 nm providing a more accurate description of the reflectivity than obtained from only EUV reflectivity. “Free-form analysis” means that the shape of the layer interfaces in the model is determined experimentally and is not given a priori by the structure model. To reduce the numerical effort for EUV imaging simulations, a low-resolution model of the multilayer and absorber stack with sublayer thicknesses larger than 2 nm, that fits to only the EUV reflectance, was derived from the high-resolution model. Rigorous high-NA EUVL simulations were done to compare the performance of the new model to our previous work [Proc. SPIE 8886, 88860B (2013) [CrossRef]  ].

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