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Monitoring Reaction Products of Novolac Resists during Puddle Development

Hideo Eto1,2, Yasuhiro Ito3, and Tetsuya Homma1

1Postgraduate Courses of Functional Control Systems, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-9-14 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8548, Japan
2Corporate Manufacturing Engineering Center, Toshiba Corporation, 33 Shin-isogo-cho, Isogo-ku, Yokohama 235-0017, Japan
3Semiconductor Company, Toshiba Corporation, 3500 Matsuoka, Oita 870-0125, Japan

(Received December 10, 2005; accepted September 27, 2006; published online January 10, 2007)

We have developed a new technique for monitoring the concentration of reaction products during puddle development in ultralarge-scale integration (ULSI) lithography. Optical measurement has been employed for monitoring the concentration of reaction products by detecting reflected light from a wafer surface, and compared with the sampling method (UV–visible spectroscopy) for reaction products from a developer solution. A correlation coefficient of 0.89 was obtained, indicating a good correlation between this optical method and sampling method. We concluded that the newly developed optical monitoring technique is useful for measuring the concentration of reaction products.

DOI: 10.1143/JJAP.46.128
KEYWORDS:reaction product, developer solution, puddle development, optical monitoring technique, Lambert–Beer's law

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