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Title: Mask-to-wafer alignment system

Abstract

A modified beam splitter that has a hole pattern that is symmetric in one axis and anti-symmetric in the other can be employed in a mask-to-wafer alignment device. The device is particularly suited for rough alignment using visible light. The modified beam splitter transmits and reflects light from a source of electromagnetic radiation and it includes a substrate that has a first surface facing the source of electromagnetic radiation and second surface that is reflective of said electromagnetic radiation. The substrate defines a hole pattern about a central line of the substrate. In operation, an input beam from a camera is directed toward the modified beam splitter and the light from the camera that passes through the holes illuminates the reticle on the wafer. The light beam from the camera also projects an image of a corresponding reticle pattern that is formed on the mask surface of the that is positioned downstream from the camera. Alignment can be accomplished by detecting the radiation that is reflected from the second surface of the modified beam splitter since the reflected radiation contains both the image of the pattern from the mask and a corresponding pattern on the wafer.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1174564
Patent Number(s):
6,642,995
Application Number:
09/986,006
Assignee:
EUV LLC (Santa Clara, CA) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS

Citation Formats

Sweatt, William C., Tichenor, Daniel A., and Haney, Steven J. Mask-to-wafer alignment system. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Sweatt, William C., Tichenor, Daniel A., & Haney, Steven J. Mask-to-wafer alignment system. United States.
Sweatt, William C., Tichenor, Daniel A., and Haney, Steven J. Tue . "Mask-to-wafer alignment system". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1174564.
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