Mask Materials and Designs for Extreme Ultra Violet Lithography



Extreme ultra violet lithography (EUVL) is no longer a future technology but is going to be inserted into mass production of semiconductor devices of 7 nm technology node in 2018. EUVL is an extension of optical lithography using extremely short wavelength (13.5 nm). This short wavelength requires major modifications in the optical systems due to the very strong absorption of EUV light by materials. Refractive optics can no longer be used, and reflective optics is the only solution to transfer image from mask to wafer. This is why we need the multilayer (ML) mirror-based mask as well as an oblique incident angle of light. This paper discusses the principal theory on the EUV mask design and its component materials including ML reflector and EUV absorber. Mask shadowing effect (or mask 3D effect) is explained and its technical solutions like phase shift mask is reviewed. Even though not all the technical issues on EUV mask are handled in this review paper, you will be able to understand the principles determining the performance of EUV masks.


Extreme ultraviolet lithography EUV mask Absorber materials Multilayer mirror Phase shift mask 



I would like to thank all the authors of the technical papers referenced in this review paper. The author is indebted to all the students and colleagues for their dedicated assistance. This research was supported by the Commercialization Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes (COMPA), funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) (Grant No. 2017K000389).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nanoscale Semiconductor EngineeringHanyang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringHanyang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Institute of Nano Science and TechnologyHanyang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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