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Mechanical Stability Evaluation of Thin Film with Spin-coater  

Kim, Ji Eun (Department of Convergence Nanoscience, Hanyang University)
Kim, Jung Hwan (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University)
Hong, Seongchul (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University)
Cho, HanKu (Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Hanyang University)
Ahn, Jinho (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University)
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Journal of the Semiconductor & Display Technology / v.15, no.1, 2016 , pp. 6-11 More about this Journal
For high volume manufacturing using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, mask protection from contamination during lithography process must be solved, and EUV pellicle is the strongest solution. Based on the technical requirements of EUV pellicle, EUV pellicle should have large membrane area ($110{\times}140mm^2$) with film transmittance over 90% and mechanical stability. Even though pellicle that satisfies size standard with high transmittance has been reported, its mechanical stability has not been confirmed, nor is there a standard to evaluate the mechanical stability. In this study, we suggest a rather simple method evaluating mechanical stability of pellicle membrane using spin-coater which can emulate the linear accelerated motion. The test conditions were designed by simulating the acceleration distribution inside pellicle membrane through correlating the linear acceleration and centripetal acceleration, which occurs during linear movement and rotation movement, respectively. By these simulation results, we confirmed the possibility of using spin-coater to evaluate the mechanical stability of EUV pellicle.
EUV pellicle; thin film; mechanical stability; spin-coater;
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