Ion fluxes and energies increase with pressure in EUV-induced H2 plasmas

T.H.M. van de Ven, P. Reefman, C.A. de Meijere, Ruud van der Horst, V.Y. Banine, J. Beckers

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Abstract

The next-generation lithography tools currently use Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) radiation to create even smaller features on computer chips. Wherever the light travels, the high energy photons (92 eV) induce a plasma in the low pressure background gas by photoionization. Industries have realized that these plasmas are of signicant importance with respect to machine lifetime, because
impacting ions aect exposed surfaces. The mass resolved ion energy distribution function (IEDF) is therefore one of the main plasma parameters of interest.
In this research an ion mass spectrometer is used to investigate mass resolved IEDFs of ions impacting on a surface in EUV-induced plasmas. A xenon pinch discharge produces EUV radiation, which is focused into a measuring vessel with a low pressure hydrogen environment. In this vessel, photoionization creates free electrons with energies up to 76 eV, which further ionize the background
gas by electron impact ionization.
The infuence of the pressure on plasma composition and IEDFs has been investigated in the range of 0.1 to 10 Pa. In general the ion fuxes towards the surface increase with pressure. However, above 5 Pa the flux of H2+ is not affected by the increase in pressure, which is explained by the balance between the creation of H2+ and the conversion of H2+ to H3+ due to reaction with background gas molecules (H2). These measurement results will be used to benchmark plasma scaling models and verify numerical simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2016
Event69th Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC 2016), October 10-14, 2016, Bochum, Germany - Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
Duration: 10 Oct 201614 Oct 2016
Conference number: 69
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Conference

Conference69th Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC 2016), October 10-14, 2016, Bochum, Germany
Abbreviated titleGEC 2016
CountryGermany
CityBochum
Period10/10/1614/10/16
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Keywords

  • EUV induced plasma

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