Patents Assigned to ASML Netherlands B.V.
  • Patent number: 10353298
    Abstract: Methods of measuring a target formed by a lithographic process, a metrology apparatus and a polarizer assembly are disclosed. The target comprises a layered structure having a first periodic structure in a first layer and a second periodic structure in a second layer. The target is illuminated with polarized measurement radiation. Zeroth order scattered radiation from the target is detected. An asymmetry in the first periodic structure is derived using the detected zeroth order scattered radiation from the target. A separation between the first layer and the second layer is such that the detected zeroth order scattered radiation is independent of overlay error between the first periodic structure and the second periodic structure. The derived asymmetry in the first periodic structure is used to derive the correct overlay value between the first periodic structure and the second periodic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Nitesh Pandey, Zili Zhou
  • Patent number: 10353296
    Abstract: An immersion lithographic apparatus has adaptations to prevent or reduce bubble formation in one or more gaps in the substrate table by preventing bubbles escaping from the gap into the beam path and/or extracting bubbles that may form in the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Roelof Frederik De Graaf, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Martinus Hendrikus Antonius Leenders, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Michel Riepen
  • Patent number: 10353303
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus includes a support table and a gas extraction system. The gas extraction system is configured to extract gas from a gap between a base surface of the support table and a substrate through at least one gas extraction opening when the substrate is being lowered onto the support table. The lithographic apparatus is configured such that gas is extracted from the gap at a first loading flow rate when the distance between the substrate and the support plane is greater than a threshold distance and gas is extracted from the gap at a second loading flow rate when the distance between the substrate and the support plane is less than the threshold distance, wherein the second loading flow rate is lower than the first loading flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Abraham Alexander Soethoudt, Thomas Poiesz
  • Publication number: 20190212664
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus applies a device pattern at multiple fields across a substrate. A height map is decomposed into a plurality of components. A first height map component represents topographical variations associated with the device pattern. One or more further height map components represent other topographical variations. Using each height map component, control set-points are calculated according to a control algorithm specific to each component. The control set-points calculated for the different height map components are then combined and used to control imaging of the device pattern to the substrate. The specific control algorithms can be different from one another, and may have differing degrees of nonlinearity. The combining of the different set-points can be linear. Focus control in the presence of device-specific topography and other local variations can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Rene Marinus Gerardus Johan Queens, Erik Johan Koop, Reiner Maria Jungblut
  • Publication number: 20190212655
    Abstract: A method involving a radiation intensity distribution for a target measured using an optical component at a gap from the target, the method including: determining a value of a parameter of interest using the measured radiation intensity distribution and a mathematical model describing the target, the model including an effective medium approximation for roughness of a surface of the optical component or a part thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Sietse Thijmen VAN DER POST, Ferry ZIJP, Sander Bas ROOBOL
  • Publication number: 20190214318
    Abstract: A substrate, including a substrate layer; and an etchable layer on the substrate layer, the etchable layer including a patterned region thereon or therein and including a blank region of sufficient size to enable a bulk etch rate of an etch tool for etching the blank region to be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Mark John MASLOW, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Peter TEN BERGE, Franciscus VAN DE MAST, Jan-Willem GEMMINK, Liesbeth REIJNEN
  • Publication number: 20190212657
    Abstract: Disclosed is a high harmonic generation (HHG) radiation source which may be used to generate measurement radiation for an inspection apparatus. In such a radiation source, a pump radiation source is operable to emit pump radiation at a high harmonic generation gas medium thereby exciting the high harmonic generation gas medium within a pump radiation interaction region so as to generate the high harmonic radiation and an ionization radiation source is operable to emit ionization radiation at the high harmonic generation gas medium to ionize a gas at an ionization region between the pump radiation interaction region and an optical output of the illumination source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Sudhir SRIVASTAVA, Sander Bas Roobol, Simon Gijsbert Josephus Mathijssen, Nan Lin, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Krijn Frederik Bustraan, Petrus Wilhelmus Smorenburg, Gerrit Jacobus Hendrik Brussaard
  • Publication number: 20190212660
    Abstract: An optical system delivers illuminating radiation and collects radiation after interaction with a target structure on a substrate. A measurement intensity profile is used to calculate a measurement of the property of the structure. The optical system may include a solid immersion lens. In a method, the optical system is controlled to obtain a first intensity profile using a first illumination profile and a second intensity profile using a second illumination profile. The profiles are used to derive a correction for mitigating the effect of, e.g., ghost reflections. Using, e.g., half-moon illumination profiles in different orientations, the method can measure ghost reflections even where a solid immersion lens would cause total internal reflection. The optical system may include a contaminant detection system to control a movement based on received scattered detection radiation. The optical system may include an optical component having a dielectric coating to enhance evanescent wave interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Nitish KUMAR, Adrianus Johannes Hendrikus SCHELLEKENS, Sietse Thijmen VAN DER POST, Ferry ZIJP, Willem Maria Julia Marcel COENE, Peter Danny VAN VOORST, Duygu AKBULUT, Sarathi ROY
  • Publication number: 20190212658
    Abstract: An alignment sensor for a lithographic apparatus has an optical system configured to deliver, collect and process radiation selectively in a first waveband (e.g. 500-900 nm) and/or in a second waveband (e.g. 1500-2500 nm). The radiation of the first and second wavebands share a common optical path in at least some portion of the optical system, while the radiation of the first waveband is processed by a first processing sub-system and the radiation of the second waveband is processed by a second processing sub-system. The processing subsystems in one example include self-referencing interferometers. The radiation of the second waveband allows marks to be measured through an opaque layer. Optical coatings and other components of each processing sub-system can be tailored to the respective waveband, without completely duplicating the optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Simon Reinald HUISMAN, Simon Gijsbert Josephus MATHIJSSEN, Sebastianus Adrianus GOORDEN, Duygu AKBULUT, Alessandro POLO
  • Publication number: 20190212662
    Abstract: A substrate table of an immersion lithographic apparatus is disclosed which comprises a barrier configured to collect liquid. The barrier surrounds the substrate and is spaced apart from the substrate. In this way any liquid which is spilt from the liquid supply system can be collected to reduce the risk of contamination of delicate components of the lithographic projection apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Aleksey Yurievich KOLESNYCHENKO, Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Hans Jansen, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Felix Godfried Peter Peeters, Bob Streefkerk, Franciscus Johannes Herman Maria Teunissen, Helmar Van Santen
  • Publication number: 20190212661
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus includes a support structure to hold a patterning device, the patterning device configured to pattern a beam of radiation according to a desired pattern; a projection system to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of a substrate; a substrate table configured to hold the substrate, the substrate table including a support surface to support an intermediary plate between the projection system and at least one of the substrate and an object positioned on the substrate table and not in contact with the at least one of the substrate and the object; and a liquid supply system to provide a liquid, through which the beam is to be projected, in a space between the projection system and the at least one of the substrate and the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri LOF, Hans BUTLER, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus DONDERS, Aleksey Yurievich KOLESNYCHENKO, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Hendricus Johannes Maria MEIJER, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria MERTENS, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Roelof Aeilko Siebrand RITSEMA, Frank VAN SCHAIK, Timotheus Franciscus SENGERS, Klaus SIMON, Joannes Theodoor DE SMIT, Alexander STRAAIJER, Helmar VAN SANTEN
  • Patent number: 10345711
    Abstract: A method for determining an offset between a center of a substrate and a center of a depression in a chuck includes providing a test substrate to the depression, the test substrate having a dimension smaller than a dimension of the depression, measuring a position of an alignment mark of the test substrate while in the depression, and determining the offset between the center of the substrate and the center of the depression from the position of the alignment mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Gerrit Johannes Nijmeijer, Minne Cuperus, Petrus Anton Willem Cornelia Maria Van Eijck
  • Patent number: 10345709
    Abstract: A method including: obtaining a measurement of a metrology target on a substrate processed using a patterning process, the measurement having been obtained using measurement radiation; and deriving a parameter of interest of the patterning process from the measurement, wherein the parameter of interest is corrected by a stack difference parameter, the stack difference parameter representing an un-designed difference in physical configuration between adjacent periodic structures of the target or between the metrology target and another adjacent target on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Arie Jeffrey Den Boef, Kaustuve Bhattacharyya
  • Patent number: 10346729
    Abstract: A method for converting a vector-based representation of a desired device pattern for an exposure apparatus, a lithography or exposure apparatus, an apparatus and method to provide data to a programmable patterning device, and a device manufacturing method. In an embodiment, the method for converting outputs a rasterized representation of the desired dose pattern of radiation corresponding to the desired device pattern, wherein the vector-based representation includes primitive data identifying one or more primitive patterns; and instance data identifying how at least a portion of the desired device pattern is formed from one or more instances of each identified primitive pattern, the method including forming a rasterized primitive of each primitive pattern identified in the primitive data, and forming the rasterized representation by storing each rasterized primitive in association with the instance data corresponding to that rasterized primitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Patricius Aloysius Jacobus Tinnemans, Marcel Bontekoe, Patrick Petrus Albertus Arnoldino Peeters
  • Patent number: 10345717
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus includes an optical sensor, a movable body, a support, a deflector system, a first drive system and a second drive system. The movable body is moveable relative to the sensor. The support is for holding the sensor. The first drive system is arranged to move the movable body relative to the sensor. The second drive system is arranged to move the first drive system relative to the sensor. The second drive system is arranged to move the deflector system relative to the sensor. A disturbance is induced by a movement of the movable body. The deflector system is arranged to create a deflecting area for reflecting the disturbance away from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: G√ľnes Nakiboglu, Suzanne Johanna Antonetta Geertruda Cosijns, Anne Willemijn Bertine Quist, Lukasz Sosniak, Frank Johannes Jacobus Van Boxtel, Engelbertus Antonius Fransiscus Van Der Pasch
  • Patent number: 10345713
    Abstract: An inspection substrate for inspecting a component of an apparatus for processing production substrates, the inspection substrate has: a body having dimensions similar to the production substrates so that the inspection substrate is compatible with the apparatus; an illumination device embedded in the body, the illumination device configured to emit radiation toward a target area of the component of the apparatus; an imaging device embedded in the body, the imaging device configured to detect radiation scattered at the target area and generate an image from the detected radiation, wherein the illumination device is configured to emit the radiation such that radiation that is specularly reflected at the target area does not contribute to the image generated by the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Arnoldus Leonardus Johannes Raaymakers, Pascal Jean Henri Bloemen, Petrus Theodorus Jutte, Arnoldus Johannes Martinus Jozeph Ras, Miao Yu
  • Patent number: 10345723
    Abstract: A substrate handling system for handling a substrate, the substrate handling system including a holder for holding the substrate, a rotation device for rotating the holder around an axis perpendicular to a plane, and a mover for moving the holder along a path in the plane relative to the axis. Further, there is provided a lithographic apparatus including the substrate handling system. The substrate handling system may include a coupling device arranged to couple the holder to the mover or the rotation device in a first situation. The coupling device may be arranged to decouple the holder from the mover or rotation device in a second situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Johannes Vervoordeldonk, Joeri Lof
  • Patent number: 10345712
    Abstract: An immersion lithographic projection apparatus is disclosed in which liquid is provided between a projection system of the apparatus and a substrate. The use of both liquidphobic and liquidphilic layers on various elements of the apparatus is provided to help prevent formation of bubbles in the liquid and to help reduce residue on the elements after being in contact with the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Richard Joseph Bruls, Marcel Mathijs Theodore Marie Dierichs, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Hans Jansen, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Ronald Walther Jeanne Severijns, Sergei Shulepov, Herman Boom, Timotheus Franciscus Sengers
  • Patent number: 10349509
    Abstract: A first target is provided to an interior of a vacuum chamber, a first light beam is directed toward the first target to form a first plasma from target material of the first target, the first plasma being associated with a directional flux of particles and radiation emitted from the first target along a first emission direction, the first emission direction being determined by a position of the first target; a second target is provided to the interior of the vacuum chamber; and a second light beam is directed toward the second target to form a second plasma from target material of the second target, the second plasma being associated with a directional flux of particles and radiation emitted from the second target along a second emission direction, the second emission direction being determined by a position of the second target, the first and second emission directions being different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Robert Jay Rafac, John Tom Stewart, Andrew David LaForge
  • Publication number: 20190204749
    Abstract: A method of tuning a patterning stack, the method including: defining a function that measures how a parameter representing a physical characteristic pertaining to a pattern transferred into a patterning stack on a substrate is affected by change in a patterning stack variable, the patterning stack variable representing a physical characteristic of a material layer of the patterning stack; varying, by a hardware computer system, the patterning stack variable and evaluating, by the hardware computer system, the function with respect to the varied patterning stack variable, until a termination condition is satisfied; and outputting a value of the patterning stack variable when the termination condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Wim Tjibbo TEL, Jozef Maria FINDERS, Orion Jonathan Pierre MOURAILLE, Anton Bernhard VAN OOSTEN