Patents Assigned to Gigaphoton Inc.
  • Patent number: 10455679
    Abstract: The extreme ultraviolet light generation device includes a chamber having a first through-hole that allows a pulse laser beam to enter the chamber, a target supply unit held by the chamber and configured to output a target toward a predetermined region in the chamber, a shield member surrounding the predetermined region in the chamber and having a target path that allows the target outputted from the target supply unit to pass toward the predetermined region, and a tubular member surrounding at least a part of an upstream portion of the trajectory of the target outputted from the target supply unit toward the predetermined region, the upstream portion being upstream from the target path of the shield member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Saito, Yoshifumi Ueno, Georg Soumagne
  • Publication number: 20190320521
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus includes: a chamber; an optical unit; a chamber reference member including a housing space in which the optical unit is housed; a height positioning mechanism configured to position, at a predetermined installation position in the housing space, the optical unit to a predetermined installation height while contacting a first part of the optical unit; and a movement mechanism configured to linearly move the optical unit in the horizontal direction in the housing space while keeping the optical unit at a guide height, and including a guide member and a retraction part, wherein the guide height of the optical unit while being guided to move toward the installation position by the guide surface is substantially equal to the installation height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Akihiro TAKAYAMA
  • Patent number: 10447001
    Abstract: A laser unit may include a laser chamber including a pair of discharge electrodes that are opposed to each other in a first direction with an electrode gap interposed in between and are configured to provide a discharge width in a second direction, orthogonal to the first direction, smaller than the electrode gap; and an optical resonator including a first optical member and a second optical member that are opposed to each other in a third direction orthogonal to both the first direction and the second direction with the discharge electrodes interposed in between, and configured to amplify laser light generated between the discharge electrodes and output amplified laser light, the optical resonator satisfying the following expression to configure a stable resonator in the second direction: 0<G1·G2<1 where G1 is a G parameter of the first optical member, and G2 is a G parameter of the second optical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Minoru Taniyama, Hakaru Mizoguchi, Osamu Wakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20190313519
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation system includes: a target supply unit configured to output a target toward a predetermined region; a drive laser configured to output a drive laser beam in a first duration; a guide laser configured to output a guide laser beam; a beam combiner configured to substantially align the optical path axes of the drive and guide laser beams and output the laser beams; a laser beam focusing optical system configured to focus the laser beams output from the beam combiner to the predetermined region; an actuator configured to change the focusing positions of the laser beams through the laser beam focusing optical system; an optical sensor configured to detect reflected light of the guide laser beam from the target; and a control unit configured to control the actuator so that the light amount of the reflected light thus detected increases in a second duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki YABU, Osamu WAKABAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190305508
    Abstract: A solid state laser device includes a seed laser that outputs continuous wave laser seed light, a light intensity changeable unit that changes a light intensity thereof and outputs seed pulse light, a CW excitation laser that outputs continuous wave excitation light, an amplifier that amplifies the seed pulse light and outputs amplified light based on an amplification gain increased by the excitation light, a wavelength conversion unit that converts a wavelength of the amplified light and outputs harmonic light, and a light intensity control unit that allows the light intensity changeable unit to output the seed pulse light after a certain time elapsed from an input of an external trigger signal each time the signal is input and output suppression light that suppresses an increase of the amplification gain in a period after an output of the seed pulse light until an input of a next external trigger signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi ONOSE, Osamu WAKABAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190293922
    Abstract: A laser apparatus may include: a mirror configured to reflect a laser beam; an actuator configured to operate the mirror; and a controller configured to transmit a movement instruction to the actuator, wherein the controller predicts a movement completion time of the actuator, and transmits a polling signal so that the actuator receives the polling signal after expiration of the predicted movement completion time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki ITO, Hiroshi TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20190293488
    Abstract: A Thomson scattering measurement system according to the present disclosure includes: a transfer optical system provided on an optical path of a slit light beam group generated by division through a slit array and configured to transfer the slit light beam group to a plurality of transfer image groups separated from each other; and a second slit provided on an optical path of light from the transfer image groups and configured to selectively allow light from a plurality of transfer images positioned on a straight line extending in a direction corresponding to a first direction to pass through the second slit, the transfer images corresponding to slit light beams at positions different from each other in a second direction in the slit light beam group among transfer images included in the transfer image groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichiro KOUGE, Tatsuya YANAGIDA
  • Publication number: 20190288472
    Abstract: A laser system including: A. a laser apparatus configured to output a pulse laser beam; B. an optical pulse stretcher including a delay optical path for expanding a pulse width of the pulse laser beam; and C. a phase optical element included in the delay optical path and having a function of spatially and randomly shifting a phase of the pulse laser beam. The phase optical element includes a plurality of types of cells providing different amounts of phase shift to the pulse laser beam and arranged irregularly in any direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi ONOSE
  • Publication number: 20190289707
    Abstract: An EUV light generation system includes: a target supply unit; a prepulse laser that outputs a prepulse laser beam; a main pulse laser that outputs a main pulse laser; a light focusing optical system that focuses the prepulse and main pulse laser beams on a predetermined region; an actuator that changes a focusing position of the prepulse laser beam by the light focusing optical system; a first sensor that captures an image of a target; and a control unit that stores a reference position of the actuator, calculates a predetermined parameter on the target after irradiation with the prepulse laser beam and before irradiation with the main pulse laser beam based on image data obtained from the first sensor, and controls the actuator to approach the reference position if the predetermined parameter does not satisfy a first condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuichi NISHIMURA, Takayuki YABU, Yoshifumi UENO
  • Publication number: 20190283177
    Abstract: A laser processing system includes a wavelength tunable laser apparatus capable of changing the wavelength of pulsed laser light to be outputted, an optical system irradiating a workpiece with the pulsed laser light, a reference wavelength acquisition section acquiring a reference wavelength corresponding to photon absorption according to the material of the workpiece, a laser processing controller controlling the wavelength tunable laser apparatus to perform preprocessing before final processing performed on the workpiece, changes the wavelength of the pulsed laser light over a predetermined range containing the reference wavelength, and performs wavelength search preprocessing at a plurality of wavelengths, a processed state measurer measuring a processed state on a wavelength basis achieved by the wavelength search preprocessing performed at the plurality of wavelengths, and an optimum wavelength determination section assessing the processed state on a wavelength basis to determine an optimum wavelength us
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Kouji KAKIZAKI, Osamu WAKABAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190283179
    Abstract: A laser processing system includes: a wavelength-variable laser device configured to output each of a laser beam at an absorption line as a wavelength at which light is absorbed by oxygen and a laser beam at a non-absorption line as a wavelength at which the amount of light absorption by oxygen is smaller than at the absorption line; an optical system configured to irradiate a workpiece with the laser beam; and a laser control unit configured to control the wavelength-variable laser device, set the wavelength of the laser beam output from the wavelength-variable laser device to be the non-absorption line when laser processing is performed on the surface of the workpiece in gas containing oxygen, and set the wavelength of the laser beam output from the wavelength-variable laser device to be the absorption line when ozone cleaning is performed on the surface of the workpiece in gas containing oxygen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Kouji KAKIZAKI, Osamu WAKABAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190288478
    Abstract: A laser apparatus according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: a master oscillator; at least one amplifier disposed on an optical path of a first pulse laser beam output from the master oscillator; a sensor disposed on an optical path of a second pulse laser beam output from the at least one amplifier; and a laser controller. The laser controller causes the laser apparatus to perform burst oscillation based on a burst signal from an external device, and performs processing of controlling a beam parameter based on a sensor output signal obtained from the sensor in a burst duration, and processing of detecting self-oscillation light from the amplifier based on a sensor output signal obtained from the sensor in a burst stop duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki KUROSAWA
  • Publication number: 20190289705
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus includes: a chamber; a target supply unit that supplies a droplet of a target substance to a plasma generation region in the chamber; a first pipe at least partly covering a trajectory of the droplet and having a first opened end part as an upstream end part and a second opened end part as a downstream end part in a trajectory direction; a second pipe at least partly covering the first pipe with a gap between the second pipe and the first pipe, and having a third end part, opened and extending downstream of the second end part of the first pipe in the trajectory direction, as a downstream end part in the trajectory direction; and a gas supply unit that supplies gas flowing through the gap and causes the gas to flow in the trajectory direction out of a gas exit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Takanobu ISHIHARA, Toshihiro NISHISAKA, Yutaka SHIRAISHI
  • Patent number: 10420198
    Abstract: The extreme ultraviolet light generating apparatus may include a chamber having a window through which a pulse laser beam enters, a target supply unit configured to output at least one target toward a predetermined region in the chamber, a target image capturing device configured to capture an image of the at least one target, a first actuator configured to move a focused area focused by the target image capturing device, and a controller configured to control the first actuator based on a signal from an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Hosoda, Toru Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20190280451
    Abstract: A laser apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: a laser chamber including a pair of electrodes and configured to emit, at each of a plurality of pulse repetition frequencies, a pulse laser beam having a pulse energy corresponding to a voltage applied between the electrodes; an energy detector provided on an optical path of the pulse laser beam and configured to detect the pulse energy of the pulse laser beam; a voltage control unit configured to control the applied voltage based on a target pulse energy and the pulse energy detected by the energy detector; and a pulse energy control unit configured to periodically vary the target pulse energy at a modulation frequency corresponding to each of the pulse repetition frequencies with a reference energy being a center of variation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi ASAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20190271914
    Abstract: A target generation device replacement trolley includes: A. a linear movement mechanism configured to hold a target generation device configured to output a target material and linearly move the target generation device in a direction in which the target material is output; and B. a positioning portion configured to position the linear movement mechanism relative to a mounting part of a chamber on which the target generation device is mounted. The target generation device replacement trolley further includes C. a drive unit configured to drive the linear movement mechanism. The target generation device replacement trolley further includes D. a mount configured to hold the linear movement mechanism. The positioning portion is provided to the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Toshihiro NISHISAKA
  • Patent number: 10401615
    Abstract: A beam dump apparatus may include: an attenuator module; a beam dump module; and a control unit. The attenuator module includes: a first beam splitter provided inclined with respect to the optical axis of a laser beam at a first angle; a second beam splitter provided inclined with respect to the optical axis at a second angle; a first beam dumper provided such that the laser beam from the first beam splitter enters thereinto; a second beam dumper provided such that the laser beam from the second beam splitter enters thereinto; and a first stage that causes the beam splitters to advance into and retreat from the optical path. The beam dump module includes: a mirror; a third beam dumper provided such that the laser beam from the mirror enters thereinto; and a second stage that causes the mirror to advance into and retreat from the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kurosawa, Takashi Suganuma
  • Patent number: 10394133
    Abstract: A laser unit management system may include a server configured to hold first information provided with access limitation that allows an access with a first access authorization, second information provided with access limitation that allows an access with a second access authorization, and third information provided with access limitation that allows both an access with the first access authorization and an access with the second access authorization; and a laser unit including a laser output section and a controller, the laser output section being configured to output pulsed laser light toward an exposure unit that is configured to perform wafer exposure, the controller being configured to store the first information, the second information, and the third information in the server. The second information may include wafer-exposure-related information on the exposure unit and laser-control-related information on the laser unit that are in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GIGAPHOTON INC.
    Inventors: Yuji Minegishi, Yutaka Igarashi, Takeshi Ohta
  • Publication number: 20190250517
    Abstract: A target image capturing device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: a delay circuit configured to receive a timing signal from outside and output a first trigger signal at a timing delayed by a first delay time from the reception of the timing signal; an illumination light source configured to emit light based on the first trigger signal; an image capturing unit disposed to capture an image of a shadow of a target to be observed, which is generated when the target is irradiated with the light emitted from the illumination light source; a processing unit configured to perform image processing including processing of measuring a background luminance from the image captured by the image capturing unit; and a control unit configured to perform control to adjust the first delay time based on the background luminance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Hirokazu HOSODA
  • Publication number: 20190252190
    Abstract: The laser doping apparatus may irradiate a predetermined region of a semiconductor material with a pulse laser beam to perform doping. The laser doping apparatus may include: a solution supplying system configured to supply dopant-containing solution to the predetermined region, and a laser system including at least one laser device configured to output the pulse laser beam to be transmitted by the dopant-containing solution, and a time-domain pulse waveform changing apparatus configured to control a time-domain pulse waveform of the pulse laser beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicants: Kyushu University, Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki OHKUBO, Hiroshi IKENOUE, Akihiro IKEDA, Tanemasa ASANO, Osamu WAKABAYASHI