Patents Assigned to NuFlare Technology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10978273
    Abstract: A multiple charged particle writing method includes performing a tracking operation by shifting the main deflection position of multiple beams using charged particle beams in the direction of stage movement so that the main deflection position of the multiple beams follows the stage movement while a predetermined number of beam shots of the multiple beams are performed, and shifting the sub deflection position of the multiple beams so that each beam of the multiple beams straddles rectangular regions among plural rectangular regions obtained by dividing a writing region of a target object into meshes by the pitch size between beams of the multiple beams, and the each beam is applied to a different position in each of the rectangular regions straddled, and applying a predetermined number of shots per beam using plural beams in the multiple beams to each of the plural rectangular regions, during the tracking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Hideo Inoue
  • Patent number: 10971331
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a writing data generation method is for generating writing data used by a multi-charged particle beam writing apparatus. The writing data generation method includes referring to library data in which a vertex sequence including a plurality of vertices is registered, and extracting a portion of an outer line of a figure contained in design data, the portion corresponding to the vertex sequence, and representing the extracted portion by information which identifies the vertex sequence and information which indicates a connection method for the plurality of vertices of the vertex sequence, and generating the writing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinji Sakamoto, Kenichi Yasui, Chiaki Inaba, Hikaru Yamamura, Satoru Fukushima, Yoshinori Akahane
  • Patent number: 10950410
    Abstract: Provided is a multiple electron beam inspection apparatus including: an irradiation source irradiating a substrate with multiple electron beams; a stage on which is cable of mounting the substrate; an electromagnetic lens provided between the irradiation source and the stage, the electromagnetic lens generating a lens magnetic field, the multiple electron beams being capable of passing through the lens magnetic field; an electrostatic lens provided in the lens magnetic field, the electrostatic lens including a plurality of through-holes and a plurality of electrodes, the plurality of through-holes having wall surfaces respectively, each of the multiple electron beams being capable of passing through the corresponding each of the plurality of through-holes, each of the plurality of electrodes provided on each of the wall surfaces of the plurality of through-holes, at least one of the through-holes provided apart from a central axis of trajectory of the multiple electron beams having a spiral shape; and a power
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Inoue, Atsushi Ando, Munehiro Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10950413
    Abstract: An electron beam irradiation method includes calculating a charge amount distribution in the case where a substrate is irradiated with an electron beam, by using an index indicating complexity of a pattern to be formed on the substrate, calculating a positional deviation amount of an irradiation pattern to be formed due to irradiation with the electron beam, by using the charge amount distribution having been calculated, correcting an irradiation position by using the positional deviation amount having been calculated, and applying an electron beam to the irradiation position having been corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Noriaki Nakayamada
  • Publication number: 20210074510
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a multi charged particle beam evaluation method includes writing a plurality of evaluation patterns on a substrate by using multi charged particle beams, with a design value of a line width changed by a predetermined change amount at a predetermined pitch, measuring the line widths of the plurality of evaluation patterns thus written, and extracting a variation in a specific period of a distribution of differences between results of a measurement value and the design value of each of the line widths of the plurality of evaluation patterns. The predetermined change amount is equal to or larger than data resolution and smaller than a size of each of pixels, each of which is a unit region to be irradiated with one of the multi charged particle beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Rieko NISHIMURA
  • Patent number: 10937629
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a first storage storing writing data, a second storage storing correction data for correcting an error in a writing position due to factors including bending of the substrate, a cell data allocator virtually dividing a writing region of the substrate into blocks, and allocating a cell to the blocks in consideration of the correction data, a plurality of bitmap data generators virtually dividing the blocks into meshes, calculating an irradiation amount per mesh region, and generating bitmap data which assigns the irradiation amount to each mesh region, and a shot data generator generating shot data that defines an irradiation time for each beam. The cell data allocator virtually divides the writing region by division lines in a direction different from a writing forward direction to generate a plurality of division regions. The plurality of bitmap data generators generate pieces of bitmap data of the different division regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hironori Teguri, Jun Yashima, Yasuo Kato, Masafumi Ise
  • Patent number: 10937623
    Abstract: A deflector for multiple electron beams includes a first electrode substrate, second to fourth electrode substrates disposed in order in parallel to each other in a first same plane which is orthogonal to the substrate surface of the first electrode substrate, a fifth electrode substrate disposed opposite to the first electrode substrate, and sixth to eighth electrode substrates disposed in order in parallel to each other in a second same plane such that they are opposite to the second to fourth electrode substrates, wherein the first to eighth electrode substrates are disposed such that they surround a space through which multiple electron beams pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: NuFlare Technology, Inc., NuFlare Technology America, Inc.
    Inventor: John Hartley
  • Patent number: 10930469
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a charged particle beam writing apparatus includes a writer writing a pattern on a substrate placed on a stage by irradiating the substrate with a charged particle beam, a height detector detecting a surface height of a mark on the stage, an irradiation position detector detecting an irradiation position of the charged particle beam on the mark surface by irradiation with the charged particle beam focused at the surface height of the mark, a drift correction unit calculating an amount of drift of the charged particle beam on the mark surface from the irradiation position detected by the irradiation position detector, and generating correction information for correcting a shift in irradiation position caused by a drift on the substrate surface based on the amount of drift, and a writing control unit correcting the irradiation position of the charged particle beam by using the correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Takahito Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10920317
    Abstract: A shower head that supplies a process gas in a vapor phase growth apparatus includes a mixing chamber; and a plurality of cooling portions provided below the mixing chamber with gaps between cooling portions. The cooling portion includes a cooling hole provided in a horizontal direction, and the gaps extend linearly in the horizontal direction. The shower head further includes, below the gaps, a plurality of buffer regions extending linearly in the horizontal direction. The shower head further includes, below the buffer regions, a shower plate including a plurality of through holes disposed at a predetermined interval. The shower head can uniformly supply the process gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Takumi Yamada, Yuusuke Sato
  • Patent number: 10916406
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, a multiple charged particle beam writing apparatus includes a subtraction processing circuit configured to subtract a corresponding shared dose from a dose of each of peripheral beams of a defect beam where control of a dose of a beam is disabled and the dose to be irradiated is excessive among the multiple charged particle beams, such that the same dose as an excess dose by the defect beam is shared by the peripheral beams of the defect beam; and a writing mechanism including a stage mounting a target object and a deflector deflecting the multiple charged particle beams and configured to write a pattern on the target object, using the multiple charged particle beams of doses in which the same dose as the excess dose of the defect beam is shared and is subtracted from the doses of the peripheral beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20210027986
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a multi-beam writing method includes acquiring a plurality of pieces of position deviation data corresponding to a plurality of parameter values of a parameter that change position deviation amount of each beam of multi-beam irradiated on a substrate, calculating a plurality of pieces of reference coefficient data corresponding to each of the plurality of pieces of position deviation data, calculating coefficient data corresponding to a parameter value at an irradiation position of the multi-beam on the substrate using the plurality of pieces of reference coefficient data corresponding to the plurality of parameter values, modulating an irradiation amount of each beam of the multi-beam for each shot using the coefficient data, and writing a pattern by irradiating the substrate with each beam of at least a part of the multi-beam having the modulated irradiation amounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210027987
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a multi-beam writing method is for irradiating each of pixels defined on a substrate, placed on a stage, with each beam of a multi-beam to form a pattern. The method includes obtaining a position correction amount of the pattern by each of a plurality of sub-arrays into which an array of the multi-beam is divided at least in a predetermined direction, based on the positional deviation amount of each beam of each of the sub-arrays, which obtained by dividing an array of the multi-beam at least in the predetermined direction, calculating an dose of the each beam irradiated to each pixel for shifting the position of the pattern drawn for each of the sub-arrays based on the position correction, and performing multi-writing using at least a portion of each two or more of the sub-arrays with the calculated dose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi MATSUMOTO, Yasuo Kato
  • Patent number: 10896831
    Abstract: A supply part includes a first partition, a second partition under the first partition, a third partition under the second partition, a first flow path between the first partition and the second partition allowing a first gas to be introduced therein, a second flow path between the second partition and the third partition allowing a second gas to be introduced therein, a first piping extending from the second partition to reach below the third partition and being communicated with the first flow path, a second piping extending from the third partition to reach below the third partition and being communicated with the second flow path, and a convex portion provided on an outer circumferential surface of the first piping or an inner circumferential surface of the second piping protruding from one of the outer circumferential surface and the inner circumferential surface toward the other one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignees: NuFlare Technology, Inc., Showa Denko K.K., Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry
    Inventors: Kunihiko Suzuki, Naohisa Ikeya, Keisuke Fukada, Masahiko Ito, Isaho Kamata, Hidekazu Tsuchida, Hiroaki Fujibayashi, Hideyuki Uehigashi, Masami Naito, Kazukuni Hara, Hirofumi Aoki, Takahiro Kozawa
  • Patent number: 10896801
    Abstract: A multiple-electron-beam-image acquisition apparatus includes an electromagnetic lens to receive and refract multiple electron beams, an aberration corrector, disposed in a magnetic field of the electromagnetic lens, to correct aberration of the multiple electron beams, an aperture-substrate, disposed movably at the upstream of the aberration corrector with respect to an advancing direction of the multiple electron beams, to selectively make an individual beam of the multiple electron beams pass therethrough independently, a movable stage to dispose thereon the aberration corrector, a stage control circuit, using an image caused by the individual beam selectively made to pass, to move the stage to align the position of the aberration corrector to the multiple electron beams having been relatively aligned with the electromagnetic lens, and a detector to detect multiple secondary electron beams emitted because the target object surface is irradiated with multiple electron beams having passed through the aberrat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Inoue, Yoshihiro Izumi, Hidekazu Takekoshi
  • Publication number: 20210010959
    Abstract: Provided is an inspection apparatus including: an irradiation source irradiating a first pattern formed on an inspection target object with an electron beam; a detection circuit acquiring a first inspection image generated from the first pattern by irradiation; a filter circuit performing smoothing using a local region having a first size in a direction parallel to a first outline included in the first inspection image and a second size smaller than the first size in a direction perpendicular to the first outline and acquiring a second inspection image including a second outline generated by the smoothing; and a comparison circuit comparing the second inspection image with a predetermined reference image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Masataka SHIRATSUCHI, Riki OGAWA, Hiromu INOUE
  • Publication number: 20210013002
    Abstract: A multi-beam writing method includes performing the k-th tracking control (k being a natural number) by beam deflection in order to follow movement of the stage while collecting each beam of multiple beams, performing a plurality of shots of the multiple beams by the each beam simultaneously shifting in a rectangular or square irradiation region, which is surrounded by the size of the beam pitch and corresponding to the each beam, while performing the k-th tracking control, and returning, after the period of the k-th tracking control has passed, the tracking position to a position which is obtained by adding an offset of an integer multiple of the size of the beam pitch to the tracking starting position of the k-th tracking control where the k-th tracking control started, to be as a starting position of the (k+1)th tracking control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210013003
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a multi-beam writing method includes forming a beam array of a multi-beam, assigning sub-beam arrays to each of a plurality of sub-stripe regions, the sub-stripe regions being obtained by dividing a region on the substrate, and the sub-beam arrays being obtained by dividing the beam array, calculating an irradiation time modulation rate being used for each beam belonging to each of the sub-beam arrays, calculating a weight for each of the sub-beam arrays based on the irradiation time modulation rate for each of the beams belonging to a group of the sub-beam arrays, and assigning the calculated weight to the sub-beam array, and performing multiple writing on each of the sub-stripe regions by performing writing on each of the sub-stripe regions with the sub-beam arrays, based on the weight assigned to the sub-beam array and the irradiation time modulation rate of the beam belonging to the sub-beam array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20210005422
    Abstract: A multi-charged particle beam image acquisition apparatus includes an image acquisition mechanism, including a stage on which a target object is capable to be disposed and a deflector for deflecting multiple charged particle beams in array arrangement, configured to acquire, in a state where a scan region width to be scanned by each of the multiple beams has been set depending on an image averaging frequency, image data of each beam by scanning the target object with deflected multiple beams while relatively shifting a stage moving direction angle and an array arranging direction angle of the multiple beams from each other, and an averaging circuit configured to average, using image data of each beam, errors of the image data by superimposing image data of the same position at the image averaging frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro NAKASHIMA
  • Patent number: 10886103
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a data processing method is for processing data in a writing apparatus performing multiple writing by using multiple beams. The data is for controlling an irradiation amount for each beam. The method includes generating irradiation amount data for each of a plurality of layers, the irradiation amount data defining an irradiation amount for each of a plurality of irradiation position, and the plurality of layers corresponding to writing paths in multiple writing, performing a correction process on the irradiation amounts defined in the irradiation amount data provided for each layer, calculating a sum of the irradiation amounts for the respective irradiation positions defined in the corrected irradiation amount data, comparing the sums between the plurality of layers, and determining whether or not an error has occurred in the correction process based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kei Hasegawa, Yoshiaki Onimaru, Hayato Kimura
  • Patent number: 10884336
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a semiconductor device, includes dividing a pattern region of a desired pattern that is to be formed on a semiconductor substrate into a plurality of sub-regions; calculating combination condition including a shape of illumination light for transferring and a mask pattern obtained by correcting a partial pattern in the sub-region of the desired pattern formed on a mask used during transferring for each of the plurality of sub-regions, to make a dimension error of the partial pattern of each of the plurality of sub-regions smaller when transferred to the semiconductor substrate; and forming the desired pattern by making multiple exposures on the semiconductor substrate in such a way that the partial patterns of the sub-regions divided are sequentially transferred by transferring a pattern to the semiconductor substrate using the combination conditions calculated for each of the sub-regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Takayuki Abe