Patents by Inventor Alexander Straaijer

Alexander Straaijer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180136570
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, computer program and associated apparatuses for measuring a parameter of a lithographic process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Si-Han ZENG, Yue-Lin PENG, Jen-Yu FANG, Arie Jeffrey DEN BOEF, Alexander STRAAIJER, Ching-Yi HUNG, Patrick WARNAAR
  • Publication number: 20180129143
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus includes a support structure configured to hold a patterning device, the patterning device configured to pattern a beam of radiation according to a desired pattern; a substrate table configured to hold a substrate; a projection system configured to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of the substrate; a liquid supply system configured to provide liquid to a space between the projection system and the substrate; and a shutter configured to isolate the space from the substrate or a space to be occupied by a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Alexander HOOGENDAM, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus DONDERS, Joeri LOF, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Hans JANSEN, Jacobus Johannus Leonardus Hendricus VERSPAY, Alexander STRAAIJER, Bob STREEFKERK
  • Patent number: 9910366
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of measuring a parameter of a lithographic process, and associated inspection apparatus. The method comprises measuring at least two target structures on a substrate using a plurality of different illumination conditions, the target structures having deliberate overlay biases; to obtain for each target structure an asymmetry measurement representing an overall asymmetry that includes contributions due to (i) the deliberate overlay biases, (ii) an overlay error during forming of the target structure and (iii) any feature asymmetry. A regression analysis is performed on the asymmetry measurement data by fitting a linear regression model to a planar representation of asymmetry measurements for one target structure against asymmetry measurements for another target structure, the linear regression model not necessarily being fitted through an origin of the planar representation. The overlay error can then be determined from a gradient described by the linear regression model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Scott Anderson Middlebrooks, Niels Geypen, Hendrik Jan Hidde Smilde, Alexander Straaijer, Maurits Van Der Schaar, Markus Gerardus Martinus Maria Van Kraaij
  • Publication number: 20180046089
    Abstract: In a lithographic apparatus, a localized area of the substrate surface under a projection system is immersed in liquid. The height of a liquid supply system above the surface of the substrate can be varied using actuators. A control system uses feedforward or feedback control with input of the surface height of the substrate to maintain the liquid supply system at a predetermined height above the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob STREEFKERK, Johannes Jacobus Matheus BASELMANS, Henrikus Herman Marie COX, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus DONDERS, Christiaan Alexander HOOGENDAM, Joeri LOF, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria MERTENS, Frits VAN DER MEDLEN, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Gerardus Petrus Matthijs VAN NUNEN, Klaus SIMON, Bernardus Antonius SLAGHEKKE, Alexander STRAAIJER, Jan-Gerard Cornelis VAN DER TOORN, Martijn HOUKES
  • Patent number: 9885965
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus includes a support structure configured to hold a patterning device, the patterning device configured to pattern a beam of radiation according to a desired pattern; a substrate table configured to hold a substrate; a projection system configured to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of the substrate; a liquid supply system configured to provide liquid to a space between the projection system and the substrate; and a shutter configured to isolate the space from the substrate or a space to be occupied by a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Joeri Lof, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Hans Jansen, Jacobus Johannus Leonardus Hendricus Verspay, Alexander Straaijer, Bob Streefkerk
  • Patent number: 9869940
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, computer program and associated apparatuses for measuring a parameter of a lithographic process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Si-Han Zeng, Yue-Lin Peng, Jen-Yu Fang, Arie Jeffrey Den Boef, Alexander Straaijer, Ching-Yi Hung, Patrick Warnaar
  • Publication number: 20170343904
    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: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    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
  • Publication number: 20170329240
    Abstract: An immersion lithography apparatus comprises a temperature controller configured to adjust a temperature of a projection system, a substrate and a liquid towards a common target temperature. Controlling the temperature of these elements and reducing temperature gradients may improve imaging consistency and general lithographic performance. Measures to control the temperature may include controlling the immersion liquid flow rate and liquid temperature, for example, via a feedback circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob STREEFKERK, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Joeri LOF, Klaus SIMON, Alexander STRAAIJER
  • Patent number: 9798246
    Abstract: In a lithographic apparatus, a localized area of the substrate surface under a projection system is immersed in liquid. The height of a liquid supply system above the surface of the substrate can be varied using actuators. A control system uses feedforward or feedback control with input of the surface height of the substrate to maintain the liquid supply system at a predetermined height above the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Henrikus Herman Marie Cox, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Joeri Lof, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Frits Van Der Meulen, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Gerardus Petrus Matthijs Van Nunen, Klaus Simon, Bernardus Antonius Slaghekke, Alexander Straaijer, Jan-Gerard Cornelis Van Der Toorn, Martijn Houkes
  • Publication number: 20170242347
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus includes a support structure configured to hold a patterning device, the patterning device configured to pattern a beam of radiation according to a desired pattern; a substrate table configured to hold a substrate; a projection system configured to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of the substrate; a liquid supply system configured to provide liquid to a space between the projection system and the substrate; and a shutter configured to isolate the space from the substrate or a space to be occupied by a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Alexander HOOGENDAM, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus DONDERS, Joeri LOF, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Hans JANSEN, Jacobus Johannus Leonardus Hendricus VERSPAY, Alexander STRAAIJER, Bob STREEFKERK
  • Patent number: 9740107
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: 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: 9733575
    Abstract: An immersion lithography apparatus comprises a temperature controller configured to adjust a temperature of a projection system, a substrate and a liquid towards a common target temperature. Controlling the temperature of these elements and reducing temperature gradients may improve imaging consistency and general lithographic performance. Measures to control the temperature may include controlling the immersion liquid flow rate and liquid temperature, for example, via a feedback circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Joeri Lof, Klaus Simon, Alexander Straaijer
  • Publication number: 20170102621
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus is disclosed in which a space between the projection system and a sensor is filled with a liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri LOF, Hans BUTLER, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus DONDERS, Aleksey Yurievich KOLESNYCHENKO, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Hendricus Johannes Maria MEIJER, Johannes Catherinus Hubertus MULKENS, Roelof Aeilko Siebranc RITSEMA, Frank VAN SCHAIK, Timotheus Franciscus SENGERS, Klaus SIMON, Joannes Theodoor DE SMIT, Alexander STRAAIJER, Bob STREEFKERK, Erik Theodorus Maria BIJLAART, Christiaan Alexander HOOGENDAM, Helmar VAN SANTEN, Marcus Adrianus VAN DE KERKHOF, Mark KROON, Arie Jeffrey DEN BOEF, Joost Jeroen OTTENS, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria MERTENS
  • Patent number: 9588442
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus includes a support structure configured to hold a patterning device, the patterning device configured to pattern a beam of radiation according to a desired pattern; a substrate table configured to hold a substrate; a projection system configured to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of the substrate; a liquid supply system configured to provide liquid to a space between the projection system and the substrate; and a shutter configured to isolate the space from the substrate or a space to be occupied by a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Joeri Lof, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Hans Jansen, Jacobus Johannus Leonardus Hendricus Verspay, Alexander Straaijer, Bob Streefkerk
  • Publication number: 20170010545
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus is disclosed in which a space between the projection system and the substrate is filled with a liquid. An edge seal member at least partly surrounds the substrate or other object on a substrate table to prevent liquid loss when edge portions of the substrate or other object are, for example, imaged or illuminated. A lithographic projection apparatus includes a support structure configured to hold a patterning device, the patterning device configured to pattern a beam of radiation according to a desired pattern; a substrate table configured to hold a substrate; a projection system configured to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of the substrate; a liquid supply system configured to provide liquid to a space between the projection system and the substrate; and a shutter configured to isolate the space from the substrate or a space to be occupied by a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri LOF, Erik Theodorus Maria Bijlaart, Hans Butler, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, 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, Bob Streefkerk, Helmar Van Santen, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Hans Jansen, Jacobus Johannus Leonardus Hendricus Verspay
  • Patent number: 9541843
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus and device manufacturing method is disclosed in which a space between a projection system and an object on a substrate table, is at least partly filled with a liquid. A sensor is positioned to be illuminated by a beam of radiation once it has passed through the liquid. An edge seal member may be provided to at least partly surround an edge of the sensor and to provide a primary surface facing the projection system substantially co-planar with a primary surface of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri Lof, Erik Theodorus Maria Bijlaart, Roelof Aeilko Siebrand Ritsema, Frank Van Schaik, Timotheus Franciscus Sengers, Klaus Simon, Joannes Theodoor De Smit, Arie Jeffrey Maria Den Boef, Hans Butler, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Marcus Adrianus Van De Kerkhof, Aleksey Yurievich Kolesnychenko, Mark Kroon, Joost Jeroen Ottens, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Hendricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Alexander Straaijer, Bob Streefkerk, Helmar Van Santen
  • Patent number: 9482966
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus is disclosed in which a space between the projection system and the substrate is filled with a liquid. An edge seal member at least partly surrounds the substrate or other object on a substrate table to prevent liquid loss when edge portions of the substrate or other object are, for example, imaged or illuminated. A lithographic projection apparatus includes a support structure configured to hold a patterning device, the patterning device configured to pattern a beam of radiation according to a desired pattern; a substrate table configured to hold a substrate; a projection system configured to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of the substrate; a liquid supply system configured to provide liquid to a space between the projection system and the substrate; and a shutter configured to isolate the space from the substrate or a space to be occupied by a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri Lof, Erik Theodorus Maria Bijlaart, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Hendricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Roelof Aeilko Siebrand Ritsema, Timotheus Franciscus Sengers, Klaus Simon, Joannes Theodoor De Smit, Alexander Straaijer, Bob Streefkerk
  • Publication number: 20160313654
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, computer program and associated apparatuses for measuring a parameter of a lithographic process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Si-Han ZENG, Yue-Lin PENG, Jen-Yu FANG, Arie Jeffrey DEN BOEF, Alexander STRAAIJER, Ching-Yi HUNG, Patrick WARNAAR
  • Patent number: 9477160
    Abstract: In a lithographic apparatus, a localized area of the substrate surface under a projection system is immersed in liquid. The height of a liquid supply system above the surface of the substrate can be varied using actuators. A control system uses feedforward or feedback control with input of the surface height of the substrate to maintain the liquid supply system at a predetermined height above the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Henrikus Herman Marie Cox, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Joeri Lof, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Frits Van Der Meulen, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Gerardus Petrus Matthijs Van Nunen, Klaus Simon, Bernardus Antonius Slaghekke, Alexander Straaijer, Jan-Gerard Cornelis Van Der Toorn, Martijn Houkes
  • Publication number: 20160299440
    Abstract: In a lithographic apparatus, a localized area of the substrate surface under a projection system is immersed in liquid. The height of a liquid supply system above the surface of the substrate can be varied using actuators. A control system uses feedforward or feedback control with input of the surface height of the substrate to maintain the liquid supply system at a predetermined height above the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob STREEFKERK, Johannes Jacobus Matheus BASELMANS, Henrikus Herman Marie COX, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus DONDERS, Christiaan Alexander HOOGENDAM, Joeri LOF, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria MERTENS, Frits VAN DER MEULEN, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Gerardus Petrus Matthijs VAN NUNEN, Klaus SIMON, Bernardus Antonius SLAGHEKKE, Alexander STRAAIJER, Jan-Gerard Cornelis VAN DER TOORN, Martijn HOUKES