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: 20160282726
    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: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob STREEFKERK, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Joeri LOF, Klaus SIMON, Alexander STRAAIJER
  • Publication number: 20160282727
    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: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri LOF, Hans BUTLER, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus DONDERS, Aleksey Yurievich KOLESNYCHENKO, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Hendricus Johannes Maria MElJER, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria MERTENS, Johannes Catharinus Hubertu MULKENS, Roelof Aeilko Siebrand RITSEMA, Frank VAN SCHAIK, Timotheus Franciscus SENGERS, Klaus SIMON, Joannes Theodoor DE SMIT, Alexander STRAAIJER, Helmar VAN SANTEN
  • Publication number: 20160274473
    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: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    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: 9383655
    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: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Joeri Lof, Klaus Simon, Alexander Straaijer
  • Patent number: 9366972
    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: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    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
  • Publication number: 20160161864
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of measuring a parameter of a litho-graphic 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: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Applicant: 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
  • Patent number: 9360765
    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: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    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: 20150362844
    Abstract: In a lithographic projection apparatus, a structure surrounds a space between the projection system and a substrate table of the lithographic projection apparatus. A gas seal is formed between said structure and the surface of said substrate to contain liquid in the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri LOF, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Christiaan Alexander HOOGENDAM, Aleksey KOLESNYCHENKO, Erik Roelof LOOPSTRA, Theodorus Marinus MODDERMAN, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Roelof Aeilko Siebrand RITSEMA, Klaus SIMON, Joannes Theodoor DE SMIT, Alexander STRAAIJER, Bob STREEFKERK, Helmar VAN SANTEN
  • Publication number: 20150338748
    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: August 3, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    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: 9152058
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus including a movable table, a member, movably separate from the table and located on a top surface of the table, to provide a surface substantially co-planar with a top surface of an object in or on the table, a projection system configured to project a radiation beam onto a radiation-sensitive target portion of a substrate, and a liquid supply system configured to provide a liquid to a space between the projection system and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    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 Kolensnychenko, Mark Kroon, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Hendricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Joost Jeroen Ottens, Alexander Straaijer, Bob Streefkerk, Helmar Van Santen
  • Publication number: 20150261102
    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: April 30, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    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: 9097987
    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: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    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: 9091940
    Abstract: In a lithographic projection apparatus, a structure surrounds a space between the projection system and a substrate table of the lithographic projection apparatus. A gas seal is formed between said structure and the surface of said substrate to contain liquid in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Aleksey Yurievich Kolesnychenko, Joeri Lof, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Theodorus Marinus Modderman, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Roelof Aeilko Siebrand Ritsema, Klaus Simon, Alexander Straaijer, Bob Streefkerk, Joannes Theodoor De Smit, Helmar Van Santen
  • Patent number: 9081299
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus including a liquid supply system configured to provide a liquid to a space between the projection system and an object, and a movable table having a recess, the recess including therein the object or a surface to hold and support the object, wherein a gap opening into which the liquid can enter is defined between a peripheral wall of the recess and the object, and the recess further including a fluid opening, below the gap opening, to remove the liquid entering the gap opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    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, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Hendricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Joost Jeroen Ottens, Alexander Straaijer, Bob Streefkerk, Helmar Van Santen
  • Publication number: 20150168850
    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: February 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    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 Mattijs Van Nunen, Klaus Simon, Bernardus Antonius Slaghekke, Alexander Straaijer, Jan-Gerard Cornelis Van Der Toorn, Martijn Houkes
  • Patent number: 9057967
    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 projection system configured 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 configured 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 configured 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: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    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
  • Publication number: 20150070668
    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: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Bob STREEFKERK, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria DERKSEN, Joeri LOF, Klaus SIMON, Alexander STRAAIJER
  • Patent number: 8964164
    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: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    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
  • Patent number: 8913223
    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 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Joeri Lof, Klaus Simon, Alexander Straaijer
  • Patent number: 8823920
    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: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Antonius Theodorus Anna Maria Derksen, Joeri Lof, Klaus Simon, Alexander Straaijer