Patents by Inventor David W. Myers

David W. Myers 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).

  • Patent number: 7567607
    Abstract: An oscillator-amplifier gas discharge laser system and method is disclosed which may comprise a first laser unit which may comprise a first discharge region which may contain an excimer or molecular fluorine lasing gas medium; a first pair of electrodes defining the first discharge region containing the lasing gas medium, a line narrowing unit for narrowing a spectral bandwidth of output laser light pulse beam pulses produced in said first discharge region; a second laser unit which may comprise a second discharge chamber which may contain an excimer or molecular fluorine lasing gas medium; a second pair of electrodes defining the second discharge region containing the lasing gas medium; a pulse power system providing electrical pulses to the first pair of electrodes and to the second pair of electrodes producing gas discharges in the lasing gas medium between the respective first and second pair of electrodes, and laser parameter control mechanism modifying a selected parameter of a selected laser output lig
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Richard L. Sandstrom, Palash P. Das, Stuart L. Anderson, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Eckehard D. Onkels, Richard M. Ness, Scot T. Smith, William G. Hulburd, Jeffrey Oicles
  • Patent number: 7323703
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described which may comprise a plasma produced extreme ultraviolet (“EUV”) light source multilayer collector which may comprise a plasma formation chamber; a shell within the plasma formation chamber in the form of a collector shape having a focus; the shell having a sufficient size and thermal mass to carry operating heat away from the multilayer reflector and to radiate the heat from the surface of the shell on a side of the shell opposite from the focus. The material of the shell may comprise a material selected from a group which may comprise silicon carbide, silicon, Zerodur or ULE glass, aluminum, beryllium, molybdenum, copper and nickel. The apparatus and method may comprise at least one radiative heater directed at the shell to maintain the steady state temperature of the shell within a selected range of operating temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: I. Roger Oliver, William N. Partlo, Igor V. Fomenkov, Alexander I. Ershov, Norbert Bowering, John Viatella, David W. Myers
  • Patent number: 7317196
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described for effectively and efficiently providing plasma irradiation laser light pulses in an LPP EUV light source which may comprise a laser initial target irradiation pulse generating mechanism irradiating a plasma initiation target with an initial target irradiation pulse to form an EUV generating plasma having an emission region emitting in-band EUV light; a laser plasma irradiation pulse generating mechanism irradiating the plasma with a plasma irradiation pulse after the initial target irradiation pulse so as to compress emission material in the plasma toward the emission region of the plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Partlo, Daniel J. W. Brown, Igor V. Fomenkov, Alexander I. Ershov, David W. Myers
  • Patent number: 7218661
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in a F2 laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Richard L. Sandstrom, German E. Rylov, Eckehard D. Onkels, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Richard M. Ness, Scot T. Smith, William G. Hulburd
  • Patent number: 7164144
    Abstract: A laser produced plasma (“LPP”) extreme ultraviolet (“EUV”) light source control system comprises a target delivery system adapted to deliver moving plasma initiation targets and an EUV light collection optic having a focus defining a desired plasma initiation site, a target tracking and feedback system comprising: at least one imaging device providing as an output an image of a target stream track, and a stream track error detector detecting an error in the position of the target stream track in at least one axis generally perpendicular to the target stream track from a desired stream track intersecting the desired plasma initiation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Cymer Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Partlo, Norbert Bowering, Alexander I. Ershov, Igor V. Fomenkov, David W. Myers, Ian Roger Oliver, John Viatella, Robert N. Jacques
  • Patent number: 7141806
    Abstract: An EUV light source collector erosion mitigation method and apparatus for a collector comprising a multilayered mirror collector comprising a collector outer surface composed of a capping material subject to removal due to a removing interaction with materials created in an EUV light-creating plasma, is disclosed which may comprise including within an EUV plasma source material a replacement material. The replacement material may comprise the same material as the capping material of the multilayered mirror. The replacement material may comprise a material that is essentially transparent to light in a selected band of EUV light, e.g., a spectrum of EUV light generated in a plasma of a plasma source material. The replacement material may comprise a material not susceptible to being etched by an etching material used to remove deposited plasma source material from the collector, e.g., a halogen etchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Partlo, Alexander I. Ershov, Igor V. Fomenkov, David W. Myers, William Oldham
  • Patent number: 7061961
    Abstract: An oscillator-amplifier gas discharge laser system and method is disclosed which may comprise a first laser unit which may comprise a first discharge region which may contain an excimer or molecular fluorine lasing gas medium; a first pair of electrodes defining the first discharge region containing the lasing gas medium, a line narrowing unit for narrowing a spectral bandwidth of output laser light pulse beam pulses produced in said first discharge region; a second laser unit which may comprise a second discharge chamber which may contain an excimer or molecular fluorine lasing gas medium; a second pair of electrodes defining the second discharge region containing the lasing gas medium; a pulse power system providing electrical pulses to the first pair of electrodes and to the second pair of electrodes producing gas discharges in the lasing gas medium between the respective first and second pair of electrodes, and laser parameter control mechanism modifying a selected parameter of a selected laser output lig
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Richard L. Sandstrom, Palash P. Das, Stuart L. Anderson, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Eckehard D. Onkels, Richard M. Ness, Scot T. Smith, William G. Hulburd, Jeffrey Oicles
  • Patent number: 7058107
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in a F2 laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Richard L. Sandstrom, German E. Rylov, Eckehard D. Onkels, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Richard M. Ness, Scott T. Smith, William G. Hulburd
  • Publication number: 20040258122
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in a F2 laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Richard L. Sandstrom, German E. Rylov, Eckehard D. Onkels, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Richard M. Ness, Scot T. Smith, William G. Hulburd
  • Patent number: 6801560
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in a F2 laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Richard L. Sandstrom, German E. Rylov, Eckehard D. Onkels, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Richard M. Ness, Scott T. Smith, William G. Hulburd
  • Publication number: 20040174919
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in a F2 laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Richard L. Sandstrom, German E. Rylov, Eckehard D. Onkels, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Richard M. Ness, Scott T. Smith, William G. Hulburd
  • Publication number: 20040047385
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in an ArF excimer laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J.W. Brown, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Richard L. Sandstrom, Palash P. Das, Stuart L. Anderson, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Eckehard D. Onkels, Richard M. Ness, Scott T. Smith, William G. Hulburd, Jeffrey Oicles
  • Patent number: 6625191
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in an ArF excimer laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. W. Brown, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Richard L. Sandstrom, Palash P. Das, Stuart L. Anderson, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Eckehard D. Onkels, Richard M. Ness, Scott T. Smith, William G. Hulburd, Jeffrey Oicles
  • Patent number: 6567450
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in an ArF excimer laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Myers, Herve A. Besaucele, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Richard L. Sandstrom, Palash P. Das, Stuart L. Anderson, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Xiaojiang J. Pan, Eckehard D. Onkels, Richard M. Ness, Daniel J. W. Brown
  • Publication number: 20020154668
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in an ArF excimer laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J. w. Brown, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Richard L. Sandstrom, Palash P. Das, Stuart L. Anderson, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Eckehard D. Onkels, Richard M. Ness, Scott T. Smith, William G. Hulburd, Jeffrey Oicles
  • Publication number: 20020154671
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in a F2 laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: David S. Knowles, Daniel J.W. Brown, Richard L. Sandstrom, German E. Rylov, Eckehard D. Onkels, Herve A. Besaucele, David W. Myers, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Richard M. Ness, Scott T. Smith, William G. Hulburd
  • Publication number: 20020044586
    Abstract: An injection seeded modular gas discharge laser system capable of producing high quality pulsed laser beams at pulse rates of about 4,000 Hz or greater and at pulse energies of about 5 mJ or greater. Two separate discharge chambers are provided, one of which is a part of a master oscillator producing a very narrow band seed beam which is amplified in the second discharge chamber. The chambers can be controlled separately permitting separate optimization of wavelength parameters in the master oscillator and optimization of pulse energy parameters in the amplifying chamber. A preferred embodiment in an ArF excimer laser system configured as a MOPA and specifically designed for use as a light source for integrated circuit lithography. In the preferred MOPA embodiment, each chamber comprises a single tangential fan providing sufficient gas flow to permit operation at pulse rates of 4000 Hz or greater by clearing debris from the discharge region in less time than the approximately 0.25 milliseconds between pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: David W. Myers, Herve A. Besaucele, Alexander I. Ershov, William N. Partlo, Richard L. Sandstrom, Palash P. Das, Stuart L. Anderson, Igor V. Fomenkov, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Xiaojiang J. Pan, Eckehard D. Onkels, Richard M. Ness, Daniel J.W. Brown
  • Patent number: 6128323
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reliable modular production quality excimer laser capable of producing 10 mJ laser pulses at 2000 Hz with a full width half, maximum bandwidth of about 0.6 pm or less. Replaceable modules include a laser chamber; a pulse power system comprised of three modules; an optical resonator comprised of a line narrowing module and an output coupler module; a wavemeter module, an electrical control module, a cooling water module and a gas control module. Improvements in the laser chamber permitting the higher pulse rates and improved bandwidth performance include a single upstream preionizer tube and a high efficiency chamber. The chamber is designed for operation at lower fluorine concentration. Important improvements have been provided in the pulse power unit to produce faster rise time and improved pulse energy control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Cymer, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Myers, Herve A. Besaucele, Palash P. Das, Thomas P. Duffey, Alexander I. Ershov, Igor V. Fomenkov, Thomas Hofmann, Richard G. Morton, Richard M. Ness, Peter C. Newman, Robert G. Ozarski, Gamaralalage G. Padmabandu, William N. Partlo, Daniel A. Rothweil, Richard L. Sandstrom, Paul S. Thompson, Richard C. Ujazdowski, Tom A. Watson, R. Kyle Webb, Paolo Zambon
  • Patent number: 5525799
    Abstract: A gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) for use as a field portable organic chemical analysis instrument. The GC-MS is designed to be contained in a standard size suitcase, weighs less than 70 pounds, and requires less than 600 watts of electrical power at peak power (all systems on). The GC-MS includes: a conduction heated, forced air cooled small bore capillary gas chromatograph, a small injector assembly, a self-contained ion/sorption pump vacuum system, a hydrogen supply, a dual computer system used to control the hardware and acquire spectrum data, and operational software used to control the pumping system and the gas chromatograph. This instrument incorporates a modified commercial quadrupole mass spectrometer to achieve the instrument sensitivity and mass resolution characteristic of laboratory bench top units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Brian D. Andresen, Joel D. Eckels, James F. Kimmons, David W. Myers
  • Patent number: 5153433
    Abstract: A portable mass spectrometer is described having one or more electrostatic focusing sectors and a magnetic focusing sector, all of which are positioned inside a vacuum chamber, and all of which may be adjusted via adjustment means accessible from outside the vacuum chamber. Mounting of the magnetic sector entirely within the vacuum chamber permits smaller magnets to be used, thus permitting reductions in both weight and bulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Brian D. Andresen, Joel D. Eckels, James F. Kimmons, Walter H. Martin, David W. Myers, Robert F. Keville