Patents by Inventor Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens

Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens 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: 11048174
    Abstract: A method, and associated apparatus and computer program, to determine corrections for a parameter of interest, such as critical dimension, of a patterning process. The method includes determining an exposure control correction for an exposure control parameter and, optionally, determining a process control correction for a process control parameter, based upon a measurement of the parameter of interest of a structure, and an exposure control relationship and a process control relationship. The exposure control relationship describes the dependence of the parameter of interest on the exposure control parameter and the process control relationship describes the dependence of the parameter of interest on the process control parameter. The exposure control correction and process control correction may be co-optimized to minimize variation of the parameter of interest of subsequent exposed and processed structures relative to a target parameter of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: ASML Netherlands B.V., LAM Research Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Kubis, Marinus Jochemsen, Richard Stephen Wise, Nader Shamma, Girish Anant Dixit, Liesbeth Reijnen, Ekaterina Mikhailovna Viatkina, Melisa Luca, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens
  • Publication number: 20210096476
    Abstract: A difficulty of contamination interfering with a grid plate positional measurement system is addressed. In one embodiment contamination is prevented from coming into contact with the grating or the sensor. In an embodiment, surface acoustic waves are used to detach contamination from a surface of the grating or sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS, Nicolaas TEN KATE
  • Patent number: 10962891
    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: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: 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: 10915689
    Abstract: A method including obtaining a measurement and/or simulation result of a pattern after being processed by an etch tool of a patterning system, determining a patterning error due to an etch loading effect based on the measurement and/or simulation result, and creating, by a computer system, modification information for modifying a patterning device and/or for adjusting a modification apparatus upstream in the patterning system from the etch tool based on the patterning error, wherein the patterning error is converted to a correctable error and/or reduced to a certain range, when the patterning device is modified according to the modification information and/or the modification apparatus is adjusted according to the modification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Ten Berge, Everhardus Cornelis Mos, Richard Johannes Franciscus Van Haren, Peter Hanzen Wardenier, Erik Jensen, Bernardo Kastrup, Michael Kubis, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, David Frans Simon Deckers, Wolfgang Helmut Henke, Joungchel Lee
  • Patent number: 10866530
    Abstract: A difficulty of contamination interfering with a grid plate positional measurement system is addressed. In one embodiment contamination is prevented from coming into contact with the grating or the sensor. In an embodiment, surface acoustic waves are used to detach contamination from a surface of the grating or sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Nicolaas Ten Kate
  • Patent number: 10788755
    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: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    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: 10761438
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus is disclosed in which a liquid supply system provides a liquid between the projection system and the substrate. An active drying station is provided to actively remove the liquid from the substrate W or other objects after immersion of all or part of a surface of the substrate W or other objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens
  • Patent number: 10739684
    Abstract: In immersion lithography after exposure of a substrate is complete, a detector is used to detect any residual liquid remaining on the substrate and/or substrate table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bob Streefkerk, Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens
  • Publication number: 20200233311
    Abstract: A method, and associated apparatus and computer program, to determine corrections for a parameter of interest, such as critical dimension, of a patterning process. The method includes determining an exposure control correction for an exposure control parameter and, optionally, determining a process control correction for a process control parameter, based upon a measurement of the parameter of interest of a structure, and an exposure control relationship and a process control relationship. The exposure control relationship describes the dependence of the parameter of interest on the exposure control parameter and the process control relationship describes the dependence of the parameter of interest on the process control parameter. The exposure control correction and process control correction may be co-optimized to minimize variation of the parameter of interest of subsequent exposed and processed structures relative to a target parameter of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Michael KUBIS, Marinus JOCHEMSEN, Richard Stephen WISE, Nader SHAMMA, Girish Anant DIXIT, Liesbeth REIJNEN, Ekaterina Mikhailovna VIATKINA, Melisa LUCA, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus MULKENS
  • Publication number: 20200225590
    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: December 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    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
  • Publication number: 20200218849
    Abstract: A defect prediction method for a device manufacturing process involving processing a portion of a design layout onto a substrate, the method including: identifying a hot spot from the portion of the design layout; determining a range of values of a processing parameter of the device manufacturing process for the hot spot, wherein when the processing parameter has a value outside the range, a defect is produced from the hot spot with the device manufacturing process; determining an actual value of the processing parameter; determining or predicting, using the actual value, existence, probability of existence, a characteristic, or a combination thereof, of a defect produced from the hot spot with the device manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Christophe David Fouquet, Bernardo Kastrup, Arie Jeffrey Den Boef, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, James Benedict Kavanagh, James Patrick Koonmen, Neal Patrick Callan
  • Patent number: 10705432
    Abstract: A substrate table of an immersion lithographic apparatus is disclosed which comprises a barrier configured to collect liquid. The barrier surrounds the substrate and is spaced apart from the substrate. In this way any liquid which is spilt from the liquid supply system can be collected to reduce the risk of contamination of delicate components of the lithographic projection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Aleksey Yurievich Kolesnychenko, Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Hans Jansen, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Felix Godfried Peter Peeters, Bob Streefkerk, Franciscus Johannes Herman Maria Teunissen, Helmar Van Santen
  • Patent number: 10649341
    Abstract: An immersion lithographic apparatus is disclosed that includes a fluid supply system configured to supply a fluid, the fluid supply system having a chamber with a plurality of inlet holes in a first side wall and a plurality of outlet holes in a second side wall, the first side wall facing the second side wall, wherein the inlet holes direct fluid entering the chamber in a direction towards areas of the second side wall between the plurality of outlet holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Clemens Johannes Gerardus Van Den Dungen, Nicolaas Franciscus Koppelaars, Martinus Hendrikus Antonius Leenders, Paulus Martinus Maria Liebregts, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Erik Henricus Egidius Catharina Eummelen, Marcel Beckers, Richard Moerman, Cédric Désiré Grouwstra, Danny Maria Hubertus Philips, Remko Jan Peter Verhees, Pieter Mulder, Evert Van Vliet
  • Patent number: 10620545
    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: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: 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
  • Patent number: 10579772
    Abstract: A computer-implemented defect prediction method for a device manufacturing process involving processing a portion of a design layout onto a substrate, the method including: identifying a hot spot from the portion of the design layout; determining a range of values of a processing parameter of the device manufacturing process for the hot spot, wherein when the processing parameter has a value outside the range, a defect is produced from the hot spot with the device manufacturing process; determining an actual value of the processing parameter; determining or predicting, using the actual value, existence, probability of existence, a characteristic, or a combination thereof, of a defect produced from the hot spot with the device manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Christophe David Fouquet, Bernardo Kastrup, Arie Jeffrey Den Boef, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, James Benedict Kavanagh, James Patrick Koonmen, Neal Patrick Callan
  • Patent number: 10527955
    Abstract: Liquid is supplied to a space between the projection system and the substrate by an inlet. In an embodiment, an overflow region removes liquid above a given level. The overflow region may be arranged above the inlet and thus the liquid may be constantly refreshed and the pressure in the liquid may remain substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Bob Streefkerk, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Erik Theodorus Maria Bijlaart, Aleksey Yurievich Kolesnychenko, Erik Roelof Loopstra, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Bernardus Antonius Slaghekke, Patricius Aloysius Jacobus Tinnemans, Helmar Van Santen
  • Patent number: 10509326
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cleaning the inside of an immersion lithographic apparatus is disclosed. In particular, a liquid supply system of the lithographic apparatus may be used to introduce a cleaning fluid into a space between the projection system and the substrate table of the lithographic apparatus. Additionally or alternatively, a cleaning device may be provided on the substrate table and an ultrasonic emitter may be provided to create an ultrasonic cleaning liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hans Jansen, Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Marco Koert Stavenga, Bob Streefkerk, Jan Cornelis Van Der Hoeven, Cedric Desire Grouwstra
  • Patent number: 10503084
    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: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: 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: 10495981
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a lithographic projection apparatus has an off-axis image field and a concave refractive lens as the final element of the projection system. The concave lens can be cut-away in parts not used optically to prevent bubbles from being trapped under the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Bob Streefkerk
  • Patent number: 10495980
    Abstract: A projection optical system for an immersion exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate with an illumination light through the projection optical system and a liquid, the projection optical system includes: a plurality of reflective and refractive optical elements through which the illumination light passes, the plurality of reflective and refractive optical elements having a final lens, through which the illumination light passes, the final lens having a light emitting surface through a part of which the illumination light passes, the part of the light emitting surface being in contact with the liquid, wherein the image is projected in a projection region, a center of the projection region is away from an optical axis of the projection optical system with respect to a first direction perpendicular to the optical axis, and a center of the light emitting surface is away from the optical axis with respect to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Bob Streefkerk