Patents by Inventor Matthew E Colburn

Matthew E Colburn 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: 10274651
    Abstract: A three-dimensional diffraction grating is generated by selective deposition and/or selective etching. The three-dimensional diffraction grating includes a substrate and a plurality of structures located at different positions on the substrate. The structures have different materials. Edges of at least some of the structures are aligned. The three-dimensional diffraction grating includes different materials and aligned edges in all three dimensions. With the different materials and aligned edges, the three-dimensional diffraction gratings is configured to eliminate display artifacts, such as ghost, rainbow, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, Giuseppe Calafiore, Matthew E. Colburn, Austin Lane, Matthieu Charles Raoul Leibovici
  • Publication number: 20180350599
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 10121661
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180292656
    Abstract: An electronic display assembly includes a display element and a corrective element coupled to the display element. The display element has a first plurality of sub-pixels of a first type and a second plurality of sub-pixels of a second type. Two adjacent sub-pixels of the first plurality of sub-pixel are separated by a sub-pixel distance. The corrective element has a plurality of features configured to diffuse light emitted by the first plurality of sub-pixels such that an apparent distance between the two adjacent sub-pixels of the first type, viewed at a viewing distance away from the electronic display assembly, is less than the sub-pixel distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Ying Geng, Jacques Gollier, Alexander Sohn, Matthew E. Colburn
  • Patent number: 10083864
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive lines comprises forming a hardmask on an insulator layer, a planarizing layer on the hardmask, and a hardmask on the planarizing layer, removing exposed portions of a layer of sacrificial mandrel material to form first and second sacrificial mandrels on the hardmask, and depositing a layer of spacer material in the gap, and over exposed portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels and the hardmask. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited between the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A portion of the filler material is removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose portions of the hardmask. A trench is formed in the insulator layer, and the trench is filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180233408
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive lines comprises forming a hardmask on an insulator layer, a planarizing layer on the hardmask, and a hardmask on the planarizing layer, removing exposed portions of a layer of sacrificial mandrel material to form first and second sacrificial mandrels on the hardmask, and depositing a layer of spacer material in the gap, and over exposed portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels and the hardmask. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited between the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A portion of the filler material is removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose portions of the hardmask. A trench is formed in the insulator layer, and the trench is filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A.M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180233403
    Abstract: An interconnect structure having a pitch of less than 40 nanometers and a self-aligned quadruple patterning process for forming the interconnect structure includes three types of lines: a ? line defined by a patterned bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; a ? line defined by location underneath a top mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; and an ? line defined by elimination located underneath neither the top mandrel or the bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process. The interconnect structure further includes multi-track jogs selected from a group consisting of a ??? jog; a ??? jog; and ??? jog; a ??? jog, and combinations thereof. The first and third positions refer to the uncut line and the second position refers to the cut line in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A.M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180197738
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9991156
    Abstract: An interconnect structure having a pitch of less than 40 nanometers and a self-aligned quadruple patterning process for forming the interconnect structure includes three types of lines: a ? line defined by a patterned bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; a ? line defined by location underneath a top mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; and an ? line defined by elimination located underneath neither the top mandrel or the bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process. The interconnect structure further includes multi-track jogs selected from a group consisting of a ??? jog; a ??? jog; an ??? jog; a ??? jog, and combinations thereof. The first and third positions refer to the uncut line and the second position refers to the cut line in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9972533
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive contacts on a wafer comprises forming a first hardmask, planarizing layer, second hardmask, and a layer of sacrificial mandrel material, and removing portions of the layer of sacrificial mandrel material to expose portions of the second hardmask and form a first and second sacrificial mandrel. Spacers are formed adjacent to the sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited on the second hardmask, and a first mask is formed on the filler material. An exposed portion of the second sacrificial mandrel is removed to form a first cavity. The depth of the first cavity is increased. The first mask, portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels, the filler material, portions of the second hardmask, the spacers, portions of the planarization layer and the first hardmask are removed. A second cavity is formed and the first and second cavities are filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9934970
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180025943
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive contacts on a wafer comprises forming a first hardmask, planarizing layer, second hardmask, and a layer of sacrificial mandrel material, and removing portions of the layer of sacrificial mandrel material to expose portions of the second hardmask and form a first and second sacrificial mandrel. Spacers are formed adjacent to the sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited on the second hardmask, and a first mask is formed on the filler material. An exposed portion of the second sacrificial mandrel is removed to form a first cavity. The depth of the first cavity is increased. The first mask, portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels, the filler material, portions of the second hardmask, the spacers, portions of the planarization layer and the first hardmask are removed. A second cavity is formed and the first and second cavities are filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180005885
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive lines comprises forming a hardmask on an insulator layer, a planarizing layer on the hardmask, and a hardmask on the planarizing layer, removing exposed portions of a layer of sacrificial mandrel material to form first and second sacrificial mandrels on the hardmask, and depositing a layer of spacer material in the gap, and over exposed portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels and the hardmask. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited between the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A portion of the filler material is removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose portions of the hardmask. A trench is formed in the insulator layer, and the trench is filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A.M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9852946
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive lines on a wafer comprises forming a first sacrificial mandrel and a second sacrificial mandrel. Spacers are formed adjacent to the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited on the second hardmask. A first mask is formed on a portion of the second sacrificial mandrel. A first cavity and a second cavity are formed that expose portions of the second hardmask, and exposed portions of the second mask and exposed portions of the filler material are removed to expose portions of the first hardmask. Exposed portions of the first hardmask, the planarizing layer and the first hardmask are removed to expose portions of the insulator layer. Exposed portions of the insulator layer are removed to form a trench in the insulator layer and the trench is filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20170358492
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive lines on a wafer comprises forming a first sacrificial mandrel and a second sacrificial mandrel. Spacers are formed adjacent to the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited on the second hardmask. A first mask is formed on a portion of the second sacrificial mandrel. A first cavity and a second cavity are formed that expose portions of the second hardmask, and exposed portions of the second mask and exposed portions of the filler material are removed to expose portions of the first hardmask. Exposed portions of the first hardmask, the planarizing layer and the first hardmask are removed to expose portions of the insulator layer. Exposed portions of the insulator layer are removed to form a trench in the insulator layer and the trench is filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9842737
    Abstract: Methods for modifying a spacer and/or spaces between spacers to enable a fin cut mask to be dropped between the spacers are provided. A first set of second mandrel structures having a first width is formed on facing sidewall surfaces of a neighboring pair of first mandrel structures and a second set of second mandrel structures having a second width less than the first width are formed on non-facing sidewall surfaces of the neighboring pair of first mandrel structures. Each first mandrel structure is removed and a spacer is formed on a sidewall surface of the first and second sets of second mandrel structures. In the region between the neighboring pair of first mandrel structure, a merged spacer is formed. The first and second sets of second mandrel structures are removed. A portion of an underlying substrate can be patterned utilizing each spacer and the merged spacer as etch masks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Fee Li Lie, Stuart A. Sieg
  • Publication number: 20170352585
    Abstract: An interconnect structure having a pitch of less than 40 nanometers and a self-aligned quadruple patterning process for forming the interconnect structure includes three types of lines: a ? line defined by a patterned bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; a ? line defined by location underneath a top mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; and an ? line defined by elimination located underneath neither the top mandrel or the bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process. The interconnect structure further includes multi-track jogs selected from a group consisting of a ??? jog; a ??? jog; an ??? jog; a ??? jog, and combinations thereof. The first and third positions refer to the uncut line and the second position refers to the cut line in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A.M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9779944
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a plurality of mandrels on a dielectric layer, conformally depositing a spacer layer on the plurality of mandrels, removing a portion of the spacer layer from a top surface of at least one of the plurality of mandrels, removing the at least one of the plurality of mandrels to create at least one opening, and filling the at least opening with a cut fill material, wherein the cut fill material comprises the same material as a material of the spacer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9773700
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive contacts on a wafer comprises forming a first hardmask, planarizing layer, second hardmask, and a layer of sacrificial mandrel material, and removing portions of the layer of sacrificial mandrel material to expose portions of the second hardmask and form a first and second sacrificial mandrel. Spacers are formed adjacent to the sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited on the second hardmask, and a first mask is formed on the filler material. An exposed portion of the second sacrificial mandrel is removed to form a first cavity. The depth of the first cavity is increased. The first mask, portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels, the filler material, portions of the second hardmask, the spacers, portions of the planarization layer and the first hardmask are removed. A second cavity is formed and the first and second cavities are filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9659824
    Abstract: Guiding pattern portions are formed on a surface of a lithographic material stack that is disposed on a surface of a semiconductor substrate. A copolymer layer is then formed between each neighboring pair of guiding pattern portions and thereafter a directed self-assembly process is performed that causes phase separation of the various polymeric domains of the copolymer layer. Each guiding pattern portion is selectively removed, followed by the removal of each first phase separated polymeric domain. Each second phase separated polymeric domain remains and is used as an etch mask in forming semiconductor fins in an upper semiconductor material portion of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joy Cheng, Matthew E. Colburn, Michael A. Guillorn, Chi-Chun Liu, Melia Tjio, HsinYu Tsai