Patents by Inventor Osamu Tanitsu

Osamu Tanitsu 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: 10768409
    Abstract: An illumination optical apparatus that illuminates an object with illumination light includes a first spatial light modulator in an optical path of the illumination light, and having a plurality of first mirror elements; a second spatial light modulator in the optical path of the illumination light from the first spatial light modulator, and having a plurality of second mirror elements; a control unit which controls the first and second spatial light modulators to control postures of the first and second mirror elements; and an optical integrator in the optical path of the illumination light from the second spatial light modulator on an incidence side of an illumination pupil plane of the illumination optical apparatus. The control unit controls the postures of the first and second mirror elements to set a light intensity distribution of the illumination light on the illumination pupil plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Tanitsu
  • Patent number: 10691026
    Abstract: An illumination optical system which illuminates an illumination objective surface with a light from a light source. The illumination optical system includes a spatial light modulator which includes a plurality of optical elements arranged within a predetermined plane and controlled individually, and which forms a light intensity distribution in an illumination pupil of the illumination optical system; and a polarization unit which is arranged in a position optically conjugate with the predetermined plane, and which polarizes an incident light beam having a first and second partial light beams, coming into the polarization unit such that the first and second partial light beams have polarization states different from each other, and emits the polarized incident light beam as an outgoing light beam, wherein the polarization unit changes, in a cross section of the outgoing light beam, a ratio between a cross sectional areas of the first and second partial light beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Hirohisa Tanaka, Kinya Kato, Takashi Mori
  • Publication number: 20190155017
    Abstract: An illumination optical apparatus that illuminates an object with illumination light includes a first spatial light modulator in an optical path of the illumination light, and having a plurality of first mirror elements; a second spatial light modulator in the optical path of the illumination light from the first spatial light modulator, and having a plurality of second mirror elements; a control unit which controls the first and second spatial light modulators to control postures of the first and second mirror elements; and an optical integrator in the optical path of the illumination light from the second spatial light modulator on an incidence side of an illumination pupil plane of the illumination optical apparatus. The control unit controls the postures of the first and second mirror elements to set a light intensity distribution of the illumination light on the illumination pupil plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu TANITSU
  • Publication number: 20190137887
    Abstract: An illumination optical system which illuminates an illumination objective surface with a light from a light source. The illumination optical system includes a spatial light modulator which includes a plurality of optical elements arranged within a predetermined plane and controlled individually, and which forms a light intensity distribution in an illumination pupil of the illumination optical system; and a polarization unit which is arranged in a position optically conjugate with the predetermined plane, and which polarizes an incident light beam having a first and second partial light beams, coming into the polarization unit such that the first and second partial light beams have polarization states different from each other, and emits the polarized incident light beam as an outgoing light beam, wherein the polarization unit changes, in a cross section of the outgoing light beam, a ratio between a cross sectional areas of the first and second partial light beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu TANITSU, Hirohisa TANAKA, Kinya KATO, Takashi MORI
  • Patent number: 10241417
    Abstract: There is disclosed a polarization-modulating element for modulating a polarization state of incident light into a predetermined polarization state, the polarization-modulating element being made of an optical material with optical activity and having a circumferentially varying thickness profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Koji Shigematsu, Hiroyuki Hirota, Tomoyuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10234770
    Abstract: There is disclosed a polarization-modulating element for modulating a polarization state of incident light into a predetermined polarization state, the polarization-modulating element being made of an optical material with optical activity and having a circumferentially varying thickness profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Koji Shigematsu, Hiroyuki Hirota, Tomoyuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10203496
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a spatial light modulator unit comprising: a spatial light modulator with a plurality of optical elements; a spatial light modulation element applying spatial light modulation to the incident light and making rays of intensity levels according to positions of the respective optical elements; and a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Tanitsu
  • Patent number: 10175583
    Abstract: An illumination optical system which illuminates an illumination objective surface with a light from a light source. The illumination optical system includes a spatial light modulator which includes a plurality of optical elements arranged within a predetermined plane and controlled individually, and which forms a light intensity distribution in an illumination pupil of the illumination optical system; and a polarization unit which is arranged in a position optically conjugate with the predetermined plane, and which polarizes an incident light beam having a first and second partial light beams, coming into the polarization unit such that the first and second partial light beams have polarization states different from each other, and emits the polarized incident light beam as an outgoing light beam, wherein the polarization unit changes, in a cross section of the outgoing light beam, a ratio between a cross sectional areas of the first and second partial light beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Hirohisa Tanaka, Kinya Kato, Takashi Mori
  • Publication number: 20180348643
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus includes a sensor for detecting light arriving from a projection optical system via a liquid provided on an image plane side of the projection optical system. The sensor includes a light transmissive member provided on a stage and a light receiving element for receiving light arriving from the projection optical system via the light transmissive member. The light transmissive member includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is arranged on the stage, comes into contact with the liquid, and is a surface on which the light arriving from the projection optical system is incident via the liquid. At least one of the first and second surfaces diffuses or diffracts the light having arrived from the projection optical system. The light receiving element receives the light that has been diffused or diffracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisashi NISHINAGA, Ikuo HIKIMA, Mitsunori TOYODA, Masahiro NAKAGAWA, Tsuneyuki HAGIWARA, Yasushi MIZUNO, Naonori KITA, Osamu TANITSU, Nozomu EMURA
  • Publication number: 20180341185
    Abstract: An illumination optical apparatus illuminates an object with illumination light. The illumination optical apparatus includes an optical integrator arranged in an optical path of the illumination light; and a polarization modulating member which modulates a polarization of the illumination light, the polarization modulating member being made of an optical material with optical activity and being arranged in the optical path on an incidence side of the optical integrator such that a direction of an optic axis of the optical material is coincident with a direction of an optical axis of the illumination optical apparatus. The polarization modulating member has a thickness profile varying with respect to azimuthal positions about the optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu TANITSU, Koji SHIGEMATSU, Hiroyuki HIROTA, Tomoyuki MATSUYAMA
  • Patent number: 10120291
    Abstract: There is disclosed a polarization-modulating element for modulating a polarization state of incident light into a predetermined polarization state, the polarization-modulating element being made of an optical material with optical activity and having a circumferentially varying thickness profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Koji Shigematsu, Hiroyuki Hirota, Tomoyuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10031425
    Abstract: There is disclosed a polarization-modulating element for modulating a polarization state of incident light into a predetermined polarization state, the polarization-modulating element being made of an optical material with optical activity and having a circumferentially varying thickness profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Koji Shigematsu, Hiroyuki Hirota, Tomoyuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10025194
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus includes an optical member that can be provided on a stage. The optical member has a first surface contacting a liquid when moved to face a projection system, and a second surface contacting a gas and transmitting light having come from the projection system via the liquid and the first surface. The optical member is configured such that at least a large-angle ray of the light, which has an angle with an optical axis of the projection system sufficiently large to undergo total reflection at an end surface of the projection system when the liquid is absent, travels from the projection system to the second surface without passing through gas. The second surface transmits the large-angle ray, which is received by the light-receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisashi Nishinaga, Ikuo Hikima, Mitsunori Toyoda, Masahiro Nakagawa, Tsuneyuki Hagiwara, Yasushi Mizuno, Naonori Kita, Osamu Tanitsu, Nozomu Emura
  • Patent number: 10007194
    Abstract: There is disclosed a polarization-modulating element for modulating a polarization state of incident light into a predetermined polarization state, the polarization-modulating element being made of an optical material with optical activity and having a circumferentially varying thickness profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Koji Shigematsu, Hiroyuki Hirota, Tomoyuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 9989865
    Abstract: There is disclosed a polarization-modulating element for modulating a polarization state of incident light into a predetermined polarization state, the polarization-modulating element being made of an optical material with optical activity and having a circumferentially varying thickness profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tanitsu, Koji Shigematsu, Hiroyuki Hirota, Tomoyuki Matsuyama
  • Publication number: 20180143444
    Abstract: An illumination optical apparatus has an optical unit. The optical unit has a light splitter to split an incident beam into two beams; a first spatial light modulator which can be arranged in an optical path of a first beam; a second spatial light modulator which can be arranged in an optical path of a second beam; and a light combiner which combines a beam having passed via the first spatial light modulator, with a beam having passed via the second spatial light modulator; each of the first spatial light modulator and the second spatial light modulator has a plurality of optical elements arranged two-dimensionally and controlled individually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu TANITSU
  • Publication number: 20180067302
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a spatial light modulator unit comprising: a spatial light modulator with a plurality of optical elements; a spatial light modulation element applying spatial light modulation to the incident light and making rays of intensity levels according to positions of the respective optical elements; and a control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu TANITSU
  • Patent number: 9857599
    Abstract: An illumination optical apparatus has an optical unit. The optical unit has a light splitter to split an incident beam into two beams; a first spatial light modulator which can be arranged in an optical path of a first beam; a second spatial light modulator which can be arranged in an optical path of a second beam; and a light combiner which combines a beam having passed via the first spatial light modulator, with a beam having passed via the second spatial light modulator; each of the first spatial light modulator and the second spatial light modulator has a plurality of optical elements arranged two-dimensionally and controlled individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Tanitsu
  • Patent number: 9817229
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a spatial light modulator unit is used in the illumination optical system for illuminating an illumination target surface with light from a light source and comprises: a spatial light modulator with a plurality of optical elements arrayed in a predetermined plane and controlled individually; a spatial light modulation element which applies spatial light modulation to the incident light from the light source and which makes rays of intensity levels according to positions of the respective optical elements, incident on the plurality of optical elements; and a control unit which individually controls the plurality of optical elements on the basis of information about the intensity levels of the rays incident on the respective optical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Tanitsu
  • Publication number: 20170255005
    Abstract: To optionally forming a multilevel light intensity distribution on an illumination pupil plane, the illumination apparatus implements K├Âller illumination on an illumination target surface, using as a light source the light intensity distribution formed on the illumination pupil plane on the basis of light from a light source. The illumination apparatus has a spatial light modulator, a condensing optical system, and a controller. The spatial light modulator has reflecting surfaces which are two-dimensionally arranged and postures of which can be controlled independently of each other. The condensing optical system condenses light from the reflecting surfaces to form a predetermined light intensity distribution on the illumination pupil plane. The controller controls the number of reflecting surfaces contributing to arriving light, for each of points on the illumination pupil plane forming the light intensity distribution, according to a light intensity distribution to be formed on the illumination pupil plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu TANITSU