Patents by Inventor Yuta TAKASHIMA

Yuta TAKASHIMA 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: 20220078898
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus may include a target supply unit supplying a target to a plasma generation region in a chamber, a laser system emitting first laser light having a polarization direction deflected in one direction and second laser light to generate a secondary target that is the target diffused by irradiating the target with the first laser light from a direction perpendicular to a travel axis of the target and to generate extreme ultraviolet light by irradiating the secondary target with the second laser light, a polarization direction adjustment unit arranged on an optical path of the first laser light and configured to adjust the polarization direction of the first laser light, a secondary target observation unit configured to observe a distribution of the secondary target, and a processor controlling the polarization direction adjustment unit based on an observation result of the secondary target observation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki YABU, Yuta TAKASHIMA
  • Patent number: 11228156
    Abstract: A laser system according to the present disclosure includes: a laser apparatus configured to emit a laser beam; a transmission optical system disposed on a path between the laser apparatus and a target supplied into an EUV chamber in which EUV light is generated; a reflection optical system configured to reflect, toward the target, the laser beam from the transmission optical system; a first sensor configured to detect the laser beam traveling from the laser apparatus toward the reflection optical system; a second sensor configured to detect return light of the laser beam reflected by the reflection optical system and traveling backward to the laser apparatus; and a control unit configured to determine that the reflection optical system is damaged when no anomaly of the laser beam is detected and a light amount of the return light exceeds a predetermined light amount value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Ueno, Yuta Takashima
  • Patent number: 11219116
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation system may include an irradiation position adjustment mechanism adjusting an irradiation position of the laser light; an extreme ultraviolet light sensor measuring energy of extreme ultraviolet light; a return light sensor measuring energy of return light traveling backward on the laser light path; and a processor controlling the irradiation position adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Takashima, Yuichi Nishimura, Takayuki Yabu, Yoshifumi Ueno
  • Publication number: 20210410262
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation system may include an irradiation position adjustment mechanism adjusting an irradiation position of the laser light; an extreme ultraviolet light sensor measuring energy of extreme ultraviolet light; a return light sensor measuring energy of return light traveling backward on the laser light path; and a processor controlling the irradiation position adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta TAKASHIMA, Yuichi NISHIMURA, Takayuki YABU, Yoshifumi UENO
  • Patent number: 11092896
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus may include: a chamber device including an internal space; a target supply unit disposed at the chamber device and configured to supply a droplet of a target substance to the internal space; a target collection unit disposed at the chamber device, communicated with the internal space through an opening provided to an inner wall of the chamber device, and configured to collect the droplet passing through the opening; a detection unit disposed at the chamber device and configured to detect the target substance accumulating in the vicinity of the opening of the inner wall; and a control unit configured to stop the target supply unit depending on a result of the detection by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Yuta Takashima
  • Patent number: 10955751
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus that generates plasma by irradiating a target substance with a pulse laser beam and generates extreme ultraviolet light from the plasma includes: a droplet detection unit configured to detect a droplet passing through a predetermined position between a target supply unit and a plasma generation region; and a control unit configured to control a laser apparatus configured to output the pulse laser beam. The control unit performs control to determine whether there is a defective droplet based on a droplet detection signal obtained from the droplet detection unit and to stop, when it is determined that there is a defective droplet, irradiation of the defective droplet determined to be defective, a preceding droplet output one droplet before the defective droplet, and a following droplet output one droplet after the defective droplet with the pulse laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Takashima, Yoshifumi Ueno
  • Publication number: 20210033981
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus may include: a chamber device including an internal space; a target supply unit disposed at the chamber device and configured to supply a droplet of a target substance to the internal space; a target collection unit disposed at the chamber device, communicated with the internal space through an opening provided to an inner wall of the chamber device, and configured to collect the droplet passing through the opening; a detection unit disposed at the chamber device and configured to detect the target substance accumulating in the vicinity of the opening of the inner wall; and a control unit configured to stop the target supply unit depending on a result of the detection by the detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Yuta TAKASHIMA
  • Publication number: 20200236769
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus that generates plasma by irradiating a target substance with a pulse laser beam and generates extreme ultraviolet light from the plasma includes: a droplet detection unit configured to detect a droplet passing through a predetermined position between a target supply unit and a plasma generation region; and a control unit configured to control a laser apparatus configured to output the pulse laser beam. The control unit performs control to determine whether there is a defective droplet based on a droplet detection signal obtained from the droplet detection unit and to stop, when it is determined that there is a defective droplet, irradiation of the defective droplet determined to be defective, a preceding droplet output one droplet before the defective droplet, and a following droplet output one droplet after the defective droplet with the pulse laser beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta TAKASHIMA, Yoshifumi UENO
  • Patent number: 10667376
    Abstract: A target supply device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a vibration element configured to generate a droplet by vibrating a target substance to be output from a nozzle 80, a droplet detection unit configured to detect the droplet, and a control unit 70. A first detection threshold and a second detection threshold to be compared with a detection signal from the droplet detection unit are set to the control unit 70. The first detection threshold is used to generate a light emission trigger for a laser beam. The second detection threshold has a smaller absolute value from a base line of the detection signal than the first detection threshold. The control unit 70 calculates an evaluation parameter for a satellite based on the detection signal and the second detection threshold, and determines a duty value of an electric signal suitable for operation of the vibration element based on the evaluation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Takashima, Yoshifumi Ueno
  • Publication number: 20200033731
    Abstract: A target supply device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a vibration element configured to generate a droplet by vibrating a target substance to be output from a nozzle 80, a droplet detection unit configured to detect the droplet, and a control unit 70. A first detection threshold and a second detection threshold to be compared with a detection signal from the droplet detection unit are set to the control unit 70. The first detection threshold is used to generate a light emission trigger for a laser beam. The second detection threshold has a smaller absolute value from a base line of the detection signal than the first detection threshold. The control unit 70 calculates an evaluation parameter for a satellite based on the detection signal and the second detection threshold, and determines a duty value of an electric signal suitable for operation of the vibration element based on the evaluation parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta TAKASHIMA, Yoshifumi UENO
  • Publication number: 20190363508
    Abstract: A laser system according to the present disclosure includes: a laser apparatus configured to emit a laser beam; a transmission optical system disposed on a path between the laser apparatus and a target supplied into an EUV chamber in which EUV light is generated; a reflection optical system configured to reflect, toward the target, the laser beam from the transmission optical system; a first sensor configured to detect the laser beam traveling from the laser apparatus toward the reflection optical system; a second sensor configured to detect return light of the laser beam reflected by the reflection optical system and traveling backward to the laser apparatus; and a control unit configured to determine that the reflection optical system is damaged when no anomaly of the laser beam is detected and a light amount of the return light exceeds a predetermined light amount value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi UENO, Yuta TAKASHIMA
  • Patent number: 10375809
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generating apparatus includes a laser device, a target detector, and a controller. The laser device emits a pulsed laser beam. The target detector detects a target substance supplied as an application target for the laser beam to the inside of a chamber. The controller controls the laser device based on a burst signal in which a burst period and an idle period are repeated. In the burst period, an extreme ultraviolet light beam has to be generated. In the idle period, the generation of the extreme ultraviolet light beam has to be paused. When a size of a target substance detected at the target detector in the idle period is greater than a predetermined size, the controller may reduce an intensity of a laser beam entering the inside of the chamber from the laser device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Takashima, Yoshifumi Ueno, Go Shirozu
  • Patent number: 10225917
    Abstract: A target supply device may include a nozzle configured to output a liquid target substance contained in a tank, an excitation element, a droplet detection unit configured to detect a droplet output from the nozzle, a passage time interval measurement unit configured to measure a passage time interval of droplets, and a control unit. The control unit may be configured to set a proper range of the passage time interval, change the duty value of the electric signal to be input to the excitation element, store the passage time interval measurement values of the droplets generated with respect to a plurality of duty values and variation thereof in association with the duty values, and determine an operation duty value based on the variation from among the duty values with which the passage time interval measurement values are within the proper range, among the duty values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Takahisa Fujimaki, Takayuki Yabu, Yuta Takashima, Fumio Iwamoto, Yutaka Shiraishi
  • Publication number: 20190045616
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet light generating apparatus includes a laser device, a target detector, and a controller. The laser device emits a pulsed laser beam. The target detector detects a target substance supplied as an application target for the laser beam to the inside of a chamber. The controller controls the laser device based on a burst signal in which a burst period and an idle period are repeated. In the burst period, an extreme ultraviolet light beam has to be generated. In the idle period, the generation of the extreme ultraviolet light beam has to be paused. When a size of a target substance detected at the target detector in the idle period is greater than a predetermined size, the controller may reduce an intensity of a laser beam entering the inside of the chamber from the laser device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta TAKASHIMA, Yoshifumi UENO, Go SHIROZU
  • Publication number: 20180288863
    Abstract: A target supply device may include a nozzle configured to output a liquid target substance contained in a tank, an excitation element, a droplet detection unit configured to detect a droplet output from the nozzle, a passage time interval measurement unit configured to measure a passage time interval of droplets, and a control unit. The control unit may be configured to set a proper range of the passage time interval, change the duty value of the electric signal to be input to the excitation element, store the passage time interval measurement values of the droplets generated with respect to a plurality of duty values and variation thereof in association with the duty values, and determine an operation duty value based on the variation from among the duty values with which the passage time interval measurement values are within the proper range, among the duty values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: GIGAPHOTON INC.
    Inventors: Takahisa FUJIMAKI, Takayuki YABU, Yuta TAKASHIMA, Fumio IWAMOTO, Yutaka SHIRAISHI