TEMPTATION

Temptation Verification: resist heating experiment vs simulation

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Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) is one of the major methods used for pattern generation in microelectronics. In high throughput EBL, local temperatures during writing can become highly nonuniform, leading to a distortion of the critical dimensions.

The TEMPTATION TEMPTATION software predicts resist heating, and can reduce development costs of new technology, or new EBL systems. The classic heat transfer equation cannot be solved for conditions used in EBL. Known models use different simplifications; the results are as different as 14° C and 750° C for equal conditions. Which one is correct? (Probably, neither.)

TEMPTATION uses an advanced analytic model that takes into account all the target layers. The solution is a 13-fold integral. Analytic integration and original algorithms allow for fast numeric simulations. This analytic model does not have a trade-off between speed and accuracy as found in finite elements software.

Experimental verification demonstrated excellent results. All the complicated math is hidden behind a user friendly interface. Our vision is that the engineer should not spend all of his valuable time on learning all the physics - he merely has to insert the parameters of his process and we shall do the rest.

The simulation outputs temperature rises at the required coordinates T(x,y,z,time).

TEMPTATION is a commercially available software tool. Customer support, training, and upgrades are provided.