Characterization of nano-textured samples in a production environment

Morten Hannibal Madsen, Poul-Erik Hansen, Brian Bilenberg, Mirza Karamehmedović

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Nano-textured surfaces have been characterized by optical diffraction techniques using an adapted commercial light microscope with two detectors, a CCD camera and a spectrometer. We demonstrate that the microscope has a resolution in the nanometer range, also in an environment with many vibrations, such as a machine floor. The acquisition and analysing time for the topological parameters height, width and sidewall angle is only a few milliseconds.

It is demonstrated that by simple adaptions to an optical microscope we can measure nano-textured surfaces with an uncertainty of a few nanometers for the height and width of the structures. The microscope has been validated by measuring on certified transfer artefact and 1D gratings. The measurements are very robust, such that vibrations of the sample and/or the microscope do not affect the results. The sample can be translated during acquisition, as long as the beam spot is kept inside an area with homogenous structures, which makes the proposed microscope well suited for implementation in a production environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th euspen International Conference & Exhibition (2015)
Number of pages2
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event15th euspen International Conference & Exhibition (2015) - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 1 Jun 20155 Jun 2015
Conference number: 15


Conference15th euspen International Conference & Exhibition (2015)
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  • Scatterometry
  • Microscopy
  • Nanostructures
  • In-line characterization
  • Nanometrology

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Madsen, M. H., Hansen, P-E., Bilenberg, B., & Karamehmedović, M. (2015). Characterization of nano-textured samples in a production environment. In Proceedings of the 15th euspen International Conference & Exhibition (2015)