Inorganic molecular materials such as tin oxo cages are a promising generation of photoresists compatible with the demands of the recently developed Extreme UltraViolet (EUV) lithography technology. Therefore, a detailed understanding of the photon-induced reactions which occur in photoresists after exposure is important. We used XUV broadband laser pulses in the range of 25 – 40 eV from a table-top high-harmonic source to expose thin films of the tin oxo cage resist to shed light on some of the photo-induced chemistry via XUV absorption spectroscopy. During the exposure, the transmitted spectra were recorded and a noticeable absorbance decrease was observed in the resist. Dill parameters were extracted to quantify the XUV induced conversion and compared to EUV exposure results at 92 eV. Based on the absorption changes, we estimate that approximately 60% of tin-carbon bonds are cleaved at the end of the exposure.

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NWO , EU - H2020
J. Photopolymer. Sci.Tec.
EUV Photoresists-Former Group

Sadegh, N., van der Geest, M., Haitjema, J., Campi, F., Castellanos Ortega, S., Kraus, P., & Brouwer, A. (2020). XUV Induced Bleaching of a Tin Oxo Cage Photoresist Studied by High Harmonic Absorption Spectroscopy. J. Photopolymer. Sci.Tec., 33(2), 145–151. doi:10.2494/photopolymer.33.145