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Development of a Laboratory Scale CD-SAXS Device for Semiconductor Metrology Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 520-105
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2211 Denton Drive, Suite A, Austin, TX, 78758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dileep Agnihotri
 (512) 832-8470
Business Contact
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Research Institution
A semiconductor metrology tool will be developed employing the technique of small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) to measure the critical dimension (CD) of patterned device structures. The feasibility of the SAXS technique to measure CD has been shown using high-power synchrotron radiation facilities which are not of practical use to the semiconductor industry. The ultimate project goal is to produce a practical CD-SAXS tool for use within semiconductor fabs. COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS: Currently, CD-SAXS measurements can be performed at synchrotron radiation facilities available at various National Laboratories around the country and government-sponsored facilities around the world. These facilities, while accessible to industry, cannot be considered practical outlets for routine semiconductor production CD-SAXS measurements. A goal of this project would be to produce a commercial CD-SAXS tool for use within semiconductor fabrication facilities. While there exist numerous analytical techniques which offer useful information for semiconductor production, only those which can be integrated into the production facility are able to meet the requirements of production throughput. The resulting commercial product would complement Jordan Valley's existing product line of x-ray metrology tools and would be offered to industry through the company's existing worldwide sales channels.

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