Abstract

This paper reports optimized Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) sample preparation methods with Focus Ion Beam (FIB), which are used to reduce or avoid the overlapping of TEM images. Several examples of optimized cross-section sample preparation on 38nm and 45nm pitch are provided with general and novel FIB methods. And its application to plan view TEM sample preparation is also shown. The results establish that the proposed method is useful to reduce or remove pattern overlapping effects in dense structures and can produce higher quality TEM images than can be obtained using conventional top-down FIB-based TEM preparation methods.

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