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Plasma-based EUV light source

United States Patent

May 13, 2008
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Various mechanisms are provided relating to plasma-based light source that may be used for lithography as well as other applications. For example, a device is disclosed for producing extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light based on a sheared plasma flow. The device can produce a plasma pinch that can last several orders of magnitude longer than what is typically sustained in a Z-pinch, thus enabling the device to provide more power output than what has been hitherto predicted in theory or attained in practice. Such power output may be used in a lithography system for manufacturing integrated circuits, enabling the use of EUV wavelengths on the order of about 13.5 nm. Lastly, the process of manufacturing such a plasma pinch is discussed, where the process includes providing a sheared flow of plasma in order to stabilize it for long periods of time.
Shumlak; Uri (Seattle, WA), Golingo; Raymond (Seattle, WA), Nelson; Brian A. (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
The University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
11/ 252,021
October 17, 2005
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made by government support by U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG03-98-ER54460. The Government has certain rights in this invention.