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MicroVision | Date: 2016-10-31

A structure for grounding an extreme ultraviolet mask (EUV mask) is provided to discharge the EUV mask during the inspection by an electron beam inspection tool. The structure for grounding an EUV mask includes at least one grounding pin to contact conductive areas on the EUV mask, wherein the EUV mask may have further conductive layer on sidewalls or/and back side. The inspection quality of the EUV mask is enhanced by using the electron beam inspection system because the accumulated charging on the EUV mask is grounded. The reflective surface of the EUV mask on a continuously moving stage is scanned by using the electron beam simultaneously. The moving direction of the stage is perpendicular to the scanning direction of the electron beam.


A new apparatus of plural charged particle beams with multi-axis magnetic lenses is provided, which comprises a plurality of sub-columns The apparatus employs two modified multi-axis magnetic lenses, and magnetic sub-lenses thereof therefore function as the objective lenses and the condenser lenses of all the sub-columns respectively. The plurality of sub-columns can perform the same function or different functions required for observing a surface of a specimen, such as high-throughput inspection and high-resolution review of interested features thereon. Accordingly, the apparatus can be used as a yield management tool in semiconductor manufacturing industry.


Patent
MicroVision | Date: 2016-07-19

A multi-beam apparatus for observing a sample with high resolution and high throughput and in flexibly varying observing conditions is proposed. The apparatus uses a movable collimating lens to flexibly vary the currents of the plural probe spots without influencing the intervals thereof, a new source-conversion unit to form the plural images of the single electron source and compensate off-axis aberrations of the plural probe spots with respect to observing conditions, and a pre-beamlet-forming means to reduce the strong Coulomb effect due to the primary-electron beam.


Patent
MicroVision | Date: 2016-07-21

A multi-beam apparatus for observing a sample with high resolution and high throughput is proposed. In the apparatus, a source-conversion unit forms plural and parallel images of one single electron source by deflecting plural beamlets of a parallel primary-electron beam therefrom, and one objective lens focuses the plural deflected beamlets onto a sample surface and forms plural probe spots thereon. A movable condenser lens is used to collimate the primary-electron beam and vary the currents of the plural probe spots, a pre-beamlet-forming means weakens the Coulomb effect of the primary-electron beam, and the source-conversion unit minimizes the sizes of the plural probe spots by minimizing and compensating the off-axis aberrations of the objective lens and condenser lens.


Patent
MicroVision | Date: 2015-08-19

The present invention provides apparatuses to inspect small particles on the surface of a sample such as wafer and mask. The apparatuses provide both high detection efficiency and high throughput by forming Dark-field BSE images. The apparatuses can additionally inspect physical and electrical defects on the sample surface by form SE images and Bright-field BSE images simultaneously. The apparatuses can be designed to do single-beam or even multiple single-beam inspection for achieving a high throughput.


Patent
MicroVision | Date: 2016-03-09

A multi-beam apparatus for observing a sample with high resolution and high throughput is proposed. In the apparatus, a source-conversion unit changes a single electron source into a virtual multi-source array, a primary projection imaging system projects the array to form plural probe spots on the sample, and a condenser lens adjusts the currents of the plural probe spots. In the source-conversion unit, the image-forming means is on the upstream of the beamlet-limit means, and thereby generating less scattered electrons. The image-forming means not only forms the virtual multi-source array, but also compensates the off-axis aberrations of the plurality of probe spots.


Patent
MicroVision | Date: 2015-01-29

This invention provides a method for improving performance of a reflective type energy filter for a charged particle beam, which employs a beam-adjusting lens on an entrance side of a potential barrier of the energy filter to make the charged particle beam become a substantially parallel beam to be incident onto the potential barrier. The method makes the energy filter have both a fine energy-discrimination power over a large emission angle spread and a high uniformity of energy-discrimination powers over a large FOV. A LVSEM using this method in the energy filter can obviously improve image contrast. The invention also provides multiple energy-discrimination detection devices formed by using the advantages of the method.


Patent
MicroVision | Date: 2016-01-27

The device includes a beam source for generating an electron beam, a beam guiding tube passed through an objective lens, an objective lens for generating a magnetic field in the vicinity of the specimen to focus the particles of the particle beam on the specimen, a control electrode having a potential for providing a retarding field to the particle beam near the specimen to reduce the energy of the particle beam when the beam collides with the specimen, a deflection system including a plurality of deflection units situated along the optical axis for deflecting the particle beam to allow scanning on the specimen with large area, at least one of the deflection units located in the retarding field of the beam, the remainder of the deflection units located within the central bore of the objective lens, and a detection unit to capture secondary electron (SE) and backscattered electrons (BSE).


Patent
MicroVision | Date: 2015-12-30

Embodiments of this patent disclosure provide for eyeglasses with multiple set of hinges for folding into a compact configuration to be fitted inside a compact case for easy storage and carrying. In one aspect, a pair of foldable eyeglasses having multiple set of hinges is disclosed. The eyeglasses include a frame surrounding a pair of lenses, and a pair of temples each of which extending from an outer edge of the frame, and the eyeglasses are in an unfolded configuration when the eyeglasses is being worn by a user. The eyeglasses also include a horizontal hinge positioned on each temple for folding the pair of temples horizontally from the unfolded configuration toward the frame into a first folded configuration. The eyeglasses additionally include a vertical hinge positioned on each temple for folding the pair of temples vertically from the first folded configuration toward the frame into a second folded configuration.


A drive circuit for a resonant system provides an excitation signal having an amplitude and a phase. The resonant system provides a feedback signal representing an oscillation amplitude. The amplitude of the excitation signal is reduced for a substantially constant feedback signal amplitude by modifying the excitation signal phase.

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