Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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The high-resolution capabilities of imprinting and step and flash lithography make these techniques strong contenders for the next generation lithography. Unfortunately, alignment remains an area of concern for nanoimprint because it must be completed before the template is moved into contact with the wafer. The large forces on the template during the process, even for step and flash, place additional demands on the stiffness as well as the reproducibility of the template stage. In this thesis, a prototype flexure stage has been developed to meet these demands. A compressive load, slightly below the Euler's limit, is used to produce relatively free motion in the vertical direction while maintaining extremely high horizontal stiffness. In addition, the horizontal stage position is viewed by an optical system based on a microscope objective with a central stop. With it the horizontal position of a diffraction grating fixed to the stage has been measured to a few nm, over a vertical range of several hundred microns. Consequently, not only does the high transverse stiffness of the stage minimize unwanted horizontal motions, but any that occur are measured over the entire required range of motion.



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Committee Chair

Martin Feldman