Abstract

Problems in the application of a null lens for surface shape measurements of aspherical mirrors are discussed using the example of manufacturing an aspherical concave mirror for the beyond extreme ultraviolet nanolithographer. A method for allowing measurement of the surface shape of a sample under study and the aberration of a null lens simultaneously, and for evaluating measurement accuracy, is described. Using this method, we made a mirror with an aspheric surface of the 6th order (i.e., the maximum deviation from the best-fit sphere is 6.6 μm) with the parameters of the deviations from the designed surface PV=5.3nm and RMS=0.8nm. An approximation of the surface shape was carried out using Zernike polynomials {Znm(r,φ),m+n36}. The physical limitations of this technique are analyzed. It is shown that for aspheric measurements to an Angstrom accuracy, one needs to have a null lens with errors of less than 1 nm. For accurate measurements, it is necessary to establish compliance with the coordinates on the sample and on the interferogram.

© 2016 Optical Society of America

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