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Hafnium oxide thin films deposited by high pressure reactive sputtering in atmosphere formed with different Ar/O-2 ratios

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Mártil de la Plaza, Ignacio and Olea Ariza, Javier and Prado Millán, Álvaro del and San Andres Serrano, Enrique (2006) Hafnium oxide thin films deposited by high pressure reactive sputtering in atmosphere formed with different Ar/O-2 ratios. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 9 (6). pp. 1020-1024. ISSN 1369-8001

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mssp.2006.10.018


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The physical and electrical properties of hafnium oxide (HfO2) thin films deposited by high pressure reactive sputtering (HPRS) have been studied as a function of the Ar/O-2 ratio in the sputtering gas mixture. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the HfO2 films are polycrystalline, except the films deposited in pure Ar, which are amorphous. According to heavy ion elastic recoil detection analysis, the films deposited without using O-2 are stoichiometric, which means that the composition of the HfO2 target is conserved in the deposition films. The use of O-2 for reactive sputtering results in slightly oxygen-rich films. Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) devices were fabricated to determine the deposited HfO2 dielectric constant and the trap density at the HfO2/Si interface (D-it) using the high-low frequency capacitance method. Poor capacitance-voltage (CV) characteristics and high values of D-it are observed in the polycrystalline HfO2 films. However, a great improvement of the electrical properties was observed in the amorphous HfO2 films, showing dielectric constant values close to 17 and a minimum D-it of 2 x 10(11) eV(-1) cm(-2).


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Symposium on Characterization of High-K Dielectric Materials (2006. Niza, Francia). © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The authors thank “CAI de Técnicas Físicas”, “CAI de Espectroscopía y Espectrometría”, “CAI de Microscopía y Citometría” and “CAI de Difracción de Rayos X” for technical support. This work was possible thanks to the FPU grant (AP2003-4434) and the research project TEC2004/1237 of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Gate Dielectrics, Silicon, Zirconium, Interface, States.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
ID Code:26002
Deposited On:09 Jul 2014 07:26
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:58

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