A study on contact resistance reduction in Ni Germanide/Ge using Sb interlayer

Jeyoung Kim, Meng Li, Ga Won Lee, Jungwoo Oh, Hi Deok Lee

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In this paper, the decrease in the contact resistance of Ni germanide/Ge contact was studied as a function of the thickness of the antimony (Sb) interlayer for high performance Ge MOSFETs. Sb layers with various thickness of 2, 5, 8 and 12 nm were deposited by RF-Magnetron sputter on n-type Ge on Si wafers, followed by in situ deposition of 15nm-thick Ni film. The contact resistance of samples with the Sb interlayer was lower than that of the reference sample without the Sb interlayer. We found that the Sb interlayer can lower the contact resistance of Ni germanide/Ge contact but the reduction of contact resistance becomes saturated as the Sb interlayer thickness increases. The proposed method is useful for high performance n-channel Ge MOSFETs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-214
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Semiconductor Technology and Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the MOTIE (Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (G01201406010774) and the KSRC (Korea Semiconductor Research Consortium) support program for the development of future semiconductor devices. This work was also supported in part by research fund of Chungnam National University.

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© 2016, Institute of Electronics Engineers of Korea. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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