HfO 2 films were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using Hf[(C 2 H 5 )(CH 3 )N] 4 and H 2 O 2 at a temperature range of 175-325 °C. The growth per cycle of the HfO 2 films decreased with increasing temperature up to 280 °C and then abruptly increased above 325 °C as a result of the thermal decomposition of the precursor. Although the HfO 2 films grown with H 2 O 2 exhibited slightly higher carbon contents than those grown with H 2 O, the leakage properties of the HfO 2 films grown with H 2 O 2 were superior to those of the HfO 2 films grown with H 2 O. This is because the HfO 2 films grown with H 2 O 2 were fully oxidized as a result of the strong oxidation potential of H 2 O 2 . The use of the ALD process with H 2 O 2 also revealed the conformal growth of HfO 2 films on a SiO 2 hole structure with an aspect ratio of ∼15. This demonstrates that using the ALD process with H 2 O 2 shows great promise for growing robust HfO 2 films.
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This work was supported by the Future Semiconductor Device Technology Development Program ( 10047231 ) funded by MOTIE (Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy) and KSRC (Korea Semiconductor Research Consortium) and by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST through 2E24001 ).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films