Comparative study of SiO 2, Al 2O 3, and BeO ultrathin interfacial barrier layers in Si metal-oxide-semiconductor devices

J. H. Yum, J. Oh, Todd W. Hudnall, C. W. Bielawski, G. Bersuker, S. K. Banerjee

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In a previous study, we have demonstrated that beryllium oxide (BeO) film grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on Si and III-V MOS devices has excellent electrical and physical characteristics. In this paper, we compare the electrical characteristics of inserting an ultrathin interfacial barrier layer such as SiO 2, Al 2O 3, or BeO between the HfO 2 gate dielectric and Si substrate in metal oxide semiconductor capacitors (MOSCAPs) and n-channel inversion type metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs). Si MOSCAPs and MOSFETs with a BeO/HfO 2 gate stack exhibited high performance and reliability characteristics, including a 34 improvement in drive current, slightly better reduction in subthreshold swing, 42 increase in effective electron mobility at an electric field of 1 MV/cm, slightly low equivalent oxide thickness, less stress-induced flat-band voltage shift, less stress induced leakage current, and less interface charge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number359580
JournalActive and Passive Electronic Components
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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