Nitride mediated epitaxy of Co Si2 through self-interlayer-formation of plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition Co

Han Bo Ram Lee, J. Y. Son, H. Kim

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The silicide formation by annealing plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) Co and physical vapor deposition (PVD) Co was comparatively studied. Very pure Co films were deposited by PE-ALD with Co Cp2 and N H3 plasma. However, various analyses have shown that amorphous Si Nx interlayer was formed between PE-ALD Co and Si due to the N H3 plasma exposure in contrast with PVD Co. Due to the nitride interlayer, Co Si2 was epitaxially grown from PE-ALD Co by rapid thermal annealing through nitride mediated epitaxy. This process scheme is expected to provide a simple route for contact formation in future nanoscale devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number213509
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun 1


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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