Thermal-stress stability of yttrium oxide as a buffer layer of metal-ferroelectric-insulator-semiconductor field effect transistor

Chang Ki Lee, Woo Sik Kim, Hyung Ho Park, Hyeongtag Jeon, Yeon Ho Pae

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The effect of thermal stress on the electrical properties of ferroelectric/semiconductor structure was investigated when introducing Y 2O3 film as a barrier layer in the structure. Two different thermal stress states could be obtained by fast (400 °C/min) or slow (30 °C/min) cooling of sputter-deposited Y2O3 films on silicon wafer from 800 °C. The formation of interfacial layer containing Y-Si-O and SiO2 layers while annealing could be characterized by using a spectroscopic ellipsometry. The introduction of strain-induced defects from thermal stress of the fast cooled sample showed a soft breakdown at low applying voltage. In the capacitance-voltage relation, a flat band voltage shift, hysteresis, and stretch-out phenomena were also observed. Nd2Ti2O7 was spin deposited using sol-gel procedure on the Y2O3/Si to form a metal-ferroelectric-insulator field effect transistor structured sample. These Nd2Ti2O7/Y2O3/Si samples were also furnace-annealed at 800 °C and cooled down to room temperature fast or slowly. One order lower value of leakage current, IE-8 A/cm2 was observed with these samples when comparing with the Y2O 3/Si samples. A soft breakdown of the fast cooled sample seemed to have the same origin as the fast cooled Y2O3/Si sample, i.e., the strain-induced defects in the interfacial layer containing Y-Si-O and SiO2 phases. Hysteretic gaps of the Nd2Ti2CV Y2O3/Si samples showed a possibility to be used as a memory window for ferroelectric gate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grant No. R01-2000-000-00244-0 from the Basic Research Program of the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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