New insights in Hf based high-k gate dielectrics in MOSFETs

Ming Fu Li, Chunxiang Zhu, C. Shen, X. F. Yu, X. P. Wang, Y. P. Feng, A. Y. Du, Y. C. Yeo, G. Samudra, Albert Chin, D. L. Kwong

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    I. Two different traps (fast and slow) in HfO2gate dielectric are identified. For the slow traps, the negative U (-U) property of trap is proposed and confirmed by the first principle calculation. Each trap can trap two electrons or two holes and lower the trap energy due to a large lattice relaxation. The observed experimental result of reduction in slow component of bias temperature instability (BTI) degradation with an increase in stress frequency can be simulated with excellent agreement, based on the concept of -U. A fast BTI component is also observed. The fast dynamic BTI degradation is increased with an increase in stress frequency. It is due to the existence of fast traps and can be simulated by the conventional trapping/de-trapping equations. The fast trap is a standard conventional trap. II. Mixing Ta and La into HfO2to form HfTaO and HfLaO gate dielectric have been studied systematically. Comparing to the HfO2gate dielectric, the HfTaO and HfLaO have the advantages of much higher crystallization temperature, much lower charge trapping as well as the BTI degradation, and increased channel mobility. In addition, variation of La concentration in HfLaO/TaN or HfLaO/HfN gate stack can effectively tune the metal work function continuously from mid gap to 4eV. Possible physical explanation for these interesting properties arc discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSelected Semiconductor Research
    PublisherImperial College Press
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9781848164079
    ISBN (Print)9781848164062
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


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