The effect of additional oxidation on the memory characteristics of metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors with Si nanocrystals

Garrido, B.; Cheylan, S.; González-Varona, O.; Pérez-Rodrıguez, A.; Morante, J. R.
June 2003
Applied Physics Letters;6/30/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 26, p4818
Academic Journal
Metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors with Si nanocrystals (Si-nc) obtained by ion implantation in SiO[SUB2] have been studied for nonvolatile memory applications. The use of a thermal oxide and the accurate tuning of the post implantation processing conditions allow good integrity, reliability, and high retention times. We propose an additional thermal oxidation step after the formation of the Si-nc. This process has enabled growing a thin tunnel oxide at the Si/SiO[SUB2] interface completely free of Si-nc and Si excess, leading to a formidable increase of the retention time. In addition the additional oxidation makes it possible to control the size and density of Si-nc. Finally, we show its impact on the memory characteristics of the nanocrystal device (writing speed and programming window).


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