Energy band alignment at the (100)Ge/HfO[sub 2] interface

Afanas'ev, V.V.; Stesmans, A.
March 2004
Applied Physics Letters;3/29/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 13, p2319
Academic Journal
The Ge/HfO[sub 2] interface band diagram was directly determined using internal photoemission of electrons and holes from Ge into the Hf oxide. The inferred offsets of the conduction and valence band at the interface, 2.0±0.1 and 3.0±0.1 eV, respectively, suggest the possibility to apply the deposited HfO[sub 2] as an insulator on Ge. The post-deposition annealing of the Ge/HfO[sub 2] structures in oxygen results in ∼1 eV reduction of the valence band offset attributed to the growth of GeO[sub 2] interlayer. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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