Electrical characteristics of metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors on p-GaAs using atomic layer deposition of ultrathin HfAlO gate dielectric

Rahul Suri; Bongmook Lee; Lichtenwalner, Daniel J.; Biswas, Nivedita; Misra, Veena
November 2008
Applied Physics Letters;11/10/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 19, p193504
Academic Journal
Properties of ultrathin HfAlO gate dielectrics on sulfur-passivated p-GaAs were investigated using capacitance-voltage and current-voltage measurement techniques and angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. By optimizing the individual layer thickness of atomic-layer deposited Al2O3 and HfO2 and the postdeposition anneal (PDA) conditions, a low equivalent oxide thickness of 1.6 nm, low gate leakage of 2.6×10-3 A/cm2 at Vg=Vfb-1 V, and excellent frequency dispersion characteristics were obtained. No interfacial As–O bonding and only a small amount of Ga–O bonding were detected after PDA at 500 °C. These results reveal a good quality dielectric interface on GaAs without an additional interface passivation layer.


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