TITLE

Interdiffusion and crystallization in HfO2/Al2O3 superlattices

AUTHOR(S)
Adelmann, C.; Kesters, J.; Opsomer, K.; Detavernier, C.; Kittl, J. A.; Van Elshocht, S.
PUB. DATE
August 2009
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;8/31/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 9, p091911
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The interplay of interdiffusion and crystallization in HfO2/Al2O3 superlattices during spike annealing at 1050 °C was studied using x-ray reflectivity and x-ray diffraction. A transition in thermal stability was found as a function of HfO2 thickness between 2.3 and 3.2 nm. This transition is due to a crossover of HfO2 crystallization and amorphous HfO2/Al2O3 interdiffusion kinetics. For thin HfO2, amorphous HfO2 and Al2O3 interdiffuse and subsequently crystallize as HfAlOx into a cubic-HfO2-like phase. For thicker HfO2, HfO2 layers crystallize individually into the monoclinic phase. As a consequence, interdiffusion between HfO2 and Al2O3 is suppressed because of the immiscibility of Al2O3 in monoclinic HfO2.
ACCESSION #
44066555

 

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