Improved thermal stability of Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 high-k gate dielectric stack on GaAs

Dong Chan Suh; Young Dae Cho; Sun Wook Kim; Dae-Hong Ko; Yongshik Lee; Mann-Ho Cho; Jungwoo Oh
April 2010
Applied Physics Letters;4/5/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 14, p142112
Academic Journal
Thermal stability of HfO2 high-k gate dielectric on GaAs is investigated. Compared to HfO2 gate dielectric, significant improvements in interfacial properties as well as electrical characteristics were found by constructing a Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 dielectric stack. At elevated temperatures, the amorphous Al2O3 layers were effective in inhibiting crystallization of HfO2. Since the passivating Al2O3 layers prevent interfacial oxide and trap charge formation, it aids in reducing the increasing rate of equivalent oxide thickness as well as capacitance-voltage hysteresis. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data supported the improved electrical characteristic of GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors with Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 gate dielectric stack.


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