Origin and passivation of fixed charge in atomic layer deposited aluminum oxide gate insulators on chemically treated InGaAs substrates

Shin, Byungha; Weber, Justin R.; Long, Rathnait D.; Hurley, Paul K.; Van de Walle, Chris G.; McIntyre, Paul C.
April 2010
Applied Physics Letters;4/12/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 15, p152908
Academic Journal
We report experimental and theoretical studies of defects producing fixed charge within Al2O3 layers grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on In0.53Ga0.47As(001) substrates and the effects of hydrogen passivation of these defects. Capacitance-voltage measurements of Pt/ALD-Al2O3/n-In0.53Ga0.47As suggested the presence of positive bulk fixed charge and negative interfacial fixed charge within ALD-Al2O3. We identified oxygen and aluminum dangling bonds (DBs) as the origin of the fixed charge. First-principles calculations predicted possible passivation of both O and Al DBs, which would neutralize fixed charge, and this prediction was confirmed experimentally; postmetallization forming gas anneal removed most of the fixed charge in ALD-Al2O3.


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