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Fang, Q,Zhang, JY,Wang, ZM,Wu, JX,O'Sullivan, BJ,Hurley, PK,Leedham, TL,Davies, H,Audier, MA,Jimenez, C,Senateur, JP,Boyd, IW
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Interface of tantalum oxide films on silicon by UV annealing at low temperature
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UV annealing tantalum pentoxide gate dielectrics interfacial SiO(x) layer CHEMICAL-VAPOR-DEPOSITION INJECTION LIQUID SOURCE PHOTOINDUCED CVD PENTOXIDE FILM
In previous work, we have grown 4-10 nm Ta(2)O(5) films by photo-induced chemical vapour deposition (photo-CVD) using a special precursor injection system, which exhibited leakage currents as low as 2.19X10(-7) A/cm(2) at 1 MV/cm. However properties of these films are known to deteriorate with decreasing film thickness. UV annealing at low temperatures using an excimer UV source can improve the electrical properties of these films dramatically. In this paper, tantalum pentoxide thin films with thicknesses of approximately 40 nm grown by photo-CVD have been annealed at low temperature using an excimer UV lamp. Film properties have been characterised using ellipsometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV spectrophotometry, capacitance-voltage and current-voltage techniques. After UV annealing, improved leakage current densities as low as 4.0X10(-8) A/cm(2) at 1 MV/cm, and breakdown fields higher than 3.0 MV/cm can be achieved. Investigation of the interfacial SiO(x) layer formed during deposition and after UV annealing by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and TEM reveals that thickness increases with UV annealing time and that the suboxides in the film and at the interface are converted into stoichiometric oxide, leading to an improvement of the electrical properties. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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