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Effects of a Gd capping layer on electrical characteristics of metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors with a TaC gate electrode and a HfSiON gate dielectric
By: Hong Bae Park; Chang Seo Park; Chang Yong Kang; Seung-Chul Song; Byoung Hun Lee; Tae-Young Jang; Tea Wan Kim; Jae Kyeong Jeong; Rino Choi;
Effects of Gd capping of HfSiON gate dielectric on the characteristics of n metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (nMOSFET) with TaC gate electrode were investigated. MOSFETs with an in situ deposited Gd/TaC bilayer demonstrated a reduced equivalent oxide thickness, 0.9 nm, and low VTH, 0.25 V, compared with MOSFETs without Gd capping layer. Backside secondary ion mass spectroscopy revealed that Gd atoms were diffused into the high-k gate dielectric and interfacial layer between high-k dielectric and Si substrate. The dipole moment at the high-k/SiO2 interface due to HfO and REO bonds is used to explain the VTH change.