Low temperature silicon nitride deposited by Cat-CVD for deep sub-micron metal–oxide–semiconductor devices

Patil, S. B. , Kumbhar, A., Waghmare, P., Ramgopal Rao, V. and Dusane, R.O. (2001) Low temperature silicon nitride deposited by Cat-CVD for deep sub-micron metal–oxide–semiconductor devices. Thin Solid Films, 395(1-2), pp. 270-274. (doi:10.1016/S0040-6090(01)01281-0)

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Abstract

Silicon nitride as a gate dielectric can improve the performance of ULSI CMOS devices by decreasing the gate leakage currents. In this paper we report a a-SiN:H gate dielectric fabricated using Cat-CVD at a relatively low substrate temperature of ∼250°C, using silane and ammonia as the source gases. The films were deposited at various gas pressures, (NH3/SiH4) flow rate ratios and at different filament temperatures (TF). The deposition parameters, i.e. total gas pressure and gas composition (silane+ammonia) were optimized to deposit insulating and transparent films with high breakdown strength. The structural properties of these films were studied by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. Films with bandgap as high as 5.5 eV were obtained. The optimized conditions were used to deposit ultrathin films of the order of 8 nm thickness for deep-submicron CMOS technology. Electrical properties such as C–V and I–V measurements were studied on metal–nitride–semiconductor (MNS) capacitor structures. These characterization results on MNS capacitors show breakdown fields of the order of 10 MV cm−1 and good interface properties.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Patil, Dr Samadhan
Authors: Patil, S. B., Kumbhar, A., Waghmare, P., Ramgopal Rao, V., and Dusane, R.O.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Thin Solid Films
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0040-6090
ISSN (Online):1879-2731
Published Online:28 September 2001

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