Interfacial microstructure and electrical properties of HfAlOxthin films on compressively strained Si83Ge17grown by RF magnetron sputtering

X. Y. Qiu, K. C. Chan, P. F. Lee, X. W. Dong, Jiyan Dai

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Interfacial microstructure and electrical properties of HfAlOxfilms deposited by RF magnetron sputtering on compressively strained Si83Ge17/Si substrates were investigated. HfSiOx-dominated amorphous interfacial layer (IL) embedded with crystalline HfSixnano-particles were revealed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy depth profile study. About 280 mV-wide clockwise capacitance-voltage(C-V) hysteresis for the HfAlOxfilm deposited in Ar + N2mixed ambient was observed. Oxygen vacancies and interfacial defects in the HfSiOxIL, as well as trapped charges in the boundaries between the HfSixnano-particles and surrounded amorphous HfSiOxmay be responsible for the large C-V hysteresis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2247-2250
Number of pages4
JournalMicroelectronic Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009


  • HfAlO films x
  • Hysteresis
  • Interfacial microstructure
  • RF magnetron sputtering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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