Effect of nitridation on low-frequency (1/f) noise in n- and p-MOSFETS with HFO2 gate dielectrics

P. Srinivasan, E. Simoen, Z. M. Rittersma, W. Deweerd, L. Pantisano, C. Claeys, D. Misra

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The nitridation effects on low-frequency (1/f) noise in metallorganic chemical vapor deposited HfO2 n- and p-metal oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) are reported. Devices with a postdeposition anneal (PDA), performed after HfO2 deposition, in a N2 or NH3 ambient were investigated. A significant variation in noise was observed when different PDAs were employed. Devices annealed with N2 showed lower input referred noise SVG (∼ 125 μV 2/Hz) for |VG-VT| ∼ 0.1 V, close to the ITRS specifications when compared to NH3 anneals (∼ 1100 μV2/Hz). Carrier trapping is shown to be the origin of the 1/f fluctuations for most n-MOSFET process splits. For p-MOSFETs, no significant impact of the PDA was observed, yielding a constant SVG (∼ 200 μV2/Hz). Additionally, two types of interfacial layers were considered for n-MOSFETs, i.e., nitrided and non-nitrided interfaces, prepared by a decoupled plasma nitridation before HfO2 deposition. Different trap density profiles were derived from the noise spectra for the nitrided- and non-nitrided-interface n-MOSFETs. This suggests that nitridation can induce nitrogen-related defects which lead to a variation in the concentration of oxygen vacancies in the bulk HfO2. The binding configuration between the atoms may also play an important role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)G819-G825
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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