Interface hardening with deuterium implantation

D. Misra, R. K. Jarwal

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Incorporation of deuterium to passivate silicon-dangling bonds at the Si-SiO2 interface through ion implantation before the growth of the gate oxide is the focus of this work. Polycrystalline silicon gate n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor diodes with 4 nm gate oxide grown on deuterium-implanted p-type silicon (100) substrate were investigated. Deuterium implanted at a light dose of 1 × 1014/cm2 at 25 keV reduced oxide leakage current due to reduction in oxide charge and interface traps. Out-diffusion deuterium during oxidation was observed for lower energy implant. Higher energy implant, on the other hand, causes enhanced substrate damage and prevents deuterium from reaching the Si-SiO2 interface. Formation of Si-D bonds at the interface as well as in bulk oxide seems to reduce bulk electron traps as noticed in constant current strees measurements. Interface state density Nit as obtained from the conductance measurements suggests that implanted deuterium passivates the silicon dangling bonds, thereby reducing the interface charge. The Nit distribution in silicon bandgap shows that there is significant reduction in Nit for deuterium-implanted samples at an energy position about 0.2 eV above midgap, which corresponds well with Pb0 center 0/-transition level of Ev + 0.85 eV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)G446-G450
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2002

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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