Low-frequency (1f) noise performance of n- and p-MOSFETs with poly-SiHf-based gate dielectrics

P. Srinivasan, E. Simoen, L. Pantisano, C. Claeys, D. Misra

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The low-frequency (LF) noise performance of n- and p-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) with different Hf-based gate oxides, deposited by metallorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on the same interfacial oxide layer and using polysilicon (poly-Si) as a gate material has been investigated. Independent of the gate oxide, the LF noise spectra of n- and p-MOSFETs are predominantly of the 1 f γ type, with the frequency exponent γ close to 1. For nMOSFETs, the noise spectral density of HfO2 devices is two orders of magnitude higher than for SiON or Hfx Si1-x ON (silicates), where 0<x<100%, most likely due to trapping by defects in the high- k layer. For the silicates with different x, no significant differences are noticed for n- and p-MOSFETs. It is shown that the noise characteristics behave as can be expected for a number fluctuations mechanism. The extracted volume and surface trap densities are significantly higher for pure HfO2 than for the Hfx Si1-x ON devices. In the latter case, trap densities comparable with the values for the SiON reference transistors are obtained. Hooge's parameter αH, as an alternative figure of merit, shows that the devices with MOCVD HfO2 gate dielectric have the noisiest performance, while Hfx Si1-x ON MOSFETs yield the lowest αH, even better than for SiON.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)G324-G329
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 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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