Investigation of stress induced interface states in Al2O3/InGaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors

F. Palumbo, R. Winter, K. Tang, P. C. McIntyre, M. Eizenberg

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Implementation of high-k dielectrics on InGaAs for CMOS technology requires capabilities to predict long-time degradation and the impact of process changes on degradation processes. In this work, the degradation under constant voltage stress of metal gate/Al2O3/InGaAs stacks is studied for n-type and p-type As2 passivated InGaAs substrates. The results show that the degradation for both positive bias and negative bias did not produce Al2O3 oxide traps, while the distribution of interface states increased. In particular, the distribution of interface states, calculated by the distributed impedance equivalent circuit model, increased significantly after positive bias stress regardless of the doping type of the substrate. The injection of carriers from the semiconductor conduction band into the gate dielectric enhanced the generation of interface states but not the generation of oxide traps, suggesting that the interfacial degradation is related primarily to the InGaAs surface and not to the oxide layer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174105
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - 7 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


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