Comparison of the degradation characteristics of AlON/InGaAs and Al2O3/InGaAs stacks

F. Palumbo*, I. Krylov, M. Eizenberg

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In this paper, the degradation characteristics of MOS (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) stacks with Al2O3/AlON or Al2O3 only as dielectric layers on InGaAs were studied. The dielectric nitrides are proposed as possible passivation layers to prevent InGaAs oxidation. At negative bias, it has been found out that the main contribution to the overall degradation of the gate oxide is dominated by the generation of positive charge in the gate oxide. This effect is pronounced in MOS stacks with Al2O3/AlON as dielectric, where we think the positive charge is mainly generated in the AlON interlayer. At positive bias, the degradation is dominated by buildup of negative charge due to electron trapping in pre-existing or stress-induced traps. For stress biases where the leakage currents are low, the changes in the electrical characteristics are dominated by electron-trapping into traps located in energy levels in the upper part of the semiconductor gap. For stress biases with higher leakage current levels, the electron trapping occurs in stress-induced traps increasing the shift of VFB towards positive bias. The overall results clearly show that the improvement of the high-k dielectric/InGaAs interface by introducing N into the Al-oxide does not necessarily mean an increase in the reliability of the MOS stack.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104103
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 14 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


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