InAs-oxide interface composition and stability upon thermal oxidation and high-k atomic layer deposition

Andrea Troian, Johan V. Knutsson, Sarah R. McKibbin, Sofie Yngman, Aein S. Babadi, Lars Erik Wernersson, Anders Mikkelsen, Rainer Timm

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Defects at the interface between InAs and a native or high permittivity oxide layer are one of the main challenges for realizing III-V semiconductor based metal oxide semiconductor structures with superior device performance. Here we passivate the InAs(100) substrate by removing the native oxide via annealing in ultra-high vacuum (UHV) under a flux of atomic hydrogen and growing a stoichiometry controlled oxide (thermal oxide) in UHV, prior to atomic layer deposition (ALD) of an Al2O3 high-k layer. The semiconductor-oxide interfacial stoichiometry and surface morphology are investigated by synchrotron based X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and low energy electron diffraction. After thermal oxide growth, we find a thin non-crystalline layer with a flat surface structure. Importantly, the InAs-oxide interface shows a significantly decreased amount of In3+, As5+, and As0 components, which can be correlated to electrically detrimental defects. Capacitance-voltage measurements confirm a decrease of the interface trap density in gate stacks including the thermal oxide as compared to reference samples. This makes the concept of a thermal oxide layer prior to ALD promising for improving device performance if this thermal oxide layer can be stabilized upon exposure to ambient air.

TidskriftAIP Advances
StatusPublished - 2018 dec. 1

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  • Materialteknik
  • Den kondenserade materiens fysik


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