Evaluation of device parameters of HfO/sub 2//SiO/sub 2//Si gate dielectric stack for MOSFETs
TL;DR: HfO/sub 2/ has the potential to satisfy the projected off-state leakage current requirements of future high-performance and low-power technologies.
Abstract: Among the potential candidates for replacement of SiO/sub 2/ or SiO/sub x/N/sub y/ as gate dielectric, HfO/sub 2/ seems to be one of the most promising materials, combining high dielectric permittivity with low leakage current due to a reasonably high barrier height that limits electron tunneling (Peacock and Robertson, 2004). Other requirements on gate dielectric materials like low density of interface states, gate compatibility, structural, physical and chemical stability at both gate electrode/dielectric and dielectric/silicon interfaces are currently making the object of intensive investigation for sub 0.1 /spl mu/m channel length devices using high-k dielectrics. The transition layer becomes important in such dielectrics in deciding the device performance. In this paper, we discuss the scaling limits of HfO/sub 2//SiO/sub 2/ stacked dielectrics taking into consideration the impact of transition layer between HfO/sub 2/ and SiO/sub 2/. In this paper, analysis of HfO/sub 2//SiO/sub 2/ gate dielectric stack has been carried out for replacement of SiO/sub 2/ using an appropriate direct-tunneling gate-current model. It has the potential to satisfy the projected off-state leakage current requirements of future high-performance and low-power technologies.
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...To avoid the high gate leakage current, the common approach is the use of high-k materials as gate dielectric , which in turn, results in a lowering of the carrier mobility into the channel....
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