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Quantitative correlations between the performance of polysilicon emitter transistors and the evolution of polysilicon/silicon interfacial oxides upon annealing

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4 Author(s)
S. A. Ajuria ; MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; C. H. Gan ; J. A. Noel ; L. R. Reif

Correlations between oxide breakup and polysilicon-emitter bipolar characteristics are quantitatively established by introducing kinetic terms for oxide breakup in the bipolar transport equations. It is verified that emitter resistance largely depends on the continuity of the interfacial oxide. Similarly, oxide breakup is seen to directly result in an increase in base current up to temperatures of ~950°C (for 30-min anneals), above which the changing structure of the polysilicon is found to play the dominant role in the rise of base current. These observations establish that both the interfacial oxide and the polysilicon layer are responsible for the enhanced gain seen in polysilicon emitter transistors. With the contributions of the oxide and the polysilicon quantitatively understood, it becomes possible to simulate polysilicon emitter device characteristics as a function of process conditions

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IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 6 )