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110-GHz fT silicon bipolar transistors implemented using fluorine implantation for boron diffusion suppression

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Kham, M.N. ; Sch. of Electron. & Comput. Sci., Univ. of Southampton, UK ; Mubarek, H.A.W.E. ; Bonar, J.M ; Ashburn, P.
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This paper investigates how fluorine implantation can be used to suppress boron diffusion in the base of a double polysilicon silicon bipolar transistor and hence deliver a record fT of 110 GHz. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to characterize the effect of the fluorine implantation energy and dose, the anneal temperature and the germanium pre-amorphization implant on the fluorine profiles. These results show that retention of fluorine in the silicon is maximized when a high-energy fluorine implant is combined with a low thermal budget inert anneal. TEM images show that a high-energy fluorine implant into germanium pre-amorphized silicon eliminates the end of range defects from the germanium implant and produces a band of dislocation loops deeper in the silicon at the range of the fluorine implant. Boron SIMS profiles show a suppression of boron diffusion for fluorine doses at and above 5×1014 cm-2, but no suppression at lower fluorine doses. This suppression of boron diffusion correlates with the appearance on the SIMS profiles of a fluorine peak at a depth of approximately Rp/2, which is attributed to fluorine trapped in vacancy-fluorine clusters. The introduction of a fluorine implant at this critical fluorine dose into a bipolar transistor process flow leads to an increase in cutoff frequency from 46 to 60 GHz. Further optimization of the base-width and the collector profile leads to a further increase in cutoff frequency to 110 GHz. Two factors are postulated to contribute to the suppression of boron diffusion by the fluorine implant. First, the elimination of the germanium end of range defects, and the associated interstitial population, by the fluorine implant, removes a source of transient enhanced diffusion. Second, any interstitials released by the dislocation loops at the range of the fluorine implant would be expected to recombine at the vacancy-fluorine clusters before reaching the boron profile.

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Electron Devices, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

March 2006

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