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Effective mobilities in pseudomorphic Si/SiGe/Si p-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors with thin silicon capping layers

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Palmer, M.J. ; Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom ; Braithwaite, G. ; Grasby, T.J. ; Phillips, P.J.
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The room-temperature effective mobilities of pseudomorphic Si/Si0.64Ge0.36/Si p-metal-oxidesemiconductor field effect transistors are reported. The peak mobility in the buried SiGe channel increases with silicon cap thickness. It is argued that SiO2/Si interface roughness is a major source of scattering in these devices, which is attenuated for thicker silicon caps. It is also suggested that segregated Ge in the silicon cap interferes with the oxidation process, leading to increased SiO2/Si interface roughness in the case of thin silicon caps. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:78 ,  Issue: 10 )