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Plasma-Induced Defect-Site Generation in Si Substrate and Its Impact on Performance Degradation in Scaled MOSFETs

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Plasma-induced ion-bombardment damage was studied in terms of defect sites created underneath the exposed Si surface. From the shift of capacitance-voltage (C- V) curves, the defect sites were found to capture carriers (being negatively charged in the case of an Ar plasma exposure). This results in a change of the effective impurity-doping density and the profile. We also report that the defect density depends on the energy of ions from plasma. A simplified and quantitative model is proposed for the drain-current degradation induced by the series-resistance increase by the damage. The relationship derived between the defect density and the drain-current degradation is verified by device simulations. The proposed model is useful to predict the device performance change from plasma process parameters.

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Electron Device Letters, IEEE  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 12 )