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Ge MOS capacitors with tri-layer gate dielectric are proposed by using GeON interlayer, TaON sandwich layer, and HfTiON high-k dielectric. Very small capacitance equivalent thickness (0.79~0.91 nm) is achieved. Experimental results show that the NO pretreated sample exhibits the best electrical properties, such as low interface-state density (5.4 × 1011 cm-2 eV-1), low gate leakage current density (~ 3.16 × 10-4 Acm-2 at Vg - Vfb = 1 V) and high device reliability. All of these should be attributed to the facts that the NO nitridation could form a GeON interlayer with suitable N content and thus provide an excellent GeON/Ge interface with strong Ge-N bonds, while the TaON sandwich layer could separate Hf and Ge, thus effectively preventing the reaction between them and improving the interface quality and electrical properties of the devices.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2011