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Angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS) has been used to characterise nondestructively silicon oxynitride and high-k film samples. Film thickness values and concentration profiles were determined in each case. Different chemical states of nitrogen were identified in the silicon oxynitride sample and concentration profiles and dose values for each nitrogen state were calculated. ARXPS was also used to study the difference between hafnium oxide films deposited on thermally grown silicon oxide and on HF-etched silicon. The thickness and chemistry of the interfacial layers were characterised.
Date of Conference: 31 March-1 April 2003