Growth kinetic and composition of the interfacial layer for RF sputtering Al2O3 layer on germanium

Siti Kudnie, Sahari and Muhammad, Kashif and Norsuzailina, Mohamed Sutan and Zaidi, Embong and Nik Amni Fathi, Nik Zaini Fathi and Azrul Azlan, Hamzah and Rohana, Sapawi and Burhanuddin, Yeop Majlis and Ibrahim, Ahmad (2017) Growth kinetic and composition of the interfacial layer for RF sputtering Al2O3 layer on germanium. Microelectronics International, 32 (4). pp. 64-68. ISSN 1356-5362

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Purpose – The quality of GeOx–Ge interface and the equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) are the main issues in fabricating high-k/Ge gate stack due to the low-k of GeOx interfacial layer (IL). Therefore, a precise study of the formation of GeOx IL and its contribution to EOT is of utmost importance. In this study, the GeOx ILs were formed through post-oxidation annealing of sputtered Al2O3 on the Ge substrate. The purpose of this paper is to report on growth kinetics and composition of IL between Al2O3 and Ge for HCl- and HF-last Ge surface. Design/methodology/approach – After wet chemical cleaning with HCl or HF, Al2O3 was grown onto the Ge surface by RF sputtering. Thickness and composition of IL formed after post-anneal deposition at 400°C in dry oxygen ambience were evaluated as a function of deposition time by FESEM and characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. Findings – It was observed that the composition and thickness of IL were dependent on the starting surface and an aluminum germinate-like composition was formed during RF sputtering for both HF- and HCl-last starting surface. Originality/value – The novelty of this work is to investigate the starting surface of Ge to IL growth between Al2O3/Ge that will lead to the improvement in Ge metal insulator field effect transistors (MISFETs) application

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interfacial layer, HCl, Germanium, Germanium oxide, HF, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 07:06
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 10:44

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