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An Electrically-Detected Magnetic Resonance Study of the Atomic-Scale Effects of Fluorine on the Negative Bias Temperature Instability

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Author(s)

J.T. Ryan, Patrick M. Lenahan, A.T. Krishnan, S. Krishnan, Jason Campbell

Abstract

It has been shown that the negative bias temperature instability (NBTI) may be significantly suppressed through the incorporation of fluorine in the gate oxide. In this study, we use the electrically-detected magnetic resonance technique of spin dependent recombination and standard gated diode current measurements to investigate the atomic-scale processes involved in fluorine's suppression of NBTI. Our results indicate that fluorine effectively passivates Si/SiO2 Pb0 center defect precursors, but is much less effective at passivating Si/SiO2 Pb1 center defect precursors. Since these two defects have significantly different densities of states, our results maybe useful in modeling NBTI response in fluorinated oxide devices. Our results also help to provide a fundamental explanation for the observation that fluorination has a strong effect on NBTI in 'pure' SiO2 MOS devices, but is ineffective at reducing NBTI in nitrided oxide devices.
Proceedings Title
2008 IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop
Conference Dates
October 12-16, 2008
Conference Location
South Lake Tahoe, NV, US

Citation

Ryan, J. , Lenahan, P. , Krishnan, A. , Krishnan, S. and Campbell, J. (2009), An Electrically-Detected Magnetic Resonance Study of the Atomic-Scale Effects of Fluorine on the Negative Bias Temperature Instability, 2008 IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop, South Lake Tahoe, NV, US, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=900189 (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created January 4, 2009, Updated October 12, 2021