We utilize a very sensitive electron spin resonance technique called spin-dependent tunneling to identify defect centers involved in the negative bias temperature instability in plasma-nitrided p -channel metal-oxide-silicon field-effect transistors. The defect's Si29 hyperfine spectrum identifies it as a K center which we refer to as KN. The generation of KN centers provides an explanation for the instability's enhancement in nitrided devices.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)