The effects of thermal nitridation and reoxidation on the interfacial stress and structure of silicon dioxide gate dielectrics

J. T. Yount, P. M. Lenahan, P. W. Wyatt

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Electron spin resonance spectroscopy is used to study the effects of thermal NH3 nitridation and subsequent reoxidation on the structure of the dielectric/silicon interface. This is accomplished by study of the P b center, an interfacial point defect. The values of g in Pb spectra observed in the nitrided oxide and reoxidized nitrided oxide systems differ from Si/SiO2 systems, suggesting that the average value of the tensile stress in the silicon substrate increases upon nitridation while reoxidation acts to return the interfacial stress to prenitridation levels. The implications of these structural changes upon device performance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-705
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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