Influence of plasma-based in-situ surface cleaning procedures on HfO2/In0.53Ga0.47As gate stack properties
- Author(s): Chobpattana, Varistha
- Mates, Thomas E.
- Mitchell, William J.
- Zhang, Jack Y.
- Stemmer, Susanne
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4825259
We report on the influence of variations in the process parameters of an in-situ surface cleaning procedure, consisting of alternating cycles of nitrogen plasma and trimethylaluminum dosing, on the interface trap density of highly scaled HfO2gate dielectrics deposited on n-In0.53Ga0.47As by atomic layer deposition. We discuss the interface chemistry of stacks resulting from the pre-deposition exposure to nitrogen plasma/trimethylaluminum cycles. Measurements of interface trap densities, interface chemistry, and surface morphology show that variations in the cleaning process have a large effect on nucleation and surface coverage, which in turn are crucial for achieving low interface state densities.