Detection of low energy single ion impacts in micron scale transistors at room temperature
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Detection of low energy single ion impacts in micron scale transistors at room temperature

  • Author(s): Batra, A.
  • Weis, C.D.
  • Reijonen, J.
  • Persaud, A.
  • Schenkel, T.
  • Cabrini, S.
  • Lo, C.C.
  • Bokor, J.
  • et al.
Abstract

We report the detection of single ion impacts through monitoring of changes in the source-drain currents of field effect transistors (FET) at room temperature. Implant apertures are formed in the interlayer dielectrics and gate electrodes of planar, micro-scale FETs by electron beam assisted etching. FET currents increase due to the generation of positively charged defects in gate oxides when ions (121Sb12+, 14+, Xe6+; 50 to 70 keV) impinge into channel regions. Implant damage is repaired by rapid thermal annealing, enabling iterative cycles of device doping and electrical characterization for development of single atom devices and studies of dopant fluctuation effects.

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