Total-ionizing-dose mechanisms are investigated in 16-nm InGaAs FinFETs with an HfO2/Al2O3 gate-stack. Transistors are irradiated up to 500 krad(SiO2) and annealed at high temperatures. Irradiated devices show negative threshold-voltage Vth shifts, subthreshold stretch-out, and leakage current increases. These result from positive charge trapping in the gate oxide and shallow trench insulators, and increases in the interface and border-trap charge densities. Low-frequency noise measurements at different temperatures indicate a significant increase of noise magnitude in irradiated devices at an activation energy of 0.4 eV. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations strongly suggest that transistor Vth shifts are due primarily to hole trapping at oxygen vacancies in HfO2, and the increased noise is due primarily to O vacancies in Al2O3. Additional contributions to the noise from defects in the GaAs buffer layer are also likely, primarily at low temperatures.

Total-Ionizing-Dose Effects and Low-Frequency Noise in 16-nm InGaAs FinFETs with HfO2/Al2O3 Dielectrics

Bonaldo S.;Gerardin S.;Paccagnella A.;
2020

Abstract

Total-ionizing-dose mechanisms are investigated in 16-nm InGaAs FinFETs with an HfO2/Al2O3 gate-stack. Transistors are irradiated up to 500 krad(SiO2) and annealed at high temperatures. Irradiated devices show negative threshold-voltage Vth shifts, subthreshold stretch-out, and leakage current increases. These result from positive charge trapping in the gate oxide and shallow trench insulators, and increases in the interface and border-trap charge densities. Low-frequency noise measurements at different temperatures indicate a significant increase of noise magnitude in irradiated devices at an activation energy of 0.4 eV. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations strongly suggest that transistor Vth shifts are due primarily to hole trapping at oxygen vacancies in HfO2, and the increased noise is due primarily to O vacancies in Al2O3. Additional contributions to the noise from defects in the GaAs buffer layer are also likely, primarily at low temperatures.
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