High dielectric constant Hf-Ti-Sn-O off-axis cosputtered films

L. F. Schneemeyer, R. B. Van Dover, R. M. Fleming

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New Hf-Sn-Ti-O thin-film dielectric materials were explored using a compositional-spread approach. Thin films of composition Hf0.2Sn0.05Ti0.75O2 prepared at 250°C have excellent dielectric properties: 40-50 nm thick films with a dielectric constant of 40-60 were obtained, depending on the processing conditions, yielding a specific capacitance of 9-17 fF/μm2. Breakdown fields were measured to be about 4 MV/cm, yielding a Figure of Merit εε0Ebr = 19 μC/cm2. Leakage currents, measured at 1 MV/cm, were in the range 10-7-10-6 A/cm2. Film properties are strongly dependent on substrate temperature during deposition. Like their recently reported zirconium analogs, these materials are of interest for use in Si-IC device technology, for example as storage capacitors in DRAM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-572
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 MRS Fall Meeting - The Symposium 'Advanced Catalytic Materials-1998' - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 30 Nov 19983 Dec 1998


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