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1st Edition

Nano-CMOS Gate Dielectric Engineering

ISBN 9781439849590
Published November 28, 2011 by CRC Press
248 Pages 149 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

According to Moore’s Law, not only does the number of transistors in an integrated circuit double every two years, but transistor size also decreases at a predictable rate. At the rate we are going, the downsizing of CMOS transistors will reach the deca-nanometer scale by 2020. Accordingly, the gate dielectric thickness will be shrunk to less than half-nanometer oxide equivalent thickness (EOT) to maintain proper operation of the transistors, leaving high-k materials as the only viable solution for such small-scale EOT.

This comprehensive, up-to-date text covering the physics, materials, devices, and fabrication processes for high-k gate dielectric materials, Nano-CMOS Gate Dielectric Engineering systematically describes how the fundamental electronic structures and other material properties of the transition metals and rare earth metals affect the electrical properties of the dielectric films, the dielectric/silicon and the dielectric/metal gate interfaces, and the resulting device properties. Specific topics include the problems and solutions encountered with high-k material thermal stability, defect density, and poor initial interface with silicon substrate. The text also addresses the essence of thin film deposition, etching, and process integration of high-k materials in an actual CMOS process.

Fascinating in both content and approach, Nano-CMOS Gate Dielectric Engineering explains all of the necessary physics in a highly readable manner and supplements this with numerous intuitive illustrations and tables. Covering almost every aspect of high-k gate dielectric engineering for nano-CMOS technology, this is a perfect reference book for graduate students needing a better understanding of developing technology as well as researchers and engineers needing to get ahead in microelectronic engineering and materials science.

Table of Contents

Overview of CMOS Technology
MOS Transistor: A Quick Introduction to Classical Models
Short-Channel Effects and Short-Channel Modifications
Features and Uniqueness of MOS Transistor
MOS in Deca-Nanometer
Technology Trends and Options

High-k Dielectrics
The High-k Candidates
Electronic Structure of Transition Metals and Rare Earth Metals
Material Properties of Elemental Transition Metal and Rare Metal Oxides
Bandgap and Band Offset Energies
Bond Ionicity and Dielectric Constant
Carrier Effective Masses
Thermal Stability
Disorders and Defects

Complex Forms of High-k Oxides
Silicates and Aluminates Pseudo-Binary Alloys
Stoichiometric Binary Alloys
Thermal Stability and Phase Separation

Dielectric Interfaces
High-k/Silicon Interface
High-k/Metal Interface

Impacts on Device Operation
Gate Leakage Current
Threshold Voltage Control and Fermi-Level Pinning
Channel Mobility
Subthreshold Characteristics
Dielectric Breakdown
Hot-Carrier Effects
Temperature Instabilities

Fabrication Issues
Process Integration
Atomic Layer Deposition
Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition
Physical Vapor Deposition

Appendix A: Fundamental Physical Constants and Unit Conversions
Appendix B: Properties of Si and SiO2

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... this book, by covering almost every aspect of high-k gate dielectric engineering for nano-CMOS technology, is as timely as ever for device and process engineers. Though it involves quite a lot of physics, it is never less than fascinating, through its many intuitive illustrations and tables.

—From the Foreword by Hiroshi Iwai, PhD, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan