Reliability of Thin Thermally Grown SiO2 on 3C-SiC Studied by Scanning Probe Microscopy
This paper reports on the electrical characteristics of thermally grown SiO2 on cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC). The 3C-SiC (111) was grown on Si-face 6H-SiC (0001) on-axis substrates by a non-conventional Vapor-Liquid-Solid (VLS) technique. Scanning probe microscopy techniques, including Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Capacitance Microscopy (SCM) and tunneling AFM (TUNA) were employed to study the morphology, local capacitance and local current variations across the sample surface. This nanoscale investigation allowed monitoring the homogeneity, as well as reliability in terms of dielectric breakdown (BD), of the thermally grown SiO2. In this way it was possible to gain insights into the breakdown related to pre-existing defects (extrinsic breakdown) as well as the actual intrinsic breakdown of the dielectric.
Anton J. Bauer, Peter Friedrichs, Michael Krieger, Gerhard Pensl, Roland Rupp and Thomas Seyller
J. Eriksson et al., "Reliability of Thin Thermally Grown SiO2 on 3C-SiC Studied by Scanning Probe Microscopy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 645-648, pp. 833-836, 2010