Papers by Author: Veena Misra

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Authors: Min Seok Kang, Kevin Lawless, Bong Mook Lee, Veena Misra
Abstract: We investigated the impact of an initial lanthanum oxide (La2O3) thickness and forming gas annealing (FGA) conditions on the MOSFET performance. The FGA has been shown to dramatically improve the threshold voltage (VT) stability of 4H-SiC MOSFETs. The FGA process leads to low VT shift and high field effect mobility due to reduction of the interface states density as well as traps by passivating the dangling bonds and active traps in the Lanthanum Silicate dielectrics. By optimizing the La2O3 interfacial layer thickness and FGA condition, SiC MOSFETs with high threshold voltage and high mobility while maintaining minimal VT shift are realized.
Authors: Xiang Yu Yang, Bong Mook Lee, Veena Misra
Abstract: In this work, we have developed a novel gate stack to enhance the mobility of Si face (0001) 4H-SiC lateral MOSFETs while maintaining a high threshold voltage. The gate dielectric consists a thin lanthanum silicate layer at SiC/dielectric interface and SiO2 deposited by atomic layer deposition. MOSFETs using this interface engineering technique show a peak field effect mobility of 133.5 cm2/Vs while maintaining a positive threshold voltage of above 3V. The interface state density measured on MOS capacitor with lanthanum silicate interfacial layers is reduced compared to the capacitors without the silicate. It is shown that the presence of the lanthanum at the interface reduces the formation of a lower quality SiOx interfacial layer typically formed at the SiC surface during typical high temperature anneals. This better quality interfacial layer produces a sharp SiC/dielectric interface, which is confirmed by cross section Z-contrast STEM images.
Authors: Min Seok Kang, Bong Mook Lee, Veena Misra
Abstract: This study reports the electrical characteristics and reliability of the atomic layer deposited SiO2 on the 4H-SiC substrate. By controlling the thickness of SiO2 in each ALD cycle, improved device properties like mobility and gate leakage were obtained as compared to the single deposition. Moreover, the optimized process dramatically reduces the threshold voltage shift under positive and negative bias stresses. This improvement can be attributed to the effective removal of unreacted metal-organic precursors, active traps, and broken bonds in the ALD SiO2 dielectrics as well as reduction in interface state density at SiC/SiO2 interface.
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