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Formation of Ni mono-germanosilicide on heavily B-doped epitaxial SiGe for ultra-shallow source/drain contacts
KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
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2003 (English)In: Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, ISSN 0272-9172, Vol. 745, 117-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The formation of Ni germanosilicides during solid-state interaction between Ni and heavily B-doped strained epitaxial Si1-xGex films with x=0.18, 0.32 and 0.37 is studied. No NiSi2 is found in these samples even after annealing at 850 degreesC, which can be compared to the formation of NiSi2 at 750 T on Si(I 00). Resistance and diffraction studies for the Si0.82Ge0.18 sample indicate that NiSi0.82Ge0.18 forms and the NiSi0.82Ge0.18/Si0.82Ge0.18 structure is stable from 400 to 700 degreesC. For the NiSi1-uGeu formed in all Si1-xGex samples, where u can be different from x, a strong film texturing is observed. When the Ge fraction is increased from 18 at.% to 32-37 at.%, the morphological stability of the film is degraded and a substantial increase in sheet resistance occurs already at 600 degreesC. The contact resistivity for the NiSi0.8Ge0.2/Si0.8Ge0.2 interface formed at 550 T is determined as 1.2x10(-7) Omegacm(2), which satisfies the ITRS contact resistivity requirement for the 70 nm technology node.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 745, 117-122 p.
Keyword [en]
Electric contacts, Electric resistance, Epitaxial growth, Rapid thermal annealing, Semiconducting films, Semiconductor doping, Semiconductor junctions, X ray diffraction analysis, Sheet resistance, Silicidation
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9104ISI: 000182316500018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-9104DiVA: diva2:14960
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QC 20101027Available from: 2005-02-02 Created: 2005-02-02 Last updated: 2010-10-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Source and drain engineering in SiGe-based pMOS transistors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Source and drain engineering in SiGe-based pMOS transistors
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

A new shallow junction formation process, based on selective silicon etching followed by selective growth of in situ B-doped SiGe, is presented. The approach is advantageous compared to conventional ion implantation followed by thermal activation, because perfectly abrupt, low resistivity junctions of arbitrary depth can be obtained. In B-doped SiGe layers, the active doping concentration can exceed the solid solubility in silicon because of strain compensation. In addition, the compressive strain induced in the Si channel can improve drivability through increased hole mobility. The process is integrated by performing the selective etching and the selective SiGe growth in the same reactor. The main advantage of this is that the delicate gate oxide is preserved. The silicon etching process (based on HCl) is shown to be highly selective over SiO2 and anisotropic, exhibiting the densely packed (100), (311) and (111) surfaces. It was found that the process temperature should be confined between 800 ºC, where etch pits occur, and 1000 ºC, where the masking oxide is attacked. B-doped SiGe layers with a resistivity of 5×10-4 Ωcm were obtained. Well-behaved pMOS transistors are presented, yet with low layer quality. Therefore integration issues related to the epitaxial growth, such as selectivity, loading effect, pile-up and defect generation, were investigated. Surface damage originating from reactive-ion etching of the sidewall spacer and nitride residues from LOCOS formation were found to degrade the quality of the SiGe layer. Various remedies are discussed. Nevertheless, high-quality selective epitaxial growth could not be achieved with a doping concentration in the 1021 cm-3 range. The maximum doping level resulting in a high-quality layer, with the loading effect taken into account, was 6×1020 cm-3. After this careful process optimization, a high-quality layer was obtained in the recessed areas. Finally, Ni mono-germanosilicide was investigated as a material for contact formation to the epitaxial SiGe layers in the recessed source and drain areas. The formation temperature is 550 ºC and it is stable up to 700 ºC. The observation of a recessed step and lateral growth of the silicide led to a detailed treatment of the contact resistivity of the NiSi0.8Ge0.2/Si0.8Ge0.2 interface using 2-D as well as 3-D modeling. Different values were obtained for square shaped and rounded contacts, 5.0x10-8 Ωcm2 and 1.4x10-7 Ωcm2, respectively.

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Stockholm: KTH, 2005. xii, 54 p.
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Trita-EKT, ISSN 1650-8599 ; 2005:1
Keyword
Electronics, SiGe, source/drain, shallow junctions, pMOS, process integration, CVD, epitaxy, etching, Ni silicide, contact resistivity, Elektronik
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-96 (URN)
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2005-01-14, C1, Electrum, Isafjordsgatan 22, Kista, 10:15
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QC 20101028Available from: 2005-02-02 Created: 2005-02-02 Last updated: 2010-10-28Bibliographically approved

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