Experimental study of floating-gate-type metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors with nanosize triangular cross-sectional tunnel areas for low operating voltage flash memory application

Yongxun Liu, Ruofeng Guo, Takahiro Kamei, Takashi Matsukawa, Kazuhiko Endo, Shinichi O'Uchi, Junichi Tsukada, Hiromi Yamauchi, Yuki Ishikawa, Tetsuro Hayashida, Kunihiro Sakamoto, Atsushi Ogura, Meishoku Masahara

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Abstract

The floating-gate (FG)-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors with planar (planar-MOS) and three-dimensional (3D) nanosize triangular cross-sectional tunnel areas (3D-MOS) have successfully been fabricated by introducing rapid thermal oxidation (RTO) and postdeposition annealing (PDA), and their electrical characteristics between the control gate (CG) and FG have been systematically compared. It was experimentally found in both planar- and 3D-MOS capacitors that the uniform and higher breakdown voltages are obtained by introducing RTO owing to the high-quality thermal oxide formation on the surface and etched edge regions of the n + polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) FG, and the leakage current is highly suppressed after PDA owing to the improved quality of the tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) silicon dioxide (SiO 2) between CG and FG. Moreover, a lower breakdown voltage between CG and FG was obtained in the fabricated 3D-MOS capacitors as compared with that of planar-MOS capacitors thanks to the enhanced local electric field at the tips of triangular tunnel areas. The developed nanosize triangular cross-sectional tunnel area is useful for the fabrication of low operating voltage flash memories.

Original languageEnglish
Article number06FF01
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Volume51
Issue number6 PART 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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