In this letter, cobalt nanodots (Co-NDs) had been formed via a self-assembled nanodot deposition. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses clearly show that the high metallic Co-ND is crystallized with small size of ∼2 nm and high density of (4-5) × 1012 / cm2. The metal-oxide-semiconductor device with high density Co-NDs floating gate and high- k HfO2 blocking dielectric exhibits a wide range memory window (0-12 V) due to the charge trapping into and distrapping from Co-NDs. After 10 years retention, a large memory window of ∼1.3 V with a low charge loss of ∼47% was extrapolated. The relative longer data retention demonstrates the advantage of Co-NDs for nonvolatile memory application.
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