We have investigated the effect of HfO2 layer thickness on crystallization in thin HfO2 films using photoemission spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). O K -edge XAS spectra depending on annealing temperature indicate that crystallization in thin HfO2 films is suppressed upon annealing for thin HfO2 film, which in turn has a beneficial effect on the performance of devices. The annealing-temperature dependence of the depth profile of HfO2 films suggests that diffusion of Si atoms into the HfO2 layer plays only a minor role in the suppression of crystallization, indicating that HfO2 films can restrain a decrease in dielectric constant.
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