Improvements in thermal stability of cobalt-silicide films by adding nickel

Hiromi Shimazu, Tomio Iwasaki, Hiroyuki Ohta, Hideo Miura

研究成果: Article査読


We studied the diffusion of cobalt atoms into silicon substrates by using an X-ray diffraction experiment and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to prevent open-circuit failures induced by the agglomeration of cobalt-silicide (CoSi2) film in semiconductor devices. The experimental results revealed that the agglomeration of cobalt-silicide films was caused by the diffusion of Co-atoms from CoSi2 films with a (111) texture into Si (001) substrates. The activation energy of Co-atom diffusion measured with sheet resistance (3.6eV) agreed well with that obtained from the MD simulations (3.7eV). We developed a CoSi2 film by adding nickel (Ni), because the MD simulation results indicated that the addition of Ni effectively reduced diffusion of Co-atoms. Its effectiveness was confirmed by measuring the sheet resistance. The agglomeration rate of CoSi2 film with Ni added was one digit smaller than that of CoSi2 film without it.

ジャーナルZairyo/Journal of the Society of Materials Science, Japan
出版ステータスPublished - 2008 9月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 材料科学(全般)
  • 凝縮系物理学
  • 材料力学
  • 機械工学


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