We find a new relationship between the optical dielectric constant of Al dielectric films and their chemical shifts measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). We measure the difference between core-level binding energy shift for Al 1s and core-level binding energy shift for Al 2p, ΔE 1s - ΔE2p, for AlN using high-resolution high-energy synchrotron radiation. We find that ΔE1s - ΔE 2p correlates well with the optical dielectric constants of Al, AlN, and Al2O3. This is consistent with the case of our previously reported Si compounds. First-principles calculations are performed to determine the mechanism behind the observed correlation.
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