VLSI Technology 2005
Conference paper

Role of oxygen vacancies in VFB/Vt stability of pFET metals on HfO2

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We demonstrate experimentally that the flatband/threshold voltages (V fb/V,) of pFET metal gates are strongly dependent on the post-deposition annealing conditions of the gate stacks. By varying the temperature and the O2 partial pressure during post-deposition N 2/O2 and/or forming gas annealing (FGA) with Re, Ru and Pt, the gate stack Vfb, can change by as much as 750 mV. However, using Re as an example, it is shown that conditions can be optimized and V fb/Vt-tuning for pFETs can be achieved for aggressively scaled stacks. It is proposed that charge transfer from oxygen vacancies to the gate electrode, possible only for high workfunction metal gates, leads to the formation of a dipole layer near the gate which can shift Vfb. The results indicate that Vfb/Vt control remains a formidable processing challenge with high workfunction metals on HfO2.