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A Discharge-Based Pulse Technique for Probing the Energy Distribution of Positive Charges in Gate Dielectric

Gao, R, Ji, Z, Zhang, JF, Zhang, WD, Hatta, SFWM, Niblock, J, Bachmayr, P, Stauffer, L, Wright, K and Greer, S (2015) A Discharge-Based Pulse Technique for Probing the Energy Distribution of Positive Charges in Gate Dielectric. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING, 28 (3). pp. 221-226. ISSN 0894-6507

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Characterizing positive charges and its energy distribution in gate dielectric is useful for process qualification. A discharge-based technique is introduced to extract their energy distribution both within and beyond substrate band gap. This work investigates the difficulties in its implementation on typical industrial parameter analyzer and provides solutions. For the first time, we demonstrate the technique’s applicability to the advanced 22 nm fabrication process and its capability in evaluating the impact of different strains on the energy distribution. The test time is within several hours. This, together with its implementation on industrial parameter analyzer, makes it a useful tool in the semiconductor manufacturing foundries for process monitoring and optimization.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 0906 Electrical And Electronic Engineering, 0910 Manufacturing Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Electronics & Electrical Engineering (merged with Engineering 10 Aug 20)
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 10:33
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:55
DOI or ID number: 10.1109/TSM.2015.2407909
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2143
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