We report on the growth by atomic layer deposition of HfO2 films on HF-last treated Ge(001) substrates using HfCl4 as a Hf source and either O3 or H2O as oxygen sources. The choice of the oxygen precursor strongly influences the structural, chemical, and electrical properties of the HfO2 films: Those grown using H2O exhibit local epitaxial growth, a large amount of contaminants such as chlorine and carbon, and a large frequency dispersion of the capacitance-voltage (C–V) characteristics. Films grown using O3 are good insulators and exhibit well-shaped C–V curves with a minimum frequency dispersion of the accumulation capacitance. Moreover, they are smoother, less crystallized, and with a lower contaminant content than those grown using H2O. However, the use of O3 leads to the formation of a 2nm thick layer, possibly GeOx, at the HfO2∕Ge interface.
12 Sep 2005
Volume: 87 Issue: 11 Pages: 112904
Applied Physics Letters