Low-temperature SiO2 layers deposited by combination of ECR plasma and supersonic silane/helium jet

Alexeij Y. Kovalgin, I.G. Isai, J. Holleman, Jurriaan Schmitz

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    7 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)


    As the semiconductor industry strives toward wafer postprocessing and three-dimensional integration, a demand has arisen for high-quality thin films deposited at temperatures below 400°C. In this work, we present SiO2 films deposited at near room temperature, using a multipolar electron cyclotron resonance _ECR_ plasma source, introducing the SiH4 gas by using a highvelocity jet of silane diluted in helium. The electrical properties were studied under varying deposition parameters, such as gas flow rate, deposition pressure, and postdeposition and postmetallization annealing processes. At a low pressure, low SiH4 flow and high helium flow, device-quality SiO2 layers were obtained after a deposition combined with a 5 min postmetallization annealing at 400°C. These layers exhibited a refractive index of 1.46, an OSi ratio of 2, an interface trap density in the order of 1011 cm−2 eV−1, an oxide charge density down to 1010 cm−2, and a breakdown field up to 11 MVcm. They are thus suitable as a gate dielectric in a thin-film transistor.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)G21-G28
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


    • SC-ICF: Integrated Circuit Fabrication
    • IR-61694
    • METIS-250859
    • EWI-11676

    Cite this