The influence of silicon surface modification via Si-CnH2n+1 (n=10,12,16,22) devices on p-type (100) silicon is studied by forming MIS (metal-insulatorsemiconductor) diodes via a mercury probe. With the use of current density - voltage (J-V) and capacitance - voltage (C-V) measurements the relevant parameters describing the electrical behavior of these diodes are derived and compared with samples with a native oxide insulator. The insulating properties of these MIS diodes can be precisely tuned by varying the monolayer thickness. Insulating layers with n ≥ 12 show better insulating behavior than native oxide. Despite a comparable thickness of the C16 monolayer as compared to the native oxide layer, the former showed even a tenfold decrease in leakage current. Evaluation of the average tunneling constant (β) of these monolayers reveals 0.45 Å-1. Evaluation of the dielectric constants (εr) gave values of 1.7 ± 0.3 and 2.2 ± 0.4 for n = 16 and 22, respectively, whereas for the fixed charge (Nf) low values of 5.4.1011 and 5.9.1011 cm-2 were found for n = 16 and 22, respectively. The results suggest that Si-C linked monolayers on flat silicon may be a viable, alternative insulator for future electronic devices.
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||Annual Workshop on Semiconductor Advances for Future Electronics, SAFE 2004 - Veldhoven, Netherlands|
Duration: 25 Nov 2004 → 26 Nov 2004
|Workshop||Annual Workshop on Semiconductor Advances for Future Electronics, SAFE 2004|
|Period||25/11/04 → 26/11/04|
- Organic monolayers
Faber, E. J., de Smet, L. C. P. M., Olthuis, W., Zuilhof, H., Sudhölter, E. J. R., Bergveld, P., & van den Berg, A. (2004). Molecular Tuning of Electrical Properties of Mercury-Insulator-Silicon Diodes. 630-638. Paper presented at Annual Workshop on Semiconductor Advances for Future Electronics, SAFE 2004, Veldhoven, Netherlands.