Effects of stress annealing in nitrogen on the index of refraction of silicon dioxide layers in metal-oxide-semiconductor devices

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this article, we report the results of a study of the effects of high-temperature stress annealing in nitrogen on the index of refraction of SiO 2 layers in metal/oxide/semiconductor (MOS) devices. In this study, we have experimentally characterized the dependence of mechanical stress in the Si-SiO 2 system on the oxidation and annealing conditions and correlated such properties with the dependence of the index of refraction on processing conditions and oxide thickness. We consider the contributions of the thermal-relaxation and nitrogen-incorporation processes in determining changes in the index of refraction with annealing time. This description is consistent with other annealing studies carried out in argon where only the thermal-relaxation process is present. Correlations of these experimental observations with the electrical properties of the same MOS devices are presented in a companion article. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Massoud, HZ; Przewlocki, HM

Published Date

  • August 15, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 92 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 2202 - 2206

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.1489500

Citation Source

  • Scopus