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Interface properties of SiOxNy layer on Si prepared by atmospheric-pressure plasma oxidation-nitridation

Zeteng Zhuo1*, Yuta Sannomiya1, Yuki Kanetani1, Takahiro Yamada1, Hiromasa Ohmi12, Hiroaki Kakiuchi1 and Kiyoshi Yasutake12

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Precision Science and Technology, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

2 Research Center for Ultra-Precision Science and Technology, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:201  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-201

Published: 1 May 2013

Abstract

SiOxNy films with a low nitrogen concentration (< 4%) have been prepared on Si substrates at 400°C by atmospheric-pressure plasma oxidation-nitridation process using O2 and N2 as gaseous precursors diluted in He. Interface properties of SiOxNy films have been investigated by analyzing high-frequency and quasistatic capacitance-voltage characteristics of metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors. It is found that addition of N into the oxide increases both interface state density (Dit) and positive fixed charge density (Qf). After forming gas anneal, Dit decreases largely with decreasing N2/O2 flow ratio from 1 to 0.01 while the change of Qf is insignificant. These results suggest that low N2/O2 flow ratio is a key parameter to achieve a low Dit and relatively high Qf, which is effective for field effect passivation of n-type Si surfaces.

Keywords:
SiOxNy film; Interface properties; Interface state density; Atmospheric-pressure plasma; Plasma oxidation-nitridation