Capacitance-voltage characterization of Ge-nanocrystal-embedded MOS capacitors with a capping Al2O3 layer

Samjong Choi, Byoungjun Park, Hyunsuk Kim, Kyoungah Cho, Sangsig Kim

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Capacitance versus voltage (C-V) curves of Ge-nanocrystal (NC)-embedded MOS capacitors with and without a single capping Al2O3 layer are characterized in this work. C-V curves of the Ge-NC-embedded MOS capacitor with the Al2O3 layer are counterclockwise in the voltage sweeps, which indicates the presence of charge storages in the Ge NCs by the tunnelling of charge carriers between the Si substrate and the Ge NCs. In contrast, clockwise hysteresis of the C-V curves and leftward shifts of the flat band voltages are observed for the embedded MOS capacitor without the Al 2O3 layer. It is suggested here that the observed characteristics of the C-V curves are due to the charge trapping at oxygen vacancies within a SiO2 layer. In addition, the illumination of the white light enhances the lower capacitance part of the C-V hysteresis. The origin for the enhancement is discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-381
Number of pages4
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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