Remote plasma and thermal ALD of Al2O3 for trench capacitor applications

J.L. Hemmen, van, S.B.S. Heil, J.H. Klootwijk, F. Roozeboom, C.J. Hodson, M.C.M. Sanden, van de, W.M.M. Kessels

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The remote plasma ALD process of Al2O3 from Al(CH3)3 and O2 plasma was characterized and compared to the well established thermal ALD process of Al2O3 employing H2O as the oxidant. The growth per cycle, satn. of the surface reactions and material properties were investigated for substrate temps. between 25 and 300 DegC. It was demonstrated that high-quality films can be obtained for substrate temps. above 100 DegC. For these temps. the mass densities of the remote plasma ALD films are slightly higher than those of the thermally deposited films. Remote plasma ALD also yields fair material properties below 100 DegC at a relatively high growth per cycle and short cycle times. With remote plasma ALD conformal films were achieved in high-aspect ratio structures. Together with the first results on elec. characterization, it was shown that the Al2O3 deposited is promising for the application in metal-oxide-semiconductor "trench" capacitors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages11
JournalECS Transactions
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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