Capacitance-Voltage Characterization of Ge-Nanocrystal-Embedded MOS Capacitors

Ge 나노입자가 형성된 MOS 캐패시터의 캐패시턴스와 전압 특성

  • Published : 2006.12.31


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 A12O3 layer are counterclockwise in the voltage sweeps, which indicates tile presence of charge storages in the Ge NCs by the tunnelling of charge carriers between the Si substrate and the Ge NCs. In the Ge-NC-embedded MOS capacitor without Al2O3 layer, clockwise hysteresis of the C-V curves and leftward shifts of the flat band voltages are observed for the embedded MOS capacitor without the Al2O3 layer. It is suggested that the 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.