Bimodal Dielectric Breakdown in Electronic Devices Using Chemical Vapor Deposited Hexagonal Boron Nitride as Dielectric

Felix Palumbo, Xianhu Liang, Bin Yuan, Yuanyuan Shi, Fei Hui, Marco A. Villena, Mario Lanza

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Multilayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is an insulating 2D material that shows good interaction with graphene and MoS2, and it is considered a very promising dielectric for future 2D-materials-based electronic devices. Previous studies analyzed the dielectric properties of thick (>10 nm) mechanically exfoliated h-BN nanoflakes (diameter < 20 μm) via conductive atomic force microscopy and applying very high voltages (>10 V); however, these methods are not scalable. In this work, the first device-level reliability study of large area h-BN dielectric stacks (grown via chemical vapor deposition) is presented, and the complete dielectric breakdown (BD) process is described. The experiments and calculations indicate that the BD process in metal/h-BN/metal devices starts with a progressive current increase across the h-BN stack until current densities up to 0.1 A cm−2 are reached. After that, the currents increase by sudden steps, which can be large (>1 order of magnitude, related to the BD of one/few h-BN layers) or small (
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvanced Electronic Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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