Metal gate work function enhancement using thin AlN x interfacial layers has been evaluated. It was found that band edge effective work functions (∼5.10 eV) can be achieved on hafnium-based high dielectric constant (high-k) materials using the AlN x interfacial layer and TiSiN electrodes. It was also found that the effective work function enhancement by the AlN x interfacial layer increased when the concentration of SiO 2 in the gate dielectric was increased. Thus, the enhancement was minimal for HfO 2 and maximum for SiO 2. A model is proposed to explain these results and a bonding analysis is presented to support the proposed model.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)