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TitleAlNxOy thin films for electrical applications
Author(s)Borges, Joel Nuno Pinto
Arvinte, R.
Sousa, R. E.
Vaz, F.
Marques, L.
KeywordsAluminium oxynitride
Aluminium oxide
Aluminium nitride
Electrical resistivity
Issue date2011
Abstract(s)Aluminium oxide (Al2O3) is an insulator material, with high electrical breakdown, large band gap and high permittivity. Its dielectric properties make it a promising candidate to be used as gate material instead of SiO2 in microelectronic applications, such as in flash memory circuits, organic thin film transistors (OTFT) and MOSFETs. On the other hand, aluminium nitride (AlN) is a ceramic piezoelectric material with high electrical resistivity and excellent thermal properties, that has been used in many applications such as substrate in microelectronic devices, fabrication of high power and high temperature electronic devices, surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, and electronic packaging. The interesting electrical properties of Al2O3 and AlN opens the door to study the electrical properties of the Al-N-O system, which, in a first approach, can combine some of both Al2O3 and AlN advantages by tailoring the concentrations of the three elements, according to the particular application envisaged. The use of aluminium oxynitride is not yet very common, despite some very few examples in the field of protective coatings, optoelectronics, and in microelectronics as a dielectric in multilayer capacitors. The main objective of the present work is to study the variation of the electrical response of the AlNxOy thin films as a function of the composition of the prepared films, using as reference the two base binary systems: AlNx and AlOy. The films are deposited by DC magnetron sputtering, with the discharge parameters monitored during the deposition in order to control the chemical composition, according to the particular results of the electrical behavior. The electrical resistivity of the films is observed to depend strongly on film stoichiometry, composition and structure of the samples. Preliminary results show a smoth transition of the film’s electrical characteristics between those of closely metallic (similar to the response of pure Al films), towards those of AlN and Al2O3 films. These results confirm the possibility to tailor in a very smooth way the characteristics of materials between those of metallic towards insulting ones, opening thus a widespread of possible applications.
DescriptionComunicação oral
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