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Nanotechnology. 2010 Mar 5;21(9):095704. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/21/9/095704. Epub 2010 Feb 3.

High-k Hf-based layers grown by RF magnetron sputtering.

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  • 1CIMAP, UMR CEA/CNRS/ENSICAEN/Universit√© de Caen, Caen, France.


Structural and chemical properties of Hf-based layers fabricated by RF magnetron sputtering were studied by means of x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy versus the deposition parameters and annealing treatment. The deposition and post-deposition conditions allow us to control the temperature of the amorphous-crystalline phase transition of HfO(2)-based layers. It was found that silicon incorporation in an HfO(2) matrix plays the main role in the structural stability of the layers. It allows us not only to decrease the thickness of the film/substrate interfacial layer to 1 nm, but also to conserve the amorphous structure of the layers after an annealing treatment up to 900-1000 degrees C.

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